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Teachers

We are proud to offer a brilliant selection of Yoga teachers.

 

Cheryl Mokhtari

Cheryl Mokhtari trained to become a yoga teacher under the highly acclaimed Triyoga Teacher Training programme with leading teachers Anna Ashby and Joey Miles.  Her passion for yoga and keen interest in anatomy, combined with her love to laugh make her class’s popular, fun, safe, challenging and informative.  She has a unique ability to help people feel at ease and the complex appear simple with her clear and precise instructions, all delivered with a smile and her down to earth approach to life.  Expect to move with the breath in a mindful, strong, alignment based flowing sequence to create space, strength and freedom in the body and mind.

Mina Hosokawa

Mina is passionate about good technique because she believes having good technique will help you to avoid injury during your yoga journey. Her Yoga Therapy training really shows in her classes as she explains the hows and the whys so that all leave the class feeling they’ve gained something. Her teaching is down to earth with a good sense of humour and her approach is realistic. Mina is also a Pregnancy Yoga teacher and a Doula. She is enthusiastic about teaching birth physiology, a subject not taught enough.

Cary Perkins

Cary is a level 2 Authorised Ashtanga teacher who began her practice in 1998 with teacher Tim Miller. She has taught since 1999, running Mysore in Boston, New York, London, Oslo, and Perth, Australia. She first visited Mysore, India in 1999 and has spent a year in total studying there, being authorised by Guruji in 2004. She has been taught the Advanced A series. Cary practiced the day before the birth of her two young children, returning to a full teaching schedule 2 weeks post-natal.

Prior to Ashtanga, Cary trained in massage therapy, studying for 4 years under the guidance of the founders of the International Professional School of Bodywork in San Diego, California which encourages the development of psychologically sensitive bodyworkers. She focused primarily on Thai Massage, visiting Thailand to study with her teacher’s teacher. Now she integrates the many modalities she studied into a bodywork that integrates deep tissue with Swedish style massage and passive joint movement. She continues her education in both massage and yoga, keeping her practice fresh and connected.

Clive Fogelman

Clive has a creative and open-minded approach to yoga and meditation, influenced by his therapeutic work and sporting background. He helps people cultivate intuition within their bodies, mindful that all individuals are different and continually evolving. Classes emphasise linking breath and movement to direct attention inward and become more aware of each moment. Drawing on the parallels between yoga and life, the mat becomes a playground for exploration and transformation. Yoga classes focus on developing core strength and flexibility, while providing a space to ground and release tension. Clive teaches dynamic, flow, restorative and yin yoga offering variations for all levels. His meditation classes include guided visualisations, breathing techniques and yoga nidra.

Emily Naumovic

Emily is a Stott-certified Pilates instructor and yoga teacher. With extensive professional experience in counseling and yoga, Emily has specialized in Pilates since 2011, having studied prenatal Pilates with Lynne Robinson, postnatal Pilates with Rachael Rafier, and Pilates for Scoliosis with Karena Thek.

Emily trained as a yoga instructor in 1994 at the Integral Yoga Institute in Yogaville, Virginia and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work. She then embarked on a 9-year career as a clinical social worker in New York City, where she taught and practiced yoga in addition to working as a counselor.  Since moving to London in 2009 and raising two young children she has focused on teaching and exploring the effects physical and behavioral practices have on emotional health and wellbeing.  Emily has also completed Triyoga’s Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training and Hypnobirthing Training with Katharine Graves.

Alison Masterman

Ali Masterman is a compassionate and insightful yoga teacher, she teaches everyone from children to adults and specializes in pregnancy, post-natal and restorative classes. Her classes have a wonderful community atmosphere supporting her students emotional and physical development with warmth and empathy.  Ali has a nurturing style which blends beautifully with her informal and relaxed approach.

She has studied with renowned international teachers including Francoise Barbira Freedman, Judith Lasater Hanson, Anna Ashby, Nadia Narian, Suzannah Hoffman, Michel Odent and Liliana Hammers.

She is also a qualified Massage Therapist and Doula.

Nikita Akilapa

Having trained with several acclaimed international schools and teachers – including David Swenson, Max Strom, Meghan Currie and Kristen Campbell – Nikita teaches a strong and graceful Hatha flow, inspired by two lineages dear to her heart: Ashtanga and Anusara.

Her teaching focuses on intelligent alignment, breath work and mindful body awareness. Nikita aims to empower and motivate her students, encouraging each individual practitioner to explore their own potential and strengthen the mind body connection.

Claudio Astuto

Claudio first began to practice Yoga in 2009 to support his athletic training. He was fascinated by the Yoga philosophy and its healing benefits. His heightened curiosity led him on a long journey to India where he established a deep connection with the roots and traditions of Indian Yoga and meditation through months of practice.

He practices daily Mysore style Ashtanga yoga and assists his teacher Hamish Hendry, the only teacher in the UK to be Certified by the KPJAYI.

Passionate about Yoga as a tool for healing, Claudio likes to encourage a meditative approach to the practice; his classes also include great emphasis on healthy alignments, breath work and mindful body awareness.

Claudio also works as a qualified Remedial Sports Massage Therapist at Down to Earth.

Candy Alderson

Candy started her yoga journey in 2009 when she was working full time in the film industry, drawn to meditation as an attempt to calm a busy mind and reconnect to a neglected body. That then led to yoga asana (physical practice), transforming stress into movement and reconnecting with her breath as a way of self medicating.  Inspired by Ashtanga Mysore & Vinyasa, there was no going back. Dropping her career, she did her first 200hr teacher training in Boulder, Colorado and later completed her 300 hour teacher training in India with Yoga Tribe. She has teacher trained in hot yoga with Kristin Cambell, as well as teaching Inversions with Patrick Beach. Her real passion is Ashtanga, which she practices under her teacher Hamish Hendry 6 days a week, in London.

As a vinyasa teacher, expect a strong and creative flow, traditional asana teamed up with somatic and functional movements to explore your body’s mobility, and oh yes…plenty of core work to keep you strong and healthy!  Candy also teaches traditional Ashtanga led classes and assists in Mysore.

Julie Wemyss

Julie is passionate about yoga and sharing the benefits of a regular practice. Her classes offer a complimentary blend of asana alignment techniques, pranayama, meditation and yoga philosophy. She takes a friendly and kind approach to teaching yoga, ensuring a safe, happy and nurturing space for students to explore their practice. Yoga should be as much of a joy for beginners as it is for experienced practitioners.

Kieran Baine

Kieran has been practicing yoga and meditation for over twenty years and teaching for over ten years. He has trained and practiced with a number of teachers and schools including the traditional integrative yoga of Sivananda, the breath and intelligent sequencing of Viniyoga inspired by TKV Desikachar and the meditative and deep release approach of Yin yoga as taught by Paul Grilley. Kieran qualified as a yoga therapist with Yogacampus in 2013.

In the past few years Kieran has practiced almost exclusively with teachers who are influenced and inspired by the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli, most notably Catherine Annis and Giovanni Felicioni. This approach emphasises slowing down and listening deeply to the body and breath, going with rather than against, exploring, enquiring and finding each individuals unique expression of the postures.
Kieran’s classes are thoughtful, intelligent, creative and inclusive.

Honor Pennington Legh

Honor began practicing Iyengar yoga in secondary school.  She’s the daughter of devotees and grew up immersed in a yogic world view. She first trained with the British Wheel and then qualified as an Iyengar teacher. She now holds a Junior Intermediate level III Certification and is working on her Senior certification. Her teaching journey has taken her to London, India, Thailand, Australia and Europe with total enthusiasm and passion for Yoga.

The highlight of her adventures in yoga has been her work studying with teachers and devoted practitioners in India, especially  BKS Iyengar and his daughter Geeta Iyengar and son Prashant Iyengar in Pune on a number of intensives.  She has lived and worked as an assistant in India and feels blessed to share the gifts she has received.

Classes with Honor are holistic with a focus on bringing out our fullest potential with care and courage. Honor studies and practices yogic mantras, sound healing, African drumming and several healing modalities including EFT (Emotional freedom technique) that enrich her lively classes.

Natasha Stew-Horne

Natasha became connected with Yoga following a sudden illness which depleted vitality in her body and mind.  What started out as a weekly class soon became a daily practice and back in 2009 she completed her training as a Yoga teacher. Natasha has studied the origins of yoga and has completed trainings in Vinyasa flow, Ashtanga and Yin Yoga. She believes these styles compliment one another, in class you can expect to be challenged yet there is always some time for a quiet mediation too.

In addition to her experience in Yoga, Natasha applies her background in choreography and Pilates, to design classes with creative sequences that encourage the flow of energy throughout your body while incorporating the key elements of safe and successful alignment.

Natasha feels comfortable making hands on adjustments and intuitively knows in which direction to guide her students.  Using her experience in teaching Yoga philosophy, Natasha intends to share with her students the art of cultivating more presence in daily life.

In her 1:1 sessions she incorporates shiatsu, Thai Yoga massage and meditation techniques to create a bespoke session.  Natasha has been positively influenced in her Yoga education by teachers such as David Swenson, Paul Callaghan, and Jason Crandle.

Yazmin Low

Raised in India, Yasmin has been immersed in the tradition of yoga since childhood, returning in her adult life to live and study as a yoga teacher in Mysore and the Himalayas, training in Hatha, Ashtanga and Iyengar styles. Through her personal realisations and passion for the discipline, Yazmin felt impelled to return to the West to share the wisdom of this ancient culture as a path to truth and self-realisation.

Yazmin’s teaching style is deep, strong and guided by intuition, with mindfully choreographed sequences, and variations for all levels. She encourages students to honour their bodies and feelings, whilst bringing attention to their breath and intelligent alignment. Where appropriate Yasmin enjoys using inspirational music, mood lighting and aromatherapy, all peppered with heartfelt philosophy.

During her pregnancy, Yazmin went on to study with some of the pioneers of prenatal yoga and birth, further training as a Doula with the world renowned obstetrician Michel Odent. She leads pregnancy yoga classes and private birth preparation sessions, feeling both passionate and privileged in being able to support and guide new mums and dads through their journey from pregnancy into parenthood.

Yazmin offers gratitude to all her teachers past and present and considers some of her main influences to be Jiddu Krishnamurti, Vanda Scaravelli, BKS Iyengar, Gary Carter, Donna Farhi, Rod Stryker and Max Strom.

Charli Sklar

Charli has been practicing since 2009 and teaching since 2012. After leaving Management Accountancy to travel she did teacher training at Ayur Yoga Eco Ashram in Hatha Yoga and it became apparent this was her calling. Subsequently she qualified in Vinyasa Flow with Mimi Kuo Deemer, Hot Yoga with Kristin Campbell, Yin Yoga with Norman Blair and completed 100-hours Anusara with Bridget Woods Kramer, Mindfulness with Sarah Powers and 50-hours with Tiffany Cruikshank.

Charli has a passion for alignment and anatomy. Her Vinyasa classes are slow flowing alignment focused where movement is linked through the breath to allow the body to let go of tension whilst positions are held to build core strength and freedom. Her approach to yoga and warm personality shine through. Sequences and postures are modified to work for all with individual help via encouraging hands on adjustments and verbal cues.

The transformative effect of Ashtanga keeps Charli dedicated whilst Vinyasa Flow gives her the freedom to be creative with fun sequences that challenge and keep students on their toes.