London, United Kingdom
I grew up living near the water, and I suppose because of this I’ve always been drawn to the elements; water, wind, fire, earth and sky. I’ve found these elements present in every place that I’ve been enticed to call home, which is perhaps why I feel most at home in my yoga practice, which is so interwoven with the elements.
First drawn to yoga as a philosophy student over 25 years ago, yoga has been instrumental in finding balance in my own life. It was like finding a map to better understand how to be in the world; with myself, my body, and in relationship with others. My studies of yoga include a variety of internationally renowned teachers and schools, most notably the Jivamukti and Iyengar yoga methods, which I’ve been practicing for over 15 years.
I teach the Jivamukti method, and this includes alignment cues, awareness of the breath, and plenty of music. Hands-on adjustments are a unique aspect of my classes intended to give the practitioner a better understanding of correct alignment, the energetics of asana and an awareness of the body in space.
Above all else, as a yoga teacher, a Rolfer and a human being, I aim to create a space in the world where we celebrate our individuality and co-exist with compassion.
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London, United KingdomJivamukti YogaNicole is a certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher from Switzerland. Her playlist is just as eclectic as her roots: Nicole is the daughter of a Greek / Hungarian mother and a Swiss / Dutch father, and she aims to implement those different cultures into her teaching. Nicole believes that yoga can unite body & soul but it can also bridge different cultures and languages.
Nicole started practicing yoga as a means to strengthen her neck & back after a series of back injuries she had sustained over a period of 15 years:
From a snowboarding accident in the Swiss Alps, a boating accident on the Turkish coast, to a motorbike accident in Greece: her back had been severely injured. Numerous therapies followed, but nothing seemed to help. A series of fortunate events then took her to London where she started practicing yoga. What she found during the classes was much more than she could ever have hoped for.
Not only did the yoga practice strengthen her back, but she also found inner strength & peace through her asana practice, and that is what Nicole strives to pass on in her classes.
Her assists are gentle but forceful and very much inspired by her mentor, Lady Ruth.
London, United KingdomFounder of Aditya Yoga SchoolAlessandra, a yogini of 25 years , has studied from an early age in many traditions such as: Bhakty, Surya , Astanga, Prana Flow, Kriya, Raja, Tantra and Ayurveda. She has been a direct student of Swamy Kriyananda (Kriya Yoga disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda) from the early nineties and a very dedicated student of Shiva Rea (Prana Flow Yoga) for the past 10 years that she assists globally.
She is a Senior Yoga Teacher SYT with Yoga Alliance UK. This accreditation sets excellent standards as set by the Yoga Alliance UK. Alessandra has been teaching Yoga for the past 10 years. She runs inspiring and challenging Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes and Workshops with a strong focus on rhythmic breathing and energetic alignment. Alessandra teaches Energetic Flow Yoga in London and internationally, a style where the contemporary practice of Asanas with deep rhythmic breathing, movement meditations and kriyas is woven together with traditional aspects as chanting, philosophy, different techniques of pranayama, visualisation and meditation.
She has published a meditation cd on the Chakras, Breath and Sound ” Shabda “ that is featured on ITunes and sold on Yogamatters based on the Kriya and Tantra techniques. She is the founder and director of Aditya Yoga School and offers Vinyasa Flow Foundation Teacher Training Program 200 hrs that is accredited and Registered with Yoga Alliance UK.
London, United KingdomAnusara YogaLisa Sanfilippo is known for taking her students to deeper levels of awareness and insight in body, mind and heart. Her classes draw upon smart bio-mechanical alignment principles, Tantric philosophy, art, and psychology. Lisa has been practising yoga for more than 15 years and teaching for close to a decade. She's taught yoga to everyone from corporate high-flyers to super-mums, from Board Chairs to people in wheelchairs.
Lisa's classes are dynamic- combining fluid movement and optimal body alignment: a perfect blend of 'intelligently playful' and 'movingly powerful'. Lisa's range of experience serves the needs of raw beginners through to those with decades of yoga experience. Her classes will both challenge and refresh you on all levels- with yoga postures, breath work, meditation and sound that help you to heal, expand your boundaries of possibility and ultimately enjoy living this life.
She established a dedicated yoga practice in 1997, a path that has inspired her to learn and to teach with great enthusiasm. As a student and teacher, she has three great passions: alignment that helps the body to heal; philosophy and enquiry that informs life's meaning; and building connections with healers, artists, and those who inspire her to continue to learn, grow and share. She weaves these loves into her classes, offering her students a chance to explore, learn, reflect and connect. She began teaching yoga to students at the LSE in 2002, where she was completing her Master's degree, and has taught ever since.
Lisa's roots in the yoga tradition go back to her childhood - when two of her family members stepped onto the path. Her uncle was a devotee of Baba Muktananda, and her cousin was a devotee of the Sivananda tradition, so it was normal in her family to spend weekends eating tofu and sitting on meditation cushions! When she first found hatha yoga in the 1990s, something clicked. She stepped onto the mat in the basement of her gym, guided by a neighbourhood yoga teacher and poet teaching in the Viniyoga T. Krishnamacharya tradition. She never really stepped off again.
A gentle and profound introduction to yoga helped her to heal from physical limitations - including acute asthma and nerve damage to her neck that rendered her unable to lift her arm higher than her head. She sampled the rich buffet of yoga styles offered by New York City for nearly five years, growing healthier and stronger. In 2001, she was invited to her first Anusara yoga class. Another click- as this method linked the meaning behind the practice with the explorations of the body that she was looking for. Since then she has trained with the foremost teachers in this and other traditions- accruing nearly 700 credit hours towards Anusara Yoga Certification and ultimately choosing to tread her own path.
Lisa teaches yoga throughout London, across the UK and worldwide, mentors/ offers supplemental apprenticeship by arrangement to teacher trainees who are on London's YogaCampus and Triyoga Teacher Training programmes, and devotes time to writing, creative collaboration and researching two upcoming books.
London, United KingdomPregnancy Yoga TeacherTara Lee has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and has been teaching yoga for 12 years. She has studied with world renowned teachers. Tara has released a large number of DVDs including her award winning Elements of yoga series and 'Pregnancy Yoga with Tara Lee' guiding women through their pregnancies, births and the transition into motherhood. She has written a book about pregnancy yoga and designed a range of yoga clothing for pregnant women for Blossom. Tara runs training courses for yoga teachers and is a registered senior teacher for Yoga Alliance UK helping to set the standards for yoga in the UK. Tara currently teaches 'Pregnancy Yoga', 'Mother and Baby Yoga' and 'Vinyasa flow Yoga' at The Life Centre in London and teaches privately. She is also a qualified Shiatsu practitioner, a trained Doula and has 2 children.