We do not produce cookie-cutter yoga instructors!
YOGABEYOND® offer non-dogmatic courses and training programs, combining the ancient practice of yoga and eastern philosophies, with pioneering modern sciences and insights, to create trainings that are relevant, integrative and applicable in a contemporary context. Our trainings focus on bridging the gaps in contemporary yoga between practice and theory. By reconciling theory and practice we can explore how they both come alive when integrated into our daily lives.
The YOGABEYOND® vision is to take yoga beyond the conventional hatha yoga tradition and offer an integrated approach to practice, which synthesises the ‘traditional’ with the ‘modern’ to establish a practical and relevant living practice that evolves with you.
By extracting meaning and context from ‘traditional’ yoga practice and philosophy, and combining them with contemporary insights drawn from pioneering research fields in functional anatomy, neuroscience, energy medicine and psychology, we dare to inspire a new wave of yoga practitioners and teachers who are empowered with the mastery of their own mental, physical and emotional well being.
The modern world – and human consciousness – is evolving at a breathtaking rate. As human awareness shifts so does the lens through which we perceive and understand the core teachings of yoga.
Evolution brings about expansion, with new scientific understandings and advancements emerging all the time. We must accept that Traditional’ yoga practice and philosophy is neither contradictory, nor independent, of these contemporary understandings.
YOGABEYOND® is a registered Trainer with Yoga Alliance Professionals (YAP).
Yoga Alliance Professionals (YAP) ensure that both individuals and organisations who join us are legitimate and have trained to the highest of standards offering 'peace of mind' to the general public and yoga students. They also provide insurance for yoga teachers to ensure that all teachers are compliant with YAP teaching standards.
You will be able to join YAP as a Trainee Teacher from day one of the course, becoming part of an extensive community of likeminded people. On completion of the YOGABEYOND® 280hr Yoga Teacher Training Course, you will receive a Yoga Alliance Professionals Accredited Diploma and the option to join YAP as a Teacher member with the benefits of most comprehensive professional insurance out there. This qualification will enable you to teach yoga at studios and retreat centres anywhere around the world! And, whilst we can’t guarantee teaching positions at The Exeter Yoga Workshop, outstanding graduates are likely to be offered classes as part of the EYW team.
Chris Croft & Yulia Heaton are co-founders of YOGABEYOND®. They are both Senior Yoga Teachers (SYT) with 35+ years of combined yoga practice and 30,000 hours of teaching experience.
Co-Founder, Course Director & Senior Teacher
Yulia Heaton, BSc (Hons), DipDSY, LicAc, MBAcC, MIHHT, has been practicing yoga since 1998.
A practicing Traditional Chinese Acupuncturist, she has been teaching yoga for 21 years and was part of the Devon School of Yoga 200hr Teacher Training & 500hr Yoga Therapy faculty from 2003-2014.
Yulia is a founder and co-director of The Exeter Yoga Workshop
Yulia has been a full-time Yoga teacher since 2001, and continued to study with variety of teachers upholding CPDs. She has taught for the Devon School of Yoga on their Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy courses from 2003 until 2015 and now owns and runs The Exeter Yoga Workshop with her partner, Chris Croft, in Exeter.
Her style of teaching is informative, unique and playful. She always encourage students to practice from a place of authenticity and joy. The ever-evolving style of her teaching is rooted in the traditions of Ashtanga Vinyasa, Vinyasa Flow and Universal Yoga, and enlivened by the greatest source of inspiration of all – life itself.
After discovering Yoga whilst studying for her first degree in Psychology in 1998, she completed her first Teacher Training with The Devon School of Yoga (DSY) in 2002. Since then her practice evolved through extensive further studies with the likes of Mik Burley, John Scott, Lino Miele, Richard Freeman, and Andrey Lappa.
Yulia also teaches Yoga as part of the Movement Skills module on the BA Acting course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. She is trained to teach specialist classes, like Pregnancy Yoga, Yoga for Children, and Mum and Baby Yoga.
She has been practicing Chinese Medicine, including Acupuncture, since 2008 when she qualified from the London College Of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Since then, she worked both independently and as a full-time employed acupuncturist at several clinics, mostly specialising in women's health and treatment of infertility. More recently, she completed training in Si Yuan Balance Method acupuncture as taught by the late Dr Tan and is expanding her clinical interests in treating acute and chronic pain with instant results.
Yulia's fascination with the human body and mind has led her to begin the Structural Bodywork journey with James Earls' and Tom Myers' Fascial Release for Structural Balance (FRSB) and John Barnes' Myofascial Release (MFR) trainings, and to explore Mindfulness and Meditation practices through the teachings of Michael Stone. These are ongoing and ever inspiring, feeding into her regular Yoga classes and workshops.
Co-Founder, Course Director & Senior Teacher
A published author and pioneer in the field of human behaviour, Chris Croft has been practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga for over 18 years, teaching, both in the UK and internationally, for the last 14 years. With over 900 hours of training in the UK, US, India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Nepal, he leads workshops, Intensives and retreats in the UK and Europe.
Chris is the co-founder and director of The Exeter Yoga Workshop.
As a pioneer in the field of emotional and psychological well-being (through his ground-breaking work with The Enneagram, a Universal map that unravels the mysteries of human behaviour) Chris’s unique approach to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga blends over 10 years of daily yoga practice and self-study, with a deep understanding of the complexity of human personality patterns. This powerful synthesis awakens a truly inclusive approach, which embraces the differing individual needs of each student who comes to practice. By adapting the entry point to the practice, highlighting key subtle internal alignment principles and encouraging a profound intimacy with the inner breath, Chris brings the Ashtanga method to life with humour and insight.
As an award-winning international designer, Chris worked in the commercial world of product design before illness forced him to explore deeper meaning to both life and work. Since leaving the commercial world of design in 2004, Chris has dedicated his life to the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga through numerous trips to Europe, Asia and North America to both practice and teach.
During that time he has been fortunate enough to study with inspirational teachers Neil Barker, Kathy Cooper, John Scott, Matthew Sweeney, Paul Dallaghan, Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor and others; as well as extended trips to study under the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath Rangaswamy in Mysore, India.
In 2011 he was invited to attend Richard Freeman's one month Teaching Intensive in Boulder, Colorado. Richard remains Chris’s primary teacher and source of inspiration.
Having settled in Exeter, UK, he and his partner Yulia are the founders and directors of The Exeter Yoga Workshop - Exeter’s first purpose built studio, and home to Exeter’s only daily morning Mysore Ashtanga Yoga programme.
How to Apply
Places are limited to between 14-18 students ensure the best standard of training, and providing a personal and supportive learning experience. We usually receive more applications than we have places, and these are considered on a first-come-first-served basis. All applications and investments are subject to acceptance on to the training course(s).