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 practicing 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 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.
I always dreamed of being a dancer even before my first ballet class at the age of five. My dream came true and I graduated as a professional dancer and ballet teacher in the Cecchetti Syllabus in 1992. I started dancing professionally immediately after that and only stopped dancing in 2012. I have been teaching Ashtanga since 2004 and I am still learning every day, not only through my own daily practice, but through teaching others. All our bodies are different and we have to learn to accept that on some days the body is more open than others.’ Listen to your body ‘ is an invaluable piece of advice a very loved ballet teacher once told me. My philosophy is that everyone should work at their own pace, allowing the body to slowly open. My dancing career taught me to be determined and disciplined which is something I hope to pass on to my students. My classes focus on alignment, strength of breath combined with movement, and a dynamic flow. I hope I can share my love for Ashtanga yoga with everyone that comes to practice with me.
In 2017 I discovered Yin Yoga which I wasn't sure what to make of at first; after my third practice I was hooked! I realized what a great complimentary practice yin yoga is to any dynamic yoga practice, especially to the Ashtanga Yoga sequence, so I decided to take my 200hrs yin yoga teacher training which I completed in 2018.
Yoga is her way of life. Yoga has not only allowed Helen to become a more well-balanced, healthy and peaceful person but she has also been lucky enough to have enriched the lives of others through teaching. Since becoming a yoga teacher, she has been fortunate enough to teach in beautiful New Zealand, where she has been living for the past five years. Helen has also had some incredible experiences teaching yoga in India and Uganda. She has now settled in Edinburgh where she continues to teach what she enjoys most! Through a variety of poses, and conscious sequencing, she aims to build strength, flexibility, and balance to help you undercover for yourself the benefits of yoga.
I qualified as a yoga instructor in 2015 after practicing many different styles of yoga over the years.
My personal practice really took off when I was introduced to hot yoga and was instantly hooked. I was living and working in London at the time in a very stressful career and found yoga helped calm my mind and I loved seeing and feeling changes in my body, my strength and muscle tone improved dramatically.
During my practice I would think to myself how rewarding it would be to do something you loved and that would help others feel good about themselves. After a decade of working in the fashion industry I decided to quit the rat race and become a full time yoga teacher and holistic practitioner.
I am also a certified reiki master, mobile holistic therapist, offering many different types of massage and therapies.
I strongly believe in empowering those in my classes to feel calm, centered, fit and healthy. I particularly welcome those trying out yoga for the first time.
I joined YGH as a member in 2014 to find balance away from my full-time job. I discovered Hot Yoga and Iyengar Yoga at the same time and found they complement each other very well combining a fun workout with precision of alignment. Initially drawn to its physical benefits, I soon fell in love with the mindful and self-reflective aspects of yoga and the freedom of movement it offers.
I joined team YGH shortly after completing my initial 200 hours Yin & Yang Yoga teacher training in January 2017. Hungry to learn more and to further develop my practice, I travelled to India in 2018 where I trained for a further 300 hours in Advanced Vinyasa.
I have also completed 85 hours of training in Pregnancy and Mother & Baby Yoga.
My classes are alignment focused, creative and challenging sequences designed to safely build strength and flexibility. I believe that yoga is much more than asana and goes beyond the shapes we make with our bodies. Everyone is different and i encourage students to find their yoga, whatever it might be or look like.
I teach hot power, hot flow and beginners power. Expect to sweat... a lot!
My first introduction to yoga was borrowing a VHS from my Dad back in my early teens – I had no idea how big yoga would come to be later in my life. After developing a somewhat unhealthy relationship with the gym in my early twenties, I started taking yoga classes to help me recover from constant tough workouts. After graduating and travelling, I started taking regular yoga classes again and feel deeply in love. It taught me to be proud of my body for what it allowed me to do and to respect it. I quickly signed up to a teacher training without much thought and joined Yoga’s Got Hot in February 2017 where I felt instantly welcome. I dedicated my entire year to practicing, studying and absorbing anything I could about this ancient practice. It gave me a healthy focus, appreciating the journey and what I could learn when I tried new things and different styles. I completed my 200 hour teacher training in September 2017 here in Edinburgh.
I love to share my practice in a classroom environment but equally urge people to focus on their own four corners of their mat. Each one of us is unique, as is our practice and I encourage people to embrace this.
After spending time with the amazing bunch at YGH, I was welcomed into the studio and feeling as though I’ve come full circle. I love that yoga allows me to feel at home in my body, no matter where I am in the world and that it teaches me to be happy in my home.
Marcela De Leon Perez
I teach Pregnancy yoga at YGH. My classes provide a secure, intimate, comfortable and calm environment for you to connect with your baby and with your body during your pregnancy. The main aim is to help you work with helpful tools, breathing exercises (pranayama) and physical postures (asanas) that could support you during and after pregnancy and into your motherhood journey. During class, we can also explore various exercises that come useful during labour for a more active birth experience. These classes will help you to maintain physical strength and flexibility, focusing on breathing, mindfulness and relaxation, regardless of your previous yoga experience.
Together we will explore various ways to enjoy the benefits of yoga, while respecting your body and acknowledging any common pregnancy discomforts and symptoms such as pelvic girdle pain (PGP), nausea and sickness, heart-burn, tiredness, cramps, carpal tunnel syndrome, and lower back pain. The classes also heave a deep focus on mindfulness, body awareness and the use of visualisation and breathing techniques to support relaxation during pregnancy, labour and childbirth. You can attend classes from 12 weeks in pregnancy.
I believe one of the greatest joys in life is finding that connection between the mind and body. I lead students towards stronger bodies and softer hearts through skilled sequencing and consistent anchoring to breath and the present moment. You can expect dynamic classes focused on a combination of strength, flexibility, mobility and moving with one's own body intelligence. There's always a little humour, a lot of sweat, deep melts and playful inversions we move and breath in a safe and mindful way.
Yoga has always anchored me to wherever I am physically, emotionally and mentally. Having lived in many different places and gone through a lot in my life, yoga is the one consistent aspect of my life. The practice has become part of me and always reveals something new, whether it's greater empathy and love for others or curiosity about how the body thrives. I’m forever grateful to share this amazing practice and yogi lifestyle, watching in awe as it shapes people's development on and off the mat.
I have been practicing yoga since 2011, and fell in love with not only the psychological and physical benefits but also the sense of community within studios. Since i first began my yoga journey, i was also inspired to study an MSc in Physical Activity for Health which greatly complements my own practice and teaching. I love to investigate and understand the science behind physical activity and how it effects how us through all stages of life. I have two main aims through my teaching; empowering and encouraging others to move their body through yoga to gain incredible long-term well-being & also highlighting that yoga is for everyone
I completed a 200 hour Yin Yang teacher training with Dhugal Meachem in Edinburgh which has allowed me to appreciate a strong and active practice as well as a calming, more passive Yin practice. My classes have a significant focus on building a strong foundation with muscular engagement, increasing strength and flexibility safely through active yoga, whilst aiming to create a soft and comfortable atmosphere in more passive restore classes."
I was Born in the Dominican Republic, raised in New York now living in Edinburgh. I have gone from dance, to stylist, to yogi. I am a free spirit and have a huge knowledge in Yoga. I completed level 1 Jivamukti Yoga teacher training in 1999. My style of yoga is influenced by the Jivamukti Yoga Centre in NYC, as well as Ashtanga Yoga which I studied under the guidance of Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois in India in 1999/2000. My uplifting energy brings spark, elegance, life, power & flow to my classes. My yoga practice also incorporates elements of dance & music.
For 18 years I’ve taught Jivamukti/ Vinyasa/ Power & Ashtanga Yoga in NY, London, Madrid, & Edinburgh but I’m drawn to the Jivamukti/ Vinyasa & Power Yoga style more. I enjoy the freedom of expression in these styles. I feel in this way I can bring awareness into my body at the time of the practise & anticipate it’s needs. I always opens up my class with a devotional ancient chant (prayer) or with the beautiful sound of OM in order to connect to the moment. My style is a wave-like dance flow of movements, an elegant yet physically challenging practice, leaving you both relaxed & full of life! My classes are not a set series; each class is unique in it’s composition. I set weekly sequences & shares them with my students. I am currently an ambassador for Lululemon Athletica.