Class Teachers

Craig Norris

Craig has dedicated his life to studying various forms of yoga, meditation and chanting, including Ashtanga, Sivananda, Iyengar, Satyananda, and Forrest styles. He has further deepened his practice and teaching with studies in meditation and chanting as well as in yoga therapy with Yoga Campus and the Yoga Biomedical Trust. He has great love for the traditional in yoga and continues to study Sanskrit and Vedic chanting in London and India.

Craig teaches a practice that challenges, uplifts and heals by allowing us to explore the playing field that is our own body and mind. Being able to see ourselves in a light and humorous way and flirt with our edge is an opportunity to grow from the relationship we have with ourselves.

Before coming to yoga Craig suffered from depression and lack of direction. Yoga and meditation have given him great stability and opened up a journey of growth, insight and joy. His intention is for everyone to experience the healing effects of yoga practice and to create an opportunity for change so that we can all live a life that feels empowered and confident. Craig is one of the founders of Renaissance yoga and wellbeing.

Michele Pianigiani

Although practicing many styles of yoga Mickey's experience is mainly from the Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar traditions. He has practiced for 12 years with various teachers and completed his 200hr teacher training with John Scott and Lucy Crawford. He has also studied Yin yoga with Norman blair and continues his study in vortex energy healing.

His approach to teaching is working with people from where they are at what ever their level of experience or ability whilst also keeping the tradition of the practice. A big focus of his is getting people to breathe in a way that brings them more life on and off the mat as well as using it as a focus to bring the attention within and finding a place of stillness. Michele is one of the founders of Renaissance yoga and wellbeing.

Andrea Ondruskova

Andrea has been immersed in movement from a young age. She has been practicing Pilates for 19 years and has 13 years of teaching experience, working with people from all walks of life, in London and Sydney.

Her background is in Dance, Yoga, Pilates and Somatic Movement. She continues to study movement and applies it in her teaching practice from a health and fitness perspective. When she is not teaching, she works with movement creatively as a researcher at Kingston university.

Her Pilates classes are versatile, focused on building strength from the inside out, to support the body’s natural movement and function. Classes have the element of a strong classical Pilates alignment focus mixed with fluid sequencing geared towards getting a whole body workout in each class. Classes are suited to all levels of experience and exercises will be adapted for injuries or other needs.

“ You are only as young as your spine” Joseph Pilates

Caroline Tautz

Caroline came to Yoga from a background in Fine Art and Contemporary Dance. She worked as a dance lecturer, and choreographer for film. In 1994 she first trained in Ashtanga vinyasa and was a student of John Scott and in India of Sri K Pattabhi Jois. She draws from her many and varied influences and training, from the work of Feldenkrais, Alexander technique, Ashtanga vinyasa, and the work of Tom Myers.She is also trained in the gentle work of neuro dermo modulation.  She travels yearly to Kadermo in Finland to practise with KPJ level 2 authorised Stefan Engstrom. Also a trained bodyworker, somatic movement coach, and meditation teacher she weaves the language of embodiment and conscious awareness into her creative flowing style of practice. With over 25 years of teaching experience she brings a sensitive and compassionate approach, combining precise verbal cues with sensitive hands on touch. She works individually with therapeutic bodywork, as well as teaching small groups, retreats and teacher training with her colleague Lucy Crawford.

Carlie Steadman

Carlie began practising yoga in 2005, at first to enable her to maintain the flexibility she gained as a gymnast. However, she soon realised that yoga was guiding her to be a more compassionate, mindful and spiritual individual. She has engaged with many different yoga styles, but found her calling with Dharma yoga and trained with the guru Sri Dharma Mittra in New York where she completed the Life of a Yogi 200 hour training in 2015. Her Dharma classes incorporate strong vinyasa sequences and stationary postures to work the entire body –with plenty of heart-opening backbends and the opportunity for inversion practices for those that are ready. As in Dharma Mittra’s classes, a light-hearted and secure atmosphere encourages students to challenge themselves and make progress in their practice, which Carlie firmly believes will translate into other aspects of their life. 

 

Inspired by the profound influence yoga had on her ability to connect with and feel empowered by her own pregnancy, at 37 weeks pregnant Carlie trained as a pregnancy yoga teacher on the ‘Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth’ course with Uma Dinsmore Tuli. Through use of asana, pranayama, mudra, mantra and relaxation techniques, her pregnancy classes aim to enable students tune into their intuitive wisdom and natural rhythms, to equip them with invaluable tools throughout their pregnancy, labour and the post-natal period.

Jean Hall

Jean originally qualified as a Iyengar yoga teacher in 1995 and since then she has

continued to study different forms of yoga and movement practices with many great teachers from many diverse backgrounds such as Geeta Iyengar and Rajmani Tigunait, as well as being self taught and working with more unconventional teachers, most noticeably Miranda Tufnell and the late Gill Clarke.

 

Jean teaches a somatic style of  flow (vinyasa) yoga and movement that stems from a deep listening within, so that the body’s wisdom and knowing can be heard, felt and valued. Her approach is both traditional and innovative, inspired by creative and fun sequencing that unfolds into dynamic flows, to help draw students and teachers safely beyond perceived limitations and closer to true potential and confidence. 

Jocelyn Stockbridge

Jocelyn began practising yoga when she first moved to London, finding that she needed a space to gain perspective and be present. Since her 200hr training in Vinyasa yoga Jocelyn has studied Forrest yoga and qualified as a massage therapist. Her classes build on the basics whilst cultivating playfulness and room for growth. 

 

Jocelyn offers modifications so that regardless of your ability you will be able to get the most from the class, whether you want to lie back on a bolster or work on strengthening your inversion practice. Jocelyn offers assists in her classes allowing her students to delve deeper into their practice. 

John Collins

John stumbled across yoga in 2000 while living and working in America. When a friend suggested getting up at 6am to practise yoga in a garage, a bleary-eyed John agreed… and has never looked back. Over the years, John has seen the multitude of benefits yoga has brought – focus, health, determination, a real knowledge of the self, strength of mind as well as body, and a profound connection with others. “I think yoga is quite literally, magic” says John. 

Practising and then training with Stewart Gilchrist and The Power Yoga Company was the next step in John’s yoga journey and one of the best decisions he ever made. “I love yoga and teaching it. I will be forever grateful to all the people who have taught me and everyone I’ve had the privilege to practise with. My aim is to teach an authentic, challenging yoga class with good humour, love and a cracking playlist”

Kathy King

Kathy has been teaching Pilates privately and to groups for 20 years and has had a dedicated yoga practice for nearly as long. Encouraging efficient, easy, breath-led, whole body movement is the focus of her classes. Her recent Slings training with Art of Motion, (a repertoire of fascia based movement which draws from a variety of disciplines) has added a whole new dimension to her classes.

Using classical as well as evolved Pilates repertoire, either in flowing sequences or exercises that target specific movement patterns, good alignment and a dynamic, strong and flexible core are challenged.


Expect to strengthen, lengthen, roll, mobilize and move toward increasing your overall body and postural awareness both on and off your mat.


Kathy is a senior member of the Body Control Pilates Teacher Training team. She delivers on their basic Mat work and Conversion courses, as well as Continuing Education courses for teachers in the UK and internationally.

 

Kathy would particularly like to encourage yogis and those from other movement practices to her classes. She can speak from many year’s personal experience, that the more & different ways through which one can find ease of movement, the better!.

Marion Sinclair

‘I still remember my very first Iyengar yoga class … taught to university students by a lecturer who was also a yoga teacher with a passion to pass yoga on to his students. The way Iyengar yoga was taught immersed me from this first class – disciplined, precise, challenging and demanding mental focus - a combination that gives both physical and mental benefits and for me a deep sense of steadiness. Iyengar yoga continues to be an integral part of my life’ 

Marion is an experienced intermediate level Iyengar yoga teacher who teaches at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of South London. Like her first yoga teacher she loves passing on the practice of yoga - which has so much real wealth to offer to anyone who is prepared to get on a yoga mat and start trying to learn with an open mind. She is a clear teacher who makes her classes both challenging and caring.

Nataliya Potopalska

Nataliya's first meeting with yoga happened back in early 2000 as part of a recovery period in her elite orienteering career. High sport performance brings a lot of great experiences as well as injuries. She was glad that, throughout the years, her injuries have healed with various styles of yoga practice. Having a master’s degree in Physical Education, Nataliya was fascinated and curious about the anatomy of the human body.

In the last few years, practising Forrest yoga became an immediate passion. She has over 500 RYH in Forrest Yoga and Hot Power Vinyasa together. As a runner Nataliya is interested in how yoga can bring better recovery to the body and prolong longevity of running expedience.

Personal growth as a yoga practitioner and teacher keeps her grounded as a mother, a wife, a friend and generally as a human being.

Nataliya's aim to bring yoga to everyone and make it accessible to those who enter my class. She believes that practising yoga promotes a healthy life style, and is beneficial both for mind and body. "Show up for yourself, and be curious to what happens next!"

Nathalie Mukusheva

Nathalie has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching full time since 2010. Having received early training in many disciplines including ballet and rhythmic gymnastics she has always considered it a complete privilege to share every bit of knowledge she has acquired along the way with every student no matter what their level of experience,

For the last 5 years, she has practiced Iyengar yoga under the guidance of Senior Teacher Alaric Newcombe. This rigorous method with its focus on integration. embodiment and extension has radically informed her teaching and practice and her focus now is on delivering a teaching method that empowers students with the tools to sustain their practice throughout their lifespan with patience, compassion, and devotion to all

Niki Puspoki

Niki’s overall aim is to help people get know their body and to approach poses with focus and feeling. She thinks a good practice not only feeds the body but also nourishes the soul.

Niki has a warm, friendly and caring manner. She has trained in Dynamic Vinyasa Yoga, has completed the Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training with Ana Forrest and is a Poppy Perinatal graduate.

Niki has an interest in yoga for women and how yoga can support women’s menstrual and life cycle.

Niki aspires to continuously develop herself through trainings, books and by learning from fellow humans.

Sarah Hansen

Self-taught as a teenager (thanks to the books borrowed from the local library!) Sarah's approach is deeply rooted in the therapeutic teachings of T.K.V. Desikachar and the viniyoga tradition. Her primary focus as a teacher is to encourage her students to find balance, ease and comfort in their bodies and in their yoga practice. She teaches movement focused on the individual, and aims to create a safe, inclusive, non- competitive environment where students can fully explore themselves and inquire within. Sarah particularly enjoys teaching beginners; helping her students to build confidence, in body and mind, in the first steps of their yoga journey. She also has a strong interest in yoga for the female body, and the role yoga can play at different stages of the female life-cycle.