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 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.
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. He wants the best from and for his students. His key aim is to help others to benefit from the practice, as he has. He would be the first to admit that it was his ability to perform postures that drew him into the practice but 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.
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.
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. She has trained with renowned dancers and artists such as Damien Jalet, Jose Agudo, and Hagit Yakira and many more. Her appetite for movement as a spiritual pursuit lead her to complete her Yoga Teacher Training with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in Kerala, India in 2015. Since then she has acquired further training in other Yoga styles from Iyengar to Vinyasa. Dhanisa's inspired sequencing and concise cues transmits confidence and clarity to everyone who attends.
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. She considers Yoga to be a Sarva Hita (good for all) -a practice that can be adapted for everyone across all ages and walks of life.