Sarah Vaughan opened The Yoga Hutch in 2006. The Yoga Hutch is her home, her studio, her life and her practise. She shares her passion with everyone who comes through the door, opening every day to a community of yogis who roll out their mats and share in the energy of this special space.
Sarah is registered as a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.
I began practising yoga in the Iyengar method and practised both yoga and pilates for several years. When I discovered astanga yoga I immediately loved the dynamic energy and discipline it offers. Astanga unites the body and the mind in a physically demanding practise which enhances health, stamina, flexibly and mental focus. Becoming familiar with the primary and intermediate series has brought an understanding of the subtle, natural and graceful flow that is astanga.
Astanga yoga quickly became a passion, the energy and devotion required for astanga inspired and encouraged me to build up my own dedicated daily practice. Yoga has taken me on a personal journey bringing a sense of well-being and inner calm.
I trained and qualified at Union Yoga in Edinburgh, with Brian Cooper and Nawajyoti in 2005, and am certified with Yoga Alliance as a Senior Yoga Teacher (SYT).
I have also trained with David Swenson and practiced with many more inspiring teachers both at home and abroad. These include (amongst others) my first teacher James Bradford. Gingi Lee, Matthew Sweeney, Paul Grilley, Liz Lark, Richard Freeman, Nancy Gilgoff, Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty and Donnah Farhi. I also had the honour to practice with Pattabji Jois in London in 2005 and more recently his grandson, Sharath Rangaswamy. I am grateful for the continuing guidance, teaching and inspiration of John Scott.
Having also completed a pregnancy yoga teacher training course, with Nadia Narain (a student of Gurumukh), the joy, openness and empowerment that the discipline of yoga offers us at any stage of life is a passion I love to share.
Yoga is a journey of self realisation and I continue to learn from my teachers (the wonderful Scott Johnson and Andy Gill at Stillpoint Yoga London) and from everyone I teach and practice with.
The Yoga Hutch has grown into a community of shared energy and focus. It delights me every day to offer a place to find the full potential of your body, mind, individual spirit, essential truth and consciousness.
Sarah owns, manages and teaches at The Yoga Hutch.
I first fell in love with yoga attending a small Ashtanga yoga studio in Clapham. For an hour and a half twice a week I found a place where I could switch off from my hectic London life and clear my mind through the breathing techniques and yoga postures. I would leave the room at the end of the session feeling like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders and from then I knew I was hooked. I now have a daily yoga practice. Yoga makes me feel more present, grounded and positive.
I studied for my 200 hour teaching training course with Heather Elton in 2014 in Hatha and Vinyasa Flow and have since gone on to complete a further 200 hour training with The Yoga People in Bali in Yin and Ashtanga and my Pregnancy and Post-Natal training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli through Yoga Campus. I now teach yoga in London and Surrey alongside running retreats once to twice a year.
My intention is to create a safe space in my classes to allow you to relax, rejuvenate and take time out for yourself. I am also a great believer in diminishing the ego especially when practicing yoga. In life we often become gripped by defending our ‘ego-identity’. This causes us to feel stressed and under attack, constantly looking over our shoulder at what others are doing. Yoga is a very personal practice and whilst striving for self improvement can be healthy it is also important to be kind to yourself and progress with your practice at steady pace that is right for you and your body.
Caroline teaches on Monday evenings and a monthly Yin class too
I started practicing yoga in 2001 after slipping a disc in my back; the result of picking my baby son off the sofa. I can still remember the doctors words as he advised me to take up yoga “treat your spine like a fragile column of glass, strengthen your core, your legs and all the other muscles that will allow your back to do it’s job without having to do the work that other parts should be doing”. I took his words seriously. Little did I know back then that yoga would become a hugely significant part of my life; not just physically, but emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
In 2012, whilst living in France I completed my 200 hours yoga training with a wonderful teacher; Yuko Harmenies. Yuko and her husband Nick Marshall teach ‘Functional Ashtanga Yoga’, a beautifully pragmatic approach to Ashtanga yoga that brings a huge degree of flexibility and adaptability to the practice whilst staying true to the philosophy and fundamentals. I ran my own yoga business in France before returning to the UK in 2016 where I met Sarah Vaughan who has since become my teacher, my mentor, my colleague and my friend.
I now teach regularly at The Yoga Hutch specialising in beginners and shortened ashtanga classes. I believe Ashtanga yoga is suitable for anyone, with the right adaptations and approach this incredible practice is accessible to all ages, shapes and sizes. My passion is to enable people to enjoy their practice. I believe in weaving yoga into our lives rather than restricting it to something that we do a few times a week on our mat. My ambition is to get to India, to the home of yoga because I’ve still never been!
Kate teaches the beginners courses and has an incredible ability to make everyone feel comfortable, safe and welcome.
Having practised Tai Chi and Qi Gong throughout my teenage years I was intrigued by the refined energy that I noticed collecting in my body and wanted to find a way to work further with this energy. I moved to London at the age of 19 and started looking for a teacher to maintain practice but could not seem to find the right place or instructor. The yoga market was much more established in London compared to my hometown so I decided to give this discipline a try. I immediately felt a very deep connection of body and mind that I have never felt before, I was blown away by the tranquility that this special tradition brought into my life.
In 2010 I traveled to India to experience the roots of Yoga in a Bhakti Yoga Ashram in the holy city of Vrindavan. My initial Yoga teacher training took place in this Ashram. In the following years I undertook further training with David Swenson (Ashtanga Yoga) and The Yoga People (Mandala Vinyasa Yoga) to deepen my understanding and teaching skills. I believe that everyones’ Yoga path is unique and individual and should never be forced but practised with compassion and gratitude.
Marc is an integral part of our teaching community and teaches Sarah’s classes when she is away.