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.
Isaac began practicing Ashtanga Yoga 13 years ago, initially only to complement his career as a dancer with companies including the English National ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Spanish National Ballet. At 23 his desire to pursue yoga overtook his desire to dance, prompting him to train as a teacher. He has travelled extensively in India, studying many styles including Ashtanga, Sivananda and Iyengar, and has been lucky enough to learn from many great teachers including Richard Freeman, David Svenson, Liz Lark, Padma Nair, Gusta (Shunya) and many more. Isaac is qualified with the British wheel of Yoga and is certified by the Yoga Alliance. He is also a singer songwriter.
Inspired by yoga’s ability to change people’s lives, AJ quit her stressful corporate marketing job in 2010 to become a full-time teacher. Her practice and teachings are inspired by many wonderful yogis and yoginis, in particular from the Krishnamacharya lineage. Having trained with Claire Missingham and Louisa Sear, AJ is keen to nurture her students into finding their own authentic expression of yoga.
Tony teaches vinyasa flow and restorative yoga and Pilates as well as being a cranio-scaral therapist and massage therapist. Originally trained as a contemporary dancer, he first discovered yoga and instantly fell in love with this ancient practice. He went on to study and explore various styles, largely inspired by the beauty and grace of the vinyasa method while holding a deep appreciation for sound alignment. Tony’s teaching style is entirely his own, a self-proclaimed ‘yoga mutt’, a hybrid of many styles. He teaches from a perspective of experiencing the body from within, is influenced by all movement modalities, bodywork practices and somatic principles and enjoys creatively incorporating these themes into a fluid practice. He deeply believes in the transformative qualities of yoga, that it does not need to be achieved or attained, just enjoyed and explored.
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.
Naomi has been teaching for over 10 years in between stints working as a professional dancer, choreographer and actress on stage, TV and film. It was through the ups and downs and injury that Naomi discovered the benefits of Yoga. She went on to study Vinyasa Flow Yoga under the guidance of Claire Missinghams’s Yoga Alliance teacher training program.
Sharing her love for yoga, through teaching, maintains Natasha’s connection to the source of her own well-being. What has been revealed in many rewarding years of practice, is the importance of acceptance and support, not only as vital gift from teacher to student, but as the essential component of a successful relationship with ourselves, physical, mental and spiritual. Each student’s path is unique. Natasha’s style and sequencing emphasize stillness of mind and body/breath awareness by combining a strong and heat-building flow with mindfulness techniques and responsible alignment. Natasha encourages consciousness of the fluctuations of the mind and the emanation of integrity and strength from the center of the body.
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.
Louisa turned to yoga as a way of helping her find stillness and grounding from a maniacal life as a criminal lawyer in Hong Kong in 2002. Eventually it became clear that she wanted to share the gifts of yoga with others and enrolled in her first teacher training course with Patrick Creelman in 2006. Since then, she has trained and studied under many teachers in various styles of yoga, but her strongest influence is Ana Forrest, having trained with Ana in 2007. Louisa believes in the transformative and healing powers of yoga and encourages her students to practice honestly and mindfully, but also to challenge their edges. She is also deeply passionate about pregnancy yoga and hopes to teach mothers to connect to their bodies and to their babies through their practice at this very special time.
Adam has been practicing yoga since 1999 and has studied with prominent teachers including Jane Kersel, Kate Ellis, 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. Before devoting his creative efforts to yoga, he worked first-hand on the production of a Broadway musical, researched activism in South Africa and facilitated professional, creative, and personal development events and workshops with teenagers, university students, and business professionals in the US, UK and across Europe. Drawing on his diverse background, Adam’s classes are infused with humour, joy, and empowerment and taught in an alignment-based slow flow style, with a focus on balancing strength and flexibility within a solid and sustainable structure. He believes our yoga practice leads us to greater creativity, peace, and community – finding strength in the body to find strength in the mind, spirit, and heart. adamhocke.com.