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Yoga for birth preparation.

How does this pregnancy yoga class differ from a general prenatal yoga class? Diane King our specialist teacher explains.

Yoga for birth preparation classes Diane’s  Yoga for birth preparation classes are tailored for the final stages of pregnancy (From 32 weeks), where what we need most is to quieten the mind, let go of time pressures and constant doing and be in a consciously relaxed state, where we can connect with ourselves, our babies and our inner birthing wisdom. The course runs over four weeks and each week a different topic is discussed at the start of class: Week 1: The natural physiology of birth – What to expect at different stages of the labour process Week 2: Managing fear – Trusting your body and nurturing a sense of empowerment Week 3: Creating a positive intention and guided relaxation – Letting go of the intellect and connecting with intuition and instincts Week 4: Using breath as your anchor in labour – Detailed breath techniques for the different stages of labour After th…

Manju Jois in London

I feel really lucky to have practised yoga with the two people I would call the most influential teachers in my yoga practice, Nancy Gilgoff and Sharath Jois, here in London this summer (see previous blog items).

Nancy has of course known the Jois family for many, many years and recommended practising ashtanga yoga with Manju, if I got the opportunity.

StillPoint yoga London hosted him here in London and I managed to get along to one led ashtanga yoga class. It was a wonderful experience and I can only describe it as a "soft and joyful" practice.

It is always interesting to see how the same yoga asanas (more or less), are taught differently by different teachers. Manju counted us into the pose but not once we were in it. I glanced at him in in what seemed to be a very long Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana and saw that he was counting to himself throughout. This really made me smile. The long pranayama and chanting were the best and was indeed the pranayama practice Nancy had t…

new Tai Chi classes Putney.

We will be offering Tai Chi courses with Enid Gill on Wednesday evenings starting on 11th September (see timetable). Courses are for 6 weeks and cost £84.


Tai Chi with Enid Gill
Using Vlady Stevanovitch's "L'art du chi" methods, we harness and circulate energy within the body, to create a healthier and stronger being – body, mind and sense of self.

Being physically comfortable is the starting point and then, we use breathing, relaxation and visualisation techniques to prepare and connect with our body. The method also includes other specific and concrete exercises to direct energy internally, engaging and reinforcing the Dan Dien (Eastern concept - physical centre of 'vital' life energy).

Qi gong exercises and the tai chi chuan postures (Yang short form) are practised to strengthen the lower limbs and Dan Dien, while relaxing the arms, shoulders and breathing, creating a general re-energized sensation. These slow-moving forms (sequence of steps) assist with p…

Autumn class timetable

After a short summer break, our class are up and running again. Please find below a list of all classes currently running (subject to changes). Information about Saturday Pilates courses will be available soon.


DayCourseTimeTeacherDurationMondayPrenatal yoga and birth preparation (third trimester)10:00Diane4 weeksMondayMat Pilates19:00Laurent6 weeksTuesdayAshtanga (Mysore)09:00Cherie6 weeksTuesdayBaby massage11:00Hajni3 weeksTuesdayCore boot camp19:00Stephen6 weeksWednesdayPre & Postnatal Pilates12:00Katie6 weeksWednesday  Tai Chi17:30Enid6 weeksWednesdayPrenatal yoga19:00DianeOngoingThursdayMum & Baby Yoga