In 1995 Amanda took Bikram Chowdry’s hot yoga training and came back to London later that year as the first Hot Yoga teacher in the U.K. In 2012 Amanda co-founded Bikram Yoga Surbiton and in 2017 she Consulted on the new Hot Yoga Club in Staines.
Kee was first introduced to Hot Yoga in 2011 when he attended classes to help with chronic pain he had developed. Over the next 6 months, regular Hot Yoga sessions alleviated the pain and he hasn't looked back since. In 2012, Kee graduated from Hot Yoga Teacher training in Los Angeles and has been teaching ever since. Kee's classes promote a calm environment and a heightened awareness of breathing and body alignment, leaving students feeling lighter, happier and healthier.
Since Amanda started in the industry in 2005, corrective exercise has always been her passion. Pre/post natal, hip/knee replacements and injury rehabilitation. Pilates was naturally the right route for Amanda to take and she qualified in 2012. In 2007 Amanda experienced her first Bikram yoga class. She absolutely loves the 'hot room' and has continued to practise to this day. Amanda is currently working through her yoga teacher training and works closely with a chiropractor to deliver small group and 121 rehabilitation Pilates.
Richard has been coaching in the industry for 17 years. He was a competitive athlete up until 2011, when he retired as a professional Muay Thai fighter. It became clear from early in Richard's fight career that a 'holistic approach' would form a vital part of his training program. During this time he practiced Bikram yoga. The heat played a huge part in his recovery and complemented his sport. In 2013 he completed his yoga teacher training.
Katie was introduced to Bikram Yoga in 2005. She was at least 2 stone overweight, in the depths of depression and generally not enjoying life. That first class was horrific(!) - it was definitely not love at first try! After the best night's sleep she had had in a very long time, Katie went back a second and third time. She has been practising regularly ever since, well over a decade now, and teaching for 8 years. This yoga calmed her mind, healed her body and changed her life. Katie believes that regular practice can do the same for anyone that is willing to try.
Barbara did her first Bikram Hot Yoga class in 2004 and wished she had discovered it years earlier. Her background has always been physical having been a dancer all her life and having had a career in Musical Theatre. Barbara clocked up ten years in 'Cats' The Musical, although it was the show that put most strain on her body! Ankles, knees, back, neck, to name a few, Barbara had injured them all. The practice of yoga creates balance in her life, body and mind and now she's not dancing anymore the yoga works on keeping her flexible and strong. Barbara loves the challenges of Hot Yoga, the discipline, the focus, the sweat and the reward of feeling great after which leads to a great nights sleep.
Running long distance for some time took its toll, and in March 2013 Emma hung up her trainers with a painful knee injury. She tried different forms of exercise, but nothing stuck with her until she went to her first hot yoga class in November 2014! She was there 4-5 times a week and loved every class.
Finding himself living a sedentary lifestyle until age 25, Marco was eager for this to change. He found Yoga was an inclusive practise for everyone. Marco felt the benefits of improved mobility, stability and body awareness with each passing practice. He remains fascinated with fundamental strength and mobility practises. When he teaches a class, his focus is on a smart sequence of poses, while including modification for all levels. His light hearted and challenging style towards yoga creates a playful atmosphere where everyone can find themselves supported, safe while having fun.
Gracie is an experienced Vinyasa, Power and Yin Style Yoga teacher who recently fell in love with Hot Yoga. Having become a regular student of Hot Yoga and personally experienced the many mind, body and soul benefits the discipline offers, she felt compelled to add teaching the discipline to her repertoire to help others to benefit in the way that she had. At the Hot Yoga club, Gracie will be teaching Hot Yoga classes suitable for all ages and abilities and is keen to encourage everybody to give it a go.
Deborah did her teacher training in Kerala India. She has also been working as a full-time fitness instructor for the past 29 years, teaching a wide variety of classes & gaining numerous teaching certificates, the most recent one being a Functional Aging Specialist. As well as being a fully qualified yoga teacher, Deborah also holds a diploma in Anatomy & Physiology as well as holding a diploma in Massage & Remedial Therapy.