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 the Certified KPJAYI teacher Hamish Hendry.
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 began her yoga journey in 2009 when she was working full time in the film industry. It began with meditation as a way to declutter a busy mind. That then led to yoga asana (physical practice), transforming stress into movement and reconnecting with her body as a way of self medicating. It soon became her way of life, initially inspired by Ashtanga Mysore & Vinyasa styles. Eventually 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.
With an adventurous spirit, Candy has travelled a lot, as both student and teacher.
Candy teaches a strong Vinyasa flow with emphasis on safe alignment and connected breath. Expect to work hard and to be challenged, to explore your limits and reconnect with your body. Quite the opposite to her Vinyasa, Candy also teaches Yin yoga. Expect to slow down, to work deep into the fibres of your body as a way to release both physical and emotional tension. In Yin the poses are deep, mostly floor based and are held for a longer to allow this release. Flexibility starts in the mind.
Mina’s early experience of yoga was Astanga Mysore practise in East London in 1998. It blew her away on so many levels. Even in her early years of yoga, she understood the system had so much to offer – discipline, purification and therapy. Her Japanese upbringing helped her to appreciate the discipline side. However Mina’s life, on the whole, wasn’t balanced enough to make her regular practice sustainable. Having some injuries forced her to look for a more structural and subtle approach to her practice. When she returned to regular Mysore practice in her mid 40’s, she realised it had more to offer than just a physical health benefit as it makes you observe your own behaviour whilst on the mat. Astanga yoga is often misunderstood in the West for it’s vigour and it often attracts many people looking only to achieve a physical benefit from their practice of it. No yoga practice should be done with aggression or an unhealthy desire to achieve something. Yoga should be practiced steadily and often, and approached calmly without attachment. It is Mina’s mission to share with people how yoga practice has longevity and can apply to people of all ages and backgrounds. Yoga is adaptable and can be modified to suit each person’s needs. Mina would love to share with you the true benefit of yoga. She is grateful for Sarah Litton and Hamish Hendry who work tirelessly to spread their knowledge and inspiration.
Mina’s Pregnancy Yoga is infused with Birth preparation. The main influence for these classes come from studying with Michel Odent and from Liliana Lammers who helped her to become a doula. She offers explanations about birth physiology and the behaviour of the oxytocin hormone. This is because Mina believe such information can influence women to take control of their own labour. She believes certain knowledge empowers expecting couples and removes fear factors associating with childbirth. Michel and Liliana are both incredibly important to Mina and her family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Honor Pennington Legh
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.
Ellie Ramsby Herrera
Ellie Ramsby Herrera
Teaching is a passion and has remained the backbone of Ellie’s life for many years. In addition to teaching regular classes she also directs her own teacher trainings in both London and Stockholm. Her goal as a teacher is to communicate clear purposeful instructions that support students individual learning process. Ellie encourages students to experience through the body and breath and to go beyond the old and familiar.
Ellie has a First Class (Hons.) degree in Contemporary Dance from London Contemporary Dance School and is certified as an experienced yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance (500 E-RYT) and Senior teacher through Yoga Alliance UK. She continues to develop her work and in 2016 she participated in a 4-month-long meditation facilitation mentorship programme for Michael Stone. At the moment she is pursuing her Masters degree in Effective Learning and Teaching at the Institute of Education at UCL in London. She is grateful for the teachers that continue to inspire her: Don and Amba Stapleton, Devarshi Steven Hartman, Bella Magnusson and Nikki Costello, as well as all her friends and family.
Mischa’s yoga journey began over a decade ago and slowly began to weave its way through her life; she is continually humbled and inspired by the potential of yoga to transform, expand and heal and is devoted to sharing the practice with others. She holds enormous gratitude to leading vinyasa flow teacher Claire Missingham with whom she completed her initial 200 hours and went on to assist for some time afterwards. Most recently Mischa finished an additional 300 hour training with her teacher Sianna Sherman who is of enormous influence and inspiration to her. She has now stepped into apprenticeship with Sianna and assists her on workshops and trainings. Aside her exploration of Vinyasa and Hatha yoga she has a regular Astanga and Iyengar practice which support and refine her understanding and teaching.
Mischa regularly visits and has spent over a year in India studying, practicing and visiting sacred sites and holds a special place in her heart.
She teaches a heartfelt practice with creative sequencing, a deep focus on breath and alignment and a combination of strong steady flow and longer holds to both uplift and tap into the stillness. She draws her understanding from a number of styles and traditions, particularly inspired by the philosophy and practices of the Tantric lineage. Her classes are woven with philosophy, myth and stories and often include music, chanting, meditation and ritual. Her teaching is passionate and knowledgeable, her intention is to both challenge and restore, holding a space for individuals to open, reflect and absorb. You will be taken on a joyful journey of self inquiry and unfolding. Mischa is committed to her own study and practice as the foundation of her teaching.
Lisa Di Gennaro
Lisa Di Gennaro
Lisa believes Yoga is a way of life; everyone should practice it because it makes them a better person by developing more peace, love, happiness and kindness.
Lisa teaches a strong, energetic sequence. She holds certificates in Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow yoga.
When she became pregnant and her practice slowed down, Lisa completed her Pre/Post Natal and Mum & Baby Yoga courses. This was the best thing she could have done as she discovered how simple breath and deep relaxation can help a woman heal physically, mentally and emotionally during this most precious and challenging time.