MEET OUR YOGA TEACHERS
At Yoga Collective we pride ourselves on our yoga teachers and their ability to lead safe and skilful classes. Each teacher's individuality shines through as they conduct the class with knowledge and passion for the Yoga style they specialise in.
Owner & Senior Yoga Teacher & Trainer
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FRIDAY WIND DOWN
Aimee has escalated her yoga journey over recent years. She appeared on the front cover of Om Yoga Magazine, was welcomed as a brand ambassador for Yogangster, completed her 500hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training and in July 2018 opened her first yoga studio.
It was in 2013 Aimee gained her RYT200 and vowed to leave the corporate world for good, become a full-time yoga teacher and have a yoga studio of her own. Being the strong minded individual that she is, she is proud to say that she has done everything she set out to achieve and stands by her mantra: 'If it does't challenge you, it won't change you'.
Aimee is dedicated to evolving her own personal practice and exploring new methods. It’s from her experience she’s able to share her learnings and knowledge of the practice of yoga with all of her students.
Since first coming to the practice it's the more dynamic styles of yoga that draw Aimee in - challenging but fun! She firmly believes there is no such thing as the perfect pose & encourages all her students - it's about giving things a go & changing their mindset of "I can't" into "I can".
Aimee is forever grateful to all of her teachers past, present and future.
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Bhavisha teaches yoga asana, meditation, pranayama as well as other forms of holistic healing.
She was first drawn to Yoga due to the influences it had on the lives of her family members, with several instructors in the fold, the attraction was always there, but the discipline was lacking. Bhavisha needed to discover the art and lifestyle for herself and once she did, her life changed forever.
It was in 2007 when Bhavisha first discovered a holistic path of healing. As she explored more about the practice and integrated it in to her daily life, Bhavisha felt she had found her purpose. Since then Bhavisha has had the desire to share her knowledge and experience to all those who seek it and to help anyone who asks for it.
Bhavisha believes that yoga and meditation is a tool for all of us to heal ourselves, to love ourselves and find freedom from the constraints of modern day life and the way we have all been conditioned not free our emotions.
Bhavisha loves to share the joy, peace and physical benefits yoga has offered her and and for the peace and tranquility that lives within the practice.
Senior Yoga Teacher & Trainer
LAURA MC DONALD
TIME 4 YIN • HOT YOGA SIGNATURE
Laura has been practicing Yoga since 2005. She qualified as a Bikram Yoga Teacher at Bikram’s Yoga College of India in Palm Desert, California in 2009.
Since then she has taught full time all over London and beyond.
In November 2016 she travelled to Vancouver, Canada to to train with Yin Yoga teachers Bernie Clark and Diana Batts and is finding that this slower paced, meditative form of yoga is an excellent compliment to the more 'Yang' style practice of Bikram Yoga.
What Laura likes most about the yoga she teaches is its accessibility to all body types, ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. She is committed to helping people find the therapeutic benefits of a Yoga practice for themselves.
RISE & SHINE VINYASA
Whilst flying around the world as cabin crew has many advantages Manish was in the need to find a balance to combat his irregular sleeping & eating patterns, combatting jet lag, stress & fatigue from his daily life.
Manish started looking for something that would be physically challenging but at the same time gentle, accessible & beneficial. This is when he found yoga as the ultimate answer!
It wasn't long before Manish started to see the tremendous health & mental benefits from practicing yoga & also acknowledged how it affected his emotional state as well as physical. Not only did Manish become stronger & flexible but also much more gentle, tolerant and calmer. Manish's love for the practice grew steadily & immensely.
Manish's classes aim to provide a combination of a Vinyasa Flow & Yin sequence. They are both invigorating and approachable. He encourages students to bring awareness to the breath and cultivate strength, openness & mindfulness while guiding to focus. This provides ease and connection not just on the mat but out into the world.
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THE FRIDAY NIGHT WIND DOWN
Sally was born in Iraq, raised in Greece and now living in the diverse city of London. She is an authentic yoga teacher, expressive painter and loyal community builder.
Sally has personally has experienced the profound benefits of yoga, meditation, pranayama (breath control) and the way it can help unveil unconscious realisations, peeling away the layers to know and accept unconditionally love to the one's true self.
Sally believes that life is a constant journey of surrender and inner growth, drawing us to evolve beyond the boundaries of the ego and shift the way we choose to respond to different experiences that come our way. Her aim is to express this authentic transformation and help others find healing connections between their bodies, mind and soul through her deep-rooted passion for art and yoga.
She completed her 200 hours under the guidance of Bridget Woods Kramer, one of the top Internationally renowned Certified Anusara Teachers. Her classes include elements of Hatha and Vinyasa flow, pranayama (breathing techniques), yoga philosophy, mantras and mudras and the opportunity to be creative and explorative with oneself.
Her teaching is inspired by the heart, precision and grace of Anusara yoga which connects heart, movement and breath. She is known for her loving and supportive, creative and dynamic, explorative and healing classes to help invite you to tap inwards - bringing more love, equanimity and alignment on and off the mat - living harmoniously in the essence of your authentic self.
DHARMA YOGA • TIME 4 YIN
Chanda is a passionate teacher focused on bringing the roots of yoga into the western practice.
Her approach to yoga is to inspire students to be receptive to their inner guru, build courage to deepen not only their physical practice but explore their spiritual practice too.
Her classes comprise of mantras, breathwork, asana, and meditation. She encourages all to try something new, guiding the breath to create space in the body, settling the mind in the heart, and to simply smile and have fun on the mat.
Chanda has 100hr in Ayurveda, 200hr in Ashtanga Vinyasa, and 500hr in Dharma Yoga. She is also a qualified Sanskrit teacher and continues to study her asana, philosophy & Sanskrit with teachers and mentors from around the world.
Chanda’s mantra she stands by is “Yoga is the journey to the Self. The journey back home.”
RISE & SHINE VINYASA • HOT YOGA SIGNATURE •
ALIGN & FLOW
Shiraz found a love for yoga when he realised how it complimented his daily life in the most profound ways. This eventually led him to sharing the benefits of asana, pranayama and meditation to those wishing to embark on a journey towards greater mental and physical clarity.
Having previously been keen on resistance training it was in 2011 that Shiraz ventured into his first yoga class - since then his passion for the moving meditation has constantly grown.
After many years of attending classes Shiraz was advised that the next stage to his development was to undertake teacher training, which he completed with triyoga in London. He is certified by the British Wheel of Yoga.
Holding firmly to the philosophy of “always a student”, Shiraz realises the further he deepens his practise the more never-ending the journey feels, and that one of the best ways to learn is to teach. He admires the way yoga offers us a timeless exploration into the fabric of ourselves.
Shiraz loves the ability yoga gives us to feel grounded and the sense of self-connection it provides, and how every time we visit the mat it’s forever different and uniquely your own.
HOT YOGA SIGNATURE • THE ROCKET
Gigi began exploring the art of yoga back in 2006 and fell in love with the practice.
She felt the need to learn more about yoga and share the magic of the practice that she fell in love with. When a training opportunity came up at her local yoga studio, she knew it was her calling to take this opportunity. Gigi felt yoga had found her.
Gigi's classes aim to support and benefit each and every student. Her classes will challenge students and help students to find their inner potential through inner belief.
Her mantra is 'Come in for the practice, stay for the vibes'.
RISE & SHINE VINYASA • YOGAASANA
Indulekha (Indu) completed her 200hr yoga teacher training with Guru Ravvi Tomar, a direct disciple of Swami Satyananda in the Shivananda yoga tradition. She has since studied with Ambra Vallo (Indaba) and is currently working on her advanced teacher training with Stewart Gilchrist (East London School of Yoga).
Indu spent many years living in Northern India, where she studied Hatha yoga, Indian dance and music as well as ancient Hindu philosophy. Indu is also a qualified Bharata Natyam (Indian classical dance) dancer and taught this in London for many years, but yoga is her true passion.
Although she trained in the Hatha yoga style, Indu is also familiar with Ashtanga, Kundalini and Yin yoga styles. She believes that yoga is a holistic body medicine as well as a physical practise and that along with meditation and pranayama (breath work), it really is the key to health, happiness, spiritual awareness and physical fitness for our modern times.
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Charli began her yoga journey in 2009 as a way to help recover from an injury. She was working as a professional dancer at the time and was desperate to find a way to spring back to performing. As she deepened her practice, her intention started to shift from the physical to the psychological and spiritual aspects of yoga and it soon became an integral part of her life.
Since completing her first yoga teacher training Charli has continued to immerse herself in many different courses and trainings to further her knowledge, stay inspired and offer the best classes possible to her students. She has been teaching full time as a dance and yoga teacher since 2015 in studios around Herts and London as well as privately and online. She hosts her own yoga retreats and has been lucky enough to lead classes at various wellness festivals and events.
Charli's classes are taught from the heart and are known for their graceful, dynamic and creative sequencing. They are adventurous yet nurturing so varying abilities can practice together safely and with confidence.