Yoga Centre: Yoga West – Friendly classes with 1-to-1 attention, Acton

Friendly atmosphere and lots of one-to-one attention

Beautiful, friendly, light yoga centre on Chiswick/Acton borders with a range of yoga and Pilate classes from London’s leading teachers. Changing facilities  and free parking.

Yoga West has a strong team of teachers teaching a range of classes and courses from Ashtanga to pregnancy to vinyasa flow. Beginners yoga and Pilates courses available. Lots of great deals – including £10 for 10 classes. Drop-in classes £8

Where?

33-34 Westpoint, Warple Way W3

http://www.yogaat.com/yogawest

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Teacher Nomination: Yoga for Mums – “Cathy Underwood”

yoga for mums

Cathy teaches with warmth and passion offering time and space to each participant on their personal journey with yoga.  A friendly, peaceful class for mums, their friends and family.

Where?

St John’s Parish Centre, Friern Barnet Road N11 3BS

How?

Ask Cathy a questions below or email yogilondon.com@gmail.com to get in touch

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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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Events: Workshop – “The Energy Anatomy of Home Practice, Triyoga, Primrose Hill in North London”

“Spring is nearly upon us. London gives us the peek-a-boo of sun and rain, warm and cool, and continually reminds us of the play of complementary opposites that we learn, through our yoga practice, to navigate skilfully and gracefully….”

Join Lisa Sanfilipo and the kula for a Home Practice workshop focused on physical/ mental/ energetic and organic balance tomorrow (10th March) at 7.30pm @ Triyoga to hear more on this!

Where: Primrose Hill, 6 Erskine Road, London, NW3 3AJ

Telephone: 020 7483 3344

Underground: Chalk Farm

“As yogis, we become artists of balance, consummate paradox-holders, and able to dive into what Carolyn Myss calls ‘the world behind our eyes’ and see how ‘what is outside is inside, and what is inside is outside’. That last bit is a favourite quote that encapsulates deep psychological truth and the Tantric vision, often used by my dear teacher Dr Douglas Brooks”

The Energy Anatomy of Home Practice- Tomorrow! 
 For Deep Sleep + Vibrant Days   Friday 11 March 2011   7.30pm – 9.30pm triyoga primrose hill   Explore the art of deep self-care and attentiveness through your yoga practice. Listen to the needs of your body, mind and soul with practices that fine-tune the mechanics of your body and attune to your energetic needs.You’ll do contrasting practice sequences with asana, pranayama, meditation and mantra that embody different methods of self-care, easy to incorporate into your daily life. We’ll delve into both practices, deep sleep and vibrant days, from perspectives that empower self-awareness:the bio-mechanical: muscles and bones, alleviating back pain, stuck shoulders or restless, tight hips and legs. the organic: supporting hormonal, digestive and other functions, including yoga for insomnia. the psychological: surfacing and releasing negative emotions (fear, anger, sadness, guilt, criticism and judgment) to spend more time in positive states of acceptance, joy, compassion, and gratitude.
the energetic: improving circulation, energy and vitality (called Prana) directing its flow through your body with movement, attention and intention.
Lisa credits the energy anatomy work of Caroline Myss and Anodea Judith and the practice of Anusara yoga through John Friend, Sianna Sherman + Elena Brower for their inspiration. More here

Events: Meet Ups – “Laughter Yoga in Barons Court, West London”

laughter yoga

There is a new monthly Laughter Yoga “Meetup” in Barons Court for  “laughing, breathing, relaxing, connecting”. It’s completely free and you can just turn up if you join the Meetup Group in advance: http://www.meetup.com/LondonLaughterYoga/

When: Next meet up is Monday 6th March at 6pm

Where: Colet House – 151 Talgarth Rd London

Read more: http://www.laughteryoga.org.uk/

Teacher Nomination: Hatha Yoga – “Dorita Sheriff”

“Dorita Sheriff is a calm, experienced and enlightening teacher. She practises traditional hatha yoga. Unlike many teachers, she focuses on positioning making sure that her students learn to practice correctly and safely. Her classes are therefore very educating and really do help you to become better.

Furthermore, Dorita also focuses on breathing and intergrating it with movement. This helps to maximise what one can achieve from your practice: helping to keep focus and enabling you to hold positions more deeply.

The webiste for her centre, which is located on the North End Road, is http://www.kensingtonyoga.co.uk She teaches at 615pm on Monday evenings and at 730pm and Tuesday evenings at 630pm.

Her classes are £8 and 75 mins long. She sends out invites by email every week and if you wish to attend just respond by e mail or text!”

Nominated by: Camilla, Londoner and long-term, part-time yoga lover and believer in the yogi London lifestyle

This yoga teacher nomination is part of a series that Yogi London has started to encourage students to support their teachers by nominating them. We believe that yoga teachers deserve more recognition for the wonderful work that they do and the change that they make to our lives….

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If you know Dorita or have practiced with her, please leave your comments as further support.

Teacher Review: Power Yoga – “Zoe Stewart”

I’ve had some wonderful private lessons at home taught by Zoe Stewart, an extremely capable and inspirational teacher. Our small group absolutely loved Zoe’s style and we’ve all become massive Stewart enthusiasts.

Power Yoga

Zoe first tried yoga on various trips to India some years ago and fell in love. She later trained at the Power Yoga Company in Fulham and is now certified to teach with the Yoga Alliance.

Personal yoga style

Zoe tells students that she became hooked on all things yoga because of the amazing physical strength and flexibility which she was able to achieve. In turn, she encouraged us to develop our own strength and we certainly felt the benefits of this focus as the months went on. With her help, we found ourselves achieving things we never thought previously possible. Zoe taught us many stretches, exercises and routines which were easy to remember and could be practiced during the week.

Live with grace, gratitude and good humour

 Zoe believes that yoga can benefit the mind, not just the body, and teaches students that if practiced properly it can enable you to live with grace, gratitude and good humour. Zoe certainly displays all of these characteristics and is an easy, breezy and very approachable teacher. Her lovely, warm and inspirational presence means that she was particularly good when working to encourage beginners and she helped to inspire members of our group to keep trying.

Zoe’s also comfortable with more advanced yogis too and she can help students of any level. On her home visits, she’s happy to work with groups or individuals.

We can’t recommend this wonderful teacher highly enough!

Zoe charges £40 per hour for a home lesson. If you’d like to book a lesson, contact her on zoeyoga@hotmail.com

Zoe also regularly teaches at the Power Yoga Company off Parsons Green www.thepoweryogaco.com

In her spare time, multi talented Zoe also produces and sells some gorgeous Indian inspired clothing and jewellery, why not check her funky site www.saraandzoe.com

 

Centre: West London – “Jivamukti Yoga Centre, Ladbroke Grove”

What is Jivamukti?

Being new to Jivamukti, I arrived assuming that it would be just slightly different from my usual Ashtanga and Dynamic practices. The movements are similar, but the sequence is much faster and there are some interesting touches that add an element of individuality, creativity and fun.

Stylish touches

This funky modern yoga centre has a friendly feel to it, with a few people lingering around the reception, chatting easily. It has a very clean feel to it, being situated in an office building, but a lovely fresh yoga smell. More like aromatic oils than incense. The design is very subtly stylish, without being overwhelmingly cool. Nice features include a small tea and juice kiosk, book shelves, soft bathroom lighting, interesting pictures, large white bathroom sinks. The studios are large and bright.

I was at first surprised when the teacher came around and rubbed a smelly cream on to my shoulders and lower back. It felt amazing in fact, and really helped to relax those areas.

My second surprise was the music. The first time I went, the teacher played a mix of house music, trance and pop/rock. It was very upbeat and quite fun. The second time I went, the teacher started the class with Kirtan – music and chanting, which was a great way to start the class.

All of the teachers at Jivamukti are very insipiring individuals who add their own unique style to the class. It makes yoga interesting and maximises your chances of finding someone who you really really like. So use the joining offer of £10 for 10 consecutive days to visit as many different teachers as you can, and you might find the right one for you.

Uplifting and energising Yoga

The movement is quite fast in Jivamukti and we went through a set of poses in quick succession,  so you don’t have long to get your alignment right. The upbeat class is very invigorating but watch out if you’re low on energy, perhaps go for a style which is more restorative.

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Address: 300 Kensal Road, Units 136-137, London, W10 5BE (see map)

Telephone: 020 8960 3999

Email: info@jivamuktiyoga.co.uk

Website: http://www.jivamuktiyoga.co.uk/index.html

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