COVID-19: Find out more about what we're doing to keep our studios safe and hygienic.

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.

studio facilities

  • Changing
  • Mats
  • Parking
  • Showers

Signature Inflatable Studio

Vinyasa flow

37 degrees

All levels welcome

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 one-way signs all the way along the corridor on the ground floor, turn left up the stairs to find us on the first floor, located alongside the indoor tennis courts. We're over the moon to be able to reopen our studio, and we're doing everything we can to protect our customers and teachers. Here are a few of the changes that you can expect: • We’ll be limiting the number of customers to 12 per class. • The showers are still open but limited to 2 people at a time. • The toilets in the corridor are closed but additional toilets are located opposite the main reception desk and to the right of the spin studio. • There is space for you to get changed, but if you can, try and arrive dressed and ready to go! • Our staff won't be wearing masks but feel free to wear one before class if you like. • We won’t be providing blocks or straps (but you’re welcome to bring your own) • We’ll be practicing with the pod door open for extra ventilation plus some classes will be held with just half of the pod inflated, for extra ventilation, resulting in a warm, not hot class. • The pod and mats will be deep cleaned and aired out between each class. • Towels will be required in all classes (you can bring your own, or hire one from us) Please help us by not coming to class if you’re not feeling well or showing any symptoms of coronavirus. Try and arrive 15 minutes before the class starts so that we have time to get you set up. Please wait in the designated area outside of the studio until the teacher calls you in. For security reasons, we really can't let anyone in if late, so expect a locked door once the class starts. We have a 6-hour cancellation policy on all classes, cancellations within that timeframe will not be refunded. Any questions? Ping us an email.

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.

Emerly Christie

Emerly began practicing yoga around 6 years ago to aid her mental health and fell in love with the practice. It transformed her life. She loves sharing her love of yoga with others and helping to guide them along their own yoga journey. Emerly loves the diversity of yoga, how it can be adapted to suit your mood and energy levels and all different abilities.
Trained in Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Rocket Emerly teaches a wide range of practices and always aims to deepen her student’s connection with their body, mind and soul.

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.

Debs 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.

Zoey Lott

Zoey’s yoga journey started in 2018.
“After losing a significant amount of weight I had become bored with daily gym workouts and one day decided to try hot vinyasa yoga at Hotpod and I immediately fell in love with yoga. Within a year from my first class, I had attended over 300 classes and completed my 200 Hour YTT in Functional Hatha Yoga. On a personal level, yoga has helped me cope with anxiety, allowed me to make lovely new friends, gain confidence, and also helps me manage a health condition called Fibromyalgia.
I hope to bring a unique perspective to my classes, which allows students of all abilities to practice at a level to suit each individual.”

Lauren Cummings

Lauren began practicing Iyengar yoga in her early teens and this lead to a lifelong passion for yoga, prompting her to follow her dreams and she qualified a yoga teacher in 2020.
“I’m trained to teach Vinyasa and Ashtanga styles and have benefited from both myself.
I’m a keen runner and enjoy weight training so I know the importance of yoga to help with recovery, adding strength, and nurturing the body and mind. I like to make my style of teaching accessible to everyone and try to have fun along the way.”

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

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!”

Louise Edwards

Louise is a passionate and energetic Vinyasa Flow Teacher with a love of creating flows, teaching and sharing her love for yoga. She also absolutely loves practicing in the heat.
“Yoga 100% changed my life for the better and since I completed my 200 hour Teacher Training in 2017 I haven’t looked back.”

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 Noble

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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