Our Teachers

Emma Brown

Emma is the director and founder of Yoga Studio Bromley and has been teaching yoga, meditation and philosophy now for more than 20 years. She took the Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course in Neyyar Dam, India in 1994 and her Advanced Teachers Trainings in the Sivananda Headquarters in Canada and in Rudraprayag, Himalays in India in 2000/2014.

 

She met Swami Vishnu Devananda, the founder of the Sivananda organisation, in 1993, and then stayed on as full time voluntary staff with the organisation for the following 14 years doing service and spreading the beautiful message and teachings of Yoga.

 

During her time as staff she directed the Paris, New York and Delhi Centres for several years, and has an in depth training and experience in all aspects of yoga practise and philosophy.

 

Emma has also been a teacher on the Sivananda Teachers Training Courses and  teaches now regularly in Bromley and North London as well as on other teachers trainings.

 

Emma is a qualified Ayurvedic Nutrition and Lifestyle consultant and an Ayurvedic Massage Therapist and guides people on all issues of health, wellbeing and positive living.

 

There are often other Sivananda trained teachers covering classes. This is always nice as each teacher brings their own energy and ideas to their teaching style which may highlight different areas of the practise for the students.

Do have a look at our other teachers' profiles below.

Marta

Marta has been practising yoga for over 10 years and completed her teachers training course in 2010 in North India. She has a great understanding and sensitivity towards the body and energy as she is a trained dancer as well as a wonderful Thai yoga massage practitioner. She teaches often with us, and is one of our regular chai yoga teachers as well as teaching in other parts of Bromley and London. Marta has a passion for African dance and drumming and regularly attends sessions and workshops and is also a wonderful vegetarian chef and has worked as a chef in the Dandelion vegetarian café and health shop in Clapham.

Sarah ( Jaya )

Sarah ( Jaya ) first started yoga after wanting to improve a knee injury and her general well-being.  She enjoyed the simplicity of yoga and while looking for places to practice, discovered the Sivananda Yoga Centre in London in 2005.  She was drawn to the holistic approach of this practice and the traditional teachings that yoga presented.  She took the Sivananda Teacher Training course in 2011 and has been teaching yoga ever since.  She teaches different groups, from absolute beginners to more experienced students and also teaches yoga for seniors and yoga for pregnancy. She is keen on the notion that yoga is an inclusive practice and can be practised by everyone.  Sarah also works as an IT teacher and Life Coach and is passionate about education, loves music and dances when no-one is looking! 

Anjaneya ( Vernon )

Anjaneya ( Vernon ) took his teachers training course at Neyyar Dam in 2009. Since then he has returned to India many times to deepen his practice most recently doing Sadhana intensive with Swami Govindananda. He taught and served as a karma yogi for many years at the Sivananda yoga centre in Putney. He currently works full time for an international NGO and continues to teach in his spare time.

Prema

Prema - Prema was gifted this name on completing her Sivananda Teachers Training in Rudraprayag, India in 2018. Prema grew up in New Zealand where she started her yoga journey as a child attending classes in the local community centre with her mother back in the ‘70s. After working in the NHS for 18 years and completing a Masters in Healthcare Leadership, she reconnected with yoga in her local London community at the Light Yoga Space in De Beauvoir Road where her love for yoga was rekindled, nourished and encouraged.

As a youth Prema travelled extensively before settling down to engage in academia, completing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Philosophy and Women’s Studies followed by a 4-year degree program to become a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. In 2000, she left New Zealand to travel once again and ended up in London. In 2016, Prema commenced her transition to a yogic centered life; she now spends her time between Spain, London and New Zealand teaching yoga and supporting retreats at Casa Santosha.

Prema has many loves; satsang, chanting, solitude, meditation, walking adventures, her gorgeous black pug and seeing people relax and blossom as they embrace their yoga journey.

Janice

Janice qualified in 2006 as a yoga teacher and her training was Sivananda based.  She teaches regular classes, including pregnancy yoga and mum and baby yoga as well as hatha yoga, in Croydon.  Janice is also a hynotherapist and specialies in hypnobirthing. Janice is a bright soul and brings that essence into her teaching.

Harriet

Harriet began a regular practice of Sivananda yoga many years ago as a counterbalance to a busy and stressful professional life as a mediator, charity manager and fundraiser. Having left London to travel India and Asia in 2009, she took the opportunity to complete the teacher training course in Uttar Kashi, in the Himalayas, thus fulfilling her dream to teach yoga and share the benefits with others leading busy and often stressful lives back home.

Harriet has been teaching ever since. A sensitive and gentle teacher, Harriet helps her students focus on the here and now, relaxing body and mind while they actively stimulate their body's inherent well-being. Harriet completed additional Pregnancy Yoga training in Austria in 2012 and will complete training and start teaching yoga for children in 2015. She also works as a translator (recently translating the 'Yoga for a relaxed pregnancy' book, the guide to Ayurveda and Sivananda yoga for pregnancy) and makes children's clothes when not looking after her young son.

Sarah

Sarah began practising yoga 20 years ago as a counterbalance to all the adventure sports she was doing and has been teaching for the last 15. After completing her Teacher Training Course in Dorset, Sarah joined the Sivananda organisation and taught classes, workshops and retreats in various centres and ashrams all over Europe for nearly 5 years.

Sarah also teaches Pilates and is a level one triathlon coach and keen cyclist. She brings an enthusiasm and passion to her classes and students.

Laura Scott

Laura Scott is from Flamingo Yogis. She is a trained yoga teacher from the Sivananda lineage and teaches a Sivananda inspired class. Laura has a passion for sharing yoga with children and teens, teaching yogi practices for young people to develop their own calming strategies to manage anxiety and stress as they find their own way in the world. Laura has been practicing yoga for 6 years and continues to be a student of yoga learning from the many teachers she studies with.  Laura teaches a fun and playful class exploring the endless possibilities of our bodies through yoga.

 

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