Lineage and original teachers
The meditation taught at Energy Yoga is being developed by Sarada (our founder) following direct ignition of truth from her teacher, Aisha Salem (pictured above), to whom deep loving gratitude is expressed.
We are grateful for our original teachers, Swamis Sivananda and Vishnudevanda, who brought the lineage of hatha yoga per Shankaracharya (all pictured above) to the west. 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.
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.
Naoko 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.
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.
TEACHER - ON MATERNITY
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 medicine and therapy comes through in his teaching style, in which he communicates his knowledge by allowing the practitioner to experience the benefits directly, personally in a way that is tailored to each student.
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.