Co-founders Kate and Lucy met during their yoga teacher training in Spain. A few funny life coincidences drew them together from day one, and they quickly realised that they had a shared vision to create a welcoming yoga studio in their local Hackney. Both had felt the personal benefits of yoga when living and working in the city, and wanted to create a space for people to dedicate to their own health and happiness. They trained with Frog Lotus Yoga International, which has a focus upon developing precise language so that poses can be accurately cued safely and clearly for people practicing yoga of every level.
Kate's teaching is soothing and supportive. She creates the space for you to completely let go, breathe and grow. Her Vinyasa classes are accessible to all, with a balance of effort and ease. Her nourishing Restorative classes provide opportunity for complete relaxation as she guides you through healing poses and meditation. Yoga brought her the stability and focus required to manage a busy freelance lifestyle working in fashion buying and styling. She used the healing benefits of yoga in conjunction with physiotherapy after a serious cycling accident in 2012. This nurturing element runs throughout her classes.
Lucy teaches dynamic Vinyasa classes that unite mindful breath control with creative flow sequences. Her teaching encourages correct alignment and precise movement as muscular strength, stamina and flexibility are developed. With plenty of deep breath-work woven throughout, her classes offer a nourishing boost of energy. When not teaching at Yoke, Lucy coordinates community art projects with schools and galleries across London, bringing her creativity both on and off the mat.
Alan's yoga journey began 5 years ago. Living a hectic life in Hong Kong, yoga was the perfect way to bring some calm into an otherwise busy lifestyle. He has 500 hours worth of training in astanga and vinyasa flow, as well as an addition 60-hours Rocket teacher training with Amber Gean. He currently practises rocket, dharma mittra and just about anything that will get him on his hands or upside down. Alan's personal practice is out of this world, but he brings it down to earth for us at Yoke, with beautifully sequenced flows and his easy-going approach.
Morgan teaches open Vinyasa and Rocket Flow here at Yoke. She has a background in dance and gymnastics and as a result, incorporates music to help energize and motivate. Her flows are strong and quickly paced, keeping a sense of fun through the incorporation of inversions and arm balances. She hopes to inspire her yoga students, helping them to increase strength, stamina and flexibility whilst cultivating a stillness of mind. Morgan is 200 hr trained with Frog Lotus International RYT and in March 2016 she completed a further 50hrs of Progressive Ashtanga/ Rocket training with David Kyle. She spends her working hours protecting freshwater resources globally with an environmental charity.
Laura teaches dynamic vinyasa classes. First and foremost a student, Laura practices a number of different styles of yoga including Vinyasa, Iyengar, Dharma, Rocket and Ashtanga and enjoys sharing her learning from these practices. Her flows aim to build strength, increase flexibility, draw awareness to alignment and the breath, and provide just the right level of challenge! Laura's classes are accessible for beginners as well as fulfilling for more for the more advanced yogis thanks to her in-depth knowledge of poses and their development.
Vanessa began her journey into yoga drawn by the physical dimension of asana practice, but soon became hooked by the non tangible benefits that inevitably come with the discipline. Each of her classes consists of a structured practice starting with a sequenced warm-up to open the body, advancing to heat building flows, core work and closing floor asanas. Vanessa enjoys discovering the infinite ways of sequencing flows and offers an open level class. Wanting to share this experience with as many people as possible, she embarked on a teacher training from which she qualified as a RYT 200 hour yoga teacher in November 2015. Vanessa teaches our Sunday evening donation-based Vinyasa Flow & Restore class.
Ellie trained in Ashtanga at Kranti Yoga School in south India and quickly went on to become a teacher there and part of the shala family. Since then she has been training under Ana Forrest herself and completed both her Foundation and Advanced Forrest Teacher Training. An international Forrest, Vinyasa, Restorative and Yoga Nidra teacher now based in London Ellie is extremely passionate and loves how yoga can change our outlook on daily life, leaving us stronger, happier and more connected to our true selves. As we change week by week so do Ellie's classes and intentions, led with a strong emphasis on breath, core, flowing movements and integrity she encourages her students to go deep inside connecting back to their spirit.
Juliet has 200 hours of training in Vinyasa Flow with Frog Lotus International RYS. She creates dynamic and intelligently sequenced classes with informed alignment queues to build strength and flexibility; she encourages mindful awareness of the breath and connection between mind and body. Juliet fell in love with yoga in 2012 -it made her feel calm, centred and energised. She was hooked. Her classes aim to ground and rejuvenate the modern yogi.
Catherine has a deep love of body movement and a creative approach to yoga with strong and graceful sequencing allowing body and mind to flow with ease in a safe environment, inspired by her passion for dance. Catherine has taken trainings and workshops in both London and New York and continues to further her knowledge and education. She teaches Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Restorative, Pre and Post natal yoga.
Aleksei is a Jivamukti Yoga teacher with a long background in martial arts, bodyweight exercise and acrobatics. His asana classes offer a strong, sustained practice with some interesting progressions and advanced poses thrown in. Expect motivating instructions and some hands-on adjustments, plenty of pranayama and chanting.
Although his classes are strong, Aleksei tries his best to emphasise that real yoga is not a physical practice but a spiritual one where the practitioner dives deep into the search of the Higher Self and aims for an elevation of consciousness.
Raj had been practicing some form of yoga for over ten years, mostly to offset the strains of triathlon training and football, before discovering 'Rocket' three years ago. At first excited by Rocket yoga’s pace and exotic array of inversions, Raj is now addicted to the feeling of complete immersion during the practice and peacefulness after it. Attempting and falling out of postures that we can't yet do will be positively encouraged. Raj will help you to explore your body and mind, with the goal of leaving you pleasantly surprised at who you are and what you are capable of.
Laura discovered yoga after studying contemporary dance and found herself falling deeper into practice after she moved to London three years ago. Laura was, and still is, deeply fascinated in the power of the practice on the body and mind. She completed her Ashtanga training with Melanie Cooper and Yin with Norman Blair, both prestigious teachers in both their fields.In her personal journey and her teaching Laura tries to find an overall balance of a strong and dynamic practice with that of a more relaxing slower pace.
Charlie teaches Jivamukti Flow. He has been practicing movement, meditation and yoga for over a decade. He teaches ways to integrate a yoga practice in to your normal routine and how to better handle stressful and challenging situations. His classes are flowing and pacey with a focus more on enlightenment than alignment. Music plays a key part in his life both on and off the mat, and he integrates some of the more traditional elements of yoga into his contemporary practice.