The team

Original teachers

We are grateful for our original teachers, Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevanda, who brought the lineage of advaita vedanta per Shankaracharya (all pictured above) to the west, as Sivananda yoga. We have been the beneficiaries of, and we pass along the knowledge of, an unbroken lineage of yogic teachings - direct from teacher to student - stretching back thousands of years.


We are a team of yoga teachers trained in the Sivananda tradition and passionate about traditional hatha yoga.



Saro McKenna

Saro began as staff within the Sivananda organisation in 2002, serving in Canada and France. In 2007 she received her Yoga Siromani (Teacher) diploma in India at the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy of the Sivanada Yoga Vedanta Centres, in Kerala. She founded Energy Yoga to bring the light of Sivananda yoga to the heart of the City.

Saro also facilitates the Friday night meditation and Q&A class.




Naoko Taoka

Naoko first came across a Sivananda book at the age of nine and began practicing meditation then. She trained as a Sivananda yoga teacher in 2012 and has been teaching regularly at Energy Yoga as well outside the centre. Naoko is passionate about facilitating the body's ability to re-balance itself naturally, and to that end has undertaken numerous qualifications in complementary therapies: Naturopathy, Thai Yoga Massage and acupuncture.

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Ed Atkins

Ed completed the Sivananda TTC in Austria in 2011, and has taught yoga since then, as staff in the Paris centre and then here in London. He has undertaken further training in teaching yoga to adolescents, and currently teaches weekly classes to both adults and teenagers. His yoga studies have included the study of Sanskrit and Indian classical music, and he has recently started a course in holistic acupressure. He is very excited to be deepening his knowledge of anatomy, movement and energy.

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Dunya Ntinizi

Dunya Ntinizi was certified as a Sivananda Yoga teacher in 2012 at the London Sivananda Vedanta Centre. She has been teaching inside and outside the organization since. Dunya is a dedicated practitioner who understands that body and mind can work through apparent limitations to move beyond initial expectations.

Dunya is currently on maternity leave. She also runs a small business creating gorgeous handmade meditation cushions.


Frankie Edelmann


Frankie Edelmann

Frankie has always been interested in physical exercise, well-being and helping others. With a degree in biomedical science from Birmingham University, she practiced different styles of yoga, initially enjoying the physical aspects and then realising the benefits of meditation, pranayama and philosophy. Since completing the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training, she has taught in studios, gyms, workplaces and local halls - and teaches cancer patients at a hospital. She is passionate about developing her yoga practice and helping others towards health, peace and happiness.