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Serena Valentine - Owner/Teacher
Serena Valentine - Owner/Teacher

In 2014 I became a qualified Yin Restorative/Yang Yoga teacher, having graduated with Simon Lowe at The Yoga Academy , one of the UK's top Yoga Teachers. I now specialise in Yin/Yang Yoga teaching small classes of up to six people in restorative Yin Yoga. I also offer one to ones for Absolute beginners to yoga to help build their self confidence before filtering into a normal Yoga class.An addition to our programme is working with clients with various medical conditions.



Louise Ionascu - Manager
Louise Ionascu - Manager

Louise began her studies as a Yoga Teacher and qualified in 2004. In 2006 Louise studied at the Bio Medical Trust in London completing a three year foundation course in Yoga Therapy from which she graduated with a Diploma

.Louise is a Member of The Register of Exercise Professionals Level 3 and also Initiated Reiki 2 practitioner.Louise is the Manager of the centre and an integral part of our growing business, teaching over 10 classes per week, including restorative, hot yoga, yoga nidra and flow yoga. Louise is an asset to the studio and is extremely experienced in her profession .

Judy

I have been practicing and benefiting from yoga for more than fifteen years, absorbing it through many different styles. My desire is to maintain yoga's true authenticity and to show that everyone can benefit from yoga in mind, body and spirit. My classes are a welcoming space, accessible to all and my teaching style is gentle and supportive with an emphasis on flowing, meditative sequences guided by the breath.

I graduated from Avani Yoga Academy.

Tristen Hennigs
Tristen Hennigs

I have been practising yoga intensively for twenty years. Having spent my late teens and early twenties as an assistant teacher in my mother's yoga and dance studio in Ohio, I went on to further my own yoga practice by studying the schools of Iyengar, Kashmir and Sivananda. I studied Astanga Vinyasa with Derek Ireland in Crete, Gingi Lee in London and John Scott in London and Plymouth. I studied Jivamukti Yoga in New York with David Life and Sharon Gannon as well as attended numerous workshops under prominent yogis and yoginis.

My classes explore the classic yoga postures (asanas) as well as breath work (pranayama), while simultaneously giving students information as to why the practices are important. Based on the time of day of the class as well as the demographic of the participants, my classes can be more or less dynamic as is appropriate.

Hannah Peek
Hannah Peek

I am a qualified Vinyasa Flow, Astanga Vinyasa, Power and Yin yoga teacher. Having first started yoga for health reasons after being diagnosed with postal tanchycardica syndrome, a heart condition, I instantly felt the benefits of yoga both physically and mentally and never looked back. I think it is important to build strength and flexibility; as well as finding ease and relaxation in classes. I encourage students to approach yoga by listening to their bodies and doing what suits them best, this way the full benefits that yoga can bring to you can be found on and off the mat. My classes are designed to make you work hard and leave with a complete sense of peacefulness.

Maritsa
Maritsa

Maritsa's love of Yoga began over 15 years ago when after attending her first yoga class she was hooked! Maritsa has practiced various styles of Yoga from Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Jivamukti and Vinyasa Flow to name a few.
She fell in love with all styles and traditions, each offering something different but all focusing on alignment, injury prevention, strength, flexibility but most of all spirituality.

Maritsa's approach to teaching is that classes should be fun, challenging, dynamic and relaxing at the same time. She always aims to practice consciously with a focus towards safeguarding against injury, through encouraging correct posture and alignment.

Maike
Maike

Maike has practicing yoga for ten years, intensely for the last three years. It has totally transformed my life, which lead to me wanting to share it with others. I first trained and worked as a professional actress and dancer and then as a counsellor.
Training as a yoga teacher felt like a natural progression, an opportunity to integrate my previous fields of work. I love flowing sequences, exploring the momentum and impulse behind the movement and the interplay of breath. I am a believer in the benefits of yoga not only on a physical, but also psychological level. I am passionate about incorporating elements of contemplation and mindfulness work in my yoga practice.
Enabling people to have a positive relationship with themselves is my main goal.

Louisa Bergman
Louisa Bergman

Louisa has been practising Yoga since 2003. Her Yoga journey began with Iyengar where she learnt the importance of alignment as well as finding moments where the chatter of her mind could cease. Over the years Louisa has practised Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Bikram, Kundalini and Kundalini. She chose to deepen her yoga practice after staying in an ashram in India in 2009. On returning to the UK, Louisa completed a BWY Foundation Course. In 2012, Louisa graduated with her Yoga Teaching Diploma through London based, Triyoga (BWY accredited) taught by respected teachers Jean Hall and Mimi Kuo-Deemer.


Louisa currently teaches a style of Hatha Yoga which features strong standing poses to build strength and stamina and include creative warm ups. Her classes are suitable for all levels.

Nicole
Nicole

My classes use flowing postures, pranayama, meditation and visualisation to uplift and refresh on a physical and mental level. As well as having fun with postures, it is my hope that each student will begin to unfold an inner experience and become their own teacher.

Nicole trained with Avani Yoga .


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