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 Sri K. 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 yin classes as a variation to occasional classes in the timetable.
I attended my first yoga class for the same reason as so many of us. Being physically active but with very little core strength my motivation to the mat was driven by the physical benefits of the practice. In the early days I would dip in and out of Pilates, Body Balance and Yoga classes when I could. I first met Sarah teaching at a local Health Club, and I absolutely loved her classes, her calming and encouraging approach to teaching, her amazing adjustments both verbal and physical, and the energy that she created in her classes was beautiful. Ashtanga quickly became my preferred practice. As I developed my practice on the mat, I began to notice the benefits off the mat. As a keen triathlete, as a mum of 3 little people, as a friend, a wife …. I started to see so much more than the physical benefits.
As a Personal Trainer and Triathlon coach, I wanted to be able to offer my clients Yoga to add a balance to their training, helping them to work on their tightened muscles, to avoid overuse injuries and also to develop mental strength. I embarked on my 200hrs Teacher Training with Yoga London in 2013 and had the most amazing learning journey. Astanga was my first love, and will always be a big part of my life, in my personal practice it is my calm, my constant. I also benefit from change and variety in my practice, to compliment my triathlon training, to balance the yang in my world, and to work more therapeutically to help my body recover and recuperate. I love the playful variety you get from Vinyasa Flow, the ability to adapt my practice from day to day according to what my body needs. I want to be able to offer my students the opportunity to discover benefits of yoga unique to them, to help them grow and develop their practice in a way that suits their lifestyle. I am honored to be part of the Yoga Hutch community and really excited to be teaching the Vinyasa Flow classes.
Sam teaches the ‘Vinyasa Flow Yoga to enhance your sports’ class on Thursday evening.
I started practicing yoga in 1999; initially practicing the Sivananda style which introduced me to meditation and pranayama as well as asana. I really enjoyed Sivananda but felt that I wanted a more physical practice than it offered. I tried and practiced many different styles of yoga including Iyengar, Hatha, Bikram and Vinyasa yoga before finding Ashtanga yoga which for me felt like coming home. I love how the meditation of breath and movement makes me feel more at one with myself, calmer and more able to appreciate things. The discipline of the practice suits my personality and helps me cultivate a greater awareness of my body as well as helping my mental concentration and clarity.
My teacher training was with the Yoga Campus, I qualified in 2008 following an 18 month course where you learn many different styles and schools, I am certified with the British Wheel of Yoga, and a Yoga Alliance certified teacher.
I have been so fortunate to study with many amazing teaching including Rod Stryker, David Swenson, Doug Keller, Richard Freeman, Seane Corn, John Scott and Jessie Chapman and most recently Scott Johnson
As a physiotherapist I try and bring my knowledge of the body and movement to teaching and practicing yoga; we are all individuals and although of course our bodies are similar they are also so different. I use yoga when treating and working with my patients – an individual yoga therapy really as the mind and body are so intrinsically linked.
I have learned so much from Sarah and she continues to be my most inspiring and supportive teacher. I feel privileged to work with Sarah in assisting with teaching as part of the Yoga Hutch and to be part of the Yoga Hutch community.