To find out about each of our teachers, and what style of yoga they teach, please click onto their name!
- Toby Field
Come and join Toby every Tuesday & Thursday for 1pm Ashtanga and regular explorative Ashtanga Vinyasa workshops.
Since his first encounter with Yoga, Toby has been continually fascinated with the Ashtanga Vinyasa method. It’s ability to keep us soft, centred and provide a ‘fresh’ perspective is what draws him to the mat each day. Toby’s teaching style is open and welcoming, he encourages people of all ages and abilities to experience the benefits of yoga in a safe environment. Toby promotes self-focus and independence to help students discover a practice that will best serve them as individuals.
- Sarah Warren
Baby Massage Courses for Mums & Dads
I initially discovered baby massage when I had my first baby in 2008. The course I attended was fantastic and I loved every minute spent there massaging and bonding with my baby, as well as the interesting and inspiring mothers that I met at the class.
It was this positive and encouraging encounter that inspired me to train and qualify as an infant massage instructor, so that I could pass on my positive experiences to as many mothers as possible.
I qualified as a Certified Infant Massage Instructor with the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) in July 2012. Since qualifying I have been teaching baby massage courses at my home and at the homes of my clients in both Islington and Hackney.
I have also served as the Vice President of the IAIM UK Chapter since January 2013.
The courses I offer are for parents with babies from 6 weeks to 1 year and takes place over 5 week period. The format of the course is relaxed, warm and friendly, with feeding, changing, crying and cooing all welcomed!
- Jenny Fearnley
I teach the Ashtanga lunchtime classes at Yoga Place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 1pm – 2.15pm. The class is for all levels and I believe in setting strong foundations for the Ashtanga practice to flourish. So expect an emphasis on alignment and stability, especially in the standing poses. Feeling grounded and centred will literally help you to find your feet on the mat… and perhaps the world too!
Personally, I am intrigued as the Ashtanga practice shapes my body and mind, influencing and benefitting me physically and psychologically as I continue to practice daily. Come to class and see for yourself.
Jenny is a student of the Mysore system and has recently returned from a visit to Mysore where she practiced with R. Sharath Jois, grandson of K. Pattabhi Jois.
- Sybille Pouzet
Since she started practicing yoga about 10 years ago Sybille has been learning from many teachers and many traditions (Astanga, Sivananda, Vinyasa flow, Anusara) and is surely going to be learning forever! She started teaching about 4 years ago and is very grateful to all her teachers especially Sabine Naud, Madava, Bridget woods Kramer, Jean hall and all her students who teach her so much!
She teaches strong slow flow classes reflecting her love for the fluidity, grace and creativity of flowing sequences, precise technique and alignment, as well as attention to the breath, deep relaxation and meditation. This creates a well rounded practice allowing more freedom and clarity both in body and mind. At the end of a class you may feel energised, stronger, more flexible and relaxed.
She believes the practice of yoga is unique to each individual and available to everyone. In her classes she will encourage each student to make the practice their own, tuning in to what they need on any given day.
- Jo Ibbett
Jo has been teaching yoga since 2007, in both London and Thailand, after qualifying in two 200hr Yoga Alliance trainings in Hatha and Chakra yoga. Her love of bio-mechanics, philosophy and all things heart felt and devotional led her to becoming an Anusara Inspired™ yoga teacher in 2011. She is a qualified Yoga Therapist, with Yoga Campus, and has an experienced background in Massage and Complementary Therapy. She is currently completing an MA in Psychotherapy and Healing Practice.
In both her teaching and personal practice Jo sees yoga as a space to reflect on our lives and begin to find balance between acceptance and positive change. Students enjoy Jo’s consideration of philosophy and careful alignment, as well as her use of flowing and held poses, partner yoga, chanting, sound work, and pranayama. Jo’s classes are inspiring, uplifting, and come from the heart. Dedicated to supporting her students as they deepen their journey into self-enquiry, her classes offer a safe space to play, expand and grow.
- Fiona Staniland
Fiona has been practising yoga for 15 years and teaching and running retreats since 2007. Students are drawn to her warmth, her sense of fun and her inclusive approach which de-mystifies yet stays firmly rooted in the ancient roots of the practice, making it relevant for today’s demanding lifestyles. Fiona teaches both Hatha and Vinyasa Flow with a strong focus on alignment and breath and encouraging a balance between strength and flexibility. Throughout class students will be encouraged to nurture their inherent grounding and centering energies and a sense of expansion that can be applied well beyond their yoga mats.
Fiona was initially drawn to yoga’s physical benefits she now has a deep belief in yoga’s ability to transform our lives by living in awareness. Whether we are practising at the level of awareness of our bodies, of our minds, of others, or of our oneness with the universe and beyond – a regular practice will leave us feeling open to possibility.
Fiona is accredited with the British Wheel of Yoga and trained at TriYoga under the well balanced tutelage of Joey Miles (an Ashtanga devottee) and Anna Ashby (an Iyengar inspired Hatha approach who practices Siddha Yoga Meditation). Fiona’s classes draw on her 15 years of study with some of the world’s most renowned teachers including David Swenson (Ashtanga), Sarah Powers (Yin Yang), David Life and Sharon Gannon (Jivamukti) and Sri Dharma Mittra (Dharma Yoga).
- Margot Newkirk
I see yoga as an artful expression of life. For me, this means honouring the story of each yoga practice that emerges from the body’s natural intelligence. I trained originally in Vinyasa Flow Yoga, which is how I learned creative sequencing. Now I incorporate a more contemplative approach, with longer holds, more subtle body awareness, attention to fine alignment, and visualization. I have an imbalance in my hips and spine, which means that I look very carefully into posture, grounding into feet and evening hips to support the spine and upper body. I came to yoga more seriously because of stress (living in relentless New York City) and the need to balance out a leg with very poor circulation. I have found the practice of yoga to entail so much more than I ever imagined, and yet the simplicity of its principles is even more delightful. I design each class around a topic or focal point, at times taking inspiration from fiction (not just spiritual texts). Most importantly, I work with what I am given, offering guidance with a sensitivity to the needs of those present in the class.
Margot teachers Dynamic Yoga at Yoga Place on Mondays & Fridays at 8am and Gentle Yoga: Relax and Renew on Tuesdays at 7.45pm!
- Yolanda Barker
Several years ago my exercise routine involved clubbing, and walking (to the car), until a series of events changed my approach to life. While I was making a film in India, I came across Traditional Tantra.
I had thought of Yoga as an acrobatic feat, but in Traditional Tantricism, Yoga is used as a moving meditation. It aims to bring you into a state of total relaxation, using the breath and self awareness.
I never imaged that learning to relax in Yoga would teach me how to relax in life, or that relaxing in life would have such a positive effect on my creativity, career, and relationships.
I continue to work in film, and my Tantra Yoga practice allows to stay centered in this notoriously unstable part of “the Real World”. I think this brings something unique to my teaching.
Yolanda teachers the monthly Tantra Yoga Workshops
- Jasone Miranda-Bilbao
Jasone teaches traditional Ashtanga Yoga. She has had a daily Mysore practice for the last 10 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 she holds the position of Artist in Residence at the University of Kent. 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!
- Catherine Robertson-Glasgow
“I’ve been practicing yoga since 1999 and teaching since 2001. I love my work, I’m fascinated by it, and consider myself very fortunate to be a teacher of such a fun, challenging, and useful process as Yoga. I’ve also been a Remedial Massage Therapist for 11 years, and bring an in-depth understanding of anatony and energy flow to my classes. My teachers have been: Karyn Grenfell in Australia, Guruji and Sharath in Mysore, and Hamish Hendry in London.
Expect to get adjusted, coached and encouraged as an individual within the class. Yoga is for everyone and Ashtanga is no exception! Classes focus on engaging the core of your body (bandhas), a connection to the breath, and a gradual unfolding of the understanding of this wonderful practice.”
- 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.
- Lisa White
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.
Developing Yoga Place Baby to offer a complete range of pre and postnatal practices for the students of East London and beyond is also an on going project and one that is inspired by all the students that study with Lisa and at Yoga Place.
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!
You will find her teaching pregnancy, mum & baby, postnatal Yoga classes for OAPs, holding monthly birth preparation workshops for couples and teaching occasional workshops in Yoga Nidra and Relaxation!
She holds the Birthlight Perinatal Diploma, is BWY certified and is also the Director of Yoga Place E2
Lisa offers private sessions in adapting your practice for pregnancy, and birth preparation workshops, where you can come to the studio or have the class at your home, 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.
- Nathalie Mukusheva
Nathalie Mukusheva received her certification from Dharma Mittra after studies of Dharma Yoga in New York. She studied Dynamic Yoga in London under Olof Kuijt and continues her studies with Mark Kan attending a weekly Master Class as well as her daily practise. Her teaching is influenced by the endless transformative nature of yoga, the grace and technical precision of Classical Ballet, the freedom of alignment and correct technique and the movement of energy. Having had extensive training in many forms of movement including Contortion training and Acro for Dancers she is honoured to share everything she has learnt with all her students whetever their level of experience.
My Dynamic classes are rooted in the classsical yoga traditon but with a contemporary feel. Once warmed up with Surya Namaskara incorporating lunges to warm up the hip flexors and shoulder girdle you will be led through a flowing dynamic sequence set to music. Creative sequencing ensures that each class is different. Emphasis is on correct placement and the importance of developing and maintaining the integrity of a strong core and pelvis so that all other elements of the practise can radiate out.
- Sarah Scharf
Sarah Scharf began teaching yoga in 2004 after completing her teacher-training course with Ana Forrest in Santa Monica, California. She has gone on to teach group classes and private clients in Santa Barbara, Big Sur, San Francisco, and London. Her practice is influenced by her exposure to leading teachers and her time as an Extended Student at Esalen Institute. Her teaching is inspired by the various styles of yoga (acro-yoga, anusara, hatha, and restorative) and movement (Alexander technique, Feldenkrais Method, Body-Mind Centering, Pilates, Authentic Movement) she has studied. A certified massage therapist, her knowledge of bodywork and anatomy roots her classes with practical safety and hands on adjustments. Sarah holds an MFA in Devised Theatre, and currently works around the city teaching yoga, practicing massage, performing and directing.
Post-natal yoga provides opportunities to connect with other women at similar stages of the postpartum experience, a powerful antidote to the isolation that often accompanies early parenting. This specially designed yoga practice helps you reclaim your post-pregnancy body. Starting gently to ease you into practice, the class is appropriate for women new to yoga, or yoginis looking to find a smart way back to a full practice. The poses will emphasize abdominal toning, pelvic floor and back strengthening. We will spend time releasing stress from the neck, shoulder, and upper back area. These areas often become tense from nursing, and carrying both baby and supplies. A restorative pose and guided relaxation will complete the sequence, leaving you calm and restored before returning to your baby.
Restorative Yoga and Gentle Movement Workshop
For these afternoons I sequence restorative yoga poses with an introduction to Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Buddhist meditation and other sensory awareness practices. Restorative yoga is a therapeutic style that uses props (bolsters, pillows, blankets, like naptime used to be!) to support the body, encouraging deep relaxation. By using passive yoga asanas we let our nervous systems shift and enjoy the benefit of rest. Different from active styles, we will concentrate on surrendering our weight to supports and softening into the stretches. This helps us to relieve the effects of negative stress encountered in daily life, and can be highly beneficial in times of fatigue, illness, and emotional strain. Our focus will be to calm and nurture ourselves on all levels during the class.
- Susan Bysh
I’ve practiced yoga since the 70s, and ashtanga yoga for the last ten years or so. The ashtanga method has brought me so much joy, and I love to share it and watch it change the lives of others! Currently I practice the intermediate and part of the advanced series at Yoga Place in the mornings, and in Mysore, India with my teacher Sharath Jois. On Saturdays I teach two classes at Yoga Place.
The Intermediate class is half to full primary series, with an emphasis on deepening the rhythm and flow of the practice through use of correct vinyasa, breath, bandhas and drishti. At the same time we are refining the earlier postures in the sequence, and starting to explore the more difficult ones safely. The Beginners + class is slower, but without sacrificing the essential flow and rhythm. You will learn the basics of the practice and variations for specific problems, and build a solid base to build on. I also love to answer questions!
- Sarah Slyne
Sarah began practicing yoga in 2004. Since then, her interest in and passion for yoga has continued to develop and grow. Her approach is inspired by a mixture of traditions and most recently has been influenced by Anusara yoga. In 2009/2010, Sarah completed her first teacher training in Dublin with Veronica Larsson, an incredibly intuitive, compassionate and experienced teacher.
Sarah continues to attend regular workshops and classes with wonderfully-gifted teachers in order to continuously improve and expand upon her own practice. In 2010/2011, Sarah completed a 100-hour Anusara Immersion with Bridget Woods-Kramer in London, a 30-hour Anusara Therapeutics’ Training with Ross Rayburn, and most recently Anusara Teacher Training with Chris Chavez in Zurich and in Istanbul. Originally from Ireland and France, Sarah currently lives, practices and teaches yoga in a number of locations and studios throughout London. Sarah’s teaching is driven by a deep commitment to serve all of her students, and enable them to experience that same sense of freedom, self-love and acceptance that she has felt through practicing yoga.
- Trudi Oliveiro
Trudi has taught Hatha Yoga for over 9 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.