Francesca who runs the Yoga Body Centre has been practicing yoga for 35 years. Francesca is BWY, (British Wheel of Yoga), trained and has recently been certified to run Foundation Course Teacher Training by the British Wheel. (see the Workshops page for more information on the next FCTT course and how to apply). Having Grown up traveling around the Middle east and India she was introduced to Yoga at the age of 15 by a family friend - whose advice to her was - "to be in control of yourself, you must learn to control the shadows" - Francesca began practicing – promising to practice every day - this has continued more or less to this day - and she is still working on those shadows!
After the birth of her second child Francesca decided to start attending taught / teacher led classes here in London, inspired by her own teachers Francesca began to train and teach Yoga to others; she has been teaching for ten years - striving to teach as well as her mentors and teachers.
Ann regards yoga as an enquiry into the body and mind. Combining the challenging, lively aspects of the structure of the pose with the focus on the breath, allows the student to ease into a calmer state, both physically and mentally. Yoga is a blending of Sthira Sukha. Sthira, being strength & stability, Sukha being softness and openness – opposing qualities, impacting on the mind and body. Ann views yoga as a curious, fun, serious and deeply rewarding dialogue that enhances our daily life. Ann completed her teacher training with the British Wheel of Yoga, and has been teaching since 2006.
Ashley has practiced yoga in it's varying styles for nearly 20 years. In early 2000 she stumbled upon a small Kundalini class and was instantly transfixed. Deciding to deepen her knowledge of this powerful practice she embarked on the teachers training program with iSKY, (International School of Kundalini Yoga) in the UK. Today Ashley teaches full time publicly and privately in and around London. Ashley is committed to sharing this and other powerful tools to transform and heal mind and body to facilitate a deeper connection to self/soul.
Eleah Waters has been practising Pilates in a variety of ways for over eight years. What began as a method of rehabilitation for dance injuries, Pilates, has now become a much richer appreciation and tool to create balance, posture and efficient bio-mechanics.
As a professional dancer, Eleah's classes reflect a fluid and dynamic practise concentrating on alignment and stabilisation. Eleah is from Melbourne and has been living and working in London for three years, she is a certified STOTT Pilates instructor.
Jayne teaches dynamic, fluid yoga with a strong focus on healthy alignment and body awareness. Her own practice of more than 20 years has taken in many styles including Ashtanga, Hatha, Iyengar and Anusaura. She brings in elements of them all to her teaching to create energising, yet relaxing and varied classes, synchronising breath and movement. Classes are designed to help students increase balance, mobility, strength and focus, and to develop confidence in their own practice.
Jayne trained with Yogacampus and is accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga and the Yoga Alliance (international professional organisation for yoga teachers). She teaches hatha flow, ashtanga, pregnancy and restorative yoga. Jayne believes that yoga is a life-long learning process, and continues to develop her skills through regular trainings in anything from anatomy to therapeutics and yoga for emotional imbalances. Her practice and teaching is influenced by many wonderful teachers who have encouraged her to diversify and explore different traditions along the way. She aims to pass on that inspiration and enthusiasm to her own students.
Mara Musso has been practising yoga for over 25 years and teaching for 20 years. Her teaching style has been described as ‘both encouraging and challenging the student’.
Over the years Mara has taught extensively in Central and North London, including teaching several BWY Foundation Courses, one BWY Teacher’s Diploma Course as well as workshops and retreats.
Mara’s yoga background is varied ranging from gentle Hatha Yoga, meditation, Iyengar Yoga and Astanga Yoga, with Astanga Yoga her strongest influence.
Mara and Francesca will be teaching a BWY Foundation Course at YBC from April 2015.
Originally from Italy, Marco started practising yoga in the early nineties and has been teaching since 1997 both in East London and at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Maida Vale. He has also visited Pune India several times to study with the Iyengar family. Marco is passionate about the Iyengar approach to yoga and is an assessor of trainee teachers for the UK Iyengar Yoga association. His teaching style is marked by clear direct instructions and humour.
Simone Salvatici is multi-instrumentalist composer and performer influential within the Folktronic, Minimalist and Ambient genre.
In parallel to his aesthetics visions, Simone, in the last years has felt the need to use his abilities for a more holistic purpose; he has studied Sound Therapy at the British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST) and specialized in the use of Gongs, Himalayan bowls, Tuning Forks and Shamanic percussions.
Simone through his sound practice aims to expand consciousness to a higher level (Altered State of Consciousness), to facilitate release, energetic shifts and inhibition of certain chemicals in the body such as stress hormone and Cortisol, such promoting healing, regeneration and reconnection with the pure self.
Abdul-Gani has been practicing yoga since 2001. His teacher never used to call it yoga, just a conditioning class. Through this style of martial arts influenced yoga he came to appreciate, then learn more and more of its beauty. Abdul believes it healed many of his old injuries, at the same time he grew in confidence allowing more freedom, physically, mentally and above all spiritually.
After training in South India, Lucy taught across Europe in studios with a variety of disciplines. Upon returning to the UK, Lucy took an additional qualification to work with children and teenagers, utilising the physical benefits of asana and the mindfulness of conscious breathing to create challenging - yet calming - practises that expand individual’s comfort zones whilst building stamina, strength and confidence.
Lucy’s style of teaching is fun, energetic, compassionate and relaxing – taking inspiration from Yin Yang and Vinyasa classes – to find an invigorating flow that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Ilana Gorban is an experienced facilitator with 16 years of experience in education. She facilitates regular meditation sessions and has co-delivered a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course under the auspices of the London Centre for Mindfulness. Alongside her meditation practice and work in education, Ilana has trained in mime and physical theatre at The International School of Corporeal Mime in London and has completed a masters in Applied Theatre at Goldsmiths College, University of London, publishing her research on applied theatre, motor cognition and philosophy of psychology in the journal Mind and Matter. She is particularly interested in the interplay between mind training and theatre making.