YogaAt’s first studio Yoga West in Chiswick / Acton open to all levels

The yoga west studio hosts 35 weekly yoga and pilates classes from london’s best instructors in a beautiful, welcoming and relaxed space. we have classes and courses suitable for all ability levels.

All classes are drop in so you can just come along. we also run 6-week courses in yoga, Pilates and meditation.

What makes this yoga centre different? Our drop in classes are suitable for all levels

Pilates, Vinyasa, Ashtanga

Yogaat West London – open to all levels

Our schedule is available online at http://www.yogaat.com/yogawest-timetable

For more information and to book a place scroll down this page http://www.yogaat.com/yogawest-pricing

Special offers

What kind of classes are offered?

We offer a range of classes and workshops, including those listed below. Our full class timetable is available online at http://www.yogaat.com/yogawest-timetable. Power yoga Vinyasa flow yoga Pilates Ashtanga yoga Core flow yoga Gentle flowing yoga Pregnancy yoga Parent and baby yoga Meditation

Address

Westpoint, 33-34 Warple Way, Acton W3 0RG

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Yogi Lifestyle: Discussion Point – “Say Hello to Your Body, by Pamela Holtzman”

 

Some amazing words about from our close friend Pamela Holtzman. We have been so inspired, impressed and invigorated by her beautiful philosophies. She’s also published a great new book, “Healthy Lifestyle: Path of Wellness”, check it out here

 

Healthy Lifestyle Path of Wellness

Your Body

Stop right here.  Take a deep breath and bring awareness in to your body.  As you breathe notice any sensations in your head, your face, neck, shoulders, feel the energy in your chest, your belly, pelvic area and hips, be aware of your spinal column, your hips, your legs, breathe all the way in to your toes.  As you exhale slowly release tension, discomfort, anxiety, soften around any pain and relax.

Welcome to your Body

There.  Welcome to your body.  Our body is our ally, our guide, a built-in divining rod to the internal wisdom of what is needed to be healthy, happy, whole. So many people pay absolutely NO attention to the feedback from the body.  Let’s start with food.  Recently a friend said to me, “I drink these healthy green drinks all the time, and my stomach cramps.”  Hello?  Don’t drink those!  Even though they are “health drinks” your body may not need or want them.  If attention is paid by eating slowly and mindfully – there is immediate feedback about the foods eaten from our body.  Some examples of feedback that certain foods are not good for us are: a feeling of fullness, bloating, gas, pain, nausea, GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), or excess mucous.  Feeding our body whole, unprocessed and unrefined foods, generally feels good.  Some can eat a little red meat, dairy, or flour products without any stress in the body.  Listen to how you feel.

Pamela Holtzman Quote

Physical Pain or Illness

What about physical pain or illness?  Stress can increase cortisol and adrenaline (which puts the body at risk for infection, inflammation, and chronic illness).  The body often voices the effects of chronic stress.  There is a “sickness syndrome” of lowered energy, foggy brain, physical complaints and illness.  Some of the stress created in our body comes from food, medicine, or being exposed to toxins in the environment; which creates free radicals (those unstable electrons that are a by-product of oxidation, and break off from our healthy cells when exposed to toxins and allergens).

Listen to your Body

I have to listen to my body when after swimming, during certain seasons; I would begin to sneeze violently throughout the day.  I love to swim, and hate missing it. But if I don’t take a sabbatical during those allergic seasons, I just end up getting sick with a cold.  If I stop swimming the first day my body reacts, do something instead – like walk for a few weeks. My body will recover and I’m back in the pool again.  I listen.    It’s like the old doctor joke when the patient asks, “doctor when I push here on my elbow it hurts.  What should I do?”  And the doctor says, “don’t push there.”

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Emotional Pain

What about emotional pain?  Feeling overwhelmed, impatient, irritable, panicky, angry, helpless, anxious, bored, or unable to cope, are all symptoms or cues of distress from your body.  We’ve all been there.  Ask your self, “What am I thinking?”  The body doesn’t know the difference between what you believe and what is real. If we believe that we are trapped, the world is going to end, only bad things ever happen to us, everyone is against us or any other negative bleief, the brain is sending out warning messages to the organs of the body.  The body releases “fear” hormones that influence digestion, heart rate and immune function, which responds by sending stress chemicals back to the brain.  Our amygdala (the “fire fighter” of the brain) goes on hyperalert. Obsession with thoughts that precipitatied all the negative emotions become prominent, and we go circling back to the overwhelming pessimistic, self-defeating loop we started with.

Thinking

AND we keep thinking, thinking, thinking that we might be able to find the “answer” to feel better.  Thinking, anxiety and worry, means something bad will happen versus a need to learn patience and trust how things will unfold.  Intrepreting angry feelings and projecting blame to others rather than recognizing that some painful wounded part within us may have been triggered, and allowing in some compassion for that part.  Feeling helpless and defeated rather than using our voice and actions to defend against any injustice being done.  These are some differences between mind and body. When looking through the windows of our mind and seeing only negativity, pain, and suffering, it is easy to interpret that life is not safe, feel like a victim, and helpless to change.  By being unwilling to be uncomfortable in our body, we learn to self-medicate with any addictive, distracting behaviors we can find, use drugs or alcohol, or shut down completely.  So there is no benefit from any of the messages in our body that is signaling the need to change something.

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Opportunity

Instead see life as an opportunity, and challenges and hardships as lessons to grow.  You’ll find energy, resilience, hope, and positive feelings of being in control of your world.  Imagine believing such things as:  “ I have transcended all patterns of illness.  I love and accept my body completely.  I am energetic and full of vitality.”  You are what you think! Think positively!  If you are not there yet – “fake it till you make it.”

Use Your Brain

Using our brain to connect consciously with the body in order to manage stress, can self-regulate the destructive stress hormones, neurotransmitters and free radicals that are produced.  Do this through daily meditation, working with negative self-defeating thoughts, rest and sleep, and confronting the beliefs that are perpetrating inner peace, calm, self-love and well-being.

Say Hello

Don’t be a victim of your mind.  Breathe.  Say hello your body.  Listen to the wisdom you carry inside.  Confront your fears.  Take charge of your reactivity.  Understand your vulnerabilities and claim a more peaceful life and healthy

Yogi Lifestyle: Eating Well – “Crazy Bean Soup, by Kate Connell”

 

Another great recipe by our friend Kate Connell!

 

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As much as I like to use recipes as inspiration or as strict guidelines when I am stepping outside of my comfort zone and baking, once in a while I like to throw all caution to the wind and dump stuff in a pot and call it a meal.

I’m taking about some crazy bean soup. You’ve heard of it right?

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Add it all in.

Kidney beans, cannellini beans, lima beans, cranberry beans, garbanzo beans.

Grab the veggies.

Add some stock.

And lots of this and that. Plus some salt and pepper.

And you have yourself  zuppa.

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Crazy Bean Soup

Add a little, a lot, or none of the following to a large soup pot.

Kidney beans

Cannellini beans

Lima beans

Lima beans the size of golf balls

Chickpeas

Black eyed peas

Navy beans

Lentils

Split-peas

Wheat berries

Flax seeds

Barley

Tiny pasta of all kinds

Raisins

Peanuts

Almonds

Sunflower seeds

Pumpkin seeds

Kale

Carrots

Celery

Onions

Bring to a boil and then simmer until you are ready to serve. Season to taste.

Enjoy!

Originally published here 

Yogi Lifestyle: Eating Well – Acorn, Squash and Leek Soup, by Kate Connell

 

Another great recipe by our friend Kate Connell!

 

 have a delicious fall soup recipe for you that includes some seasonal favorites, but first we have a little business to take care of: a brief lesson in leeks.

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If you are new to leeks like me, fear not! Leeks are part of the onion family and are mellower than their green onion cousin. Leeks are tri-colored starting with a white base, a yellow middle, and a dark green top. For most cooking purposes you will begin cutting below the green top into beautiful little leek ringlets.

Watch out for sand, as it hides inside the leeks lovely layers. If you are slicing the leek into ringlets then follow up your chopping with a quick water bath so the sand can drain from the vegetable. Otherwise, make sure you spend a few minutes so your leeks are grit-less.

Now that we got the scary stuff out of the recipe, bring on the recipe!

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Acorn Squash and Leek Soup 

2 medium sized acorn squash – any color
3 large carrots
1 leek
1 tbsp butter
2-4 cups vegetable broth (more or less depending on desired consistency)
1/8 c half and half
Nutmeg
Cinnamon
Sea salt
Black pepper

Begin by roasting acorn squash and carrots in the oven at 400* for 30 minutes. Remove squash and carrots from baking sheet and transfer them to a pan with sliced leeks and butter.

Add broth and half and half to the mixture of chopped vegetables and allow it to simmer until vegetables are cooked thoroughly. Add the broth mixture to a blender or use an immersion blender, and season to taste. Add more broth until you’ve reached your desired consistency.

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Originally published here

Yogi Lifestyle: Eating Well – “5 Pepper Salsa, by Kate Connell”

 

Yogi London loves this delicious  salsa. It’s amazing with loads of nosh: bean burgers, a salad or in a yummy wrap. Anything!

 

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When life gives you peppers I think you need to celebrate. When life gives you peppers from someone’s backyard garden? Well, I think you should declare dinner a special holiday. And head straight to the kitchen to make some 5 Pepper Salsa!

5 Pepper Salsa

  • 1 Roma Tomato
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper
  • 3 Mini Sweet Bell Peppers
  • 1 Serrano Pepper
  • 2 Yellow Bell Peppers
  • 1 Habanera Pepper
  • 1 Lime
  • Scallions
  • How to: De-seed and dice all of the peppers (with the exception of the jalapeno, if you want some spice to the salsa) and add to a mixing bowl with diced scallions and tomato. Mix ingredients together, squeeze some lime on top, and add a sprinkle of sea salt.

 

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Article Originally Published:  What Kate Ate

Author: Kate Connell

Special Offer: Mineral Make Up – “The London Wellness Centre”

 

We are extremely keen for Yogi Londoners not to put chemicals either IN or ONTO their  bodies.

Did you know that our dependence on cosmetics and toiletries means that a cocktail of 4lb 6oz of chemicals a year is absorbed into the body through the skin?

Richard Bence, a biochemist who has spent three years researching conventional products, said: “We really need to start questioning the products we are putting on our skin and not just assume that the chemicals in them are safe.

“We have no idea what these chemicals do when they are mixed together, the effect could be much greater than the sum of the individual parts.” Mr Bence, an advocate of organic beauty products, believes that absorbing chemicals through the skin in more dangerous than swallowing them.

Read an interesting article on this matter from the Telegraph here

We’re therefore very pleased to be able to introduce this great offer from our favourite aesthetic practioners at The London Wellness Centre. All the products featured are by Mineralogics, produced by CosMedix.

 

If you are interested in purchasing any of these products please email: reception@psauk.org

 

DUSTY ROSE BLUSH – £9.50 – 4 grams

A gorgeous deep rusty coloured blush with tones of pink. Perfect for olive skins or people with a tan needing a pretty lift on their cheeks, nose and jaw.

 

LUMINESCENCE – £9.50 – 4 grams

An extremely pretty and very subtle metallic highlighter with hints of gold. Made to highlight areas on the face and body. This has been a top selling product for a reason; it really does look fabulous on all skin types, from pale to black skin.

  

CHIFFON PINK – £9.50 – 4 grams

Looks very pink here in the photo, but when applied has an extremely subtle and light silky pink shimmer. Similar to Luminescence, the goldish highlighter featured above, but with gorgeous summery pink tone. Again, looks good on all skin types and works well for everyone wanting a lovely and natural spring glow

 

 

GLISTENING AZALEA – £9.50 – 4 grams

This is a gorgeous blush with a dusty pink colour. Simply beautiful on medium pale skin up to very dark olive skin. My favourite blush which we retail and the one that I wear myself daily (I have a medium pale skin colour). It has an extremely subtle shimmer to it, which is nearly unnoticeable to the eye.

 

MINERAL MAKE UP COMPLETE PALETTE  – £69

Wow this is a great product! This is a complete set of mineral make up, perfect for people starting out who can’t face buying everything from scratch! It also suits people who travel and don’t want to take 101 different pots of powder away with them. The palette features lipgloss, blushers, highlighters, various eyeshadows, a foundation and a bronzer. Mineralogics have also included three brushes and a mirror to help with application on the go.

We have versions of the palette available for pale, medium and dark skin tones.

 

If you are interested in purchasing any of these products please email: reception@psauk.org

Yogi Lifestyle: Eating Well – “Cooking Workshops, Balham in South London”

We’ve just come across some really lovely YOGI receipies on theyogacook.com

Enjoy yummy treats like carrot cake and chocolate truffles!

This fits in perfectly with the YOGI LONDON approach to cooking and nutrition; we want to promote healthy eating and informed choices, however, we also think it’s REALLY important to still have  fun and maintain a relaxed approach. Read another of our articles on this subject.

Find out more: http://www.theyogacook.com/healthy_food.php

There are some healthy food worshops taking place in Balham, South London.

Find out more: http://www.theyogacook.com/workshop_retreat.php#balham

Here’s a fun receipe to try and make at home:

Healthy Chocolate Truffles

 
  • 100g Brazil/Pecan/walnuts Nuts soaked for 2 hours(choose your favourite!)                                                                          
  • 50g Soaked Dates.
  • 1 tbsp Organic Cocoa Powder ( plus 2tbsp extra)                                       
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Butter (optional)

Blend and form into balls, roll in the extra cocoa powder if desired, chill, eat !

Special Offer: Food – “10% off Planet Organic”

We are very excited about the opening of the Life Centre in Islington and can’t wait to check it out, especially with this great offer tempting us to get there ASAP.
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They have teamed up with Planet Organic to offer the FIRST 500 Life Centre Islington class attendees this week a 10% off Planet Organic Discount Card!
The discount card is only valid at the Planet Organic Islington branch which is just a minute away from our Britannia Row Centre.  We are sure the card will come in very handy for after-class refreshments!

How to get it?

Just ask for a discount card at Islington reception when you come in.  These cards will go fast, so you may want to come to class sooner rather than later this week to pick one up!