The teachers here at Flow Studio Belfast each have their own unique contribution and are here to share their experience, knowledge and passion for yoga with you. We understand that every student has their individual reasons and needs for practising, and whether it’s physical, emotional or spiritual, our teachers will provide a welcoming, supportive environment for you to have the most positive experience.
ELIZABETH WELTY, PHD Founder & Co-Owner
I have been passionate about yoga, dance and the arts my whole life, and believe in the transformative potential of these mediums for personal and social change. Growing up, I was a member of a pre-professional ballet company, and loved time in the studio for the cultivation of presence & movement. In 2008 I received my ‘Registered yoga Teacher’ (RYT 200 – Yoga Alliance) from an Ashram in Boulder Colorado, yet my passion for movement, breath and music led me to Vinyasa Flow Yoga. With my business partner Eleanor Steane, we've opened 2 vinyasa yoga studios in Belfast’s Queen’s Quarter and the Cathedral Quarter – founded on an ethos of welcome, inclusivity and transformation.
I have been working in peace & conflict studies, capacity building and education for the past 18 years throughout Ireland, Europe and the United States. I have recently completed a PhD at Queen’s University in Multicultural Education and I always strive to bring the best of my education, skills and passion forward each time I step on the mat.
As a yoga teacher, I seek to empower students to be strong, flexible and easy in their bodies, peaceful and clear in their minds, and playful in spirit.
ELEANOR STEANE Co-Owner & Yoga Director
In my twenties I lived in Australia where my exploration and newfound love of yoga came into being. As a gift I received a beautiful little yoga book by Jessie Chapman and proceeded to spend many hours in a small, basement bedroom, with a beach towel as my yoga mat and a ceiling too low to extend my arms fully overhead in any sort of salute to the sun, trying to understand and recreate the wonderful images in the book. Little did I know at this stage the powerful impact this practice would have on my life.
After some well needed guidance from amazingly gifted teachers who all helped to enrich my passion and understanding of yoga my journey began to evolve. I’ve studied with the YTTC, Birthlight, Sadie Nardini, Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga and Jane-Louise Kelly, Yogabuddies. I’ve also been fortunate enough to commence study under the guidance of Shiva Rea to become a Prana Flow Teacher.
My students can expect a deep, challenging and informative practice. Through unique and creative sequences you will be encouraged to discover what your body is capable of in a playful, non-competitive way. My classes will leave you feeling invigorated, open and grounded with a deeper connection to your breath.
It was in my final year at Art College when I got hooked to yoga, eventually my art gave way to my new passion. After my first teacher training with YTTC in Belfast in 2002, I travelled to ashrams in India and Nepal to learn as much as I could about yoga and meditation. Always a humble student, eager to learn, I finally came to Vinyasa Flow in recent years. I love the creativity I can achieve in a flow practice, mixed with the foundations of good alignment.
My Yogic path eventually lead me to Shamanism - an ancient form of spirituality, some say, dating back 40,000 years. Shamanism has opened a doorway enabling me to journey into my own intuitive knowing, gaining a deeper connection to myself and my purpose. Since traveling in South America in 2012, I have been developing “Chocolate Shamanic Yoga” - a workshop blending my knowledge of both of these forms of spirituality, plus a very special chocolate from Guatemala. My vision is to ignite an awakening of consciousness and self inquiry in my students.
Around 10 years ago I was first introduced to Zen Meditation and Mindfulness, practices which really changed how I saw the world. Not long after delving into meditation as an integral part of my day to day life, I attended my first yoga class. For me, yoga was another perfect expression of meditation and mindfulness. I have enjoyed practicing many different styles of yoga, and still do. I love to learn in general, and to be a student of yoga is a lifelong commitment for me.
I completed my Yoga Teacher Training at a classical Ashram in Northern India; where my commitment and passion for the practice were well and truly sealed. As a teacher I can only hope that I am able to impart some of this passion to others. In classes you can expect a laid back style, with strong slow flowing practices. My focus tends to be not solely on the physical alignment of yoga, but also the inward alignment and exploration of breath, spirit, and soul.
I came to yoga in 2007 for the physical benefits of stretching and strengthening as I was training to run a marathon. However through time I became aware of the subtleties of my yoga practice. I became curious about the other aspects and why I was not only benefiting physically but also emotionally and spiritually. My yoga teacher encouraged me to read some of the great texts written by teachers from strong lineages to help me understand why there was a shift in my energy levels. My passion continued to grow and I went on to complete my teacher training with the YTTC Ireland in April 2012.
Although trained in Hatha I became drawn to the flowing movement of Vinyasa and how this practice energises the body, leaving each class with literally a “spring in my step.”
I bring Yoga Philosophy to my classes, making reference to it throughout the practice. My aim is to support students not only with their physical practice but also to encourage them to use yoga to look deeper within themselves and find their inner teacher.
My students comment that they particularly value the relaxation element of my classes.
I was first introduced to yoga by my wife. The main attraction initially was the physical element and the opportunity to get an active workout, but it was the meditative aspects that intrigued me and kept me coming back. Discovering the simple union of breath and movement that harmonized my nervous system was a new sensation for me. I’d feel grounded, calm and balanced after every practice. I wanted to feel like this all the time.
My personal practice sparked a deep interest in the History & Philosophy of Yoga and I began researching and studying Meditation, Asana and Pranayama. This had a major influence on the teacher training course I chose. A Vinyasa Flow Yoga & Mindfulness course merging the teachings and philosophies of Yoga and Buddhist Meditation. I completed this teacher training with ‘Still Flowing Yoga’ in Ibiza and I’m currently studying with my teacher Demetri Velisarius in Prana Danda Yoga.
In my class you can expect a strong, balanced Vinyasa Flow with clear alignment cues that will allow you to be intuitive and go inward. You will leave feeling enlivened & soothed.
I first started practising yoga in 2008 while training to be a massage therapist. I had never been interested in sports or challenging myself physically; but after my first few classes I was hooked and started practising different styles of yoga that included Hatha, Iyengar, Power Yoga, Hot Yoga and Vinyasa Flow.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga really resonated with me. The combination of flowing sequences and held postures helped me to calm my naturally hyperactive mind leaving me refreshed, relaxed and focused. This led me to undertake my Yoga Teacher Training with Zenways London; a Buddhist meditation and yoga school that promotes the practice of mindfulness and awareness.
In my classes you are guided through a strong, flowing class where you will be challenged on all levels and encouraged to experiment with natural, organic movement to free the body and clear mind.
KATIE HARTE Children’s Yoga Instructor
Originally from Dublin and now living in Belfast. I began practicing yoga about 15 years ago to compliment the ballet training I was doing at the time. I found it a wonderful outlet for stress and of huge benefit for my strength and flexibility. I have worked hard to maintain this good foundation in health and well being through my adult life. I originally have a background in science and biomechanics which I am currently building on in regard to yoga anatomy. This is an incredibly interesting area.
Growing up with my mother running a nursery school from our home, I was constantly surrounded by children so it was very natural for me to train as a childcare professional and work in the childcare industry for the last few years. With two young children of my own I became very interested in getting them involved in yoga which lead me to train as a children's yoga teacher with the British School of Yoga. I find it to be of huge benefit for my children in regard to the health and confidence. I am passionate about teaching children in a fun and accessible way. I think it is the perfect way to create life long habits of being body and mind aware.
I first stepped onto a yoga mat while I was studying at the University of Arizona, looking for a bit of fitness and a way to de-stress.
Now, I love yoga because it keeps me living in the present. We practice in the now, literally going with the Flow; and the more we practice this on our mats, the easier it is to do in the outside world. Plus, yoga is great fun! There is a playfulness that we bring to our mats, which allows us to achieve more than we thought possible.
I completed my teacher training with YogaBellies, focusing on Hatha, Pregnancy, and Post-Natal Yoga. I am still growing as I continue on this journey as a teacher. We all have something to learn from one another. Every one’s practice is personal, and yet, we practice as a community. Together, we create a place of peace and understanding and my hope is that we are able to then transport that into our everyday lives.
I came across yoga several years ago as a long time gym user. However I was bored with weight training and wanted to try something different. Initially I attended two different styles of classes, one of which was Ashtanga, and I noticed how this particular style was much more challenging. After a few years of practice I began my 200hr Teacher Training with the former YTTC in Lisburn which I completed in 2012. Through the YTTC I was exposed to senior teachers of different styles of yoga from Jivamukti to Ashtanga and Iyengar, this all helped to broaden my perspective on the practice.
I am most influenced by Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga – both strong styles of Hatha Yoga. However long lasting results are best achieved through patience and a quiet determination to persevere. I also believe that safety is vital in order to maintain a regular yoga practice, after all, yoga is an act of kindness towards oneself (as well as others).
I would hope that students attending any of my classes would be challenged physically but able to find rest and support in the practice.