Alex Belcourt

Yoga, Meditation & Ayurveda

Alex Belcourt


Born in Montreal and transplanted to London when she was small, Alex first experienced yoga with her mother who taught in the mid-1970s at a tiny studio up a winding staircase in Knightsbridge. Even as a six year old, she relished the quiet breath-centered movement which is still at the heart of her practice forty years later. Her family moved to the Cotswolds in the 1980s and, after leaving Chipping Campden school at 18, she went on to read modern languages at the University of Liverpool before moving to London to become a professional actor.

She has been practicing yoga consistently for over twenty years and made the decision to leave the acting profession and teach yoga full-time in 2008. The past 10 years have been completely devoted to yoga and she completed 4 years of advanced training at the Insight Yoga Institute in San Francisco in 2013 with her mentors, Sarah and Ty Powers.

After living, studying and teaching in North America for many years, Alex returned to the UK in 2014 holding the highest level of certification through Yoga Alliance UK. Her practice integrates yoga, buddhism and Ayurveda and her esteemed teachers and influences include Norman Fischer, B. Alan Wallace, Stephen & Martine Batchelor, John & Jennifer Welwood, Dr Robert Svoboda, Scott Blossom and Chandra Easton. Alex is a certified Ayurvedic Educator (500hr) from the American Institute of Vedic Studies and is especially grateful to the work of Dr David Frawley and his senior students Shankari and Yogesh who have been a source of support and wisdom over the years.

Alex is based in Cheltenham and teaches regular classes, workshops and retreats. Her teaching style is relaxed, educative and informal. She offers quiet Yin and meditation along with more dynamic Hatha sessions influenced by Viniyoga, Ashtanga & Shadow Yoga. Her background in Ayurveda helps her create focused, therapeutic sessions that draw on ancient wisdom to optimise organ health, boost immunity and balance energy in the body-mind. Notwithstanding the health benefits that yoga brings, for Alex, yoga has been become more about about learning to be with things as they are and helping her stay connected to Spirit, and her heart.