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About Us

Active Balance Yoga is a training provider that offers a 200 hour yoga teacher training programme and children’s yoga teacher training as well as a range of CPD courses in yoga, meditation and mindfulness.

Stefan Cunnington, the founder of Active Balance Yoga, has been teaching yoga for more than 30 years, both in the UK and overseas. His mission is to inspire the next generation of yoga teachers by providing exceptional training opportunities based on a modern understanding of traditional wisdom and practices. 

Active Balance Yoga is accredited with Yoga Alliance US, the Independent Yoga Network, and the Complementary Medical Association. The standards of the School promote high quality, safe, accessible, and equitable yoga teaching and training. Students and graduates of Active Balance Yoga benefit from membership with reputable professional bodies, access to industry relevant insurance, and professional advice and mentoring throughout the duration of their training programme and beyond. 

We are delighted to support each one of our students and graduates on their journey to becoming a yoga teacher. We believe that our in-person model of programme delivery equips our graduates with the knowledge, skills, and experience to safely and confidently share their passion for yoga and its wonderful benefits with anyone and everyone no matter their age or ability. We know how invaluable practical experience is in this process. Therefore, from day one, our students gain in-person teaching experience within a safe and nurturing environment with the guidance of highly trained and experienced teachers.


Active Balance Yoga's purpose is to effect long lasting positive change, one student at a time, by building a community of compassionate yoga teachers. 

Meet the Team


Principal and Programme Leader

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

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.

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.