Our Teachers

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Paula began practicing yoga in 2007. Little did she know, however, that all those previous years of stretching and breathing was actually yoga, too! Paula completed her teacher training with Fierce Grace Yoga Alliance UK in March 2015 with Michele Pernetta and the Fierce Grace senior teachers, and has been teaching hot yoga ever since.  Having completed a Yoga Nidra course Paula now also enjoys facilitating Nidra sessions, as these are a wonderful complement to healing and relaxation alongside Yoga asana.

Before becoming a yoga teacher Paula was a Social Worker for over 14 years, both in Australia and UK (although born and raised in New Zealand).   Throughout her Social Work career Paula chose to specialise in therapeutic areas, including counselling, group work, training, mentoring, developmental and policy work, and practice development; working in areas such as substance misuse, domestic abuse, mental health, and hospitals, to name just a few.  Paula has worked with all ages, including babies, children and young people, and older people over this time,  and is interested in facilitating healing and people’s ability to self-determine their own journeys to strive to reach their full potential.

 

To Paula, yoga is a more holistic and fulfilling way of working with people to heal physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically, to be healthy and to enjoy life. Any time she gets on the mat she just feels better.

Paula loves the feeling yoga gives her, in her body, in her mind, and in her soul, and loves sharing this with others.  Having dealt with her own injuries from snowboarding she is keen to support others to heal, and to practice safely but with a sense of freedom.

Before and after every single class Paula has a massive smile on her face.  She has never experienced such an uplifting, joyful and rewarding vocation.  Paula absolutely loves teaching yoga, and it shows!

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Hannah has been practicing Ashtanga yoga since 2000 and has trained extensively with Sharath Jois. Her style is creative while staying true to the philosophy and traditions of the Ashtanga lineage. Hannah is often described as compassionate, a quality which comes naturally to her – this makes her students feel seen and comfortable to surrender fully to the experience. Hannah found yoga in Argentina when she joined a Mysore style Ashtanga class which subsequently led her to India where she periodically travels to continue her training. With over 4 years of teaching experience, she currently teaches Mysore, led Ashtanga and hatha yoga at various studios across her hometown, London.

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Lois is trained in Vinyasa flow and Hatha and continues her training with Yoga Medicine, to help those with injuries and restricted mobility. In her fun classes you can expect to build your strength and to find freedom of movement, whilst benefiting from what yoga can bring beyond asana. Expect attention to alignment and sensitive assists.

Lois believes that every body is different and so the practice of yoga is different for everybody. Her teaching style helps students connect mind and body, allowing them to explore how their body moves and to understand what their body and mind needs.

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Margot comes from the Northern territory, Estonia. Since a young age she has been expressing herself through the movement of body as a ballerina, dancer, fitness instructor etc. After moving to London, she walked into a Hatha yoga class in her local gym and after a while morning Ashtanga classes became her daily ritual. She is a qualified Ashtanga Vinyasa and Yin yoga teacher, trained with The Yoga People, David Swenson, and Sebastian & Murielle Pucelle.“Yoga for me is: commitment, passion, strength,balance, happiness, change, detox, acceptance, compassion and kindness.”

Margot teaches Ashtanga and Yin yoga, to balance out yin and yang. Her own daily rituals include Mysore Ashtanga, Dharma Mittra, Rocket and Yin yoga. “I am very grateful for my teachers: Luiz Veiga, Jamie and Dulce, Sebastian and Murielle, Emi Takahashi Tull, Marcus Veda who guide me through my practice, and I am devoted topassing my knowledge on to my students.”

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It was back injuries, together with her search for greater spirituality as a counterbalance to her busy life in the metropolis, that led Kasia, like many, to begin her journey with yoga more than 13 years ago. Her passion was quickly sparked, inspiring her to discover and participate in a range of different yoga styles.

There followed 12 years of studying and practising a wide range of yoga styles, resulting in her training all over the world with renowned teachers.

Through the years of practice, Kasia has seen ample evidence of yoga giving rise to events that lead to success – the mind becomes so clear and focused, seeing and generating solutions to any difficult circumstance.

Kasia qualifying as a teacher of Bikram,  Vinyasa, Hatha Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga Yin and Restorative Yoga was a natural progression towards helping others benefit in a similar way to herself. For her unique teaching approach, Kasia gives heart-felt thanks  to her many inspirational teachers, particularly to Stewart Gilchrist, her long term teacher, Adeline Cheong and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli .

Kasia’s classes are strong yet graceful and challenging as well as an active form of meditation. She aims to motivate people to transform their bodies, heal any injuries and enhance harmonious balance in their lives.

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This yoga thing has got me fully hooked and I feel very blessed to be part of such a wonderful family!

Practicing hot yoga for about 8 years, teaching since March 2014

Loving that I can share this simple, healing knowledge and learning so much along the way! It’s a never ending journey.

It’s transforming and nourishing my life and it can do the same for you…

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Having started my holistic training as a Swedish Massage Therapist and Reflexologist in 1992, I followed this with my Level 3 Mat Pilates training at City Lit in Covent Garden. Soon after I did the British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course to follow up with 500 hours yoga teacher training with Yoga Professionals in London. No, sadly I did not venture into that wonderful country India and study under some fabulous guru.  I have since topped up my training with courses in pre/post natal and teaching older adults, along with my own training being influenced by the many wonderful teachers in and around West London who are my London based gurus.

I often get asked which I prefer, pilates or yoga, but to be honest I love both – pilates for core strength, centring, alignment and posture, yoga with the emphasis on the flow of asanas using the breath to steady the mind allowing the body to flow into movement. Both disciplines offer a myriad of invaluable benefits for your physical and mental health, giving you control of your own body and mind, opening up energies and allowing you to walk gently through the world being who and what you really are.

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After several years with a back injury and sciatic nerve pain I was introduced to yoga and had a life altering experience. I have been practicing yoga for the last six years and decided I wanted to be able to share my experience and help others feel a similar joy. In 2015, I earned my 200-RYT certification from Yoga Garden San Francisco in order to teach yoga.

My study is based on alignment-based Vinyasa and breath work, which has helped me strengthen my body and my mind. I draw inspiration for my practice from my yoga teachers, Natasha Raymond, Stacey Swan and Sonya Blade. I am fortunate to have such amazing guides on my yoga path.

My Vinyasa Flow class is suitable for all levels of yoga, from the beginner to the more practiced student. This asana practice links breath to movement, and works to build endurance, strength and flexibility. The flow sequence is based around Sun Salutations and will bring mindfulness to the body and calmness to the mind. I also teach Gentle Yoga for people new to yoga and a Restorative class for those who want to open their body and enjoy yoga’s healing benefits.

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Scott is a freelance Pilates instructor with 15 years experience. He’s based in London and teaches in many major health clubs and corporate settings. At a very young age Scott was plagued with lower back issues and was recommended to try Pilates to alleviate his symptoms. He’s never looked back.

He has written two books, Confessions on a gym floor!, which is a compilation of gym related stories told through the observations and experiences of the general public and fitness professional. The second book Don’t push me! is an insight into the fitness industry – inspired by the years of teaching group fitness in various health clubs and observing and experiencing the characters around him!

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Jennifer is originally from the West Coast of the U.S., but has lived 13 years as a Londoner, she has 20 years of experience in yoga practices with a focus on Hatha and Vinyasa Flow.  She also runs yoga retreats in beautiful natural settings across Europe.  Her background is in brand consulting, creating communication campaigns for large companies.  Her mission is to bring purposefulness, mindfulness, and more joy and compassion to individuals and the corporate world.

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Isabelle is an actress and performer and has always been passionate about using the body as a way of expressing. Her curiousity for spiritual growth and love for movement led her to yoga.  Through her committed practice, guided by inspiring teachers, she realised the potential yoga has as a journey of self transformation.  She then trained in India with Yogacharya Lalit Kumar of Himalaya Yoga Valley.Isabelle encourages fun and freedom within her classes, giving students space to explore, be free and tune into their own bodies.  Come ready to breathe, flow and fly!
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I’ve been practicing Yoga for 15 years and teaching for 8. Having trained as a teacher at the Life Centre in Notting Hill I work in a mixture of yoga centres, gyms and private clients. My classes are flowing vinyasa based sequences with an emphasis on breath and alignment. I aim to create a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere and help my students to develop their own practice.

The Flying Yogi, Yoga, Pilates Studio and Wellbeing Centre In London, Shepherds Bush, Hammersmith, Kensington Olympia, Holland Park, Chiswick, Acton, Hammersmith, Ealing Tel 02087467191