Catherine has been practising yoga for several years, which is a natural progression from the years previously spent doing dance and pilates. With a varied background, she appreciates a holistic approach to life, with her roots firmly in health and wellbeing and a keen interest in Ayurveda. Catherine is a 200 hour RYT certified teacher trained in Vinyasa flow, and her style is graceful and energising with a real focus on the core, balanced with pranayama to calm the mind and bring focus. She has developed a ‘destress’ yoga practise, a softer more gentle, mindful class, with longer holds and an emphasis on the breath.
Christian Di Giorgio
Christian discovered yoga in 2005 and within a year had quit a successful career in investment banking. Inspired by the mystery and beauty of the human bodymind, Christian deepened his yoga practice, becoming an Iyengar teacher in 2009. He is also a practising osteopath having graduated with first class honours and winning awards for his research into the long term effects of Iyengar yoga. He cares deeply about improving and maintaining the health and happiness of his students and patients and is deeply thankful to his teacher, Alaric Newcombe, for inspiration and guidance over the past 9 years.
Claire discovered yoga in 1994 when pregnant with her first child. Empowered by the knowledge and strength she gained practising yoga through three pregnancies and births, she retrained as an Active Birth pregnancy yoga teacher with Janet Balaskas, qualifying in 2002. Teacher training in Postnatal with Lolly Stirk and YogaBirth, Well Woman Yoga Therapy with Yogacampus, and Yoga for Backs followed, along with continuous Scaravelli inspired work with John Stirk as her main teacher and mentor, and further training with various teachers including Uma Dinsmore -Tuli, Tias Little, Sherry Brourman, Leslie Howard and Bo Forbes.
Claire’s classes invite an exploration of the body, encourage deep awareness and understanding, and use the breath and movement to gently release tension and find space within to gain new strength and knowledge of oneself. Her pregnancy classes inspire confidence in the body’s own ability, and help women prepare both mentally and physically for birth.
Emma has been practising yoga since the late 1980s and is a Junior Intermediate level 1 Iyengar yoga teacher. Her journey started with Iyengar yoga and Buddhist meditation in Brighton and took her to the Sivananda ashrams in India and California, to the Ashtanga Vinyasa guru Sri K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore and to experience the heart opening bhakti practices in the ashrams of Sai Baba and Amma. Emma dedicated herself to Iyengar yoga after the birth of her second child and loves the extraordinary challenge of this practice and its infinite gifts of awareness. Emma is also a Birthlight teacher, qualified in ante and postnatal yoga and a reflexologist.
Emma’s Monday class is suitable for all levels with a strong emphasis on alignment, expanding awareness and creating space in the body and mind. Emma aims to challenge and inspire but also provide a safe place, adapting the postures to the needs of the student. Yoga postures will improve flexibility, strength and stability and breathing exercises and relaxation will balance and restore.
Jessica found yoga as a 17 year old and was inspired by the graceful yet hard work-out, of feeling grounded and centered. When she was pregnant with her son in her twenties her yoga practice stepped up, and the yoga mat became her daily recharge point and solace. Since training she has lived and taught in India and specialised in Yoga Therapy, Dynamic Yoga, Anatomy, Pregnancy, and Yin Yang under the guidance of many internationally renowned teachers. She loves the challenge of pushing herself beyond boundaries, feeling worked, and the radiance and stillness of mind that follows. You can expect a strong deep practice in her classes, emphasis on alignment and mindfulness, and deep relaxation.
|Liz took up yoga on a regular basis when she turned 50 (following a bad experience with yoga in America in the 1980’s which led her to avoid practicing!) After many years of practice, and a teaching training course in 2014, Liz started by leading small groups and private students as well as providing cover at a well-known health club. In 2015 she gave up her role as a PR consultant and in addition to her regular teaching slots, launched Silver Yoga which offers workshops in France. Liz is trained as a Hatha Yoga teacher but her classes are strongly influenced by Iyegar which she practices several times a week at Yogaloft as a student. Her love of yoga has led her to change her lifestyle and start anew in her ‘Third Age’.
Yoga for EveryBody focuses on students intimidated by yoga – those who feel they are too old, too large, too inflexible, too unfit to take up a practice. Or simply those intimidated by a studio full of lithe bodies in Lycra! She believes no-one is too unfit or old to start and that everyone is good at something and, with regular practice, the only way is up!
Australian born and bred, Marc holds the 300 and 500 hour Jivamukti teacher training certificates. He has been mentored and taught by some of the most respected and inspirational Jivamukti teachers worldwide, including Sharon Gannon and David Life (both founders of Jivamukti yoga), Yogaswari, Denise Durga Devi and Emma Henry.
Marc was a professional footballer for many years, and is now midway through the challenge of scaling the seven highest summits in seven different continents. Also a personal trainer, rehab specialist, and massage therapist, his focus was initially on the external therapy of the body. Now, through yoga, he journeys within and firmly believes you can’t truly heal or fix or grow the body, mind or soul unless you work from the root – from the inside out.
Mark believes in helping people to understand the relationship between breath and movement in this beautiful but demanding system with patience and encouragement.
|Mary discovered Hatha yoga in 2001 when she worked in the corporate world and with the stresses and strains of life over that period she found that yoga had a great stablising effect on her overall sense of well-being. Having moved on to Ashtanga yoga at a later stage, she became more engrossed in these teachings and wanted to seek further knowledge, taking her experience to the next level. As a regular Ashtanga and Quantum Yoga practitioner she began to feel a sense of liberation and freedom from the shackles of the corporate world so she subsequently decided to leave her job in 2008 and travel to India to learn to become a yoga teacher. She has never looked back!
Mary has also formerly trained in Yin yoga with her main influencing teachers being Sarah Powers and Norman Blair. She has also recently explored the fundamental teachings of Yoga Nidra (iRest) which she interweaves into her teaching and everyday living. This is a form of secular self-enquiry informed by the teachings of Richard C.Miller PhD. Finally, keeping to traditional principles in her Dynamic Vinyasa classes, movement is synchronized with breath and, honouring her fundamental yoga training, she is influenced by the principles of Ayurveda and encourages self-practice away from her yoga classes.
Mike started practising Iyengar yoga 22years ago. In time what he started to notice was the transformational qualities that the correct practise of yoga can bring. A very serious climbing accident left him in no doubt of the physical benefits of his practise.
Modern life seems to be becoming more and more fragmented, but when a yoga practise is approached correctly it can bring back wholeness, not just physically, but mentally and spiritually too. The continuous application of conscious action brings about transformation. Come to Mike’s classes to enjoy this process of transformation.
|Nicola has been practicing and studying yoga for the past 18 years and teaching since 2010. She is also an Ayurvedic oil massage therapist and studies the many facets of this art, science and philosophy of Yoga and Ayurveda on and off of the mat.
Her Yin classes are deep moving meditations which explore our inner world on many different levels starting with the physical body and making that journey inwards towards stillness and oneness. Her love for anatomy and psychology, therapeutic nurturing energy and creative philosophical spirit make for an engaging and blissful experience of body and mind.
Through yoga she wishes to share a message of love, peace, compassion, unity and light, and hold a space to connect with the peace and possibility which resides in each of us.
After hanging up her ballet pointe shoes aged 14, Nicola switched to yoga and began a meditation practice.
Whilst reading English (BA) at Oxford University, Nicola taught yoga classes to fellow students and began practising Ashtanga Yoga when studying in Dublin in 2000. In 2005 she fell in love with Jivamukti Yoga! Jivamukti’s tenets of bhakti (devotion) and nada (music) resonate with her dance and spiritual background. In 2007 Nicola trained as a Jivamukti Yoga teacher, completed by apprenticeship with cat Alip-Douglas in 2011, and gained her 800 hour/ Advanced Certificate in 2014 – enabling her to mentor Jivamukti teachers.
Nicola trained to teach children and families at the Special Yoga Centre in 2011, and has several years’ experience of teaching cancer care patients at Maggie’s Centre.
|Richard started practising ashtanga yoga in 2003. He learned the practice at certified teacher Hamish Hendry’s shala Ashtanga Yoga London, and in 2008 travelled to Mysore to study in the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute (now KPJAYI). Richard has spent more than 14 months in the shala since first visiting Mysore, and Sharath is his teacher. He was authorized to teach ashtanga in 2015.
Outside of a yoga class, Richard works as a Community Gardener in Whitechapel. He finds the job great fun, and it gives him access to so many wonderful people from so many backgrounds, and of course great sustainable food!
Sylvia has been practising yoga since 2001 and over the years has come to explore many different styles. Coming from a strong Ashtanga background and inspired by her teacher David Swenson, Sylvia has taken a huge amount from this practise which she passes on to her students with care, compassion and humour. She has practised many other styles over the years including Dharma Yoga, Jivamukti, Vinyasa Flow, Yin and Acro Yoga as well as circus based handstands and acrobatics. She also practises and teaches Yoga Nidra on a regular basis. Sylvia teaches classes and workshops across London and holds annual Yoga retreats in Devon and other venues. As well as being a teacher, she remains a student of yoga learning from many different teachers and practitioners and maintaining a daily self practise.
|Vasili works as a development manager on construction projects and mentors aspiring project managers. His strong interest in self-development and personal growth has lead to qualifications in life coaching and astrology. Being a keen sportsperson through the years, he has experienced the connection between body and mind. He started yoga to help deal with his sporting injuries and in 2008 he was introduced to Iyengar yoga. This inspired him to become a teacher of the Iyengar way, which he teaches with enthusiasm and sensitivity to his students.|