Team

Our Team

Amanda Harpin

Amanda is the founder of Holmfirth Yoga and Pilates and Holmfirth Reformer Pilates. As a former business manager and accountant, she brings a no fear attitude and approach to keeping  moving. Taking the business forward and developing it into a super Health and Wellness Hub.

She was a fitness nut as a youngster and exercise crazy in her 20s and 30s, Amanda first decided to qualify as a Personal Trainer and make it her career at 40. She brings her “anything is possible “attitude to the studio, her classes, her teaching, her encouragement and her belief in every one of her clients.

Amanda understands in detail the systems of the body, muscular movement and how the mind and body can work together and connect. She now is our Reformer
Pilates teacher,  mat Pilates instructor, yoga instructor, health coach and reiki master

Rachel Gosling

Rachel has found the most beautiful way to teach a therapeutic Yoga. She has vast experience and connects with her clients in a wonderful and wacky way. Always bringing warmth and fun to her classes.

Rachel can be described as a yoga teacher, lover of dance, movement and life. She has always been a “mover” but found her vocation as she explored ways to manage and recover from her own physical and mental dis-ease. This difficult and life-changing time was a turning point for Rachel where she reviewed her life’s purpose.

Determined to aid her own recovery and truly live her potential, she found that yoga was her sanctuary and eventually a place to discover amazing things about herself. From here the seed was sown. In sharing her enthusiasm for movement and flow, she discovered that others could also reap the benefits and loved her creative and therapeutic approach.

Continually growing and evolving, Rachel continues to develop and train with various teachers from across the world including Abby Hoffman, Uma Dinsmore Tuli, Angela Farmer, Judith Hanson Lasater, Sarah Swindlehurst, Liz Koch and many more.

Helen Flockton

Helen is your Pilates instructor who will look after you at the start of your Pilates journey. A level 3 instructor with a vast physiology and anatomy knowledge Helen teaches in detail, slowly, accurately and gently. She has a lovely soft approach to teaching and will be taking our Foundation classes.

Michelle Bland

Michelle has joined us to teach Yoga , she has always enjoyed sport and has played competitive hockey for many years. She regularly runs and has also taught exercise classes at all levels for many years.

She started her own yoga journey to explore more within her fitness and sport career, she was surprised at how her flexibility, mobility and core strength improved, and how the focus balanced the competitive side of her nature.

She also specialises in bespoke Exercise and Yoga for long term health conditions and disabilities. Her vision here is to promote the benefits of Yoga for maintaining independence and quality of life.

Michelle’s story started when she worked as a care assistant working with people who have dementia. She managed a centre and then worked with the local council exercise referral scheme “PALS” . There for 20 years Michelle has a vast specialist experience with the Cardiac and Pulmonary hospital rehabilitation, with people who have, Head Trauma, Strokes, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Cancer, Anxiety, Low Mood /Depression and socially isolated.

Michelle will be your instructor for Yoga for Men

 

Rosalyn Raine

Rosalyn has joined us to teach Yoga and brings us a class to uplift and energise. 

She teaches with sunshine and joy, with a positive , kind and fun approach. 

You will feel your mobility improve and return. Practicing with Rosalyn will help you retain that fluidity and movement.

Rosalyn completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training course in the first lockdown whilst isolating.
From her own experience she understands the importance of foot health and joint mobility and this is truly embedded in her being!
The class is a a flowing vinyasa style, with lots of attention to alignment, lots of modifications and options.

You will feel stronger, longer and more mobile and leave her class uplifted and energised. 

 

 

carmen morris

Carmen originally trained as a professional dancer in London, experiencing her first Yoga class at dance college. She spent a few years attending classes at the Sivanda Yoga Centre learning the yoga disciplines of asana (postures) and pranyama (breathing). She immediately felt the physical and mental benefits of yoga and it became an integral part of her life.

She later stumbled across an Ashtanga class in her local area and this became her practice for the next 20 years.

15 years ago Carmen moved to Huddersfield and struggled to find an Ashtanga yoga teacher, so she embarked on her teacher training at yoga space in Leeds with Brian Cooper the founder of Yoga alliance Uk.

Since then she has studied with many renown teachers from all over the world. Such as John Scott,Kino, Tim Fieldman, David Swenson, Eddie Stern and Taylor Hunt.

She has taught in the area for many years and now returns to teaching with us after a short break

 

Nick harpin

conNick and  Amanda are founders of Holmfirth Yoga & Pilates.

As a former professional cricketer and semi-professional footballer has a great knowledge of the rigours the body has to go through to reach its ultimate performance.

He is a qualified sports massage therapist and sports injury therapist, using all experience of the sports body and injuries acquired over a long period of time. So whether you require sports massage, injury management, pre or post event advice on warmup and warm down, or maintenance massage Nick can help.

A professional cricketer for 15 years in Durham as a club professional for 8 clubs North Durham, Gateshead Fell, Bill Quay, Eppleton, Leadgate, Houghton-le-Spring before returning home and a season at Shepley. Whilst representing Durham, Nick was also a semi professional footballer playing at a decent level with clubs like Bradley Rangers, Durham City, North Shields among others.

Now , he is  Head coach at Holmfirth CC and loves working with all ages and promoting all ages into senior teams and helping them become the best they can be whilst looking after their bodies. He understands what it takes mentally and more importantly physically to reach your potential.

Nick can be reached via our  contact page below

 

Liz CORK

Liz is a Counsellor and Psychotherapist.

Whatever your reason for seeking counselling or psychotherapy Liz offers time to talk, confidentially, in a safe place where you will be listened to without being judged. You will find Liz welcoming and understanding with a genuine desire to help. She works on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to feel good about yourself and your life.

Before her life as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, she worked in a number of demanding roles within private sector organisations and charities. Liz has a particular interest in helping clients from across West Yorkshire who are experiencing difficulties with; work-place stress, achieving a work/life balance, changing career, redundancy or finding meaningful work. 

Liz can be contacted directly Email [email protected]

or via our contact page below.

 

helen gardner

 

Helen is a counsellor.

She believes that the best therapy takes place in a safe, supportive environment where the uniqueness of each client can be respected. Because no two experiences are the same, she works creatively and flexibly to adapt to the needs of each individual.

Helen specialises in working with bereavement and related issues: grief, loss, anxiety, abuse, lack of self-belief, disrupted family relationships, and isolation and loss of purpose in life. A bereavement is a devastating event that disrupts lives and, when ignored or suppressed, has the power to
cause lasting emotional harm. Whether your experience is recent or has occurred way back in the past, she can offer you the time and space to tell your story, help you to deal with difficult emotions and feelings, and encourage you to find within yourself the strength and determination
to move forward.

Helen can be reached via our contact page below or directly to here her email here.

 [email protected]

 

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