My yoga journey started in 2002. I can clearly remember my first Bikram class like it was yesterday. Little did I know then that it would change and take my life in a totally different direction.
Having worked 50/60 hours a week in the restaurant industry for over 30 years. I was amazed at how my practice alleviated stress and helped to keep me grounded and sane. At the same time bringing a lot more clarity and balance into my life.
We all have eureka moments in our lives!!! And mine was “I need to stop doing what I’m doing”… My practice gave me so much strength and support to make the jump… So in 2008 I decided to sell up and go to teacher training. I never looked back. I opened the studio in 2010 and it feels like my second home. It continues to make me grow and nurture this amazing relationship with myself.
The introduction of Yin Yoga into my life has again changed everything….. Personally I have had more insights and eureka moments on my mat practising Yin. It really goes to the heart of yoga, its essence!! I love having a space which allows me to share my passion and love for yoga through teaching, practicing and nurturing others. And I still love teaching now, more than ever before.
“When you find something that you love doing… you never have to work again!”
Sanjai came to yoga initially from many years of reading philosophy and understanding what life is all about.
From the beginning of that journey some 20 years ago he has tried many systems of yoga, meditation, healing. During that time he qualified in reiki, Thai massage, kaladi nadi massage and of course Bikram yoga. Outside the studio Sanjai works with individuals and corporate clients in various endeavours, especially in the fields of self-fulfilment, so it is with great pleasure that he gets a chance to bring the wealth of all his experience and expertise to teach a class.
“If you enjoy being challenged, encouraged, developing a sense of humour and the ability to fall in love with yourself thoroughly then I sincerely suggest you try a 90 minute class of Bikram. I absolutely love to get a full class moving energetically as one and revel in the interactions that are created in each and every class. Each is unique, each is special, and it is a sheer pleasure and joy to teach!”
2008… After going through some post traumatic stress and some serious family woes Bikram Yoga found me. The best thing that ever walked into my life and the strongest most powerful amazing relationship I ever had.
The most incredible, toughest, emotional, intense few months of my life but came out like a breath of fresh air having found where I belong in life. Since.. have been teaching all over the UK and spent a year in the USA teaching in LA, NYC, Miami… also Costa Rica, Iceland and Sedona Arizona. I also completed Jimmy Barkans 500 hours in Vinyasa flow and combine teaching both practices.
There is nothing I have more passion for than sharing this incredible gift. Finding new students and seeing how they grow and change their lives because of it. I want to further my knowledge around the world hosting retreats and spreading my gift to as many people I can… ready to learn more about Jiva and Yin and continuously keep opening and growing..
I hope you too find the wonderful gift of YOGA and take with you this practice for the rest of your life… It rocks my world!!! And I know it will yours too… ❤️
Every time I walk into the hotroom to teach Bikram yoga, I am excited and grateful.
I am immediately drawn outside of myself towards the students and their experience.
My goal as a teacher is to give clear, motivational direction so that students have the confidence in me and in themselves to trust what I am asking them to do. I respect everyone in the room, knowing that each student’s experience is unique to them. I observe the students and respond to what I see – this becomes even more powerful as I get to know the students class after class. By having an active dialogue like this between student and teacher in the room we can create and share a wonderful group energy together.
My hope for the students is that – like me – they walk out of the studio feeling amazing and already looking forward to their next class :).
I ﬁrst discovered the magic of yoga over 20 years ago, when I moved to NYC to be a professional Contemporary dancer.
At that time all the “downtown” dancers took yoga at this tiny word of mouth studio called Jivamukti, with the amazing teachers/founders Sharon Gannon and David Life. Jivamukti has grown into a global yoga phenomenon, but back then it was my tiny sanctuary. I was there every day and these two amazing teachers transformed my life and opened my eyes to greater truths about the Universe and myself. I would come out of every class feeling like a weight had been lifted, mind open and free, body energised, yet relaxed. Having come from years of training as a ballet dancer, this kind of work of incorporating the mind, body and breath in such a challenging, yet compassionate way was like diving into Truth. Through my career as a dancer, yoga remained my personal practice and solace, and when I stopped dancing I transitioned into teaching. I passionately believe that the combination of training the mind, body and breath in tandem change one’s life on a fundamental level, and through my classes I hope to challenge people to go deep and ﬁnd that inner strength and the grace of transformation through release. I have also created a line of jewellery that is about inspiring one to this place. . .. cadencelondon.com To me yoga is about going within to ﬁnd that space where everything connects and all external worries, stresses, superﬁcialities drop away as one connects to a greater source of energy. It can be challenging, dirty, messy, emotional as one strips away the layers, but it takes one to a place of balance, peace and joy. My classes focus on intelligent sequencing, linking breath to movement to build a practice that brings strength, consciousness and ease to the body and mind.
An Italian tourist who ended up getting lost and found in London.
Marianna has spent the last few years honing her skill set and passion in both Pilates, barre and Yoga.
For the last two years she can be found perfecting many a barre bodies at Barrecore, teaching everything from Yoga, myofascial stretch, sculpt and post natal classes. She has over 200RYS hours in Hot Power Yoga and is one of the few lucky individuals to be taught by one of only two Forrest Yoga gurus in Europe. Her philosophy when it comes to yoga is to adapt ancient teachings to seamlessly blend into our modern day hectic and body transforming lives, realigning, strengthening and open up ourselves mentally and spiritually.
She is also currently training in Yin & Yang yoga to explore the magic of yin on the body and the diverse Chakras meditation to reach a even deeper soul & body practice.
A firm believer that our breathe is our music she likes to keep her classes focused and tough, allowing each individual to explore their body and mind and connecting to themselves through their breathing.
Yoga is the only activity I’ve ever done where all elements of myself are challenged… physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
It’s a very humbling, grounding experience and the best way I’ve found of understanding who I am and practising the power of self awareness.
I am always blown away by the dedication of students who inevitably teach me more than I could ever teach them AND… It’s fun!
In my class you can expect a combination of fun, challenge, nurturing and support.
From a very young age, I took a keen interest in fitness and the body, developing a wealth of knowledge through self training.
I went on to further my knowledge academically and hold several qualifications including a Diploma in Fitness and Nutrition and a Personal Trainer qualification. I recently qualified as a Physical Therapy Aide and continue developing my knowledge and understanding of the body and health with passion and dedication.
I started practising Bikram yoga in 2006 in Dallas and started competing in the Annual Yoga Asana Competitions in 2007. I was silver medalist in the 2009 Texas Regional and placed in the top 10 at the 2010 National Yoga Asana Competition. I was bronze medallist in the 2013 Texas Regional.
In 2010 I embarked on the intense Teacher Training Program and graduated as a qualified Bikram yoga teacher; since then I’ve been teaching the Bikram beginners series across studios in the US, Asia and Europe. I’ve attended several advanced seminars and lead advanced classes for many years in Texas. I treasure the opportunity to share my love of yoga with my students and see their lives change for the better through a regular practice.
Through depending my yoga practice I developed an interest in the meditative aspect of it: I’ve been attending annual Vipassana meditation retreats since 2009 also volunteering on site as a senior meditator. I am also a longtime student of energy work and have learned how to work with energy centres to release stress and tension, which are the primary sources of illness.
I teach yoga because I am passionate about empowering the students to develop their full potential without the self-imposed mind limitations.
I love teaching the students how they can use yoga and meditation to manage their emotions and to change the way they feel.
My classes are full of energy and passion I transmit to the students. I emphasize the importance of breathing, alignment and having fun. I believe yoga is not about the poses but about controlling the mind through the breathing. I encourage the students to move beyond their comfort zone and at the same time to listen to their body. The more you focus on your breathing, the more you connect with yourself and the deeper you go into your practice
I teach because I want everybody to realise the benefits that yoga brings, to share my passion and to be of service.
I was first introduced to yoga as a way of dealing with lower back pain. I was diagnosed with chronic sciatica in my left side (L5/S1) but have used the yoga to heal my body, mind and spirit.
In my class I create a calm and compassionate environment to bring awareness to your breath and attention to your alignment. My goal for you is to leave the class feeling better, lighter and happier. Be mindful in your movement. Be aware of how your body feels today. Be happy with whatever the outcome.
In 2011, disenchanted by my fashion career, I decided to swap luxury rags for sweaty shorts to become a Bikram yoga teacher.
Throughout my years of teaching and practicing different styles of yoga, I realised the magnitude of what yoga truly is – a physical, spiritual and ethical practice.
I have since trained in Jivamukti Yoga, Vinyasa flow, prenatal yoga and taken a number of anatomy courses. As well as teaching Yoga to the general public, I am currently training in Yin yoga and in biomechanics / yoga therapy. Throughout my years of teaching I have come to realise the extent to which we all have different bodies and different life experiences and these create a unique life story for each of us. We all have an Achilles heel and once you find it and accept it, you are ready to address it. And that is only half of the journey: awareness, acceptance and peeling away the emotional, mental, physiological and physical layers, which hold us back is the next step.
Yoga has stretched, healed and strengthened my body, belief system, mind and soul, in unexpected and amazing ways. Practicing can be hard especially at the start, but stick with it, because the benefits are solid. Yoga continuously challenges you, changes and shapes you in ways you will not believe. The practice of yoga is a harmonising self-study, which helps to align one with inner and outer peace as well as the earth and all her inhabitants.
Ashley Van Dyk
After working in the Pilates spectrum for the last 10 years, Ashley completed her Yoga primary series in Mysore, India in 2016
Her passion for functional movement led her into the world of Gait Therapy which has opened a fresh and different perspective into body alignment.
GAIT is a form of movement therapy that realigns your body based on GAIT/walking patterns. GAIT is based on the idea that your body innately knows how to move correctly, there is a blueprint but due to modern lifestyle our bodies have been forced to adapt to long periods of sitting at a desk, stress and lack of movement. Constantly challenged by incorrect movement, this often leads to discomfort, pain and injury. Incorrect alignment can hinder any peak performance, therefor never functioning to your optimum.
Influenced growing up, within a Hindu household with sacred mantras, I combine my knowledge of movement, mindful meditation and sound.
With my unique blend of Shakti Dance, Yin Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, I create an inspiring, dynamic and an elevating setting.
Internationally trained by world renowned teachers and with more than ten years practice of yoga. This has created opportunities which has allowed me to share my wealth of knowledge through my international retreats in India, Bali and Greece. My work has been described as trendsetting, mindful, fresh and rejuvenating.