Simran Uppal

Simran has been practicing yoga and meditation since before they can remember, and teaching since they were 17. They’re now a faculty member for 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher training courses, and along the way have received 200hr certifications from both Yoga Quota and the IYN, studied at Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh (one of India’s biggest yoga and interfaith organisations), Plum Village (the main monastic seat of Thich Nhat Hanh’s mindfulness tradition), and at the FPMT (Tibetan Mahayana and tantric Buddhism) centre in Bodhgaya.

While completing their BA in Classics at the University of Oxford, Simran developed their teaching style with Oxford-based accessible yoga trailblazer Harriet McAtee. Their classes are radically welcoming, inclusive and accessible, drawing on everything from fresh and fiery power flows to soft restorative sequences, from precise anatomical suggestions to effortless and joyful intuitive movement, from upbeat music to deep meditative breaths, and so much more. Come to class to work tenderly or playfully with your body and not against it, for a workout, deep rest, joy, sweat, laziness, laughter, big inner releases, as a total beginner in need of a calming welcome or as a regular practitioner looking to go deeper!

Their meditation classes draw on their cultural experiences of their own syncretic bhakti traditions, their long-time study of the original mindfulness teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, and their own research into traditional yoga and related meditation methods, but all shared with Simran’s natural blissful easiness!

Simran is also an established performance poet, artistic director of the UK’s first theatre company of LGBTQ people of colour, Coriander Theatre and one of the UK’s leading voices and educators in decolonising yoga. They lead weekly kirtans (community-based ecstatic music meditations) and regular workshops across Europe on a range of topics.