Mike has been interested in sport and fitness from an early age. In his teens he developed a love of martial arts and went on to become a karate student and teacher, but also trained in Ju Jitsu and Wing Chun.
After a severe sports injury in his late 20s Mike intensified his interest in Yoga (he had first practiced Yoga with his mother in front of the TV in the early 1970s!!) as a way to regain strength and mobility. In 1985 after 3 ½ years of study Mike qualified with the British Wheel of Yoga as a teacher (500 hour teaching certificate equivalent). Mike is also a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Professionals
Mike has now been teaching for nearly 30 years and is very eclectic in his teaching style drawing on the Iyengar method, astanga vinyasa, integral Yoga and restorative Yoga.
To complement his Yoga teacher Mike is a Pilates teacher (qualified with the Pilates Institute and APPI) and has a special interest in working one to one with students with medical conditions, especially for those with spinal problems and joint conditions.
Mike is also a qualified Level 5 personal trainer (CYQ and REPS) and is a certified exercise therapist accepting GP referred and older clients.
When not bouncing about in an exercise class, Mike is an acupuncturist and remedial massage therapist. The “hands on” knowledge of the body this gives him is passed on through his exercise teaching.
It is his overriding belief that we are “masters of our own destiny” and feels his prime role as a Yoga teacher is to empower students to take control of their own lives, become curious and ask questions.
Finally … Mike is a qualified mountain guide and loves the countryside and is a passionate environmentalist and lover of beauty.
"My name Lee Burns and I was a student at the YogaHub for 3 years and loved every moment of it. All the staff are so friendly and the teacher's are amazing. I found my yoga really improving so the next step of my yoga journey was to become a yoga teacher. I was guided through the intense teacher training course by Banyan Tree school of yoga teacher training by Stuart and Frank. The course was great and I learned so much and gained a wealth of experience and knowledge to become a yoga teacher. I also met fellow yogis on the course who I still keep in touch with. I have now been teaching yoga for over 4 years now and would highly recommend Banyan Tree school of yoga to any budding yoga teacher. Thanks so much to all the teachers and guest teachers for helping me through my journey in becoming a Yoga teacher especially Stu and Frank."
I would highly recommend the teacher training course at yoga hub, all of the teachers are highly knowledgeable and each bring different aspects to the course which is great. Stu and Frank offer lots of support to everyone and always make the time to have a chat and offer guidance and encouragement when it is needed. The continued support which I have had since my training at yoga hub has finished has been really great and I know if I need it then words of advice will always be given. If you are looking to expand your knowledge of yoga or want to go into teaching then this is a really great course to begin your journey. The training I received has given me the confidence to go out and teach what I love and I am really happy that I chose yoga hub to do my 200 hours teacher training,
I trained with the Banyan Tree School of Yoga in 2016. Very thorough and professional delivery. Very experienced teachers. The knowledge and experience from the course provided me with a platform from which I could go out to teach. When I started the course, I was already an experienced and qualified teacher, but not in yoga. Doing something I was not fluent/confident with was a massive challenge - but I think I am the better for. The course gave me a new perspective on yoga and life acceptance. I currently teach adapted yoga and wellbeing to adults with disabilities and isolated older learners. My learners like the fact that I can explain why I adapt asanas for them - knowledge I gained from the course. Thank you.Debs
Before I embarked on my teacher training, I had lots of concerns about not being ready. From the outset however, all of the teachers set me at ease and throughout the course gave an incredible level of support and guidance. The balance between their input and the need for me to take responsibility for my own learning and teaching style meant that by the end of the course, I felt confident in my ability to teach. There was so much more to the course than learning to teach yoga though - it was literally life changing for me and I got to spend many weekends with an amazing group of yogis and teachers.