Meet the Team


Stefan Cunnington, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Dip.Med. Teacher


Course Leader and Principal of Active Balance Yoga School


Stefan's yoga journey began more than twenty years ago in his country of origin, Romania, where he first trained in integral yoga. Stefan trained intensively for eleven years, in which time he gained extensive knowledge and experience of teaching a variety of styles of yoga including Swara Yoga, Laya Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Kundalini Hatha Yoga, Yantra Yoga, Raja Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Karma Yoga, Ayurveda, and Kashmir Shaivism.


In 2003, Stefan relocated to England with his wife, Teodora. Continuing to promote the knowledge and practice of yoga, Stefan has helped establish a community of yoga practitioners in the East Midlands. An advocate for self-development, in the UK, Stefan has trained with Sun Power Yoga (200 Hour, Power Yoga style) and with Yoga London School (500 Hour, Ashtanga Vinyasa style), he has qualified in Anatomy Studies For Yoga Teachers (ASFYT) as well as teaching meditation diploma.  Stefan’s experience in teaching also extends to Sports Massage and Holistic Therapies. Over the years, he has taught in a local Further Education College and local private training centres such as UKHolistics.  


Stefan's teaching practice is underpinned by his knowledge of human anatomy and physiology as well as a deep understanding of yoga philosophy and energy systems. In addition to the Active Balance Teacher Training programme and CPD opportunities, Stefan has established popular yoga classes and organises workshops and charity events in and around the East Midlands. He conducts yoga and meditation sessions in a challenging and fun way and he is truly dedicated to supporting others to achieve their full potential.


Active Balance Yoga, Stefan Cunnington, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Dip.Med. Teacher
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Stefan Cunnington
Founder and Principal

Sue Hix 

Senior Active Balance Yoga Teacher, Sue is assisting on the 200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training Diploma

Sue Hix, Senior Active Balance Yoga Teacher

Sue is an experienced teacher and therapist. She has dedicated her life to the study of Yoga, Meditation and Holistic Therapies. 

She began her yoga journey many moons ago, in 1984 enjoying hatha yoga classes. Sue began teaching local yoga classes since 1992. Sue met Stefan Cunnington in 2004 and has continued to study Raja Yoga and Laya Yoga with him over the years.

Some of the highlights in her yoga career are the practice of Oki Yoga in 1988, Bikram Yoga classes and Vinyasa flow in 2015, lots of authentic yoga practices in the winter of 2018 in Goa, Ashtanga Vinyasa in the summer of 2019. She teaches regular yoga and therapeutic workshops offering insightful training and opportunity for growth and development. She enjoyed teaching workshops at the IYN Festival in Norfolk in 2018.

Sue is passionate about the understanding of how the subtle energy can influence our health, wellbeing and personality. Her first shiatsu experiences were in the North East of England with Paul Lambeth, a macrobiotic counsellor and shiatsu practitioner. Shiatsu training led her to Switzerland where she worked with Saul Goodman from USA and Ray Ridolfi from London. The school in Switzerland is famous as a centre of macrobiotic learning, which fuelled Sue's particular interest in the wider aspects of health fitting recommendations to individual needs.

In the late 90’s she began equine shiatsu with Pamela Hannay, since then there have been many influences on her work, most recently she worked closely with Michael Cullingworth who trained directly with Ryokyu Endo of Tao Shiatsu

Sue is the owner of Rosewell Centre, and teaches Yoga, Tai Chi, Breathwork and Meditation classes. She also teaches Accredited Shiatsu Practitioner and Equine Shiatsu Practitioner courses in the UK. 

Claudine Fignon 

Claudine delivers the Active Balance Children's Yoga Teacher Training

Claudine Fignon, Active Balance Children's Yoga Teacher Trainer

Claudine was advised to begin practising yoga many years ago to help relieve mental health problems and immediately found it to be hugely beneficial in managing her symptoms. She realised it was a powerful tool to relax and calm the body and mind, building a yoga practice into her daily life. Claudine has now been practising yoga and meditation for over 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge to offer, particularly in mental health, due to her own experience in this area. She is passionate about sharing the many benefits of yoga, meditation and mindfulness to as many people as possible, of all ages, particularly children! Yoga has helped her so much over the years both emotionally and physically to become more confident, flexible and live more mindfully. 


Claudine has completed children’s, teens and adult yoga teacher training as well as specialist training for children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and ADHD (Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder). Her classes are wide and varied, including teaching yoga and mindfulness both in schools and colleges and outside of the education setting for children, teens and families, as well as adults.


Claudine’s son has ASD and ADHD, as do many of her students, so she is particularly knowledgeable in this area. She has written a book of meditations, as well as running regular meditation and mindfulness sessions. She is an Angelic Reiki Master and a trained Sound Therapist.


Claudine’s classes incorporate yoga postures, yoga sequences, mindfulness, meditation, sound and mantra work, and yoga games. This ensures that students are highly engaged and the children she teaches have a full and varied experience.


Conscious that we are all forever students of this wonderful ancient practice, Claudine is always furthering her knowledge. Other training she has undertaken recently includes Advanced Adjustments, with Craig Nadashakti Norris and Yoga in Healthcare, with Heather Mason, (Head of the Minded Institute) and Paul Fox, (ex-head of the British Wheel of Yoga).

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