Our yoga teachers

Sue Pendlebury

Sue Pendlebury was the inspirational leader and founder of Yoga on a Shoestring, which she set up in 2003. From a background in music, dance and theatre, Sue was then drawn to yoga and taught for over 14 years.

Sue passed away in September 2014, an enormous sadness for all that knew and loved her. She lives on with us always and we embrace her vision and many passions through the continuing work of Yoga on a Shoestring.

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Kath Roberts

Kath Roberts began teaching in 1997 and has trained in many forms of yoga, including Yoga Therapy, Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. Kath's dedication to self practice has taken her beyond the average level insight. She is a ball of energy with a quiet exterior.  
Kath shares her broad range of skills and sensitive adjustments in general and advanced classes in London as well as with individuals therapeutically. Her teaching is grounded in the Iyengar style but has a magical flow that is deep yet gentle, taking you on a journey in each practice.
In recent years it has been a joy for her to assist her teacher Clive Sheridan in workshops and retreats. Kath is branching out from her steady London base, to offer retreats and workshops around the world for her dedicated students. 

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Nigel Gilderson

Nigel Gilderson has been teaching yoga for the last 15 years. He is founder and senior teacher of Brockwell Lido yoga centre in South London, and also gives classes at a number of other locations in London.

He began his career in health and fitness as a P.E. teacher and tennis coach, giving him a concrete and pragmatic understanding of bio-mechanics of the body, and was drawn to the deeply therapeutic effects of yoga. He has evolved his own personal style of hatha yoga drawing on influences from the Sivananda, Iyengar, Astanga, Scaravelli and Shadow yoga traditions.

His classes incorporate the core principles of mindfulness of breath from stillness to movement.  Students gain a unique blend of opening and release through relaxation.  Through grounded movements made around the central axis of the body the practice offers an opportunity to cultivate and access the internal energetic system.  These principles allow the student to be better equipped for dynamic action. Drawing on influences from Qi Gong and Tai Chi traditions practitioners cultivate qualities of balance and stability.

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Lara Stapleton

Lara has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 10 years. She was originally trained by the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Canada and has since gone on to train with Erich Schiffmann (Los Angeles, USA), The Krishnamacharya Mandiram (Chennai, India),Tias Little (Santa Fe, New Mexico) and John Stirk (London, UK) who is both her teacher and mentor.

By combining Hatha yoga with the softness and grace of Scaravelli yoga, she has developed a flowing style with special attention placed on breathing and alignment to help soften and heal the body from the inside. Lara puts her sensitivity as a teacher down to a strong one-to-one approach. She is able to adapt yoga to the individual rather than the individual to yoga, enabling students to explore postures in greater depth and work on individual areas of resistance, alignment and practice.

Lara aims to provide a safe, nurturing environment to allow her students to develop their own understanding of yoga in an enjoyable way. She believes one of yoga's greatest gifts is helping to heal the inside by helping our minds to become more peaceful, and opening our hearts to compassion and a positive attitude. As in all physical yoga, the student will increase strength and flexibility and, by uniting body and breath, will learn to move from moment to moment with absolute awareness.

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Tami Hafzalla - YOAS teacher

Tami Hafzalla

It is in the spirit of bhakti/devotion that Tami approaches her yoga practice & teaching.

Yoga is the path in which Tami has nourished and enlivened her body, heart and mind. This practice offers space & time to connect to subtle energy, peaceful essence, ultimately to divine consciousness and to love.

Tami has studied extensively in India, Australia, Europe and the U.S. She began teaching in 2000 and draws most from her classical training in Ashtanga, Iyengar, Viniyoga and Ayurveda. She currently finds inspiration by attending retreats offered by her teacher, Clive Sheridan.

With gratitude and joy Tami shares yoga. She creates an environment that is kind and welcoming so that all are deeply nourished as they expand awareness and connect to inner wisdom. Her artfully sequenced classes are at once strength building and nurturing. Tami shares insightful, relevant and practical tools from Yoga and Ayurveda for modern day living. Her hands on adjustments are skillful and intuitive.

She is based in Seattle, USA and teaches classes, workshops, co directs her teacher trainings & routinely offers retreats worldwide. Additionally she teaches pre-natal yoga, serves as a labour support doula and is an Ayurvedic wellness counselor.

Tami's greatest teacher is her son Indi. He has reflected profound love, patience and the preciousness of the moment.

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Dory Walker

Teaching for over 12 years, Dory has experienced the true spirit of yoga as transformational practise. She believes in the power of yoga to guide conscious evolution, individually and collectively.

Her classes are fun and encourage students to discover their edge and use their practice as an art of transformation. Dory brings the essence of the ancient teachings to her classes in a fun and creative fusion of dynamic hatha flow, restorative yin practices, pranayama, meditation, yoga nidra and chanting.


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Liz Warrington

Liz has been teaching Yoga for the past 18 years, inspired by the work of Vanda Scaravelli whose beautiful book 'Awakening the Spine' has led to a revolutionary way of approaching the practice. It is through gentle encouragement and hands on teaching that she invites students to tune into the voice and spaciousness within and learn to follow the rhythm of the body, mind and breath, going with it rather than against. This makes not only for a very personal practice but also one that is highly creative and that evolves moment by moment. One that opens to the present, to freedom, the heart and the inner peace and tranquility that was always there.

Based in Brighton, and having worked out of Brighton's Natural Bodies - Yoga, Movement and Therapy Centre for 10 years, Liz now regularly leads workshops, holidays and retreats abroad in Europe and Asia. While her own practice has developed and deepened over this time through Vipassana Meditation and more recently with a training in Craniosacral Therapy.

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Belle Greenwood

Prompted by backpain, Belle took up yoga some 26 years ago discovering a positive shift not only physically; like a bubble of oxygen rising up though turbulent waters, yoga helped gain clarity to take the next best step forward - sometimes immediate clarity, sometimes not so immediate! - but regular practice always opened the way ahead.

Teaching since 2003, Belle is a registered Yoga Therapist and a qualified teacher in both the Satyananda/Bihar and Sivananda Vedanta lineages. Drawing from ongoing studies & practice across a wide rage of traditions over the years, including Ashtanga Vynasa, Iyengar and Scaravelli - Belle teaches traditional Hatha yoga, weaving flowing or static asana on the breath, pranayama, mudra, bandha, meditation, yoga nidra and chanting/Kirtan according to level and context. Her aim is to help students establish a sustainable, safe and enjoyable practice, leading towards greater well-being, clarity and joie de vivre!

Alongside teaching, Belle continues her singing career, developing songwriting, voice coaching and performing too. She is qualified in Holistic, Indian Head and Facial Rejuvenation Massage. Belle is a practicing Buddhist.

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Helen Noakes

Helen Noakes has been practicing hatha yoga for 17 years. She began her journey in Australia with the Iyengar system and finally found her way into her body with the magical teachings of Vanda Scaravelli.

She trained to be a teacher with Gary Carter in the UK  and now travels globally working with the reclaim yourself team and giving training programmes in body work techniques such as Chavutti Thirumal\ Indian rope massage and  hot-stone therapy .

She brings this energy into her teaching. Her approach is to use the asanas and breathwork to release the spine from tension, allowing our bodies to "come home" and surrender to gravity. This gives space to experience what occurs naturally from the ground up!  -  the spirals, waves and curves eminating from the spine. This response enables us to find relaxation and joy in our practice. Helen is strongly influenced by the explorations of the five rhythm dance system and brings this lightness into the practice!

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Kate McKenzie

Kate McKenzie has been practising various forms of yoga all her adult life. She teaches Kundalini and Sivananda yoga. Her busy career as a singer/performer informs her approach. Her workshops explore the connection between breath, movement and chakra awareness in order to free the voice and enjoy greater well being and creativity.

Kundalini yoga has a wealth of practices which really help to balance, energise and develop the entire being. Kate has lead "Mantra Choirs" for fun singing and improvising in groups to free body, sound and soul! Other training includes massage, Reiki, First Nature voice, Indian Rag and Life Coaching.

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Jodi Boone

Jodi feels that yoga is a precious gift and one of the greatest influences in her life. Drawn to sharing yoga with others, she began teaching in 2001. With a background in Iyengar, Vinyasa and Ananda yoga, a devotional style of yoga based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, Jodi draws from these traditions to create a fluid, creative and meditative practice. She teaches to inspire students to journey inward; nourishing themselves, deepening their intuition and honoring the divine within. She teaches yoga retreats and trainings internationally, and most recently spent six years living in India, where she co-directed Satsanga Retreat. In addition to teaching yoga, Jodi is a massage therapist, student of Ayurveda, working toward her certification as a practitioner and writer.

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Deepa Moodgal

Deepa Moodgal

Deepa has been practising yoga for over 15 years. Her style of teaching is intuitive - centered around creating fluid movements in the body, derived from the classical form of Hatha Yoga with elements of beautiful Vinyasa waves. Her classes are strong, dynamic, slow and creative, building strength, elongating the muscles and opening the cells by channelling the flow of prana.

She brings humour, warmth and passion into her classes and her teachings are about guiding her students back to their true essence of peace,harmony and joyful living. She believes yoga is a universal gift and offers this gift to all whom she comes into contact with. She offers immediate gratitude to family, friends and teachers who guide her daily along this path of selfless service.

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Ali Gunning

A hectic and out-of-balance life led Ali to disappear off to India and see what it would be like to live and breathe Yoga. She trained with Saji's Vashista International in Kerala - an amazing, grounding experience - then became 500hr qualified with The World Conscious Yoga Family in Rishikesh. Thanks to its founders Yogirishi Vishvaketu and Chetana Panwar, she learned to open her heart as well as her body and mind to Yoga.

Ali believes in an integral approach - that what we do on the mat should influence and benefit the rest of our lives, and vice versa - and that Yoga should be fun and joyful (there are so many other things to be so serious about!). Her classes change every week (as WE are always changing), based upon a theme and weaving in a little bit of Yoga philosophy. Whatever the focus may be, she hopes to always maintain a balance between opening, dynamism and stillness.

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Yoga on a Shoestring teacher Ishwara


Ishwara is passionate about Yoga, people and the potential of people to become more loving, more wise and more holistic in the choices made in a diverse eco system. Ishwara feels that it is every living beings birthright to happiness and that the ancient systems of Yoga hold the keys to unlocking the vast potential of the self to overcome difficulties, achieve happiness and life goals.

Ishwara started his practice in London in 1991, took his TTC in 2003, and started teaching that year along with a move to the English Lake District.

Ishwara brings warmth, clarity, fun, knowledge and spontaneity to his teaching.

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David Olton

David is one of the yoga teachers on Sky's fitness TV channel. He has trained in many different styles of yoga and movement including: Sivananda, Ashtanga, Somatics, Pilates and contemporary dance. His classes offer an eclectic fusion of these styles. He has taught all over the world and is a fun and encouraging teacher, popular with beginners and more intermediate students. David's primary focus in his classes is on sensory and breath awareness, pranayama and meditation in motion.

David has produced three DVDs fusing dance and yoga and has contributed articles on yoga and fitness to magazines in the UK and abroad. He is also a qualified practitioner in the following ayurvedic treatments: mehta face massage, Indian head massage (champissage) and Kansa Vakti foot massage and offers these treatments on his holidays.

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Michelle Cobbin

Michelle has been teaching yoga since 2001. She has 20 years experience working in the field of natural therapies.

Her approach to yoga draws upon 15 years of practice with inspirational teachers, all of whom have been influenced by the work of Vanda Scaravelli. Michelle draws on this experience and combines it with her long-standing interest in insight meditation (vipassana) from the Theravada Buddhist tradition.

Her classes involve cultivating patience and relaxation to become aware of where we hold tension, and bringing mindfulness to the simple mechanics of movement. This approach of developing curiosity in ‘how’ we practice enables us to release unhelpful habits of movement and find a sense of freedom in the body. This enhances our ability to become more grounded, stable and at ease – whether we are engaged in asana, pranayama or informal practice.

Michelle is based in Brighton, England, where she teaches yoga and runs a reflexology clinic. She also works as a freelance artist.

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Jaya Jaks

Jaya started practicing yoga in 1995 and has explored many styles since. She completed an intensive 9-month teacher training in Byron Bay in 2003 and taught at Brahmani Yoga (former Purple Valley) in India until 2008. Jaya now lives and works in London and periodically leads retreats within the UK and abroad.

Jaya teaches a dynamic flow style that combines the integrity, precision and alignment of Iyengar with the movement and breath awareness of Vinyasa. Her most influential teachers include Glenn Ceresoli, Louisa Sear and Clive Sheridan.

Jaya's technique tends to suit students of varying abilities, as they can be both calming and challenging. Most important, Jaya creates a safe and nurturing environment that encourages self-discovery and non-competitiveness. She is particularly skilled at one-on-one adjustments. As well as strengthening the body and increasing stamina and flexibility, Jaya's teachings help create a more peaceful mind, a more open heart and a more grounded attitude, all of which can help no end in today's hectic world.

Jaya is also a Yoga Therapist and certified to teach Pregnancy Yoga and Yoga Nidra.

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Maurizio Marmorato

Maurizio has been practicing yoga in different forms since 2003 and completed his training as a hatha yoga teacher at the Amrita School of Yoga in London. The results of his own practice and his seeking spirit have led him to believe that yoga has the power to transform people's desires, needs and attitudes towards life into something magical of the utmost importance. He is committed to exploring and meeting those individual needs and to making yoga friendly, fun and accessible to everyone.

Drawing on Ashtanga and Jivamukti yoga practices, Maurizio's teaching brings together a balance between ying and yang energies. A harmonious blend of intense, dynamic, vigorous elements counterposed by a more gentle, introspective style. This leads to a development of strength and flexibility whilst finding and maintaining an inner sense of union.

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Lee Carter

Lee has been practicing hatha yoga for nearly 20 years and teaching for 12. She began her yoga journey with Faustomaria of Innergy yoga and went on to complete the Sivananda yoga teachers training. She has also recently completed a 2 year Lecoq physical theatre course in which she found she could use all of her yoga practice in a more outward and creative way.

Lee teaches hatha yoga working closely with the breath and moving fluidly through the yoga postures. This style of yoga is open to anyone of any age or physical capability, you will practice to your own ability and grow in your own connection with your breath and body. Your spine will inevitably become stronger and more flexible as will the rest of the body and through the constant awareness of the breath you will discover your ability to let go, relax and revitalise yourself.

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Lisa Powell

Lisa was first introduced to Yoga in 1990 but it was only in 2001 that she took herself off to the Sivananda Ashram in India to train as a Yoga teacher. Since then she has completed a diploma in yoga therapy, pre-natal yoga, restorative yoga and vinyasa flow yoga. She continues her studies with Rod Stryker of ParaYoga and is also a practising Sport Massage Therapist.

Lisa's holidays include asana, pranayama, meditation and relaxation as well as visualisation, chanting, bandhas, mudras and mantras. As well as learning the art of creating a positive affirmation and self awareness exercises to help students gain a deeper understanding of where they are in their lives and how to go about achieving their dreams in the future.

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Vidya Heisel

As well as being a partner in Suryalila Retreat Centre, Vidya is the Director of Frog Lotus Yoga International Yoga Teacher Training Programs. Yoga has been Vidya's life-long passion. She started studying, practicing and teaching yoga in 1975 and since then has studied and taught yoga extensively worldwide. After founding Frog Lotus Yoga Studio in Massachusetts in 2002, Vidya created a comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training program which she has taught at retreat centres around the world. There are now over 1000 graduates of this program. Vidya is currently teaching five three week Yoga Teacher Training programs and two Advanced two week Yoga Teacher Training programs per year, as well as leading some Yoga vacations and retreats at Suryalila.

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Niamh Kavanagh

After extensive travels around the world, Niamh’s training and developed insights from spiritual teachers bring ten years of teaching experience (IYF & RYT 500) in Hridaya yoga, tantra, breath work, Advaita Vedanta, Buddhism and more.

Niamh has found the magic in yoga to actively maintain fresh attitudes toward ones life making the most of each day. She has observed growth and change available to ALL; no matter how big or small a problem appears having worked with a diverse range of clients, specialising in developing personalised Yoga practices for specific needs and various conditions. Her teachings are rooted in a detailed understanding of tendencies and relationship between the body and the mind. She creates a mindful and clear space for her students to develop their own understanding within their practice and ultimately their own wellbeing. Niamh looks no further than the cultivation and revelation of the true self, the spirit of who we really are, to bring the depth of contentment and joy in life.

When not in retreat or ongoing study, expect to find Niamh teaching a synthesis of vinyasa flow, hatha yoga, guided Hridaya meditations, breathwork and yoga nidra (deep relaxation) all creating a free flow of energies for harmony and equilibrium of body, mind and soul.

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Morven Hamilton

Morven's first yoga class in 1996 was a turning point towards a transformation that has continued to unfold, much to her fascination and delight. She takes inspiration from her teacher, Yogi Vishvketu and visits him at his ashram in Rishikesh, India whenever possible. Her training in Akhanda Yoga with Vishvketu has given Morven a strong background in traditional holistic Hatha yoga, with lots of room for creative expression and fun. Also a singer, flautist and a mediocre but enthusiastic dancer, she always makes space for sharing of creativity of all kinds. Morven loves to balance both dynamic and restorative yoga, and teaches with a sensitivity to the ever-changing environment of the world, the body and the mind.

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Raquel Alves

Raquel Alves started teaching in 1992, she is qualified with Para Yoga (Rod Stryker), BWY, Sivannanda. Originally from Africa, she now lives in the UK. She also practiced Ashtanga yoga for years under John Scott and spent 4 months in Mysore with Sri Pathabi Jois, previously she did Iyengar Yoga. Her personal practise draws on her current teacher's teachings, she also assists him when he is teaching in Europe. She is a Mentor for the Life Centre on their teacher diploma course which she often assists on.

She brings a wealth of knowledge to her teaching and empowers her students to have fun and to enquiry within, in aiding them to empower themselves.

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Alessia Avellino

A Jivamukti Certified Yoga Teacher, Alessia's yoga classes are dynamic focusing on alignment and flowing sequences. Expect a challenging asana practice, music, meditation, chanting in Sanskrit, and a yoga practice aimed at developing a compassionate attitude towards all beings including ourselves and our planet.

Alessia is also a qualified Reiki Master, quantum healer, Belly dance instructor, Shamanic Practitioner and fine artist. She is committed to teaching and empowering anyone who is on their journey to seek themselves and their joy whether through art, yoga, esoterics or dance.

With a degree in French and Spanish and Fine Art, Alessia began practising yoga in New York in 2000, whilst on a scholarship awarded to her during her fine art degree. She has been teaching art and yoga in London and Europe since 2002 and 2004 respectively.

Alessia is grateful for all the people and circumstances in her life which continue to provide endless opportunities to learn and grow.

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Ali Gilling

Ali has been practising and teaching yoga for over twenty years. She is a yoga teacher trainer, runs Mindfulness meditation courses and also teaches dance, art therapy and massage.

Her yoga journey began in India where she lived for two years studying with her first yoga teacher on a one to one basis. Gaining formal training in Sivananda, she went on to study many different forms of yoga including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Restorative and Yin.

Over the years she has travelled extensively and continued to pursue her own spiritual development with a variety of extended yoga and meditation programs.

She has facilitated yoga holidays, workshops and retreats all over the world and believes that time spent in her classes should be both an enjoyable and transformative experience. Her assured supportive manner gives students confidence to embark on their own journey of self discovery and development, both on and off the mat.

Ali lives in London and is studying Nutrition Healing.

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Tania Brown

Tania has been leading inspirational classes locally and internationally for 12 years. She has a unique ability to naturally inspire a deeper understanding of the flow of breath, movement and the mindful connections of yoga. Her teaching emphasis is on the power of the breath to manage and open the body, postural alignment, yogic philosophy and the integration of yoga principles into daily life.

She is passionate about promoting health, vitality and well-being through yoga, but in a light-hearted and fun way. Tania's practice began with her dad as a teenager. After 20 years of regular yoga practice she studied with the Amrita School of Yoga to qualify as a Traditional Hatha Yoga teacher. She has also studied with Claire Missingham (Vinyasa Flow) and Nigel Gilderson (Hatha yoga) amongst others. Most recently Tania is proud to be a student of Judith Hanson Lasater and Sarah Powers (Yin yoga).

She continues to develop infusing the different schools of yoga to give a rounded class reflecting the best of all the schools of yoga she continues to study.

"Tania teaches with warmth, energy, compassion and love. Her classes are a dynamic flowing style of yoga harmonising breath and movement to give strength and grace. They are accessible to all, whether or not you can touch your toes! just as long as you can breathe..."

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Thea Telford

Thea discovered Yoga six years ago and was instantly taken with the practice. As an artist, she was also very attracted by exotic Indian art and culture and decided to pursue her varied passions by travelling there.

On her second visit to India, Thea travelled to Kerala, in the south of India, to spend time at at the Sivananda Ashram, to study yoga and to deepen her practice. On her return to England, Thea began experimenting with other styles of Yoga.

It was in Brighton that she first discovered Vinyasa Flow Yoga and met her most influential teacher, Ruth Robertson. Ruth encouraged Thea to pursue her yoga career and introduced her to Frog Lotus Yoga International, where she had trained to teach. Thea took the plunge and trained to be a yoga teacher in Bali with Vidya Heisel of Frog Lotus Yoga International.

Thea is blessed to be able to continue practicing and training with Vidya at her home Suryalila, in Southern Spain, where she is now an on staff Yoga teacher.

Thea's love and passion for yoga have opened doors for her and completely transformed her life. She loves to inspire and share her passion for yoga and really enjoys helping others to build the inner and outer strength that Yoga has gifted her.

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Ken Eyerman

With over 35 years experience in Yoga and bodywork, Ken has worked as a movement therapist, having studied dance and psychology. He is trained in The Feldenkrais Method, Awareness Through Movement.

An American based in London since 1980, Ken has developed his own style of teaching, bridging the space between flowing Hatha Yoga and the gentle understated, spiralling Feldenkrais movements. He teaches his unique 'Yoga with Awareness' holidays internationally.

Ken's yoga classes and 'moving meditation' sessions are suitable for all levels. In a focused and yet playful way, Ken integrates Yoga with Feldenkrais. His intuitive and spontaneous hands-on approach emphasises the benefits of using your breath and developing an awareness of your inner process.

Participants learn to use their bodies with intelligence, awareness and efficiency, exploring movement in a way that is both developmental and restorative. He seeks to work with you, by developing core movement, and helping you tune into the constant flow of life energy essential to maintaining health and clarity of mind.

Ken has developed a fluid technique that taps into your individual needs, releases energy and works to heal injuries or chronic discomfort. Ken's holidays will introduce you to his unique take on Yoga - utilising influences from Feldenkrais, dance and movement-based bodywork.

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Ceri Lee

Ceri has been teaching yoga since 2001, and has over twenty years practice and experience. Her classes are Hatha based, incorporating a balance of breath focus, asana, and relaxation, built around a classical Sivananda format.

Ceri's experience has shown that the breath is the key to connect with vital energy, and with a mindful approach, yoga can be a powerful tool for strengthening and healing the mind and body. Her style is inclusive, adaptive and accessible to all. This is fundamentally influenced by her broad spectrum of certified remedial training with The Yoga for Health Foundation, and advanced yoga qualifications in Sivananda Yoga. The inspirational teachers who have shaped her approach are Prahlada Reddy (Sivananda Yoga), Faustomaria Dorelli (Yogaloft, London), and Ellen Lee (Chairperson for IYN).

Ceri teaches weekly yoga classes from where she is based in Essex, and runs specialised yoga retreats and workshops in the UK and abroad. She also teaches Postural Correction and is a qualified Reiki practitioner. You can find more about Ceri through her website: www.yoga-light.com

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Peter Roussel

Peter Roussel has been teaching yoga for the last 15 years. Originally trained on Yoga Arts, Byron Bay 9 month TTC he has a broad base of interest and experience in the field of hatha Yoga. Continued study and practice in many approaches to Yoga gives him a concise and detailed approach to sharing asana that uses breath, awareness and props.

Many years on retreats in India has evolved his own personal style of hatha yoga utilising pranayama and meditation which is woven into every practice. Peter has been influenced by practicing Vinyasa flow, Iyengar, Astanga, Scaravelli and yoga therapy traditions.

His classes maintain a certain rhythm that has become slower over the years; a pace to calm the mind and internalise the focus. Students gain a deeper understanding of what they are doing and increased energy levels through intuitive sequences that adapt to the needs of the class. Through his fascination with the ancient philosophies of yoga and experiences in modern self development practice, he presents yoga as rounded lifestyle approach to wellness and personal development. Clearing the mind and opening the heart.

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Federica Clemente

Federica Clemente is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor who has practiced and studied Mysore Ashtanga, Iyengar and other forms of yoga since 2006.

With a background in professional dance, craniosacral therapy and shamanic healing, Federica brings to her classes and workshops a wealth of background information in the mechanics of dynamic movement, energy flow and effective healing techniques. Yet, she teaches with an attitude of fun, playfulness and acceptance.

Federica has 8 years of experience with teaching retreats and workshops all around the world. To read more about Federica and her journey around the world and into a healing path, please see: www.theartofsilence.org

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Alicia Waters

Alicia is known for leading joyful, dynamic classes that keep a strong focus on functional alignment. That means you get to move the way your body is designed to move - building strength and openness in a gradual, safe way. Bringing years of experience in diverse styles of yoga to the mat (primarily Vinyasa Flow) as well as a background in Thai Yoga massage, Alicia's classes are the perfect balance of effort and ease.

Alicia received her 500-hour certification after training intensively in India and Thailand. She currently leads classes, workshops, and retreats in Cornwall and teaches internationally with Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Training programs. Her enthusiasm for all aspects of the yoga practice is infectious, meaning questions are always welcome! Students appreciate her ability to translate the ancient philosophical teachings into an accessible, uplifting message for the modern practitioner.

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Carl Faure

Carl is a graduate of Frog Lotus Yoga at the 500 hour level. He has assisted Vidya Heisel on several of her YTT programs. Carl is also the founding director of Stretch Yoga Studios in Broadway Market & Hackney. Carl has been teaching yoga for over eight years.

He first arrived on the mat as a way of healing the excesses of years involved in dance music. As a producer and DJ Carl is known under his yoga-influenced moniker Warrior One. As a yoga teacher he enjoys encouraging folk on their own healing journey through explorative dynamic flow and compassion towards oneself.

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Lidiya Petkova

Yoga has been a central part of Lidiya's lifestyle since discovering the practice almost 10 years ago. While living in various countries, she had the opportunity to explore different styles of yoga.

Lidiya was elated to discover Frog Lotus Yoga, a style of yoga, which is influenced by Ashanga, Iyengar, and Forrest Yoga. She studied to become a vinyasa flow yoga teacher with the internationally acclaimed, Vidya Heisel, founder of Frog Lotus Yoga. Lidiya currently teaches at the beautiful Suryalila Retreat Centre in Southern Spain.

Her classes are vigorous and energising and at the same time balanced with more gentle and calming sequences, making them accessible to everyone. Lidiya puts strong focus on drawing awareness within to inspire inner balance. With her students, Lidiya loves sharing what yoga has given her balance in life, inner well-being and health.

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Gabriela Maass

After 11 years of studying and practising yoga Gaby began teaching small classes in Chile. Later she arrived in the UK and began teaching in earnest in 2002.

Since then she has qualified as a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance UK, and is currently the owner of a Yoga Studio in Windermere. She also teaches regular workshops and retreats.

In the course of her development she has studied with some of the world's leading yoga teachers and has received certification as a teacher from Arun H.S. (direct disciple of B.K.S. Iyengar), Shiva Rea and Paul Grilley.

Her studies have also included significant training with Donna Holemann, Renato Turla, Faeq Biria, Donna Farhi, Sarah Powers, Yogasharia Venkatesha and John Stirk. She is also a certified Meditation Teacher and has studied Ayurveda, Thai massage and Astrology to advanced levels.

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Lila Conway

Lila is a certified Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and founder of Yoga Prema.

She has been practicing yoga for 20 years, teaching full-time since 2001, received advanced level certification from Sivananda in 2004 and in 2007 was given the blessing to teach yoga teachers as a principal teacher within the Sivananda Yoga Organisation.

Lila has spent the best part of eight years living in yoga ashrams and centres in India and Canada, being fully immersed in a yogic life of service, study, practice and teaching yoga to students from across the world.

Lila has trained extensively with various schools including Sivananda (Hatha, Raja, Karma, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga), Krishnamacharya (Vedic Chanting/Sanskrit) and Usha Devi (Iyengar Yoga). As a result of years of practice, study and embracing yoga as a way of life, Lila is inspired to share the wisdom and joy of yoga from the heart. Lila spends regular periods of time in India studying and deepening her own practice. She has a highly individual and sensitive approach which resonates deeply with her students.

Based in the South West of England, Lila teaches weekly yoga classes, workshops, meditation and yogic study courses, international yoga retreats and yoga teacher training in India, London and Italy.

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Polly Clark

Polly has been teaching yoga for 15 years. She initially trained with Richard Adamo with a strong ashtanga vinyasa and Iyengar based practice and has now moved more towards Vinyasa flow yoga, loving the freedom and expressiveness of this style.

She has studied with both Jason Crandell and Kathryn Budig and likes to incorporate elements of yin yoga within a strong yang practice.

She likes to make yoga accessible to all abilities and sees the practice as a way to enjoy the experience of being in your body and to connect deeply with yourself.

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YOAS teacher - Amelia Hodge

Amelia Hodge

Amelia has been on her yoga journey for the past 12 years. Her love of yoga led her to travel to Southern India to gain her Yoga Alliance 200hr Teacher Training Certification at the Sivananda ashram in Kerala, under the guidance of Swami Govindananda, Swami Tatwarupananda and Swami Nivedanananda.

Her Hatha Flow yoga will gently encourage you to explore your physical and mental capabilities, guiding you towards a deeper understanding of yoga and its philosophy. The atmosphere is authentic, relaxed, friendly and open for EVERY body to experience the incredible benefits of yoga. She views the discipline of yoga as a vital element to learn about our nature as human beings.

Her teachings are infused with a meditative practice to transcend the mind. Dealing mostly with body and breathing practices guiding awareness to internal states and senses. Incorporating meditative postures to encourage full observation, calmness and peace throughout. Bringing attention to the more subtle and positive powers within to encourage creativity, intuition and contentment.

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YOAS teacher - Virginie Noel

Virginie Noël

Virginie teaches yoga in order to help others experience the freedom, self-knowledge and sense of peace that come from a focused yoga practice. Her inspirational classes combine a light-hearted and down-to-earth approach to yogic philosophy with a mindful, breath-led flowing physical practice.

She discovered yoga in 2001 and has been teaching since 2007. She trained with Nicky Knoff in Hatha Yoga, and with Tara Judelle in Anusara Yoga and 'Embodied Flow'. She has travelled extensively over the years, seeking out teachers in the UK, Germany, Australia, Thailand and Bali, in order to deepen her practice and knowledge of yoga, meditation, as well as other mind-body practices such a Thai Yoga Massage, Dance, and Balinese philosophy.

Her teaching offers a continuously evolving, personalized blend of different yoga styles, firmly rooted in Hatha Yoga and life-embracing Tantric philosophy. Having trained in psychology, she is also particularly interested in the psychology of yoga and how we can use this ancient practice in our daily lives to increase our wellbeing and happiness.

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YOAS teacher - Atiya Khan

Atiya Khan

Atiya is a warm and compassionate yoga teacher. She was drawn to yoga initially through books on self-enquiry and meditation, and later through attending classes.

Yoga became important for Atiya when working as a solicitor in London, where it had a profound effect on her life. It kept her steady, grounded and positive during a major transitional period.

Atiya studied yoga within the Sivananda tradition, has been teaching since 2011 and is certified to Advanced Level. Her aim is to share the teachings as best as she can - with love, inspiration and a sense of fun! She is committed to her personal development as a teacher and student as she continues with her own practice, study and regular immersion in ashrams.

Alongside teaching yoga, Atiya is a registered and practising Nutritional Therapist. She draws on her degree in Biochemistry, training in Naturopathic Nutrition and holistic approach to promote health and vitality.

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YOAS teacher - Nancy Lea

Nancy Lea

Nancy began practicing yoga in 2001 as a way to strengthen her body after the birth of her first son. She discovered a life-altering way to focus her mind through breathing and movement. This is when her practice really took hold.

Yoga calms Nancy, makes her less reactive, more mindful of her actions, and more accepting of others and herself. She says that it is through the practice of paying attention to the habitual way your thoughts unfold that uncover the deep grooves of the mind and layers of self that we can truly know ourselves. A regular yoga practice nourishes the heart and soul and helps you live life fully awake.

Nancy's classes emphasize clarity of alignment and a steady connection to the breath. Through clear instruction and an exploration of the eight-fold path of Ashtanga yoga, she challenges her students to move beyond the physical practice and understand the impact that cultivating self-love and awareness has off the mat.

She is so grateful for all of her teachers, her students and her children all of whom continually inspire her. She looks forward to sharing this practice with you.

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Jess Horn

Jess qualified as a yoga teacher eight years ago and has been practicing for nearly twenty. During this time her love for Yoga has led her to study traditional Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Vinyasa the influences of which can be found in her teaching.  Most recently Jess has found her home in ISHTA yoga and is now an E-RYT 500hr ISHTA Certified Teacher.

She was originally drawn to yoga for its physical benefits but continues to be fascinated by the many deeper layers yoga has to offer such as Eastern philosophy, Ayurveda, Breath work, Meditation, Mantra and Mudra.

Teaching a mindful flow and breath-led practice with a focus on safe alignment, Jess skillfully provides a space in her classes where everyone feels comfortable and can challenge them selves safely whether they are beginners or more experienced yogis. She hopes her classes encourage more awareness, so people can connect more mindfully with their bodies, each other and our environment. She aims to encourage people to find joy in their practice.

Jess teaches Mindful flow, Meditation, Yin Yoga, Restorative and Pregnancy Yoga in Hertfordshire and London and worldwide retreats.

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Karen Brown

Karen teaches mindful and accessible yoga for real people. Having had tight hamstrings and hips for most of her life, she understands how challenging the practice can be for most.

Drawing from her wealth of experience in Vinyasa Flow, Restorative and Pregnancy Yoga, she teaches intuitively with warmth and humour - and is passionate about the therapeutic and healing benefits of yoga, having witnessed them first-hand for herself.

First discovering yoga almost 20 years ago at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre, she completed her first 200hr teacher training with Yoga London following an inspiring trip to India. She gained her second 200hr certification with Claire Missingham and qualified in Pregnancy Yoga with Nadia Narain. Karen has also had the privilege of studying with Judith Hanson Lasater, Kathryn Budig, David Williams, Sarah Powers and Naomi Absalom. She also holds a certificate in Reiki Level 1.

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Rory Viggers

Rory co-runs Bristol based Yogakutir with his partner Dory Walker.

Many years of yoga self-practice (and too much tea) has kept Rory grounded. As the positive and transformative effects of yoga deepened, the transition to teaching was a natural progression. He now shares his experience of self empowerment, self purpose and self reflection that yoga initiates with others.

His teaching is informed and inspired by classical teachings of Hatha yoga that include Iyengar, Ashtanga, Sivananda, Dona Holleman's enlightened asana work and other disciplines such as Shaolin Wushu martial arts.

He continues to study with senior teachers and is currently on a 7 year programme with world renowned teacher Dona Holleman and her inspirational Centered Yoga philosophy (born from her personal experience and encounter with Krishnamurti's philosophy, B.K.S. Iyengar's Hatha Yoga, Castaneda's shamanic religion and her friendship with Vanda Scaravelli).

Rory runs group and private classes for adults and teenagers, corporate yoga classes and co-hosts retreats and workshops.

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Lisa Dunn

Lisa is a 500-hour certified Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher based at Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre in Southern Spain. She has been teaching for seven years and practicing for the past 15.

She completed a 200-hour foundational teaching training and a 300-hour advanced training both with Vidya Heisel of Frog Lotus Yoga and regularly travels the world leading yoga retreats and assisting on Frog Lotus yoga teacher training programmes.

Her formula for a great yoga class is to combine intelligent anatomical sequencing, with continual focus on the breath whilst interweaving yogic philosophy - enhancing the practice to bring a profound sense of well-being and aliveness.

Lisa's passion is to encourage and empower students to develop their practice, and to have a safe life-long yoga experience.

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Emma Spencer-Goodier

Emma has taught yoga since 2000. She is a keeper of words, a lover of stories, a celebrant at the altar of life. Her yoga offers clarity, suggests precision, offers strength whilst suggesting softness whilst infused by poetry, myth, mudra and mantra.

Emma draws her inspiration from two decades of loving practice that has evolved from the spiritual lineage of Sivananda, through the dynamic flowing practice of Ashtanga to be clarified in the tapas of the Iyengar system.

A senior yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance, her guides are integrity and joy. A strong skier who loves the mountains, this is a dream coming true to offer the clarity of yoga in the serenity of the alps. Emma lives and teaches on the Isle of Wight, grounded in the practice of motherhood.

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