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Meet The Team


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.


Lila has been teaching at LANO Chichester and LANO Southsea for years now, as well as running her annual LANO Retreat in Malaga. At this stage, teaching transformational Yoga is her life's work. Lila's approach includes a dedication to discipline, alongside a fierce sense of humour and lightness.
Her home is in Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa and Hatha practices. She completed her training in 2018, but believes all of us are each a combination of constant student and constant teacher. Lila wholeheartedly believes Yoga can encourage us to live more fully in the bodies we already have, and opens us up to the richness of life.


Alice’s yoga roots are deeply based within the practice of Tantric Hatha Yoga. This lineage of yoga teaches us how through the careful construction of asana (postures) and breathwork we can cultivate the right energy to guide us through our lives with a little more ease and inner calm. She graduated from university after completing a degree in Contemporary Dance in 2013 and after a period of performing she qualified as a yoga teacher in 2017 from Zuna Yoga. She now offers a combination of dynamic and restorative classes alongside pre and post natal yoga. Alice’s classes are rooted around building strong and resilient bodies, soft minds and joy in our soul.


Venetia has been practising yoga for over 35 years and was trained by the British Wheel of Yoga. She has had many teachers over the years and has been influenced by many styles. This is reflected in her classes which offer a broad range of practices, delivered in quite a classical way. She is particularly interested in the therapeutic benefits of yoga and the way it (especially the breath) helps with stress and anxiety. “This is something I have experienced first-hand and it never ceases to amaze me how it all just does work”. Her aim is to create a safe relaxing environment in which people can come to explore their bodies, be with themselves, get to know themselves, have a good move about, stretch and relax.


Sarah has a love of sports and walking but when she started to practice the 26&2 sequence it proved completely addictive for her, both physically and mentally. She 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 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 86 years old! She is my inspiration!”.


Max is an expert in helping us to slow down our thoughts and manage our stress levels.
She delights in the spaces between, guiding you to your inner wisdom opening the doors to greater self exploration through a blend of easy to follow guided techniques. Without a shred of pretence, Max conjures a space where you get to embody the journey of yoga for you. Asana and mantra are used as tools that anchor you in your own awareness, in an experience so organic and complete it stays with you longer after you step off the mat.


Luke is a yoga teacher with his roots deep in the practice of presence. He uses yoga as a vehicle to move deeply into the present moment, with an emphasis on using the breath to come out of the mind and reconnect with the body, utilising both dynamic flows and peak postures, as well as deep long-hold postures with breathwork. Now, having trained with Sampoorna Yoga, based in Goa, India, in Flow and Yin Yoga, he is ready to share this beautiful and healing practice with all of his students.


Chloé first began practising yoga in 2010 whilst training as a dancer and quickly her passion grew. Noticing the benefits to both her mind and body she wanted to deepen her knowledge and her practice which led her to complete her 200 hr teacher training in India in 2015. Chloé believes that yoga is for everyone and appreciates that different people are drawn to their mat for different reasons. She brings energy and enthusiasm to her classes and enjoys watching people discover what they can achieve through their practice.


Nicky started practising about 10 years ago, initially to 'get fit', but it didn't take her long to realise what was really on offer. She did her initial YTT in 2017 with Sally Parkes and has continued her studies with Norman Blair training in Yin and with Heather Mason at The Minded Institute, studying Yoga for Anxiety and Depression. “My teaching comes from the experiences of working with injury, imbalance and stress. What I want to craft for my students is a place to be aware of and curious of the way we use these bodies and minds to navigate through the world.”


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 breathwork, 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.


Having trained and practised worldwide, Cara’s yoga journey has taken her from New Zealand to Sydney, Bali, London, India, Crete, New York, more London…And finally West Sussex. She takes elements from both Ashtanga and the Dharma method; both are graceful yet challenging and vigorous forms of yoga. Cara encourages students to go deeper and experience the practice in a meditative and spiritual way, with an emphasis on good health, a clear mind, and an open heart.


Nathalie is a certified advanced yoga & meditation teacher, qualified in yin yoga, vinyasa flow and meditation.
She is also a mental health nurse and founder of Value Your Mind, a company which supports people in reducing stress and finding more self confidence. She offers mental wellbeing yoga retreats, individual coaching, as well as lots of free resources via her website and podcast, Calm Mind Confident Life.


Over the last 20 years Shirly has practiced lots of styles: Hatha, 26&2, Iyengar, Yin, Ashtanga, Forrest, Rocket and Vinyasa. Shirley completed a 200 hours Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in 2021, which mostly concentrated on Rocket as well as a Yin course with Norman Blair in 2022. ‘Yoga has been a welcoming sanctuary where I can leave everyday concerns behind and have some time to focus on myself, whilst not feeling guilty about looking after number one.”


Karl has been working with bodies and minds for over twenty years. He describes himself as a mover, thinker and helper, a generalist and not a specialist. His classes are all about empowerment and resilience, where yoga is used to create more freedom in body and mind. Karl teaches in a way that is trauma-informed, non-dogmatic, open to all and enables people to better understand themselves and challenge their perceived limits. Expect to work hard, hear about the difficulties of life and be ridiculously silly.


KJ Mortimer

For the past 14 years KJ has developed a BIG love for Yoga. KJ first fell in love with Yoga when living in Canada and attended her first Hot Yoga class... then as time moved on she came in and out of yoga until something clicked and she realised it was yoga that allowed her mind and body to work together. Happiness, physicallity and grounding all in the same class! As a professional dancer KJ brings her knowledge of the body and alignment into her yoga practice and at the beginning of 2017 KJ attained her Ashtanga and Vinyasa teaching qualifications at Sampoorna Yoga, India. KJ’s Vinyasa class is full of physicality and works on gathering flow and dynamism. Her students are at the heart of her thoughts in class and she believes every person deserves a great experience. Class will challenge and warm your body leaving you feeling that you have achieved.