At The Float Spa, Hove we have a carefully selected group of yoga instructors each teaching a variety of yoga styles and practices. As a group the yoga teachers have amassed thousands of hours of yoga training, from some of the most prestigious yoga schools across the world.
Each yoga instructor has a huge passion for yoga, they have been on their own journey from student to teacher and this is shown in their each unique teaching styles.
Yoga Instructors Include:
Bella Somerville teaches hatha and vinyasa flow, as well as more meditative yin and restorative practices. Her classes are creative and playful, and her deep understanding of the asana, eye for detail and passion for sharing the benefits of yoga with all ability levels no matter what age, size or experience have made her a popular teacher within the local community. Added to this is her contagious energy, so students leave her classes feeling inspired, uplifted and alive.
She believes that yoga is not a work-out but a work-in because true yoga is not about the shape of your body but the shape of your life. Her teaching is compassionate and honest, always inviting students to be curious in their practice, weaving inspirational quotes and yogic texts into her classes, yet always relating to the bigger picture by encouraging students to be in harmony with themselves not just on their mats but also in their lives. When not on her mat Bella hosts ski groups in USA and Canada and yoga retreats to Europe and India, as well as regularly donating her teaching skills to charities and local events such as the Brighton Yoga Festival.
Sarah Williams teaching focuses on long-term development through seasonal, anatomical, philosophical and postural themes which empower students via concentration and repetition. Her passion for teaching yoga blossomed after studying with OM Yoga in New York. She has since worked and trained with many established and influential teachers, and is one of Jason Crandell’s senior students who she regularly assists on his advanced trainings and teacher renewal programmes.
Sarah’s teaching offers strong, precise, alignment-based sequences which are anatomically focused and accessible for everyone from beginners to seasoned practitioners. At the heart of her teaching is self-exploration, humour and the space to turn the auto-pilot off!
Andy Butterfield is a yoga and meditation teacher and shiatsu therapist and is passionate about helping people to connect deeply into their lifeforce, honour and celebrate their bodies and dwell in peace in their minds and hearts. He has taught mindfulness for 5 years and practiced yoga asana for 11 and it was on his mat in a class a few years ago, that he realised what yoga had come to mean to him and that he had to share its treasures with others. “Some of my most peaceful, blissed out, loving and empowered moments have arisen on the mat. For me it is the path towards true and total freedom, the path home, the path on which I learn, serve and love.”
He has journeyed through various styles including vinyasa, anusara, dru, vini, kundalini and kriya yog and folds their elements into his practice and teaching along with his experience in shiatsu and meditation.
Ginny Haswell has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2007. With an emphasis on encouraging students to practice with self awareness, her classes are varied and informative with a focus on alignment and breath.Initially gaining her teaching qualification in Astanga Vinyasa Yoga, Ginny is currently studying with her teacher Tiffany Cruikshank on the 500 hour Yoga Medicine program. She has also completed trainings with Paul Grilley (yin yoga and anatomy) and Shiva Rea (vinyasa flow) and Dr Timothy McCall (therapeutic yoga). With her belief that yoga should be accessible to all and adapted to meet the needs of the individual, Ginny is committed in sharing her knowledge and personal experience of how a mindfully approached practice leads to a healthy and balanced body, clarity of mind and greater enjoyment of life.
Amanda Suzanne Evans
Amanda Suzanne Evans also known as Ama is a senior yoga teacher and therapist. She has over 35 years experience of teaching, originating in dance, body conditioning and yoga. Ama British Wheel of Yoga trained and registered is also a qualified aromatherapist and writer. She writes on yoga, spirituality and the quest for peace.
‘yoga aims to indoctrinate the belief that ‘I am worth compassion’.
Amanda S Evans
Ama’s background in dance is richly incorporated into her yoga classes, particularly with the flow of yoga and choreographed sequences making yoga with Ama, a seemingly effortless, moving meditation. Stronger classes will challenge you both physically and mentally, utilising balance and control. She places a lot of attention on alignment, safe practice and using the breath effectively. She has taught yoga, all around the world and lived in India for six months with two of her children teaching everyday with Brahmani Yoga.
As a yoga teacher, she brings aspects of her life’s creativity together with compassion and a desire to create a safe space for each and every individual. She is a seeker of knowledge and curious about the human existence within diverse cultures and global spirituality. Ama specialises in yoga for mental health and works to aligning and informing her teachings with psychologists, scientific research and clinical findings in yoga.
Janaki Platford qualified as a yoga teacher in 1998 at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India. Since then, she has established a successful yoga business teaching in Health Clubs, Spas, and Offices in Brighton and London. She also runs holidays in Europe and yoga weekends in Champneys, with her Astanga teaching partner Davy.Janaki teaches a variety of yoga styles including Hatha Yoga at The Float Spa in Hove, and is constantly expanding her offer through attending workshops and classes. Students are encouraged to move at their own pace, with softer options offered for those less able.
Helen’s teaching comes from a place of service. Moving, breathing and being at home in your body is the essence of her approach. Helen’s yoga passions and practice have mirrored her life. A qualified British Wheel of Yoga and Sivananda she also completed specialist trainings in pregnancy, post natal, kids, restorative yoga and yoga nidra. She is also a teacher trainer and currently studying a Yoga Therapy Diploma, a Biotensegrity Anatomy course and the influence of neuroscience on yoga.
Her more recent passion is for intuitive, organic flow sequences that bring mindful and functional movement together. Her classes are fuelled with warmth, welcome and humour.
Ilana Kateb teaches Vinyasa flow yoga, which she discovered after exploring various other styles, including Hatha, Iyengar and Ashtanga. She was instantly captivated by the playful and creative nature of Vinyasa flow, and continues to be inspired by the new things she learns each time she comes to the mat. Her dynamic alignment-based classes are open to all. Her aim is to help students tune in to the breath and feel well in body and mind. In a friendly and supportive atmosphere, she encourage participants to grow in their practice and confidence.
Maria Varanpal sees Kundalini Yoga as a powerful tool to be conscious now. She invites her classes to be as meditations and explorations of how we can se every moment as a gift, whatever is present. The sessions may include flow, dance, sound healing, playfulness, challenges, chanting, awareness, movements, laugh, relaxations, thoughts, sensations, emotions, silence…
She fell in love in Kundalini Yoga 2010 when she lived in Spain and 2013-2014 she studied at Yoga Mangalam in Sweden to become a Kundalini Yoga teacher as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Since 2106 she is living I Brighton, and she is now deepening the practice through integration of sound healing instruments, as gong, singing bow, voice and wind chime.
Katia loves teaching kundalini yoga as it is a powerful practice that acts as a catalyst for positive change. Kundalini yoga is known to be the “yoga of awareness” as it expands our consciousness & connects us to our truth or higher self. The combination of mantras, physical yoga (kundalini kriyas), pranayama & meditation are an effective formula to balance the glandular system & strengthen the nervous system. Kundalini yoga has the capacity to uplift humanity, encouraging students to reach their full potential (both physically & mentally). All mediations within kundalini yoga work deeply on the psyche, developing inner awareness & realigning us with our spirit. I feel very privileged to be a Kundalini yoga teacher as it is a supremely spiritual practice designed to open the heart & give you an experience of your own soul.
Rosie Iles-Jonas has always been interested in Yoga, and as a child started her practice at home with her parents, her first teachers. In those early years Rosie learned that movement should be playful and is passionate about imparting that lesson, as it helps us to loosen up. And judging by the laughter that can be heard from the studio, she’s well on her way to achieving that aim.
Rosie teaches Hatha Flow & Vinyasa Yoga and draws on a variety of movement disciplines, so her Yoga sequences are creative and designed to take you on a journey! Rosie’s a story teller and will share examples from her own life and traditional teachings, as it’s the combination of asana and study that act as the touchstone to our life. Rosie will inspire you to ‘Do Your OM Thing’ whether that’s modifying a posture, taking a leap of faith in a Yoga Pose or integrating yoga and meditation practices into your daily life.
Laura Shipsey is crazy for yoga, movement and smiling. Movement has always been an important part of Laura’s life. As a child
and adolescent she studied classical and modern dance which still continue to be a great love of hers. After finishing her degree in Sociology at Brighton University she decided to travel and experience life in Asia and India for a couple of years.
Yoga is a spiritual practice but Laura believes you must be able to laugh and be silly throughout the journey otherwise where is the fun. Laura’s classes for adults and children are playful, challenging and a beautiful experience….. come share the magic!
Brydie Rowan With a dedicated practice spanning 18 years and various disciplines and 5 years of teaching internationally – Brydie is known for leading joyful, creative classes in a deep, slow flowing style that gives students space to listen and respond to their bodies needs. A focus on intelligent sequencing, functional alignment and modification for the individual, invites both beginners and seasoned practitioners to be present and explore their edges –building strength and openness in a safe, gradual, authentic way.
This personalised approach, coupled with a light hearted community spirit means that everyone can benefit – irrespective of age and experience….blending mindful movement and deeply relaxing stillness – and offering the perfect balance of effort and ease.Add to this music and mantra and you have a truly holistic class. It is her core belief that a true teacher connects the student to the teacher within and she wants you to leave her classes having come home to yourself.
Catia Leite is influenced by her teachers, students, peers, life and travels. She teaches with passion and Catia’s objective is to bring a unique sense of empowerment to each class. Through intention, meditation, pranayama, mantra and asana practice. Classes incorporate the essence of yoga philosophy, and how to apply the wisdom of yoga into daily life, on and off the mat. The sequence is a fluid, creative and with a great emphasis of the breath. Over 10 years of teaching experience.
Emily Scott originally from Southern California and with a background in dance, Emily has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2014. She completed a 200-hour vinyasa flow training in London, and a restorative yoga teacher training with Anna Ashby at Triyoga. She has also been mentored by Naomi Absalom since 2016, and attends numerous workshops and trainings to continue her yoga edu-cation. She enjoys teaching a slow but strong vinyasa flow, mixed in with pranayama, restorative, and yoga nidra. Students describe her style as down-to-earth, chal-lenging but accessible, focused on breath and alignment, and sometimes even a lit-tle funny. She aims to create a space for people to improve their lives from the in-side out. When not teaching yoga, she is hanging out with her two little boys in the English countryside, travelling, reading, and writing.
Lewis Hatchett is an ex professional cricketer turned yogi. Having practiced for the past 4 years, he found yoga as something to help improve and recover in his sport. He retired from professional cricket in 2016 through injury and he saw the value of yoga for helping not only preventing soft tissue injuries but prolonging careers. Having completed his 200hr teacher training in Hawaii, Lewis looks to help those understand yoga as a way of reducing injury and prolonging ‘careers’ in sport, as well as developing themselves away from their chosen activity and life. Lewis focuses on the more physical elements of yoga rather than the spiritual elements that can be intimidating and off-putting for beginners, just as it initially was for him. Whether its competitive sport or just a casual runner, looking after your body and doing the active things you enjoy doing most, for as long as possible, is Lewis’ aim. Bringing awareness to the individual’s body first, in the aim to unlock not only the benefits yoga has on the body, but also the mind.
Sophie Higgins teaches vinyasa flow classes that are dynamic, playful, and challenging, but most importantly, fun! A sense of enquiry, exploration, and creativity are encouraged in each class, to truly allow for the discovery of one’s own unique and individual yoga practice. A focus on building strength and stability in core muscle groups and joints is always present, to enable and facilitate safe, careful, and precise movement. The breath, carefully instructed alignment, the use of Bandhas, and meditation, are also explored. Sophie aims to cultivate calming and nurturing classes, that bring together individuals from all walks of life, and which generate a sense of community and togetherness.