Centre: Central London – “Theosophical Society, Baker Street”


Yoga in Baker Street

Tucked away in a large terraced building on Gloucester Place, near Baker Street is the Theosophical Society. When London’s corporate culture begins to overwhelm you, this old establishment filled with spiritual books and intellectual people, tucked away right in the heart of London will be a great comfort.

Coming to practice here confirmed for me that there really are all sorts of very VERY different practices going on. Practising at the Theosophical Society building has almost nothing in common with practising in a gym, a large yoga centre, especially a Bikram yoga centre. The emphasis here is on the philosophy behind yoga.

Theosophical Society

theosophical society in baker street yoga lessonsThe society is founded on the principal of a universal wisdom that underlies all religions of the world. The belief is that people should strive towards their own truth, rather than one imposed by authority. They teach tolerance of other religions and the individual search for truth through study and contemplation. The Theosophical Society is gaining more interest and attention in a society of mixed religions, often suffering the consequences of conflict between them. It’s a great place to know about if you want to dig a little deeper in to the background of yoga and other spiritual pursuits.

Yoga for the mind and body

Yoga at the Theosophical societyI entered the building which looks more like a library that a health club on the inside. The room that we practised in was panelled with book shelves and had a carpeted floor. For those of us without mats, we practised on the carpet itself.

Marion from Yoga Circle teaches a beginner’s yoga class and there is also meditation on offer from the Dhyana Centre. I went to one of Marion’s classes and found a very friendly, mixed class. There were people of all ages and more men than in most yoga classes. I was curious about the flip chart that we studied for the first 30 minutes, as I have not been to such a theoretical class before, but Marion engages with every member of the group, which gives a wonderful energy and harmony to the room. It is a true beginner’s course because she covers all areas thoroughly, learning different areas each week: strength, meditation, diet, relaxation and breathing. There is a good recap and continuation to the classes so that progress is made throughout the 8 weeks. Anyone starting this class will go on to practice mindfully and effectively.

Marion of Yoga Circle teaches Sivananda yoga in Baker Street

Dhyana Meditation classes are 7-9pm on Tuesdays and 11 – 4pm on Sundays.

Sivananda Yoga with Marion is 7-9pm on Thursdays for beginners and 7-9pm on Mondays. The next beginner’s course starts on 22nd April 2010, book before 14th March for £10 discount.

  • Yoga Styles: Sivananda, Meditation
  • Private Classes: No
  • Studios: 1 small studio (capacity 12) which is carpeted and panelled with book cases
  • Classes/wk: 2
  • From/To: 7-9 pm
  • Class length: 2 hrs / 5 hrs
  • Prices: £98 for 8 week course (meditation is free)
  • Class Passes:  N/A

Changing Room: No changing room, just a bathroom to change in.

Equipment: None, bring your own

Reception: This is not a yoga centre but there is a reception and sometimes someone there who can direct you to yoga. It is a very friendly place.

Typical visitor: Not your typical yoga-type, a mix of people who are interested in all-round yoga, not just the fitness element.

Other services: This is a centre for people who are interested in a wide range of spiritual practices and teaching so they have many different courses and classes. Keep an eye on their website for events.

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Website: http://www.theosophical-society.org.uk/default.asp / http://www.yogacircle.co.uk/ / http://www.dhyanacentre.org/

Address: The Theosophical Society, 1st Floor, 50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA

Telephone: 020 7563 9815 (Eric McGough)

Email: info@theosoc.org.uk

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9 thoughts on “Centre: Central London – “Theosophical Society, Baker Street”

  1. Another amazing Theosophical Society in England story:-

    The President, Eric McGough of Pentraeth, Anglesey, North Wales has proclaimed himself “Spiritual Head” of the Theosophical Society in England and describes himself as a “conscious explorer of the inner planes”

    Any credible organisation would sent someone like this packing with hoots of derision and strong advice to get professional help.

    The Theosophical Society in England however, is run by weak people who do nothing and just let him get away with it.

  2. It looks like the secret sale of the Tekels Park wildlife sanctuary by the Theosophical Society in England, to a property development company, has gone ahead for a bargain basement price. The real sufferers are the Tekels Park animals who will probably be slaughtered as in the case of the deer and starved to death as in the case of the badgers and other animals. The Theosophical Society in England claims to be a spiritual organisation and to have a concern for animal welfare. For this reason, the sale was kept secret and dicussion of it has been banned at Theosophical Society in England meetings. The sale of Tekels Park was negotiated by the Theosophical Society in England President, Mr Eric McGough of Pentraeth, Anglesey, North Wales. There are many unanswered questions surrounding the sale not only regarding the killing of the Tekels Park animals but also the timing and give away price. Nobody has been able to contact Mr McGough either at his home in Pentraeth or at the Theosophical Society in England headquarters at 50 Gloucester Place, London.

    The Theosophical Society in England has lost all credibility as a spiritual organisation over the Tekels Park wildlife issue and as a result a large proportion of its members have left.
    The headquarters of the Theosophical Society that owns the Tekels Park wildlife sanctuary is in Adyar, India (there are several other Theosophical Societies who have no connection with Tekels Park) The International President of the Adyar based Theosophical Society, Radha Burnier, despite being a high profile vegetarian, has agreed with Mr Eric McGough that the organisation should remain silent on the killing of the Tekels Park animals.

    It is unclear as to whether any of the proceeds from the sale of Tekels Park will be going to the Theosophical Society International Headquarters in Adyar, India.

  3. All very spiritual but just ask the Theosophical Society about the fate of the animals at the wildlife sanctuary known as Tekels Park in Camberley, Surrey. The Theosophical Society is secretly selling this wildlife sanctuary to a property development company and it is likely that the animals will be killed.

    The person responsible for the sale is Mr Eric McGough but he cannot be contacted.

  4. I have just finished Marion’s beginners course and I can highly recommend it! Marion is totally committed to the subject and gives a structured overview not only on postures but also on the philosophy behind the yoga. I’ve learned so much in such a short period of time! Tomorrow I will start the weekly class and I’m really looking forward to it!

  5. I have been to Marion’s class in 2008 for the first time. What shall I say? She is one of the 3 (and I had many more) yoga teachers which I fullheartedly can recommend!

    Since taking the first course with her I am doing yoga 5 times a week. It has helped me a lot. AND I have learned so much in the beginner class. I really appreciate her holistic approach and wish I could find somebody close that level here in Madrid.

  6. I’ve known Marion for 5 years or so, though not attende one of her Yoga classes (yet).

    Knowing how Marion operates in the areas I’ve worked with her, specifically within the charity she started in 2005, I can only imagine how amzing and structured her classes are.

    Well done Marion. You deserve all the acknowledegement in the world.

  7. From experience I would heartily recommended a course led by Marion. An interesting insight into and very enjoyable. Great location too.

  8. I did the beginner course with Marion and had a great time. Marion is very good at explaining Yoga, the theorical side as well as exercices. I recommend this course to all beginers that wish to understand a little more than just how to do a head stand.

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