Meet the Team
Profiles of key staff and instructors.
Frea Miles — Tutor
Frea is a British Wheel of yoga teacher and the rep for Gwent. She trained in Brighton and has recently moved back to Newport with her family. Frea’s passion for yoga developed after years of training as a gymnast and dancer which nurtured her curiosity for the relationship between movement and the breath. She has practised many styles of yoga over the last 20 years which include Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa flow, Restorative and Yin. She first discovered hot yoga in Brighton six years ago and soon realised its amazing health benefits. In her teaching she weaves her voice through the postures to cultivate a moving meditation providing her students with the mental, physical and spiritual balance they can embody in their daily lives.
Geoff Latham — Founder
I had always been pretty fit but knee, ankle, back problems and pretty constant osteopath visits meant I was now a walker/occasional golfer. No more tennis, no more jogging, no more gym. Weight gain. Stiffer joints. Lower energy levels.
‘‘Don’t fancy it; yoga’s for girls; too sedentary; not a workout’’ were the lines I trotted out. Well, on my 65th birthday my girls bought me an intro offer at Bikram Bristol, and now I had to give it a go. I was hopeless. I couldn’t do a great deal of it, sat out for at least a third of the session, kept looking at the clock ‘when is this torture going to end’. Was told off for clock watching, was told off for making comment s (can’t be repeated). Afterwards however I realised that I had just had a workout, it was just like the feeling I used to feel after a run or circuits.
Later in the pub, there was the endorphin rush, and later still the best nights sleep for as far back as I could remember. I went back. A third Latham hooked.
There followed a period of mentally feeling brighter, more positive, sharper. Physically ‘on the balls of your feet fit feeling’, getting toned again, losing weight, losing facial moles, skin improving, less wrinkles, scar tissue healing, taller, less stooped, better balance, better posture. Shed over a stone. Shed 10/15 years.
“Everyone needs to be doing this. Let's start our own studio!”
Oriana Shepherd — Tutor
Oriana works in an empowering way delivering yoga with compassion & kindness, encouraging exploration of body & mind. Oriana shares Yoga Therapy for stress, anxiety & fatigue management in palliative care, and whilst practising during her pregnancies went on to train & now leads Prenatal Yoga courses in Newport & Cardiff, with a keen interest in meditation & breathwork.
Her passion is Strala Yoga, where she trained in NYC with world renowned "Yoga Rebel" Tara Stiles at her Strala Studio. "Strala Yoga - No Rules".
When not Yogin' she's chilling outdoors with the family.
Joining the Hot Yoga Health Team has been her first experience of Hot Yoga – Love at first sweat!
Stacie Rae — Tutor
Stacie is a Scotland born Aussie who fell in love with yoga a little over 7 years ago. Her love and enthusiasm for hot yoga really took hold during her first year of university - where the hot room became her escape during exams and stressful study periods. Stacie went on to successfully gained her qualifications in Hot Vinyasa Yoga, sitting her exams in the signature 26 series she had fallen in love with many years prior.
Stacie has since qualified in 'Broga' - a fitness style yoga, which sparked her interest into the health and wellness industry and, as a result, is now studying Biomedicine & Naturopathic Nutrition in Bristol alongside her classes.
Follow her on Instagram @RaeOfSunshineYoga_ to keep up-to-date with her journey here at Hot Yoga Health.
Suzie Latham — Studio Manager
I was a little nervous when I arrived for my first session. New place, new people, new type of fitness class. “I won’t know what to do, everyone will be fitter , thinner than me, what if I can't handle the heat and I’m sick in the studio!” These fears quickly disappeared as I was greeted by the friendly staff and fellow members at Bikram Bristol. The teacher answered any concerns I had, explaining “your first goal today is to just stay in the room. Take a break when you need one. This is just the beginning of your practise. Take it easy.” Lying down on the mat, feeling the intensity of the heat, I was thinking “what am I doing? Just lying in this heat is tough!”
But I loved it. I loved the continual instruction, it made me feel safe and supported. The heat was intense. I felt nauseous, like I might faint. I spent most of the session sat on the mat. But after the initial feeling of total exhaustion and overwhelming heat, something in me wanted to go back. After my second session, where I managed to do most of the postures, I was hooked.
One year on, after practising twice a week, I persuaded my sister Louise to come along and join me, and hey-ho another Latham hooked. It wasn’t long before we managed to persuade our dad to join us.