I first discovered yoga when living in Barcelona, practicing with friends on the beach and park. It was on my return to the UK that I joined formal classes and discovered Hot Yoga – it was then that I fell irrevocably in love with the discipline. Through regularly practicing hot yoga, I found the benefits were endless. Yoga has been so life altering for me, that I felt that I could do nothing other than open my own studio to invite more people to make the same discovery. The Yogacita studio in the Baltic Triangle has been created to be the perfect environment for this purpose and to lose oneself in the incredible healing practice of yoga. Everything in the studio plays into that belief from lighting, to music, even to the ambient smells - the stage is perfectly set for a truly life altering experience as regularly practicing yoga can bring. All are welcome at any level to come, let go of all the stresses and strains of everyday life and benefit from the amazing power of yoga to transform the body and the mind.
Viki Rose Goulden
I rediscovered my love of yoga after a long break during which time I'd had 4 children. I was 39 my youngest was 2 years old and felt like I needed to do something to feel better in myself. I joined my local hot yoga studio and felt the transformation both in my physical body and my mind. The energy and positivity of my teachers inspired me to take the step to become a yoga teacher myself. I qualified in Ashtanga Vinyasa 200hr Yoga alliance ttc in in Goa under yogi Namito, a lifelong yoga practitioner who trained under Swami Satyananda, J Krishnamurti and BKS Iyengar.
My classes will mainly focus on the primary series with emphasis on alignment, I will also add in some calming pranayama (breathing) techniques.
I qualified as a yoga teacher in 2012 and since then I've taught at various locations and retreats throughout Europe. I teach various styles of yoga including hatha, pregnancy and aerial but the majority of my regular classes are vinyasa flow. In my classes I lead my students through fairly dynamic sequences, synching the movements to the breath. My classes are open to all levels as I try to build the foundations first for more advanced postures, encouraging students to find their own pace and use their practice as a way to learn about themselves, building strength and flexibility in their bodies and minds. I am also qualified in Indian head massage and use my knowledge of essential oils to provide students with a deeper relaxation and meditation to finish off their practice.
My Ashtanga based Yoga training took place in India at Kranti Yoga, then continued further under Rolf and Marci Naujokat of Yoga Bones.
I later taught for a few months at Kranti Yoga, teaching elements of the Teacher Training Courses and assisting during the morning Mysore practices. In Liverpool I now teach dynamic Vinyasa Flow and Yin yoga. I incorporate both eastern and western elements - my classes always involve more than the asana, physical postures. I strive to be completely inclusive and to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere for my students to learn to connect with all aspects of themselves. I encourage people to let go of expectations, to not take ourselves too seriously, and to just be - that's when the magic happens.
My yoga journey began after the birth of my son and having limited time for myself found that I felt both mentally and physically revived following each class. I continued to practise a variety of styles of yoga for 7 years before completing the 400hrs Teacher Training course in Hatha Yoga at the Shiva International Yoga Centre. I am influenced by many styles, but particularly enjoy teaching Ashtanga and Vinyasa style flow classes. As a Science Teacher I have a particular interest in the anatomy and physiology of the postures and the benefits each brings to the body. I prepare each series of classes with a particular theme or focus so that those new to yoga have an opportunity to learn the postures and those more experienced may begin to move deeper to feel maximum benefits.
Yoga calms the mind and body, rejuvenates the spirits, improves flexibility, elongates and strengthens the muscles. The body will begin the process of detoxification and the nervous system will shift into restorative mode. The benefits are numerous and can be felt after one class – I truly cannot imagine life without yoga!
I'm over 500hours Yoga Alliance trained in Absolute Hot, Ashtanga Primary, Inversions, Vinyasa and Yoga Philosophy. My favourite aspect of teaching Yoga asana is the chance to be a part of people's journey and watch them grow stronger and lighter in both body and mind. So many wonderful people and patient teachers have encouraged me along the way and it feels good to be able to give some of that back. I love the energy we have the potential to create as a room full of focussed and companionate human beings, something we very rarely get a chance to share these days. As for my classes at the beautiful Yogacita...expect a Dynamic flow on a Monday morning with a new theme and new challenges each month, always inspired by Mother Nature and the world around us. Tuesday morning express class will be a condensed version of the Absolute sequence, giving you a jump start to your day. Specifically sequenced for the hot room and focussed around full body conditioning and alignment. As with all yoga asana, our minds and emotional well being benefit greatly from the balance we create in our bodies and our new found fullness of breath whatever the style.
Jo Evans is a certified 500hr yoga alliance teacher. My yoga journey began 12years ago when my stress levels were at an all-time high and I was looking for something to do for myself. I researched yoga and was drawn to the many benefits that yoga offers. I would like to say that my first class was sublime and I was hooked. But here is the reality. I kept checking my watch thinking how long is this going to last. I felt like the tin man I couldn’t even touch my toes. But something about the way I felt afterwards draw me back to the class. I decided I would give it six weeks and if I didn’t feel the benefits I would try something else. Out of that persistence and patience my love of this transforming practice grew. I practice traditional Hatha yoga or Ashtanga and would love to share this with you.
I have been teaching for well over a decade and have a BWY teachers diploma as a hatha teacher. I am also qualified in yin, core strength flow, pregnancy yoga and vinyasa flow. My original roots lie in Ashtanga.
My approach is creative and nurturing but also strong and deep, allowing students the freedom to explore at their own pace.
Yoga has been a part of my life for the past 5 years, and my practice has helped grow and change as a person, both physically and spiritually. I have completed a total of 1200 hours in training, completing 3 courses in India. I will always be a student of the practice and am deeply grateful for the loving wisdom my teachers have shared with me. In my classes, I love to combine creative sequencing, I aim to take you through a journey of healing; removing energy blockages, creating love and distributing it throughout the body. Using a sequence combined of both Yin and Yang practices my hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished, balanced and loved.
As a marathon runner and keen gym go’er (if that’s a real word), movement without a goal expectation or judgment didn’t really feature in my life practices. And then I found yoga. Something changed in me every time I stepped onto my mat. I qualified 200 RYT under the Baron Baptiste school of Power Yoga in 2013. For me, yoga makes the impossible feel possible in a breath. It’s allowed me to create space and open doors I never dared to imagine. It’s that sense of empowerment and possibility that I bring to my classes. Inevitably the body becomes stronger and looks leaner but that’s really a bi-product of the mental strength and flexibility a regular yoga practice can bring. The good stuff is what happens on the inside. I look forward to sharing and learning with you on the mat.