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.
Emma’s intention is to create an inspiring space for joy and transformation through yoga, meditation and breathwork. She truly believes that there is so much wisdom within the yoga practice that can reconnect our mind, body and soul and is passionate about making yoga available to as many people as possible.
She trained to teach yoga in Rishikesh, India, the home and heart of yoga and is extremely grateful to all of her amazing teachers she has worked with and learned from. Like a lot of people, she first came to the practice for the physical aspect and very quickly realised that there was a certain magic beyond the poses. The positive effects that the practice generated started to trickle into all aspects of her life and were so profound she felt called to share it with others.
Emma loves to blend modern anatomy teachings with traditional yogic philosophy to create well rounded sessions where you can learn about the fascinating biomechanics of your body, while giving your mind some well needed time and space away from the pressures of daily life. You can expect to be challenged in a slow, yet strong alignment-based flow to strengthen, tone and soothe your body. You will explore and connect through movement and breathwork keeping mindfulness at the heart of the practice. Each class will have a different focus, and there will always be options to make sure you’re practicing the right way for your body. You will finish the sessions feeling uplifted, nourished and refreshed ready to take on the world!
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 17 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 25 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…”
Much of Elena’s life has been spent training in the creative body. Diverse years studying movement, performance, opera and visual arts furthering her fascination with the body’s ability to creatively express – and yoga being elemental in that journey since she emerged jelly-kneed from an Iyengar class in her teens. Over the years she has explored Kundalini, Anusara with Bridget Woods Kramer, gathered wisdom from vinyasa with Jean Hall and pregnancy yoga with Satu Tuomela. Presently she counts Paula Andreewitch and the teachings of TKV Desikachar as her main teachers.
Elena’s classes are nurturing and powerful; guided from a place of genuine belief in the value of community and individual creative potential, there are always options to welcome all bodies in varying degrees of challenge.
A lover of chanting, Elena often colours her classes with sound and music, alongside the trusty accompaniment of her beloved harmonium Bina. Her practice and teaching incorporate flowing movement, Non-Dual philosophical teachings and playful proprioception work – combining her studies in anatomy with Jambo Truong and experience curating contemporary sacred space.
As a grubby child with adventurous parents who loved to travel, she became and continues to be inspired by nature, how the elements weave their ways through our bodies and our practice enlivens our awareness of them.
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.
Ali is a breathwork, mindfulness and somatic yoga facilitator who has been travelling extensively around the globe as a nomadic Yogini for over 25 years, running retreats and workshops since 1999.
Her journey began when she headed off to India in 1993, discovering ashram life and met her first teacher on the river Ganges in Varanasi where she dived deep into spiritual India, living there for two years and studying 1-2-1 with her teacher.
Out of all the transformative principles Ali has studied and practised for almost 3 decades, she believes there is nothing for powerful than the breath. Discovering breathwork several years ago, her teachings now take a somatic approach. The emphasis is on the power of the breath to release stuck and stored emotions in the body, with gentle yoga movements that are slow resourcing on the body’s intelligence to support conscious breakthroughs and awareness through mindfulness enquiry.
Ali continues to expand her knowledge through training and personal development. Her passion is to support others, not just to feel better but to get better at feeling. She offers a heartfelt space to empower people to improve their physical and mental wellbeing, embarking on their own journey of self-discovery and personal transformation.
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.
Belle took up yoga 30 years ago, prompted by back pain as a teenager. Through regular practice she discovered a positive shift not only physically, but – like a bubble of oxygen rising up through turbulent waters – also in terms of clarity to choose the next best step forward.
Her desire to joyfully share this underpins her teaching since 2003 with formal teacher trainings including Yoga Therapy Diploma, Satyananda & Sivananda traditions, and extended study & travel in India. Many years of Astanga Vinyasa, Iyengar & Scaravelli practice also inform her yoga journey.
For the past 15 years, Belle has lead retreats internationally, bringing both her skills in practice & her experience of global travel to create safe & positive spaces for transformational yoga experiences.
Through Yoga Therapy, Belle safely adapts practices for those with compromised health & for whom individual or small group classes are more appropriate. Her Satyananda training in classical teachings of asana, pranayama, mantra, meditation & Yoga Nidra continue to be a rich seam to mine, especially when the ability to practice dynamic asana is limited.
Since 2006, her London base is the lovely studios & home of Siobhan Davies Contemporary Dance, running weekly classes, workshops & 121 Yoga Therapy.
Mantra has been at the heart of 20 years of Buddhist practice & as a singer songwriter, Belle enjoys sharing voice, guitar & song on retreats & in class.
Belle is part French & shares her joie to vivre to help students enjoy a sustainable, ever-deepening & integrated yoga practice.
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.
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.
Teaching a mindful flow and breath-led practice with a focus on safe and individual alignment, Jess skilfully provides a space in her classes where everyone feels comfortable and can challenge themselves, whether they are beginners or more experienced yogis. She hopes her classes encourage more joy and awareness, so people can connect more mindfully with their bodies, each other and the environment.
Jess also integrates sound baths into her UK retreats with her magical crystal bowls, you’re in for a treat!
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 Somerset 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, Clive Sheridan and Martin Alyward.
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.
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 professionally since 2001 and has students all over the world, ranging from elite sports professionals to those with severe health conditions. She is passionate about offering yoga that is accessible to all, and her adaptable teaching style is directly influenced by her certified remedial training with Yoga for Health Foundation, through to advanced yoga qualifications in Sivananda Yoga.
Yoga classes may vary in style and content, yet each are Hatha based, incorporating a balance of breath focus, asana (posture), and relaxation. Ceri intricately weaves breathwork and mindfulness into each session, which act as powerful tools to heal the mind and body. As a qualified Reiki practitioner, she also works energetically throughout the yoga practice to release blockages so that energy flows and vitality is restored. Ceri’s experience demonstrates that, as well as a toned, strong, and supple body, the combination of a mindful yet physically challenging yoga practice is likely to produce, if practised regularly, a profound sense of balance, clarity, and peace.
Based in North Wales, Ceri owns and runs the Yoga Light Centre in Ruthin, a sanctuary providing yoga for health, peace of mind and reconnection to the authentic self. With a yoga studio and Airbnb self-contained apartment, it is from here that she offers both studio based and online yoga classes, as well as bespoke wellness packages for guests.
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, 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.
Erin truly believes yoga is a profound and empowering practice of making oneself whole. She always has had an appetite for Eastern thought, human relationships, and a deep love of nature which can all be reflected in her teachings. She has been teaching yoga in London and internationally for more than 17 years and training teachers for the last seven.
She first started on the path of yoga with Ashtanga Vinyasa but over the years has studied and learnt from many different teachers, traditions and philosophies, including Hatha, Kripalu, Jivamukti, Iyengar, trauma informed yoga, yoga for the incarcerated, and yoga for people living with disabilities.
Over the last 17 years Erin has had the privilege to teach many people in different settings, including in primary and sen schools whilst working as a primary school teacher, lecturing at Imperial College on the Science of Yoga and Mindfulness, teaching female refugees in London and, for the last three years, in prison at HMP Wandsworth.
Erin’s main teaching style is Vinyasa Krama and Hatha yoga combined with a strong focus on philosophy and inclusivity. She encourages choice, exploration and curiosity on the mat. Her classes may touch upon current events, the nature around us, Buddhist principles, and karma yoga. When not on the mat, she can be found surfing, exploring nature or lying in a hammock.
“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.
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.