YOGA TEACHERS

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Yogi Ashokananda

Himalayan Hatha . Prana Kriya . Atma Meditation

Yogi Ashokananda is an expert and pioneer as a practising master of yoga and meditation and a speaker on humanity and spiritual philosophy. Raised in India, he has been practising yoga since early childhood when his Grandfather was his first teacher. He is also a Reiki Master. Over many years Yogi Ashokananda has been fortunate to develop his teaching, experience and education of yoga under some of the great, remote, Indian masters and siddhas. He has taught the teachings of the Bihar School of Yoga, the Sivananda Ashram, hatha yoga and meditation at the Shri Ved Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh and the Yogamaya Ashram in Vrindavan. Now he teaches a number of his own profound disciplines and insights which have their roots in ancient, sacred Indian tradition. 

Boroka Denes

Himalayan Hatha

Boroka Denes

Boroka grew up in Transylvania, surrounded by forests and wildlife, where every human is directly connected to nature. From an early age, she developed her passion for outdoor activities, dynamic and healthy lifestyle.

Urged by the desire to help others, she graduated in Physiotherapy and shortly after she moved to UK, where she met her Yoga Master. Her yoga practice became more fulfilling, then anything she had done before.  In order to deepen her understanding of yoga, Boroka has undertaken over 500h of training in UK and India with Yogi Ashokananda.

Every student has their own reason to practice, and Boroka believes that the big improvements happen by taking small steps. She wishes to support these small steps and faciliate her students to find the power within, as well as self love and care for others. She believes there is a hidden, great potential in every being and her mission is to help her students to uncover it through the yoga practice.

Choi Kok

Choi Kok

Restorative Yoga and Breathwork

Choi has practiced yoga for over 30 years and is a British Wheel of Yoga Accredited Teacher. A dedicated meditator, she has practised Vipassana/Insight meditation since 1998. She believes we can resist our overstimulated environment through conscious movement, active rest and seeing the world through the lense of our loving awareness.

Choi teaches an enriching practice encouraging ‘less is more’ approach,  cultivating compassion, empathy and loving kindness. She embraces a certain level of autonomy for you to find the varying physical pathways of sensation and for everyone to simply ‘pause for a moment’.

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Erika Shapiro

Yin Yoga | Flow

Erika is a Senior Yoga Teacher, registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals.  She teaches Vinyasa flow, Yin yoga, Restorative yoga, meditation and mindfulness in the context of group classes, private tuition, corporate workshops and well-being days and teacher trainings, for those wishing to embark on the path of teaching yoga. Erika is passionate about sharing the power that a yoga and meditation practice can unleash within us, helping us live a healthier, fuller, more balanced and attuned life.

 

Erika's classes are non-dogmatic and encourage students to find their own way of practicing within their range of motion and ability. Although her classes might be challenging both physically and mentally, at the same time they are accessible and inclusive. Erika is a true teacher and is interested in sharing her love of yoga, meditation, mindfulness and Eastern Philosophy to facilitate clients learning and growing in their practice, under her experienced guidance.

Kim Peacock

Kim Peacock

 Mindful Flow | Flow 1

Kim’s passion for mindful movement started during her Performing Arts studies. Kim fell in love with Yoga and Meditation in 2002 as a result of a deepening connection to herself and life as a whole. She discovered the benefits of Yoga to be physically, mentally and energetically immense, therefore inspiring her to study to become a Yoga Teacher with The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in 2004. Kim has also studied with The Power Yoga Company London and continues her path as a student with various teachers from an array of traditions such as Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Yin and Meditation. She is inspired by teachers such as Shiva Rea, Meghan Currie, Kathryn Budig and Tiffany Cruikshank.  

Kim teaches from her heart within a warm and compassionate space, sharing her personal experience and passion for movement and mindfulness. She believes Yoga and Meditation should be accessible to everyone and her aim is to support you to live a mindful life, with clarity, calm and deep connection.

Alex Nathanson

Alex Nathanson

Beginners Flow | Flow 1 & 2 | Yin

Alex has played competitive sport his whole life. He was introduced to Yoga in Italy and was fascinated to discover a vigorous physical activity that didn’t involve competition.

Yoga helped him discover the power of synchronising breath and movement and how breath control (pranayama) could powerfully influence one’s mental state. This set him on a Yoga journey exploring the myriad options available in London. Initially drawn to a dynamic Ashtanga based practice, he has subsequently come to see all forms of good Yoga as paths leading to the same goal: a happier, quieter mind. Alex took his teaching training with The Power Yoga Company.

His classes are rooted in the Ashtanga practice of linking victorious breath to flowing movement. There will normally be music: an eclectic playlist that might go a little rogue. There will always be a strong emphasis on breathing mindfully, being in the moment and enjoying our ability to move (however much it may be that day) and then to be still.

 

Lorna Fisher

Lorna Fisher

Rise & Flow | Mandala

Lorna’s journey into yoga began twenty five years ago whilst practising as a London Litigation and then Human Rights  Lawyer. Yoga was the perfect tool to counteract the demands of a busy international law career and frenetic city living. In 2003 she completed an 18 month immersive  yoga teaching course with the Life Centre/Yoga Campus with incredible teachers such as Liz Lark, Rod Stryker and Shiva Rea all of whom continue to inspire her.

 

Lorna draws on her 16 years of teaching experience to provide fun, creative and mindful flowing sequences whilst incorporating the breath and other yoga elements such as bandhas and mudras.

Classes are set to an eclectic playlist and are intended to be challenging but accessible. Curiosity and a willingness to explore free flowing yoga is essential. Be prepared to recharge your mind, fully engage with your breath and work your physical body to achieve a sense of calm and feel centred. Vinyasa flows are in essence a moving meditation ( shifting our bodies and our awareness) but time will be spent exploring different yoga poses in detail to learn proper alignment followed by a restorative relaxation.

 

With a background in martial arts, ballet and a long distance runner Lorna firmly believes in the  transformative effects of regular yoga  and is passionate about supporting students from beginners to advanced  through their yoga practice in a safe and caring environment.

Andrew Lees 

Andrew Lees 

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Andrew stumbled across yoga by chance. While backpacking around the world he booked accommodation in what he later discovered was a yoga retreat – and never looked back.

He has always been a long-distance runner and finds many similarities between yoga and running: the meditative breathing, the internal focus and – in his case at least – the overcoming of challenges you set for yourself rather than competing with someone else. Movement and breath.

 

Andrew is a Chartered Accountant which he thinks goes some way to explaining his love for precise alignment. “Details matter…”

In each class he aims to achieve two things: a challenged body and a quiet, happy mind. He likes a practice where, when stepping off your mat, your body tells you it’s worked hard, but your mind has been floating on a cloud.
 

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Zara Miranda

Yoga Flow and Meditation

Zara originally trained in India in Ashtanga/Vinyasa in 2014 but found the rigidity of the primary series wasn’t as accessible or as inclusive as she had hoped to share with her community so, in 2016, she undertook another Vinyasa YTT with the internationally renowned Eoin Finn. 

It was on this training that Zara found the balance between her love of alignment focused yoga and the freedom to be able to create classes that empowered others to honour the uniqueness of their bodies.

Zara’s classes are strong and well paced with options offered for beginners and more experienced yogis who are looking to challenge themselves. Her sense of humour shines through in her teachings and even though her classes can be light hearted at times, she often sets a more spiritual tone. With an intentional focus on breath Zara encourages her students to delve deeper into not only the physical, but also the mental practices of yoga.

Patricia Ricken

Beginners Flow

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Patricia discovered yoga back home in Cologne in 2001 but it wasn't until she moved to London in 2012, that yoga became her place of sanctuary to switch the outside world off. Living in a busy city got her back on the mat, craving for mindfulness, stillness and grounding. Crazy about all things yoga, she trained as a Vinyasa and Pregnancy teacher in 2015. Her motto is 'Do your practice and all is coming', inspired by the great Sri K Patthabi Jois. Patricia’s vinyasa flow classes are slow and strong, stepping into a space of conscious and playful movement that is full of attention and curiosity. Combining fluid and creative sequencing with precise movement and adjustments, she encourages her students to join her on a journey of self-exploration, offering mindful playfulness within a challenge, whilst healing and detoxifying the body and mind. 

 

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Sabina Ricci

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Sabina’s passion for movement started early in her life, having studied ballet for many years from a very young age. She only found yoga in her late thirties and it was thanks to Ellie Redcliffe’s classes that she fell in love with the practice.

She realised there was so much more to yoga that just the physical exercise and, encouraged by Ellie, she decided to embark on a teacher training course in order to deepen her understanding of this discipline and improve her practice.

She spent time in New York training with the incredibly inspirational teacher Dana Flynn amongst others at the Laughing Lotus Yoga Centre. A year later she left her job as a Physics teacher to share her passion for yoga with others by teaching full time.

Sabina believes that yoga puts us in touch with our true self and helps us put things into perspective. Sabina’s classes are Dynamic Vinyasa classes in which the transitions between poses are as important as the poses themselves.  Her classes are infused with positivity and a sense of humour and are suitable for all levels.

John Sutton

John Sutton

 Yin Yoga

John was introduced to yoga by his Danish wife Pia in February 2002. “....one day she dragged me into a class at our local health club and I’ve been lost to it ever since...”

 

John’s experience has encompassed a wide variety of styles including Iyengar, Sivanada and general Hatha classes.  He is a member of the Yoga Alliance and is Rocket and Ashtanga Vinyasa trained (300 hours) through The Yoga People/It’s Yoga (SF). Aside from the deep contentment that a good regular practice brings, John loves the community aspect of yoga and he enjoys the shared experience of a room full of people all moving with intention, awareness and rhythm. John’s classes are sequenced around forward bends, twists, hip openers, backbends and working on core strength to move towards more challenging postures. 

Luana Galoni

Luana Galoni

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Luana is a 700hrs SYT. A yogini of 20 years, she initially studied the Ashtanga tradition leading her to continue her Yoga practice in Vinyasa, Pranayama, Tantra and integrating Ayurveda and Shamanic way of living into her daily life. Luana strongly believes we can all experience the profound effects of yoga, through which that we can overcome obstacles and achieve balance by connecting with our inner power.

In 2009 Luana traveled for 8 months around South America, Asia and Australia. This journey was deeply transformative and led her to connect and learn with the Shamans in Peru to studying the healing art of Reiki I, II and Master. Continuing her life purpose, in 2012 Luana then travelled to India, where she undertook her 200hrs Yoga teacher training in Ashtanga and Hatha with her teacher Lalit Kumar at the Himalaya Yoga Valley School. 

Luana has studied with and been inspired by many renowned yoga teachers, trained under Kristin Campbell in Tapasya (Hot Yoga) at Triyoga London and has completed her 300hrs teacher training in Vinyasa Flow with Alessandra Pecorella and Shiva Rea 100 hrs Prana Flow. As part of her life long learning ethos, Luana is continuing her training in Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow and shamanism.Luana recently upgraded to Holy Fire® III Karuna Reiki® Master, discovered by William Lee Rand.

Through yoga Luana likes to facilitate a space helping people to discover and uncover the fullness and authenticity of who we are. Her classes are challenging and dynamic within a playful and supportive atmosphere. The classes use a focus on breath to assist in healing and a sense of stillness in the mind and body.

Lucinda Goodman

Yin Yoga 

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Luci’s journey into yoga began thirteen years ago whilst at University when she was introduced to hot yoga by a friend. Initially recognising the physical benefits it wasn't long before she recognised the mental and emotional ones as well. 

 

Going on to try other forms of yoga Luci immediately fell in love with Yin yoga from the first class she experienced, so much so that she went on to do her 200 TT in Bali in Yin and Ashtanga, chosen predominantly because it had the yin component... and was in Bali!

In alignment with the values of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Luci believes that both the physical and emotional are connected and that wellbeing is found by harmonising body and mind therefore an all encompassing approach is best to achieving this. Her classes are aimed to create stillness in the body and peace in the mind. Classes are set to relaxing music to help achieve the full restorative effects Luci hopes to bring to class attendees.

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Claire Chaitanya

Pregnancy Yoga | Hatha Yoga

Claire (also known by her spiritual name, Chaitanya, having taken initiation into Karma Sannyasa through the Guru, Swami Satsangi from the Satyananda yoga tradition) has been practicing yoga since a young child born into the tradition. She has knowledge on many practices of meditation and yoga such as Iyengar yoga, hatha yoga, ashtanga, vinyasa, restorative and yin yoga.

 

Claire focuses on all aspects of yoga that suits the intention of the students as a group, complementing their workout and lifestyle goals.  She also has diplomas in anatomy and physiology.  

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Amanda Dufour

Studio Flow 1/2

After training as a dancer and performing across Europe and the Middle East, Amanda came across yoga and was instantly hooked. Yoga complemented her dance training, helped her with recovery from injuries and made the bustle of London a little easier to cope with. Since completing her initial teacher training with The Power Yoga Company in 2015, she is now a 500 hour Certified Yoga Teacher.

Amanda teaches a dynamic Vinyasa Yoga class, drawing on influences from a dance and athletic background. Focusing on breath and alignment, the practice will help build muscle tone and strength as well as improve flexibility. In addition to the physical benefits, the practice incorporates mindfulness and meditation to destress. Sure to challenge but also leave you feeling grounded and relaxed.

Francesca Abbott

Yin

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Francesca grew up in London and from a young age trained as an Irish dancer. She then spent a few years travelling the world with shows including ‘Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance’.

 

She started Yoga nearly 10 years ago to relieve physical injury and improve flexibility. After some time, Yoga became an important part of her weekly routine. That was especially because she started to feel transformational changes in not just physical tension and tightness, but more importantly her mental health. She noticed she was calmer and more at peace within herself day to day.

 

She then went on to complete her first training in Ashtanga Vinyasa with Santosha Yoga in 2016. Now, countless classes, workshops and trainings later, Francesca loves sharing Vinyasa, Yin and Yoga Nidra online and in person. She aims to always create a space for you to feel safe, supported, encouraged and (most importantly) happy!