I knew as soon as I found yoga that I wanted to make it my life - like, my WHOLE life. I wanted to breathe it and live it every day forever and ever (and ever) so after my teacher training in India I couldn’t wait to share it with everyone. As soon as I arrived back in Deptford, I set up a class at The Albany.
Fast forward to a decrepit flat with rotting floorboards in the depths of Deptford. We filled the space with good vibes, friendly people, and thus began the Yoga Studio journey. Jump one year ahead and I saw a big shiny new space that only existed in my dreams. Jump another year ahead and we’ve moved into that big shiny space of dreams!
Throughout this journey I have had so much support from the teachers at the studio, they are all such wonderful creatures and have been so supportive and understanding. I love that I know I’ve always got this space in yoga to come back to and I swear I’m not gonna stop until everyone knows that yoga fits into their life somewhere and somehow.
Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha, Mindful Flow, Yin, Power
Alice has been practicing yoga since 2011 and is an accredited yoga teacher and yoga therapist, with over 900 hours of training. Alice discovered yoga in her early 20s and was immediately attracted to the physicality of asana, which allowed her to cultivate a sense of appreciation and acceptance of her body. She soon discovered the joys of yoga beyond asana and recognises how instrumental yoga has been in her management of persistent pain and anxiety. Yoga has enabled Alice to develop a more loving and compassionate relationship with herself, which in turn has made her more available to support those around her.
Alice believes yoga is for everybody and this is reflected in her teaching through the use of permissive language, props and offering options and variations. Alice always shares a variety of yogic tools in order for you to enjoy a well rounded practice. She encourages her students to work mindfully by guiding you towards a deeper listening and understanding of yourself.
Instagram & Facebook: alicebillereyyoga
Ashtanga Vinyasa, Emodied Yoga, Hatha
Stella first discovered yoga when she was a child as a warm up in dance class, little did she know that it was going to be such an important part of her life. Stella knows that Yoga was a driving force in overcoming ten years of chaos and destructive addiction . Upon returning from traveling to India Stella decided to train as a teacher and 2015 gain her 200 hour YTT with Yoga London. Stella is very much in touch with her inner child and is a qualified Rainbow Kid’s teacher and has worked with children since 2017. She has studied Embodied Anatomy with Mollie Morris and a mentorship with Naomi Absalom in 2019. Stella will complete her level 2 500 hour teacher training with Julie Martin 2019-2020. While Stella appreciates the strength that yoga asana brings internally and externally she is more interested in how the practice combats the duality that exists in our society between mind and body and the profound benefits the practice has on the central nervous system. Stella teaches an non dogmatic style less concerned with what the practice looks like and more curious about sensation as experienced as. You can expect an emphasis on relaxation, breath, body acceptance and awareness, intuitive movement and mindful movement.
Power Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Transcendental Meditation
Deliah comes from a background in Contemporary Dance and gymnastics. Alongside practicing TM (Transcendental Meditation) she first started taking Yoga Workshops with Yogacharya Jadranko Miklec in 2008. She's trained in different styles such as Power Yoga, Rocket, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga and further draws from her knowledge as a dancer and choreographer to develop creative Asana sequences that build physical and mental strength, enhance balance and mobility and eventually help the body and mind to find stillness. Yoga for Deliah is a way to recharge her batteries and an invaluable gift in a busy city like London. Beyond a physical practice she wants her class to be a place where her students can find mental clarity and walk out feeling supported, grounded and at ease.
Power, Vinyasa Flow, Yin
Evih is passionate about yoga as a positive life force and seeks to help her students cultivate a sense of compassion for themselves and for other beings. She teaches an embodied Vinyasa Flow that links mindful movement with the breath whilst building strength and stamina to help you feel stronger and more spacious within. Evih’s approach draws influence from the dynamic practice of Ashtanga, as well as weaving in the softer and more yielding practices of Yin, Somatics and Restorative Yoga, encouraging you to explore your own practice, whilst paying close attention to healthy alignment to promote optimum physical wellbeing.
For Evih, yoga is about creating space: physically, emotionally and mentally. Evih’s moto is that she practices yoga as a ‘moving meditation’, and this is the core idea of each one of her classes. Her creative sequences have been designed to recharge the mind, purify the body, and by the end of the class, Evih’s grounding spirit, calming voice and clear instructions will always leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Yin Yoga
Born and raised in Finland, I moved to New York City in 2011 to study dance. In New York, I was introduced to Yoga and I soon realized that I had found something that would become an integral part of my life. After a couple of years of exploring different styles of Yoga, I completed my 200H Vinyasa teacher training in NYC (2014). Since then, I have continued to delve deeper into the teachings of Yoga by attending various classes, workshops, trainings and lots of self-study. My love for Yoga is powered by my interest in holistic wellness of an individual and of society as well as in my strong believe that Yoga is a great tool to simply just feel better.
Just like my own Yoga practice, my style of teaching has been influenced by various schools of Yoga. In my classes you will practice in a safe, welcoming environment that encourages you to listen to your body, connect with your soul and quiet your mind. You will be guided with visual demonstrations, verbal cues and optional hands-on adjustments.
Vinyasa Flow, Creative Flow
Charlotte is a London Based Vinyasa Flow yoga instructor, who trained with Frame studios London. From Basics for beginners to Hard-core handstand hours, she loves to design a class around her student’s wants and needs.
Charlotte believes in approaching a class with nothing but love for the practice and for the students’ needs by humbly sharing her knowledge. She believes yoga practice can change everyone’s lives for the better, diving inward and finding our way to our natural state of bliss whilst getting a sweat on and having fun! Charlotte follows the yogic lifestyle both on and off the mat and believes strongly in steadying and being in control of the mind rather than the worries of life controlling us.
Coming from a contemporary Dancers background, Charlotte approaches Yoga with great care and passion for the body and loves sharing her passion with her students.
Australian born, Matty believes fitness is the key to happiness. A healthy body is the gateway to a healthy mind! High energy activity has always given him a sense of uplift and he struggles to go less than two days without an intense workout. Building his fitness base playing field hockey while growing up, Matty took things to another level in 2009, where he began testing himself in various fitness-related pursuits from triathlons and powerlifting to CrossFit. Since '09, he has been an avid CrossFitter, competing in CrossFit competitions around the world.
Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Mindful Flow
Australian born, passionate and curious by nature. Lydia got into Yoga unintentionally and quickly fell in love. Noticing a difference in her mind and body; a calmness, a softening, an acceptance of daily life. Her personal and teaching practice is Yin and Hatha based with influence from Forrest, Scaravelli, Philosophy and Meditation.
Lydia works through a sequence of meditation and flow, with emphasis on the breath and stillness. Interested in the subtleties of touch, movement and our breathe to enable us to become more aware, attentive and conscious.
Hatha, Rocket, Mandala Vinyasa & Vinyasa
Lydia is 705hr Register Yoga Teacher and professional dancer. Lydia began her training withYoga Professionals in 2016 where she gained her initial qualification, a diploma in teaching yoga. Being a contemporary dancer, Lydia was curious to learn people’s yogic journeys from all different walks of life, ages, physicality's & capabilities, consequently learning what it really means to teach yoga and share and encourage experiences. Lydia furthered her studies with dynamic practices of The Rocket (50hrs) and Mandala Vinyasa & Shamanism (55hrs) with The Yoga People in 2017.
Lydia teaches a vitalising & powerful practice that is dappled with functional movement and explorative sequencing. Believing, that the practice of yoga should not be about embodying an idealistic view of how it should look but rather connecting our conscious mind to a feeling. Additionally and possibly most importantly, representing the ethos that yoga can be fun and full of transient pleasure! Lydia gives huge thanks to all of her teachers that inspired her curiosity in this practice
Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha
I’ll never forget my first yoga class. It was a Kundalini class. I huffed and I puffed and waved my arms around in the air for an hour and a half. I thought I’d joined a cult. Walking out of that studio however, was a revelation to me. Life would never be the same after that.”
With a passion for esoteric knowledge at his base, yoga found Kevin in 1996 while studying kinesiology at TWR in Johannesburg, South Africa. His journey has led him down several paths including Usui Reiki and Tantric studies but his love for the practice of Yoga has never faded.
“Yoga helps us discover who and what we are, where we are and where are going. My focus has always been on the individual’s journey through self-knowledge, self acceptance and self-love. As a microcosm of the greater universe, we have duty to take care of ourselves. Otherwise we can never be caretakers of the things we love around us.”
Kevin teaches in a Hatha style although he borrows elements from Ashtanga Vinyasa, and Kundalini. His classes will highlight the advantages of a calm and quiet mind, core strength and poses that focus on flexibility and increased range of motion. Focus will be less on the look of poses and more on the feel of them.
A graduate of YogaLondon’s YTT200 program, Kevin is constantly on the search for knowledge… and a good laugh.
“I first came to yoga through school sports. I needed to enhance my flexibility and gain more core strength, somethings that were not natural attributes of mine.
As most young men do, I went off on a bit of a tangent and only rediscovered a strong asana practice in my mid 30s. Yoga helped me through a time of life changing trauma, helping me focus on what was important here and now.
Yoga, like eating, became one of the most basic expressions of self love. Making time to be with yourself, for yourself has wonderful benefits not only for you but for the people around you too. The more you learn to support yourself and have compassion, patience and open mindedness for yourself so you will pass those qualities on to others
POWER, STRONG VINYASA, GENTLE FLOW
Delice has explored movement from a young age, mainly through dance. Her journey started after rehabilitation and the last year of university when stress levels were amplified - she found comfort in moving slowly and mindfully and exploring other holistic healing modalities to help deepen her personal practice.
As a Movement Psychotherapist, Delice's classes combine these principles - the idea is to explore and encourage the use of breath, posture and embodiment to explore the journey of inner connectivity and self-discovery while taking into consideration lifestyle, physicality, mentality and emotional. With this you are guided into finding a way to move.
"I work in accordance to you - creating a guided practice which is a stimulating experience you will explore and encourage emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual aspects of Self."
Ashtanga Vinyasa, Mandala
Max came to yoga about 20 years ago, using it as a restorative tool throughout her dance degree. Teaching is her passion, not only in yoga, but she has 5 years dance and 11 years Cycle Fit teaching experience.
She’s bonkers about music and is regularly cultivating high energy playlists for her spin classes coupled with tonnes of yoga playlists every week!
She passed her 200 hr Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher training course in 2016, lead by Holly Warren. Although her class focuses heavily on asana technique, safe passage to a pose is big in her class, as well as yoga sequencing, yet she has a light- hearted and fun approach to yoga. She doesn’t like to stay within the confines of her style and has moments were she might pop a little something she’s loved from elsewhere and offers it to her pupils, just because, she says ‘if it feels good-why not!’. Her class also includes a light peppering of yoga philosophy and ensures she’s not too heavy on the Sanskrit. She encourages you to play no matter what level you’re at, whilst being mindful at the same time. “Take what you want from yoga and leave what you don’t - it’s all good” :)