Susanne Thomas and Paul Arnold began ChirpYOGA! in 2011 with the intention of bringing alternative practices to the often business focused or image obsessed world of Western yoga. We cherish unique and independent approaches, whilst emphasizing in depth experiences that counter superficial mainstream attitudes.

Since 2016 ChirpYOGA! is collaborating with Christine Krauss & Florian who have joined the chirp ventures as retreat hosts, providing catering, cookery classes and soon foraging tuition.

ChirpYOGA! continues to grow steadily, evolving and developing as experience and ideas demand. Susanne and Paul now travel the world to find unique and beautiful locations for retreats, engaging in training and finding practical inspiration along the way.

New ideas and products emerge, never rushed to the market, but slowly researched and developed to be exemplary, desirable and pragmatic. Our ethos is to respect the roots of yoga and bodywork, from its philosophy to asanas, as we enable and inspire more people to find the satisfaction of simply moving, centering and connecting. To this end, we are currently in the process of creating a small and distinctive retreat venue in North Yorkshire.

And to entice those who have yet to find the wherewithal or time to engage in regular yoga practice, we invite you to book a Nuad Boran treatment - the ‘passive yoga’ where you can just lie back and let your practitioner move you.

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Susanne Thomas

Practices in Leeds @ Yoga Kula and @ NSCD

& hosts international retreats

Susanne is a highly experienced bodywork practitioner with an international teaching background that spans more than 20 years. Originally from Germany, she came to the UK in 1991 to train in contemporary dance and has since pursued a very successful career in dance and bodywork practices. 

Yoga has been an integral part of her life and training since 2004 and she completed her teacher certificate in 2011. Susanne has been teaching in international contexts in a large variety of settings, from community and amateur level to Higher Education where she held Head of Department positions, before committing more of her time to her yoga teaching since 2014. She is also a trained Nuad Boran Thai Yoga Massage practitioner and co-owns

Short Yoga Summary:


Susanne is currently studying at Rouxbe, a professional cooking course in plant-based foods, taking her long-standing interest in nutrition and wellbeing to professional level.


Completes teacher training Yoga for Children, and takes part in CPD training for restorative yoga with Judith Lasater and ‘Assisted Yoga using Thai Massage’ with Kam Thye Chow


Susanne receives her Thai Yoga Massage certificate from The School Of Thai Yoga Massage after studying for 2 years with founder Kira Balaskan. This massage course is recognised by and affiliated to the Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine (ICNM) and Thai Healing Alliance International (THAI) and meets the standard set by the associations.


Susanne completes her Chavutti Thirumal massage training, studying with Prabhat Menon in Northern Thailand.


Susanne receives her Yoga Nidra certificate after studying with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, the foremost teacher of this practice in the UK


Completes her 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Cassie Aitken of Global Yoga (Florida), Mac McHugh of Nyama Yoga (Chicago) and Steve Ross of Maha Yoga (Los Angeles)

2004 onwards: training in Iyengar Yoga with Olop Arpipi in Indonesia and UK

A big thank you to all my teachers!


Practices in Hebden Bridge @ Banyan Tree and in Bentham @ SoleToSoul

& at our international retreats

Paul started teaching exercise, aerobics and meditation in a local gym in 1986 before commencing training in radiography in 1988. Paul’s continued interest in anatomy and physiology drove him to specialize in computed tomography and has been teaching these subjects at University level since 1998.

Paul encourages people of all shapes, size and age to let yoga into their lives and is a firm believer that yoga at some level should be accessible to all and should most importantly be fun! His favourite classes run with a narrative of the traditional stories behind the asanas and he teaches a fun class for children, drawing on the animals in yoga asana and linking movements with music, taking his young clients on an adventure journey across land and sea. Paul completed his 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Cassie Aitken of Global Yoga (Florida), Mac McHugh of Nyama Yoga (Chicago) and Steve Ross of Maha Yoga (Los Angeles) in 2011 and regularly attends workshops in specialised areas of yoga to expand his knowledge.

Paul received his Yoga Nidra certificate in 2012 after studying with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and is currently studying for an MA in the Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at SOAS, University of London.

A student of Thai Yoga Massage with Kira Balaskas and Amy Ku Redler of the School Of Thai Yoga Massage in London, Paul received his certificate as a practitioner in Thai Yoga Massage in April 2014, the award being recognised by and affiliated to the Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine (ICNM) and Thai Healing Alliance International (THAI), insured through the Yoga Alliance UK.

Paul has also studied Chavutti Thirummal Indian foot massage under one of the foremost teachers in this ancient tradition, Prabhat Menon who practises Thai Yoga Massage and Chavutti Thirummal in Mumbai and Kerala and is credited as the first person to return Thai Massage to the country from which it was originally exported. Described in the textbooks as ‘one man, one rope, healing oils and two feet’, this invigorating massage involves the practitioner using his or her feet and has to be experienced, but is not for the feint-hearted.

Christine Krauss & Florian

Catering and cooking at our international retreats

Christine’s love for vegan food started six years ago. Since then she has immersed herself in all the different kinds and aspects of gorgeous plant based food, from fermentation to foraging.

Three years ago she completed a certified plant-based cooking course within an international cooking program led by Chad Sarno. For the past two years she has expanded her knowledge in foraging and cooking with edible wild plants, by enrolling on and completing a certified program in Germany, studying how to bring the healing and energising power of wild nature to our plates.

Florian shares Christine’s passion for beautiful and delicious food. Together they are known for cooking up the most gorgeous meals that feast your eyes, your soul - and your belly. In her daily life Christine works as a stylist and Florian is a renowned artist, both living in Munich, so their love for beauty and creativity is one of the foundations of all they do. They look forward to nourishing your heart, body and soul with their joyfully cooked food.

Photographer Credits: Richard Seagrave

We were honored to collaborate with renowned San Francisco photographer Richard Seagrave when we first launched ChirpYOGA! in 2011. All sepia coloured images on this site are part of his Connection - The Art of Yoga - series.

Richard says: “In creating Connection - The Art of Yoga it is my intention to capture the emotional essence of yoga as revealed through the beautiful physical expression of the practice. To illustrate the sense of peace and connection that can arise when we get out of our heads and into our bodies. It is my desire that these images evoke a sense of peace within the viewer to help them cultivate their own experience of joy and flow. Self taught in my craft, I've had the good fortune to work with some brilliant people that have inspired me, as well as nurtured me, into making the best images that I can, while being the best person that I can be. I deeply appreciate my experience and all the people that are in it. I was raised in the South but now call Northern California home.”

Images displayed on this website are available as fine art prints. Please contact Richard Seagraves through his website at:


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