Our teachers


We pride ourselves on having some of the very best teachers that Essex has to offer.

Lucia Cockcroft

Lucia Cockcroft
Lucia co-runs Yoga At The Mill with her partner, Darren. Lucia first discovered yoga almost 20 years ago, whilst looking for a non-competitive way to improve fitness and wellbeing. She found herself bitten hard by the yoga bug, and, after ten years' of practice, trained with the Sivananda school in California.

Further study led Lucia to study yoga and meditation with some of the world's leading yoga and mindfulness meditation teachers, and she is honoured to list Bo Forbes, Jason Crandell, Sarah Powers, Judith Lasater, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Christina Feldman amongst her influences. 

Lucia is an experienced retreat teacher, and has studied Mindfulness Based Approaches (to Teaching 1) with Bangor University at Postgraduate level. She is a qualified Mindfulness in Schools teacher. She is passionate about the ability of both meditation and yoga to empower and transform.




Darren Cooper

Darren Cooper
Darren Cooper is the co-founder of Yoga at the Mill and Satvada Retreats. With over 17 years' experience of yoga and meditation, Darren gained his 200 hour teaching qualification at London-based Yoga Campus and is now dedicated to the running and hosting of Satvada Retreats.

Darren has been privileged to have studied with leading world yoga teachers, including: Jason Crandell, Simon Low, Tara Fraser, Norman Blair and Paul Dallaghan.

Originally a software designer, Darren is the brains behind Satvada's own website and booking system. He is happiest on location at our venues, on retreat with our guests, helping to ensure all runs smoothly!





Sarah Sadler

Sarah Sadler
Sarah has been teaching yoga for 14 years, with a broad background that includes Iyengar and Hatha yoga, meditation, dance and Thai yoga massage. Sarah has studied yoga therapy with Fiona Agombar, mother and baby yoga with Birthlight, and Yoga for children and teenagers with Yogabugs. Her friendly. personal and accessible teaching style marries the specifics of alignment and body awareness with a flowing, breath-orientated approach.

Sarah teaches a blink-and-spaces-are-gone beginners' yoga course at The Mill, 8.45-10am on Saturday mornings, and a popular 10:05pm mindfulness meditation Saturday class (for those with previous meditation experience).





Abi Eldred

Abigael Eldred
From October 2014, we are delighted to be offering the highly regarded MBCT course: a powerful, scientifically validated form of therapy/training combining mindfulness meditation with strands of CTB (Cognitive Behaioural Therapy).

The MBCT will be facilitated by Abi Eldred (Cornerstone Psychological Services), a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with extensive experience of working with emotional and mental health issues. She is keen to promote positive mental wellness and to emphasise the connections between mind, body and mood in order to maintain and improve mental wellbeing. She is trained in a number of therapeutic approaches including MBCT, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and EMDR.





Sarah Nunn

Sarah Nunn
Sarah Nunn has been practising yoga for ten years, and completed her teaching diploma with Teach Yoga four years ago. She is currently studying to become a Yoga Therapist.  Sarah has practised many schools of yoga and in many different countries, and is an experienced retreat teacher. 

Sarah is especially interested in alignment and the spiritual aspects of yoga, including meditation. Her approach is thoughtful, inclusive and naturally mindful.





Izzie Miller

Izzie Miller
Izzie is a highly experienced teacher and practitioner. She has been teaching yoga for 11 years - both in France and the UK - and has taught students from a diverse range of backgrounds. She has training with the renowned ashtanga teaches Brian Cooper, David Swenson, Richard Freeman and, closer to home, Mark Freeth.

Izzie's teaching style focuses on the individual and her classes promote self- awareness, with strong emphasis on the breath. Her main specialism is ashtanga yoga: the dynamic, flowing method of yoga originally brought to a wide Western audience by the Indian master Pattabhi Jois, made famous in the west by a celebrity following amongst the likes of Madonna and Sting.




Vikki Stevenson

Vikki Stevenson
Vikki has been teaching yoga for several years, after training with world renowned teacher Simon Low. Vikki has gone on to study pregnancy and postnatal yoga to an advanced level with Francoise Freedman, founder of Birthlight, and is also a yoga nidra teacher after studying with Uma Dunsmore-Tuli.

Vikki regularly teaches Yoga for Better Sleep courses at the studio, based on her experience and passion of yoga nidra, a deep guided relaxation method.




Caroline Rose

Caroline Rose
Caroline came to Yoga in 2000, seeking relief from the stress of working in a challenging secondary school, and started with a class at a local gym. She was hooked instantly and continued her journey into Yoga at the Ipswich Buddhist Centre studying Sivananda Yoga, before exploring Hatha and Vinyasa flow styles, which led her to discovering the transformitive power of Yoga.

Caroline holds an Independent Yoga Network Teaching Diploma and during her training she was encouraged to find her own style and her own voice. She strongly believes that what we learn on the mat can be taken off the mat and into our lives.

Her classes are a thoughtful blend of breath-work, asanas and a meditative relaxation with a caring and inclusive approach.





Sally Ford

Sally Ford
After her first hatha yoga class age 18 Sally knew she had discovered something very special, she had found a lifelong companion. In her early twenties she lived in Sri Lanka at a Buddhist co-operative, where she was introduced to mindfulness and meditation. Initially Iyengar taught, and since then combining body and breath awareness into a flowing meditative practice, Sally takes a holistic approach to her teaching, bringing in all aspects of yoga to heal, support and maintain a healthy body and mind.

Sally has scoliosis and believes that yoga practice has kept her back strong and pain free, she believes that the curvature has lessened with yoga practice. Sally has studied yoga therapy for ME with Fiona Agombar, two years with Jill Cook studying pranayama (breathing practices) and meditation and Somatic movement with Tias Little - gentle body movements that work on healing the body and mind at a deeper level. She has a Teaching Diploma from Yogacampus.




Sophie MacDonald

Sophie MacDonald
Sophie MacDonald is a student-teacher in training. Shehas completed her yoga teacher training course run by the highly-regarded Yoga Academy, taught by Simon Low, and has finished her British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course. She started yoga to help find peace and soothe anxiety after the loss of a close family member. After the first few classes at a local gym, she wanted to discover more of what yoga had to offer and left the gym in search of yoga classes focused on the emotional benefits of the practice rather than focusing purely on physical fitness.

Sophie attends three yoga classes and one meditation class during the week, and has a daily self-practice. Sophie aims to create a safe, calming environment focusing on the healing power of yoga - physically, emotionally and spiritually.




Mine Hilmi

Mine Hilmi
In addition to being a mum, Mine is a British Wheel of Yoga trained teacher, having passed her teaching Diploma in December 2012, following three years of study with Pauline Flemming.

Mine started practising yoga about 15 years ago whilst working in the city and feeling the effects of all the stress and rushing around. She found that, by making yoga part of her weekly routine, she became aware of subtle changes in her approach to life and started to feel a glimmer of inner peace. In her yoga classes Mine focuses primarily on the union of mind, body and breath to create a feeling of balance both internally and externally, as well as promoting a feeling of well being.

Each of Mine's sessions will concentrate on a different peak posture (asana), introducing some yoga philosophy and finishing with a lovely relaxation. Each asana is taught to suit your individual ability with modification or props if required.




Samantha Rose

Samantha Rose
Samantha is a Yoga Alliance Teacher having completed her 200 hour teacher training with internationally renowned Yoga and Pilates Teacher, Elena Voyce PhD of Teach Yoga.

I initially came to yoga looking for relief from lower back pain. Before long I was attending several regular weekly classes and I had found the relief I was looking for, plus so much more. Coming to the mat at The Mill fast became my haven, I soon became completely immersed and on my path of self-discovery in the practice of yoga. Having attended regular classes, several workshops and maintaining a steady personal practice, it was whilst on an amazing retreat in Morocco that it was cemented in my mind, this is what I wanted to do … teach and share the wonder of yoga.

I enjoy a mindful practice, linking movement of the body with the breath, whilst honouring where the body and mind is at that given moment. I like to create a warm, safe and supportive environment for everyone to come and practice.




Claire Randall

Claire Randall
Claire is a British Wheel of Yoga Teacher and has been teaching for over 10 years to both adults and children. She has been inspired by many teachers, in particular by Jo Manuel, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Norman Blair. She has completed her Yoga Nidra Teacher Training as well as working with Jo Manuel at The Special Yoga Foundation using therapeutic yoga to help those in need and supporting families. Claire feels that, through her teaching and guidance, she can provide a yoga practice to suit every student and to allow them to experience how rewarding yoga can be.

Claire's classes offer an opportunity to slow down in a very busy world in order to gain some clarity and space, with a sense of balance through movement with yoga asanas, moving meditations, pranayama, meditation, yoga nidra and relaxation.




Renate Mullins

Renata Mullins
I am originally from Germany but have almost lived more years outside of Germany than inside…. Places which have formed me are Australia, South Africa, France and different parts of the UK.  Yoga found me first in South Africa in 1999, but somehow the timing wasn’t right. A second attempt in the UK, in 2001, was far more successful and led to me doing my Teacher Training with Yoga Vidya in 2002 in Germany. 

After having lived in the Yoga Vidya Ashram for 7 months, teaching and working, I started up classes in Brentwood. Over the last 16 years I have add to my repertoire and have found that a lot of the skills I have learnt in Yoga, I really want kids and young people to know, so they have them to hand a lot earlier than me! I am a Relax Kids Coach, trained with Rainbow Yoga (Kids Yoga, Partner Yoga & Community Yoga) and Teen Yoga.





Daniel Groom

Daniel Groom
Daniel Groom is a talented and experienced yoga teacher and yoga therapist, who has been practising a wide range of yoga styles since the year 2000.

A CNHC-registered Yoga Therapist, Daniel teaches an energising breath-focused hatha flow and meditation for the morning sessions, and a blend of gentle and restorative yoga, and yoga nidra, for the evenings

He has studied Yoga Therapy, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with leading experts and has had first -hand experience of the supportive nature of these practices. Daniel's mindful approach is caring, authentic and inclusive.