About abaYoga

About abaYoga

About abaYoga

Inside the Studio

Love this place. Such a warm, friendly, inclusive space, and I’m so pleased to have found it. Chris, Junior, Jo and the team are brilliant teachers who make newbies like me feel welcome and ‘at home’. I look forward to every session and always walk out feeling wonderful (if sometimes rather sleepy!) We are very lucky to have AbaYoga ☺️

 
– Caroline H.

The studio has a warm & inviting feel designed to make you feel at ease. It has been designed from the ground up as a pure Yoga facility and includes:

· Soft infra-red heating for hot yoga (32 degrees)

· Integral extractor fans for non-heated yoga (21 degrees)

· Special lighting circuits for Yoga moods (no daylight)

· Steel welded ceiling rings for Ariel Yoga

· Mirror wall to check alignment

· Studio rated speakers

· Amazing aroma’s to calm your spirit

Having studied yoga studios around the world we’ve created this one to bring you all the good stuff. It’s best to book your class (Click here) online before you arrive, and it’s important to arrive before class begins, so that you can be acknowledged on entry and relax before we start.

On entering you’ll declutter – any woes are left at the door, because our long, thin corridor is wide enough only for you to enter alone.

When you enter the lobby, your shoes go in the wooden shoe rack, any bags in the white cupboard and coats on the multi-coloured hooks. Where the floor changes colour you’ll be “Barefoot on the Bamboo”.

The front door is locked for security reasons when the class starts.

We provide mats, blocks, bolsters and straps but if you wish to bring your own you are than welcome. All you really need is soft comfortable clothing which you can move freely in.

Water can be brought inside if you wish but traditional Yoga builds heat from within and water cools this internal heat so it is recommended to drink water 1 hour before your practice rather than cooling the internal momentum of the practice. But, this is your choice.

Additional studio features

The studio also has facilities including two showers.

We have a fridge with chilled drinks for your refreshment. 🙂

Now, relax enjoy your practice!

Meet the Team

(Founder of abaYoga, Chris Abay)

Hi, I’m Chris!

I’ve journeyed around the world, clocking up plenty of life experiences along the way. After swapping the hustle and bustle of London for the golden shores of Sydney, I discovered Power Living Australia Yoga (PLAY). I have since invested several hundred hours training with top teachers around the world.
 
Now back in the UK, I’ve turned my back on corporate life. Devoting 100% of my time imparting the lessons I continue to learn from my yoga training and travels, to helping other stressed-out and time-strapped individuals to practice yoga at their own pace.
 
My teaching style is compassionate, patient, and adventurous, and I enjoy nothing more than helping students gently progress through their practice.
 
Read more about my story.

(Founder of abaYoga, Chris Abay)

Hi, I'm Chris!

I’ve journeyed around the world, clocking up plenty of life experiences along the way. After swapping the hustle and bustle of London for the golden shores of Sydney, I discovered Power Living Australia Yoga (PLAY). I have since invested several hundred hours training with top teachers around the world.
 
Now back in the UK, I’ve turned my back on corporate life. Devoting 100% of my time imparting the lessons I continue to learn from my yoga training and travels, to helping other stressed-out and time-strapped individuals to practice yoga at their own pace.
 
My teaching style is compassionate, patient, and adventurous, and I enjoy nothing more than helping students gently progress through their practice.
 
Read more about my story.

(Studio Manager)

Hi, I’m Jo!

Born & bred in Sanderstead, I now manage AbaYoga with Chris (amongst other projects) and love every moment.

I went to my first yoga class in the autumn of 2011. I have enjoyed going to regular classes ever since. I have made friends and met so many interesting people through yoga classes, workshops and retreats.

Yoga replenishes me, keeps me balanced, reminds me to live in the moment and to challenge myself both on and off my mat.

For me yoga, being at the beach, chocolate and musicals ‘these are a few of my favourite things’ 😉

I look forward to welcoming you to AbaYoga when I am at the reception desk.

(Studio Manager)

Hi, I'm Jo!

Born & bred in Sanderstead, I now manage AbaYoga with Chris (amongst other projects) and love every moment.

I went to my first yoga class in the autumn of 2011. I have enjoyed going to regular classes ever since. I have made friends and met so many interesting people through yoga classes, workshops and retreats.

Yoga replenishes me, keeps me balanced, reminds me to live in the moment and to challenge myself both on and off my mat.

For me yoga, being at the beach, chocolate and musicals ‘these are a few of my favourite things’ 😉

I look forward to welcoming you to AbaYoga when I am at the reception desk.

(Yoga Teacher)

Hi, I’m Lucy!

My Favourite movie is Jurassic Park because it reminds me of my feisty childhood 😜.

I first came to yoga whilst working in the fast-paced world of TV production and having discovered the benefits of both physical strength and mental well-being I was eager to share the effects of a regular yoga practice with others. I completed my 200-hour training in 2018 with The Yoga Edge and have been practicing yoga and meditation for five years.

My teaching focuses on the ‘feel’ of the pose and to get students to connect back to their bodies. My classes are in the Vinyasa flow style whilst also incorporating healing elements of Forrest Yoga and breath control. I hope to one day do further training in India as it’s where my family roots come from.

(Yoga Teacher)

Hi, I'm Lucy!

My Favourite movie is Jurassic Park because it reminds me of my feisty childhood 😜.

I first came to yoga whilst working in the fast-paced world of TV production and having discovered the benefits of both physical strength and mental well-being I was eager to share the effects of a regular yoga practice with others. I completed my 200-hour training in 2018 with The Yoga Edge and have been practicing yoga and meditation for five years.

My teaching focuses on the ‘feel’ of the pose and to get students to connect back to their bodies. My classes are in the Vinyasa flow style whilst also incorporating healing elements of Forrest Yoga and breath control. I hope to one day do further training in India as it’s where my family roots come from.

(Yoga Teacher)

Hi, I’m Marianne!

My yoga practice started in my twenties, became part of my daily life in my 30s and helps me be a better mummy in my 40s!

I love to run, swim and do free weights, I consider myself a ‘doer’ and therefore naturally gravitate towards a vinyasa flow practice. However as my personal practice deepens I appreciate so much the amazing benefits of breathwork, meditation and yin. To be a teacher of these wonderful practices is an honour and a delight, I really do learn from you guys’.

My favourite city is Hong Kong, I travelled there frequently in my previous life in fashion, I wish I’d had my yoga practice to ground me then!

(Yoga Teacher)

Hi, I'm Marianne!

My yoga practice started in my twenties, became part of my daily life in my 30s and helps me be a better mummy in my 40s!

I love to run, swim and do free weights, I consider myself a ‘doer’ and therefore naturally gravitate towards a vinyasa flow practice. However as my personal practice deepens I appreciate so much the amazing benefits of breathwork, meditation and yin. To be a teacher of these wonderful practices is an honour and a delight, I really do learn from you guys’.

My favourite city is Hong Kong, I travelled there frequently in my previous life in fashion, I wish I’d had my yoga practice to ground me then!

(Yoga Teacher)

Hi, I’m Anais!

I’m originally from Venezuela and have lived in London for the last 10 years. I trained in Mysore, India in 2014 and have been teaching Yoga ever since.

I love teaching mindfully paced, breath focused classes that offers occasional challenge. I try to weave modern meditation practices in all classes as well as the use of essential oils to help you stay present. My favourite place is the beach, any beach, as long as it’s sunny and sandy!

(Yoga Teacher)

Hi, I'm Anais!

I’m originally from Venezuela and have lived in London for the last 10 years. I trained in Mysore, India in 2014 and have been teaching Yoga ever since.

I love teaching mindfully paced, breath focused classes that offers occasional challenge. I try to weave modern meditation practices in all classes as well as the use of essential oils to help you stay present. My favourite place is the beach, any beach, as long as it’s sunny and sandy!

(Yoga Teacher)

Hi, I’m Jacc!

(From Chris and Sarah)

We’re stoked to introduce you to abaYoga’s newest teacher, Jacc Wright, and know that you’ll love welcoming Jacc to our tribe.

Born & raised in our neighbourhood, Jacc has travelled extensively cultivating his unique and superbly gentle, classical Hatha Yoga teacher style.

Back on home ground, Jacc brings a new LEVEL 1 SLOW FLOW class to our timetable to get you present in your practice using gentle Hatha Yoga to compliment your foundation vinyasa classes.

(Yoga Teacher)

Hi, I'm Jacc!

(From Chris and Sarah)

We’re stoked to introduce you to abaYoga’s newest teacher, Jacc Wright, and know that you’ll love welcoming Jacc to our tribe.

Born & raised in our neighbourhood, Jacc has travelled extensively cultivating his unique and superbly gentle, classical Hatha Yoga teacher style.

Back on home ground, Jacc brings a new LEVEL 1 SLOW FLOW class to our timetable to get you present in your practice using gentle Hatha Yoga to compliment your foundation vinyasa classes.

(Yoga Teacher)

Hi, I’m Jayne!

I grew up in Wales but I’ve lived in Purley for 30 years now.

After falling in love with Yoga eight years ago my daughter encouraged me to do my yoga teacher training whilst on our travels together in Bali. I’ve never looked back.

Now, my mat is my place to just “be”, my practice helps me become present and quietens my mind. Yoga nourishes, grounds, enriches and brings me inner peace, sharing this with my students has become my passion.

No matter what your background, I’ve learned that Yoga is for everyone. I hope you’ll join us on the mat soon.

Much love, Jayne

(Yoga Teacher)

Hi, I'm Jayne!

I grew up in Wales but I’ve lived in Purley for 30 years now.

After falling in love with Yoga eight years ago my daughter encouraged me to do my yoga teacher training whilst on our travels together in Bali. I’ve never looked back.

Now, my mat is my place to just “be”, my practice helps me become present and quietens my mind. Yoga nourishes, grounds, enriches and brings me inner peace, sharing this with my students has become my passion.

No matter what your background, I’ve learned that Yoga is for everyone. I hope you’ll join us on the mat soon.

Much love, Jayne

(Yoga Teacher)

Hi, I’m Junior!

Born and raised on the soils of South London with a background in performing, I was introduced to yoga 10 years ago and it has enabled me to become stronger, flexible and fearless in my approach to life both on & off the mat.

My classes are fun with a dash of sass and playfulness. I combine a mixture of styles in classes from my continual training in Ashtanga, Mandala & Shamanism, Rocket, Yin Yoga, Forrest & Qi gong I’m also deeply into energy healing using the method of sound tools & gong baths. Alongside Reiki and Thai Massage.

As much as I’m a teacher I’m also a forever a yoga student.

(Yoga Teacher)

Hi, I'm Junior!

Born and raised on the soils of South London with a background in performing, I was introduced to yoga 10 years ago and it has enabled me to become stronger, flexible and fearless in my approach to life both on & off the mat.

My classes are fun with a dash of sass and playfulness. I combine a mixture of styles in classes from my continual training in Ashtanga, Mandala & Shamanism, Rocket, Yin Yoga, Forrest & Qi gong I’m also deeply into energy healing using the method of sound tools & gong baths. Alongside Reiki and Thai Massage.

As much as I’m a teacher I’m also a forever a yoga student.

(Yoga Teacher)

Hi, I’m Linda!

I’m a local girl having lived in South London all my life. Yoga found me through my husband who was using it to manage a back condition. I practiced for 15 years with him while working a “normal” job in a corporate environment.

A few years ago, after a series of family crises, I decided to reprioritise my life. I gave up the city job, and retrained as a yoga teacher. It was the best decision I ever made! I trained initially in London, and then topped up my training in India.

I continue to take workshops and trainings to develop my teaching skills. Apart from loving yoga, I also dance a bit, and my yoga style reflects this with lots of flowing movement.

(Yoga Teacher)

Hi, I'm Linda!

I’m a local girl having lived in South London all my life. Yoga found me through my husband who was using it to manage a back condition. I practiced for 15 years with him while working a “normal” job in a corporate environment.

A few years ago, after a series of family crises, I decided to reprioritise my life. I gave up the city job, and retrained as a yoga teacher. It was the best decision I ever made! I trained initially in London, and then topped up my training in India.

I continue to take workshops and trainings to develop my teaching skills. Apart from loving yoga, I also dance a bit, and my yoga style reflects this with lots of flowing movement.

(Yoga Teacher)

Hi, I’m Liz!

I love being a yoga student, the practice enables me to feel free, strong and guided. It has such a positive impact on my life and well being so becoming a teacher happened organically and I haven’t looked back since.

I have trained with Stewart Gilchrist and Dylan Ayaloo. I have a friendly and attentive approach to teaching. My classes are dynamic, aiming to leave you feeling energised and rejuvenated. They provide a good balance of strength, stillness and philosophy, giving you the chance to connect your mind, body and spirit.

I am so grateful for my teachers and very happy to be sharing the practice. I look forward to seeing you on the mat!

(Yoga Teacher)

Hi, I'm Liz!

I love being a yoga student, the practice enables me to feel free, strong and guided. It has such a positive impact on my life and well being so becoming a teacher happened organically and I haven’t looked back since.

I have trained with Stewart Gilchrist and Dylan Ayaloo. I have a friendly and attentive approach to teaching. My classes are dynamic, aiming to leave you feeling energised and rejuvenated. They provide a good balance of strength, stillness and philosophy, giving you the chance to connect your mind, body and spirit.

I am so grateful for my teachers and very happy to be sharing the practice. I look forward to seeing you on the mat!

(Yoga Teacher)

Hi, I’m Micaela!

I was born and raised in Houston Texas, but I always knew that my heart was in London. Sure enough I was right, my husband is a Londoner. I have lived here about 2 years now and loving every minute (minus the winter weather).

I love to teach! Before becoming a yoga teacher I was a primary school teacher and gymnastics coach. It doesn’t matter what I teach, it’s all about the look on my student’s face when they finally master the skill they’ve been working on. To know I helped make that happen gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside 🙂 I trained to become a yoga teacher in Bali, mostly for the sun!

(Yoga Teacher)

Hi, I'm Micaela!

I was born and raised in Houston Texas, but I always knew that my heart was in London. Sure enough I was right, my husband is a Londoner. I have lived here about 2 years now and loving every minute (minus the winter weather).

I love to teach! Before becoming a yoga teacher I was a primary school teacher and gymnastics coach. It doesn’t matter what I teach, it’s all about the look on my student’s face when they finally master the skill they’ve been working on. To know I helped make that happen gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside 🙂 I trained to become a yoga teacher in Bali, mostly for the sun!

Join the Team

We’re growing! 😉

 

If you love Yoga,
If you have a conscientious desire to do a brilliant job,
If you want to be part of our growing vibrant team

We want to connect with you.

 

Right now we’re looking for:

• Pregnancy Yoga Teacher

• Childrens Yoga Teacher

• Aerial Yoga Teacher

• Yin Yoga Teacher

 

If any of the above positions interest you, send us your details (via email), to Chris@abaYoga.co.uk.

We’ll need your full name, email address, and your Instagram feed, along with digital copies of both your 200RYT and insurance certificates.

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