Lineage and original teachers
The meditation taught at Energy Yoga is drawn from experience in silent Vipassana meditation, as well as the techniques of breath awareness, visualisation and loving kindness as in the Vedantic and Buddhist traditions. Saro (our founder) is guided, on the path of Truth, by her meditation teacher Aisha Salem (pictured above).
We are grateful for our original teachings via Swami Sivananda's lineage of Hatha Yoga (also pictured above) as per Shankaracharya, which was brought to the West in the 1960's. 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 yoga tradition and passionate about traditional hatha yoga.
TEACHER - Co-Director
Akhil was born in Kerala, India, where he also trained to teach Yoga. He qualified at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram, which is where he also met his wife Sara (who also teaches at the studio). He is a genuine and kind yoga teacher whose practice has lead him to explore in detail the origins and application of Yogic knowledge. He is also a qualified Holistic Massage Therapist with the London School of Massage. His interest in holistic therapy comes through in his teaching, allowing the practitioner to experience the benefits directly, personally in a way that is tailored to each student.
TEACHER - Co-Director
Before completing Yoga teacher training at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala and the Anand Prakash Ashram in Rishikesh Sara worked at leading London studios as a Personal Trainer which has provided her with a deep understanding of anatomy and rehabilitation of injuries. Her background in dance, gymnastics and martial arts, all contribute to her style of teaching. She continually aims refresh her knowledge and understanding of mind-body health in all its forms.
Abhinand spent extensive periods of time living, volunteering and teaching at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India. In recent years the emphasis of his training and teaching has been in Ashtanga Yoga. With over 700 hours of teaching qualifications and experience teaching all over the world, Abhinand is a talented and motivated practitioner, and a methodical and attentive teacher. His key aim is to help others to benefit from the practice, as he has. The greatest value for him is the mental peace that comes with practice.
With over 15 years of personal practice, and 8 years teaching experience Retheesh was born and studied extensively in India. He qualified as a teacher at the Sivananda Vedanta Ashram and the Sthalam8 Ashtanga Centre in Mysore working in both Hatha and Ashtanga yoga styles. Following years of personal study he gained a professional qualification to enable to share his love of yoga and to pass on to his students the benefits to be gained from regular practice. He is a dynamic teacher always bringing a sense of fun to his classes.
A long term Sivananda Yoga enthusiast, Daleesha travelled the world and immersed herself into the teachings of Yoga in India after receiving signs from the universe. During her travels she spent much of her time in nature discovering herself and promised herself she’d share all her valuable lessons and knowledge through yoga once she returned back to UK. She truly believes that yoga is more than just the physical practice and is a way of life. Daleesha loves to take the time in understanding and encouraging her students to be the best versions of themselves. Daleesha creates classes which are a fusion of Hatha Flow and Ashtanga and brings dynamic energy and fun to her sessions.
Pretti’s journey started at a young age. She attended school in India where spiritual practice was an integral part of daily life. After returning to the UK and completing a mathematics degree at University of London and Pretti found work in the corporate sector. She also completed a course on Meditation in India at that time. After 15 years of meditation practice she qualified in Sivananda Yoga in 2010 and did the Advanced Teachers Training Course in 2013. Pretti now teaches in a variety of settings and volunteers at The North London Hospice teaching patients the healing art of Yoga.
After suffering an injury while training full time as a dancer in her early twenties, Harriet went to University to study Business and lived in Singapore where she took her first Yoga and meditation sessions. She discovered a new way to regain strength and reconnect mind and body. Currently working in the field of healthcare communications she has experience of the pressures of the corporate world. Harriet has always found yoga to be one way in which to help manage both physical and mental health. To that end she has contributed to OURMALA, an organisation delivering yoga and meditation for refugees.
Naoko has been practicing Yoga for 20 years and teaching for 8 years. She first came across a Sivananda yoga 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. She has also studied Chi Gong and incorporates this ancient Chinese discipline in her classes with us.
Saro began as staff within the Sivananda yoga organisation in 2002, serving in Canada and France. In 2007 she received her Yoga Teacher certification at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala. She founded Energy Yoga in 2012 to bring the light of yoga to the heart of the City.
Hailing from Mumbai, India's dance capital, Dhanisa draws from her decades of experience as a choreographer, dancer and dance instructor, which has lead her to perform all over the world. Her appetite for movement as a spiritual pursuit lead her to complete many Yoga studies and she has acquired training in Yoga styles besides Sivananda, including Iyengar and Vinyasa and draws on her upbringing in India to develop her knowledge of mantra and bhajan.
Growing up in India, Sadhana was introduced to Bhakti Yoga and meditation by her parents. Since her teacher training at the Sivananda Yoga Dhanwantari Vedanta Ashram, in Kerala, India, Sadhana has sought out teachers in South India, Tamil Nadu to Northern India in Rishikesh and Manali. She learnt Vinyasa Yoga from Srivatsa Ramaswami, Iyengar with Usha Devi and Sharath Arora and continually updates her understanding of Yoga anatomy and philosophy with numerous educational Yoga institutes.