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Our It's Yoga Story

It's Yoga Brighton was inspired largely by the co-directors' experience at It's Yoga Firenze in Florence, Italy, where they both completed their 200hr Teacher Training under their inspiring teacher Michele Barocchi, who in turn trained with Larry Schultz at It's Yoga in San Francisco in the early 2000's. 

Having fallen in love with the unique approach, atmosphere and care an It's Yoga studio brings with it, they wanted to share the love here in beautiful, vibrant Brighton.


'Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.' - Rainer Maria Rilke


After around a year of teaching as LoveLightYoga in Brighton, we finally opened our doors as It's Yoga Brighton in October 2017.

It's been a long journey with many ups and downs - but through it all, the practice has been with us - and we can't wait to share it with all of you!

Our Team

Lena Younes
Lena Younes
Facilitator / Co-Director
Lena was born in 1990 to German-Egyptian parents. Having grown up in the Netherlands and Geneva, Switzerland, she has a background in Theatre and History and was first introduced to yoga at the age of 15 as a way to build up strength for singing.

Yoga reappeared in her life during her PhD studies in Early Modern History in Ireland, where she began a regular Ashtanga practice. She completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at It's Yoga Firenze in 2014 while living in Tuscany, Italy, after which she made some radical life choices, which included letting go of her doctoral studies and focusing on practising and teaching yoga. She also completed a Rainbow Kids Yoga training in early 2015 as well as being in continual training in the It's Yoga system.

Yoga played a huge part in helping her recover from chronic illness (Lyme Disease) and has transformed her life in so many ways.

Lena has been living in Brighton since February 2016 and after facilitating regular classes in Brighton for a year and a half co-founded and opened It's Yoga Brighton in October 2017. She continues to practice, learn, heal and evolve every day - on the mat and off the mat.
Fëalin
Fëalin
It's Yoga Dog
Fëalin the Cockapoo (half Cocker Spaniel, half Poodle), was born in Dublin in 2012 and has met many amazing people and animals during her travels across Europe.

She's excited to welcome everyone who walks through the doors of It's Yoga Brighton - and available for snuggles on most days, before and after classes.

She loves meeting new people and has mastered Upward (Urdhva) and Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) - she's still working on the rest!
Richard Batten
Richard Batten
Facilitator / Co-Director
Richard was born and grew up in the Epping Forest area of the U.K in 1986 within and Irish-Anglo family. A seeker of higher wisdoms, ascension and deep healing from a young age, he pursued academic World Philosophical studies (BA, MA, PhD) for many years before finding yoga.

Richard was first drawn to the power and subtlety of the 'breath' in the form of Buddhist meditation which opened him to an inner and outer calmness that he had not felt since childhood. This aspiration then blossomed into a beautiful practice of Qi Gong, a Chinese form of yoga.

Then, whilst teaching Philosophy at the University College Cork in 2014, he began a daily & dedicated yoga practice, and has not since looked back. He began his in-depth training with the foundational '200hr Teacher Training' in The Rocket® system with It's Yoga Firenze in 2014.

Whilst living in the Tuscan countryside, he then self-taught Yin yoga utilising the materials of Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers and Biff Mithoefer and took a Kids Yoga teacher training in early 2015 in Rome. Richard has over 350 hours of training in the It’s Yoga system and The Rocket®, having trained with most of Larry Schultz’s senior students.

Richard has been living in Brighton since early 2016 and has been facilitating regular Rocket®, Ashtanga & Yin yoga sessions in Brighton since that time, and finally co-founded and opened It's Yoga Brighton in October 2017.

He is here to share the Love & the Light that comes from the practce - always!
Rachel
Rachel McDermott
Facilitator
Rachel's yoga journey began nearly 20 years ago when she moved to London to go to University. She has practiced many different styles of yoga throughout the years - for her, yoga was always more then just exercise. She loved the way yoga connected her mind and body and gave her tools to have a more balanced life - physically and mentally.

Over the years, yoga has become her constant - it’s been there through good times and bad; changed her and grown with her.

In 2015 she left her career in events, where she had been a producer and director for 15 years, and fulfilled a life long ambition of becoming a yoga instructor.

Since qualifying as an Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher with It's Yoga International, she has also gained her training in pregnancy and postnatal yoga (with Sally Parks). This time of training was really special for her as she was also pregnant with her second son. Yoga was a huge part of both her pregnancies and birth experiences and then postnatally. The postnatal practice was very nurturing and a supportive way for her body to recover and, of course, a very special time to bond with her baby.

She has just moved to Brighton with her family after living in London for nearly 20 years. This new chapter is very exciting and she is very honoured to be teaching with It's Yoga Brighton.