14 November 2016

Christmas Gift Vouchers from Yoga Mama and the Putney Clinic

This Christmas, Give the Gift of Health

Looking to give friends and family a healthy Christmas gift this year? Then look no further... Christmas gift vouchers from the Putney Clinic, and its partners at Yoga Mama, are now on sale. There are four different packages to choose from. These vouchers are available to purchase in person at reception, by email on info@putneyclinic.co.uk, or by calling 020 8789 3881. They will be on sale until 21st December 2016 and must be used by 31st March 2017. Other terms and conditions apply.

Hypnobirthing courses

What is hypnobirthing

Pregnancy is a time of joy, excitement and anticipation, but the thought of childbirth often evokes fear and anxieties. Hypnobirthing provides the knowledge and tools to help reduce those fears and build confidence in this natural process. Based on a well established practise and rooted in medical research, hypnobirthing empowers you to feel in control regardless of how your baby is born. It will make a positive difference to your experience and will hugely benefit both you and your baby.

Likely benefits for you and your baby

  • Feeling empowered, calm and in control when approaching the birth
  • Looking forward to giving birth
  • Providing a relaxed atmosphere for your baby
  • A positive experience of giving birth for you, your baby and your partner
  • Shorter and sometimes even pain free labour
  • Reduced likelihood for the need of medical intervention
  • Having an alert and calm baby who is ready to bond with you
  • Reduced recovery time and minimised postnatal difficulties
  • A shared and loving experience for you and your partner

The course

The course runs over three sessions, during which it covers:
  • Techniques to release fears and achieve a deep level of relaxation
  • Breathing and visualisation exercises
  • Massage
  • The role of the birthing partner
  • How your body is designed to give birth and how your mind can help
  • Positions to help you and your baby achieve a comfortable birth
  • Information surrounding the medical procedures offered during pregnancy
  • How to make informed choices throughout your pregnancy and beyond
To experience the full benefits, some simple practice is required at home. To facilitate this you will be given a full hypnobirthing kit (including relaxation CD, hypnobirthing book and a folder of handouts).

Your birthing partner is essential in providing support and protection to you during this special time and the course is designed to empower you both. Partners who have attended the course report feeling included and actively involved during both the pregnancy and birth. Of course it is not always possible for partners to attend, and you will still benefit from attending alone.

The ideal time to undertake this course is during your second trimester, as this allows time to follow the simple practices and prepare for the birth. The techniques learned are also wonderful tools to help you relax and enjoy the pleasures of pregnancy. You are, however, welcome to attend at any time that suits you. All pregnant women are welcome, regardless of how they are intending to have their baby.


There is free support after the course, including an optional session for you to attend closer to your big day!

Cost and bookings

3-week hypnobirthing courses with Dr Stacy Gandolfi cost £295 per couple. The next course will take place on Saturday 19th November, 3rd and 10th December from 12-3pm. To book your place on this course, visit the Yoga Mama booking system. Alternatively, you can book by calling us on 020 8789 3881.

30 October 2016

Osteoporosis and Fall Prevention

The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy is holding a free public educational evening on Osteoporosis and Fall Prevention on Thursday 17th November 2016 (7-9pm). There will be talks by Enid Gill (Tai Chi Teacher) and Adrian Dilworth (Registered Osteopath).

About the talks

Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become very brittle and may break, even with a low impact fall. It is more prevalent in women, however it is estimated that one in five men over the age of 50 suffer bone breaks due to osteoporosis. We will look at the mechanism of osteoporosis, the most common fractures and the impact they have on day to day life. We will also talk about osteopathic care, pain management, and steps that can be taken to help prevent fractures occurring.

Sometimes called Meditation in Movement, Tai Chi Chuan is a traditional Chinese practice. It uses the slowed execution of fighting movements to relax the upper body while strengthening lower limbs, and centring the mind and breath. Through this ancient practice, we will look at how these traditional exercises can assist in fall prevention and bone health.


This talk is free and open to the general public. Spaces are limited, so you need to book your place online, by sending an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk or by calling us on 020 8789 3881.

About the speakers

Adrian Dilworth DO. IIST BSc (Hons)
Registered Osteopath, Sports & Remedial Therapist, Medical Acupuncturist / Dry Needling

Adrian’s osteopathic career has included developing clinics and operating within two GP medical practices. This involves liaising regularly  with GPs, nurses and health visitors. He has had training in the ‘cranio-sacral’ field to assist in the treatment of babies and children. He is also a qualified sports and remedial massage therapist and is qualified to perform medical acupuncture, including dry needling.

Adrian has a firm belief in rehabilitation. He encourages patients with advice on posture, lifestyle, diet, nutrition and exercise. As well as working at the Putney Clinic, Adrian is also a lecturer at the University of Surrey (Institute of Osteopathic Medicine), teaching osteopathic technique.

Enid Gill
Tai Chi Teacher and Dance Movement Therapist

Enid studied dance from an early age and trained at the prestigious London School of Contemporary Dance. After graduating, she performed as a contemporary dance artist in the UK and Europe for 10 years. During this time, she explored other bodywork techniques, focusing on Iyengar Yoga, Shitasu and Tai Chi Chuan.

Enid’s interest in health and well-being through movement is ongoing. In 2009, she obtained a master’s degree, becoming a registered Dance Movement Therapist.

Class timetable for November/ December 2016

Below you will find the class timetable for  classes run by Yoga Mama at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy during  November and December 2016. This timetable comes into effect on Monday 31 October 2016. Courses last for 7 weeks, unless otherwise stated. Please note that The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy will be closed for essential maintenance works on Saturday 5th November.

Class timetable

Day Time Course Teacher Duration Cost
Monday 09:00 – 10:00 General Pilates Rachel Ongoing £105
Monday 10:30 – 11:30 NEW Barre and Baby
Starts 7th November
ZoĆ« 6 weeks £90
Monday 18:00 – 19:00 General Pilates
No class 14th November
Laurent 7 weeks £105
Monday 19:00 – 20:00 Pregnancy Pilates Susannah Ongoing Class pass
Tuesday 10:30 – 11:30 Mum & Baby Yoga
Class full
Hajni 7 weeks £105
Tuesday 20:00 – 21:00 Pilates Rehab
Starts 8th November
Claire 6 weeks £90
Wednesday 09:15- 10:15 Tai Chi Enid 7 weeks £105
Wednesday 10:25 - 11:25 Tai Chi Enid 7 weeks £105
Wednesday 12:00- 13:00 Postnatal Pilates
Class full
Rachel 6 weeks £90
Wednesday 18:45 – 19:45 Pregnancy Yoga Diane Ongoing Class pass
Thursday 10:30 – 11:30 Mum & Baby Yoga
(class full)
Eftal 7 weeks £105
Thursday 10:30 – 11:30 Osteoporosis and Fall Prevention
Public Educational Evening
(Thursday 17 November)
Enid Gill and
Adrian Dilworth
1 day Free
Friday 09:00 – 10:30 Ashtanga Yoga Led Cherie 7 weeks £119
Saturday 10:00 – 11:00 Pregnancy Yoga
No class 5th November
Eftal Ongoing Class pass
Saturday 11:15 – 12:15 Pregnancy Pilates
No class 5th November
Rachel Ongoing Class pass
Saturday 12:30 – 13:30 General Pilates
Starts 12th November
Rachel 6 weeks £90

Pregnancy Yoga and Pilates Class Passes

Class Duration Class pass Price Pass expiry period
Pregnancy Yoga 60 minutes 6 weeks £90 Use within 8 weeks
Pregnancy Pilates 60 minutes 6 weeks £90 Use within 8 weeks
Drop in 60 / 90 minutes 1 class £17 1 class

Booking a Class

Please note that, in some cases, online booking is unavailable once a course has started. Bookings can still be made in person at reception, or by telephone on 020 8789 3881. Go to the Yoga Mama live schedule and booking system.

07 September 2016

Movie with a Smoothie & Brunch



SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 2016, 9:30AM - 2PM

You are invited to "Movie with a Smoothie and Brunch",  a breast cancer fundraising event at the famous Olympic Studios in Barnes on Sunday 2 October from 9:30am - 2pm. There will be a movie, a smoothie and a delicious canapĆ© brunch in the exclusive private members' club.


We also have some wonderful raffle prizes, including:

  • A Jimmy Choo handbag
  • An Apple watch
  • Limited Edition artwork
  • and other prizes


Tickets for this event cost £50 each and are available to buy online. Click here to purchase yours. All money raised will go to the Caron Keating Foundation. Raffle tickets can be purchased on the day.

Yoga Mama and The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy are proud sponsors of this event. Please join us to help make a difference. We would be grateful if you could share this with your friends.


This fundraising event will take place at the Olympic Studios in Barnes. For full address, see below.

Olympic Studios
117-123 Church Rd,
London SW13 9HL

Did you know...

1 in 6 women will develop breast cancer... Wives, sisters mothers, daughters, aunts, grandmothers... Please join us or make a donation to support these women and their families, with care provided through the Caron Keating Foundation.

About the Caron Keating Foundation

The Caron Keating Foundation makes a considerable difference to many individuals and families affected and dealing with cancer, through assisting small but significant cancer charities throughout the UK, financing professional carers and support groups. Its a family run foundation, with Gloria Hunniford as the administrator and the only costs are one part-time secretary, with all the money raised going to cancer charities. So every penny donated is accounted for and spent wisely.

01 September 2016

Pelvic Floor and Core Stability Workshop

Pelvic Floor and Core Stability Workshop

with Baz Moffat
Thursday 6th October, 7 – 8:30pm

Venue: The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy
Cost £30 (early bird rate £25)

This workshop is for women who are interested in finding out more about their pelvic floor. Whether you have had a baby or not and however old you are, every woman needs to know this!

The evening will teach you how to strengthen your pelvic floor and core so that, for years to come, you have got a solid, strong and dependable body which does not let you down when you jump, laugh or sneeze!

You will leave this workshop knowing the important role the pelvic floor has on stabilising the body, and how to engage it effectively so that you can be healthy, active and fit at all stages of life.

About Baz Moffat

Baz Moffat is a Women's Health and Fitness Coach. She has a BSc and MSc in Sports Science, rowed on the GB Senior team for 4 years and won World Championship medals. She is mum to two young boys and specialises in pelvic floor and core stability.


This workshop costs £30. There is an early bird rate of £25 if you book and pay before Friday 23rd September. Booking is available online or by calling 020 8789 3881.

Class timetable for September and October 2016

Below you will find the timetable for classes running at Yoga Mama. This timetable comes into effect on Monday 12 September 2016. Courses last for 7 weeks, unless otherwise stated.

Monday 09:00 - 10:00 NEW General Pilates Rachel 7 weeks £105
Monday 18:00 - 19:00 NEW General Pilates Laurent 7 weeks £105
Monday 19:00 - 20:00 Pregnancy Pilates Susannah Ongoing Class pass
Tuesday 10:30 - 11:30 Mum & Baby Yoga (class full) Hajni 7 weeks £105
Tuesday 18:45 - 19:45 Pregnancy Yoga Claire Ongoing Class pass
Tuesday 20:00 - 21:00 NEW Pilates Rehab Claire 7 weeks £105
Wednesday 09:15 - 10:15 Tai Chi Enid 7 weeks £105
Wednesday 10:25 - 11:25 Tai Chi Enid 7 weeks £105
Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Postnatal Pilates (class full) Rachel 7 weeks £105
Wednesday 18:45 - 19:45 Pregnancy Yoga Diane Ongoing Class pass
Thursday 10:30 - 11:30 Mum & Baby Yoga (class full) Eftal 7 weeks £105
Thursday 19:00 - 20:30 Pelvic Floor Workshop
6 October
Baz 1 day £30
Friday 09:00 - 10:30 Ashtanga Yoga Led Cherie 7 weeks £119
Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 Pregnancy Yoga Eftal Ongoing Class pass
Saturday 11:15 - 12:15 Pregnancy Pilates Rachel Ongoing Class pass
Saturday 12:30 - 13:30 General Pilates Rachel 7 weeks £105
Class pass
Pass expiry period
Pregnancy Yoga 60 minutes 6 classes £90 Use within 8 weeks
Pregnancy Pilates 60 minutes 6 classes £90 Use within 8 weeks
Drop in 60 minutes 1 class £17 1 class

Booking a Class

Bookings on Yoga Mama courses can be made via our online booking system, in person at reception, or by telephone on 020 8789 3881. Visit our website for terms and conditions.

19 July 2016

Yoga and fertility

1 in 7 couples in the UK are affected by fertility issues. There are many factors to consider in both men and women.  These include: endometriosis, tube blockages, Fibroids, lack of ovulation, poor quality sperm,... to name but a few.  However, 25 % of couples tested for fertility problems will be classified as being “unexplained”. This doesn't mean that you cannot get pregnant,  but  that there is no underlying medical reason for it not happening. This in itself can be very stressful and is why many fertility experts will recommend a mind body approach to fertility.
What is infertility?
According to the NHS guildlines “infertility is when a couple cannot get pregnant (conceive), despite having regular unprotected sex” with one in seven couples having difficulty conceiving this is 3.5 million people in the UK.
About 84% of couples will conceive naturally within one year if they have regular unprotected sex ( every two to three days) “ See NHS website for full statistics.
 It is best to get a check up with a GP to rule out any underlying medical conditions that might be preventing a pregnancy and then consider the path and options open to you.
Some things to consider are:
·         Age
  • Weight (BMI)
  • Lifestyle (drinking, smoking, nutrition)
  • Stress

If you are looking to make changes and choose the natural pregnancy route, some of these factors should be considered. Couples who are taking the medical intervention path will also be advised to look at these factors as well.
There are not many research papers on the effect yoga can have on fertility.  Nonetheless,  there has been a lot of research on the effects of yoga/meditation on stress. For some women, chronic stress can affect ovulation by altering signals to the brain. Overly anxious women may ovulate less regularly-The body can go into “fight or flight” mode and may use the energy necessary to conceive ineffectively-Stress has also been shown to lower sperm count in men. Yoga has been clinically shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. 

A 2003 study published in the journal Fertility and sterility found that yoga and meditation are helpful adjuncts to fertility treatments. “When women learn to attain physical relaxation she feels better about her body and begins to treat it with more respect-resulting in heathier lifestyle choices” (NB this was not a scientific study but a study by a yoga teacher but deemed worthy of adding to the study list).

Many fertility experts now recommend yoga to their patients who are having difficulty trying to conceive. One leading expert, Zita West, says: ”Any exercise that involves mindfulness, breathing techniques and meditative visualisation has many physical, emotional and mental benefits. Yoga is a calming antidote to any woman consumed by an overwhelming desire for a baby. The resulting stress of which becomes an impediment to conception itself”.
Gentle yoga classes taught  by compassionate teachers who may have chosen to specialise in this area are really beneificial.  Classes that have an emphasis on breath, relaxation, positive mantras and visualization are what can help women who are struggling to accept the situation they are in. Poses/asana that encourage blood flow to the hips, abdomen and heart area should be included in these classes. Teachers who have studied fertility yoga specifically will be able to offer slightly different sequences for different times of the month. They can also include women who are in the two week implantation phase of IVF (a very stressful time indeed for women). Whether you have specific training or not, I think it is worth considering is there enough Yin in a class to balance a yang practice/lifestyle that goes with fertility issues.

Mr Kamal Ojha MD MRCOG of Concept Fertility encourages his patients to our fertility classes – he feels the benefits of alleviating stress and encouraging poses that increase blood flow to the uterus can really help the success rate of Fertility treatment he offers.

Of course some women who have a strong yoga practice already may have to look at letting go of some poses that they love, or consider changing their practice to incorporate some of the aspects already mentioned.
 One of only a handful of certified ashtanga yoga teachers Phillipa Asher wrote an incredibility honest and moving account of her journey and experience with infertility in the wonderful book YOGA  SADHANA for mothers by Shamila Desai & Anna Wise -detailing how the length and intensity of her practice caused her to stop menstruating and reduced the hormones necessary for conception. She describes how she had to find another way “creating a welcoming environment for a pregnancy, rather than pushing her body to its physical limit.” - “giving herself permission to be a bit more relaxed with asana practice”
 Philippa also described being honest with her teacher about this-if you are struggling to get pregnant your yoga teacher may be able to advise and encourage you to practice in a different way-I have heard my own teacher Nancy Gilgoff advise students who are trying to conceive, to practice as though they are pregnant- essentially in a softer way.
I believe women should be encouraged to honour their cycles and their bodies, and it is often in the surrender and letting go that that the “ Shakti” can be found.

Yoga Mama host fertility yoga courses for both students and teachers

Futher recommended reading and websites ;
Fertility yoga a natural approach to conception By  Kerstin Leppert
Yoga and Fertility a journey to health and healing By Jill Mahrlig. Lynn Jensen.
Yoni Shakti By Uma Dinsmore Tuli
www. NHS.uk   www.conceptfertility.co.uk

04 July 2016

How yoga can help with a smoother birthing experience

How yoga can help with a smoother birthing experience.

Babies that are well positioned in a woman's pelvis at the end of her pregnancy can have a major influence on her birthing experience and the way her baby is born. A lot of women will work up to 36 weeks in pregnancy, often seated at a desk leaning back in the chair. This seated position can cause the heaviest part of the baby ( the back of the body) to fall towards the woman's spine in the Occipital posterior position (OP) or back to back as it is sometimes called.

Occipital Anterior position (OA)

Babies in the Occipital Anterior (optimal fetal position) have an easier passage through the pelvis. Women delivering in the Occipital Anterior position tend to have shorter and more comfortable labours, with rapid cervix dilation and efficient contractions. There is less likelihood of medical intervention or complications during the birthing process.

Occipital Posterior position (OP)

Babies that are in the Occipital Posterior (fetal back towards the mother's spine) have a much more difficult journey to make. Women delivering babies in an OP position tend to have 'back labour', longer deliveries and will sometimes need medical intervention to assist them.   

How can yoga help encourage a baby to rotate into optimal position?

Using yoga poses that are forward-leaning or that are on all fours, especially during the last six weeks of pregnancy (last two-three weeks with second and subsequent pregnancies) can help create space for a baby to move into an OA position. Yoga poses such as Cat position, hip rotations and pelvic floor rocking can all assist with this optimal fetal positioning and help assist babies on their journey into the world.