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The Haelan Studio Teachers


Abbi Sandham

abbiAbbi Sandham been working with pregnant women through her role as an antenatal teacher and breastfeeding counsellor with Birth Companions for over eight years. In 2016 she began training with YogaBirth (www.yogabirth.org) to become an antenatal yoga teacher. With four children of her own, she knows first hand how beneficial yoga can be for expectant mums. She loves to teach small and intimate classes, leading her students in a gentle and restorative practice and providing a space and opportunity to prepare for child birth, re-energise and relax.

Abbi teaches at the Haelan Studio on Tuesdays from 6.15pm - 7:30pm.

These classes are suitable for all women from 14 weeks of pregnancy through to birth with no previous experience of yoga required.

Classes work best when women commit to attending regularly and for this reason payment is usually made on a monthly basis at the start of each month at £12 per class. Trial class price £15. See www.yogabirth.org.uk for more information

Limited space in these classes makes booking essential - please check availability before attending.

Please contact Abbi directly on email abbi@bendymum.com or 07793 403 570 or see www.bendymum.com for more information.


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Alex Elinson

  • Hatha Flow and Restorative Yoga
  • Sukham Sthira Asanam / Steady Balanced Pose


Sukham Sthira Asanam/Steady Balanced Pose.

In 2013 I began regular practise at a yoga studio based in South West London. My physical body felt tight, my nervous system and mental chatter was over stimulated, which become more apparent whilst working within in my freelance career. With a background of Scenic sculpting and Model making in Feature films and TV, Yoga presented itself as a useful tool.

My personal practise has always been very dynamic, doing mostly power yoga -Vinyasa. Initially, the physical challenges drew me in with great interest, challenging my mind like therapy. Soon yoga become a healthy part of my everyday life. My own practise began to deepen when I found yoga to be more than just a form of physical nourishment but also emotionally and mentally releasing. This internal awareness helps to detoxify my ego and insecurities, learning compassion and self acceptance with the guidance of many wonderful teachers for whom I am grateful. One who will always stick out for me is an inspirational and encouraging teacher - Silvia Pinzaglia, a London based Senior Yoga Alliance Teacher. My yogic journey started with her, learning how to be my true inner self. I am truly thankful!

Breath helps centre us to stillness. Synchronising Asanas (poses) with breath is a very positive change of progression in the body-mind/mind-body. It's not only how we use this mindfulness on the mat, but off the mat and into our every day lives. It's an acceptance of the stages of the journey rather than the end result.

I enjoy theming my classes around the yoga philosophy to add self internal visual exploration, enabling individual personal experiences to manefest.

In October 2018 I traveled to Nepal and qualified in my 200 RYS Yoga teacher training. It's an ongoing journey that excites me, not only as a teacher but also, as a student.

Since then I have trained in Yin and restorative yoga with Laura green. This has brought ease and stillness to my own practice, which I incorporate into my teaching. I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge and taking further training in Prana Vinyasa with Alessandra Pecorella.

Let go of any expectations, each individual practice is different. Enjoy the moment and beauty in the subtleties.

Thursday evenings 7:45-9pm Hatha Flow and Restorative Yoga.

Introductory offer for first time students:
£5 first class followed by £25 for a block of 4 (valid one month).

Normal rates:
£12 a single class or £60 for block of 6 (valid 2 months from date of purchase)

Private sessions available. Minimum of 1 hour. Contact me for more information via phone 07969 166 882 or email. Yogawithalexelinson on Facebook and instagram.

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Bob Mann

portrait of bobBob Mann is a fully qualified teacher with over 30 year's experience in education. He has trained in a variety of different meditative practices and traditions for over 25 years. During this time he has learnt that all meditation techniques have advantages as well as disadvantages. This experience allows him to tailor his teaching to the needs and requirements of his students, whether mindfulness, breath, sound or zen meditations. Therefore, workshops tend to gently flow in response to the students being taught rather than any preset agenda.

Over time and with commitment, students report an increase in clarity of mind and joy of the heart, a re-awakening of creativity, as well as a general decrease in stress levels.

Bob has led thirteen bi-annual weekend retreats at The Friars, an ancient monastery in the Kent countryside. The Retreats normally form a summation of the terms work at the Haelan Centre.

The workshops are non-religious and do not depend on ritual. Students sit on chairs and there is no requirement for special clothing. No previous experience or expertise in meditation, is needed. Beginners are warmly welcomed.

Bob teaches Meditation in the Upper Studio on Saturdays 2pm to 3.30pm.

Ring Bob on 07980 905 491 for more information or to book a workshop. You can also email info@meditationwithsound.com

Group workshops last for 90 minutes and cost £10 per session.

For further information on classes and retreats please visit: www.meditationwithsound.com

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Flora Toth

  • Sivananda Hatha Yoga

FloraHaving spent several years travelling the world, I am dedicated to sharing skills, knowledge and ideas gathered from my experiences. I have been practicing yoga for 6 years and qualified as a Vinyasa and Hatha teacher in Goa, India in 2018. I am passionate about teaching the ways of self-empowerment, self-healing and a lifestyle aimed at well-being, health and compassion towards ourselves, others and the environment.

Sivananda Hatha classes at the Haelan Centre in October:
Wednesdays (9th,16th,23rd,30th) 7:15-8:30 pm
Fridays (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th) 9:30-10:45 am

Cost: £8 drop-in, £7 when pre-booked. Spaces are limited, please book via email no less than 1 hour before class: planetflorayoga@gmail.com

About Sivananda Yoga

Sivananda Yoga is a deeply meditative, traditional form of Hatha based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda, a great Indian spiritual teacher born in 1887. During class great emphasis is put on proper breathing, setting intentions and focusing inwards. After several rounds of Sun Salutations and leg-raises the sequence of Asanas (postures) are entered gently and held for long periods of time. Deep diaphragm breathing helps us relax into the stretches and ease our minds into a meditative state.
The class begins and ends with relaxation is Savasana.

Iphigenia Leoussi

'I get up, I walk, I fall down... meanwhile I keep dancing!'
For me this sentence holds the essence of life. Not only because I love dancing but because I see life as a dance! Movement has always been extremely important to me and that is why I enjoy teaching people “to move” through Pilates.
I was a professional dancer that came across Pilates in a rehabilitation studio after yet another dance injury.
Pilates made sense to me! The body is a unity. Every muscle, ligament, bone needs to work together so that the body is in harmony, in balance and it can move healthily.
I trained in London under the Pilates Foundation in both Matwork and Pilates equipment in 2003 and continued my journey of understanding the body in depth by studying Sports Massage.

I love movement and believe that Pilates is an intelligent and very unique method of exercising.
In a mat class you will practice a series of exercises with focus and control, precision and concentration. You will learn a way of breathing that will help you get the best results from your workout and you will use opposition to strengthen and stretch your body in the most effective way. You will leave the class feeling energized, feeling taller, stretched and in control of your body.
The Haelan studio is fully equipped with all the necessary small apparatus that can make a Pilates class more comfortable such as yoga blocks, straps, blankets for people who need some extra support but also provides foam rollers and Pilates power rings that can make a class more challenging.

I charge £13 per class or £120 for 10 classes (to be completed in 4 months)
Get in touch on 07791 069 139 or send me an e-mail at iphigenialeoussi@hotmail.com
I am looking forward to meeting you!

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Josipa Smith

JosSlow Flow / Tuesdays (term time) / 9:45-10:45am / Haelan Centre (upper studio)

My aim is to hold a safe, encouraging, non-judgemental space where each individual can practise at their own pace, and experience yoga practise as their own. Slow flow classes will help create a balanced, strong and flexible body, cultivating breath awareness to create a peaceful, calm mind.

All levels are welcome and no previous experience necessary as modifications and adjustments are given. Expect a warm welcome in a non-competitive environment.

Cost: £13 drop-in, or £50 for 5w block (£60 - 6w block or £70 - 7w block - depending on length of school term).

Booking essential as spaces are limited.
To book or for more info contact Jos:
By phone - 07961 482886 or email
Web: www.yogastateofmind.co.uk
Facebook: YogaWithJos

About Jos
Hi, I’m Jos, mum of two and a yoga teacher. I teach weekly group yoga classes in Crouch End and Muswell Hill, and Private one 2 one yoga sessions in North London.

I’ve been practising yoga for over 14 years. Initially it was something to do, a way to move my body. My practice deepened after the birth of my second child, nearly 10 years ago. Like many parents with small children I felt exhausted, mentally and physically - yoga has been my lifeline and gave me much needed time to reflect, release tension and stop mind chatter. Yoga taught me how to be more present, patient, how to listen to my body, how to breathe (something we all take for granted). As I began to feel the transformation yoga had in my life I felt inspired to share yoga with others.

My teaching style is very intuitive and mindful, yet strong - I aim to create an uplifting, safe environment for students to begin to explore and expand within their own body and consciousness. I strongly believe that maintaining a mindful practice and restoring the mind-body-soul connection teaches us how to live a fulfilling, healthy, and happy life on and off the yoga mat.

I first qualified to teach Yoga with Yoga London in 2014 (Vinyasa Flow 200RTY) under the guidance of Holly Warren. Since than I had taken further 100h Apprentice Module with Yoga London, Pregnancy & Postnatal Yoga with Nadia Narain at Triyoga and Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater.

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Julia Moore

julia portraitI began my study of yoga at sixth form college in 1988. Just before training to become a teacher I had a very bad knee injury and a grumbling sacro illiac joint (due to hypermobility and an inappropriate Ashtanga yoga practice). This humbling experience led me eventually to a more intelligent way of practicing yoga taught by a direct student of Vanda Scaravelli, Sophie Hoare. This way of working helped me to switch off pain and become stronger from the inside.
In general, yoga has helped me to greatly improve my extremely poor childhood posture, as well as helping me to become calmer and more confident. I am fascinated about how yoga (in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle) helps to alleviate all kinds of health conditions, particularly those related to stress, fatigue and chronic pain.
My three-year, 500+ hour, teacher training with the Inner Yoga Trust (certified by the British Wheel of Yoga) was completed in 2006 and have since completed extensive study in the field of Yoga Therapy, with the Yoga Biomedical Trust and Yoga Campus. In addition to this I've trained to be a Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs teacher, enabling me to offer a safe practice for those working with chronic back pain. I offer 12 week courses specifically designed and scientifically proven to alleviate lower back pain. I have also completed teacher's courses in meditation, pregnancy and postnatal yoga and Yoga Nidra - a hypnotic deep relaxation practice that can be used in a variety of ways to support wellbeing and healing.

I particularly enjoy bringing the insights gained from my broad study of yoga Hanna somatics, massage and traditional medicine into my teaching, to provide a truly holistic experience of yoga.

Julia teaches at the Haelan Studio on:
Mondays from 1:30pm - 3pm (General Class)
Fridays from 11:30am - 1pm (General Class)
Saturdays from 10:15 - 11:45am
(Restorative, Therapeutic)

Please contact (phone or text) Julia directly on 07800 959 543 before attending your first class.

Julia is available for private one-to-one or group teaching. For more information see www.holisticyoga.co.uk

Classes cost £14.50 drop in or £11 per class if booked in blocks of 5, 6, 7 or 8 (depending on the length of the school half terms). Your first class is free if you go on to book the rest of the course, otherwise the first class is £10 only.

Please wear clothes you can stretch in and arrive five minutes earlier to your first class. Use the Crouch Hall Road Entrance, press the Upper Studio buzzer.

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Katie Takashima

katie portraitKatie has over 7 years experience with the Pilates method and sees Pilates as not just a form of exercise but a way of life to promote physical health and mental well-being.
In 2005, she trained with the PILATESfoundation® UK, known for its in-depth training encompassing all aspects of the Pilates method from human anatomy and physiology to practical application of Pilates exercises from both the classical & evolved repertoires.
Katie believes Pilates exercise can be adapted to suit anyone and especially enjoys teaching small equipment classes to cater for the different needs of her clients.

Katie teaches at the Haelan Studio on
Sundays from 4.30pm - 6.45pm

Please contact Katie directly on 07929 395 821 if you would like to attend either of these classes.

Alternatively you can e-mail Katie at katie@choosepilates.com

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Laura Smith

  • Back2Life Yoga

I started teaching in the early 90's, I have worked in many clubs and fitness centres, along with working in the USA, Mexico and for Steiner Maritime. I moved on from teaching to Personal Training and then Sports therapy, giving me the knowledge and now 25 years on, the wisdom, to specialise in bodies with a different perspective.

My new class 'BACK2LIFE' incorporates, strength, core structure, breathing and flexibility in a calm unintimidating environment. As women we lose confidence in our bodies after child birth, career, stress, injury, to name a few. My aim in my class is to bring back the confidence that we question but should have. To strengthen our joints, increase or bring back the flexibility, and incorporate the knowledge of breath to enhance our all over well being! Strong body, strong mind.

A class that can cater for all levels, whether you have never exercised or are advanced and experienced I believe my class can make a difference to you.

For more information or to book please email sgjlsmith@gmail.com

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Mel Softley

mel protraitYogaSoftley: Scaravelli/somatic yoga
(Monday 9.30am, Thursday 9.30am & 6pm)

Mel Softley combines her extensive knowledge of Anatomy, Somatic movement and Scaravelli inspired yoga to teach individuals about how their bodies can move with a deeper ease and integration.

She works with all bodies and adapts for the individual, educating people about how their bodies work and giving hands on awareness to help people to feel subtle releases and movements of the body.

Scaravelli inspired yoga is an integrative practice that releases tension by bringing the body back together again at its centre or core, awakening deep movement from the spine. This practice combines very well with somatic movement practices that are based on experiencing the body rather than forcing the body.

Mel also has experience and training in many fields of Somatic movement: Authentic Movement, Hanne Somatics, Feldenkrais, Developmental Movement patterns, Continuum Movement and Embodied Anatomy. She is a Certified Hanne Somatics Coach and is currently undertaking IBMT’s Somatic Education Training that is based on the work of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and Somatic psychology. She is a teacher of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology to bodywork trainees at level 4.

Visit www.yogasoftley.com for more information

Fees for Scaravelli Somatic Yoga are:
£12.50 per class for block booking
£15 drop-in rate.

Concessions are available

YogaSoftley: Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga (Monday 6pm) Gentle Somatic Yoga (Wednesday 11.30am)

In these classes classic Yoga Restorative postures are combined with principles of Somatics and Scaravelli inspired yoga, breath work and deep relaxation.

Mel Softley combines her extensive knowledge of Anatomy, Somatic movement, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Therapeutics, Yoga Nidra, Meditation, Breathing and Relaxation to teach individuals about how their bodies can rest and release tension but also through these practices become more alert and aware. Mel’s experience and Therapeutic Yoga training enables her to adapt the postures for those who have conditions which limit the natural range of movement and/or cause pain and fatigue.

These classes are designed to restore energy levels and release tension by adopting slow, mostly floor based practices. These include simple movements of the joints, gentle stretching and alignment awareness to move energy in the body. Some movements are based on Hanne Somatics and Feldenkrais along with slow yoga flows and held restorative postures where the body is supported on yoga props for deep rest. These practices facilitate a deeper awareness of the breath as preparation for breathing practices and deep relaxation and meditation.

Visit www.yogasoftley.com for more information

Fees for Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga & Gentle Somatic Yoga are:
£11.50 termly
£14 drop-in rate
Concessionary rates are available

Please contact Mel directly on 07815 624 368 if you would like to attend any of these classes. Prebooking is essential.

Please wear loose clothes to classes. Mel is available for private one-to-one or group teaching. For more information see www.yogasoftley.com or email Mel

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Shirley Amatsakio

  • Tai Chi Qigong

I am a qualified Taiji Qigong (pronounced: Tai Chi Chi Kung) instructor.
At the Haelan Clinic I deliver the 'Shibashi 18' form in the Upper Studio.

'Shibashi' means 18 movements in Chinese, and is an art integrating mindful movements, (self-)healing, and breathing techniques. The 18 moves are based on ancient Taiji and Qigong practices. Taiji is a Chinese Martial Arts form, and Qigong means circulating life force or energy which forms the basis in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Taiji and Qigong are forms of Meditation.

Regularly practising 'Shibashi' Taiji Qigong is a form of self-care - looking after your health, wellness, and wellbeing. The movements help you to develop your physical and spiritual strength. 'Shibashi 18' helps you to improve your body posture and functions of your internal organs; focus your attention; ease your breathing; develop stamina; loosen your muscles; become more aware of yourself; enhance your energy levels. You will feel less tense and stressful, and you notice you improve in balancing your emotions.

My aim is to show you the form, so you can practise at home and make 'Shibashi 18' part of your lifestyle and making mindful movements a healthy habit. You receive resources to practise at your own pace, in your own time after each session, course or workshop.

10 sessions for £100 and drop-in sessions for £15 per session. Next course starts on Friday January 10th 2020.
Email shirley@owahan.com
Mobile 0797 1061 763
Website https://owahan.com/

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Susanne Wagner

  • Sunday Flow

susanneSunday Flow class, 6 to 7 pm; £8 per class, first class 50 off. To book your spot, simply text or phone: 07501 631165, or email susannemountain@gmail.com

Wind down your weekend with this Sunday Flow class. We will move and get the heart rate up, but there will also be a thorough warm-up and a restorative closing sequence to set you up for a mellow Sunday evening and a good night's sleep (and if you're going to a rave after class, we'll find a way to accommodate that too!). All levels are very welcome.

Susanne has been practicing yoga for ten years. Initially, she was drawn to yoga purely by the physical component, but since then has become more and more interested in yoga philosophy, the application of yoga off the mat and in a compassionate practice. She received her 200 hour certificate from the Power Yoga School in Fulham in 2017 and is currently undertaking an advanced 300 hour Vinyasa teacher training with Jason Crandell, graduating in April 2020.

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Victoria Worsley

victoria portraitVictoria has over 20 years' experience as an actor, movement director, theatre maker and was until recently Artistic Director of Jade. Her experience of the Feldenkrais Method began over 20 years ago as a student of performance with Monika Pagnuex in Paris and finally led her to the Professional Feldenkrais Practitioner Training with the FITC (Lewes 4). She also teaches Feldenkrais at drama schools, for theatre companies and individual performers but her work at the Haelan Centre is for people from all walks of life.

Fees and Booking:
£42/£36.00 for 6 classes, £8.50/7.50 drop in
Try an introductory class for £5.00
Please wear loose, warm clothes
Please call Victoria before coming for the first time. Classes are limited to 7 people.

Individual sessions
£35/ £25 for a little over an hour.

Please email Victoria or contact Victoria directly on 07711 088 765 if you would like to attend a class. For more information see Victoria's Website.

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Wendy Shooter

  • Beginner Yoga

This beginner class is for all of you who have meant to give yoga a try but never quite got round to it!

Mondays 4.30pm – 5.30pm: £8 drop in
First class free!

I have been on an exploration about what it means to be human for as long as I can remember. To help me, and everyone else, with this I developed a whole human approach to personal energy and wellness.

In this beginner yoga class, we embrace this whole human approach to support each of our 4 energies bringing connection, awareness and nourishment.

Mental Energy: Mindfulness in practice
Physical Energy: Movement & flow
Emotional Energy: Restorative rejuvenation
Spirit Energy: Meditation

Other things I have done, many of which I continue with include: Chartered Psychologist in organisations, Coach, Spiritual Response Therapist, Hollywood movie Dog Handler….

To book a mat, or find out more please contact Wendy on
wendy@mypowerbar.co.uk or 07968 043 335

To find out more about this approach, or take the energy quiz visit www.mypowerbar.co.uk. There is also a free phone app you can download.

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