About Naomi Chunilal


Thirty years after sitting on a meditation cushion and stepping onto a yoga mat for the first time, I still love exploring the paradox of understanding a little more, yet knowing less and less…My intention is to practise each day with an open heart, understanding expectations, and moving into space beyond any expectations of what unfolds. I continue to find inspiration and guidance on my life path from a diverse range of wonderful teachers including Elena Brower, Jo Tastula and Bhante Bodhidhamma at Satipanya Buddhist meditation centre.

All life in essence is Yoga; a spiritual journey that leads the heart to know love, compassion, and insight. The mind awakens to the boundless source of love within us, mindfulness a compass to guide us through the uncertainty of living in a changing world of impermanence. In my practice, I am inspired by nature and seasons passing reflected inside our fragile and beautiful humanity. On a personal level, mindfulness is an inner compass to living, breathing and flowing through life with freedom and happiness in spirit, mind and body.

I have practised complementary health and holistic therapies for over 25 years, focusing on aromatherapy, holistic massage, reflexology, and Indian head massage. I am also a Usui Reiki master, all of which enriches my own life and yoga practice. I love sharing healing art therapies and practices to support and guide individuals to find greater wellness, health, and balance through all stages of life and circumstances.

I’ve taught yoga and wellbeing classes for over 20 years, and am registered with the British Wheel of Yoga. I’m passionate about deepening my teaching practice: – guiding meditation, mindfulness and reiki/healing sessions at the award-winning Yeotown health retreat, also, teaching mindfulness and yoga sessions on NHS programmes for people living with cancer, and supporting NHS mental health teams. I’ve enjoyed supporting teenagers at local secondary schools, and practiced as a complementary therapist at North Devon Hospice, and the National Autistic Society’s residential centre for young adults for many years. I’ve truly enjoyed sharing mindful heart yoga sessions at the Green Man and Big Green Gathering festival, and am currently exploring different avenues to share YogaDevon yoga and meditation classes, alongside holistic health practices, with local groups across our local North Devon community.

Also an author, the Mindful Mother: a Practical and Spiritual Guide to Enjoying Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond with Mindfulness’ (Watkins Publishing May 2015) is available to buy on Amazon, Waterstones or other bookshops.

When not practising yoga or meditation, I love walking along our beautiful South West coastline, spending time in or under salty seas, rain or shine, and immersing in wild natural spaces. I live in the North Devon countryside with my partner, my two lovely, nearly grown-up and away young adult children, a dog called Ivy, and a very vocal black cat called Jupiter.

Along the way, I’ve studied the following, continuing to learn and then learn some more:

  • British Wheel of Yoga: Yoga teaching diploma
  • Yogacampus: Pregnancy Yoga teaching diploma
  • IFPA: Clinical and Holistic Aromatherapy Practitioner Diploma
  • IFR: Reflexology Practitioner diploma
  • ITEC: Practitioner diplomas in holistic massage, Indian head massage, reflexology
  • Usui Reiki Master: Dharamasala, India
  • B.A.Hons, Modern History (Oxford University, Trinity College)
  • MSc. Development Studies (London School of Economics)
  • A.L.C.M. Classical Piano Performance Diploma (London College of Music)

Please contact me if you would to know more about YogaDevon yoga and healing arts classes, workshops, and complementary therapy treatments.