2-4 Chatham Place, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7AR, GB
Lana is a trained Hatha Yoga Teacher, completed her training in November 2023. Hotpod Yoga Reading is where Lana started her yoga teaching journey. She bases her style on one of the Yoga principles “Ahimsa” or in other words Safety, protecting the body via correct alignment and protecting the mind from being too harsh on oneself. She brings her light into the hearts of her students, helping detach from daily life and connect with one’s true self via exploring a range of poses, breathing and meditation techniques.
After working in sales and marketing roles in the healthcare Industry for over 25 years I decided to take early retirement and follow my real passion- Yoga! I retrained in April 2023 and have been lucky enough to start teaching straight away. I have attended Hotpod Reading throughout my training and I am delighted to be teaching here. Yoga has helped my mind and body so much and my goal is to share the joy of yoga with as wide an audience as possible. I firmly believe yoga is for every body.
Louisa has always loved physical exercise and movement and has been a regular yoga student, runner and gym goer for many years. She began to extend and deepen her yoga practice when she noticed the benefits of yoga off the mat, particularly in supporting her with her work life balance in a demanding job. Her love of teaching and wanting to help others led her to train to be a yoga teacher, so she could share the benefits of regular yoga practice, particularly with beginner students.
Lynette is an experienced yoga and meditation teacher and space holder. Skilled at creating powerful, healing spaces wherever her voice is heard. Lynette is committed to achieving true wellness by finding balance and creating inclusive spaces for everyone. She believes that wellness should be accessible, diverse, inclusive and equitable. Her cheerful demeanour, positive vibrations and contagious optimism empower students, peers and colleagues to practice with enthusiasm.
Siân fell in love with yoga whilst training to become an actor. At first she found the physical practice really challenging and struggled to build strength, but soon she began to notice a transformation inside her head. She was building an inner resilience, a sense of space and freedom that she had never experienced before and this helped enormously to deal with the ups and downs of a creative career. It was a huge revelation and the desire to be able to share this magic with others led her to become a teacher in 2013.
Siân’s classes always have a strong focus on breath and sensation, to help guide the student on a journey inward and build a better internal sense of their bodies.
Siân’s approach is playful and curious, she likes to focus on the target areas of postures as opposed to the alignment, which helps to make them accessible to all bodies and gives the physical practice a sense of precision. She is always striving for a balance between appropriate challenge and relaxation. You will leave feeling uplifted yet grounded and calm.
In 2019 Siân became a lead teacher at Hotpod Yoga in London where she mentors teachers and leads their 200 hour teacher training alongside Sunita Devi and Elodie Frati.
Although perhaps best known for her work as a sports tv presenter, Alexandra has years of experience as a yoga, meditation and mindset teacher. Alex trained as a yoga teacher in India and has since travelled the world teaching yoga and meditation in some wonderful far flung places!
Alex is also an Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and combines her love and knowledge of the holistic world with psychotherapy. She created the Mindset Group Ltd and runs a yearly wellbeing festival in Wokingham www.mindsetunlimited.co.uk She has written and created 6 top selling beginners yoga dvds, and reached #1 on the Amazon UK fitness charts. Her book is due to be released in 2025.
Somita is an experienced classical dancer, enthusiastic yogi and nurturing yoga therapist with a lifetime of experience in teaching, performing and healing.
Her practice incorporates many styles and inspiration from world class teachers culminating in a positive transformation in body, mind and spirit.
Her classes offer a unique ‘Sweet and Powerful’ style. She nurtures a tranquil, safe and supportive environment. Somita is passionate about movement and the healing benefits it brings and desires to share the magic with you all!
You can find Somita doing anything that involves music and or being in nature when not in the studio!
Lavinia’s prior experience working in Club and Gyms as a Group Exercise Instructor in LesMills programs, including BodyCombat, BodyPump, RPM, and BodyBalance, enabled participants to reach their goals. From here led into the yoga world and fell in love with the discipline. The Yoga journey began with Hatha Yoga 200hr training, with Drummond Education following Ashtanga Vinyasa 200 hr in India at Sampoorna and Yin Yoga 30hr with Kassandra Reinhardt. Lavinia is always looking to gain more knowledge. She frequently attends workshops, learning from other Yoga teachers’ wisdom and sharing enlightenment with her students.
Lavinia’s Yoga classes are dynamic, and her calm manner delivers fluidly from one posture into another, incorporating warming Vinyasa flows and standing sequences to work the whole body. Energize the breath with movement, finding balance, equilibrium, and to stretch within your flexibility; there is stillness in parts, where you are encouraged to listen to the beat of your heart and to find a calm mind. Then sail finally into the blissful relaxation.
Dimitra has been practising yoga for over 10 years and teaching since 2016, when she qualified as a 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. Over this period her personal practice has varied in style and formed with influences from Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga but also Kundalini yoga, contemporary dance and acrobatics. Dimitra is also qualified with Yoga Alliance in Aerial Yoga and Yoga for Kids.
Dimitra’s classes provide a safe place for everyone to practise and appropriate adjustments and hands-on modifications are given throughout the class. By using the asanas (yoga poses) and flowing through the postures and transitions, you will build strength, balance and flexibility. By focusing on your breath and experiencing the present moment you will calm the fluctuations of the mind and create space for stress-relief, self-exploration and inner growth.
Expect dynamic and playful, yet safe and accessible classes and get ready to bring more sun (salutations!) to your practice, on and off the mat.
Dimitra is also a registered dietitian and a current PhD researcher in Food and Nutritional Sciences.
Darren first found yoga in 2002 when he was introduced by a friend to an evening Iyengar class and quickly became hooked, having realised the physical and mental health benefits.
During 2004 and 2005 Darren worked and lived at a yoga centre in the south of Crete, where he trained and refined his own personal Astanga Yoga practice with senior Astanga teachers Radha and Pierre.
Darren then went on to study and train with CYS (classic yoga school) – Yoga alliance which studies included but not limited to – Yoga Asana; Meditation and Pranayama Breathing Techniques: Yoga Anatomy and Physiology: Philosophical, the study of Yogic Texts with additional tuition in Chi-Gung, The Alexander Technique; Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) and Nutrition.
Darren has over 15 years of teaching experience having taught in various health clubs, private one on one tuition and teaching hot yoga at Studio42 from 2010 – 2021
Continual Professional Development Include
Diplomas and Certification in Life Coaching, Mindfulness (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Counselling Theories.
Being Cabin Crew for an international airline for over 26 years, as well as a keen gym goer, takes its toll on both the body as well as the mind. To find a balance, an equilibrium and to feel grounded again I started yoga over 10 years ago.
Through yoga I noticed how my relationship was improving not just with others but with myself and after reaping the benefits both physically and emotionally, I decided to share this gift and have been teaching since 2016.
Constantly learning and exploring as well as keeping a very open mind is something that is second nature to me. My style is mostly power and dynamic based but most importantly with my sense of humour I want everyone to have fun and feel amazing because yoga is an individual journey after all.
Veronica is originally from Poland but calls London her home. She came to yoga as a result of a very hectic life around 5 years ago. Veronica tried a variety of different styles but really connected with the Vinyasa style and decided to train as a yoga teacher. She completed her 200 hour Vinyasa yoga training at Hotpod Yoga. As an instructor she strives to help students to feel comfortable in their practice, learn new postures and ensure their practice is safe and enjoyable. She teaches all levels of Vinyasa flow and her classes are dynamic, challenging and fun.
Caroline started practicing yoga 13 years ago to help with the stresses that came with her career. Instantly she fell in love with the way yoga made her feel. More relaxed, able to deal with work pressures, and strong.
Caroline continued her yoga practice throughout her pregnancies and after her maternity decided to pursue her love for yoga and completed her yoga teacher training in November 2019.
Caroline teaches a variety of styles of yoga, such as Yin, Meditation and Nidra, and Vinyasa Flow. She is passionate about sharing how the tools of yoga can help you find balance in day to day life on and off the mat. She likes to create flow classes which develop strength and flexibility, and also slower paced classes to encourage stress relief and relaxation.