We believe yoga & function fitness training should be accessible to all, community focused, inclusive and free from stuffy dogma so we opened Stretch.
With a humble beginning in the creative hub of Netil House, and now running two studios in the heart of the East End, Stretch is the place to find expert yoga & functional fitness teachers. A family run studio founded on community, we offer a safe and comfortable space to practice yoga, build strength & connect. From our strong base we have grown to offer many fabulous yoga holidays around the world and teacher trainings for those looking to deepen or share their practise.
Stretch is easy going, we take our yoga & health seriously, but we like to have fun too. We like to work and practise in a friendly place, so no holier-than-thou stern-faced business here. We have a strong community element and we are open to anyone… Come and have a cuppa and a chat!
Strong, precise flows
Carl is the founder of Stretch and the main boss man, with 8 years of passionate and encouraging teaching experience, set to the best possible music. A big fan of strong, sweaty, flowing, alignment-based sequencing, accompanied by some deep, bass-heavy electronica... Carl is Pregnancy trained.
Dynamic, light, with an unnatural fondness for Taylor Swift
Oliver brings precise challenging flows and top-class variety to his teaching. Expect a twist to every class, when you think you have peaked expect Oliver to bring another layer of variability to class. Happy on his hastas, bandas, and helping you find yours, you might well forgive him for T-swift.
Movement is her meditation
Our very own super hero, with integrated breathing, flowing movement and letting go. Movement doesn't happen if it isn't synced with your breath in Fern's classes. Her teaching speaks to your body and mind and she weaves intelligent sequencing into digestible chunks. Making everyone feel like a champ by the end of class, Fern's abilities to inspire whilst she teaches applies to adults and children alike. Fern is Pregnancy trained.
Powerful, deep and nourishing
A super mum with wicked flows, Calli's approach to teaching will have you making shapes without a moments thought, guiding you through a practice both challenging yet nourishing, our very own goddess of ego destruction will take you from stressed to blissed out in no time at all. Calli is Pregnancy trained.
Dynamic and graceful
In reality, Sophie is the actual boss and runs Stretch with an iron spreadsheet. Offering challenging sequencing & engaging classes for all levels, Sophie's fluid on the mat, quick with the tongue, world's best mum (in Dukie’s eyes). Sophie is Pregnancy trained.
Enthusiastic, playful and energetic
With abs of steel and a fashionable man-bun, this former boxing Brummie charmer will brighten up anyones' day. Prepare to build strength and flexibility as you move through a creative vinyasa based sequence featuring: long holds, intelligent alignment, controlled movements and deep exploration of depth in postures. Every class will have a specific anatomical or asana theme and so every class you’ll be kept on your toes! Adam is Pregnancy trained.
Gentle, calming and warm
We love Jocie, a sweetheart, a fabulous cook and of course will help you wind down on the mat. Her considered and elegant flows bring mindfulness to the mind, body & breath. Jocie is Pregnancy trained.
A true student of yoga on & off the mat, Daniella brings many layers to her teaching. Krishnamacharya meets kick-ass flows in the classroom. Expect a considered alignment focused flow with some curve balls thrown in the air. You'll sweat but have a chance to breathe nice and deep too.
Technical meets traditional.
The well rounded Welsh wizard, is skilfull in the air and on his hands, with a traditional eight-limbed approach. Knowledgable, calm & centred. Davin is Pregnancy trained.
Healing, gentle ray of sunshine
Highly qualified expert masseur too. The nicest man in London. Seriously. We love this man. His restorative classes are a like a massive hug. Pretty much the most relaxing and nurturing 90 mins you could ever hope for. Roberto is Pregnancy trained.
Nurturing and knowledgeable
Engaging, informed, with depth and discernment. Amanda takes care of the mums and the babies, the mums (& dads) to be, and everyone in between. Her knowledge and approach to continuous learning make Amanda a well rounded teacher able to make every body feel welcomed onto the mat. Amanda is pregnancy trained
Strong, integrated and laid back
Happiest upside down on his hastas. B is the original inverted Australian and Flight School pioneer. Qualified Naturopath and Nutritionalist. Killer practise, terrible vest tops, loved by all. Having moved back to the home land, we now run holidays with B. Check out the holidays page for more!
Firm cues, sweaty asanas delivered with a sincerity and softness that keeps you going
Having initially been drawn to Yoga on a physical level you can expect a challenging asana class from Micki, however her deeper understanding of Yoga, and her love for the practice both on and off the mat, will inevitably seep into your bones as you move through the class. Instilling a beautiful balance of warmth and fire within the body, and a calmness of the mind, Micki's classes are perfectly rounded. We love them! Micki is Pregnancy trained.
Mellow and wise
Bring her Pilates background to stretch, and her Yogic heart and soul. Jodi's teaching will ground you deep into your practice, your mat, and your breath. Beautiful sequencing, good tunes, inspiring classes. Jodi is Pregnancy trained.
Warm, honest and sensitive soul.
Charlie's classes are rejuvenating and mindful, with a playful and spontaneous edge. Incorporating music and movement, she's in her element. Charlie is Pregnancy trained.
Charlie's voice will have you chilled in zero seconds flat, his classes combine music, movement, breath work and energy. All the elements you need to have a good old rave up.
Vajrasati Yoga Founder
Jim's class has at its heart freedom, joy, wisdom, and bliss. He encourages non violence (ahimasa), honesty (satya), investigation (svadyaya) as well as using a sense of trust (ishvara pranidhana), or letting go, to find a deeper intuitive connection (yoga) to what we do. You'll leave feeling lighter, refreshed and revitalised. Jim is Founder of Vajrasati Yoga 500hr Yoga Teacher Trainings. Jim is pregnancy trained
Expect the unexpected
With 10 years of teaching under her belt, Beth's classes will draw you into your asana practice in a way you didn't even know existed. With her own view on asana and the physical body, expect to come with a new perception. Beth is pregnancy trained.
Methodical & Nurturing
Alice's hope is that her students leave class feeling relaxed and grounded, and that you will. Her classes have a story from start to finish and you know, as a student, it's considered. With every posture being put in place for a reason, you will feel grounded and 'whole' after class. Alice is also Pregnancy trained.
Strong & Calming
Fern's classes focus on the breath to guide you through your practice, creating a moving meditation. You will leave feeling sweaty yet elated! Fern is Pregnancy trained.
Light, Playful and dynamic
Rose's teaching style is fairly light, expect to smile and sweat in equal measure and leave feeling full of energy & positivity. Rose is pregnancy trained.
Considerate, Juicy Classes
Helen's considerate and nurturing tone welcome you into her classes, and allow your body to release and relax. You will work hard without effort, a true gift for mind, body and soul. Helen is Pregnancy trained.
Powerful & Energetic
Alan's happiest on his hastas! When he's on his pada's, his classes are powerful, energetic, playful and creative with a strong emphasis on alignment and breath. Alan is Pregnancy trained.
Slow & Graceful
Hannah started her yoga practice in her late teens, experimenting with the calming effects of Hatha, the precision of Iyengar and the vigor of Ashtanga before finding her flow in Vinyasa and eventually qualifying as a Vinyasa Yoga Teacher with Frog Lotus & Stretch, deepening her knowledge of both the asanas and philosophy. Hannah’s classes are slow and graceful, dynamic yet considered; they focus on awareness and alignment with creative-led flows, encouraging her students to move in a way that feels good for them and their body. Build prana throughout the body and always using the breath as a conductor for movement. By seeking space in both the body and the mind, Hannah helps her students to counterbalance the stresses that come with London's hectic pace, so they leave the mat feeling happy, energised and connected. Hannah is pregnancy trained.
Fun, energetic, strong.
With his colourful leggings, motivating music, and creative class structures, Matt brings his experience as a bootcamp instructor to Stretch. You’ll be sweating, clapping, jumping, and of course burpee’ing your way to a healthier, stronger, and more dynamic body.
Functional & Holistic
In 2011, hit by a moderately-sized truck travelling at a less-than-moderate speed, Phoebe was told she would never walk again. Using holistic nutrition, yoga and boxing as a means of recovery, she went on to complete her education in Biochemistry, became a qualified trainer and nutritionist in 2013. She has since consulted on, opened and developed multiple locations within the food and fitness industry in Los Angeles, London, New Jersey and New York. Phoebe uses a functional and holistic approach in both her nutrition programs and training methods. Through education, accountability and high energy she instils in her clients to always reach further, continue to achieve, and see the excitement and fun of every new challenge.
Dazza has been training for over 20 years and is passionate about movement, bodyweight and unconventional training. With a Level 4 specialising in lower back pain and certified by strength Matters as a hardstyle kettlebell coach, Dazza takes his knowledge and inspiration from a wide range of movement genres. He has been working in the health and fitness industry for several years, first working as a PT in various gyms and now teaches & supports young people in health, sports and leadership. Dazza will get you moving well, moving strong and making you more athletic in a fun and accessible way.
Vibrant, Spacious Flows
A stretch grad Rachel's classes are vibrant and spacious, encouraging students to find their breath and connect with movement on a subtle level. Rachel is also Assistant Manager at stretch - got a query? Give her a hola.
Holding space on & off the mat
Off the mat, Toni is stretch's studio manager. She's brought a whole new world of calm to our yoga bubble! On the mat, her classes are strong & methodical, leaving you feeling fully absorbed in your practice & body.
AcquaViva - Yoga Elder & Director of Studies
Acquaviva Co-Founder & Teacher