Psalms & Stretches Instructor Network
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Psalms & Stretches
Ruth is a Pilates and fitness instructor with over 10 years of experience. Originally training as a contemporary dancer, Ruth graduated from Laban and went on to receive a post-grad Diploma from The Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Ruth began her journey into the fitness industry as a practical way to transfer her skills in movement and went on to complete a wide variety of teacher training programmes (from Barre Fitness to Kangoo Jumps Bootcamp!) She is also a qualified Sports Massage therapist. Ruth specialises in Pilates, having experienced the benefits firsthand during her dance training, and believes it to be an invaluable influence when approaching any kind of exercise. Ruth began developing Psalms & Stretches in 2016 after feeling called to combine her skills in teaching and creating movement with serving God in a creative way. It was the class she wanted to go to herself; a place where ministering to her wellbeing wasn't separate to her faith but complementary. Ruth has been teaching Psalms & Stretches in her local church and for Christian events across the country alongside creating the instructor training programme. She has also written for Woman Alive Magazine.
Emma was previously a dancer and is now a dance film-maker and also a practitioner in dance, teaching at The University of West London. An accomplished performer, having trained at the Royal Ballet School and LAMDA, Emma also has years of experience running dance classes as part of church outreach and knows firsthand what an important part creative offerings can play within the church's ministry to the community around it. Emma previously lead the Soho Vineyard church with her husband Ed, which is how Ruth [P&S Founder] and Emma met. Having known Ruth for years and seen Psalms & Stretches develop, Emma felt called to use her skills and experience to help further the vision and has been a great support since she joined in 2019. Emma is passionate about sharing the vision of Psalms & Stretches, connecting instructors, churches and communities with this exciting new resource.
Class location: St John’s Hampton Wick, Church Grove, Hampton Wick, KT1 4AL
In-person classes currently on hold.
Monday 8pm (1hr)
Friday 10am (1hr)
Emma is using Whatsapp to organise her online Zoom classes - please provide your mobile number when you contact her Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara wears many hats! She is a Licensed Lay Minister at St John’s Church, Hoxton. She is a Community Organiser, who is passionate about fighting injustice and making positive change in people’s lives. She is also a musician and Choir Director for “Sing for a Change”, which uses the power of music to make a difference in the world. But before all that, Sara trained as a dancer and musical theatre performer, spending many years singing, dancing and acting as well as teaching and doing choreography for many different projects. Sara was introduced to Psalms & Stretches by Emma Wilson, and after taking part in Emma’s classes was inspired and excited by the potential of this powerful ministry. So much so that she completed our P&S Instructor training and now adds “Psalms & Stretches Instructor” to her hat collection!
Robyn is an accomplished dancer and dance teacher who founded So Sacred; a Christian dance company, based in Bournemouth. She runs several dance classes in the area of Dorset, is an active member of her church, Destiny Life Church, and is also currently studying Physiotherapy at Southampton University. Robyn is passionate about worship through movement and helping others take care of their wellbeing. She was inspired to become a Psalms & Stretches instructor as a way of continuing to use her gifts to bring glory to God and to expand her offering to her community.
Kirsten has a wide range of experience teaching dance to people of all ages, from youth groups to care homes. She studied at Performing Arts Studio Scotland, graduating with a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts and a Higher National Diploma in Dance, and was also a Zumba fitness instructor. Kirsten was inspired to become a Psalms & Stretches instructor because of the holistic approach to wellbeing – the idea of facilitating and creating space for people to relax and meditate on God’s Word as well as to nurture their physical strength and mobility. Kirsten is also a Massage Therapist and her work in complementary therapies, as well as for the NHS, have informed her restorative approach to wellness, an approach that is gentle, caring and God-centred. We couldn’t think of better qualities for a P&S instructor and we are so excited to have Kirsten as our first instructor in Scotland!
Kim Originally from Montana, USA, Kim has lived with her family in West London for 28 years. Kim grew up dancing, joining the majorette drill squad in High School (think high kicks and jump splits in sequins!) and has always kept as active as possible, having experienced the link between physical exercise and mental wellbeing early on in life. Later on, she trained as a Gym Instructor and a Level 3 Personal Trainer and enjoys encouraging others to keep active especially as one moves beyond youth! Kim loves Psalms & Stretches because it combines stretching and strengthening with spiritual growth and meditation on the bible. She was inspired by the way the Psalms come alive as the words take on physical shape through movement, and the opportunity Psalms & Stretches creates for spending time listening to God as He whispers just what we need to hear that day. Kim will be having a soft-launch of her classes while we adjust to online teaching in this current season, please do get in touch with her if you’d like to take part in her classes.