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Active Inspirations

A group of dedicated Yoga teachers, who seek to pass on their knowledge and love of Yoga to support the local community in their quest for health and wellness. Yoga classes in Alton, Chawton, Medstead, Four Marks and Ropley, Hampshire.
Yoga classes in Alton, Chawton, Medstead, Four Marks and Ropley, Hampshire

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History

Sally-Ann Raffell

Active Inspirations was founded by Sally-Ann Raffell in 2003, in response to an identified need for Back-Care focussed Personal Training, which she delivered through Pilates style approaches based on 13 years of fitness and exercise teaching, and her own experience of managing back pain.

In 2004 Sally-Ann met Jenny Beeken, co-founder of The Inner Yoga Trust and entered their Yoga Teacher Training Programme, which inspired and altered her approach to teaching. Sally-Ann qualified as a Yoga teacher in 2008 and since that time has dedicated her teaching to Yoga, offering Yoga classes, Yoga Therapy and a unique approach to back care through an integrated approach which she calls Core-Flex Yoga.

Countless numbers of students have passed through her classes over the last 28 years of teaching locally, having benefited from Sally-Ann’s unique experience, her profound knowledge of the way the body moves and how to find freedom in the body in their everyday lives. Anybody who has experienced her holistic approach to teaching will tell you that in her classes you are touched by her dedication, infinite kindness, warmth and generosity of spirit.

Sally-Ann has now decided to take a break from teaching and will be fulfilling a long-cherished dream of travelling the world, heading off on a 3 year sailing adventure with her husband Damian. She will be returning to the U.K. to teach at her long-established Cornwall Yoga retreat and in the future hopes to teach workshops and focus on her specific areas of interest of Thai Yoga Massage and Myofascial Release Therapy.

The team of teachers who will be taking on Active Inspirations’ programme of weekly classes are profoundly grateful to Sally-Ann for entrusting them with her dedicated, responsive students, private groups and Thai Yoga Massage clients. They are indebted to her too for their own experience of her teaching and the transformative effect that it has had on their lives.

The diversity of teaching which will be offered as part of Active Inspirations’ extensive programme in the future will be as a result of the experiences of a group of dedicated Yoga teachers, who seek to pass on their knowledge and love of Yoga to continue to support the local community in their quest for health and wellness.

Sally-Ann’s legacy lives on in their teaching and therapy skills while Sally-Ann can take a well-earned rest. They wish her every happiness on her adventure.