- Nina’s yoga journey began back in 1998. Practicing at the local Iyengar centre a friend suggested she tried hot yoga. After just one session she was hooked. “I loved the power and dynamic nature of the sessions and at the end of every session felt like I had worked every cell in my body but totally calm yet energized”.
In 2005 Nina moved to Herts with her family and her regular searches for a local studio drew a blank. In the end there was only one option – to go to teacher training and open Herfordshire’s first hot yoga studio. “I have realised a dream – teaching this incredible and life changing form of yoga and being able work together with some of the county’s finest teachers here at Feel”.
- Shasha fell off a skate ramp and into a yoga class aged 22. Having previously used ballet as a way of healing a back injury at 16 she soon discovered that yoga was something that her body loved now dance had become a thing of the past. She practiced iintermittently through Hatha and Iyengar classes and home practise with Ashtanga style DVDs until she came to Feel in 2012.
In the gorgeous heat and through the varied teachers her practice ramped up a notch and she ended up taking the Yoga Alliance accredited 500hrs Teaching Training with Feel in 2013 qualifying in 2014 with Distinction. She now teaches weekly classes at Feel’s Watford and St Albans studios, as well as working as a Sports Massage Practitioner, revelling in her classes and more in love with yoga than ever. When she is not teaching you may well find her practising on a mat beside you!
- David had an active interest in Yoga for many years and was fortunate enough to practice at Bhaktivedanta Manor in Letchmore Heath, with a wonderful spiritual atmosphere,being the only institution where Hindu priests are formally trained. This gave him a more traditional yogic background and an in depth understanding and appreciation of yoga teachings and philosophy.
David is probably our toughest teacher, he’ll really make you sweat… You have been warned. When not working with adult yogis, he enjoys sharing his teaching knowledge through schools and local childrens clubs.
David’s passion for yoga stemmed from his fascination with sports science and anatomy. Realizing the benefits of yoga in relation to improved injury recovery times and optimizing sports performance, lead him to marry up the yoga with the heat. He hasn’t looked back since. His tangible affinity with asanas and anatomy make his classes informative, unpredictable and fun.
David’s love of meditational and relaxation techniques are evident in his classes through silent practice or vocalised Mantras. When not teaching, you’ll find David practicing on a mat next to you.
- Charlotte was introduced to yoga by her husband, and was keen to try a different form of exercise. Very quickly she began to see, and feel, the benefits of applying herself to a new physical discipline. Enjoying the challenge of combining body, mind and breath in movement, Charlotte undertook the RYT500 FHY Teacher Training diploma in St Albans and qualified with a distinction.
Her exploration into yoga has brought her to the place where she wants to see others develop their strengths, physically and personally, and to be a part of their yoga journey”.
- Penny’s background is in sports coaching and more specifically swim coaching. She swam competitively as a teenager and carried on training as a masters swimmer until a few years ago. She has also enjoyed running for many years but sustained a chronic hamstring injury, which finally meant that she had to give up the running. Penny started taking yoga classes to help repair the injury and almost immediately became hooked. “I love dynamic yoga and love working in the heat. I think that this type of yoga appeals more to the sports person, as one can feel and see the results on the body so quickly”. She has recently qualified as a Yoga Alliance 200 hrs Teacher”.
- Kas began practicing yoga in 2004. she attended Ashtanga and Hatha yoga classes over the years and thoroughly enjoyed the benefits of a regular yoga practice. To deepen her in 2014 Kas trained with Feel Hot Yoga. Kas also completed a Yin/Yang with mindfulness meditation training with Sarah Powers to deepen her awareness of self-practice and strength yoga training with Broga uk . Yoga is about building a relationship with your mind and body and allowing both to communicate with each other with awareness and respect. Creating space for a profound and transformational process to occur”.
- Louise found yoga in 2003 when her physically demanding job meant that she needed a release for tired, stressed muscles. What she found was so much more than just a way to stretch her overworked limbs!
Having developed a passion for practicing yoga she decided it was time to take it further and completed the RYT500 FHY teacher training program in 2013 and hasn’t looked back.
Sharing the wide ranging benefits of yoga with her students has taken her own yoga journey to another level, “teaching others give me so much joy and appreciation for the physical practice of yoga. I try to ensure my classes are challenging but accessible to all and touch on the wider philosophies of yoga and meditation”.
- Steve came to Yoga through one-to-one sessions with a Sivananda Yogi. This instilled in him a deep connection with the breath – a connection which is fundamental to the way he teaches. He has practised different styles, including Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Kundalini and Iyengar. Steve graduated from Feel’s Teacher Training College and now teaches regularly at Feel. As well as Hatha/Flow [‘Yang’], he also teaches Yin classes. These embody his belief in absolute balance, and the sheer power of the breath to take us where we never expected”.
- Devi’s journey started in 1998 – out of curiosity, unexpectedly she experienced an awakening, an overwhelming number of ‘ah ha’ moments, and treasured breakthroughs of inner transformation. At this stage it became very clear to her that there was a definite correlation between inner-self work and outer results/manifestations in life – this inspired the continued journey. Devi experienced a whole host of benefits, including body alignment; positive life manifestations; ego dissolving; consistent state of feeling at a high vibration of peace, joy and love; vitality; detoxing; rejuvenating; energising; body strengthening; significant improvement in well-being, and elimination of negative past thoughts, feelings and experiences. The combination of practicing these holistic techniques sets the foundation of increasing ones well-being, positive vibration and energy alignment to attract desired results in any area of our life”.
- After 15 years in the fitness industry, Marianne began to study Ashtanga yoga before qualifying to teach, having gained her RYS at “It’s Yoga” in San Francisco under the tutelage of Larry Schultz in 2005. Ever since then, Marianne has been a big believer in practicing under as many esteemed teachers as possible in order the gain the most well rounded knowledge of yoga.
Countless retreats and workshops have not only served to deepen her practice as a student, but also her knowledge as a yoga teacher. In 2016, Marianne gained the prestigious Senior Yoga Teacher qualification having clocked up over 4000 hours teaching.
With Marianne you can expect a physically strong, direct class with a hands on approach to alignment and posture correction. Prepare to challenge yourself and test your practice to the sounds of everything from Cafe del Mar to funky house, a nod to her misspent youth.
- I have been practising yoga for 16 years and teaching for four, having qualified as a teacher with the RYT 500 hours Feel Hot Yoga training diploma.
I teach all levels and abilities. I have specialised in teaching athletes, equestrians, and people with conditions including back problems.
My passion for yoga comes from the joy I experience both as student and teacher.
My yoga practice is part of my daily life and brings me inner and outer strength and flexibility. It helps me to accept life as it comes. As a teacher I witness the positive difference a regular practice makes to the lives of others.
I am grateful for the opportunity to pass on my love and knowledge of yoga to others. Yoga makes the world a better and happier place to be.
- Jude began practising hot yoga in 2010 whilst living in sunny and tropical Singapore. She discovered that she really liked the heat, and the way her body and mind felt after a class. She also found that the more yoga she did, the better she felt!
Now back in the UK, Jude regularly practises hot yoga, ashtanga and yin, and firmly believes that there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ yoga – you should just find a style that you love and keep doing it.
Jude undertook the RYT500 FHY Teacher Training diploma in Watford and qualified in March 2016. Just as she has brought yoga into her own life and discovered a passion for it, she wants to help others embrace yoga, discover it, and reap all its many benefits.
- Ravina started practicing yoga at a Bikram studio in 2010, very quickly she became comfortable in her 26 postures but found that she wanted to learn different yoga asanas and the history of yoga.
Ravina started attending Bhaktivedanta Manor in 2013 and shortly after a number of courses on Ayur Veda, Self-realisation, Bhagvard Gita; she started to hunt for a studio closer to Watford. Lo and behold, Ravina joined Feel Hot Yoga Watford in August 2014, where she discovered the yoga teacher training course that she was searching for, enrolling as the last student on 500hour teacher training intake of 2015, started the course in March 2015.
Yoga to Ravina is an expression of your true self, to be conscious in the moment, to be conscious on the mat is the mood of Ravina’s classes. Yoga is a gift that is given to us, with which we should share with everyone!
- With a background in Biochemistry with Physiology and current career managing Oncology drug trials in patients, Gus brings a scientific approach to Yoga with a focus on correct alignment as a foundation to building a safe practice.
Gus is passionate about health and well-being, meditation and believes leading a holistic lifestyle is important in the prevention of “dis-ease”. Gus has been attending week long silent retreats since 2014.
A keen sportsman and having practiced a number of martial arts- obtaining a black belt in Ninjitsu, Gus initially explored Yoga not only to further help improve his flexibility but mainly to incorporate and develop meditation and breath work (pranayama) into his training.
He attended his first yoga lesson in South India whilst on a 3 week ayurvedic retreat after travelling around the world for a year in 2009. He has been hooked ever since.
Gus draws from a variety of yoga styles and a number of influences and graduated from the FHY 2015 teacher training intake (500hr yoga Alliance accreditation).
Gus’s Lessons will be focused, challenging, supportive and often closing with a guided meditation.