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.
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. 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. 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.
Nick’s classes are dynamic, invigorating and at the same time, a very conscious practice so not to make yoga feel like something we just ‘do’. Nick feels privileged to teach and looks forward to being of service to every student that he comes across. He hopes to inspire awareness, knowing that what happens on the mat has the possibility to translate how we conduct ourselves off the mat.
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. Whilst originally from Melbourne 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.