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The embarrassing profile pic bit The best way to get to know us is to pop in and say hi. The second-best way is to read about us below.


One of the two in charge. Judy’s been teaching for over ten years in exotic locations including India, Bali, Australia, Borneo, Brighton and London. With over 800 hours of training behind her (she’s studied everything from vinyasa flow to hatha, yin, restorative and pregnancy yoga), Judy’s own practice draws on both the physical and emotional benefits of the yoga traditions. And, as a qualified reiki therapist, she brings this focus on energy and subtlety to her teaching too.


The other one of the two in charge. Nadine’s been teaching for eight years: commuting to far flung corners of London, India and Europe to teach classes, workshops, retreats and teacher training courses. Her focus in her own practice is about finding a bit of inner-calm (quietening the voices in her head!) and she aims to share this in her teaching. Whether it’s a strong flow class or a mindful yin practice, you can expect an approach that encourages playfulness and curiosity.


Suzie is a trained massage therapist, developmental baby massage trainer and natural skincare consultant - with her own organic skincare brand too (you’ll find Soothe-Me products for sale in store). She’ll be offering Baby Massage courses, aromatherapy and skincare workshops and skincare consultations for us. She’s to thank for helping us smell wonderful; creating our very own signature scent for the studio.


Xenia is a senior Ayurvedic Therapist, Yoga and Meditation Teacher. Having trained with with Sunita Passi and Tri-Dosha in London, Ayurveda is a huge part of both her life and work. Her goal is to help you build self-awareness. She’ll encourage you to find the root of any imbalances and to realise your body's unique possibilities.


Miles has been around health and yoga all his life, growing up with a mother who was a yoga teacher introduced him to the practice and its philosophy at a young age, but it wasn’t until his early twenties that he began to dive deeper. Inspired by Ashtanga and Rocket, his classes are playful and dynamic. You will definitely sweat!


Ruben is our professional ballet and contemporary dancer turned yoga teacher. His classes are full of the joy of movement. He has an uncanny way of persuading you to do things you never thought you could – and making you laugh along the way.


For Tiffany, yoga initially offered a way of re-connecting with her body after moving away from dance. But it was the transformational power of the spiritual, physical and emotional practice that compelled her to take her YTT so she could begin to share this magic with others. Empowerment is at the heart of Tiffany's teaching. She offers classes deeply rooted in her embodied experience. Join her for uplifting and challenging classes, which are focused on taking yoga off the mat and into the real world.


Tor has ALL of the training. She’s studied Vinyasa Flow, Power Yoga, Rocket Yoga, Mandala Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin, Meditation & Mindfulness, plus assisting, anatomy, yoga for cancer patients, yoga for trauma and yoga for injured students. She really REALLY loves yoga. Expect clear cues, individual alignment and plenty of options for everyone.


Thania is an experienced Yoga Teacher, an Ayurvedic Consultant and a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist. Her love for the physical body created her interest in Ayurveda, where she finished her Consultant Training in 2014 with Ayurveda Pura. In 2017 she qualified as a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist with Spike Warwick.


A 9-to-5 marketing professional with an MBA, David considers himself a 24/7 yogi. Born and raised in California, David has called London home for over 12 years. His family heritage comes from hard-working Chinese and Vietnamese immigrants, and his yoga lineage from his teacher Stewart Gilchrist traces back to Hamish Hendry, Pattabhi Jois and Krishnamacharya. David likes to give the right level of physical and mental challenge by disguising it with encouragement and humour.


Born in Sweden but originally from India, Bhanu has been surrounded by yoga philosophy for most of his life. He came to the physical practice in 2007 and completed his Ashtanga Vinyasa 200-hour TT in 2012. Since then he has taught in the Middle East, Asia and the UK. In 2014 he made a documentary film called Who Owns Yoga? which explores the commercialisation of yoga around the world. He doesn't take life too seriously and this applies to yoga as well.


Catherine has been teaching yoga for over 20 years. She lived in Mysore India for a year, studying with her teacher, Sharath Jois and his grandfather Patthabi Jois. She’s regularly returned to Mysore to continue her studies and to be inspired. A Level 2 Authorised Ashtanga Teacher, and a trained Yoga Therapist, Catherine brings a wealth of experience and a bright smile to every class.


Faith teaches Vinyasa Flow, Pregnancy Yoga, and Mum and Baby Yoga. She is especially passionate about working with parents, helping them to find time on their mat, to connect with their physical, mental and emotional bodies. Her classes focus on breath-work and meditation. Faith's grandmother was Native American, from the Chippewa Tribe, and Faith brings that cultural background into class with excerpts from Native American poetry and music.She was born in America, but raised in Liverpool, England – and with her scouse accent and Native American roots her classes are joyful and spiritual.


Yoga and meditation helped Kate to keep her cool through eight years in the London fashion industry, a cycling related collarbone break and a few years as the boss of her own business too. She has a sense of calm that radiates out from her. And, as a teacher, she creates the space for you to completely let go, breathe and explore. In Kate’s classes, you’ll discover sanctuary in your practice.


Having spent 15 years practicing and studying a variety of yoga disciplines, Lindsay was eventually led to complete her YTT 200 hours in Mysore in 2016. Since then, she has continued study, enhancing her abilities under anatomy specialist Andrew McGonigle, and branching out into Integral Sound Healing under Inga Liljestrom and Tony Nec of The Sound Healing Academy. With an exploratory approach to yoga, Lindsay practices a number of disciplines, alongside Buddhist meditation, all of which influence her teaching style. Her classes combine the traditional hatha principles she studied in India with empowering breath-led flow.


Lucy knows from personal experience how our yoga practice can change over time in response to life’s circumstances. Having co-founded Yoke studio in Dalston, taught in a primary school and become a mum over the past few years, she values how yoga brings people together as well as offer an inner experience of calm. Lucy is a welcoming teacher who offers dynamic vinyasa classes with a focus on breath and rhythmic flow. She maintains a low-key atmosphere, offering suggestions for beginners as well as students wanting to build on their practice.


Up until she tried a yoga class, Monica really hadn’t liked physical activity much. But she very quickly fell in love with a dynamic style of practice and it became a regular routine in her life. Nowadays it is so much more than just a physical practice. She loves the journey of the practice; forever learning, trying to accept what is and becoming more and more self aware. Her training with Marcus Vedas allowed her to dive even deeper. Her classes are full of joy and laughter, putting your strength and balance to the test while maintaining a focus on breath.


Natti offers a playful vinyasa practice which focuses on being present, and allowing yourself the space to be with how you feel both physically and mentally. Having found yoga as a way to manage her anxiety, Natti’s classes are mindful, moving meditations that will leave you feeling calm, strong and, above all, happy!


Sarah took her yoga first class back in January 2001 – and was hooked immediately. She soon realised that the practice did more than relieve the tension in her neck and shoulders – it bought joy and grounding into her life and helped to teach her so much. In 2006, Sarah completed her 500hr teacher training course with Aurolab Yoga, and went on to learn from Rolf Naujokat, John Scott, Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois. She’s studied Yin Yoga & Mindfulness Mediation with Sarah Powers, and Pre and Post-natal Yoga with Fraincoise Freedman and Birthlight.


Terry’s Pilates classes are fun, thoughtful and challenging. He completed his teacher training to deepen his appreciation and knowledge of the exercises. His unusual background as a musician and artist continue to inform his style of class. Expect a full-body workout, with ‘Joseph’ inspired principals and movements sprinkled in from the original repertoire. His intention is for all to have fun, to learn, to sometimes fail, but to feel great after class.


Jenna started doing Pilates over a decade ago, to accompany her ballet and jazz dance training. Used to leaping and turning, she wasn’t expecting to like a class spent mostly lying down, But, it was love at first roll up. Growing up in New Zealand means that she is most at home by the sea and in the trees, so she can often be found wandering by the Thames and in the parks of east London. She brings her Kiwi-ness into her classes with a fun, easy-going teaching style. Jenna’s Pilates classes are dynamic and contemporary, focused on engaging and strengthening core muscles and conditioning the whole body.