Charlie's been practicing yoga for 12 years. Initially coming to it from a workout perspective, it fast became something pretty integral to her life after an amazing trip to the Himalayan Institute of Yoga. Keen to share the positive effect that yoga had on her life, she left her corporate job and qualified in Bali with WLYA. She's now been teaching at top studios around London for 2 years.
Charlie teaches with an emphasis on correct body alignment, breathing and toning. Her classes are down-to-earth, a lot of fun, and really accessible - right in line with the Hotpod ethos!
Trained as a Behaviour Specialist and Dance Teacher, working with young offenders and at-risk young people, Zara initially took up yoga as a way to better herself within work. Instantly falling in love with the practice, she began to incorporate it within my role.
Soon after she qualified as a Vinyasa Flow Yoga Instructor, training with Divine Play Yoga and the House of Yoga.
Now teaching full-time Zara uses yoga as a tool for bringing communities together and aid children and adults in achieving a sense of release, helping them reach their potential.
Madeleine began practising yoga in London in 2000 but it was while she was living in Sydney, Australia and working in a demanding and stressful advertising job that her love for yoga deepened and she started incorporating a daily practise and meditation into her routine. The immediate benefits on the mind, body and knowledge of self were so influential that she decided to take the next step on her yoga journey.
In 2015 she became a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Routes of Yoga school in Ubud, Bali. It was here that she deepened her knowledge of the physical benefits yoga has on the body and also ancient yogic traditions and scriptures.
Estefania believes practicing yoga is all about a welcoming, easygoing teacher. Estefania teaches approachable yoga to men and women of all body types, ages, beliefs, and abilities. Whether you want a good stretch to compliment your gym routine, to unwind after a rough day, or a high-intensity challenging practice, Estefania aims to make yoga available to everyone. Expect classes to be uplifting, sweaty, and FUN! She believes it's your class, your practice.
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.
Having a background in dance, Luna’s form is one of fluid lyrical motion. She treats her postures like a dance for the mind and body, knitting together the emotional and physical aspects of Yoga harmoniously.
With Luna you can expect a strong, dynamic flow, that is light and playful at heart. She works to hold a safe space that allows you to grow in your own practice and in confidence. A firm believer that we can all enjoy the benefits of this old tradition in a modern way, Luna offers plenty of variations to poses that allow you to take control of your practice
Sophia loves extreme sports and has travelled the world as an instructor. She came to yoga during her PhD (struggles) in marine ecology, discovering its magic to heal, which she then followed with a power yoga teacher training. She is also certified in Yin yoga and as a PT, so guides high energy classes that naturally balance elements of calisthenics and mindfulness. You can therefore expect to be challenged and restored in equal measures, as you build strength, flexibility and body-breath awareness. Sophia's continued passion for various sports and biomechanics means she's a grounded, empathetic teacher who will guide you through a safe and effective practice - a rewarding experience for all levels.
Yasmina started her yoga journey in 2004 whilst trying to find balance in a stress filled corporate world and found that her mat became a sacred haven. It has not only helped with scoliosis (curvature of the spine caused by bad desk posture) but also provided calm in moments of stress and anxiety.
Yasmina is an enthusiastic and caring teacher that thrives upon the moments when students have a break through in their own practice. She believes the mat should provide a retreat from everyday stress, bringing a profound peace and a focus to the present moment by harmonising the body, mind and breath. Yoga doesn't always have to be serious - humour is an essential ingredient!