About us

Tara Barton

Experienced yoga teacher delivering Ashtanga, Jivamukti, pregnancy and mum and baby yoga classes all over Manchester and the Didsbury area.
Yoga has been a constant in my life since I began practising with Mike Nevitt in 1997. It brings me moments of great peace and clarity in the crazy world in which we live. Physically it has sculpted and strengthened my body – mentally it has calmed my mind.

I have had the good fortune to train with and learn from many great teachers including David Swenson, John ScottMatthew Sweeney, David Williams, Brian Cooper (Union Yoga), Sharon Gannon and David Life. I teach from several traditions including Ashtanga Vinyasa, Jivamukti, Sivananda, Satyananda and Bihar, and my classes consist of flowing sequences of physically demanding yoga postures. I also use breathing and deep relaxation techniques which help still the mind.

Having trained with Uma Dinsmore-tuli, I also teach pregnancy and post–natal yoga, yoga for mum and baby, yoga for fertility, and children's yoga (age 0-16.) I am also a fully trained masseuse: Swedish, sports, pregnancy and children's peer massage.

Mandy Mills

My relationship with yoga started in 1998. Over the years I dipped in and out and tried as many yoga styles as I could lay my mat down in front of; including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Hatha, and more recently Jivamukti. In 2002, following a life changing trip to Thailand, I retrained as a Holistic therapist, where I qualified in ITEC Anatomy, Physiology & Massage and VTCT Complementary Therapies Diploma which included Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Massage. I have also studied and have received my certification for Reiki I, II and III.

I trained and was awarded the Yoga Alliance 200 hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training certificate with SYT Barry Todd of Mind and Body in Bury. I continue to learn and attend regular workshops and went on to further my studies in a year long course with Marilyn Heginbotham. I am currently on the Union Yoga Ashtanga teacher training course under the tutelage of Brian Cooper and Nichi Green at Yoga Space in Leeds.

I am on a journey to share yoga, holistic health & wellbeing to assist with nudging away old habitual patterns and welcome in change and personal growth. 

For me its not just the physical side of yoga, I love to teach and practice yoga to allow for transformation and organically integrate the influence of yoga into everyday life.

Charlene McAuley

Since I began practising yoga eight years ago, it has been the red line that has ran through many changes in my life.

Through an ongoing exploration of this ancient practice that in physical terms is simply breath and movement, I have grown tremendously appreciative of my body, learnt to live without constant worry, and allow vulnerability. Mainly practising Ashtanga for the majority of the eight years, I now incorporate other practices and movement into my personal practice, which has filtered through to my teaching. There is great benefit to be had in dedicating oneself to a system, yet I see how there is great empowerment in practising according to the needs of the moment.

And so I'm always a student, and in a class setting, I'm simply showing students what I have learnt through my own practice and wonderful teachers from yoga and other areas of movement and life. My teaching experience includes classes of beginners, elite athletes, one-to-ones, school children, and of course, my mum! Anyone can practise yoga, all we need to do is breathe and roll out the mat.

Jaina Bhana-Mistry

I was introduced to yoga when I joined the university gym. I found yoga easier to follow then the aerobic exercise; you could say I had two left feet!

Initially I practiced yoga for the physical benefits of the of postures (asanas). I loved the sensation of stretching, lengthening, toning and strengthening my muscles through the asana practice. Gradually the more I practiced the more I discovered on the mat about myself and the importance of the breath. Yoga intrigued me; every time I come to the mat I learnt something new and different both physically and mentally.

Eventually I registered to train to become a yoga teacher and qualified with my 200 hours Hatha yoga teacher training qualification. I trained with Allie Hill, Toni Roberts and Sharon Smillie from Yoga Haven.

I didn’t start teaching straight away; I continued exploring the union of mind, body and soul on my mat. Through my journey, I have attended several workshops taught by some inspiring people including Cat Alip-Douglas, Matthew Sweeney and Sue Hodgkinson.

In 2015 I decided to continue my training before teaching yoga full time. I registered with Clare Maddalena’s company Lushtums. Lushtums specialise in prenatal, postnatal and baby yoga. I have gained some amazing knowledge and insight into the good practice of teaching prenatal yoga and the positive changes we can make to mums-to-be.

I have been attending Tara’s yoga classes in Didsbury since 2010. I am privileged and honored to be given the opportunity by Tara to teach the prenatal classes in Didsbury. I am looking forward to meeting all you wonderful ladies as we breathe, move and relax together.

Benefits to prenatal yoga:

Pregnancy Yoga classes help you enjoy pregnancy and prepare physically, mentally and emotionally for birth and early motherhood. Every class is tailored to meet your needs. Suitable from 15/16 weeks to full term. Everyone is welcome, including complete beginners.

Join us to:
Learn essential birth breathing techniques and key movements that helps babies into more optimal positions for birth.

Keep common pregnancy ailments, such as backache, heartburn or SPD at bay. Keep fit, strong and healthy, reduce stress and anxiety, improve your digestion, balance your emotions, boost your immune system and enjoy deep, restful sleep.

Share your experiences and make lasting friendships – creating that invaluable support network all new mummies need.