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.

Ashtanga Bristol UK

Bristol now has its first authorised ashtanga yoga teacher!

Caroline Simpson received authorization from Sharath Jois earlier in the year whilst studying at KPJAYI in Mysore. She is a traditional ashtanga yoga teacher and mum to two young children, so is patient and tolerant while passing on the ashtanga yoga lineage from a "householders" perspective.

Caroline welcomes students of all abilities. So if you coming to yoga for the first time or if you already have a yoga practice and need guidance, she will be able to assist you. My first meeting with Caroline was at a workshop a number of years ago where we assisted each other in Supta Vaj. Our paths have crossed many times since on our yoga journey and I would highly recommend her as an ashtanga yoga teacher.

For more information, go to www.ashtangabristol.com or email shala@ashtangabristol.com.

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.

Nutrition: Surviving the Winter

Public Educational Evening: Thursday 23rd October, 7-9pm



with Fleur Borrelli, Nutritionist

Come along to this free nutrition evening led by Fleur Borrelli, Nutrition Therapist at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy, on Thursday 23rd October 2014, 7-9pm. The main topic of discussion will be what foods are appropriate for boosting defences during the winter months.


The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy
2nd Floor, 266 Upper Richmond Road,
London SW15 6TQ.

More information and bookings

This talk is free and open to the general public. However, places are limited, meaning that booking is essential. If you would like to attend, please call The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy on 0208 789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk, quoting October Public Educational Evening as the subject.

New: Back and Core Rehab courses

As from the week starting the 8th September, we will be running two new Back and Core Rehab courses here at the Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy. These 8-week courses, led by Physiotherapist Rachel Druce, help you to build up strength in your back and core area. The first course runs on Monday evenings from 8 - 9pm, and the other runs on Saturday mornings from 11:30am - 12:30pm and cost £112.

More information and bookings

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

23 August 2014

Class timetable for September 2014

Here is the timetable for courses, talks and workshops that will run at Yoga Mama and The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy during September and October 2014. The timetable comes into effect the week starting the 8th of September.

Day Course Time Teacher Duration
Mon Yoga and birth
11am - 12pm Diane 4 weeks
Mon Mat-based Pilates 7 - 8pm Laurent 8 weeks
Mon Back / Core Rehab 8 - 9pm Rachel 8 weeks
Tue Ashtanga yoga 9:30 - 11am Cherie 8 weeks
Tue NCT Talk
(9th September)
11am - 12pm Rachel 1 day
Tue Baby massage 12 - 1pm Hajni 2 weeks
Tue Antenatal classes
(2-30 September)
6:30 - 9pm Midwife 5 weeks
Wed Tai Chi 9:30 - 10:30am Enid 8 weeks
Wed Postnatal Pilates 12 - 1pm Rachel 8 weeks
Wed Prenatal yoga 6:45 - 7:45pm Diane Ongoing
Wed Restorative yoga 8 - 9pm Diane 8 weeks
Thu Mum & Baby yoga 10:30 - 11:30am Hajni 8 weeks
Thu "Nutrition: Surviving the Winter"
Public educational evening
23 October
7 - 9pm Fleur 1 day
Fri Ashtanga Yoga Led 9 - 10:30am Cherie 8 weeks
Sat Prenatal yoga 10 - 11am Cherie Ongoing
Sat Back / Core Rehab 11:30am - 12:30pm Rachel 8 weeks

More information and bookings

For more information about any of the courses, workshops and talks offered by Yoga Mama or to book your place, call us on 0208 789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

22 August 2014

September NCT Talk: Postnatal Pilates and the Pelvic Floor


Tuesday 9 September 2014 (11am - 12pm)

About the workshop

Come and try the benefits of Pilates in strengthening the pelvic floor area with Physiotherapist and Postnatal Pilates Teacher, Rachel Druce.

More information and bookings

This talk is free of charge and is open to women who have recently had a baby and who have had their 6-week postnatal check up. Places on this talk are limited, therefore - to guarantee your place - booking is essential. To book, call us on 0208 789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

Quote of the day: Yoga is a spiritual discipline

Yoga is a spiritual discipline, "the quest of the soul for the spark of divinity within us".
BKS Iyengar

21 August 2014

Workshop: "The Spine - Learn to move again"




So you’ve had some sort of injury to your spine. Are confused about what to do next? So many sources of information out there. You are not alone. Get perspective of your injury. Challenge your belief systems and and discover how to move again.

Cost £30

Early bird offer £25, if booked before the 6th of September

More information and bookings

If you would like to book a place on this workshop, call 0208 789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.


Leslie Abrahams: Physiotherapist, Pilates Instructor and Educator. Trained in Physiotherapy, Leslie is also an international Presenter and APPI Pilates Master Trainer, and regularly travels locally and abroad to present to Physiotherapists and other health professionals. He has experience dealing with clients post injury and surgery to functional restoration. He also enjoys challenging his fit clients with higher-level exercises.

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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19 August 2014

New course: Restorative yoga

Restorative Yoga with Diane King

Starting Wednesday 10 September, 8-9pm

Unwind at the end of your day with a class that starts with gentle, yet strengthening yoga stretches and breath work, before moving toward restorative yoga, which uses props (bolsters, blankets, blocks, straps, eye bags) to support the body, create comfort and minimize muscular tension, which in turn helps to relax the nervous system, rest the adrenal glands, fostering a deep sense of well being.

This class is suitable for all levels of experience and flexibility. It is also suitable for people returning to yoga practice after a spell away, or any one working with injuries or health conditions. Above all, it's an hour where individuals can switch off from the pace of London life and tune into themselves.

This 8-week course, taught by Diane King, costs £112.

More information and bookings

If you would like to join this course, call us on 0208 789 3881 or drop us an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

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.