Hot Hatha - 90 min


This class is taught by:

Anne Marie Gordon

Studio Director and Yoga Teacher
 
My interests in moving meditation practices began with Tai-Chi at 19. Since then, I’ve immersed myself in the study of self-realisation and yoga as a way to heal myself mentally and physically. These practices have made a remarkable difference in my life, and the experience continues to help me grow each day.

 

Growing up with a fast-paced, constant-driving, coffee-drinking, standard New York diet and lifestyle kept me frazzled and depressed. Finding the discipline of yoga was the perfect calling to bring energizing activity, compassionate thinking, and spiritual vitality back to my life.

 

In 2011, I completed my Hot Yoga training at Yoga Oasis, N.Y., moved to Sheffield with new goals and challenges, and began manifesting my ideal of studying with Sri Dharma Mittra.  
 
Now, I am grateful to have completed the 500hr Life of a Yogi training with him and the skilled teachers at the Dharma Yoga Center.  This training solidified my understanding of the practice, and continues to be the foundation on which I live my life.  
 
Every day, I continue to pursue my interests in yogic philosophy, nutritional vegan eating, being positively active, actively calm, and living according to the Yoga Sutras.

 

I’m excited to share the wisdom learned from various teachers and yoga styles to bring consciousness and gratitude everywhere.  

 

Certification & Education…
White Cloud Monastary Nei Gong – 2006
Study Abroad at University of Sheffield – 2006-2007
BA in English Literature from State University of New York – 2008
Yoga Oasis Teacher Training with Mary Grace – 2011 (200 hrs)
Adjustment Clinic with Abby Hoffman – 2013 (18 hrs)

Life of a Yogi Teacher Training with Sri Dharma Mittra - 2015 (500 hrs)

Koreen Clements

Studio Director and yoga teacher 
 
In my previous life I was a neuroscientist. Whilst I enjoyed what I did, I was also highly stressed, anxious about keeping up, having difficulties sleeping and was wedging myself into my jeans. One morning when I was brushing my teeth, I looked in the mirror and saw a bingo wing (the soft flabby flesh of the upper arm) waving back at me. And I could see two future paths… the one that continued on if I did nothing, and the one I wanted. A couple days later I went to my first Bikram yoga class and never looked back. The excess weight melted off me within the first six weeks and even better I discovered that 90 minutes in a hot room was my panacea for the stress of academia.
 

In 2011, I moved to England, became a hot yoga teacher and started teaching in Sheffield. In 2012, I assisted at the Hot Yoga Doctor’s teacher training program and led the meditation component. My teaching centers around the values of alignment, acceptance and appreciation and I love to share theories and strategies for happy and healthy living from yoga, meditation, coaching and of course, science.

 

Over the years I’ve struggled – I’ve been angry, sad, frustrated, lonely, negative, and generally unhappy. And each time, I’ve found that yoga is the best tool to change my state and feel connected, tranquil and alive – now I’m here to help you find true peace and joy within yourself. I believe that yoga has the power to transform your life because it works on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – changing your body, your thoughts, your emotions and your actions so that you can create the life you want.

 

Certification & Education…
PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience from the University of Waterloo – 2006
Reconnective Healing Level 1 & 2 Training with Doug Devito – 2010
Hot Yoga Teacher Training with Gabrielle Raiz and Robert Scanlon – 2011 (200 hrs)
Hot Yoga Teacher Training with Gabrielle Raiz – 2012 (500 hrs)
Emotional Freedom Technique Level 1 Training with Frances Goodall – 2013
Certificate in Personal Performance Coaching from The Coaching Academy – 2013

Introductory Workshop in Rosen Method with Ingrid-Maria Nordgren and Annabelle Apsion - 2015

Kirsten Kohn

Certification & Education…
BA in Psychology with Minor in Fine Arts from the University of Alberta – 2009
Moksha Yoga Teacher Training with Jessica Robertson and Ted Grand – 2009 (500 hrs)
Baptiste Power Yoga Teacher Training with Sean and Karen Conley – 2010 (100 hrs)
One Yoga Vinyasa Teacher Training, with Ryan Leier - 2011 (100 hrs)
Kids Yoga, with Rita Maltias – 2013 (45 hrs)
Yin Yoga, with Angie Ackerman – 2013 (10 hrs)
 

Favourite pose…
My favorite yoga pose is Vriksasana, Tree pose. Every time I meet this pose on my mat I feel grounded and balanced. My hands in Anjili Mudra, I lift my heart to my hands, drop my head to my heart and I let go.

 

Aspirational pose…
The pose I aspire to in my practice is Pincha Mayurasana, Forearm Stand. A lot of poses really connect me to something beyond words can describe, and some poses are just super rad! This pose has so many intricate muscle movements and each day, playing and changing with my focus I learn something new! Why? Because it’s a cool pose!

 

Favourite quote…
“I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. To be light and frolicsome. Improbable and beautiful and afraid of nothing as though I had wings.” – Mary Oliver Styling

 

Why I teach yoga…
Just as Michelangelo says “In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”. I feel that I too have managed to chip-away at only the surface of this life- only to reveal snippets of the immense capacity of beauty that each and everyone of us hold. Yoga is an ongoing, never ending process of change and requires patience. With that said, it too is an ongoing, never ending adventure that we only get to experience once! Yoga has enabled me to carry hope, optimism and positivity on my shoulders regardless the weather. As a teacher, I am constantly still learning and discovering. I am forever a student humbled by this amazing, infinite world hoping to stir curiosity in others.

 

Why I love hot yoga…
I initially found hot yoga when I discovered I had patella tendinitis in my knees through years of football. I was immediately addicted to the heat on my first practice! The heat allowed my body to warm and go deeper into poses than I would have ever thought possible. Through years of practice I have seen my own journey unfold and go beyond limits I had initially thought. Teaching now, I have been incredibly fortunate to witness the unfolding of individual’s practices. The heat allows us to keep focus on the process as we see progress.

 

Little known fact about me…
I have a white French Bulldog named Annie and she is the most adorable, cool, chill, spoiled thing in the world! She has the best Vinyassa in the morning… her upward dog is unreal! And her favorite pose is Savasana.

Lydia Ainscough

My teaching roots began at the age of 18 when I started instructing snowboarding at The Sheffield Ski Village. During my time there I fueled my passion for instructing and a year later ended up dashing off to Canada to teach snowboarding in Whistler, BC.
 

When returning to England I completed a degree in Graphic Arts and Design and ended up in London working for Monocle magazine on an internship. I soon felt dull by the busyness of London and working behind the screen so desperately began seeking out a yoga studio. I stumbled upon Hot Power Yoga in Clapham North where I religiously ventured every day after the office. Immersing myself daily in yoga practice I began to see the profound benefits and felt incredibly inspired! I would look up to my teachers with admiration and dream that one day I would become a Yoga Instructor.

 

Just this January 2014 I completed my Yoga Teacher Training course in Victoria, BC. This course completely revolutionised my perception on Yoga and has made me even more enthused to learn more and share more! Now I have returned to Sheffield I am excited to continue developing my practice and share the delights of Yoga with my hometown.

 

Certification & Education…

Sep 2014: Hands on assist training with Dylan Ayaloo, Hot Power Yoga, London, UK

Feb 2014: Teachers assist workshop with Erin Anderson, White Gold Yoga, Whistler, BC

Jan 2014: Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher training with Natalie Rousseau,

200hr Yoga Alliance accredited, Victoria, BC

May 2011: 1st class BA Hons Graphic Arts and Design, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

Feb 2008: CASI Level 2, certification to Instruct advanced snowboarding, Whistler, BC

Dec 2006: CASI Level 1, certification to Instruct beginner snowboarding, Whistler, BC

 

Favourite pose…
Parsva Bakasana, it looks like you are flying, feels like you’re flying and encourages me to build strength and experiment with arm balancing poses.

 

Although I love all the Warrior poses, they are all such strong foundational poses, great for everyday practice and live up to their name so aptly!

 

Aspirational pose…
Visvamitrasana! What an incredibly beautiful and elegant asana. It astounds me how this single pose manages to incorporate an arm balance, hip opener, shoulder opener, hamstring stretch, and a twist all in one pose!

 

Favourite quote…
“You learn more from an hour of play than a year of conversation.” – Plato

 

Why I teach yoga…
Having practiced many different styles of yoga I began to collect and compile my favourite aspects to discover how I wanted to express teaching yoga. I am excited to have got to a stage in my practice where I have the opportunity to manifest my experiences and create a unique sequence to share with my students. I love creating classes that combine a flow of movement with breath and a strong set of alignment principles.

 

For me alignment is key. I like to share a practice with a solid set of balancing poses creating emphasis on anchoring the pose with a strong foot foundation to encourage aligning each pose from the feet up. I love being able to share the gift of yoga and enjoy the benefits of the practice with others, continuing to soak up snippets of wisdom from many different teachers along the way.

 

Why I love hot yoga…
I love how the heat adds an element of challenge and intensity, and I think this encourages you to slow down, build focus, concentrate on the breath and listen to your own body with more intent. Sweating so much in a class feels unbelievably cleansing!

 

Little known fact about me…
I love live music varying from delicate hand crafted string instruments, to steel drums, xylophones and an ensemble of upbeat ‘skankable’ brass!

 

I dream that one day I can collaborate with a musician and teach a fluid dance-like yoga class to live music.

Sophia Senior

I have personally done yoga for over 10 years and mainly teach Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga styles. I begun training around 6 years ago and haven’t really stopped since. I like to keep my teaching and practice fresh and current by learning and experiencing new styles, techniques and perspectives.
 

Certification & Education…
I did my 200 hours course with Brian Cooper of Union Yoga and am now enrolled on Tiffany Cruikshank’s yoga medicine 500 hours course. I am also trained as a Reiki practitioner and am working towards my certificate in Ayurvedic therapies.

 

Favourite pose…
Ohh, so many! Maybe Garudasana, it requires total focus which is great for making the mind one pointed on and off the mat.

 

Aspirational pose…
I am a little bit scared of handstands, I injured myself years ago by throwing myself into one stupidly. I can do them now but need a wall to feel confident. I’d like to overcome this and become comfortable once again.

 

Favourite quote…
“To obtain a birdseye, is to turn a blizzard to a breeze”. – Brandon Boyd. Not a Yoga quote, but I think it’s pretty Yogic, don’t you?

 

Why I teach yoga…
I teach yoga because I love seeing the change and affect it has on my students. It’s physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. You name it, the changes are vast and I love to see and hear about how Yoga has helped a person.

 

Why I love hot yoga…
I love hot Yoga because it adds a new dimension to the practice. The body is more receptive and open to the asana. It’s also very cleansing for the mind and body, you leave a class feeling lighter and freed.

 

Little known fact about me…
I can lick my elbow.

Grace Kaya

YOGA CERTIFICATION
 

ADVANCED HATHA YOGA 300HR TEACHER TRAINING with Patricia White - YogaSpace Toronto, Canada 2013 (300hrs)
Including: Hands On Assists with Kathryn Beet, Yoga Philosophy with Hali Schwartz, Arm Balances & Inversions with Roger Yue, Yoga As Healing - Perspectives from Osteopathy with Marinella Nesso
PRENATAL YOGA TEACHER TRAINING with Sasha Padron - YogaSpace 2013 (30hrs)
FLOW YOGA TEACHER TRAINING with Bibi Hahn - YogaSpace 2013 (30hrs)
KIDS YOGA TEACHER TRAINING with Maalaa - Yoga Sanctuary 2012 (14hrs)
RESTORATIVE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING with Hali Schwartz YogaSpace 2011 (30hrs)
HATHA & VINYASA 200HR TEACHER TRAINING with Kathryn Beet, Patricia White & Hali Schwartz 2009 (200hrs)

HEALING ARTS EDUCATION

SHIATSU INTRO CERTIFICATE - Shiatsu School of Canada 2012 (30hrs)

THAI REFLEXOLOGY INTENSIVE CERTIFICATION - Chiang Mai Thailand 2008 (10hrs)

METAMORPHIC TECHNIQUE CERTIFICATE (Acupressure) - Toronto, Canada 2002 (10hrs)

AXIATONAL ALIGNMENT THERAPY CERTIFICATION (Acupressure) - Toronto, Canada 2000

VIPASSANA MEDITATION - an ongoing personal practice as well as regular 10 day silent meditation retreats

FAVOURITE YOGA POSE:

My favourite yoga pose is Sivasana. The moment when everything pauses and stillness takes over. The silence between the notes makes the music oh so beautiful.

ASPIRATIONAL POSE:

My deepest aspiration is to develop the patience and skill to align my breath consciously with clarity in my heart, mind and body regardless of how simple or physically challenging a pose may appear to be. All this while fine tuning into the activated energy currents of each asana, that is my truest goal.

FAVOURITE QUOTES:

a couple of my favs...

"Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on it's ability to climb a tree, it will spend it's whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein

"This will also change" - Buddhist sentiment

"In my defencelessness my safety lies" - A Course In Miracles

“Around every corner is always something lovely” - my aunt Les

WHY I TEACH YOGA:

Yoga has brought such joy, peace, healing, calm and strength into my life; it feels a great gift to share it with others.

WHY I LOVE HOT YOGA:

Because it feels so good to be warm! It's like getting a nice warm hug from a friend.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME:

Two things: I simply adore snails! They're such peaceful, patient and powerful little creatures; And, before becoming a yoga instructor I had a 13yr career as an internationally touring hip hop dancer specialising in Liquid and Breaking.

Mina Leslie-Wujastyk

My first yoga experience was as a teenager and, like many, I came to yoga initially from an exercise perspective. To begin with I fell in and out of my yoga practice in phases, my main focus for years was rock climbing. I have been a professional rock climber for two years now and my yoga practice has become invaluable both mentally and physically. Not only does it help to balance my body, it also helped me to connect with my breath and find more flow in my movement on the rock. Yoga opened up even more for me in recent times, becoming not just a good partner for climbing, but a practice that grounded me, nourished my spirituality and helped me to reconnect with myself.

I took my first teacher training course in India at Trimurti Yoga in January 2015 and found a real love for sharing this wonderful practice. I hope to offer people a space to just be and move, to find some stillness and to reconnect with their bodies through yoga.

 

YOGA CERTIFICATION


200hrs Multi-Style at Trimurti Yoga School, South Goa, India.
Yoga Alliance Registered

 

RELATED EDUCATION

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Postgraduate Certificate Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

 

ASPIRATIONAL POSE

Rajakapotanasana (King Pigeon) and Hanumanasana (Splits)

 

FAVOURITE QUOTE

"Be kind to yourself "

"Do what makes your heart sing"

Both said to me by my mother.

 

WHY I TEACH YOGA

I teach yoga because it was so transformative for me and I wanted to share it with other people. The look of relaxation and bliss on someone's face in my class makes my day.

 

WHY I LOVE HOT YOGA

Hot yoga helps me to focus more; the pressure of the heat stills my mind, keeps my breath strong and my movements fluid. I find it hard but very satisfying.

 

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME…

I am also a professional rock climber…. :)

 

Jo Hunt

My first thoughts about yoga were for a long while, as cynical as they come. I, at the time, was nowhere near touching my toes and looked at these slim bendy people and scoffed, "hippy rubbish, boring and definitely not for me". That was my stance, even during 2 six-month stints in India. I was young, fearful and dare I say it a little resentful of these healthy, flexible bodies; easier to not try.
 
Then I started teaching at a college for young adults with complex behavioural difficulties.  I taught wilderness skills, basket weaving and landwork. It was great, but I found myself wired from the roller coaster of the days, and well, beer just didn't quite 'do it' anymore.
 
I'd started climbing again, and saw a mini yoga course for climbers. After I stepped out of the class I remember clearly - I was buzzing, from head to toe, buzzing! But, for the first time in what felt like years, it was my body that buzzed, my mind was still. There was a clarity and a peace and an aliveness, I'd not felt anything like it before. I was grinning like an idiot, I was half an inch taller, and the relief I felt from the ceasing of a constant barrage of thoughts felt like bliss. I went back. And back and back and back. I listened intently. I focused, really focused, and my body focused with me.
 
My main study was Iyengar and Ashtanga vinyasa flow. I practiced myself for 5 years, and then I set off on an adventure to Peru, where I stumbled on a yoga teacher training. The rest is history : )
 

Certification & Education…
Yoga Inbound International 2012 (200hr)
Qualified teacher in the Lifelong Learning Sector
Certified Personal Trainer with a Diploma in Exercise Referral

Studied Fine Arts at Leeds College of Art and Design and Chelsea College of Art in London.
Sheffield Hallam University Mindfulness Courses

 

Rachel Whaley

I have always been into contemporary dance and physical theatre. Particularly, contact
improvisation. I recognised from a young age the power of touch and physical manipulation of
pressure and movements off and on the body.

I have spent many years investigating the body through movement exploration (dance,
breathing techniques, Tai Chi, and physical theatre); through anatomy and healing/massage techniques
(stemming from my mothers use of holistic massage and reflexology).
It was clear to me at 23 after a short lived contemporary dance career that I would work in this
field. I knew it in my heart.

Initially getting further into yoga practice as rehabilitation for a back injury from dancing then
progressed to a path towards a yogic lifestyle.

I have slowly progressed towards Now. It has been a tough journey which I still feel new to in so
many ways.
I thought that I would know when it became the right time to begin to teach. Waiting patiently as a
yogi for the time to go forth on a path of giving and sharing with others.

So far, this journey has been a continuously enriching experience of sharing, delving, revealing,
understanding, connecting, learning, revelling, unravelling, glistening, embodying, all
encompassing, wonderful path of the joys of yoga.
The horizon beacons with a peaceful smile as I stand on the perfect landscape in gratitude.

Certification and Education...
BA in Dance Studies, Roehampton University, 2007
British Wheel of Yoga diploma (year one) 2009, London UK
Quantum yoga teacher training with Lara Baumann and Judith Daniels, 2015 (200hr), Goa, India
Hot Yoga conversion with Jozef Wiewel (30hr), Cambridge UK
 
 

Hilary Jones

Yoga teacher


Hilary is Yoga Alliance 200h qualified and also has trained in Kid's yoga and laughter Yoga. Hilary teaches Yin, Hatha and Vinyasa. 

"Hilary is an incredible teacher, her vinyasa's are strong, sweaty and so much fun, and her yin's are beautifully relaxed. Whatever the class, I come out feel totally awesome."

Rebecca Leam

Yoga teacher and Marketing assistant 

Rebecca is Yoga Alliance 200 hour certified and also trained in Hot Yoga, Sports Yoga, Rainbow Kids Yoga, and Teen Yoga. Rebecca teaches Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin. 

 

Rebecca also works in the marketing team as looks after our PR and external communications. 

 

Rebecca is an expert in sports yoga and running- any sporting questions she's the one to ask! 

 

"I love Rebecca's classes. They are always interesting, inspiring and I leave feeling well worked and completely re-energised at the same time. I always feel nurtured and welcomed."

Raj Yogi

Yoga Teacher
 
Raj is Yoga Alliance 200 hour certified and teaches Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin.
 
"Raj is a great teacher. His classes are fun, friendly and challenging. He creates such a lovely, positive and safe environment. His classes are a joy to be part of."
 

Charlotte Wightwick

Yoga Teacher 
 
Charlotte is 200 hours Yoga Alliance certified and teaches Yin, Hatha and Vinyasa.
 
"Charlotte is a brilliant teacher - I always enjoy her classes. Well thought out sequences - careful detailed explanations of each pose to improve practice, lovely calm voice."

Rosie O'Neill

Yoga Teacher and Marketing assistant
 
Rosie is 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified and teaches Yin, Hatha and Vinyasa.
 
Rosie also helps in the marketing team, updating the website and keeping our social media buzzing and connected. 

"Rosie is such a great teacher and wow the energy in the room was insane!! LOVED it,  and although it was such a tough work out I hardly noticed as I was enjoying it so much."

Monika Wood

Yoga teacher

Monika is Yoga Alliance 200 hour certified and teaches Yin, Hatha and Vinyasa.

"After class I feel active, sweaty & energised, deeply relaxed at end! Thanks!"

Room Temp: Hot

Best for: regulars and beginners adapted to the heat and like a challenge


Strong and steady

This class has static poses with longer holds designed to build strength, flexibility and a still mind. The poses are accessible to most people and there is sufficient recovery between poses. The focus is on alignment and embodying the fundamental principles of a yoga practice. If you've done hot yoga before, this class is similar to other static styles such as Bikram, Moksha and Absolute.

The 90 min class requires a steady sustained effort that most people will find challenging.