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AlE MANNING, Yoga Teacher

Ale discovered yoga in her twenties, when she decided to take better care of both her body and mind… She practised various styles since, including Ashtanga, Hatha, Sivananda, Jivamukti, Yin, Restorative, Acro- and Aerial yoga. Ultimately, she fell head over heels in love with Vinyasa Yoga – the style in which she completed her initial 200hr teacher training. Since she’s furthered her knowledge of different paths of yoga in two Advanced Teacher Trainings (2018 and 2019) and Aerial Yoga Teacher Training.
In love with the sound of Gong, Ale completed her Gong Master training and has been offering sound therapy since.
Her classes combine the fluidity of movement with the exploration of yogic philosophy. They include flowing yet challenging mandala vinyasa sequences aimed at building strength and flexibility, as well as developing a compassionate attitude towards ourselves and others.


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Grace Young, Yoga Teacher

Grace teaches vinyasa and ashtanga yoga, as well as more gentle classes combining restorative poses with relaxing flows. She achieved her 500 hour certifications in India in 2015 and has been teaching ever since. She came to yoga as a way to stay healthy both mentally and physically and is passionate about supporting people to use yoga to do the same. She has taken courses in teaching yoga for anxiety and depression at The Minded Institute, and yoga for refugees with Ourmala and has used these skills to teach yoga for women who have been in prison and are transitioning to community life. She has also hosted fundraisers for the RNIB, teaching yoga in blindfolds to raise awareness of the challenges for blind and partially sighted people. She is a 100 hour Ayurverdic massage therapist and adds these techniques into her classes.

Grace believes yoga should be a supportive and inclusive community, open to anyone no matter what background, shape, size or ability. It can build flexibility and strength in the body, and can be a great way to manage stress, anxiety and other mental health challenges. Her classes are dynamic, playful and calming and there will always be variations so anyone can join in.


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Kamila Nigmatulina, Barre and Yoga Teacher

Kamila completed her yoga training at YogaLondon. Her personal practice of yoga has taught her how to balance the physical body and mind, connect breath and movement and how to let go of worries and anxieties. Yoga helps her to stay present and find joy in every single moment of her life. She incorporates these elements into her classes, which focus on alignment, developing the core, incorporating breathing practices and providing modifications suitable for all. 

Kamila teaches different styles of yoga including modified Ashtanga style, Vinyasa flow, Yin and Restorative. By teaching how to pay attention to what is going on in the body and mind in each moment, she aims to teach students how to bring greater awareness and surrender to everything they do. While teaching yoga classes she became interested in barre classes, and trained to teach. Her classes are a combination of pilates, ballet, dance and core work.

Off the yoga mat Kamila is involved in a variety of sports including running, boxing and skiing. She is also a certified Indian Head massage specialist.


ALESSIA NIGRO, YOGA TEACHER

“Don't practice yoga to get better at yoga. Practice yoga to get better at living"

Alessia is an experienced RYT 200 Yoga Teacher, who specialises in Pregnancy, Family and Kids Yoga as well as being a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner.

Yoga is the connection of mind and body through the breath, therefore Alessia's classes are accessible to everyone, from complete beginners to more advanced practitioners. When it comes to Family and Kids Yoga classes is a different story, be prepared to roll on the mat with your little ones, make shapes with your bodies and explore partner poses. There is a style to suit everyone.

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Milena Lebedeva, Yoga Teacher

I was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga in 1998 by Gillad Harouvi who inspired me to start a dedicated daily practice. Growing up as a dancer in St.Petersburg I have developed a deep sense of body awareness which has led me to become highly sensitive towards practicing and teaching my students in a safe environment. Over the past 18 years I was very fortunate and privileged to study with some of the Worlds greatest Ashtanga teachers, Sri K Pattabhi Jois, his son Manju Jois and his grandson Sharat, Danny Paradise whose teachings and wisdom has been a massive influence and a great inspiration, Richard Freeman and John Scott, Lino Miele, Nancy Gilgoff and Matthew Sweeney. I completed a teacher training program with David Swenson in 2007 and have been teaching regular classes for over 10 years. 

My classes are dynamic, fun and quite challenging , but at the end you can be sure to feel revitalised, energised, nourished and balanced, peaceful and happy. I teach students with all levels of fitness and flexibility, offering modified options to those who need them, so beginners are welcome. I also have some qualifications and experience in teaching children, teenagers, and those who are in recovery. All kids (under the age of 16 have to be supervised by an adult) and teens are very welcome in any of my classes.


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CLARE PLATT, PILATES TEACHER

Since graduating university with a BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice Degree, Clare has moved into the fitness industry and has gained a wide range of qualifications. These include, Exercise to Music, Personal Training, Ante and Post Natal, Zumba, Spin and Fitness Pilates, which she teaches here at the studio. She uses her knowledge and background to create a class open to all levels and abilities and makes the class enjoyable yet challenging. Clare’s aim is to get people moving more and to create a space in which everyone feels welcome.


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Emma Jane Greig, Yoga and Barre teacher

Emma-Jane graduated from Yoga London in 2015 (RYT200hrs) and has since been teaching in Oxford. With a background in dance, her style has been inspired by flowing movement. A creative, empowering, physical and fun evening flow. Her classes are for all levels, fitness and body types. Modifications, adjustments and laughter offered throughout. 


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Katie Gordon, Yoga teacher, Massage Therapist

Katie teaches vinyasa classes that unite breath with flowing sequencing. Her teaching style is supportive and classes are a balance of effort and relaxation. 

Katie completed her 200h teacher training with YogaCampus, the teaching arm of the Life Centre in London. She has trained with Judith Lasater to teach advanced Relax and Renew™ Restorative yoga, with Uma Dinsmore Tuli to teach pregnancy yoga, and Nadia Narain to teach postnatal.

Specialist training:

  • Registered TeenYoga teacher and has taught in several secondary schools in east London.

  • Intensive with David Emerson of the Trauma Yoga Centre on Trauma Sensitive yoga (TCTSY).

  • Intensive with Chelsea Roff on her Eat Breathe Thrive™ programme for teaching yoga to those recovering from disordered eating and negative body image.

  • Teacher in training with IRest yoga nidra.

  • Ongoing training with Bo Forbes, with whom she has trained in London and Copenhagen. She is currently completing Bo's 100h course in Yoga, Mindfulness and Neuroscience.

Katie passionately believes that yoga should be accessible for all, recognising its potential for healing, enriching and transforming lives.


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melissa wells, Yoga Teacher

Mel took part in her first yoga class 14 years ago during her final year at university studying dance and Musical Theatre. She had suffered from ongoing injuries during her training, so initially tried yoga as a complimentary form of exercise to help with recovery, but became immediately hooked. 

She feels that the benefits she has gained through her practice, physically but especially mentally have changed her life and so in 2017 made the decision to undertake a 300hr teacher training with British Wheel of Yoga so I could help other people through their own journey to living a healthy and happy life.

She believes Yoga should be for everyone and hopes through teaching her style of dynamic Hatha that her classes are fun, beneficial and inclusive.


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Anne Marie Frohock, Yoga Teacher

Eight years ago as a gym addict my regular pump class was cancelled and I fell through the door of a hatha yoga class instead. Being asked to quieten my mind and feel my body was an alien experience for me, and was initially so difficult I would get up and leave before the final savasana. But then something magical started to happen. My body began to soften, my mind calmed and I relaxed my gruelling gym regime so that I could fit in yoga classes.

In 2010, I moved to Oxford and found James Reeves' hatha yoga classes in my first week here. I discovered a wonderful flowing style of yoga that strengthened my body and resolved years of pain associated with scoliosis in my spine. For the first time in years I felt that I was truly listening to and nourishing my body. 

In 2016 I completed my 200hr YTT in Hatha Flow yoga, inspired to share with others the practice that has enlightened my life. My classes provide a flowing sequence of asanas through which yogis can learn to feel and integrate movement in their physical body using the breath. This focuses and quietens the mind preparing for meditation, and we are left feeling nourished, rejuvenated and calmed.


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lily rossiter, Pilates Teacher

Lily is a Level 3 qualified Pilates Instructor and Illustrator living in Oxford.
Pilates has strengthened my core, toned my whole physique, and helped to heal my back after several horse related accidents!
It also acts as a daily de-stressor after a long day, helping to connect mind and body, and reminding me to live in the moment.
My classes are fun and playful creating a space for you to explore, strengthen and stretch!
I’m looking forward to meeting you, and hope Pilates can help you too!


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CAMILA BERGMANN, YOGA TEACHER

Camila is a Brazilian teacher, now based in Oxford. She discovered Yoga as a teenager and since then has practiced different methods. It was with Rocket Yoga that she felt the biggest connection and after 9 years as a practitioner, she decided to become a Yoga teacher.
Camila completed her 500 hours training in both Advanced Vinyasa and Yin Yoga at the Yin Yang Vinyasa School (Brazil). Seeking to deepen her knowledge of Yoga teaching, in 2017 she went to India to specialize in Yoga Therapy and Pre and Post Natal Yoga, studying at the renowned Yoga Vidya Gurukul School. In her classes, she combines creative sequences of asanas (postures) with meditation and pranayama, always seeking to bring innovation and evolution to the student’s practice. She believes that Yoga is for everyone and does not depend on age, body shape, flexibility or strength, but on the willingness to be present and open to practice.