CALM - Our Team

CALM is the home to the highest quality teachers in the Midlands.

Our Teachers

Vanessa - Yoga Teacher & Studio Owner

About Vanessa

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 & Studio Owner

About Blair

Blair has extensive experience in functional movement, an international endurance coach with over 8 years experience 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.

Claire - Yoga Teacher

About Claire

Claire has been practicing Yoga for many years in many different forms including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha and Hot Yoga.  

She started to use the breath work during highly stressful times in her corporate role as a Fashion Designer and started to introduce more of it into her daily life. Towards the end of her Yoga Teacher Training Claire was made redundant so she decided to make yoga more than just a hobby.

Claire is a regular face at the Calm teaching weekly classes including Slow Flow, Beginners and Hatha Yoga in a friendly and relaxing environment.  

During her spare time Claire enjoys developing her personal practice as well as walking her dogs Daisy and Freyr.

Karina - Yoga Teacher

About Karina

Karina ‘stumbled upon yoga’ around 2003 after developing an interest in moral philosophy following her Psychology studies at university in London and was particularly interested in ancient teachings from India and the Far East. An interesting chat with a monk triggered a deep spiritual awakening in Karina who for a short time attended the ISKCON temple in Soho, practicing Bhakti Yoga and Kirtan. Fast forward to 2016 and Karina became a qualified 200 hours Yoga Teacher after studying Ashtanga in South India.
Most often found teaching Ashtanga Yoga here at Calm, Karina found this practice after searching for a physical yoga practice which also offered a meditative state experienced through the structured sequence of postures. Improved hip and shoulder flexibility after years of athletics and triathlons was an added bonus! A consistent asana practitioner for around 6 years, Karina maintains a daily morning practice as well as attending weekly practices, regular workshops and events.

You can find Karina in her challenging but meditative Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hot classes throughout the week at Calm (when she’s not enjoying one of her many active hobbies such as aerial silks and pole or burying her head in another Yoga text!). Karina is an advocate for Mindful movement and is always keen to help others reap the benefits of Yoga to cope with life’s challenges.  Karina and her partner Ben live, in her own words, 'simply in a quaint Victorian house’ with tabby cat, Cheech and American Bulldog, Suki.

Natalie - Yoga Teacher

About Natalie

Natalie joined the Calm team after completing her 200 hour teacher training with us. Her passion and enthusiasm for yoga comes through in each of her classes be it an energetic flow class or a relaxing restorative class. Natalie can now be found regularly teaching across both our Burton and Derby studios.

When she’s not in the studio Natalie can be found walking in the country, out on the golf course or in times of wet weather, watching a Disney movie or a game of American football (go Hawks!).

Phil - Pilates Teacher

About Phil

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 range of morning and evening classes throughout the week and is always on hand to help students with any questions.