Arch 405 + 406, Mentmore Terrace, London, London, E8 3PH, GB
Catherine has a deep love of body movement with a creative approach to yoga.
Catherine is trained to what is regarded as an advanced level of yoga teacher training with Jason Crandell as well as additional trainings and workshops with Alexandria Crow, Annie Carpenter, Tiffany Cruikshank amongst others, all senior in their field and known as “teachers of teachers”.
She has created A Fresh Approach – her own mentoring course for teachers as well as mentoring individual teachers and has written a very comprehensive 85 hour prenatal yoga teacher training course accredited to yoga alliance which she hosts in London.
She teaches contemporary vinyasa flow style yoga, Hatha, hot yoga, restorative, pre and postnatal classes.
Catherine began her working life in the hairdressing industry, starting off as a junior sweeping floors, running errands, working through an apprenticeship and beyond, gradually gaining a position with one of the leading global haircare and wellness brands whose goal was sustainability and environmental leadership.
Catherine had many roles over time within the company and with each role she began to teach others. Although hairdressing seems worlds apart from yoga, the teaching element was always there.
The brand were innovative and well ahead of their time introducing holistic speakers and meditation workshops for staff and it was here that Catherine first learned about the Chakras, the subtle energy body, the benefits of being present, introduced to Ayurveda and it’s concepts and yoga.
“I still know their mission statement off by heart” she says laughing!
This was actually her first steps towards yoga in the 90’s and in all honesty she says referring to her first class “it just wasn’t the right class for me, I already did a lot of movement based activity through dance and pilates, I think I was looking for something else at that time”.
Roll on ten years, with her world turned upside down and inside out and she was back on the mat at the right moment in the right class with the loveliest teacher, the journey towards yoga and yoga teaching began.
Catherine says the key thing yoga has taught her is to be present. She has a full life, a family that mean the world to her and no matter how busy life gets at times, the tools of yoga continue to help her maintain peace of mind
An introduction to Iyengar yoga in his early 20s would mark the start of a 20-year yoga journey but it was moving to London that Hongyi discovered and began to explore the myriad of styles that the city offered. He has been practising the Vinyasa style since and appreciates the dynamism and physicality as well as calming qualities.
A desire to further his practice led him to train as a yoga teacher. Through emphasis on linking movement and breath, Hongyi’s classes aim to synchronise qualities of strength with qualities of stretch, to bring an overall toning and sense of awakening to the body and mind.
Currently pursuing a Diploma in Yoga Therapy, the training focuses on the nurturing and restorative aspects of the discipline; the aim is to broaden his skills and cultivate a more therapeutic application of yoga that can be shared with a diverse and wider audience.
Anna is a fun and energetic teacher who instantly makes you feel welcomed and relaxed through her friendly approach. She creates flowing sequences which move around the body in different ways, and are suitable for all levels. Whether you want to gain strength, flexibility, mobility or calm the mind, her classes are perfect for you.
Charlie first stepped on a yoga mat whilst studying as an actress. She quickly felt the physical and mental benefits of practicing & became more and more intrigued taking her to India where she did her first trained. Charlie became a full time yoga teacher in 2011 , since then has gained her 500hrs certification in Bali & has assisted on Hotpod yoga teacher trainings. She loves exploring different types of yoga which brings an eclectic edge to her teaching.
Charlie believes in keeping the time you spend on the mat fun, honest and spontaneous. She encourages you to learn together, to be challenged and to explore your own potential in a playful and uplifting way.
She is returning after maternity leave and excite to be part of the team again & be back in the pod.
Claire has always felt the need to express herself and her emotions through movements, that had been gymnastics or dance. When she discovered yoga in 2014 she learned how to listen to her body more intensively and truthfully and becomes completely amazed and passionate by the connection between her mind and body. Having trained with Hotpod Yoga in London, she will teach a dynamic vinyasa flow that will focus on the connection between a conscious breath and a mindful body awareness. She invites her students with all levels to learn more about their own body in a very kind, safe, dynamic and nurturing way.
Evelin’s love affair with yoga started in 2012 when a friend took her to a hot yoga class and she’s been hooked ever since. Having qualified through Hotpod’s own 200-hour Teacher Training in 2018, she is always keen to share her passion by teaching in a way that simultaneously challenges and nurtures. Her classes incorporate playful sequences to improve mobility and to encourage everyone to move in a way that best suits their own bodies.
Having spent most of her late teens and early 20’s in a state of anxiety, leading to lack of focus, trouble sleeping and ultimately burn out after burn out, Sofia decided to ditch the wellness to do lists and focus on what made her feel most at peace and connected to her body. She found the practice of yoga nidra and slow mindful yoga flows worked best to help cultivate focus, begin a compassionate self-enquiry and connect to the innate and underlying sense of calm we all have within us.
As a qualified somatic-body-oriented coach, Sofia’s classes are focused on staying present with sensation and with the breath to connect to the underlying peacefulness that is already there in all of us.
What attracted Michelle to yoga teaching was the lifestyle. Being into surfing she spent many years travelling and teaching alongside wave chasing! But the yoga took over. From its beginnings in India though to her classes today, Michelle’s teaching holds a deep understanding and love for all things yoga. Michelle is in her third year of Rolfing training and she says she is “on a never ending lesson on what union of the body and mind can mean”
Nicola trained as a professional dancer and turned to yoga during her final year, originally to gain more strength and flexibility. Soon, yoga became a necessity for both her body and mind. Nicola found that yoga challenged her to be in the present moment as well as to be conscious of her physical and mental surroundings and also the boundaries of her body and mind. Her classes are creative and unique, exploring the ebbs and flows of breath and movement from the very subtle to the most expressive.
Lucy has been practicing Yoga for 16 years and been teaching for the last 5 years in Chile, Spain and now in London. Her classes are strong, slow and meditative, with the intention to enable the individual to really lose themselves in the flow and become fully present, as well as gaining flexibility and strength of the mind and body. She has experience teaching private; group classes; children; yoga for surfing; and yoga for the recovery from trauma and eating disorders. From this she has developed skills to deliver and create classes that work for a wide range of abilities, looking for that sweet spot, that varies for each individual. Feeling welcome and in a truly nurturing environment open to all is what hooked Lucy to yoga, and this is what she intends on passing on in her classes.
Whilst on tour as a backing vocalist, Zalika was pursuaded to try a yoga class – and instantly became hooked! After practising for 6 years she attended a Sumits Yoga class in Arizona where the entire class was set to a curated play list and was, once again… hooked. That same summer of 2014, Zalika completed her Hot Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Santa Margherita, Los Angeles and has since enjoyed her journey as practitioner and teacher. With music and yoga being the consistent theme, working with Hotpod Yoga was an inevitable love affair.
Orly qualified as a yoga teacher in India in 2016, and started teaching for Hotpod Newcastle in early 2017. Since then she’s never looked back, and has recently had the good fortune of seeing her Hotpod family expand following her move to London in 2020. Orly loves having the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people with shared passion through her work and is so grateful for her place within the Hotpod community.
Kate’s relationship with hot yoga began in 2010. Following years of martial arts training and numerous injuries, she did not have the flexibility she wanted. After trying many different kinds of yoga she discovered the hot room and began building strength and flexibility at an unbelievably fast rate… and completely fell in love with the practice.
Since graduating in 2015 Kate has broadened her knowledge and now teaches lots of different yoga and fitness disciplines. She’s passionate about helping beginners on their yoga journey to discover their true potential, build their mind body connection and she stands by her philosophy that no-one is too stiff or broken for yoga.
Kate’s classes will inspire you and help you reach new levels in your fitness and yoga practice. Expect to learn something new from every practice, leave her classes feeling motivated and ready to attack the day. Her energy is contagious.
Madelaine hails from Melbourne but now lives in London and came to yoga during her first pregnancy. Madelaine’s background is dance and her classes focus on creative and flowing sequences that are guided by your breath and your own self awareness. Through mindful movement and safe and precise alignment cues, she endeavours to adapt the class to whatever you need that day. Sometimes strong and dynamic, sometimes restful and calm, perhaps working with injury or illness. Whatever your level and experience, my classes are open to everyone and are really just an opportunity to give yourself space and time and open your mind to new possibilities.
Sara works professionally as a contemporary dancer, dance teacher and yoga instructor. She completed her teacher training with Hotpod Yoga which inspired her in ways to communicate and enjoy movement with people who approach it from different physical ability, intention or experience. In class, she aims to create a space for exploration and discovery by playing with images and different movement qualities. Sara brings her passion and joy for movement to share the physical and emotional benefits of yoga, making it a practice for all.
Growing up playing sports in Scotland, Hannah came to yoga when living in California and training for the LA Marathon. This experience soon taught her how important yoga is for stretching and strengthening our bodies, whilst focusing our mind. After working in the HPY HQ office, Hannah decided to do the Hotpod YTT and is now excited to be part of the teaching team! You’ll feel warmly welcomed in this fun, flowy class.
Anna first discovered hot pod yoga on a cold January morning many years ago and has loved it ever since! She believes in making yoga accessible to everyone and creating a nurturing environment where people can explore what feels good in their body, and energy, on that day.
Her classes start gently and build into a strong flow before closing with a generous relaxation where she aims to share something from the heart to take with you into your day.
After starting a regular yoga practice at Hotpod and discovering how good it made her feel both physically and mentally, Harriet completed the Hotpod Yoga Teacher Training and loves being part of the teaching team! Her classes are fun, relaxed and suitable for all abilities.
Phoebe is a professional ballet and contemporary dancer alongside being a Yoga teacher. She has a passion for movement and exploration, drawing on her unique experience as a dancer to push your body to its fullest, fittest and most fabulous. Phoebe believes deeply in the importance of alignment and accuracy in her flows to keep your body safe and healthy during her practice.
Pari has been teaching for 6 years in and around London. She is a nurturing, creative and passionate teacher and believes that anyone can access the practice. Her classes will leave you feeling more aligned with yourself, more open in mind and stronger in body.
Elena came to yoga as she was in need of some space, in her body and in her life, since then she has been hooked by the practice and the positive community it creates. She is a 400 RYT in Vinyasa and Ashtanga. Her classes have a great balance of being energetic with deep relaxation to close the practice.
Elena’s classes are comfortable and playful spaces where people are able to let go and be led. The vibe is easy going, a place where students feel comfortable and there will be the option of lots of hands-on assists and adjustments.
As a passionate long distance runner & regular five-a-side footy player, Colly found yoga as a means of recovery for a busy sporting schedule. Having trained with Hot Pod Yoga in 2018, he’s now also trained specifically in teaching yoga for sports and to athletes with Manchester United’s Sarah Ramsden, as well as developing a strong interest in the role of the breath with his Oxygen Advantage breathwork training. He enjoys challenging, mindful movement to get you out of the head & into the body.
Molly embarked on a 4 month yoga practice in Valencia in 2018 and continued her practice on returning home. Having observed the benefits of yoga and meditation on family members and patients in her osteopathic clinic, she decided to train with hotpod yoga in 2021.
Molly believes yoga brings unity and contentment within oneself and is a tool she is passionate about sharing with others. Whilst attending her classes you can expect a calm and nourishing flow, she will create a sense of belonging and leave you feeling grounded with more peace of mind.