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A moment of Zen at the London Yoga show 2013

The Yoga Mama team had a wonderful (busy) time at the Om Yoga show here in London.

The show also featured the Mind, Body exhibition where there was plenty of weird and wonderful things happening, including spiritual hair cutting.

We met so many lovely people and I was really happy to have some of my yoga pals drop by and say hello... A big thank you to everyone who made it possible.

Here are some photos of the event. For more details on Pregnancy yoga teacher training in London go to

Male yogi modelling job in London 9th November

We are a Sports Modelling Agency who has been going for over 28 years.

We have been asked to find a Male Caucasian Yoga Body Double aged 25+ for a Commercial shooting on Saturday 9th November, they need this yoga person to be able to do some extreme moves here are some of the examples:

They would also like him to be these particular measurements or as close to them as we can get:

Height: 5ft 9”; Chest: 40”; Waist: 34”-36”; Inside leg: 31”; Collar: 16”; Shoe: 8.5

Fee would be £1500 minus agency 20% Commission and the shoot would be a 12 hour day. Rehearsals would be either 1st, 4th, 7th November (1 or more days) - Rehearsal Fee would be £300 per day minus agency 20% commission. Casting/Audition for this is Tuesday 29th October in London, late afternoon to early evening.

If you know anyone then please ask them to send some photos of them doing some extreme poses and their exact measurements to is short on this, so any help in finding this guy …

Courses running in October and November

Here is an up-to-date list of classes and courses running throughout October and November.

October and November timetable

Starting Monday 21 October:

Yoga and birth preparation
4-week course
Women can use up pregnancy class passes and carry any unused sessions into postnatal classes.
Time: 10am
Teacher: Diane
Cost: £56

6-week course
Time: 7pm
Teacher: Laurent
Cost: £84

Starting Tuesday 22 October:

Ashtanga yoga (Mysore style)
6-week course
Time: 9am
Teacher: Cherie
Cost: £90

Baby massage
3-week course (started 14 October)
Time: 11am
Teacher: Hajni
Cost: £45

Core fitness boot camp
4-week course (starting 5 November)
Time: 7pm
Teacher: Stephen
Cost: £56

Starting Wednesday 23 October:

Postnatal Pilates
6-week course (also open to prenatal women)
Time: 12pm
Teacher: Katie
Cost: £84

  Tai Chi
6-week course
Time: 5:30pm
Teacher: Enid
Cost: £84

Prenatal yoga
Time: 7pm
Teacher: Diane
Cost: £84 (class pass system)

Starting Thursday 24 October:

Mum and baby yoga
Time: 10:30am
Teacher: Diane

Quiet London

Quiet London is a beautiful book full of quiet spots in London-written and photographed by the wonderful artist Siobhan Wall. As a Londoner I love the vibrancy and mix of London-I also love quiet spaces too, and this book offers many "secret spots" I didn't know about.

Siobhan is currently writing another Quiet London book and the Yoga Mama studio in Putney has the privilege of being listed in it.

I would highly recommend this to both Londoners and visitors to the capital- who need a little "time out" from the hustle and bustle of the city- and those that enjoy beautiful original photographs of places in London, that you wont find in a guide book.

Available from Amazon

Stress management workshop with Marygrace Anderson

Thursday 14th November, 6 – 8pm
Learn stress management and self–hypnosis
On Thursday 14th November, Marygrace Anderson of MG Hypnosis will be holding a stress management workshop at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy . This workshop will teach you some useful stress reduction techniques, allowing you to learn how to relax your mind and body. It will be a positive, fun, relaxing and informative event.

The workshop is aimed at executives, new and experienced parents, new career starters, young adults and anyone facing stress or challenges in their lives. Whatever you do, you can feel better physically and mentally. To learn how to take even more effective control of your emotional and physical well-being by learning stress reduction techniques and self-hypnosis to use during your day.

What will you learn and how can it help you? 
Marygrace will teach you how to use self-hypnosis. You'll leave with a powerful tool to use in your daily life, having learnt techniques that will help…

  Antenatal courses in Putney

The yoga mama antenatal course is run by experienced midwives, antenatal teachers and baby feeding specialists. The course is suitable for couples and most of the classes will be held in the evenings. It is advisable to book a course to start 8-10 weeks before your baby is due (possibly earlier if you are expecting twins). There are 6 ( 2 ½ hour) antenatal sessions, with a further postnatal session.

What the course offers
The course offers practical information and support for pregnancy, all types of birth and early days with a new baby. There will be the opportunity to include any aspects of birth and early days with a baby the group are interested in as well as the following topics:

What to expect during pregnancy (including hormone changes)Induction of labourPhysiology of birth, stages of labour (including early signs)Birth partners role during labourCoping strategies during labour (including both natural & medical pain relief)Early days with a new baby including baby careRel…

All about the balance. Coconut water, wine and beer.

A snap from inside my fridge this week. The mix of wine, beer and vita coca sort of sums up my family really. The ones that drink wine and beer don't go in for the coco water-and the coco water drinker doesn't go in for wine or beer. In summary none of us need worry about the other nicking all the drinks :-)

Svadhayaya ; Self study

Svadhyaya : means self- study. A teacher can only guide a yoga student. A student must then go and study- expanding the knowledge they have learnt from their teacher, until they have some deeper personal understanding of the subject, being shown to them.

Swadhayadisthaddevatasamprayogah YS 2.44

While practicing self study we totally submerse ourselves in the deity that we have chosen.

See Sharath Jois- Astanga yoga Anusthana for his interpretation on this.

The yoga show London 2013

So it's that time of year again when the UK's biggest yoga show is happening here in London. The show is collaborating with Mind Body Soul Experience, so your ticket will take you into both exhibitions.

The Yoga Mama team will be exhibiting at the show and you can find myself and the other teachers and health professionals at Yoga Mama on stand F24a. I will be giving a free 30 minute prenatal yoga class at 4pm on Sunday 27th October (open class 2). This class will be suitable for pregnant women over 14 weeks-and for yoga teachers who are considering teaching prenatal yoga.

It would be lovely to see some of my yogi friends and meet new ones. My team is made up of yoga teachers from different disciplines, osteopaths, a women's health physiotherapist, psychotherapist and a midwife.

Please feel free to come and talk to us about pregnancy yoga teacher training, or anything that the above team may be able to advise you on (including back pain)

We shall be giving away lots of go…

Sharath Jois yoga. Warrior 1 & 2

Interesting to see Sharath count into the pose, but not in the pose its self-same as Manju Jois did in a resent led class I attended.
This is exactly how I was taught this sequence by my teacher Nancy Gilgoff-I notice some teachers ( and students) go into a really deep Utkatasana. Lovely to see the shala in Mysore, sweated it out in that spot a few times myself :-)