Jax Vessy yoga and body method teacher
Duncan Hulin Yoga Teacher
Lisa Roberts Yoga Teacher
Jules Yount Yoga Teacher
Jenny Hulin Yoga Teacher
Julie Bladon Yoga Teacher
Roberta Hutchins Yoga Teacher
Isabelle Luterbacher Yoga Teacher
Tanja Bartlett Yoga Teacher
Nikki Cassap Yoga Teacher
Alice Chapman Yoga Teacher
Natasha Gerolimatos Yoga Teacher
Nycki Owen Body Method Teacher
Richard Eraut Yoga Teacher
Tara Hubbard Yoga Teacher

Teachers Biographies


Jax Vessey

Even as a teenager attending my first Yoga class I noticed and enjoyed not only the expected physical opening but also an amazing sense of calm and space. After moving around the UK I discovered Yoga again later in life and attended Hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa and Sivananda classes as often as possible. I was hooked! The effects were even more noticeable in adult life providing me with an increased of energy, focus and contentment, something I want to share with everyone!

I have been teaching in Exeter since 2002 and gained my Teaching Diploma with the British Wheel of Yoga in 2008, studying Physiology, Philosophy and Ancient History with Angela Ashwin over an informative and enjoyable number of years.

My classes encourage a smooth flowing breath to co-ordinate movements and postures which will centre, improve vitality and increase mental clarity. Students will notice the benefits of this practice almost immediately, a direct result of stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system which reduces the heart rate, lessens muscle tension and brain activity, creating a wonderful sense of peace which is vital in our busy Western lives. Classes offer a range of held and dynamic postures and are suitable for all levels and experience, for those who would like to deepen their practice to those who have never experienced Yoga before. My classes follow the classical teachings of Raja Yoga (Yoga of Kings), where the body is considered the vehicle for our spiritual energy so we always remain within a place of comfort and ease.

I also teach Body Method classes which are a combination of three disciplines; Callanetics, Pilates and Yoga designed to improve posture and core strength, isolating, strengthening then lengthening different muscle groups to help achieve a toned, firm body. These are friendly classes and a perfect introduction to the physical aspect of Yoga and suitable for all abilities and experience, even those who have had no experience of similar disciplines before and a little nervous of starting something new.

The aim is for the student to become the observer finding balance between ease and effort.

Jax is the founder of the Lotus Loft.
Contact Jax on 07989 409284 or email yogawithjax@googlemail.com



Duncan Hulin, MRSS YTF

Duncan is the principal teacher, founder and director of the Devon School of Yoga. He is a practising yoga teacher/therapist, Shiatsu practitioner and is also qualified in Ayurvedic Foot Pressure (Chvutty Thirumal) massage. Duncan healed himself of asthma using yoga therapy and has practised yoga for thirty nine years and taught yoga for thirty three years.

In the early eighties he spent three consecutive winters in South India studying with the late Dr. B.P. Pillai, former director of the Government of India recognised Yoga Therapy Foundation, Trivandrum, Kerala.

Duncan brings a wealth of experience to his holistic Yoga Teaching and Courses. He has worked with teenage students with learning difficulties and has led practical stress management programmes in schools. He also teaches several weekly classes, including for major corporations.

Duncan’s classes follow a traditional authentic approach coming from an holistic, eclectic base incorporating preliminary exercises, breathing kriyas, asana, pranayama, meditation and philosphy.

The Devon School of Yoga offers foundation and teacher training courses, day workshops and weekend residential retreats plus post-graduate yoga therapy training for yoga teachers.

For details about Duncan’s classes and the Devon School of Yoga’s comprehensive programme please visit Devon School of Yoga website or email info@devonyoga.com.
Alternatively you can call 01392 420573



Lisa Roberts

'I began practising yoga when i was 17 and couldnt believe how hard it was! My body was quite literally shaking in all the poses and i found it hard to breathe at the same time....however i then over time began to experience a great sense of calm and peace that i never knew existed. The practices of yoga have taught me to listen to my body and ultimately made me a much happier person.

After studying a degree in development i moved to Cornwall and to my good fortune...Anusara teacher Bridget Woods-Kramer opened a yoga studio round the corner from where i worked. I have since enjoyed many years studying with Bridget and other great teachers such as Doug Keller, Sianna Sherman, John Friend, Jayendra Hanley and Jim and Ruthie Bernhart.

I am passionate about what the practices of yoga can offer us all not just physically but emotionally and spiritually in our busy and often frantic lives.

I am an Anusara-Inspired yoga teacher and teach regular classes and workshops here at the Lotus Loft. Anusara Yoga is a practice that integrates detailed alignment principles with heart orientated philosophy. Anusara means “flowing with grace,” “to be in the flow,” “follow your heart.” We are reminded to be open hearted and to look at what ever arises with freshness and freedom.'

Lisa is also a fully qualified and experienced acupuncturist practising at Estuary Clinic in Topsham estuaryclinic.co.uk.

Contact Lisa on 07979 372041 or email lisarobertsyoga@gmail.com



Jules Yount

Jules offers beautiful, flowing yoga classes to sooth, revive and strengthen the body while quieting and calming the mind. Each practice is an invitation to connect deeply to the flow of your breath while encouraging greater self-awareness and well-being.

She has taught yoga for over 12 years and also offers fun, playful and dynamic beginner and intermediate acroyoga classes and workshops with co-teacher Dale Partridge. Acroyoga is a blending together of the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics and loving kindness of
Thai Yoga Massage. For more information about Jules, please visit her website www.yogawithJules.co.uk

Contact Jules on 07446-968994 or yogawithjules@hotmail.co.uk



Jenny Hulin

Jenny has been practicing yoga for the last 30 or more years and teaching Iyengar yoga for the last 11 years. She studied in India in the 1980s and has been involved in complimentary therapies for many years and is also a reflexology practitioner.

Jenny is a member of the Iyengar Yoga Association (IYA) and regularly attends workshops with senior Iyengar teachers,

As well as running Spanish yoga holidays Jenny runs regular yoga classes in
Sidmouth and Exeter in Devon, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her classes and is known
for her friendly, caring and cheerful approach to teaching.

Contact Jenny on 01395 519628 or email jennyhulin1@gmail.com




Julie Bladon

Julie began her exploration of yoga and the healing arts in the 1990s. Initially as a means to deal with the stress of university studies but over time she developed a wider awareness of the benefits of yoga in her life.

Julie teaches regular Yoga Nidra workshops at Lotus Loft and Yoga & Meditation Workshops. She has a passion for Yoga Nidra (Yoga Sleep) and loves to share the benefits of this powerful practice both in person and online.

She completed her 200hrs yoga teacher training at the Sivananda Yoga Meenakshi Ashram in Madurai, Southern India in 2011 and continues to pursue her education in yoga including completing a 300hrs Akhanda yoga teacher training with Yogi Vishvketu at Anand Prakash Ashram, Rishikesh.

This ongoing process of learning is what provides the fresh insights that inspire her work. In the Autumn of 2019 Julie will be starting a “Deepening Your Practice” study programme with Scaravelli Teacher Caroline Lang. Additional recent studies and workshops have included Yoga Immersion with Catherine Annis and guest teacher Gary Carter; Adore Your Pelvic Floor Workshop with Louise Field; Intuitive Plant Medicine with One Willow Apothecaries; Menopause and Wild Power Workshops with Alexander Pope & Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer; Yin Yoga Masterclass with Beta Lisboa and Sai Calder; and Fascinating Fascia Workshop with School of Bodywork.

Julie loves creating and writing. She’s a regular blogger and guest blogger. Her meditations are featured on Spotify, Insight Timer, Apple Music, YouTube, Mindbliss and other online platforms. Outside of teaching Julie is dedicated to the pursuit of inexpensive travel, exploring other cultures, enjoying the arts, singing, exploring her passion for dance… Generally experiencing life as fully as possible!

Julie hosts regular Yoga Nidra Rest and Restore weekend workshops at the Lotus Loft, please see the workshop page for more information and dates.

Contact Julie on 07754 983498 or email info@juliebladon.com




Roberta Hutchins

Roberta has been working in the field of holistic healthcare since 1997 when she began her career as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Complementary Health Studies at Exeter University. Roberta’s introduction to holistic healthcare was an evening course in Reflexology which inspired her to train professionally as a Reflexologist in 1996 on an ITEC course in Precision Reflexology. This was followed by studying Herbal Medicine at University. Having gained a first class honours degree in Herbal Medicine (Phytotherapy) from Middlesex University she subsequently completed 500 hours of clinical training with the College of Phytotherapy. Roberta has been practising as a Medical Herbalist (Herbal Practitioner) in Devon since 2006.Recognising that people suffering from anxiety, depression, and many health problems related to stress were forming the backbone of her practice, she decided to train in a form of very effective Counselling & Psychotherapy. Roberta has found that it is often the case that resolving life difficulties, getting needs met and focusing on psychological well-being are the keys to getting back on track with life and feeling well again.

Roberta found the Human Givens approach to be a really effective way to do this and started her Human Givens training in 2009, completing her diploma with Distinction. Throughout life Roberta has found Yoga to be of great benefit personally and she went on to start her first Yoga Teacher Training course in 2010. Passionate about Yoga and extending her knowledge and experience she has studied with top teachers worldwide – qualifying additionally as a Somatic Exercise Coach, Pre- and Post-natal Yoga Teacher and iRest Yoga Nidra teacher.Roberta’s first experience of Voice Dialogue was over 20 years ago. Having regular sessions over the years and finding the process enormously helpful in getting to know herself and dealing with some sticky life situations, she decided to embark on a 3 year professional training in Voice Dialogue so she could share this with others – both existing clients and people looking for Voice Dialogue alone.

Contact Roberta on 07747 030629 or email roberta@bewelldevon.co.uk
or visit www.bewelldevon.co.uk



Isabelle Luterbacher

Iyengar yoga is a practice that has the potential to benefit all those who wish to try it. At the beginning the emphasis is on the physical body, something that is easy to grasp. The physical benefits of yoga are numerous and affect all systems of the body, helping to bring balance where there is imbalance and misalignment. Even those who view yoga as a merely physical practice will benefit enormously at this level. However, the potential of yoga is greater still. As we begin to use the mind to work more skilfully with the body, the mind too receives the benefit of becoming more aware, more sensitive and the beginning of Self-knowledge takes place.

Since completing her Yoga Teacher Training in 2003, Isabelle has trained intensively with Senior Iyengar Teacher Glenn Ceresoli in London, Switzerland, Italy, Norway and Germany and has already completed his Level 1 Iyengar Teacher Training in Australia and Level 2 Teacher Training in India.

Isabelle teaches regular monthly weekend workshops at the Lotus Loft, please visit the workshop page for more information.

Contact Isabelle on 01626 867322 or email i_luterbacher@hotmail.com
or visit www.gaiatreeyoga.com




Tania Rose Fox

Tania began practicing Yoga in 1995, seeking an embodied healing practice to balance out her academic philosophy studies while at university. For the next decade she maintained this self-taught home practice whilst living and working in Canada, New Mexico, Taiwan, Thailand and Spain before returning to the UK.

She moved to Devon in 2004 to study fine art, but found herself increasingly drawn to a path of healing yoga. The latest in a series of severe, painful and disabling lower back / hip issues led her to seek out a proper yoga teacher at last! Starting from scratch, she was blessed to find Duncan Hulin, director of the Devon School of Yoga, who became her main teacher from 2005-2015. Tania eventually trained as a yoga teacher with the DSY (500hr diploma) and has been teaching yoga since 2012.

For several years, Tania was also a committed Ashtanga yoga practitioner, seeking out American pioneers David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff, as well as Andrea Durant, more locally; but a transformative trip to Maui, Hawaii's rich yoga culture, Tania discovered Jennifer Lynn’s Wisdom Flow Yoga classes as well as Yin Yoga; these styles, so different from Ashtanga, opened up a feminine, nurturing, heart-oriented approach which has informed Tania's teaching and practice ever since.

Post-Maui, Tania's yoga practice and teaching has shifted away from particular styles, instead becoming more rooted in her own personal explorations, a deepening nature-based spirituality and an increasingly meditative focus. She spent the winter of 2016-2017 teaching yoga and giving Thai-Hawaiian massages at a yoga retreat in Thailand. (Tania is also a trained, experienced Thai yoga massage therapist and a received basic training in lomilomi while on Maui).

In addition to her yoga and massage offerings, Tania is a trained and fully insured cacao plant medicine practitioner (one of only a handful of certified cacaoistas in the UK). She completed her training in early 2018 and has been sharing this heart- opening gentle medicine in sacred ceremonies ever since. Tania works with cacao in a traditional plant medicine ceremonial style, working with the spirit of the plant to guide intimate groups of women on deep inner journeys.

Email Tania at tirosefox@gmail.com or visit www.tirosefox.com



Nikki Cassap

Nikki discovered her love of yoga in 2001 and has been practising ever since. Her journey started in Ashtanga yoga, then lots of pregnancy and restorative yoga whilst having 4 children and a break from more physically challenging practise. A few years ago she came across Jivamucti Yoga where she discovered a natural love for chanting. Always keeping her practise separate from her work of group exercise and fitness classes she decided to bring the two together in 2009 and so completed a 2 year yoga diploma to take her yoga teaching and practise full-time.

Teaching fitness classes in studios at gyms, Nikki noticed that many participants needed to stretch more and by taking time to stretch properly they would have a greater sense of well-being, so her yoga classes started with the idea to promote a flexible body to athletes and fitness participants. From here practise grew, delving more into the spiritual side of yoga and chanting became a keen focus in her classes.

Nikki now teaches not only physical practise but chanting and breathe work to awaken the whole body’s energy. You can expect her vinyasa flow class to be a strong yet fun, awakening practise, with chanting to cleanse the spirit and asana to inspire positive change.

“Yoga brings balance and calm every time I practise and for the simple love of yoga I teach to inspire this in others”.

Contact Nikki on 07733 226277 or email nikkid77uk@yahoo.co.uk



Tamsin Evans

Tamsin was first introduced to yoga as a child by her mother, a long-time yogi. Her own practice has evolved over the years through the Vini, Ashtanga and Vinyasa traditions. As a dancer, she was initially drawn to the physical element of yoga, and through this began to discover its deeper ability to balance and heal. After yoga helped her through a particularly difficult period in her life she decided to train as a teacher, and qualified in 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa (Yoga Alliance, 200hr, E-RYT).

In 2012 she set up her own small studio in Freetown, Sierra Leone, running classes, 1-1s and retreats, and teaching at trainings and conferences. She further qualified in Pregnancy Yoga, Baby Yoga and Baby Massage, and Yoga for Children with special needs. In 2016, she graduated as a Yoga Therapist (Diploma, Yoga Campus, 350hr+) and is a registered Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council practitioner. Tamsin’s passion for yoga lies in its ability to balance and integrate the body and mind, helping to ease tensions and build physical and emotional flexibility and strength.

She is interested in how yoga can bring us into a deeper and healthier relationship with ourselves. Her teaching style is creative and nurturing, and explores how yoga can support us to witness mindfully where we are on each day, emotionally and physically, and how to work with that with patience, acceptance and kindness.

She is passionate about working with yoga in the field of mental health, addressing conditions such as anxiety, depression, stress and trauma. In Sierra Leone she taught patients and staff at the country’s only psychiatric hospital, and community support groups for those mental health issues and their carers. She co-wrote a self-care manual for the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone. She also worked as International Advisor and Trainer for Yoga Strength, a community-based yoga organisation which works with disadvantaged communities in Sierra Leone. Their out-reach work involved teaching classes for former child-soldiers, gang members, unemployed youth and slum-communities.

Contact Tamsin at tamsinlucyevans@gmail.com



Natasha Gerolimatos

Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, I first discovered yoga many years ago during a busy semester at University. I was initially drawn to the physical practice, but very quickly I discovered a deep sense of peace and freedom that I had never experienced before.

I continued to practice as a student for many years, before completing my Yoga Alliance 200 hour teaching training in Vancouver in 2012. From there, I continued to explore and deepen my practice by further studying vinyasa flow, prenatal and kundalini yoga. I have had the privilege to study with many inspiring teachers globally, including Gloria Latham, Seane Corn, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and Shiva Rea.

Prior to training as a yoga teacher, I completed my Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. I have worked for many years as a counsellor in various different community settings. I love teaching yoga alongside this work, and it is truly a passion that continues to grow! I made the move to Devon in 2014 and I have thoroughly enjoyed continuing to grow as both a student and teacher in this new community. 

I am so grateful to be on this journey and it is an honour to be able to share this practice with others. My teachers taught me to always teach from the heart and to teach what I love - and that is a dynamic, mindful, flowing practice. I encourage students to really tune in to their bodies and to use the breath as a tool to stay present and to create space in the body and mind. I love to use music, creative sequencing, and to incorporate various different styles of yoga into my classes (ie. vinyasa/kundalini fusion). I encourage students to cultivate a balance between strength and softness, with the primary focus on staying present, honouring the body, and finding freedom through breath and movement. I believe that yoga should be accessible to everyone, and my aim is to create a safe, supportive and nurturing space for students to come together to explore, connect, heal and grow.

Contact Natasha on 07741 470052 or email natashayuleyoga@gmail.com



Nycki Owen

I began regular Pilates and Yoga practice in 2001. I had hurt my lower back in a fall three years earlier and suffered with constant pain and occasionally my back would sieze up altogether. I was referred to a physiotherapist who advised I try Pilates to strengthen my core and allow my damaged muscles to heal. Within six months of Pilates training the pain had gone and my back has never seized since. This inspired me to not only continue with my own practice, but to teach others the amazing physical and mental health benefits of Pilates and Yoga.

I now teach Body Method which is a fusion of Pilates, Callanetics and Yoga. I focus on the strengthening and lengthening of the muscles to improve posture and build a strong, fit and
flexible body.

I trained for five years with New Zealand Pilates teacher Vivian Muir on a one to one basis in both Reformer and mat based work and have taken weekly Yoga and Body Method classes with Lotus Loft founder Jax Vessey since 2003. I qualified as a Body Method teacher in January 2015 and completed the British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course in November 2017.

I believe we can lose the space in our lives to have fun as adults and my classes will give you the opportunity to play and enjoy the freedom of movement in your body. Most importantly, perhaps, it will help you to start the day positively and continue with a big smile on your face!

Contact Nycki on 07913 753070 or email nyckiowen@hotmail.co.uk



Richard Eraut

Movement has always played a key role in my life. Having spent years training as an ice skater, and dabbling in martial arts, later my work as an artist saw me working closely with dancers and I started to explore the benefits of calisthenics.

When I discovered yoga, all the pieces fell into place. My journey started with hatha yoga classes at the Lotus Loft, and continued with teacher training at the Devon School of Yoga. From there, I continued my studies with Performance Training Academy to qualify as a Pilates teacher, and am currently training further with Pilates Unlimited. I have a keen interest in biomechanics. Driven by a passion for movement, my goal is to help people of all abilities to move more freely.

While I always aim to make yoga accessible to absolute beginners, I also offer more challenging variations for those with a strong established practice. My classes have a mix of held postures and flowing sequences, with the breath forming a thread linking the poses throughout the practice. Always starting in mindful stillness, we build to stronger and more challenging postures, before gradually returning to that place of stillness and calm.

My Pilates Fusion classes are built on a foundation of traditional Pilates, but given a modern twist, informed by more recent developments in exercise science. I offer modifications to each exercise, to make the classes accessible to everyone, often using equipment like resistance bands and small Pilates balls to make the exercises more targeted and effective. The emphasis is always on keeping things relaxed and fun, simply getting people moving, whatever their current level of ability.

Contact Richard at r.eraut@virginmedia.com



Tara Hubbard

Tara Hubbard has been teaching yoga in Exeter since 2014 and studied with Andrea Durant to obtain
the British Wheel of Yoga foundation certificate then continued to study for two years with the Devon
School of Yoga to gain a 500 hour Teaching Diploma. She is also a Yoga Associate with The
Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

Having started her yoga journey with a more dynamic practice and a special interest in Ashtanga
yoga, Tara began to explore the benefits of a slower, more passive style and how the two can
holistically complement each other.

Tara teaches both Hatha Yoga Flow and Yin Yoga and all classes encourage body awareness and
acceptance with the intention of achieving both physical and mental stress release and a sensation of
ease and calm in both body and mind. Yin classes are entirely floor based (no standing) and one is
encouraged to relax into each posture (no pushing) with an awareness of breath in order to target the
deeper tissues of the body such as connective tissue and fascia. The perfect balance to any high
intensity practice but also ideal for anyone who prefers a more relaxing, slow-paced class.

Contact Tara on 07516 809133 or email yogawithtara@outlook.com




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