Hosting senior renowned UK teachers for CPDs and workshops for local teachers and therapists.

"Bringing the local yoga community together”.

Shakti Yogis was founded by Lisa Valentine: After building up my own studio and classes in a gorgeous space near Banbury, I discovered that the yoga teacher community was lacking local support in our personal development as teachers. Over the years I have been truly inspired by many teachers and they have helped me to become the evolving teacher I am today; by inviting these knowledgeable Senior teachers to my studio, I hope to not only bring these anatomical, experiential and explorative trainings closer to the local teaching community but to also create a space where we can all grow and thrive together.

"Shakti” is the essence of vibrant health, feeling good in your own skin and feeling that your life has meaning and value. When you have Shakti you have the energy to engage with life in meaningful ways. Shakti empowers you to seek growth and change and to find purpose and fulfilment in everyday life."



Kate Ellis

Kate has been teaching yoga for over eighteen years having trained all over the world; yet her deepest experience came with a dedicated study, spanning ten years in a one-to-one setting in London with Sarah Litton. She is a senior teacher at Triyoga in London and has trained, supervised and mentored yoga teachers for over 10 years. In more recent years she has trained to include working with the emotional body, as a means to explore the ‘other half’ of the body- based practices she’s been involved in. She has an advanced diploma in Embodied Relational Therapy (a form of body psychotherapy), developed by Nick Totton and Alison Preistman; and also a diploma in ‘Wild Therapy’ developed by Nick which explores eco-psycotherapy. She has also trained in group facilitation.

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Catherine Annis

With nearly 40 years of experience, Catherine is well known for her imaginative and practical approach to yoga, originally a professional dancer, Catherine discovered yoga as a teenager and studied various styles of yoga including Sivananda, Iyengar, Astanga and various forms of Hatha yoga, before eventually gravitating to the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli.
Catherine’s daily yoga practice and teaching focuses on deepening physical awareness and alignment to reveal and release the natural freedom of the body, particularly the spine. She holds a Masters degree in ballet studies, and is a qualified Thai massage practitioner, and it is this interest in the body which informs and inspires her teaching.


Dawn Wright

Dawn is a Senior Yoga Teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience. She has been a teacher trainer for many years, tutoring on several 200 hour courses and delivering further training/CPD courses around the UK. She is known for delivering really practical training in a warm and supportive environment. Dawn also mentors and coaches yoga teachers in growing their yoga businesses.


Ness Sherry

Ness’s journey started over 25 years ago, and in 2007 she discovered and fell in love with Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, and it has been the focus of her practice ever since. She has studied with some extraordinary teachers over the years, none more so than John Scott, from whom she gained her Ashtanga Vinyasa teaching certifications in 2016/17.


Bill Wood

A yoga teacher since 1994, Bill runs weekly classes in south Devon, and weekend workshops and retreats all around the UK.

While inspired by many different yoga and meditation traditions, Bill’s main influence has been the teachings of the late Vanda Scaravelli, and he continues to study with Sandra Sabatini, one of her longest standing students.

He has also studied for 18 years with Diane Long; trained over many years with John Stirk and Sophie Hoare; and is also qualified as a Yoga Therapist (YBT), as a Sivananda Yoga Teacher, and as a Core Process Psychotherapist.

Bill lives between Dartmoor and the sea, with his family and a lurcher called Jago

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Sarah Lo

Sarah inspires students across the globe that it is possible under all circumstances to find their way to lead a more fulfilling life filled with compassion, ease and grace. As the Buddha said, “Knowing the mind, Shaping the mind and Freeing the mind” is the doorway to awakening to the root of happiness that we long for. Most of us will have experienced enough unhappiness and dissatisfaction with our lives that we look for inspiration to find the inner peace and confidence to allow us to live our lives as who we truly are, to our fullest potential, realising our hopes, dreams and aspirations.


Founder of Shakti Yogis and Lisa Valentine Yoga. Lisa’s journey began over 20 years ago, completing her 200hr in 2009, Pre and Post Natal in 2016, 90hr Yin training in 2017/19, Restorative Yoga in 2018. Lisa has been inspired by many of the teachers above. Her style of teaching keeps growing and developing over the years, every class she teaches can be different, one week might be quite dynamic and flowing, another might be slower, more alignment approached, themes such as specific body parts, Chakra balancing and the Chinese Medicine theory often pop up in class’s and workshops.


Davina Wellesley

Davina is currently training in Core Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute and a Level 3 Warmhearted Awareness with Sarah Powers. Davina’s initial training was with The British Wheel of Yoga a 500hr training over three years. Then I met Paul and Suzy Grilley on retreat and discovered Yin Yoga. I trained with Sarah Powers in Yin/Insight Yoga and Meditation, and has also done training in Scaravelli Inspired Yoga.

“Yoga is more than a physical practice – it’s a way of life, a practice of centeredness which affects our relationship to ourselves and others. It imprints on how we view the world and how we react to every situation that arises”.