Genine's passion for Pilates has developed from a life long interest in exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. She qualified 20 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.
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.
Laila grew up in Earlsfield and remains local and very much part of the community. She has been teaching meditation for over 10 years and enjoys the peace that comes with daily practice. It became a natural progression to teach yin. Laila loves the challenges and the mental stillness that practising yin yoga brings, integrating peace and resilience into her everyday life.
She enjoys bringing themes into yin teaching including focusing on a specific chakra (energy centre) to bring them into balance. She brings attention to the meridians and the postures that enable the chi (life force) to flow.
At the end of a yin session with Laila, you will feel completely relaxed and at peace.
Sue’s love of yoga began over 10 years ago, covering a variety of styles including Bikram, Ashtanga Vinyasa and Dharma Mittra. This love of the practice quickly developed into a desire to teach, leading to her undertaking a 200 hour Ashtanga Vinyasa training in London. 2 years later she took a further 500 hour advanced training with Anusara inspired teachers Suzanne Faith, Noah Maze and Nico Luce.
Her style of teaching has evolved over the years to one that encourages students to embrace and respect the physicality of the practice with a sense of mindfulness and attention to detail and breath. Her sequences are both strong and creative, with an emphasis on verbal cueing to ensure it translates well into student’s bodies and minds. She is respectful of the individuality of her students and encourages them to modify their practice to best suit them.
She is always and forever a student of the practice – continually inspired by other teachers, her students and family and friends.
Candlelit Yoga | Mindful Flow
Bel’s yoga journey began when she was suffering from post natal depression after the arrival of her second daughter. She was captured by the combination of asana, pranayama & mindfulness.
She studied with the British Wheel of Yoga & The Yoga Biomedical Trust and is still inspired & learning. She is currently studying ‘instinctive meditation’ at The Radiance Sutras School of Meditation with her mentors in California, Dr Lorin Roche & Camille Maurine.
In 2003 Bel wrote ‘ Yoga for Children’, and was one of the first teachers to bring yoga into schools for children & staff.
Her teaching style is vinyasa flow (beginner & advanced), restorative yoga, ‘funky flow’ which introduces a dance element. She also offers relaxation classes with Yoga Nidra (enhanced sleep) ‘breathing medicine’ , mindfulness & meditation. She is overjoyed to be joining team Samsara & is committed to her students & fellow practionners.
Bel is an experienced massage therapist trained in Swedish massage with Ayurvedic & Thai influences.
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.
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.
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 has since taken a further 100 hour training course with Sianna Sherman and achieved her 300 hour advanced qualification studying with Shiva Rea.
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.
Yin Yoga | Mindful 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.
Natalie offers dynamic, playful, anatomy-based yoga classes, leaving you feeling both energised and grounded. Combining strength, mobility and flexibility empowering you to develop a deeper awareness with your body and find strength on the mat. Her aim is to educate and inspire, helping you build a sustainable lifelong practice.
Yoga has given her the tools she needs to thrive and find strength and she wants to share the incredible benefits of this practice with as many people as possible.
Laura developed an interest in yoga as a teenager, continuing her practice at home for years.
However, it was in 2009, when she began attending classes, that she truly fell in love with yoga. Her asana practice improved. She loved the effect yoga and meditation had on her body, mind and soul.
Laura decided to share her passion and knowledge with others and subsequently qualified as a 200 hours Hatha and Vinyasa Flow teacher. She then went on to achieve a diploma in pre and postnatal yoga. It was through teaching pregnancy yoga that Laura discovered hypnobirthing and trained as a KG Hypnobirthing teacher.
She has taken part in a variety of classes over the years including Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Restorative 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.
Power Flow | Vinyasa Flow
Damaris, also known as Dee. Is a 27-year-old Yoga teaches who is based in the south of London.
He has been a teaching Power/Vinyasa Yoga for 6 years now, his style is playful, sweaty with a lot of energy. His aim is to inspire and uplift his fellow yogis. Damaris loves to flip your world upside-down with inversions but also always makes his classes accessible for those newer to inversions.
Amanda started yoga teacher training with an Integrated Hatha Yoga and Ayurveda 200 hour in Costa Rica in 2011. Amanda deepen her skills with a 500 hour teacher training with Ruth White one of Iyengar’s students. Amanda went on to train with Anna Ashby in Restorative Yoga and trained with Norman Blair in Yin Yoga.
Over the years Amanda has explored many different styles such as Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Sivananda, Ashtanga, Jivamukti and Bikram. Amanda can adapt and tailor her teaching to a wide range of people with different requirements.
Amanda focuses on a mix of qualities such as alignment, balance, strength and at the same time keeping the postures soft.
Rise and Shine | Vinyasa Flow
Salvo’s yoga journey began as a way of finding self-healing over 12 years ago in Trento (Italy) where he originally come from.
After moving to London at the age of 21, Salvo worked in the Luxury Fashion Industry for over 5 years. Whilst practicing alongside excellent teachers across all London, his passion and love for this discipline grew more and more until the day he decided to leave his retail job behind, and complete his first Yoga Teacher Training under the supervision of senior teacher Hassan Hassan in Beckenham Junction.
Having completed his first 200hr certification in Hatha & Vinyasa Flow, Salvo has experienced so much love and gratitude from the many students he met along the way, who kept him motivated to transform something that was initially just a passion into a proper career.
Salvo’s teaching style is fun, inclusive and full of love. He wants to create an environment where students can feel safe to explore all layers of their practice. During his classes you will be guided through a series of postures which include standing, back bending, forward bending, balancing, twists and inversions which will help your body feel stronger and your mind be present in the moment.