Akram Yoga Studio | Addlestone

Akram Yoga Studio

established 2013

We first opened our doors in Woking in early 2013. Our mission was to provide a hot yoga studio where you, the student, would leave a class, talking about the yoga first and the heat second.

In 2019 we took over the old Barclays bank building on Addlestone High Street and have made this our new sanctuary.

To see a list of our services, from hot yoga to boxing, hover over the 'our services' tab at the top of the page. To meet our team, scroll down.

Akram Yoga Studio | Addlestone

"the teacher should be like the conductor of an orchestra"

meet the team

Zahir Akram Yoga Studio | Addlestone

Zahir Akram

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Zahir won an award for the best Yoga teacher in Surrey 2019! Link and is also the author of 'Yoga - Madness or Meditation' which is available on Amazon

Zahir is currently studying for a degree in Osteopathy.


Zahir teaches physical yoga poses only and will help you best understand how you can reach your potential in each pose. Each class is an opportunity to discover and evolve.

Zahir was featured in OMYoga Magazine as 1 of the '10 Male Yoga Teachers You Need To Know About' in April 2021.

Zahir is also available for private tuition and personal training as well as private boxing.

Favourite Book - 'The Soul of a Butterfly', Muhammed Ali.

Laura Akram Yoga Studio | Addlestone

Laura Akram

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Yoga is for Everyone .... although Laura's classes are challenging, she caters for all levels from complete beginners to more advanced practitioners as postures are modified according to the level of experience, current strength, and flexibility. Through correct technique and consistent yoga practice, you will reap the incredible benefits of Yoga which include increased strength and flexibility, inner peace and calmness of mind and enhanced concentration and focus.


Laura is often asked what 'type' of yoga she teaches. Whilst she does teach some Ashtanga classes, she believes that despite all the different types and styles,  names and fads, ultimately Yoga is Yoga!  Laura teaches 'asana' (physical postures) incorporating 'pranayama' (breathing techniques) and philosophy. 

Laura is available for private tuition and also teaches pregnancy yoga.

Favourite Book - My husband's book 'Madness or Meditation' of course!

Vanessa Dale

Vanessa Dale

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Vanessa's lighthearted approach encourages students to relax, enabling them to listen to their own bodies without intimidation, because you most definitely won’t find the Yoga Police in this class as the focus is all about celebrating what you can do (not what you can't), for with practice and patience the rest will come so you are encouraged to work within your own parameters of stretch and strength (no strain or pain) therefore giving you the control, enabling you to work, as strong or lightly as YOU choose too!


This is mainly a strength and conditioning class, fantastic for getting fit! The movement is dynamic, the aim is by keeping it flowing, with upbeat music playing, it also helps give a focus to those with overactive minds.  Only verbal adjustments are used, again to give you the control to deepen the pose to your own ability, so rest assured you will never be forced into a pose because only when the body is ready will it arrive.

Favourite Movie - Grease!

Akram Yoga Studio | Addlestone

Lindsey Brown

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Lindsey’s teaching has elements of Ashtanga yoga to it often with creative sequencing to keep the class light-hearted yet challenging, with modifications offered throughout. Every class follows a set sequence with sun salutations to start, a standing section, followed by seated (which varies week to week) and finishes with inversions.


Lindsey believes that ending with inversions (any asana where the head is below the heart) is a great way to continue your day as they have numerous benefits, such as improving mental function, re-energising the mind and body and producing feelings of balance and calm – to mention a few!

Favourite Movie - True Romance

Akram Yoga Studio | Addlestone

Emma Talbot

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Emma teaches a vinyasa class comprising – standing, seated and finishing poses. The sequencing will incorporate asanas that will enable the student to develop a balance between strength and flexibility.  


The class will include some dynamic movement and precise postures that will be adapted to suit all students.  Focussing on synchronizing breath and movement will provide the student the opportunity to turn inward and focus on how their body feels during the practice.  Emma believes that this awareness will help develop healthy movement patterns that can be taken from the practice room into everyday life.

Favourite Book - The English Patient

Akram Yoga Studio | Addlestone

Chris Felix

Senior yoga teacher Christine blends elements from all her own yoga experience; hatha, vinyasa flow, ashtanga and even elements of kundalini practice she has picked up along the way.


Christine uses music in her classes, feeling that it enhances the environment for practice. She believes that yoga is a serious business but it’s important not to take it (or herself) too seriously and her classes are light-hearted and often feature her rather warped sense of humour. She thinks everyone should work to their own level and learn to be content with what they can achieve here and now, in this moment, and not compare themselves with others or even with themselves on another day.


Christine is also our in house teacher trainer, helping to take our yogis on the next level of their journey. For more information click here.

Favourite Book - Intervention by Julian May

Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson

Working as an English and Drama teacher, Kate originally turned to yoga for a slice of peace and tranquility in her noisy days! She soon realised the incredible physical and mental benefits and became a yoga addict. Kate completed her 200-hour teacher training with Sun Power Yoga, an eclectic mix of Hatha for alignment, Sivananda for breath and mindfulness, and Astanga for heat and strength.


Kate begins her classes with lively flows to build the heat and energy, and then slows it down for the second half of the class by working into the postures more deeply. She aims to work equally on the strength and the stretch, to leave her students feeling balanced and relaxed.

Lyn Brooks

Lyn Brooks

Lyn's loves to share with her students her passion and enthusiasm for yoga, deepening their practice by giving them the confidence to explore poses.

She is aware that sometimes the biggest challenge is being able to show up on your mat so generates a positive serene environment. 


She does this through Hatha-based sequences with some longer holds, always starting with the foundation, gently encouraging students to ‘feel’ correct alignment, inviting, even experienced practitioners, to revisit the basic poses. 


By giving options in different asanas, all abilities and levels will find her classes accessible. 


Her main focus is the art of ‘letting go’, using the breath as a fundamental and integral  tool, bringing together the physical and calming benefits of yoga.

Sheree Halliday

Sheree Halliday

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Coming from a martial arts background Sheree began her yoga journey back in 2008 practicing Bikram yoga 2-3 times a week finding it beneficial & complimentary to her fight career physically & mentally.


Years later as Sheree’s fight career came to an unexpected end due to injury yoga became a more permanent fixture & in 2016 She studied with Akram yoga & yoga alliance to qualify in her 200 hours & later in 2017 completing pre & postnatal yoga with yoga London.


Sheree has a light-hearted approach to teaching & offers a mix of vinyasa & hatha style yoga. Beginning with sun salutations to get warmed up then incorporating  some longer holds in standing poses, balancing poses & inversions. Sheree encourages students to take their practice to their own limit making classes accessible for all, offering variations of poses when needed. 


Sheree believes a good practice should leave you feeling relaxed & balanced physically & emotionally & glad you found time to be on your mat.

Akram Yoga Studio | Addlestone


If you have a passion to one day be a yoga teacher then why not do your training with us? 

Our Teacher Training programme is one weekend per month over 10 months.


Booking your class at our studio couldn't be any easier. View our price list and select an option to purchase. 


If you don't have time to book, don't worry. Just turn up and we will find you a mat.


The Old Barclays Bank

157 Station Road,

Addlestone, (near Weybridge),


KT15 2AT


United Kingdom


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Akram Hot Yoga 2018, Stretched into position by Dan James