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New: Back rehab course

Starts: Saturday 8th March, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Due to the popularity of our Tuesday-evening Back rehab course, we have added another course to our timetable on Saturday afternoons.

This 6-week course, led by Personal Trainer and Sports Therapist Stephen Phillips, helps you to build up strength in your back and core area.

Please note that the Tuesday evening course will be held at our rehabilitation clinic at David Lloyd Studio in Putney (254 Upper Richmond Road). The Saturday afternoon class will take place at The Putney Clinic.

Cost £84 (6-week course)

More information and bookings:
If you would like to enrol on this class, please call us on 020 8789 3881 or email us at

New asana new pain. Mysore.

Sharath said " new asana new pain" last week in conference, here in Mysore. Anyone who practises Ashatanga yoga can probably relate to this-I think practising some "old" asana's with a new approach can also create pain ( both physical and emotional) my experience if we stick with it, and trust in the process we can overcome some of of this pain ( both real and imagined) .....He also said he took two years with one pose-I would love to know what pose that was? but I am not quite brave enough to ask :-)

Workshop: Dad and baby massage

Saturday 8 March, 1:30 - 2:30pm
With Hajni Varadi
(baby massage therapist)

Our baby massage therapist, Hajni Varadi, will be holding this hour-long massage workshop on Saturday 8th March at 1:30pm, which is aimed at fathers and babies. The perfect way to spend quality time with your newborn child, while learning how massage can help.

Cost £20Information sheets included

More information and bookings
For more information or to book your place on this workshop, call us on 020 8789 3881 or send us email us at

Class timetable: March 2014

Below you will find the new timetable for courses starting in the first week of March. Courses are for 8 weeks, unless otherwise stated, and are subject to numbers.

Day    Class Time Teacher Duration Cost StartsMondayYoga and birth preparation10-11amDiane4 weeks£5610 MarchTuesdayBaby Massage11am-12pmHajni3 weeks£4511 MarchTuesdayNEW  Back Rehab8-9pmStephen6 weeks£84 *25 FebruaryTuesdayPostnatal Pilates12-1pmKatie8 weeks£1124 MarchTuesdayAntenatal classes6:30-9pmMidwife5 weeks£29522 AprilWednesdayTai Chi9:30-10:30amEnid8 weeks£112 **5 MarchWednesdayPrenatal Yoga7-8pmDianeOngoing£84N/AThursdayMum & Baby Yoga10:30-11:30amHajni8 weeks£1126 MarchThursdayPilates mixed level mat class7-8pmKatie8 weeks£1126 MarchFridayAshtanga Yoga led9-10:30amCherie8 weeks£1207 MarchSaturdayPrenatal Yoga10-11amAndiOngoing£84N/ASaturdayPostnatal Pilates11:15am–12:15pm  Andi8 weeks£1128 MarchSaturdayNEW  Back Rehab12:30-1:30pmStephen6 weeks£84 ***8 MarchSaturdayDad & baby massage1:30-2:30pmHajni1 day£2…

Midwife-led antenatal courses for 2014

We are happy to announce the dates of forthcoming midwife-led antenatal courses with Yoga Mama which will be held at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy.

New course dates:25 February - 25 March22 April - 20 May3 June - 1 July2 - 30 September

About the courses:
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 5 (2½ hour) antenatal sessions, which are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 9pm, with a further postnatal session.

The courses offer 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 expec…

Pregnancy yoga teacher training: March / April 2014

We are pleased to announce that Yoga Mama will be holding another Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy in March and April.

About the course
This is an 80-hour course, accredited by Yoga Alliance UK, with a maximum of 15 students per class. There will be six full days of classes, divided over two weekends. Topics that will be covered are:

Asana, pranayama (breathing and relaxation techniques)Sequencing pre and postnatal classesThe dos and don'ts of pregnancy yogaPropping and assisting pregnant studentsPre and postnatal anatomy for yogaCommon ailments associated with pregnancySetting up classes for pregnant students
The course is suitable for both existing yoga teachers who already hold a yoga teaching qualification and trainee teachers. We may also consider applications from midwives and health professionals who have a strong personal yoga practice.

EARLY BIRD OFFER: £695* (if booked before 1st March) *normal cost of this co…

Preparing for the London Marathon

My daughter Cally is taking part in this year's London Marathon in aid of the World Wildlife Fund. This is a huge task for her as she is an inexperienced runner. The interview below in which she tells us about her preparation was originally posted on The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy blog and I thought I would share it with you all. :-) A beginner runner's account of Marathon training
On Sunday 13th April, the 34th edition of the Virgin Money London Marathon will take place. The 26-mile route, which starts in Greenwich Park and Blackheath and ends in The Mall, attracts elite athletes from all around the world, as well as thousands of runners raising money for their favourite charities.

One such runner is 23 year-old fashion graduate Cally-Siân Lathey from Putney, who is also a patient at the Clinic. She will be participating in this year's Marathon on behalf of the World Wildlife Fund and has kindly agreed to tell us about her preparation for the event.

When did you st…

Life in Mysore: not a yoga student or palace in sight

Some of  my favourite photos of life in Mysore, India

If you're plastic, don't walk here... India

I will survive... Mysore early led

I survived a 4.30 am led classes here in Mysore. Thats it! :-)

I missed last Sundays led class because I was still awake at 2am and due to get up at 3am (it didn't happen). So when my alarm went off at 3.15am and I had had at least 6 hours sleep, I was on it!

By the time I reached the shala at 3.45am-ish, there were lots of people sitting outside the gates in the road (yes, in the road).

I had been told there would be the "gate keepers", those who sit facing out into the crowd as though to keep a watchful eye on proceedings and the rest of us facing them as though expecting a sermon. It is a very surreal sight.

The calm friendly group sat peacefully together turns into something quite different as the shala lights come on and the gates are opened  (imagine the Harrods sales but with yoga mats instead of posh handbags).

I decided to put my mat in the lobby and not run the gauntlet of the shala. This turned out to be a great spot for me and was, in fact, the first place I…

My week in Mysore

I have been here in Mysore at KPJAYI for 9 days now. This is my 3rd trip to Mysore and thus far my most introspective. The shala is VERY busy but the energy is quite calm. There are lots of students waiting in the lobby area to be called to practise in the morning, again a very calm and civil bunch of yoga students (or perhaps I am more calm and civil :-)).

Time is a funny thing here. No-one seems to stick to it. The cleaner said "I will come at 11am on Friday" she came at 1pm on Saturday. The man who fixed the internet problem said "Madam, I will come at 7.15pm on Friday"; he showed up at 10.15 on Saturday (at least the quarter past the hour was consistent in his case). Time goes really fast or incredibly slow; it can sometimes feel like a twilight zone.

Sharath is on excellent form; smiley and happy and moving around the shala in his usual nimble way. His mother Saraswarti no longer assists him in the main shala (although she still teaches in her own shala). I&#…