Yoga Centre Review: West London Buddhist Centre, Westbourne Grove

“It is a charity run centre that focuses on meditation and yoga.  The surroundings might not be as glossy as most Yoga centres but the atmosphere is of a calm relaxing state.  More of a comfortable cosy feeling.

The quality of the teaching is of a high level and there are many different types of Yoga to choose from.

Monday and Thursday mornings is a dynamic Yoga inspired by Vinyasa and Pilates. I do like this particular style, I find it a good all rounder when it comes to fitness, weight loss, detox and a destress.

It is made for all levels, you come out feeling relaxed and also feel that you have had a great work out. It is based around the Notting Hill area and I do strongly recommend a visit”.

What makes this yoga centre different?

It yoga centre houses one of the hardest working dynamic yoga classes

Where is it?

94 Westbourne Park Villas

Website

http://www.westlondonbuddhistcentre.com

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Special Offer: “4 yoga sessions for £29, Egoist Body Studios in Fitzrovia”

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Saving you over 50% on four yoga sessions, you need to hurry to catch this deal which ends today on Living Social. We haven’t tried out the space yet so anyone who enjoys the deal, do let us know what you think. Its great to see a yoga centre so central and it certainly sounds alluring:

Egoist’s gorgeous studio — housed in a Georgian townhouse, and complete with chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows and mirrors — has had glowing reviews from the press, and is located in Fitzroy Square, one of London’s most beautiful areas. Choose from a range of classes, including: power yoga, vinyasa yoga, classical pilates, and pilates dance fusion. Hush — do you hear that? That’s the sound of your body and mind saying, “Thank you,” in perfect harmony.

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Centre: Central London – “Triyoga Centres in Covent Garden, Soho and Primrose Hill”

 

Triyoga

 

This is one of the most established and still one of the most exciting yoga centres in London. It has three locations – Primrose Hill, Covent Garden and Soho. All very convenient. It was started by a man called Jonathan Sattin in 2000 who gave up umpteen coffees and cigarettes a day in the pursuit of a more balanced lifestyle. He has a great yoga story to tell

Practising yoga (on the mat) and in a broader way, increased my awareness + instincts across my life; from the way it improved my football (without losing any of my highly competitive streak) to the way I now practiced law with a difference – trusting my instinct as much as knowledge + experience. Read more

Triyoga combines Yoga, Pilates and Treatments to give everyone access to a healthier lifestyle choice. But they are not preachy about it, it’s more about exploring yourself and having fun. They have excellent workshops (e.g. “Where yoga meets Neuroscience” or “Reviving the Spine”) and teachers. If you haven’t tried it yet, get yourself down there in your lunchbreak or after work.

A word of warning, evening and weekend classes can get busy and a packed studio can be intimidating if you are new and find it hard to follow the instructions. So make sure you choose a class that is right for you. If in any doubt, call them or contact us for advice.

Great yoga teachers

Triyoga must have the largest list of yoga teachers connected to their centres, including some of Yogi London’s favourite teachers – Graham Burns (also teaches at the Life Centre), Lisa Sanfilippo, Mark Hill (also teaches Ashtanga at Special Yoga, Kensal Rise), Mimi Kuo Deemer (also teaches at Special Yoga, Kensal Rise),

Keep up to date with their news and events (workshops get  booked up FAST!) on Triyoga Twitter

primrose hill

6 erskine road, primrose hill, London, nw3 3aj

Nearest Tube: chalk farm

Telephone: 0207 483 3344

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soho

2nd floor, kingly court, soho, london, w1b 5pw

Nearest Tube: oxford street

Telephone: 0207 483 3344

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covent garden

wallacespace, 2 dryden street, covent garden, london, wc2e 9na

Nearest Tube: covent garden

Telephone: 0207 483 3344

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Centre: Central London – “Oasis Leisure Centre” Holborn

Distinct from purely commercial enterprises, GLL is the first leisure operator in the UK to be awarded the prestigious Social Enterprise Mark.  Not just another leisure company, but a charitable social enterprise that exists for the benefit of the community.

Oasis Sports Centre

Situated in the heart of London, this is a real find for all sorts of activities, not just yoga. Walking past one day I decided to step in and I found an outdoor swimming pool which you can swim in for only £4 an hour (although they said you can stay as long as you like in fact). It’s a real hub of activity in an unbelievably convenient location, it’s cheap and it’s a social enterprise – what a great place! Don’t expect anything luxurious though.

Winners of Big Society Award 2010 – read more

Yoga classes at the Oasis Sport Centre (as of March 2011)

Monday

– Pilates 1.15 – 2.15

– Ashtanga 7.30 – 8.30

Tuesday

– Meditation 11.30 – 12

Wednesday

– Pilates 7.30 – 8.30am

– Tai Chi 10.00-11.30 am

– Ahstanga Yoga 7.00 – 8.30 pm

– Pilates 6.30 – 7.30 pm

Friday

– Hatha Yoga 6.15 – 7.15 pm

Saturday

– Pilates 11.00 am – 12.15

Sunday

– Hatha Yoga 11.00 am – 12.30

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Address: 32 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9AG

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Telephone: 020 7831 1804

Email: oasis@gll.org

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Events: Community – “Join the Worldwide ‘Yoga Stops Traffick’ Day Tomorrow!!

yoga stops traffick
Tomorrow is the day that people all over the world will strop traffic with yoga to raise awareness of human trafficking in India. Last year 1,500 people in 20 countries took part and they raised £15,000 for the Odana di Seva Trust in India.
 

Over the past 20 years Odanadi Seva Trust has rescued and rehabilitated more than 1850 children, carried out 57 brothel raids and brought 137 traffickers to justice. With your help, compassion and cooperation, Odanadi will continue to provide a place of sanctuary for the survivors of human trafficking and offer them a chance to rebuild their lives.

 

When?

12th March – all day

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For more informaiton visit the Yoga Stops Traffick website

Yogi Lifestyle: Exercises – “Free Yoga Videos, ‘Energy Boosting Backbends’ and More!”

Backbend exercises

New videos on Yoga Today

On deck this week for subscribers is an all-new class covering the basics with Adi – entitled “The Ground Up.” If you’re new to the practice of yoga, this is an excellent place to start. This class will reacquaint you with the relationship of your body in space and make sure you’re set up with a solid foundation.

Free members: in this week’s free class check out some Energy Boosting Backbends with Neesha! This all-levels heart-opening class will show you how to observe and plug into the electrical currents of your body to energize and revitalize!

Wednesday’s Studio Session brings the conclusion of Neesha’s expanded look at the Bird of Paradise pose. Continue to open your shoulders and hips while working your hamstrings at a much more intensive level and pinnacle with this challenging deep one-legged balancing pose.  

Sarah offers no less than 16 Poses to change your life in Friday’s Studio Session.  Incorporating these challenging poses into your regular practice will help move you through your full range of motion. Postures that cleansing your organs and glands will uplift your overall mood!

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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 Innovate528.co 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:
Play

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: info@evolvewellnesscentre.com 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

Prices:

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 info@appleyoga.com.

Prices:

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 info@appleyoga.com.

Prices:

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

Centre: East London – “Hatha and Ashtanga at Yoga Place, Bethnal Green”

Yoga place London

Yoga Place is one of the main yoga centres in East London and has many classes all based on a mixture of asanas (poses), pranayama (breathing) and dharana (meditation). It mainly specialises in Hatha, Ashtanga and Dynamic yoga so you get a good dose of physcical exercise from this hip and friendly East London yoga studio.

 It is conveniently situated near to Bethnal Green tube station on the central line so easy for those in the city or in central London. Monday – Thursday there are 2 classes starting at 7.45 so even those who work long hours should be able to get to the last class of the day once in a while.

Yoga place is a nice yoga space

The first time I went to Yoga Place I got there a bit early but went on in, grateful for the time to get to know the new surroundings – a vital part of entering a new yoga space for practice. I found a pile of shoes at the door which I decided were suitably “East-London style”. The reception has an area with lots of cushions on the floor and low tables for visitors to sit and wait for class, while flicking through some of the yoga coffee table books or magazines. For me it is important that a yoga centre offers more than just a class but that it makes you feel at ease in the space. At Yoga Place there is a small kitchen area where students can help themselves to tea and it is a reminder of some of the workshops that take place here at the weekend.

Building your confidence

There are two studios of similar size, fully eqiuped and well kept. Small windows between reception and the studios give the place a transparent and open feeling. In my class there was a mixture of people but clearly the ‘open’ classes assume a basic understanding of yoga and a level of comfort in following instructions without too much correction. I would recommend going to a beginners class if you are a beginner or don’t feel particularly confident. It was nice to see a good mix of men and women in the class and throughout the centre.

Yoga Place in Bethnal Green is a great place to practice if you live nearby and a very easy and convenient place to get to if you don’t. I’m looking forward to spending some time there over a weekend and trying out some of the other classes.

As well as the yoga classes (and cushions to drink tea and read books)

Yoga & Meditation workshops

Saturdays  5th Feb / 2nd April / 7th May / 3pm to 5pm / £20 for your first session, by donation for all subsequent sessions.

Experience: Open to all, no previous experience necessary.

How can I slow down? How can I bring more stability into my life? How can I be less affected by life’s constant demands? How can I simply enjoy the lightness of being?

Mysore practice

If you can remember the Ashtanga Vinyasa sequence, or if you’re happy just to free-style, then go along to the Mysore sessions in the morning. From 6am – 9am you can drop in to practice in a group with the help of a yoga teacher but you can take it at your own pace.

If you want to find out more before dropping in, you can take part in a Mysore workshop which take place on  Sundays 6th Feb / 6th March / 10th April / 11am to 1pm / £30 (£25 concessions)

Therapy Rooms

You are doing something amazing for yourself by practising yoga but sometimes you need a little extra to help you get through periods of mental and physical un-wellness and stress. The therapy rooms offer Ayurvedic Treatments / Acupuncture & Physiotherapy / Cosmetic Acupuncture / Homeopathy / Thai Yoga Massage / Reiki / Massage. They are all independent practitioners and are available through Yoga Place at different times so contact them directly to find out about pricing and more about the benefits: http://www.yogaplace.co.uk/index.php?id=7

Where? 1st Floor, 449-453 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 9QH

Telephone: 020 7739 5195

info@yogaplace.co.uk

www.yogaplace.co.uk

Our building is on the corner of Pundersons Gardens and the entrance is the bright orange door on Bethnal Green Road.

We are 1 minute walk from Bethnal Green tube station (central line), which is one stop from Liverpool Street station. Busses 8, 106, 254, 309, D3 and D6. Some metered and pay & display parking in adjacent streets. This is generally free before 8am and after 5.30pm mon-sat, and free all day Sunday (to be sure please check the bay you are in). There are railings outside the centre which you can chain bicycles to – make sure it is a good lock!