teachers at evolve
Ailon has explored a diverse range of yoga styles over the last 20 years. His classes weave together the precision of Iyengar Yoga, the breath-movement synchronisation of Vinyasa yoga, the “dropping in” to postures found in Scaravelli yoga and the fun and connection of Partner Yoga. We will explore these styles in more depth, in order to find out which ones work best for us.
Students will discover how a yoga practice can be experienced as a moving meditation. We will also learn how yoga can structurally re-align the body, calm the mind, and allow one to tap into a greater reservoir of lifeforce energy.
Ailon teaches open level hatha on mondays 11:15am-12:30pm, and tuesdays + thursdays from 10:00 – 11:15am
Angie believes in the power of the individual to grow, love and transform. She experienced this firsthand when she committed to her yoga practice and uncovered her passion for health and wellbeing. A native New Yorker, Angie studied ISHTA yoga under the guidance of teachers Yogiraj Alan Finger, Jean Koerner and Peter Ferko. She has taught at New York City studios since 2008 to a diverse group of yogis. Angie is a Yoga Alliance RYT 500 teacher.
Angie is a veteran of the fashion industry and holds an economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She gives thanks to all the wonderful teachers in her life, especially her students.
Angie teaches yoga flow mondays 1-2pm, level 2 vinyasa flow on thursdays from 7:15 – 8:30pm + ISHTA flow on wednesdays 7.15pm -8.30pm.
Bérénice has been practicing Yoga passionately for more than 17 years, studying different approaches from Iyengar, Astanga, Vinyasa, to Shadow and YinYoga, to become more creative in her own practice and teaching. She teaches a style of slow Vinyasa flow, with an emphasis on alignment, core strength and energetic sequencing. She also loves teaching Yin and restorative Yoga, Meditation and Yoga Nidra. The sequences consider student’s health / age group / constitution and time of the year – the connection to the breath and moving energy in the body, by incorporating Pranayama, Relaxation and Meditation techniques inspired from the Hatha Yoga Tradition, Tantra and Ayurveda.
Celest is a trained dancer and martial artist with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy and 10 years yoga practise. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training in India in 2009 and has been teaching full time since then. Witnessing her classes really begin to buzz with increasing numbers of regular students she founded CITYOGI (www.cityogi.com), specifically aimed for the city professional. Celest teaches a challenging Vinyasa Flow style class to music and she loves to teach everything from the philosophy of yoga right through to the most complex of yoga asanas (postures). She welcomes all levels to her class and prides herself on her ability to break down even the most advanced postures into manageable steps. Expect to have fun and come away glowing!
Celest teaches level 2 vinyasa flow on tuesdays from 9:30 – 10:45am.
Claire began practising yoga while working in the London media industry and found that a regular ashtanga yoga practice brought balance and peace to her life. She has been practising ashtanga regularly since 2005 and is committed to a daily practice under the guidance of her teacher Ryan Spielman with whom she completed her formal yoga teacher training (Yoga Alliance RYT200). Claire teaches the traditional ashtanga yoga system with compassion and care, keeping an open heart and mind. Through her teaching Claire hopes to convey the physical and mental benefits of yoga that are available to everyone regardless of physical ability. Her classes emphasize practice as a moving meditation, a tool to quieten the mind and learn acceptance of whatever arises. www.yogaclaire.com
Claire teaches ashtanga saturdays 10-11:15am.
Born and bred londoner, clare is a qualified and experienced yoga teacher + therapist. Having studied and worked as a designer, clare’s yoga discovery moment came in 1999, and she made the switch in 2009 to working full time introducing more and more people to the benefits and joys of yoga and healthy living. Qualifications in reiki, nlp, holistic massage, ayurveda, anatomy + physiology and marma therapy have contributed to her teaching and therapeutic approach. Having worked in private medical practice, with physiotherapists and osteopaths, in women’s health centres and private homes, as well as teaching yoga in some of london’s top yoga studios, clare’s varied experience as a teacher has always focused on finding individualised, integrated and holistic ways to improve a healthy outlook. A 500 hour registered yoga teacher (ryt) accredited by the british wheel of yoga and the yoga alliance, Clare also teaches anatomy to yoga teacher trainees.
Clare teaches open level ISHTA yoga on wednesdays from 11:30am – 12:45pm, pregnancy yoga mondays 6-7pm and fridays 10am -11.15am.
Diane has been teaching yoga for the last decade, starting out with hot yoga in native Canada. In 2005 she moved to Hong Kong at one of Asia’s largest yoga studios where she met some of her most influential teachers, including Patrick Creelman (Anusara) and also Ana Forrest (Forrest Yoga). Studying under them allowed Diane to expand her knowledge and grow her teaching style into a more alignment based practice with focus on breath, connecting to the core, and feeling the body from the inside out. All of which she brings into her classes now.
Diane teaches open level vinyasa flow on fridays from 10:00-11:15am
dora jane dearing
Each of Dora’s classes will be themed and designed to take you on a journey progressively and safely towards your peak posture. Asanas will be taught with options for modifications encouraging students to approach the practice in a way that is best suited to their individual needs, making these classes accessible for all levels of ability. The objective of Hatha Yoga is to transform the human body to make it a worthy vehicle for self realisation. With this in mind you can expect Pranayama practices and investigation into Yogic principles to be threaded throughout the Asana sequences.
Dora teaches hatha tuesdays + thursdays 3-4pm + fridays 1-2pm.
elizabeth eva anne grolle
Elizabeth came to yoga about 15 years ago now having trained as a dancer she felt exhausted by the age of 20 and was looking for a practice to heal the body mind and spirit… Having lost both her parents the spiritual nomadic path of the yogi seemed to make sense somehow… She trained with Danny Paradise, Leela Miller, Edward Clark Michael Gannon. Jonathan Monks, Norman Blair and Ryan Spielman back in the early days. Elizabeth also spent time in India training with various Swamis and Sadhus along the way.
About 6 years ago Elizabeth Started practicing with Stewart Gilchrist in Satyagraha Yoga Asana and there she found her teacher. Other recent teachers include Craig Procter, Mark Kan and Eileen Gaulthier.
Elizabeth also completed 100 hours of advanced rocket training this year with Its Yoga Thailand and is certified to teach all 3 rocket yoga sequences. Elizabeth is also a certified thai yoga massage Therapist and attuned to give reiki tummo healing level 3 shing chi 9. Elizabeth has taught internationally around Europe and Asia.
She likes to help individuals to carve their own paths and be able to express and open up their own unique joy within, through asana and practice. Bhakti concentration merging the Breath with the mind. Then we may become one… Exploring The Space Within and Around the Physical Body. Developing a relationship with the earth and sky…
Elizabeth teaches an open level yoga flow class on saturdays from 12.45-1.45pm and level 1-2 vinyasa flow on wednesdays from 6-7pm.
Emily is deeply committed to health, well being and achieving a greater living experience through yoga, ayurveda and meditation. Her classes encourage students to feel from within- sensing the subtleties of the practice and the unconscious habits of the body/mind complex. She teaches a steady-flowing, dynamic style with attention to alignment helping students develop an awareness of the physical body. Her classes usually incorporate pranayama (breath work) and kriya meditation techniques which help students experience the deeper, more profound aspects of a yoga practice. These ingredients create a well -rounded, completeness to her classes. Her hope is that her students can learn to use these “tools” to transition an active mind or negative thought to a place of balance, calm, acceptance, and kindness. Emily is 200 hours (BWY trained) and has completed her 300 hour (Yoga Alliance) Advanced teacher training in ISHTA yoga under Katrina Repka. She continues to travel and study ISHTA under Katrina Repka, Yogiraj Alan Finger as well as Ayurvedic philosophy, with Dr A.R. Ramadas in Tamil Nadu, India.
What to expect from a class with emily?
Let Emily’s ISHTA classes take you on an inward journey as you move through fun, slow flowing yoga poses. She encourages you to listen to the breath and the sensations in the body. Moving in this way refines your focus, builds heat and detoxifies the body and mind. Expect breathing techniques and wonderful meditations (in addition to the physical practice) to fully round off your ISHTA experience.
You’ll work your body, calm your mind and discover balance in your being
For more details see: www.emilyreedyoga.com
Emily teaches open level ISHTA yoga on thursdays from 5:45-7:00pm.
Helena started practising Iyengar Yoga in 1999. After years of swimming regularly without adequate stretching, Helena found that despite being challenged by the yoga classes, she was rewarded with renewed vitality and clarity of mind. Two and a half years of training under the UK’s most senior Iyengar teacher ensued and Helena is now a qualified teacher.
Jennifer has been passionate about yoga since she could remember, but didn’t know that it was yoga she was searching for until it gently slapped her. She has trained in Hatha, Pre-Natal, Children’s Therapy Yoga, and Restorative. She teaches Hatha, Hatha flow, Flow and Restore, and Yoga Nidra, but her true passion is Gentle and Restorative Yoga. She hails from Vancouver, Canada, and has recently moved back to the UK with her husband and their two beagles. She is excited to share the gift of yoga, and her passion for wellness with others. Her intention is to encourage, through mindful movements and gentle breathing, the connection between body, spirit and mind with a sense of stillness, fun and appreciation. She opens her heart, to allow others to explore themselves with compassion. While on the mat, she opens the door and holds the space for students to have a conversation with themselves and to feel the asana from the inside out, so they can expand their bodies and minds and accomplish their wildest dreams.
Jenn teaches our community class on wednesdays from 1.30-2.30pm. This will start from september 10 2014.
Jen has been practising yoga for 12 years and is a Sivananda based Hatha Yoga Teacher. She likes to combine different flowing sequences following the breath with holding asanas for longer and being still, relaxing. She has been teaching in and around London for the past 2 1/2 years.
Jenny teaches open level hatha on saturdays 9.30 – 10:45am and sundays 1.45 – 3pm
Kate has been teaching in the UK for the past ten years. Her background in dance greatly complements her teaching as it gave her an in depth understanding of the body and its requirements. Her style of yoga draws on elements from the many different styles she encountered on her travels throughout India, Australia, Asia, Amercia and the wilds of Mongolia, creating a free flowing style with an emphasis on alignment and breathing.
Kate teaches level 1-2 yoga flow on mondays 6 – 7:15pm, yoga basics + beyond on tuesdays from 7:30 – 8:30pm and yoga flow thursdays 6-7pm.
Laurella has dragon boated across the English channel, represented Great Britain on the equestrian 3 day event team and even fought in the boxing ring. But her greatest journey is Yoga.
Maren Lander aka Sujjan Saroop Kaur trained with Har Nal Kaur in London and Karta Singh in France and graduated with Amrit Nam Sarovar in 2012 as certified member of KYTA. Maren offers Kundalini Yoga and Meditation classes following the teachings of Yogi Bhajan as well as Sound Healing using the Chiron Gong. She is passionate about helping others achieve mental, physical and spiritual balance and unlock their creative potential. Her classes are open to all levels and offer a safe space for everyone to relax, expand and transform.
For more details see: http://www.lebensart.co.uk
Maren teaches kundalini yoga sundays 12:15-1:30pm
A self-confessed sports fanatic, Mary came to yoga while working as a personal trainer in the mid 90s. Intially attracted by the power and energy of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, she quickly started to explore other schools of yoga and has trained widely in Sivananda, Iyengar, Anusara and yoga therapy among various others. A qualified teacher since 1999, she is able to draw on her rich and varied experience. With nearly 30 years of 12 step recovery under her belt too, Recovery Yoga is a personal dream.
Mary teaches open level recovery yoga on wednesdays from 3 – 4pm
Maz has been teaching Pilates for nearly a decade and as her experience has increased so has her passion and love for teaching it. Starting out as a Personal Trainer in Soho’s ‘The Third Space’, she gained six years experience teaching Pilates one-on-one and in group classes before launching into teaching freelance around London and the South of France. Working closely with some of London’s top physiotherapists, she has used Pilates techniques very effectively to aid rehabilitation from injury and back pain.
Having qualified in a classical Pilates style, over the years she has mixed in elements of more modern techniques to keep the classes fresh and give you the most effective workout for your body. Her mission is to keep her classes fun and challenging while leaving you feeling refreshed, more confident in your body and with a spring in your step!
maz teaches pilates on mondays at 10:00 – 11:00am, wednesdays 12.00 – 1:00pm and fridays 11:45am-12:45pm.
mia forbes pirie
Mia has been a dedicated yoga and spiritual practitioner for more than 14 years. She is the author of the series Yoga Perspectives in Yoga & Health Magazine (see www.WorldsUnite.
Having begun teaching in 2003 on her return from 4 months studying in India with the founder of Ashtanga Yoga, Mia now teaches mainly Yin (Insight) Yoga. She has been fortunate enough to study with a number of the world’s leading influences on yoga, including her main teachers: Sri K Pattabhi Jois (Ashtanga Yoga founder), her mentor, Sarah Powers (Insight Yoga/Yin founder) and Ruth White (Karuna Yoga/Iyengar founder). Mia has both Iyengar (500 hours) and Yin (Insight International Course) based teaching qualifications. Her style is friendly, open, loving and supportive. Her yoga teaching, inquiry and health coaching work is underpinned by the question of how practice can best serve our daily lives.
Mia read Law (with French law) at University College London and has both a Masters in Law and Science (from the College of Europe and Imperial College). She is an accredited mediator and facilitator. Mia believes in re-organisational healing: starting where you are and moving towards your greatest potential.
Mia teaches yin yoga thursdays 7:30-8:45pm.
Michael Bartelle (Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500) is a senior teacher in the Ishta Yoga lineage. He teaches group classes and privates, leads Ishta teacher trainings, and practices an ancient Indian bodywork modality called marma point therapy. He received his training from Yogiraj Alan Finger, with whom he continues to work closely. He aims to help students reclaim an attitude of play, embrace the gift of laughter, and brighten the light of their own awareness to illuminate a path back to their true selves.
Michael teaches open level ISHTA yoga on tuesdays from 5:45-7pm
Mona loves yoga primarily for the inner calm that regular practice can help bring about. After beginning her practice several years ago, she quickly developed a passion, completing her teacher training under stewart gilchrist.
Mona’s aim is to help you feel the connection between mind and body – leaving class with a sense of peacefulness and strength with which to face all the challenges in our daily lives. When she discovered yoga a few years ago, it enabled her to work with her mind and thoughts constructively but it also helped her to achieve a level of acceptance and self compassion she wasn’t able to realize beforehand.
Nevertheless, a big part of her interest in yoga also lies in the link to anatomy. Yoga can help you with flexibility, injuries, while improving your overall physical wellbeing. Therefore she reads widely and attends regular seminars and workshops on yoga anatomy in order to be able to help you with your specific needs. Her yoga classes focus very much on the essence of yoga, the relationship between movement and breath which calm the mind and calm the “chitta vritti”, the “mind stuff” that stops us from enjoying life to the fullest, cluttering our mind with thoughts on past and future that don’t serve us in the present moment.
Especially in a busy city like London one can easily forget to get back to one’s senses and breathe deeply. Mona has been living in london for five years now, studying and working and can relate to the numerous cases of burnouts and stress-related issues. Luckily, there are methods like yoga that can help to connect us with body and mind again, recognising that body and mind are one.
This class is a dynamic and strong practice, but Mona balances the high energy with a grounding finishing sequence. Expect to be flowing and breathing strongly, while also finding stillness and connecting to your true self during this moving meditation.
Natasha trained as a yoga teacher with appleyoga and is currently completing her 500hr advanced teacher training with both appleyoga + yoga medicine, as well as training as a holistic health coach at the institute of integrative nutrition. After practicing yoga and meditation for over 12 years she found that there was a lot more yoga could offer than simply exercise; it allowed her to be the best possible version of herself. Natasha decided to share this passion by helping others find balance, stay calm and feel grounded in the hectic city life. Her classes are vinyasa flow based combining asana, pranayama and meditation as well as weaving in themes and meditation to offer a fully transformational practice. Except this class to be dynamic, creative and fun, leaving your skin glowing and soul shining bright!
Natasha teaches level 2 vinyasa flow on thursdays 9.30-11am.
Nicole’s wealth of wisdom springs from over twenty years of experiential work with the body. Initially trained as a ballet dancer, Nicole went on to dance and teach professionally in the United States. Due to her interest in helping others gain a better awareness of their bodies, Nicole became a personal trainer before realising her greater connection to yoga.
Starting her personal yoga practise with a variety of vinyasa teachers in Colorado, Nicole decided to gain her teaching qualification through the traditional Sivananda school in the Himalayan mountains of India. She has continued to develop her professional skills through various retreats, short-courses, workshops and classes in hands-on adjustments, Vipassana meditation, anatomy and alignment.
Alongside her dedication to yoga, Nicole’s fascination with movement and commitment to personal growth inspires her constant exploration of alternative techniques to incorporate into her classes. Nicole is also currently studying transpersonal integrative counselling and psychotherapy, whilst working as a trainee psychotherapist.
As a yoga instructor, Nicole brings her multidisciplinary knowledge to inspire her classes, encouraging her students to meet their edge in a soft, yet challenging manner whilst honouring their present perfection. For more information please visit her site: www.nicoleamiller.co.uk
Nicole teaches open level yoga flow on fridays from 6-7:15pm
Paula has practised and studied a range of yoga styles over the past thirteen years. Her own experience of yoga’s capacity to aid recovery from injury and ease stress led her to train as a teacher after fourteen years of working full-time in TV and fuels her desire to share yoga’s life-enhancing benefits with others. Paula enjoys teaching groups and individuals around London and on retreats and is also a tutor on the Laxmi Yoga 200 hour Vinyasa and Hatha teacher training programme with Sally Parkes. Her commitment to studying yoga as a teacher and student is ongoing, including qualifying as a Relax and Renew (Restorative Yoga) Trainer with the renowned Judith Hanson Lasater, studying with leading vinyasa flow innovator Shiva Rea and qualifying to teach Pregnancy Yoga with Sally Parkes. Paula is also a writer with script-writing credits for the BBC and currently writes a monthly column for OM Yoga Magazine.
For more information please visit Paula’s website www.ucanyoga.co.uk
Paula teaches open level yoga flow on tuesdays + thursdays from 7.30-8.30am
KRI Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Perla teaches groups as well as one to one sessions and also works to assist in the recovery from chronic illnesses and addictions.
Her focus is to uplift and empower always. She does so by creating a safe space for people to explore their personal abilities both physically and mentally.
Prior to fully engaging in teaching Kundalini Yoga Perla explored the worlds of Music, Biology, Philosophy and Education all of which have given her insight into the many dimensions of being human and inquiring into the world we live in. This has formed a solid foundation for her spiritual journey where she learned that she wants to serve through interacting directly with people. The practice and teaching of Kundalini Yoga has enabled her to reach out to people and give them tools to improve their lives significantly.
Her aim is to show as many people as possible that they can have control over their life and body. Her classes are a mixture of the physical and the deeply spiritual, offering a deep experience of the connection between mind, body, breath and soul.
Perla is currently on maternity leave.
Rali graduated from White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara,LA where she completed her 200 hour certification. Training with Mercedes Ngoh, Ganga White and Shiva Rea her classes integrate Dynamic Vinyasa sequences emphasizing strength, flexibility and balance, healing and detoxifying the body. Be ready to heat up, get an”after class glow” and transform yourself.
Rali teaches level 2 vinyasa flow on saturdays from 11-12.30pm and mondays from 7.30-8.45pm.
rebekah hay brown
Yoga quickly went from being a weekly class to a lifestyle approach in the mid-90s for Rebekah Hay-Brown. She originally began practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa and went on to experience many other forms of yoga. Rebekah gave up her former career in the fashion industry and journalism to teach in 2005, first in Barcelona and now in London. She holds a Yoga Alliance 200 teaching qualification from YogaCampus and is a British Wheel of Yoga Accredited Teacher. Wanting to offer people with health considerations more opportunities to practice and benefit from yoga, Rebekah has completed advanced studies in yoga therapy with the Yoga Biomedical Trust and yoga for pregnancy with Sitaram. She uses yoga as a complimentary therapy for muscular/skeletal issues and medical conditions and has a special interest in women’s health,fertility and yoga for pregnancy.
Rebekah teaches yoga therapy on request.
Sarah has been practicing yoga since 2000 immersing herself in a variety of styles ranging from hatha and dynamic yoga practices to restorative or meditative yin yoga. Qualified as a yoga teacher with The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Sarah’s teaching style places as much emphasis on proper breathing (pranayama), relaxation and meditation techniques as the physical asana practice. Through a series of linked postures, she guides students to improve flexibility and strength, develop mental clarity, creativity and energy, creating positive affirmative change to body and mind through greater awareness of breath. She tailors poses to suit the student so whether new to yoga or looking to develop a deeper practice, she gives every individual she works with the courage to let go, tune into themselves and find their own path on the yoga journey.
Sarah teaches open level yin yoga on sundays 4.45-6pm.
Sascha’s classes are designed to balance the need for both strength and relaxation. Her approach to teaching is calm and mindful and she believes strongly in yoga as a tool for expanding our potential. With a creative background and down-to-earth approach, her classes draw on a sense of playfulness and lightheartedness.
A safe practice is paramount and she believes in honoring a student’s needs and capabilities, as well as encouraging connections to their own personal wisdom.
After experiencing the benefits of pre and post natal yoga firsthand she began to focus more on teaching yoga to mothers and mothers-to-be. This is both a celebration of where her focus is right now, as well as an opportunity to assist students to draw strength from a yoga practice during a very special time in their lives.
Sascha teaches mum+baby yoga on tuesdays 10-11am + pregnancy yoga from 11.15am-12.15pm.
Trained with YogaArts in Byron Bay, Austrailia, Sue has spent her life involved with movement and dance and started practising yoga ten years ago after a back injury. At first she was looking to strengthen her spine and found the confines of the mat limiting, but with time and patience discovered listening to the breath opened up a whole new level of being. She uses the alignment principles from Iyengar to build a safe foundation and then following the breath to open the body in a flow to build juice/rasa, creating a moving meditation to find the essence of ‘just being’. She have been graced with the example of many wonderful teachers. In gratitude to these teachers she passes on the gems that resonate in her practice and the inner teacher of her heart. She has been inspired by ‘Shadow-Yoga’ and the ‘Prana Flow’ of Shiva Rea. More recently she has been integrating the ISHTA (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantric and Ayurveda) principles from the lineage of Alan Finger under the guidance of Katrina Repka.
Sue teaches open level yoga flow on tuesdays from 12.30-1.30pm, wednesdays from 9.30-11am and saturdays from 3:15-4.45pm as well as yoga and yoga nidra saturdays 5-6:15pm.
Tanja’s teaches mindful Vinyasa-based Flow with an emphasis on safe alignment. She is known for her varied and creative sequencing, challenging yet centering practice whilst creating a nurturing atmosphere. Students are encouraged to make the practice their own, honouring both their edge and their limitations. Tanja continues to be inspired and amazed by the truly transformative power of yoga, how it can so profoundly enrich our lives off the mat, and she feels it is a privilege to share the joy and the depth of the practice with her students.
Since her first yoga class in 2000 Tanja has explored many different styles of yoga – the discipline and rigour of Ashtanga, the creativity and freedom of Vinyasa Flow, the energetics and philosophy of ParaYoga, more recently the grace and alignment of Anusara – and all these influences are reflected in her teaching. Tanja has been teaching yoga since 2005 and is a qualified British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance teacher having completed her teacher training with The Life Centre (Yoga Campus) Teacher Training Programme in 2006. She currently serves as a Contact Teacher on the Yoga Campus Teacher Training. Her main teacher since 2005 has been Rod Stryker, founder of ParaYoga.
Tanja teaches open level yoga flow on thursday lunch time from 1-2pm.
Fresh from four months teaching at luxury yoga resort Paradis Plage in Morocco, Waran now joins the Evolve family to bring the highest integrity of teaching practice to London. Originally from San Diego, California, Waran trained and worked professionally as a dancer. His extensive training in dance, Astanga and Hatha Vinyasa led to a fluid style that is comprised of tai-chi-like sequences with flavours of Vedic wisdom derived from Deepak Chopra’s Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga . His teaching certifications come directly from Deepak Chopra’s Center as well as secondary studies in physiotherapy with physiotherapist/guru Simon Borg-Olivier of Synergy Yoga. For 8 years, he was the co-owner of Yoga B.C. in the heart and harbour side of Sydney Australia. His private clientele includes Nicole Kidman.
Waran teaches open level yoga flow on tuesday lunch time from 12.45-1.30pm and wednesdays 6-7.15pm.