Meet the team

Nicole – Soma is her life’s work and she is the seed of this Journey and School.



The Hummingbird is her symbol for this journey. A teacher trained in Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Shadow Yoga, Tripsichore Yoga and Kundalini Yoga, among others. All of these perspectives on truth are woven into the cloth that is Soma. She is a dancer and poet. Nicole is trained in Herbal Medicine, Ayurveda, Shamanism and much more……. you will meet all of this magic along the way…..

David Yaffey (Dev) – David is a Kundalini and Soma Yoga Teacher, a trainer with a background in NLP and Spiral Dynamics. Dev is qualified as a Core Process Mindfulness Psychotherapist with the Karuna Institute and a practitioner of Vipassana Meditation. He teaches, edits and designs much of the Soma School modules.

Gisela Russo  – Gisela runs Shekinashram with her partner Elahn. Gisela is a medicine woman and brings her wisdom to the Soma Medicine Trainings. Find her sacred alchemy medicine at :

Susan Rush – Susan is a Soma Teacher and brings her love of Ayurveda to the Soma School. Susan is an Ayurvedic Therapist and Diet and Lifestyle Consultant.

Imogen Rose –

Yolanda Barayazara –

Paula is a classically trained yoga teacher with a background in Capoeira Angola and a passion for movement.

When she was 18 she found her teacher, Nicole Aarons of Soma


Yoga, who transformed her practice (and her life) completely. Over the last decade she has practiced under Nicole’s expert eye and in addition has been classically trained as a teacher in the Indian Himalayas under Ganga Devi of the Himalayan Yoga Institute.

Paula is trained in Raja Dhiraja Yoga, which is based on the teachings of yoga that Shiva systematised over 7000 years ago! Paula’s classes integrate these ancient teachings into soulful and challenging flow to inspire your body and mind in movement and stillness.

Paula teaches private and group classes in London, is an assistant teacher on the Himalayan Yoga Institute and Soma Yoga Medicine teacher trainings, and facilitates yoga retreats in beautiful natural locations. She’s inspired by nature, loves practicing outdoors and feels so grateful to her teachers for taking her on this journey….  Find her on


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