martin_and_fran_yoga_dharmaFran and Martin have a unique and inspiring teaching style. Born out of their utter dedication to their own practice and each other. For the past 45 years they have been exploring Yoga practice as a way of life and warmly share this with their students, family & friends.

They have developed a distinctive style which is challenging, dynamic & deeply supportive of the individual. They have been blessed to have worked with many renowned teachers including Pattabhi jois, Dharma Mittra, David Swenson, Danny Paradise, Venkatesh, Brian Cooper and Ana Forest. They have studied in India for extensive periods, enabling them to offer a blend of tradition and contemporary insight to yoga for Westerners.

Martin brings calm authority, discipline and focus while Fran brings nurture, creativity and laughter, together they offer a profound yet unpretentious wealth of experience which they share generously, enabling their students to access their potential.

Want to know more about our fabulous team? Here are they are!

Martin Thompson Yoga

Martin Thompson Yoga

45 Years Yoga Experience
Martin has a life time of yoga experience behind him beginning his yoga journey 45 years ago. Martin trained with the worlds leading teachers including Brian Cooper and Patabi Jois. Martin is a Union Yoga Certified Ashtanga...
Fran

Fran

Fran is:

a British Wheel of Yoga Diploma Course Teacher ,
has trained with Brian Cooper of Union Yoga to gain a Union Yoga Teaching Diploma,
has completed the Yoga Alliance UK Teacher Training Course ,
and is a certified member of the...

Lola

Lola

In 2012 Lola had a riding accident which fractured her spine, neck, shoulder (and broke some ribs, too!) After physiotherapy she tried Pilates and then discovered yoga and never looked back. She fell in love with the philosophy and history of yoga and...

Michelle

Michelle

My earliest memory of yoga was watching my mother during her home practice in the early 1970s, I was fascinated by the beautiful postures, their names and their associations with nature and animals.

I began my own journey over 30 years ago when I met...

Alex

Alex

I went to my first Yoga Class 30 years ago, with my sister Fran. She had wanted to practise since she was a child and it was something new to do on our day off together. From the moment I walked in, I was so inspired by all these people in their 50's...

Elaine

Elaine

I also teach Anatomy and Thai Massage workshops at Yoga Dharma. I am a chartered physiotherapist and Thai massage therapist. I have been going to classes at Yoga Dharma for ten years, but my first attempts at yoga were in the seventies.

Over the...

Steve

Steve

Steve has been practising yoga for 10 years and has recently completed the two hundred hour teacher training course at Yoga Dharma.

By profession Steve is an art & design teacher at Seevic College in Benfleet, and has a studio in Leigh where...