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Drew has practised yoga for the last five years as a recovery tool for a busy sports schedule – he’s a passionate long distance runner and regularly plays five-a-side football. Having taken a break from working in the music industry last year, he took the plunge in joining Hotpod’s intensive teacher training course. He’s excited to teach classes that will both be a physical work-out and a chance to explore the many effects yoga can have mentally.
Kristen first tried yoga over 10 years ago, and fell in love with how it made her feel both mentally and physically. As an A&E nurse working full-time, she is well aware of how stressful life can be and how important it is to take time out of our busy days to breathe, slow down and relax. She completed her teacher training with Hotpod Yoga and is grateful to be able to share the practice of yoga with others.
Sara began practicing yoga 8 years ago initially as a form of recovery from long distance running. It didn’t take her long to notice the mental and physical benefits on and off the mat and has yoga to thank for helping her to stay grounded despite what surprises life has thrown at her over the years. Sara loves a challenge and tries to incorporate this into her teaching. Her classes aim to help others explore and reconnect with their bodies.
Yoga has been an important part of Sarah-Jane’s life since childhood, with humble beginnings copying her mum’s home practice as a tot. Growing up, she explored yoga in parallel to 12 years of classical ballet training to enhance her strength and flexibility. Along the way she used yoga as a tool to manage stress and anxiety which deepened her interest and led her to teach. Sarah-Jane’s classes are challenging yet nourishing. She teaches students find their breath at their ‘edge of comfort’ in order to go deeper.
Italian born, Marianna is an experienced Hot Yoga, Pilates, Barre Instructor and Ayurvedic deep tissue massage therapist and reiki practitioner based in London. She is trained in Power Yoga from Baron Baptiste and Ana Forrest School with one of the few gurus in Europe who helped her achieve a great knowledge of human anatomy as well as assisting and preventing injuries. Marianna is also trained in Yin Yoga having studied Sarah Power’s method which includes Buddhist meditation, Chinese medicine and psychology.
Alex started dancing before she could walk. Her fascination with the arts became her career as an adult and she went on to perform in numerous musicals and other theatrical productions. After being out of the theatre industry for a year Alex Needing something new to sink her teeth into and found the fitness industry. She now specialised in teaching Hot and Power Yoga, Pole Fitness, Barre and anything else that uses dance based techniques. She is excited to share her passion and energy with you.
Lindsey hails from Canada and when she’s not flowing with you in the Pod, she can be found at the theatre or wrapped around a cuppa. As a new teacher to HPY, Lindsey cannot wait to be part of this beautiful community.
Nataliya had her first meeting with yoga in early 2000 as part of a recovery program in her elite orienteering career. Practising yoga on and off helped her heal her body and she soon realised that she wanted to share this amazing practice with others. In 2016 Nataliya trained as a Hot Power Yoga teacher. Her passion is to bring health and well-being through yoga, in balanced and fun way. Despite a sport background, she loves yoga being a non-competitive activity available for everyone – no matter their age, fitness level or shape.
From a young age, yoga has been Jofie’s place to re-connect, especially later in city life. Over the years Jofie’s practice has become deeply healing both physically and mentally, nourishing her and giving her confidence and calmness is many aspects of her life. This lead to Jofie furthering her practice and completing her teacher training. She is passionate about creating open, creative and dynamic classes with options to welcome all levels of practice. Her classes focus on finding and creating space, deepening the mind body connection by using some of the fundamentals of ashtanga with breath, gaze and flow.
Lucie initially came to yoga when suffering with mental health issues. Having worked in the fashion industry for six years, she left due to having no work-life balance and feeling exhausted. Yoga helped her to escape the stressful working environment, allowing her to feel balanced and present. She hopes her classes help students to get out of their heads and bring awareness to their bodies thus enabling them to move intuitively, whether it’s challenging themselves to push through or taking a step back and moving more slowly and gently.
Rachael first tried yoga in Singapore in 2016, and absolutely loved her first class. For someone who never stretched or looked after her physical or mental health, yoga started to change those things and now it’s something she can’t live without. As an advocate for yoga, it’s often something she brings friends along to, to show them how much it helps with every part of life. Rachael used to love dynamic challenging yoga best, but has recently started to prefer a slower more gentle practice to help calm life down. As a recently qualified instructor with Hotpod, Rachael can’t wait to continue her yoga journey.
Natalia started practising yoga as a way to heal her injured knees and find balance when working in a high-pressure job in tech. She now teaches yoga in several London locations and is keen to help others discover its physical and emotional benefits. Natalia completed her 250-hour yoga training with Fierce Grace in 2018. When she isn’t teaching or practising yoga, she’ll probably be found behind the lens of her camera!
Chloé has been practising yoga for several years and completed her 200-hour Teacher Training with Hotpod in 2019. She is passionate about introducing yoga to beginners and making her classes as enjoyable and accessible as possible to people of all abilities. She also loves teaching children and exploring new, creative ways to bring yoga and mindfulness into daily life.
The last few years have been transformative for Matt; physically, mentally and spiritually. Yoga is the constant golden thread through this and an important part of daily life. The journey inspired Matt to attend yoga teaching with Hot Pod early in 2019. As a massage therapist and yoga teacher, he loves helping people to reconnect their body and mind whilst building resilience to the ups and downs of life. Expect vibrant flows and a chance to lush out.
Nyeleti Van Belle Freire
Nyeleti is a fun and energetic teacher who will mix power with compassion; flowing from one pose to the next and always focusing on the breath. She brings an approachable and personal side to the class, with the intention of getting you out of your mind and into your body. Whether you are a beginner who needs guidance or a more advanced student who can up-level, in her class no one will feel left behind so you can all enjoy a practice in a supported and safe space.
Geri has a background in gymnastics, which led her to explore yoga. She has been practicing yoga for over 6 years. She wanted to take her yoga practice to the next level and decided to do a 200 hours Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training with HotPod Yoga. Geri brings playfulness to her classes that allows adults to relax and enjoy yoga. Her yoga practice is light hearted, whilst also teaching people to learn and develop their body and mind.