Who are we?


Angus Ford-Robertson
Angus
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 three boys Rowan and Conor & Finlay and 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 four 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.


Email:
cazzlewells@gmail.com
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: 07792441658


Katrina Triffitt
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.
She is a die-hard SW resident, and apart from feeling privileged, every day, to be able to share the amazing layers of experience that Yoga can offer, she loves (in various combinations) exploring the world, friends, family, weird new super-foods, and the garden.

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


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.



Email:
ellieharris@btinternet.com
Phone: 07974 018049


Jenny Flemming
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.

Email: jenny@batterseayoga.com
Phone: 07969 063367


Duncan Steen
Duncan Steen (aka Jinananda) has been teaching meditation, mindfulness and Buddhism for over 25 years. He first learned to meditate in the 1970s and studied Samkhya yoga and then Vipassana with Mr Goenka in India, before coming to Triratna Buddhism in 1980. He is the author of Meditating (2nd ed 2012) Warrior of Peace (a life of the Buddha) The Middle Way: the Story of Buddhism (Naxos audio book) and Karma and Rebirth (Naxos). Duncan was Chair of the West London Buddhist Centre 2005-2011. He presently teaches at the West London Buddhist Centre, the City Lit, the LSE and the YMCA.


Email:
duncansteen@yahoo.co.uk
Phone: 020 7727 9382

Emma Beattie
After discovering yoga in her home country, New Zealand, in 2004, Emma experimented with many different styles of yoga over the years before qualifying as an Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher in Paris in 2012. While her style of teaching is more dynamic and alignment focused, Emma’s classes are fun and accessible to all levels!
Emma’s yoga teaching background has its foundations in Ashtanga yoga, however she also enjoys teaching a slower, restorative class, incorporating pranayama and relaxation techniques.
Emma is also a qualified Pilates mat instructor, having completed her training in Paris in 2013. Her classes will encourage you to challenge yourself and strengthen those all important core muscles!

Email: e.l.beattie@hotmail.com
Phone: 07948567551


Hillary Perkins
Hilary has been practising yoga since the late nineties, and teaching since 2011. Her personal practice is Ashtanga which forms the core of what she teaches, while drawing on influences from other disciplines such as Iyengar and Hatha yoga to inform her approach. She combines teaching with working in the media industry and being mum to lively little boy, so understands the challenges and rewards of squeezing a little yoga into daily life.


Email:
hilary@makedoandbend.com
Phone: 07870 493544