Sammy-Jo Hand Teaching Crew My Teaching Style Depending on my mood, my classes are generally quite strong (except for my mellow, my mellows are mellow)! I like to focus on core strength, on getting that uddiyana bandha switched on so that we can support the physical body and build our practice from a place of stability….. all whilst using the breath to bring us into the present moment and connect us with that place of true happiness and peace within (sounds pretty good right!).  Although my classes are strong, they are suitable for everyone- no one should feel intimidated and hopefully no one will be bored! We may play around with some arm balances, inversions, backbends and cartwheels* (*disclaimer, there will be no cartwheels) or we may just work on our warrior poses, but I will ensure that everyone has a modification or variation to suit their practice. I try to lighten the mood of my strong classes by throwing in some bad jokes! I may also play some funky tunes (again, mood dependent) but often I will just let the hum work its magic! I can’t wait to see you all on the mat! About me Having spent a few years studying dance after high school, I knew that I loved to move, but what I didn’t enjoy was the competitive nature and strong focus on body image, which was prevalent in the performance industry.  It wasn’t until years later when I attended an 8-week Ashtanga Yoga beginner’s course that I found my true passion! Yoga allowed me to move (in ways I’d never moved before!) but without the competitive tension … perfect!  Since 2009 I developed a strong dedicated practice both ‘on and off the mat’. Whilst my love for yoga began with the physical element of movement, the spiritual and philosophical teachings soon resonated deeply with me. Yoga quickly became a way of life for me, rather than simply a form of exercise. Now as a teacher, I love to share my passion with my students and hope to help change their lives (even if in a teeny tiny way) through the beautiful ancient practice of Yoga! I look forward to seeing you on the mat! Favourite food? Dumplings. And hummus. Smother anything in hummus and it tastes like heaven. If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you say to them? I wouldn’t mind meeting John Lennon and if I did magically bump into him I would say, “Hello John Lennon.” Pose that you hope is possible in this lifetime? Scorpion Handstand (Vrschikasana). This posture seems impossible to me right now, but when I began doing yoga so many postures, that I can now do, seemed impossible. So I know that one day it may come, but if it doesn’t come then it’s totally fine because it doesn’t really matter!

 

Sammy-Jo Hand
Teaching Crew


My Teaching Style
Depending on my mood, my classes are generally quite strong (except for my mellow, my mellows are mellow)! I like to focus on core strength, on getting that uddiyana bandha switched on so that we can support the physical body and build our practice from a place of stability….. all whilst using the breath to bring us into the present moment and connect us with that place of true happiness and peace within (sounds pretty good right!). 

Although my classes are strong, they are suitable for everyone- no one should feel intimidated and hopefully no one will be bored! We may play around with some arm balances, inversions, backbends and cartwheels* (*disclaimer, there will be no cartwheels) or we may just work on our warrior poses, but I will ensure that everyone has a modification or variation to suit their practice.

I try to lighten the mood of my strong classes by throwing in some bad jokes! I may also play some funky tunes (again, mood dependent) but often I will just let the hum work its magic!

I can’t wait to see you all on the mat!


About me
Having spent a few years studying dance after high school, I knew that I loved to move, but what I didn’t enjoy was the competitive nature and strong focus on body image, which was prevalent in the performance industry. 

It wasn’t until years later when I attended an 8-week Ashtanga Yoga beginner’s course that I found my true passion! Yoga allowed me to move (in ways I’d never moved before!) but without the competitive tension … perfect! 

Since 2009 I developed a strong dedicated practice both ‘on and off the mat’. Whilst my love for yoga began with the physical element of movement, the spiritual and philosophical teachings soon resonated deeply with me. Yoga quickly became a way of life for me, rather than simply a form of exercise.

Now as a teacher, I love to share my passion with my students and hope to help change their lives (even if in a teeny tiny way) through the beautiful ancient practice of Yoga! I look forward to seeing you on the mat!


Favourite food?
Dumplings. And hummus. Smother anything in hummus and it tastes like heaven.

If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you say to them?
I wouldn’t mind meeting John Lennon and if I did magically bump into him I would say, “Hello John Lennon.”

Pose that you hope is possible in this lifetime?
Scorpion Handstand (Vrschikasana). This posture seems impossible to me right now, but when I began doing yoga so many postures, that I can now do, seemed impossible. So I know that one day it may come, but if it doesn’t come then it’s totally fine because it doesn’t really matter!