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- Lisa White | Studio Director & Yoga Teacher
Lisa began practicing yoga when she was 4 years old, the same time she started attending dancing classes but an unfortunate accident prevented her continuing her path as a ballet dancer and after 8 years working in the advertising industry, gave it all up to focus solely on her yoga practice.
Initially she trained with Birthlight in perinatal yoga, meeting Uma Dinsmore Tuli who became her mentor and giving Lisa the opportunity to work and study closely with her. Now, with nearly 10 years of teaching behind her, Lisa has taught pregnancy, postnatal and baby yoga at The Life Centre, the Special Yoga Centre, St Thomas’ Hospital, King’s College Hospital and The Quiet Space.
As well as continuing her passion in teaching, Lisa is also training students for the Yoga Campus Pregnancy Teacher Training Intensive alongside Uma, and teaching their Pregnancy Yoga Module on the Yoga Campus 200 hours.
Lisa has also trained in Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater, Yin Yoga with Norman Blair, Yoga Therapy with Mukunda Styles and Meditation with Swami Veda Bharati and continues to study under the guidance of Tias Little. Lisa has taken from each of these teachers a passion for creating a connection between the mind and body, breathing and health, relaxation and serenity… giving us the tools to cope with the hectic lives that we tend to lead in London and in now also in Wales! She teachers a slow, strong and alignment based classes that are fun, friendly and creative.
Despite not teaching weekly classes, you will find her teaching weekend workshops in Therapeutic Yoga, Somatics, Yoga Nidra and Birth Preparation at Yoga Place E2, as she works to build the new Yoga Place Abertawe in Wales.
She holds the Birthlight Perinatal Diploma, is BWY certified and is also the Director of Yoga Place E2 and Yoga Place Abertawe
Lisa offers private sessions in adapting your practice for pregnancy, and birth preparation workshops, as well offering Yoga for stress and anxiety or if you need a practice tailored to suit specific needs. Please contact Lisa on firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
- Trudi Oliveiro | Studio Manager
Hatha Yoga | All Levels | Tuesdays & Thursdays 08:00-09:00 | Thursdays 10:30-11:30 | Sundays 09:00-10:30
Trudi has taught Hatha Yoga for over 12 years and is a fully qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher who trained with The Life Centre, London. She teaches the morning Hatha classes at Yoga Place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, co-teaches the Yoga Place Beginners Course, as well as teaching privately to individuals, groups and in-house to companies in the corporate and voluntary sector.
She endeavours to create a warm, relaxed, welcoming environment in which people of any level can learn at their own pace, challenge themselves and see steady gains in their strength, stamina, balance and flexibility. Her classes include plenty of stretches alongside a balanced flow of yoga postures and you will be encouraged to be mindful of the breath while exploring form and alignment.
- Rena Lambri
Vinyasa Yoga | All Levels | Sundays 17:45-19:15
Rena has a trained background in performance, movement and dance and has always viewed the body as a wonderful tool for expression. Over the last 10 years she has been drawn to various dynamic styles of yoga ranging from Bikram to Ashtanga. She discovered Vinyasa Flow whilst in Thailand and was particularly drawn to the creative sequencing, sense of grounding and inner peace it gave her and thus noticed how her own practice deepened. It encouraged her to make the life-changing decision to become a Yoga Teacher and she did her 200 hour Teacher Training in Spain & the U.K. with Frog Lotus Yoga – which gave her the tools and confidence to teach creatively and intelligently. She is also about to embark on a 500 hour teacher training with the Vajrasati School of Yoga. Rena’s Vinyasa Class on Sundays is for all levels with an emphasis on alignment and flow.
- Fleur Mondanipoor
Vinyasa Yoga | All Levels | Tuesdays 18:30-19:45
Fleur Mondanipoor has been teaching yoga for over 5 years. She trained in India and London and continues to gain more knowledge though her own practice and regular professional development. She comes from a dance and fitness background – but found her true passion practicing and teaching yoga.
Fleur is compassionate and always teaches from the heart. She believes in combining traditional yoga practices with a contemporary outlook to create a dynamic flow in her class suitable for all. Fleur loves to encourage and help people to grow and reach their own personal goals.
- Giorgos Alexandris
Giorgos’s passion for teaching stems from his own Yoga practice and the transformative effect it has had on his life over the last ten years – proud to be in a position to share what he has learned. He welcomes everyone in his classes which are well structured, with dynamic yet accessible parts with emphasis on breath/movement coordination and relaxing/restorative elements. His teaching style is engaging, encouraging students to be focused while maintaining an element of fun. After completing the Triyoga teacher training he continues to study with Anna Ashby and Joey Miles as an assistant to the programme and is learning 2nd series Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga from Eileen Gauthier.
- Brenda Barquet
Brenda is originally from Mexico and has been based in London for the last 13 years, where her yoga practice and personal development journey started.
She gained her Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher certification in Thailand with Lorraine Taylor, focusing on female bodies and energies. She holds a Yoga Alliance US accreditation (RYT200). She also furthered her training with with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Lisa-Victoria White, becoming a pregnancy yoga teacher. (Womb Yoga registered) .
Bringing a unique sense of empowerment to each class, her pregnancy lessons are fluid, nourishing and deeply feminine. A practice that strengthens the inner relationship with the female body.
Brenda’s teaching offers the mum-to-be a peaceful time to reinforce the bond between her and her baby’s heart, to achieve serenity and to create a healthy pregnancy.
- Laura Piercy Farley
Laura is a British Wheel of yoga trained teacher, she has trained with Jo Manuel to teach yoga to children and with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Lisa White to teach prenatal and postnatal yoga. Laura has been teaching for 12 years, she started teaching her fellow police officers and now teaches children, family, Fab & Over 50 and prenatal and postnatal yoga.
Her classes are suitable for beginner to advanced yogis. They are a ‘little piece of heaven’ and time for you to do what is right for you.
- Claire Whalley
Hatha Slow Flow | All Levels | Tuesdays 13:00-14:15
Flow & Restore | All Levels | Tuesdays 17:30-18:30
Hatha Yoga | All Levels | Fridays 18:30-19:45
Claire has been practising yoga for 25 years and trained as a teacher at Yoga Campus. Her classes serve as an inspiration and support for life. She creates a welcoming space for the discovery and exploration of an internal awareness whilst challenging the student’s physical edge with a safely led dynamic and deep practice. With an interest in the therapeutic qualities of yoga, she emphasizes that the physical benefits of asana are only a small part of the joy of yoga and teaches how the combined use of body, breath and mind help us discover who we really our and our path in life. Exploring the anatomical benefit of each asana she also delves into their more subtle energetic effects, and always weaves pranayama, (breath work), meditation/visualization and yoga philosophy into her classes. Her restorative poses go deep and leave the student feeling relaxed and revitalized. She has trained with world renowned teachers Jessica Magnin, Rod Stryker, Graham Burns & Suzanne Lahusen and is also qualified to teach yoga to teenagers and those in palliative care.
- Amy Waring
Amy was first drawn to yoga as a teenager while on the way to her dance training when she accidentally stepped into the wrong room and attended a yoga class instead. She was struck by the way the class had made her feel and so continued to discover and learn about the practices of yoga for the next 17 years.
Having had injuries in her early teens, Amy experienced the healing power of yoga and how it allowed her to move beyond perceived limitations. She has been fortunate to have many great teachers over the years including, Krishnaa Devi who was a senior student of B.K.S Iyengar, Swami Saradananda, Elena Voyce PhD and teachers of the Himalayan tradition both in London and in India.
She is a Yoga Alliance 200 hour, British Wheel of Yoga Accredited and Therapeutic Yoga Teacher and teaches Hatha, flow, restorative and therapeutic yoga and meditation. She has shared the transformational practices of yoga with groups in community centres, hospitals, schools, company offices and yoga studios across London and has taught many private one to one students from all walks of life.
She teaches with a strong focus on healthy alignment: Alignment of the body, action, energy, mind and heart which allows for deeper, inner awareness to unfold. Her classes incorporate creativity and precision, helping students to retrain habitual patterns, release tension and cultivate healthy body usage for the long term, together with compassion and respect for individual needs, so that their yoga journey is safe as well as transformational.
- Natalie Armitage
Vinyasa Yoga |All Levels | Monday & Fridays 08:00-09:00
Natalie is Hatha and Vinyasa trained and completed her teacher traning in Rishikesh, India. She’s found what she has learnt from both disciplines has helped her to create a sense of balance in her classes. Pranayama is her speciality and is an integral part of her morning classes – which she teaches to students so they can practice independently at home or work.
She has prior experience working with children with disabilities and of primary school age and also trained in Kids Yoga. She has also trained to work with vulnerable adults with complex needs, disabilities and mental health challenges – her teaching is supportive and inclusive. Natalie is of dual heritage (Indian and English) – having been raised in a mixture of both cultures and philosophies she feels deeply connected to the roots and benefits of yoga. It has taught her to celebrate the union of these worlds and the essence of humanity, as a whole, that is shared in her spiritual practice.
- Yoska Kai Bosch
At the age of sixteen Yoska attended her first yoga class, not knowing what effects it would have on her future. For the following ten years she experimented with different ways of movement, including various yoga styles and different types of dance. It was not until after getting her bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, studying NLP and photography that her strong passion for yoga turned in to her life purpose.
Yoska travelled to India to discover the roots of yoga, deepen her yoga philosophy and practice Sivananda yoga in an ashram. India led her to Bali, where she did a Hatha Yoga teacher training with High Vibe Yoga and an additional Yin Yoga training. Yoska then travelled to the Kopan monastery in Nepal to deepen her knowledge of Buddhism and meditation.
Recently Yoska has been teaching classes in pranayama, meditation and asana as she stayed in Bali, Nepal, the Netherlands and Wales. After three years of travelling and developing as a yogi she has chosen London as a home base.
Yoska believes in the importance of being humble in her teaching and remaining open to development. She attends workshops and trainings to enrich and improve her yoga practice. Yoga makes her happy and has proven to be meaningful in her life and she loves to share this happiness with others. Her goal is to inspire her students to become aware of their inner space and acceptance. Her classes are nurturing, mindful, grounding, and gentle; they encourage her students to focus on their own unique body and evoke them to grow and develop.
- Sallyanne Wood
Sallyanne’s classes assists in revealing and ultimately transcending habitual patterns, resistance and detrimental modes of moving and being to bring us home to our inherently enlightened being.
Her all encompassing, playful approach adapts the classical yoga poses into accessible, enjoyable and effective moves uniquely tailored to suit every body. So the poses aren’t imposed, but rather emerge from within, unraveling habitual tension and bringing healing in their wake.
Easing you into a dynamic alignment, Sallyanne’s classes strengthen and balance your entire musculature, nourishing your nervous system and boosting immunity.
In directing our awareness inwards with compassion, sensitivity and a sense of surrender, we can transcend ordinary consciousness and sink beneath the formation of thought and emotion to embodied, momentary sensation, in our ever fluctuating subtle energetic body. In so doing, or rather being, we offer ourselves up for inner alchemy to happen, whereby one’s limited view expands and a lightening and refining of consciousness naturally happens.
- Roxanne Halsey
When she was a teenager, Roxanne suffered from chronic back pain caused by scoliosis of the spine. After trying many solutions, she found that a regular yoga practice was the only thing to relieve the pain. Since then, she has been in love with the transformational power of this practice.
Five years on, she decided to train as a teacher so that she might share her passion and create classes that bring together all the elements of yoga that inspire her. She studied traditional hatha asana, pranayama and meditation in India, and has since completed a 100 hr Anusara immersion with Bridget Woods-Kramer.
In her spare time Roxanne is an activist and campaigner, and is passionate about the ways that a regular yoga practice can support activism or caring work by offering a space for self-inquiry, empowerment and self-care.
Her classes blend together flowing movements and longer-held postures. They are always light-hearted and playful, encouraging practitioners to challenge themselves whilst remaining compassionate and honoring their own experience.
- Maren Weege
With a heart full of compassion, sensitive and sensible intuition, a bag of experience, an inquiring open mind and mindful touch, Maren is passionate about being a teacher who holds space in order for students to find their inner teacher. She motivates her students to become more aware of their physical, energetic, mental and emotional state and how to meet themselves where they are in order to take it from there.
Yoga to Maren is a multidimensional system that has the capacity to bring you back home to yourself by bringing about transformation on all levels of your being through steady and regular practice. She believes in working with the basics and adding some challenge on but you probably won’t find yourself dripping in sweat in her classes. Rather, she combines movement, yoga poses, deep and conscious breathing, kriyas, mudras, meditation and deep relaxation in a way that creates space for each individual’s self-healing capacities to switch on. Her asana classes are multi-level classes offering options to choose from based on the needs of the individual student balancing challenge and compassion.
Maren specialises in Mindful Hatha Flow Yoga, Yoga for Pregnancy, Restorative Yoga and Yoga with FeetUp. She is also a Thai Yoga Massage practitioner. Her educational journey is continuous and so Maren assists her teachers when she can and keeps going back for more education and experience. Her gratitude goes especially to her long-term teachers Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Max Strom, Norman Blair and Krishnatakis.
- Amy Mabin
Amy has spent the past decade exploring healing in the form of meditation, dance and yoga. After years of struggling with anxiety and addiction, in 2007 Amy committed herself to a path of recovery, discovery and self-transformation.
As a teacher, Amy’s intention is to be vessel for each student’s personal process of growth – she facilitates a space for students to meet themselves and what they may hold in their bodies, on the yoga mat, to build strength physically, emotionally and mentally.
Amy’s personal practise is constantly evolving with time, study, and experience. She strives to reveal deeper truths within herself, and to empower the same in her students, through focused movement and breathing. Amy believes that all who come to practise yoga have the ability to unlock their power and potential as positive forces in the world.
- Sasha Gabbe
Sasha has been practicing yoga since 1996 & teaching since 2012
Sasha’s early years were spent developing a creative path through the expressions of dance, theatre and visual arts. The practice of yoga is a continuation of this exploration.
Her personal journey into teaching yoga came through a transitional time in her own life. Sasha’s first 200 hour teacher training was a transformative experience, studying Hatha yoga with Bharath Shetty, an Indian teacher in Mysore. This was followed closely by a second 200 hour teacher training (Hatha & Ashtanga) with respected UK teachers Melanie Cooper & Laura Gilmore; which gave Sasha more practical teaching tools. Since then Sasha has undertaken further training in Yin yoga with Norman Blair who she regularly assists & his her mentor & most recently study Restorative yoga with Judith Hanson Lassater.
Her own practice includes Ashtanga, Yin and Restorative; to create the balance needed for a life lived in London.
Sasha enjoys a slow flow, with focus on foundation, breath and alignment. Sasha is drawn to teaching Yin & Restorative yoga in particular, as it allows time to cultivate spaciousness in the body & mind.
- Ling Mann
Ling has been practicing yoga since 2001 and teaching since 2007. She is passionate in helping people ‘to come home to themselves’ and to feel deeply nourished by finding harmony and calm in their minds and freedom in their bodies from today’s hectic lifestyles. Her classes blend together alignment based flowing movements and longer-held poses that build strength and stamina, while improving stability and flexibility. Ling is passionate about teaching yoga in a hands-on personal non-dogmatic way. She shares information on anatomy and benefits of poses for the physical and subtle energetic body that encourages practitioners to challenge themselves whilst remaining compassionate and honouring their own bodies through kindness for themselves.
Ling is certified to teach yoga for adults, children and pregnancy. She is an advanced practitioner of Relax & Renew® Restorative yoga for therapeutic healing and is also a teacher trainer, having studied with Judith Hanson Lasater since 2009. The lineage of her yoga includes immersive training with Tias Little and Doug Keller for yoga therapy and meditation with Rolf Sovik of the Himalayan Institute.
Ling combines her extensive training in yoga and knowledge in various holistic therapies and is also trained in Thai Yoga Massage, Herbal Ball Compress, Abdominal Chi and Vibrational therapy with Tok Sen and Sound Healing with Himalayan Singing Bowls – which is available on request at Yoga Place.
- Yolanda Barker
While people come to Yoga for different reasons (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual), Yolanda believes that what connects all students is Yoga’s transformational potential.She discovered that her most significant personal transformations came when she combined a dynamic Yoga style with the spiritual sensibilities of mindfulness, energy work, and positive thinking. In her classes she combines a flowing Vinyasa style with strong, long holds that emphasise alignment. She guides people to reconnect with their bodies, to become aware of their minds, and to learn to love their experience on the mat.
Yolanda teachers the monthly Tantra Yoga Workshops, Vinyasa Flow on Mondays at 7.45pm, Vinyasa Flow & Relax on Wednesdays at 5pm and the Hatha Flow on Fridays at 6.30pm.
- Jasone Miranda-Bilbao
Jasone teaches traditional Ashtanga Yoga. She has had a daily Mysore practice for the last 15 years, taken part in many workshops led by senior international teachers and in 2004-2005 made an extended visit to the KPJAY of Mysore to study with Guruji, Sharath and Saraswathi. In London she practices under the guidance of Hamish Hendry whom she also assists and is committed to going back to Mysore whenever she can.
Parallel to this Jasone teaches art while also practicing as an artist and it is this that takes her to India regularly and for few months a year. Her combined experience in yoga and art, practical as well as theoretical, has given her a particular understanding of how the body and the mind work in conjunction and the belief in the importance of exploring new ways of thinking and living. When teaching yoga her priority is to help students to develop their own practice by encouraging a quality of mindful attention that can be extended outside the mat
- Marco Cannavo
Marco has been teaching yoga since 1997 both in East London and at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Maida Vale. He has visited Pune India several times to study with the Iyengar family and he is an assessor for the UK Iyengar Yoga Association.
- Amanda Wright
Amanda came to yoga in 2001 after being involved in a serious motorbike accident, she’d been suffering from whiplash & other injuries for 2 years. Her first yoga class was an amazing experience & helped ease her neck. Amanda is authorised & registered to teach through Yoga Alliance. She did a 200 hour YA teacher training in 2004 and a 300 hour in 2005 both with Yoga Arts, it was not until a Yoga teacher training with Sarah Powers in 2006 that she felt ready to teach. Amanda is an enthusiastic & devoted yoga practitioner & an experienced & qualified teacher.
Amanda loves to teach bringing lightness to her classes, making them an enjoyable but learned experience. She partakes in a residential Yoga/Meditation retreat annually, & continues to further her own knowledge and study of yoga. She teaches the following yoga styles at Yoga Place:
Dynamic Yoga: A strong practice, holding some postures for time. Emphasis is on moving through the postures in a flowing way with awareness on the ‘in’ and ‘out’ breath.
Yin Yoga: A slow, steady & often stationary practice, with a sense of core softness & surrender. The postures are held for 5 minutes, working on connective tissue, & deeper aspects of the body/mind.
- Angelika Grohmann
My interest in Yoga started in the 70′s when I was involved in a project with Autistic children in Berlin. The children became my teachers. We gradually bonded through bodywork, music and love. Reading my first book on meditation ‘Hara’ by the philosopher and psychotherapist Graf von Dürkheim I decided to go on a journey, which became my life’s journey. I had my first meditation and yoga experience in a mud hut in India. It was a significant turning point in my life. I moved from Berlin to England, lived there for 10 years in a Buddhist community and trained as a Yoga Teacher at the Iyengar institute in London.
I realized very soon that just the practice of yoga asanas (postures) was not enough for me. To have a deeper understanding of our lives and how the practice works, we need spiritual teachings to reflect on.
In my early travels to India I stayed at the Ramana Maharashi Ashram in the South of India which had a profound effect on me. I spend a few times in Auroville, teaching Yoga and studying the teachings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. Although my practice is inspired by the ancient yoga philosophy, modern psychology and quantum physics, I feel mostly drawn to the teachings of the Buddha. My emphasis is and has always been the path of the heart, direct experience and a down to earth truthfulness.
My deepest inspirations are the teachings of Pema Chødron, Robina Courtin, Tsultrim Alione, J.Tenzin Palmo, Jack Kornfield, Thich Nhath Hangh and the Dalai Lama.I don’t follow one particular school or teacher, because I strongly believe that the true ‘Guru’ is within our own hearts.
The practice I teach is a journey into the more subtle body, the body of breath, energy flow, prana, transparency, lightness and joy, using the classical hatha yoga asanas to connect with that within us, which is beautiful and in harmony, the body of light. My teachings are always changing and directly from my heart experience, often very spontaneous and unpredictable.
I have been teaching now for 27 years. I will never stop seeking since I realized that life is about inner growth, self inquiry and a very gradual awakening to inner dimensions of life, to one’s own essential nature. Yoga is the most challenging, most revealing path we can choose, if we practice it in all it’s aspects.
- Ben Lawley
Ben Lawley teaches authentic Ashtanga – an energetic yoga tradition. The late Shri K. Pattabhi Jois developed Ashtanga as a therapeutic self-development system, teaching athletes and many hospital patients. His daughter and grandson continue in the Mysore shala.
In 1993 Ben studied meditation in Nepal and embarked on a search for a spiritual practice. He was first introduced to Ashtanga yoga in 2005 and realised he had found something profoundly powerful. He visits Sharath (the grandson of Pattabhi Jois), for study in Mysore.
As an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ellis Snitcher Ayurvedic prize winning scholar with Ayurveda MSc, Ben’s background in therapeutic bodywork and healing informs his approach to teaching.
Wednesday Nights – All levels Ashtanga – 7.45pm
Ben Lawley teaches authentic Ashtanga as practiced in Mysore. Though a physically demanding, energetic yoga tradition, it is adjusted for any student’s ability: All welcome – complete beginner or experienced students. Ashtanga features flowing movements (vinyasa) between postures, giving you great cardio-vascular workouts while releasing muscular tension, expelling toxins, building flexibility and unblocking energy.
Ashtanga is unique in using bandha (muscular engagement), drishti (focus point), and pranayama (breath control) alongside postures. With verbal instructions and physical adjustments you will learn this powerful self-development system, whether you seek therapy, or progression to the next evolutionary stage.
Fun on Fridays! – All levels Ashtanga – with time to develop further Friday nights are special!
Ever wonder what postures follow those we usually do in class? On Fridays you can discover more in a special all-level class. Starting with the familiar first half of Ashtanga primary series, we progress to a little experimentation with novel postures! With guidance and support, you learn to work with postures like bhuja pidasana, kurmasana and bakasana. Whether experienced or beginner – everyone can advance their practice in this special class.
Get your weekend off to an intense flying start: early class, so still time to go out afterwards!
- Emily Hayward
Emily Hayward has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and teaching for a number of years, accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga. She has immersed herself in the Indian tradition by living with a yogi in Kerala. Emily is very interested in yoga philosophy having spent some time studying The Yoga Sutras of Pantajali and their relevance to our lives now. Emily’s yoga knowledge has seen her appear in The Independent and on BBC’S Inside Out Show.
Emily’s class: One student said “You explain everything in such a good way. I love it! It calms me down and helps me through tough times. Thank you very much!” For beginners to more experienced students (including a number of trainee BWY teachers), Emily’s hatha yoga class is dynamic yet calming. Emily has studied yoga therapy, which guides her to ensure her classes are safe but always fun and challenging. Emily explores the classical postures and breathing techniques sometimes adding a little philosophy into the mix. She encourages her students to build yoga into their daily lives.
- Susan Bysh
Susan was introduced to yoga in the late 1970s in Canada, accompanying her mother to hatha yoga classes, and she maintained a home practice off and on over the next twenty years. In 1998 she moved to London and, after fully exploring the wide variety of yoga classes on offer, became committed to an ashtanga Mysore-style practice in the tradition of Sri K Pattabhi Jois. She has since completed the Primary and Intermediate series, and is working through the Advanced A series with her teachers Hamish Hendry in London and R Sharath Jois in Mysore, India.
In 2011 Susan began making regular trips to Mysore to study with Sharath at the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI), and in 2014 she received Level 2 Authorisation, allowing her to teach the full Primary and Intermediate series.
So come say Hi to Susan, who has been a long time & much loved teacher at Yoga Place and begin your Mysore practice with her this October.
Susan will also continue to teach her hugely popular Saturday Ashtanga Classes at 10.30am and noon. She will also be adding in workshops based around specific principles of the Ashtanga Practice (such as back bends) and running regular Beginners Mysore Week.