YOGA TEACHERS

Boroka Denes

Himalayan Hatha

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. She took part in a variety of professional sports, in particular winter sports, but although these activities gave her lots of joy and fulfilment, she was still looking for more.

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

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.

Katie Oriel

Flow 1 & 2 | Yin Yoga

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.

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

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

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 

Flow 2

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 Ricken

Beginners Flow

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. 

 

Karen Aspinall

Teen 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.

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

Flow 1/2

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.

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