Yoga Centre Review: Debut Gallery, Westbourne Grove

Debut galler

Having an Art Gallery as a venue just adds a new dimension to Yoga

This is a beautiful little boutique gallery that is very open minded when it comes to the world of art.

The Yoga session there on Tuesday evenings is truly inspiring.  While placing your efforts into your down dogs and warriors one and two.  Being surrounded by the Yoga inspired art, amongst other calming pieces adds another dimension to the class.

In addition, the green tea mingler for yogis before and after the session is also a great way of meeting like minded people as well as getting a good chance to “try the art before you buy” so to speak.

Well, how do you know if a painting calms or de-stresses you if you do not try it out first.

Classes

A dynamic style of yoga inspired by Vinyasa and Pilates that promotes fitness and well-being in mind and body whilst building strength in both areas. The constant flow of movement combined with deep breathing and dynamic stretches is aimed to decrease stress and calm the mind. Help detox, tone and aid in weight loss. Increase strength and flexibility to help improve general stiffness, aches and pains as well as an aid in injury prevention. If you enjoy yoga, but would like to combine it with an all round body work out and a light cardio base, then this style of yoga would be the one for you.

Where?

82 Westbourne Grove

Website

http://www.debutcontemporary.com

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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

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

Egoist body works

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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Teacher Review: Graham Burns – “Samana Yoga”

Graham Burns

Graham teaches lovely fluid, gentle and expressive classes where everyone leaves feeling warm, comforted and sometimes energised. He is a very approachable teacher which means that you can get a lot out of the classes, making sure that you practice in the right way for you.

Style

My yoga teaching is non-dogmatic and reflects the variety of styles which I have studied over the years. My earliest teachers included well known UK teachers Simon Low and Liz Lark, and my relaxed, flowing asana style draws extensively both on their influence and on my studies of the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition with Richard Freeman and other leading teachers, including John Scott and Dena Kingsberg.

I try to keep classes creatively and imaginatively sequenced, with an eye on their energetic as well as physical effects. Pranayama (breathing) and meditation are integral parts of my yoga practice and most of my classes include these as well as asana (postures). I am also an experienced teacher of gentle yoga and have been recognised by the London Evening Standard as a top teacher of yoga nidra (a deep guided relaxation practice).

Read more about Graham’s yoga journy, inspiration and style on his website http://www.samanayoga.com/

Classes in London with Graham Burns

TRIYOGA
6 Erskine Road, Primrose Hill, London NW3
Sunday 9.00 to 10.15 am, level 1-2
Sunday 10.30 to 11.45 am, yoga gently for all levels
Wednesday 9.30 to 10.45 am, level 1
Friday 9.45 to 11.00 am, level 1-2
www.triyoga.co.uk

THE LIFE CENTRE
15 Edge Street, Notting Hill, London W8
Tuesday 7.30 to 9.00 pm, level 1-2 with meditation
Friday 2.30 to 3.45 pm, dynamic level 2
Saturday 1.45 to 3.15 pm, level 2 
www.thelifecentre.com

THE LIFE CENTRE
1 Britannia Row, Islington, London N1
Thursday 11.00 am to 12.15 pm, gentle yoga with meditation
www.thelifecentre.com

THE THURLEIGH ROAD PRACTICE
88a Thurleigh Road, London SW12
Saturday 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, all levels
www.thurleighroadpractice.co.uk

Graham is also available to teach individuals and groups privately; please call or e-mail for more information.

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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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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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Teacher Review: Quantum Yoga – “Lara Baumann”

Quantum Yoga is a dynamic flow form of yoga developed by yogi Lara Baumann. First, the teacher identifies the kind of sequences and yoga practice most suitable for you, based on an Ayurvedic assessment of your physical and mental attributes. Your training will aim to regulate your traits.

Lara teaches publically and privately all over the world. She also is currently on a world tour of teacher training, co-ordinating retreats and and various private teaching.

Lara teaches public lessons on Tuesday nights in Notting Hill. She also is hosting a number of retreats and courses in 2011.

Book: Quantum Yoga, Creating Your Ideal Practice From an Ocean of Possibilities

There are many DVDs available to purchase too!

Telephone: 0795 741 8597

Email: lara@larayoga.com

Website: http://www.larayoga.com/ or http://www.quantumyoga.com/

Great shots of Lara’s wonderful ability on this website: http://www.healingguide.org/retreat/lara-baumann.html

Events: Classes – “Quantum Yoga, Lara Baumann in Notting Hill, West London”

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Quantum Yoga is a dynamic flow form of yoga developed by yogi Lara Baumann.

First, she identifies the kind of sequences and yoga practice most suitable for you, based on an ayurvedic assessment of your physical and mental attributes.

An assessment will work out your dominant Ayurvedic “dosha” — either Vata (often thin, lively, scatty) Pitta (average size, determined, focused) or Kapa (robust, calm, slow). Your training will aim to regulate those traits — usually by performing sequences that don’t come naturally to you.

As a dynamic yoga practice, Quantum Yoga will make you sweat — even if you are performing slowing and calming sequences.

When: Tuesdays

Time: 19.30-21.00

Where: The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11 2AY

Nearest Tube: Notting Hill or Ladbroke Grove

Cost: £15

Website: www.quantumyoga.com

Another Article: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/health/article-23896199-feel-good-factor-quantum-yoga-with-lara-baumann.do

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!