Class Schedule

I teach at the beautiful YOTOPIA studios (hot and temperate rooms) in Covent Garden every week at the following times:

  • Wednesday PM – 7:00-8:30PM – Hot Yoga Flow and Meditation
  • Saturday AM – 10:30-11:45AM – Hot Yoga Flow (Level 1)

Private Yoga (at home or office)

If you prefer one-to-one or semi-private instruction and live in SouthWest or Central London, I can come to your home to teach you, or you and a friend, or you and your family.  These sessions are bespoke, tailored to your needs and your particular interest in incorporating yoga into your life.  Please get in touch for more information about available slots and pricing.  You may also be looking for yoga for your office and staff, which I would also be happy to discuss facilitating.

Upcoming Workshops, Courses, and Retreats

5-week Beginners Yoga Course in Covent Garden, London

10 March – 6 April 2019 inclusive (5 Saturdays in a row from 9-10:30AM)
more info here at YOTOPIA, Covent Garden
Cost: 100 GBP

Yoga Holiday in Sardinia

June 2019 – TBC
more info here at Sardinia Yoga

Women’s Yoga Workshop in Covent Garden, London

 YOTOPIA, Covent Garden
Next Date: TBC
Cost: 35 GBP

My Training

I have practiced a lot of yoga since my first class in 2005 and have done extensive training with gifted, inspiring teachers from a variety of movement and therapy backgrounds (lucky me) – all in London. Each training found me, picked me up and landed me somewhere new. Here’s my training history:

  • 500-hour Teacher Training with Art of Contemporary Yoga, Ltd. with Jo Avison, Alex Filmer-Lorch and Linda d’Antal – major focus on Fascia Anatomy, Eastern Psychology and Yoga as Therapy (2008-2010)
  • 160-hour Yotopia Dynamic Flow Yoga Training with Alex Filmer-Lorch and Jo Avison- including basic principles of fascial anatomy/fascial touch and adjustments/ movement principles (2011)
  • 200-hour Inside Meditation Training with Alex Filmer-Lorch – Meditation, Applied Psychology and Eastern Psychology (2013-2014)
  • Fascia Fitness Training with Robert Schleip (11-12 November 2013)
  • Womb Yoga Training with Uma Dinsmore Tulli (November 2014)

Beyond this I have partaken in countless yoga workshops in London and several yoga retreats across Europe (with teachers across a variety of disciplines, such as Dylan Bernstein, Andreas Wisniewski, Godfrey Devereux, Sianna Sherman, Lisa Sanfilippo, Annie Carpenter, John Stirk, Bo Forbes, Claire Missingham, and David Williams), all of which have enriched my practice and teaching and given me confidence to guide others towards the best yoga for them.

How do I teach yoga? (My Philosophy)

I believe that yoga is for everyone. There is no prerequisite shape, weight, or personality-type. I aim to make everyone feel included in my classes and at peace on their mats.

I didn’t start yoga as a bendy-type who enjoyed wearing Lycra. I was not raised by spiritual masters deep in the woods. I came to yoga because I was your average stress-case, suffering from anxiety and uncomfortable and inflexible in my body, and I knew somehow yoga held the secrets I needed to staying young at heart and feeling great. If I can’t find a way to help someone to bring yoga into their lives in a way that works for them and honours their uniqueness, then I have not done my job as a teacher and facilitator of this beautiful movement and mindfulness practice.

Yoga should make us feel better about ourselves and help us to be nicer to others. It’s the ultimate stress-busting tool and I teach it with this approach in mind – how can I make sure my students leave the classroom feeling better than when they entered, more loving towards themselves, more calm, cool and collected so they can be more present to others?

Yoga is also meant to heal, not harm, and this is why I take a gentle approach. I’m not your go-to teacher for complicated inversions and arm balances, although I do think they can add a lot of fun to your practice when your body is ready for them.

What style of yoga do I teach?

My teaching style in the classroom setting blends gentle yet invigorating vinyasa-flow sequences with softer more yin-like poses to get people to connect deeply with both stillness and movement in their bodies. In other words, my classes lift you up and calm you down by getting you to move with integrity and to breathe with ease. My classes are often set to (and inspired by) carefully chosen music, usually incorporate a theme to contemplate and help you take yoga off your mat and beyond the classroom. Sometimes I make a bad joke or two and I almost always tell a story (sharing is caring in my world).

I also teach meditation – the kind of yoga where you sit still and do nothing. Believe it or not, that takes more practice than the making funny shapes stuff (asana). I am not a master meditator (will that happen in this lifetime?), however I have studied and practiced a lot and think it’s quite possibly the most essential tool we can learn to stay well and truly alive in this life. It brings me back to my centre; it’s how I recharge my batteries and become more present, and I want to spread it to others in order to live in a better world. Please note – meditation does not require absence of thought in the mind – that may come with time (if you’re lucky). So bring your cluttered mind and we’ll work from there.

Why do I teach yoga?

Plain and simple answer? I love yoga. Yoga found me at a time when I needed a wake-up call and helped me grow into the person I am today. It brings joy into my life, freedom into my body and connects me to my more spiritual side. What’s spiritual you might ask? Is it that God(s) stuff? You know what? I don’t know. I don’t know what to call that connection with my most inner self, but yoga takes me there and it’s a lovely place to be. It’s like a holiday and I’m always looking forward to booking my next trip.

I also love teaching. Always have. I used to teach spelling to my dolls. But teaching yoga is more fun for me. Unlike stuffed animals, my students can move! Teaching pulls out the best in me and is a true delight. I don’t have all the answers and my answers may not be the ones you are seeking, but I am incredibly enthusiastic to share my learnings with you and teach from experience rather than the textbook. My Dad used to teach Music and he passed this love of sharing on to me – thanks Dad. I think it’s a hugely satisfying profession especially when your students are as wonderful as mine (see testimonials).

Why hot yoga?

When I was approached to teach for a new hot yoga studio that was opening up just two streets away from where I first lived when I landed in London, I thought it funny how my yoga practice had come full circle to its heated origins. My first year of yoga consisted mostly of Bikram yoga classes, which you may know are in classrooms heated to 40 °C (104 °F). I hated the heat at first. Then I loved it. It made me feel invincible and more flexible than usual and I was able to push my boundaries. But I pushed them too hard and hurt my back…

The thing with yoga is that external heat doesn’t prevent injury. You have to build internal heat to do that. So it’s really important to practice in a non-heated environment to understand how to practice safely. It’s also important to know your body’s limitations, which sometimes are less present in the heat. I learned this the hard way and had to start my practice from scratch. After many years practicing in the heat only on occasion, I grew to know my body better and learned how to get hot from the inside out using my breath. I also felt happy that I could try more yoga studios and practice at home, not ‘needing’ the heat.

I don’t think everyone has to go down this path and believe that practicing in a tropical environment that really makes you sweat adds on a lovely detox element to your yoga practice. At Yotopia, the studios are less hot than Bikram studios (only 35°C) and the sequences I teach are different every time. If you’re scared, try it. Most people I know resist the heat at first, then grow to love it because you feel like you are sweating out toxins (and earning your shower). But vary your practice climate so you are really body aware. General rule: drink lots of water before and after so you stay hydrated and check in with how you feel after each class to see if it suits you.

Yoga for Women

I am extremely passionate about women’s health and encourage all women to learn more about their bodies and their menstrual cycles.  Statistics show that there are more women than men who practice yoga, yet somehow the only advice we get for yoga practice during our periods is to ‘avoid inversions.’  Well, there’s a lot more to it. I speak from experience when I say that there is a lot to be gained by adjusting your yoga practice to bring it in sync with your cycle and to use it as a tool for healing and balancing your hormones.  In November 2014, I completed a Womb Yoga Training with Uma Dinsmore Tulli and I feel more driven than ever to lead workshops on Women’s Yoga and advise other women on how to track their menstrual cycles as a means of connecting more deeply with the feminine as a guide for your practice and a tool for empowerment.

Who do I teach?

You I hope one day!  I teach anyone who comes into the classroom with ‘beginner’s mind’ and patience to learn a lifelong practice that goes beyond the physical realm.  Here are some incredibly gracious testimonials that I have received from my students over the past few years of teaching. I generally get thanked for clear instructions, gentle sequencing, variety, guidance, inspirational quotes, adding deeper spiritual meaning and creating a friendly environment, but you can see what else they have to say by checking out their comments on the link above.

Beginners Yoga Courses

My beginners yoga courses give you the opportunity to develop a solid and safe foundation from which to build a consistent yoga practice.  Each session gives you the chance to get individual attention to help you feel more confident and progress faster, while learning how to develop a practice that is best suited to your body, your needs and your personal goals.

The 5-week programme is appropriate for absolute beginners or those who have been attending classes regularly but want to deepen their understanding of the benefits of yoga, breathing techniques, postural alignment, key yoga postures, vinyasa flow sequences, meditation and the philosophy behind yoga.

No two courses are ever completely alike and repetition is good in the early days of your practice so feel free to join even if you’ve already participated in a Beginners course before.  I also provide follow-up notes and reading suggestions via email after each session and tailor each course to the needs of the group.

Here’s what previous attendees have said about my courses:

I worried that I wasn’t flexible enough and could injure myself by not getting enough guidance in big classes or at home about how to do basic poses (down dog, etc) correctly. This course helped a lot in relieving that fear…I really enjoyed this course and feel much better prepared to progress in my yoga practice in the future (Leigh, Assistant Professor, February 2014)

If you want to learn the basics of yoga in a fun and relaxed way, together with an amazing teacher you must try this course. My yoga journey has finally started…
(Maria, Charity Worker, February 2014)

I had never done yoga before nor did I know much about it except that it was supposed to be good for rest and relaxation. In truth, I wasn’t sure it was for me, but after reading the blurb on the beginners’ workshop with Kate Lovell at Yotopia I decided to give it a try… After 6 lessons I know that was a good decision…I felt good; fresher of mind and stronger in body.
(Neville, May 2013)

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