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: Course – “Pregnancy Yoga in New Barnet”

Pregnancy Yoga Afternoon

@The Yurt,28 Abbotts Road, New Barnet, EN5 5DP

A relaxing and nurturing afternoon to spend enjoying this amazing time in your life….

Friday 18th November 2011 from 2pm

  • An extended Yoga class
  • Breathing techniques and positions for labour and birth
  • Meditation
  • Sharing experiences

Followed by a comforting organic meal of soups and home made breads, tea and cake and achance to get to know the other mums to be

The day will finish at around 5.30pm

Total Cost: £30

Call Jennifer Gill on 07590 828450      


Yogi Lifestyle: Personal Experience – “The Flowering Lotus, by Anja Brierley Lange”


Here’s another great post by our friend Anja

The Flowering Lotus
blooming even when we feel murky


The lotus flower, quite rightly, symbolises spirituality and growth. Many also see the Lotus as a symbol of a of Buddhism, of temples, even yoga studios and logos of holistic practitioners…

There is a Buddhist text called the Lotus Sutra and the flower is often mentioned in this spiritual work. The Lotus grows in mud and mucky water. However, despite this, it flourishes and grows towards the sun and turning into a beautiful flower. Just like we may have dark and unpleasant experiences, we also have the potential to flourish into amazing beings.

My favourite quote about the Lotus is from the Chandogya-Upanishad:

“In this body, the town of Spirit, there is a house shaped like a Lotus, and in this house there is a little space. One should know what is there… In that space within the heart there is as much as there is in the whole World outside. Heaven, Earth, fire, wind, sun, moon, lightning, stars; whatever is and is not, everything is there. That space is the home of Spirit. Self is there beyond decay and death, sin and sorrow, hunger and thirst. Self stays in the heart. Who knows this enjoys the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Now, the lotus posture, padmasana, may look like a pretzel and completely out of our body’s comfort zone. But even as you sit cross-legged, on your heels or in a chair for meditation think of a very steady seat, feeling complete grounded. You can imagine your hips and legs being steady and releasing downwards. From this foundation let your spine rise, the crown of the head lift as if towards the Sky or the Sun. Just like a lotus flower rising from the mud. Bring your awareness to your heart centre. Meditating on the quote form the Chandogya Upanishad know that everything you need is right there.


Anja enjoy teaching yoga and share the knowledge of a yogic and ayurvedic lifestyle in SW London (Streatham, Balham, Chelsea and Parson’s Green). You can join us for a 2 1/2 hour Spring Clean Yoga Workshop in South London Sunday the 17th of April. Please look at for further details on workshops, clinics, timetable and listen (and practise to) to a full class online. Sign Up for her newsletter andemail if you would like to her to discuss a specific topic or yoga posture.

Anja is yoga teacher specialising in Vinyasa Flow (all levels), Pregnancy Yoga and Postnatal Yoga. She has several qualifications including teacher training programs with Barbara Harding, Sivananda and Seane Corn (Vinyasa Flow). She also had the pleasure of attending teacher workshops with Shiva Rea. Her pregnancy, postnatal and perinatal yoga training has been inspired by many teachers including Françoise Barbira Freedman, Birthlight, Uma Dinsmore Tuli and Claire Missingham’s specialist Teacher Training courses.

She has a BSc and PGDip in Ayurveda from Middlesex University. This qualifies her to practice as an Ayurvedic practitioner, advising on herbs, lifestyle, diet as well as giving body treatments including massage.

Visit for further detail and to sign up for her newsletter. You can also find her, Twitter ( and Facebook (


Click here to read some more of Anja’s posts

Teacher Review: Anja Brierley Lange


Anja first encountered yoga in her native Denmark in the late 1990s and from then on continued to practise and study various styles of yoga. Living in London she has studied and trained in the capital and her interest has brought her to India and America for further studies.

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Through yoga she discovered Ayurveda – translated as the Science of Life – and is a sister science to Yoga. Ayurveda is a practical application of keeping our body and our mind healthy through lifestyle, diet and if necessary herbs and body treatments.

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She achieved her BSc and Post Graduate Diploma in Ayurveda from Middlesex University. She has completed the ayurvedic massage programme which is part of the degree as well as internships in Ayurvedic hospitals in India.

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Anja teaches yoga to people from all walks of life, in classes, workshops and one-to-ones. She has also qualified as a pregnancy yoga teacher, gives ayurvedic advice and is a qualified massage therapist and aromatherapist.

Read Anja’s articles on health and wellbeing in Families Magazine, they really are so imformative and interesting.



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Centre: South London – “Yoga Haven in Clapham Common”


Yoga Haven has branches in Brighton and Birmingham, and now London. They offer a wide variety of classes including several different Hot yoga classes – Hot Flow and Hot Express. They also offer yoga at normal temperatures – Flow, Jivamukti, One to One, Yin Yoga, Pregnancy and Yoga for Runners and Cyclists.

This place has a modern and “all-rounder”, open approach to yoga. It is purposefully welcoming for beginners and non-yogis. Which we love!

Address: 63 Wingate Square, Clapham Old Town, London, SW4 0AF


Telephone: 020 8617 0027



Nearest Tube: Clapham Common, Clapham Junction, Clapham High Street Rail

Prices: Drop-in (90mins) £15, Drop-in (60mins) £14, 10-class card (90 day expiry) £130, One month unlimited £149

Gold membership: £125 per month (direct debit) Unlimited yoga classes with two towels per class plus 15% off our shop and monthly workshops.

Silver membership: £99 per month (direct debit)  Unlimited yoga classes plus 10% off our shop and monthly workshops.

Bronze membership:  £ 79 per month (direct debit) Unlimited yoga off peak classes plus 5% off our shop and monthly workshops.

Special Offer: Introductory offer -10 days of unlimited yoga £25

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Events: Monthly Workshop – “Pregancy Yoga, High Barnet in East London”

Come along to our peaceful workshop where you will be given the space and inspiration to totally connect with your Self and your baby.

The session will begin with an introduction to pregnancy yoga and how it can help you through pregnancy and birth.

We will then practice a full yoga class with a variety of movements and poses to give you a good stretch and boost your energy levels.

We will practice some different breathing techniques which will relax you and will be of huge help during your labour.

The class will end with a yummy guided meditation to leave you totally blissed out and relaxed.

The space I use for my yoga classes is beautiful and spacious and warm.

The cost will be £18 for the workshop which includes use of a yoga mat and a handout so that you can practice at home and it may be handy for your birth partner during your labour!

You can come from 13 weeks to 42 weeks pregnant. Any aches and pains and problems can be catered for – please let me know in advance. (SPD, High Blood Pressure etc)

If you would like to book a space please email or call me on the contact details below.

Contact Jennifer: 07590 828450

Cost: £18

When: These workshops are monthly and the next one is Saturday 19th March 2011

Time: 12 – 2pm

Where: Church House, High Barnet, EN5 4QS



Events: Courses – “Various, Evolve Wellness Centre, South Kensington, West London”

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Evolve Wellness Centre has just opened in South Kensington, West London.

They have a number of interesting courses planned over the coming months, see a summary below:

Address: 10 Kendrick Mews, SW7 3HG

Register:   To sign up call evolve at 020 7581 4090. Please check each course detail, however, because registration might differ for some courses.

yoga pregnancy course

Days: thursdays

Time: 9:30am-11am

Teacher: Dina Karim

Length: 6 week course  

Price: £80

1-time drop-in taster class – £15 (if you would like to join the course, please sign up immediately after class)

basic theta healing course

Dates: 25th – 27th February

Time: 10am – 5pm

Theta Healing: is a fast and powerful system of knowledge which aids people to create profound and lasting change in their lives. It  is a meditation based system which works with the understanding that we are the architects of our own lives. We have the power to design and create what we choose and what we desire. Theta healing® works on all levels of a persons being, mental, physical and spiritual and can aid you to facilitate progressive change with grace and ease, inviting harmony and balance into your life.

Teacher: Lizzie Mccallum

Register: Please visit to register and for more information

Length: 3 day course

Price: £395 per person

4-week manifest your soulmate course

Days: Mondays

Dates: 7th – 28th March

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Teacher: Corinne Blum

Register: Registration deadline is 4th March.

Length: 4 Week Course

Price: £115  before 28th Feb –  £130 after 1st March

6-week meditation course

Days: Thursdays

Dates: 10th March – 14th April

Time: 6-7pm

Teacher: Sam May

Length: 6 Week Course

Price: £75 which includes a guided meditation CD

ashtanga yoga beginners course

Day: Wednesdays

Dates: 16th march – 20th april

Time: 6:00-7:30pm

Teacher: Elinore Burke

Register: Registration deadline: 11th March

Note: Two drop-in taster classes will held prior to the course (2nd + 9th March). £15 each.

Length: 6 week course

Price: £75

transformational breath course: developing a self practice

Days: Tuesdays

Dates: 22nd march – 12th april

Times: 6:00-7:30pm

Week One
Grounding: The Diaphragmatic Breath

Week Two
Expansion: Deepening your Connection

Week Three
Expression: The Power of Sound and Movement with the Breath

Week Four
Returning: Developing a Transformational Breath practice at home

Teacher: Aimee Hartley

Note: Only 5 spaces available to ensure each participant receives individual attention. 1st session will run until 8pm.

Level: All levels welcome

Length: 4 week course

Price: £110

a new consciousness for a new age

Days: wednesdays

Dates: 4th may – 1st june

Times: 6:30-8:30pm

The world will not end on the 21st of December 2012 – but a way of being will. 2012 marks the transition from old, “polarity-based” consciousness to a more unified sense of collective “oneness”. Come and learn how best to ride that wave!

Session 1:
Be Here Now

Session 2:

Session 3:
I am that, I am that, I am that

Session 4:
Not that, Not that, Not that

Session 5:
I am

Teacher: Dr Shomit Mitter

Length: 5 Week Course

Price: £165 on or before 26th April – £215 on or after 27th April

kids yoga club

TBC – if you are interested please email: with your preferred days and times, and the age of your child

Yoga Kids Club offers classes that expose children to the principles of yoga. In a non-competitive and fun-filled environment, students will explore postures while learning about mindfulness and imaginative relaxation techniques. Additionally, the classes convey lessons in social skills, positive thinking and self-esteem whilst having fun with other kids.

Note: This course requires a minimum of 5 children to run.

Length: 6 week course

Price: £55

appleyoga intermediate level course

Days: Thursdays

Dates: 13th january – 14th april

Times: 7:45-9:00pm

Vinyasa yoga class, incorporating yoga flow – linking asana, breath, sound, meditation, relaxation and music in a steady, unbroken stream. (only available to those who have completed a beginners course)

Teacher: Katy Appleton


14 Week Course – £145
12 Week Course – £135
10 Week Course – £125
7 Week Course – £105
Drop-In Class – £15

appleyoga beginners plus course

Day: Thursdays

Dates: 27th january – 14th april

TimesL 6:30-7:45pm

The Beginners Plus Course is a step on from the Beginners Course. Expect to see a slower pace vinyasa flow class with plenty of time to inquire into the alignment and structure of new poses, whilst deepening the understanding of the energy body, breath techniques and enjoying the introduction of music into the flow at appropriate times. (only available to those who have completed a beginners course)

Teacher: Katy Appleton

Register:  If you have any questions feel free to call on 0845 643 7027 or email


12 Week Course – £135
10 Week Course – £125
8 Week Course – £115

appleyoga pregnancy course

Days: Thursdays

Dates: 27th january – 14th april

Times: 5:30-6:30pm

register:  If you have any questions feel free to call on 0845 643 7027 or email


12 Week Course – £150
10 Week Course – £140
8 Week Course – £130

Note: If your 38th week of pregnancy falls within the course, please pay until that point and then £14 per class. This must be filled out when booking for the first time.

yoga basics course

Day: Mondays

Dates: 21st february – 28th march 

Time: 6.00-7.15pm

Teacher: Martin McDougall

Length: 6 Week Course

Price: £75

Events: Course – “Pregnancy Yoga, Central London”

Pregnancy yoga has long been recognised to be one of the most effective means of easing birth. By working and connecting the body, mind, and spirit, yoga can help a mother feel comfortable, relaxed and fit during pregnancy, support the health of her growing child and ease delivery and labour pains. The class is also a wonderful way to meet other mums to be.

The teacher of this course, Veronique Foley, who is an advanced trained Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga Teacher who has many years of experience. She is a highly regarded and much in demand teacher and has taught classes and workshops all over the world.

Start Date: 24th February

Address: Citadines, 94-99 High Holborn, Holborn, WC1V 6LF


Time: 17:45 – 18:45

Drop in cost: n/a

Block booking: £100.00 (GBP) for 8 weeks

Yoga style: Pregnancy Yoga

Ability Level: All abilities

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



Address: 15 Edge Street, London, W8 7PN (see on map)
Phone: 020 7221 4602