The Yoga Escapes Team
Meet the Team
All of us here at Yoga Escapes share a passion for yoga, but also a love for travel and discovering beautiful destinations. Two of us will come on every yoga retreat to make sure everything runs smoothly and to show you all our favorite places. We look forward to having you join us!
Born and raised in Rome, with an American mother and Italian father, Laura grew up taking trips around Italy, Greece and Spain, and has lived in New York, Washington D.C. and London. She has traveled extensively to many parts of the world, always in search of those special beautiful corners. Her love for travel grew even more when she worked as a tour leader for U.S. visitors to Europe, accompanying many guests on their first trip abroad.
After working for many years in banking and media jobs in New York and London, Laura decided to make a change from corporate life to start her own business. Combining her passion for travel and yoga, she created Yoga Escapes, keen on sharing those two passions with others on her retreats.
She is a qualified yoga teacher and has been practicing yoga for over 15 years, enjoying various styles from Vinyasa yoga, Iyengar and Ashtanga, to restorative and Yin yoga, continuously learning and discovering how yoga can help people both physically and emotionally. Laura will join every yoga retreat (along with one of the yoga teachers) to plan day trips and group dinners, and to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Here’s a short interview with Laura and how the idea of Yoga Escapes was born.
Holly has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaches mainly Vinyasa flow classes – a challenging practice combining active postures, meditation and deep relaxation. Her classes focus on linking movement with breath, proper alignment, postural strength and vitality. She’ll start everyone at the same base, and will then modify each class for all yoga levels in the group, allowing everyone to practice at their own pace.
Holly also teaches a heavenly Yin yoga class – a much softer restorative class, holding a handful of poses for longer, deepening the stretch and allowing the body to gently relax and let go, ending with a longer savasana.
Holly started her career as an international contemporary dancer and soon discovered yoga and the benefits it has on both body and mind. Working throughout Europe teaching yoga, she played a lead role in designing leadership development courses, helping people strive for excellence while at the same time reduce stress and overcome personal barriers.
Holly now teaches people to become yoga teachers. She is the primary yoga teacher at the Yoga London teacher-training school, and also teaches classes in several high-end yoga studios in central London. As many describe her – Holly has the laid-back energy of a California beach girl, the nurturing patience of a wise teacher, and a free-spirited heart.
Sarah has been immersing herself in a variety of yoga styles over the past 15 years, ranging from Hatha and dynamic flow to Yin and restorative yoga. Qualified with The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Sarah teaches private one-to-one sessions, and classes at several well-known studios in London including Yotopia, the Life Centre, Evolve, Yoga Place, as well as at the Third Space gym and on several European yoga retreats.
She teaches a strong Vinyasa flow practice but places as much emphasis on proper breathing, relaxation and meditation techniques as the physical asana practice. Through a series of linked postures, Sarah guides students of all levels to improve flexibility, strength, develop mental clarity, creativity and energy, creating positive change to body and mind. She also teaches a very soothing Yin class, encouraging her students to let go both physically and mentally.
Sarah tailors her poses to suit each student, so whether new to yoga or looking to develop a deeper practice, she gives everyone she works with the courage to let go, tune into themselves and find their own path on the yoga journey.
Revived by the restorative effects of practicing outdoors, Sarah gets her fresh air fix rolling out her mat in green spaces or by the sea whenever she can.
Tania leads inspirational yoga classes using the breath to open the body and improve postural alignment. She also includes elements of yogic philosophy into her classes and offers up ways to integrate yoga principles into daily life.
Tania’s practice began with her dad as a teenager, and continued with Sivananda Yoga where she experienced the healing power of yoga in dealing with her own back pain and anxieties. As a result, she is now passionate about sharing this with others in a light-hearted and fun way. She teaches Vinyasa flow and restorative Yin yoga classes on the retreats, while at the same time incorporating her learnings from various other styles.
After 15 years of regular yoga practice, she studied with the Amrita School of Yoga to qualify as a Traditional Hatha Yoga teacher. She has also studied with Claire Missingham (Vinyasa Flow), Charlotte Bliss (Sivananda yoga), Janet Evans (Vini yoga), Dan Levitas (Ashtanga yoga), Nigel Gildersen (Hatha yoga), Christopher Gladwell (radikal freedom), Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Sitaram (pregnancy / baby yoga).
She currently teaches in several high-end studios in London including Triyoga, Yotopia, and the Third Space gym in Soho, as well as privately. She was recently asked by Lululemon to be their yoga ambassador in London, a challenge she happily took on!
Lolo has been involved in the world of health and wellbeing since 1998 when she started working as a nurse in neurosurgery and critical care. In 2005, while working in intensive care, Lolo became interested in a more holistic approach to healthcare and embarked on her training as an ayurvedic and yoga practitioner. Lolo was particularly drawn to the therapy of yoga, using it to great effect with her clients.
In 2010 Lolo moved to London and discovered the dynamic Ashtanga-based Rocket Vinyasa style. Lolo has trained with many wonderful teachers and school including The Yoga People, David Kyle and Sarah Powers. As well as Vinyasa flow and Rocket, Lolo teaches a range of classes, including Yin yoga, specific focused-based classes and workshops, and meditation practices, such as yoga nidra and pranayama.
Lolo teaches in some of the top studios in London, including Indaba Marylebone, Yogarise Peckham, Union Station Clapham, Yotopia Covent Garden and the Life Centre Islington, and she can now also be found online with Udaya yoga.
Lolo’s classes combine a powerful yet nurturing energy with a mischievous sparkle. The more dynamic Vinyasa flow sessions have a strong emphasis on the breath and aim to balance out strength with flexibility, and hard work with playfulness. In all her classes, Lolo encourages her students on a journey of self-enquiry to find a deeper level of connection and a more embodied practice.
Karen teaches mindful, accessible, non scary yoga for real people. Having had tight hamstrings and hips for most of her life, she understands just how challenging the practice can be for most. Drawing from her wealth of experience in Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, Pregnancy and Yin Yoga, she teaches intuitively with warmth and humour – and is passionate about the therapeutic benefits of yoga and the intrinsic connection between body and mind, having witnessed them first hand for herself.
Karen believes that yoga is for everyone – you don’t have to be a dancer, an acrobat or a 21 year old crop top model to enjoy it. By practising yoga and mindfulness we can create the space and time that we all so badly crave in our day to day lives and start to pay attention to the little things within ourselves and around us. Fundamentally, we start to feel good!
First stepping onto a yoga mat almost 20 years ago at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre, Karen decided to pursue her love of yoga and interest in spirituality further by enrolling in a Vinyasa Flow teacher training with Yoga London following a trip to India. She gained her second Vinyasa Flow 200hr certification with Claire Missingham and completed her Pregnancy Yoga teacher training with Nadia Narain of Triyoga. She studied Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater and has also studied with David Williams, Sarah Powers, Naomi Absalom and Kathryn Budig.