Our Team


Vanessa, yoga teacher & owner


Vanessa found her love of yoga through desperately trying to find ease in her tight and tired muscles when marathon training.

With 9 years of teaching experience in schools behind her, she craved freedom and creativity and decided to make a change.

In moving to Australia her love of yoga continued and it was here she decided to combine her skills as a teacher with her love of yoga.

Now successful studio owner and yoga teacher you will find Vanessa sharing her passion for yoga and mindfulness here at Calm.

Blair, yoga teacher & owner


Blair has extensive experience in functional movement, an international endurance coach since 2011, coaching athletes from amateur to elite level.

Practicing yoga since 2012, Blair aims to bring people the same magic this ancient discipline had brought him; fitness, strength, a form of stress relief, a way of coping with the increasing pressures busy working life brings and a generally a happier, healthier approach to life.

The dynamic element of his classes guarantees a full body work out as time isn’t a luxury for most busy people, but he also places a big emphasis on mindfulness encouraging people to create space in their mind as well as their body.

The poses he includes are designed to combat the physical impact our lives have, for example sitting at desks and looking at phones and laptops, so students are present both physically and mentally in every class.

Natalie, Director


Natalie joined CALM in 2019 after leaving her corporate job at Deloitte. Looking for a change and a new challenge, coming on board as Operations Director. Natalie is Vanessa's sister, which truly solidifies Calm being a family run business.



Yoga Teacher


Natalie’s passion for yoga began when recovering from an illness. Having previously kept active with high intensity workouts, she was advised to try yoga as a stressed out 20 year old to help her body recover. However what she found was much more than just a physical workout - stillness and breathwork changed her approach to life, as well as helping her manage her stress and anxiety levels.

Sharing Natalie’s own love and passion for yoga with everyone who comes to her classes in person or online is a key element of all of her practices. The styles she teaches range from dynamic flow classes, to restorative meditation classes to beginners classes amongst others, each offering support, guidance and a space to practice without judgment or expectation.

Natalie aims to make yoga accessible to everyone in some way, offering simple tools to add aspects of mindfulness and breathwork on and off the mat, as a way to help manage the stressors of our busy lives.

Natalie’s list of qualifications includes:
Yoga Teacher Training (200 hr)
Restorative Yoga Training (50 hr)
Yoga Anatomy Training (20 hr)
Breath Coach Training (15 hr)


Yoga & Pilates Teacher


Phil originally trained as a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor.

He discovered Pilates when he was advised to try it after experiencing back & neck problems.
Phil was so impressed with the results Pilates delivered that he decided to train to teach it; qualifying back in 2003.

Since then he has taught classes and 1:1 sessions all around the Burton area. Here at CALM, Phil delivers a range of classes throughout the week and is always on hand to help students with any questions.


Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist


From a uni student, to corporate life and then back to becoming student, Sey has devoted herself to the spiritual path of healing, meditation and prayer. As with any practise, Yoga became a lifestyle and then the calling to deepen her understanding of the practise, took Sey on a beautiful journey to the Himalayas, where she completed a 200hr training with some incredible teachers. From here, Sey was drawn to deepen her practise and trained in massage and sound healing and developed a deeper understanding and love for plant medicines from around the world. When Sey is not on the mat, she is a nanny or with her gorgeous Husky girl and family.


Yoga Teacher


Claire found yoga during her teens using breathing practices to help keep herself calm during times of anxiety and stress. Continuing to use this practice through college and University, she incorporated a Hatha practice to keep her body moving and the stress levels down.

When Claire started a highly stressful corporate role she increased the amount of yoga she was doing to include various styles, enjoying in particular Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga Vinyasa.

After a number of years of regular practice, Claire decided to do her teacher training. Shortly before she finished, Claire was made redundant and decided to start teaching yoga as her full-time career.

Always a student, Claire is constantly going to workshops and teacher trainings to continue her personal practice as well as adding more to her teaching resume.


Yoga and Pilates Teacher and Therapist



Yoga Teacher


Laura started yoga as a way to stretch along side HIIT training and running, but due to injuries she took on the practice as an alternative way to keep fit. Laura soon found that yoga was not only improving her physical body but also her mind.

Laura started her yoga teacher training in 2018 and has never looked back. She loves to teach a strong vinyasa style and incorporates stretches for flexibility. Laura also enjoys teaching classes with a gentler pace such as Mindful Movement and Meditation.

In her spare time you can find Laura practicing yoga for herself, as well as reading yoga teachings and crime fiction!


Yoga Teacher


Rachel found yoga at a very stressful time in her life while juggling a demanding profession with full time study. Yoga became a safe place to focus on herself and an opportunity to unravel the daily pressures she was under and feel calm.  

If not on her yoga mat, you will find Rachel off exploring the great outdoors, usually with her dog Daisy. Rachel completed her yoga teacher training at Calm and we are delighted to have her as part of the team.


Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist


Ben is a 500 hour yoga teacher with training in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha and Iyanga yoga was well as several types of meditation and massage. Ben belives yoga is a beautiful way to help calm your mind and help give space to react appropriately to the situations life can throw at us. As your practise continues, the worries of your life begin to fade and a peaceful calm is left.

Ben uses different breathwork and pranayama techniques in class to create a state of balance in the body. He loves the breath and so should you!


Yoga, Pilates Teacher and Therapist


After years of practising Pilates Sandra decided to leave her fashion career behind and become a certified Pilates instructor.

Ever since making this decision she has never looked back.

As well as the physical benefits, she found Pilates extremely useful for mental wellbeing too.

Times when Sandra isn't teaching Pilates she loves walking in nature, especially mountain hikes, journaling and reading.


Yoga Teacher and Therapist


Hayley first walked through the doors of Calm in the summer of 2019 to step onto the yoga mat for the very first time. It was a life changing experience, after just one hour she felt more energised, lighter and in a calm mood. Becoming a regular on the mat and joining Calm as a therapist, it made sense for Hayley to complete her 200 hour yoga teacher training.

Yoga has become a complete life changing experience both physically and mentally. Hayley now has the joy of promoting relaxation and wellbeing through her therapies and the magic of yoga through her teaching.



Yoga Teacher


Megan completed her yoga teacher training at Calm while working as a studio assistant at our Derby studio. Since completing her 200 hour training Megan has continued her development training in restorative yoga, mindfulness and meditation as well as completing traingin

When Megan isn't teaching yoga she is creating incredible acrylic abtract paintings.


Yoga Teacher and Reiki practioner


Grace has been practicing yoga since 2013 and has been teaching yoga as her full-time work for three years. She gained her YTT 200 in India in 2018 and since then has continued to grow and learn both as a teacher and a student.

Grace draws from her spiritual home of India; bringing mantra, themes and intention into her classes. She believes yoga is the joining together of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual parts of our Self, so that we leave each session much more centered and whole.

Grace teaches all levels, gentle / beginners, and yin yoga.



Yoga Teacher


Rebecca discovered yoga as a way to relieve her tight muscles afer her gym sessions. She soon realised that it not only helped her physical body, but also helped calm her busy mind. She started practising more frequently, and found in bsuy or stressful periods, yoga assisted her in navigating back to a sense of peace.

Rebecca experienced her own health challenges after being diagnosed with a hormonal condition and trained as a nutritionist as a way to improve her health. She found a change of diet combined with regular yoga helped transform her symptoms. Fascinated by th e power of holistic practices, Rebecca trained as a yoga teacher at Calm.  

Her heart-centred appraoch to her pracice is focsussed on balance between strength and flexibility exertiona nd release. During ehr clases you can expect to move an dbreath in a way that supports you individual needs.


Yoga Teacher


With a background in dance and fitness and a keen interest in mindfulness, Steph fell in love with yoga as it fuses the two together perfectly. After deciding to leave her corporate career in 2017 and undertaking her teacher training course, Steph has never looked back.  
A qualified hypnotherapist and currently in the final throws of an MSc in phsychology Steph hopes to contineu her learning pursuing a doctorate in clinical phsychology concentrating on the power of positive physchology and the fusion of eastern philosophies and practice into western society.  
Steph is passionate about helping others achieve a sense of well-being


Yoga Teacher


Lizi has always had a strong love of sport and exercise and moving her body. She finds yoga calming yet challenging for both the mind and body and that using breathwork and the exploration of movement helps find inner peace to cope with the stresses and anxiety of life.

Lizi wants others to experience the different elements to yoga through yoga flow, hot yoga and incprorating her m


Yoga Teacher


Kat first turned to yoga during a period of high stress and anxiety in her life. Yoga became a form of escapism and had a positive impact on her physical, but more importantly, her mental wellbeing.

Kat completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with us and has since become a part of our team!

After seeing first hand the benefits that yoga and mindfulness had on her own life, Kat pursued a career change and completed her yoga and mindfulness teacher training, allowing her to share her passion with others who may benefit in turn.


Sports massage therapist


Rebecca started working in the sports industry when she was 16 years old. She went on to study sports massage therapy, qualifying at level 4 in 2014. Rebecca has since also qualified as a personal trainer.

In her spare time you will find her enjoying walks with her dog, swimming, going to the gym and generally keeping active. She enjoys treating people, sharing her knowledge and experience in both massage and fitness to help people of all ages regain mobility and flexibility.


Therapist MBACP Dip.Couns


Sarah is a Person Centred Therapist and passionate about good mental health and wellbeing. She is a qualified, insured and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

At times life can feel overwhelming, stressful or lacking in joy or meaning, the talking therapy Sarah offers provides a confidential and safe space for you to explore the difficulties you may be experiencing. Her areas of specialism are: Stress, Burnout, Anxiety, Depression, Addictions and Working with survivors of abuse of all kinds. She can also help with exploring your life path, your relationships and your body image or other topics you choose to bring in.

Her inspiration comes from Carl Rogers one of the founding fathers of Counselling and Psychotherapy, the quote that really resonates is this one:

“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying,”Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.” I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” Carl R Rogers, A Way of Being

So working with you, Sarah will aim to honour who you are as a person, to be with you in a warm and non-judgemental way with no exceptions to this. She has found this to be the best soil for a growthful and meaningful interaction where you are able to, with her support, take a look at what is troubling you.

In her personal life she enjoys meditation, yoga and walking in the Peak District with her dog (Michael) . Nature is one of her other passions and she has been a National trust member for many years.


Studio Assistant and Yoga Teacher


Leah joined the team as a studio assistant at Derby CALM. She loves community, being outdoors and always learning.

She is trained as a vinyasa and restorative yoga teacher, and is training as a gestalt psychotherapist at the University of Warwick. Leah loves anything connecting the mind and the body.


Yoga Teacher


In Lucas' classes you will find a relaxed, positive and welcoming atmosphere. He likes to focus on building strength and flexibility and believes that gratitude, mindfulness and laughter are as important to yoga as any pose. His background in philosophy, psychology and music naturally means he comes at things from a slightly different angle and while being creative, tries to remain as faithful to yoga's traditional ideas as possible. He believes yoga is a great way to have a positive effect on the world and is passionate about uplifting people. With Lucas you will gently be encouraged to move your body, push your limits, relax your mind, show yourself love and grow into your higher self.


Reiki Practitioner and Belief Coding


Kay is a mum to 2 beautiful daughters Asha 16 and Sophia 2 and a wife! When she had her 2nd daughter she realised she didn’t want to return to my corporate job as a business manager and that there was more to life! So she went on a self development journey of rediscovery! This led me to coaching and she trained as a life coach and NLP Master, Reiki 1&2, Belief coding®️ facilitator and Meditation Teacher. Now she loves to help people heal and find their purpose in life!


Studio Assistant


Natalie joined the studio to explore a future career in well-being. She enjoys welcoming clients to the studio. Outside of Calm, Natalie works in higher education.

She enjoys reading, writing and travelling.
Natalie attends hot yoga classes at Calm and enjoys trying different treatments. Her favourite treatment is a luxury facial.


Studio Assistant


Olivia is one of the friendly faces you'll see around the Burton studio. Outside of CALM, Olivia is working towards her A- levels, studying history, psychology and sociology.

She enjoys theatre and spending time with friends, especially outside in the sun.

Olivia attends pilates at CALM and has also tried many other classes.


Studio Assistant


Rachel is returns to CALM as a studio assistant at our Burton studio after previously being a regular at classes over the summer. When she’s not at work or practising her yoga skills (especially in hot yoga!) you’ll probably find her in the kitchen running her baking business selling cupcakes, brownies and cookies (check out our story for a picture). She’s a self confessed true crime fan and loves listening to true crime podcasts while baking or in her spare time. Favourite yoga position: the pigeon pose