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Summer Intensive 4-Week Postnatal Pilates Course

Summer Intensive 4-Week Postnatal Pilates CourseStarts Wednesday 2nd July 2014, 12pm

Rachel will be running a Postnatal Pilates intensive course for new mums wanting to get back in touch with their core, post baby. She is a Pilates teacher and physiotherapist (and mother to baby twin girls), so she can really identify with women's needs.

Postnatal women can attend classes once they have been signed off by their GP/midwife after their 6 week postnatal check.

Babies are welcome but will not participate in the class.

This will be our last postnatal Pilates course until September.

Please note there will be no class on 16th July.

Cost: £56 Bookings
Booking is essential. Please book by Tuesday 1st July. To book, call us on 020 8789 3881 or send an email, quoting Postnatal Pilates Course as the subject.

Class timetable for summer 2014

Important information affecting classes at Yoga Mama over the summer period. The summer timetable comes into effect the week starting Monday 23rd June, which means that some classes will be taking a break, but will return in autumn. For full information, see below.
What's happening this summer at Yoga MamaRachel will be running a Postnatal Pilates intensive course for new mums wanting to get back in touch with their core, post baby. She is a Pilates teacher and physiotherapist (and mother to baby twin girls), so she can really identify with women's needs.Laurent will be running the Monday evening Pilates until the end of July.Enid will run Tai Chi into August.Cherie will run the ashtanga yoga until the end of July.Cherie will cover the Saturday Prenatal class from late July.Diane will continue with Wednesday evening prenatal over the summer.
Returning in the autumnYoga and birth preparation with Diane.Mum and baby yoga with Hajni.Core back rehab.

Reduced summer class timetab…

Looking at psoriasis the nutritional medicine way

by Fleur Borrelli, nutritionist at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy

The skin and the brain are intricately linked. Both produce the same hormones and neurotransmitter substances. In the skin, serotonin should be converted to melatonin which acts as a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. It is no wonder, therefore, that the skin condition psoriasis is linked to both depression and anxiety disorders(1). A lack of nutritional cofactors such as vitamins B6 and B12 may prevent this conversion in a biochemical process known as methylation.

Geographical latitude may also influence incidence of psoriasis as beneficial sunlight is also needed to produce melatonin(2). Overuse of sunscreens and lack of exposure to the sun will also inhibit the production of vitamin D, vitally important for the integrity of the barriers of the body which include the intestinal lining, the blood brain barrier, the synovial lining and of course the skin(3). The function of the barriers is to protect us…

Yoga and stress-related skin conditions

By Cherie Lathey, senior yoga teacher and director of Yoga Mama

Many skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and atopic dermatitis can be triggered by or, indeed, made worse once an outbreak is present by stress. Some suffers will become self-conscious and even depressed which then causes a circular negative effect on the condition.

Practising yoga and meditation can have a really positive effect on both the mind and body. We know helping to relieve stress can help to alleviate some of the symptoms or aggravating factors of skin conditions brought on by stress. While I am not suggesting yoga and meditation alone will cure psoriasis, it can definitely help.

A gentle yoga practice and breathing techniques can have a profound effect on how we manage stress, and how we perceive ourselves in the world. Helping to balance moods and enabling a positive connection to the body by letting go of the negative feelings that might occur when a skin condition is present.

Gentle poses such as chi…

Rasa Vinyasa Prana Flow with Shiva Rea

Rasa Vinyasa Prana Flow with Shiva Rea
Venue: Cecil Sharp House*
Date: Sunday 21 to Wednesday 24 September 2014
Time: 8:30am to 5:45pm each day
Cost: £485

About the workshop

The word 'rasa' has many beautiful meanings: in the arts, rasa is the transforming “taste” that brings inner satisfaction to the beauty of dance, music or painting. Within yoga and Ayurveda, rasa is our “inner juice” associated with longevity, joy, devotion, and flexibility. Without rasa, it is said, our experience of yoga and life, becomes “dry, rigid, routine”.

Experience a full-spectrum yoga practice intensive into the art of RasaVinyasa™- an approach to sequencing vinyasa yoga drawing from yogic arts, tantra, and ayurveda.

In this four-day teacher training intensive, Shiva will offer the theory and practice of Rasa Vinyasa by exploring three consummate rasas: Vira (strength, potency), Sringara (divine love and sensuality) and Shanti (living peace). We will explore the power of alchemical yoga that i…

Prana Flow Teacher Training Day with Shiva Rea

Prana Flow Teacher Training Day with Shiva Rea
Venue: The Study Society*
Date: Saturday 5 July 2014
Time: 9:30 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 17:00
Cost: £75

About the workshop
Join us for a full day of teacher training which will be either as a continuation of our Elemental Vinyasa and Body Pilgrimage to Glastonbury or, for those who have already studied with Shiva, a chance to spend a day re-igniting their teaching.

On Saturday morning we will explore Hridaya Namaskar and Sequences. Exploring the Prana Namaskar sequence focusing on the air element and the expansion of the heart region. In this workshop we will study the Hridaya namaskar and sequence including the understanding of Prana Flow® Movement Alchemy, Wave Sequencing™; and including the hands-on assist and underlying energetic alignment.

On Saturday afternoon we will explore the Akash (Sacred Space) Namaskar sequence Exploring the Prana Namaskar sequence focusing on the space element and the expansion of the heart region. In this…

Mindfulness through Yoga with A.G. and Indra Mohan

Venue: Yogacampus Training Centre
Date: Sunday 22 June 2014
Time: 10:00am to 3:30pm (with a break for lunch)
Cost: £55

It is a great honour and pleasure to welcome A.G. and Indra Mohan, two of the few surviving senior students of Krishnamacarya, to Yogacampus for a special one day workshop.

Yoga today is primarily viewed as a system of physical fitness. However, the core text on yoga - The Yogasutras of Patanjali - contains invaluable insights into mental health and well-being.

This practical workshop will enable participants better to understand the workings of the mind and will introduce the application of mindfulness in practices of yoga.

This workshop is open to all.

For more information please email or call +44 (0) 20 7042 9900.

About A.G. And Indra Mohan
A.G. Mohan and his wife Indra are among the few surviving personal students of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. A.G. Mohan co-founded the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai in 1976, …

David Keil 5 Day Mysore Self-Practice Intensive

David Keil 5 Day Mysore Self-Practice Intensive

Venue: Stillpoint Yoga London
Dates: Monday 21st to Friday 25th July 2014

We welcome David Keil on his fourth visit to SYL as he again brings his insightful and inspiring touch and wisdom to the mysore self practice space. Take this opportunity to practice with one of the brightest ashtanga yoga teachers on the scene for over 5 days of classes.

Self-practice session 1: 06:30 - 08:00Self-practice session 2: 08:00 - 09:30Self-practice session 3: 09:30 - 11:00
Each class will have only 12 practitioners

Price for this intensive course: £130
For more information or to book, click here

"Self-Practice is what yoga is all about. Yoga, for thousands of years has been taught from teacher to student on a one-to-one basis taking a student through his or her own development at an appropriate pace. This method is still used in Mysore, India where the “Guru” of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teaches in this method. This is why this type of practice is …

Why we need to help our detoxification systems

By Fleur Borrelli, nutritionist at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy

It is a relatively unknown fact that our body produces its own toxins as part of our normal metabolism. Our intestinal bacteria may also release by-products from metabolism that can be damaging to our health. This is before we even consider the toxins that come in from the environment.

Fortunately we have evolved a complex network of systems to get rid of toxins that have been created internally. The antioxidant system cleverly destroys free radicals during chemical reactions in our cells before they can damage the cell itself.

The liver, amongst its multitude of tasks, will take a toxic molecule which is generally fat soluble and transforms it into a water soluble molecule to be excreted out of the body in urine via the kidneys. Even fat soluble molecules can be shifted into bile which is then squirted into the intestine and ejected from the body in faeces. Sweating can lose any heavy metals lurking about, n…

Workshop: 'Hands on adjustment' with David Keil

'Hands on adjustment workshop' with David Keil Venue: Stillpoint Yoga London
Date: Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July 2014
Time: 09:00 - 17:00 (both days)

David Keil, returning to SYL for the fourth time, brings his hands on adjustment workshop to London for the first time. It coincides with the release last year of his highly popular DVD ‘Hands On Adjustments’. For yoga teachers and serious students alike this workshop will shine a light on the deeper aspects of asana practice and how the body relates to asana and their adjustments. The weekend will consist of a full 13 hours of tuition.

Adjustments to yoga poses come in a variety of forms including physical, verbal, and even energetic. The basic workshop and the observation workshop support good intelligent adjustments that address the individual as just that, an individual in the moment and what they need to be aware of or adjust in their practice.

Safe and intelligent adjustments should always begin with a good exper…