Teachers

Ann Collins-Acroyd

Ann came to yoga as a teenager and has dipped in and out of yoga ever since. Yoga has been a constant for the last 20 years. Ann regards yoga as an enquiry into body & mind: combining the challenging lively aspects of the asana and the focus on breath – easing the student into a calmer transformative state.
One aspect of yoga that Ann is drawn to is the blending of Sthira Sukha. Sthira, being strength & stability and Sukha being softness and openness – opposing qualities, yet working along side each other.

Ann views yoga as a curious, fun, serious and deeply rewarding dialogue that enhances our daily life. Ann completed her teacher training with the British Wheel of Yoga, and has been teaching since 2006.

Francesca Cross

Francesca who runs the Yoga Body Centre has been practicing yoga for 35 years. Francesca is BWY, (British Wheel of Yoga), trained and has recently been certified to run Foundation Course Teacher Training by the British Wheel. (see the Workshops page for more information on the next FCTT course and how to apply). Having Grown up traveling around the Middle east and India she was introduced to Yoga at the age of 15 by a family friend – whose advice to her was – “to be in control of yourself, you must learn to control the shadows” – Francesca began practicing – promising to practice every day – this has continued more or less to this day – and she is still working on those shadows!

After the birth of her second child Francesca decided to start attending taught / teacher led classes here in London, inspired by her own teachers Francesca began to train and teach Yoga to others; she has been teaching for ten years – striving to teach as well as her mentors and teachers.

Erika Charters

Erika has an extensive background in dance and mindful movement which influences her teaching to create a fluid and flowing breath centered class. Erika has been teaching for 8 years and began teaching after experiencing the positive effects of Pilates and Yoga for injury prevention, body conditioning, clarity of mind, creativity and emotional balance. Erika is trained in STOTT Pilates, Rajadhiraja Yoga and AiM Movement. Her classes focus on alignment and body awareness to help you build strength, find ease and re balance both body and mind.

Holly Gilbert

Hatha yoga teacher who supports mindfulness and increased body awareness by encouraging students to connect their physical movements to their breath.

My teaching style is calm, relaxing and meditative, creating a positive space for students to connect with themselves. Classes are inclusive and poses are adapted to suit a range of abilities.

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Jadelin Gangbo

Jadelin is a certified acupuncturist, since graduating from the University of Westminster in 2014 in Traditional Chinese Medicine – Acupuncture, he has delivered treatments to a diverse population and have worked on a wide range of conditions, either physical and psycho-emotional.
In July 2017 Jadelin successfully completed a year-long course of Tui-Na Massage at the City College of Acupuncture which lead him to combine acupuncture with massage in his treatments.
Jadelin draw on texts, classical diagnosis, empirical medical knowledge, and intuition developed from practicing Chi-Gung and Tai-Chi. He deliver his treatments using a variety of techniques along side acupuncture when is required: Cupping, Moxibustion, Gua-Sha, Tui-Na Massage.

Jayne Miller

Jayne teaches dynamic, fluid yoga with a strong focus on healthy alignment and body awareness. Her own practice of more than 20 years has taken in many styles including Ashtanga, Hatha, Iyengar and Anusaura. She brings in elements of them all to her teaching to create energising, yet relaxing and varied classes, synchronising breath and movement. Classes are designed to help students increase balance, mobility, strength and focus, and to develop confidence in their own practice.

Jayne trained with Yogacampus and is accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga and the Yoga Alliance (international professional organisation for yoga teachers). She teaches hatha flow, ashtanga, pregnancy and restorative yoga. Jayne believes that yoga is a life-long learning process, and continues to develop her skills through regular trainings in anything from anatomy to therapeutics and yoga for emotional imbalances. Her practice and teaching is influenced by many wonderful teachers who have encouraged her to diversify and explore different traditions along the way. She aims to pass on that inspiration and enthusiasm to her own students.

Lisa Dunn

Lisa Dunn is a yoga teacher whose compassionate, free spirit is mirrored in her practice and enthusiasm for life.

A mother of three, Lisa recently hit the pause button on a fast-paced London life, and found her home in the glory of Rome and runs an Italian yoga holiday company – La Vita in Equilibrio (The Life in Balance).

Having left a successful career producing documentaries for the BBC, Lisa pursued her passion for yoga and became a certified instructor. She has been practising for 18 years and is keen to share the liberating effect this has had on her life.  Her yoga journey has taken her all over the world, and regularly to Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre in Spain where she is a faculty trainer on Frog Lotus International yoga teacher trainings.

Mara Musso

Mara Musso has been practising yoga for over 25 years and teaching for 20 years. Her teaching style has been described as ‘both encouraging and challenging the student’.

Over the years Mara has taught extensively in Central and North London, including teaching several BWY Foundation Courses, one BWY Teacher’s Diploma Course as well as workshops and retreats.

Mara’s yoga background is varied ranging from gentle Hatha Yoga, meditation, Iyengar Yoga and Astanga Yoga, with Astanga Yoga her strongest influence.

Mara and Francesca will be teaching a BWY Foundation Course at YBC from April 2015.

Marina White Raven

Marina White Raven is a yoga instructor, performance mentor and artist based in London with 25 years experience working internationally as a performer and facilitator. She is a qualified Yoga teacher, Thai massage therapist, mind and body coach, socially engaged artist and has worked with professionals, creatives and athletes of all ages, as well as people coping with learning difficulties, mental illness, addictions and imprisonment. An established teacher with a unique style; communicating with clarity, depth and her own creative flair.

Marina studied for 3 years with the British Wheel of Yoga and Derek Thorne and is a member of Yogaliving. Other training includes Theravada Buddhism and Relational Gestalt at Esalen institute, California and Thai massage at ITM, Chiang Mai. Marina is currently training for a Leadership and management level 5 diploma in coaching and mentoring.

Marina has taught and developed courses in performance, improvisation, creative writing and creativity management to adults and teenagers in schools, arts centres, residential courses and in the community.

Marina is committed to making holistic wellbeing and happiness available to everybody.

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With over 20 years of personal yoga practice to draw upon, I have been teaching regularly for 4 years now. I hold a BWYQ 500 hour teaching diploma and am fully insured and first aid qualified.

I continue to develop my personal practice weekly with Anna Ashby at Triyoga and under the guidance of Cesca Cross at Yoga Body Centre. I am deeply interested in the healing effects of sound and have started working with the Tibetan Singing Bowls in my own practice and in my classes.

A registered womb yoga teacher, I have a special interest in women’s health and recently I completed a training in women’s yoga therapy with Uma Dinsmore Tuli and Sivani Mata. (In my ‘other’ job I am a science teacher with a PGCE and MA in Science education).

My own practice draws on a variety of traditions and changes according to my physical, mental and emotional needs and I hope to enable my students to do the same in my classes. The taught practice is Hatha Yoga and comprises Asana (physical posture) – both restorative and dynamic, Pranayama (breath control), relaxation and meditation, interspersed with teachings from the yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads and the Vinyana Bhairava Tantra. The class is interwoven with Mudra and Mantra to build a multidimensional embodied experience to experience the trans-formative power of this beautiful practice.

Rachel James

Rachel teaches hatha flow yoga as a meditative and strengthening practice; classes start with sitting and pranayama. The asana practice combines precision with awareness of the breath using simple vayu techniques that reconnect body, mind and movement. She aims to inspire all levels to work from the inside out, to cultivate a focused and centered practice.

Rachel started practicing yoga in 1996 while traveling in India. On her return to London she continued to study with Sama Fabian, completing a four year teacher training with her in 2003.
Rachel then studied with Dona Holleman, and has recently completed a second teacher training of 800 hrs with Orit Sen Gupta of Vijnana yoga. Orit’s research and integration of the vayu practice in Vijnana Yoga has been both transformative and central in Rachel’s teaching and practice.

She believes the practice of sitting, pranayama, asana and study of traditional text to be the foundation of a wholesome and transformative practice.

Shasay Kaur

Shashay from SoundSeva shares 25+ years of experience in meditation, personal and spiritual development. Her conscious spiritual journey began in 1991, which strengthened her sense of being ‘in service’ to others and motivated her to develop a range of healing capacities including meditation, crystal therapy and body massage. She has been facilitating sound baths over the last 3 years, trained to play the gongs with rhythmic beats to induce meditation. She also uses her voice and other instruments to guide, soothe and heal. Activation and teachings from Buddhist monks, modern mystic Thomas Hubel, nature and plant medicines, and Maestro Shamans from Britain, North and South America enable her to facilitate safe space. Reinforcing this is her work background in Adult Mental Health and Childrens Social Work, where she draws upon a sound psychological and sociological knowledge-base to understand others.