Nova Mikesko

Nova currently runs a private Yoga Therapy practice and bespoke teacher training in London. She has also worked with the Canadian Armed Forces to teach yoga and meditation to cultivate calm and relaxation post-tour, and the Canadian Olympic Swimming Team commissioned Nova to give Pranayama and Mediation Yoga sessions prior to competition.


Her meditation and yoga experience goes back to the early 80’s when she first began to explore the practice of Buddhist meditations and yoga with her mother. Over the years Nova has amassed over 2000 hours of training and 10,000 hours teaching. 


Her intense love of yoga and a need for a realistic approach to investigating the nature of things, has helped her to create her own bespoke Yoga Teacher Training. 

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Nova Mikesko tell us..........

1. How do you like to start your day?


Not with an alarm then me shouting, "Oh no, everyone up! We are late for school!" 


I would like to start the day with the alarm waking me up an hour before the kids need to be up, to have done a lovely nurturing yoga practice and a brief meditation. The birds would be chirping, a vegan wholesome breakfast is prepared and the children enter dressed for school, homework done and we all left for school on a unicorn motorcycle, running on happy thoughts!!


Given the complexities of the morning I think that anytime, I can stop and say to myself "see positive and be positive! And mean it! I think that is just a little chance to reset and fall in love with things around me just as they are. 

2. Top tip on including self care into your day?

Tell others to off more (nicely or not). People are bad at reading others. And we are bad at asking for what we need. Build it into your life and notice when you are about to do something that could wait or not be done by you. Stop being busy against your will.

3. Who is one of your key inspirations and why?

I love Tara Brach, here is one of her powerful talks on releasing fear which I think is possibly the most pervasive emotion that seems to be just bubbling under the surface at the moment.

4. Name a yoga pose that you love and why?

Handstands, because no matter how bad, sad, mad or confused life gets, it always looks and feels better for me during and after.


I am currently running retreats at an eco farm in the New Forest and workshops in London. Find out more here or instagram


Diana Sampson

Like many yogi's before me, my passion for the ancient path of yoga sprung out of an injury on a physical level. A debilitating back problem brought me to a yoga class, and immediately something stirred in me. The breath opened me up to something so familiar; a feeling of home. I knew I had to have yoga in my life everyday.


I founded Luna Rhythms Yoga in 2007 and within this offer coaching, teacher training, retreats and courses linked to nature’s cycles. 


After studying the ancient texts of India in my yogic enquires, I began to wander what was happening in my own land around the same time, 5000 years ago. This enquiry lead me to a norse coven, here in England, where I studied and practiced for 13 years. The Nordic and Celtic traditions have many similarities to the yogic path, and so I decided to create a system that incorporates both.

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Diana Sampson, tell us..........


1. How do you like to start your day?

My mindset practice; being in meditation, calling in high vibrational words and feelings that will support me in showing up fully for this life today! This is just the best way to start any day. Life is short and I want to show up for it as fully as I can.

2. Top tip on including self care into your day?

Definitely being kind to myself. If things don’t work out as I might have hoped it’s ok! 


Another top tip is to have infinite faith and trust in the unfolding of my day, and that everything I need will always be there.

3. Who is one of your key inspirations and why?

Wayne Dyer. I love his wisdom. I could listen to him all day. Especially in his elder years, he offered such heart centred teachings, but I especially appreciated his teachings on the Tao. These teachings are lead by nature, which is essentially how I love to express my offerings: being guided by our greatest teacher Nature! His translations of the Tao Te Ching are exquisite.

4. Name a yoga pose you love and why?

I love Natarajasana

I love the focus that balances bring. The steady slow breath and one pointed attention that this balance must have for it to be a success.

I love the strength it brings to my legs and feet, and I love the feeling of my hips as they click and release!!

It’s also good for the digestive system and this feels amazing!