Sarah Vaughan. I opened my studio 'The Yoga Hutch' in 2006 and and since then it has been my practice, my centre and my life. I share this passion with everyone who comes through the door and open each day to a community of yogis who roll out their mats and share in the energy of our special space.
I am registered as a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.
Twenty years ago my yoga practice began with the structure and precision of Iyengar. Then, when a friend introduced me to Astanga, 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 and well-being, stamina, strength, flexibly and inner calm. With continued practice the system becomes more subtle and reveals a quieter place of mental clarity. It's important to note however, that yoga is not something to be experience only after years of practice, but something everyone can benefit from now.
Sutra 2.20 Drasta drsimatrah suddho pi pratyayanupasyah...The Seer is nothing but the seeing which, although pure, appears to see the the mind. (our pure consciousness is unchanging - we are all the same light)
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 have 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. I have also practiced with Sri K. Pattabji Jois and Sharat in London. I am grateful for the immense knowledge of Donna Farhi and amazing spirit and generosity of my time learning with 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. I offer mentoring and support to new teachers and have been involved with teacher training at the Classical School of Yoga with June Mitchell.
I travel regularly and am eternally a student of yoga. My current inspiration comes form my amazing sangha practice community, and my more recent studies with Manju Jois - second series teacher training, Kia Naddermeir - in-depth development training, and Gregor Maehle - pranayama and yoga sutra training. I assist Scott Johnson weekly in the Stillpoint practice space at London bridge and here, 'bridge' that space between student and teacher and continue to be inspired by Scott's sensitivity and the expansiveness of the Astanga practice.
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 our body, mind, individual spirit, essential truth and consciousness.
Sarah owns, manages, mentors and teaches at The Yoga Hutch.
Kate Woodward - 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 Astanga classes. I believe Astanga 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 our beginners courses, shortened Astanga classes and the Monday evening Hatha classes.
Kate Towers- My first ever yoga class was as a teenager with a friend’s mum. I recall thinking at the time how nice it felt to move my body in this way, yet surprisingly challenging. I didn’t practice yoga again until I was in my late twenties, when it literally found me at my office! I worked in the City at the time doing a somewhat different practice, that of a lawyer. Needless to say, I was no stranger to stress in such a role.
Connecting me with the breath, the yoga practice calmed my mind and grounded me … helping me to tune out of the stress and be in the moment.
After nearly 20 years of practice, I still feel those benefits and, together with the strength, flexibility and balance it has granted me are the reasons I turn up on my mat ...
I have always leaned towards a dynamic form of yoga and discovered Ashtanga in 2011. I was weak after the birth of my second child and the practice soon helped me regain my strength. I was drawn to how I could work deeper in each pose while bringing the focus inwards. When I transitioned to the Mysore room, my practice transformed and I developed in so many ways, by virtue of the great teachers that I have been lucky enough to practice with: Sarai Harvey-Smith, Sarah Vaughan, Melanie Cooper and Scott Johnson.
Having thought about qualifying as an instructor for a long time, I finally took the plunge in 2018, when I completed my Ashtanga & Yin teacher training with Melanie Cooper. I realised that qualifying later in life was an asset; I feel I have a lot to share. I prioritise making yoga, particularly Ashtanga, accessible to everyone. Further, I try and instil in students the need for self-care through a practice of Ashtanga and Yin yoga. I am also intrigued by how the body functions or sometimes fails to! I have therefore strived to develop my working knowledge of anatomy, which helps to guide students through any issues they are experiencing with their practice.
Kate teaches 3 classes for us: A shortened Astanga class on Tuesday mornings and an Astanga and Nidra class on Sunday evenings, both of which are complimented with her Restorative Yin on Thursday evenings. Every 4-6 weeks she also combines her Yin Yoga with the beautiful resonance of the Gong at St Mary's Community Hall.
Becky Pell 'find your balance retreats'
When I’m on the road with bands, I teach yoga and meditation to the artists and musicians I tour with. Between tours I lead workshops and retreats, and I see private clients for yoga therapy. In my Yoga Therapy workshops you can expect therapeutic yoga practices – a blend of slow Hatha, restorative yoga and meditation along with education and practical tools to help you with whatever issue we are addressing. I also teach ‘juicy’ Vinyasa workshops, and these are rich with music, yoga philosophy, intention, symbolism and inspiration. I run retreats internationally a couple of times a year, usually in conjunction with another teacher, and these are a great opportunity to explore new places whilst getting to know yoga – and yourself! – better.
Marc Muller- 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 travelled 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 teaches our Kundalini inspired class on Thursday mornings and is available for Homeopathic and Ayurvedic consultation.
Marc has studied natural medicine for many years and has just recently finished his degree in Homeopathic Medicine. He combines Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Yoga in his consultations to achieve radiant health inside and out. Homeopathy acts on the body on a vibrational level to treat imbalances in the body. Ayurveda is taking your body constitution into account and recommends diet, lifestyle, natural remedies and yoga poses that suit you as an individual. Both of these modalities work holistically and are gentle methods that can help with almost any imbalance in the body.