SHADOW  – he quietly sits through the yoga classes – mindful that it is a time to rest and definitely restore…’dead dog pose’ time.  Occasionally he raises an eyebrow, always aware and thoroughly “in the moment”.  As the singing bowl announces that it’s time to stretch at the end of relaxation (savasana) – he’ll gently stretch too.

Annie van den Bergh
Annie van den Bergh

ANNIE  founder of Whispered Secrets, trained at the London College of Dance & Drama and with a strong background in the fitness industry, as well as, an experienced remedial massage therapist, reiki and energy healer.   Weekly yoga classes provided the meditation, stillness and energy needed to get through a hectic London lifestyle.  Yoga became a passion and Annie trained in the Satyananda Tradition of Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa (Flow) Yoga and Yin Yoga.   Annie brings a lot of elements into a yoga class – her warmth and energy will have you feeling like a regular student in no time.

Whispered Secrets substitute yoga teachers are:


Stretch, Breathe, Relax

Clare Etherton

Clare has a background in movement, studying dance at the R.A.D in London and also getting a 1st class BA hons degree from Surrey University.  The belief that movement and posture can profoundly effect how we feel, both mentally and physically, lead her into working in the health and disability sector for a number of years.

Clare says that attending her first yoga class felt like ‘coming home’.  She felt a huge sense of peace, acceptance and of being present (even if just for 90 mins !!).  This feeling of balance and connectedness lead her to become a Yoga Alliance 200hr qualified teacher and begin a journey into the benefits of Yoga.



Sarah Dunning is a 300 hour certified yoga teacher who adores lighting all the candles at Whispered Secrets and settling in for gentle stretch classes. A New Zealand native, she recently returned from 13.5 years in the USA where she taught yoga, wellness workshops, and learnt a bunch about the daily grind as well as the need for a daily unwind.

She studied with with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee, NY, USA for her advanced 100 hour yoga teacher training. Her original 200 hour training was completed with the delightful Shannon Ball and Anne Ethier at the Athens Yoga Institute, GA, USA.


Monika Merriman
Monika Merriman

Monika Merriman has been participating in yoga classes at Whispered Secrets since the doors first opened.  She has always valued the balance of both the spiritual and physical bodies.  Monika is a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner, has a strong background in dance and gymnastics with over 15 years of experience in both teaching and competing.  In order to deepen her practice and share her love of yoga Monika completed the 200hr level Yoga Alliance Teacher Training with Bryon Yoga Centre.

The yoga taught at Bryon Yoga Centre is called Purna, meaning integrated or complete.  Purna Yoga represents a holistic approach to yoga integrating not just the physical postures but also philosophy, meditation, pranayama (breath control) and the yogic personal and social code of ethics.


One thought on “Profiles

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s