Class Teachers

Craig Norris

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Cecillia Clarke

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Cecilia is trained in Vinyasa Flow, Forrest Inspired Yoga and has learnt the principles of Yin Yoga. She believes everybody can take part in yoga regardless of size, ability, and flexibility. During her classes she actively encourages participants to soak up the nourishing benefits of yoga and be receptive to their body’s wisdom.  

She delivers weekly classes at Mindset boutique gym in Waterloo, has led beginners’ class at Renaissance Yoga Studio, community classes and private one to ones.  

Cecilia advocates that the practice of yoga brings people into the power of now, using both breath and asanas.  During her yoga practice, she continues to voyage through her own journey of acceptance, self-development, mindfulness, and continuous learning; both on the mat and off the mat.  These are the elements that fuel her enthusiasm to share the practice of yoga by teaching others.

Delice Headlam

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Delice has explored movement from a young age, mainly through dance. Her yoga journey started after rehabilitation and the last year of university when stress levels were amplified - she found comfort in moving slowly and mindfully and exploring other holistic healing modalities to help deepen her personal practice.

As a Movement Psychotherapist, Delice implements the therapeutic principles whilst encouraging the use of breath, posture and embodiment to explore the journey of inner connectivity and self-discovery. Her approach to yoga highlights the mindfulness to lifestyle, physicality, mentality and emotional wellbeing that each person experiences on a day to day and so with this you are guided into finding a way to move.

 

"I work in accordance to you - creating a guided practice which is a stimulating experience you will explore and encourage emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual aspects of Self."

Jocelyn Stockbridge

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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

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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”

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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!.

Laura Kinnunen

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Originally from Finland, Laura found yoga in her late teens after finishing her contemporary dance studies and fell in love with the strong, graceful, precise yet flowing movement of Ashtanga Yoga. She continued to practice this style on and off for many years and in 2008 after moving to London, began practicing with Norman Blair. It was Norman who first introduced her to Yin Yoga at one of his 3-hour workshops – the first hour of which she remembers as being ‘agonisingly slow’. With encouragement from her teacher, Laura embarked on her 200hr training with Norman & Melanie Cooper  and began teaching both Yin & Ashtanga around South East London and in the City. In 2018 Laura completed Sarah Powers’ Level 1 Yin/Yang Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation teacher training, and followed this with Sarah’s  Level 2 Yin Yoga & Inner Practices course. In July 2019 dived deeper into Yin Yoga & Meridians by completing a 7-day training with Murielle Burellier & Sebastian Pucelle of With-Yin Yoga.

 

Over the years Laura’s own practice has shifted away from daily dynamic yoga towards softer and more nurturing practices including daily meditation, and this is reflected in her style of teaching which is calming and nurturing, creating a space for her students to soften and slow down, allowing them the time and space for exploration of the physical body, the breath and the mind. Emphasis is placed on each student listening to their own bodies and letting go of expectations of what yoga should look like

Monika Kulara

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Monica is a Brazilian yoga teacher who started practicing yoga after the birth of her second son. She was amazed by the changes that yoga brought into her life so she developed her daily self-practice from there and never looked back.

Her classes are focused on breath and body self-awareness, helping her students on the journey of self-discovery. She brings a calm and soothing tone and energy to the classes and provides her students with the tools to cultivate kindness towards themselves and find contentment in their day-to-day life. 

 

She enjoys teaching challenging slow Vinyasa flows sending her students into a moving meditative state.

Niki Puspoki

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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.

Rishin Paonaskar

Rishin grew up in India and although yoga was taught at his school, he didn’t take it up until several years later to recuperate from a cycling injury. In 2012 he left a career in banking to start his own food business and also completed his 200 hour Yoga Alliance training at Hot Power Yoga. He has since trained as a myofascial body worker with senior Forrest Yoga teachers Jambo Truong and Brian Campbell, in Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater and in Yoga Nidra with Craig Norris

Sarah Sharman

Sarah comes from a dance and theatre background, her classes are often entertaining and having you smiling throughout. 

As a professional dancer, Sarah is able to transfer her skills and help you understand the pilates method.