Androula Demetriou
Aram Raffy
Catherine Weston
Christian Di Giorgio
Claire Whitman
Claudia Dossena
Deanne Liew
Divya Kohli
Emma Catto
Faustomaria Dorelli
Harshini Wikramanayake
Jessica Stewart
Kate Rathod
Khaled Kendsi
Lara Stapleton
Lex Ananiou
Liz Bolton
Marc Hatvani
Mark Colleano
Mary Young
Mike Farr
Mira Mehta
Nicola Croucher
Nicola Muir
Richard Walker
Sylvia Garcia
Vasili Eleftheriou

Androula Demetriou

Androula loves teaching and practising yoga. It helps her remain strong, grounded and happy and enables her to deal with the ups and downs of life which can be hard. A regular yoga practice has been an essential part of her life for more than 20 years. Androula started her teacher training back in 2004. Her teaching style is creative, dynamic and lighthearted and this enables her to create uplifting and unique sequencing. Her style benefits from various influences, but mainly Shiva Rea who deeply inspired her during her teaching training. Androula’s classes are dynamic and fluid with an element of stepping out of ones comfort zone and experiencing the inner beauty of our body, mind and soul which sometimes remains closed for too long. Her aim is to ensure that students are able to feel their bodies from the inside out and leave the class feeling grounded, energised, calm and be inspired to establish a regular practice.

Aram Raffy

Like many, Aram came to yoga as therapy for serious back and knee injuries and was immediately struck by the healing and transformative qualities of the practice, both physical and mental. Especially the magical effects of the breath. The physical practice of asana (poses) and pranyama (breath extension) led to a greater awareness first of the body and then beyond, to a deeper understanding of the workings of the mind and into the practical and philosophical roots of yoga as a technology for understanding the nature of the Self and as a healing art. Aram completed his teacher training with inspirational yogi Doug Swenson and continues to regularly practice with and assist his longterm teacher Stewart Gilchrist. He has travelled and meditated extensively in search of amazing teachers to help expand his experience. The roots of his practice are based on the teachings of Krishnamacharya and the lineage passed down by him. Classes are dynamic, challenging, filled with good humour and all inclusive.

 

Catherine Weston

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 Whitman

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.

Claudia Dossena

Claudia discovered yoga in London in 1997. With early training in classical ballet and an interest in art and philosophy, she was drawn to the Iyengar method. Claudia qualified as an Iyengar Yoga teacher in 2006 and is currently a Junior Intermediate level 3. She feels deep gratitude towards all her wonderful teachers, especially her primary teacher, Alaric Newcombe who continues to inspire and inform her. Claudia has an energetic presence and her passion for the subject infuses her classes with fun.

Deanne Liew

Deanne’s enthusiasm for yoga changed the course of her life and career. She has practised yoga since 1996, trained with John Stirk and Sophie Hoare in 2000 and has gained qualifications for teaching children and pregnant women including a two year course as a Birth Educator. Deanne’s work teaching expectant mums led her to start attending births as a Doula birth assistant. A mother herself, Deanne teaches popular pre and postnatal classes as well as Yoga basics.

Divya Kohli

Through a mindful and inspiring practice of yoga, Divya guides the individual into developing a calm mind, stronger body and an authentic connection to the self. Divya’s inspiration is drawn from eastern sources, global music and modern psychological thought. A senior level (500 hr International Yoga Alliance accredited) yoga teacher, her classes are based on classical Hatha Yoga, Dynamic Flow and Restorative yoga practice and philosophy. Divya teaches with a view to sharing an understanding of the true essence of yoga, both its physical benefits and its wider impact on one’s identity and the community.

 

Emma Catto

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.

Faustomaria Dorelli

Trained by Swami Vishnudevananda, the founder of the Sivananda Vedanta Organisation, Faustomaria earned his diploma in 1985 and began teaching in the Ashrams of the Sivananda Organisation across the world. In 1996 he opened the Innergy Yoga centre in West London where he taught, for the following 16 years, the ‘Art of Living’ through the asanas of Hatha Yoga, the philosophy of Raja Yoga, the stillness of Meditation, the transcending heart of Kirtan Chanting and the selfless service of Karma Yoga. He joined Yogaloft when it first opened its doors in 2012, and here he teaches a ‘Hatha Flow’ involving the awareness of breath, as energy, to move into more complex asanas. He also leads monthly sessions of Kirtan, using the singing of ancient mantras to focus the mind and open the heart.

Harshini Wikramanayake

Harshini grew up in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Since leaving in her late teens, she has lived, worked and studied in Toronto, New York and London. Harshini started practicing Iyengar yoga more than fifteen years ago, has studied with the Iyengar family on three occasions in Pune, India and continues to attend weekly classes with senior teachers. She gained her Iyengar Junior Intermediate Level 1 in 2012. Harshini’s teaching style is dynamic, focused, and passionate based on her personal experience of Iyengar yoga, which has inspired her to transform her life. In addition to her yoga teaching vocation, Harshini has trained as an Ayurvedic Medical Practitioner. Harshini has MSc and BSc degrees in Ayurvedic Medicine to complement her MBA and Honours Business Administration degrees.

 

Jessica Stewart

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.

Kate Rathod

Kate has been practicing Iyengar Yoga since 1996. Her teaching is clear, thorough and dynamic. She holds a Senior Intermediate level I teaching certificate.

Khaled Kendsi

Khaled has been studying yoga for 13 years and is an attentive and helpful Iyengar yoga teacher. Khaled regularly visits Pune, India, to study with the Iyengars. His classes are strong and engaging!

Lara Stapleton

Lara has trained and practised extensively in Hatha and Scaravelli yoga, teaching for over ten years. She is also a qualified aromatherapist and her use of adjustments and massage techniques guide you deeper into each posture, whilst balance is restored with the healing properties of aromatherapy in deep relaxation. Lara’s rich, soothing and attentive teaching style enables students to explore postures in greater depth and work on individual areas of resistance, alignment and injury, specifically back pain.

Lex Ananiou

A native Londoner, Lex originally took up his yoga practice as a remedy for the stresses of an urban existence. In 2005, inspired by what he discovered, he disposed of all his worldly belongings and set off to India on what became a six year journey that took him zig zagging around the world. During this time he studied and taught many disciplines and aspects of yoga, healing, psychology and meditation. Lex believes it is very important for the individual to make each asana an expression of their own body type and state of mind, whilst encouraging the release of old blockages and limiting thought patterns through a combination of breath, movement and awareness. Although he has studied with many teachers, he thinks of Yogi Ram of Rishikesh and Don and Amber Stapleton of The Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica (formerly of Kripalu) as his main influences, the former being a very traditional Hatha Guru from the foothills of the Himalayas, and the latter teachers of interdisciplinary yoga (a blend of Vinyasa, Yin, Faldenkrais, Somatics, Iyengar and Ashtanga). His classes incorporate aspects of all these traditions within a Vinyasa flow context. Lex is accredited by the Yoga Alliance.

Liz Bolton

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!

Marc Hatvani

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 Colleano

Mark started to practice Yoga in 1975 while he was also studying meditation with Sri Chinmoy and Tibetan Buddhism with Geshe Rabten. While living in Los Angeles during the ’90’s he started to practice Power Yoga with some of the best teachers such as Erich Schiffman, David Life and Sharon Gannon, and Nancy Campbell. After returning to London though and attending Sri K Pattabhi Jois’ workshops, Mark started to practice Ashtanga Yoga from 2000. He went to Mysore in India to practice with Guruji and Sharath Jois and subsequently became Authorised to teach the method by Sharath Jois.

Mark believes in helping people to understand the relationship between breath and movement in this beautiful but demanding system with patience and encouragement.

Mary Young

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 Farr

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.

Mira Mehta

Mira Mehta is the most senior Yoga teacher outside India, recognised as an authority in all its aspects: asana, pranayama, philosophy and therapy. She has practised since childhood and taught since her teens and is at the forefront of developing the understanding of Yoga theory. In 1993 she was listed in The Best of British Women for her work in the field of alternative health.

Mira began Yoga as a child under BKS Iyengar and studied with him for several decades, receiving an Advanced Teaching Certificate from him. She also trained with her mother, Silva Mehta, who ran the first and only government-sponsored Yoga teacher training courses in the 1970’s in London. She has a Masters degree in Indian Religion, a diploma in Ayurveda (Basic) and has undertaken extensive postgraduate studies in Yoga philosophy.

She teaches extensively in the UK and abroad. Her website is a resource centre with articles on philosophy and practice. www.yogicpath.com

She has an interactive style of teaching, encouraging students to ask questions and clear doubts.

Nicola Croucher

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.

Nicola Muir

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 Walker

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 Garcia

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 Eleftheriou

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.