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 and Satvada Retreats with her partner, Darren. Lucia first discovered yoga in London 25 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' 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 Sarah Powers, Norman Blair, Judith Lasater, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Martin Aylward, Mark Williams and Christina Feldman amongst her big influences. 

Lucia is an experienced retreat teacher, and has studied Mindfulness Based Approaches with Bangor University at Postgraduate level. She is also 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 almost 20 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 hugely popular yoga classes for us on Thursday evenings, Wednesday mornings and Saturdays. 

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.

Izzie Miller

Izzie Miller
Izzie is a highly experienced teacher and practitioner. She has been teaching yoga for 14 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 ten 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 trained and qualified yoga nidra teacher after studying with Uma Dunsmore-Tuli.

Vikki regularly teaches Friday night Yoga Nidra sessions and Yoga for Better Sleep courses at the studio.

She also co-teaches, with Lucia, Satvada Retreats' highly regarded Mindfulness for Wellbeing weekends in Norfolk. 

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 found yoga to help 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 purely on physical fitness.

Sophie trained to teach yoga with world-renowned teacher, Simon Low. She aims to create a safe, calming environment focusing on the healing power of yoga - physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Sophie takes our forever popular Wednesday 8.30pm and Friday 6.45pm yoga classes. 

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.

Sam initially came to yoga looking for relief from lower back pain. Before long she was attending several regular weekly classes and had found the relief she was looking for, plus so much more. 

Sam says that coming to The Mill for weekly yoga classes (as a student) became her haven, and she soon became completely immersed in the practices. In her teaching approach, Sam links movement of the body with the breath, whilst honouring where the body and mind is at that given moment. 

She aims to create a warm, safe and supportive environment for everyone to come and practice. Sam takes our super-popular Tuesday 7.15pm Strong Beginners Yoga and 8.30pm Beginners Yoga classes. 

Stephanie Blanchard

Stephanie Blanchard
Steph was diagnosed with a scoliosis in her early twenties and spent most of her adult life on prescribed pain killers. She came to yoga to improve strength and overall fitness and soon found she could move pain-free with no medication; however, she was more surprised at the changes felt in breath and relaxation. Yoga opened a connection to peace & stillness within her and she is keen to help others find this peace within themselves.

Steph is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance registered teacher trained through Yogacampus, a Yoga Nidra Teacher with Yoga Nidra Network and a Meditation Teacher trained by Rolf Sovik of the Himalayan Institute (USA).

She teaches a therapeutic, mindful style of practice combining the use of body, breath and mind giving students the opportunity to develop an awareness of their body by encouraging them to feel from within, paying attention to safe alignment and providing a practice that is right for each student.

Lisa Hands

Lisa Hands
Lisa studied Hatha Yoga on a YA200 hr, Level 3 Diploma Course with Helena Bingham, qualifying in 2016. She is registered with Yoga Alliance. 

With continuous study on and off the mat, Lisa is grateful to have studied with Donna Farhi, Jambo Truong, Philip Xerri and Helena as she continues to further and deepen her knowledge and understanding of this wonderful discipline.

Beginning yoga in her late teens with a lovely yoga teacher, Pat Bruce, she feels fortunate to have had yoga as a tool to find balance on and off the mat. 
Following a tough period in her life her love of yoga deepened. This gave her the push to seek out a yoga teacher training course.

Lisa aims to share the well-being and nourishing benefits through asana, pranayama and meditation along with the peace and equilibrium for a healthy body and mind that can be found through yoga.

Amanda Houston

Amanda Houston yoga
Amanda describes herself as being a little lost and mentally burned out when she first arrived on the yoga mat. It didn't take long for her to be hooked. She says: "I remember lying in Savasana in a state of pure bliss crying my eyes out. Something had shifted - I could breathe!"

Soon after, Amanda became a dedicated Ashtanga practitioner, and over the years, was drawn to Ashrams in India. It was here, surrounded by peace and spirituality, she discovered her path to teach. In February 2017, during a sabbatical from work, she completed a 200-hour teacher training with Peak Beings in Hawaii. 

Since then, Amanda has studied with Annie Carpenter (Vinyasa / Smart Flo), Norman Blair, Sarah Lo (Yin Yoga), Lisa Kaley-Isley (Yoga for Anxiety and Depression) and Rod Stryker (Yoga Nidra).

Amanda describes herself as a convert to yin yoga, after feeling amazed by the profound and calming effects it had on her own hectic life. She says: "In such a fast-paced world, we desperately need to slow down, take a breath and connect deeper to ourselves. Practising these two styles of yin and yang together can help us do just that, creating harmony, both physically and mentally."

Martyna Zygaj

Martyna Zygaz
Martyna moved to Chelmsford after discovering the joy of teaching yoga in studios around London. She completed her teacher training at triyoga both in Anusara with Bridget Woods-Kramer and in yin yoga with Sarah Lo. 

She loves to share the skills she has had the privilege of learning during her training.

Her classes are carefully planned, with considerations made for physical limitations to ensure classes can be tailored for each student to make sure everyone can participate in whichever way they like.

Expect to be challenged during the class, whilst also being given the time and space to relax.