28 August 2014

Ashtanga yoga at Yoga Mama



Ashtanga yoga is a flowing dynamic form of yoga, where each pose is linked and synchronised using a breath and movement system . Developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Ashtanga yoga is a set series of postures that are linked to the breath in a flow of movement, increasing strength and flexibility. The discipline of this system allows us to develop a deeper understanding and awareness of ourselves. It is both empowering, and liberating and allows us to move through life with a calmness and steadiness of mind and body.

Ashtanga Yoga courses at Yoga Mama


In addition to our Friday morning (9 -10:30am) Ashtanga Led Yoga course, we have added a new Tuesday morning (9:30 - 11am) course too. Both of these courses last for 8 weeks and cost £120.

Come along and join our yoga classes to gain muscle strength, flexibility and improve your posture to help prevent re-injury and to achieve a mind-body connection.

More information and bookings


For more information or to book your place on a course, call us on 0208 789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

26 August 2014

OM Magazine: The Fourth Trimester

Yoga Mama features in the September 2014 edition of the OM Yoga and Lifestyle magazine. Cherie Lathey's article, titled "The Fourth Trimester", looks at the importance and benefits of postnatal yoga.

The magazine is available to buy at newsagents. Cost £3.95.


21 August 2014

BKS Iyengar -What a remarkable man.


Sad to hear the news of BKS Iyengar passing on to the next life
What a truly remarkable man who studied and shared his knowledge of yoga to millions of people.
His books have certainly influenced me-his dedication and wisdom stayed with him to the end. His mark on the world saw him nominated for the Noble Prize for peace.....lets hope we see more yogis follow in his "giant"  footsteps.

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13 August 2014

Boy has ears created from ribs

Our colleague, Neil Bulstrode (Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon), recently took part in a pioneering operation which has brought new joy to a 9-year-old boy born without ears. Using cartilage taken from the ribcage, the team of surgeons at Great Ormond Street Hospital were able to construct new ears for him.


Boy has ears created from ribs

by Fergus Walsh, Medical Correspondent for the BBC
A boy who was born without ears has had a pair created from his ribs.

Nine-year-old Kieran Sorkin had the surgery at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital.

About 100 children a year in the UK are born without one or both ears, a condition known as microtia.

Kieran was born deaf with small lobes where his ears should be. He can already hear, thanks to previous surgery to implant a hearing aid.

"I want people to stop asking me questions", said Kieran from Hertfordshire. "I'd like just to look like my friends.

"I'd also like to be able to wear sunglasses and earphones."

Kieran's mum Louise Sorkin said: "He's a very sociable boy and has longed for this operation for years.

"I don't want children bullying him because he's different. I just want him to be accepted like everyone else."

On the morning of the operation, consultant plastic surgeon Neil Bulstrode stencils the shape of Louise Sorkin's ears.

He said: "When a patient has one ear we can match the new ear to that. Fortunately Kieran's mum has very pretty ears so that should work well."

Psychological benefits

In theatre the surgical team remove cartilage from six of his ribs. It is cut, shaped and sewn.

These frameworks are inserted in pockets in the skin and then using suction, they take on the shape of an ear on both sides.

Great Ormond Street Hospital does about 40 of these operations each year, although most of those are to create one missing ear.

The surgery is cosmetic, not to improve hearing. But Mr Bulstrode said it brings huge psychological benefits.

"If you can change the confidence of a patient at this young age, you can change their whole trajectory in life.

"You see this when they come back. It's a huge boost for them."

Tissue engineering

Advances in tissue engineering mean that this kind of reconstructive surgery could be done quite differently within a decade.

Scientists at the Institute of Child Health (ICH), part of University College London, are creating stem cells from patients' fat tissue.

The Institute, which is Great Ormond Street Hospital's research partner, induces the cells to make cartilage or bone.

Dr Patrizia Ferretti, leader of the ICH's Development and Regeneration Group, who is leading the study, said: "This approach would be far less invasive for a child than the current method of harvesting a child's rib cartilage."

Last year scientists in the US implanted a human-like ear, grown from cow and sheep cells, onto a rat.

But such research is still at its early stages, and for the foreseeable future children needing new ears will benefit from the same procedure used at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Three days after surgery, Kieran is given a mirror to look at his new ears.

His first reaction was "Wow!". Kieran started to giggle, but the operation on his ribs means it hurts when he laughs.

Kieran will need a second operation in six months to make his ears stand out from the scalp more, but he's already delighted with the result.

Originally published on BBC News Health

07 August 2014

Quiet London: Putney



As you probably already know, London is an exciting, vibrant and often noisy city. However, if you look hard enough you will also discover that it also has a quiet side. Writer, Siobhan Wall, has compiled a guide to quiet corners in and around the capital (some better known than others) and Yoga Mama are pleased to announce that we have been included in the book.

Siobhan encourages Londoners and visitors to the city to wander away from the crowds and discover calm amid the hustle and bustle. Quiet London is a guide to over 100 quiet corners in and around the capital, bringing together a mix of peaceful gardens and green spaces to lose oneself in, and places that inspire rest, relaxation, meditation and mindful contemplation.

We are honoured to have been chosen among a select group of quiet corners in London. Why not come along and find out for yourself? Our studio is located in a peaceful and tranquil environment in the heart of Putney, south-west London.


Quiet London is available to purchase on Amazon and at all good bookshops. RRP £7.99

05 August 2014

How heavy is your head?

This is a great image that really shows why posture is important, and why people working at computers should be especially mindful. Carrying around a 42lb head is going to hurt. Tuck that chin in and lengthen the spine.

Thank you to The Putney clinic of Physical Therapy for displaying this on their notice board.