Victoria Cunningham-Downey is the founder of StretchBodyMind. She holds an MA Honours degree in English Literature and Sociology and an MSc in Marketing as well as numerous certificates and diplomas in youth and community work and training/facilitation.
After doing youth work by day and teaching yoga by night she developed successful charity Stretch & Play for children and young people back in 2006. She then created Stretch NI in late-2009 to work specifically with adults and then moved to Scotland in late 2012 and developed this work into online and offline courses through StretchBodyMind.
She has been practising yoga for over 20 years and teaching for over 15; while she has been teaching Pilates since 2006 and been training yoga teachers since 2007. She is a Senior Yoga Teacher (1000+ hours) and is insured to teach both Yoga and Pilates at all levels (including pregnancy yoga).
In addition to the professional development training provided through StretchBodyMind, including the Stretch Pilates Matwork Instructor Training (which is accredited by Active IQ) and StretchBodyMind Yoga Teacher Training (accredited by Yoga Alliance UK), Victoria delivers personal development programmes through her own website.
Christine Flannery is a chartered physiotherapist, qualifying in 1975 and later specialising in treating musculo-skeletal problems. The latter part of her full-time career (2000 onwards) involved management and development roles.
She first attended yoga classes in 1973 and, while she qualified to teach Pilates 5 years ago, her main love has always been yoga. So she was thrilled to train as a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Victoria and StretchBodyMind in 2015.
She is very interested in anatomy and how it applies to yoga and is the A&P specialist on all StretchBodyMind Teacher Training courses where she blends her physiotherapy knowledge with over 40 years of yoga experience.
Karen Howie first discovered yoga classes (Iyengar) in 2007 after 20 years of participating in her love for Aerobics and Step. Following this new found practice and discovering how yoga could help her with niggling injuries she had attained over the years, she started attending workshops and weekend yoga courses to delve deeper into the world of Yoga and the different styles.
In 2009 she completed her Hatha Yoga Diploma with the Devon School of Yoga. Loving the benefits that Yoga offered her she decided to leave the world of pounding her body through Spinning, High Energy Aerobics, Step & Weights behind. She completed her Ashtanga Vinyasa certification in 2012 and Advanced Ashtanga through Rocket Yoga in 2013 with It’s Yoga Thailand.
Karen has been studying and practicing Yoga for nearly 10 years and has been teaching since 2009. Her teaching style blends an appreciation for a strong body, a love of movement, flowing breath and a quiet mind. She is committed to inspiring people to live their best life through the practice of yoga.
Angela Elliott has an Honours degree in Sports Science, HND in Health and Fitness, Diploma in Thai Yoga and Swedish Massage and a Diploma in Teaching proper Breathing, as well as having multiple teaching qualifications in Yoga, Spin, Line Dancing, Body Pump, Aqua, Step, Body Combat and Zumba, to name but a few. Angela is constantly studying and growing as a teacher and looks forward to sharing her knowledge with others.
At the moment she is currently working with Macmillan Cancer Foundation teaching Chi-Gung to cancer patients as well as running her own online health and well-being business and writing articles for Yoga websites where she advises and helps those looking to take that step to a healthier happier lifestyle.
Throughout her 15 year career, Angela has worked with people from all walks of life including celebrities, professionals, disabled people and young adults. She believes that everyone deserves a life full of health and happiness and this is reflected in all the courses she designs. Prices of classes, workshops and online material are kept low to encourage people from any walk of life to gain access to her life-enhancing knowledge.