Alex Lainas

Alex has always been active, and found her true love for fitness through Yoga. Her peaceful practice is calming, strengthening and encourages you to push your body.

What got you interested in fitness in the first place?

I had always done sports at school and gone to the gym, however it was when I discovered yoga that I really started to become increasingly drawn to wellness and aware of the importance of fitness on my overall well-being. And it’s incredibly empowering to feel strong!

Who inspires you?

I get inspired by all sorts of people: from those that even in the toughest of times have the upmost positivity; to the person who finds a class really challenging (be it physically or mentally) but still gives it their all; to my teachers who truly want their students to ‘stand on their shoulders’ and are taking the yoga practise and doing amazing things with it; to all the other passionate individuals in the health and fitness industry who are each taking their own paths (just take a look at instagram!). Anyone who is courageous and compassionate, and who strongly believes in what they are doing and how they can share the benefits with the world.

Why did you choose to teach at PBB?

I chose to teach yoga because I had found something that I really believe is an antidote to the crazy world we live in and which can help provide some peace and I wanted to share some of this joy with others (and because you can’t bottle it!).

Where did you study fitness and health?

I did my 200 hour teacher training with Claire Este-McDonald and Gregor Singleton, from Divine Play Yoga in the US (at the House of Yoga) who teach according to the Baron Baptiste style of power yoga. Following this, I have done a number of courses on yin yoga, assisting and anatomy and have recently embarked upon my 500 hours teacher training with Tiffany Cruikshank, Yoga Medicine.

How do you stay motivated?

Yoga, working out and meditation help keep me grounded. I truly believe that moving your body is like medicine for the soul – whether it is a really sweaty workout, an intense yoga class or even just a few minutes of stretching. One of the things about yoga is that even if you are not in optimum health or if you only have a few minutes spare, you can still benefit from just moving and breathing.

Looking at all the new and exciting things that are happening in the health and fitness space currently is also incredibly motivating. I enjoy trying new things and am a big believer in doing different types of exercises to challenge your body – it’s also really important to avoid muscular imbalances. Above all, you need to find the things you enjoy doing and that make you smile.

Which classes do you teach at PBB?

I teach power yoga, which is a strong, dynamic style of yoga and yin yoga which is where we hold poses for a few minutes in order to stress the connective tissue – a great one for any runners or cyclists who have tight hamstrings, quads etc! Both are strong classes focusing on alignment and integration for your body.