Making It! Centre, Littleworth, Mansfield, NG18 1AH, GB
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.
It was whilst away travelling that Laura found her love for yoga and she hasn’t looked back since! She soon realised that not only did she feel better the more she practiced but that she really wanted to share that feeling with others. Laura is passionate about the way yoga can compliment our modern lifestyles, whether that be counteracting hours spent at a desk, building extra strength to improve athletic performance or maybe just clearing some space in your head to help you prioritise what’s important. Expect a strong class with a focus on building good form and having some fun!
After a break from yoga for circa 10 years due to most of her spare time being spent horse riding, Louise sought out yoga again to help with sciatica and other problems associated with long hours driving and sitting at a desk. Discovering Hotpod Yoga Derby she noticed a dramatic improvement after only a couple of weeks and fell in love with Hotpod so much she was inspired to do her teacher training so that she could help share those benefits with others.
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.
Mikala found Yoga around 6 years ago, first following Youtube videos to gain flexibility for Pole as she is also a qualified Pole Fitness instructor. After noticing the progression in her body, she started to notice the differences Yoga was having on her mind. Finding some stillness after a Yoga class was new for Mikala, and the love for Yoga and meditation grew from there.
Originally from Newcastle where Louise is from a dance and gymnastics background, however fell in love with yoga a few years ago. As a psychology masters student she is very passionate about the mental health benefits of yoga. Her lighthearted approach combined with her love for the practice, ensures a fun and dynamic class for all abilities.
Caroline began her yoga journey 3 years ago by practising at home using YouTube videos. After a few weeks, she began to notice the physical changes in her body, but the mental changes were what kept drawing her back to her mat. After a stressful day at work she’d leave her mat with a completely different headspace, feeling nourished in both body and mind. Caroline fell in love with Yoga so much, she quit her job as a Primary School Teacher, and went to Indonesia to do her Yoga Teacher Training. Also a qualified Personal Trainer, Caroline brings strength and empowerment to her classes.
Jo fell in love with Yoga almost 8 years ago while living in Hong Kong where she also undertook her Iyenger based training. From taking her very first class to becoming a teacher she discovered the many multifaceted benefits that yoga can offer. From the positive physical and mental effects to increased confidence and accepting things she could not change.
Jessica turned to yoga 5 years ago and trained in Bali. Purely at first for fitness reasons, it was a way of getting another workout into the week without being in the gym. With lots of dance & fitness history growing up, she came to realise that yoga and meditation was what was missing from her life. Jessica is eager to give back, to let others gain the power of yoga for themselves after never feeling more balanced and in tune with her own mind and body.
Following a nursing career, Claire moved into the fitness industry where she has worked for the last 15 years. Yoga was seen as a natural progression for her. Claire qualified in July 2017 in the Sun Power yoga 200 hour TT diploma. She loves the link that yoga has with mind and body and uses her anatomy and fitness knowledge together to give a safe and effective work out.
Yoga first came into my life when I was 15 years old playing around with my mother’s yoga video, using it mainly to stretch for my dance competitions. Fast forward 10 years and teaching has become a natural progression in my life. After I graduated from University and started working in the events industry I knew the corporate ladder wasn’t for me. I have always been into sports and fitness so this led me to train with a dynamic style of yoga, Ashtanga/Vinyasa at Sampoorna Yoga School in India. My classes are dynamic but grounding, always coming back to your own body and breath and closing the class with a relaxing savasana to reap in the wonderful benefits of your practice.