Eleanor started practicing Ashtanga yoga in 2009 and valued the sense of empowerment and calm that resulted from it so much, that she decided to partake in a teacher training course in India in 2011. For seven years Eleanor has been teaching full-time and has trained with some of the world’s most esteemed yoga teachers.


In 2012 Eleanor suffered an illness which impeded speech, affected balance and led to temporary paralysis and it was at this time that she turned towards Yin Yoga, to embrace the softer side of practice that felt deeply therapeutic and accessible.


After recovering, Eleanor was inspired to complete a Yin Yoga Teacher Training course with the founders of Yin Yoga, Paul and Suzie Grilley. Here she continued to expand her knowledge of yoga and develop her love of anatomy; she has been teaching Yin Yoga ever since and practices it to balance the Ashtanga.


More recently, Eleanor has finally found her teacher for life: Matthew Sweeney. Eleanor has been dedicated to his teachings (Ashtanga and Vinyasa Krama) and having recently completed a 300 hour Teacher Training course with Matthew, she is one of the few people certified in the UK to teach his Chandra Krama (Moon Sequence). 


Based in Bristol as a full-time yoga  teacher, with further training completed for Anatomy and Physiology, Sports & Remedial Massage and multiple Vipassana Meditation courses under her belt, Eleanor’s enthusiasm to delve deep into the body and mind always has people intrigued to learn more, whilst her sense of humour and verdant inquisitiveness will inspire.


Teacher Training Completions (All recognised by Yoga Alliance UK)

300hr Ashtanga and  Vinyasa Krama (Matthew  Sweeney, Bali, 2018)

100hr Yin Yoga (Paul and Suzee  Grilley, UK, 2013)

200hr Hatha Yoga (Vijay  Amar, India, 2012)

200hr Ashtanga Yoga (Vijay  Amar, India, 2011)


Additional Training

Sports and Remedial Massage (Level 5 Diploma, UK, 2018)

Anatomy and Physiology (Level 3 Diploma, UK, 2018)

First Aid (UK, 2018)

Introduction to Thai Massage (Brian Cooper, 2014)


Practiced under the guidance of

Matthew Sweeney (Ashtanga and Vinyasa Krama)

Kino McGregor (Ashtanga)

John Scott (Ashtanga)

David Swenson (Ashtanga)

Lino Miele (Ashtanga)

Lucy Scott-Crawford (Ashtanga)

Richard Freeman (Ashtanga)

Tim Feldmann (Ashtanga)

Michael Stone (Ashtanga)

Joey Miles (Ashtanga)

Matt Ryan (Ashtanga)

Roger Cole (Iyengar)

Leslie Kaminoff (Yoga Anatomy)







"You have a good eye for posture & you know when something is right or wrong but, more importantly, what to do to put it right. You have a good firm, yet gentle approach and you have what John and Lucy Scott refer to as 'good hands'. That means you place your hands well on the body and you transmit the movement you want to create in the student through them."

D. Pugh, teacher & student, Manchester

"...you have been an exemplary student and teacher"

Matt Ryan, KPJAYI teacher, Manchester

"Just a wee email to say I think the  Sunday evening yin yoga classes have been exquisite.They are such a source of light. Thank you for all the thought and intention you clearly put into them." 

L.D. student,  Bristol

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"I love her authenticity, commitment and style. She is wild and free and beautiful and a sensitive, experienced teacher" A Woozley, Yoga Teacher, Bristol


"Eleanor is an incredible teacher, dedicated to adding to her already wealth of knowledge whilst remaining down to earth and real."

N. Collins, student, Bristol


Eleanor introduced me to yoga around 5 years ago, and I’m still going strong. She is inspiring, patient and has a wonderful calming nature, which made me feel at ease in her classes. 

D. Murphy, student, Manchester