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about the studio

As we’re not able to run in-studio classes at the moment, we’re coming to you with live online classes for you to stream at home. For class times and more, take a look at the studio schedule above, then book your spot. For more information on studio closures, please read below.

To help keep the HPY community safe and healthy, and to ensure that we’re doing our bit in helping the effort to combat coronavirus, we’ve decided to temporarily stop running classes. We are monitoring the latest government advice and will reopen as soon as possible. Keep an eye on our social media pages for further updates, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

studio facilities

  • Changing
  • Mats
  • Showers

20 person classes

Vinyasa flow

37 degrees

All levels welcome

find us

Unit F, Livingstone Way, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 6BD, GB

Find Us

We are located in Acorn Business Centre, Livingstone Way off Bindon Road. Please note parking is limited so please use the surrounding streets to park. The entrance is on the far left corner of the courtyard. We have showering facilities. A selection of cold drinks are so available in the studio to purchase.

Eithne Keogh

I started practicing yoga 5 years ago as part of my theatre degree and fell in love with the feeling it gave me. I did my 200h teacher training in Rishikesh, India & was trained in Hatha, astanga, Iyengar and areal yoga. I want to try and improve our Western lives with the ancient lessons yoga can teach us, which is why I started to teach.

Lucy Tidmarsh

Lucy has trained in the traditional style of Hatha Yoga, which includes the accent system of Asanas (postures), Pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation. She has had the pleasure to have been trained and inspired by some of the world’s leading Yoga teachers and is passionate about her own ever evolving practice and teaching. .

Her specific areas of interest are the connection between the mind body and breath. Linking breath with movement and finding space in an ever changing and demanding world. Her personal practice is a free-flowing vinyasa style that involves physical and energetic focus which often weaves into her teaching.

Patricia Chiu

Patricia is an avid believer that yoga can be a catalyst to living a fulfilling life that embraces harmony between mind, body and spirit. Having practiced yoga on and off for 10 years, she became a certified yoga instructor in the summer of 2011. In addition to being a former national hockey player for Hong Kong, Patricia is also a professional dancer and choreographer, giving her a unique insight and appreciation for the importance of developing a balance in both strength and flexibility.

Through her creative sequences, assists and theming her classes encourage the participants to play between the two extremes of dynamic power and meditative empowerment, discovering and nurturing hidden qualities they didn’t know they had. She is dedicated to creating engaging and evocative experiences for all strengthening their bodies, stimulating their minds, awakening their hearts and feeding their souls.

Jo Ellis

Jo is a Londoner who started to practice yoga 20 years ago on and off to help deal with stress. After 7 years of trying out classes and teachers she found a Bikram yoga studio that was focused on building strength, flexibility, discipline and personal development through the practice an she was hooked from her first class!

Jo competed in the U.K. yoga championships for the studio in 2008 and has completed numerous trainings, yoga conditioning and intensives with the studio and even did a week yoga intensive whilst being 7 months pregnant!

In 2013 Jo qualified as a yoga teacher in India and continues to study and practice all over the globe to develop her understanding and appreciation of this ancient art that has so many benefits on our modern cultures. As a curious and passionate yogi, Jo’s style of teaching is reflective of her own journey; concentrating on alignment, integrity and loving kindness.

Assisting and seeing students evolve on their own yoga journey is why Jo teaches yoga and share her love for the practice.

Michel Traas

Michel was first drawn to yoga in his late teens when simply going to the gym didn’t provide the fulfillment he sought. Starting with a home practice and continuing at studios across the globe, he quickly developed a passion for all things yoga.

After graduating from his teacher training in February 2019, he continued to improve his daily practice and now aims to incorporate the values of yoga into all aspects of his life.

His classes focus on challenging physical asanas combined with a meditative practice to cultivate inner awareness.

Haley Blackman

I have been practicing yoga for 18 years and over the past 6 years have completed over 900 hours worth of teacher training. I teach Vinyasa Flow because I love linking the beauty of movement to the breath through creative and innovative sequences. In addition, my fascination with both anatomy and mindfulness is evident in my love of Yin Yoga, and being able to leave you feeling that you have truly come back home to the body.

Yoga is a vehicle for healing in myriad ways. It strips away every layer until we’re left naked and exposed in our true essence – love. That is the beauty of yoga. That is why I’m so passionate about yoga.


Cristine Vasquez-Tan

Cristine found yoga in the search of clarity and deeper connection with her body. She then took the plunge to become a Vinyasa Yoga Teacher at the beginning of the year to help her student connect with oneself and provide a strong practice that her student can take away on their daily lives.

Lena Maughan

Changing scenery from busy city life to Somerset’s lush green pastures altered Lena’s perspective on life and that’s when yoga found a place. Having benefitted from many years of yoga she realised how much she would like to share this amazing philosphy with others, and so completed her yoga teacher training. Yoga truly is for everyone, that’s why Lena enjoys teaching people with injuries and complete beginners to help improve quality of their life. She also teaches advanced classes to people who would like to deepen their practice and find new routes on their yoga path. There is a place on the mat for everyone whether it is for health benefits, physical improvements in flexibility and tone, mindfulness or spiritual depth. Mind and body are integrated in the overall holistic nature of yoga practice, enabling a deeper connection to your true nature and place in the world.

Stephen Reid-Sturrock

Stephen has been practising yoga for four years between his military career in the parachute regiment along with high-intensity sports for his hobbies, he enjoys Crossfit, strength training and endurance workouts and believes hot yoga has had a massive impact on his training – helping his body recovery not just physically but mentally. He recently qualified as a Vinyasa Yoga teacher in March and he wants to share his experience and help people achieve the physical and mental benefits he has gained through his yoga experience.

the founders

Stephen Reid-Sturrock and Cristine Vasquez-Tan

Stephen & Cristine discovered Hotpod Yoga in Cardiff whilst on a mission to find a great yoga studio. They immediately fell in love with the pod and decided to open their own studio back home in Taunton! A few friendly franchise meetings with the Hotpod Yoga founders led Stephen & Cristine to take the plunge and become franchisees. They began the 200hr Hotpod Yoga Teacher Training course, bought their first Hotpod Home, and made Hotpod Yoga Taunton a reality!

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