Centre: West London – “The Life Centre, Notting Hill”

This is a very busy yoga centre because it is a beautiful place to practice. I found the receptionists (people seem to congregate around the reception) very welcoming although they are clearly very busy and run the place like the successful business that it is. You do have to get there reasonably early (or at least on time) to get in to the class but they don’t over pack the classes at least. I take busy classes only as a good sign.

Regular Yogis

Most people you seem coming and going look like they know what they’re doing because they do – there are many regulars who take a daily yoga class in their stride. I went to a few different teachers, some that I loved (Alexa Harris, Mark Hill, Kahti Goupil) but some other teachers did seem to be a bit rushed. The good thing is that, with two studios and many classes, there is almost always something good on to go to so its a great fall back plan if you feel a sudden urge to stretch out in a group.

Level 2 = Level 2

I thought that the standard of teaching was high. They clearly get enough regular goers to be able to teach a true level 2 when the class is billed as such. They don’t hang around for newbies and I think that’s right. Having said that, every class will be different, so find out more about the teacher before you turn up if you’re nervous, or a first-timer.

Mini Yoga Retreat in London

The £10 for 10 consecutive days is great, especially if you are just visiting London on holiday. Alternatively, do this when you have some time off and treat it as a mini yoga retreat in London. Use the centre for all that it offers – a central place to experience a lot of different yoga styles and teachers.
  • Yoga Styles: Ashtanga, Pilates, Mummy and Baby Yoga, Dynamic, Iyengar, Anusara Inspired Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga, Yoga with Meditation, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Meditation
  • Private Classes? Yes
  • Studios: 1 very large beautiful studio (capacity 40) and 1 loft space (capacity 10). Go for the studio if you can!
  • Classes/wk: 87
  • From/To: 6am – 10pm
  • Class length: 1hr /1hr15 / 1hr30 / 2hrs
  • Prices: £12 / £13 / £14 / £15
  • Special Prices: 5 classes = £60, 10 classes = £105, 20 classes = £190. Community classes are £6 to all.
  • New Students: £10 for 10 consecutive days

Changing Room: M&F, showers, lockers, hairdryers. Very nice, but a bit small when busy!
Equipment: Very good equipment and plenty of it.
Reception: Extremely friendly and inviting. The reception becomes a kind of social space where regulars and teachers chat before and after classes.
Typical visitor: Young, fit, wealthy and serious about yoga.
Other services: Massage, Healing, Nutrition and Diet, Hypnotherapy, Acupuncture, Reiki, Rolfing, Bodywork, Reflexology, Cranio Sacral Therapy


Website: www.thelifecentre.com

Address: 15 Edge Street, London, W8 7PN (see on map)
Phone: 020 7221 4602
Email: info@thelifecentre.com


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