Unit F, Livingstone Way, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 6BD, GB
Adam’s yoga practice has ebbed and flowed throughout the years. At first he practiced to build confidence for performing on stage then the embodiment of philosophy came into play and it changed his life. In his yoga classes he infuses expressive movement, a playful nature and a conscious approach that all bodies are different. He truly believes in the transformational power of yoga and wants to share it with the world with the hope of making it a more wonderful place to be in.
Julie ' Chinmayi '
Chinmayi starting teaching yoga in 2007 after giving up a stressful career in corporate Britain. She experienced first-hand how yoga can balance and improve physical, mental and spiritual health.
She graduated from her first 200-hr teacher training at Yandara in Mexico in 2006 and after teaching for two years, travelled to Rishikesh, India. She completed a 500-hr advanced training at Anand Prakash Ashram, where she was given her yoga name, Chinmayi – meaning “bestower of bliss”.
Chinmayi loves to share the absolute science of yoga and it’s profound effect on the health of mind AND body for all round wellness, on and off the mat. Bliss is our birthright, yoga practice leads us back to it, every time!
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.
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 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.
I first started yoga around 2 years ago, after going self employed as an electrician – I was looking for something to help with stress, range of movement and to ease the back pain/stiffness that I had noticed – immediately I was hooked and started going to all the gym classes. I then found hot pod through my sister and became a regular! I hope to bring focus and better awareness of the body to my classes.
Having worked in mental health as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner for the NHS in London, Gemma is only too aware of the detrimental effect our hectic schedules can have on our mental health. With a strong desire to help people help themselves, especially in such uncertain times, she believes there is no better place to start than on your mat, in the pod.
Having come to yoga relatively recently, she completed her teacher training with Hotpod and loves the focus yoga brings, whilst building strength and calming the mind. She wants to share these benefits with others, by bringing energy, warmth and most importantly a smile to her classes!
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.
Cristine found yoga in her search of clarity and deeper connection with her body. A lover of body movement and food.
She became a certified yoga instructor back in 2018 after a shoulder injury. Her background is Volleyball, Weightlifting and Crossfit. Cristine brings a playful and high energy classes, whilst helping her students connect with oneself and provide a strong practice that her student can take away on their daily lives.
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 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.