Meet The Tree Teachers

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Victoria Beech

Creator and founder of the Yoga Tree Studio

Victoria teaches weekly vinyasa and hatha yoga classes that are thoughtfully themed and layered with music, essential oils, massage and assists for you to enjoy a sensory yoga experience.


She is deeply passionate about women's health and healing through all the stages of life and she offers a continuum of yoga classes to support this journey. She trained with BIRTHLIGHT, the UKs leading teacher training organisation and teaches pre-natal, post-natal, mother and baby and nurturing baby massage . Alongside pregnancy yoga, she runs Childbirth Preparation for a Positive Birth workshops and Hypnotherapy for pregnancy and birth.

Victoria teaches from the heart with passion and compassion and her intention as a yoga guide is simple- for every yogi to leave the Tree feeling energised, renewed and inspired.

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Donna Simpson

My journey began as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. More recently though, I craved teaching a deeper practice that encompassed mind and body. I discovered yoga 20 years ago and I decided to train to teach in 2012. I received my  200hr Yoga Alliance certificate  from the Sivananda Centre in 2013 and I have been influenced by the Mindfulness teachings of  Dr Elliot Cohen. I teach Hatha Holistic Yoga for Beginners and Improvers.

Expect a mind and body practice to improve flexibility, balance and calm the mind.

Please contact Donna with enquiries: 07453 595533

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Calum Thomson

I found yoga 10 years ago when I reached a point in my life where I needed to make serious life changes. Throughout the first few years I attended classes with Maxine Thomas, each time leaving a little lighter and a little taller - from these moments I knew this practice would help me heal, open and strengthen my body. I spent the next couple of years as a student of Charles Baxter who opened my eyes to the practice of the Ashtanga (8 limb) system - here is where a spark went off and a passion for Samkhya philosophy grew. Around this time I also found a new style of Yoga , the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa.


I attended Matt Ryan's classes for a brief time, it was here that I fell head over heels for the practice. I practiced The Ashtanga Primary and introduction to intermediate for two years before my first visit to Mysore in 2014 to practice with Sharath Jois, here I extended my trip to complete a 200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa Ttc with Vijay Amar at Universal yoga. In 2016 I began teaching in Manchester, Salford, Chester and Sandbach.


It was during this time I began to practice at the yoga tree as Victoria's student when she introduced me to Nabs Hadi who ignited the passion to go deeper into the Ashtanga Vinyasa method taking me deeper into the intermediate series. I later returned to India in 2018 to complete my 500H Ashtanga Vinyasa training with Vijay Amar and completed the further training to give me the knowledge and confidence to guide students through the Intermediate series. I continue to be a dedicated student of both Nabs Hadi and Vijay Amar and looks forward to learning from them annually moving forward. My classes are focused on breath, alignment and drishti. The classes are as hard as the effort you put in but for those who like to be challenged, variations are given. I strive in each session for my students to reach their potentials in their Ashtanga yoga practice.



Julie Cosgrove

I am absolutely delighted to be asked to teach at the Yoga Tree and become part of this fantastic family.

I graduated with a Masters level in Reiki healing in 2009  and I have successfully taught and coached many happy students in this art .

My own Yoga journey began at The Tree in 2014 and I have practised at least 3 times per week since.

As the Mother of an 8 year old boy who is on the Autism spectrum the mixture of Yoga, Meditation and Reiki has helped him immensely. It calms him and reassures him when situations get difficult. It is fair to say it has helped me and the rest of our family also.

I came to the realisation that this is where I am at my happiest, with children, and being able to give them something that may support them for the rest of their lives. 

I will have completed my course in Children’s Yoga and Meditation with Chrysalis Yoga in October and look forward to welcoming your children to our wonderful practice.

I love my job and I am sure we can all have a lot of fun learning together!


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Jacqui Longley

My passion for yoga began as a student in my late teens preceded by my dedication to martial arts.

During my study and practice of martial art, I dipped in and out of the internal arts of yoga and Tai Chi connecting on a subliminal level the nuance of these practices.

Throughout my adulthood yoga has always been a constant, enhancing and influencing my career as a health care professional in both traditional, complimentary and holistic medicine.

On my yoga journey, I have practiced and explored many different forms and approaches to yoga and taken many workshops and trainings that include Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Hatha disciplines.

Through my own yoga practice and as a former Midwife my journey has taken me to be privileged to teach pregnancy yoga following my teacher training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli.

In recent years, pregnancy yoga has become very popular. Together we hold a clear open, welcome space welcoming you and your unborn baby/ies with respect and sensitivity, to achieve a good balance between the focus on yoga practice, and respectful welcoming of women’s emotional states. .

I aim to teach a full range of holistic yoga techniques (not just postures) that enhance a woman's

physical experience of pregnancy as a preparation for motherhood. This includes asana (postures)

with a wide range of modified postures designed to support and enhance a women’s experience of

pregnancy and birth. I also include many subtle yoga practices relating to deep relaxation, sound and

breath practices that are not widely taught elsewhere, nourishing and informative helping to

understand  both the physical and spiritual basis  of yoga in the context of the emotional journey

towards birth and motherhood.                     

The class is open to those with previous yoga experience and those who are new to yoga.



Beth Thomas

Beth came to yoga as a compliment to other pursuits such as climbing and mountaineering but soon found the practice had its own immeasurable benefits not only to her body but also her mind. After several years of practice  she decided to deepen her knowledge and travelled to India to gain her 200hr training in Ashtanga and Vinyasa. She studied traditional Indian yogic philosophy under Sudhir Rishi which opened her mind to more than just the physical asanas that are commonly practiced in the western world. She continued to travel on to practice and teach in Thailand, New Zealand and Peru.

Beth  loves bringing people of all backgrounds  together on the mat. Her classes are suitable for beginners through to more experienced yogis and her style is fun, dynamic and mindful.



Yoga has always been part of my life and allows me to connect with, understand, sustain and improve my physical, mental and emotional well-being and my yogic learning has been - and continues to be – an ongoing life-long exploration of this ancient practice and all it offers and The Yoga Tree plays a large part for me both as a student and a teacher.

I completed my 500hr Teacher Training with AtYoga, and throughout this has provided a holistic exploration of how yoga can open our bodies so that we move with grace and ease, allow us to find peace of mind, lift our spirits and provide us with tools to welcome calm and compassion into our lives and heal ourselves from negative experiences.

I teach hatha yoga and vinyasa classes and provide a balanced practice that both strengthens and relaxes.  I focus on combining the power of the breath with physical movement and our own emotional intelligence to provide a safe space in which to connect with yourself and others away from daily distractions and explore how your body works at all levels.

Expect to feel more open, lighter, calmer, peaceful and rejuvenated as a result and I look forward to sharing this ancient practice with you.


Vera Dukek

I came to yoga via my gym where I was sent by a massage therapist to do Pilates.
I soon knew that I could find a lot of strength and peace through practice (I tried everything I could get my hands on) which came to a whole new level when I dared to book a private lesson with Nabs Hadi and found myself thrown in at the deep end of ashtanga. The first of many and I am so grateful.
Sometimes I feel that we were made for each other and at other times I hear my body shout for a whole practice: why are we doing this?
And this is the beauty of yoga- the journey.
The repeat. The learning. And the deep deep joy.
I had a wee operation in my face last year and only halfway through I realised that the panic when needles come towards me stayed away because I was breathing. I blame yoga.
It seemed inevitable to become a teacher, however I struggled with it big time, I consider myself a good student and there is so much to learn- no way can I teach. I learned that one doesn’t exclude the other, rather the opposite.
I will always be learning, searching, come join me and let’s walk this walk together.

I will be teaching yin yoga at the Yoga Tree.
It might be the complete opposite of what you expect yoga to be and that is fine. Yin is the opposite of yang, it is calm, passive, nurturing and well - different.
We will hold postures between 1 and 7 minutes approximately, we will strengthen joints, ligaments, fascia and tendons and leave the muscles completely at the side. Sounds easy? Don’t be fooled, you won’t sweat but the practice goes very deep.




Sarah Mellor

Personal Bio

I’ve had a strong passion for dance and movement since I was a little child. After studying Dance as an undergraduate, I chose to combine this love with my desire to work with young people, so I embarked upon a PGCE in Dance Education. I have now been teaching Performing Arts in secondary schools for 8 years, in which time I have learned how teenagers face huge pressures, such as school, exams, friendship issues and social media expectations. Yet, many teenagers haven’t developed an awareness of how to cope with the negative emotions these pressures can bring. 

After discovering the soothing effects that Yoga can have on the body and mind, I wish to create a space for teenagers to feel safe and calm, along with developing a personal toolkit for managing stress and unwanted emotions. My classes have three core aims;

  • Teach young people how to cope with anxiety and stress through yoga and mindfulness 

  • Develop their sense of self-worth and confidence

  • Encourage them to lead a happy and healthy lifestyle- physically and mentally.

Fully CRB checked and insured. 

For more information, please contact: or search @threebearsyoga on Facebook/Instagram


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Kim Taylor

I have been attending classes, for both myself and my children, at The Yoga Tree for many years so am honoured to be joining this wonderful tribe.

My yoga journey began 20 years ago at the age of 14, when it was recommended to help me cope with exam and school stress. Over the past 20 years I have practised yoga in one form or another, and have always been amazed at how its helped me on a physical, mental and spiritual level.

Following the birth of my 3 children, I attended baby yoga and toddler yoga classes with them, and saw how amazing yoga is for babies and children of all ages. My children, now at 10ys, 8yrs and 3yrs old, all love rolling out their yoga mats and practising together.

I graduated as a primary school teacher in 2011 and, whilst I thoroughly enjoy teaching children, I struggled with the school environment and the expectations and pressures placed on the children. So after a nudge in the right direction, I decided to combine my 2 passions, teaching children and yoga. I will be delivering Young Yogis for ages 4-7yrs here at The Yoga Tree. The classes allow children to explore yoga in a fun and accessible way, including asana, pranayama, relaxation, stories, songs, themes and games. 


For more information please email or search Breathe n’ Bee Yoga on Facebook



Rachel Bilski


Rachel became dedicated to yoga and mindfulness after a life-changing meditation retreat helped her to shift out of chronic depression and anxiety. After years of combining her passions for travel and yoga at intensive retreats across Europe and Asia, Rachel headed to India for her first TTC and fell deeply in love with teaching. She has since attended trainings in mindfulness, anatomy and specialised Yoga Therapy, and is currently undertaking a diploma with the Minded Institute in London to become a certified Yoga Therapist. 


Rachel’s adventures with yoga have led her to host retreats in Portugal, manage a Yoga Studio in Vietnam and teach at an integral yoga and meditation centre in Cambodia. She also writes regularly for, and co-founded Shanti Niwas in 2017, a yoga collaborative holding retreats and workshops in Portugal and the UK. Born and raised in Congleton, Rachel is excited to be back and to share her skills with the local community. 


Rachel takes an integrative, therapeutic and holistic approach to yoga, teaching skills which can be employed both on and off the mat - always balanced with a splash of playfulness! She sees yoga as a way of life; a practical tool which not only improves health and wellbeing, but can help people to live mindfully and with purpose. 

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