Yoga Teachers

 

Catherine Haylock, Authorised Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Level 2



Catherine Haylock

Yoga Teacher
Authorised Ashtanga Teacher
Level II authorised by K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India
Founder of Yoga Creation

I grew up in Zurich, Switzerland.
From an early age I was searching for inner calm and happiness in spiritual and meditative practices. Being trained as a dancer I gained knowledge of the workings and potential of the body. In 1993 for the first time I learned about yoga – the seed was planted.
A few years later I discovered Ashtanga yoga taught by Bruno Dietziker, to whom I shall always be grateful, for introducing me to yoga and particularly to the Ashtanga practice.

I was immediately captivated by the practice, which was both fun and demanding at the same time. A whole new world started to open up. I grew with the practice and yoga became a way of life. It is an on-going journey of discovery, challenges and happiness, which beautifully mirrors daily life.

Along my journey I worked with many great teachers of various styles of yoga, which allowed me also to become a teacher.
I always wanted to go to the source of Ashtanga Yoga, to Mysore in India, to study with my guru Sri K Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath. After being one month in his presence I knew I had to stay and learn under this great man. I spent over a year in India.
Sadly Sri K Pattabhi Jois passed on 18 May 2009 at the age of 94. He had taught Ashtanga yoga for more than 65 years of his life. I feel humbled, to have had the opportunity to study with this legendary figure, he is deeply missed.
His grandson Sharath is continuing the legacy and I am greatful to be his student.

I have returned to India every year to continue my studies.
I am ‘Authorised Level 2’ to teach Ashtanga Yoga by Sri K Pattabhi Jois (KPJAYI, Mysore, India).

After my long stay in India I moved to London and started to teach again in various studios. In 2010 I finally fulfilled a dream of mine to open a beautiful yoga studio to share my knowledge and passion.

We hope you find it a comfortable and tranquil space in the heart of the London Docklands, where you can come and share our love of yoga.
   

Sarah Burgess Yoga teacher



Sarah Burgess
Yoga & Pregnancy Yoga Teacher
500 hour IYN recognised training

I took my first yoga class in January 2001 and was hooked immediately! I began practising for a variety of reasons including: to relieve the ever increasing tension in my neck and shoulders, to help with an on-going health condition and to develop a greater spiritual awareness and understanding of life. I am pleased to say that my practice since then has helped with all of these things and much, much more. It has brought me great joy, taught me great patience and helped keep me grounded through life's highs and lows.

From being an avid and devoted student I went on to complete a four year Aurolab Yoga (500 hour) teacher training programme in 2006, whilst also building my own daily ashtanga yoga practice, as well as studying with many great teachers both in the UK and overseas during this time.

I came to the practice of yoga without any previous physical training in disciplines such as dance or gymnastics, and the strength and flexibility that I now have all come from a regular and dedicated yoga practice. I strongly believe that anyone, whatever their physical background, can gain great physical, emotional and spiritual benefits from a regular yoga practice. As I started out with so little flexibility I very well understand the challenges that people can face when first beginning a yoga practice, and as a result of my own experience I am very well equipped to help people of all abilities to develop and improve their practice in a safe and careful manner.

I have practiced with and learned from many wonderful teachers over the years, including a three month stay in India studying with certified Ashtanga teacher Rolf Naujokat. I was also very privileged to study directly with Sri K Pattabhi Jois on two occasions, and to experience his amazing presence. My practice and my teaching have also been greatly inspired by the extraordinary Dharma Mittra, who is based in New York, and who I have been fortunate enough to study with on many occasions.
My practice and teaching are continually evolving, as I explore, study and deepen my knowledge of yoga and all that it has to offer. In 2012 I trained with Sarah Powers to teach Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation at the Kripalu Center in the US, which has really enriched both my practice and my teaching. And more recently I have deepened my understanding of yoga for pregnancy, birth and beyond by training with Francoise Freedman and Birthlight to achieve a Pre and Post-Natal Yoga Diploma.

I would particularly like to thank the following teachers for their help, encouragement and guidance over the years: Angelika Grohmann for igniting my passion for yoga and for continuing to be an inspiration; Sharon Matarazzo and Eileen Gauthier for taking my practice to a whole other level; and Charlie Taylor-Rugman for teaching me so much and sharing his very great knowledge of, and passion for, both yoga asana and yoga philosophy with me. I am also indebted to all of my students, both past and present, from whom I have learned so much. I very much look forward to sharing my great love of yoga, and all that I have learned along my journey so far, with students at Yoga Creation.

www.sarahburgessyoga.com
   

Hristina Conner Yoga teacher



Hristina Conner
Yoga Teacher
Yoga Alliance

My very first contact with yoga was at the age of 9 when a cousin took me to one of the well known classes in Serbia led by former ballerina Jasmina Puljo, and from that first experience yoga never left my life. I enjoyed Ashtanga classes while living in Canada and engaged in Hatha and Iyengar actively upon moving to the UK in 2001. 7 years later I relocated to the Middle East which enabled me to achieve my desire to commence Yoga professionally.

After I attended the Yoga Alliance 200 teacher’s training course in Thailand with an Australian school Santosha , I regularly returned to Asia or UK for workshops and additional training, taught and inspired by many teachers such as Peter Clifford, Jonas Westring, Bridget Woods Kramer, Zoe Trenwith and the Anusara classes in Rosemary’s Wild Rose Studio in North Thailand. Most recently I have been influenced by the mind-body healing approach of Bo Forbes as well as focusing on opening our heart centres, thus letting the joy of what we genuinely love guide us through life. This inspired me to complete intensive Yoga Therapy Course with Om Anandji of Paramanand Institute in India as well as Bo’s integrative yoga therapeutics involving the mind-body network in teaching.

Our bodies express feelings and thoughts which cannot be spoken or heard, thus I dedicate my practice to inspire others to become aware of their secret gifts, music and dance they carry within. My background in languages and literature, inter-continental life experience coupled with my former fast-paced fashion retail career, help me understand how great the demands are of today's busy lifestyle, thus leaving little fun yet effective time for ourselves. By integrating traditional Hatha style and timeless wisdom with modern approach to gentle or dynamic practice, I encourage everyone to learn about themselves and to use the skills learnt on the mat in their daily life.

I relish the opportunity to continue my yoga journey with the students of Yoga Creation and to be part of such a welcoming serene space where the love of yoga can be shared.

www.cupcakeyogini.co.uk

   

Alex Hanly Yoga teacher



Alex Hanly
Yoga Teacher
British Wheel / YA 250 hour


Teaching Yoga since 2009 has brought Alex great joy.
Her influences are wide, her main practices have been Hatha, Ashtanga, Menstrual Cycle Awareness, Grotowski Theatre and Dance Meditation with the School of Movement Medicine. Her favorite Areas of Interest in recent years have been the: Spine, Pelvis and Uterus, Conscious Breathing, The Four Seasons and Spontaneity and Performance as a Yoga.

Alex originally trained as an actor and is an artist in every sense; creative, empathic, sensitive, spontaneous, person centered and passionate in researching Yoga and the Art of Being Human. She is the CO-founder and Director of www.yogagps.com and creator of Yogarts.

Training and influences:
• 3 year Diploma in Yoga with the The British Wheel of Yoga.
• BA Hons Degree in Acting for Contemporary Theatre at East 15 Acting school
• 500 hour Hatha Yoga TTC and Advanced TTC with at Yoga Vidya Gurukul University Yoga Point
• 1 month Ashtanga Yoga at the Ashtanga institute of Sri K Pattabhi Jois.
• Ongoing personal and group research and applied study in menstruation and cycle awareness as a route to health and fulfillment since 2010

6 Years and ongoing Dance Meditation with the 'the School of Movement Medicine'. I have to say that this Shamanic dance based work lead by Susannah and Ya'acov Darling Kahn has been of huge influence and inspiration to me on my journey. I consider them above all others to be my spiritual teachers and Ihumbly thank them for their dedication to this potent, transformative and healing work.

5 years training, rehearsal and performance as an actor in theatre, dance, voice and movement ceremony and performance works.

I have been deeply inspired by the work of Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo founders of Womens' Quest.

www.alexhanly.com

   

Thania Tympanari Yoga teacher



Thania Tympanari

Yoga Teacher

I have found Yoga through dance in 2000 in Athens, where I was studying and trying to recover from a long lower back problem. After my first class I felt the freedom, that I've had never found in any physical exercise before.

Since then I have been practicing different styles of Yoga, fell in and out of love with so many of them and finally found my home in Vinyasa Flow.

"Why Vinyasa Flow?" people ask me… because in my mind all actions in life are meant to be Vinyasa, synchronized breath with movement!

The Flow classes I teach are influenced from Dance, Martial Arts, Swimming, Alexander Technique and Ayurveda! You might think how can you combine them together in just one Vinyasa Class! Well you can! With love and understanding for the individual, always moving forward with attention and intention. Like it is said in Quantum Physics, if you give your awareness to the simplest action, the quality of that action changes!

I have been blessed with so many teachers from my young years till now. I have received my 200hr Certification with Lara Baumann and my 30hr with Cameron Shayne in Budokon Yoga (a unique style, that blends Martial Arts with Yoga). I also teach kids from age 3 to 7.

www.yogathania.com
   

Spike Warwick Yoga teacher



Spike Warwick

Yoga Teacher

I started out from a foundation in classical ballet, and have been practising bodywork since 1989 when I first qualified as a shiatsu practitioner and began to discover yoga. It was a revelation, and quickly became a passion!

My Iyengar teachers taught me precision and safety in the postures, and my Body of Light teachers, in particular Jacqui Brookes, taught me how to flow and to be playful and creative with yoga. After 15 years of regular practice, and loving every minute of it, I decided to train to pass on what I'd learnt. Conrad Duckworth taught me a healthy, humorous irreverence towards dogma, and his 500-hour teacher training fine-tuned my anatomy and physiology knowledge.

I hope you'll find my hatha and vinyasa flow classes friendly and informative, with a balance of attention to alignment; flexibility, strength-building and relaxation. I'm also an advanced Thai Yoga Massage practitioner (www.thaimassagepractitioner.co.uk) and this compassionate form of massage therapy has a perfect synergy with yoga. I teach 'Yoga Fusion Massage' - Thai yoga massage and deep tissue massage combined - to practitioner level, as well as practising the blissful Indian art of chavutti thirumal: massage by foot pressure.

With this background in mind, I aim to convey the joy of having a body in warm-hearted, open yoga classes. I want yoga to be accessible to everyone, and I will always encourage you to listen to your own body and spirit, to discover what's uniquely right for you on any particular day.

www.thaimassagepractitioner.co.uk
   
   

Vanessa Brooks Fisher



Vanessa Brooks Fisher
Yoga Teacher

I was drawn to Yoga 20 years ago, captivated by the feeling of inner peace I experienced whilst practising. As for many, my late teens were a difficult time and I found Yoga cleared a path for me and gave me a deeper intuitive connection.

Today I am still motivated to practise Yoga for the same reasons although my approach has changed. I now value function over form - it is more important for a pose to feel right to the individual than to look good! Yoga promotes the intimate connection between mind and body so we can better respect and intuitively listen to our bodies and know how to respond.

I trained to teach Yoga at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerela, India in 2002 and have been teaching since. I have trained under many inspiring teachers most often from the lineage of Krishnamacharya and am influenced by the Scaravelli approach working gracefully with the breath. I am currently undertaking a Diploma in Yoga Therapy at Yogacampus which is ever informing my practice and teaching.

The Hatha Flow I teach is a wonderful combination of joint releasing warming exercises transforming into flowing standing asanas with some strong holds. With this practice our muscles learn to release and lengthen whilst gaining strength and stability.

 

Jasone Miranda-Bilbao Yoga teacher



Jasone
Miranda-Bilbao


Guest Teacher

Jasone teaches traditional Ashtanga Yoga. She has had a daily Mysore practice for the last 12 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. 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.
   

Erin Prichard Yoga teacher



Erin Prichard

Guest Teacher

Erin grew up in steamy Jacksonville, Florida surfing the waves of the South Atlantic. During university, she found something to create balance in her life and to replace the waves that were 200 miles to the east. After taking her first Vinyasa Yoga class in 2000 she was instantly drawn to the way Yoga influenced her emotionally, physically, and spiritually. She found meditation to be as powerful as sitting in the sea waiting for waves, requiring the same balance and stillness of mind. At this point she couldn't have realized that this initial practice was going to be the catalyst for profound change.

In 2004, she wanted to share her passion with others and completed her 200 hour teacher training with Discovery Yoga in St. Augustine, Fl. Later that year she relocated to her current home in London, England. She began teaching in studios, businesses, privately, in schools, and at national and international retreats. She believes as a teacher one is always a student and continues to seek out ways to hone her practice.

Over the years she has practiced all styles of Yoga, however Ashtanga based Vinyasa along with Jivamukti are her main passion. In 2007, she became qualified to teach children yoga with Yoga Bugs, and also completed an inspiring 40 hour teacher intensive with Yoga master Richard Freeman. She has attended many workshops and trained with some the world's most inspiring teachers such as Shiva Rea, Stewart Gilchrist, Beryl Birch, David Swenson, Matthew Sweeney, Sharron Gannon,David Life, John Scott, Manju Jois and her first teachers Shri and Stan Hubbard. She is forever grateful to her teachers and to the practise of Yoga.

www.vinyasayogawitherin.co.uk
   

Michael Kazamias Yoga teacher



Michael Kazamias

Guest teacher
Authorised Ashtanga Yoga Teacher

Michael is authorized to teach Ashtanga Yoga by the KPJAYI in Mysore India.

He started practicing yoga in 1999 and ashtanga yoga in 2003.

In 2005 he made his first trip to Mysore to study with Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath. Many trips followed that one.

Michael has spent much time traveling around the world and practicing with senior Ashtanga Teachers in Goa, Koh Samui, Berlin and Tokyo.

He received his authorization to teach in 2009 and was invited to a special one month teacher training course with Sharath in Mysore the following summer. In the winter of 2011 he was given the opportunity to assist Sharath in the main shala in Mysore.

In London he has been practicing with Hamish Hendry since 2004, whom he also assists .

   

Satu Rommi Yoga teacher



Satu Susanna Rommi
Guest teacher
Authorised Ashtanga Yoga Teacher

I am originally from Finland, but I first started ashtanga yoga in 2000 when I was living in London. I was fortunate to learn the practice from certified ashtanga teacher Hamish Hendry and other great teachers at Ashtanga Yoga London. I came to ashtanga as a complete beginner to yoga; I had never tried any other styles of yoga before – and I haven’t since. Because I started ashtanga without any previous yoga background and learned the traditional Mysore style method from the very beginning, I strongly believe anyone can begin this practice, with or without previous experience in yoga.

Inspired and encouraged by my teachers at AYL, in 2005 I travelled to Mysore to study in the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute (now called KPJAYI) with Guruji, Sri K Pattabhi Jois. My plan was to stay just two months, but I ended up staying in India and travelling in Asia for more than three years. In these three years I spent a total of 24 months studying in the KPJAYI. I also studied chanting with Dr. M.A. Jayashree and Indian philosophy with Prof. M. A. Narashiman. As I left India in 2009 I was authorised by the KJPAYI to teach ashtanga, and I returned to Mysore in 2010 for a workshop for authorized teachers with Sharath, Guruji’s grandson, my teacher.

I have taught ashtanga in Singapore and recently in Switzerland. I am also a qualified massage therapist and although I don’t practice massage anymore, it has given me an understanding of how the human body works.

I’m looking forward to being a guest teacher at Yoga Creation!

   
We look forward to sharing our love of Yoga with you.
   

Upcoming workshops & courses:


Mid-Winter Retreat: Yin Yoga, Meditation & Deep Relaxation workshop
Sun 21st Dec 2014
2.30-5.00pm
with: Sarah Burgess


7 weeks course: Complete Beginners' Course in Ashtanga Yoga
Thursdays, 8 Jan - 19 Feb 2015
7.45pm – 9.15pm
with: Sarah Burgess

4 weeks course: 'Mindfulness Meditation'
Sun 18, 25 Jan & 1, 8 Feb 2015
3pm – 4.30pm
with: Sarah Burgess


Workshop: 'Finding and Strengthening your Core'
Sat 24th Jan 2015
2.30-5.00pm
with: Sarah Burgess


Workshop: ‘Valentine’s Partner Yoga’
Sat 14th Feb 2015
1 – 4pm
with: Alex Hanly




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