about the studio

We’re Europe’s largest yoga business. Since 2013, over 100,000 people have immersed themselves in a Hotpod class at one of our 50+ locations around the world. You’ll stretch further, breathe deeper, sweat harder and melt fully into the Hotpod experience – a balanced flow of active and passive postures, working the body and calming the mind in equal measure. For class times and more, take a look at the schedule above, then book your spot.

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studio facilities

  • Showers
  • Mats
  • Changing
  • Parking

the hotpod experience

step into our immersive pod

hot yoga in 37 degree heat

move to relaxing beats

filled with calming scents

suitable for all levels

find us

Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre, Silksworth Lane, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR3 1PD, GB

Find Us

Our studio is located within Everyone Active at Silksworth Community Pool and Wellness Centre. Follow the signs to find us on the first floor, located above the indoor tennis courts.

Georgia Roberts

With a background in dance, Georgia found herself naturally drawn towards yoga. She started attending classes at Hotpod in 2021 and soon fell in love with the practice, completing her Yoga Teacher Training in 2023.
‘I love the similarity between dance and the style of vinyasa flow we practice in the pod, allowing us to connect with the breath and silence the mind. For me, the pod is a magical place where you can switch off the outside noise and turn inward, not only feeling the benefits of yoga within the class but also within your everyday life.’

James Powles

Rachel Garnham

Rachel’s background is in Contemporary Dance and in 2013, she completed her 200 hour Yoga teacher training and later in 2015, her 500-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher training from the Himalayan Yoga Institute. Rachel is also certified in pregnancy, post-natal, baby yoga, and massage.
After 8 years spent in London studying and working as a fitness professional, Rachel returned to the Northeast to become a very lucky Mama to her beautiful daughter, Luna in June 2018

Rachel Greener

Rachel is trained in vinyasa flow and loves to help people find calm through yoga. She’s also a registered nurse so has a particular interest in promoting health and wellbeing. “I love creating classes to release stress and tension to calm the mind and to build strength to connect with the body.”

Deb Mullinder

Deb has practiced yoga for many years. She first took to the mat as a form of physical exercise and to somehow find a better balance in a world of overstimulation. She believes that there isn’t one type of yoga for life and that finding what yoga is right for you, at that very moment in your life, is part of the yoga journey

Deb is trained in vinyasa, yin, and restorative yoga. Her soulful practices are deep-rooted in kindness, encouraging students to slow down, nourish, and nurture.

Nicola Lynch

Having little prior yoga experience, Nicola attended her first Hotpod class in 2015 not quite knowing what to expect. She quickly began to develop a love of fluid movement in addition to the physical challenge of practicing in the heat.
Completing her teacher training in 2022, Nicola is keen to share the positive mental and physical benefits that she believes yoga can offer for anyone open to spending time on the mat.
“My approach is inclusive and light-hearted, encouraging an element of physical challenge and exploration to support students in building strength, developing flexibility and creating a balance of body and mind”

Lauren Turnbull

Lauren was introduced to yoga in 2019 as a form of restorative training, and shortly after discovered Hotpod Yoga and was hooked, drawn to the uniquely immersive experience of the pod.
After continuing with her practice at home throughout the pandemic to release stress, it was then Lauren discovered a deeper side to her practice, delving deeper into the spiritual and creative elements of her practice.
“I completed my 200hr YTT in 2022 and I want to encourage others to experience the benefits of yoga both mentally and physically, by adapting the Vinyasa flow style to make yoga as inclusive and accessible as possible, I believe there is something in yoga for everyone.”

Rachael Robson-Jones

Having practiced yoga across the world for over 10 years, Rachael qualified as a yoga teacher in 2020, excited to share all the beautiful benefits she gets from yoga.
The environment and heat of hotpod yoga is a unique experience that feeds into Rachaels goals as a teacher- from encouraging everyone to take step away from the outside world, to work on their body and mind, and observe the wonders it can do for the spirit.

Clare Gray

Clare fell in love with yoga when she started attending Hotpod Yoga Sunderland soon after it opened in 2019, taking the leap to train as a yoga teacher soon afterward. Clare trained in Hatha yoga and her main passion is for vinyasa flow. With a background in Crossfit and lifting heavy weights, she believes that yoga is for absolutely everybody and can help people in functional everyday movement and wellbeing.

Grace Johnson

Grace first began practicing Yoga in 2013, as a way to ease injuries & stress she was beginning to struggle with. Whilst originally the practice started out as a physical challenge, it wasn’t long before the overall benefits of the practice began to impact not only her physical wellbeing, but also her mental health for the better, and is something that she really believes can benefit everyone, in some way.

After completing her first 200Hr teacher training in 2017, and 300Hr in 2019, Grace now teaches full time, favouring an upbeat vinyasa style, creating a playful, flowing sequence for her classes, connecting strength and softness, which simultaneously leave you feeling soothed and empowered.

Natalie Lyon

Natalie’s background is based in fitness and dance, loving physicality and movement as a way to express and release.
“Yoga gives so many physical, mental and spiritual benefits, it balances both mind and body. After completing my 200 hr YTT in India, I’m excited to share my love of yoga at Hotpod Yoga Sunderland!”

Kim Wells

Kim has been involved in the fitness industry for over 30 years, both as an instructor and as a lecturer for fitness qualifications. She has a passion for teaching Yoga and and believes everyone can benefit from time spent on the mat

Shelley Butters

Shelley discovered yoga many years ago and felt amazing after every session and she believes that yoga has the ability to change your life! Shelley’s classes involve moving with the breath, working every muscle and helping to calm the mind. “Yoga is everything you need, you will leave feel strong physically and mentally, stretched and super sweaty. So excited to share the Hotpod Yoga love “

the founder

Elaine Smith

Elaine grew up in Sunderland and has lived in the area for most of her life. Discovering Hotpod Yoga in Newcastle back in 2017, she really felt as if she had found her yoga home, loving the combination of the heat, accessible classes and a friendly vibe. This resulted in her training as a yoga teacher with Hotpod Yoga, in London back in 2018, and inspired her to open her own pod in her home city. Elaine has been teaching at Hotpod Yoga Newcastle for the past year and has seen first hand the massive difference it makes to people lives, and wants to extend this around the North East of England to everyone that comes to the Hotpod Yoga Sunderland studio.

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