"the teacher should be like the conductor of an orchestra"
meet the team
Zahir is currently studying for a degree in Osteopathy.
When Zahir was asked what someone can expect from his class. He said; "No Chakras. No Chanting. No Gimmicks and no gobbledygook".
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.
Favourite Book - 'The Soul of a Butterfly', Muhammed Ali.
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.
Favourite Book - My husband's book 'Madness or Meditation' of course!
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!
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
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
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
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'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.
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.
Georgia teaches mostly physical asana incorporating breathing techniques into the practise. She teaches a variety of styles from fluid vinyasa to static hatha for all levels giving modifications as and when needed. She does, however, like to try and expand her students’ beliefs of what they think they are capable of. From inversions to arm balances, there is something to work on for everyone, even in the more advanced poses. She believes each pose can be accessed and experienced in many ways and it’s the exploration of trying new movements and methods that interests her.
Over time we discover that yoga actually teaches us about ourselves. For example where our physical and mental insecurities or challenges lie, but also where our strengths are. It teaches us that we all have sticking points in our practise but with consistent and determined effort, each pose is attainable. This can be transferred to all walks of life.
Antonia teaches an energising Vinyasa Flow class influenced by the traditional practises she learnt in India and her passion for personal development. Focusing mainly on the breath, she combines traditional Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga styles with fun and creative flows. Antonia calmly leads you through mindful breathing techniques that allow you to use the breath as a tool to get into the body and flow fluidly through even the most challenging postures. Expect standing, balancing and seated postures as well as inversions incorporating themes of Yoga philosophy. Modifications and verbal adjustments are also always offered.
Antonia loves the fact that Yoga reminds us that we are in control of our body, our breath, our mind and even our life, and through consistent practise of Yoga you are also able to discover your own personal boundaries, patience and endurance, both on and off the mat.
Maria love's sharing her passion for Yoga with everyone. She believe's that with an open mind yoga will fill your heart and simply become a part of you are.
Maria enjoys teaching everyone. Ranging from beginners to students with an established practice. Maria loves to help everyone learn and explore their own abilities.
Maria strongly believes's that we should not judge - ourselves or each other. Everyone’s bodies are so different, each with different limitations, each day. Patience and persistence are essential. Believing in yourself is a must.
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Akram Hot Yoga 2018, Stretched into position by Dan James