OUR TEACHERS

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ALICE BILLEREY

Alice has been practicing yoga since 2011. While she was immediately attracted to the physicality of the practice, she soon discovered that yoga was not only improving her posture and alleviating physical pain, but it was also helping her to manage anxiety, stress and the inevitable ups and downs of life.
 
In 2016 she completed 200 hours of training with Yoga London. Since then she has trained in Yin Yoga with Norman Blair and Vinyasa Flow with Mimi Kuo-Deemer. Alice is currently training to become a Yoga Therapist and completing her 550+ hour yoga teacher training programme with Yoga Campus.

Today Alice’s practice is one that is based on what her mind and body need on that particular day and will always include some form of movement, breathing and meditation practice. Alice believes yoga is for everybody - she encourages her students to work mindfully on the mat, and her aim is to guide you towards a deeper listening and understanding of yourself.

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ANDREA SHELTON

Andrea completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at the University of California San Diego in 2015 in parallel with her bachelor's degree in International Studies. Since then Andrea has taught in studios across the USA, Germany, and England. Her passion for yoga comes from enabling people to feel better in their bodies by reducing pain, increasing mobility, and making yoga accessible for all body types.
 
An essential element of Andrea’s classes is accessibility. Sometimes yoga can be understood as a practice exclusively for people with certain body types or abilities. This is simply not the case. By including props almost any asana, no matter how intimidating, can be deepened and eventually mastered! One theme of her classes is that there is no "perfect yoga form". Every body is different, but everyone can practice yoga with the right approach.

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ANNA FERLA

Anna has been practicing yoga for 18 years and teaching since 2010. She is a qualified Hatha yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga and has trained with Yoga London to teach Antenatal and Postnatal classes. Anna's classes are informal and friendly and start with breathing practices followed by yoga postures which are adapted to individual needs and by meditation and relaxation.

 

Classes focus on the importance of both physical postures and breathing practices, as well as grounding, lengthening and strengthening. Annas teaching style is inspired by hiking and climbing in the Italian Alps, where every little step has to be grounded and is equally important in reaching your destination.

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CHRISI WHITE

Chrisi's yoga journey started over 15 years ago when she took her first yoga class in her hometown Vienna in Austria. Over the years, Chrisi was privileged to learn from a number of wonderful teachers who inspired her to complete the 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certificate (RYT-200) and Prenatal Yoga Alliance Certificate (RPYT) with Yoga London. In early 2017 she took the plunge, left her corporate job and is now working full time as a yoga teacher feeling extremely lucky to be able to follow her dream and share her passion for yoga. ​

Chrisi feels passionate about making her classes a safe space for everyone, and while playful, always emphasising mindful movement and yoga as a self care practice.

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EMMA SALMON

Emma discovered yoga during her time as a university student and quickly noticed improvements in physical strength and flexibility. However, with repeated practice she unearthed the real magic of yoga…a mental practice that was and still is, able to support her through life’s challenges.

 

Fast forward to 2015 and she started to investigate the idea of taking my practice further and train as an instructor. She felt inspired to help others discover the benefits of a regular yoga practice, so in 2016 she started my training with Yoga London and never looked back. Now a fully certified 200 hour Yoga Alliance instructor she is teaching regularly alongside her fulltime job and loving it!

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ESMELOU BRAY

With a background in music therapy Esmelou has spent much of her time supporting and working emphatically with adults and children who are facing challenging times. She chose to teach yoga as an expansion of this as yoga can often reach deep into the soul and allows students to do much self-reflection and self-care simply by being present, opening the heart wide and connecting fully with the body.
 
Esmelou teaches vinyasa flow with a focus on safe clean alignment. Everybody is unique and approaches movement in a different way. She has a firm belief that yoga is for all and as a teacher, Esmelou’s responsibility is to ensure that her students work to their potential. Her classes are creatively and sensitively themed and modifications and different levels are offered to accommodate what is going on in her students bodies in the present time.

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HAILEY FLEE

Having first experienced yoga in a small church hall with her mum aged 7, Hailey really came to the practice in 2012, discovering that the time on her mat was the perfect remedy to fast paced London living. Training to teach initially with Yoga Professionals in 2014 under the guidance of Conrad Paul, she gained her Level 3 YTT Diploma, before deepening her experience and training by completing a YA200 hour Teacher Training at Shiva Yoga Peeth in Rishikesh under the guidance of Swami Sudhir Anand.

 

Hailey teaches dynamic yet light hearted Hatha and Vinyasa flow classes, with an emphasis on free movement, breath and alignment to suit individual bodies. With an inclusive energy, she encourages students to step on to the mat as they are, with acceptance and kindness, giving them space to challenge themselves, let go of fear and build confidence in body and spirit. Her view is that yoga is about the moments between as much as the asana themselves, and can be enjoyed by everyone. With this in mind, she offers a variety of modifications and options in class, inviting students to listen to and connect with their own bodies in the present moment.

JAMIE MCDONALD

Jamie first came to yoga purely for the physical practice as a different way to 'workout'. It definitely wasn't love at first sight - she found it hard to be still, the calmness infuriated her she I couldn't escape her busy 18-year-old brain. So it took a couple more years, and a few false starts before it finally clicked and since then she never looked back. Yoga carried Jamie through a decade of touring the world as a professional dancer; you could find her squeezing her mat down in hotel rooms, dressing rooms and backstage whenever she had the opportunity.
 

Movement has always been a huge part of Jamie’s life and so moving from competitive sport to professional dancer to yoga teacher has felt seamless, and Jamie enjoys being able to bring all areas of her varied training to the practice. Jamie’s classes are catered to all levels; from those taking their first tentative steps on the mat to those who have a regular practice. Always breath and alignment focused, they allow you space and time to reconnect with yourself.

NADINE TREGOIING

Nadine first discovered Yoga after trying a class at a gym. Immediately she could sense it was more than a physical practice. Intrigued by this and wanting to explore this unfamiliarity further, she began witnessing the positive transformation to not only body, but more importantly the mind. She developed a regular Yoga practice, introducing the history, philosophy and yogic lifestyle into her practice and everyday life.

Nadine aims to guide her students to explore their practice with a deep sense of heartfelt encouragement, kindness, gentle self enquiry, empowerment, playful exploration and growth. Classes centre around dharana, pranayama, touching upon alignment and with a true emphasis on welcoming all bodies. Inclusion of modifications, allowing for an explorative practice for all, the body and the mind.

SAMMY FURNIVAL

Sammy fell in love with the possibilities of the body from a young age and trained as a dancer for 15 years, until one day stumbling across yoga in search of something more. After discovering the transformational benefits yoga provided, and beginning a journey towards mindfulness, self-love and acceptance, Sammy travelled to India to complete her 200 Hour yoga teacher training. Forever learning, Sammy now practices and teaches regularly across London, as well as in Europe and India.

Sammy's classes are always delivered with a strong sense of kindness and compassion, exploring yoga philosophy, life philosophy and practising in order to feel invigorated and find a deep sense of acceptance. Falling, shining, wobbling, smiling, balancing and sighing are all heavily encouraged.

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ZARA RUSH

Zara is a 200hr RYS Yoga Alliance certified teacher through the Awakening of the Heart Training by Suzanne Faith Slocum-Gori.

Zara’s teaching style is rooted in the Anusara practice which stems from the Bhakti Lineage and uses elements of Ashtanga and Hatha yoga with vinyasa flow. It is an exquisite form of yoga which focuses on all that personally strikes your heart with beauty, allowing you to find your sense of self in our busy world and enabling you to cultivate positive energy for others. There is a large emphasis placed on alignment, opening to grace in each pose as well as building in breathing and meditative practice to each session.

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