About Soo Yoga

©2018 Soo Yoga Ltd

OUR TEAM

Co-founder/Creative & Product Director

 

Kristina Rihanoff

Kristina is originally from Russia and is a world renowned professional ballroom dancer, choreographer and author. She has been a dancer since she was 6 years old, winning competitions from the age of 7 and started tutoring dance at the age of 16. After finishing public school she studied at the St. Petersburg branch of the Modern Humanitarian Academy in Russia.

In 2003 she was invited to move to the USA to compete professionally and has reached numerous National and World finals, ranking in the Top 12 in Open to the World International Latin competition held in Blackpool in 2007.  Shortly after Kristina moved to England to start an exciting new venture.

Kristina starred as a professional dancer and choreographer in the UK’s most viewed BBC1 show “Strictly Come Dancing” from 2008 up until 2016. After 8 years she left the show and moved to Northampton to start a family and is now a mother to a 3 year old girl, Milena.

Besides her passion for dancing, Kristina has been a yoga devotee for nearly 20 years and credits her regular yoga exercises during her professional and TV dance career which kept her away from injuries and provided mental focus.

In the past 3 years she has become a certified yoga instructor in Hot Yoga; Hatha; Vinyasa; Pre/Postnatal yoga; Children and Family yoga; Chair yoga for mobility issues; and Meditation. She is highly involved in the creativity and product offering of the Soo Yoga Classes. Kristina is also a passionate vegan and studied nutrition during her yoga teacher training.

Kristina is really excited to create a safe space for every generation and bring the knowledge of wellbeing to the community.

Kristina is certified and a proud member of:

National Association Teachers of Dance UK

Dance Vision -International Dance Association USA

Certified by Yoga Alliance Professionals UK

Yoga Alliance Certified

Co-founder/director

Ben Cohen, MBE, Honorary PhD & MSc (Managing Director)

Ben Cohen was born in Northampton and is a former England Rugby World Cup winner, second all-time try scorer for England and a Gay Rights and Anti-Bullying Activist. In May 2011, Ben retired at the top of his game to start a foundation - the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation - which raises awareness of damaging effects from bullying.

As Chairman of the foundation, he travels worldwide speaking to businesses about the importance of character, respect and equality in creating a kinder world. Ben has reached millions of people with his anti-bullying message through global media coverage.

With his leadership, cities across the United States have passed StandUp declarations, calling for an end to bullying. Working with the UK Home Office, he has led the charge for the StandUp Charter to end homophobia across sports in his country, including broad adoption (4,500 professional teams) to date in soccer, rugby and tennis.

 

Ben has an aptitude for building something from the ground up, most recently, he has spent the last 5 months building, refurbishing and project-managing the site for Soo Yoga. He is very proud of the premises and really hopes that the local community of his hometown will embrace this innovative and exciting new family wellbeing centre.Ben's vision is to bring his extensive knowledge in sport and fitness to everyone, regardless of age, shape and size. But most importantly, he wishes to create a safe environment for children and adults.

CentRE Manager/Head of Sales

 

Keturah Green

 

Keturah (or KFitness) is a Zumba & Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. She loves teaching but also makes an effort to help people feel comfortable in the body they are in. Keturah is very passionate about training and her friends and family can see that she has found what she loves and is constantly pushing herself to be better. Her desire and hope is to keep motivated and help continue to push others to achieve their fitness goals, to love themselves, and encourage them to do great things.

Ketruah has been in the fitness industry for over 3 years when she first started in a gym in 2016. She was on and off training but kept motivated and now absolutely loves her work, especially seeing as it was never her intention to pursue a career in fitness. It was actually motivational speaking that she was heading towards but once she got a taste for the fitness industry, there was no stopping her. Motivational speaking encourages people to achieve the best and it is very rewarding knowing you can contribute to making a positive change in someone's life.

Although her career changed direction, Keturah still finds motivational speaking to be a very important part of her life as it has helped her within the fitness industry as well.The fitness industry has been surprisingly fun and unpredictable for Keturah and she never expected it to take her this far, but she is now growing her own business part time with her business partner which incorporates fashion into fitness wear - "KFitness & Fashion”. She is looking forward to her future at Soo Yoga wellbeing centre and excited to help the clients and the members to reach their full potential, whether it's through fitness, yoga, nutrition or over all wellbeing. 

Managing Director of Kiddies@Creche

Claire Cavender

 

After studying childcare at school, Claire went on to complete a level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Nursery Nursing at Orpington College in Kent, qualifying in 1992. Claire quickly progressed from her role as a Nursery Nurse to a Deputy Manager at two different settings in London. On moving to Northampton in 1996 with partner Matt, she was employed as manager at Towcester Montessori School, where later in 2000, she opened a baby unit. Claire has also been employed by a large chain of nurseries, solely managing one of them in a full-time role and assisting two others as an area manager. 

Following her success in this role, she made the decision to open her own nursery, Kiddies@Home in 2013, which was awarded Outstanding by Ofsted in 2016. 

Claire has a wealth of 27 years’ experience in childcare whose aim has always been to provide the best quality childcare in a caring and stimulating environment. 

Claire and her team look forward to welcoming you to Kiddies@Creche. 

SOO GREENS CAFE

 

Locally based restaurateurs James & Matthew Ingram make up part of the Soo Greens team.

Both have a real passion for food and drink, whether through traveling or research they incorporate this into their ever-evolving menus.

While Matthew spent much of his early career travelling around Europe learning as much about food as possible James had more of a corporate background in hospitality and events, this combination making a successful business partnership.

 

Soo Greens cafe is aesthetically pleasing and creates a great atmosphere to enjoy what we have on offer. Our menu reflect on our personality and cater for everyone, it is influenced by classic recipes using fantastic fresh produce but then given a modern healthy twist! 

 

Whether you have wheat, dairy, gluten free or vegan vegetarian diet- all options are styled for pleasure, indulgence, and fun. We hope to inspire people on all diets to enjoy more delicious ways to eat healthily!