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Sumiya has been practising various forms of yoga for many years.


She is a fully qualified and certified Yoga teacher and completed her teacher training with Paul Dallaghan at the Centrered Yoga Institute in Koh Samui, Thailand in 2010. Sumiya was teaching yoga in Sydney until her return to the UK in March 2012.


Sumiya's training is in ashtanga vinyasa yoga, a dynamic form of yoga that moves through a series of postures in a meditative way. She continues to practice and explore this form of yoga with leading ashtanga teachers from around the world.


Sumiya's teaching is based on the ashtanga method but often adopts a gentler approach as required. She also has a keen interest in the philosophy of yoga and enjoys chanting and meditation.


Before training to teach yoga, Sumiya was a lawyer in London and Sydney. Through this she brings a genuine understanding of the pressures of a corporate environment and the importance of time out.


Love & Lentils started as Sumiya's travel blog in 2010. The idea was that if love and lentils could be found in each place she visited, there would be enough to survive and to thrive. She did both and had a wonderful journey of exploration through Thailand, India and Sri Lanka.



Vanessa Gilgoff has been around Ashtanga Yoga all of her life. She was raised in Maui, Hawaii, surrounded by people who were very passionate about Ashtanga Yoga, she was practically doing yoga in the womb!

Her teaching style is very traditional and is the way that Pattabhi Jois originally taught her mother in 1973. Vanessa is very fortunate to have always considered Pattabhi Jois her grandfather, growing up with him as a constant presence in her life.

For the past 10 years she has been dedicated to the practice, and for the past six years she has been teaching all over the world, assisting her mother, Nancy Gilgoff, in workshops and bringing her own flavor and fun to these classes. Two years ago, she began assisting in the daily classes on Maui in the winters as well.

She has been to Mysore, India, numerous times, and has always enjoyed a close relationship with the Jois family.

Vanessa brings her own style into the yoga room and her classes are serious but also filled with lots of laughter.



Graham found yoga ten years ago when his body balked at too much running.


Attracted by the combination of breath, movement and focus that is key to ashtanga yoga, he soon began a dedicated daily practice.


In 2008, Graham and his wife travelled to India to study ashtanga yoga at its source, the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Institute in Mysore. They stayed for four months and have since returned to Mysore with their son Henry. They hope to take their new daughter Imogen soon.


Graham has completed the long-established teacher training programme at the Life Centre in London, and is registered as a teacher with the Yoga Alliance.


He assists weekly at Ashtanga Yoga London, and he has taught the ashtanga practice to many beginners with no previous yoga experience.


Anyone can practise ashtanga yoga, and Graham loves to encourage everyone to take benefit from the system, whatever their background.


Yoga can be many things to many people, but the only way to find out is to get on the mat and practise.


With love and thanks to his teachers: Nigel Jones, Sharath Jois, Roberta Giannotti, Hamish Hendry, and Jess Davies.



Rosie first practised yoga 20 years ago but really fell in love with it 10 years ago when she began to have a regular practice and realised how much good it was doing her on and off the mat.


Rosie completed the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance accredited Triyoga Teacher Training with Anna Ashby and Joey Miles.


Her own practice is Ashtanga and this influences her style of teaching although she firmly believe in adopting a gentler approach when required and on clarity and sound alignment. She teaches in a down-to-earth and open manner and feels that a sense of humour is a great friend to have along in the yoga class.


When she is not teaching or practicing yoga, Rosie can be found looking after her son, wrestling with the veggie plot or walking the dog on the Downs.



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