Isis du Jour

Yoga teacher Isis du Jour

When did you start practicing yoga?
I have first came in contact with yoga myself during my first trip to India, many years ago.
The practice of yoga made me realize the change which appears, the moment you integrate yoga into your daily life. The moment you start practicing yoga on- and off the mat, something magical starts to happen. Through further study, I really became convinced, that yoga is always going to be a part of my life and lifestyle. I did my first teacher training in 2013.

What does Yoga mean to you as a person and as a teacher?
When I speak for me as a person, yoga has become a great part of my life through the years. It is something that has grown slowly and evolved with me along my own path. The more I started to practice yoga the better I felt, not just physically but also mentally. This made me interested in yoga and made me want to learn more about it.
I believe in following your intuition and the flow of life and practicing yoga is one of those things for me. There is something which makes me want to practice over and over again. The moments I don’t feel like it, is when I most need it and I know now that is when I have to follow and just surrender.
Yoga has a great way of teaching you to deal with bigger issues, just by learning to accept what is there and by challenging yourself and exploring what happens in those moments.
As a teacher yoga means a never-ending journey. After completing my first teacher training I came to the conclusion that there is still so much more knowledge to gain and so many more new lessons to learn. Therefore I believe that besides a teacher, I will forever be a student myself as well. I challenge myself to keep practising, learning and exploring new ways, by an intensive self practice and by trainings and workshop led by other inspiring teachers from different styles and disciplines.

What or who influenced you as a yoga teacher?
All my teachers along my own yoga path as a student have inspired me and shaped me to the teacher that I am today.  I am inspired by many other yoga teachers from all over the world and the parts of their teachings that resonate the most with me, are what I take on in my own practice and pass on to my students.
The interesting thing about practicing yoga is that it always evolves in a way that supports you where and when you need it. The self-practice I did 10 years ago was different from the self-practice that I do now, but in the heart it is always the same.
I think as a teacher you should never lose focus on your self-practice.
The moment this became a strong fundament and a routine in my life, it changed my outlook on yoga and made me not just understand and feel yoga for myself, but also made me a better teacher as I have experienced and explored the asanas and sensations myself.

What is your teaching style and what can students expect when they come to one of your classes?
When you would come to one of my Vinyasa Flow classes, you can expect a strong and dynamic class, but always with a gentle warm up and a focus on breathing. There is always space for everyone to explore and observe their own body, emotions and consciousness, rather than just following a routine. I also always like to integrate small moments of complete relaxation and stillness.
When you would come to a Restorative Yoga  or more gentle class, you can expect a personal approach with a bit more focus and attention on each individual needs.
As a teacher I am there to guide you through your experience on the mat and will take you through the postures step-by-step. I feel privileged to be there for my students and want them to have a real ‘experience’ rather than just a physical work-out.
Music is always an important element is my classes as I love to listen to music myself and think it has a beautiful way to compliment a yoga practice.

What is your favourite asana?
Viparita Virabhadrasana (Reverse Warrior) as it gives you this amazing stretch and feeling of freedom. And I love all types of forward bending, especially Paschimottonasana as it gives you the opportunity to focus inwards and quieten the mind.

What are your other passions besides yoga?
Exploring and enjoying English countryside after moving from Amsterdam (Netherlands), spending time with my family (son and husband), friends, music, reading.

Isis teaches the following classes:
Vinyasa Flow Yoga:
– Monday 19:00-20:00 pm
– Tuesday 10:45-12:00
– Friday 17:15-18:15 pm
– Saturday 10:00-11:00 am

Dynamic Vinyasa Flow Yoga:
– Tuesday 17:30-18:30 pm

Restorative/Yin:
– Monday 20:15-21:15 pm
– Thursday 19:15-20:15 pm

Find out more about Isis here: www.soulflowyoga.co.uk

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Kate Anderson

Yoga Teacher Kate Anderson

When did you start practicing yoga?
I’ve been practicing yoga since 2004 and teaching from 2013.

What does Yoga mean to you as a person and as a teacher?
Yoga keeps me sane, as well as fit and healthy. It’s been a constant and grounding presence in my life through huge changes and emotional upheavals and has helped me to regain my physical strength after having 3 children. These days I practice each morning surrounded by the chaos of our family home and it helps me to find my own place of calm within that. I feel really privileged to be able to teach something that I enjoy so much.

What or who influenced you as a yoga teacher?
My very first teacher, Lili Millar who at that time worked in Covent Garden, London. She is an inspiring teacher and a down-to-earth person, as well as a hugely experienced and knowledgeable yogi, who always  encouraged me to explore my own practice and continues to encourage me as a teacher today. These days I love to learn from teachers who explore new ways of moving and sequencing asanas, and also those who combine anatomical awareness and study with their moving yoga practice.

What is your teaching style and what can students expect when they come to one of your classes?
I specialise in teaching vinyasa flow, hatha yoga, restorative, pregnancy, and postnatal classes. I aim to teach the kind of classes that I’ve always loved to practise myself – ones which get the energy flowing, strengthen the body and calm and ground the mind. I see my own practice as a constantly evolving journey which I like to share with my students, and try to keep things fresh and avoid falling into obvious patterns. I want my classes to work for everyone – from the complete beginner to someone with an established practice who wants to develop their practice. Students can expect to be challenged physically, if that is what they are looking for, but always with an option for taking things easier if they need to!

What is your favourite asana?
For me personally I like Pigeon Pose as I love a good hip opener! For my students a restorative childs pose is often very popular.

What are your other passions besides yoga?
My kids, my husband, music, and exploring the world

Kate teaches the following classes:
Hatha Flow Yoga:
– Monday  9:30-10:30 am

Vinyasa Flow Yoga:
– Wednesday 10:45-12:00 am
– Sunday 8:30-9:30 am

Find out more about Kate here: www.kateandersonyoga.com

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Georgia Worsfold

Yoga Teacher Georgia Worsfold

When did you start practicing yoga?
I started practicing yoga in 2014, I found my first couple of classes incredibly hard, but something kept bringing me back each week!
At the end, I fell in love with yoga an practiced often.

What does Yoga mean to you as a person and as a teacher?
As a student, it’s a way for me to take time out and check in on how I’m feeling mentally and physically. It’s so easy to ignore how we actually feel and yoga gives us the mindfulness to find out.
As a teacher, I’m able to share my love of yoga and help people also find the benefits of regularly moving the body and the calm it brings to the mind.

What or who influenced you as a yoga teacher?
All of my teachers since I started practicing have influenced me with my style. I find myself constantly evolving to different classes I go to. I’m devoting more and more of my time to reading, which is a great way to continue my learning and help with class ideas.

What is your teaching style and what can students expect when they come to one of your classes?
I am very passionate about Vinyasa Flow, I love moving from one posture to the next and finding movement in the postures. My classes are fluid and focus on the breath as we move. But finding stillness is also important t me, so my classes begin and end a little slower, closing with a 5 minute savasana.

What is your favourite asana?
Bakasana! (Crow Pose) It’s such a fun pose to practice. I love the feeling of weightlessness it brings.

What are your other passions besides yoga?
I really enjoy Kyokushin Karate, which compliments yoga so well! I also like to draw, paint and read.

Georgia teaches the following classes:
Hatha Flow Yoga:
– Wednesday 17:30-18:30 pm
– Thursday 9:30-10:45 am

Vinyasa Flow Yoga:
– Thursday 18:00-19:00 pm

Find our more about Georgia here: www.omzaktiyoga.com

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Josie Sovegjarto

Yoga Teacher Josie Sovegjarto

When did you start practicing yoga?
I was introduced to yoga as a teen, then again during my dance training at university. Though my physical asana practice didn’t become consistent until about 7 years ago when I realised the endless benefits and the real positive effect it was having on my body and mind. The more consistent my practice the more I realised I didn’t want to live without it!

What does Yoga mean to you as a person and as a teacher?
I really do believe in, and reflect on often, the translation of yoga meaning UNION, which I think can get lost sometimes. Union of mind, body and breath but also union of people. I enjoy teaching community based yoga, opening up the doors to anyone and everyone, teaching in both conventional and non conventional settings. I love how yoga connects people. Yoga also gives me great perspective; I think it is hugely important to take all that you may learn in a class off the mat into your everyday life.

What or who influenced you as a yoga teacher?
I am often influenced by or ‘inspired’ may be a better word by the students that join me in my classes.  We can all learn, and in fact should never stop learning from one another. I love playing the role of facilitator instead of teacher then it is an equal playing ground for all to explore, develop and progress. During my contemporary dance training, I was influenced by many choreographers and practitioners, mostly those who work with the idea of finding freedom in the body.

What is your teaching style and what can students expect when they come to one of your classes?
I teach Vinyasa Flow and Restorative Yoga. I ain to hold space for anyone that wants to find a bit of time out in their week or ‘time in’; always with the focus on finding space in the body through a number of fluid, energising and connected sequences that can be made accessible to any level of practitioner. Accessibility in yoga is very important to me.

What is your favourite asana?
Too many favourites to choose one! Any forward fold where I can release and let go. Probably Paschimottanasana or Prasarita Padottanasana.

What are your other passions besides yoga?
Alongside yoga, I am hugely passionate about making the arts, creative practices and movement for health accessible to all. I have a background in teaching dance, improvisation, choreography and physical theatre but also worked as a community arts facilitator for a long time. Before concentrating on yoga full time I was running the Community Arts Practice department at The BRIT School for Performing Arts in London. I am also really passionate about getting yoga into schools and am certified in teaching Teen Yoga.

Josie teaches the following classes:
Restorative/Yin Yoga:
– Tuesday 9:30-10:30 am

Yoga for Beginners:
– Wednesday 13:30-14:30 pm

Find our more about Josie here: www.baseflowyoga.com

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Victoria Cooper

When did you start practicing yoga?
I started pracising yoga and mediation when I was about 18 years old when I lived in Brighton near the Buddhist centre in the lanes, actually I lived on the same street so this made it very easy! I was also training as a massage therapist at the time and really found that yoga helped me deepen my understanding of the body.

What does Yoga mean to you as a person and as a teacher?
My experience of Yoga is that it gives us the opportunity to contact and be with ourselves in our truest form.
To experience ourselves just as we are in that moment, in that breath.
I feel it is a felt experience or expression of the body and mind connection, a meditation in movement.Yoga reminds me to view myself and the world as a whole and has given me a better understanding and strength in difficult times in my life. It grounds me and gives me a sense of peace and freedom and it truly is a beautiful life science for better health and well-being for all living beings and that is why I love sharing it so much!

What or who influenced you as a yoga teacher?
I really love and feel very inspired by the work of Donna Farhi however the list is endless of teachers and masters, past and present that inspire and influence my teaching. I love to read and listening to Pemma Chodron, Deepak Chopra, Osho and Jon Kabat Zinn to name a few 🙂

What is your teaching style and what can students expect when they come to one of your classes?
I would say my style is slow, gentle yet powerful, focusing on the breath and meditation. Student can expect a different sequence every class but a rhythm and flow to the class that follows a similar formate each time, with plenty of space to connect, breath and be still.

What is your favourite asana?
Childs pose, I love the surrendering and yielding energy of this pose. I love to start my morning practise in this posture of gratitude.

What are your other passions besides yoga?
Music, dancing, art, being out in nature, walking my dog, my little caravan and of course my beautiful children!

Victoria teaches the following class:
Mindful Hatha Yoga:
– Tuesday 13:00-14:15 pm

Find out more about Victoria here: www.mindfulnesshathayoga.com

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Ralitsa Penkova

Yoga Teacher Linear Ralitsa Penkova

When did you start practicing yoga?
My very first experience of yoga was in my teenage years, in a local studio in the town where I grew up. As a beginner the first impression I had from the class was that it was very different from everything I had done before. It was challenging but it soon became something I had a lot of interes to explore more. I began to experience the physical benefits of it, along with some other changes. I started noticing I was feeling more present and grounded. I was able to communicate and express myself better, I was feeling healthier and happier than ever and I couldn’t help the feeling of wanting to explore the practice of yoga on a deeper level. Over the years my practice turned into a passion and my passion turned into a profession. I couldn’t be more grateful to have started on with this journey, which at the time I couldn’t imagine would have brought me where I am right now.

What does Yoga mean to you as a person and as a teacher?
I perceive Yoga as one to the greatest spiritual teachings that integrates a vast number of aspects, still valid in our daily and modern life. Yoga teaches me to be more calm, present and live each moment mindfully; to love and respect other beings and most of all to unite the mind and the body, the breath and the movement, the yin and the yang.

What or who influenced you as a yoga teacher?
One massive inspiration and influence on me, both as a yoga teacher and as a person, has been my latest yoga teacher – Rocky Heron. He has immensely inspired me to grow, to be curious about life and to continue learning everyday. I’ve learned a lot through the years and have recently come to the conclusion that experience is our greatest teacher. Other teachers I find myself learning a lot from include Dylan Werner, Kevin Hofer, Butcher and Pip Elysium form AcroYogaDance among others.

What is your teaching style and what can students expect when they come to one of your classes?
I currently teach a variety of styles such as Hatha, Vinyasa Flow and Restorative. I am most known for my emphasis on alignment in my classes. I strongly believe correct alignment is of great importance when it comes to the yoga practice and therefor I try to provide as much information to my students as I can in order to help them to receive the most benefits from their practice. I also genuinely get excited about exploring some of the many different aspects of yoga in my classes – e.g. asana, breathing exercises, meditation and visualisation among other. I often encourage my students to try out something they have perhaps never tried before, as I believe each and every one of us benefits from change and challenge is often what helps us broaden our perspective and expand as human beings.

What is your favourite asana?
Sirsasana (Headstand).
The reason why, is because I find it acts as a ‘reset button’ to both the body and the mind.
Sometimes we truly need to see things from a different perspective and what a better way of doing it other than seeing the space around us upside down!

What are your other passions besides yoga?
My other true passion is music. I was born and raised in the family of classical musicians and from a very early age my life has been entirely dedicated to music.
Music has a spiritual value to me and I personally find it’s a powerful tool of expressing and evoking sentiments in each of us. I couldn’t imagine life without my piano.

Ralitsa teaches the following class:
Yin Yang Yoga:
– Saturday 11:15-12:30 am

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Justine Rowan

When did you start practicing yoga?
I’ve been practising for 18 years, which has included a lot of daily self practice on my own when my kids were small while I was living somewhere where it was hard to get to classes. Often 10 minutes on my mat felt like a victory!

What does Yoga mean to you as a person and as a teacher?
Yoga is my way to find calm and grounding in my body, to feel more balance rather than getting caught up in a busy head that wants to run the show with worry and to do lists. And when I feel more grounded I find I am better able to engage in relating to others and what’s happening in my life in a centered, positive way. That has always been my main motivation rather than any physical goals, but I find yoga to be the best way to maintain overall health and feel good in my body from the inside out. That is also really motivating as I get older.

What or who influenced you as a yoga teacher?
My biggest teacher was the early days, moments of getting on my mat and moving and finding a sense of spaciousness and being present in my body somehow, despite a busy working and family life and lots of natural procrastination! I found I had all I needed within me to explore ‘grounding’ and being more aware in myself. Teachers can help, but no one can do the work of landing more fully in yourself and your life for you. For me that took lots of baby steps and seeing each week as a fresh start to see what happens.
I have been teaching full time for a decade. My biggest teaching influences are my exceptional teacher training mentor,  Anna Ashby in London and Donna Farhi. Thanks to them, I pay as much attention to HOW I teach as WHAT I teach. I aim to teach appropriately safe, healthy movement for everyday life, in a way which is enjoyable, empowering, encourages self care and is based on mutual respect and evolving dialogue between my students and I.

What is your teaching style and what can students expect when they come to one of your classes?
My classes offer a relaxed and friendly space where you can enjoy exploring movement and body awareness in a calm and steady way.  I go at a slower pace than many flow classes but we still put in all the effort and focus, with an emphasis on progressively developing the building blocks of healthy movement. Every student is supported to find what works best for them.
Whatever your starting point, I aim to guide you to practice yoga with confidence, to develop more easeful movement, strength and agility and to develop the tools of healthy relaxation. I hope it makes a big positive difference to your quality of life.

What is your favourite asana?
Forearm Balance- it takes a combination of strength, coordination and focus and also easefulness. It has come and gone for me many times as I gain and lose strength, but I keep working at it as a barometer of balancing strength and ease in practice.

What are your other passions besides yoga?
I love getting outside, walking, hiking, cycling, gardening, growing veg and making chutney. I don’t live in Sussex for nothing!
My kids and I enjoy exploring European cities and I love checking out the latest comedy gigs and art exhibitions with my friends.

Justine teaches the following class:
Hatha Flow Yoga:
– Monday 10:30-11:30 am (from 3rd September)

Find our more about Justine here: www.rowanyoga.com

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