Mark Ansari (Lead Teacher)
Born in London, Mark is a registered E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance Teacher, he splits his time between UK, Spain, Thailand, India & Bali. He has been teaching yoga since 1995 and is recognised as one of the first Ashtanga yoga teachers to settle and teach regular classes in the UK, having studied directly with Ashtanga yoga founder Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. In addition to his initial training, Mark has also studied asana, pranayama and meditation with some of the worlds most renowned gurus and teachers such as Clive Sheridan, Narayani Rabinovitch, Derek Ireland & Godfrey Devereux to name but a few.
Through his studies, practice and teaching of Ashtanga, he has evolved and in many respects softened in order to allow his students to experience the true essence of the practice, which for Mark is ‘meditation in movement’. From 1996-2008, Mark spent 12 years as senior teacher at the prestigious Life Centre in west London. He was also a mentor on the first few Life Centre teacher training courses in 2003. He now teaches on retreats, workshops and teacher training courses in worldwide destinations including UK, Spain, Thailand & India.
“I have a strong passion for Ashtanga as a hatha yoga practice and a path of meditation. I am also exploring other techniques to reach those higher states of consciousness associated with spiritual practice”.
Mark is the author of the book ‘Yoga for Beginners’ (1997), one of the early yoga books written offering an introduction to Ashtanga yoga.
Click here for Mark’s Yoga Alliance page.
Raquel Salvador (Lead Teacher)
Raquel was born in Spain and moved to London in 1999 where she started her yoga practice. She quickly noticed profound effects occurring through her varied Hatha yoga practices, not just physically but emotionally and spiritually as well. Seeking to deepen her knowledge of yoga she undertook a 1-year teacher training course in 2007 in London, followed by further training in Mysore, India.
She has studied with both Siva Rai & Jeff Phoenix, who have been influential in the development of her Vinyasa Flow style. During this period of study she met and started teaching with Mark Ansari. Their passion for yoga, life and teaching is evident in their international classes, retreats and trainings.
As a long time yoga practitioner, Raquel has been able to digest the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual knowledge and wisdom that surrounds traditional yoga. In her teaching, she translates her personal understandings with a fresh and relaxed approach. Her particular area of interest is yoga philosophy & the human mind, both of which she has studied extensively. She has a talent for directing students deeper into their own experience on the mat and encouraging a greater awareness of yogic principles that can be applied to daily living.
Sarah Highfield (Assisting Teacher)
Born in Hong Kong and currently living in London, Sarah Highfield, founder of Yogagise Yoga, has been practising Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Hatha yoga for over 10 years and teaching since 2015. She teaches privately across London and in studios (Bodyism, Edge and Form Studios). Additionally, she works with the exclusive Helios Retreats and Spitbank Fort, at special events and other brand collaborations (Yoga Dining Club, Lululemon, The Detox Kitchen and London Fashion Week). She was also voted by London Evening Standard as one of London’s Top 10 Yoga Teachers to follow on Instagram, and featured in both The Times and Om Yoga Magazine.
As a Londoner, Sarah believes there is no better way to retreat from the stresses of city life than to roll out her mat, open up, stretch out and quieten the mind. She emphasizes that practicing yoga is a form of self-love & realisation, it is a wonderful way to tune into the body and mind. As a committed teacher, she relishes being able to assist and inspire others on their yoga journey. Her classes promote wellness, energise the body, develop strength, increase flexibility, and ultimately relax the mind.
James French (Guest Teacher)
James is a London-based international Tantric Yoga teacher, specialising in Hatha, Vinyasa Flow and Chakra Yoga. He has taught in Malaysia, Thailand, The Caribbean, India, South America and East Africa but loves to return to his hometown of London every summer where he teaches at some of his favourite studios including Triyoga.
James has a particular interest in the way that emotions and traumas are stored in the body and how we can release them to promote deeper well being and healing. He also incorporates the more subtle, energetic aspects of Tantra and Hatha Yoga as a route to healing and inner peace.
Natalia Mank (Guest Teacher)
Natalia first came into contact with yoga in 2001 at Warsaw University, Poland where she studied Cross-Cultural relations between Western and Oriental civilizations. In a hectic life filled with full-time teaching, intense study and partying, yoga was a breath of fresh air and a much-needed call from within. It was love at first sight, one that propelled her to travel solo to India for three months in 2002.
During that first trip, Natalia visited South Indian ashrams and became deeply fascinated by yoga philosophy and the scholarly approach to the spiritual. In 2003 she enrolled in a five-year Master’s degree in Indian Studies at the University of Warsaw. Majoring in Sanskrit and Indian philosophy; her final dissertation focused on Tantra and the relationship between the guru and the student in tantric initiation rituals. She also received a scholarship from the government of India to practice Bhratanatyam – classical Indian dance, in an internationally renowned Kalakshetra Academy of Performing Arts in Chennai, where she studied for two years. Although injury prevented her from continuing a dance career, she continued to practice yoga in India and treated it as a medium of healing and introspection.
Upon graduation Natalia moved to Madrid, Spain in 2008 where she committed to Asthanga yoga at Mysore House, as taught by Pattabhi Jois. In Spain, she started giving classes and workshops in Indian philosophy, Sanskrit and chanting. After relocating to London in 2014, she began to search for yoga teacher training that would complement her previous studies. The perfect solution came in the form of Inspira Yoga, where she completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2017.
For Natalia, yoga is the path of self-enquiry, acceptance and living the balance between continuous learning and letting go of expectations; she conveys this to her students guiding them gently and effectively in their practice.
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Watch Inspira Yoga teachers, Mark and Raquel, both talk about and demonstrate the yoga that they will be teaching on the upcoming 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training course.
Mark teaching adjustments in Trikonasana.
Mark teaching Paschimottanasana.
Mark leading students through the Invocation to Patanjali.
Sarah leading students through Surya Namaskar B.