29 Perkins Yard, Mansfield Road, Derby, Derbyshire, DE21 4AW, GB
After a career in fitness and events for over 10 years, I attended my first yoga class to explore the benefits for my mental health and flexibility.
Physically, I feel fitter and stronger than I’ve ever been, but mainly yoga has taught me how to be happy and content in myself. My aim is for my classes to be welcoming and inclusive for all, helping people find the incredible mental and physical benefits of the practice.
I dabbled with yoga for years. Falling in love properly at a time when I was looking to soothe tired legs from a running habit, and a frazzled brain from a stressful job. It was then I found Hotpod and couldn’t get enough of the warmth, Vinyasa flows and general good vibes that came from that time to be me. Since then my practise has grown, varied and took me around the globe for my YTT. Having worked in care services for lots of years. I’ve worked with so many means to support peoples growth and wellbeing, but I’ve never found anything quite like yoga. For me it offers something nothing else does. Mind, body, heart and soul. My teaching always aims to be welcoming, accepting, down-to-earth and fun. With that little push and challenge where it helps.
Sophie had been attending Hotpod classes in Derby for a few years before embarking on a 200hour YTT to deepen her knowledge. Having experienced first hand the mental and physical benefits of setting time aside to practice yoga around work, Sophie now loves being able to share this with others to allow them to achieve a sense of balance.
Donna was previously a professional dancer and trained in Brixton with Hotpod Yoga HQ to complete her 200 HR YTT, and her primary focus is to help create space in the body and comfort in the mind. Donna is passionate about helping people through the art of yoga. It’s important to Donna that everybody who steps onto the mat feels at home in her welcoming environment. Her head and feet relaxation massages go down a treat too!
I first discovered Yoga when I was 18 and after one very sweaty class that blew me away I was hooked. I couldn’t believe the physical benefits, before discovering yoga I had to go to physiotherapy once a week for at least 2 years, I haven’t been to Physio since. That in itself was enough for me, I would say I started yoga for the physical benefits but I stayed for the mental. I became a yoga teacher because I wanted to share that magic and limitless feeling. You can expect my classes to be accessible, challenging, fun and most importantly to leave you with a little piece of magic.
Eszter has been a yoga student since 2013 and her love for yoga and thirst for more knowledge took her to India to complete a 200 hour teacher training in 2016. In 2017 she qualified as a pregnancy and postnatal yoga teacher. Nowadays she’s proud mum of a happy and very active little boy. She enjoys teaching both gentle and dynamic classes combining the elements of Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hatha styles.
Amy found Hot yoga as a result of an injury and loved the fact you could get a full body sweaty workout with minimal impact on the body. She teaches a strong and fun flow accessible to all, in a laid back down to earth approach.
Having worked in pharmaceutical sales It was during a year out in Australia that I was first introduced to yoga. Having always felt fitness was all about high impact, I began to love the feeling yoga gave me. My body began to feel the benefits of the stretches and my mind the benefits of connecting with the breath. After returning to the UK I continued my yoga journey with relaxing Hatha classes. A friend then introduced me to Hotpod and I was hooked. The heat helped my body release deeper into postures and the Vinyasa style energised me.
Georgie discovered Yoga at the age of 18 whilst travelling in Australia and began her practice self taught. The physical and mental rewards she experienced from her Yoga practice had her hooked and she wanted to share her experience with others. After 6 years of practicing Yoga she took the leap to becoming a teacher, qualifying in 2014. Since then she has taught dynamic as well as restorative classes in Crossfit Gyms and studio spaces. Georgie is a Personal Trainer and a coach for ‘The School Of Calisthenics’. She loves to bring a great deal of strength into her flows. She firmly believes that there is no good in being super flexible without the strength to support the body and prevent injury. Expect her classes to be playful, fun and challenging but still accessible no matter how much experience you have.
Yoga has always been a part of my life in some form or other, however, It wasn’t until after I had my son, 8 years ago, that I truly started to connect with Yoga on a much deeper level. I came to realise how Incredibly powerful Yoga is, especially when it becomes part of your everyday health and wellbeing. As a Holistic Therapist and wellness advocate, Empowering and connecting people to natural solutions for Mind and body health is something I am very passionate about. After spending a couple of years as a HPY regular, I decided it was time to take the jump and I traveled to an Ashram in Spain to fulfil my dream and become a yoga teacher.
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.
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!
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.
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.