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Yoga classes for all
levels of ability in a
purpose built studio

A beautiful studio located within walking
distance from Canterbury city centre.

"Yoga is an ancient science which promotes health and
happiness by working on the mind body and spirit"

The Lessons

Very friendly, suitable for all levels of abilities one to one sessions also available.

The Studio

Highfield House studio was built in 2005 specifically as a yoga studio it features state of the art lighting, underfloor heating for comfort and multi-media system. It is built in the secluded grounds of Highfield House surrounded by gardens whilst being easily accessible from Canterbury and surrounding areas.

Grounds of Canterbury Yoga Studio
Meet Our Teachers - Canterbury Yoga

Cora Kemball-Cook

+44 (0) 7711 830 275 - -

Cora came to yoga in 1974 and has been practicing it ever since! She started teaching Yoga in 1998 as a British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) teacher. She has studied with different schools of yoga including the Iyengar school of yoga and the method developed by Vanda Scaravelli. In 2007 she qualified as a Diploma Course Tutor and then set up a BWY teacher training course. Cora has also attended BWY meditation modules and practises Transcendental Meditation. She set up the Canterbury Yoga Studio in 2005 as a way to allow more people to benefit from yoga and meditation throughout Kent.

Karin van Maanen

+44 (0) 7830 377 162 -

Karin completed BWY teacher training and two meditation modules for teachers in Harbledown and has been teaching since 2008. She completed an MSc in Mindfulness Studies in 2014. Her workshops and classes are focused on helping participants find increased freedom and stability in body and mind. Teaching influences include Vanda Scaravelli, Peter Blackaby and mindfulness techniques both from secular approaches (including Jon Kabat-Zin's Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction approach) and Buddhism.

Jo Lilley

+44 (0) 7989 909 261 -

Jo completed the British Wheel of Yoga Diploma course in Harbledown in December 2013 having previously studied and performed dance for 22 years. Her passion for movement and music along with an interest in alternative therapies led her to Yoga. Jo teaches a flowing practice with emphasis on breathing, relaxation and simple meditation. She believes in exploring how yoga can help improve the alignment of the body as well as increasing strength and flexibility. She also aims to introduce a holistic approach in her teaching with an awareness of the body and mind connection.

Joanna Fiakkas

+44 (0) 7932 761237 -

Jo has been practising yoga since 1999 and has been teaching since 2008.
She qualified as a BWY teacher in Harbledown with a particular interest
in the philosophical underpinnings of yoga and how these can enhance physical and breathing practices as well as chanting and meditation.
Classes have a strong emphasis on the breath and its connection to movement in an effort to maintain a flow as well as its emotional impact. Jo has an interest in Ayurvedic teachings and practices and completed the BWY foundation course in Ayurveda.

Julie Page

+44 (0) 7896 471 107 or +44 (0) 1795 591453 or

Julie started her yoga journey in the mid 1980's whilst living in Kenya. There she was introduced to Raja, Iyengar and Scaravelli type yoga. Whilst living in Uganda, she undertook a distance learning course for yoga teachers and set up an Iyengar-style yoga group. Julie returned to UK in 1999 and completed the BWY Teaching Diploma. She has been teaching yoga ever since in UK and also Papua New Guinea between 2011-2013. She has been influenced by many teachers and styles of yoga and gained the BWY Pranayama and Meditation Modules. Julie offers an eclectic, gentle, light-hearted mix of practices for all levels.

Simone Stolton

+44 (0) 7784 304843 -

Simone Stolton is a fully qualified and insured British Wheel of Yoga teacher who has been teaching for 10 years. She is co-founder of The Kent Mindfulness Centre, a group of dedicated mindfulness teachers committed to bringing high quality mindfulness training to the general public. Mindfulness informs and directs her yoga teaching. Her aim is to facilitate awareness, attention and compassion on the yoga mat - and for students to take that skill out into everyday life. Her teaching is also inspired by Vanda Scaravelli - using gravity and the breath to help release the spine. Her yoga is more of an 'undoing' than a doing. More of a 'letting go and letting be'

Ingrid Chudleigh

Tel: +44 (0) 7917097635 -

Ingrid qualified as a BWY teacher in 2017, after completing the Certificate Course in Harbledown. Coming from a Holistic Massage Therapy background, Ingrid has a particular interest in both the physical and relaxation benefits which yoga can bring to the individual. Ingrid’s classes have a focus on rediscovering and promoting the whole range of movement of the spine, and are suitable for beginners through to more experienced students.

Emma Lauder

07980 467989 -

Emma has been teaching since 2011. She has a BWY Diploma and came to yoga in 2006 following a back injury. Yoga helped her so much that she decided to retrain as yoga teacher having worked as a medical bio chemist for 22 years. She has also qualified to teach teen yoga for children aged 11 upwards. Her classes are suitable for beginners or those returning to yoga.

Susan Jeffery

07817 319939 or 01304 620467

Susan first studied yoga and Indian philosophy with Karel Werner in 1970s Durham and she completed the BWY Teaching Diploma in 2013. Her approach to yoga has also been influenced by Iyengar, Scaravelli, mindfulness and developments in neuroscience. She teaches both floor-based and chair-based yoga and meditation to a range of client groups. She builds awareness, skill and confidence so that participants can bring yoga easily into their daily lives. Susan has trained to teach the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs course.

Joanna Labon

07884 148868 -

Joanna trained at Canterbury Yoga and with the London Yoga Teacher Training Group, inspired by the teaching of Vanda Scaravelli (1908-1999): “Do not look at your body like a stranger, but adopt a friendly approach towards it. Watch it, listen to it, observe its needs, its requests, and even have fun.” Yoga offers many ways to improve our health and wellbeing - it is a practice that can begin wherever we are at the moment. For more information see

Lina Newstead

07790 162443 -

Lina has been practising Yoga since 1975, gaining experience with Yoga teachers from many different traditions. She has taught Yoga to adults, children, pregnant women, and the elderly and to students with special needs such as MS. She is a BWY Foundation Course & Diploma course tutor. She also teaches private classes, retreats & monthly meditation days at a Quaker Healing Centre in Surrey. Lina teaches on many of the courses held at Canterbury yoga.

Ezgi Acar

07776 714006 -

Ezgi has been practising yoga since 2010. She completed the British Wheel of Yoga Certificate Course in Harbledown in 2017 and has been teaching since then. Ezgi's classes underline the importance of breath and its coordination with the body, she introduces various Pranayama techniques along with asana practice. Her main goals are keeping yoga accessible for all abilities and helping people to build a regular practice. Ezgi recently completed Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher training at Tattvaa Yoga School in Rishikesh, India in 2020

Testimonial - G.M (nutrition expert)

"I always learn something when I come to Cora's yoga classes,
simple steps which can lead to profound changes in body, thoughts and spirit."

"It's a lovely place - a spacious studio set in beautiful gardens, and I enjoy my journeys getting there."