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.
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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
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Colin Dunsmuir is a Yoga practitioner known for his experience, knowledge, caring and passion. He represents the fullness of the lineage of Professor T. Krishnamacharya through the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation (KHYF) as a Yoga Teacher Trainer, and has completed four years of Yoga Therapy Training under the direct tutelage of both TKV Desikachar and his son Kausthub Desikachar. He has spent considerable time practicing and studying at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India. Colin is also a British Wheel of Yoga Diploma Course Tutor. Besides contributing to both Yoga Teacher and Therapy trainings, mentoring existing Yoga Teachers and teaching at specific workshops, Colin has considerable focus and experience of Yoga as both an evolutionary practice and also as a therapy. He also supports this with ongoing study of ayur-veda in the same tradition. Colin runs a Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy course at BoCo Surbiton.

Christina Jones is a highly experienced yoga teacher who has taught yoga since 2006, and is also a CNHC registered yoga therapist. She has taught regular, pre & post-natal yoga classes at BoCo for over five years.  Her approach honours the traditional yoga teachings of Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar and she continues to study and train with her mentor in this tradition.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

Kate Collister joined us to teach gentle pilates and Mother & Baby PN pilates on Thursday mornings.  She trained with Body Control Pilates and has been teaching for two years. She recently completed her pre and post natal training and is currently completing the coursework for the Level 3 qualification. She has also completed the Bone Health training and has experience of working with clients with specific injuries. Photo

Kate Woodward is a Yoga Alliance qualified teacher and a professional and personal coach. Her yoga journey started about 15 years ago after slipping a disc. It wasn’t exactly love at first sight but over the years she found herself coming back to her mat again and again, not only for the physical benefits but for the emotional, spiritual and mental benefits. Her love turned into a passion and she naturally fell into teaching, becoming qualified along the way. The yoga she teaches is based on Ashtanga (a dynamic practice) because she adores the philosophy, but she loves to bring other types of yoga into her practice; hatha, yin and vinyasa flow in particular. Above all her passion is to make yoga accessible to anyone and everyone, regardless of age or physical ability. Photo

Laura Barrett graduated from King’s College London with a first class honours in physiotherapy. She has worked in the NHS, private hospitals and clinics and for the last 7 years has been Head of Women’s Health physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates specialist in a large private polyclinic in Dubai. Having trained with the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI) from 2006 she has gained expertise in the clinical application of Pilates. In all her work places she has set up clinical Pilates classes for ante-natal and post-natal care as well as generalised classes. Laura believes that clinical Pilates can benefit everyone resulting in a stronger core and better posture thus helping in injury prevention. Photo


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