Our Teachers

Raman Devi

Coming from an Indian heritage some of the practices in this ancient discipline was already inherent within Raman. Particularly the devotional side of the practice, chanting and serving others in the community. This inner knowing led Raman to complete her first traditional Hatha Yoga training in India where these ancient practices had a profound effect on her not only on a physical level but also mentally and emotionally.

This encouraged her to further her studies by completing her Jivamukti Training at the Eco Village in Mumbai where the philosophy of simple living and higher thinking resonated with her. Through her own personal practice and studying and being able to study with great teachers such as Sharon Gannon, Yogeswari, Vijay Kumar and Matthew Sweeny has enabled her to further more develop and evolve within the practice but also how the ancient teachings are ever so needed in today’s modern world. Yoga is one complete package and it can’t be separated but as individuals we can see how the practice can influence how we view the world with a clear vision. Raman has spent many years in India studying at various institutes to deepen her knowledge but also using the time to be immersed within the culture and being inspired by this discipline.

A sincere interest in the Vedic scriptures has enabled Raman to continue her study on the Bhagavad Gita and dedicating her time in learning the essence of Bhakti Yoga and studying with Gary Carter on anatomy and movement and how through knowledge of anatomy can help teachers to make intelligent choices about the way they teach their students.

Raman’s approach within teaching is inspired with a sense of wonder and how the body is an instrument for us to reach our fullest potential by working through all those layers of habitual patterns we have built in our lifetime. Raman brings the ancient discipline and the teachings of the Vedic scriptures into each of her classes inspiring students to learn and discover how to be the best version of self on and off the mat.

Hannah Watson

Hannah started practising yoga in 2016 and, after several years of dedicated practice, she completed her teacher training in 2020. Yoga has helped her to keep fit, to build strength and flexibility, and also to manage her mental health. The teachings of yoga philosophy have had a profound impact on her life, and she is always excited and curious to learn more.

Hannah enjoys many different styles of yoga, but is especially fond of dynamic vinyasa. She likes to explore a variety of challenging poses including backbends, arm balances, and inversions. Hannah’s sequences are energetic and fun, with invigorating movements, and graceful transitions. They are carefully constructed to be accessible for all levels; everyone should be able to experience the benefits of yoga!

When she isn’t practising yoga, Hannah is usually doing something musical. She plays the piano and the violin, and enjoys performing at concerts, weddings, festivals, and other events. She also teaches music lessons, and writes her own musical compositions. Hannah is delighted to have found two lifelong passions: yoga and music. It is a great gift in life to be able to teach, encourage, and inspire others.

Tina Roepcke

I am Tina and a certified RYT 200hrs Ashtanga & Vinyasa Teacher in Birmingham – I was born in Germany and moved to the UK 10 years ago. My yoga journey began about 9 years ago when the daily pressure and demands of working and studying at the same time left me feeling rather stressed and overwhelmed. That’s when I found Yoga at just the right time. I began to feel more at peace and felt mentally and physically stronger. I am also certified in Advanced Dynamic Thai Yoga Massage which has lead me on a deeper journey in understanding how different and beautiful all our bodies are.

Through the teachings of yoga and massage philosophy, I have also found a deeper connection to our Earth. Practising a holistic and eco-conscious lifestyle is helping me to stay grounded and support my mental wellbeing whilst helping others feel the same through the practice of yoga and massage.

In my classes I pay a lot of attention in making my students feel strong, flexible and relaxed, as well as promoting awareness of the connection of the physical and mental body.

Kiran Devi

Kiran fell in love with yoga as soon as she stepped on the mat 10 years ago, and hasn’t looked back (unless doing a backbend!). Years of practice led Kiran to embark on the journey to become a qualified teacher.

I am 500 hours trained in yoga and I continue to develop my understanding and enhance my knowledge of yoga (forever a student).
200hr Teacher Training, Yogahaven, Italy
300hr Vinyasa Training, Sampoona Yoga, India
50hr Yin Training, Norman Blair,London

:Assistant teacher on a 200 hour and 500 hour teacher training in India Goa
Kiran’s aim as a teacher is to continue to deepen her understanding of the practice and to share this knowledge with others. Her classes encourage a focus on breath in order to calm and still the mind; she emphasises correct alignment in order to reap the many benefits of each asana. This all culminates in a well deserved, Zen filled savasana.

Yoga, for me now is a regular discipline and not just an exercise routine. I love the spiritual benefits of yoga and through movement yoga creates this inner space, a sense of freedom and happiness to the soul. Yoga helps us centre and balance our lives in a way that keeps us naturally happy, healthy and emotionally stable. I feel very grateful I can share the magic of yoga with others. In my classes I create a friendly space where I encourage students to move mindfully, joyfully with an emphasis on breath and creative sequencing.

Hollie Beardmore

Yoga bought new perspectives, self acceptance and a whole bag of gratitude for myself and others. From flip reversing my own mind set, Yoga was too magic not to share with others. I love to move the body in creative yet simple ways allowing us to fully nourish from the inside out. By challenging ourselves on the mat in a physical sense, we can start to bring these ideas in to our daily lives and this is where the true yoga begins. I’m just here to learn, evolve and adapt and hope collectively we all continue to be the best versions of ourselves.

Lots of love x x

Hollie x x

Andrea Hassett

Andrea is recognised as a Yoga Alliance Professionals Senior Teacher; she has been teaching for 10 years and practicing for 20 years.

Andrea started her journey by training in Hot yoga as she was drawn to the elements of the physical practice. She taught hot yoga for many years and through this came to the realisation that there was much more to yoga then practising in a hot room. She decided to open her own yoga studio with the intention of bringing the physical practices and the true essence of what Yoga is to Birmingham by offering a diverse range of practices that are inclusive and accessible for all and that Yoga is for everyone .
Yoga Sweat has now been running for 8 years and through determination, dedication and a great team behind her, it has brought a warm sense of community in to the city centre.

Andrea has a lot to offer on the teacher training program and she brings her experience and love of yoga combined with her business acumen. You will learn the fundamentals of a balanced yoga practice, asana, pranayama, meditation and the science and philosophy that provides the framework for the practices.

Andrea is very much inspired by this quote and she believes that her passion has been driven by her love of yoga and if you love your passion then it doesn’t really feel like work!

“If you love your work, if you enjoy it, you’re already a success.” – Jack Canfield

Harjean Ubhi

Harjean went to her first yoga class when she was 18 years old. Since then she was hooked on yoga. She tried different types of yoga but her practice was very sporadic. It wasn’t until she moved to New York City in 2010 and found Ashtanga yoga that she was truly converted. Ashtanga yoga truly changed her life and transformed her mind and body. She fell in love with the grounding practice and teachings of Ashtanga and became dedicated to a 6 day practice. Even though her yoga practice was challenging (and at times painful!) Harjean felt that she had to continue with the practice and make it a part of her life.

She has seen and experienced the true healing of yoga and what a deep impact it can make in a person’s life. Being a qualified psychotherapist, Harjean has used yoga therapy to help clients suffering from anxiety, depression, panic attacks, autoimmune diseases and stress. Harjean believes that through healing the body we heal our mind. Harjean is grateful for all the teachers that have led her on this path. She dedicates her daily practice to her teachers, Danny Paradise, John Scott, Manju Jois and the late Sri Pattabhi Jois.

‘Practice practice practice, and all is coming’- Pattabhi Jois

Kam Bola

Kam started practising yoga in 2008 and over the years her love for the practice and values of yoga have deepened. Kam completed the teacher training in July 2015 and anticipates continuing this journey as a teacher for many years to come. Yoga has shaped Kam’s life and given her the strength to cope with the challenges that life brings. Finding the work, life, family and yoga balance has enriched her well-being, and she hopes to bring this energy to her classes.

Fav Quote: Body not stiff, mind stiff!

Fav yoga pose: Humble warrior, Baddha Virabhadrasana
Likes: Essential Oils

Dave Glover

Dave has been practicing ashtanga vinyasa yoga since 2005, initially attending just one class a week until he was hooked on the graceful and energetic flow of Ashtanga, and began a daily practice.
In 2012 Dave met his current teacher, John Scott, and the following year completed John’s teacher training programme and began teaching himself. Since then Dave has continued to develop his skills and knowledge with John in various locations around the world.

In 2015 Dave travelled to Mysore, India to practice at the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, where Ashtanga Yoga was first practiced.
Dave strongly believes in an accessible non-judgemental approach to yoga, and that anyone can practice yoga and enjoy it’s many benefits. It doesn’t matter how young or old, how fit, how flexible, or how able, if you want to practice, you can.

Chris Randall

Yoga has been important in Chris’ life for the last 10 years although he first went to a class about 18years ago. He finds yoga so beneficial to his mental emotional and physical well-being on and off the mat.

Chris trained in India, mother to yoga, and spent time down in Goa working through his journey of self-discovery practicing Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga and Yin.
Chris also enjoys time in the studio doing Broga Yoga and Jivamukti and he also enjoys a Yin Restorative class – variety and diet of class is good.
Chris trained in India undertaking his 200 Yoga Teacher Training qualification in Astanga/ Vinyasa Flow Fusion and a 30 hour Yin Yoga Certificate.
Another year on Chris has developed his yoga skills further training to teach Special Children Special Yoga with YogaCampus. Yoga for Chris is about inclusivity and everyone can do Yoga regardless of… Chris strongly believes that Yoga is for All on and off the mat.
Chris has worked extensively in the West Midlands and continues to encourage his yogis to just have fun on the mat and give themselves permission to smile .

Recently Chris trained as a Breathworker and also a Sleep Revovery Yoga Teacher.

Anita Arnold

Hi, I’m Anita Arnold, and yoga for me means happiness, it brings me joy and focus. I love sharing yoga with others, guiding others to build their practice and encourage them to challenge their bodies, and their minds. I started teaching in 2003, when I embarked on the British Wheel of Yoga teacher training course. This for me, was a massive step and a leap of faith, as I lacked confidence and self worth. Yoga helped me, move through difficult times in my life and opened my eyes to a new path of being. It was not easy, yoga is challenging and I struggled just like everyone does when starting something new, but my yoga practice also gave me the strength, and the drive to keep going.

This is why I teach yoga, I want to assist others in moving through the challenges of life , expand perspective and build strength, emotionally as well as physically. I hope that I can help others to experience the magic that yoga brings.
My passion for helping others extends to all aspects of my work. I found energy healing because I wanted to work on my self development, let go of fears, blocks and self doubt. This brought me to discover Source Energy Healing, I have been a practitioner of other forms of energy healing for over 10 years, however, this very powerful healing is a great way for me to personally help people deal with greater issues on a much deeper level. I believe, it is important to teach and guide from what we ourselves have experienced.

I look forward to seeing you in class!

Laura Allen

Laura is trained in Hatha Yoga. Her training also covers other forms of yoga practice such as mudras, pranayama and meditation. Laura enjoys Hatha Yoga because it is a strong and steady practice which incorporates an awareness of breath, body and mind whilst including a bit of meditation.  

Laura’s aim as a teacher is to help guide people through a safe yoga sequence which will work on controlled movements to improve strength and flexibility. Laura also offers hands on alterations during a class should anyone wish for this.  

As an actor Laura has found that a regular Yoga practice has kept her feeling grounded in a fundamentally ‘up in the air’ profession. Laura is a strong believer that yoga strengthens the mind as well as the body due to the focus required needed for certain postures. However, a yoga practice doesn’t have to be advanced or difficult in order to reap the mental and physical benefits. 

Laura practices Hatha Yoga, Jivamukti, Yin Yoga and has also completed a beginners Pilates course. She is also a regular boulderer and loves being outdoors among nature. In between acting jobs Laura works at a residential Home for the elderly and enjoys singing for the residents.  

Laura firmly believes that Yoga is accessible for anyone who is willing to practice and that the physical benefits of Yoga are only one aspect of many that you will experience. 

Maria Widdows

When Maria stepped into her first yoga class, over 20 years ago, she was mesmerised by the sound of the breath, by everyone moving in the same way at the same time. She knew then that she had found something that truly resonated.  

From her first class to now, the practice of yoga has helped her in many ways. Yoga brings space and balance to her life, helping to find a place of calmness and contentment – not something that comes easy with her busy brain. Listening to the body and moving in a way that feels right and intuitive brings a wonderful mind, body and breath connection that makes yoga so much more than just a physical practice for her. Hatha & Vinyasa trained yoga teacher, having qualified in 2020. Maria is  passionate about sharing the practice of yoga with others and loves  continuing  to learn.  Also accredited Menopause Yoga teacher, having been trained by Petra Coveney, and also Yin Yoga trained by Norman Blair. 

Maria  classes are friendly and welcoming, giving practitioners a safe space to explore the flowing movements of yoga, with an emphasis on the breath and alignment that feels right.