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Hollie is an a self proclaimed “aviation superstar” by day and yoga teacher by night! Her yoga journey started back in 2017 with Hotpod Yoga being her first experience on the mat! She soon found herself more and more immersed into both the spiritual and physical aspects of yoga. Hollie found that practicing yoga helped her to decompress from her busy, corporate job and so naturally, she felt compelled to share this with others too.
In December 2021, Hollie completed her 200hr yoga teacher training in Mexico. Initially, she was looking to deepen her own practice. However, like most yoga teachers, she found a deeper passion to share all that she had learnt. Hollie’s approach as a yoga teacher is to help guide you to what feels good in your body. She encourages her students to let go of the “ego” as well as all expectations. Expect a thoughtful and considered, yet vibrant experience in the pod with Hollie!
Unlike most yoga teachers, Bhavesh’s first experience of yoga was not through the physical practice. As a child, Bahvesh was introduced to the practice of meditation by his parents. This practice helped him to keep a calm and focused mind but Bhavesh is a very active person who loves to be outdoors in nature. Bhavesh soon noticed that being so physically active without first preparing the physcial body, riddled him with stiffness. By his late 20’s he claims to have “felt like an old man”, with back, hip, and shoulder problems. It was back in 2013 when Bhavesh experienced his first physical yoga class, whilst on a meditation retreat. Immediately, he knew that this is the physcial practice that his body needed. The following years saw him practicing yoga regularly to free his body of it’s ailments. In 2016 Bhavesh completed his 200hr teacher training in Rishikesh, India (also known as the world’s capital of yoga). In 2019 Bhavesh further went on to complete his 300hr teacher training, making Bhavesh a 500hr qualified yoga teacher! Bhavesh is super passionate to share both the physical and mental benefits of yoga. He believes that the body is programmed to work with a peaceful mind. Expect to flow beautifully with Bhavesh and experience an authentic style of teaching straight from India, delivered in our blissful escape that we call, the pod!
As an active child, Lisa enjoyed various hobbies including; gymnastics, horse-riding, roller skating and judo. She found these enjoyable up until they became competitive. In 2012 Lisa began yoga hot yoga to help with migraines. In her first ever class, she feel in love with the practice. Lisa even remembers the pose that she was in at the time. Family life took over and it wasn’t until April 2019 that Lisa’s practice was brought back to life, when she stepped into the ‘pod’ at Hotpod Yoga Leicester. It was something about the warm, dimly lit, womb like space brought joy back to her practice.
In summer of 2020 Lisa began her yoga teacher training, at the time this was more for her own knowledge and development than with the intention of teaching. Lisa continued to enjoy all aspects of yoga and has tried many different styles of physical yoga yet always returns to the familiar and comforting warmth of the pod. She has attended many hotpod classes with her 300th class being her 1st taught class. Lisa encourages people to bring their awareness to their practice, and to what feels good for the body and for the mind. Focusing on finding joy in breath and movement.
From a young age Anna has always enjoyed being active; be that representing her county at high school for 100m hurdles, performing Swan Lake on pointe or running the Berlin marathon. Movement has played a large part of her life. In 2014 Anna fell ill spending a year in hospital forcing her to slow down. It was in this time that she discovered yoga and the immense power it held to unite the mind and body. Finding this connection played a large part in her recovery. Realising how much she was growing mentally, physically and emotionally, it was in 2019 that Anna decided to pursue the path of teacher training. Anna wishes to provide a safe environment where students feel held, and she supports the notion of intuitive movement, creating compassion towards the self and she encourages the use of deep breathing allowing the energy to flow and do its magic.
Sarah’s own healing journey led her to practice yoga many years ago as well as train to be a yoga teacher and psychotherapist. She considers yoga as a holistic lifestyle practice (including movement, breath, self-reflection, meditation, food and community). Yoga is Sarah’s biggest self care resource; and she is passionate about supporting others to feel more grounded, balanced, confident, connected, strong, empowered, expansive and valued within a safe, soulful space. Sarah works creatively, intuitively and therapeutically with yoga and is delighted to be teaching a mix of classes at Hotpod Leicester.
Growing up a gymnast and keen sports enthusiast, health and fitness has always been a keen priority of Cat’s. She had a very busy lifestyle and it became the norm to fill every moment of her time. When Cat retired from gymnastics at 17 years old, she began running to fill the ‘gaps’ in her life and started yoga. Like so many others, yoga started off as a physical practice to stretch her muscles after a week of high mileage. She was completely unaware of how much more she needed to practice in order to experience the mental benefits. However, she soon fell in love with the practice of yoga, and found herself taking the time to slow down, finding a sense of inner stillness, a happier outlook as well as finding a greater sense of balance in her life. Cat now tries to practice a yoga lifestyle both on and off the mat and is super passionate about enabling others to find their ‘balance’ in this busy world! In 2019, Cat completed her 200hrs training at Marianne Wells Yoga School in Costa Rica to become a qualified RYT teacher. Cat loves teaching and feels honoured to have the opportunity to share the positive and life changing experience that yoga can have on us all. Expect a pod full of positive vibes, smiles & power with our yogi gymnast!
Joe was first introduced to yoga by his training partner & friend (now fiancée), Natasha. Natasha introduced Joe to Hotpod Yoga with the promise that it would help him with his kickboxing training. Whilst Joe was not immediately hooked, he continued to practice when he could. A year later, a recurring shoulder injury led to Joe making a return to the mat with one strong intention: to heal his body. It was during this time that Joe simply fell in love with yoga!
In 2020, like most athletes, Joe was unable to participate in his sporting career (kickboxing), and so he dived deep into his yoga practice, practicing twice a day. Joe started to feel the best he had felt in a long time and wanted to understand why. This led Joe reading about yoga philosophy, breathwork and meditation and enrolling on a 200hr Vinyasa YTT.
Joe’s transformation is the foundation of his teaching, as he wishes to share yoga with as many people as possible in order to help them realise their full potential.
Joe’s classes are filled with energy, personality and strength. Get to know yourself, just like him!
Arriving in the present moment is something Pete’s been unwittingly chasing his whole life. Whether that be through extreme sports, competing in martial arts, cold water therapy or yoga. Pete desired that sense of freedom that comes from truely being in the moment, free from the constraints of what might have been or what could be. In other words, a truely liberating experience, a reset from our busy ever more technologically infused lives.
He first found yoga in around 2015 in a bid to rehabilitate his body from injuries sustained from martial arts. Originally intended to compliment his passion for martial arts, over the years it slowly drew him in as he came to realise that the benefits that stem from yoga, go far beyond the physical.
After initially practicing Ashtanga, he tried many different styles to see what they had to offer him, before settling into into the warm embrace of Hotpod Yoga, which eventually inspired him to further his knowledge.
Needless to say he now considers it his passion in life and would love nothing more than to share that with others.
Pete completed his 200hr Teaching training in August 2019, which he considers as the start of his journey which he hopes will last a lifetime.
A North London girl living in the Midlands since 2001, Paula worked in sales and marketing until at the age of 40, where she found herself ‘burnt out’ and in hospital. It was time for a change and became qualified to work as a Sports Trainer at The RNIB College Loughborough. Paula had always enjoyed yoga then in early 2017 she had what can only be described as a calling to teach it! Initially trained in Sun Power Yoga she continued her development in Yin and Pregnancy Yoga, nothing could quite prepare her for how the trainings changed her life. Having experienced injury, illness and long-term issues with her weight, Paula knows first-hand the physical and psychological affects this can have on an individual and believes yoga is for everyone. Paula loves sharing her passion for yoga with others in her down to earth and humerous approach and also teaches young people in sport.
Karolina’s passion is to help people discover yoga as a holistic and integral science of life to support physical, mental and spiritual health. She has been practising traditional yoga for a number of years and in 2016 completed a Diploma in Yoga Education in India at the renowned Yoga Vidya Gurukul School, a year later studied Mystical Vinyasa in London. She specialises in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, breathwork, pre & postnatal care, yoga for women’s wellness and sound therapy. Her classes intuitively integrate different styles of yoga combining creative sequencing, meditation and pranayamas (breath control). Yoga for her is not just a physical movements, it’s a philosophy of life!
After 20 years of kickboxing, Natasha turned to yoga as a way to enhance her performance and to aid recovery from injuries. Completely unaware of the vast health benefits that yoga would have on her life, she was quickly amazed by the way her life was improving in so many different areas and both in body and mind. Yoga soon became her version of “me time” to compliment her existing busy schedule of Kickboxing, coaching and her ambassador work of empowering women through sport.
Determined to deepen her knowledge and to spread the benefits of yoga, Natasha travelled to India to immerse herself in the world of Ashtanga Yoga and gained her teaching training in Vinyasa & Ashtanga yoga.
Sheer curiosity lured Kate to her first yoga class in 2005 and overtime started to notice subtle changes in her body and self – injuries and imbalances gradually levelling themselves out. With background in ballet, contemporary dance, a classical pianist as well as other instruments, music & movement have always been inseparable to Kate which is why she feel in love with the freedom in vinyasa. Her teaching is centred around self observation and healing with emphasis on the power of the breath. Creating a space where people can feel free to explore the connection between mind, body, breath and spirit, without any pressure or judgement.
Julie has practiced yoga for many years as a way of bringing balance and harmony to her everyday life. Her belief is that inner focus is key to being able to manage a busy schedule. Julie’s hope is to share her enthusiasm and knowledge of how the wonderful benefits of yoga are accessible to all age groups and how with regular practice we can all build strength both mentally and physically. Above all it allows us to reach out and connect to that inner warmth and glowing smile.