How to transform your life into an expression of Wellbeing and become a Yoga Teacher

Yoga & Co. is a unique heart-led 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training program. 

"There is a story of a woman in India who was upset that her son was eating too much sugar. Totally frustrated, she decided to take her son to see his great hero Mahatma Gandhi.

She approached the great leader respectfully and said,

Sir, my son eats too much sugar. Would you please advise him to stop eating it?

Gandhi listened to the woman carefully, turned and spoke to her son,

Go home and come back in two weeks.

Two weeks later she returned. Gandhi looked directly at the boy and said,

Boy, you should stop eating sugar. It is not good for your health.

The boy’s mother turned to Gandhi and asked,

Why didn’t you tell him that two weeks ago when I brought him here to see you?

Gandhi smiled,

Mother, two weeks ago I was still eating sugar myself.”

This story perfectly explains why we take one year and a life journey to train and support our Yoga Teachers.
We take a nurturing and caring individual approach mixed with ancient Hatha Yoga Traditions in order for the training to enable your spiritual growth and embodiment of the Yoga's wisdom. This training is first your Self-Journey.

In order to work aligned to these values we keep group sizes small.

Becoming a yoga teacher make the positive lifestyle change you’ve been wanting. You will flourish in the role of a Wellbeing Leader.



Valentina Paonessa

Training the Wellbeing leaders of tomorrow through the traditional practice and wisdom of Yoga. I run in Nottingham 200 International Yoga Alliance approved Teacher Training courses and I am a Yoga Continue Education Provider.

I love inspiring and supporting my students to remove physical, mental, and emotional tensions and embrace a Holistic Lifestyle to thrive on Health, and find balance.

I strongly believe we are able to guide others if we teach from a place of wholeness and we know the path.



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"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

All this could not have happened without you - your passion, enthusiasm for, and love of it all has
infected us all. You made learning all of this stuff so easy and so exciting, our yoga teacher training
sessions were always the light at the end of the week. I left many of the sessions wanting to remain in a
yoga bubble forever and babbling to anyone who would listen about what I had learned - about the
breath, about prana, yoga nidra, about the anatomy of the body, about the benefits of yoga and
mediation, about the 8 limbs, about the Bhagavad Gita, about purusha, about the chakras, about the
OMs, about mudras.. about it all, so thank you. I really don’t think it would have been such an amazing
and powerful experience if I had done it with anyone else.

Sarah Roach

This experience has given me so much and I can honestly say I have loved every minute of your
teachings, darling Valentina. Your knowledge, your passion, your desire to share this beautiful
philosophy is like something I have never experienced before. I have never met anyone like you –
you are a joy and you have taught me so much. I feel like a very different person from when I
started. Before I started the course, I had no education of the philosophy, the need to create
balance, the joy of the journey rather than the finished product. It has hugely helped me. I feel like
my mind and my world has been opened up.
Yoga teacher training has brought a sense of purpose and direction to my life that was lacking for so
long. It has brought fulfilment, safety, security and a feeling of home to my life.

Rachel Brown

Thank you Valentina for giving me my liberation, freedom, and the excitement to carry on my
journey and see who I can help and guide a long the way.

I would describe my teacher training year, as a year of inner confidence through self discovery.
Thank you Valentina for your amazing teaching style, knowledge and guidance.

Fay Jobber

I feel so much gratitude during this yoga teaching training as not only can it help me become a better person, but I hope to pass on the knowledge and love of yoga to others.
I know some of my colleagues have this feeling and being able to uplift them spiritually especially during these uncertain times during the pandemic is a positive beautiful step forward to caring for each other and our patients. 

Melissa Naili Nurse at NHS

Valentina is such a generous and beautiful person! She is a gracious and skilled yogini, a kind and attentive yoga instructor, and she is so passionate about yoga that is impossible not to be inspired by her. I also love her willingness to keep learning.

Lilia Abadia

Valentina has a gift of caring about people and guiding them in their journey of self-exploration and personal growth. The retreat with Valentina is a bliss - beautiful location, excellent program, healthy and delicious freshly prepared vegan food and wonderful group of likeminded people. I felt really loved and connected. Thank you!

Natalia Baeva

Valentina is an excellent guide through yoga practice. She is helpfull, balanced and kind with the approach. She gives you guidance, yet leaves space for creativity and self-correction.
She puts her heart into her teaching and wisdom that she brings to people on how to love/live life well balanced. Love it.

Lukasz Gardecki


"Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. "

Baghavad Gita