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Meet Julie & Francesca

blog meet our teachers Feb 04, 2022
julie gundry and francesca kastelanides


Meet Francesca

Trained in Ashtanga in 2009, Francesca has experienced and experimented with many different forms. Her practice and training has expanded to include Yoga for the Special Child, Yoga for Children, Aqua Yoga, Mandala Yoga, Yin Yoga and Mindfulness. She is now a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. 

"Through my own experience, having worked with people of various ages, backgrounds and professions, Yoga has proved again and again the positive impact it has on their physical and mental health”

 “I love the diversity of Yoga and it’s effects; it can transform and dissipate negative feelings in favour of peace and contentment. It offers a way to clear the mind, giving way to a healthy and energised body. The synthesis of my life experiences have brought me to the place I now find myself in. As a teacher I like to challenge students to see who they are; to show them how to emerge more fully in to themselves by being more aware of each movement and each breath. There are so many things that I still want to learn and my list continues to grow”. 

With this firm belief, passion and extensive Yoga background to call upon Francesca set about creating BEAM ACADEMY.


Meet Julie

After many years of working with children, and fundraising as an ambassador for Rainbows Hospice, I found myself at a crossroads. I was recognising the significant impact of Yoga on my own life, and I was also wishing to work more closely with the children I was raising funds for, but I was unsure as to what this would entail and how to go about it. 

The turning point for me was when I trained in Yoga for Children and Teenagers and for Children with Special Needs. Everything since that pivotal moment has lead me to today, doing what I love, working with children and teenagers in SEN settings, and sharing this important work. 

For my own personal development, I attended further trainings in Ashtanga Yoga, Yin Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Hot Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Tai Chi Qigong and Shamanic Yoga. I am also a Reiki Master Teacher, a Gentle Touch for Babies and Children Instructor, and a practitioner of Gong, Indian Head Massage, and Ayurvedic Massage. I continue to develop my research and practice, currently studying clinical aromatherapy. 

Realising that the impact of my work alone was relatively limited, I began my mission and project to find a way to reach out to more children, so that the benefits of these wonderful techniques could find their way to becoming more widespread, and to help our children to build lifelong tools for self-care, self-management, resilience and potential. After much consideration and development of my own studies and practices, I am delighted to be adding to this the extensive knowledge of Francesca, and in weaving these combined threads together, to be collaborating with the fantastic BEAM Academy team. Collectively, we have produced the best of all of our findings so far, and are so excited to share these with you. 

And so here we are! We are so happy that you are joining us and look forward to guiding you through this programme of learning with us!



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