Joey came to yoga in 1998 after a mis-spent youth pursuing the circus, martial arts and physical theatre. While at Goldsmiths University studying a BA in Drama he set up and directed the Yoga Society, there doing his practice of seva (service). On graduating he began assisting Hamish Hendry at Ashtanga Yoga London and for 3 years he practised and assisted daily. During this time he spent 2-3 months every year in Mysore with Sri K Pattabhi Jois (Guruji) and Sharath.
In 2004 he was authorised to teach the primary series by Guruji and following that taught daily Mysore classes from 2005-2008 at Triyoga in Primrose Hill, London. In January 2009 he relocated to Yorkshire with Donna and their two children, Caleb and Daisy. He started Ashtanga Yoga Leeds with the intention of supporting people’s daily yoga practice.
In 2012 Joey received Authorisation Level 2, meaning he has Sharath’s blessing to teach the full Intermediate Series, more recently in 2014 Joey completed the 3rd series under Sharath’s guidance at the KPJAYI in Mysore.
Rachel had the good fortune to stumble across yoga in 2009, whilst studying French and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham. In 2010, she began practising Ashtanga yoga with Level 2 Authorised teacher Paul Kleesmaa and upon her return to Leeds she began daily practice with Level 2 Authorised teacher Joey Miles.
She has since travelled to Mysore, India, on four occasions, to study with Sharath Rangaswamy at the KPJAYI, the source of the Ashtanga method.
She has been certified to teach by the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance, having completed a two-year alignment focused Hatha Yoga training with Joey Miles and Anna Asbhy at TriYoga London. Rachel assisted in Joey’s morning Mysore-style Ashtanga classes from 2013 – 2017 and has now extended the hours of the Leeds Mysore programme, as well as teaching Mysore-style classes near Hebden Bridge.
Since her first yoga class, Rachel became aware of the powerful effect of yoga practice on her mental state and feels an immense gratitude for this practice, which has changed her life. It is this feeling of gratitude that motivates Rachel to teach.