The Executive Committee

Every member of MDIY (students, trainee teachers and teachers) has the democratic chance to join the MDIY Executive Committee, vote at the Annual General Meeting, and, of course, put forward suggestions at any time.

All current Committee members, Advisors and IY (UK) Representatives are listed below in alphabetical order.

Name: Tracey Ashton

I have been a primary school teacher for 20 years. I always loved sport and fitness. I was a long distance runner who ran for a local running club and competed in several marathons, half-marathons and cross-country races. I came across yoga when injured and a physiotherapist recommended that I try to incorporate more stretching into my training. After one session I was hooked and have been attending classes, workshops and events ever since. Last year I enrolled on the teacher training course and I am relishing learning more about the Iyengar method of yoga.

Name: Sacha Cash

Sacha came to yoga as a young and wild teenager- dipping in and out of the practise over the years until she started working full time in a Toni&Guy salon. After noticing periodic back pain and fatigue and never being able to 'switch off' she committed to a weekly class. She soon noticed a dramatic difference in physical and mental well-being, so committed to a more regular practise. After various life events through her 20's, Sacha realised this science had inherently changed her, making her calmer and more grounded to cope with daily life. She was so thankful to the spirit and practise of yoga that she wanted to give something back- so she embarked on her introductory teacher training in 2011.

During her training Sacha realised her success as a hairdresser has been down to her instinctive keen eye for detail and natural benevolence, which she felt was akin to the Iyengar system. Although finally giving up full- time paid salon hours Sacha never doubted her transition into teaching yoga. Her playful sense of humour and keen eye for detail makes her a demanding yet charismatic teacher of students of all ages.

Name: Margaret Ellison

(Junior Intermediate level 3 – 1987) first introduction to yoga was in January 1974. Not long after this, she discovered Mr. Iyengar’s method of teaching and attended local classes. Margaret first qualified as a teacher in 1984. Having taught several local authority classes over the years, Margaret now enjoys teaching a ‘slower-paced’ class at MDIY. She regularly attends teachers’ classes and is a long-standing member of the MDIY Executive Committee and a Trustee of the building.

Name: Charlotte Everitt

(Introductory level 2 – 2008) has been practising Iyengar yoga since 2000 and qualified as an Introductory level 2 teacher in 2008. She has visited RIMYI in Pune three times to attend classes there. She regularly attends Debbie Bartholomew’s classes at the centre and was elected on to the MDIY Executive Committee at the 2012 AGM, and has been Chair since 2017, having been a member of the MDIY since 2007.

Name: Verena Huber

Name: Deborah Wilkinson

Debbie attended a yoga class at the YMCA in Manchester in the ’90s and fortunately for her, David Reddicen took the class that night and she absolutely loved it! Her enthusiasm must have shone through as David told her about MDIY. Debbie began regularly attending the centre for classes and was then recommended for the Teacher training course by Marjorie Saville. Qualifying in 2002 and continuing with her Yoga studies, Debbie now holds a IJ3 certificate and has been attending senior workshops at MDIY, with Julie Brown and Debra Bartholomew. Debbie lives and teaches yoga in Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire.

Name: Jayne Wilson

Jayne's love for yoga began almost 20 years ago when a work colleague suggested she went to a Hatha yoga class to help her relax and de-stress. It took another 10 years before she found an Iyengar teacher and realised this was her calling. She is a full time 11-18 school teacher and currently teaches 2 evening yoga classes in the Chorley area.

Name: Janice Yates

Janice has been the Honorary Secretary on the MDIY Executive Committee since November 1989 and is a Trustee of the MDIY building.