Aaron began practicing yoga in 1992, completed Teacher Training with Windfireyoga in 2002 and so began teaching classes. Aaron also completed British Wheel Yoga Teacher Training in 2010 as well as Pranayama Training. He has attended numerous yoga workshops with many acclaimed teacher and has mastered a wide range of disciplines and infuses his classes with an understanding of achieving strength, flexibility and balancing techniques. Aaron now runs Hotpod Yoga in Cardiff, alongside Liz - specifically looking after all things teaching and classes.
Originally training as a dancer, I sustained a serious knee injury whilst studying at the Arts Educational School Tring Park. With a performing career out of the question I went on to university to further my knowledge in contemporary dance which is where I was first introduced to yoga due to its heavy influence in all my practical lectures. Having a total of six knee operations over a seven year period I started taking regular weekly yoga lessons at my local gym as part of my rehabilitation and quickly saw the huge benefits a consistent practice offers. Facing some personal and work related difficulties towards the end of 2014 I upped my practice dramatically and soon realised how important yoga had become for my health and happiness. With great support from my family I packed up my city job and set out for Goa, India where I spent one month doing my 200 hour YTTC intensive training with Sampoorna Yoga and a further two months teaching and assisting. I have now been three years knee operation free and my fascination with yoga grows each day. I'm so happy to be teaching here at Hotpod Yoga Cardiff, helping people improve in both body and mind.
Ashley van den Ouden
Ashley found a love for the dynamic practice of Ashtanga yoga in 2002 initially drawn to it for its physical benefits, but soon found a love for the holistic benefits that yoga brings. Wanting to learn more, Ashley began to study with her mentor & teacher Colin Dunsmuir in London in 2006, completing a foundation course, then a 4 year teacher training in 2009 accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY), Krishnamacharya Healing Yoga Foundation (KHYF) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Ashley continues her study of yoga therapy with her mentor in the tradition of Professor T.Krishnamacharya.
Ashley has been teaching yoga in Cardiff since 2010 with a little break from permanent classes when she became a mummy of 2 little yogini’s! - now she’s back and very excited to be teaching in Cardiff’s Hotpod.
“Anybody can breathe. Therefore anybody can do yoga” - T.K.V Desikachar
Since 2000 I have loved my job as a personal trainer, sports and deep tissue massage therapist and more recently pilates teacher, yoga teacher and children's yoga teacher.
I am a Yoga Alliance member with certification from Yogacampus where I trained with world class teachers and continue to do so through mentoring, intensive training courses and workshops. I have been practicing yoga since 1998.
My children's yoga training was with Vickly Oliver at wYoga / Yoga Bananas - a fantastic and bubbly training and tutor - a great start to my yoga teaching journey!
It means the world to me to share my knowledge and the wonderful gift of a happy, fit, well and comfortable life for you. From injury to illness, stress relief to pregnancy, improving your life quality is important to me. Teaching you how to achieve this and take it away as a lifelong skill is part of who I am.
Whatever the reason our paths have met, I look forward to an exciting journey with you.
Meet Alecs Donovan, a rugby playing yoga teacher with an absolute passion for dishing out the yoga goodies to athletes who may not even know they're in need of a good yoga class. Speaking from experience as a top athlete in her own right who's overcome injuries with the help of yoga, but prior to that, frankly wasn't interested in yoga. So she may well change your attitude completely when it comes to the need to put regular yoga and deep stretching into your training routine as a matter of necessity not just a nicety to ensure your longevity as an athlete, and let's face it, when careers are over that body still has to last!
Dan has been practising yoga for 6 years, and trained with the Marianne Wells Yoga School in Costa Rica. Having a background in a multitude of sports, from rugby to rock climbing, Dan was initially drawn to yoga as a way to release the muscular tension he developed from lots of physical activity. Through deepening his yoga practice, he became more aware of how yoga could positively effect the mind as well as the body, studying other aspects of the yoga practice such as Meditation and Pranayama.
For Kat, life before Yoga was a bit like the black and white scenes from The Wizard of Oz – something was missing. Yoga and its Technicolor path has become like the yellow brick road, chasing away life’s flying monkeys and providing gifts of self-discovery the whole way along, helping her rediscover the mind (brain), love (heart) and courage she never knew she had but was there all along. With Kat’s fun and joyful approach to yoga she hopes to bring you on the journey too! See you on the road. 250 RYT in Vinyasa Flow, teaching to Reggae and Hip Hop music with additional training in Kids Yoga with Cosmic Kids, Boxing Yoga at Total Boxer and workshops in Yoga Therapy with Manju Jois.
Aaron was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and spent some of his years growing up in Los Angeles. On getting back on track and recovering from addiction, Aaron was introduced to yoga a few years ago and wanted to pursuit the challenging process of yoga. Aaron noticed many benefits of a yoga practice and turned his attention to becoming an instructor. Aaron trained and received his YTT RTS 200 qualification from Core Power Yoga in Honolulu. Aaron now lives in Cardiff with his Welsh wife and daughter.