Team

Office

Office

OFFICE

Teachers

Teachers

TEACHERS

Therapists

Therapists

THERAPISTS

Office

Maria Gandy

Maria has set up and run Yogahome since 1998, and taught yoga for 12 years.

She holds a British Wheel of Yoga teaching diploma and the BWY pregnancy yoga module.

Her teaching style is a strong flowing practice with a focus on alignment in the postures.

Scarlett Perdereau

Scarlett teaches with emphasis on alignment and quality of breath. Her approach is technical, precise and creative. Expect sequences that explore the anatomy of the body in stillness and movement, as well as the subtle, energetic body.

She completed the Yogacampus teacher training in 2011 with Susanne Lahusen as her main teacher. Her approach is also informed by her studies in Somatics as part of an MA degree at London Contemporary Dance School, and career in movement and dance. Scarlett joined Maria in the office as studio manager in 2014.

Rosie

Rosie has joined Yogahome in 2019.

Caro

Caro is an architect-turned-illustrator who loves all kinds of design and visual culture.

Lavendhri

Lavendhri Arumugam is an artist, writer and lover of yoga.

She recently moved to London from Johannesburg and lives in Tottenham with her husband and many plants.

Fran

Starting out with ballet from a young age, Fran naturally found her way to yoga and Pilates and is very passionate about the health benefits of the two practices and how they can be hugely complementary to each other.

Fran also works as a plant based chef through local community health focused projects.

Becks

Rebecca is a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist, trained at the College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is an advocate in holistic living and advises her clients in nutrition, wellness, and yoga.

She practices yoga herself frequently, mainly vinyasa flow and attends yoga retreats yearly. She has found the effects of yoga so beneficial to her health and wellbeing.

She also runs an Etsy shop selling vintage and contemporary jewellery.

Ruth

Ruth is a nature loving yogi and meditator living in Bethnal Green. She started working at Yogahome in summer 2019 after being a member of Yogahome for 6 years. She’s recently been enjoying the online pilates classes and is loving restorative yoga!

When she’s not on a mat she loves to cycle, swim outdoors and explore new camping spots and vegan food places.

Bibi

Bibi joined Yogahome in 2008. Her welcoming, friendly and knowelgable personality is at the front of the house since then.

Bibi enjoy working alongside the great yoga/Pilates team of teachers and other staff members and offers a full support to all our clients.

Teachers

Akane Abe-Trimmer

Akane is a Pilates and contemporary dance teacher and also choreographer. Her Pilates classes incorporate movement for spinal release and are always refreshing and fun!

Akane completed a BA in Sport Science at Chukyo University in Japan and taught aerobic and jazz dance before moving to Europe and training in mime theatre and contemporary dance. In 2003 she completed the Pilates Foundation UK’s Matwork Teaching qualification, and in 2012 she was awarded an MA in contemporary dance from the London Contemporary Dance School.

Alan Parkinson

Alan’s Iyengar yoga classes are committed to precision and alignment in the poses to get us strong and keep us well, with strict discipline. Expect exacting instructions, and forthright observations.

Alan has been practising yoga for 25 years and first qualified as an Iyengar Yoga teacher in 2002. He qualified to teach Junior Intermediate Level 1 Iyengar Yoga in 2008.

Alessandra Margarito

Alessandra is a Pilates teacher with a clear and dynamic teaching style. Her studies of anatomy as well as creative and intuitive approach, give her an understanding of how to ease bodies of all shapes and sizes into feeling energised, relaxed and finding greater freedom of movement.

Alessandra is a qualified Pilates Foundation teacher, and also holds a British Wheel of Yoga accreditation.

Alice Trow

Alice teaches a creative vinyasa flow with a strong focus on anatomy. She crafts her classes as a way of curiously exploring the body’s pathways to find space through interesting sequences. The goal for Alice as a teacher is to offer you an embodied practice of playfulness, awareness and acceptance.

Alice became a yoga teacher after graduating from drama school where she also focused heavily on physical theatre and dance. She did her 200hr training with YogaLondon in Ecuador. She most recently did her 300hr training with Sianna Sherman in Portland, Oregon, in Rasa Yoga.

Ana Dias

Ana classes focus on the conscious use of the breath to inform movement. Her aim is to help students build their body awareness, through intelligent alignment that considers different body structures and not one size fits all. Offering a welcoming, non dogmatic and light hearted teaching approach to vinyasa flow, Ana facilitates a safe space where you can try new things and be playful.

Ana is originally from Portugal and came to London to study and pursue dance professionally. She met yoga while recovering from an injury and never looked back.

Anja Schall

Anja’s teaching allows the body and mind to come to a place of being at ease and move with a sense of flow. Slow-paced, precise and gentle movements offer an increased connection and stability to expand from.

Anja found a love for Pilates during her Contemporary dance career. She completed the Pilates Foundation matwork course at London Contemporary Dance School in 2008, and the Studio Equipment Bridging training with Jessica Moolenaar at Trinity Laban in 2010.Anja qualified as a Pregnancy and Postnatal Pilates teacher in 2009. She is also certified to teach the Centre Method for Diastasis Recti Recovery and in 2018, joined Carolyne Anthony’s teaching faculty of the Centre for Women’s Fitness.

Aubrey Maasdorp

Aubrey was introduced to Iyengar yoga in 1989 in South Africa. He is a Junior Intermediate Level 3 Iyengar yoga teacher who has been practising yoga for more than 25 years and teaching for over 10 years.

He has been to the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute, Pune on a number of occasions to study with the Iyengar family and studies regularly with senior teachers in the UK and visiting international teachers to maintain his professional development.

Brooke McConochy

Brooke is a fitness teacher with a foundation in Pilates and a love of dance. Expect a strong workout in her Pilates classes, with an hour packed full of exercises.

Having straightened the hunched shoulders of journalists from the NY Times, the LA Times, the Financial Times, The Times of London, The Wall Street Journal, AP, and AFP, Brooke is proud to say many of the journalists of the world stand a little taller thanks to her! She also taught Pilates extensively across Beijing for 5 years, strengthening the core of China’s diplomatic corps and students from various embassies.

Catrin Osborne

Catrin teaches dynamic yoga as well as slower, yin and restorative yoga and yoga nidra. Her classes always pay attention to alignment and offer a deep, guided relaxation at the end.

Catrin trained with Yoga Haven on their 200-hour Yoga Alliance programme. She also trained with Roger Cole in Restorative Yoga and completed her Yoga Nidra teacher training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli. Catrin also completed aYin yoga training with Norman Blair at Yogacampus.

Danai Pappa

Danai teaches Pilates with a focus on fluidity, achieving better control, awareness and precision of movement. She also encourages students to have fun while improving their physical well being.

Danai is a dance artist and practised in a range of physical techniques. She qualified with Body Control Pilates in matwork, pre and post natal Pilates, Pilates for osteoporosis and Pilates for hypermobility.

Elena Gaddini

Elena teaches vinyasa flow, as well as slower forms of yoga and meditation with a friendly, warm and down-to-earth approach. Her classes are explorative, introspective and challenging in equal measure, encouraging students to cultivate a deep connection to body and breath and a greater sense of present-moment awareness. Elena is committed to inspire a passion for all aspects of yoga and the body in a way that is inclusive, inviting and empowering.

Elena first discovered yoga when moving to London in 2009. She is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance registered teacher, trained through Yogacampus.

Eryck Brahmania

Eryck teaches creative and fun Vinyasa Flow classes which focus on precision of alignment and the breath. Drawing upon yogic texts, he ensures students are supported by an uplifting playlist and hands-on assists.

He started practicing yoga as a professional dancer and has completed foundation and advanced trainings with Claire Missingham.

Florentina Lam-Clark

Florentina’s classes are fun, explorative and nourishing with attention to detail in alignment, breath and awareness of felt sensations in the body. She creates sequences that will help you to build strength, stamina and flexibility with some challenge and encourages you to develop your practice according to your pace. Her aim is that you will leave feeling nicely balanced & uplifted, yet relaxed and calm.

Florentina draws inspiration from yogic texts, and her teachers Jason Crandell, Doug Keller, Judith Hanson Lassater and Thich Nat Hanh.

Huang Ping

Master Huang Ping practices both traditional and modern Wushu such as: various forms of Tai Chi, Ba Gua and Wushu Tao Lu.

Born in Yunnan China, Huang Ping was selected by Yunnan professional Wushu team and began her training at the age of eight under Master Sha Guo Zheng. In 1980 she was chosen to join the National Wushu team in Beijing. In 1994 Huang Ping was invited to Burma to coach the Burma Wushu Team, after a couple of years she returned to China to continue as coach of the Yunnan Wushu Team. Sifu Huang Ping has been based in the UK since 2001.

Isabell Britsch

Isabell teaches yoga, mindfulness and meditation at a senior level, and is also involved in training new teachers.

Her flowing vinyasa yoga classes explore ever changing, imaginative, challenging and fun sequences. They are set in a welcoming and inclusive space weaving in yoga philosophy and pranayama. Connection to the breath, attention to alignment, and encouragement to develop clarity and awareness off the mat are integral to her teaching.

Isabell’s meditation and mindfulness classes emphasise a deepening self awareness and understanding of our internal psychology – our patterns of behaviour and how they influence our lives. Isabell trained with Yogacampus and has been teaching since 2009.

Ivona Behalova

Ivona’s Pilates classes have a relaxed and steady pace, where you feel supported in addressing any postural issues and discomforts.

As a musician, Ivona developed a bad posture and repetitive strain injury. After 5 years of practising Pilates to strengthen and rebalance her body, she trained as a teacher. She is passionate about helping people to improve their quality of life by improving their posture and getting rid of any pain.

Jayne Miller

Jayne teaches fluid yoga with a strong focus on healthy alignment, inner awareness and playful exploration. She is a warm and lively teacher, encouraging individuals to develop confidence and joy in their yoga, wherever they are.

Introduced to Iyengar yoga at college, Jayne has since explored many styles and traditions from the dynamics of Ashtanga, Shadow and Acro to Restorative Yoga, alongside experimental, somatic movement. Elements of them all are interwoven into her teaching to create energising, yet thoughtful classes. Jayne is continuously evolving her practice and bringing her students along for the ride.

Joelle Green

Joelle teaches a slow creative flow and meditation, integrating clear alignment, breathwork and elements of play to create spaciousness within mind and body.

Having spent her life exploring bodywork disciplines, initially coming to yoga to protect herself from injury whilst touring as a contemporary dancer.

Passionate about current research on embodiment, physiology, mindfulness and creativity Joelle encourages practitioners to be playful and present. She leads a deep soulful practice to stimulate the body’s inherent self-healing and regenerating capacities through improved circulation, range of movement, postural alignment and deep relaxation.

Jules Metzges

Having practised different styles of yoga for more than a decade such as Ashtanga, Jivamukti and Dharma Yoga, Julia hopes to combine the most valuable aspects of those into her dynamic Vinyasa Flow classes, finding the right balance between active engagement and relaxation. With a strong focus on alignment and breath her classes are trying to give each student the right level of challenge according to his or her ability, adjusting and deepening the practise with hands-on assists whenever needed- and hopefully giving the students the chance to evolve and surprise themselves.

Having learned and grown mostly in the Jivamukti method Julia tries to include all aspects of yoga into each class, leaving time and space for pranayama (breathwork), meditation and chanting/ study of scripture beyond the mere physical asana practise.

Karen Long

Karen teaches Iyengar yoga with an emphasis on finding a way to be in the poses with less effort. She feels passionately that yoga is not just a form of exercise but a practice to benefit mind, body and spirit, and that the beauty of Iyengar yoga is that it offers something for everyone.

Karen has been practising yoga for about twenty five years and is a qualified senior Iyengar teacher. Having tried other styles of yoga over the years she felt at home with the clarity and precision of the Iyengar method. Over the years, Karen has taught people of diverse backgrounds, ages and levels. She now lives in Marseille, France, where she teaches from.

Kirsty Gallacher

Kirsty teaches Pregnancy and Postnatal yoga as well as runs the Yogahome’s Yoga for Labour & Birth and Hypnobirthing courses. Her teaching style is gentle, clear and encouraging, and highlights the importance of relaxation and breathing.

She holds the British Wheel of Yoga teaching diploma, and is certified by the London Satyananda Centre to deliver Yoga Nidra. She has studied with renowned Yoga Teachers: Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Francosie Barbera-Friedman, Tara Fraser, Dr Roger Cole, and Mukunda Stiles.

Liz Rigby

Iyengar yoga teacher Liz creates a calm environment in her classes for her students to focus and develop their practice at a steady pace. She is clear, precise, and aims to build students’ knowledge and confidence to practice at home.

Liz has been studying Iyengar yoga for over 25 years and teaching Iyengar yoga since 2005. She holds a junior three intermediate teaching certificate. Liz feels the Iyengar system offers a healthy balance between dynamic and restorative poses, with a focus on working without injury.

Louise Radinger

Louise teaches Iyengar yoga with focus and humour, and enjoys helping students to progress. She believes in the enormous, creative benefits that spring from yoga practice, both physical and emotional, at home on your mat or in a class with others, and the rewards of weaving yoga into your life.

Louise has been practicing Iyengar Yoga for nearly 20 years, teaching since 2010, and holds a Junior Intermediate Level 2 certificate. She trained under the guidance of senior teacher Alaric Newcombe and continues to study with him.

Rachel Middleton

Rachel is an experienced teacher whose accessible, technique-orientated vinyasa flow classes are informed by a background in yoga therapy and her ongoing studies in anatomical science. Students appreciate Rachel’s attention to detail in the postures, as well as her distinctive musical playlists.

Rachel holds an advanced certification in Jivamukti Yoga alongside multiple other teaching qualifications, including pre and post-natal specialisations.

Rosana Fiore

Though a long-term Iyengar Yoga practitioner, Rosana finds teaching as rewarding and beneficial. Originally from Argentina, brought up the Italian way, and now based in London, Rosana grew up with a passion and curiosity for exploring new cultures, people and places. She finds great pleasure in helping others, and passing a conscious message across. These elements become noticeable on the mat, too.

Rosana has a witty sense of humour, which she loves bringing into her classes! She has chosen this discipline as a way to keep learning from everyone whose path may meet hers, whether a guru or a complete beginner.

Scarlett Perdereau

Scarlett teaches with emphasis on alignment and quality of breath. Her approach is technical, precise and creative. Expect sequences that explore the anatomy of the body in stillness and movement, as well as the subtle, energetic body.

She completed the Yogacampus teacher training in 2011 with Susanne Lahusen as her main teacher. Her approach is also informed by her studies in Somatics as part of an MA degree at London Contemporary Dance School, and career in movement and dance. Scarlett joined Maria in the office as studio manager in 2014.

Serena Bobowski

Serena is a classically trained Pilates instructor and acquired her certification from The Pilates Studio, New York City in 2002. With over 20 years of teaching experience, she believes in a straightforward approach to movement as part of everyday life, and her style is technical and motivating.

Serena’s work is based on the two principles that: your body is always doing its best to heal, cleanse, and rebuild; and that what you think is important but what you feel is where the truth lies.

Shira Hess

Shira’s vinyasa flow classes offer carefully designed, progressively complex sequences, inspired by yogic philosophy. Expect to sweat and work hard. Nourishing hands-on assists will help you access deeper forms of each pose and are a vital part of her classes, along with pranayama (breath exercises) and mantras.

Shira trained with Claire Missingham and her teaching remains deeply rooted in her powerful approach to vinyasa flow. What guides Shira as a teacher and as an eternal, humble student is the deep belief that yoga is a tool and catalyst for growth.

Symeon Kyriakopoulos

Symeon teaches dynamic yet detailed Pilates classes, with emphasis on practicing safely and accurately while encouraging the mind-body connection. Expect focus on fundamental biomechanic principles and on the breath, and feedback so that everyone can master the exercises and make effective choices for their bodies inside and outside of class.

Symeon is a London based choreographer and a Certified Stott Pilates instructor. He draws from various areas of knowledge (exercise science, biomechanics, dance, massage) to deliver Pilates classes where everyone can master the exercises and benefit fully from them.

Tony Marcus

Tony brings a mellow approach to Ashtanga yoga and is committed to safe and sustainable practice. Expect him to slow down the practice at times to focus on key points or postures.

Tony has been teaching yoga for 7 years and practicing for 18 years. He teaches Hatha and Ashtanga yoga, as well as meditation. His first Mysore teacher was Michaela Clarke, a student of Pattabhi Jois and Derek Ireland. Michaela taught him to practice at 84% of his potential, and he still bears this in mind when he teaches and practices. He studied Scaravelli style yoga with Catherine Annis and is still guided by Anna Ashby’s precise and beautiful approach to Hatha. Tony is a British Wheel of Yoga trained teacher.

Therapists

Caroline Bozkurt

Life has strange twists and turns. Knowing nothing about shiatsu, Caroline attended a workshop out of curiosity.

There I was introduced to the idea of our health being reflected in the balance of our energy, and feeling the presence of that energy under my hands in another person’s body, I was hooked.

After three years of study at the British School of Shiatsu- do in London I qualified as a shiatsu practitioner in 1998. I have run a busy practice at Yogahome and a range of other settings, ever since.

Fumie Akiya de Mena

Fumie studied Anatomy and Physiology, Reflexology and Holistic Massage (ITEC) in London and became a Complementary Therapist after the birth of her second child.

Her passion for Complementary Therapy has grown ever since and she extended her training in Aromatherapy (ITEC), Sports Massage (BTEC), Thai Yoga Massage, Tui na (Chinese) Massage and Lomi Lomi (Hawaiian) Massage (IPTI), Kinesiology (TASK, HSK) and Bowen Technique. She has also taken various CPD courses to enhance her existing skills and techniques, including Pregnancy massage. She continues studying Natural Therapy, including Nutrition, Energy Medicine and Body Mechanics.

Karina Messer

Karina obtained her first ITEC diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Holistic massage in 1998, followed by a diploma in Sports massage and extensive training in Ayurvedic massage, Thai Yoga bodywork, Reiki, other bodywork techniques and dance. More recently she trained in Chavutti Thirumal or “Massage by Foot Pressure” in India.

Using her skills with compassion, mindfulness and positive intention, Karina likes to encourage the receiver to let go and surrender to receiving – just observing, to achieve a state of peaceful harmony.

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