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.
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.
Laura took up yoga many years ago to balance out the long distance trail running she did, to keep herself injury free but also take the time out needed to de-stress from corporate life. In 2016 she quit the day job, went to India to follow her passion for yoga and trained to become a teacher. Laura joined us for the 2 week trial when our doors first opened and loved it, immediately feeling the benefits of a hot practice. She began to cover classes and committed to a regular hot yoga practice, and now has weekly classes in the hot studio. Laura enjoys practicing and teaching a strong but inclusive class that is accessible for everyone. Laura is also trained in pre/post natal and mum & baby yoga and truly believes that Yoga has a place in everyone’s lives whether it’s physically, mentally or spiritually focussed.
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.
Emma trained at the London College Of Dance (BA Hons) and was first introduced to Yoga and Pilates back then but only when injury struck did her passion and love grow. Finding yoga was like coming home, it held all similar grace / power and strength that she had felt when she danced. But without the sense of competitiveness. Yoga and Pilates have allowed Emma the space to breathe, and she hopes that she can encourage others to simply love to move, to love themselves and find love within.