Amy Slevin is a yoga teacher with a wealth of experience in a variety of disciplines including parkour, gymnastics, dance, athletics and team sports. From her training as an osteopath she has extensive knowledge of bodies and how to get the best out of them from pain relief to fancy tricks.
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.
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 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.
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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.
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.
Claudio first began to practice Yoga in 2009 to support his athletic training. He was fascinated by the Yoga philosophy and its healing benefits. His heightened curiosity led him on a long journey to India where he established a deep connection with the roots and traditions of Indian Yoga and meditation through months of practice.
He practices daily Mysore style Ashtanga yoga and assists the Certified KPJAYI teacher Hamish Hendry.
Passionate about Yoga as a tool for healing, Claudio likes to encourage a meditative approach to the practice; his classes also include great emphasis on healthy alignments, breath work and mindful body awareness.
Claudio is also a qualified level 5 Remedial Sports Massage Therapist and likes to bring his anatomical knowledge to the class.
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.
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 has been practising yoga since the late 1980s and is a Junior Intermediate level 3 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.
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 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.
Jenny is drawn to yoga because of its ability to transform, re-shape and rejuvenate day after day. She is fascinated by the exploration which she has been enjoying for over a decade of continuous practice.
She discovered yoga as a university student. The practice helped to ease the anxiety felt during those stressful periods of university life. Jenny studied nutrition but then later completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and qualified as a school teacher. Her Ashtanga classes are energizing and full of positive vibes that help you get through your busy day. Jenny is highly observant, skilled in assisting and holds the belief that the practice of yoga can help to heal – physically, psychologically and spiritually.
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 has been practicing Iyengar Yoga since 1996. Her teaching is clear, thorough and dynamic. She holds a Senior Intermediate level I teaching certificate.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.