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.
Catherine has been practicing yoga for several years and found it a natural progression from the dance and pilates she had done before and started teaching in 2011 qualifying with Yoga London.
With an incredible energy about her, Catherine's classes are filled with fun, teaching students not to take themselves to seriously.... she’s a native Londoner who loves people & loves life!
A former ballet dancer from Norway, Rikke moved to London to pursue her passion for theatre and filmmaking. This journey led her from drama school to eventually exploring yoga and meditation, a world where she found a strong creative stimulus whilst working a deeply transformational and spirit-igniting edge.
Rikke has through her own personal experience become very skilled in helping her students to return home in their own body and to amplify their creative field through breath, awareness and movement. Her classes are full of soul power and the high of opening channels and breaking through barriers.
She is a 500hr accredited teacher and is continuously deepening her studies with her master teachers Sianna Sherman, Leila Sadeghee and Tara Judelle.
Lila (Lizy) Whiting
Since her first experience on the mat at 21, Lila has found herself transform from desk bound lawyer to globe-exploring yogini. She combines playful discipline with intelligent guidance that builds strength and awareness, encouraging her students to defy their own expectations. Whether it's studying Iyengar in Rishikesh, practicing Ashtanga at dawn or completing her 300 hour Jivamukti TTC, she draws upon a number of methods to create her own style, best summarised as energised play.
Frances originally started yoga in order to gain physical strength but rapidly found yoga enabled peace of mind and gave her new found love of life as well. Her yoga practice focuses on letting go and enjoying a fun and invigorating practice. Frances trained as a Vinyasa Flow teacher with Yoga London and combines this experience with her background of studying psychology to create classes involving a mindful yoga practice using breath work and flow.
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.
Being a gymnast in her early school days, Mary had always been intrigued and fascinated by movement and the extraordinary ability of the human body. She has been practicing yoga for 9 years - initially using it as a way to sooth her soul from the everyday days woes of her 9-5 corporate HR job. Eventually she quit the day job and trained with The Yoga People to follow what she believes is her true path; to share the gift and benefits of yoga and became a certified Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Rocket yoga teacher.
In Mary's classes there is special focus on precise alignment, based on individual needs - she works on the premise that one size doesn't fit all... Her classes are challenging but filled with humour and high energy - they're unconventional, fun, down-to-earth and truly accessible.
Sarah Lindsay originally studied in South India under a traditional school of thought inspired by the Krishnamacharya lineage. Wanting to share the same essence of both devotion and play learnt in India she continued training when she returned to London. Sarah's classes are structured in a way that ensures postures are both accessible and challenging to all levels of practitioner and aim to push each student to their own limit. Come with an open heart, a smile and a can-do attitude.
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.
Siân is a trained actor, singer and dancer. She began her yoga practice at drama school where it was encouraged as a body conditioning system. She quickly fell in love with the dynamic Ashtanga Vinyasa style, and began to feel the benefits of the practice not only in strengthening and conditioning the body but also in stilling the mind.
She was inspired to share this wonderful practice with everyone she knew and decided to train as a teacher. She completed her 200 hour training with the It’s yoga affiliated Yoga People in Goa in March 2013.
You can expect a light, flowing practice focusing on finding the balance between effort and relaxation, breath connection and playfulness. Encouraging you to discover and nurture your body whilst beginning to go on the journey within.
Siân’s classes are strong yet playful, fun, light and all about that Vibe…
Angela has been practicing yoga since she was 16 years old when a friend urged her to combine the benefits of yoga alongside her dance training.
After training at a dance school in Cape Town, South Africa for 4 years, she turned to yoga to help her body heal from the vigorous dance training. The rewards and benefits of yoga made her curious to understand her practice more; this lead her to do her Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training at the Jim Harrington Yoga Union in 2014.
Angela’s classes focus on physical awareness as well as listening to one’s own body in order to reconnect body to mind.
Annie is a yoga teacher and health journalist. She began her journey into yoga to stay healthy as a marathon runner, but following a serious running injury, she realised that yoga could save her mentally and physically. She trained in Vinyasa flow yoga in London with Alessandra Pecorella and her love for yoga grew and continues to grow and develop. She teaches a strong but soft flow and emphasises the importance of moving with breath and transitioning through dynamic flows smoothly. Annie encourages her students to enjoy their practice and do what’s best for them. Alongside teaching yoga Annie writes for women’s and health publications on all things food and fitness. She is passionate and food and Ayurvedic lifestyle and is always cooking and making up recipes.
Lotte is a music producer turned yoga teacher, having spent the last few years since graduating working in TV and music.
She started yoga in 2012 after attending Italia Conti Associates for 10 years where she practiced dance, acting and musical theatre. After experiencing first-hand its ability to heal the body and the mind, she decided to take on her 200-hour training with the Yoga Tree of Life School in Kent, specialising in Iyengar yoga.
At the end of last year, she quit her job to travel solo around India, with a month's stint in Mysore practicing Ashtanga before completing her 300-hour certificate in vinyasa flow at Sampoorna Yoga School in Goa.
With her foundations in Iyengar, she brings attention to detail to each asana and enjoys teaching a creative flow in a fun and supportive environment.
Claire began yoga after various sporting injuries and quickly noticed both the mental and physical benefits. Her love for yoga grew and she went on to do her teacher training in Greece under the School Yoga Institute and then with Frog Lotus Yoga in London. She is Passionate about teaching dynamic, thoughtful sequences that bring students into their bodies and into the present. Claire's intention is that people leave class feeling grounded and connected so that they begin to recognise the benefits of yoga beyond the mat.
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.