I was a professional dancer/singer/actor and worked in musical theatre for twelve years.
During my career, injuries were inevitable and reoccurring. I spent some time in physio, like most dancers. Fortunately, I was recommended to try hot yoga and immediately I felt the effect on my body.
In 2012 I returned home and quickly realised hot yoga classes in Edinburgh were extremely limited and I wanted to share this specialized yoga with the city. I was very proud to open one of the first hot yoga studios in Edinburgh in 2013 and can honestly say it’s the best decision I have ever made. I get my own practice in plus I get to share this beautiful practice with others. Watching them improve, grow and change fills my heart.
My intention was to create a space that felt safe for others to come along and be themselves.
Each teacher is specially chosen for their unique style and amazing ability to connect with others.
I believe that you can cure/improve/change your body/self/life through the tools of yoga. There is no easy, quick fix in life, we must earn our success and therefore be proud of our achievements.
Become a yogi and enhance your life.
I have been practising a variety of Yoga since 2008 whilst working in both the fitness and Healthcare Industry. My practice has helped me grow stronger both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to be the best person I can be. I got into Hot Yoga in 2013 after having surgery and loved everything about it. I have since had the opportunity to train in the UK and Spain with some wonderful teachers including Lynne Duncan at Yoga’s Got Hot and Javier Castro at the Yogashala Institute. I am qualified with a Level 3 Yoga Teacher Diploma and recently attained my 200-Hour Hath-Vinyasa Yoga Teacher qualification and I intend completing my 500-Hour Hatha Vinyasa and Therapeutic Yoga within the next twelve months.
I have been teaching at Yoga’s Got Hot since November 2014 and as I learn and grow, so too does my teaching content. My aim in every class is to give students the opportunity to explore and discover their own body and minds in a safe space. My teaching style is fun with playfulness and a strong sense of alignment designed to let you discover your own inner Yogi.
As far back as I remember, I always had a strong emotional connection with music and movement. I couldn't sit still whenever I heard music, and it became clear from very early on that my natural language was movement, and my dream was to become a professional dancer.
I began my fulltime study's at 12 years old at the Dance school of Scotland before finishing my training with a full scholarship at the prestigious English National Ballet School in London.
In my 12-year dance career have worked with the Scottish ballet Company as well as working in Germany as a soloist in both classical ballet contemporary and musical theatre companies and productions.
After retiring and moving back to the UK, I struggled to find a way of moving my body that helped keep it in an optimal state and that's when I found hot yoga and fell in love with the more powerful practices that kept my body both strong and flexible.
I went on to study anatomy and physiology and qualified as a level 3 reps personal trainer and began working in the fitness industry.
I wanted to try and combine my love for hot studio practices with my experience as a ballet dancer to create a high intensity, full-body workout that was like no other and unique to Yoga's Got Hot. This is where Ballet's Got Hot was born.
I have been a professional singer for the last 7 years.
Maintaining my health and fitness has been a key component to securing jobs and maintaining stamina on long contracts, as well as being a place to let off a little steam.
I have been practising yoga since 2014. Both yoga and singing ask us to deconstruct patterns in our bodies that have occurred due to our genetics, our lifestyle, and our environment. Delving into these patterns is an incredibly empowering and freeing tool from which everyone can benefit.
I am really excited to make you smile and sweat your way through the Classic Sequence!
See you on the mat!
I was introduced to yoga in 2017. Coming from an athletic background, including long-distance running and powerlifting, I was left with injuries and looked for ways to help repair and heal my body. After my first Hot Power class at Yoga’s Got Hot, I was hooked. I loved the physical aspect of yoga, building more strength and flexibility. After a short time, I started to notice the effect yoga had on my mental and emotional health. Taking the tools I learned on the mat into my everyday life, I managed to open many doors and opportunities I never thought would be possible. I had a fire in my belly I had never felt before, and I knew that yoga was the thing I wanted to be able to share with others and help people see their true potential.
At the end of 2018, I completed my 200hr Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training and a short while after became part of the YGH team. I enjoy teaching Vinyasa Flow and power classes. My classes are challenging, coupled with a light-hearted playfulness about them. I am passionate about helping people to feel empowered and encourage them to try something new. I’m a firm believer that we can achieve great things when we open our mind and put our heart and soul into things both on the mat and into our everyday lives.
Lizzie has taught Yoga for 5 years in the Edinburgh community, specialising in Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin Yoga and Myofascial Release. Originally trained in Copenhagen, she now studies in what ways Yoga can affect and nurture the nervous system. Lizzie believes yoga is a great holistic tool to integrate into daily life- it can help keep the body healthy, the mind clear and the heart open. Expect your practices to be accessible, soulful, and functional; everyone is welcome.
Jacob grew up surfing in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa. By the age of 12, he was travelling the world surfing professionally and was selected to represent his country. During this time he won some of the biggest junior surfing comps in SA.
Surfing is his greatest passion and when he discovered yoga around the age of 16 he was surprised how well yoga helped complement his surfing by increasing both flexibility and core strength. When he first began practising he was the least flexible student in class, unable to touch his toes but through time and ongoing, consistent practice, his body has opened up.
He began to teach yoga around the age of 20 when he'd lost the competitive drive required for surfing professionally (instead his surfing became a stoke-filled interaction with Mother Nature and her power). His yoga classes combine mind, body, and spirit practices to build strength, increase flexibility, and grow inner resiliency. Each session includes breathwork and mindfulness along with challenging and fun physical flows and mobility training.
My first encounter with yoga was in 2010 when I bought a voucher for a beginners Ashtanga yoga course. From the very first lesson, I was completely captured by the magic of yoga and have practised ever since exploring different styles and teachers.
In August 2016 I decided to fully embrace a new lifestyle and become a yoga teacher; I quit my 9 to 5 office job and head to India to carry out a multi-style 200hrs Yoga Teacher Training in Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa. After that, I continued to travel and teach yoga throughout Central America furthering my teaching experience.
Since then I have gained further training in Kids Yoga (40hrs), The Rocket® (100hrs) and Seasonal Yoga (200hrs).
In 2019 I went back to India to practice for a month in Sharmila Desai’s shala in Goa and have now started practising 3rd series (Advance A) of Ashtanga.
While Ashtanga remains my first love and favourite style for my personal practice, I also teach other styles and my focus is always on creating fun, inclusive and self-loving practices.