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Katie Hancock

Yoga and I.

Yoga has been a support when I have fallen apart. It has been the greatest teacher when I have needed guidance. A source of inspiration in the doldrums.

But when I read the texts, and see pictures and videos it is nothing compared to being with others and sharing this rich and varied Eden of delight & joy for being in the human body.

The open sessions I run are influenced by what I am learning, but also with the steadiness of regular practice, and vigilance of where the mind and heart are taking us at any given moment.

I am bringing my own practice to you in each session, which is why each session is different. Even if we do regularly use sequences like the Sun Salutations, the mat is the sacred space of the Yogi, it is where we let our bodies be an expression of the temple it is designed to be...



" You are what your deep driving desire is,

as your desire is, so is your will,

as your will is so is your deed,

as your deed it, so is your destiny" 



This quote always gets my juices flowing, with such a power in the words, how can we keep learning

knowing how quickly we change.

Katie Hancock
Katie Hancock

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    The classes I teach

    Fridays Hatha Yoga, -an umbrella term encompassing many styles of Yoga, from asana, pranayama, vinyasa, and meditation, to discussion, theory, myth & philosophy, and deep relaxation and you will be privy to what Katie is studying at any given time. (She’s always studying something!)


    This is a lively interactive & established session, which often invites us to reach a deeper level of consciousness and enrich our lives with a full-bodied holistic spiritual practice.

    Everyone is welcome, but there are limited spaces.

    This is ideally a course that you commit to. Many attendees have been coming for several years.

    There are breaks for the holidays, which Katie takes into account when organising the content of sessions.

    From January ’23 the cost of sessions will be £10 per session. Or with a 10% discount for 6+ sessions advance booking.



    Thursday and Fridays Sun Salutations-

    Sun salutations or Surya Namascara is a sequence of poses and their transitions.

    Being guided by your breath, your stamina, strength and fitness will build over a short period of time. This is a great practice to take home as is short, sweet and safe, and manageable practice no matter how much time you allocate to your own practice.

    Because it is a repeated sequence, you can see your own progression over time, & build rapport with the others in the sessions.

    This is a sacred practice of revering the Sun itself, and how we wouldn’t be here without it, so also a great Sadhana for those who wish to pursue this path, & a dose of humbleness for everyone.

    Birdwood House 9-9.30


    Hancock's "Well-being" half hour. Thursday mornings

    This session is a natural lead on from Sun salutations, although It is an optional add-on so those with only half an hour to spare can just stick to the dynamic physical session.

    Katie is offering a guided well-being session with a focus on the breath.

     A Yoga teacher for over 10 years. 500hr Devon School of Yoga Teacher training course. Also trained in Buddhist meditation as well as continued professional development in Yoga Therapy, Active Somatics. & Yoga Nidra. 

    She has interests in Tibetan Yoga, Pranayama Breath-works, Martial arts, Reiki, Ceremony, Yoga Nidra, & meditation.

    This class is aimed at beginners though all are welcome.

    Katie is giving her time for free and a sponsor is meeting the costs of the venue.

    Attendance is donation based with a suggested contribution of £4-5 to costs. If this brings a concern to making ends meet don’t let this put you off.

    Joining our community is of more value than your money.

    This class came as a response to a realisation that the world can be tough - particularly after massively challenging times.

    We know that 30 minutes a week to focus on your well-being makes a difference to the rest of your life. Our experience is that it can make a big difference, and in some cases lead to changes in behaviours that enable a shift in your quality of life.

    The themes and suggestions brought up in these sessions are intended to bring you to a sense of "wellness"...

    The penny drops

    The lightbulb moments






    This session is tailored to those who attend.

    All are welcome.

    At Birdwood House Thursdays 9.30am

    What can you expect from Katie's sessions?

    I have a holistic approach to yoga, having had many guides and teachers myself.

    I have been given access to a wide variety of yoga practices, meditation and relaxation techniques, and active somatic methods to bring a sense of wholeness to a session.

    Inspired by Hatha yoga, Scaravelli yoga, Iyengar yoga as well as many other practitioners who influence my own study and practice. I have created sessions that meet the mood of the class, the weather, the season, what is needed at that time! And many other adaptations that may be of use to the attendees at that time and place.

    Yoga philosophy is important to me and I offer history and tradition in my sessions as a way to bring depth and vision to the attendees. My work lends itself to 1-1 sessions which I also offer and has the benefit of being specific and focussed to individual's needs and requests.

    Number of classes

    From January 2023 I will be running 4 sessions weekly. plus day retreats, and towards the other end of the year, longer weekend retreats, yoga holidays and residentials.

    Course length

    I teach regular classes in term times and most attendees book the half-term in advance. I also offer occasional weekend retreats or days of yoga.


    Drop-ins are welcome to sun salutations and Hancocks "Wellbeing" half-hour. & on request to the Hatha class on Fridays.

    Hatha Yoga sessions are termly unless you contact me to make arrangements.

    Katie's History

    Currently studying Yoga Nidra with Jane Macarness, I've been practising Yoga and Meditation since 1999. Buddhism since 2002. My Yoga practice is influenced by so many great teachers of all kinds of lineages of Yoga and movement. Iyengar, Jois, & Scaravelli methods as well as other influences based on ongoing studies.

    I also have a background in a variety of healing practices and the arts.


    • Yoga Nidra -teacher training, in progress
    • Karate Win Chung- In progress
    • Devon School of Yoga, Diploma Teacher training 500 hours. 2011
    • Reiki 1 Devon School of Reiki. Devon. 2021
    • Tomas Hana Somatics training guide. 2021
    • IYN Vitality in the spine CPD module 2020
    • Tae-Kwon-Do 9thKyu 2019
    • Meditation guide, Triratna Buddhism. 2009-
    • TaiChi Qi Gong support guide 2003-06
    • Fine Art degree 2001
    • Active Somatics 200 hours training.

    What I hope people get out of my clases

    I'd like to think people leave my sessions with a vibrancy which lends itself to efficiency, peacefulness and space in their everyday lives. Yoga is a practice which isn't just on a mat, it is broad and deep, and lends itself to how we think, how we react and respond, but also how we live our lives in so many ways.

    My life changed profoundly when I started going to regular classes 20 years ago, I found concentration easier, my eating habits changed, my friendships changed, lots of little details in my life seemed in need of adjusting to meet this newly found peace. I got to know myself a bit better, as an ever-changing being.

    I hope that some might find a taste of peace from my sessions.



    "Small observations in daily life help me to see how Yoga has improved my life...

    I like myself more... I was serious when I said the contribution I give for your time is the best spend I am making."

    — S.P

    "Katie's yoga sessions are full of passion, expression, lively and fun, a reality check or two, and can pretty much guarantee a deeply personal experience each time."

    — Tonia

    "An excellent teacher with a lighthearted touch!"

    — Andrew, Gentle Yoga
    Chapel house Studio.