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Ailon has explored a diverse range of yoga styles over the last 20 years. His classes weave together the precision of Iyengar Yoga, the breath-movement synchronisation of Vinyasa yoga, the “dropping in” to postures found in Scaravelli yoga and the fun and connection of Partner Yoga. We will explore these styles in more depth, in order to find out which ones work best for us.
Students will discover how a yoga practice can be experienced as a moving meditation. We will also learn how yoga can structurally re-align the body, calm the mind, and allow one to tap into a greater reservoir of lifeforce energy.
Alexa is a doula, hypnobirthing childbirth educator, yoga teacher, massage therapist and co-founder of ‘London Bliss Doulas’established in 2012.
She passionately believes in active, positive and conscious birthing and in supporting women all the way through their own private and amazing experience of becoming a parent. She encourages women to intelligently align mind and body, enjoy their pregnancy and the empowerment obtained through knowledge and understanding of the process of birth.
She has been teaching yoga since 2011. She qualified as a Hatha Yoga Teacher at triyoga London and Vinyasa Flow Teacher in India. She then specialized in Pregnancy & Postnatal Yoga with Nadia Narain and continued her studies withYogaBirth -a 200-hour program set up by Active Birth teachers that combines Yoga with Childbirth Education. Lastly she took up the Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, developed by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa (USA) based on Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
Alexa is a Relax & Renew® Restorative Yoga Teacher having trained with Judith Hanson Lasater (USA). She certified as aDoula guided by revolutionary childbirth pioneer Dr. Michel Odent, studied Hypnobirthing with Katharine Graves and EFT Tapping with Sue Beer and Emma Roberts. She is a Massage Therapist with experience in Fertility, Pregnancy, Postnatal and Baby Massage. Alexa also trained as a Midwife Assistant at The Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee, founded by Ina May Gaskin, the pioneer of natural birth in the United States.
Amy initially trained with The Yoga Academy in 2007, as a British Wheel of Yoga accredited Hatha Yoga teacher, as well as studying children’s Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga and Yoga Nidra with other schools. She completed the Gong Meditation training with Don Conreaux, the Kundalini Yoga teacher training with The Karam Kriya School and is currently doing Kundalini Level 2 Teacher Training. She has been practicing and teaching Reiki for nearly 12 years, writes articles on well being for various magazines, and creates and sings devotional music. Amy is passionate about bringing the benefits of Yoga to all ages and all abilities, especially beginners. Her classes are infused with rhythm, devotion and with emphasis on alignment and safety – yet with a little sprinkle of humour and light heartedness!
Amy teaches yang & yin yoga on tuesday’s and thursday’s at 4.45-5.45pm.
Amy started practising yoga whilst training to be an osteopath. This, coupled with a background in Parkour, dance and athletics which give her a thorough understanding of how the body works.
Amy primarily teaches one-to-one yoga, which is relevant to each person’s specific needs.
The Wednesday evening class will include flowing, fluid movements that link with breath to work and limber the body at the end of the day plus some challenges for the ambitious!
Amy is a stickler for technique so come if you want to a sustainable, progressive practice.
Amy teaches yoga flow on wednesdays from 6.00 to 7.00pm.
Angie believes in the power of the individual to grow, love and transform. She experienced this firsthand when she committed to her yoga practice and uncovered her passion for health and wellbeing. A native New Yorker, Angie studied ISHTA yoga under the guidance of teachers Yogiraj Alan Finger, Jean Koerner and Peter Ferko. She has taught at New York City studios since 2008 to a diverse group of yogis. Angie is a Yoga Alliance RYT 500 teacher.
Angie is a veteran of the fashion industry and holds an economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She gives thanks to all the wonderful teachers in her life, especially her students.
Angie teaches yoga flow mondays 1-2pm, level 2 vinyasa flow on thursdays from 7:15 – 8:30pm + ISHTA flow on wednesdays 7.15pm -8.30pm.
Bérénice is a BWY accredited teacher who has graduated with Yogacampus (The Life Centre Education) in 2005. She first landed on the mat in 1996 and was soon hooked to her yoga practice and meditation .
Bérénice has been practicing yoga passionately for more than 17 years, studying different approaches from iyengar, vinyasa, to shadow and yin yoga, to become more creative in her own practice and teaching. She teaches a style of dynamic hatha yoga, with an emphasis on alignment, mindful breathing and energetic sequencing. She also loves teaching yin and restorative yoga, meditation and yoga nidra.
Bérénice’s practice and teaching are greatly influenced by her main teachers, Rod Stryker and Susanne Lahusen. She has also studied with Aadil Palkhivala and Doug Keller (Yoga Therapy).
Bérénice lives Yoga through the eyes of a playful explorer. Beyond the physical benefits of yoga, she hopes to convey its energetic effects in the most comprehensive and open-minded way to give students the space to find their own path (dharma) and create a more fulfilling life.
Claire began practising yoga while working in the London media industry and found that a regular ashtanga yoga practice brought balance and peace to her life. She has been practising ashtanga regularly since 2005 and is committed to a daily practice under the guidance of her teacher Ryan Spielman with whom she completed her formal yoga teacher training (Yoga Alliance RYT200). Claire teaches the traditional ashtanga yoga system with compassion and care, keeping an open heart and mind. Through her teaching Claire hopes to convey the physical and mental benefits of yoga that are available to everyone regardless of physical ability. Her classes emphasize practice as a moving meditation, a tool to quieten the mind and learn acceptance of whatever arises. www.yogaclaire.com
Claire teaches ashtanga saturdays 10-11:15am.
Born and bred londoner, clare is a qualified and experienced yoga teacher + therapist. Having studied and worked as a designer, clare’s yoga discovery moment came in 1999, and she made the switch in 2009 to working full time introducing more and more people to the benefits and joys of yoga and healthy living. Qualifications in reiki, nlp, holistic massage, ayurveda, anatomy + physiology and marma therapy have contributed to her teaching and therapeutic approach.
Having worked in private medical practice, with physiotherapists and osteopaths, in women’s health centres and private homes, as well as teaching yoga in some of london’s top yoga studios, clare’s varied experience as a teacher has always focused on finding individualised, integrated and holistic ways to improve a healthy outlook. A 500 hour registered yoga teacher (ryt) accredited by the british wheel of yoga and the yoga alliance, Clare also teaches anatomy to yoga teacher trainees.
Clare teaches pregnancy yoga mondays 6-7pm and fridays 10am -11.15am.
davina’s has been teaching Yoga for ten years and practising for nearly twenty. Her training includes a Diploma from The British Wheel of Yoga, a Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training and a Pre and Post Natal Teacher Training.
Her classes encourage you to come home into your body. Sampling the beauty of fluidity and strength with the breath in sequencing and deep release work through mindfulness and stillness. davina’s classes are an example of a strong Hatha Yoga class with inspiration from Ashtanga, Yin and Scaravelli dropped into the mix to create and interesting and insightful class.
davina says “yoga allows me to connect with my authentic nature, something that is easily lost during busy days and emotional times. Being able to share the knowledge that I’ve learned and experienced is a privilege and it’s humbling to see how yoga continually promotes happiness and good health with anyone who come in contact with it”.
Davina teaches hatha tuesdays + thursdays 3-4pm + fridays 1-2pm and yin yoga on thursdays 7:30-8:45pm
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Each of Dora’s classes will be themed and designed to take you on a journey progressively and safely towards your peak posture. Asanas will be taught with options for modifications encouraging students to approach the practice in a way that is best suited to their individual needs, making these classes accessible for all levels of ability. The objective of Hatha Yoga is to transform the human body to make it a worthy vehicle for self realisation. With this in mind you can expect Pranayama practices and investigation into Yogic principles to be threaded throughout the Asana sequences.
Emily is a “seeker”. She is continually inspired by yoga philosophy and ayurveda to live life to the fullest.
She discovered yoga in 2001 whilst searching for a remedy for chronic insomnia. She later encountered the healing power of ayurveda whilst in Kerala in 2006. Little did she know then that these ancient practices were to open up a deep chasm of intrigue, study and adventure.
Through the yoga practices Emily helps people understand the power of the mind and ways to harness it. Emily encourages people to feel from within- sensing the subtleties of yoga and the unconscious habits of the body and mind. She helps people develop an awareness of the physical body through slow flowing movement with attention to alignment. Her sessions incorporate pranayama (breath work) and meditation techniques to help people experience the therapeutic and more profound aspects of yoga. These ingredients offer a well rounded, completeness to her sessions.
Emily is RYT500hrs (ERYT200&300hrs) qualified. She teaches on the ISHTA yoga Teacher Training in London. She continues to travel and study with her teachers namely Alan Finger, Clive Sheridan, Rod Stryker and Emil Wendel. She spends time each year in an ayurvedic community in Tamil Nadu, South India where she studies Ayurvedic philosophy and theory with her wonderful teachers Dr A.R. Ramadas and Dr Ram Kumar. See more: www.emilyreedyoga.com
Emily teaches open level ISHTA yoga on thursdays from 6.00 – 7.15 pm.
Helena started practising Iyengar Yoga in 1999. After years of swimming regularly without adequate stretching, Helena found that despite being challenged by the yoga classes, she was rewarded with renewed vitality and clarity of mind. Two and a half years of training under the UK’s most senior Iyengar teacher ensued and Helena is now a qualified teacher.
Jen has been practising yoga for 12 years and is a Sivananda based Hatha Yoga Teacher. She likes to combine different flowing sequences following the breath with holding asanas for longer and being still, relaxing. She has been teaching in and around London for the past 2 1/2 years.
Jenny teaches open level hatha on saturdays 9.30 – 10:45am and sundays 1.45 – 3pm
Kate has been teaching in the UK for the past ten years. Her background in dance greatly complements her teaching as it gave her an in depth understanding of the body and its requirements. Her style of yoga draws on elements from the many different styles she encountered on her travels throughout India, Australia, Asia, Amercia and the wilds of Mongolia, creating a free flowing style with an emphasis on alignment and breathing.
Kate teaches level 1-2 yoga flow on mondays 6 – 7:15pm, yoga basics + beyond on tuesdays from 7:30 – 8:30pm and yoga flow thursdays 6-7pm.
Laurella has dragon boated across the English channel, represented Great Britain on the equestrian 3 day event team and even fought in the boxing ring. But her greatest journey is Yoga.
Maren Lander aka Sujjan Saroop Kaur trained with Har Nal Kaur in London and Karta Singh in France and graduated with Amrit Nam Sarovar in 2012 as certified member of KYTA. Maren offers Kundalini Yoga and Meditation classes following the teachings of Yogi Bhajan as well as Sound Healing using the Chiron Gong. She is passionate about helping others achieve mental, physical and spiritual balance and unlock their creative potential. Her classes are open to all levels and offer a safe space for everyone to relax, expand and transform.
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Maren teaches kundalini yoga sundays 12:15-1:30pm
A self-confessed sports fanatic, Mary came to yoga while working as a personal trainer in the mid 90s. Intially attracted by the power and energy of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, she quickly started to explore other schools of yoga and has trained widely in Sivananda, Iyengar, Anusara and yoga therapy among various others. A qualified teacher since 1999, she is able to draw on her rich and varied experience. With nearly 30 years of 12 step recovery under her belt too, Recovery Yoga is a personal dream.
Mary teaches open level recovery yoga on wednesdays from 3 – 4pm
At King’s College University London, where she read Philosophy, she firstly encountered and started to appreciate the eastern tradition to mind and movement from the academic perspective. And so, juggling her time between dance sessions, anatomy courses with her philosophy lectures… Continuing her yoga and meditation practice, she eventually ended up a BWY teacher, a Pilates (Physical Mind Institute) instructor, a Franklin Movement teacher and a dancer!
She practices meditation in the Buddhist tradition. Manuela is ever grateful to all teachers, past and present, of all traditions that she has had the blessing to study with. They have supported her insights in the face of fear & doubts both internal and external. With their example and life choices they inspired her to maintain her ever close to her search for truth, even when (perhaps especially when) it manifests in the most disguised of appearances.
Manuela loves this quote … “Everyone wants to go to Heaven…but nobody wants to die….” (Manuela’s client’ painting)
Maurizio trained and qualified in 2008 as a Traditional Hatha Yoga Instructor at the ‘Amrita School of Yoga’ in London under the expertise and eclectic guidance of Nigel Gilderson and Chris Gladwell. In 2012 he also completed the 500 Hours Teacher Training with Quantum Yoga Lara Baumann, in Goa.
Over the last decade Maurizio has grown a much more valuable approach to yoga. The fruits of his own discipline and seeking spirit has led him to believe that Yoga has the power to transform people’s desires, needs and point of views towards life into something magic of the utmost importance. His entire being is committed to exploring and meeting those individual needs and on making yoga friendly, fun and accessible to everyone. As a result, a high percentage of businesses he worked for throughout the past few years and still works for at present is from word of mouth, repeat clients and referrals.
Openly attracted to new forms of movement, Maurizio is instinctively drawn to more dynamic, vigorous, yang type of styles, i.e., Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Anusara, Dharma Mittra. However, in order to find and maintain that inner sense of balance, he does enjoy the challenge of exploring more gentle, introspective, ying types and other forms of practice.
In addition to Nigel Gilderson and Chris Gladwell, in the course of his sadhana and teaching experience Maurizio has gained the extraordinary opportunity to learn directly from Ashtanga Masters David Swenson and John Scott as well as from London based internationally renown outstanding teachers and long-established members of the yoga community such as Stewart Gilchrist, Georgina Evans, Lara Baumann, Jeff Phenix, Mark Kan, to only name a few. All of whom have deeply enriched his understanding of the principles and the practical application of this ancient, empowering and yet accessible science of wellness in daily life.
Maurizio offers profound gratitude to all his teachers as well as to all the students who keep developing a sincere interest in the pranic awakening practice of yoga, thus increasing a gradual consciousness of the Absolute Reality within and around us.
Mona loves yoga primarily for the inner calm that regular practice can help bring about. After beginning her practice several years ago, she quickly developed a passion, completing her teacher training under stewart gilchrist.
Mona’s aim is to help you feel the connection between mind and body – leaving class with a sense of peacefulness and strength with which to face all the challenges in our daily lives. When she discovered yoga a few years ago, it enabled her to work with her mind and thoughts constructively but it also helped her to achieve a level of acceptance and self compassion she wasn’t able to realize beforehand.
Nevertheless, a big part of her interest in yoga also lies in the link to anatomy. Yoga can help you with flexibility, injuries, while improving your overall physical wellbeing. Therefore she reads widely and attends regular seminars and workshops on yoga anatomy in order to be able to help you with your specific needs. Her yoga classes focus very much on the essence of yoga, the relationship between movement and breath which calm the mind and calm the “chitta vritti”, the “mind stuff” that stops us from enjoying life to the fullest, cluttering our mind with thoughts on past and future that don’t serve us in the present moment.
Especially in a busy city like London one can easily forget to get back to one’s senses and breathe deeply. Mona has been living in london for five years now, studying and working and can relate to the numerous cases of burnouts and stress-related issues. Luckily, there are methods like yoga that can help to connect us with body and mind again, recognising that body and mind are one.
This class is a dynamic and strong practice, but Mona balances the high energy with a grounding finishing sequence. Expect to be flowing and breathing strongly, while also finding stillness and connecting to your true self during this moving meditation.
“Through my journey thus far as a yoga teacher, counsellor, trainee transpersonal integrative psychotherapist and movement facilitator, my life experiences have initiated many transformations of learning, unlearning, relearning and remembering. While my multidisciplinary background plays a large part in the way I work, it does not compare to my lifelong practice of simply being present and allowing whatever is happening to evolve naturally.”
Nicole’s professional journey began at a young age, accepted on intensive trainings with The Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School, and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, where she received a 3 year dance diploma. Nicole went on to perform in the U.S., alongside teaching dance to all ages and abilities.
Wishing to extend the benefits of movement to a diverse audience, Nicole expanded her training to work as a personal trainer, before transitioning to yoga through the Sivananda school, in India. Her yoga practice has been influenced by Vinyasa yoga, Sarah Powers’ ‘Insight Yoga’, Scaravelli yoga, Vipassana meditation, Body Mind Centring and Feldenkrais techniques.
Yoga was the catalyst towards therapy, initiating Nicole’s training at The Centre of Counselling and Psychotherapy Education. Along this five year journey, Nicole was led full circle, back to dance, however, in its primal and healing form. Inspired by 5 Rhythms, Open Floor practises, Eugene Gendlin’s ‘Focusing’ and Linda Hartley’s ‘Authentic Movement’, Nicole facilitates movement exploration, not only in her one to one work as a therapist and yoga instructor, but also in focused classes and workshops, whereby one’s body guides movement wishing to be expressed. For more information please visit her site: www.nicoleamiller.co.uk
She teaches on thursdays, 9:30-10:45am vinyasa flow and fridays 6-7:15pm.yoga flow
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Paula has practised and studied a range of yoga styles over the past thirteen years. Her own experience of yoga’s capacity to aid recovery from injury and ease stress led her to train as a teacher after fourteen years of working full-time in TV and fuels her desire to share yoga’s life-enhancing benefits with others. Paula enjoys teaching groups and individuals around London and on retreats and is also a tutor on the Laxmi Yoga 200 hour Vinyasa and Hatha teacher training programme with Sally Parkes. Her commitment to studying yoga as a teacher and student is ongoing, including qualifying as a Relax and Renew (Restorative Yoga) Trainer with the renowned Judith Hanson Lasater, studying with leading vinyasa flow innovator Shiva Rea and qualifying to teach Pregnancy Yoga with Sally Parkes. Paula is also a writer with script-writing credits for the BBC and currently writes a monthly column for OM Yoga Magazine.
For more information please visit Paula’s website www.ucanyoga.co.uk
Paula teaches yoga basics courses.
KRI Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Perla teaches groups as well as one to one sessions and also works to assist in the recovery from chronic illnesses and addictions.
Her focus is to uplift and empower always. She does so by creating a safe space for people to explore their personal abilities both physically and mentally.
Prior to fully engaging in teaching Kundalini Yoga Perla explored the worlds of Music, Biology, Philosophy and Education all of which have given her insight into the many dimensions of being human and inquiring into the world we live in. This has formed a solid foundation for her spiritual journey where she learned that she wants to serve through interacting directly with people. The practice and teaching of Kundalini Yoga has enabled her to reach out to people and give them tools to improve their lives significantly.
Her aim is to show as many people as possible that they can have control over their life and body. Her classes are a mixture of the physical and the deeply spiritual, offering a deep experience of the connection between mind, body, breath and soul.
Perla teaches open level kundalini class on fridays 6.15-7.45pm.
Rali graduated from White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara,LA where she completed her 200 hour certification. Training with Mercedes Ngoh, Ganga White and Shiva Rea her classes integrate Dynamic Vinyasa sequences emphasizing strength, flexibility and balance, healing and detoxifying the body. Be ready to heat up, get an”after class glow” and transform yourself.
Rali teaches level 2 vinyasa flow on saturdays from 11-12.30pm.
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rebekah has been practising yoga for over 20 years. She began practising Ashtanga Vinyasa and went on to experience and be inspired by many other traditions of yoga which is reflected in her teaching. rebekah has been teaching for over ten years, training with Yoga Campus and accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance. As well as teaching general classes in various yoga centres in London, she works extensively in West London on a one-to-one basis as a yoga therapist, tailoring yoga practices specifically for people facing health issues such as back pain, auto-immune, heart and lung conditions, cancer, depression, anxiety and stress. rebekah is also trained in pregnancy yoga. She has been a Student Supervisor on Yoga Campus’ current Yoga Therapy Diploma for the last three years.
Richard is 44 years old. Originally from Yorkshire but living and teaching yoga in London for the past 7-years. Spent six years living in monasteries and ashrams. Trained in the Sivananda and Ashtanga styles of yoga but for the past three years has been mainly teaching aerial yoga – which he loves…because it’s liberating!
Sascha’s classes are designed to balance the need for both strength and relaxation. Her approach to teaching is calm and mindful and she believes strongly in yoga as a tool for expanding our potential. With a creative background and down-to-earth approach, her classes draw on a sense of playfulness and lightheartedness.
A safe practice is paramount and she believes in honoring a student’s needs and capabilities, as well as encouraging connections to their own personal wisdom.
After experiencing the benefits of pre and post natal yoga firsthand she began to focus more on teaching yoga to mothers and mothers-to-be. This is both a celebration of where her focus is right now, as well as an opportunity to assist students to draw strength from a yoga practice during a very special time in their lives.
Sascha teaches mum+baby yoga on tuesdays 10-11am + pregnancy yoga from 11.15am-12.15pm.
Trained with YogaArts in Byron Bay, Austrailia, Sue has spent her life involved with movement and dance and started practising yoga ten years ago after a back injury. At first she was looking to strengthen her spine and found the confines of the mat limiting, but with time and patience discovered listening to the breath opened up a whole new level of being. She uses the alignment principles from Iyengar to build a safe foundation and then following the breath to open the body in a flow to build juice/rasa, creating a moving meditation to find the essence of ‘just being’. She have been graced with the example of many wonderful teachers. In gratitude to these teachers she passes on the gems that resonate in her practice and the inner teacher of her heart. She has been inspired by ‘Shadow-Yoga’ and the ‘Prana Flow’ of Shiva Rea. More recently she has been integrating the ISHTA (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantric and Ayurveda) principles from the lineage of Alan Finger under the guidance of Katrina Repka.
Sue teaches open level yoga flow on tuesdays from 12.30-1.30pm, wednesdays from 9.30-11am and saturdays from 3:15-4.45pm as well as yoga and yoga nidra saturdays 5-6:15pm.