5 Earsdon Road, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, NE25 9SX, GB
My passion for yoga started after taking my first Hotpod yoga class. I was soon addicted to the heat and the way yoga made me feel both physically and mentally.
I completed my Yoga teacher training with Hotpod Yoga as it felt like a natural progression and I would love to share my passion for Yoga with you.
My teaching style is energetic and playful, my aim is for you to step off the mat feeling energised, balanced and restored.
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.
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.
Peter is a professional actor, yoga teacher and breath coach. After first coming across yoga in his actor training as an esoteric tool for joint health, body control and improving breath control on stage, he quickly fell in love with it as a personal practice. Initially as a practical tool then eventually as a philosophical and mindful practice too. Peter qualified as a yoga teacher in March 2020, right when the pandemic closed all the traditional teaching avenues. Oh no! Since then Peter doubled down and trained further in breathwork, yoga nidra and yin yoga and started offering online classes both for groups and 1:1. He loves the variety of benefits and options yoga provides for so many people. His classes are a mixture of tradition, improvisation and fun, trying to find that point for everyone between comfort and challenge known as growth.
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.
I stumbled into my first yoga class as a student, when I was unfit, overweight and pretty miserable. It couldn’t have come into my life at a better time and I was hooked immediately. Fast forward a few years, and it’s opened the door to many other forms of movement. When I’m not at the yoga studio, you can find me running, cycling, swimming or throwing some weights around the gym. I squeeze in work in the NHS around this, but the best decision I ever made was to take some time out for my yoga teaching training in India in 2019. Yoga has changed my life completely and I’ll go home happy if I can make you feel as welcome as I did at my first class!
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.
In 2016, I trained in the foot of the Himalayas, India and have been teaching in a variety of styles since. My favourite thing about yoga is the warm buzz at the end of the class when everyone has messy hair, big smiles and are feeling more human. I tend to match my style and sequences to the energy of the room and always encourage students to listen to how they feel both mentally and within their bodies. I teach in an inclusive, friendly and relaxed manner and it’s always my goal to make people laugh and feel at home.
You can catch Zoe in Jesmond studio when she takes a break from her PHD to join you in the pod.
Sarah found Yoga 8 years ago and it made such a positive impact on her life both physically and mentally. “Stepping onto my mat gives me an instant sense of well-being, I love how makes you feel calm yet energised, supple yet strong”
Sarah completed her 200hr Vinyasa teacher training in 2018 with the aim to help invoke those feelings in others. “I hope to see you in the pod soon!”
Sarah teaches lots of local classes around the coast and you’ll find her at our Whitley Bay studio throughout the week.
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 late 2017 I walked into my first hot yoga class and so began my passionate love affair with yoga! In 2018 I travelled to the birthplace of yoga in the Himalayas and completed my 200hr YTT so I can share the yogi magic with the world.
A long time familiar friendly face in the Jesmond studio, Rae was a Complete member at Hotpod before training to become a Yoga Teacher and as soon as she was back from the Himalaya’s we snapped her up to join the team and you can catch her on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
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.