Sammy Rainbow Furnival
Hello, I’m Sammy, a London based yoga teacher, offering Vinyasa, Hatha and Yin classes in various studios and workplaces around London. I also regularly host yoga retreats both in the UK and abroad and teach yoga teacher trainings in both the UK and Sweden. Since my first teacher training in India in 2014, I have continued to learn and have been fortunate to study with teachers such as Jim Tarran, Bernie Clark, Sarah Powers, Ana Forrest and Michael James Wong. I am forever grateful to all of my teachers who have helped to shape me into the teacher that I am now.
Yoga has been instrumental in supporting my healing, growth and development over the years and this is one of the reasons I continue to show up and share the practice every day.
Often people have expectations when you’re a yoga teacher about who you are and what your life looks like, but often the reality doesn’t quite meet the stereotype. So, here’s a little more information about me: I’ve got a very large derrière, my middle name really is Rainbow, sometimes I like to drink alcohol, most of the time I like to eat chocolate, my āsana practice is becoming increasingly slower as I age, I’m not very good at consistency, I have got a pretty decent sense of humour though, my meditation practice goes in and out, I’m a sucker for trash tv, sometimes you might find a little Drum n Bass in my yoga playlists and I am oh so perpetually imperfect.
About my classes
My yoga classes are suitable for anyone that has a desire for a healthier and more fulfilling life. Whether you are a yoga Jedi or a yoga virgin, my classes are highly likely to leave you feeling better than when you arrived.
I prioritise teaching more than just postures and always endeavour to share philosophy in my classes, making it as relevant for people living in the twenty-first century as I’m able to. I’m not an overly intellectual person, so I don’t use big, long, complicated words, instead I try and make this age-old philosophy, that has transformed my life, as accessible as possible.
Alongside this, you can still expect a complete āsana (posture) practice that, in it’s completeness looks to invigorate, ground and balance. Whilst working to create a non-judgmental and inclusive setting for every practice, I like to maintain a sense of humour and playfulness so that we can all have a good time. I like to do most things with a smile and yoga is no different.
I have to break it to you, yoga is about flexibility, although more a flexibility of the mind rather than the body. I often hear the words: “I’m not flexible enough to take a yoga class”. Did you ever hear anyone say “I’m not dirty enough to take a shower”? I highly doubt it. I firmly believe that yoga is for everyone, but that not every posture is for everyone, not every class, not every teacher or style, and therefore the practice requires a continuous curiosity into what works for each individual.
Yoga is a personal practice and I encourage a continual discovery process, so that students can be aware of their ever-changing needs.
Whether you are looking to heal, to have fun, to experience, to strengthen, to develop, to deepen, to get fit, to bond or to socialize – I hope that my classes can be the perfect place to start. Take a deep breath, show up for yourself and choose the path that excites your spirit the most.