Nick initially came to yoga with the aim of curing ongoing niggles in his knees and back. Impressed by the immediate impact it had on that front, it soon became an integral part of his life, regularly practicing, particularly in the heat. Quickly this developed into something a little deeper - realising the impact it had on him mentally, as well as physically.
Nick's approach to teaching epitomises what Hotpod's all about - a down-to-earth accessibility, high on impact (both mental and physical) and a good bit of fun.
Lilly has been practicing Yoga since she was 15 years old. The rewards that it has given her body and mind she has felt the need to share the great benefits of doing yoga with as many people possible.
After travelling to Malaysia and Tbilisi, Georgia - and qualifying as a Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher in June 2012, she began specialising in Vinyasa Flow, along with a combination of yoga previously studied.
Lilly believes your yoga practise is a constant process of self study and learning, and there is always more you can achieve!
Hannah trained as a dancer, graduating from Bird College in 2009. Yoga formed a small part of training over the years but when a back injury in 2012 put a stop to her dancing she found herself becoming more and more immersed and yoga, as she realised the benefits for mind and soul as well as the body.
Hannah completed her 200hour yoga teacher training with Tribe yoga last year and teaches a fun and energetic flow. Hannah strongly believes that yoga is unique to every individual and encourages everyone to find their own enjoyment and the playfulness in all elements of the journey.
Pennie’s style of yoga teaching focusses on exploring physical (and mental) strength, space and energy, while cultivating balance on a number of levels.
She invites students to engage in a playful, compassionate and alignment based practice.
Staged pose options for beginners right through to more advanced students are offered so even the stiffest bodies can join and enjoy, while the more flexible also feel challenged.
She has a special passion for allowing her students a revitalising break from an overactive mind by harnessing the linking movements (and breath) between poses, and drawing mindful awareness to present moment experience.
Her classes draw on her breadth of experience to create a sensitive, fun and encouraging atmosphere for her students to either explore release and letting go, strength and their dynamic edge, or a mixture of both.
Becky trained to become a professional dancer at one of the UK’s leading schools and has always used Yoga as a tool for her strength and flexibility training.
Upon graduating, Becky had a change of heart and decided to become a Yoga instructor and share her knowledge of yoga with the world. She holds teaching diplomas in Hatha yoga, Hot yoga, Freestyle fitness yoga and Young Yoga and is a qualified personal trainer.
Becky uses her wealth of knowledge from all of these disciplines to bring fun, energetic and challenging classes to her participants. Becky ensures that she always stays on top of new fitness trends and strives to make each session enjoyable for everyone involved.
Siobhans passion for yoga started 8 years ago after attending regular classes in her hometown Johannesburg, South Africa. She experienced the life changing benefits and decided that she wanted to teach yoga to children and adults. She later pursued her dream of going to India and receive classical training from Ganga Devi of the Himalayan Yoga Institute and has done various trainings in Ashtanga and Vinyasa which is the style in which she conducts her classes. Her classes are dynamic yet playful and flowing, placing emphasis on concentration and breath. Yoga has taught her that with self-love, compassion and the ability to not take life too seriously, she is capable of anything, and this is what she hopes to pass on to her students.
Nina is a professional actress who has been practicing yoga for 9 years. Initially attracted to the work-out perspective and its physical benefits, she rapidly developed a profound immersion in yoga habits, which has now become integral part of her life, reaping the rewards mentally, physically and emotionally from her daily practice.
Qualifying as a certified yoga teacher in 2015, Nina now aspires to share the positive effects that yoga has had on her personal and professional life with others. Her classes are playful and accessible to those of all ages and abilities, maintaining the philosophy that ‘yoga is for all'.
Georgia has been practicing yoga for over ten years from the age of 17. Having worked in the fashion industry over the last six years as a fashion stylist she realised the more she practiced yoga that this was the direction she wanted to go in, so she packed her bags and travelling to India in 2013 achieving her 200hr certificate in Ashtanga Vinyasa
Georgia's teaching is always evolving and changing, it weaves different disciplines into a creative and mindful flow designed to deepen the mind body connection and become more present. With focus on breath awareness, alignment and fluidity of movement her classes are challenging and adaptable to all levels. Combining an anatomical focus with energetic guidance throughout, Georgia keeps things fun with a sense of exploration and humour.
Clare first started doing Yoga as a way of working out. As the hours on the mat began to clock up she started to notice other benefits seeping into her life, most notably the sense of calm she felt after leaving a class. As with many other people before her, after discovering all the amazing things that come with practising Yoga it became firmly rooted in her life.
Clare’s teaching style is accessible to all levels, you’ll always feel welcome and at ease in her class regardless of whether you’re just getting started or if you’ve been doing it for years.
Mandy's journey into yoga began in 2010 in Asia. She has since gained knowledge and experience through many different styles of yoga.
She was first attracted by the physical aspect of yoga. Continuing her practice, she quickly discovered its joy and benefits both on her body and on her mind using mindful movement, breath and awareness.
Her classes are dynamic with a strong emphasis on the breath and alignment. She encourages people to connect with their bodies leading them to liberate their minds.
Jules began practicing yoga seven years ago during her acting degree, to help her focus and unwind. After realising the hugely positive influence it was having on her mind and body, both physically and emotionally, her practice soon became an integral part of her life. Jules hopes to help students find the same sense of strength and well-being through their own practice, whilst working hard and having fun. Expect to sweat, expect to laugh and expect to play!
Kayleigh came to Yoga through her study and practice of meditation and quickly realised the incredible benefits she received for her mind and body.
She furthered her training in India, with the Kranti Yoga School, in Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Meditation. With a passion for sharing the benefits of yoga with others she has worked with mental health charities providing accessible yoga classes to sufferers of mental illness.
Her classes are down to earth and combine her knowledge of meditation, movement and breath, with letting go and releasing tension at the forefront of her teaching.
Claire first started her fitness career as a Personal Trainer and Les Mills Instructor. Initially, it was the physicality of a Hot Yoga practice that brought her into the world of Yoga. But soon the mental clarity, self-love, and reduction in anxiety she discovered through her practice inspired her to become a qualified Hot Power Yoga Teacher. You can expect an down-to-earth, vibrant and fun-loving attitude in her classes. Claire’s mission is to spread health and wellness through teaching yoga in an authentic, playful and accessible format. You will not only work hard physically to build strength and flexibility, but you will also leave feeling more balanced mentally for whatever your week throws at you.
Lea discovered yoga whilst living in Canada, where she completed her 250-hour teacher training in 2013. Lea is a playful teacher, who encourages you to get out of your comfort zone, and will always put a smile on your face.
With a degree in psychology and a Masters in Mindfulness: Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology, Lea’s dream is to incorporate the practice and philosophy of yoga within western medicine. As of this year, Lea is super excited to be studying at the Minded Institute to become a fully qualified yoga therapist.
Sarah is a qualified power and vinyasa yoga teacher. After working in the corporate world for five years she left her job to become a full time yoga instructor in the hope of bringing both yogis and non-yogis a way of adding some me-time into their busy schedules.
Her classes are dynamic, ensuring a full body work out yet suitable for all levels. She ensures everyone experiences success during their practice so that they leave feeling uplifted yet totally relaxed.
Alice has been practising yoga since the age of 18, but it wasn't until moving to London and discovering dynamic Vinyasa yoga that it became an integral part of her life. Alice enjoys the fluidity and playfulness of the practice, whilst placing emphasis on correct alignment and mindful transitions between the poses. Alice's classes are clear and grounded, making them accessible for all levels of practitioners. Come prepared to breathe deep, sweat lots and smile often, before leaving feeling stronger and steadier in body and in mind.
With a background in Musical Theatre, Jenna is a professionally trained dancer, singer and actress. Creative and physical by nature yoga seemed an natural progression in Jenna’s career studying her 300 Hours Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Rocket teacher training with The Yoga People in London before furthering her advanced rocket studies in Thailand.
Jenna currently teaches at various studios in central London as well as hosting her own classes and teaching at pop up events.