Co-Founder and Philosophy Tutor
Rebecca discovered yoga in 1997 when it was thrust upon her as part of her dance training. Initially wowed by the physical power it gave her, she continued to bend, pull and stretch; thinking only of the transformation she could see with her eyes. Years later - quite by surprise - she paused and noticed how her whole life had been touched by the yoga teachings. In class she uses humour, discipline and the joy of self discovery to nurture the same surprising journey in her students. Rebecca is trained at the 500 hour level and has specialised training in pregnancy yoga and Yoga Nidra. Rebecca has travelled extensively and enjoyed the teachings of numerous distinguished teachers along the way, including Swami Satyaprakash, Paul Dallaghan, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, and Marisol Kucharek. Rebecca gives humble thanks to the late Its Yoga founder, Larry Schultz, for his guidance and training.
Having grown up within the yogic tradition Holly has been practicing Yoga for more than 20 years. Following a successful international career as a professional contemporary dancer she combined many of the key aspects of both disciplines, with a particular focus on the balancing and revitalising quality of the breath and its capacity for change on both mind and body. Working throughout Europe teaching Yoga she played a lead role in the design and facilitation of leadership development courses. With the aim of inspiring and empowering people from 18yrs to 30yrs the programs helped young people to harness their enthusiasm, take responsibility and strive for excellence, whilst at the same time dissolving stress, reducing inhibitions and overcoming personal barriers. Her dynamic Vinyasa Flow teaching brings focuses on awareness and movement of the breath, developing healthy body mechanics, alignment, postural strength, and vitality. She uses her extensive knowledge and keen eye to adapt each pose according to individual needs and thereby better facilitate personal growth and inner confidence.
Deepti has been practicing yoga since she was eight. While initially enjoying only the comfort of her mat she has since developed a stronger and more personal experience of the wonderful practice that is yoga. Along with yoga she has also been trained in Sanskrit chanting from the age of eight and reads and writes fluently in Sanskrit. After training to teach in the Vinyasa flow style she has been independently studying the Sutras and has since done an intensive course in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in India. Deepti also has specialised training in pregnancy yoga and continues to explore the Sutras, in particular, as a source of inspiration for her yoga journey.
Meditation and Philosophy Tutor
Jake is a leading meditation teacher who works with London Insight Meditation. He has practised Buddhist meditation since 1995 and trained as a Dharma Teacher with Christina Feldman. He has been teaching meditation retreats at Gaia House since 2007 and has taught Insight Meditation with groups throughout the UK. Jake also has Masters degrees in both Philosophy and Buddhist Studies. He teaches Religious Studies and Philosophy at Bilborough College in Nottingham and is exploring ways to integrate Mindfulness practices within mainstream educational settings.
Anu Marie Paavola
Anu is a qualified practitioner of ayurvedic medicine (B.Sc. Hons) in London. She gained practical experience while working in India in two ayurvedic hospitals and a private clinic of her teacher in the state of Karnataka. Anu came to Ayurveda through her yoga practice, which spanned over ten years of practicing and teaching Ashtanga yoga. Moreover she has studied yoga therapy in detail. Anu is able to harness yoga as a form of healing and integrates many yogic practices into patient treatment. Anu receives patients in Kensal Rise, West London, in her private clinic called Jivita Ayurveda. She also works as a therapist in Ayurveda Retreat in Reading. Anu writes on a regular basis articles on yoga and Ayurveda in a website in Finland and is active in the Ayurvedic Practitioners’ Association in UK.
Asana Technique and Student Mentor
Rahoul’s immersion in yoga began after experiencing the immense physical benefits of the practice in speeding up his recovery from recurring back problems. He quickly began to realise that yoga was much more powerful than he had ever imagined, touching all areas of his life. Rahoul is dedicated to helping students discover their own yogic path and to use the body’s physical and mental abilities to move deeper into their spiritual practice. Rahoul encourages the incorporation of all eight limbs of Patanjali’s yoga system into our daily practice and is constantly inspired by his teachers, the ancient yogic texts and by the world around him. Rahoul encourages trainees to discover their inner voice and to stay true to this voice as they develop their skills as teachers. His classes and lectures focus on good alignment, honouring the spirit of Self-discovery and cultivating a sense of lightness in the practice. ‘To the keen and intent practitioner, results come quickly’ (Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, 1.21)
Janice Kate Fisher (Yamuna)
Pranayama, Mantra and Chanting Tutor
Janice took the Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course in Canada in 2002 and followed it with the Advanced Teacher Training Course in Vrindavan India. As well as practicing Sivananda yoga for over 15 years she is also an RCA trained fine artist, and freelance designer and art consultant. Janice uses Kirtan as a central element in her spiritual practice. She plays the harmonium and sings mith musicality and devotion. Janice enjoys the use of mantras and bhajans and her joy transfers to the group whenever she leads chanting sessions and satsangs. She opened the Light Yoga Space studio in North London, and is highly regarded by students and other teachers at The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in London.
Chartered Physiotherapist Anatomy and Physiology Tutor
Pam is Chartered physiotherapist and Acupuncturist with a degree in Chinese Traditional Medicine. She trained as a yoga teacher with the Life Centre in 2005, having had a long standing interest in all aspects of yoga. She works in Private Practise in North London using yoga and Pilates in rehabilitation of her clients. She has travelled to China several times to study acupuncture and loves foreign travel.
Eldad has a background in Pay-Per-Click advertising, search engine optimisation and social media management. He is a certified Google Adwords Professional, Yahoo Ambassador and Microsoft AdExcellence member. His depth of experience is unparalleled having managed and optimised online advertising campaigns of clients of Fortune 500 companies. Eldad holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, with a concentration in Marketing Strategy.