Claire Missingham began yoga practice 1996 at Jivamukti in NYC. Studied directly with Sri Pattahbi Jois in Mysore for 10 years. Teaching began in 1999, by touring the world as private yoga teacher to bands/musicians, actors and fashion designers.
Authorised Asthanga teacher, Jivamukti certified 2005, Kundalini Yoga level 1+2 certified 2016. Opened UK’s first Vinyasa Teacher Training in 2009, have trained + mentored over 500 international teachers.
Yoga Journal contributor + writer since 2007. Original teaching faculty at Yogaglo in Los Angeles 2013-2019. Senior teacher at Triyoga for 15 years. Awarded ‘grandmother’ status (Senior teacher with 10,000 hours teaching) status with Yoga Alliance in 2004.
Nikki Slade is a leading pioneer in the field of chanting and core voicework in the UK. Nikki has inspired thousands of individuals to chant and has brought her unique approach to companies including M&C Saatchi, Deutcshe Bank and Cisco.
She has also worked extensively with recovering addicts at The Priory Hospital, Start 2 Stop and Wandsworth men’s prison.
She has been resident Kirtan leader at triyoga London for 20 years and has released 4 Kirtan Albums. In 2016 Nikki was the founder of the 1st accredited Learn to Lead Kirtan Training in the U.K Nikki is the author of The Healing Power of Chanting.
Mousumi has been practicing yoga since childhood with her father. However, 11 years ago, with the inspiration of 2 teachers, Suganya and Rajiv Biswas, her perspective on yoga changed. Until beginning of last year, she practiced with various teachers, and she became a regular student of Astanga, taught by Teresa Kennard. Gradually a hobby transformed into yearning to gain knowledge about the impact of each poses to the mind and body and of the root of this magical exercise that changes our thinking and way of life.
Mousumi embarked on a 10 month teacher training journey with Faye and Samantha at the Same Star Yoga School. Under the guidance of Faye, she has enriched her vinyasa practice further. She has developed a new interest in Yin yoga taught by Samantha. She feels blessed to be an intermediary to spread these deep-rooted knowledges gained and promote peaceful way of living in the community.
Mousumi explores vinyasa, hatha and Yin-Yang yoga style on spiritual foundation, choreographed with mythological stories. Her yoga styles are blended with Pranayamas, meditations and chanting of shlokas, ensuring participation of anyone with or without experience in yoga.
“Practicing (abhyasa), selfless action (Karma) and duty (Dharma) with discipline (tapasah) and devotion (bhakti), is yoga”
Samantha Layzell is a registered 5000hr Yoga Elder for IYN. Her personal yoga practice had supported her for 25+ years through back injuries, family life and a corporate career, and massive change, so when she had the opportunity to go on an extended retreat in 2013 she signed up for a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training (200YTT) in Southern Goa, India with a view to simply deepen her own practice.
She had no idea that this was going to change her life forever! Within a month of returning to the UK, Samantha found herself teaching a regular yoga class and much to her surprise never looked back. During the past nine years Samantha has fully stepped into her own personal development, surrendering to the spiritual aspects of yoga and finding a path to compassionate self-healing through yin yoga & Buddhism.
Samantha’s calming vibe and positive energy come through in every class where she compassionately encourages her students to indulge their physical, emotional and spiritual selves in a powerful exploration of everything yin. Her knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology, gained through her work as a sports massage therapist, supports her teaching and allows her to identify modifications for people wishing to practice yoga as part of their injury rehabilitation process.
Samantha strongly believes that yoga is for everyone. One of her big loves is sharing yoga with people who didn’t think yoga was for them.
“Yin yoga invites us to be emotionally adventurous, truly being with what is and gives us the time and space to practice finding comfort within discomfort. Bringing yin energy into our lives balances and supports our yang (active) yoga practice and challenges us to dig deeper, unwrapping the layers until our innermost self, our Buddha nature, is revealed. Come and join me on the mat where you can luxuriate in the compassionate loving kindness that is yin yoga. Step into a beautiful nurturing space where you can broaden and enrich your yoga practice and truly find your bliss.”
Faye Shekhar is a registered 5000hr Yoga Elder for IYN and is following both of her passions as a travelling Yoga Teacher having been fortunate enough to have taught in some incredible locations such as New Zealand, Africa, Peru, Barbados, Bali, India & Sri Lanka to name but a few.
Faye has been a Massage Practitioner since 2007 and Massage Teacher since 2012 Founder of The African Bodywork Initiative launched in 2017 a Karma Yoga Project to help African people with jobs to create sustainable incomes, she has been studying yoga for over 16 years & teaching for over 14 years and in 2018 proudly opened Same Star Yoga in Dedham.
Faye has been fortunate enough to study with Liz Lark, Judith Hanson Lasater, Uma Dinsmore Tuli, Shiva Rae, Claire Missingham, Sianna Sherman, Noah Maze’, Suzanne Faith Slocum Gori, Nikki Slade & many incredible Jivamukti teachers and is very blessed to be continuing her studies with her greatest influence to date Paul Muller Ortega.
Faye has had many of her students go on to be teachers & understands it to be her dharma to empower her students in whatever way she can. Faye is fascinated by Svātantrya & passionate about conveying the relationship between the physical form and the emotional/mental states. Her personal investigation and study with some of the world’s leading teachers has led her to a greater understanding of the potential transformative energies that the various components of yoga both intellectually and experientially can give.
“Yoga enables me to see the divinity within all other beings, and sweetly detach from the things in life that are no longer serving in happy & healthy ways. All we should ever expect of ourselves is to make sure that we are always moving towards our truth. Truth will carry you through the toughest of times & life will always fall into place if it is with the pursuit of truth in mind.”