Dan started practising yoga over 20 years ago after many years of full contact martial arts, skateboarding and continuing back complaints and hyper-mobility began to take their toll on his body. At the suggestion of an Indian doctor, it turned out that anxiety was at the root of all has problems and yoga was the solution, he has never looked back since!
Stewart first gained his qualification as a yoga teacher through yogahaven and has since become certified as a 300hr Jivamukti teacher. He teaches vinyasa based classes that can accommodate all levels of experience. He also has an interest in the practice of Yin yoga and the benefits that can be gained by complimenting this with a more dynamic practice. Awareness of breath, mindful movement and intention, hold a strong focus in his classes. All of which is held lightly and playfully.
Aurélien is a designer and art director based in London. Specialised in branding, he is passionate about all things printed, from logos to t-shirts, books, posters, and large scale murals. Aurélien is in charge of the branding, graphic design and merchandising creation for Soul Circus. You can see more of Aurélien's work on his website: www.aurelienthomas.com and in his spare time he is also an illustrator for the online shop Supermarché Studio.
If you have any ideas, projects or opportunities you'd like to discuss, please get in touch with Aurélien.
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One of the London's most dynamic and daring group exercise trainers, Spin Master-trainer Melissa Weldon brings an honest and raw energy to a fully immersive training experience. She believes that while training should be simple in its form, participants should leave feeling challenged, empowered and inspired. She achieves this through providing clear, recognisable training that gives the participant the opportunity to rise to the challenge, instead of being defeated by it.
Mary started practicing yoga only 5 years ago and immediately became hooked. She has since travelled to India completing a 200hr at the Sampoorna Yoga school in Goa and teaches at Ella and Fleur Hot Yoga and Cable Studios in London.
As a school teacher, Mary believes that bringing yoga to young people can be an invaluable tool in helping them develop holistically. Yoga also provides an arena to help young people find peace away from the pressures in modern society. She's looking forward to teach the under 18's at Soul Circus this year!
Mary will be leading the full kids yoga programme for SC 2017... watch this space for details.
Kate found yoga the tender age of 14, and her practice has become increasingly
important throughout her life. With a background in Ashtanga, training in Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga, and an aversion to taking life too seriously, Kate shares playful, dynamic, breath-led sequencing with a focus on mindful alignment. She encourages students to find a personal practice in each class, so that they may cultivate their own yoga and experience the many ways in which it expands all areas of our human life.
Also a professional singer, when Kate’s not on a yoga mat, she’ll likely be at the piano. And if she’s not there, you’ll find her reading about gut health, recycling EVERYTHING, or making chocolate-based things in the kitchen.
Chris is a lifelong martial artist, and former rugby player who turned to yoga as a way to rehabilitate injuries, yet discovered so much more! Having taught globally, he is currently based in London. Stylistically, he loves to flow a Strong Dynamic Vinyasa - with an anatomical focus, layered philosophy, mindfulness and playfulness.
Through Yoga and the world around us he inspires people to reach their potential and live fuller lives both physically and mentally, transitioning your yoga from the mat, and applying the principles learnt to your daily life.
Kelly first got on the mat ten years ago, in her mid 20s, and it soon became her antidote to balancing a demanding marketing career and a living-life-to-the-full lifestyle. Last year, after almost 15 years working in industry, she decided to shut the corporate door and launch Good Yoga Life. She now runs classes in six locations across London and teaches and hosts unique yoga events such as Yoga Supper Club.
Donna Noble has been practising yoga since 1999. She is the Creator of CurveSomeYoga. She has been a certified Yoga Specialist since 2011 with the Yoga Alliance and British Wheel of Yoga. She travelled to LA where she became a Bikram Teacher. She is also a Certified NLP Master Practitioner and Coach. As well as teaching in New York and Texas she teaches all over the UK, at the Om Show and runs Workshops and Yoga Retreats.
As a yoga and mediation teacher, I guide people from all backgrounds to learn how to cultivate inner stillness, wellbeing and peace, and carry it through their everyday lives. I have been practicing meditation since 2006, training in the practice of Insight Meditation (Vipassana), and recently trained as a yoga teacher.
Doug Robson is a stuntman who has worked on many Hollywood productions such as James Bond, The avengers, Star Wars and Mission impossible. He found yoga as a way to combat the stress of work and to heal the body. Now a qualified teacher he has fused his background in martial arts, gymnastics and yoga to develop something fresh and exciting.
Marcus’ took the road less-travelled to yoga. Fresh out of Uni, he managed to use his degree in philosophy to justify spending his 20s touring the world as an international DJ, remixing and recording as one half of the Loose Cannons. A need to properly heal the body coincided with a sneaking desire for change in the mind that landed Marcus on the mat… Trying every style of class he could get to on every studio intro-offer in London, he finally landed on dynamic Vinyasa and more specifically, the Ashtanga-inspired Rocket system, which satisfied his undying urge to fly.
Emily Young (RYT 500) shares a warm and inclusive vinyasa teaching style, she is a Yoga Alliance teacher trainer, and has delivered retreats, workshops and teacher training's across Asia, Europe and the USA. Emily is always learning through yoga, studying Ashtanga yearly with her teacher Ajay Kumar in Mysore, having trained in Hatha Philosophy in Northern India, studied Buddhism in Nepal and with strong influence form practitioners such as Kathy Cooper, Shannon Gannon and Tara Brach. She is also a Senior Lecturer in Children's Health and Well-being at Edge Hill University in the UK.
From a very humble beginning of yoga, where I began to practice for back pain, a new world awakened to me. Yoga has become such a huge part of my life – not only for my physical body, but for my mind and spirit. My approach to yoga is a heartfelt practice filled with funky music, laughter (cause if ya can’t laugh at yourself…) and an undying love of inversions- the good, the bad, and the downright impossible. It is through the world of impossible that I find myself working towards the possible - to convince others that they too have an internal power just waiting to escape! Come meet me on the mat for some good ol’ yoga, a laugh and some fantastic funky tunes.
Drop by Kathy's shop online to check out some of her funky clothes and accessories. www.tigerlillylondon.com
Liv loves to cherish a balanced and healthy lifestyle through areas of fitness, yoga and holistic nutrition. After training as an actress at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Liv’s found love for strength and alignment took her into fitness coaching and then on to her training in Ashtanga yoga/Pranayama/Meditation. She loves working between an intense and euphoric vibe in her spin classes and the stillness and inner peace received in her yoga practice.
On the bike she likes a high energy and sweaty vibe – getting lost in the beat, challenging the body, mind and spirit. On the mat she focus’ on the importance of an effortless practice (a quality she has honoured since her training with Lalit Kumar in Ireland and Goa) allowing the body to flow mindlessly with controlled breathing, whilst seeking stillness in the most dynamic of Ashtanga Vinyasa flows.
Welcoming Aram Raffy from Aram Yoga to the Soul Circus family.
Aram completed his teacher training with inspirational yogi Doug Swenson and continues to regularly practice with and assist his long-term teacher Stewart Gilchrist. He has been greatly influenced by his teachings of Satyagraha and seeks to pass on their authenticity in his own classes. He is open to all styles and methods and has travelled and meditated extensively in search of amazing teachers to help expand his experience.
The roots of his practice are based on the teachings of Krishnamacharya and the lineage passed down by him.
Classes are dynamic, challenging, filled with good humour and all inclusive.
Jess starting practicing yoga while living in New Zealand and soon decided to travel to India to become immersed in the lifestyle and culture, and undertake 200hr TTC + 100hr advance in, Goa. Yoga has helped Jess to rebuild her relationship with self and learning to love the skin you're in.
Jess whole heartily believes in a balanced lifestyle of work & play which is reflected in her fun yet challenging Vinyasa flow classes, encompassing dynamic vinyasa sequences with restorative stretches and music to fit each mood.
As you arrive at Soul Circus, Jess and her team will be there to greet you with smiley faces and effervescent energy, on hand to help make your Soul Circus Experience one to remember!
Kelly Brooks found yoga through her city job in a Law firm. Having healed herself through yoga, she completed her studies in India and is now based in London on a mission to make yoga accessible to all. On a day to day her classes are strict alignment based, teaching us how to use yoga as a tool to get through our stressful lives and encourages a daily home practice if you can't get to class.
Klub Yoga is born from being a yogi in the city. On a day to day basis we work hard, We are busy, we are strong and we like to turn the base up. Klub yoga celebrates life and balance - that's in our daily lives but also our yoga practice. Yes yoga is serious and disciplined, but it can also be fun - Klub yoga is a refreshing yoga class with a twist, uniting the euphoric energy of music with the bad arse moves of yoga, synchronised to make you bend to the beat. You may not think of yoga as being sociable or fun but we encourage you to bring your friends to sweat together, laugh together - let go and try something new. You don't need to be flexible to join the Klub Yoga revivial. We celebrate getting a buzz - without the hangover
Taylor is — …bent on moving people both on and off the mat. His teachings are accessible, engaging, and based on smart, anatomical methods rooted in common sense. Above all, Taylor is passionate about social topics and human rights. His emergency medical background and travels have kept his hands in multiple projects, aimed at uncovering how awareness is moving the needle in relation to healthcare, climate change + conservation, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and racial inequalities. This guy is always eager to listen, learn, and pass it on. Catch a class in person or on YogaGlo.com or join a workshop near you to dive deeper into your practice. Event + retreat schedule at taylorharkness.com
Durga Devi has evolved from an NYC indie rock singer to being one of the in-demand yoga teachers in the UK, definitely one of its most rock’n’roll. She has London’s hippest crowd squeezing their mats into her classes (devotees include Sam Taylor-Johnson and Thandie Newton). With her glowing energy and edgy tattooed look, Durga manages to make chanting and chakra balancing fun and cool; plus, the physically challenging Jivamukti-style she teaches produces a graceful, honed dancer-style body.
Aspiring beam of light! Steffy is here to inspire the most authentic you. Humbly sharing her experiences and practices with you so that you too feel whole heartedly connected to your truth. Steffy's classes are invigorating, playful, inspirational and grounding. Get ready to flow and try something new! World wanderer - International Yoga teacher - Founder of White Light Yoga Retreats - Lululemon ambassador - 500 hour advanced yoga teacher, trained with The Yoga People.
Stephen has been practising yoga for over 20 years. His yoga story has taken him around the world and into many styles and schools. As a sports enthusiast, too he understands the body having trained in martial arts and endurance events. Through extensive yoga and Pilates he has worked himself back from injury to peak fitness on a number of occasions. With an interest in the philosophy of yoga too he is equally focussed on relaxation techniques and mind/body connection. He did his teacher training with the shamanic school of yoga in the rainforests of Costa Rica and is further qualified with the Yoga Nidra network. He describes Yoga Nidra as the single most important contribution to yoga in the 21st century. He teaches classes in central London and also delivers workshops around the world. He can be found giving classes at many music festivals this summer.
Gabby - National Circus School Paris (ENACR) graduate, globe-trotting hand to hand specialist Gabrielle Parker balances her time on her hands between international performance, teaching at the acclaimed Circomedia Circus University and eating lots of sweetcorn. An acro flyer, sports therapist, professional handstand coach and teacher (of teachers) Gabby is also the Founder of Bristol Handstands and co-founder of HandstandYogi.
Ash - The other half of HandstandYogi, Ash is a writer and yoga instructor based in Bristol. Founder of Flying Monkey Yoga, Ash teaches her eclectic style of Forrest-infused Vinyasa, Restorative and AcroYoga on workshops, teacher trainings and retreats throughout the UK and abroad. Ash's classes are playful but also play on the deeper connection that Yoga offers us; to our environment, to each other and to ourselves. Combo-ing her passions of the written word and being upside down, Ash is currently writing a book with Gabby - which is among other things, a holistic training guide and an exploration of the healing power of handstands.
Ambra is a former Principal ballerina with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. She turned to yoga on a path to recovery from injuries that naturally result from the strenuous training regime, and as well as becoming a hobby she also credits it with helping to enhance and prolong her career. Slowly over the years she fell in love with the more subtle, spiritual parts of the practice.
Ambra’s teaching is fun and spontaneous following the lineage of Larry Shultz, Ana Forrest, and Sri Dharma Mittra. Since she retired from professional ballet she has been teaching regularly in teacher training courses, has worked with performers and athletes helping to rethink their traditional training regimes and introduce yoga to drive better performance and increase their enjoyment of sport and performance.
My lifelong love for sports and fitness has driven me to create the best product for athletes at Under Armour, to drive the boutique fitness industry in London at BOOM Cycle, and build a mindful and balanced community at Kit and Ace. I believe in the power of relationships to drive brands forward, which led me to create my consultancy firm, Haus von Albe.
If you would like to showcase your brand at Soul Circus 2017 please get in touch with Christina via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlie has spent the past 25 years practicing and teaching Ashtanga Yoga. He is one of the few U.K. teachers directly authorized by to teach the Ashtanga Yoga system by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the Indian yoga master who popularized this yoga method in the West. Charlie teaching style makes yoga accessible to practitioners of all abilities, focusing on breathing, strength and good alignment. He teaches yoga privately in London.
Find out more at www.DoAshtanga.com
You'll be inspired by Jay's personality to have fun in your practice, to forget about the 'perfect' pose, get to know what feels right for you and your body and simply enjoy moving on your mat.
She aims to empower her students to take the calm, the sense of wonder and the balance they gain from a yoga class and spark a positive transformation that extends far beyond the four corners of the mat.
Jay has studied and taught internationally from India, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia to where home is for her now in Cheltenham.
Check out Jay's boutique online and at Soul Circus for lovingly handcrafted jewellery for your soul.
IG & FB: @thehastacollection
Aimee is passionate about all the styles of yoga that she teaches - Vinyasa, Rocket, Power, Flow and Hot Power. Aimee encourages her students to try something new and work with them as an individual on their yoga journey. Steering students away from fixating over the perfect pose and encouraging everyone to simply have fun on their mats, let their breath be their guide and explore their own potential!
"I thrive on sharing the creativity, positivity, spirituality with passion and charisma and mostly the spreading the freedom aspect of yoga. Mine is a great deal of pride and joy in guiding others to improve & be happy with themselves. Nothing makes me happier than leading, studying, uniting and motivating with a dose of infectious enthusiasm."
Creator of AlphaOm Method and Former Director of Budokon Europe. Ryan began his training at the age of seven in the Martial arts, studying various forms throughout the years, he became intrigued by the similarities and connection with yoga and in his early 20’s pursued further knowledge. An unexpected journey unfolded to see him have the opportunity to train with many world leaders and be invited to represent organisations such as Budokon, UFC and Nike, teaching in various places including Scandinavia, America, South America, Caribbean and the United Kingdom.
We love bringing the most beautiful and elegant transitions to evolve into stunning sequences which eventually will feel like a dance. We want to give you the tools to walk away feeling confident in what to practice. Repetition is the mother of skill which will enable you to feel the movement and automatically respond to your partner with fluidity and grace.
The goal is that a sequence eventually becomes a performance that feels beautiful to perform. If it feels beautiful to perform it might also look beautiful and bring joy to those who watch it.
Eugene & Pip are inspirational, certified AcroYoga teachers and Founders of AcroYogaDance. They bring a wealth of teaching experience.
With a passion for connection and an expanse of mind-body wisdom acquired through his own journey as a professional soccer player and sports therapist, Marc’s classes combine physical precision with fun and soulful exploration of everything yoga has to offer. The experience is a quest of self-discovery to unlock true potential that reaches beyond the status quo.
As a professional ballet dancer, training up to 8 hours a day and working closely with sports nutritionists, Sassy soon learnt the importance of food and the power it has to make us feel and look our best. But the traditional ballet world is full of conflicting messages and she found herself to be increasingly miserable; on the one hand encouraged to think of herself as an athlete, and on the other to lose weight to attain the right ‘look’.