About us

Find out how it all began, meet the team & see where all the magic happens.

Welcome to LANO Yoga


We met seven years ago when we both ended up in the same Bikram class in Brighton. Like most, hectic lives and frustrating injuries led us through the studio doors in search of ways to heal our bodies and give our minds some TLC too. It didn’t take long before Karl went off to certify as a Bikram teacher, and only six months later Neil decided to follow suit!

For a few years we jet-set around, teaching in different studios, countries and climates. But soon we started to build ideas about a space of our own- a community space, with multiple styles of yoga, from the physically challenging to the fully restorative, that could be a safe, accessible environment for everyone and anyone. And so LANO Yoga was born! In February 2015 we moved into LANO Chichester, and only three years later LANO Southsea arrived.

We are so grateful to all the students and teachers who have helped us build the thriving community that LANO has become, and are incredibly excited to be all evolving together!

Our Studio in


Go through the glass door to the second floor to discover LANO Chichester, a dedicated yoga space with a light and bright studio with capacity for 30 + students. The studio can be heated for the hot classes or not for the unheated ones. There is a community space within the reception and full changing facilities with showers for Ladies and Gents. A perfect city centre space to Look After Number One.

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Our Studio in


This prominent space on Elm Grove is like the Tardis! LANO Southsea has two studios; one hot and one not. It has treatment rooms, an outside courtyard, changing facilities for all, a reception area and a community space that we can all be proud of. LANO Southsea really does have an incredible space for all your yoga needs.

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Meet the Team

Neil Smith


Bad knees, bad back and a busy mind led me into my first Bikram yoga class. I was scared and totally unaware about what I was about to do. It was not easy, but definitely a unique experience and I wanted to go back. I noticed the benefits and change in my attitude after only a few classes and I couldn’t stop. Just one year later I qualified as a Bikram Teacher and was soon to be teaching in Brighton, Edinburgh and San Francisco. Yoga changed everything for me. Without realising it, I was Looking After Number One.



I started practicing yoga after I stopped working as a professional dancer but wanted to stay fit and healthy. I presumed I would dislike yoga, but an hour in to my first class I got that ‘buzz’ that has never quite stopped since. I lost weight, healed my injured knee, but most importantly I gained a new spring in my step and outlook on life. I love the way yoga continually reestablishes my boundaries, both physically and mentally. For me every day is a “yoga” day whether that is through my own practice, or through teaching – seeing the way peoples bodies and minds change through the practice of yoga.



My love for yoga began in 2002 whilst on a backpacking trip in Thailand. I found myself in a yoga retreat on a beautiful beach and never looked back. Beach and yoga resonate in my soul, we were meant to be together. Ever since, I have travelled the world exploring and deepening my practice. I spent a year in India, staying in a number of Ashrams and have also practiced in Hawaii, Costa Rica and various other far flung places. In 2006 I handed in my notice as a psychology lecturer to run a windsurf yoga centre in Cabo Verde. Since having children I am now settled here on the South Coast and thoroughly enjoy teaching yoga including ante/postnatal as well as running a yoga teacher training course.



Kat has been involved in dance and sport from an early age, completing her BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre at the Laban Centre, London in 2000. Introduced to yoga in a gym to supplement her dance training, her formal study began much later with Jana Appleyard in London in 2006. Kat was fortunate to be an apprentice of Jana’s, studying and practicing the Shadow Yoga method for five years.
Kat completed her Yoga Teacher Training in Bali in 2015 with Zuna Yoga which has its roots in Tantra. Her classes follow this system with an emphasis on the breath work, asana, bandha, pranayama and meditation. Carefully and specifically crafting each sequence for a meaningful journey and outcome.
Kat strives to give people the yogic tools to live a happy, healthy, joyful life, to thrive and be a more powerful individual in the world.


Operations Manager

I have never been someone who has had a clear path of what they “want to be” but at the root of all that I do is my desire to help people in some shape or form.

This has led me to different job opportunities and also to travelling the world by myself and volunteering along the way which had its scary moments but proved to myself that I could really do anything if I just focused and looked for the good in situations.

Southsea has always been my place that I would visit to feel recharged and after spending an amazing weekend with friends I decided that I wanted to make it my permanent home and set myself the goal to be relocated by the time I was 30. I managed this with 2 weeks to spare - now that I have lived here for over 2 years I couldn’t think of anywhere else I would want to be.

After a successful career in the Leisure and Sports I really wanted to step away from the corporate side of things and be involved in a community with wellbeing at the centre of what it does.

When LANO opened in February I took out the Intro offer and threw myself into all the different styles and I just loved how my time on the mat was my time to really shut off from the outside and just be present in the here and now.

Exercise has always been a great escapism for me and the positives that it has on mental health are incredible. With Yoga I have now found a place to have the much needed quiet time for a very busy brain.

I am so happy to be part of LANO and what they stand for - to be able to be part of something that is directly positively impacting the Community is the perfect job satisfaction for me.



I walked into my first Bikram yoga class in 1997 and nothing in my life was the same afterwards. At first, I was trying to squeeze one or two classes a week into my hectic schedule. The next thing I knew, I was re-arranging my life to accommodate my yoga! I graduated from teacher training in 1999 and have been teaching and practicing throughout the United States and Europe ever since. Yoga is as integral to my life as eating, breathing, and sleeping and I am grateful for its gifts every single day.



I initially decided to try yoga as a way to manage stress and anxiety. My first class was pretty different from what I had anticipated, but above all else I was left intrigued, so I kept going back. Consistently practicing led me to feel stronger in my body and more secure within myself, and though it wasn’t a cure-all for stress and anxiety, it helped me learn how to navigate them in a more manageable way. I am trained in Forrest Yoga, which drew me in as a challenging, therapeutic and ever-evolving practice. It is through this that I hope and aim to create a space in which people can be curious and explore what it means to live in their mind and body.



I have been practicing yoga for nearly 30 years and was trained by the British Wheel of Yoga. I have had many teachers over the years and have been influenced by many styles.
My classes are structured to always include breathing practices, relaxation as well as a well thought out, mix of posture work (flow and static), some for developing strength, some for flexibility, some for balance and some for relaxation. I believe in the saying ‘flexible spine flexible mind’ and aim to take the spine through its full range of movement keeping it healthy and supple. I also like to encourage a sense of fluidity through the whole body, freeing it up so that energy can flow keeping us free from stresses, blockages and restrictions.
My aim is to create a safe relaxing, environment in which people can come to explore their bodies, be with themselves, getting to know their self, have a good move about, stretch and relax.



I have practiced yoga in various forms since 2014. I was training in professional dance performance, and after numerous injuries decided to take some time away. Yoga provided a platform to aid my recovery, both physically and mentally.

I believe that yoga can bring so much valuable self awareness that I felt compelled to share. So, In December 2017 I travelled to Bali, Indonesia, and trained in Tantric Hatha with Zuna Yoga. I gained a deep understanding of the internal energetics of the body (prana), a full yogic breath (agni raj) and whole body coordination (vyon) and how to blossom into your fullest potential on and off the mat.



Yoga is part of my daily life. I’ve been practising yoga since 1996 and teaching since 2006. It took a while to make sense, repetition over time, but slowly and surely its changed my life. Like so many other people, its helped heal my spine, changed my body, improved my focus, cleared my mind, and opened my heart.
Teaching is a pleasure, I learn something every time and I am constantly inspired by the changes I see in people, the injuries that improve and the incredible focus that develops. All you have to do is turn up.



I’m born Swiss but feel at home all over the world! It was while travelling around India that I first got introduced to this sacred practice on the mat. I was always longing for something physically active so did long distance running, mountain biking, hiking, gym workouts...the list goes on. But besides quieting this inner voice of having to keep “fit & balanced" while working in an office, it never really fulfilled me.

It was “love at first downward facing dog”, and from that very moment, yoga became my life! For me it is more than just going through the Asanas. I found this space where I can fully integrate my body awareness, explore something new with every inhale and with every exhale...but most important to me, I feel nourished and fully connected to my self. I truly believe that all we need already exists within us and that through Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness and other tools we can make it our own & take care of ourselves. I’m very excited to join in on your unique journey! Namaste.



My practice began when I needed something more in my life. I was experiencing stiffness and pain around the body and mentally I was struggling. I had always been into fitness but the gym and general sports weren't cutting it anymore- I needed something deeper, something more challenging not only physical but mentally as well.

Yoga for me adds so much value to life, not only is it good for the body and mind its also a creates a connection with people you’d never normally meet, it opens opportunities and brings freedom to life, slowly but gradually.



Casey attended her first yoga class to support her mother after repeatedly suggesting it would be good for her. Ironically, it was Casey who could not get enough. It was just what she needed - we teach best what we need the most right? Casey found that she loved all styles of yoga and fully dedicated herself to her practice. She was then introduced to Modo Yoga by one of the teachers at LANO and went on to complete her Modo Training (also know as Moksha) in Nicaragua. Casey’s yoga is not just about her practice in the hot room but also the 7 Philosophical Pillars of Modo: Be Healthy; Be Accessible; Live Green; Community Support; Reach Out; Live To Learn and Be Peace.



I came to yoga in 2012 when I was finding work too stressful and I needed a release. Work was all consuming yet unfulfilling. It made me anxious and I needed a way to reconnect to my body. Yoga gave me a sense of empowerment. I felt like I was finally in control of something - my physical being and my mental wellbeing. It restored my confidence and made me feel great. Once I found yoga restored me physically and mentally, I decided to become a teacher to show others they too could find tranquility through yoga. I trained with Triyoga, London and I’m an Anusara inspired yoga teacher. Anusara focuses on the alignment of the body, flowing through sequences and reconnecting you to your breath.


Assistant Manager

My first experience of yoga was in my living room with a humble DVD (before the greatness of YouTube classes) when I was 18. But it wasn’t until 2009 when I was I was 20 that I attended a real-life class. I was being treated for anorexia in a specialist inpatient unit and the only form of exercise I was allowed to do was yoga. Having been an over-exerciser for months, I was fairly resistant at first as it forced me to slow down, go inwards and really connect to my body. It bought up feelings of vulnerability and pain, however, through a consistent practise, yoga has allowed me to gain an appreciation for my body and recognise how truly phenomenal the human body’s resilience is. Yoga has helped to improve the severity of my osteoporosis and has pulled me through so much, including body dysmorphia, depression and grief. Yoga is my safe place to be authentically me. I am so happy to be part of the management team and ridiculously excited to start Forrest YTT in March 2019.



The story goes: a high pressure job and realising spin classes and high intensity training was just not doing it for me anymore. I discovered yoga- allowing myself to just be on the mat for whatever little time I thought I had in my busy schedule. And so the seed for transformation was planted. Yoga gradually healed my old wrist, knee and back injuries, and helped me deal with my head so often working on overdrive. Becoming a yoga teacher was soon the only path forward to share my story and help other stress addicts. I trained in Baptiste inspired hot power vinyasa- an all accessible practice keeping body fit and bringing focus back to being the best versions of ourselves on and off the mat.



I love squash, tennis, swimming and walking but when I started to practice the Bikram sequence it proved completely addictive for me, both physically and mentally. Neil and Karl supported me to go to training and I became certified to teach in May 2018. Not only is yoga a great complement to any athletic discipline, it is energising, empowering and quiets the mind. For me, it is a moving meditation that gives me a calm oasis in the midst of life’s challenges. My lovely mum has practised yoga all her life and still goes to class at 82 years old! She is my inspiration! I’m never going to be on the cover of a yoga magazine holding the perfect pose, but when I’m practicing regularly I feel better. I know I’m a better wife, mother, teacher - a better me! It’s not about being perfect, it’s about being the best we can be.



I am a mover, shaker and thinker, and yoga provides a platform for all three. My yoga journey began during my first class at Lano and since then I have been completely immersed. Yoga has become pivotal to my sense of self, and my own evolving practice underpins both my teaching and the wider context of my life. My disciplined and expressive approach to teaching yoga stems from my background in contemporary dance. Finding creative means of incorporating traditional yogic poses and concepts into new ways of exploring movement is what forms the foundation of my vinyasa based classes. I am passionate about movement, and the way it can connect us to our physical bodies and encourages us to live as our fullest selves.



I first came to yoga about 18 years ago, and back then it was a purely physical thing. However, after a series of different traumas I started to fall into the hold of depression was at a very dark place in my life. It was through the combination of yoga, therapy and medication that I began to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I slowly started to build up strength and retrained in the holistic world of therapies and embraced yoga with a whole new outlook. Through focussing on breathing and calming my mind, I found that my practise was taken to a new level and yoga started to become a lifestyle. I then travelled around South East Asia for five months and trained with some of the most experienced teachers from around the globe. My teaching style works with connecting the breathe with movement, creating stillness through mediation and retraining the diaphragm to breathe more effectively and create space in the body. I like to incorporate positives affirmations into my classes and if your lucky your get a cheeky little head massage at the end of the class!