Meet The Teachers


Eva Kristlova

About Eva

Hi, I am Eva and I run the Yoga Life Studio – hope you like it as much as I do! My aim is to provide a welcoming, supportive, safe and peaceful space for our local community and also those joining us online.

I am a professional yoga teacher who qualified with British Wheel of Yoga and registered Experienced Yoga Alliance Professionals Teacher.

My classes range from a Gentle Hatha Yoga, Mindful flow, Restorative yoga to Meditation, Beach Yoga (on Eastbourne pebbles) or Aerial Yoga and SUP Yoga. Absolutely everyone can join my classes and find a practice that resonates and feels good for them.

I am also a published author at the OM Yoga & Lifestyle Magazine and YOGA Magazine.  I write about all sorts of aspects of yoga and share sequences with the readers.

You will find me at the Yoga Life Studio most days, and if I’m not there I will be on the beach or Cuckmere river having fun, doing something yoga related. When I am done with the fun I am most likely to be answering your lovely messages and organising our next event.

Next time you are passing by come in and say hi!

Aggie Zadanska-Draper

About Aggie

Hello, I am Aggie (Agnieszka Zadanska-Draper). I have been practising yoga for over 7 years and teaching since 2014, when I completed my teacher training course with Yogacampus. I do not have gymnastic or acrobatic background and understand well everyone who feels infexible and cannot touch their toes. I teach yoga in Yoga Life Studio on Mondays at 7:30pm. This class is for all, regardless of their flexibility and body shapes. No need to worry about the strength and experience either! Expect to feel recharged and restored and with time to get stronger in body and mind!

Angela Whimpenny

About Angela

Hi I’m Angela, I am a qualified yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals.

I have a deep passion for yoga and have been practising regularly for many years.

I believe that yoga is for all and encourage everyone to jump on a yoga mat as often as possible.

Join me on Sundays from 09.00-10.00 a.m. to “Setup your Sunday”

Bella Friedman

Bella Friedman

About Bella

Bella has been a student and lover of yoga since her late teens. After several decades of her love growing deeper, she decided it was time to make the relationship official and qualified as a Yoga Alliance certified teacher with the wonderful Yoga Life. She is passionate about helping others to discover the medicine of yoga. In her classes she combines elements of breath work, sound and voice therapy, chanting and yoga philosophy with light hearted humour as well as drawing on her study of somatic psychotherapy and embodiment philosophy. More than anything she is passionate about helping others to believe in themselves. No matter what age or shape we are, no matter what health issues life brings, as long as we are breathing, there is an inner yogi in us all waiting patiently for his chance to help us heal and thrive.

Chantell Jenkins

About Chantell
Step out of busyness and into blissfulness, in a world where we never stop. Be kind to yourself and take time out of your week to breath and find your inner calm.
In our beginners class we take everything right back, learning the postures and origins of the poses and all the benefits they give us along the way. If you are a compete beginner or someone that wants to revisit the foundations of the postures then this is the class for you. I firmly believe yoga should be accessible for everyone and it’s about finding your own journey with yoga and what you need from it. I can help support you to find your own practice that suits your individual needs, so you can feel     The best version of you.
I come from a dance and psychology background and have always been fascinated with how the body and mind are entwined and how this can effect us in our daily lives. I completed my 200 hour Teacher Training at Yoga Life Studio in 2019.
Come and let go of the week and welcome the weekend, Fridays 6:30-7:30. I look forward to meeting you

Claire Kushala

About Claire

I have been practicing yoga since 2012 and completed the Yoga Alliance RYS 200 hour teacher training in 2016. Then, in 2018 I was called to train to facilitate Yoga Nidra and I continue to deepen my knowledge through experiential courses in Pranayama and Yoga for Women.

For me, the practice of yoga goes far beyond the physical postures. With lived experience of how a range of yogic practices can support mental and emotional wellbeing, I have a passion for the transformative effects of the combination of movement-based yoga, yoga nidra (the yoga of sleep), restorative yoga, breathwork, mudra (gestures) and mantra (song).

My partner Allan Santipãlo and I formed Beautiful Bhakti in January 2024 and now hold monthly Kirtan evenings at The Yoga Life Studio. Here we lead devotional songs to honour the ancient Hindu deities. This is a powerfully healing and nourishing practice that I weave into my yoga classes as well.

I would be honoured to welcome you to “Slow, Nourishing Yoga for All” from 7:30-8:45pm on Thursdays and also to our monthly Kirtan evenings.

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Claire Nicole

About Claire

My name is Claire Nicole and I am qualified in Reiki 1,2 & Masters Degree and hold an aromatherapy degree. I have a passion for holistic therapies, yoga and dance. I practise Reiki sessions on a one to one basis to improve overall health, wellbeing and relaxation. I believe in treating the person as a whole and reconnecting with the soul in order to improve any physical manifestations. Sessions available at The Yoga Life Studio are on Wednesday & Thursday mornings and also Sunday afternoons. Others days/hours are possible in different settings within the town/countryside. I also now offer aromatherapy massages and combined Reiki/massage treatments prices starting at £30. Please check out my website for further details or contact me direct. To book direct by appointment only call 07982119519. Prices for Reiki are 30mins /£25   1hr/ £30.

Fiona Daly

About Fiona

Fiona discovered yoga in 1996 and trained with Sivananda Yoga in 2006, later studying Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Claire Missingham in London. Fiona has also trained in prenatal, postnatal yoga and Yoga Nidra with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and has also studied with Tias Little, Shiva Rea and Donna Farhi. Fiona encourages the individual yogi to develop and evolve at their own pace and to meet the needs of their current place of being; offering modifications and challenging asana along the way. She continues to expand on her knowledge of yoga and is constantly inspired by her students and teachers alike.

Join Fiona’s class on Wednesdays at 7.30pm

Fon (Kheethachanok Manotum)

About Fon

Sawaddee kaa, hello! My name is Fon and I am a Thai Yoga Teacher. For most of my adult life I’ve worked with stray animals in various charities in South East Asia. I started practicing yoga looking for some positive way to deal with the emotional burden that my work used to lay on me. The regular practice of yoga allowed me to find a better balance, in my personal and professional life.
In more recent years I have decided to take this passion to the next level and started the path to become a Registered Yoga Teacher.
I have studied Anusaranga Yoga with Kru Dutchi, in Northern Thailand, and started practicing Ujjayi breathing, mindfulness meditation and bandhas.
My hope is to be able to share with others what I’ve learnt (and I’m still learning): Yoga has given a lot to me, and I’d like to give something back to others.
I am very new to Eastbourne and look forward to meeting you at the Yoga Life Studio!

Gemma Thomas Instructor Photo

Gemma Thomas

About Gemma

Hi, I’m Gemma. I’m passionate about yoga and have been practising for most of my adult life. It’s amazing how even a short yoga session can transform the way I think and feel. 

I am a veterinary surgeon, but feel incredibly fortunate to be taking a career break to focus on raising my young children while indulging in my passions for yoga and creative writing. 

I completed my 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training in 2021-2022 which focused on Vinyasa flow. I love learning and am currently studying towards an MA in creative writing. Plus, continually expanding my knowledge in various aspects of yoga and mindfulness. 

My yoga classes are open to everyone, regardless of your level of experience. I would love you to join me on Sunday evening from 6.30-7.45pm to ‘Connect and Flow’.

Georgina Warrick

Georgina Warrick

About Georgina

Hello, I am Georgina I’m a Eastbourne/ St Leonards/Hastings based yoga alliance qualified 200 hour teacher. I am also trained in pregnancy yoga, postnatal yoga, mummy and baby yoga and meditation.

I strongly believe that yoga is for everyBODY and I teach very gentle and relaxing yoga that is accessible to everyone. Beginners are more than welcome and no flexibility is required.

In today’s busy world I believe it is essential that through our yoga practice we slow down and rest and relax .Come and join me on the mat and enjoy some much needed and well deserved relaxing ‘me time’.

I teach on Thursdays at Yoga Life Studio Gentle yoga and relaxation (yoga nidra) for stress relief 5.30pm-6.30pm

You will also find me often covering for Eva when she is away teaching retreats.

 Really look forward to practising with you.

Jim Gibson

About Jim

“My name is Jim Gibson.

I am a therapist, coach, and group facilitator who works with depth psychology, mythic perspective, and somatic/embodiment practices to help others find meaning, peace and purpose in their lives.

We do this together by reflecting on the unseen and unacknowledged, bringing the hidden, the undesirable and the forgotten aspects of our selves and of the culture to the surface in order to be healed.

Only then can we face the troubles of our time and place through heart-centred awareness, and begin to restore wholeness within ourselves, and health and resilience to our culture and communities.”


To contact Jim for more information you can email him HERE or call 07948 978586


Karen Bonnici

Karen Bonnici

About Karen

Karen is a Senior Yoga Teacher registered with Yoga Alliance, she has been practising yoga since 1999 and teaching since 2006 across London and the South Coast.  Karen has taught adults, teens and children in schools, yoga studios and therapy rooms as well as providing Yoga in the Workplace.


Karen is deeply passionate about sharing the healing powers of yoga as initially it helped alleviate the pain she used to experience from a childhood back injury, yoga also reduced work-related stress when her career was in television, and supported her pregnancy and birth of her son.  And finally, (she’s 50 next year!) yoga definitely helps reduce age-related creakiness whilst maintaining strength and flexibility, and helps reduce perimenopausal symptoms. 


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Katinka Koros

About Katinka

I am an enthusiastic yoga teacher who not only teaches yoga but lives it. I believe and have experienced that yoga and holistic healing can help with mental as well as physical wellbeing.
My mission is to share this knowledge with many individuals and help people to find themselves through practising asana, breathing exercises and meditation.
Living yoga has made me focused, calmed my mind, I became vital and toned my body and most importantly changed my vibes. I truly believe that people can sense that and they know I teach from my heart.
I attend yoga retreats to deepen my practice and learn from more experienced yogis.
I would like to invite you to my Restorative Yoga class on Fridays at 8pm.

Mary Thornton

Mary Thornton

About Mary

Mary’s ethos as a practitioner is to look at everyone as unique, taking into consideration their physical & emotional wellbeing, while supporting them to achieve optimum mobility and function through education and movement.

She graduated as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1997 and started her career working within the NHS, developing skills in areas such as orthopaedics, respiratory/ ICU, amputees and neurology, before specialising as a senior clinician in muscular skeletal outpatients and women’s health. During this time she treated a vast array of muscular skeletal symptoms and obstetric / gynaecological care within a hospital, community and GP setting.

In the private sector she has practiced at the Sussex Centre for Sports Medicine, Sportswise, often working with professional athletes as part of their rehabilitation programme.

In 1998 Mary started her Pilates training with the DMA Clinical Pilates, Australia then continued to train with Stott Pilates, Canada, as well as completing a years equipment based certification course with the Pilates Foundation UK. She also holds qualifications in Garuda and has completed a 200 hour Yoga Alliance teacher training course, as well as being a registered Pink Ribbon Mastectomy rehabilitation & Menopause Yoga practitioner.

Mary went on to open her own clinic; The Clinical Pilates Studio in 2007 – 2024 with the vision of developing an holistic clinic to empower people through movement and give them the tools to live a healthy and active life what ever their ability.

Mary’s special interest in Women’s Health & Hypermobility syndromes led her to develop “The Reconnect to your Pelvic Floor Method”, an online educational programme for Women with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction.

Mary’s love of movement and sharing knowledge has led her to be a guest lecturer for many renowned institutions such as the Chartered society of Physiotherapy, Brighton University, Pilates Method Alliance, Fascia Symposium UK, Pilates Method Alliance USA, Pilates Foundation UK, Alan Herdman’s – Celebration of Movement and Balanced Body.

Mary also runs and presents her own Clinical Pilates Teacher Training CPD courses and is an accredited CIMSPA Educator Partner.

Miz Wells

About Miz

I am a qualified teacher with a particular interest in the personal and social benefits of engaging in any art form. I have undertaken Aerial instructor training with both Spin City and Nimble Arts, and have a particular fondness for teaching beginners’ trapeze.

As a performer I am a storyteller and as an instructor I love helping both children and adults build strength and confidence progressing to eventually have the skills and confidence to perform themselves.

I am known for my slightly confusing, slightly crazy warm up routines which encouraging you not to take yourself too seriously!

I am a qualified children’s fitness instructor and head up our family-run business: Sweet Circus.

Rebecca Brotherton

About Rebecca

I trained as a ballerina for 10 years with the Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst School of Dance.  Throughout my ballet training Pilates was a part of my daily routine.  Due to injury I was unable to carry on with my ballet career.  Wanting to help more people discover  the amazing benefits of Pilates led me to train as a lever 3 pilates instructor with Body Control Pilates.  


Rebecca teaches Pilates classes at the studio on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Roz Holmes

About Roz

Roz Holmes has been working with bodies of all ages and abilities for over 25 yrs.

Starting out in her 20s as a class fitness instructor and massage therapist. Through her own experiences of self healing, physically and mentally/emotionally, lead her to train in spiritual healing and Reiki, Yoga, Irest Yoga Nidra, Pilates, Yin Yoga and as an Egoscue Postural Alignment Specialist.


Her classes have evolved into a blend of her trainings and experience and now has more of a focus on improving posture with safe alignment. She encourages her class to really listen to their own bodies, to work within their own physical abilities and to move in ways that feel good!….she says that a lot!

She also offers 1-1 Postural Alignment sessions and Therapeutic Massage.


Safia Bowley

About Safia

I have been practising yoga for 20 years, but began sharing it with others in 2012 after taking a BSY teacher training course. Since then, I have held regular Friday morning Let-go-of-the-week Hatha sessions, incorporating breath work, energising stretches (seated and standing, with modifications where needed) and nurturing relaxation. I believe that yoga is for everyone, and love helping others investigate the effects of a gentle but regular practise, which can be truly powerful, refreshing and calming for both body and mind. Join us on Fridays at 10:00.

Find out more about Safia

Sunny Heskell

About Sunny

Wenche Beard

About Wenche

I’m a registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance UK, demonstrating that I have met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance UK as a sign of highest standard.

Our training school has met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance UK, demonstrating that our courses are of the highest standard and that our graduates may use the title ‘Registered Yoga Teacher’ RYT as a sign of quality training.