MEET THE TEAM

CLAUDIA, TEACHER

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After flirting with yoga for many years, Claudia finally found Soul Stretch, her new yoga family… And hasn’t looked back since!

Having completed her 200 Hour Vinyasa Flow teacher training, Claudia started teaching at Soul Stretch in September 2018 and says “It has been such an honour to teach in the same place where I fell in love with yoga. My fellow students have been so supportive it has made my first steps into teaching so much easier and fun!”.

Claudia’s style is relaxed, playful, and stimulating. “You flow through the poses, then suddenly realise that you are also working out... And feeling great for it!”, says a regular student.

Claudia teaches Vinyasa Flow, with a focus on bringing the body to a grounded, mindful state before flowing and moving, and all to a upbeat soundtrack. Her love for guided meditation (especially Yoga Nidra) means that it is not uncommon for her to interweave these techniques into her regular sequences.

Claudia teaches Wind-Down Wednesday: Flow to Restore, 7:30-8:45pm every Wednesday


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ANNABEL, TEACHER

Annabel found yoga in 2012 while working in the city as an events manager, in a world where there was very little time to sit and think! She was drawn to a practice that helped her find space and feel connected with her body. Initially, it was the physical aspects of yoga that drew her in, and classes were attended initially to improve flexibility and strength. She found savasana particularly difficult!

Annabel’s relationship with yoga shifted as she developed a consistent practice, and she realised there was much more to yoga than standing on her head. She eventually gave up the long hours and fast pace for a healthier, more purposeful life. In 2017, Annabel completed her 200hr yoga teacher training in a Buddhist monastery on the outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley (Nepal) with Heather Elton.

Yoga has changed Annabel’s life in a dramatic way, and her intention is to inspire others to create a sense of balance in their own lives. Annabel teaches a dynamic style of Vinyasa yoga, where movement is synchronised with breath. Her classes build on strength, flexibility and balance, with a fun, playful and down-to-earth vibe.

Annabel teaches Vinyasa Flow on Tuesday evenings, 8-9pm


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HENRY, TEACHER
Henry found Yoga later in life after a career in the busy world of retail with all its challenges. He realised for some time that he needed a departure from that culture, and found a new home on the yoga mat.

It is Henry’s greatest joy to share his experience and teachings of both Restorative Yoga (having trained with with Anna Ashby and Adelene Chung), and Yoga Nidra (having trained with James Reeves, and Richard Miller). Henry has had the privilege to assist his teachers in various training in the UK and Europe.

Henry is dedicated to guiding his students to delve deeper into their practice, to restore and rebalance both in body and mind, provide a safe and nurturing space to find inner peace and awareness, and strength and equanimity in challenges that we all face in our daily lives.

Henry teaches ‘Relax & Restore’ on the last Sunday of every month, 7-8:15pm (this is our only drop-in class - please email hello@soulstretch.co to reserve your £10 place!)


KAREN, TEACHER

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Karen will always remember her first yoga class in 2011: “I was lying with my eyes open in Savasana feeling a sensation of lightness that I had never felt before! I felt at home.'“

From that moment, she was hooked. After years of practice and discovery, Karen decided to deepen her practice and completed her first training course in Hatha Yoga. Some years later, after moving to London from her home in Mexico, Karen then completed her second training in Vinyasa Flow at Yoga London.

Karen teaches because it gives her the freedom to connect with herself and others. Karen creates a space where students feel open and comfortable to move and breathe freely and cultivates a circle of sharing in every class. Her classes are a mixture of Hatha and Vinyasa, with a focus is on correct alignment and awareness of the body. Karen teaches stability and stillness in every posture, flowing from one movement to the next with a steady breath.

Karen teaches Slow Flow on Sunday evenings (first 3 of each month), 7-8pm