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.
Transylvania, surrounded by forests and wildlife, where every human is directly connected to nature. It is the place where I grew up and developed my passion for outdoor activities, dynamic and healthy lifestyle.
Over the past years I was taking part in professional sports and then became obsessed with winter sports, although these activities gave me lots of joy and fulfilment, I was still looking for more.
Urged by the desire to benefit others I have graduated in Physiotherapy and shortly after I moved to UK, where I met my yoga master.
Yoga practice became more fulfilling, then anything I had done before. The methods for self growth are including body and mind, it is a pill for happiness.
In order to deepen my understanding of yoga I have undertaken over 500h of training in UK and India with Yogi Ashokananda and become a teacher.
Every student has their own reason to practice, the big improvements happening by doing small steps. My wish to support these small steps to realise the power within, self love and care for others. I know there is a hidden, great potential in every being and my mission is to help to uncover it through yoga practices.
Restorative Yoga and Breathwork
Choi has practiced yoga for nearly 20 years and is a British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance Accredited Teacher (qualifying with The Yoga Academy). She has practised Vipassana meditation for over 15 years and within that time attended numerous silent Vipassana retreats. She believes that yoga can benefit and be practiced by all; alignment cues with modifications/variations are continually offered so that classes are inclusive and taught within a compassionate environment. Choi teaches an enriching and nurturing practice through dynamic/gentle sequences and yin/restorative yoga, encouraging the body/mind to be linked with breath; helping still the fluctuations of the mind and to be more present in the unfolding of each moment.
Flow 1 & 2
Yoga has been a part of Katie's life since 2013. As soon as she began the practise she fell in love with all aspects of the ancient traditions and began to incorporate it daily into her very modern world. Yoga enabled Katie to cultivate a stronger, more flexible body as well as calmer, freer mind. After 3 years of self-practise and self-enquiry Katie flew to India and completed her her 200hr Ashtanga training in 2016. It wasn't long after her return that she wanted to learn more so in 2017 she became certified in Vinyasa Flow.
With a strong understanding and commitment to alignment in asana as well as her background in dancing, Katie's classes are creative, strong and dynamic. She will help you find strength in body, as well as peace in mind as each class is interwoven with varying aspects of yogic philosophy. She never takes things too seriously so while Katie will provide you with the tools to wring out the body and calm the mind, you'll always have fun along the way.
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.
Laura developed an interest in yoga as a teenager, continuing her practice at home for years. But it was only in 2009 when she started attending classes, that she truly fell in love with yoga. Her asana practice improved and she loved what yoga and meditation did for her body, mind and soul. Laura decided to share her passion and knowledge with others and subsequently qualified as a 200 hours Yoga Alliance/REPS registered Hatha and Vinyasa Flow teacher. She has taken part in a variety of classes over the years including Hatha, Vinyasa Flow and Scaravelli - all of which influence what she teaches in her classes. Laura places an emphasis on stress reduction, mindfulness and self compassion when she’s teaching.
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. www.ajsyoga.co.uk
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 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.
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.
Kwok Ying Chan
Kwok went to her first yoga class back in 1999 and it wasn’t long before she noticed the subtle and positive benefits, whilst living and working in a busy city. Moving around London and devoting more time to yoga, she wanted to share her love of this ancient art by delving deeper, developing her own practice and pass on her experience to teach others. After exploring the many different styles of yoga, it was a connection in a Himalayan Hatha class she resonated with, she decided to complete her teacher training in this discipline in 2017 with Yogi Ashokananda. She furthered her studies in 2018 to be a mediation teacher under his tutelage.
Kwok believes yoga and mediation can be available to everyone, no matter what stage it appears in their lives or the level of experience they have. ‘It helps us manage the challenges of daily life but more importantly, it helps us to understand ourselves a little better. I enjoy helping students create and experience the space within themselves and to find their own centre. It is a wonderful gift to give to yourself and an honour and pleasure to teach what I love.’
With gratitude, Kwok continues to train with Yogi Ashokananda and gives thanks to her teachers, past and present, for their knowledge, love and patience.
Himalayan Hatha Yoga
Karen has been practising yoga for the past 10 years and what started as a strong physical practise that helped clear her mind soon became a journey of self discovery, on and off the mat and Karen now sees yoga as a way of life.
Karen is passionate to share her love of yoga and life with her students and encourages a connected, spiritual practise that nourishes the mind, body and soul. She wants you to feel liberated by moving freely and uninhibited. To calm the fast pace and noise of living in a city and to connect deeper within.
Karen trained as a professional dancer and her career in the musical theatre industry has spanned 16 years, working in London’s west end and internationally.
It is the creativity and fluidity of dance that inspires Karen’s practise. Her graceful flow is an extension of the breath where the movement becomes meditative. Set to uplifting music it is both challenging and calming. It will leave you feeling rejuvenated and grounded.
Karen trained at the Treehouse yoga studio in London and has a 200hr Yoga Alliance certification with Ashiyana yoga.
Yogi Ashokananda was raised in India and has been practising yoga since early childhood, when his Grandfather was his first teacher. Over many years, Yogi has been fortunate to develop his teaching, experience and education of yoga under some of the great remote, Indian masters. He has taught the teachings of the Bihar School of Yoga, the Sivananda Ashram and the Shri Ved Niketan Ashram. Now, as a Yoga, Meditation and spiritual Master, he teaches a number of his own profound teachings, insights and disciplines which have their roots in ancient, sacred Indian tradition. Yogi Ashokananda is considered to be one of the true existing masters of yoga and meditation. His Power Yoga & Kriya Yoga DVD is currently available nationwide. He has press coverage from Yoga and Health magazine, Om magazine, Top Sante magazine among others and was featured in a Channel 4 Production called “Breath”.
Shamita worked as a dancer and choreographer for twenty years, specialising in contemporary dance and bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance). She started practising Iyengar yoga as a means to increase flexibility and complement dance training. A chance wandering into an Ashtanga class one day turned what was, until then, a mere hobby, into a lifelong passion, rivaling her love for dance. She went on to study both in India and in the UK with international teachers, including David Swenson, with whom she completed Ashtanga teacher training, and Lara Baumann, with whom she completed 500-hour teacher training. She most recently completed Advanced Teacher Training with Ana Forrest. She enjoys being creative in her classes, and loves challenging practitioners to discover what their bodies are truly capable of, while maintaining a sense of humour and playfulness.
Ann started her yoga journey back in 2000 and was totally hooked, she then went onto qualify as a Yoga Teacher RYT 200 hours in vinyasa flow, followed by pre-& postnatal yoga with baby yoga and baby massage, certified with Yoga Alliance.
Her teaching style is focused on breath awareness and body alignment. Ann believes her method of teaching helps you to gain strength, flexibility, release stress and find a general sense of wellbeing.
Ann’s teaching is inclusive, making yoga accessible to everybody no matter their background, age or physical disability. She understands from personal experience that we all live such busy lives, and with stress and the physical body suffering with the in-balance of everyday life we need yoga to re-balance the left and right side of the body so that we can develop harmony in the body and created that much needed space in the mind.
Tammy first came to yoga, as a way to reconnect to her body given a job that was physically demanding. The immediate and lasting effects on both her mind and body led her to complete her 200 hrs teacher training with Divine Play Yoga (Boston). Tammy has continued her exploration of yoga through training in Yin Yoga (300 hrs) with her teacher and mentor Cal Wansbrough.
Tammy remains a student through study and daily practice with her teachers, with whom she continues to learn from.
Tammy's background within the fitness industry and passion for training, enables her to bring different elements to her teaching and lead a strong practice, whilst being able to switch to a more fundamental practice. Tammy teaches from a place of compassion, fun and of the mind set that there is something for everyone to be accessed through yoga.
Having trained for years as a dedicated ballet dancer, I was instantly hooked on yoga after attending my first Vinyasa Flow class. I loved the dance like movement of the body, stringing postures together seamlessly to create a moving meditation with the breath. The immediate and lasting benefits, on both my mind and body, led me to want to inspire others, so I completed my teacher training with Yoga London in 2015.
I am passionate about intelligent movement, alignment and listening intuitively to your body.
For me, Yoga is a body and mind connection, creating an awareness of your body, how it moves and what’s good for it, whilst working within your own limits. I have an acute eye for detail and enjoy guiding students through a safe practice based on my knowledge of anatomy. Strong foundations, staying focused, present and disciplined, are key to developing a long lasting enjoyable practice.
My style definitely draws on my dancing back-ground by choreographing creative sequences to an eclectic soundtrack, allowing the body to flow through a series of graceful, elegant poses creating strength, poise and flexibility. I have further study planned in 2020 with teacher training with Norman Blair in Yin yoga.