With a background in coaching, mentoring and teaching, Shahana’s enthusiasm, passion and commitment to the path of yoga (and the 121Urbanhotyoga studio) was rewarded when the Teacher Training school was established in 2017. As one of the Principle Yoga Teachers at the studio, Shahana teaches using her 19 years of experience and practice in various forms of yoga, as well as the intimate knowledge that comes with 6 years of teaching yoga full time. Students on the course are encouraged to experiment, explore, read, discuss, support and challenge their own limitations and develop aspects of themselves that gives them the best opportunities for success not just as a yoga teacher, but in life! The training course creates strong bonds between the trainees, so they feel equipped to face any challenges during and beyond the course. Shahana’s biggest sense of achievement is to see her students succeed as they graduate and start their own teaching journeys. Shahana is a RYT350hr, trained in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Rocket Yoga, Mandala Vinyasa and Yin Yoga and is a member of the Yoga Alliance.org. She also studied Sport and Exercise Science at University and has received numerous sports and coaching awards of achievements in her career.
I am a fun-loving yoga instructor, eclectic story teller with over 20 years of experience helping clients on their path to wellness. I am a member of Yoga Alliance, a British Wheel of Yoga Representative, I have a BA (Hons) in Health Promotion and I am now a principle teacher on the 121 Urban Hot Yoga Teacher Training Program. As an instructor, I am most rewarded when my clients achieve their goals, especially those who transition to pain-free movements and achieve increased mobility. My students have a very high success rate on the Teacher Training Program, where all have become successful instructors in their own right.
I began my journey in fitness but quickly realised I wanted to teach yoga which deep down I always knew was my passion. I incorporate a unique fitness-based approach with a style of yoga characterised by stringing postures together so that those practising move from one to another seamlessly whilst using the breath. My aim is to provide people an environment where they can connect with their inner spirit and harness compassion towards themselves and those around them.
When teaching Hatha yoga I like to encompass an upbeat element to all my classes incorporating a mixture of yin and yang. There is and always has to be a fun element to yoga. I work tirelessly to promote separation within the patterns of our lives whilst relaxing to accept the overall whole and complete nature of our existence. In my practice I always strive to inspire others with meaningful exchanges and quotes that can provide spiritual clarity throughout the day.
I always aspire to instil confidence so that students can achieve their best and believe in themselves. I am a firm believer there is no such word as “cant”. Rather “you are not quite there yet”.
For me Yoga is the key of life.
Having been practicing yoga for over 10 years, Antoniya completed her 200hr RYS Rishikesh Yog Peeth Yoga Teacher Training in India and has been teaching full time for 8 years. Experienced in Hatha, Vineyasa, Aerial, Hot, Pre & Post-Natal Yoga. Having witnessed how yoga can transform people’s lives in amazingly positive ways, is what inspires Antoniya most to share the gems of her yoga wisdom with others.
‘I recently I gave birth to my first baby – beautiful boy Presian. I kept practising and teaching yoga throughout my pregnancy. Yoga was my healing tool for postpartum.
Becoming a mother was a process that made me grow and experience a mix of emotions like never before. My whole world got changed, I changed. One thing remained the same. The way I feel stepping on the yoga mat. Breathing and moving in a familiar way felt like home. The yoga mat remains the place where I can regain my strength and inspiration. I believe that as challenging as it can be, new mums need to take care of their wellbeing even more than ever. They need to be healthy, sane and positive not just for themselves but for the little person that greets them every morning with the most beautiful smile. This inspires me to teach and support other women stepping on this journey. Yoga has the tools to support new mums or mums to be both emotionally and physically.’