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James was born in London and first discovered yoga in 2003. However, he truly caught the yoga-bug a few years later, during sunrise practices overlooking the rooftops of Udaipur with an old yogi named Prakash.

Following a martial-arts incurred neck injury, he was told that surgery was the only option. However he resisted and experienced an amazing recovery through his Yoga practice. He soon returned to India to train and embark on his path as a Yoga Teacher.

James has taught on over 15 YTTs  and has received over 1000 hours of training, including two separate 300-hour qualifications – one with his main Asana teacher, Jason Crandell.  His other major influences are Max Strom, Yogrishi Vishvketu, David Swenson, Christopher Wallis and his guru, Sri Prem Baba.

Classes involve a challenging, creative flow with focus on strength, stability and alignment to attain states of union between mind, body and spirit. James has a particular interest in Psycho-spiritual work, and the way that emotions are stored in the body and how we can release them to promote deeper well being and healing. He also incorporates the more subtle, energetic aspects of Hatha Yoga as a route to healing and inner peace.

He has taught all over the world, but loves to return to his hometown of London every summer where he teaches at some of his favourite studios including Triyoga.

You can follow James’ inspiring yoga and travel journey on his Instagram profile and read more about him on his website.

James French

Amy brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, delivered in an accessible and loving manner, a true gem in our teaching team. She has coordinated and assisted in several teacher training programs, has managed the beginners program for a large and well established Yoga school and completed over 1500 hours of certified training.

Her conscious inner-journey began in India in 2009. After living in India and Nepal for over a year, taking various retreats, studying Buddhism, Yoga and different meditation techniques she was hooked. As her study and esoteric explorations deepened she followed her calling and became a yoga teacher. Since then her studies and explorations have continued and evolved, becoming part of her everyday life both on and off the mat.

Amy believes in the power of self-work and self-awareness, exploring and discovering who we really are. A profound and rewarding practice that incorporates every aspect of our being and existence. She is inspired by Kashmiri Shiavism, Yogic philosophy, quantum physics, neuroscience, medicinal herbalism, the mind-body connection and psycho-spiritual work.

She pays sincere gratitude and loving respect to all the teachers that have influenced and enriched her life.

Amy continues to teach Yoga in numerous countries around the world. She is delighted to offer the fruits of her knowledge and experience for the greater good and the development of human consciousness.

Find out more about Amy on her Instagram profile.

Amy Devani

Emily is inspired by all things Health. She is a naturopathic doctor and has been teaching yoga since 2013. She completed her initial Yoga Teacher Training at The White Lotus Foundation and continued on to take Advanced Teacher Training with Jason Crandell. Her personal practice is inspired by the accessibility of yoga and largely pulls from the Ashtanga tradition and the ancient wisdom of Buddhist & Hindu philosophy.

She has a vinyasa-based teaching style that encourages introspection, mindfulness, and meeting the body with open-hearted presence in each moment. Each class focuses on grounding, strength, compassion, and breath awareness.

Emily lives in the United States. She is originally from Illinois and is now living in Portland, Oregon. She practices naturopathic medicine at her clinic, QC Natural Health, and has a particular focus on the Gut-Brain Connection, Holistic Nutrition, and the Microbiome.

More about Emily you can find on her website.

Emily Wolbers

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Chris is passionate about helping people in a holistic way; to make yoga accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Students are encouraged to listen to their own bodies and explore what feels good in the present moment.

On the Path of Yoga trainings, Chris teaches the anatomy and asana modules of the course. She helps students to understand yoga asana through the lens of the physical body drawing on her Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology, obtained at Queen’s University in Canada.

Chris weaves her understanding of anatomy and physiology into her yoga teaching to craft thoughtful, well-balanced classes. Through gentle reminders, pose variations and attention to detail, she creates a warm and welcoming space in which to learn and practice.

Chris completed her first yoga teacher training in Thailand with James and the amazing team at Path of Yoga in March 2020.

In 2023 she completed a 50-Hour Trauma Awareness Training in Thailand, a 10-Day Vipassana (Silent Meditation) Course in Nepal and NVC (non-violent communication) workshops in Thailand.

Chris continues to deepen her knowledge and expand her interest in conscious communication, holding space and doing self-reflective work.

When Chris is not on the yoga mat, you can find her outside exploring nature, creating in the kitchen, travelling or cozied up with a friend and a cup of tea.

You can also find more about Chris here.

Chris Brooker

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Em has been teaching yoga for 7 years and is hugely passionate about the human body, health and movement. She is currently finishing her degree in Physiotherapy in London to take her study of the body even further – but her passion remains yoga: she loves the community and positivity that go hand in hand with yoga and hopes that you do too.

She initially trained as a yoga teacher at Sampoorna Yoga in South Goa, India, where she has also since returned to work for the school itself. She then completed her 500hr advanced teacher training with Jason Crandell, who remains one of her biggest teaching influences. Training didn’t stop there: she has attended regular workshops in anatomy, biomechanics, injury management and has specific training in yoga for beginners and yoga for seniors. Em is also a qualified sports massage therapist.

Before her immersion into the world of yoga, Em received a first class degree from Bristol University in Drama and French, followed by a Masters on the three year acting course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After working a few years in the acting industry, Em just kept getting drawn to movement work, until yoga became her full time passion and profession. Now taking a third degree under her belt, this time in Physiotherapy – it shows that Em just can’t get enough of learning! Which is exactly what draws her to yoga: from every practice, from every student, she learns something new.

A south-Londoner born and raised, Em bases her own yoga business in Tooting, at a beautiful studio that overlooks the deep blue waters of the Tooting Bec Lido: a glorious outdoor pool in the middle of south London. She also runs sell-out yoga retreats in Hampshire with her team of talented yoga teachers and chefs.

In terms of style, Em is primarily trained in vinyasa and ashtanga, with a precise physical and functional approach to yoga. She pays close attention to detail, alignment and muscular engagement, whilst still maintaining creativity within her sequences. Her classes usually feature an overarching theme from week to week, which can range from an area of the body, a functional-movement concept or progression towards a specific yoga pose. Her classes weave in philosophical concepts and mindfulness amidst movement, and her sequences are thoroughly planned out. Expect strong flows that challenge your strength and mobility, with a fun energetic vibe and encouraging atmosphere. And probably a fair amount of sweat.

If you want to know more about Em, head to Tooting in South London for a class and a chat, or be sure to visit her website as well. She also welcomes you to get in touch if you have any questions.

Emily Thomson

Ian LeMasters is a yogi, massage therapist and acrobat based out of Portland, Oregon. Originally from Texas, he relocated to the PNW in 2015 to further develop his skills as a career Yoga and Acro-yoga teacher. Today, he remains active in the yoga community as an experienced teacher and continued education provider for yoga instruction in anatomy and advanced asana in Portland, Oregon. His classes are heavily influenced by vinyasa and ashtanga-vinyasa yoga styles and he has been fortunate enough to study with amazing teachers such as Jason Crandell, Michele Loew, Doug Kellar and Jani Jaatinen.
In addition to Yoga and Massage Therapy, Ian has also studied hand-balancing under Jean-Luc Martin of the San Diego Circus Center and is the co-founder of IP-Acro’s acro-yoga program. Through IP-Acro along with Paul Hogan, he facilitates a handstand training program and acro-yoga classes for beginner and advanced students.

Ian’s website
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Ian LeMasters

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Katrien’s journey with yoga began during her biomedical science studies in 2015. During her PhD and beyond, yoga helped her find the rest and ease she needed, both physically and mentally. After her first yoga class, Katrien quickly discovered her love for teaching and began sharing her passion for yoga in 2016. Her passion has continued to grow, and she has never stopped learning.

In 2016, Katrien completed her first teacher training in Belgium, followed by a 50-hour yin yoga teacher training in 2019. Three years later, Katrien traveled to Thailand to complete the 200-hour training of Path of Yoga, and the year after, in 2023, she finished the follow-up 300-hour training in Rishikesh, India. This makes her an all-round yoga teacher with the goal of making yoga accessible for everyone. Yoga is for everyone, and for everyone, yoga can mean something different, which is the beauty of it! During her classes, she guides every-body through an experience of connecting breath and movement, finding stillness and quietness in both body and mind, and encouraging an embodied practice. Due to her biomedical background, she is fascinated by the human body and loves diving into the science of yoga.

When Katrien is not teaching, you will likely find her upside down! Handstands have been a consistent practice for her since 2019. She loves the fun, challenge, and even meditative aspects of balancing on her hands. She travels the world to learn from the best teachers and shares her love and knowledge of handstands during her fun and accessible handstand workshops.

You can get to know Katrien better on her website and follow all her adventures on her Instagram page.

Katrien Neyrinck

Originally from Japan, Akari Tamura is a dedicated yogini and a lover of Truth, known for her inspirational style of teaching and self-expression towards healing, love, and empowerment.
Akari has a unique way to inspire students all around the world by transmitting embodied wisdom from the heart. Incorporating the teachings of Bhakti Yoga and Bhavana (deepest feeling in the moment), Akari creates and holds a sacred space for students both outer-physical and inner-spiritual journey.
Since 2006, she has devoted years of study in traditional Hatha Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga (meditation, self-inquiry), Study of Vedic scriptures, Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. With great respect to the lineages, Akari began teaching internationally in 2013 and has taught classes, workshops and retreats all around the world, and trained hundreds of yoga teachers. Akari’s teaching encompasses asana, pranayama, vinyasa, meditation, Tantra, physical yoga anatomy, energy anatomy, self-inquiry, meditation, mudra, mantra, mythology, and vast knowledge of yogic philosophy.
Apart from a yoga teacher, Akari is also a well-known Kirtan leader with a decade long background in classical music study. Akari is passionate about the power of sound to open the heart and clear the way home. Akari’s other background includes a degree in sociology, several years of humanitarian work in Africa and SE Asia, knowledge of permaculture design with experience of living off-grid, extensive training and working experience in aromatherapy, herbalism, energy healing, massage, and bodywork.
Akari’s dharma (soul purpose) is to guide people to be who they truly are, centered in the heart, to become a true channel of their full potentiality as a force of love. Walking on this yogic path with gratitude, Akari is passionate to share the beauty of cherishing the most intimate relationship within all of us – between me and the Divine. Home is where thy heart is.
To become the channel of light (prana) in the lotus flowers (7 chakras) unfolding is the highest vision!

You can also find more about Akari Tamura here.

Akari Tamura

Ganesh hails from a family of traditional yoga practitioners, and has been teaching since 1995. Nurtured and blessed from many yoga gurus, he has become a pioneer in modern yoga world. For Ganesh, Yoga goes way beyond mastering the physical body and breath. “Yoga is an act of experiencing life and happiness to the fullest.” Be it beginners or long-time practitioners, people come to him for refined understanding of yoga. With Ganesh, yoga is simplified yet deepens your understanding of Yoga. He is described as the therapeutic storm in a teacup, and comes recommended by yoga students and teachers alike. He is a founder of Just Yoga.

Ganesh Singh

Susan Marrufo, MA, E-RYT 500, left the United States and a job in advertising in 2008 to travel internationally and experience life beyond the confines of her cultural conditioning. She received her first 500-hr yoga certification in Thailand in 2009, where she began her studies of the classical yogic scriptures and delved deeply into esoteric tantric philosophy. After 2 years of teaching month-long tantric based courses on the banks of the Ganges in India and the Pacific coastal towns of Mexico, Susan returned to the US to begin a residential internship with the Kripalu School of Yoga, where she taught in and project managed several Kripalu yoga teacher trainings as well as received her 2nd 500-hr teacher training certification from the Kripalu School of Yoga.

Since then, Susan has split her time between India, Thailand and the US, facilitating group courses in the inquiry of yoga and meditation as well as diving increasingly deeper into her own yogic studies. After many years of travel, she is happy to have found a home in the City of Angels.

Susan is the Co-founder of Samarasa Center in Los Angeles, California. For further insights into her endeavours, her website is a great resource.

Susan Marrufo

Rory; a Scottish Yogi, Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist in training has been teaching around the globe since 2007. Rory has become popular for his wide ranging knowledge, charisma, humour and ability to transmit the teachings of Hatha, Kundalini, Tantra, Yoga therapy, meditation and classical eastern philosophy simply and succinctly.

He has facilitated over 20 Yoga Teacher Trainings and taught on many more for several Yoga schools (senior teacher for Tribe Yoga, Seasonal Yoga & Satyaloka) and due to popular demand has finally decided to team up with James French to offer the cherry picked teachings which can be found on the Path of Yoga teacher trainings.

He has deep gratitude for his main influential teachers over the years namely; Reinhard Gammenthaller (Kundalini Yoga Parampara), Sahajananda (Hridaya Yoga), Sri V Sheshadri (Patanjali Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga), Christopher ‘Hareesh’ Wallis (Kashmiri Shaivism) and Leslie Kaminhoff (Breath Academy). With deep gratitude for the many more who have influenced his style both on and off the mat.

He happily continues to spread his experience, knowledge and love of the Yoga system with true passion and as always is excited to share this life empowering knowledge on both our 200 and 300 hour training courses teacher training courses.

Rory Trollen

Andrew – or as you may know him – Dr Yogi, originally trained to be a doctor, then moved away from western medicine to pursue a career as a yoga teacher, massage therapist and anatomy teacher.

He has been practising yoga and meditation for over 14 years and teaching strong, grounding and inclusive classes since 2009.

Now based in Los Angeles, Andrew combines all of his skills to teach anatomy and physiology on Yoga Teacher Training courses and run applied anatomy workshops internationally.

He has contributed to the two popular books Yoga Teaching Handbook: A Practical Guide for Yoga Teachers and Trainees and Yoga Student Handbook: Develop Your Knowledge of Yoga Principles and Practice.

For more information visit his website.

Andrew McGonigle

From a very young age, Lorraine was fascinated by the beauty of movement and music. Her childhood was spent exploring the body through  gymnastics, ice skating and different styles of dance. In her early  twenties, a strong calling to the path of Yoga became the catalyst for  many deeper realisations in her life and she left everything behind to  follow this call. She has now been a dedicated Yogini and lover of Truth  for almost thirty years. She specialises in offering an insightful  feminine way of practising Yoga, bringing forth her love of Tantra and  Kashmir Shaivism.  She has also dedicated many years to the study of  Jnana (Non Duality), Bhakti (Devotion) as well as Traditional Hatha Yoga  which has led her to discover the depths of the Yogic practice,  understanding the beauty of the fluid form while investigating the more  subtle layers that exist within us. Ultimately pointing to what lies  beyond which is the true meaning of Yoga. Oneness.

Find out more about Lorraine here.

Lorraine Taylor

Celest is a trained dancer and martial artist with a BS in Physiotherapy, and over 10 years yoga practice. Celest completed her Yoga Teacher Training in India in 2009 and has been teaching full time since then. Celest’s greatest passion is to teach Vinyasa Flow Yoga. She has classes in top yoga centers in London, such as Triyoga and Evolve and regularly takes groups to exotic locations for yoga retreats.

To discover more about her passion and projects, visit her website.

Celest Pereira

India embarked on her Yoga journey at the age of 13, while simultaneously grappling with an eating disorder, poor mental health, and a sense of not fitting in. It was during this challenging time that she discovered solace and support through attending classes and retreats with her teacher, Lana Lanaia. Through these experiences, India not only developed a loving relationship with her body, appreciating its strength and capabilities, but also opened herself up to the world of healing arts, recognizing that there was something more profound to her existence within this physical form.

This profound spiritual awakening during her teenage years left an indelible mark on India’s life. She found herself engaging in tarot reading sessions in the art room and even playing singing bowls on the bus. This exploration of the unseen realms allowed her to finally perceive herself with clarity, and a strong desire to share this transformative experience with others began to take root. Around the age of 15, India initiated what she referred to as “gatherings” in the nearby woods. These gatherings brought together 10-20 friends from school and beyond, uniting on auspicious dates such as Imbolc, Summer Solstice, and Full Moon to meditate, practice yoga, breathe, and then revel in dance, feasting, and camping. Reluctantly bidding farewell to her school years, India ventured to Guatemala at the age of 18 to undertake a 200-hour training program, initially without the intention of becoming a teacher. However, her journey since then has been one of deep exploration, study, and extensive teaching, primarily focusing on Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga, infused with influences from Yin, Restorative, and various other healing modalities. In 2023, India further enriched her knowledge through an immersive 300-hour training with Path of Yoga in India.

India’s introduction to Yoga was a gentle, contemplative, and profoundly spiritual experience, and she intends to offer the same to those she guides. Her aim is to help you cultivate a joyful and sustainable practice that resonates with you in the long term.

In addition to her role as a Yoga instructor, India is also an active musician, captivating audiences with her performances under the name India Blue (sometimes even incorporating the soothing sounds of the harp into her classes). She finds solace in nature and resides by the sea in East Sussex, where she feels a deep connection to the natural world. Furthermore, India occasionally embraces her enchanting side as a Faerie, adding a touch of whimsy and magic to her life and teachings.

Feel free to check out her Instagram for a glimpse into her experiences and interests.

India Terry

Josh found yoga and meditation in response to challenging life circumstances, and in spring 2019 he completed his first 200hr teacher training with Path of Yoga in Rishikesh, India. Teaching ever since, he has made yoga his life’s focus and has undertaken continuous training with Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa to develop knowledge and skill in order to be a more potent and authentic channel for the teachings, including completing Path of Yoga’s 300hr level 2 teacher training in 2023. He was invited to be part of the senior teaching team which he gratefully accepted.
His approach to yoga strengthens the mind-body connection, encompassing the traditional eight-limbed path, whilst embracing the great mysteries of life, and honouring the sacred inward journey towards healing and self-awareness. Often praised for his clarity of communication and depth of knowledge, his special interests include spiritual philosophy, breathwork, and shadow work.
Outside of yoga, Josh enjoys the van life, mountain hiking, wild water swimming, and the wonderful world of nature. He also enjoys movies, music, and writing.

To connect with Josh, check out his Instagram profile

Joshua Leeson

From a very young age, Lorraine was fascinated by the beauty of movement and music. Her childhood was spent exploring the body through  gymnastics, ice skating and different styles of dance. In her early  twenties, a strong calling to the path of Yoga became the catalyst for  many deeper realisations in her life and she left everything behind to  follow this call. She has now been a dedicated Yogini and lover of Truth  for almost thirty years. She specialises in offering an insightful  feminine way of practising Yoga, bringing forth her love of Tantra and  Kashmir Shaivism.  She has also dedicated many years to the study of  Jnana (Non Duality), Bhakti (Devotion) as well as Traditional Hatha Yoga  which has led her to discover the depths of the Yogic practice,  understanding the beauty of the fluid form while investigating the more  subtle layers that exist within us. Ultimately pointing to what lies  beyond which is the true meaning of Yoga. Oneness.

https://www.lorrainetayloryoga.com/

Lorraine Taylor

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