Who are we?

Angus Ford-Robertson
began teaching meditation in 1999 when he was invited to teach in UK Prisons by the Prison Phoenix Trust. In 2001 he qualified as Yoga teacher in Canada, trained by the Sivananda Organisation. Since then, he has been a Director of Battersea Yoga and Clapham Meditation Centre in London. He teaches internationally each year at spiritual centers and retreats around the world.
Much of his teaching is informed by his time spent with Eckhart Tolle and Ajahn Sumedho at Amaravati in the UK. With regards to Yoga, his style has been influenced by Donna Farhi, Faustomaria Dorelli and Scaravelli.

Angus is a qualified practicing Clinical Hypnotherapist and holds a Diploma with the London College of Clinical Hypnosis. He is a Member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis and specializes in the treatment of stress-related conditions.
He is employed by the NHS to provide specialist meditation and mindfulness courses.

Beyond yoga, motorbikes, music, photography and traveling to distant places, Angus' other loves include his partner Nadia, his two boys Rohan and Conor & his daughter/princess Freya.

Phone: 07771 548160
Email: angus@batterseayoga.com

Nadia Raafat
Nadia's interest in yoga began with her training as a national rhythmic gymnast. She completed her first yoga teacher training in Hatha Yoga with the International Sivananda Vedanta School of Yoga and is about to complete a further teacher training with the British Wheel of Yoga.
In her own practice, she has explored many other styles and schools of yoga including, Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Scaravelli Yoga, Yin Yoga and even, briefly, Kundalini Yoga. She remains firmly in the Hatha yoga tradition and is dedicated to showing how the teachings of Hatha Yoga can be applied to bring about transformation on all levels in our lives.
Nadia is also a qualified antenatal and postnatal yoga teacher having completed her basic and advanced Diplomas with Birthlight under the tutorship of the inspirational Dr. Francoise Freedman. She is also a fully trained and accredited Birthlight BabyYoga teacher. More recently she has completed her doula training with Liliana Lamis and Dr Michel Odent and holds a Certificate in Hypnotherapy from LCCH, the London College of Clinical Hypnotherapy'.
Nadia is also a mother of three beautiful children, a pregnancy and birth specialist, an occasional doula and a writer (when she has the time).

Phone: 07771 687128
Email: nadia@batterseayoga.com

Lon Gibbons
Lon was introduced to yoga in London in the mid 1990s, whilst training to become a massage therapist and juggling a full time job...it was the key to remaining sane! She trained in the Satyananda tradition with Ashram Yoga in Auckland and completed all levels of their teacher training programme between 2001 & 2005, including Pregnancy & Postnatal Yoga. Since returning to the UK in 2007, Lon has continued to study Pregnancy, Postnatal and Mum & Baby yoga with Dr Francoise Freedman (Birthlight), Uma Dinsmore-Tuli (Sitaram) & Janet Balaskas (Active Birth Centre). She is also a fully recognised Birth and Postnatal Doula and a Maya Abdominal Massage therapist, specialising in digestion, women’s health, fertility and birthing.
Lon’s teaching is firmly anchored in the Satyananda style where the breath guides the practice and leads to deep internal awareness. Her personal practice ranges from the quietly meditative to the stronger elements of vinyasa flow, elements which are evident in her hatha flow and pregnancy classes. She is a very approachable teacher and makes all feel welcome, no matter what your level of experience. Lon is registered with the Yoga Alliance RYT500 and is delighted to be looking after Nadia’s classes in early 2014 while Nadia is away on maternity leave.

Phone: 07871 479965
Email: mail@longibbons.com

Caroline Wells
Caroline is a trained Sivananda Yoga Teacher, a Clinical Psychologysr and Founder of the Phoenix Company (a company that specializes in walking and adventure holidays).
Since qualifying as a yoga teacher, she has been mainly focusing on teaching individuals and small groups - but we are delighted she is now sharing her wisdom and insights at Battersea Yoga. Caroline is someone who knows first-hand the healing power of "being on the mat"...be prepared to be transformed.

Phone: 07733 011503

Alex Mukosi

A relative newcomer to yoga, Alex has reaped the benefits yoga and meditation can bring. Having trained with Angus at Battersea Yoga and attended retreat in Sri Lanka, Alex soon made the decision to become a qualified teacher in order to share the joys the practice can bring and recently qualified as a yoga teacher with the Sivananda organisation. Alex’s enthusiasm for yoga is infectious, her approach is light hearted and she endeavours to make yoga accessible to anyone regardless of age, size or ability. She has a passion for teaching and an array of positive energy to share with her students. Prepare to feel full of beans!

Email: alexandra.mukosi@gmail.com
Phone: 07852 578319

Katrina Triffitt

Katrina is an old friend to Battersea Yoga, and her teaching draws inspiration from the many yoga paths which have been part of her life for over 20 years, first dabbling in Yoga after becoming fascinated with Indian mysticism and poetry.  Trained and influenced by Simon Low, with a conscious awareness of anatomy, Katrina is qualified with British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance. She teaches Asana as ‘strong-centred flow’ in the Hatha Vinyasa style. Different classes blend deeply-strengthening Dynamic (Yang) sections with Restorative (Yin) sections, Pranayama, and Yoga Nidra.
We are delighted to welcome Katrina to the Battersea Yoga Team as our Restorative Yoga Teacher.

Phone: 07714 266444
Email: katrina.triffitt@mediacom.com

Jenny Fleming

Jenny’s teaching comes from a Sivananda base and yet is influenced by Vinyasa Flow and other yoga styles and teachers she has worked with over the years, including Faustomaria Dorelli and Rod Stryker, her present teacher.
As a teacher Jenny is continually learning from each new student that comes to her class. Jenny combines a love of movement with emphasis on the breath along with longer held poses, where appropriate, and some Pranayama.
Jenny’s aim is to give her students more self-confidence, knowledge and in inner awareness to develop their own practice at home.

Phone: 07969 063367

Ellie Harris

Ellie started practising meditation with Angus 6 years ago. Having found it profoundly transformational and liberating in her own life, she was inspired to train as a mindfulness teacher, teaching small, intimate groups.  The adventure and exploration continued with a deepening yoga practise, and Ellie has recently qualified as a Sivananda-trained yoga teacher.
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes"  Marcel Proust.


Phone: 07974 018049

Dr Mel Wood

Mel has been trying to find her way into stillness for twenty years and has been
studying yoga and meditation with Angus and Nadia for six years, to whom she will ever be grateful. Her approach to mindfulness is eclectic, drawing on Zen and the christian mystical tradition as well as yoga.
Mel is a part-time NHS neurologist and is working for a diploma in psychotherapy and hypnosis.

Phone: 07715 421984