Yoga Teachers at Alchemy
Alistair Whitlock has been teaching and practicing Kundalini Yoga for almost a decade and is certified by the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) as Level 2 instructor. He has studied extensively under both Guru Kaur (Amritvela) and Karta Singh (Amritnam Sarovar). Prior to Yogi Bhajan’s passing in 2004, Alistair was given the spiritual name of Guru Dharam Singh. In addition to Kundalini Yoga, Alistair is a fully qualified and practising acupuncturist with an extensive understanding of the whole human being. At Alchemy, Alistair teaches Kundalini Yoga, and Gong Bath.
Amy is a British Wheel of Yoga accredited teacher and is attuned to Reiki Master level. She leads an intuitive and gracious class, where she encourages students to listen to their inner dialogue, and yet provides gentle and discerning guidance. Her classes are infused with devotion, rhythm and love and are suitable to all levels.
Amy is British Wheel of Yoga accredited and teaches Restorative yoga, Yoga Open and Gong Meditation, and she leads the New Moon Gong Meditations as well as the Reiki Attunement workshops with Paolo Bisazza at Alchemy. Amy trained with leading Pregnancy Yoga teacher trainer Uma-Dinsmore Tuli, and she is completing her formal Kundalini Teacher training and also teaches Hatha and Yoga to children. Amy also performs, singing sacred chants from all traditions, and is completely dedicated to delving into the world of Yoga and healing.
Angad Singh’s Kundalini Yoga and Gong Meditation classes focus on opening the gateway to the beyond, which we find within, using the full spectrum of Kundalini Yoga technology from high energy kriyas to peaceful and deep meditation.
Angad lives a multi-faceted life as a kundalini yoga teacher, shiatsu practitioner, spiritual coach and as a consultant to ethical businesses. He discovered kundalini yoga and the teachings of Yogi Bhajan after 10 years of spiritual searching. Through this technology and his relationship with spiritual teacher Shiv Charan Singh, he found the essence of truth he had been seeking. He now lives to share these teachings and serve others on their journey to find their own truth.
Clive Fogelman has a creative and open-minded approach to yoga, influenced by his therapeutic work and sporting background. He helps people cultivate intuition within their bodies, mindful that all individuals are different and continually evolving. Classes emphasise linking breath and movement to direct attention inward and become more aware of each moment. Drawing on the parallels between yoga and life, the mat becomes a playground for exploration and transformation. Classes focus on developing core strength and flexibility, while providing a space to ground and release stress. Clive teaches Restorative & Meditation at Alchemy, and also Dynamic, Flow, Yin Yoga, offering variations for all levels.
Dirish Shaktidas is a flexaterian, immersed in the world of holistic healing. Dirish has been practising yoga and meditation for 10 years, and he teaches Vinyasa Flow, Yoga Open and is a specialist in Shakti Dance, the Yoga of Dance. Trained under Yoga Works in LA and mentored by Kia Miller and Jesse Schein.
Dirish’s classes are described as rejuvenating, dynamic and chilled, and his teaching is charismatic, clear and concise with the focus on breath, alignment and bringing you into a state of inner peace. Dirish leads his life by honouring his intention to help others become more conscious within thus becoming more aware outward. He is influenced by multiple yogic disciplines and teachers from past present and future. He believes that experience is life and life is the experience which is the greatest teacher. www.dirish.com
Elisa Devlin is a dedicated Vinyasa Flow teacher who has a BA Degree in Maharishi Vedic Science. She draws upon her 9 year practice of Transcendental Meditation as a source of steadiness for her Yoga asana practice. The asanas are the external form, but its what is on the inside that really matters. Sometimes the body moves freely without obstruction and at other times it feels dense and heavy. Often its hard to ascertain whether its the mind which is sluggish or the physical body. When we practice Yoga in its myriad forms, we work with awareness and patience. We train both the mind and the body to be strong and flexible. When the two come together, then we have Union and this is Yoga. Elisa teaches Dynamic and Flow at Alchemy.
Kate McKenzie is passionate about creativity and well-being and teaches Exploring the Chakras, and Kundalini Yoga at Alchemy. She has been a yoga practitioner, performer, and singer all her adult life.
She trained in Kundalini and Sivananda yoga, and continues to learn from a variety of traditions, which she shares in a non-dogmatic style. Her greatest wish when she teaches, is to inspire others to seek their own truth and express themselves with freedom & compassion.
Kate has lead “Mantra Choirs” and trained in massage, Reiki, First Nature voice, Indian Rag and Life Coaching. She has also performed worldwide with her own company – a circus and live music entertainment. Kate has released two CD’s of contemporary relaxation music.
Luiz Veiga believes in a practice which takes us back to the basics of yoga: simplicity and attention to detail. Spending three and a half years in Mysore studying with Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath Jois was a pivotal experience in the development of Luiz’s personal practice. He was touched by the practice of Ashtanga in such a way that it became a part of his being and shaped the way he sees life.
Subsequently, Luiz travelled to Thailand to study with Rolf Naujokat; and it was there, in 2005, that Luiz started to share his passion for yoga through teaching. Since then, he has been teaching in Indonesia, Thailand, London, Brazil and Italy, where he spent 2 years teaching Yin Yoga and Ashtanga for the UN in Rome.
Luiz leads his students through the flow of a Vinyasa practice with emphasis on Tristhana, the three places of attention or action: asana, Ujay breath and Dristhi. These three places are very important for Vinyasa practice, and cover three levels of purification in the body, nervous system and mind, and they are always performed in conjunction with each other. At Alchemy, Luiz teaches the weekly classes of Morning Mysore, Ashtanga Led, and Yin Yoga, and his classes and teaching style assist students to learn the series of asanas for simultaneously developing attention to pace, breathing, and the finer details of the practice.
Margherita Dal Pra
Margherita Dal Pra teaches weekly Yoga Open class at Alchemy.
I took my first yoga class 17 years ago and didn’t realised that it signed the beginning of a total transformation and a radical change in my whole life. It was as if I had taken my first breath of fresh air and could finally relax into being me. My health, emotional well-being and my whole life took gradually a positive transformation. I explored various styles of yoga (Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa flow). In 2003 I met Rod Stryker, who taught me the Parayoga® method and with whom I continue to study and find inspiration.
In 2008 I discovered the heart opening grace and therapeutics of Anusara Yoga. My philosophy is to inspire students, via the practice, via the breath, via the alignment, to better understand themselves and to support them in discovering who they really are. In my practical approach to yoga, its my belief that one of the keys to enlightenment is to “lighten up”, and having fun and to delight is always part of the process. With a sense of humour and commitment, I provide a safe place for students to explore, break boundaries and release layers of physical, emotional, and psychic weight.
Mark Kan’s journey of self discovery began over 10 years ago after some time of feeling disconnected from the path he took as a visual artist. Mark’s quest for more knowledge of ancient science took him to India, training as Sivananda Yoga teacher in 2006. That same year Mark reached a milestone in this enriching journey through a first encounter with Dharma Mittra, bringing together the synthesis he was searching for in yoga practice and everyday life. This encounter soon took Mark to New York to study with his humble Guru. Mark teaches weekly Dharma Mittra classes, and he assures Alchemy that it will be a great honour to be able to share with you some of the teachings of a truly enlightened Master.
Mollie received her certification from Forrest Yoga Circle after studies of Astanga Yoga with Patthabi Jois in Mysore, and Zen and Shingon Buddhist studies in Japan. Her class is influenced by the transformative nature of Forrest yoga, the Shakti flow of Shiva Rea, the expressions of alignment by Tias Little and Anusara yoga, and the movement of energy in Kundalini yoga.
Mollie started a yoga practice at age 17 while apprentice with the Milwaukee Ballet Company. After becoming injured dancing, she studied religious and cultural studies in university, especially focusing on the practices of yoga and Japanese Buddhism. Following her innate love for movement and expression of the body, she danced for four years with Xpressions Contemporary Dance Company, in Pittsburgh PA, before moving to the UK. At Alchemy, Mollie teaches Dynamic, Flow and Yoga Open weekly classes.
Nathalie Mukusheva received her certification from Dharma Mittra after studies of Dharma Yoga in New York. She studied Dynamic Yoga in London for 5 years under Olof Kuijt and continues her studies attending a weekly Master Class as well as her daily practise.
Nathalie’s teaching is influenced by the endless transformative nature of yoga, the grace and technical precision of Classical Ballet and the freedom of alignment and correct technique. Having had extensive training in many forms of movement including Contortion training, Rommett Floor-Barre technique and Acro for Dancers she is honoured to share everything she has learnt with all her students whatever their level of experience. She teaches weekly Dharma Mittra and Flow yoga classes at Alchemy.
Yoga was a way for Nick Cervonaro to focus and clear his mind from his work within the music industry, where he was working countless hours in recording studios and sleepless nights for over 10 years. Through his dedication and exploration of the Jivamukti method, Nick’s inquiry into the yoga practice has deepened and matured over the years. Nick’s classes are dynamic and focused on the purpose of the actual practice, and he teaches weekly Jivamukti classes at Alchemy.
Having had the honour and privilege to study for a number of years under some of London’s most esteemed yoga teachers, including Alessia Avellino, Stewart Gilchrist and Rebecca Ffrench, I sought to deepen my practice. In early 2012, I successfully undertook a Yoga Alliance-accredited teacher training course with Yoga London, where I was able to develop a more holistic understanding of the science of yoga.
My classes incorporate all eight limbs of yoga, helping practitioners to move forward in their yogic journey. The practice will cultivate physical strength and mental balance through a powerful focus on the breath, eventually leading to a state of happiness and well-being. Discover your true Self and sweat your way to inner peace through a challenging asana practice!
‘To the keen and intent practitioner, results come quickly’ (Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, 1.21)
Sivaroshan Sahathevan is a level I & II certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, learning under the Tutelage of Karta Singh, founder of the Amrit Nam Sarovar International School (ANS). At Alchemy, Sivaroshan teaches weekly Kundalini Yoga classes.
Having worked in the City of London for over 10 years, Sivaroshan has direct experience of applying the teachings to everyday life. He is actively working with organisations to bring yoga techniques directly to corporations to help Londoners take direct control of their wellbeing.
Sivaroshan is committed to the practical application of Kundalini Yoga and making it accessible to everybody, regardless of their background or circumstance. Sivaroshan draws upon over 10 years of spiritual eastern practise, which includes Raj Yoga, Buddhism and Ashtanga. His teaching style is direct, uplifting and compassionate. His aim is to empower students to find their personal strength and joy. He is also an accomplished energy healer with experience in several modalities and is currently training to be an IAYT Certifed yoga therapist, with the goal of taking the teachings into a new depth of application.
“The job of a teacher is to elevate. You are a forklift”- Yogi Bhajan
Sukhpal Bahra has always felt deep soul connection to the practice of Kundalini Yoga. Her parents are from Punjab and she grew up with many of the mantras used. Her weekly Kundalini Yoga and Kundalini and Gong classes at Alchemy are accessible to all and can be practiced by all. Sukhpal’s subtlety of her experienced teaching style is very much suited to the rushed times we are living in. Sukhpal is passionate about human potential (the spirit having a human experience!). As well as being a Kundalini yoga teacher she is a hand analyst/palmist, life coach, career coach, ayurvedic massage therapist, and healer.
Yogi Ashokananda was raised in India and has been practising yoga since early childhood when his Grandfather was his first teacher. Over the last 20 years Yogi has been fortunate to develop his teaching and own experience and education of yoga under some of the great Indian masters. He has taught the teachings of the Bihar School of Yoga, the Sivananda Ashram and the Shri Ved Niketan Ashram.
Now as a Yoga and Meditation Master, he teaches a number of different disciplines of meditation, including SOR (Science of Relaxation) and his own profound teachings like his weekly Himalayan Hatha Yoga classes at Alchemy, which have their roots in Ancient Indian tradition. In 2008, Yogi Ashokananda founded The Sita Devi School, a charity school in India to support the education of local under privileged children. He is also a registered senior teacher with Yoga Alliance UK.