1B Court Room, Wyllie Mews, Burton, DE14 1BF, GB
Gilly’s life was transformed after meeting an inspirational yoga instructor whilst she working in New Zealand as a PE teacher and Personal Trainer. One class a week suddenly turned into four and the affect it had on her body was incredible! It influenced her whole outlook on life and highlighted the importance of not only having physical strength but also the need to incorporate flexibility and suppleness for all round health and mental wellbeing. After moving to Indonesia for work, Gilly was further motivated to complete her 200 hr YTT in Bali so she could inspire other people in the same way as she was.
With a background in dance and fitness and a keen interest in mindfulness Steph fell in love with yoga as it fuses the two together perfectly – After deciding to leave her job in estate agency to undertake her teacher training in 2017 Steph has never looked back, returning to the pod after having her little girl Steph is passionate in helping others to achieve a sense of wellbeing and balance.
Elaine has been practising yoga for the last 9 years, after using yoga for flexibility to balance a heavy schedule of teaching and participating in fitness classes! This all changed 3 years ago when she discovered the mental benefits of the practise as a balance to a hectic corporate job. Elaine felt that she had to bring her experience to others to help them find their own balance in life. She started teaching Fitness Yoga 3 years ago, before dedicating her teaching to Vinyasa and hot power yoga last year.
After a break from yoga for circa 10 years due to most of her spare time being spent horse riding, Louise sought out yoga again to help with sciatica and other problems associated with long hours driving and sitting at a desk. Discovering Hotpod Yoga Derby she noticed a dramatic improvement after only a couple of weeks and fell in love with Hotpod so much she was inspired to do her teacher training so that she could help share those benefits with others.
Brogan completed her yoga teacher training in Bali, Indonesia. First being introduced to yoga during acting training in France, she fell in love with the practice and how it left her feeling quiet in mind, content and healthy. Brogan looks forward to spreading her love of yoga and sharing what it is a practice for everyBODY.
Tom completed his 200 hour YTC in Rishikesh, India. Having long been into all kinds of health and fitness and alternative methods for well-being , Yoga has been a key part in helping get all the juice out of life that I can. I love the blissful, relaxed feeling it gives me but not before I have put in an invigorating, blood pumping session!
My aim is to tell other people that they too could improve their own flexibility, build strength and ease daily aches and pains through the practice of yoga no matter their age or current fitness level. I believe there is a practice and style that will suit everyone. The practice of yoga has improved my strength and flexibility but I am also more mindful, it has helped me through feelings of negativity and feeling stuck. I am more positive and confident thanks to yoga!
Dani De Simone
Dani started Yoga as a compliment to her busy-bee routine & in particular to her running. Little did she know that as she struggled into her downward-facing dog she was beginning an exciting Yoga journey which would take her from Nepal, to Bali & the Mountains of Northern Spain. Yoga has become much more than stretching, though it has massively enhanced my running performance, it has become the Yin to my Yang, the calm to my life.
Wendy has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, after discovering it as a teenager in India. It was Ashtanga yoga that she fell for to begin with, and practiced it for many years, along with a couple of years of Iyengar. Then about 5 years ago took a ‘vinyasa flow’ class at a studio in London, and that blew her mind! As a teacher, Wendy enjoys helping people develop body awareness, agility and strength, at the level that is right for them.
Qualified as a Hatha yoga teacher originally (BWY), Bev enjoys opening yoga up to a wider audience having taught down syndrome, learning disabilities, dementia, yoga for healthy lower backs as well as delivering more dynamic yoga classes along the way. Bev is passionate about spreading the value of yoga to a wider circle so that others can experience its benefits whatever their situation. Originally, in the world of corporate business, Bev joined the world of yoga as a perfect antidote for the mind and body. Hotpod Yoga is the most beautiful safe haven where mind, body and breath come together. It offers a nurturing opportunity to explore yoga in a non intimidating environment and is a great opportunity to be in a safe space and let go of all that is outside and just allow the body and mind to pause, reset and focus.
From a young age Louise had a keen interest in gymnastics and dance which naturally progressed into a career as a fitness instructor and personal trainer which she has pursued for nearly 30 years. Louise has always been passionate about helping people achieve their goals and a sense of wellbeing so after incorporating yoga into her main stream classes and seeing some of its amazing effects decided to take her teacher training in Goa, India.
Luci started practicing yoga in 2012 when she wanted to start looking after herself more and getting into exercise and soon realised there was a lot more to yoga than the physical benefits. Yoga has helped her mentally and physically – gaining strength and mobility. During travels in Australia she fell in love with the fluidity of many different takes and styles of practice available. Luci wants to bring the joy of yoga to everyone who attends her classes making it fun, dynamic and an hour of peace for people leading busy lives.
Chantelle first tried yoga during some time spent in India. She loves a dynamic flowing yoga class and will bring this and some added flair to your classes in the pod.
Marina started practicing yoga 10 years ago and fell in love with the spiritual and physical benefits of yoga which led her to undertake her training in Thailand. Marina is passionate to share her knowledge with students to fulfil their yoga goals – growing stronger, more flexible, inspired, happy and content with themselves, both on and off the mat.
Jo fell in love with Yoga almost 8 years ago while living in Hong Kong where she also undertook her Iyenger based training. From taking her very first class to becoming a teacher she discovered the many multifaceted benefits that yoga can offer. From the positive physical and mental effects to increased confidence and accepting things she could not change.
Beth started practising Yoga when she was 15. Beth loves that yoga provides balance and helps in various aspects of her life and wellbeing, addressing, physical, mental and emotional needs. After becoming a mummy and feeling like she needed to do something for herself, she began training to become a Yoga teacher. She loves the feeling of giving back when teaching and the positive impact it has on her students. Inside the pod she loves the sweaty heat, the feeling of physical exertion and challenge, the deeper stretches and the greater sense of peace and safety of being cocooned in the pod.
Lucy started Yoga in 2010 when she went to Boston (USA) to stay with her Dad, his friend was an
Ashtanga teacher and she was invited along to a class. Lucy loved it and went every day for 6 weeks. She loved the strength and commitment she felt at classes. Once Lucy came back she then went to classes at the gym before finding Hot Yoga. This was it for her. Heat and Yoga was bliss. A sweaty workout without having to run! The studio where she was practicing then offered up teacher training and she couldn’t sign up quick enough!
After years of intense dance training Abbie was still looking for that missing jigsaw piece, turns out yoga & mindfulness fit that gap perfectly. With a background in dance Abbie naturally leaned towards teaching and sharing her love of yoga through the style of Vinyasa Flow.