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Alessandro has been practising Yoga since the mid-nineties. He has completed training with David Life and Sharon Gannon, creators of Jivamukti Vinyasa Yoga, and at Laughing Lotus Yoga School in New York.

Alessandro draws from a background in endurance sports, Aikido, Shiatsu, as well as experience with injury and dis-ease. He was an Aikido teacher for many years.

Alessandro’s classes are physically demanding, mentally stimulating with the intention to affect heart, head and spirit. Emphasizing gracefulness, concentration, safety and laughter, he aims to inspire others to “walk the razor's edge” – the edge being their potential.


Alessandro teaches Jivamukti Yoga, Lotus Flow, Vinyasa Yoga and Hot Power Yoga.

Alessandro is a senior teacher registered with Yoga Alliance UK. 

Alessandro is the co founder of YogaVenue and the Spiralling Crow Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training course.

Caroline stumbled across Bikram Yoga while living in Melbourne, Australia. After one class she knew that this was something very special and would become part of her everyday life. In 2005 she completed the Bikram Yoga Teacher training course in Los Angeles and later her Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Laughing Lotus in New York.
Caroline believes Yoga should be for everyone, regardless of age, ability or level of fitness. Her classes are open to everyone, challenging but fun at the same time.

Caroline teaches Hot 26, Hot Power Yoga, Hot HIIT Yoga, Lotus Flow and Vinyasa Yoga.
Caroline is a senior teacher registered with Yoga Alliance UK.

Caroline is the co founder of YogaVenue and the Spiralling Crow Vinyasa Teacher Training Course.
Alison a YogaVenue regular and Oxford local has been practising yoga for over 15 years. Last year she took the plunge and followed her passion and completed her Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga London and on her return has been teaching Yoga full time, more recently trained in Hot Power with Caroline and Alessandro. Alison believes Yoga is for everyone whatever their experience, fitness, age or bendiness! It's been transformative for her and she believes it can be for everyone! One of her passions is teaching Yoga to those who are older and have mobility difficulties.
 
Alison teaches Hot Power.
Anne-Marie has practised various styles of Yoga over the past 10 years, but was bowled over by Vinyasa Yoga after meeting Claire Missingham and completed her teacher training with Claire in 2011.

Anne-Marie continues her Yoga learning studying with other great teachers and has gone on to become a restorative Yoga teacher with Judith Hanson Lasater. Anne-Marie is also qualified as a pre and post natal Yoga teacher having completed her training with Katy Appleton of appleyoga.

Anne-Marie believes being an excellent Yoga teacher involves a life-long quest for learning and improvement of both mind and body, which she loves to pass on to her students.


Anne-Marie teaches Vinyasa Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Postnatal Yoga.

 
Caz discovered Bikram Yoga in 2009, 4 months after having major surgery on her lower spine. She was hooked and couldn’t wait to get back into the hot room! In fact, as soon as she got home after her first class she began researching how to become a teacher.
One year after her surgery, Caz completed an ascent of Kilimanjaro, having used Bikram Yoga as part of her training. The climb was an amazing achievement and her Yoga practice was a major part of making that dream happen. As a qualified Osteopath, Bikram Yoga is one form of exercise Caz highly recommends as it aids re-alignment not just of the spine but of the whole body.
In 2013, Caz was ready to embark on another challenge and headed to LA for nine weeks of Bikram training. She returned in July 2013 and hit the ground running with a teaching job.
"The job satisfaction is immense, the students are fantastic and to encourage, enthuse and see happy, smiley faces every day makes this job so worthwhile!"

Caz teaches Hot 26.
 
Keyte took to Yoga as a way to help recover from the after effects of boxing and football on his body! What was at first a solution to injuries became a proactive method to prevent them, strengthen the body and quieten the mind. This lead to a regular practice, eventually the study of human biology and after a few years, Spiralling Crow teacher training at YogaVenue in the Summer of 2016.

"Yoga is absolutely integral to my physical and mental well-being. My favourite classes to attend are those that I don't accurately recall or am surprised to have end around me. Those classes offer a focus and energy I can take out from the studio, that is additional to the strength or flexibility benefits a Vinyasa Yoga practice can offer. As such, I aim to reflect this with a class that is challenging, yet immersive and meditative."

Keyte teaches Vinyasa Yoga at YogaVenue. 

 

Derek was prodded into going to his first Yoga class by his daughters. Now when they complain that he has become a Yoga obsessive, he knows where to point the finger! He has complemented his martial arts and meditation background with Yoga Teacher Trainings in Hatha and Restorative Yoga at Triyoga London with Joey Miles and Anna Ashby and Astanga Yoga with John Scott. Derek believes that the best teacher is the student themselves and that the teacher’s job is to provide the best conditions in which this can flourish.

Derek teaches Restorative Yoga and Hatha Yoga.
Emma fell in love with Yoga in her late teens and has been teaching since 2008. She has trained under the expertise of leading teachers Louise Solomon, Yogi Vishvektu, Edward Clark and Nikki Durrant.

Emma’s classes are balanced, eclectic, challenging and always sprinkled with options whether you want to deepen a pose or go to a more restorative place. Emma loves experimenting with controlled transitions, arm balances and inversions, so expect them in her class! She believes Yoga should be an uplifting experience – when in doubt, smile and breathe!


Emma teaches Vinyasa Yoga.

 
Heidi started practising Bikram Yoga in 2000. From her first class she was hooked: “I’d always been quite active growing up and just loved the intensity of the class and how energised and invigorated I felt afterwards”.

So… what started off as a hobby, became her full-time work in 2003 after completing her training in Los Angeles. “What I absolutely love about teaching is seeing how Yoga benefits those who dedicate their time and energy to it – helping them to improve their mental, physical and emotional health, and also, how Yoga can be available to ANYONE, whatever your ability. Just do your best!”


Heidi teaches Hot 26 and the Hot 56.

Hinny first discovered Forrest Yoga while living in Newcastle upon Tyne. Having dabbled with various forms of yoga from the age of fourteen, in 2011 she attended her first Forrest Yoga class and was immediately hooked. She came out of that class feeling amazing - core muscles totally awake, mind calm, and for the first time in years her shoulders and neck weren’t achingly tense! Since then Hinny has, through a regular Forrest Yoga practice, discovered such strength, balance and flexibility she didn’t know was possible, both on and off the mat. After moving to Oxford, Hinny missed Forrest Yoga so much that she decided to train as a teacher. She attended a month-long training course in Texas in October 2016 and has been teaching ever since.
 
Hinny is passionate about sharing the transformative power of Forrest Yoga with her students.
 
Hinny teaches Forrest Yoga.
Jill walked into her first hot yoga class in 2010 to help her cross-fit and running training. “I wouldn't say I was hooked from the start!” but she soon noticed the benefits, both mental and physical, and began to love her time in the hot room where there was nothing to think about but the breath.

Jill completed her Teacher Training with Fierce Grace in 2015. She says, “To me, yoga is about being happy. It teaches incredible patience, acceptance and honesty.”

When Jill isn't practising or teaching, you will see her working on reception. She loves talking to the students at YogaVenue and seeing people on their yoga journeys.


Jill teaches Hot Power Yoga, Fierce Grace Hot Power & Hot HIIT Yoga

Karen came to yoga to alleviate back pain and stress from long hours at work. Her passion for yoga grew, and in 2013 she decided to travel to India and Nepal for 6 months, where she completed her teaching training in Sivananda Hatha Yoga.
She went on to teach yoga and meditation in Sydney and Fiji before returning to the UK. In 2015 she took further teacher training with Sarah Powers in Yin and Yang Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation.
Yoga and meditation are an integral part of her life, and she loves to share with others the benefits for body, mind and spirit.
 
Karen teaches Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga. 
Kate’s Yoga journey started with a DVD in 2002 in an attempt to de-stress while studying for exams. Her love grew from there and she loves the clarity Yoga provides and the way it unifies mental and physical challenges through the breath. She is a scientist by training and Yoga was giving her what she lacked in her academic life.

In Spring 2014, Kate completed a Hatha Yoga teacher training with Tony Sanchez and her Hot Power training with Caroline and Alessandro. She firmly believes Yoga can help everyone and is particularly interested in the more internal, therapeutic benefits of the asanas.

In her spare time she can often be found dangling from some aerial circus equipment and also loves cycling, running and swimming.


Kate teaches Yin Yoga.

Katie first discovered yoga while at University - she found it helped with the stress of deadlines and exams and was a great antidote to sitting at a desk all day. It was after graduating and moving to London, that Katie began practising Vinyasa and fell in love with this dynamic style of yoga. In 2013, Katie completed her Teacher Training with Sally Parkes and has since furthered her learning with Alessandro at YogaVenue.
In March 2015, Katie trained to teach Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater. She believes this gentle, nurturing style is a fantastic complement to any yoga practice.
Katie is inspired by the way yoga has something new to teach us each time we step onto the mat. Her classes are therefore designed to offer students the opportunity to explore and develop their practice in a safe, supportive, uplifting and fun environment.


Katie teaches Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin and Restorative yoga.

Having suffered from sciatic pain in his left for a few years and following regular visits to a chiropractor and massage therapist, Kee decided to give Bikram Yoga a try and has never looked back. After a few classes his sciatic pain had improved, after a few weeks there was more muscle tone and flexibility, and after a few months there was more mental focus which helped deal with challenging situations outside of the hot room.

In February 2012, Kee attended a Bikram Yoga retreat in India which helped his focus and understanding of Yoga. It was during this time he started thinking of the possibility of becoming a  teacher, with the knowledge that he could pass on the physical and mental healing benefits of BY to others.

After 12 years of working behind a desk on IT Projects, Kee decided it was time for a change and enrolled on Teacher Training in Los Angeles, Autumn 2012. He went on to complete his Spiralling Crow Vinyasa Yoga and Hot Power Teacher Training with Alessandro and Caroline at YogaVenue.

"Think of the practise as 90mins of breathing and the rest will work itself out..."


Kee teaches Hot 26, Hot Power and Vinyasa Yoga.

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