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 launched Intelligent Yoga Teacher training in 2018, a 300 hour, 18 month BWY accredited training with Peter Blackaby and Gary Carter.
Originally a professional dancer, Catherine discovered yoga as a teenager, and has been practicing for almost 40 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 Europe and closer to home in the UK.
Clem is a passionate and fun teacher drawing on her experience after finding yoga over 12 years ago. Clem teaches uplifting classes, leading sequences inspired by vinyasa flow (aligning breath and movement) as well a slower more gentle yin practice, which allows her to respond to the energy in the room.
Through her teaching Clem explores the elements of yin and yang in the practice, to help balance out your energy and allow you to experience the effects of Yoga for your body and your mind. Her approach is to lead you through yin & yang classes that often begin with a slower more restorative practice with longer holds to help you unwind. Transitioning into a more dynamic vinyasa-based flow to allow you to leave the space feeling energised.
Clem has trained all over the world building on her love for vinyasa flow with Yoga London and The Yoga People. Her love for yin has been developed with trainings with Norman Blair and most recently Bernie Clarke. She is a founder of the ‘Yoga Brunch Club’, a popular events and retreat business running all over the UK, combining open level, energising yoga sessions, collaborating with chefs to create sit down feasts in beautiful surroundings.
A yogi with the soul of a poet, Ash believes that yoga is the steady fire that fuels the body and inspires the mind. 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, one that she has now been following for more than a decade. She has taught and travelled internationally, including five years teaching in Malaysia, China and Thailand and on the ‘Freedom through Movement’ project in Palestine.
Believing fully that presence is nurtured beyond the mat, Ash embraces influences from many movement patterns in her yoga teaching: rock climbing, running and free-diving 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.
“Yoga for me is a chance to remember what I have forgotten; to allow myself to feel.”
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…”
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 professional dance, craniosacral therapy and shamanic healing, Federica brings to her retreats a wealth of background information in the mechanics of alignment, dynamic movement, energy flow and effective healing techniques.
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.
Sunita creates a friendly and inclusive space where she encourages students to move mindfully with an emphasis on breath and good alignment. Sunita sprinkles each class with yoga philosophy to encourage students to think about life on and off the mat and apply its benefits to their daily life. Believing yoga helps us to centre and balance our lives in a way that keeps us naturally happy, healthy and emotionally stable, Sunita feels very grateful she can share the magic of yoga with others.
Lisa Dunn is a yoga teacher and self proclaimed life-enthusiast whose playful approach to her practice mirrors her free spirit. Hitting the pause button on a fast paced life as a BBC producer based in London, she now travels the globe offering yoga retreats, teacher trainings and workshops.
Keen to share the liberating effect this 20-year practice had on her life, Lisa became a 500-hour certified teacher with Frog Lotus Yoga and has been a well-loved teacher for over ten years now. Her journey has taken her all over the world. Lisa’s heart-centred approach is a reflection of her compassionate personality, she brings a fresh and faithful eye to time-honoured traditions and draws on the universal teachings of yoga, both on and off the mat. With an emphasis on the breath and intelligent sequencing, her classes are crafted to empower her students to develop their practice, and have a safe life-long yoga experience.
More recently she has been lured back behind the camera by the unfolding story at Suryalila Retreat Centre and has recently completed a feature length documentary about the world of yoga.
Yoga is full of magic and poetry for Annie. Over time, yoga has been the thread that ties life together. The transformative energy has healed her and her students physically, emotionally and spiritually.
She has been teaching yoga in London since 2007 and trained via Yogacampus and the Special Yoga Centre. An English teacher, Annie draws inspiration from poetry, scripture, and the written word. She has a great interest in yogic philosophy within her practice, teaching and lifestyle.
Annie has been fortunate enough to study with Mathew Sanford, Nigel Gilderson, April Nunes, Graham Burns, Carly Mountain, Susan Lahusen, Liz Lark and Jo Manuel. Annie feels inspiration and gratitude for the courage and strength found in being on her mat. Her classes are always finished off beautifully with a poetic offering and a deep nourishing savasana complete with blankets and massage sending you out into the world more open, aware and receptive.
Tom has been practising yoga for many years in order to complement sports such as mountain biking, trail running and climbing. Through practising vinyasa, Forrest inspired and ashtanga yoga he found a passion for strong and mindful movement and has since trained and qualified as a vinyasa yoga teacher with Frog Lotus Yoga.
Tom has taught yoga retreats, classes and workshops in Spain and the UK and loves helping people connect with the benefits of yoga physically and mentally. He has a gift for clear instruction and direction that allows his students to refine their awareness and build confidence.
Tom’s approach is to work intelligently with yoga, always balancing flexibility with strength. His classes prioritise safety and intelligent sequencing and if there is such a thing as a ‘goal’ of yoga, Tom believes it to be finding a mindful peace with yourself and extending the functional life of your body through your yoga practice. Tom’s yoga classes are fun and playful, with enough intensity and power that you’ll definitely feel the difference by the end!
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.
Mona Lisa Godfrey
Mona Godfrey (RYT E-500) teaches Vinyasa (flow), in which postures are mindfully synchronized to the breath in order to form a continuous and smooth flow. Although Vinyasa has many meanings, when broken down, the root “nyasa” in Sanskrit denotes “to place” while the “vi” denotes “in a special way”. Mona believes Vinyasa’s strength is rooted in this idea of attentive awareness. Her classes are challenging, mindful and grounding – with a strong emphasis or pranayama, energy and yogic philosophy.
Mona discovered yoga in her early 20s and is passionate about utilising the ancient wisdoms of yoga and meditation as a platform to create meaningful change in our modern world. Originally from Riga in the former USSR, Mona relocated to Sweden with her family at the age of five. In her mid teens, she relocated once again to California. The constant movement of her childhood bred an unwavering draw to change and an insatiable hunger for different cultures, exploration and travel.
In 2013 Mona spontaneously set out on a 2-year self-study through South East Asia and Oceania. She attributes her courage to follow her heart’s wild calling to the power of the practice. Mona is currently residing in London, where she leads group classes, workshops, teacher trainings and retreats.
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.
Aimee Hartley, author of Breathe Well and founder of The Breathing Room and School Breathe programme, has been teaching breathwork for over 10 years. She is a certified Transformational Breath Facilitator and yoga teacher and draws on her knowledge of both modalities, including conscious connected breathing and yoga pranayama to release tension within the respiratory system to enable a fuller, healthier breath.
She trained with Judith Kravitz, founder of Transformational Breath in the US and Italy and now has Breathing Rooms in London and The Wye Valley where she sees clients on a one to one basis. Her School Breathe programme now reaches over a thousand children and it is her passion to teach the benefits of breathwork far and wide, especially to the next generation.
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 the 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 on worldwide retreats.
Inspiring yoga & supper workshop to raise funds in support of the Banyan Tree Retreat, Your Place
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, certified to teach Hormone Yoga Therapy, Pregnancy Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Chakra Dance.
Ceri Jones is a professional chef with an innovative approach and a passion for celebrating seasonal food. Ceri’s view is that food should be simple and accessible to all – and this very much reflected in her recipes. She has amassed a large following of food lovers and adventurous home cooks via social media and her blog through which she shares regular tips and techniques, as well as her signature recipes.
Ceri’s professional chef work includes heading up the kitchen on a dozen well-being retreats a year, leading corporate cooking workshops in the workplace, recipe development for brands as well as leading her own series of events from supper clubs to cooking classes.
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 compassionate and insightful teacher who helps students to experience the profound benefits of yoga practice. She holds space for students, guiding them to become fully present and immersed in their practice.
Combining hatha, vinyasa and yin yoga, Jade’s classes are creative, playful and balanced, offering something for students of all levels. Her teaching is full of precise alignment cues and intuitive assists to help you refine your practice and stay safe. You’ll develop strength, balance and flexibility, cultivating a deep connection with your body and inner self.
Jade loves exploring the most beneficial practices to share with her students. Having completed a 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Frog Lotus Yoga International, she went on to study for an Advanced Teacher Training with Forrest Yoga. She now weaves Forrest-inspired elements into her teaching, so you can look forward to plenty of lovely core work!
Jade has taught yoga at retreats and shalas all over the world and is currently based at Suryalila Retreat Centre in Andalucia where she writes and teaches.
Nicky found yoga in 1999, and Iyengar Yoga in 2009. Nicky’s classes are fun and challenging, building mental focus with physical strength. She teaches in a way that makes students feel supported to practice at their own level and capacity.
Nicky has experience teaching people of all ages and ability and has specialised in chronic fatigue syndrome, scoliosis, back pain and knee injuries. Experiencing Nicky’s clear and precise instructions enables people to practice safely and confidently with attention to the alignment of the body, bringing integrity and honesty to the practice.
For beginners Nicky’s teaching offers a great opportunity to create a solid foundation and for an experienced practitioner, a solid opportunity to deepen their practice. She feels yoga welcomes each and all and is 100% inclusive. Nicky is certified by IYUK (Iyengar Yoga UK) as an Intermediate Level 2 yoga practitioner.
A London based teacher originally from NZ, Amy first discovered yoga in 2005, having started her journey seeking more fulfillment from her love of physical fitness training, previously working in the design industry in interior architecture, she saw the benefits of her yoga practice on her incredibly stressful and fast-paced lifestyle which led her to pursue teaching to be able to share this with others.
Amy describes her teaching style as compassionate, playful and hands-on. Using music, readings and the spoken word to create depth in the teachings, she aims to create a space for her students to grow and connect. Her teaching focuses on alignment and breath, attuning the practice in such a way that the students are in a space to balance body, mind and soul, while becoming holistically stronger and increasing flexibility. Her inspirations come from her teachers and her own practice, readings and research, for which she has an indefatigable appetite. Amy uses her influences to provide her students with a multi-layered experience that weaves together the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga.
Amy originally trained with Yogahaven London and then went on to train extensively in the Jivamukti Yoga method completing 300Hrs with Jivamukti New York and 500Hrs Jivamukti apprenticeship in London. She has also trained with Sampoorna Yoga India (yin), Norman Blair (yin), Shiva Rea (vinyasa) and Uma Dinsmore Tuli (pregnancy yoga).
Amy teaches across London, privately, with corporate clients and studios, alongside running workshops in the UK and abroad. She also holds regular retreats all over the world and teaches on teacher training courses internationally.
Kate McKenzie has been practicing various forms of yoga all her adult life. She trained in Sivananda and Kundalini 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’.
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.
Liv discovered yoga 15 years ago whilst living in New Zealand. Returning to London she started practising with Katy Appleton of Apple Yoga, this was a turning point and her passion for the practice deepened.
Studying Sports Science at University, Liv was initially drawn to yoga for its many health benefits but soon found the spiritual and mindful aspects of the practice an even greater draw.
A qualified Vinyasa Flow and Hatha teacher, Liv’s classes reflect her style, a delicate balance of dynamic flow to gentle restorative sequences promoting space and softness. Layered with music, poetry and candlelight, classes are fun and inclusive.
Liv loves to travel, living in New Zealand for six years as well as Zimbabwe, and loves a trip to far flung destinations with her backpack.
“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.
‘The breath is at the heart of practice. A good posture is when we can breathe well.’
Rory has a breadth and wealth of experience, inspired by many systems of hatha yoga, martial arts and radical minds. His extensive and ongoing study with one of the world’s leading and much revered asana teachers, Dona Holleman, continues to elevate and deeply enrich his practice, knowledge and teaching.
His in-depth classes seek to reconnect and harmonise body, mind and spirit. The foundation of his philosophy and teaching is rooted in awareness, breath, and an understanding of the physical and subtle bodies. He is passionate about yoga asana in terms of approach, application, technique, form and essence.
His classes deliver a deep and strong practice, and can seamlessly accommodate both those newer to yoga through to more long term practitioners and teachers. Rory believes we all have the capacity to find our still point, calm zone and true centre, whenever we desire. The aim of his classes is to navigate you there.
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.
A relaxing week of yoga and sunshine in the heart of magical Andalucia, Spain
Discovering yoga and movement while training to be an actor gave Will a connection to mind and body that felt so good he wanted to feel it again and again.
He has studied with numerous teachers including Norman Blair, Claire Missingham (UK), Sianna Sherman and Jason Crandell (US). At present, he is learning more about the Jivamukti yoga method, which follows a vinyasa-ashtanga style movement sequence, but elements of breath work, philosophy, spirituality, meditation and chanting all play a role in a Jivamukti class.
When Will leads a class, he likes to offer a fun, accessible and enjoyable experience. He is passionate about vinyasa flow and restorative yoga and wants everyone to enjoy it as much as he does.