Akasha Team

Owners
Jo
Owner
Nuala
Owner
Reception / Studio Team
Zoe
Studio Team
Rianna
Studio Team
Charlotte
Studio Team
Su
Studio Team
Instructors
Alex
Pilates Instructor
Alex has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years. Starting his career as a self defence/martial arts instructor, Alex later graduated in Sports Science and Physical Education followed by Personal Training and Physiology of Exercise. Once Alex started practicing pilates he realised how it would be possible to apply its principles to everything else he was doing. From running, cycling, lifting weights, or just as it is – pilates was the missing link. Alex’s sports related qualifications are vast, but include matwork, reformer, advanced nutrition and pre and post natal.
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Steph
Pilates Instructor
Steph is a qualified Level 4 Personal Trainer with four years experience in the industry. Fitness has been a passion from a young age and after trying Reformer Pilates Steph fell in love with it and decided to qualify as a pilates instructor. Steph is also qualified in exercise referral, pre and post-natal and nutrition and weight management.
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Claire
Pilates Instructor
Claire is passionate about pilates, practising many years before qualifying with Jpilates to teach mat and reformer. Claire hopes to also complete her masters certificate this year. Claire has seen first hand how Pilates improves posture and balance, helps with back pain and mobility, and is a brilliant way to rehab the body after injury, leaving you feeling stronger and better connected to your body. She believes that Pilates is for everyone. Claire wants every client to leave her classes feeling fantastic knowing that they've worked hard, and had fun!
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Amy
Pilates Instructor
Amy has been practicing pilates, both mat and reformer for 10 years and finally took the plunge to train as an instructor in 2015. Amy trained with JPilates under Jo Cobbe in mat, reformer, pre and post natal as well as barre. Amy has recently swapped her full time job in wine, fitting the pilates in around it, to work full time teaching pilates and barre and hasn’t looked back.
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Jo
Pilates Instructor
Jo has both worked and taught in the fitness industry for over 20 years and was the Principal Tutor with the Pilates Institute. Jo founded JPilates and as well as being the Founder and Principal Tutor she also works as a consultant for other fitness and Pilates training companies. Jo has worked extensively with physiotherapists and GP’s and regularly presents at international fitness conventions. A fully comprehensive instructor, qualified in mat, studio equipment, pre and post natal, exercise referral, back pain management and nutrition.
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Kelly
Pilates Instructor
Kelly qualified as an instructor in Pilates, Reformer, Barre and Cadillac with Joanne Cobbe at JPilates in London. Kelly started her practice on the Reformer 3 years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Prior to her Pilates training, Kelly participated in boot camps and gym based exercise, and whilst she loved the sessions, her lower back suffered. Physiotherapy failed and Kelly sought to remedy the problem herself, frequenting Akasha as a client on a regular basis for several years! Teacher training and regular Pilates based sessions have totally rectified her back issues and she maintains her back is now the strongest part of her body! Kelly is dedicated to teaching, which is now her passion, and in her own words, “I’m so excited to be on board, It’s my dream come true!”.
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Wendy
Pilates Instructor
Carol
Pilates Instructor
Carol’s journey began when she attended her first reformer class at Akasha in December 2014. After her first class she was hooked, soon attending 3 classes a week. With a desire to share her passion for pilates, Carol qualified as a mat & reformer instructor under the tuition of Jo Cobbe of JPilates. At the beginning of 2019 Carol left her full-time job of 27 years to focus on teaching Pilates and hasn't looked back since.
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Sian
Yoga Instructor
Sian is a RYT 200hr Yoga alliance accredited Vinyasa Yoga Teacher. Sian delivers classes that both challenge and calm the body, mind and soul. Sian's classes are suitable to all levels, beginners, total newbies or experienced yogis.
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Tracey
Yoga Instructor
Tracey has had an interest and been practicing yoga from the age of 12 and initially self-taught through books whilst at school. Since then it has always been an important and integral part of her life and fundamental to her upbringing. Tracey has always found that practicing Yoga and Pilates makes her feel revitalised and is great exercise for bringing balance and harmony to body and mind. She began her teacher training in 2004 and is now fully qualified as an Advanced Hatha Yoga teacher & a mat Pilates teacher.
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Chloe
Yoga Instructor
Chloe completed her Teacher Training with Michael James Wong and Emily Clare Hill with Frame in London and is a registered Yoga Alliance Teacher. Chloe’s classes are fluid, fun and you are guaranteed to come away feeling calm and inspired.
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Mia
Yoga Instructor
Mia has practised yoga for years and qualified to teach in 2011. Mia believes yoga is a lifelong, fun and rewarding journey and finds it a privilege to assist students on their own personal journeys.
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Deborah
Yoga Instructor
Deborah has been practicing Yoga for over 10 years. She undertook her 250 hrYTT at the renowned IGita yoga studio just outside Toronto whilst living in Canada and has been teaching professionally ever since. Her classes are breath centred and alignment based, harnessing the body and mind through the breath, enabling practitioners to ground themselves in the present moment and gain from the transformative and healing power of yoga.
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Penny
Yoga Instructor
A trained yoga instructor specialising in pre and post natal yoga as well teaching baby yoga for parents & babies and baby massage.
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Andrea
Instructor
Andrea is dedicated to getting the best and giving her best. She teaches emotive, effective, fabulous and fun group exercise classes. Andrea is a fully qualified pilates instructor as well as holding a broad host of other fitness qualifications.
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Jo
Barre Instructor
Jo attended ballet from the age of 3 and trained professionally from the age of 13 at Tring Park School for Performing Arts then a 3 year diploma course at Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts where she qualified as an ISTD dance teacher. She’s worked commercially as a dancer for a number of years in the UK and during her time travelling in Australia. She has taught the ISTD syllabus to children in Modern and Ballet. Jo attended barre classes for several years and has fallen in love with it. She is now a qualified BarreConcept instructor which is accredited internationally.
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Therapists
Margella
Therapist
Margella Studied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) graduating with a first class honours degree from Middlesex University and a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Bejing University of Chinese Medicine in June 2007. Her clinical training was completed over three years at the Asante Academy of Chinese Medicine and the Whittington and North Middlesex Hospital pain clinics in London, followed by a fourth year in two Beijing Hospitals. Since graduating Margella has been in private practice in Hertfordshire and North London whilst continuing to study various forms of Traditional East Asian medicine (TEAM), including Japanese Acupuncture and Korean Hand Therapy (KHT). She works eclectically with acupuncture and herbal medicine together with diet and lifestyle. She has a particular interest in women’s health, including fertility and obstetrics and in and in supporting people with long-term and degenerative disease return to full health

For more information or to make an appointment please contact Margella on 07942025375 or email her at margella@margellasalmins.com
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Molly
Therapist
Molly is a registered Nutritional Therapist and a graduate of the prestigious College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. CNM prides itself on its unique learning experience to prepare students for clinical practice, all of whom see a wide variety of clients with different health conditions and goals. In line with the values and ethics of nutritional therapy, Molly believes strongly in providing personalised nutritional advice to suit the needs of each unique individual, whilst also believing firmly in the importance of evidence based practice. Outside of practice, Molly is committed to ongoing professional development in order to remain at the cutting edge of nutritional knowledge.

For more information or to make an appointment please contact Molly on 07399660601 or email her at info@mollyhodgen.com
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Steph
Therapist
Steph is a Remedial Soft Tissue Therapist. She studied at London School of Sports Massage and qualified in 2016 and is a full member of ISRM (Institute of Sport & Remedial Massage) As a Soft Tissue Therapist, Steph assesses, treats and rehabilitates minor and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and pain or dysfunction caused by any of life’s stresses. Although sport can be a common factor with many of her clients, this is far from being the main issue she deals with.

For my information or to book an appointment contact:
Email: stef89@hotmail.com
Mobile: 07921659917
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James
Therapist
James is a Specialist Physiotherapist with vast experience within both the NHS and elite sporting environments. James is passionate about enhancing movement and empowering any individual to move more efficiently and live a life more freely. If you are experiencing aches or pains or simply want to get better at yoga/pilates/barre, then contact him today on 07969 299594 or sayhello@maphysio.co.uk
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Melissa
Therapist
BSc (Clin.Sci) MHSc (Osteo) PgDip Ost (Paed). Melissa has completed a 5-year double degree of Bachelor of Science (Clinical Science) and a Masters in Health Science (Osteopathy) at Victoria University in Melbourne; followed by a one year post graduate in specialised paediatric osteopathy at the UCO, London. Her experience is broadly private practice and she has been fortunate enough to work along-side top consultants at leading health facilities in both Melbourne, Australia and Harley street, London. Melissa’s passion in helping others, along with her strong interest in the functioning of the human body, led her to pursue her osteopathic career. Her enthusiasm for Osteopathy stems from the holistic approach to treatment, and the way it addresses all areas of the body to create balance and alleviate discomfort. Melissa has had additional training in dry needling techniques, is a qualified yoga instructor and fully certified in APPI mat and equipment (reformer) Pilates. While striving to tailor her treatment and management to each individual, she aims to ensure clear and concise education to actively involve her patients in their road to recovery.
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Amber
Therapist
Amber is an experienced Cognitive Behavioural Therapist working in private practice with adults & young people experiencing difficulties including depression, anxiety disorders (panic attacks, worry, social anxiety, OCD, phobias, health anxiety), low self-esteem & a wide range of other difficulties including trauma, work stress & perfectionism. CBT helps those experiencing psychological distress to understand their thoughts, feelings and behaviours in order to develop coping strategies for a better life.For more information you can visit her website www.amberrosetherapies.com or call 07740266149.
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