YogaOne first opened its doors in Penarth in September 2013 by husband and wife team Thomas and Belinda Franklin. Thomas, a native of Wales, and Belinda, from Australia, both came to yoga in 1999.
Having studied with senior Iyengar teachers in the UK and Australia, including Glenn Ceresoli, and Richard and Kirsten Agar-Ward, they both enrolled in the teacher-training course in 2008 and successfully passed the assessment to teach general-level yoga classes in 2011. A subsequent assessment in 2014 raised Thomas’s teaching to the current Junior Intermediate Level.
Thomas operates his studio as a set of courses. The courses are: Introductory Level for those new to yoga or for those who have taken a break; Level One, which is more advanced and takes the initial yoga postures further, incorporating the shoulder stand; and Level One/Two, which brings in more inversions, including the headstand.
In line with current COVID-19 regulations, arrangements are being made to accommodate social distancing with reduced numbers attending the studio classes. Online, Zoom classes will continue in conjunction with the studio classes and both can be booked on the website.
“Yoga is a method of personal growth, of self development. Its ultimate aim is emancipation but along the way the benefits are many. Through its practice, one feels more whole, complete and integrated. Put simply, the practice of yoga optimises the human experience.”
Thomas Franklin, YogaOne