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Clare Bannister, Teachers at Lotus health and fitness


Clare is a Yoga loving foodie who teaches Hatha Yoga and is trained in the STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer method. Clare originally trained as a western Nutritionist leading to a career spanning over 20 years in the health and fitness industry lecturing in nutrition, developing and delivering training and managing the programme at a large Central London Health Club.

Following her lifelong passions for health, nourishment, cooking and the therapeutic affect of food, Clare is also an Ayurvedic Nutritionist and Ayurvedic Massage therapist.

Clare’s integrated ‘East meet West’ approach to health and wellbeing delivers total health – a truly happy and healthy body and heathy mind. 

When Clare’s not teaching, she’ll be at her allotment, cooking up a storm in the kitchen or perfecting her handstands.

Sandra, Teachers at Lotus health and fitness


Teaching for 25 years in the fitness industry has given Sandra a fantastic perspective on how to achieve your personal fitness goals – a health body is the key to a healthy mind!

Taking a wealth of experience from local health centres and London’s Premier Health Clubs Sandra is also a fully qualified STOTT PILATES® Instructor, Total Barre™ instructor and personal trainer. Sandra’s classes & PT sessions are fun, creative and very thorough. Her love of dance, theatre and entertaining really make her classes come alive.

Sharon, Teachers at Lotus health and fitness


Sharon is an ex-professional dancer who trained at London Studio Centre gaining a BA (Hons) degree in contemporary dance.

Since leaving her dance career, Sharon has retrained as a massage therapist, studying at the London School of Massage in 2017, gaining an ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Therapeutic Massage, Anatomy and Physiology and has also gained certificates in pregnancy and deep tissue massage.

Pilates has been a part of Sharon’s life since the age of 16, using it to become a stronger dancer and prevent injuries. Sharon has trained with Merrithew, studying the STOTT Pilates Mat technique at YMCA OneKX. Sharon strives to increase her training repertoire and hopes to undertake pre and postnatal Pilates later this year.

Sharon has a deep understanding of the human body and how it differs from person to person and is able to adapt exercises to suit an individual’s needs, pushing each student in a class setting.

Karren, Teachers at Lotus health and fitness


I have been practicing yoga for about 15 years in some shape or form. Having my first baby made me realise that I had to invest in myself to ensure I could show up more effectively for my family. Throughout this time period yoga became such a treat for me and having a growing family, as well as a demanding job in the city, it became an essential part of my life. So much so that I decided to train as a yoga teacher in 2015 with the world renowned Katy Appleton. Before this training I really saw yoga as lovely way to move your body, but throughout this intensive course it became so much more. Once this box was opened for me I found it impossible to shut and I went on to immerse myself fully into the world of yoga and teaching.

The style of yoga I teach is Vinyasa flow, which means linking postures together to form short sequences that can be constantly changed and played around with. I pride myself on creating new classes each which link breath body and spirit so that anyone attending will learn more about works for their own individual sense of self. 

Anna, Teachers at Lotus health and fitness


Anna has been practicing Yoga for 10 years; initially starting at a gym in the city, she knew after a few classes that it would be a part of her life forever. Anna is now a 600 hour registered teacher, which includes pre and postnatal. She is thankful to her teachers; Andrea Everingham who ignited the fire and Stewart Gilchrist who keeps it burning. 

Jennie, Teachers at Lotus health and fitness


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I remember day 1 of my Ayurvedic training. Listening to my teacher (and Ayurvedic Doctor) I was a little baffled when she was describing signs and symptoms of imbalance. Emotional imbalance which can affect how we view and treat ourselves and others around us. .Physical imbalance which can manifest from poor digestive function…..I felt that she was describing me. How could this be the case if I had never met her before that day? .Put simply, when the doshas become imbalanced, we see an imbalance in the elements of fire, water, air, ether and earth. .Here’s a typical example I see a lot. An imbalance in Pitta dosha results in too much heat in the body and mind. We might experience acid reflux, inflammation in the skin, joints or digestive system. Emotionally we might be angry, judgemental and dissatisfied. .Ayurveda teaches us to restore balance by adding the opposing qualities….basically cooling things down. Cooling foods and activities. Diet and lifestyle is the first line of treatment in Ayurvedic Therapy. Although originating in India, Ayurveda does not conform to any culture. It teaches us to live in harmony with the environment in which we live. .Clare (that’s me) is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Massage Therapist at Lotus Studio. You can book a Nutrition Consultation or Massage with Clare via the website. Also, look out for our Ayurvedic Workshops for 2022.Classes tonight at the studio: Yoga: Strong Flow with Jennie. Pilates Reformer with Everton. #ayurveda #ayurvedictherapy #ayurvedicnutrition #ayurvedicmassage #doshas #ayurvediclifestyle #ayurvedicyogamassage #ayurvedauk #yoga #yogalondon #eastlondon #highamspark #highamsparklife #pilates #pilateslondon #stottpilates #pilatesreformer ... See MoreSee Less
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