about the studio
Our Brixton HQ and studio is just an 8 min walk from Brixton Underground Station. We’re nestled on the corner of Brixton Water Lane and St Matthew’s Road, at number 40. Enter and unwind!
We’re Europe’s largest yoga business. Since 2013, over 100,000 people have immersed themselves in a Hotpod class at one of our 50+ locations around the world.
You’ll stretch further, breathe deeper, sweat harder and melt fully into the Hotpod experience – a balanced flow of active and passive postures, working the body and calming the mind in equal measure. You’ll immediately find yourself a million miles away from the every day. Bring water and a towel to enjoy the unique immersion that is a Hotpod Yoga class. To understand it, you’ve got to experience it.
the hotpod experience
step into our immersive pod
hot yoga in 37 degree heat
move to relaxing beats
filled with calming scents
suitable for all levels
40 St Matthews Road, Brixton, London, SW2 1NL, GB
As a passionate long distance runner & regular five-a-side footy player, Colly found yoga as a means of recovery for a busy sporting schedule. Having trained with Hot Pod Yoga in 2018, he’s now also trained specifically in teaching yoga for sports and to athletes with Manchester United’s Sarah Ramsden, as well as developing a strong interest in the role of the breath with his Oxygen Advantage breathwork training. He enjoys challenging, mindful movement to get you out of the head & into the body.
Ana Maria, originally from the wild windswept West coast of Ireland, is a yogi, traveler, barefoot runner, and clinical massage therapist.
She has a background in fine art, but came to find a true home in the practice of yoga, mindfulness and wellbeing. In 2013 she began teaching yoga while living in her mothers homeland of Guatemala.
Her approach is rooted in a functional movement perspective. Anatomical variations mean that everyone’s yoga practice will be as unique as them. She offers options and variations to allow you to find the practice that best suits you each day you show up on your mat.
In this way she invites you to be truly present with your body, in order to strengthen the mind body connection and to build a practice that is nourishing, strengthening and calming for your body, mind and spirit.
She has trained extensively with world renowned teachers Simon Borg-Olivier, Bianca Machliss, Cindy Lee, Anna Ashby and Jo Phee. Ana Maria is so grateful to all of her incredibly knowledgeable teachers.
Lindsey hails from Canada and when she’s not flowing with you in the Pod, she can be found at the theatre or wrapped around a cuppa. As a new teacher to HPY, Lindsey cannot wait to be part of this beautiful community.
Miztli Rose is a London based yoga teacher of British and Mexican heritage. She first discovered the joy of yoga whilst training as an actor at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After practicing for 5 years, Miztli decided to undertake her 200 hour teacher training with Hotpod. Since then she has taken further training in Pregnancy, Yin and Restorative practices. As a teacher, Miztli is particularly interested in the power of yoga to help enhance creativity, and is passionate about helping students nurture themselves through movement. When she is not teaching, Miztli continues to work as a performer and comedian.
Orly qualified as a yoga teacher in India in 2016, and started teaching for Hotpod Newcastle in early 2017. Since then she’s never looked back, and has recently had the good fortune of seeing her Hotpod family expand following her move to London in 2020. Orly loves having the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people with shared passion through her work and is so grateful for her place within the Hotpod community.
Jessica Marie found yoga in 2011 and was immediately deemed ‘all flexibility and no strength.’ Since then, she has been fascinated by the mind body spirit connection, and how improving your relationship and understanding of your body can improve your relationship with your self.
She has trained in a range of styles, from dynamic vinyasa, rocket, aerial yoga, and also in the slower and softer yin. She also has an unwavering love of handstands! Her classes are light hearted, supportive, breath-centric and technically focused. Jessica believes that although yoga might start off as a way to build physical strength and flexibility – as it did for her – as the journey continues, the combination of breath, intention and movement can transform your experience of yourself, becoming an essential grounding practice to clear the mind and honour the soul.
Sara works professionally as a contemporary dancer, dance teacher and yoga instructor. She completed her teacher training with Hotpod Yoga which inspired her in ways to communicate and enjoy movement with people who approach it from different physical ability, intention or experience. In class, she aims to create a space for exploration and discovery by playing with images and different movement qualities. Sara brings her passion and joy for movement to share the physical and emotional benefits of yoga, making it a practice for all.
Jess found yoga as a safe haven and way of staying happy, healthy and balanced when work and life got busy. When she realised the positive impact yoga was having on all areas of her life, she wanted to share this joy with others. Jess therefore took a leap of faith, waived goodbye to the corporate world and completed her 200hr Teacher Training with Hotpod – a journey that went full circle when she became a teacher here!
Jess’s classes are uplifting and full of energy, whilst also encouraging students to delve deeper physically and mentally. Students can expect to build resilience, find a sense of calm and gain some much needed perspective! Most importantly, her smiley, welcoming teaching style makes her classes feel fun and inclusive to all. Jess can’t wait to see you in the pod!
After witnessing the incredible impact yoga has had on her daily life, Nix loves to guide her students to slow down and reconnect to themselves through the practice. Having specialised as a Breathwork teacher with Oxygen Advantage and extensive pranayama training, expect classes to focus on the connection to the breath and becoming present to the sensations of the energetic body, whilst building strength and stability within. Originally studying with Noelle Connelly in Sydney, with direct lineage to BKS Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois, Nix is honoured to share this practice to help you find balance and gain freedom from stress.
A Hotpod baby born and bred, Gemma loves the focus yoga brings; moving the body whilst calming the mind. She wants to share these benefits by bringing energy, warmth and most importantly a smile to her dynamic classes. As a psychotherapist for the NHS, Gemma is only too familiar with the detrimental effect our hectic schedules can have on our mental health. Therefore, she is a big advocate for finding that much needed moment of stillness and believes there is no better place than on your mat in the pod!
Taylor has been practicing yoga for 9 years, starting with Bikram yoga while at drama school. She fell in love with the heat and the amazing benefits of practice, both physically and mentally. Coming to class was a reliable constant that helped her greatly with anxiety and to feel more connected to her body. After trying many forms of yoga, she decided to do her teacher training with Hotpod in 2019. Taylor’s classes are fun, energetic and uplifting!
Sarah started out as a ballet dancer, dancing was her life and she loved everything about it. After graduating from dance college she worked as a dancer onboard P&O and costa cruise ships and explored the world. Once this chapter in her life came to an end she was looking for a way to stay fit and strong, having trained her whole life so rigorously. She discovered hot yoga first, she remembers laying on her mat at the end of a horrendous hour of crazy yoga poses and sweat and she thought…..this feels like dancing, the technique, the power, the grace. From there she tried out different styles of yoga, Ashtanga, Hatha, Forrest, Vinyasa. She fell in love with the vinyasa style instantly. She trained at Hot Power Yoga studio in Clapham, London in October 2015 and have been teaching ever since. She started teaching at gyms-Anytime fitness, Fitness first and later progressed on to yoga studios- Blok, AM Power yoga studio, HPY studio, Hot Pod yoga studios. She has taught students of all abilities and experience throughout her teaching career and also those with injuries. She teaches pre/post natal yoga, restorative yoga and vinyasa yoga.
She is best know for teaching a powerful, dynamic, energetic vinyasa class. With many modifications to suit every student from beginners to the advanced yogi. You will become strong, flexible, grounded, toned and very fit if you train with Sarah. She knows how to make you sweat so if you are willing to put in the work and push yourself to your limits, Sarah is the teacher/trainer for you. She also likes to make you laugh while you’re flowing/training so prepare yourself for endless dad jokes!
JP started practising yoga after being introduced to it as part of his Calisthenics training as he was seeking to improve his flexibility. He currently practices Vinyasa yoga, along with Kundalini and has a keen interest in the history and philosophy of yoga.
JP loves the escape he gets when stepping onto his mat and aims to offer that same experience whilst teaching. He likes to focus on the breath and giving detailed instructions and transitions, starting with some of the more foundational postures before offering options for progression.
JP trained as a yoga teacher with Hotpod Yoga and currently teaches yoga in HMP for a charity organisation called Live Karma Yoga. Being a Male teacher, brought up in Camden, who has worked in Construction for the majority of his career, he believes that he is a good ambassador for Yoga, representing that it truly is a practice for everybody.
Carla is Welsh but has lived in London for over a decade and finds it hard to consider being anywhere else. She originally trained as an actress, started teaching yoga in 2013 and hasn’t looked back. Her classes are steady, strong and mindful.
She has over 600 hours of training, likes to keep things fun, and wants everyone to enjoy the benefits of this amazing practice.
Helen found yoga when needing some time to focus on herself after having her second baby. She immediately (and unexpectedly) fell in love with it, weaving it into daily life and has studied with many inspiring yoga teachers who have embedded the physical, spiritual and nurturing elements of yoga into her practice.
Helen encourages her students to move with strength and control and always with breath leading the way. She believes that everyone who comes to her class can benefit not only from the physical practice but also experience a sense of calm and balance, in the body and mind. Helen aims to create a place of belonging and inclusion for all people, to connect and share in a safe space and find their own yoga journey.
Veronica is originally from Poland but calls London her home. She came to yoga as a result of a very hectic life around 5 years ago. Veronica tried a variety of different styles but really connected with the Vinyasa style and decided to train as a yoga teacher. She completed her 200 hour Vinyasa yoga training at Hotpod Yoga.
As an instructor she strives to help students feel comfortable in their practice, learn new postures and ensure their practice is safe and enjoyable. She teaches all levels Vinyasa flow and my classes are dynamic, challenging and fun.
Lilly has been teaching Yoga for 12 years both in London and around the world. From pregnancy yoga, yin, Mandala yoga to teaching premier league footballers or in corporate boardrooms she is/has qualified in many different styles of yoga with a wealth of teaching experience. Her classes are strong and energetic with her focus is based on anatomical alignment combined with re-centering and building energy in the body.
After launching her sustainable activewear brand 4 years ago, her focus shifted toward the sports she was capturing in her clothes. Now combining her passion for teaching and kitesurfing, she also qualified as an IKO kitesurfing instructor and is set to run kite and yoga safaris and retreats across Egypt and Zanzibar in the coming years. You can catch her when she is in London for private sessions or teaching Hotpod Yoga
What attracted Michelle to yoga teaching was the lifestyle. Being into surfing she spent many years travelling and teaching alongside wave chasing! But the yoga took over. From its beginnings in India though to her classes today, Michelle’s teaching holds a deep understanding and love for all things yoga. Michelle is in her third year of Rolfing training and she says she is “on a never ending lesson on what union of the body and mind can mean”
Naomi’s yoga teaching career began in 2013 and has involved studio teaching, trauma-informed work and the running of health based retreat programmes. The yoga she teaches and practises is grounded in the knowledge of its therapeutic capacity to enhance our sense of self through wellbeing. She works to give students the tools and techniques to access their own unique needs and foster new connections between body and mind that anchor us to the present moment with a sense of deep curiosity and care for ourselves.
Alice is a driven, supportive and giving yoga teacher. She loves encouraging and challenging people to find their own flow state, to take up space in new ways and get out of their heads, by smiling, moving and playing with their practice.
Holly started her journey as a professional dancer and has always loved movement. She found the industry focused a lot on the physical being and struggled with an eating disorder in her early teens due to thinking her worth was solely the physical but when she turned to yoga, she loved that there was a deeper connection to the inner self and ever since then has been obsessed with the practise and the way it makes her and other people feel. Holly loves a challenging physical practise but her main focus is to make sure that you go on a journey within yourself to find a sense of peace and acceptance. Her favourite pose is the finishing pose in corps pose. Laying there on the mat after creating some heat within a practise and a warm fuzzy feeling pumping through the body is like no other!
Nick Higgins and Max Henderson
A former Schoolteacher and Management Consultant, founded Hotpod Yoga in 2013. They were not part of the 1% who regularly practiced yoga; they were of the other 99% who simply needed to clear their over-stimulated minds, work off their hangovers and open up their bodies after a hard day at work. Max and Nick started Hotpod Yoga to supercharge the yoga experience and take that experience out to the masses.
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