Meet the Team

Meet our Yoga team in Bristol

Ed Wood

Lead Yoga Teacher

Ed Wood is the Lead Hot Yoga Instructor of Yogafurie. Ed has a keen understanding of human anatomy and a broad, deep appreciation of Yoga practice, philosophy and principles.

Ed Wood started Yogafurie Hot Yoga back in 2012 and has seen it grow ever since. Ed Wood also runs hot yoga and yoga teacher training courses.

He brings all this experience to his friendly and informal classes.

Ed has always been interested in the anatomy and eastern practices. Before becoming a hot yoga teacher, Ed was a Tai Chi instructor. Ed has a background of martial arts, including as a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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Sinead Duncan

Yoga Teacher

Hello! My name is Sinead. I’m one of the Directors here at Yogafurie and it’s very likely you’ll meet me at some point when starting at our studio.

You’ll find me teaching in our hot yoga classes, leading our retreats, assisting on our Teacher Training courses, or working behind our reception desk.

I am passionate about yoga as a tradition and hot yoga as a practice. For me hot yoga is the perfect medicine, it helps us to become present and to tune in to our bodies. This helps to manage stress levels, build strength and flexibility, boost confidence and improve our mood and sleep patterns. I take a keen interest in how the body moves and what we can do to boost our health and vitality – physically, mentally and emotionally.

If you see me, come say hi!

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Elena De Luca

Manager

Hi to everybody! My name is Elena and I am the studio manager at Yogafurie.

You probably will see me most of the time here at the desk answering queries and managing the daily operational business! 

I obviously love Yoga and love my job here! Hope you enjoy our fantastic studio like I do! 

Namaste Hermanos! 

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Sharon Zurybida

Administrator and Receptionist

Hi, I am Sharon. I am part of the Admin and Reception team at Yogafurie. I am so excited to be part of the team and meet you all!
 
I am a yoga lover myself and currently studying for a diploma as a personal trainer but yoga is where it’s at for me!
 
I love all things vegan and love to cook lots of plant based food and also love a bit if wine every now and then!
 
Come and say hi, I’m really friendly!

Jenny

Receptionist

Hello, my name is Jenny and I’m a part of the Reception team at Yogafurie.

I love working at the studio, you’re all lovely clients and it’s always good to meet you 🙂

James

Yoga Teacher

You’ll see me mostly in the mornings at Yogafurie, or teaching on our Yoga & Hot Yoga Teacher Training courses!

After practicing at the studio and then training to become a Yoga teacher with Yogafurie it was the obvious place for me to teach.

Looking forward to meeting you!

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Ash Bond

Lead Instructor and Yoga Teacher

Hi! I’m a Hot Yoga Teacher and also a Lead Instructor for Yogafurie Academy Teacher Training.

In my classes we work with strengthening, activating, stretching, diving deep and playing lightly on the surface. I am trained in a number of styles – from Forrest and Vinyasa to Restorative and bodywork – all of which help me shape our classes around what you and your body need on that day. My hope is that together we can create a space that is accessible and a space that is as free as it can be from judgement and fear.

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Emily Rowsell

Yoga Teacher

I teach a wide variety of yoga styles but mainly Vinyasa Flow and mindfulness. Through a dynamic Yoga Flow I am able to offer a release, on whatever level you may need it. Whether that’s to help find some extra comfort in your lower back or find a deeper connection to heal the body and spirit body.

I have developed my classes around what has helped strengthen my mind and body from the ups and downs of modern life, I am extremely dedicated to creating a nurturing and safe environment for yogis of all levels and love what I do!

You will find me teaching both Hot Yoga classes and Yogafurie Academy Teacher Training.

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Tayler Hayes

Yoga Teacher

Tayler is a dedicated yoga teacher and practitioner who lives and breathes the practices of yoga, believing that they have immense healing and nurturing capacity for us all. Her classes weave together creative and intelligent sequencing, functional alignment and the wonder of yogic philosophy.

Tayler hopes for every one of her students to leave class feeling at ease in their own bodies: to feel still, strong and spacious in equal measure. You can find her on Saturday mornings for Classic Furie and on the Online platform!

Kate Hardcastle

Yoga Teacher

I started practicing yoga in 2002 after my partner passed away. Through yoga I found a way to manage my grief, connect to my breath and start to heal.

Yoga has been a part of my life since, helping to manage life’s ups and downs, including two pregnancies. I find huge joy through practicing and love to share this with others. I offer a friendly, innovative and nurturing approach to yoga.  

My classes are accessible to all from complete beginners to regular practitioners; I work with you and your practice. Be prepared to go to your edge and be supported with every breath.

I also work as a careers adviser with 15-16 year olds, helping them navigate decisions about their future, and when I’m not practicing and teaching, you will find me enjoying my time with my gorgeous boys.
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Joy Van

Yoga Teacher

Over time yoga has become something that I couldn’t live without.
 
As someone who had never previously considered myself to be particularly well-coordinated or physically capable, yoga was the first thing I found which doesn’t matter how strong, bendy or balanced you are; there’s something accessible to everyone. I was hooked, and have watched with fascination what yoga has done for me; building strength and resilience not only physically but mentally too.
 
I’ve been practising at Yogafurie for several years and have loved how an energetic and mindful practice in the heat has given me all-round benefits. I completed the teacher training course in 2018 and I’m excited to be able to share the benefits I’ve found in yoga through teaching.
 
I like to think my class style is energetic but fun.  We work hard but within our limits; wobbles and laughter are welcome.
 
Outside of the studio my other job as a Social Worker, you’ll find me spending time with loved ones or eating my way around Bristol.

Aaron Mulhern

Yoga Teacher

I was always interested in strength and conditioning but once I stepped into the hot studio I discovered a whole new terrain of movement done in a mindful, introspective way.

It’s a bit like tea; I don’t feel quite right without it and yet what makes it special is hard to get across.

When I am not at the studio teaching or practising I am generally chilling out with my three year old son or reading (anatomy and sports books if I feel proactive, fantasy if I need some down time).

If you ever have any questions then be sure to ask me, I’m always learning but I love to share what I’ve discovered so far.

Kate Samways

Yoga Teacher

I trained as a yoga teacher on Yoga Furie’s first teacher-training course in 2016 with Ed. As a new teacher, I hope to bring fresh ideas to my classes
 
I particularly enjoy incorporating anatomy and physiology with the traditional practices of yoga.
 
My aim is to keep the sessions upbeat; allowing you to focus on thoroughly moving your body and simultaneously working to get out of your headspace.
 
My other job sees me working in TV – often at a desk – so yoga is my space all to myself to breathe and unwind.
I realise there are many different reasons why people come to hot yoga, so please do come and chat to me, if you’d like, about your experiences so far.
 
See you on the mat soon!

Morven Hamilton

Course Leader for Yoga for Cancer Teacher Training

A YA accredited Senior Yoga Teacher, Morven Hamilton has been practising yoga since 1995 and teaching it since 2008.

Morven has been teaching and mentoring on yoga teacher training programmes since 2012. Her previous experience as a language and music teacher and university lecturer has given her almost two decades of teaching and group facilitation experience. During her time working as a teacher, teacher trainer and group facilitator she has seen yoga radically transform people’s lives.

She has worked extensively with people seeking the therapeutic benefits of yoga, including those suffering from anxiety, stress, insomnia and depression, CFS, COPD, cancer and those recovering from injury.

In 2011 Morven began her work at Penny Brohn Cancer Care in Bristol, the flagship centre for the UK’s leading complementary cancer care organisation. From 2011 to 2016 she worked closely with Penny Brohn clients, running yoga courses for people with cancer and their loved ones.

Over the years her approach has evolved into Healing the Whole Person, a mindful, whole-person approach to yoga for cancer. Mindfulness has played an increasingly important role in her own practice and daily life, and is integral to her teaching style. She has trained on the Breathworks Mindfulness for Health teacher training programme, directed by Vidyamala Burch.

Morven worked as a  course facilitator at Penny Brohn Cancer Care for several years, delivering the Living Well course, a two-day intensive course for people coping with the impact of cancer. She works on a group and one to one basis with cancer patients and has run retreats and workshops for people with a diagnosis and their loved ones.

Skelly

Behind Reception Desk

I’m Skelly. I’m well travelled for a skeleton, I’ve been to Germany and back and I’ve made guest appearances at other studios around Bristol.

When I’m not making a great double act with Ed and the Academy Team, I’m busy hanging out behind reception.

I know A LOT about Yoga as I’m around for a lot of the Teacher Training and other courses. If you have any questions, I’m quite easy to get a hold of as I’ll always be at the studio.

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