our teaching team


Our teaching team combines to give you a wealth of experience and a range of styles. Each of them derives so much for themselves from their practice, and this is what makes them so passionate about their teaching.
Maya Patwa. Her classes and workshops range from Gentle Yoga to Core Strength.   She particularly emphasises getting the fundamentals right, for both beginners and the more experienced, so that yoga can be practiced safely and members can develop their technique at their own pace.  Her discipline is Hatha Yoga. Qualified with Friends of Yoga International. She has been teaching yoga since 1996 and became a Yogabugs instructor in February 2005. Maya has reverted to her maiden name and is now using Khatun as her second name. Photo

Karin Worthy has practised yoga regularly for over 15 years.   She trained in the classical tradition of Professor T. Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar and is certified by both the British Wheel of Yoga and The Society of Yoga Practitioners, completing the 4-year yoga & yoga therapy training under the tutelage of Colin Dunsmuir.  She has also completed additional yoga and yoga therapy courses and workshops in the UK and in Chennai, India, and is registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) as a yoga therapist. She teaches gentle vinyasa flow classes that use breath with movement to help improve student’s concentration and flexibility, strengthen their body, reduce stress and achieve a sense of balance.  She can also provide 1-2-1 yoga therapy tuition for those with specific health problems. Photo

Gaia Persico is a British Wheel of Yoga and the Yoga Alliance qualified teacher, who has trained at Triyoga under the guidance of Jeff Phenix, Susannah Hoffman and Carlos Pomeda.  She has been practising Yoga for many years and is passionate about sharing the health benefits of Yoga and how it helps in everyday life. She brings an abundance of energy and enthusiasm, which is wonderfully infectious. Her yoga classes are fun and full of joy, and through thoughtful modifications for each posture, they are geared for both beginner and more advanced practitioners. Photo

Holly Hood practiced yoga for a number of years before training as a vinyasa flow and pregnancy yoga teacher. Her focus is on mindful movement of the body and integration with the breath. Having witnessed, first-hand, the benefits that yoga can bring to both the body and mind she is keen to pass this on to her students to enable them to take the teachings of yoga off the mat and into the world. Photo

Lena Knight is a trained dancer/stage actor, and a qualified Pilates teacher. Lena is fascinated by the human body’s capacity for movement and wants to share her enthusiasm with as many people as possible. She has been teaching Ballet Tone, Stretch&Tone, and Pilates classes for over 10years. Pilates though is her focal dedication. Her key priority is a safe and effective teaching focused on precision and control of the movement – the main Pilates principals. She respects that everyone works within their own capabilities therefore she adjusts exercises according to the individual’s need. She also continues to build her own skills and knowledge on an ongoing basis. Photo

Jo Harris specialises in Vinyasa Flow, Pre and Post Natal Yoga. Her classes focus on mindfulness and mental wellbeing while integrating the breath with the movement.  She hopes to guide her students to nurture a sense of lightness and play in their practice whilst focussing on stability, strength and alignment.  As well as teaching and practicing yoga, Jo is a Yoga lifestyle blogger, writing for her own blog and for other online magazines. Photo

Sally Foster started practising pilates after the birth of her twin boys and quickly felt that with pilates she had found 'The One!'  She says that Pilates makes her feel strong, supple and extremely aware of how she moves her body in everyday life, not just in class.
After a long career in the fashion industry Sally decided on a change of career and completed her teacher training with Body Control Pilates. She now teaches Matwork, Reformer, Pre and Post Natal pilates. Photo

Aga Waszkielis trained with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) to teach pilates for ante-natal, post-natal and general pilates classes and believes that everyone of any age can benefit from both structured exercises, and that pilates is a great way to become stronger and fitter. She is qualified in sports rehabilitation, and specialises in treating musculoskeletal injuries focusing on the root cause of the pain not just the symptoms, enabling her clients to reach their maximum potential and teaching them how to prevent further injury. Photo

Sue Turner undertook a foundation course under the tutelage of Colin Dunsmuir, continuing thereafter with a 4-year teacher training course. She is certified by both the British Wheel of Yoga and The Society of Yoga Practitioners and is also registered with the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). She teaches vinyasa flow style classes with the aim of improving overall health and wellbeing on every domain using the many tools that yoga has to offer. Photo

Francesca Garofano discovered Pilates 12 years ago and found that it gave her greater awareness of her body and her movements. This improved her posture, coordination, flexibility, muscle tone, and even her memory.
As an instructor, the relationship with students let her discover the uniqueness of each person as a body different from any other. Her first qualification, with Polestar, was in 2012. Since then she has taught in different contexts to people with different needs and experiences. This has stimulated her to learn more and more about how to help them feel healthier, which means happier, and to reach self-awareness without judgement, depending on their own skills and limits. Photo

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