Naomi draws on her experience to teach light, uplifting classes that reflect the challenge of big city life without losing sight of yoga’s ancient roots. Working within the Krishnamacharya lineage she teaches dynamic Vinyasa using an ever-changing sequence of Asana (aligning breath and movement), which allows her to respond to the energy in the room. She has trained with many of the world’s best teachers, each of whom has contributed to her unique teaching style. After working with injuries and illness she has developed a practice that emphasises the therapeutic benefits of yoga and her classes are designed for all levels. Her love of yoga is evident in her teaching style and her classes will leave you feeling inspired and open to possibility. Opening Yoga on the Lane is the best thing she has ever done.
At the age of 15 I discovered Iyengar’s ‘Light on Yoga’ on my mothers bookshelf. I was intrigued. My yoga habit started off as a secret hobby which I experimented with in private but it gradually became a full blown all consuming passion which I gladly share. I love yoga philosophy, I love to weave it in my class, I love understanding how the body works and how to optimise it’s potential. I love creative strong slow sequences, telling stories, working with the breath, grounding, center-ing and watching people becoming stronger and more flexible in body and mind. I do not love getting too attached to one way of doing things. I do not love making people uncomfortable. No body is superior or inferior and yoga is not exclusive. So please feel free to join me, no matter what you look or feel like, yoga is for any body and every body.
Joanne teaches Vinyasa and Hatha yoga, inspired by many great teachers along the way. Over the course of ten years, her yoga practise has grown towards a keen interest in the energetic effects of the physical asanas and breath work, the grace and flow of Vinyasa sequencing and the contemplative practises of meditation. She has a passion for teaching yoga to all levels from beginner to advanced, and credits her students for teaching her as much as she has them! Her classes combine elements of Yin and Yang, to harmonise your energies and allow you to experience the unifying effects of Yoga for your body, mind and Spirit.
Encouraged by my mother who thought I needed to learn to relax, I first dipped into yoga over 10 years ago. For 6 years I worked intensively with Marisol Kucharek, and it is thanks to her that I felt inspired to teach. My dynamic Vinyasa classes are designed to stimulate self-inquiry and to challenge students’ perceptions of their capabilities. They are conducted in a playful atmosphere, where questioning is encouraged and very much part of my teaching style. The classes are flowing, with an emphasis on technical precision and asana analysis. I believe that, with so many choices of yoga available, the greatest gift I can give my students is the desire to deepen and further their practice, whilst empowering them to be their own best teacher.
My own yoga journey began 14 years ago and from my first class I was struck by the beautiful, transformative power of this practice to bring a joyful sense of balance to mind, body and spirit, in the midst of busy London life. Since then I have explored and studied under a variety of yoga traditions including Iyengar, Hatha, Sivananda and Vinyasa Flow. My own teaching style of flowing, mindful hatha yoga draws on elements of all of these teachings. I design flowing sequences which enable students to reconnect to their bodies, their breath, their strength and vitality in a compassionate and mindful way.
Sarah trained with Ana Forrest and at the Esalen Institute in California, and has been teaching for 8 years. She has a background in dance, theatre and massage therapy. The style of yoga she teaches is a fusion of mindfulness meditation, hatha, vinyasa flow, anusara, forrest, restorative, acro-yoga, and pranayama sometimes peppered with alexander technique, feldenkrais, pilates, or body-mind-centering! Her classes are playful, with attention to detail and ability to work with injuries and individuals. Underneath it all is the focus on breath and alignment and the true work of being present in each moment.
Adam has been practicing yoga since 1999 and has studied with prominent teachers including Donna Farhi and Jason Crandell. A native of South Florida, Adam spent ten years in New York City, earning a BFA and MA from New York University. Through a precise, accessible, and light-hearted approach, he teaches that we all are capable of using the body as a tool for enlightenment and healing. His unique, non-dogmatic style is drawn from many spiritual and postural traditions as well as his experiences as a writer, researcher, and motivational speaker. Adam contributes regularly to magazines and web publications on yoga and blogs at adamhocke.com.
Eleah Waters has been practising pilates in a variety of ways for over nine years. Her practice started out as a rehabilitation method for an injury whilst completing a BA in dance, from there pilates became an invaluable tool helping to create balance, posture, efficient bio-mechanics, and strength in the whole body. As a certified STOTT pilates teacher Eleah’s classes reflect a fluid and dynamic practice concentrating on alignment and stabilisation with a more contemporary approach to the exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. Eleah always thinks on her feet and manipulates exercises to be specific to the posture and/or injuries of her clients. Clients say they feel strong from top to toe, more aware of their physicality and super relaxed after her class. Eleah has been living, working and dancing in London for the last five years.
I completed my first teacher training with Yoga Arts, a Registered Yoga School, in India in early 2008. The rigorous and intensive training was one of the most moving and joyous experiences of my life. In 2011 I graduated with an ‘outstanding’ grade from Claire Missingham’s internationally recognised 200 hour teacher training specifically in the Vinyasa tradition. Today my practice and teachings are inspired by many wonderful yogis and yoginis, and in particular from the Krishnamacharya lineage. I owe huge gratitude to my friends, family and students for all their love and support and I would like to thank everyone from Louisa Sear to Seane Corn, Sri Dharma Mittra and the fabulous Claire Missingham for showing us how to live as yogis in the crazy 21st Century.
Lucy’s Yoga journey began many years ago on a rooftop in India and she has never looked back. After studying in India, she trained with Max Strom in America, whom she now assists on his international workshops in London. Lucy teaches mindful breath and alignment based Vinyasa Flow, restorative and pregnancy yoga. Passionate about the physical, spiritual and emotional benefits of yoga, Lucy’s classes encourage an open, content heart and a quiet, calm mind.
Having been initially drawn to yoga purely for its physical benefits, I quickly found that the practice brought greater balance and awareness into my life. I now feel very lucky to help other people discover the benefits and joys of yoga for themselves. Having developed my practice primarily within the Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga schools of yoga, my classes take inspiration from many sources and are guided by the relationship of breath and movement. By combining flowing sequences with playful elements and introspective enquiry, my classes encourage students to connect to their bodies and become present to the moment.
Natasha was first introduced to yoga as a little girl by her mother. Inspired by nature she encourages students to adventure into, and become intimate with, their own internal landscape. She has studied in Goa with Rolf Naujokot, in the Rocky Mountains with Professor Ravi Ravindra (PHD), and with Kira Ryder in the magical Ojai Valley, California.
Natasha also teaches iRest Yoga Nidra which she studied under Richard Miller (PHD) in both Montana and California and weaves elements of the deeply transformative practice into her classes and daily life. With a background in Anthropology, Natasha encourages curiosity into being in a human body and waking up to your unique human potential.
Natasha also has a particular interest in woman’s health. Currently working in maternity at Chelsea and Westminster hospital, she is lucky enough to meditate on the faces of newborns daily! Natasha loves everything about Yoga on the Lane.
Christina has been practicing yoga since her early teens. She completed her Teacher Training at triyoga in 2010. In the last few years Christina has travelled the world with her yoga mat and has spent extensive time in India practising and learning a range of different yoga and meditation styles, techniques and philosophies. After spending a year teaching Power Yoga in Sydney she returned to London and completed Ana Forrest’s Advanced and the triyoga Hot Teacher Training programmes.
Christina’s classes are predominantly a strong, breath and alignment based, steady vinyasa flow. Her love of all styles of yoga from Kundalini, Restorative, Iyengar and Power can often creep in. Christina’s classes are fun and challenging, with a strong focus of pranayama and meditation. Prepare to breathe, move, stretch, focus and connect. www.yogalibra.com
Jenny has been practicing yoga for over a decade, and teaching since 2009. Her teaching draws from her wide training and practice, and her own experiences on and off the mat. Her prenatal classes support women during the cherished time of their pregnancies, as well as helping them to prepare for a positive birth experience and for life with their babies. She tailors her teaching to the individuals in her classes, so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of a yoga practice, at a level that feels right for them. Jenny is a Hackney mum, and has good experience of the services in and around Hackney for local parents.