ZIVA YOGA

Do Yoga Be Yoga

Becka Whelan is a Yoga Teacher and Activist. Her personal philosophy is Do yoga, Be yoga- meaning that she believes people should not only practise yoga but become more yogic in life;  by taking the lessons in yoga beyond the mat into the everyday. Becka has over eight years experience working in human rights and empowerment and is excited to combine her passion for healthy living with her humanitarian background.

Becka first discovered the joy of yoga ten years ago whilst conveniently living opposite a Bikram Yoga Centre. As a dancer she was seeking something that focused on mindfulness rather than competition. After flirting with Bikram for a few years she moved on to enjoy a gentle form of yoga that complemented her dynamic exercise regime.

Becka’s real passion for yoga developed during the three years she spent living in Nairobi, Kenya, she worked with local & international NGOS empowering women through human rights. It was here that she came across the Africa Yoga Project, a project that empowers Kenyans, mainly, disadvantaged people living in Kibera, the biggest slum in Nairobi. She saw first-hand that yoga can change lives and empower people.  On her return to London, Becka continued her work in women's rights with Eaves (a Charity that works with survivors of violence and human trafficking), and here she witnessed the therapeutic benefits of yoga.

In 2013 she qualified as a Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance Certified) with Yoga London In August 2014 she qualified as a Pre & Post Natal Yoga Teacher with appleyoga (Yoga Alliance Certified).

In addition Becka holds a degree in Social Anthropology from SOAS, The Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Law and a Master's degree in Human Rights from University College London.

Becka believes that through the practise of yoga it’s possible to live a more peaceful, productive and ethical life. Her teaching style is often playful and she believes that yoga should ultimately be an enjoyable experience. She is currently based in Hampstead where she enjoys escaping hectic London life and long runs on the Heath. 

Nicola Pearson's first career was in family law and she initially discovered yoga as a perfect way to reduce the stress of her work.  Over 15 years she has practiced a number of different yoga styles: Ashtanga, Hatha and Iyengar and is now a RYS 200hr qualified teacher.  Nicola uses all of her yoga experience to make her classes focused and fun, working with correct alignment and encouraging students to work safely to their maximum potential.