Genine's passion for Pilates has developed from a life long interest in exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. She qualified 13 years ago in the Authentic Classical Pilates method in both mat and equipment training. Genine spent 6 years at the New York Pilates Studio in North London, the first authentic studio to open in the UK, where she taught many high profile clients. Her attention to detail and getting the best out of her clients was very well received. Following the birth of her first child, Genine developed a special interest in pre and post natal training. She sees Pilates as the definitive exercise technique, which can be adapted to suit individual needs, working the deep core muscles to correct posture, flattening the stomach, strengthening the back, assisting recovery after an injury and helping to re-balance the body after childbirth.
Genine takes her clients through custom programs built on the integrity of the classical technique, keeping them moving with the proper form to maximize the benefits from each session. Just as importantly, her exuberant personality and creativity keep sessions fun and fresh.
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.
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.
Sophie started working in the health and fitness industry in 2000 and qualified as a Personal Trainer with the YMCA in 2003.
Her qualifications include Cardio Fitness and Weight Training, Nutrition and Weight Management, Group Circuit Classes and Exercise for the older adult.
Being exceptionally tall she knew that she needed to be aware of her posture and protect her back so In 2016 she qualified as a Stott Pilates teacher certified in matwork using small equipment such as flex bands and balls etc.
Additional Stott Pilates courses and workshops completed include: Postural Analysis, Pre and Post Natal on the Mat, Injuries and Special Populations.
Sophie genuinely loves to help people feel good and make positive lifestyle changes.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
From an early age Gosia had a passion for sports. Before her Pilates journey began, she has been teaching different types of classes like high intensity, step and circuits.
She discovered Pilates after a knee injury in 2011 and she fell in love with it straight after she took her first class. She decided to follow her new passion and acquired her Pilates teaching qualifications stage I and II in Poland and started teaching in UK after moving here in 2012. Gosia believes that one should never stop learning, which is why she continued her study and transitioned into Body Control Pilates teacher in UK. She also attends many workshops to keep up to date with all the latest news and research.
Gosia believes Pilates is for everyone, no matter the age or fitness level, and that it can make people feel better about themselves. Her goal is to make you understand how to connect with your body and be in control of it in everyday life, so you can live a healthy and pain-free life, feeling toned, powerful and confident. Gosia loves smooth transitions between exercises, so for the whole duration of the class you will feel as though you are flying from one position into the other.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sabina 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.
She believes that yoga puts us in touch with our true self and helps us put things into perspective. Sabina’s classes are 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.
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.
Clarisse trained as a teacher in London (UK) and New York (USA). She is a certified Pilates Mat I and Mat II Instructor by the Pilates Academy International within Pilates on Fifth in New York. As a result of her career she has a keen awareness of the body, a great understanding of movement, and a solid foundation on technique to ensure that her students are enjoying the workout in a safe environment.
Clarisse teaches a dynamic Mat Pilates class based on a mindful approach to any level of experience using all of her passion. Her training influences her classes and she will guide you all the way to make you improve your strength and flexibility, giving you a space to connect with your own body. She taught at Peridance Capezio Center (New York, USA), Atelier Corps et Mouvement (Geneva, CH), Pineapple (London, UK).
From an early age Simona participated in modern dance and gymnastics. She is a qualified Level 3 Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor. Simona is also teaching Advanced Pilates and Pilates mat work. Her classes are energising, a complete body workout where students will develop core strength, stamina, balance and inner-stillness. Through the observation of the breath, with focus and awareness on harmonious body alignment, integrity and deepening of postures, you will experience the union of mind, body, and spirit. Simona encourages students to go to their initial limits and then progress beyond.
Simona strongly believes that it is essential to keep a positive attitude towards your inner self and life in general. She gives attention to detail, alignment to prevent injuries and believes that a practice with a still and positive mind will cause everything to fall into place.
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.
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.