Allison discovered hot yoga in 2003 and fell in love with the practice from her very first class. Having practiced high-impact exercise for many years, the heat and yoga stretches very quickly made a positive impact on her tight muscles.
The focus on breath also really helped to reduce stress levels from her busy job which involved long hours and a lot of travel. Allison took her first 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training course in 2013 and took over the Hot Yoga Edinburgh business in 2014, while still working full time for the Scottish craft brewer, Innis & Gunn. Allison left her full time job and opened the doors to Hot Yoga Edinburgh’s very own studio in January 2017. Allison found her own yoga practice incredibly beneficial as a counter-balance for the stress and long hours of working a busy, corporate job, and she brings an enthusiasm and energy to her teaching, and loves to share the benefits of yoga to combat the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Anna practised yoga intermittently for several years, however when she started her first nursing post her yoga practice intensified as she found it the best way to connect with herself and recharge.
Anna chose to undertake teacher training to deepen her own practice during a transitional time in work and personal life in November 2015. She began teaching classes in Edinburgh in January and is delighted to now be able to help bring yoga into others lives. Anna believes that yoga holds the potential to deepen your connection with yourself and the world around you. Anna strives to encourage her students to connect with themselves starting always with the breath.
Anna’s classes are inspired by her own practice and seek to challenge, engage and restore. Having sustained injuries from incorrect technique, she tries to strip asana down its core gradually building it up as students gain experience and strength. No experience, flexibility or fancy leggings are needed to start your yoga journey, just an open mind and a willingness to learn. She is always learning from her teachers, students and her own practice.
Heini is a yoga and dance teacher originally from Helsinki, Finland.
Originally a dancer, Heini was introduced to yoga over 10 years ago through her dance studies. She became a certified yoga teacher in early 2011 and has taught yoga since then. Before moving to Edinburgh in 2013 she worked as yoga, dance and Pilates teacher both in Finland and in South-East Asia.
Heini teaches several different styles of yoga, ranging from calm Yin yoga to more dynamic styles. She’s trained in anatomy and physiology of movement and breathing, and is focused on the therapeutic aspects of the practice. She sees yoga as a continually evolving practice that should be tailored to an individual’s needs, even in group classes.
Heini is passionate about the science of yoga, and is currently undertaking doctoral studies on the psycho-physiology of breathing at The University of Edinburgh.
Heini is also a member of the teaching faculty of Chi Therapeutics – Learning Lab that organises yoga teacher training courses in cooperation with Hot Yoga Edinburgh.
She started practicing Hot Yoga 8 years ago, as a escape from a busy life and from the cold in Scotland. She was missing the warmth of her home town in Spain and the sports in a warmer environment.
After several years practising different styles of yoga, she found Yin Yoga and discovered how to listen to her body and to pacify her mind. Since that moment she became more passionate about mindfulness, movement and health and how yoga can help to change people’s lives. She is also interest in teaching yoga to people who have insomnia and who are hyper mobile, due to the fact that she has had many injuries in the past and because no one taught her previously, how to listen to her own body. She also loves to teach beginners, people that are discovering how to be aware of themselves or people that wants to escape from a busy life.
As she always says “It’s all about finding the calm in the chaos”
Sharon has been practising yoga for 20 years, and completed her first 200 hour Teacher Training certificate in June 2016, she is now continuing her Yoga teaching journey with a 300 hour Yin Teacher Training run by Chi Therapeutics in association with Hot Yoga Edinburgh.
Sharon is also a keen cyclist and spinning instructor, she has a great interest in teaching yoga to people who do sports as she believes that yoga is a really good complimentary practice for every activity that puts pressure on the muscles, fascia and joints. Sharon’s classes are generally a mix of yoga styles dependent on the class, but they will involve building strength, flexibility and stretching those overused muscles and fascia. She especially loves teaching beginners as she finds it is so important to start from the basics and build a strong foundation in your practice.
She is now building some Yin and Yin Yang for Sports and Flexibility classes into our schedule which are especially good for those with injuries or people who do sports. Sharon brings an energy and gentle encouragement to her classes, and her knowledge of other sports is very beneficial in her teaching.