Ana Maria, originally from the wild windswept West coast of Ireland, is a yogi, traveller, barefoot runner and massage therapist. In 2013 she completed her training and began teaching yoga in Guatemala and has since made her home in London teaching yoga here since 2015. She believes that strengthening the mind-body connection through yoga is the ultimate healing system for bringing good health and wellbeing.
Anna De Sousa
Anna discovered yoga during her last year of uni. She decided to learn more about yoga and became a certified Yoga Teacher(200HR). Anna is a fun and energetic teacher who instantly makes you feel welcomed and relaxed through her friendly approach. Originally from Spain, Anna has also lived in Paris and now is in love with London!
Angela turned to yoga to help her body heal from vigorous dance school training. The rewards and benefits of yoga made her curious to understand her practice more; this lead her to do her teacher training in 2014. Angela’s classes focus on physical awareness as well as listening to one’s own body in order to reconnect body to mind.
Antonia has been practicing yoga for the last 7 years and left her Mental Health Nursing role to embark upon a career teaching yoga. Antonia is always seeking new ways in which she can learn and grow and teaching yoga has been her biggest educator. She enjoys teaching yoga as it allows her to look beyond her own personal practice and connect with others unlike ever before. This has inspired her to live a life dedicated to inspiring others through the practice of yoga. Her classes are dynamic and fun but be prepared to be challenged. Antonia focuses on alignment and does her best to support students through hands on adjustments and verbal cues. Antonia loves sharing, teaching and movement and will leave you feeling energised and revitalized.
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.
Mandy’s journey into yoga began in 2010 in Asia. She was first attracted by the physical aspect of yoga. Continuing her practice, she quickly discovered its joy and benefits both on her body and on her mind using mindful movement, breath and awareness. Her classes are dynamic with a strong emphasis on the breath and alignment. She encourages people to connect with their bodies leading them to liberate their minds.
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.
Through all of life’s chaos and challenges, yoga is a place Jamie finds he can always come to when in need of grounding and stillness of the mind. He has been practicing for nearly a decade now and has found a new love in assisting others in discovering their personal path to this accent discipline. He specialises in vinyasa flow yoga with a strong emphasis on the breath and often talks about breathing techniques that can help reduce our levels of stress and anxiety. It doesn’t matter if you can’t touch your toes, Yoga is so much more than that and is for absolutely everyone. Jamie particularly likes working with beginners and will use language and instruction that is simple to follow making you feel very comfortable and in safe hands.
Emily was first introduced to yoga about 8 years ago in Australia. She went on to complete her training in Bali and started teaching there, before teaching here in London. As well as being a dedicated yogi, she is now a wellbeing and intimacy coach. Through her practice she has begun to unravel and explore her inner landscape, alongside building strength and flexibility. Em’s teaching style reflects her desire to support and nurture her students on their own journey, on and off the mat.
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.
Catherine has been practicing yoga for several years and found it a natural progression from the dance and pilates she had done before and started teaching in 2011 qualifying with Yoga London. With an incredible energy about her, Catherine’s classes are filled with fun, teaching students not to take themselves to seriously…. she’s a native Londoner who loves people & loves life!
Lauren has always known she wanted to help people but stuck in the corporate world for years she didn’t know how. After travelling the world, Lauren trained as a yoga teacher and found the confidence to help others through yoga and wellbeing. Lauren loves how yoga makes her body feel but most importantly it’s the magic that happens in her mind that drives her to share yoga with others. Lauren likes to teach a strong and mindful class where laughing and smiling are always allowed!
Annabelle completed her teacher training in Sydney, and has since spent time studying and living in India deepening her knowledge and awareness of Yoga, Yogic Philosophy and Meditation. She now trains with experienced teachers in London alongside her own consistent practice, which is constantly evolving from various influences. Annabelle is an encouraging teacher with a friendly, approachable manner. Having experienced the healing benefits of yoga; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, she finds it incredibly fulfilling to be in a position to share such a beautiful, inclusive practice with others. Annabelle intuitively adapts classes according to the group dynamic and individual requirements. Her classes are strong and intense with a focus on breath and presence in the body and mind.
After a motorcycle accident 19 years ago, Zaz came to yoga to help her recovery with back and neck issues, and from the first breath on the mat she knew she was at home. Her teaching style is nourishing and empowering, with attention to alignment and an insistence on self-awareness. A hands-on teacher providing gentle physical and verbal guidance, she believes in taking every opportunity to challenge the mind’s perceptions of what we can do!
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.
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.
After working on cruise ships as a singer/dancer and acting in Off Broadway theatre in New york, Sarah moved back to London and signed a record deal to be the front woman of a new rock band. She started doing yoga around the same time as a way of de stressing and keeping fit. She first started with Bikram but eventually fell in love with the Vinyasa yoga style, doing her teacher training In Clapham with Dylan Ayaloo. Yoga has completely changed her life and she looks forward to sharing it with you.
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.
Lilly has been practicing Yoga since she was 15 years old. After qualifying as a Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher in June 2012, she began specialising in Vinyasa Flow, along with a combination of yoga previously studied. Lilly believes your yoga practise is a constant process of self study and learning, and there is always more you can achieve!
Erin has been practicing yoga for around 6 years, as a balance to hectic city life. Having graduated from Hotpod’s 200hr Teacher Training, she has been helping others reconnect with their bodies and find balance in their own lives through conscious movement and meditation. Erin’s classes are dynamic, fun and will leave you full of energy and ready to take on the day!
Sarah is a qualified power and vinyasa yoga teacher. After working in the corporate world for five years she left her job to become a full time yoga instructor in the hope of bringing both yogis and non-yogis a way of adding some me-time into their busy schedules. Her classes are dynamic, ensuring a full body work out yet suitable for all levels. She ensures everyone leaves feeling uplifted yet totally relaxed.
Rhona first came to yoga in 2011. All her life she has had issues with her balance and therefore never thought yoga was for her. She quickly discovered that yoga helped her focus from within creating a much stronger mind-body relationship. She has since been exploring many different styles and strongly believes that yoga can be a game changer for all.
Having a background in dance, Luna’s form is one of fluid lyrical motion. She treats her postures like a dance for the mind and body, knitting together the emotional and physical aspects of Yoga harmoniously. She works to hold a safe space that allows you to grow in your own practice and in confidence. A firm believer that we can all enjoy the benefits of this old tradition in a modern way, Luna offers plenty of variations to poses that allow you to take control of your practice.
Georgie immediately fell in love with yoga after discovering all its beautiful forms. His classes are tailored for every ability, body and walk of life, feeling that yoga is in every way it is expressed, good for everyone. Currently he’s a student of Aromatherapy/Massage, has a love of plants, natural health and is passionate about the subtle body, the great Yogi’s and enjoying life with a smile.
One half of Hotpod Yoga’s founding duo, Nick’s been teaching yoga for 6 years and has lead workshops worldwide with a particular focus on assists, adjustments and teaching style. In charge of developing and managing the quality of teaching across Hotpod Yoga worldwide, he has helped hundreds of teachers develop their teaching technique and effectively bring their personality across in their classes.
Nick’s approach to teaching epitomises what Hotpod’s all about – a down-to-earth accessibility, high on impact (both mental and physical) and a good bit of fun.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Rachael decided to do her 200hours yoga training with Hotpod in 2019 can’t wait to continue her yoga journey.
Valentine discovered yoga 7 years ago and was instantly drawn to learn more. After years of dedicated practice she decided to complete a teacher training course so that she could share her knowledge and help others make yoga a part of their lives. Her classes will inspire you to find strength, discover a deeper awareness of your body, feel your breath and ultimately experience a deep sense of relaxation after practice.
For Dulcie, yoga has been a path to being more self aware and kinder to her body. She enjoys a strong practice and her approach to teaching reflects this. She delivers fun, energetic classes that challenge the body and refresh the mind.
Hongyi was first introduced to Iyengar yoga 20 years ago but soon after moving to London, would discover the myriad of styles that the city had to offer. It led him to Vinyasa yoga, which he has been practising since, and appreciates the dynamism, physicality as well as calming qualities. A desire to deepen his knowledge in yoga was motivation to complete teacher training, marking the start of a personal yogic journey. Through emphasis on linking breath and movement, he hopes to encourage greater physical self-awareness, and bring a feeling of balance and awakening to the practice.