Our Wellbeing Team
Our studio and hall are home to over 30 teachers who dedicate their time to promoting well being and to sharing their skills and knowledge with the community.
AMANDA WRAY has been teaching yoga for over 20 years in Hackney and Tower Hamlets. She's taught in prisons, hospitals, schools, children's centres and of course, plain, old, draughty church halls. She trained in the Iyengar style originally, and then took her experience into the world of pregnancy and post-natal yoga, which she's found hugely rewarding and enjoyable.
AMY CONOCHIE has been practising yoga for over 15 years, trained to teach in 2014 and has completed further training including Restorative and Pregnancy Yoga. She has a desire to make yoga accessible to all, to encourage people to explore the physical postures as a way to take moment out of your day to just exhale and let go. You can contact her by email.
ANNA KRITIKOU is a Hatha Yoga instructor, and Alexander Technique teacher. She was always interested in the structure of the body and the way it moves and functions, and her teaching plays with those ideas. Her lessons aim to increase understanding of the body and self awareness; provide space for change and improve general well-being by reeducating body and mind. You can contact her by email or on her website.
ANNALISA COHEN has been a practising complementary therapist for the past five years. Her focus as a therapist is to make bodywork therapy an accessible part of a client’s normal routine, without compromising on the quality and effectiveness of each treatment, working with each client to address their needs and work towards the long term goal of balance in mind and body. Get in touch via email.
CHARLOTTE WISEMAN is an accredited Yoga Alliance and Anusara Elements teacher with 16 years experience. She has experience in Anusara, Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Embodied Flow and Inner Axis methods as well as additional training in working with injuries. Her classes are alignment based, ideal for all levels of experience. Whether an absolute beginner or a 'seasoned' yogi , she will lead you in a heart felt practice to support and challenge you.
JAMES SMEE has been practicing yoga for over ten years and graduated from the Triyoga teacher training programme two years ago. He is a British Wheel of Yoga qualified teacher. All classes aim to balance effort and ease. Teaching with a friendly, down-to-earth approach, James’s intention is to leave students feeling centred, relaxed and uplifted.
THANIA TYMPANARI first found Yoga through dance at 2000 in Athens. After the first class she felt the freedom, that had never found in any physical exercise before. The Flow classes she teaches are influenced from Dance, Martial Arts, Swimming, Alexander Technique and Ayurveda! You will think how can you put all of these together in just one Vinyasa class! Well you can! With lots of love and understanding for the individual, always moving forward with attention and intention. Find out more on her website , on Facebook , Twitter or via email .
ALYSON PEDRAO was born in Brazil where he graduated as a Ballet and Contemporary Dancer. Since then he has collaborated with many different productions in the performance art and fitness industry. He has worked in Brazil, Belgium and London as a dancer, actor, pilates instructor and coach. He studied STOTT Mat Pilates and Advance Matwork at the YMCA.
Katharina Tarmann is a Health Trainer and Exercise Instructor from Austria. She has been working in the field of fitness for over 20 years. She is specialized in MSK conditions and Lower Back Pain, offering Hydrotherapy classes and Pilates as well as special cardiac rehab classes.
Her Passion for Nia (Neurofacial Intergrative Activities) began after just one class: “Nia was the most joyful fitness class I ever experienced. I fell in love at first try and started my teacher training Immediately”.
NARAYANI was inspired by the words “easeful bodies, peaceful minds, useful lives”, she has been teaching since 2004 empowering students to be their healthiest, happiest, most effective selves. Her teaching draws on a wide variety of yoga tools including asana, pranayama and meditation, mantra, simple movement, partner work and self-study. Classes may build flexibility, strength, mindful connection for life on and off the yoga mat and facilitate restorative rest.
SIMONE KLEIN teaches a thoughtful alignment-focused slow flow vinyasa which links breath with movement and holding postures to establish alignment. Through safe practice, a combination of strength and softness, and a gentle compassionate approach she hopes to bring a quiet awareness and mindfulness to breath and body. Simone is a British Wheel of Yoga registered teacher.
CAROL ARNELAS started her Yoga path a few years ago while working Monday to Friday in the City of London. She had what it’s commonly believed as a successful life: a ‘good job’. But there was still a void inside her, something was missing. So she started practicing yoga and mindfulness meditation. She soon realised yoga was her calling and quit her 9-5. She has advanced training in yoga and specializes in Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga principles.
FLAVIA CERRONE When she first started practising yoga in 2009, Flavia was surprised by the sense of lightness and well being she felt at the end of the class. Life seemed a little easier after yoga and her stressful working demands felt more manageable. She has been teaching since 2014 and she's a British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance Professionals registered teacher . Find out more on her website , on Facebook or Twitter.
''Flavia sets the class at just the right level and she is great at creating a friendly environment where people can interact with each other without feeling out of place. For me, the yoga class is not just about the practice, wonderful in its own way, but it’s also about who you meet and the sense of community that creates, bringing locals together with whom you would not meet unless you took up a common interest like yoga! '' Amanda Taylor
SELMA PIRO'S Way of Wellness has been developed around her own skill-set of community development (including international development with UNICEF), safeguarding, public health (MSc in Applied Nutrition & Food Policy) and therapeutic work (Dance Movement Psychotherapy), as well as regeneration, timebanking, permaculture and management tools like Action Learning (School for Social Entrepreneurs’ Fellow & Chartered Management Institute, Level 4 Introductory Diploma in Management). For more information visit her website or contact by email.
WENDY MILLYARD'S teaching style is warm, friendly and welcoming to all levels. Her hatha yoga classes focus on safe, healthy alignment, delivered with a sense of humour, playing with a curious exploration of asana (physical poses) and breath awareness.
CAITLIN GRIFFITHS began practising yoga as a way to “switch off” from hectic life as a medical student and quickly became hooked, completing her Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow teacher training in India a few years later. Her classes aim to create a sense of balance by nourishing the mind-body connection in ways that simultaneously ground and uplift. She firmly believes that yoga is a practice for anybody and everybody. Find her on Instagram.
MARSHA ALDRIDGE took take a career break to visit the yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh, India, to be taught by the finest yogis and brightest Swamis, not only the yoga postures, but also yoga philosophy. As an office worker, cyclist, runner and gym fan, Marsha had insight into the unique needs of urbanites and a city-tailored approach to teaching yoga. She set up Urban Yogi Space to help stressed out city-dwellers experience yoga in a way that was accessible, fun and effective.
HANNAH SPENCER first tried yoga when she was living abroad to calm her anxieties about being far from home. Soon, she found the mental and physical benefits to be unlike anything else. Yoga is her passion, and she wants to share the practice that gives her so much with others. She infuses each class with music and lightness of heart, with the desire that each student comes to find clarity and calmness. Contact her via Facebook.
DENRELE After three years of regular and dedicated practice later, Denrele finally decided to become a yoga teacher and was promptly accepted as a full scholarship student with The Yoga People, training in Ashtanga Vinyasa and Rocket yoga. She graduated in December 2015 and is now a full time yoga and meditation teacher. Get in touch via email .
FRANCESCA CAMOZZI . Through mindfulness, meditation and yoga Francesca wishes to guide each kid she encounters onto a journey to meet their inner strength and grow the skills to face life challenges. In 2016 she trained as a Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher with the Special Yoga Foundation and she is continuing her training to specialise in working with kids with special needs and bring mindfulness training to teachers in schools as part of a NHS project.
''I normally fidget and shout. She helps me to do things with my hands and breathing. She’s fantastic. I haven’t been getting into trouble lately''
(Year 6 child)
''She taught me about some breathing, so when I was upset I can do a special breath. It was useful. After I felt I could be people’s friend even after a tiny argument.'
(Year 4 child)
LUISA DEMANT started yoga to recharge her batteries and give her a break from a stressful job. Very soon she discovered that breath is an amazing tool to calm the mind and achieve body awareness. Her aim is to help people make the most of yoga by connecting yoga postures with real life off the mat. Find out more on Facebook or via email .
NICOLA CROUCHER has been practising yoga for the past 14 years and teaching for almost 6 years. Nicola’s own personal journey has taken her from the depths of anxiety, depression and addiction to a healing place of peace, harmony and joy. Therefore she shares her knowledge of the science, art and philosophy of yoga and her classes are fun and relaxed yet mentally engaging and physically rewarding.
''I have tried today the yoga class and meditation with Nicola and it was fantastic! She is an amazing teacher and I was super happy with the class, I will definitely come back! Roberta''
SWATI PANDE ’s approach to practice is slow, mindful and anatomically-sound movement to enable full embodiment.She has been practising Yoga since 2014, after coming to it following a health condition,found it immensely beneficial and has become interested in it's therapeutic potential. She is half way through the Triyoga teacher training diploma validated by the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance Professionals.
XENIA BOLOMYTI 's yoga journey began 17 years ago and thrives on continuous education from a variety of Yoga disciplines. With a background in Ayurveda, physical theatre, dancing, Butoh and sports, she deepened my practice in body and mind awareness. Her technique is rooted in Vinyasa tradition with the influence of the Ayurvedic health system. Find out more about her on her website, on Facebook or via email.
TRESA GILLAM is a mobile personal trainer working in East London. Her sessions incorporate High Intensity Interval Training, Boxing and elements of CrossFit in a fun and welcoming environment. Qualifying as a level 3 personal trainer in 2015, her main focus is on helping people to return to exercise after having some time out to raise a family, or to help those who are starting their fitness journey for the first time. Contact for more information or visit her website or Facebook page.