Islington Pregnancy Yoga: Sublime teaching, restful atmosphere

Purely Pregnant offers pregnancy yoga classes in Islington, helping you to relax and prepare for the birth of your baby.
Pregnancy yoga Islington London

Pregnancy yoga Islington

“At Purely Pregnant, we understand how important it is for mums-to-be to find time in their week to relax and find refuge from the demands of their busy lives. Whilst our pregnancy yoga classes will help prepare you for birth with essential breathing techniques and by working to open and strengthen the body, we will also ensure that you leave your class feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and renewed”



Laycock Street, London, N1 1TH

Website: http://www.pregnancyyogalondon.ent


Events: Monthly Night Out – “Mantra Lounge, Meditation and Music”

Another post about the Mantra Lounge: Meditation and Music
Relax, Balance & Energise
Join us for our monthly evening of yoga meditation and soothing mantra music.
• Friday 28th October
• Friday 25th November
• Friday 30th December
7.00 pm – 9.30 pm

Meeting rooms, 14 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9DP
Entry: £5
To book your place or for further information please email or contact Jai: 07903069604

Events: Saturday Classes – “Jennifer Gill, Hatha Vinyasa, High Barnet”

Jennifer Gill is teaching a great Saturday Morning Class in High Barnet.

Time: 10am – 11.15am

Style: Hatha Vinyasa, Smooth moves to cool music

Address: Church House, Wood Street, High Barnet EN5 4QS

Tel: 07590 828450


Cost: £8 per class – every 6th class free!

Special Offers: “Classes – £3 class at Life Centre Islington”

“This month at Islington, make sure you drop-in to be one of the first taught by London’s future finest – every Thursday at 18:00 at the Teacher Trainee Yoga Level 1-2 class. For only £3, allow this addition to our schedule to give both you and your teacher a reason to say thank you”.


The Life Centre Islington

1 Britannia Row,

London N1 8QH

020 7704 0919

Class: “Vinyasa Flow – West Hampstead”

Class description

Classes are appropriate for students of all levels, including beginners. Vinyasa Flow is a dynamic form of Hatha yoga. Poses flow from one to the next, in tune with the breath. For each class, I choreograph bespoke sequences, based on different themes. I offer modifications to make poses accessible for beginners as well as variations to challenge more experienced students to their heart’s content!

Our philosophy

Yoga enables us to be in touch with our bodies in new ways. I experiment with poses, inviting students to stretch, bend, and explore different perspectives on the world. You will develop endurance and flexibility, discovering parts of your body you didn’t even know existed! Yoga is a moving meditation, focusing on the breath as an anchor for the mind, to keep us present and in the moment.

Come to my classes expecting to be challenged physically and mentally. Expect to leave feeling like a new person! Please see my website for further info:

Name of yoga teacher Caroline Dollar
When? Sundays
Style of yoga Vinyasa Flow
Where? West Hampstead, NW6

Centre: North London – “Alchemy Centre in Camden, North London”

About Us

The Alchemy Centre sits at the heart of Camden. It offers a great deal:


The types of yoga classes detailed in the busy timetable vary in style, from  Kundalini, Ashtanga, Hatha and Vinyasa to Jivamukti and meditation circles.

Popular teacher Stewart Gilchrist teaches here.


Address: Unit 101, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London,  NW1 8AH

Telephone: 020 7267 6188


Nearest Tube: Camden Town

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Centre: North London – “The Life Centre, Islington”

the life centreMany serious yoga goers have heard of or been to the Life Centre in Notting Hill, a serene place which seems to always be full of gorgeous looking earth mamas. Well, brilliant news North Londoners! The team have decided to launch another sister yoga and pilates centre in Islington!

There’s lots of offers and events happening to celebrate the opening:

Special offer on Daily Candy

Subscribers to daily candy website can mention ‘DailyCandy’ and get their first class free:

Open House Weekend

The centre plan an Open House Weekend on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th February, throughout which regular Saturday and Sunday classes will cost just £4. 

Taster classes

Islington yoga studio

Taster classes, which give visitors the chance to try lots of different yoga styles in a shorter time frame, will only cost £2. One of the taster classes is also for those new to yoga, so all beginners welcome too.



During the weekend the centre will host two Sunday yoga workshops, suitable for students of all levels and priced at a discounted rate.

Yoga Nidra – The Science of Profound Relaxation with Graham Burns

Graham will discuss some of the key principles of yoga nidra and explore how and why it works, both from the perspective of the ancient yogis and the perspective of modern science.

Yoga & The Art of Loving with Lisa Sanfilippo

Carefully cultivated poses and practices that will help you to shift your body-patterns and thought forms towards greater openness.


As part of the weekend, the team will have a puja (ritual) to invoke the blessings of Ganesha, who, in Indian mythology, is associated with new beginnings and the removal of obstacles.

The puja will begin at 4.15pm on Saturday 12th February and will be conducted in traditional form by Keshava Shastry.


Immediately after the puja, they will round off the day’s celebration with kirtan and music. The kirtan (call and response singing) will be led by Narayani, a well known devotional singer, voicework facilitator and yoga teacher. The kirtan will run from 6.00pm to approximately 7.00pm, after which Ann Malone will play the meditative sounding hang.
Guests on the evening will also receive a treat-filled Life Centre Islington gift bag.

When and Where?

How much: Classes generally £13 each
When: Schedule online at

ISLINGTON: 1 Britannia Row, London, N1 8QH Telephone: 020 7704 0919

NOTTING HILL: 15 Edge Street, London, W8 7PN Telephone: 020 7221 4602

Centre: North London – “Hatha Yoga, Special Yoga Centre in Kensal Rise”

I went to a great class with Jessica Horn at the Special Yoga centre in Kensal Rise on Sunday evening. We worked on shoulders, loosening off any tension and did a bit of gently neck stretching. There were four of us in the class so it was friendly and peaceful.

  • We worked on rolling our shoulders back behind our heads using a belt
  • Rolling shoulders up as rising up into a cobra pose
  • Twisting upper back in a pigeon pose so that your left shoulder is on the floor when your left leg is bent and arms locked together
  • Arms in eagle pose whilst holding horse pose

Jess is not intimidating as a yoga teacher and can tailor the class to beginners and offer more advanced students ways to take poses further. She is not too nice to put you through a bit of pain with some long hard horse poses but gives you enough time to recover.

A really lovely class for a Sunday evening! Much recommended.

View the timetable here:

Jess’s profile:

“Jess has been practising yoga for over twelve years and has spent the last two studying with the Life Centre. As well as teaching in various yoga centres she also gives private classes. Having practiced Astanga, Iyengar and Hatha, Jess now teaches gently flowing hatha with an emphasis on safe alignment and the breath”

Centre: North London – “Bikram Yoga Centre, Queens Park / Kilburn”

Is Hot Yoga right for you?

There are so many horror stories about hot yoga but it’s not as scary as people like to make out. I personally don’t like hot yoga, because my body is not very good with extreme temperatures. It left me feeling completely knocked out and I went to about 6 sessions before I gave up. Maybe that wasn’t enough. Read more about Bikram yoga

Bikram North

Bikram North is one of three yoga centres called ‘Bikram Yoga’. The reception is quite friendly but more like a fitness club than a yoga centre. You won’t find much incense or many chanting CDs here. The changing rooms are decent but can get overcrowded as everyone needs a shower after Bikram, unlike other yoga forms.

The studio has low ceilings as it is all rigged up with the extremely powerful heating units. It is like going in to a cocoon. There are mirrors and mats hanging along the hot pipes around the walls. Using someone else’s sweaty mat seems a bit disgusting but as soon as you step in, you realize that you are at one with everyone’s hotness anyway.

There is a little courtyard where you can cool off and replenish lost liquids with some fresh juices. No one was using it when I was there but in the summer I imagine it would be quite a nice place to rest after a strenuous session.

The Bikram Teacher

The Bikram teachers recite the set routine through a headset. The ones who taught me were all extremely lean and didn’t seem to sweat a drop. They ask the regular ‘anything I should know about?’ and give a few words of advice and encouragement. However, it feels that they are just reading off a script so I didn’t feel any connection with the teacher of the other students. You could say, it left me feeling cold.

The other students

I found that most of the students were new to it, and very hesitant. Out of classes of around 50 only 5-10 were regulars. Some people looked like they’d been giving it their all but looked a bit disheartened as they limped to class and out again. The upside is that teachers and others are used to nervous newbies, the downside is that they have lost a natural empathy for nervous newbies because there are so many of us.

I would recommend you give it a go if you’re curious, it’s not going to be a hellish experience. Try a few and see what you think – if you like the heat and want to get seriously fit, go for it!

  • Yoga Styles: Bikram
  • Private Classes: No
  • Studios: 1 large heated studio
  • Classes/wk: 36
  • From/To: 6.45 am – 9 pm
  • Class length: 90 mins
  • Prices: £14 drop in, 10 classes = £110, 30 day unlimited = £145 (other options available, see full rates)
  • Special offers: £29 for 30 days unlimited for beginners

Changing Room: Decent changing rooms with communal showers and lockers

Equipment: Used sweaty mats provided!

Reception: Very efficient but a little bit cold perhaps.

Typical visitor: More athletic than in some yoga classes, more men and a lot of people who are in a hurry to get fit.

Other services: They have a cafe in the courtyard selling fresh juices.



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