SYA Committee

Julia Linclau - Chair

Julia has been practising yoga for 20 years and has been an SYA member for 10 years. She qualified as a yoga teacher with Yogacampus in 2018, becoming SYA Chair shortly after qualifying. She combines teaching yoga with her part time job as an accountant.


She loves SYA for the community spirit and the adventure of experiencing a wide variety of tutors.


Off the mat Julia walks and cycles in the great outdoors and plays with her jazz band. 


Julia's website .. Juli Yoga

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Jo Welch - Treasurer

Jo attended her first yoga class in 1999 was instantly hooked, practicing yoga ever since and exploring several different approaches along the way. She qualified as a yoga teacher under Yoga Master Premananda (Steve Harrison) in “The Living Yoga Method™” which weaves the classical teachings of Hatha Yoga into flowing sequences and now teaches gentle yoga at classes in Fair Oak and Eastleigh.


Working for the BBC on live news programmes, Jo loves the peace and balance that yoga brings to her life and aims to spread that feeling to others. Jo enjoys taking the teachings of Yoga into our everyday lives, both on and off the yoga mat, in order to make a deeper connection with our body and mind. Having enjoyed the variety of classes and teachings offered by the SYA for many years she is now pleased to be able to give something back by looking after their accounts.


Jo’s website... Ananda Yoga

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Verity Reynolds - Event Bookings and Membership

Verity has been practising yoga for almost 20 years and has been a member of SYA for almost 10 years. 


She enjoys being the booking secretary for SYA which she has done for the last two years. 


She loves attending the monthly sessions (slightly fewer than she used to as she now has two small children!) as she enjoys experiencing a wide range of teachers and spending time with others who enjoy practising yoga. 


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Veronique Dumont - Secretary

Veronique is originally from Canada but has been in the UK for over 6 years now. She has been practising yoga since 2011 where she quickly fell in love and soon established a strong personal practice. Shortly after, she integrated yoga’s philosophy and lifestyle as much off the mat as on and completed her 200h YTT training in Sun power Yoga created by Anne-Marie Newland in London.


Primarily trained and working as an English language teacher, she shares her passion for Yoga in the evenings.


Off the mat, even if quite busy, Veronique enjoys cooking, travelling, learning new skills as well as trying to attend as many events and other classes when she can. Joining SYA was a blessing and she feels very grateful for all that it brings.


Veronique's website ...Vero Yoga

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Anne Gibson - Events Publicity

Anne has been practising yoga for over 25 years and qualified with the Inner Yoga Trust in 2008. She is a passionate advocate of yoga as essentially a meditative pathway towards developing awareness of body and mind, and has moved increasingly towards a Scaravelli-inspired style of yoga.

She joined SYA about 8 years ago and believes strongly in its eclectic, open and friendly ethos.

Off the mat she is a keen gardener and allotmenteer who also draws, paints, writes, cooks, knits and sews and, since retirement from academic librarianship, loves being involved with the elderly as a volunteer.

Julia Chilcott-Coombes

Julia has been an SYA member for over 10 years. Julia is a yogi with many years’ experience. Julia considers herself a lifelong student of Yoga. Her journey so far has included teacher training with Ashtanga school of Yoga, Mysore, The Sivananda Centre, Neyyar Dam, Kerala and CYQ YMCA Level 3 Diploma as well as recently qualifying as an Ayurveda Consultant. Julia also enjoys the playfulness of regular Acro-yoga sessions.


Julia is passionate about sharing the joy of combining the practice of the traditions of yoga and the science of Ayurveda and regularly teaches courses on this.


Off the mat Julia combines her love of yoga with a fulltime teaching job, Ballroom and Latin dancing and makes sure she has lots of timespent sharing the joy of being a grandmother to five lovely grandchildren, who also all enjoy yoga.

Julia Chilcott-Coombes

BA (Hons), Phys Ed Cert, PGCE, E-RYT-500, CYQ-YMCA Dip, MCMA

Tel: 07854162937

Raising funds on behalf of Edith Coombes - c/o Piam Brown Ward Southampton

Louise Hallam

Louise came to yoga after a back injury and began practising with Dr Arjan Shahani in 1995. Around the same time she joined the SYA as a member and currently volunteers as an events coordinator.

Louise is a qualified chef working part time and will be developing recipes and healthy food offerings for yoga events and training days.

She is lucky enough to have a home studio which opened, fully equipped, in January 2019.

Off the mat Louise loves to explore different styles of food and loves to travel.


Ali Threlfall

Ali has practised yoga for many years but really deepened her experience during yoga teacher training with Zenways in 2015. Since then she has delved further with various health-focused courses with Yogacampus and the Minded Institute. She has recently retired having worked as a GP for many years. Over the past couple of years she has been teaching yoga to the staff, various other groups of healthcare workers and some of her ex-patients! She has a particular interest in Yoga as Medicine, a holistic approach to health and wellbeing which is rapidly gaining an evidence base. Learning to breathe properly and to understand the mechanics of breathing is a crucial element.

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