Meet The Team

Authentic Yoga with Trusted Teachers

We have built a wonderfully diverse range of well-known professionals who share our values.  Each one brings a wealth of experience to class.

We are proud to have them on our team! We truly have an amazing array of talents at Bliss.

Michelle  Nicklin
Michelle Nicklin

My story

Michelle Nicklin, Founder, Director & Senior Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance UK)  

Michelle teaches in our Teacher Training Academy. Michelle Nicklin has practiced yoga for over 25 years. She provides yoga training for teachers; runs sell-out yoga retreats in Snowdonia & Andalucia: delivers popular Saturday workshops and has several personal training clients. Michelle opened the only dedicated Yoga & Pilates Studio in Walsall, Lichfield and Sutton in September 2013.  Today Bliss Yoga regularly has over 500 students per week in classes. She runs Birth Workshops and Stress Management sessions for corporate clients. Her philosophy is simple. “Yoga is life-changing. Yoga is life-enhancing. Yoga provides the ultimate mirror to hold up to yourself and reflect your life journey. Yet it is so ancient, so simple. Anyone can do it.” Michelle practised yoga during her pregnancies and labours. She credits yoga with not getting malaria the year she worked in Africa. “I can’t imagine my life without it and I hope that’s reflected in my teaching”.

I am so proud to lead the Bliss Yoga Teacher Training Academy – yoga training as it should be.  Michelle regularly writes articles for OM magazine. She has delivered over 12,000 yoga teaching hours . . . 

Dawn Wright
Dawn Wright

My story

Dawn spent many years as a yoga student, deepening and exploring her own
practice both on and off the mat before undertaking teacher training.
Always thirsty for more knowledge she holds 3 full teaching diplomas in
different lineages, and continues to study with some of the worlds' most
respected yoga teachers.

Her deep and varied experience and training allows Dawn's teaching to be
comprehensive and intuitive, with an emphasis on the importance of the link
between breath and movement, and safe alignment, within and a nurturing and
supportive environment that allows students to progress their own practice.

Dawn is an experienced and highly regarded qualified Senior Yoga Teacher
(SYT), tutoring on Teacher training courses and CPD events in the UK, and
has in the past assisted and mentored on Claire Missingham's Teacher
Training. She runs retreats and workshops around the UK and abroad. Teaching
mainly in the Midlands, she also teaches at Triyoga in London.

Ambra Vallo
Ambra Vallo

My story

Ambra teaches in our Teacher Training Academy. Ambra is a former Principal ballerina with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Throughout her career she enjoyed the chance to perform on stages all around the world. 

Retiring from dance allowed her the time to focus on her passion and to undertake further training in Ashtanga Vinyasa (500hrs), Rocket Yoga (300hrs), Forrest Yoga (200hrs), Tripsichore (200hrs), and Dharma Yoga (800hrs). Ambra’s teaching is fun and spontaneous following the lineage of Larry Shultz, Ana Forrest, and Sri Dharma Mittra. Since she retired from professional ballet she has been teaching regularly in teacher training courses, has worked with performers and athletes helping to rethink their traditional training regimes and introduce yoga to drive better performance and increase their enjoyment of sport and performance. Her aim is to guide others so as they may also experience the many amazing benefits of yoga to the body, mind and soul.

 

Boris Worrall
Boris Worrall

My story

To help combat the stress of his high flying career Boris took up Buddhist meditation five years ago. He now regularly practices.  Boris has run meditation sessions on our retreats and workshops. Boris has been a committed vegetarian for 30 years. You will always find him cooking in the kitchen on our retreats.  We love his Bliss bread. 

He is one of the first students in the Bliss Teacher Training Academy. "I have always loved the physical aspects of yoga in terms of fitness & flexibility. Tecaher Training takes it to a whole new level in terms of physical practice and the understanding you have for your own body.  It has also given me a much deeper understanding of the magic and mechanics of yoga".

 

Lyn White
Lyn White

My story

I’ve been practicing Yoga for about 17 years & 14 years ago qualified as a teacher. I teach Hatha yoga the traditional form, which is a combination of breathing, Asanas, & relaxation. Here at Bliss I teach beginners yoga & a Hatha yoga class. I’m also a qualified stress consultant. I believe everyone can benefit from Yoga whatever your age, fitness levels or any health issues you may have. Yoga is a complete mind body experience & practiced regularly you will benefit from increased flexibility, posture & breathing & you will become stronger both physically & emotionally. I love my teaching role & love to see people develop their practice. All my classes are non competitive & as long as people leave my classes feeling better, happier & relaxed. I’m happy! Hope to see you soon. Namaste Lyn.xx

Dawn Green
Dawn Green

My story

I am from a running background and I first came to yoga in 2009 after tearing my calf muscle preparing for a race. Incapacitated, I practised simple lengthening and strengthening yoga poses and regained my mobility within a few weeks. By this time I was ‘hooked’ and my yoga journey began.  I still regularly practice sun salutations on my non-running days to firm my core and help keep me injury free.

After exploring many styles of yoga my training path followed the teaching style of Hatha and Kundalini.  This yoga is suitable for beginners through to more experienced students.  I combine all of the classical yoga poses of Hatha and fuse them with Kundalini poses. Linking the pose with the breathing techniques releases the natural energy within us through our Chakra system. I aim to guide you through your practice and help you to feel a stronger, more focused and content you.

Dawn teaches Hot Yoga and Hatha Yoga at Bliss.

Emma Matthews
Emma Matthews

My story

Emma’s first experience of yoga was at high school in Australia and she still remembers floating off to her English Literature class afterwards, feeling happy and content.  Emma has been teaching students from age 3 to 88 since 2010. Emma is passionate about teaching yoga classes that are accessible to everyone, and which work to rebalance all the many layers of our beings, not just the physical body. She particularly loves teaching to children and young adults as well as working gently and therapeutically in adult classes.

Jayne Pugh
Jayne Pugh

My story

Jayne who is 45 has been working with the Pilates technique for over 14 years.  She has worked in the fitness industry since the age of 19 and in 2000 she was trained in the Pilates method of body conditioning mat work by a well known Pilates Trainer MICHAEL KING who opened his first Pilates studio at Pineapple studios in Covent Gardens with clients such as Wayne Sleep, Brit Elkland and all the dancers from hot gossip, also teaching Pilates for the Royal Ballet all over the world.
Since Jayne qualified, she has taught Pilates at many fitness clubs over the last 14 years wanting to share to people how AMAZING the Pilates method is for
* Streamline your figure
* strengthen the core muscles
* Create longer, leaner muscles
* Improve posture, flexibility
* Balance
* Enhance your well being
* Reduce stress and fatigue

Dave Glover
Dave Glover

My story

"It's All About The Balance!"

Dave is a leading light in Ashtanga in the Midlands. He first decided to give yoga a try around 2005, after hearing about this ‘Ashtanga style yoga’ and was soon hooked on the graceful, energetic flow of Ashtanga.
Studying with James Critchlow, he developed a daily Ashtanga practice.
He studied with world renowned Ashtanga teacherJohn Scott, completing his 200 hour teacher training course and has completed a 60 hour teaching course with David Swenson, another world famous Ashtanga teacher.!
Dave offers Ashtanga classes for a variety of levels of experience. Come along and practice with him, it’ll be fun!  Ashtanga is for the willing not necessarily the most practiced!

Dave also teaches on our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training course focussing on Mysore.

Anneka Diaz
Anneka Diaz

My story

I have been practicing yoga for 10 years and teaching children and adults since 2010.   I teach hatha yoga and my classes are suitable for all levels as yoga is your own personal journey.  Yoga was key in helping me through my pregnancies and labours and I am pleased to be teaching some prenatal classes for Bliss.

I am at my happiest when Iam on my yoga mat, looking forward to you joining me. Namaste, Anneka

Kevin Jones
Kevin Jones

My story

Kevin Jones is a fully qualified Group Fitness Instructor based in Tamworth, Staffordshire. He specialises in coaching matwork Pilates. He has been a keen & regular participant in Pilates & Yoga classes for a number of years & eventually deciding to train to become a Pilates coach.

Kevin completed his Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Matwork Pilates in 2011; bringing the Pilates technique right up-to-date with the latest research in functional training methods, postural analysis & intrinsic biomechanics.

Kevin provides Pilates at a number of gyms, studios & community venues weekly alongside corporate bookings for various companies & hospital staff. His classes are known for their friendly & thorough explanations, hands-on adjustments & the mindfulness relaxation at the end of every class.

Aside from Pilates & Yoga, Kevin’s interests include veganism, reading (mostly Yoga books), learning to play harmonium, travel & hiking in the great outdoors. Kevin is looking forward to doing his teacher training in Yoga next year... so “watch this space”!

Kiran Devi
Kiran Devi

My story

I fell in love with yoga as soon as I stepped on my mat 6 years ago, and I have never looked back unless I was doing a backbend. Years of practicing has led me to embark on my journey to become a qualified teacher. My aim as a teacher is to continue to deepen my own understanding of the practice and to share my knowledge to others.

In my classes I encourage my students to focus on their breath, still the mind and stay clam. Guiding students correct alignment and engaging muscles to reap all the benefits of each asana( believe me you will kick some Asana in my classes) and appreciate a well deserved savasana and leave your mat with a heap of zen!

Anja Torikka
Anja Torikka

My story

My yoga journey started when I went to my first yoga class with my mum and dad back in 1995 in my native Finland.  I don't remember much of those first classes but I knew it was something different and exciting. I have been practicing yoga ever since and have tried different styles and teachers over my 21 years of practice. My style of teaching is a combination from all the great teachers I have had over the years. 

Throughout my own yoga practice journey it became apparent to me that I wanted to share the amazing feeling and benefits I receive from yoga with others. My philosophy as a yoga student and a teacher is to always listen to the messages from my body - to respect the body - and the breath and work to the level where I am today. Because that is exactly where I need to be. And to top it all off add a huge sprinkle of fun!

In 2009 I was ready to embark on my yoga teacher journey and I completed The British Wheel of Yoga foundation course followed by teacher training. The moment I opened my mouth in front of a class of expectant students, I knew that I found exactly where I needed to be and what I needed to be doing. I love every minute of sharing my
passion for yoga!

I hope to see you on the mat soon x

Win Mar Kyi
Win Mar Kyi

My story

Yoga has been a part of my life for almost 10 years, and my practice has helped me grow stronger, especially during difficult times of anxiety and depression. Yoga helped me realise that there was nothing I couldn't conquer as long as stayed present and mindful and breathed deeply. As a result, I've become more fearless, both on and off the mat.

I completed my training in Bali, Indonesia and it was a truly transformational and life changing experience and I aim to be a perpetual student of the practice whilst sharing this gift I've been given.


I teach a strong and powerful Hatha flow with inspiration from Forrest and Yin styles too.

In my classes, I aim to inspire you to help deepen your practice and to truly be present in your body and celebrate and marvel at what it can do. In teaching you, I am also learning and constantly discovering - I hope to be a perpetual student for the rest of my life, which I hope will also enhance my teaching. A wonderful cycle!

Jim Shaw
Jim Shaw

My story

Pilates not only changed my body shape but had a massive impact within my
whole life. I found Pilates after a dramatic weight loss. I started my
Pilates journey, practicing twice a week and was soon hooked by the
results.

In our classes we will strive for "Progression not Perfection" we will
work through the Pilates movement sequence looking to deepen our knowledge
and movement practice to improve strength, mobility, flexibility and
balance the body. Everyone comes to class for different reasons and
understanding these reasons is the key. I love to bring a fun and flowing
element into my classes to challenge both body and mind.

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