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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Yogi Lifestyle: Eating Well – “Free Petit Pois Cakes”

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Have your cake and eat it

“C’est  pas vrai!” I hear you scream. Yes, cup cakes are now good for you.

Mother’s tactics to ensure you got your five-a-day: airplane fork tricks, making food faces on your plate and threatening to deny you dessert. These days we can have our cake and eat our veggies, too.

Petit Pois cupcakes may taste sinfully sweet, but the new gluten- and lactose-free range — launching today — is made using grated pumpkin, courgette or beetroot instead of butter. (The vegetables soften rather than stiffen over time, meaning the cakes stay moist longer.)

Chef Harry Eastwood and partner Ashley Maddox flavour the chocolate, vanilla, lemon and orange desserts with 70 per cent coco, real vanilla beans or unwaxed citrus. (Sugar is minimal and found mostly in the thin layer of icing.)

What’s more: the 175-calorie treats taste as good as regular cupcakes.

Free cupcakes – Where? When? How?

Available at Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB (08001 234000 or petitpoiscakes.com), £5 for two.

Eastwood and Maddox will be giving out free cakes today (16th March) from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the food hall.

Take that, mushy peas!

Teacher Review: Yoga Dance – “Nicky McGinty”

 

Introducing Yoga Dance teacher in Covent Garden and Woking, Nicky McGinty…

Yoga Dance

 

I worked as a dancer/choreographer and performer for a long time before becoming a yoga teacher. I have, therefore,  been working on this amalgamation for a while.

Covent Garden Class

A Vinyasa style class with various dance forms put together in sequences to music to allow students to get a workout whilst releasing stress, expressing themselves and also learning yoga and dance technique.
 
The Yoga Dance class I run in Covent Garden is tailored to participants there.  It is a mixture of Contemporary, Jazz, Yoga and predominantly Ballet!  Very different but also great. Find out more on Facebook page Yoga Dance

Where?

Oasis Fitness Centre , 32 Endell St

Nearest Tube: Acess on High Holborn.  Nearest tubes: Covent Garden, Tottenham Court Road & Holborn

Membership: No Membership required at the gym in order to attend my classes

When?

Tuesdays 5.30-6.30pm

How much?

Price:5/10 x Class Pass £40/£80       Drop in £10

Woking Classes

The peak fitness class on a Monday is a classical vinyasa class with lots of Ashtanga influence and the wednesday Class is still forming its yoga dance participants at the moment.  I am hoping this will become a performance class- to i can take the yoga dance we create in class into site specific venues in the summer!

 

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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: Meet – “Guru Bikram Choudhury Comes to London!”

Bikram ChoudhuryExciting news! Bikram Choudhury will be in London on April 8 for a special lecture and book signing. Come and meet the yoga guru that gave the world Bikram Yoga. You can hear him speak, ask him a question and get him to sign your book. I mean, this guy just has to be seen in person! See you there…

Don’t miss this chance to hear the inspirational founder of Bikram Yoga!

Also not to be missed – the 2011 Yoga Championships. Come and be inspired by your fellow yogis showing their poise, self control, strength, flexibility and grace. Note that this year’s Champs are being held locally in Chalk Farm.

When: Friday April 8

Time: 6pm for 6.30 start

Where: Logan Hall, Institue of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H oAL

Cost: £30

Book: https://secure.ticketline.co.uk/tickets/13254589/an-evening-with-bikram-choudhury/logan-hall/2011-04-08

Events: Classes – “Yoga Wellbeing, Classes in Various London Parks”

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Every week Yoga Wellbeing run outdoor classes at Regents Park, in North London. 

Where: Regents Park

When: Fridays

Time: 13.00-14.00

If this is too far away for you, they also offer bespoke yoga in the park classes (minimum 8 people) at the locations below .

  • Brockwell Park
  • Clapham Common
  • Dulwich Park
  • Hampstead Heath
  • Lincoln’s Inn Fields

Enjoy the benefits of yoga postures, breathing techniques and relaxation in a comfortable and non-competitive atmosphere. 

Yoga in the Park classes are designed to suit a wide range of age groups and fitness levels. So come and experience what Yoga in the Park can do for you.

No previous yoga experience needed, all ages and levels welcome.

Prices: From £7

Book: +44 (0) 7832 484 412

Website: www.yogawellbeing.co.uk

Special Offer: £35 for 10 day Unlimited Trial – “Sohot, Bikram Yoga, Soho and Victoria, in Central and West London”

Introductory Offers for new starters at Sohot Bikram Yoga in Soho.

£25 for 10 Day Trial for new members – restricted classes of restricted classes : 6pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at Soho.

£35 for 10 Day Trial for new members – unrestricted classes.

Website: www.sohotbikramyoga.co.uk/prices

Soho
Threeways House
Bolsover Street
London
W1W 5DW

Telephone : 0207 637 3095

 

Victoria
1 Vandon Passage
London
SW1H 0AS

Telephone: 0207 808 1810

Special Offer: £30 for 30 Days – “Bikram Yoga in Kilburn, Old Street and Chalk Farm/Kentish Town”

A Hot Tip

Bikram Yoga is offering a fantastic special offer; £30 for 30 days – with the card accepted at 3 seperate studios.

It is specifically for those of you who have never tried Bikram Yoga before to get you into the swing of things and learn how this incredible yoga can change your life, your shape and your health!

How much: £30

Website: http://www.bikramyoga.co.uk/rates.html

Where:

Bikram Yoga West
260 Kilburn Lane
London W10 4BA

Telephone: 020 3368 6966

Bikram Yoga City
6/8 Vestry Street
London N1 7RE

Telephone: 020 3368 6966

Bikram Yoga North
173 – 175 Queens Crescent
London NW5 4DS

Telephone:  020 3368 6966

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