Raquel Alves started teaching in 1992. She is qualified with Para Yoga (Rod Stryker), BWY, Sivannanda.
Originally from Africa, she now lives in the UK. Her teachings draws from many styles, and has a strong pull towards Tantra , but calls on her years as an Ashtanga practitioner and her years doing Iyengar yoga. She also loves to incorporate restorative relaxation techniques and meditation and on occasion chanting – accompanied by the harmonium.
Her personal practice draws on her current teacher’s teachings, she also assists him when he is teaching in Europe. She is a a 500 hrs yoga alliance Eyr (senior teacher), currently is a tutor and Mentor on the Yoga Campus Teacher Training Programme. She also runs her own teacher training with ‘Wellbeing Space’ in Surrey.
She brings a wealth of knowledge to her teaching, with great attention to alignment and empowers her students to have fun and to enquire within, aiding them to empower themselves.
Catherine Annis is well known for her imaginative and practical approach to yoga. She is a member of the Triyoga teacher training faculty, and launches Intelligent Yoga Teacher training, a 200 hour BWY accredited training with Peter Blackaby and Gary Carter in 2018.
Originally a professional dancer, Catherine discovered yoga as a teenager, and has been practicing for more than 35 years. Having explored Sivananda, Iyengar, Astanga and various forms of Hatha yoga, she eventually gravitated to the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli.
Catherine’s practice and teaching focuses on deepening physical awareness and alignment to reveal the natural freedom of the body, particularly the spine. She is an attentive and thoughtful teacher, and highly skilled at adapting poses to accommodate all levels and types of students, so that everyone leaves class feeling that they have made a fresh discovery about their yoga practice.
Catherine teaches regular weekly classes in London and leads retreats at various locations in India and Europe. She created the first Scaravelli inspired immersion course, which is now held annually in Sussex, and is regularly invited to teach workshops throughout the UK, and internationally.
In yoga Ash has found a tool for liberation, a means to heal and to awaken our deeper authentic selves. After spending a number of years as a secondary school teacher, Ash turned to yoga as a full time path. She has taught and travelled internationally, including five years teaching in Malaysia, China and Thailand and on the Freedom through Movement project in Palestine.
Ash embraces influences from many movement patterns in her yoga teaching – rock climbing, running and freediving are woven into dynamic vinyasa, steady bodywork and peaceful breath-centric restorative practices. Inspiration for her classes is rooted in the Earth’s elements and in the bodies and stories of the students that she welcomes.
Ash lives a full life, teaching in Bristol and as one half of the duo Handstand Yogi. Ash has just completed her first book The ‘Handstanding Yogi’ which is currently in the top 100 yoga books on Amazon.
Jodi feels that yoga is a precious gift and one of the greatest influences in her life. Drawn to sharing yoga with others, she began teaching in 2001.
With a background in Iyengar, Vinyasa and Ananda yoga, a devotional style of yoga based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, Jodi draws from these traditions to create a fluid, creative and meditative practice. She teaches to inspire students to journey inward; nourishing themselves, deepening their intuition and honoring the divine within.
She teaches yoga retreats and trainings internationally, and most recently spent six years living in India, where she co-directed Satsanga Retreat. In addition to teaching yoga, Jodi is a massage therapist, student of Ayurveda, working toward her certification as a practitioner and writer.
Tania has been leading inspirational classes locally and internationally for 12 years. She has a unique ability to naturally inspire a deeper understanding of the flow of breath, movement and the mindful connections of yoga.
Her teaching emphasis is on the power of the breath to manage and open the body, postural alignment, yogic philosophy and the integration of yoga principles into daily life.
She is passionate about promoting health, vitality and well-being through yoga, but in a light-hearted and fun way.
Tania’s practice began with her dad as a teenager. After 20 years of regular yoga practice she studied with the Amrita School of Yoga to qualify as a Traditional Hatha Yoga teacher. She has also studied with Claire Missingham (Vinyasa Flow) and Nigel Gilderson (Hatha yoga) amongst others. Most recently Tania is proud to be a student of Judith Hanson Lasater and Sarah Powers (Yin yoga).
She continues to develop infusing the different schools of yoga to give a rounded class reflecting the best of all the schools of yoga she continues to study.
“Tania teaches with warmth, energy, compassion and love. Her classes are a dynamic flowing style of yoga harmonising breath and movement to give strength and grace. They are accessible to all, whether or not you can touch your toes! just as long as you can breathe…”
Karen teaches mindful and accessible yoga for real people. Having had tight hamstrings and hips for most of her life, she understands how challenging the practice can be for most.
Drawing from her wealth of experience in Vinyasa Flow, Restorative and Pregnancy Yoga, she teaches intuitively with warmth and humour – and is passionate about the therapeutic and healing benefits of yoga, having witnessed them first-hand for herself.
First discovering yoga almost 20 years ago at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre, she completed her first 200hr teacher training with Yoga London following an inspiring trip to India. She gained her second 200hr certification with Claire Missingham and qualified in Pregnancy Yoga with Nadia Narain. Karen has also had the privilege of studying with Judith Hanson Lasater, Kathryn Budig, David Williams, Sarah Powers and Naomi Absalom. She also holds a certificate in Reiki Level 1.
Lee has been practicing hatha yoga for over 20 years and teaching for 15.
She began her yoga journey with Faustomaria of Innergy yoga and went on to complete the Sivananda yoga teachers training. The path of yoga led her to complete a 2 year Lecoq physical theatre training as a mature student. Here she found she could use her yoga practice in a more collaborative and creative way. For the last two years she has been performing and touring Europe with the contemporary dance company Tilted Productions.
Lee teaches hatha yoga working closely with the breath and moving fluidly through the yoga postures. This style of yoga is open to anyone of any age or physical capability, you will practice to your own ability and grow in your own connection with your breath and body. Your spine will inevitably become stronger and more flexible as will the rest of the body and through the constant awareness of the breath you will discover your ability to let go.
For Lee the path of yoga has opened up so many unexpected doors and given her the inner strength, confidence and support to really explore ones own potential – these are the gifts of yoga she wants to share in her teaching
Federica Clemente is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor who has practiced and studied Mysore Ashtanga, Iyengar and other forms of yoga for more than 15 years. With a background in bodywork, professional dance, biodynamic craniosacral therapy, shamanic healing, and her current study in Gestalt therapy, Federica brings to her classes and workshops a wealth of background information in the mechanics of dynamic movement, energy flow, mind-body connection, practical emotional resolution, and effective healing techniques. Yet, she teaches with an attitude of fun, playfulness and open acceptance.
Federica has nine years of experience teaching retreats and workshops in Europe, Australia, England, Mexico and the USA. Her retreats are a unique journey towards inner awareness, freedom and joy.
Michelle has been teaching yoga since 2001 and also has over 20 years experience working in the field of natural therapies. Her approach to yoga draws upon years of practice with inspirational teachers, all of whom have been influenced by the work of Vanda Scaravelli.
Michelle draws on this experience and combines it with her long-standing interest in insight meditation (vipassana) from the Theravada Buddhist tradition.
Her classes involve cultivating patience and relaxation by moving slowly, so we become aware of where we hold tension, and bringing mindfulness to how we move and rest. This approach of developing curiosity in ‘how’ we practice enables us to release unhelpful habits of movement and find a sense of freedom in the body. This enhances our ability to become more grounded, stable and at ease – whether we are engaged in asana, pranayama or informal practice.
Michelle is based in Brighton, England, where she teaches regular yoga sessions. She also works as an artist and exhibits her paintings regularly.
Lila is a certified Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and founder of Yoga Prema.
She has been practicing yoga for 20 years, teaching full-time since 2001, received advanced level certification from Sivananda in 2004 and in 2007 was given the blessing to teach yoga teachers as a principal teacher within the Sivananda Yoga Organisation.
Lila has spent the best part of eight years living in yoga ashrams and centres in India and Canada, being fully immersed in a yogic life of service, study, practice and teaching yoga to students from across the world.
Lila has trained extensively with various schools including Sivananda (Hatha, Raja, Karma, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga), Krishnamacharya (Vedic Chanting/Sanskrit) and Usha Devi (Iyengar Yoga). As a result of years of practice, study and embracing yoga as a way of life, Lila is inspired to share the wisdom and joy of yoga from the heart. Lila spends regular periods of time in India studying and deepening her own practice. She has a highly individual and sensitive approach which resonates deeply with her students.
Based in the South West of England, Lila teaches weekly yoga classes, workshops, meditation and yogic study courses, international yoga retreats and yoga teacher training in India, London and Italy.
During his many years of travel in Central America and India, Pierre lived close to the native cultures, from which he learned shamanic and yogic techniques. The experiences of those years led him to develop an intimate and respectful relationship with the Earth – his divine mother and communication with animal spirits. He is a skilled and sensitive guide with a wealth of experiences leading ceremonies and sweat lodges.
Pierre lives in the Laurentiens, Quebec where the grounds and gardens of his home are full of medicinal plants, herbs, vegetables and flowers as well as much wild life. His passion is to love in rhythm with the cycles of nature and to inspire that connect in other.
Lisa is a 500-hour certified Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher based at Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre in Southern Spain. She has been teaching for seven years and practicing for the past 15.
She completed a 200-hour foundational teaching training and a 300-hour advanced training both with Vidya Heisel of Frog Lotus Yoga and regularly travels the world leading yoga retreats and assisting on Frog Lotus yoga teacher training programmes.
Her formula for a great yoga class is to combine intelligent anatomical sequencing, with continual focus on the breath whilst interweaving yogic philosophy – enhancing the practice to bring a profound sense of well-being and aliveness.
Lisa’s passion is to encourage and empower students to develop their practice, and to have a safe life-long yoga experience.
With over 35 years experience in Yoga and bodywork, Ken has worked as a movement therapist, having studied dance and psychology. He is trained in The Feldenkrais Method, Awareness Through Movement.
An American based in London since 1980, Ken has developed his own style of teaching, bridging the space between flowing Hatha Yoga and the gentle understated, spiralling Feldenkrais movements. He teaches his unique ‘Yoga with Awareness’ holidays internationally.
Ken’s yoga classes and ‘moving meditation’ sessions are suitable for all levels. In a focused and yet playful way, Ken integrates Yoga with Feldenkrais. His intuitive and spontaneous hands-on approach emphasises the benefits of using your breath and developing an awareness of your inner process.
Participants learn to use their bodies with intelligence, awareness and efficiency, exploring movement in a way that is both developmental and restorative. He seeks to work with you, by developing core movement, and helping you tune into the constant flow of life energy essential to maintaining health and clarity of mind.
Ken has developed a fluid technique that taps into your individual needs, releases energy and works to heal injuries or chronic discomfort. Ken’s holidays will introduce you to his unique take on Yoga – utilising influences from Feldenkrais, dance and movement-based bodywork.
Before discovering yoga, Nigel was a teacher of physical education in South London secondary schools. He later qualified as a tennis coach running coaching programmes for inner city children.
Drawn to the mind-body relationship that yoga offered, he trained as a yoga teacher after spending time in Mysore, South India studying with Pattabhi Jois, the guru of the Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga system.
He later trained in the Sivananda yoga method and has subsequently worked intensively with Iyengar yoga, Scaravelli yoga and Shadow yoga. 20 years ago he established the Brockwell Lido Yoga Centre in south London, running courses, workshops, classes and yoga intensives in UK and abroad.
He founded the Amrita School of Yoga in 2005 and established an annual 200 hour yoga teacher training programme endorsed by the Independent Yoga Network. He is currently studying a masters at London University, Goldsmiths in Dance Movement Psychotherapy.
His classes incorporate the core principles of mindfulness of breath, synchronized with grounded movements made around the central axis of the body. These principles allow the student to be better equipped for dynamic action. Drawing on influences from Qi Gong and Tai Chi traditions practitioners cultivate qualities of balance, stability and ease of movement.
Sharing the teachings of yoga and mindfulness is one of Ali’s greatest joys and devoted passion. She feels blessed to have had experienced many incredible teachers offering their wisdom and guidance over her 20 years practice.
Ali’s yoga and meditation journey began properly in India in 1993 where she went to visit after completing her arts degree. It was an unexpected and transformational time, discovering ashram life and meeting her guru on the banks of the river Ganges in Varanasi. She dived deep into spiritual India where she studied on a one to one basis with her teacher and lived there for 2 years.
Since 1998 she trained as a yoga teacher exploring many different traditions of yoga including Sivananda, Ashtanga vinyasa, Iyengar, vinyasa flow and restorative. Completing a 10 day silent ‘vipassana’ meditation retreat, navigating the quiet inner space and concentrating the mind, although challenging from there she was hooked to explore more profound breathing exercises through meditation to stay well in both body and mind.
Ali describes yoga and mindfulness as a way of life and living in present moment awareness. Her teaching brings meditative insight as she weaves in mindfulness principles for reflection and self-exploration through the asana practice.
Emma Spencer-Goodier has taught a flowing hatha style of yoga since 2000 on the Isle of Wight after a career as a professional sailor.
Her classes are rooted deeply in the traditions of Iyengar, Sivananda and Ashtanga, offering clarity, cultivating awareness and offering some precious space in the busy-ness of everyday living through the practice of asana, pranayama and meditation. Her teaching is woven through thematically with stories, philosophy and poetry. She creates a loving, nurturing and inclusive space for curious souls to explore their yoga practice.
She is a senior yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance Professionals and is a teacher of teachers. Emma is a yogini, a mother, a lover of wild spaces and a seeker of adventure; her guides are integrity and joy.
Prompted by back pain, Belle took up yoga some 18 years ago discovering a positive shift not only physically; like a bubble of oxygen rising up though turbulent waters, yoga helped gain clarity to take the next best step forward – sometimes immediate clarity, sometimes not so immediate!
Drawing from her studies across a wide rage of traditions – Sivananda, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Scaravelli – Belle teaches flowing Hatha yoga weaving asana on the breath, pranayama and meditation according to level & context. Her aim is to help students establish a sustainable, safe and enjoyable practice, leading towards greater well-being, clarity and joie de vivre!
Alongside teaching, Belle continues her singing career, developing songwriting at present and performing too. She is qualified in Holistic, Indian Head and Facial Rejuvenation Massage and is currently studying for a Yoga Therapy Diploma. Belle is a practicing Buddhist.
It is in the spirit of bhakti/devotion that Tami approaches her yoga practice & teaching.
Yoga is the path in which Tami has nourished and enlivened her body, heart and mind. This practice offers space & time to connect to subtle energy, peaceful essence, ultimately to divine consciousness and to love.
Tami has studied extensively in India, Australia, Europe and the U.S. She began teaching in 2000 and draws most from her classical training in Ashtanga, Iyengar, Viniyoga and Ayurveda. She currently finds inspiration by attending retreats offered by her teacher, Clive Sheridan.
With gratitude and joy Tami shares yoga. She creates an environment that is kind and welcoming so that all are deeply nourished as they expand awareness and connect to inner wisdom. Her artfully sequenced classes are at once strength building and nurturing. Tami shares insightful, relevant and practical tools from Yoga and Ayurveda for modern day living. Her hands on adjustments are skillful and intuitive.
She is based in Seattle, USA and teaches classes, workshops, co directs her teacher trainings & routinely offers retreats worldwide. Additionally she teaches pre-natal yoga, serves as a labour support doula and is an Ayurvedic wellness counselor.
Tami’s greatest teacher is her son Indi. He has reflected profound love, patience and the preciousness of the moment.
Morven’s first yoga class in 1996 was a turning point towards a transformation that has continued to unfold and has led her to share the empowerment of yoga with the community.
Her training in Akhanda Yoga with Yogi Vishvketu has given her a strong background in traditional holistic Hatha yoga. She has trained in restorative yoga, tantra yoga, kundalini and dynamic flow. She is a YA accredited senior teacher and helps to guide future teachers on teachers training programmes in Bristol.
Her approach is to gently guide you into greater body and mind awareness through embodied alignment principles in movement, experiential inquiry and mindfulness techniques. Through an intuitive and inclusive process she will guide you towards better physical and mental health and well-being.
She is currently becoming accredited as a ‘Breathworks’ mindfulness teacher and has studied mindfulness based pain management and mindfulness for stress.
Morven loves to balance both dynamic and restorative yoga, and teaches with a sensitivity to the ever-changing environment of the world, the body and the mind.
As well as being a partner in Suryalila Retreat Centre, Vidya is the Director of Frog Lotus Yoga International Yoga Teacher Training Programs.
Yoga has been Vidya’s life-long passion. She started studying, practicing and teaching yoga in 1975 and since then has studied and taught yoga extensively worldwide. After founding Frog Lotus Yoga Studio in Massachusetts in 2002, Vidya created a comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training program which she has taught at retreat centres around the world.
There are now over 1000 graduates of this program. Vidya is currently teaching five three-week Yoga Teacher Training programs and two Advanced two week Yoga Teacher Training programs per year, as well as leading some Yoga vacations and retreats at Suryalila.
Amelia has been on her yoga journey for the past 12 years. Her love of yoga led her to travel to Southern India to gain her Yoga Alliance 200hr Teacher Training Certification at the Sivananda ashram in Kerala, under the guidance of Swami Govindananda, Swami Tatwarupananda and Swami Nivedanananda.
Her Hatha Flow yoga will gently encourage you to explore your physical and mental capabilities, guiding you towards a deeper understanding of yoga and its philosophy. The atmosphere is authentic, relaxed, friendly and open for EVERY body to experience the incredible benefits of yoga.
She views the discipline of yoga as a vital element to learn more about our nature as human beings. Her teachings are infused with a meditative practice to transcend the mind. They deal mostly with body and breathing practices – guiding awareness to internal states and senses, incorporating meditative postures to encourage full observation, calmness and peace throughout – bringing attention to the more subtle and positive powers within to encourage creativity, intuition and contentment.
Jess qualified as a yoga teacher eight years ago and has been practicing for nearly twenty. During this time her love for Yoga has led her to study traditional Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Vinyasa the influences of which can be found in her teaching. Most recently Jess has found her home in ISHTA yoga and is now an E-RYT 500hr ISHTA Certified Teacher.
She was originally drawn to yoga for its physical benefits but continues to be fascinated by the many deeper layers yoga has to offer such as Eastern philosophy, Ayurveda, Breath work, Meditation, Mantra and Mudra.
Teaching a mindful flow and breath-led practice with a focus on safe alignment, Jess skillfully provides a space in her classes where everyone feels comfortable and can challenge them selves safely whether they are beginners or more experienced yogis. She hopes her classes encourage more awareness, so people can connect more mindfully with their bodies, each other and our environment. She aims to encourage people to find joy in their practice.
Jess teaches Mindful flow, Meditation, Yin Yoga, Restorative and Pregnancy Yoga in Hertfordshire and London and worldwide retreats.
Jaya started practicing yoga in 1995 and has explored many styles since. She completed an intensive 9-month teacher training in Byron Bay in 2003 and taught at Brahmani Yoga (former Purple Valley) in India until 2008. Jaya now lives and works in London and periodically leads retreats within the UK and abroad.
Jaya teaches a dynamic flow style that combines the integrity, precision and alignment of Iyengar with the movement and breath awareness of Vinyasa. Her most influential teachers include Glenn Ceresoli, Louisa Sear and Clive Sheridan.
Jaya’s technique tends to suit students of varying abilities, as they can be both calming and challenging. Most important, Jaya creates a safe and nurturing environment that encourages self-discovery and non-competitiveness. She is particularly skilled at one-on-one adjustments. As well as strengthening the body and increasing stamina and flexibility, Jaya’s teachings help create a more peaceful mind, a more open heart and a more grounded attitude, all of which can help no end in today’s hectic world.
Jaya is also a Yoga Therapist and certified to teach Pregnancy Yoga and Yoga Nidra.
Atiya is a warm and compassionate yoga teacher. She was drawn to yoga initially through books on self-enquiry and meditation, and later through attending classes.
Yoga became important for Atiya when working as a solicitor in London, where it had a profound effect on her life. It kept her steady, grounded and positive during a major transitional period.
Atiya studied yoga within the Sivananda tradition, has been teaching since 2011 and is certified to Advanced Level. Her aim is to share the teachings as best as she can – with love, inspiration and a sense of fun! She is committed to her personal development as a teacher and student as she continues with her own practice, study and regular immersion in ashrams.
Alongside teaching yoga, Atiya is a registered and practising Nutritional Therapist. She draws on her degree in Biochemistry, training in Naturopathic Nutrition and holistic approach to promote health and vitality.
Nancy began practicing yoga in 2001 as a way to strengthen her body after the birth of her first son. She discovered a life-altering way to focus her mind through breathing and movement. This is when her practice really took hold.
Yoga calms Nancy, makes her less reactive, more mindful of her actions, and more accepting of others and herself. She says that it is through the practice of paying attention to the habitual way your thoughts unfold that uncover the deep grooves of the mind and layers of self that we can truly know ourselves. A regular yoga practice nourishes the heart and soul and helps you live life fully awake.
Nancy’s classes emphasize clarity of alignment and a steady connection to the breath. Through clear instruction and an exploration of the eight-fold path of Ashtanga yoga, she challenges her students to move beyond the physical practice and understand the impact that cultivating self-love and awareness has off the mat.
She is so grateful for all of her teachers, her students and her children all of whom continually inspire her. She looks forward to sharing this practice with you.
Ceri has been teaching yoga since 2001, and has over twenty years practice and experience. Her classes are Hatha based, incorporating a balance of breath focus, asana, and relaxation, built around a classical Sivananda format.
Ceri’s experience has shown that the breath is the key to connect with vital energy, and with a mindful approach, yoga can be a powerful tool for strengthening and healing the mind and body. Her style is inclusive, adaptive and accessible to all. This is fundamentally influenced by her broad spectrum of certified remedial training with The Yoga for Health Foundation, and advanced yoga qualifications in Sivananda Yoga. The inspirational teachers who have shaped her approach are Prahlada Reddy (Sivananda Yoga), Faustomaria Dorelli (Yogaloft, London), and Ellen Lee (Chairperson for IYN).
Ceri teaches weekly yoga classes from where she is based in Essex, and runs specialised yoga retreats and workshops in the UK and abroad. She also teaches Postural Correction and is a qualified Reiki practitioner.
Jade is a 500 hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher, on a mission to share the happiness yoga has brought her. She is passionate about helping her students to experience the physical, mental and emotional benefits of yoga, and considers it a profoundly healing practice.
Combining hatha, vinyasa and yin yoga, Jade’s classes are immersive, dynamic and fun. She describes herself as an anatomy geek, so her teaching is full of precise alignment cues and intuitive physical assists to help you refine your practice and stay safe. You’ll develop strength, balance and flexibility, cultivating a deeper connection with your body and inner self.
After completing her advanced training with Frog Lotus Yoga International, Jade remains committed to studying the most beneficial practices to share with her students. She is currently taking an additional Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Forrest Yoga.
Jade has taught yoga at retreats and shalas all over the world, and is now based in Nottingham, where she teaches regular yoga classes and workshops. She co-founded Yoga Let Loose, a group which leads events and workshops focused on yoga and adding in travel, adventure and fun.
When she’s not teaching or practicing yoga, Jade works in education and is a freelance yoga writer. She loves adventure, being outdoors and cake (in any order!).
Maurizio has been practicing yoga in different forms since 2003 and completed his training as a hatha yoga teacher at the Amrita School of Yoga in London. The results of his own practice and his seeking spirit have led him to believe that yoga has the power to transform people’s desires, needs and attitudes towards life into something magical of the utmost importance. He is committed to exploring and meeting those individual needs and to making yoga friendly, fun and accessible to everyone.
Drawing on Ashtanga and Jivamukti yoga practices, Maurizio’s teaching brings together a balance between ying and yang energies. A harmonious blend of intense, dynamic, vigorous elements counterposed by a more gentle, introspective style. This leads to a development of strength and flexibility whilst finding and maintaining an inner sense of union.
Kate McKenzie has been practicing various forms of yoga all her adult life. She trained in Sivananda and Kundalini and yoga and has continued to study flowing forms, Iyengar and Yin Yoga.
She is passionate about creativity and well-being and her experience as a performer informs her approach. Her workshops aim to be both fun-filled and sacred, exploring the connection between breath, free movement, the poses, mantra, healing sound and chakra awareness in order to live with more inspiration, balance and self-awareness.
Kate has lead “Mantra Choirs” for fun singing and improvising in groups to free body, sound and soul. Other training includes massage, Reiki, First Nature voice, Indian Rag and Life Coaching.
Kate offers the online yoga and sound healing courses called ‘Living Your Heartsong’.
Scaravelli-inspired yoga is revolutionary and offers inspiring tools to deepen whatever style of Hatha yoga you practice. You will be guided into a beautiful journey of waves and spirals into your spine which can lead into a slow and safe release of tension as well as a new and profound learning’s of experiencing movement.
Vanda Scaravelli quotes in her book ‘Awakening the Spine’ – “there are no beginner or advanced students.”
Everybody can benefit from this approach to yoga…from absolute beginners to experienced practitioners. Helen, co-director of the Yoga Health Mandala and founder of HN chavutti massage training, hosts yoga teacher trainings, intensives and seminars in India, Europe, Scandinavia and the USA.
Her passion is sharing this beloved style of yoga that has brought many gifts and learnings to her life.
Virginie teaches yoga in order to help others experience the freedom, self-knowledge and sense of peace that come from a focused yoga practice. Her inspirational classes combine a light-hearted and down-to-earth approach to yogic philosophy with a mindful, breath-led flowing physical practice.
She discovered yoga in 2001 and has been teaching since 2007. She trained with Nicky Knoff in Hatha Yoga, and with Tara Judelle in Anusara Yoga and ‘Embodied Flow’. She has travelled extensively over the years, seeking out teachers in the UK, Germany, Australia, Thailand and Bali, in order to deepen her practice and knowledge of yoga, meditation, as well as other mind-body practices such a Thai Yoga Massage, Dance, and Balinese philosophy.
Her teaching offers a continuously evolving, personalized blend of different yoga styles, firmly rooted in Hatha Yoga and life-embracing Tantric philosophy. Having trained in psychology, she is also particularly interested in the psychology of yoga and how we can use this ancient practice in our daily lives to increase our wellbeing and happiness.
David is one of the yoga teachers on Sky’s fitness TV channel. He has trained in many different styles of yoga and movement including: Sivananda, Ashtanga, Somatics, Pilates and contemporary dance.
His classes offer an eclectic fusion of these styles. He has taught all over the world and is a fun and encouraging teacher, popular with beginners and more intermediate students. David’s primary focus in his classes is on sensory and breath awareness, pranayama and meditation in motion.
David has produced three DVDs fusing dance and yoga and has contributed articles on yoga and fitness to magazines in the UK and abroad. He is also a qualified practitioner in the following ayurvedic treatments: mehta face massage, Indian head massage (champissage) and Kansa Vakti foot massage and offers these treatments on his holidays.
Lisa has been teaching yoga since 2001 and is regularly inspired by the profound positive affects of this ancient practice.
Lisa strives to learn more and attends yearly workshops and training intensives with teachers from around the world. She is currently enrolled in intensive training with ParaYoga, which provides a living link to the ancient traditions of yoga, meditation and tantra.
Lisa weaves together Vinyasa Flow, ParaYoga, Restorative Yoga, Sivananda Yoga and Mindfulness to create a practice that allows you to have a deeper understanding of your Self. Her holidays always follow a theme throughout the week, this could be learning more about the Koshas (the 5 sheaths), the Chakras (the energy centres), the Sutras (yogic teachings) or the Yamas and Niyamas (ethical goals). By the end of a week with Lisa you will feel empowered and inspired, just as she is, by the wonders that yoga has to offer you.
Kath has been teaching yoga in London since 1997. Her formal training includes Iyengar and Sivananda Teacher Trainings, a Yoga Therapy Diploma and a consistent Astanga practice for many years. Over this time she has worked with many inspirational teachers in various approaches, including yin, restorative and yoga nidra.
Over the last 10 years Clive Sheridan has been her main teacher and she been incorporating more pranayama and meditation into her practice and teaching.
Her teaching style is grounded in the alignment of the Iyengar system but greatly influenced by the dynamic flow of astanga and vinyasa flow, while incorporating more restorative practices as appropriate.
Her intention is to share her love for the yoga practice and share techniques that leave the body and mind relaxed and revitalised – and to make yoga practice accessible to all, whatever level. Having trained as a massage therapist she tends also to use touch, hands on adjustments, as a tool for teaching.
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Gita (Nicola Schneider) shares the dance of the medicine wheel as a tool to awaken people’s own healing power, helping each person to touch their inner wisdom and truth. In group activities, healing circles and personal awakening sessions, Gita supports the process of opening. During 30 years experience in bodywork, holistic therapy and energy work Gita has a unique approach of guiding each person to see where they are in life’s circle right now.
Her study of Yoga and Shamanic Technique allow her to shed light on the missing link. She has taught and studied in India, Hong Kong, Japan, Europe and the US. Gita now lives in the Laurentiens, Quebec. Walking her own medicine wheel and being inspirited daily by her interaction with nature, she teaches healing, shamanic practices, runs healing circles and produces her own natural skin care, herbal products and ceremonial tools.
“By the practice of meditation” the master said “you will find that you are carrying within your heart a portable paradise” Paramahansa Yogananda.
Lara Stapleton is a truly nurturing and attentive Scaravelli inspired and Hatha Yoga teacher with extensive training and a deep self-practice for over 14 years. This shines through in her teaching as she has a strong intuition of what is going on for each individual in a class. She cares deeply about her students, inspiring and supporting them to develop both on and off the mat.
Her style is gently powerful with special attention on the breath, allowing for growth in ones own internal awareness and awakening the spine, creating flowing wave-like movements and natural rhythms as well as working deeply from the ground up.
Her classes allow you to work profoundly from the inside out on individual areas of resistance, injury, deep emotional blockages and alignment with grace and softness. Lara puts her sensitivity as a teacher down to a strong one-on-one approach: “I’m able to adapt yoga to the individual rather than the individual to yoga”.
Lara’s philosophy and teachings are inspired by the spirit and practice of moving into stillness, to experience your true being. Her work and practice have been greatly enthused by her teacher John Stirk. Lara’s areas of speciality are spinal rehabilitation as well as being a trained Aromatherapist.
Rory co-runs Bristol based Yogakutir with his partner Dory Walker.
Many years of yoga self practice (and too much tea) has kept Rory grounded. As the positive and transformative effects of yoga deepened, the transition to teaching was a natural progression. He now shares his experience of self empowerment, self purpose and self reflection that yoga initiates with others.
His teaching is informed and inspired by classical teachings of Hatha yoga that include Iyengar, Ashtanga, Sivananda, Dona Holleman’s enlightened asana work and other disciplines such as Shaolin Wushu martial arts.
He continues to study with senior teachers and is currently on a 7 year programme with world renowned teacher Dona Holleman and her inspirational Centered Yoga philosophy (born from her personal experience and encounter with Krishnamurti’s philosophy, B.K.S. Iyengar’s Hatha Yoga, Castaneda’s shamanic religion and her friendship with Vanda Scaravelli).
Rory runs group and private classes for adults and teenagers, corporate yoga classes and co-hosts retreats and workshops.
Dory has experienced the true spirit of yoga as transformational practice. She believes in the power of yoga to guide conscious evolution, individually and collectively.
Certified to advanced level and teaching full time since 2001, Dory has trained with various yoga schools, amongst them Sivananda (traditional hatha Yoga), Satyananda (yoga nidra and meditation),Khrishnamakarya (Vedic Chant) and Dona Holleman (enlightened asana work), as well as studying yoga therapy with the Biomedical Trust. Dory teaches retreats and teacher training programmes internationally.
Through her own practice Dory has discovered that regular practice promotes effective, positive and healthy living and is inspired to help others establish a strong practice in their own lives. She believes strongly in making the yoga (union) adventure joyful, keeping it light and remembering to laugh! She is a dedicated yogini and mother.
Ishwara is passionate about Yoga, about people and the potential of people to become more loving, more intuitive and more fulfilled.
Ishwara began Yoga seriously in 1991 and started full time teaching in 2003. He studied primarily with Sivananda Yoga and Satyananda Yoga. Currently he is studying clinical nutrition, life coaching and stress management. Daily rigorous YogaAsana, Pranayama, Calisthenics, Cardio and Meditation give Ishwara both connection, energy and a deep desire to make a positive contribution to society. A mostly raw, plant based diet supports the physical & inner work.
Ishwara loves teaching creative Vinyasa, traditional Hatha, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra and Meditations, all grounded in the breathing experience. Ishwara sees the Yoga practices as a foundation, a starting point, initially for self-awareness and honesty, then for discovery and transformation, both physical and spiritual.
Ishwara brings warmth, integrity, fun, knowledge and spontaneity to his teaching.
I teach and practice yoga because I love to be reminded of what it is to pause in the day and become a little curious. Curious about what is actually going on inside, and what it is to be fully human.
I believe the inner eyes and ears are already there, simply waiting to be revealed through a quiet attention that naturally brings us into the present moment. A peaceful place free from the need to be anybody or anything. Where the unnecessary drops away and a new quality of aliveness is experienced. A place of connection and heart opening in which our own unique rhythm and being can be discovered and honoured. This is a little of what yoga is for me.
Trained in and inspired by the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli I have been sharing what it is to move from the spine and the breath, with an awareness of the ground’s support, so that our body-mind wisdom might express, since 1995.
Working also as a biodynamic craniosacral practitioner, I use touch in a gentle hands on approach to invite a deep listening in students and encourage them to feel their way into postures. I have recently moved to Spain and am living my dreams of being part of and creating a community based on yogic and permaculture principles.
Alicia is known for leading joyful, dynamic classes that keep a strong focus on functional alignment. That means you get to move the way your body is designed to move – building strength and openness in a gradual, safe way.
Bringing years of experience in Vinyasa Flow Yoga to the mat, as well as a background in Thai Yoga massage, Alicia’s classes are the perfect balance of effort and ease.
Alicia received her 500-hour certification after training intensively in India and Thailand. She currently leads classes, workshops, and retreats in Cornwall and teaches internationally with Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Training programs.
Her enthusiasm is infectious, and students appreciate her ability to translate the ancient teachings into an accessible, uplifting message for the modern practitioner.
Discovering yoga while training as an actor and using it in his career in movement and physical theatre, Will’s yoga adventures have taken him to Bali and India to learn yoga and the study of Ayurveda.
Going on to train as a yoga teacher with yogahaven in Morocco, Will now runs retreats in various locations around Europe as well as teaching events and classes throughout London including hot yoga, vinyasa flow and restorative. With a fun and playful teaching style, Will’s classes are strong, upbeat and lively.
Alongside pro-fighter and boxing coach Chris Baugh, Will is also the co-founder of YogaBox London — a workout using the disciplines of boxing, yoga and mindfulness.
Will continues his professional development by studying with senior teachers including Sianna Sherman and Jason Crandell (US) and Claire Missingham (UK).