Melanie Cooper has been teaching yoga for 16 years, and training yoga teachers for eight years. She divides her time between London and Goa, practicing and teaching yoga. She currently runs the morning ashtanga self practice at The Life Centre in Islington and runs an annual teacher training at Brahmani Yoga in Goa, She has practiced at Ashtanga Yoga London for many years, and has also studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Melanie lives in North London.
Sharmila Desai was first introduced to Ashtanga yoga by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath when she visited Mysore in 1997. She has continued to study regularly at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute and is Certified by the Institute to teach the Ashtanga yoga system. She is also a trained prenatal yoga teacher. Sharmila comes from a matrilineal line of renowned Indian dancers, who raised her with the importance of spiritual discipline and ancient art in contemporary daily life. The book Sristi documents her dance lineage and chronicles her performances worldwide. On graduating from Columbia University, Sharmila was awarded the Henry Evans Fellowship to set up a dance program for street children in Mumbai, India. She has also taught yoga therapy workshops to the Southall Black Sisters in the UK and to South Asian Youth Action in Queens, New York.Sharmila lives in New York City with her husband and two children. She returns yearly to study with R. Sharath and Saraswathi in Mysore with her family.
Uma Dinsmore-Tuli PhD is a yoga therapist, yoga teacher trainer and retreat leader with special expertise in women’s health, including birth, pre- and post-natal yoga, and yoga for positive menstrual health and fertility. She lives in Stroud, UK
Jennifer J. Ellinghaus
Jennifer Ellinghaus has been backpacking since 1997 and teaching Yoga since 2006. She trained as a yoga teacher at The Life Centre (now Yogacampus) in London, and has also been influenced by her teachers Charlotte Bliss, Graham Burns, Doug Keller, Susanne Lahusen and Rod Stryker. Jenny believes everyone can benefit from practicing yoga, and has a light-hearted approach to teaching. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Dona Holleman started studying Oriental philosophy at the age of 12 while living on the island of Java. Since a very early age her main interest has been "the body, the mystery of the body". Thus, when she came in contact with yoga in the 50s, it immediately became her main path. In the mid 60s she met and studied with B.K.S Iyengar, and she has since spent the last 40 years exploring the various aspects of yoga in her own practice and teaching. Her belief is that the final answer lies within the body, and that each human being has to find this for him or herself alone, guided by the inner light and teacher which is in each of us.
An Iyengar yoga practitioner for more than 30 years, Christian Pisano holds an Advanced Teacher's certificate. Born with a club foot, his handicap, through the mysterious play of life, prompted him to question the essential nature of reality and led him to yoga practice. Whilst in his 20s he lived in Pune, India, for several years in order to explore the sacred art of yoga and to study under the guidance of his Guru, B.K.S. Iyengar. During this period he also studied philosophy and Sanskrit. Nowadays, Christian teaches with his wife June at their Iyengar Yoga Institute in Nice, France.
Petri Räisänen is an internationally renowned and respected yoga teacher. A devoted student of his guru Sri K. Patthabi Jois (1915–2009), he is co-owner and director of Ashtanga Yoga Helsinki, one of the world’s largest yoga shalas. He lives in Helsinki, Finland.
A New Zealander by birth, John Scott was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga by Derek Ireland while travelling through Europe. In 1989, John began his studies with Guruji – Shri K Pattabhi Jois – in Mysore, India. In 1995 John was certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga. Since then he has continued to develop his practice, and teach and share the practice with many other students on the path of yoga.
Anna Wise is a direct student of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois. She has been a regular student at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute for many years and was Authorized by the Institute to teach the Ashtanga system in 2003. Anna is also an experienced pregnancy yoga teacher and a baby massage instructor. Over the years she has worked with hundreds of pregnant women and new mothers, including many Ashtanga practitioners. As well as teaching yoga, Anna works for the charity Birth Companions, which supports vulnerable pregnant women. She is part of a team running a pregnancy group at her local women’s prison, and also supports vulnerable women during the birth of their babies. Anna lives in London. She and her husband Hamish Hendry run London’s only dedicated traditional Ashtanga yoga shala. They have one daughter, who has been accompanying them to Mysore since she was four-months old.