29 May 2013

Sharath in Copenhagen 2009-Wonderful footage

Wonderful rare clip of Sharath both teaching and talking at Astanga Yoga Copenhagen. Beautifully filmed -what a treat.

Big thank you to Jen's and Susanna for sharing. I believe Sharath will be joining them again this summer-see website for details.

Yoga and Pilates timetable - May/June 2013

Below you will find the complete and up-to-date timetable for all yoga and Pilates classes currently offered by yoga mama. This timetable is valid for May and June 2013.
MondayPrenatal yoga and birth preparation10:00Diane6 weeks
MondayMat Pilates19:00Laurent6 weeks
TuesdayAshtanga (Mysore)09:30Cherie6 weeks
TuesdayCore boot camp19:00Stephen6 weeks
WednesdayPre & Postnatal Pilates12:00Katie6 weeks
WednesdayPrenatal yoga19:00Diane
ThursdayMum & Baby Yoga10:30Diane6 weeks
FridayLed Ashtanga09:00Cherie6 weeks
SaturdayPrenatal yoga10:00Cherie
SaturdayPilates Beginners / Remedial11:15Erica6 weeks
SaturdayPilates remedial12:15Liz6 weeks

All classes are taught at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy. For directions, please visit the Contact page.
Please note that all classes are subject to numbers. To ensure that your class runs, please sign up for your desired course before it starts.
All courses run for 6 weeks, unless otherwise stated. If you miss a class due to illness, work commitments or other reasons you may make it up during the same week (subject to availability).
Prenatal yoga classes are itemised separately under the yoga mama class pass system.
For more information about the different classes and 1-2-1 sessions offered by yoga mama, please call 07939 58 90 83 or send an email to info@yogamama.co.uk.

Coming soon: Prenatal yoga teacher training

We are pleased to announce the introduction of a Prenatal yoga teacher training course. This will be open to yoga teachers and health professionals. Learn how to teach pregnant women safe and appropriate yoga for all trimesters. Yoga Alliance UK accredited. Application opens July (more information to follow).

To register your interest, email info@yogamama.co.uk.

NCT Talk on Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial Osteopathy and the benefits to your baby

Free Talk! Tuesday 4th June 2012, 11am – 12.30pm

Birth is one of the most stressful events of our lives. The baby is subjected to enormous forces, as it journeys down the birth canal.  No wonder the baby’s head is often misshapen especially if your
delivery ended in Forceps or Ventouse.

Laura Tilson, one of our cranial osteopath’s, will speak about how this form of osteopathy can benefit you and your baby, by addressing the dysfunction in the body using gentle touch to prompt and
support change. It works with anatomy and aims to support the body's natural healing mechanisms to restore health.

Topics that we will cover in the talk are: Unsettled behaviour, reflux and digestive problems plus colic, constipation, flat head plus difficulties turning the neck and sleep issues.

For more information or to reserve your place, call the Putney Clinic reception on 0208 789 3881 or email info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

28 May 2013

Quote of the day: Truth

"Not understanding yourself is not understanding the truth."
Soan S.A

27 May 2013

Yoga for pregnancy: beautiful book.Gurmukh

Bountiful, beautiful, blissful...

A wonderful pregnancy yoga book full of wisdom. I love all the positive affirmations in this book. Gurmukh is very honest and open about her own pregnancy and life experiences, which is always very refreshing. While my prenatal yoga teaching is a bit different from this style (physically), my philosophy and ethos are definitely along these lines.

I would highly recommend this book to pregnant women and will use it as a reading book on my own prenatal yoga teacher training.

25 May 2013

Suryanamaskara B, Led Intermediate Class, Mysore, India

Always good to hear Sharath count the led class.

Thank you toGovinda Kai for sharing.

14 May 2013

Restless mind

However often the restless mind may break loose and wander, he should rein it in and constantly bring it back to the self.
Bhagavad Gita

12 May 2013

Yoga keep it in the family. Parampara?

My daughter has been practising yoga on and off for a number of years. She and my son grew up in a household where yoga is a way of life for me. I have never imposed yoga on my family, but I have to say I love having my daughter in my classes. She has started to have a much deeper understanding of yoga and this understanding is helping her through a very difficult and stressful period of time as she prepares for her degree show at Central Saint Martins in London.

I am currently her only yoga teacher but I am hoping she will be able to practice with my own teachers, Nancy Gilgoff and with Sharath Jois when they are in London over the summer.

I remember discussing with Nancy many years ago how it felt to see her daughter practising with her. She had said she always loved looking through her legs and seeing Vanessa on a mat beside her. Vanessa now assists her quite often when she is teaching around the world.

My daughter and I discuss yoga. All limbs. Not too much because in a way by trying to practice the other aspects of yoga in my own life,  my children have adopted the principles of the yama and niyama without even realising. It is in their bones. I am passing on what was given to me by my own teachers. While I am definitely not claiming to be a guru (see below), the linage from Krishnamachari through to my girl child continues; related to each other or otherwise.

Mysore practise together and then a bit of tuition on jumping forward and back.

The text on Parampara from KPJAYI Mysore

Parampara is knowledge that is passed in succession from teacher to student. It is a Sanskrit word that denotes the principle of transmitting knowledge in its most valuable form; knowledge based on direct and practical experience. It is the basis of any lineage: the teacher and student form the links in the chain of instruction that has been passed down for thousands of years. In order for yoga instruction to be effective, true and complete, it should come from within parampara. 
Knowledge can be transferred only after the student has spent many years with an experienced guru, a teacher to whom he has completely surrendered in body, mind, speech and inner being. Only then is he fit to receive knowledge. This transfer from teacher to student is parampara.
The dharma, or duty, of the student is to practice diligently and to strive to understand the teachings of the guru. The perfection of knowledge – and of yoga — lies beyond simply mastering the practice; knowledge grows from the mutual love and respect between student and teacher, a relationship that can only be cultivated over time. 
The teacher’s dharma is to teach yoga exactly as he learned it from his guru. The teaching should be presented with a good heart, with good purpose and with noble intentions. There should be an absence of harmful motivations. The teacher should not mislead the student in any way or veer from what he has been taught. 
The bonding of teacher and student is a tradition reaching back many thousands of years in India, and is the foundation of a rich, spiritual heritage. The teacher can make his students steady – he can make them firm where they waver. He is like a father or mother who corrects each step in his student’s spiritual practice. 
The yoga tradition exists in many ancient lineages, but today some are trying to create new ones, renouncing or altering their guru’s teachings in favor of new ways. Surrendering to parampara, however, is like entering a river of teachings that has been flowing for thousands of years, a river that age-old masters have followed into an ocean of knowledge. Even so, not all rivers reach the ocean, so one should be mindful that the tradition he or she follows is true and selfless. 
Many attempt to scale the peaks in the Himalayas, but not all succeed. Through courage and surrender, however, one can scale the peaks of knowledge by the grace of the guru, who is the holder of knowledge, and who works tirelessly for his students.

09 May 2013

The pros and cons of a home yoga practice

Okay not a long item on the pros and cons of a home ashtanga yoga practice (or any yoga for that matter). That I feel is for another day.

The pros, as shown in this photograph, are that I get to practice with unbrushed hair in my pyjamas at home. The cons are fairly obvious here. My beautiful old Labrador likes to come and practice his down dogs on my mat and occasionally licks my face when I fully absorbed in my drishti. I wouldn't have it any other way :-)

06 May 2013

Digital Drishti, Mysore, India

Lovely video clip by these yogis in production. Saw a number of familiar faces from this years trip to Mysore in here :-)

Yoga Sutra: Tapa


A burning desire must fuel your discipline. You must make the effort to continuously study the subject. You must devote all your efforts to the supreme self. These are the actions to be taken yo realise yoga.
Yoga sutra 11.1

05 May 2013

Samsara, Pema Chodron

Thinking we can find some lasting pleasure and avoid pain is what in Buddhism is called Samsara, a hopeless cycle that goes round and round endlessly and causes us to suffer greatly.

When things fall apart Pema Chodron

03 May 2013

Nutrition workshop: It's all about energy

Saturday 1st June 2013, 2-5pm

This is nutrition with a difference. It looks at how we should eat from an evolutionary perspective, also bringing together some of the latest research in anthropology, psychology, neurology and immunology.

This workshop is aimed at anyone interested in understanding a little more about how our patterns of eating have changed since our evolution and what this is affected by.

It will cover topics such as:

  • What do we mean when we talk about energy?
  • What does stress have to do with it?
  • The selfish brain
  • The role of exercise in our lives and how this should affect the way we eat
  • How our eating patterns have changed over the course of our evolution
  • Eating for the mitochondria
  • Why we are becoming obese
  • Eating for the pancreas

Positive interaction welcome!

To book, call The Putney Clinic on 0208 789 3881 or email info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

Cost: £45

Fleur Borrelli
w: www.nutritionandsuperfood.co.uk
t: 07766 883 522

02 May 2013

Stress management workshop: 16th May (6 -8pm)

Learn Stress Management and Self–Hypnosis

You will learn how to take effective control of your emotional and physical well-being by learning stress reduction techniques and self-hypnosis. You'll leave with powerful skills to use in your daily life. We anticipate that the techniques you learn will help in other areas of your life, such as:

  • Reduce reoccurring physical symptoms of stress in your body (i.e. shoulders, neck, and back pain. Also IBS, headaches, and anxiety attacks)
  • Increase motivation and goal setting
  • Stopping old unwanted habits
  • Building self-confidence and increase self-esteem

Marygrace Anderson, an expert in stress reduction, and is an experienced professional in the area of hypnotherapy, psychotherapy & life coaching. She covers a variety of issues for children and works with business professionals, parents and seniors. She advises companies on employee well-being and also helps professional athletes improve their performance. Marygrace states, “I love empowering people to live better lives and am passionate about my work”.

Thursday 16th May from 6 - 8pm

The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy,
2nd floor, 266 Upper Richmond Road,
London SW15 6TQ.

This seminar is just £45. You will be given handouts and free CD.

Booking essential as spaces are limited. Call 0208 789 3881 to book.

For more information or appointments, you can contact Marygrace at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy on 0208 789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk or visit the Putney Clinic website.

MG Hypnosis website: www.mghypnosis.co.uk
Telephone: 07931 547414 for a free consultation.

Yoga retreat at Littleton Mill

Here are some photos from our weekend's yoga retreat at Littleton Mill in Wiltshire. A beautiful 17th-century water mill run on renewable energy in the heart of the English countryside. The vegetarian food was delicious  and the wonderful Ange took care of all our needs. A true "eco" house.

A fabulous group of yogis who practised, ate, walked, laughed and even took a castor oil session together (ashtanga yoga tradition). The energy of the group was just great :-).

Hope to see you all again in the winter.

01 May 2013

Class timetable for May 2013

Below you will find a complete list of classes currently running at the Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy. These classes are valid for May 2013.

MondayMat Pilates19:00Laurent6 weeks
TuesdayAshtanga (Mysore)09:30Cherie6 weeks
TuesdayCore boot camp19:00Stephen6 weeks
WednesdayPrenatal yoga19:00Diane
ThursdayMum & Baby Yoga10:30Diane6 weeks
ThursdayPostnatal Pilates14:30Katie6 weeks
FridayLed Ashtanga09:00Cherie6 weeks
SaturdayIntroduction to ashtanga yoga08:45Cherie6 weeks
SaturdayPrenatal yoga10:00Cherie
SaturdayPilates Beginners / Remedial11:15Erica6 weeks
SaturdayPilates remedial12:00Liz6 weeks

About the classes

Please note that all classes are subject to numbers. To ensure that your class runs, please sign up for your desired course before it starts.

All courses run for 6 weeks, unless otherwise stated. If you miss a class due to illness, work commitments or other reasons you may make it up during the same week (subject to availability).

Prenatal yoga classes are itemised separately under the yoga mama class pass system.

For more information or to reserve your place, please call us on 0208 789 3881 or email us at info@putneyclinic.co.uk.