Steph Cheesman

Yoga Teacher

phone: 07851 316 541

I’ve been enjoying an ever-evolving yoga practise since 2003, including Iyengar, Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative, along with an interest in other movement practices such as Tai Chi. As an introvert prone to anxiety, I love the way yoga is non-competitive and not only eases physical tension but also calms my mind.
I completed my Hatha Yoga Teacher 200 hour Training, certified by Yoga Alliance Professionals (formerly Yoga Alliance UK) with Laura Gilmore (Krishnamacharya lineage) at Bristol City Yoga in July 2014, and have been teaching regularly ever since. I am honoured to share what I can with the wonderful people of Bristol!

Further training:

  • Vinyasa Flow / Sequencing Intensive (28hrs) with Heather Elton, Bristol City Yoga, 2015
  • Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training (80hrs) with Laura Gilmore & Ali Woozley, Bristol City Yoga, 2015-16 (certified by Yoga Alliance Professionals)
  • Teaching Yoga for Stress & Burnout (21hrs) with Charlotte Watts & Leah Barnett, Yoga Campus, 2016
  • I have also had the privilege of attending a 3 day immersion with Tias Little, Triyoga Soho, Feb 2017.
  • I am trained in Holistic and Indian Head Massage (ITEC)
  • I am a member of Yoga Alliance Professionals and am committed to continuous study and professional development.

Steph's Classes at BYC

Hatha / Vinyasa Flow: gently energising flowing sequences linking movement and breath, followed by some static poses and delicious relaxation.

Hatha / Restorative: longer-held individual poses, with attention to alignment and stillness, with a yin or restorative approach to wind down for the evening.

My classes are:

  • Friendly, down-to-earth and suitable for all levels including beginners, with options for those with more experience to work deeper. 
  • Attentive to individual needs, using modifications and props where needed so that you can experience the joyfulness of a pose without any strain.
  • Based around retraining the nervous system. For example, releasing common areas of tension such as the neck, jaw and shoulders rather than forcing yourself into a prescribed shape.

I emphasise:

  • Going slow. Yoga is a wonderful antidote to our fast-paced world.
  • Mindfulness. Fine-tuning your ability to pay attention on the mat will bring greater awareness to everything that you do. 
  • Acceptance. To observe without judgement and to really feel at home wherever you are.
  • Balance. Of effort and ease, of movement and stillness, strength and flexibility, work and life!