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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Constanza has spent most of her life doing sports competitevely, from Marathon running to kickboxing and then swapping both for circus arts. Having developed too many injuries and inbalances to name and after trying every single possible cure, she decided to try Yoga and realised that it was exactly what she needed. Her favourite teachers had trained with the Yoga People so she decided to do the same and started her journey in Ashtanga and Rocket training. She likes to challenge herself and her students, so her style tends to be quite dynamic, sweaty, powerful but always fun!
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.
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.
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.
Yasmina Des Vignes
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!
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!
Ava is a creative and wilful creature with years of performance, movement and yoga experience. Passionate about yoga, her classes are inspired by a love of the physical form and embodied experience of empowerment and freedom from movement.
Through dynamic and breath-focused practise, she's passionate about making yoga accessible and calling people to their own innate creativity, strength and self-worth.
With both stubborn Scottish hamstrings and mindsets, Angie first stumbled onto a mat as part of her personal journey to find a less hectic approach to living. She ended the session both exhausted and exhilarated, and filled with a profound sense of peacefulness.
Angie's teacher training with The Yoga People has empowered her with knowledge and skills, which she continues to develop, to create classes which are inclusive, explorative and encourage you to focus on your practice, no one else’s! She combines verbal cues with (questionable) humour and aims to facilitate a practice that allows you to work your body, get out of any stagnant mindsets and explore a calmer, more connected sense of self.
Lauren has always known she wanted to help people but stuck in the corporate world for years she didn't know how.
After travelling the world, Lauren trained as a yoga teacher and found the confidence to help others through yoga and wellbeing. Lauren loves how yoga makes her body feel but most importantly it's the magic that happens in her mind that drives her to share yoga with others.
Lauren likes to teach a strong and mindful class where laughing and smiling are always allowed! Lauren loves to travel and dance in fields at festivals!