30 September 2013

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 the initial discussion, the session becomes more body focused, incorporating yoga postures that can help move the labour process along and build an inner and outer strength, to support a women along the course of her labour. The class ends with a restorative relaxation, fully supporting the mum to be, so they can let go and connect with their inner self and their babies. Above all, the class aims to nurture a sense of community and sharing in the final stages of pregnancy to support women as they approach their birth and enter into motherhood.

To find out more www.yogamama.co.uk or contact The Putney clinic 0208789 3881


18 September 2013

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 taught me this summer. If you get a chance to spend a bit of time with Manju on his travels then take it. He will be in Maui with Nancy in November at her shala The house of yoga and Zen.














05 September 2013

Sharath Jois teaching short Pranayama. on Youtube A sign of things to come?



Well this is a rare treat indeed-Sharath teaching a short pranayama on youtube and wearing his Brahmin thread. This is the pranayama that he shared here in London on his recent trip.This is the first time I have ever seen a video of him teaching like this.

04 September 2013

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 posture correction, establishing a more efficient use of the body, fluid movement and co-ordination as well as increasing stability. Though benefits from this work can be felt immediately, greater benefits are gained from a longer commitment to the practice, and most practitioners’ say that it's well worth the effort!

More information and bookings


For more information or to book, please contact reception on 020 8789 3881 or send us an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

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.


DayCourseTimeTeacherDuration
MondayPrenatal yoga and birth preparation (third trimester)10:00Diane4 weeks
MondayMat Pilates19:00Laurent6 weeks
TuesdayAshtanga (Mysore)09:00Cherie6 weeks
TuesdayBaby massage11:00Hajni3 weeks
TuesdayCore boot camp19:00Stephen6 weeks
WednesdayPre & Postnatal Pilates12:00Katie6 weeks
Wednesdaynew  Tai Chi17:30Enid6 weeks
WednesdayPrenatal yoga19:00DianeOngoing
ThursdayMum & Baby Yoga10:30Diane6 weeks
FridayLed Ashtanga09:00Cherie6 weeks
SaturdayPrenatal yoga10:00AndiOngoing

For information about prices, please visit our website.

More information and bookings


For more information or to book a course, please call reception at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy on 020 8789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.



01 September 2013

Yoga ruins your life

Interesting title from Richard Freeman (mind you, he is always interesting). Before you jump to conclusions watch the video Yoga ruins your life... as you once knew it.