Teachers - yogabase

Iyengar Yoga

Ainhoa Acosta

info@ainhoa-yoga.ccom / 07894 225 054 / www.ainhoa-yoga.com

Ainhoa found Iyengar Yoga for the first time as a child in the 80’s and then literally run into it again after moving to London from Bilbao in the late 90’s. She discovered this method had a transformative impact on her health and life through the emphasis on alignment and safety in the practice. Iyengar Yoga has since become a central part of Ainhoa’s life and she continues to enjoy discovering new aspects of Yoga in her daily practice.

She is a fully qualified Iyengar Yoga teacher and trained for her teaching certificate at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Maida Vale, London. She enjoys introducing beginners to the art of Yoga and helping continuing students progress in their practice in a safe, methodical way. She firmly believes everyone can practice Yoga and enjoy its benefits regardless of age, fitness levels, background or experience.

Ainhoa has studied directly with the Iyengar family in Pune twice and continues to deepen her practice through weekly class attendance with her senior teacher, Johanna Heckmann-Mohan and workshops with visiting teachers in the U.K. and abroad.

Ainhoa has a strong interest in the integration of Yoga practice and philosophy in modern life and in making Yoga accessible to everyone.

Ainhoa is a teacher member of the Iyengar Yoga Association U.K (IYA, U.K.) and the South West London and Surrey Iyengar Yoga Institute (SWLSIYI)’.

Suki Ali

suki.ali@btopenworld.com / 07870523171

Introductory level 2 – 2010
Junior Intermediate level 1 – 2014

Erica Brealey

– 07947 021454 / ericabrealey@btinternet.com

Erica is a qualified Iyengar teacher who has been practising yoga and meditation more than 30 years, and Iyengar yoga for fifteen. After graduating from University College London with a BA in Philosophy she studied Indian Philosophy under the guidance of the late Swami Muktananda.

Erica has a background in publishing and is author of several books including Meditation, co-authored with Nicholas Wilks and with a foreword by the Dalai Lama, Ten Minute Stress Relief, and The Spirit of Meditation, with a forweord by B.K.S. Iyengar.

Anne Brooks

– 07588 771 901 / anne@annebrooksyoga.co.uk

Anne has been a student of Iyengar Yoga since 1972, qualifying as a teacher in 2003, and gaining her Junior Intermediate 2 certificate in 2010. She began yoga classes with the late Penny Neal Smith, who took her to see Mr Iyengar in 1976.

Since then she has studied with Geeta Iyengar in Pune, and here in the UK. From 1998 she was a student of Silvia Prescott until her recent retirement. Anne wants her students to learn more about themselves through Yoga.

Brian Elliot

bri.elliot@googlemail.com / 07816 137 855

Brian has been practising yoga for 40 years, and attended the very first teacher training course at the Iyengar Yoga Institute, Maida Vale. He then studied with Sylvia Prescott for eight years (one of the most respected and senior teachers in Britain and a student of Mr Iyengar himself) and received his teaching certificate in 1988. Although very dedicated to his yoga, Brian has a light-hearted approach to life, and likes to enjoy himself!

Louise Leonard

– 07939 901 515 / louise@louiseleonard.co.uk / www.northlondonyoga.org

Louise is a fully qualified Iyengar Yoga teacher who has been studying yoga since 1995. As well as being passionate about the practice she has a keen interest in the yogic philosophy. She is a dedicated practitioner, regularly attending classes and workshops with senior teachers to improve her practice and understanding. Her classes are energetic and upbeat. Louise takes great pleasure in helping everyone to improve, no matter what your shape or size! She brings a sense of enthusiasm and humour to her classes. Students work hard but have fun.

Aubrey Maasdorp

aubreymaasdorp@gmail.com / 07799 622 981

Aubrey is a Junior Intermediate Level 3 Iyengar yoga teacher who has been practising yoga for more than 20 years and teaching for ten. He has been to the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute, Pune on a number of occasions to study with the Iyengar family and studies regularly with senior teachers in the UK and visiting international teachers to maintain his professional development.

Aubrey is a regular teacher at Yogabase, where he holds packed classes on Monday evenings, and is known for his clear and vibrant teaching style, coupled with a good sense of humour. He enjoys working with beginners as well as more experienced students.

Keiko Onishi


Keiko Onishi began practising Iyengar yoga in 1979, and continued her practice through her busy working life. After many years of practice, she wanted to share the beneifts of Iyengar yoga practice and trainded as a teacher. She is an Intermediate Junior Level 3 certified teacher, and started teaching at Yogabase in 2008.

Marco Cannavo


Marco was born in Italy. After a career as a professional dancer he came to London where he learned yoga. He has been practising since 1993 and teaching since 1998.

He holds a Senior Intermediate level 2 teaching certificate and has visited Pune several times.

Hatha Yoga

Shelley Green

www.shelleygreenyoga.com / shelleygreenyoga@gmail.com / 07962 141 377
Shelley is a warm, friendly and approachable teacher who uses gentle instruction, allowing students to focus on their flow and breath. Her classes are a welcoming space for students to explore the potential of their physical body and build strength, flexibility and fitness.

Shelley has a passion for enabling people of all abilities and ages to create their own practice and challenge themselves in a non-competitive environment. She encourages students to connect to their breath and start to recognise the organic changes that take place mentally and physically through the practice of yoga.
Shelley has been practicing yoga for 5 years and trained in Hatha Yoga with Yoga Professionals in London.

Dynamic Flow Yoga

Laura Hewitt

– 07726 730 733 / contact@laurayoga.co / laurahewittyoga.co

Laura’s classes are inspired by her combined training in the dynamic style of Anusara, a heart-centred style of Hatha yoga meaning “flowing with grace” and the deeply rejuvenating benefits of Restorative yoga.

Having tried her first yoga class in the North East in her early teens it was whilst living in London over the past 15 years that she has experienced the fuller range and depth of this subtle and transformative practice.

Her teaching style is friendly and supportive and classes focus on creating physical, mental and emotional space through dynamic and restorative sequences.  It is her hope that students will experience a sense of openness, curiosity and creativity both on and off the yoga mat.

Laura has practiced for +20 years and completed her 200 hours training under the guidance of senior Anusara teacher, Bridget Woods-Kramer & Restorative teacher, Anna Ashby at Triyoga, London, as well as studying with a range of other highly experienced UK and International teachers. She continues to learn, practice, teach and assist.

Youla Faita

– 07802 242 686 / youlafaitayoga@gmail.comwww.facebook.com/pages/Youla-Faita-Yoga

Youla has been studying the art and science of yoga since 2003, teaching for the last four years in London. She has trained in Hatha and Vinyasa Flow Yoga and has also explored other methods such as Iyengar and Ashtanga. Youla’s classes give careful attention to postural alignment and the fluidity of movement and breath, providing a safe space to practice and ultimately have fun. Her teaching approach is challenging yet compassionate, making complex poses accessible to everyone, even beginners. She encourages her students to make the practice their own, moving through postures into a space of stillness, clarity and effortlessness.


Mercedes Celaya

– 020 7263 3465 / 07529 675273 / zelaiapilates@gmail.com

Mercedes is a highly qualified Level 3 Pilates instructor based in Islington. She has first-hand experience in how Pilates can keep you fit, improve posture and increase strength as it helped her overcome her own back pain, postural problems, weak pelvic floor (from her pregnancies) and sports injuries. She uses Pilates to complement her training to help others maintain a healthy body, increase strength, flexibility, balance, and bone density.

She tailors her approach to each individual and draws on the knowledge and expertise she has accumulated through years of experience and attending multiple professional courses. She is a firm believer in a holistic approach to health and she can advise on nutrition and fitness. She will work out a balanced regimen that best suits the client, to improve overall quality of life by increasing strength, flexibility and the overall ‘balance’ of the body. She guides and motivates to ensure that the body is used safely and its true potential is unlocked in a relaxing and gentle way.

With 8 years experience as a Pilates instructor she teaches in various studios across Islington including Yogabase, N1 and Hargrave Hall, N19.

She specialises in 1-to-1 sessions at home, as she feels they are the best way to benefit from Pilates. She also offers small group classes, for couples or friends wanting to try out Pilates together.

Level 3 Pilates Teacher, Level 3 Nutrition and Weight Management, Muscular Assessment, 1-1 Training, Myofascial Release, Pilates and Small Equipment, Healing exercises for Diastasis Recti, C-Section, Plan Exercise for Older Learners, Stability ball training Level 1 & 2, CYQ Level 2 Circuit Training, she is a keen runner, swimmer and cyclist and can advise on any of these. Reps #R0039023.

Jasmin Perrow

– 07896 317 985 / jhperrow@gmail.com

Jasmin trained with Pilates Foundation and Jessica Moolenaar. She teaches a flowing but precise style of matwork. Her aim is to teach every exercise in the most efficient way; allowing the body to get full benefit. Her classes aim to improve posture, strength, movement and physical awareness. Where she creates an enjoyable, focused and relaxing atmosphere where real physical improvements can be made.

Jasmin has helped clients to manage osteoporosis, arthritis, recovery from breast cancer, disc problems, pelvic pain and pelvic prolapse. She also teaches running injury prevention classes and works with Golf players.

She has qualifications in working with Neurological conditions and clinical anatomy and is passionate about promoting a clinical but holistic approach.

In her spare time she enjoys theatre, good food, Yoga and rollerblading!

Katie Takashima

– 07929 395 821 / katie@choosepilates.com / www.choosePilates.com

Katie has been practicing Pilates since late 90s, becoming stronger yet more flexible as each year went by. Certified by Pilates Foundation for both matwork and equipment Pilates, Katie’s classes promote awakening your somatic sense, closely linking breath with a flowing sequence of movement to be present in our body – enhancing body awareness and drawing quality to perform each exercise with precision. ‘With regular practice, Pilates is truly transformational. Your breathing, static and dynamic postures will gradually change as you discover your body’s potential.’


Alex Mavrocordatos

www.orthoPilates.com / alex@orthopilates.com / 07717 463665

Alex Mavrocordatos works closely with individuals and small groups committed to improving their own bodies and themselves. Dynamic Pilates classes are pitched at an Intermediate level, catering to Pilates-active persons releasing residual tensions, working for good alignment, balanced movement, strength and stability. This class incorporates all of Alex’ specialised training , including the management and control of Lower Back Pain, refining posture in order to retain (or regain) a sleeker profile and an active healthy body. The class is open to all ages.

Mind/Body Awareness and Control are key principles of Pilates’ technique and they are the starting point of Alex’s classes.

Alex is a certified Body Control Pilates matwork coach at REPS levels 3 and 4 (Pilates for Lower Back pain). He is a registered Back4Good practitioner and as a BackCare professional, he is a REPS level 4 Specialist Instructor. Further, ongoing, specialised training at BCP has included Intermediate Matwork; work with Older Persons; Bone Health and Osteoporosis; Pre/Post-Op Hip Replacement; Gait and Holistic Anatomy.

Mother and Baby Yoga and Pregnancy Yoga

Simone Matus

– 07745 992 541 / simone.matus@hotmail.com/ simonematus.com

Simone has had a full time dedicated yoga practice for the last 6 years. While her personal practice is mostly Vinyasa based, she is certified to teach Vinyasa as well as Pregnancy and Post Natal Yoga through Yoga Alliance and Yoga London. When she first fell in love with yoga and established her own continuous practice, she was fortunate enough to have an amazing teacher who inspired her both on and off the mat, taking her yoga practice to a new level by encouraging her to becoming a yoga teacher. Her teacher also happened to be pregnant at the time and through spending many classes practicing together Simone knew that teaching Pregnancy and Mums & Babies yoga was definitely the direction her yoga teaching path was headed in. Simone has seen first hand the amazing benefits Pregnancy and Post Natal yoga can have for mums and babies and through her classes hopes she can pass on the knowledge and inspiration for having a fit and happy pregnancy and a clam and relaxed labour, while creating a space for mums-to-be and new mums to focus on their wellbeing and the wellbeing of their babies by using yoga as a way to nurture and calm the mind and body and stay strong and flexible during pregnancy and as new mums.

Elisa Lee

ElisaLeeYoga@gmail.com / ElisaLeeYoga.com

Elisa was first drawn to yoga while living in New York City, where her mat became an oasis of calm and clarity. Inspired by her teachers, she completed her yoga teacher training at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center (200-RYT). As her practice deepened, she found herself drawn to the therapeutic applications of yoga, especially as it pertained to pregnancy. After moving to London, she pursued this interest and earned her pregnancy yoga teacher certification with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Lisa White at Yogacampus. She currently teaches basics, open-level, pregnancy and postnatal classes in London.

Elisa’s primary style is Vinyasa, and its flow-like qualities are evident no matter the class type. Her classes are highlighted by intelligent sequencing and creative movement to nurture a continuously evolving practice, suitable for practitioners of all levels. She is forever grateful for every step, whether forward or back, that has ultimately guided her on this path called life.

Elisa is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance UK. This accreditation demonstrates excellent standards as set by Yoga Alliance UK.

Voice & Yoga

Michaela Bartoskova


Michaela is a Voice / Singing / Movement Coach who focuses on developing vocal skills through movement. She conducts voice & movement workshops at the Met Film School in the Ealing Studios and The Actors Centre in the West End; in addition to running her private studio practice.

She draw her knowledge from not only pop, rock, jazz, improvisation and classical voice methodology, but from her training in Fitzmaurice Voicework, Roy Hart Theatre, Estill and Yoga. She finished her Certification at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama & Royal Academy of Music.

Feldenkrais Technique

Lynda Jessop

lynda@movementaware.co.uk / www.movementaware.co.uk / @movementaware

Shadow Yoga

Monique Ledesma

moniqueledesma@gmail.com / www.islingtonyoga.com / insta: @monique_ledesma_yoga

Monique began practising yoga in 2002. By 2004, she was teaching several popular styles. Meanwhile, the philosophy behind the physical practice had lit a fire within. She continued searching for an authentic teaching, in which the theory and the practical were truly aligned, and connected to the original purpose and ancient wisdom of Yoga. Monique discovered Shadow Yoga in 2008, which was everything she was looking for and more. She has been studying with Karen Watson at Islington Yoga since then. In 2010 she began attending courses with Zhander Remete and Emma Balnaves, the founder and director of Shadow Yoga respectively. She continues her studies with them, attending courses in Shadow Yoga and Nrtta Sadhana every year. After a three year teaching apprenticeship with Karen Watson, Monique was fully qualified to teach Shadow Yoga in February 2014. She is currently teaching Shadow Yoga Basics, Level 1 and Level 2 courses. As soon as she has enough students able to progress, she looks forward to introducing Level 3 and Nrtta Sadhana.

Children’s Iyengar Yoga

Guy Brickley to follow

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