Oxford
Yoga and Vegan Festival

Date: Sunday, February 16, 2020
Time: 10 am – 7 pm
Venue: The Oxford Academy, Sandy Lane West, OX4 6JZ, Oxford

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Meet Your Yoga Teachers

Meet our lovely team of many brilliant Yoga & meditation teachers, and speakers.

Angela Bird

“My name is Angie from Naturally Nice Nutrition and I am a plant–based nutritional therapist and holistic health coach. My background is in nursing and I have a BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Studies. I left nursing being pulled to a more holistic natural healing model.”

My passion is teaching and bringing new knowledge on how to heal naturally with plant-based foods and herbs. Plants heal and have a very positive affect on the mind, body and spirit. There is a magic in how nature can intricately heal us on so many levels.

I use education, empowerment and encouragement to help people change their thought patterns & how they relate to food. Changing neuropathways and reprogramming the mind, to help you establish new healthier habits and life choices. I help people transition to a more natural lifestyle, reduce their toxin intake and learn how to detox and cleanse the body. I use a multiple therapy approach, creating personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes that help people to create a healthier and happier way of life.

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Rachel Cox

Rachel has been doing Yoga for over a decade. Founder of UK’s unique vegan-friendly Yoga festival and Yoga style, Om & Bass, Rach has a background in dance, art, martial arts and law. For years Rachel pursued a career in law after graduating from Queen Mary University, London and BPP Law School. She returned to her first love of holistic therapy. It came naturally to her as she had been raised in an environment that welcomed and encouraged complimentary therapies.

One of her biggest influences is her mother who practised homeopathy, reflexology, aromatherapy, iridology and massage for many years. Rachel has travelled the world to complete her various training and brings her unique zest for life to everything she does. Sometimes laughter really is the best medicine. She continues her personal and professional development on an annual basis, keeping up to date with the latest knowledge from around the world, developing her practice, therapies and of course, herself.

Rach has created a fun and innovative style of Yoga that she is going to teach at the festival: Om and Bass. Om & Bass was born out of a love for yoga and a passion for dance, self-discovery and personal liberation. The class format has been mindfully developed to take participants on a unique journey through the chakras.

Om & Bass draws upon the discipline of traditional yoga and combines it effortlessly with modern music. It rejuvenates your energy centres (or chakras), starting gently with ambient music and moving through various genres building up to an energetic “Drum & Bass” climax. It’s OM… and BASS.

James Ridgley

James first discovered yoga at a music festival. Upon his return home he began tot take regular classes at his local gym. Amazed at the physical and mental benefits he was quickly hooked. He began to explore other styles of yoga including a hot practice and in 2018 qualified to teach vinyasa and hot flow yoga. You can find him teaching in various workplaces community centres and church halls across Oxford. James’ aim is to share his love of the practice with everyone through a playful and adventurous flow.

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Adele Powell

I am a qualified yoga instructor (registered with Yoga Alliance, RYT 200) with an adaptive teaching style, having practiced Ashtanga, Hatha, and Kripalu. I believe we are all spiritual beings living human experiences, and that yoga is the path to inner peace. I truly believe in the power of yoga. It can provide us with physical, emotional and spiritual health, and enables us to connect with our fundamental virtues: peace, love, happiness, wisdom and purity.

I am not a full-time yoga instructor; by day, I work as an environmental conservationist but I have come to believe that the two are inter-related; if people can equate inner peace with the peace of nature, then surely they’re more likely to take steps to conserve it? I am always looking for opportunities to spread love and light, through the practise of yoga, and I am grateful to Yogific for inviting me to lead a session on yogic breathing exercises (pranayama).

I look forward to seeing you there!

Sasha Norton

I’m a yoga asana teacher with over 25 years of practice and over 15 years of teaching experience, strongly inspired by the Ashtanga system – having studied with many of the leading teachers in this system from around the world – but practicing and teaching Vinyasa Flow and Hatha styles too. I have run dozens of retreats, workshops and festival classes over the years, have worked mainly in the Oxford area with individuals, sportspeople, corporates, at yoga studios and in health clubs,  and in small, intimate classes through to classes of 70+ people.

I am E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500 and YACEP® registered with Yoga Alliance and Level 3 Yoga Teacher with the Register of Exercise Professionals. You can find me on their official website.

I hope to honour my teachers by inspiring others in the same way I have been inspired, to pass on these amazing practices of yoga. I know that dedication to the practices of yoga can be challenging sometimes, but although I take yoga completely seriously, I attempt to convey the techniques in a fun, enjoyable, accessible way that inspires commitment. I’m also a lifelong vegetarian and part-time vegan 🙂

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Ro Turan

Ro has been practicing Hatha yoga, with various teachers in Oxford, for the past 30 years. She discovered Kundalini Yoga in 2009 and was inspired by its profound effects. She qualified as a Level 1 Kundalini Yoga teacher with the Karam Kriya School in 2013.

Through teaching Kundalini Yoga classes and workshops she continues to learn from her students and connect with the teachings of Yogi Bhajan.

Alessia Nigro

I have been working with children of different ages for quite a while now: there is something magical about these little people that really fills my heart with joy. It was on a random day, as I was playing a game called “Yoga” in a nursery I used to work for, that a spark came to my mind and there I knew what my mission was: sharing the love of this fun game called Yoga with children, combining my two big passions together.

I have attended the Rainbow Kids Yoga Training in London in 2017 and after it I have practised Kids Yoga in Summer Camps, Community Centres and Family Festivals. What I love the most, a part from the infectious energy children release, is their face expression once they finish their guided meditation, which obviously they are not aware of!

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Daria

Daria Ricchi practised her first sun salutation in 1999. She is a 500 hour certified yoga and Ayurveda teacher from the Kripalu School of Yoga and Ayurveda in Massachusetts and a registered Yoga teacher by Yoga Alliance. She has a PhD in History and Theory of Architecture from Princeton University where she has been teaching yoga and anatomy of the movement working with all different ranges of bodies and minds. As a dancer and former fencer, she studied kinesthetic and ideokinesis with Irene Dowd (Julliard School NY) and Alexander Technique with Rachel Bernsen. These somatic movement techniques inform her teaching and sequences.

She is also a Yin Yoga certified teacher and a 650 hour certified Ayurveda Counselor from the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. She lives in Oxford where she teaches private, group yoga classes, and workshops on kinaesthetic. Her current research considers the effect of space and movement for wellbeing.

Jay Foo

You’ll be inspired by Jay’s personality to have fun in your practice, to forget about the ‘perfect’ pose, get to know what feels right for you and your body and simply enjoy moving on your mat.

She aims to empower her students to take the lessons learned on the mat with them and spark a positive transformation in their daily life.

Jay has studied and taught internationally from India, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia to where home is for her now in Gloucestershire. She runs day & weekend retreats in UK, join her for a yoga and beach adventure to Essaouira, Morocco from 20-24 May 2019!

Don’t forget to check out Jay’s boutique (The Hasta Collection) online and at the festival for a range of sterling silver jewellery for your soul. Each piece is handmade with love, created with the intention to allow you to carry a piece of love & light with you every day. Our favourite includes the beautiful lotus ring, and the Ganesha mantra necklace!

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Sarah Leyla Puello

For Sarah, yoga is a path of service, and movement is a spiritual practice. She has been practicing yoga for over 10 years, as a counterpoint to a busy urban lifestyle, and as a way of healing the body, the mind and the soul.

Her classes are known for weaving together traditional yogic teachings with fluid asana, deliberate breathwork and flavourful music. She loves the potential for creativity, devotion and therapy that endures in the practice, and she creates classes with sequencing inspired by Vinyasa, Forrest, Ashtanga, Jivamukti and Katonah Yoga. She aims to build spaces for connection, where students can find their own body-language.

She is inspired by the potential to help students find their own healing paths; a journey that she believes leads to moving in the world from a place of grace, love, compassion and authenticity. Sarah is certified in Forrest Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Hot Power Yoga and HIIT Yoga.

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Carl

Carl is a Yoga teacher of Chi, Hatha, Astanga Vinyasa, Pranayama, Meditation, having completed his 500 hour teacher training from an accredited Yoga Alliance school in India.


To teach yoga is an opportunity to continue the ancient tradition and ensure that this wonderful gift to humanity is not lost or misunderstood. His philosophy has always been to learn from the source of yoga; Nature.

In 2017 he began learning Reiki, completing level 2 certificate. Tai Chi and Qi Gong are also ways that he enjoys to keep the body moving, and uses these yin practices to compliment his yang style of yoga.


His classes promote friendliness to all, and on a physical/mental level, aims to energize, harmonize, and cultivate the free spirit in all. ​He has a calm spirit, & patient with teaching so people can feel confident while they are guided through their practice.

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Sebnem Ozilhan

I have been teaching for 6 years. I’m a certified Hatha and yin yoga teacher by Yoga Alliance.

I have been working in marketing communications for a long time and spending most of my days in an environment which is very competitive, stressful and focused purely on success which sometimes makes me feel spiritually and mentally stuck. When I discovered yoga, it made me realise that another way of life is possible, and it is much more rewarding for me both in a spiritual and mental sense. I have a yang personality and yin yoga balances me and heals me. Everyone, no matter what their age is or what type of body they have, can practice and benefit from yoga.

To me, yoga is a lifestyle and a journey to true-self and I would love to share this journey with anyone who is also taking this path in life.

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Zara Simpson-Dobinson

My name is Zara and I work for Felicity Wood Yoga. I am a 200 hour hatha yoga teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance. I love to meet new people and share my love of yoga on and off the mat. I enjoy making people feel like they can explore their practice in a safe and comfortable environment. I believe that yoga is for everybody and love to help people have the opportunity to experience this just as they are.

I am also qualified in Restorative yoga and trained with Anna Ashby at Triyoga, London. I hold regular weekly Restorative classes in a calm and relaxed environment, enabling the body and mind to restore and rebalance.

I have recently returned from India having spent time at The Sivananda Ashram in Kerala exploring the traditions and philosophy of Hatha yoga. 

I teach in Bicester along with Felicity Wood and we have regular classes which can be found on our website.

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Sofia barnes

Sofia enjoys learning, creating & sharing yoga & it’s path of wonder. Offering classes, workshops, ceremonies, & retreats often alongside her mother Sandra.

Through their sharing’s they aim to honour & tune into earths rhythms & our elemental wisdom, bringing us home to our inner beloved. They love weaving in sound baths & the power of vibrational medicine to all their offerings. Another passion of theirs is creating safe sacred spaces for women to gather & unite, having been hosting women’s retreats for over 6 years as well as shakti sister circles & beyond.They enjoy creating playful spaces, where creative expression is invited, bringing awareness to how things feel in the here and now.

You can find their offerings at many yoga festivals & shows. They also host immersive international ‘YogaVentures inviting people to venture into and across beautiful lands whilst yoga ing as they go. They love to collaborate with others & have a pop up studio, with which they enjoy creating yoga shalas in an array of places, for community to flourish & together have created Love All Ways Yoga.

Sofia is currently growing a human & is begining to share pregnancy yoga, which she feels is a perfect follow on to womb yoga & the world of women’s wellness therapy she has been journeying into the past few years. She loves creating yoga nidra’s, guided mediation journeys & spaces where people leave feeling nourished & grounded through gentle awakening practises & sharings.

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Liz Parham

Liz has been practising yoga since the age of 16 and qualified as a hatha yoga instructor when living in Madrid some 10 years ago. She later went on to train in kids’ as well as post-natal yoga to be able to continue to practice as her life circumstances changed. Sharing the magic of yoga with her own as well as other children has brought tremendous fun, joy and mischief.

Providing dedicated yoga classes to other mums in such a way that post-natal changes in body, lifestyle and mind are considered in the planning and execution of classes has been a clear privilege and a mission to ensure mums are taken care of as they look after their young. Despite not being a naturally bendy person herself, she sees that yoga benefits everyone and can be adapted to each individual.

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Vicky Rainbow

“Hi my name is Vicky, I love to move in ways that feel good. I have been practising and teaching a fabulous technique called Nia for over 12 years now. I am now much healthier, happier & fitter and so are my students. What is the Nia Technique? Nia is a joyful holistic movement practise that blends dance, martial & healing arts (incl. yoga). It combines simple steps (52 moves), expressive freedance & is danced barefoot to soul-stirring music from all around the world. It is adaptable to your uniqueness and level of fitness. It is fun, creative & relaxing. Today, Nia is taught by around 2,200 licensed teachers across 45 countries worldwide.
I also own a beautiful wellbeing space called Soulshine in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. I offer inspirational classes, workshops and retreats with a variety of themes. Alongside Nia, I share other modalities in my sessions – like creative dance, meditation, mindfulness, massage, music/songs (I am a singer/songwriter) and arts/crafts.
There is a peaceful secluded garden, a gorgeous wooden art studio where I offer fun creative workshops and a therapy room which is available to hire. Other practitioners are offering things such as women’s circles, reiki trainings, mindfulness courses, various therapies and much more. My aim to create a loving soulful community and this is slowly but surely happening.
I have been vegan for about 7 years now. My aim in life is to heal myself, to really enjoy & love my life and to make this world a better place, full of kindness & happiness.”

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Ana Pope

"I’m Ana. Five years ago I started to travel around South East Asia and connected with the practice and depths of yoga. Since then I decided to slow down and look after my mental wellbeing through the practice of yoga. Yoga has helped me grow stronger and confident, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully.
I completed 200 hours of Anusara yoga training with Bridget Woods-Kramer in London. I will always be grateful for the loving wisdom she shared with me.
What I love the most when I am teaching Yoga is to see the light blooming in people as they move and connect within themselves. My passion is to help people to be the best of themselves by nurturing body, mind and soul with yoga and through coaching. My hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed and balanced.
I am grateful to have had the time in my life to connect with nature and this has been a big influence in the way I teach yoga. I use the five elements of Yoga; Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. These elements form the theme of my classes.
My teaching style is gentle, nurturing, friendly and fun and I focus on safe alignment in every pose. My greatest wish is that students who attend my class are able to shape not only their body, but also their emotional and spiritual life.
I launched PopeLoveYoga to offer people great Yoga experience in nature. We offer our service to everyone whether it involves only taking a deeper breath, walking, stretching or just talking. Yoga is an inclusive, playful and powerful way of exploring our shared humanity with greater awareness.
Cultivating an awareness of our breathing, especially when combined with mindful movement, can nourish and connect us to a deeper experience of being in the body and in the world.
For me, yoga helps to make more sense of what it is to be human. PopeLoveYoga can help you to live in the moment and connect with people around you. Bringing experiences that will help you to live with courage and receptivity, to make mindful decisions and to see things more clearly.

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