Meet the team behind the festival! We’re all based in Brighton with an interest in yoga.

Davy JonesFounder/direction/spokesperson


Davy has been practising yoga for 15 years and teaching for more than five, primarily Ashtanga Yoga. He grew up in Saltdean as a teenager and he moved back to Brighton in 2002. He is also the first yoga teacher ever to stand for parliament – he has been selected by the Green Party to be its candidate at the 2015 General Election in the constituency of Brighton Kemptown, where the Festival will be held.

Cat DuvalEvents & Festival Programming

Cat DuvalInspired by yoga’s capacity to transform, connect open and be a source of fun and creativity Cat has worked with Holly to create flash mobs to raise awarenes for the festival even though she can’t be there herself in person. Cat’s baby is Nine Lives Yoga.

Emma NewlynFestival Manager

Emma-Louise Newlyn

A musician, Yoga teacher, freelance blogger & massage therapist; Emma has a passion for spreading the word of well-being to others and helping people to realise that their own natural state of being is one of health and happiness. Emma’s love of music is infused throughout her Vinyasa Flow based classes with soundtracks ranging from upbeat electro to serene Indian sounds.

Anika Grimm Specialist Yoga Co-ordinator

Anika GrimmAnika has been teaching yoga for over ten years and has qualified as a Yoga Therapist. She believes that any part of a yoga practice needs to be accessible and appropriate, rather than trying to encourage all students to practice in the same way. Her main focus when working with yoga is to ensure that it is the right practice for each person, whether in a group class or when offering private tuition.

Caroline VittaFestival Volunteer Co-ordinator

Caroline Vitta Photo Caroline has been practising yoga for several years and supported last year’s Yoga Festival as a volunteer. As a Youth Worker in Brighton, Caroline is used to organising young people into activities and is hoping that these skills are transferable to the role of Volunteer Co-ordinator.
If you would like to volunteer for the festival, please get in touch via

Matt AllenFestival Blogger

IMG_3554A Registered 500hr certified Yoga Instructor and a certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Currently working on his first book Simply Bamboo, which explores Human potential, personal transformation and providing a tool set which allows you to develop a deeper connection with yourself, others and the world you live in.
Matt loves to swim in the sea, snowboard down mountains, climb trees, move every way he can with a smile on his face and spend as much time as humanly possible with his family.
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Joe Davison-HaskollSound Engineer
Dominic PereraSound Engineer

The festival was co-founded in 2014 by Davy Jones and Mikaela Perera.