5 Earsdon Road, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, NE25 9SX, GB
Coming from a dance background Yoga just felt right for me, I first got into Yoga for mainly the physicality, flexibility and strength elements and it wasn’t until I started practising more I realised how much it helped me mentally. I completed my Yoga Training in the Amazon Jungle of Peru in September 2022 and have been taking weekly classes across Newcastle since qualifying.
I enjoy both dynamic flowing classes linking breath to movement but also find the benefits in slowing down the practice and taking more of a Yin/Nurturing approach. Throughout my classes I hope to create a welcoming and non-judgemental environment where each person can arrive on their mat feeling comfortable and are able to be honest with themselves, letting go of the stresses of daily life and show up for themselves even if its just for an hour.
When I first started practicing yoga almost 10 years ago I experienced such immediate and profound relief in both body and mind that I have wanted to help spread this practice to as many other people as I can. So of course doing my 200 hour teacher training was a natural progression to this and I qualified in 2015.
Being a yoga teacher and also a Gym Instructor and PT enables me to teach with a diverse range of perspectives and skills and I am always honoured to be able to help people with their individual set of needs. I absolutely love the feeling of nurturing heat that the Hotpod provides. My classes are explorative, playful and light hearted.
Whilst living in remote Siberia, working in offshore engineering I discovered Yoga as a tool for relaxation. With limited access to online classes only my preferred style was the smooth transitions of vinyasa, I enjoyed moving through asana sequences and breath work to relax my body and still my mind.
I discovered Hotpod Yoga in 2017, everyone is so welcoming; the teachers and other students, a brilliant gathering of like minded individuals that all elevate one another. The heat added an extra element to my practice, ultimately developing my strength, breath awareness and the ability to slow my mind.
Growing up on a farm allowed me to utilise nature to nurture both my mind and body and highlighted the benefit of continuing this anyway you can as you move through life, which is why I look forward to holding a nurturing space in my classes; one where students can flow through their own practice with a conscious focus on thoughts, breath and gentle but strong movement that allows you to reset, relax and reconnect amidst the business of everyday life.
My own healing journey led me to practice yoga many years ago as well as train to be a yoga teacher and psychotherapist. As a counsellor and yoga teacher for anxiety, I work creatively and therapeutically – combining mindful movement, breath-work, self-reflection, meditation and psycho-education. I consider yoga to be a holistic lifestyle medicine; and I am passionate about creating a safe space for people to experience individual connection and transformation.
I also consider yoga a form of social activism and think this work needs to be done on a personal and interpersonal level within a supportive community.
“I came to yoga in 2017, drawn in at first by the physical asana of a Vinyasa practice and the calm I felt following a yoga class. Since then I’ve found a spark and a passion for all aspects of yoga, moving beyond just the physical postures. The breath, mind and body connection found in a yoga practice is something that continues to fascinate me, and I love sharing that experience with others.
When I’m not on my mat you can find me swimming in the sea or hiking in Northumberland!”
I was introduced to yoga in 2019 as a form of restorative training and shortly after discovered Hotpod and was immediately hooked to unique immersive experience. I continued a home practice throughout the lockdown for mental health support and realised that yoga is so much more than a physical practice. Through yoga I have explored further my creativity and spirituality. Since then I have completed my Yoga Teacher Training at the Hotpod Yoga Training Academy in London.
I want to encourage others to experience the benefits of yoga both mentally and physically, by adapting the Vinyasa flow style to make yoga as inclusive and accessible as possible, I truly believe there is something in yoga for everyone.
Hello! I’m Amy, I’ve been practicing yoga for about 13 years, and I get such an enormous buzz out of teaching! I’ve had yoga teachers who have made me feel euphoric, yoga teachers who have given my body something I didn’t know it had, yoga teachers who have made it all make sense. I want to do that for other people, and so here I am.
I’m a big believer in the fact that it isn’t about how it looks, it’s about how it feels, and that every body is built differently, so my focus is always on sustainable movement that gives you energy, rather than draining you of it. When I’m not teaching, you’ll find me wandering cemeteries, drinking tasty tasty beer, playing with tarot cards, and no doubt having a dance to Tina Turner.”
To me yoga is embodiment. A practice to explore the skin we are in. To express. To discover. To find ways to move and breathe, that feel individual to you. Yoga has no limitations. It is not a look nor a specific goal, but a full experience of the feelings that arise within your body. As a teacher, I hope to guide you towards finding your own intuitive practice, to hold space for you to drop deeper in to your being. Hotpod is a safe place for you to delve in to the possibilities a yoga practice has to offer, with a beautiful community of people for you to experience this alongside.
I began my yoga journey whilst I was at university studying English Literature to help manage stress and fill up my cup and what a journey it’s been since then!
After overcoming some climbing injuries, I completed my 200hours of Yoga Training, Vinyasa and Yoga Therapeutics, in Newcastle. I began teaching in 2019 and have since undergone training in restorative and women’s yoga which I’m continuing to explore. In between that and the monthly events and sharing circles I run, I’m currently studying towards becoming a qualified counsellor.
Overall, yoga has continuously been so enriching when applying its lessons and philosophies off the mat. I’m quite the busy bee and practicing yoga is such a lovely way for me to connect back to my body and has helped me build resilience, develop honesty with myself and a better understanding of my body and its cycles. It provides me with so much nourishment and an opportunity to improve the connection to others as well.
In Hotpod Yoga, the heat honestly warms my soul and I feel as though I’m getting a much needed relaxing holiday when in savasana!
Teaching is such a gift as I love supporting people and helping to provide a space for people to feel re-connected in a soulful, yet down-to-earth way. No matter your ability or how many classes you’ve attended, I hope you all feel welcomed and rejuvenated.
The first yoga experience was with Hotpod, when I visited the studio in 2018. I loved being cocooned in the pod with no distractions, the mood lighting, aromas, working with the heat, and how I felt when I finished a class.
In early 2021, I spent 5 weeks in a yoga school in Mexico, diving deep in to philosophy, Ayurvedic meals, learning Hatha Yoga, Meditation, and pranayama breathing. I decided to stay in Mexico and completed my 200 hour teacher training in Ashtanga. I continued to travel, experiencing many styles of yoga classes and teachers. After returning to the UK at the end of 2021, I decided to start an advanced 300 hour mixed styles teacher training.
Before I found the love for yoga, I have always been very active and enjoyed strong exercise. My I first love was the Barre method which I was introduced to in 2009, I became very dedicated to the practice for 12 years, loving the precision and concentration it requires. This has crossed over well in to my yoga practice.
I love that yoga helps to balance the mind, body, soul.
I am very interested in Nutrition, Holistic therapies and Ayurveda. I love to travel, exploring different cultures, being in nature and the outdoors.
I started practising yoga in 2012 when living in Canada, and instantly fell in love with it and have been practising ever since. However, it took me until 2019, when I moved to Newcastle, to undergo my 200 hour teacher training.
My classes are accessible, yet challenging, with just a sprinkle of silliness. I want everyone to feel at home and comfortable in my classes. I love using props to assist in poses, it can help with alignment, build strength and also change the challenge of the posture.
I started attending the Pod in 2020 and haven’t looked back. I adore practising in the heat – it relaxes my mind and my muscles, which is almost always needed after a day of teaching in a primary school.
You’ll find Amy teaching at Whitley Bay studio on weekends and embracing a challenge at our dynamic flow class.
Mario begun his yoga journey as a means to recover from reoccurring injuries, what unfolded became so much more than just physical benefits. Mario believes that movement is medicine and it will not only melt away your muscle aches and pains but also improve your overall mental wellbeing.
Mario likes to approach classes with a light hearted playful manner, embracing the fact that everybody is at a different stage of their own personal journey and encourages you to enjoy every step along the way. With a background in ashtanga yoga and calisthenics Mario has a true passion for exploring our bodies capabilities and changing the impossible to possible.
Celeste spent the majority of her years as a dancer before finding Yoga which has since transformed both her inner and outer worlds. Celeste’s love for the relationship between our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects led her to delve deeper in her own practice of Ashtanga and Vinyasa before deciding to complete her teacher training so she could share the gifts she found with others. Celeste is passionate about how Yoga becomes the gateway to so much potential for each individual.
Celeste’s classes are energetic with a focus on exploring your physicality as well as creating balance and understanding of your mental and emotional states.
Paige began exploring holistic wellbeing over 10 years ago, travelling the world delving into the philosophies of yoga and ayurveda. Undertaking her yoga training in India, she came back to the UK to create, Flore and Folk; an infusion of yoga and ayurvedic guidance, for those seeking to connect and flourish in life.
Paige’s classes are light-hearted, fun and energetic, creating balance and wellbeing on and off the mat. You can catch Paige in Whitley Bay studio.
My life is a balance of a busy NHS job, long distance running, sea swimming, weight training and any other form of movement I can squeeze in, but yoga will always be my first and biggest love.
I love attending a class that works you hard but leaves you feeling good at the end, and that’s also what I gravitate towards teaching. I usually teach dynamic flow which is a step up from regular hotpod flow. However, dynamic isn’t a demand for a certain level, it’s an invitation to challenge yourself. As long are familiar with yoga practice and are aware of any adaptations you need to take for your body, you’d be very welcome. Give it a try, we often surprise ourselves and are stronger than we think
Ella has been practicing Yoga for over 20 years and has cultivated a daily at home practice over the past 5 years. A desire to deepen her practice led her to take her 500hr Teacher Training with Practice Yoga Austin where she discovered a passion for alignment. She is currently training to be a C-IAYT certified Yoga Therapist…..never not learning! For Ella, Yoga, nature, food, mindfulness and meditation are integral to mental health and wellbeing.
You’ll find a smiley Ella on the weekends in Whitley Bay studio.
In 2018 I travelled to Rishikesh in India where I completed my Yoga Teacher Training. I’ve practiced Yoga for many years and having experienced the benefits both mentally and physically, I wished so much to share this practice with others.
It has been amazing sharing Yoga with others, especially people who have never tried it before. Witnessing the benefits it has brought into their lives too is wonderful and I am looking forward to continue to do this with the Hotpod Newcastle team.
Rachel starting practising yoga a few years ago when a friend recommended Hotpod Yoga. After just one class, she was addicted.
Having trying many types of yoga, she realised her love of heat and yoga combined and knew she had to pursue this passion and become a yoga teacher.
“After that first yoga class, the heat, the feeling – both physically and mentally – was amazing. I want to teach other people how to experience the huge benefits that practising yoga can bring to your life.”
Fun loving Rachel brings you the Saturday morning treble in Jesmond.
Nat’s background is based in fitness and dance, she loves physicality and movement as a way to express and release. Yoga gives so many physical, mental and spiritual benefits it balances both mind and body. It challenges and it provides freedom. After completing her 200hr YTTC in India Nat joined us at HPY Newcastle and teachers across both studios.
Yoga is amazing and has changed my life in so many ways, challenging my body whilst creating space in my mind. I’m so passionate about sharing the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of Yoga with as many people as I can through teaching.
Terri-anne is another familiar smile in Jesmond, she was a Complete member before deciding to complete her training and we were thrilled to have her join the team.
Chris started practising yoga 10 years ago as an addition to her running training. She completed her 200 hours TT in India in 2016 and have recently returned to India to complete 500 hours TT.
“Nothing makes me happier than seeing those I teach, enjoy their practice, feel good physically and mentally and challenge themselves”.
In December 2017, I travelled to India to complete my 200 hour teacher training certificate in Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow. I teach to bring students to the heart of yoga, to strengthen and tone the body and calm the mind. My teaching style is laid back, light-hearted and suitable for anyone at any stage on their yoga journey.
Poppy teaches in Jesmond studio and runs a gorgeously chilled Nurturing Flow on Wednesday evenings.
Having had the pleasure of studying with some inspirational teachers in northern India I returned to Newcastle qualified to share the benefits of a regular yoga practice, I love helping others find space in both the body and the mind.
Alex always enjoys a physical challenge and when his wife Jules told him about Hotpod, he knew he had to try it! He got straight on the train to London and was hooked, he knew then that this was something to take back to the people of Newcastle. Although born in the south, Alex considers himself a born-again Northerner and loves nothing more than explore the coast with this family. Alex especially enjoys teaching a super chilled Nurturing Flow class, where you’ll struggle to stay awake and when he is not in the pod, you’ll find him practicing Ju Jitsu or playing chess.
As a physiotherapist and keen sports person, Jules always believed that ‘Movement is Medicine’ and found yoga as a child through watching her mum practice and then later as part of her martial arts training. Although it wasn’t until at university that Jules found essential headspace and calmness on the mat. Jules loves to share her passion for yoga, especially to those new to practice or recovering from injury. Jules’ favourite thing about Hotpod is walking in and experiencing that instant sense of calm and comfort from the immersive warmth and glow of the pod. When not in the pod, or physio-ing, Jules is at the beach with her 3 children and furbabe, either in the sea or on the sea.