I first encountered yoga as a young teen at my local gym but it wasn’t until I attended an Ashtanga class in 2007 that I fell completely in love with the practice.


I had always been attracted to the idea of yoga as a way to de-stress and unwind. But with a mind that's always racing I found many classes weren't right for me – they were too slow and I found myself agitated and frustrated, I just couldn't switch off.


The fast movements and deep connection to the breath in an Ashtanga practice made it more accessible and I found myself going every day. I continued for 18 months before moving on to explore different styles at popular London-based studios; Indaba, Triyioga and Yotopia. I attended classes with some of the UKs best-known and well-loved teachers spanning many different styles and disciplines.

In 2013, having found my happy place in the more fluid and free Vinyasa approach, I enrolled on a teacher training programme with Katy Appleton and completed the training in 2014. Since then I've been fortunate enough to continue my studies with teachers such as Judith Hanson Lasater (Restorative), Shiva Rae (Prana Vinyasa), Bill Mahoney (Tantrik Philosophy) and now Anna Ashby and Jean Hall as part of my advanced teacher training at Triyoga.

I started Garuda Yoga with the aim of bringing a new kind of Vinyasa Flow class to my local area. Garuda Yoga fuses strength and power with grace and fluidity. Classes are fun but challenging. Students leave sweaty, stronger and calmer but most importantly with a smile on their faces. 

Ayesha taking yoga asana reverse warrior