About Calm - Burton

Calm - Award Winning Family Run; Yoga, Pilates & Mindfulness Studio

Our family run studio, nestled in the heart of Burton-on-Trent.

Calm is your retreat from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. When you feel like you’re stuck on a hamster wheel that doesn’t seem to stop long enough for you to jump off, take the leap and escape the chaos to practise yoga in our warm and welcoming studio.

Whatever your motivation for joining us, whether it’s to find peace, gain flexibility, tone up or even just to say hello, we’re sure you will leave with a little more than you came in for and find a little slice of calm in your day.

Calm is more than just a yoga studio, it’s a community where you can come back home to yourself. We have all the facilities you need, with changing areas for those who prefer to get changed at the studio, and chill out zones for you to catch up with friends between classes. You can even choose to hang around and read the latest yoga magazines, or simply take a walk across the peaceful Washlands. A yoga class is just the beginning.

We offer a ‘no gimmicks’ approach to yoga and our classes reflect this, come along to practise yoga as the world needs a little more love and a lot more Calm.

Vanessa - Yoga Teacher & Studio Owner

About Vanessa



Blair - Yoga Teacher & Studio Owner

About Blair

Blair has extensive experience in functional movement, an international endurance coach with over 8 years experience coaching athletes from amateur to elite level.

Practicing yoga since 2012. Blair is a 200HR RYT. Currently undertaking a 500HR RYT course due to graduate in October 2019.

Blair aims to bring people the same magic this ancient discipline had brought him; fitness, strength a form of stress relief, a way of coping with the increasing pressures busy working life brings and generally a happier, healthier approach to life.

The dynamic element of his classes guarantee a full body work out as time isn’t a luxury for most busy people, but he also places a big emphasis on mindfulness encouraging people to create space in their mind as well as their body.

The poses he includes are designed to combat the physical impact our lives have, for example sitting at desks and looking at phones and laptops, so students are present physically and mentally every time.

Charlotte - Studio Manager

About Charlotte

Charlotte is our Studio Manager here at Calm; many of you will have been greeted by her smiley face & listened to her endless chatter in the reception area!
A self confessed ‘Yoga-Beginner’ Charlotte has reaped the benefits of relaxation & mindfulness since starting to practice yoga; something that came in extremely useful following a total career change that bought a large amount of stress & uncertainty into her life.
Charlotte is an advocate for all those new to Yoga; happy to take all newbies under her wing & make them feel welcome our beautiful, non-intimidating studio.

Outside of work, Charl can be found in the gym, walking her doggos or shopping for more active wear!

Karina - Yoga Teacher

About Karina

Karina ‘stumbled upon yoga’ around 2003 after developing an interest in moral philosophy following her Psychology studies at university in London & was particularly interested in ancient teachings from India and the Far East. An interesting chat with a monk triggered a deep spiritual awakening in Karina who for a short time attended the ISKCON temple in Soho, practicing Bhakti Yoga and Kirtan…fast forward to 2016 & Karina became a qualified 200 hours Yoga Teacher after studying Ashtanga in South India.
Most often found teaching Ashtanga Yoga here at Calm, Karina found this practice after searching for a physical yoga practice which also offered a meditative state experienced through the structured sequence of postures. Improved hip & shoulder flexibility after years of athletics & triathlons was an added bonus!
A consistent asana practitioner for around 6 years now, Karina maintain a daily morning practice as well as attending weekly practices, regular workshops & events.

You can find Karina in her challenging but meditative Ashtanga, Vinyasa & Hot classes throughout the week at Calm (when she’s not enjoying one of her many active hobbies such as aerial silks & pole or burying her head in another Yoga text!). Karina is an advocate for Mindful movement & is always keen to help others reap the benefits of Yoga & how it can help us to cope with life’s challenges,
Karina & her partner Ben live, in her own words, 'simply in a quaint Victorian house’ with tabby cat, Cheech & American Bulldog, Suki.

Sophia - Yoga Teacher

About Sophia

Sophia has had a 30 year career in health & wellness; starting out as a Fitness Trainer & PT.
Her own passion for holistic wellbeing took her to India where she embarked on her Yoga Teacher Training.
Sophia’s teaching has taken her around the globe, recently returning from the Middle East.
Whilst continuing to embrace her passion for Yoga, Sophia has undertaken ongoing studies in India, Canada & the UK, including Meditation & Yin Yoga.

When she’s not gracing the mats of Calm, Sophia ‘pocket rocket’ Duddy can be found in the gym or out catching some rays on her road bike.

Steph - Yoga Teacher

About Steph

With a background in dance & fitness & a keen interest in Mindfulness, Steph fell in love with yoga when she started to practice over five years ago. Steph found that the practice fused her passions perfectly.
After deciding to leave her job in Estate Agency to undertake her teacher training in 2017, Steph has never looked back.
Returning to teaching after having a little girl at the end of January Steph is passionate in helping others try to achieve a sense of wellbeing and balance together with assisting in the creation of strong bodies and minds.

When she isn’t playing Super Mum other two children, You can find Steph teaching a range of beautiful classes here at Calm including Mum & Baby Yoga, Restorative Yoga & Hot Yoga.

Claire - Yoga Teacher

About Claire

Claire has been practicing Yoga for many years in many different forms including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha & Hot Yoga.  
She started to use the breath work during highly stressful times in her corporate role as a Fashion Designer & started to introduce more of it into her daily life.  
Towards the end of her Yoga Teacher Training Claire was made redundant and so yoga became more than just a hobby.  
She teaches group classes & 1-2-1s in a friendly & relaxing environment.  

During her spare time Claire enjoys developing her personal practice as well as walking her dogs Daisy and Freyr.
Claire is a regular face at the Calm studio teaching weekly classes including Slow Flow, Beginners & Hatha Yoga.

Phil - Pilates Teacher

About Phil

Phil originally trained as a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor.
He discovered Pilates when he was advised to try it after experiencing back & neck problems.
Phil was so impressed with the results Pilates delivered that he decided to train to teach it; qualifying back in 2003.
Since then he has taught classes & 1:1 sessions all around the Burton area.

Here at Calm, Phil currently delivers multiple & increasingly popular morning & evening classes across the week & is always on hand to help students with any questions.

Holly - Reception

About Holly

Sarah - Holistic Therapist

About Sarah

Sarah moved to the Midlands to work in a busy spa setting 13 years ago & having now met her Husband & having her little boy, she is still here! Professionally Sarah moved onto number of Regional Manager roles for spa brands including Clarins & Espa.

Since becoming a Mum, Sarah grown her own successful business, 'Sarah Baxter Therapies' which has enabled her to put her years of experience & knowledge into something for herself.

Sarah's passion lies in helping others & ensuring each client leaves feeling rebalanced & de-stress...they often fall asleep too! She's even gained the nickname 'the knot whisperer.'

When she's not busy taking care of her clients, our lovely NYR Holistic Therapist loves shopping, being outdoors with her family, drinking wine & dancing!