Unit 7 Harvington Business Park Brampton Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22 9BN, GB
Luke Forest has travelled the world for the best part of the last decade learning movement, breath work and meditation techniques from the oldest and best schools and teachers he could find. He has spent a lot of time in India studying Yoga philosophy and systems notably at The Yoga Institute in Mumbai.
When asked about his classes he says :
“In my classes I aim to create a focused, challenging yet relaxing environment for students of any level to grow and achieve their goals. I like to offer as many different options in poses as possible and I aim to give students the opportunity to find what works for their body. This allows them to move themselves as far as they are comfortable in order to progress safely and with ease. My goal has always been to bring Yoga to as many people from as many different backgrounds as possible. I believe that this incredible system can benefit everyone, no matter their level of mobility or life experience.”
Veronica is a 500hr RYT Vinyasa and Yin Yoga teacher. She teaches a holistic practice that promotes her students physical and mental wellbeing. She helps students to feel empowered in their bodies and creates classes that are accessible and uplifting for all. Her classes provide a balance between strength, flexibility, and relaxation. She enables her students to leave her classes feeling empowered, balanced, and refreshed. Outside the pod, Veronica works in the development sector specialising in approaches to combating climate change and addressing gender and diversity issues in the private sector.
I have been practicing yoga for quite a few years and truly can’t imagine my life without it. I completed my 200hr yoga teacher training with Be-Yoga Academy which took place in Sussex and Morocco.
The main reason I started yoga was due to mental health reasons – something I like to be very open and honest with as there can be such a stigma attached to mental health. Battling with your mind every day is exhausting but yoga allows us to let go of negative emotions that cause suffering, such as stress, anger, anxiety, fear and sadness and encourages us to live more in the present moment.
In my classes you are encouraged to relax and slow your breath, shifting the balance from the sympathetic nervous system (or the fight-or-flight response) to the parasympathetic nervous system. You’ll find that your breathing, heart rate and blood pressure is decreased, stimulating the relaxation response. Yum!
See you in the pod ?
I found yoga by happy accident. 25 years of playing sport and teaching PE caught up and I found myself battling lots of niggling injuries. I started yoga as a means of increasing my flexibility. It was the best decision as it lead me to my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training course. It was an amazing experience. I qualified teaching a moon salutation class on a moonlit beach in Egypt. Yoga has become an important part of my life which I now love sharing with others. I want all in my classes to feel totally comfortable, happy and free to work within their own abilities. I think yoga should be for everyone. I never regret time on my mat and want you all to leave my classes happy you came. I can’t wait to start teaching in the pod and welcome you all to join me.
Rachael has been practicing yoga for many years before completing her 200-hour teacher training with Yoga Haven, followed by certificates in Pregnancy, Post-Natal, Mum and Baby and Children’s yoga. She can’t wait to get back to teaching in the Pod, having previously been part of the Loughborough studio team. She swears by the heat, chilled tunes and lovely scent in the Pod.
Rachael encourages all abilities and is very welcoming of newcomers to yoga. She wants to get people moving, to make time for themselves, and to learn to take a deep breath and step back from the day-to-day routine of everyday life. Her teaching style is not at all serious or that kind of class where you wonder ‘What in earth is going on here?!’ It’s for everyone, and will fit perfectly into your modern day. An ancient practice but with lots of smiles, fun and feel-good energy.
For Rachael, regular exercise and creating space both physically and mentally is key to keeping a positive outlook on life. Having her own invisible illness, she understands that everyone has their own personal struggles and their own reason for trying yoga.
She welcomes anyone to give it a go and is happy to chat about individual needs or provide modifications – even if your first class is just lying on your mat
I started attending Yoga classes to compliment my other fitness training and to increase flexibility. I remember being really worried about not being able to do certain postures and being bendy enough which I think can put many people off attending their first class! I soon came to understand that it really didn’t matter and Yoga is for everyone. I took my 200 hour teaching training in 2018 with Live Love Yoga and have since completed further training and CPD in Yin Yoga, meditation and pranayama and fertility yoga. I feel like I am still a student, continually learning many different aspects of the practice.
For me, Yoga is a safe space to connect inwards when I need it the most. I really enjoy a blend of fun energetic flows but I also love relaxing slow movements and stillness to really dive inwards. I hope that my classes are welcoming, down to earth and friendly and encourage you to focus on how you feel rather than what it looks like. I’m really looking forward to sharing the Yoga magic with you all soon!
I have a deep passion for yoga and had an extensive personal practice before completing my teacher training with Yoga Life Eastbourne. I’ve since continued my learning journey to include amongst others Yin Yoga and Yoga Trapeze.
You will find me teaching at various venues in and around Eastbourne including studios, leisure centres, private clubs and outdoor locations. I am really looking forward to joining the team and adding Hot Pod Yoga to my weekly class schedule.
I believe that yoga should be part of everyday life, it is for everyone and I encourage you to come to your mat as often as possible. My classes are fun and accessible, I give lots of options and progressions to suit a gentle or more energetic practice.
I love the way that yoga leaves you feeling calm and relaxed in your mind, strong and energetic in your body and with an after yoga smile on your face.