Shambhala Yoga was founded by Kyle McLachlan and Natasha Fullerton who have spent the last few years travelling the world and have been fortunate to learn and practice yoga with experienced teachers in places world renowned for yoga such as Nepal, India, Thailand and Bali.
Spending time in India, they gained a variety of experience in different philosophies, including Sivananda Yoga at their Ashram in Kerala and Himalayan Iyengar Yoga in Goa. This inspired them to complete their 200 hour Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India in May 2018.
WHO WE ARE
Kyle’s yoga journey began in 2016, attending classes in an attempt to calm his mind and address his anger issues.
Kyle has come a long way since then. During his time travelling he immersed himself in the practice of yoga. Kyle was particularly inspired by his time in India and Nepal and returned home with a positive mind set and a clear vision to share his knowledge and teaching with everybody that he meets on his yogic path.
‘Yoga has completely transformed my life, I know now true happiness comes from within and I want to encourage and teach others how it can do the same for them. I believe I have found my life purpose’.
Kyle has faced difficulties with his own mental health throughout the years, and advocates strongly about the positive effects yoga can have on the mind and body. His mantra is ‘long breath, long life’.
Kyle’s aim is to change the stereotypical attitudes towards yoga and encourage more people, particularly men to take up the practice.
Kyle's passion for yoga shines through. His classes focus on bringing the traditional practices of yoga to the western world. He is also challenging attitudes around masculinity and his Men who Stretch classes encourage men to come together and see that yoga is for everyone.
Kyle also teaches classes in the local community for school teachers and in care homes.
Natasha has been practicing yoga intermittently for several years and admits to previously viewing yoga as a physical exercise to stretch and increase flexibility. However her recent travels totally transformed her perspective on yoga as she experienced first-hand the healing benefits of yoga. After years of struggling with anxiety, low self esteem and difficult times in her life,the practice of yoga has been life changing. Natasha now incorporates yoga as a way of life.
Natasha’s background is in social work and she has experience of working with a variety of people with vast a range of difficulties including poor mental health and addictions. Natasha’s aim is to make yoga accessible to everybody and give people the opportunity to experience the positive and therapeutic benefits of yoga she has. This has inspired Natasha to complete a 50 hour Yin Teacher Training Course. She has also completed a Yoga Therapy and Mindfulness for Addictions course with the Minded Institute and a Yoga and Mindfulness for Autism and ADHD course with Special Yoga. She is also a qualified Children's Yoga Teacher, as well as a Teen Yoga Teacher through affiliated charity Teen Yoga.
Natasha is keen to share her knowledge and experience of yoga to empower people and help them to live happier and healthier lives. Natasha’s style of classes allow people to go deeper and see that yoga is much more than just the physical poses.
As well as teaching at the studio, Natasha also teaches classes in a local recovery cafe and hopes to expand this to other areas of need in the local community.