Simone Jacqueline Jones is a Vinyasa based instructor from California, and has been teaching for over four years since receiving her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certificate training in Los Angeles, and plans to further her yoga-learning with a course in pre natal yoga in the new year.
Simone has taught in many different capacities, and upon her move to Oxford is so happy to be bringing yoga to the community. Since opening Prana Yoga in September 2015, she’s been delighted to be a part of the growing yoga awareness in Oxford, and is hoping to find more of the same in years to come!
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Brett has been teaching Vinyasa yoga since 2016, having trained in Australia and then furthering his yoga studies with an MPhil in Classical Indian Religion and Sanskrit at Oxford. He is currently studying for a DPhil in yogic philosophy and ethics.
Christie began her yogic journey through Ashtanga Vinyasa in 2013 in Stockholm and has since been an eager and loving student of yoga. What drives Christie's teaching and love for the practice of yoga is that the learning never stops. She sees Yoga as a never-ending journey that she is very eager to share with others.
She believes in the power of love and healing through letting go. The smiles on her student’s faces warm her soul. Her life purpose: to make yoga inclusive and not exclusive.
Karma yogini. Anatomy geek. Flow junkie. Coffee lover. Energetic being. Multitasker. Citizen of the world. Digital nomad. Unicorn enthusiast. Foodie. Above all, always in service.
After spending 6 months in India in early 2015, I qualified as a 500 hour Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga teacher, and have been teaching ever since.
As my profession, I work in mental health and social care and I quickly drew parallels with the benefits of yoga and overcoming some of the challenges of the most vulnerable in society. I established a partnership with the West Yorkshire charity, Together Women Project, who help women with the transition from prison to community life. I taught free weekly classes, supporting them to relieve stress and anxiety, as well as encouraging them to see their bodies as strong and resilient. I also taught hot yoga alongside my postgraduate degree in York and enjoyed being part of the yoga community.
Following my move to Oxford, I found Prana Yoga, a beautiful space to teach, practice, and learn from others.
Jo has been practicing yoga for nearly 40 years, and teaching for more than ten years, developing a fun and friendly approach to Yoga which is suitable for all levels, ages, and interests in yoga. Her classes follow a ‘vinyasa’ flow and are intended to introduce people to different poses through playing with variations and carefully sequencing the poses to progress to the level that feels right.
Jo started practicing Yoga in her teens, finding the practice physically and mentally stimulating, challenging, and relaxing. Over the years she has practised different styles of yoga – from Hatha to Astanga, settling on what is called ‘Vinyasa’ or flowing Yoga. Interested in share yoga with others, Jo began to lead classes at work in 2003, and qualified as a yoga teacher in 2009.
As a cyclist, runner, swimmer and hiker, Jo has found yoga an invaluable part of training and keeping fit. She also practices yoga regularly during her work-related travels as a humanitarian and development consultant. She recently completed a Yoga for Sports teacher training and has been teaching a range of yoga classes aimed at physically active people in Oxford, UK, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tibet, Peru and Madagascar.
Kamila completed her professional 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 my life. She cultivates these elements into her classes, which focus on alignment, developing the core, incorporating breathing practices and providing modifications suitable for all. She believes that everyone and every body can benefit from the practice of yoga.
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.
Off the yoga mat Kamila is involved into a variety of sport activities including running, boxing and skiing. She is also a certified Indian Head massage specialist.
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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 (Russia) 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 without causing any potential injuries.
Over the past 21 years I was very fortunate and privileged to study with some of the Worlds greatest Ashtanga teachers: Pattabhi Jois, his son Manju Jois and his grandson Sharat, Danny Paradise who's 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 have completed a teacher training program with David Swenson in 2007 and have been teaching regular classes for over 15 years. I am also indebted to my beloved teacher Mariella de Martini for overseeing my practice here in Oxford and her ongoing support and encouragement.
But with so many new things to learn and aspire to, I continue to be a student and gradually to develop my own personal practice on daily basis, regularly practicing Primary/Intermediate Series and a little bit of Advanced A (traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga), also attending regular workshops and seminars, expanding my knowledge, learning and continuing to grow as a person, as a practitioner, as a student and as a teacher.
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 any beginners are welcome. I also have some qualifications and experience in teaching children, teenagers, and those who are in recovery.
Najia Bagi has been practicing yoga for eight years, after falling in love with the practice in her first class. She completed a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher certificate in 2018, training in London and Andalucia with Inspira Yoga.
Najia is passionate about spreading the concept of Ahimsa / Kindness through her teaching, and infuses every class with an attitude of self exploration and acceptance. She teaches Yin, Hatha, Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga styles. These influences come together when Najia teaches, creating a space for mediation and the joining of breath and body.
Expect some challenging postures, flow and long held postures with a sprinkling of Chi Gong for fun!
I was first introduced to yoga during my A’ level years and did nothing but dabble with it until 3 years ago, when I fully surrendered and began practicing everyday. As I began to feel my body reaping all manner of benefits, I decided that I wanted to share the gift of yoga and to train as a teacher. I qualified as a 200 hour Vinyasa teacher with Yoga Quota in 2018.
In April 2019, I began studying Core Strength Vinyasa with Anya Hawkes and Cassie Cardiff. This has been an incredible journey.
CSV is wonderfully unique and, for me, extremely empowering. It can really light you up from within and I want to share this with you.
My classes will be warm and playful, and I hope to create space for you to have some fun and move intuitively.
I had ZERO interest in yoga, but back in 2005 a friend dragged me, very reluctantly, along to a class with him as he didn't want to go alone. I thought "I'll just go once or twice just to keep him company and then I’ll let him get on with it". I couldn't do what 80% of the people in the room were doing, and found myself 10 minutes into my first class sweating and shaking, thinking "is this really going on for another hour?!" I really didn't think I'd make it through til the end! But I did, and I loved it! I loved the way it made me feel, I was instantly hooked, and I just kept going back. 14 years later, I'll never forget how it all "accidentally" started!
I regularly attended Astanga yoga classes in Oxford and I became very interested in other Yoga styles, and took classes in Sivananda Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Raja Yoga, Kundalini Yoga and various forms of Vinyasa Flow Yoga, as well as Yin Yoga. I eventually I became a regular practitioner of Yin and Vinyasa Flow. I completed a Vinyasa Flow teacher training with Shiva Rea in London, and a Yin training with Sarah Powers in the USA, both in 2008, mostly to further my own knowledge and study of Yoga. I eventually I started teaching my own regular Vinyasa Flow and Yin classes in Oxford in 2011. I then furthered my teacher training completing my Yoga Alliance certified training at Blooming Lotus Yoga in Thailand in 2014, and Yin Teacher training with Shanti Atma Yoga in Bali and Spain in 2018.
I feel very strongly that the primary purpose of my yoga practise is to quieten my mind, and secondarily to balance and harmonise Yin and Yang energies, and this is reflected in my teaching style. I feel developing flexibility and strength are of great benefit, but of less importance, and certainly not prerequisites for my classes.
I teach dynamic and energetic Vinyasa Flow (Yang) classes which are a "moving meditation" and fun challenge, which should leave you feeling energetically revitalised and mentally centred. I also teach Yin classes which are gentle, passive and deeply meditative, and should leave you feeling mentally and physically relaxed. In some classes I combine to 2 techniques for a balanced class. All classes start and end with a short meditation, and incorporate the element of music.
My classes are all mixed ability, and all levels of experience are welcome.
Ale first discovered and immediately fell in love with yoga in 2010. She has practised various styles since, including Ashtanga, Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Acro- and Aeroyoga before deciding to become a Vinyasa Yoga Teacher.
Ale offers an energetic practise that combines music with flowing yet challenging sequences aimed at building strength and flexibility. Helping you explore the Yogic philosophy and developing compassion for yourself and others. Her warmth, joy & energy are infectious.
Ale is a certified member of Yoga Alliance Professionals (RYT800) and Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).
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Anna completed her 200hrs teacher training with YogaLondon in 2010. Her teaching combines flowing, dynamic sequences with deep relaxation. Fascinated by a wide variety of practices, she draws together a broad range of influences from emerging styles as well as established traditions.
Her journey into motherhood led her to prenatal yoga and ignited a calling to work with pregnant women. She is also trained as a doula and mother blessing facilitator, and is now expanding her skills to encompass women's health and wellbeing more widely.
She also offers gong meditation where participants are 'bathed' in waves of sound, using gongs, singing bowls and other instruments. Being immersed in these vibrations helps participants to achieve deep relaxation, clear their minds and can induce a dream-like state (or a very restful yoga-nap if that's what your body's calling for!)
Cathy discovered yoga whilst living in Thailand and continued to make her way to Rishikesh, India where she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. Cathy is a Vinyasa based teacher and will soon be returning to India to further her training and achieve 500 hours.
Cathy bases her classes on yoga philosophy and focuses on the mind body connection through movement and breath. Cathy loves to see her students discover themselves and become completely present in their practise, inviting all levels to join and find what feels right for them.
Cathy’s classes guide you through a journey of pranayama, asana and mindfulness - her singing bowl will often accompany the savasana, allowing you to completely relax before returning to your normal day. Her positivity and enthusiasm for life is contagious, so you will leave feeling refreshed and inspired!
Elly primarily teaches Hatha Yoga. She grew up with a curiosity of movement ranging from Physical Education classes in school, martial arts and dance. She aims to provide a space for students to be curious about their practise, become comfortable in their bodies and provide knowledge of movement that will enable them to be able to take forward to their own lives. She believes that Yoga is not just a practise on the mat, Yoga is life itself. She welcomes questions, no matter how farfetched, insignificant, or contradictory they may be.
Elly is a forever student learning more every time she teaches. Everyone is different, get to understand YOUR body. Acknowledge the people around you, know that you can learn a great deal from other people, but ultimately, it’s about doing your own experimenting. Yoga is about how you feel, being aware of your body in the present moment. Your body will tell you what to do if you listen and by responding appropriately, (cheesy, but true...) beautiful things happen.
Hannah qualified in Hatha Yoga at the end of 2016 with Ashtak Yoga in Goa, India. She has since done additional training with Rainbow Yoga in Yoga for Kids and Teens.
Hannah feels yoga can be an amazing tool to access a deeper understanding of who we are and the greater world around us, it can assist in guiding us through the subtleties and rhythms of life. Yoga is an available way to open up and release tension, bringing calm, natural flowing energy into the body. Hannah feels each person benefits individually from their practice; so whether you are seeking athletic development or spiritual awakening, you shall find what you seek.
Hannah is very passionate about sharing yoga with everyone - remembering just how intimidating it can be starting out – her aim is to create space where yoga is accessible to all, she is keen to hold a safe and welcoming space for you to come and explore your practice, maybe discover something new and most importantly to have fun!
Hannah's classes tend to be relaxed and playful with a sprinkle of challenge, she encourages you to listen and tune into the mind, body and breath and find what feels right and nourishing for you today.
Kristine has been practising yoga for 12 years now. She discovered yoga in 2004 while living in beautiful tropical paradise, Boracay Island, Philippines. In 2009 she began teaching yoga while travelling the world on a cruise ship. Since arriving in Oxford in late 2010 she has taken yoga teaching seriously, and has taught over 2000 hours of yoga to hundreds of locals in Oxford and students of the University. She also teaches yoga for some of the the University’s Executive Education programmes, where executives from all over the globe learn to become better leaders.
Although she teaches a dynamic and challenging vinyasa class, Kristine's teaching style follows a lighthearted approach. She believes that yoga practice should be fun and enjoyable, and that students shouldn't take themselves too seriously. In fact, laughter and jokes are highly encouraged in class!
Lily is a level 3 qualified Pilates teacher. After years of practicing Pilates she decided to train to become a teacher in 2017 and hasn't looked back since!
Pilates has helped Lily to strengthen her body and core, and improve her flexibility and posture, which in turn has helped to protect her back after several nasty injuries.
Pilates also acts as a release from daily stressors, reminding her to focus on connecting mind and body, and to live in the here and now.
Please come and join Lily on the mat for a dynamic and playful Pilates practice, in a warm and friendly environment.
Michalina is an Ashtanga style teacher, dedicated to this practice and philosophy. She is a committed student of Taylor Hunt - the owner of Trini Foundation and Authorised Level 2 KPJAYI Ashtanga Yoga Teacher from whom she received her yoga training.
For the last couple of years she has attended many of his European workshops. In 2018 she went to the United States to help Taylor teaches at his yoga studio Ashtanga Yoga Columbus. During this time she helped him with running and teaching the AYC but also he trained her to start a yoga program back in England.
Recently she also started her training with another Authorised Level 2 KPJAYI Ashtanga Yoga Teacher - Santina Giardina-Chard who became her mentor and spiritual guidance. As Santina augments her yoga teaching with her work as a therapist, holding a Masters of Gestalt Therapy — Michalina learns from her how to combine Ashtanga method with this therapy.
She joined Prana Yoga in January 2019 and since that time she’s got a group of her dedicated students. She believes that beyond its physical side, Ashtanga is primarily a framework to do much deeper inner self practice. Her philosophy is “sometimes less means more” as she believes students should be aware of their bodies first and get to know asanas well before they move further within their practice. Her classes are challenging but also full of fun.
Come and join her every Tuesday and Thursday 7:30pm and Saturday 9:30am (beginners class).
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Sophia has been practicing yoga since 2006 after seeing an inspirational programme about B.K.S Iyengar. Very quickly yoga has become a central part of her life, and having felt the physical and mental benefits for herself she went on to qualify as an Iyengar Yoga teacher in 2011 after completing the two year teacher training at the Putney Iyengar Yoga Centre in London. Since then she has taught regular classes at various venues in Oxford, and has been delighted to see her students progress in their practice and feel the benefits of yoga.
In the Iyengar system teachers have the option of continuing to train for more advanced teaching qualifications, and because Sophia believes that to be a good teacher you should always remain a student she has undertaken two of theses additional qualifications through the IYA (UK), most recently to qualify as Intermediate Junior Level 2 Iyengar teacher in March 2017. As well as teaching yoga Sophia is a Thai Yoga Massage therapist, and is currently training to teach this bodywork to new therapists.
Venetia started practising yoga in 2012 after transitioning from university life to living and working in the US. Inspired by the inclusivity and self expression of yoga, she started to incorporate the lessons learnt on my mat into everyday life. A couple of years of travelling, working and 'burning out' led to a light bulb moment, and she decided to make her yoga practise her lifestyle.
Venetia completed her 200 hours in Ashtanga Vinyasa in Florence in 2015 and then went back to Goa, India to complete her 500 hours and studied Ashtanga, Ayurveda and Yogic philosophy further. Inspired by the traditions of Ashtanga, as well as contemporary styles such as Vinyasa flow and Yin, Venetia always aim to sequence playful, accessible classes to motivate and empower every student. She has been teaching to all a wide range of abilities, ages and levels since her training and is motivated by the response she get from students, new and experienced, after every class.