SYA Committee

Julia Chilcott-Coombes - Chair

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

Julia is a fully qualified and experienced Ayurveda Practitioner, Yoga Consultant, and Registered Therapist. Combined with her background as a secondary school teacher, Julia is perfectly placed to share her passion and enthusiasm for improving well-being, through clear and informative practices.


Julia combines her traditional Indian yoga training with a fusion of western yoga teacher training to include aspects of Ashtanga, Sivananda, Hatha, Yin and Restorative yoga to meet the needs of her clients. Julia is the founder and director of Yoga Veda UK based in Southampton (UK).


As well as gaining an enormous amount of experience Teaching exercise, Health & Well-being since the 1980’s Julia holds YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Yoga Teaching (360 hours) & Yoga Alliance 200 hrs Ashtanga, Mysore, India. Julia also holds full Training School Accreditation from the Complementary Medical Association. (CMA) of which Julia is a Fellow. Further to this being qualified as an Assessor, Internal and External Quality Assurance Auditor & Examiner, Julia is kept busy in the field of Education.


Building on her passion for teaching and improving well-being, Julia is involved in developing ‘Healthy Educational Curriculums’. As a Schools Lead in Mindfulness (MiSP) and a developer of programmes of Yoga on the curriculum Julia is a leading force in developing wellness programmes particularly ‘Teacher Wellbeing ‘which is the main aim of her current role as Educational Staff Health & Wellbeing Lead.


Off the mat Julia ensures she has lots of time spent sharing the joy of being a grandmother to five lovely grandchildren, who also all enjoy 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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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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Angela Trumper - Membership Secretary

I have been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching for 12 years. I trained with The British Wheel of Yoga and teach both Hatha and Ashtanga.

My passion is to help students achieve their goals either in physical postures or learning to relax or meditate.

Yoga has led me to meet many interesting people and travel to wonderful places such as India and Cuba!

I believe Yoga will always be in my life. I also spend a lot of time on the water and spend a lot of time rowing which definitely compliment each other.


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Sarah Stacey - Events Secretary

Sarah is passionate about yoga and the benefits it can bring to absolutely everyone that ventures onto the mat. She has been practising regularly for five years with intermittent spells for over twenty. Her love for yoga led her to qualify as a Yoga Teacher on the Yoga Alliance Professionals 200 hour Teacher Training course in 2019.


If Sarah’s not practising yoga you can most likely find her in her garden, having outdoor adventures or listening to music and podcasts. She is committed to environmental issues and fascinated by how we can improve our health and wellbeing through yoga and other related modalities.


Sarah is looking forward to connecting with other Yoga teachers and being part of the SYA community.


Sarah’s website


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.

Natalie Lyndon

Natalie has been practising yoga since her teenage years when she was a competitive gymnast and skier and found asana and breathing to be particularly useful for injury prevention.
As a journalist and copywriter in the health sector, Natalie saw first-hand the benefits of yoga to help with surgery and delved deeper into practice, qualifying with a 500hr diploma with the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) in 2013. She went on to achieve further qualifications in pregnancy yoga, postnatal yoga, children's yoga and Well Woman Yoga Therapy with the BWY and Birthlight and is now training to become a yoga therapist.
She loves kitchen discos with her children, cooking and writing children's books. Having been a member of the SYA for many years, Natalie really loves the community spirit and diversity of teaching that it brings and is looking forward to meeting more people.


Natalie's’s website

Lorna Chapman

Lorna set up Luna Yoga & Health in 2003 and is a BWY FCT. In 2016, she combined her love of yoga and water by becoming a SUP Yoga Teacher, and subsequently a SUP Tutor.
Lorna favours a flowing style, but adapts her teaching to suit all ages from teens at the Wessex Dance Academy, to those in their 70s, being influenced by a range of styles including ashtanga, Iyengar, vini and yin. Lorna also teaches regular yoga holidays abroad, themed workshops like Office Yoga, Yoga For Cyclists, Runners and Restorative Yoga. Lorna loves outside yoga and introduced free Park Yoga to Winchester this summer.


Lorna's’s website

Émilie Néel

Émilie is passionate about ecology, nature and with a big love for animals of all sorts. She loves running in the countryside, foraging and long walks. She want to help herself and others to feel good in their shoes, therefore yoga appeared to her as a logical path to take since she started it.


Émilie started to practise yoga when she moved to England and the area almost two years ago. She has always been interested in keeping the body healthy through physical activity, and these last years about keeping the mind healthy as well. Yoga is a perfect combination of these two interests.


Émilie is doing her first Yoga teacher training next year. She is very excited about discovering different yoga styles and teachers. She is also studying health coaching to become a naturopath to be able to help people with their body, mind and lifestyle in the future.

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