23 December 2015

Restorative Yoga for Fertility

To rest, relax and restore is essential in today’s society where stress levels are rising. To rest deeply is to experience absolute relaxation, where there is effortless stillness, quietness and peace. Restorative Yoga provides bespoke restorative postures, specific yoga based sequences, breath awareness practices and relaxation.

Open to both men and women this class is suitable for couples trying to conceive naturally or through IVF (providing you have been referred by your IVF consultant).

The physical focus of the postures is to create space and ease and to optimize the blood flow to the muscles and connective tissues in the lower pelvis.

On an emotional level, the benefits of restorative yoga and the haven of a safe, nurturing environment, can help both men and women cope with the stress associated with trying to conceive and to increase the ability to self nurture, deeply relax and accept where they are in the process.

Our restorative fertility classes are in conjunction with fertility experts at Concept fertility. www.conceptfertility.co.uk

We are now offering 121 or couples sessions.

See our timetable for classes www.yogamamawellness.com

or call 0208 789 3881 for more details.

19 November 2015

The Detox Box








I am about to start this detox from Littleton Mill. I think this is a brilliant idea, and the price makes it pretty affordable. I'm hoping to cleanse and purify my body before the Christmas madness takes it toll.
I have run retreats at the Mill,- the team make the most wonderful food and are renowned for their detox weekends ( Kate Moss is a fan). I will post here about my experience ...watch this space......



Littleton Mill's experienced team of nutritional advisors, fitness instructors and wellbeing experts have helped hundreds of people transform their health through our juice cleansing program. Now for the first time you can benefit from a formula that has been developed and refined by our experts, all in one package: The Detox Box.

We want everyone to be able to experience our signature juice cleansing program, so we have made the Detox Box affordable and easy to use. Enjoy the benefits of a professional retreat program from the comfort of your own home.  A great way to lose weight, increase your energy and feel fantastic.

How it works:
  • It’s simple. We provide you with the products. You make up fresh juices, and follow our easy to use detox program.
  • We provide you with the best ingredients on the market to support your body during the cleansing process.
  • For three to seven days, you avoid solid food and drink the juice three times a day. It contains all the nutrients you need. 
  • Our program allows your body to refocus its energy away from digestion and towards purifying your system. It removes toxins, waste matter, parasites and dead and damaged cells.
  • Your body is given a rest from environmental and ingested poisons. Your immune system is boosted.
  • The cleansing process is so deep that it reaches every cell.
The Detox Box costs £85 and is available to buy on our website -www.detoxboxuk.com

18 September 2015

Restorative yoga: Is it time to slow down your hot yoga moves?


There was an interesting article by Peta Bee in The Times this week about the growing number of people who are turning to a restorative yoga practice.

It’s time to slow down your hot yoga moves 

by Peta Bee

Somewhere along its path to finding inner peace, yoga seems to have lost its way. For the past decade and more we have embraced the ancient practice in our droves. We have rushed from our high-pressured jobs and snatched time to keep up and it has progressed to being a gym-class staple with lightening pace. Getting ashtanga arms and a Bikram butt became our obsession as we pushed ourselves into postures more frenetically than its original devotees would have ever done.

Yoga is now suggestive of competitive stretching by lithe, super-bendy bodies and an emphasis on sweat. Yet just as we got used to the ever more dynamic downward dog, there is an opposing trend emerging among those who are trying to slow it back down.

Fed up with being wedged into a room packed to capacity (and beyond) where a hotshot instructor barks orders, the new breed of yogi is switching to forms in which movement is often barely perceptible — in some classes you are required to stay in the same posture for half an hour. It’s an era of post-mindfulness and those in the know are whispering about restorative and yin yoga in a way that affirms they are the next big thing in fitness.

In Los Angeles, New York and London, studios are reporting a sharp rise in demand for slow-mo classes as more regulars find themselves off the pace. The most popular is yin yoga, for years the awkward cousin of more fashionable varieties. It seemed insane to assume a posture and hold it when fast shifts between the moves were heralded as the route to a hot yoga-bod.

A decade ago, there were, at most, a handful of yin yoga classes in London. Now the number runs into the hundreds with many boutique studios claiming it is becoming the most popular approach with its focus on seated postures and loading the connective tissue and ligaments around a joint.

With restorative yoga, in which your body is completely supported by props from bolsters to eye pillows and blocks to belts, the emphasis is even less on flexibility and more on therapeutic relaxation. You can spend much of your time cocooned in a blanket.

They are yin to the yang of high-intensity interval training and running, the antithesis of competitive yoga, the kind in which A-type personalities strive to out-do the person on the next mat and men attack each class in the way they might a CrossFit workout of the day.

Yet Anna Ashby, who teaches restorative yoga at Triyoga, says that the increase in popularity this year has been enormous. “Since January I’ve noticed this huge tide change and I’m suddenly getting 30 or 40 people wanting to take part in every session,” she says. “People had been consuming yoga in all its latest forms and had got caught up with this hunger for the next pose, the next trend, the next teacher, but they’ve gradually begun to realise they are not switching off and that’s what they really need.”

Nahid de Belgeonne is the founder of the Good Vibes studio in Covent Garden, London, where the most popular sessions now include the snail-paced bliss yoga by candlelight and glow yin. She says: “There’s a growing acknowledgement that mass-appeal yoga doesn’t complement a stressful job and lifestyle. Most of our classes are becoming more gentle now.”

Inevitably, it’s a movement fuelled by a celebrity following, even though it has a more subtle effect on muscle-toning than the more gung-ho approaches. Mandy Ingber, the go-to yogi for Jennifer Aniston, Kate Beckinsale and Brooke Shields, is among those trying to combat the Hollywood stereotype of yoga by urging her clients to check their pace. “Remaining in a pose for a long time forces me to breathe and takes all of my presence,” she says. “ ‘Out of my head and into my legs’ is what I like to say.”

Khloé Kardashian is a fan as is Salma Hayek, the Latino actress whose body looks a few decades younger than her chronological 49 years. Hayek says she works with a yoga teacher who helps her tease her body gently into shape. “She taught me to tone [my muscles] without clenching them,” Hayek says. “You relax them and focus on the parts that need to be used, but never with tension.”

On the face of it, yin looks easy. You sit or lie down. There are no core poses, no warriors or planks and no speedy sun salutations. How difficult can it be? Belgeonne says it’s surprising how it moves you “out of your comfort zone”. In a typical ashtanga class, you might hold a posture for five breaths; in a yin session it can be anything from two to twenty minutes, an endurance feat for body and mind.

These longer holds apply the right kind of pressure to the fascia, the dense, fibrous connective tissue around the body that encompasses all muscles and bones. Small amounts of fascia are good news, but it builds up through poor posture and hardcore workouts to impinge daily movement.

“Yin works on the fascia and connective tissue as well as allowing the mind to rest,” Belgeonne says. Restorative yoga is not about stretching at all. In fact, movement is minimal. “Poses can be held for 30 minutes,” says Sarah Scharf, who teaches it at the Life Centre in Notting Hill, London. “And the emphasis is on comfort. If you’re not comfortable, it’s impossible to rest deeply, let alone stay still for that long.”

It’s the passivity of slow yoga that newcomers find most challenging. Ashby says that last week she spotted two participants in her restorative yoga classes furtively sending texts and emails as they lay with their bodies draped on a series of blocks. “We have become so used to living with constant mental stimulation from phones and the internet that people find it really hard to switch off,” she says. “Our minds are constantly cracking the whip and we don’t realise that we are putting ourselves through this chronic low-grade stress all the time.”

With mellow yoga come mellow instructors, which can also require a period of adjustment. “There are a lot of big egos in yoga,” Ashby says. “I peer through the doors of other classes and see teachers firing poses at people. You have to question what it’s become. What people really need is time out; a rest.” Slow yoga offers the permission to take it, she says: “People tell me after a class it’s the only time in their lives they ever just sit and breathe.”
Originally published in The Times on Tuesday 15 September


RESTORATIVE YOGA AT YOGA MAMA


Yoga Mama offers restorative yoga classes on Wednesday evenings. For more information, visit the Yoga Mama website. Class bookings can be made via the  Yoga Mama online class booking system. Alternatively, you can book by calling us on 020 8789 3881 or by sending an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.


14 September 2015

Dreamy PJs for Yoga Mamas

Eight hour Studio is a beautiful luxury and contemporary range of sleep wear. Every item is hand made and constructed from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. The fabrics are hand wood block printed using colours made from AZO free dyes.

Eight Hour Studio has an absolutely beautiful website. I shall definitely be looking them up when they are at The OM Yoga Show in London this October.




14 August 2015

Is Ashtanga Yoga Addictive?

Whilst reading Gurji Portrait of Sri K. Patthabi Jois I came across an item written by Ashtanga teacher John Scott in which he was asked:

Do you think ashtanga yoga attracts a particular kind of person?

"I think it definitely attracts people who have an obsessive nature or an addictive nature. I think the practice itself can be addictive, which is so clever. So anyone who has had a drug habit, for example, is perfect because you can swap one addiction for the yoga practice addiction. Now when you start working with the addiction of yoga, the not doing the yoga is a yoga in itself".

John goes on to say that for 5 years he practised every day and didn't want to miss a day. He says he was addicted and scared to "not do it for fear of letting it go". He also goes onto say how he feels Patthabi Jois understood this and put in full and dark moon days/rest days to give us an opportunity not to practise, "so people with obsessive natures are also challenged within the practice, to let go of the practice".

I found this a fascinating insight into to how the series is made up in a way to address some of the above issues. Of course, in the great scheme of things, having an addiction to yoga, is better than having an addiction to heroin or the likes; but addiction to anything holds us back.

By having a regular mindful yoga practice and adhering as best as you can to the roots of the practice, you can embrace the changes that your yoga will bring and break down patterns that no longer work for you. This of course takes time and is what yoga is about. There is no fast track or quick fix with yoga, which is why having a teacher who has practised themselves for many years is very important to me. Staying close to the Ashtanga lineage enables me to see the changes in my life and in the way I practise yoga.

Thank you to John Scott for sharing how it was for him in the early days. This resonated with me.

Gurui: A portrait of Sri K Pattabhi Jois by John Scott. Full item page 356

31 July 2015

Supporting Pregnant Students in a regular Yoga Class

SUPPORTING PREGNANT STUDENTS IN A REGULAR YOGA CLASS

 

CPD with Cherie Lathey of Yoga Mama at Yoga at The Space, Studland, Dorset 


SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2015, 10AM-4PM

Pregnancy is an amazing personal journey for a woman, both mentally and physically. Practising yoga during pregnancy can help women adapt to these changes in a positive way. Many yoga teachers often feel they do not have enough information or the confidence to integrate pregnant women into their general classes.

This one day CPD workshop will be led by Cherie Lathey, Director and Senior Yoga Teacher of Yoga Mama, and is approved by Yoga Alliance UK. This will be both a discussion and practical workshop. Teachers will leave feeling confident they have the relevant information to safely support their pregnant students.

The workshop will include:
  • General precautions and guidelines
  • How hormones can affect your student both physically and emotionally
  • Common ailments of pregnancy and how to work with these to ease symptoms
  • The importance of transitional poses within a class
  • Suitable asana (poses) and modifications
  • Suitable breath work (pranayama)
  • Suitable rest poses
  • Mula bandha and the pelvic floor
  • Optimal foetal positioning for later stages of pregnancy

 

THE VENUE

Dorset
BH19 3AE

COST AND BOOKINGS



Guruji Lives Here


Guruji lives here. from Yoga Workshop on Vimeo.

In July 1915, one of the world's most respected and revered yoga gurus was born under a full moon in Kowshika, India. The teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois went on to influence infinite practices and practitioners around the world. On what is the 100th anniversary of his birth, we honor his legacy here, with infinite gratitude and humility. Thank you Guruji. Gratitude for one's guru can be a very private experience. However, for those who are comfortable publicly share their experiences with Guruji, we're using hashtag #guruji100 on Instagram so that everyone may contribute whatever content they choose.

23 July 2015

Guruji Lives Here

Guruji Lives Here.




A video of ashtanga yoga students practising around the world, will be released on the full moon day of July 31st 2015. It will show the global influence that Pattabhi Jois has had on so many people; many of whom (including myself), have never even met him

This video will show students simply showing up on their mats and practising yoga. This is a wonderful, moving tribute to Guruji who dedicated his life to Ashtanga yoga. A fitting celebration/dedication to a wonderful man in what would have been his 100th birthday year.

More to information to follow...

http://www.gurujiliveshere.com/



14 July 2015

Anti-aging benefits of yoga

The anti-ageing benefits of yoga

Regardless of what may happen, we are all going to age. However, it is how we age both mentally and physically that will affect our quality of life. According to yoga philosophy it is the flexibility of the spine that determines the age. You only have to look at yoga gurus - both past and present - to see that a regular yoga practice has a huge effect on the ageing process.

The body is supple and mobile and the brain remains active well into old age. Many yoga teachers look more youthful than their birth age and remain “young at heart”, living active lives well into their 90's. The current trend for a quick fix under the surgeons scalpel is just that; a “quick fix” to make one look youthful on the outside, while the rest of the body is degenerating in the usual way. Yoga and a yogic lifestyle allows the body to slow the ageing process down.

How?

Stress is a major factor in ageing. By learning to control and use your breath (pranayama) to help control stressful situations, you are able to breathe more deeply and remain calm. BKS Iyengar puts this beautifully:

“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured”

A yoga practice is about finding a different way to deal with stress through postures, breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation. A good diet will often follow a regular yoga routine. Once a student develops more control through the yoga practice healthier, choices seem to come naturally.

Yoga can be taken up at any age and takes many forms. Even after many years of a sedentary lifestyle you can take up and enjoy yoga.

Deep breathing (pranayama) fills every cell in the body with fresh oxygenated blood. Inversions, where the head is lower than the heart, have a relaxing effect on the heart and lungs; once again bringing fresh blood to the upper body and massaging the thyroid and parathyroid glands, thus soothing the nervous system. Twists and forward bends are very good for detoxifying for the body. Internal organs such as the liver, spleen and pancreas are toned and massaged. A sluggish digestive system (constipation) will hang onto waste matter. Many yoga poses encourage elimination, therefore freeing up the bowel and keeping it healthy and free from disease.

The skin and the eyes look more radiant, the body moves more freely, the mind is active, but not on alert... All of this without stepping inside a doctor's practice!

05 July 2015

24 April 2015

Prenatal Pilates


PRENATAL PILATES


SATURDAY MORNINGS,  11:15AM - 12:15PM

Prenatal Pilates can help retrain your muscles to accommodate to the changes your body is undergoing throughout your pregnancy. Many women find Pilates helps some of the common ailments associated with pregnancy such as back and pelvic pain.

It is a safe and effective way to strengthen the core muscles including the pelvic floor. It is recommend you attend in the second or third trimester.

Join our Physiotherapist and Prenatal and Postnatal Pilates Instructor, Rachel Druce, for this course and see the benefits for yourself!

COST AND BOOKINGS


Yoga Mama Prenatal Pilates class passes cost £84 (6 classes to be used within 8 weeks). To enrol on this course, call  0208 789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

CLASS PASSES


Yoga Mama operates a class pass system on Prenatal Yoga and Pilates courses. Class passes cost £84 for 6 classes, which must be used within 8 weeks. Upon enrolling on a course, students will be automatically booked into consecutive classes. If you are unable to attend one of your scheduled classes, please contact reception to cancel your place and, therefore, avoid losing your credit.


23 April 2015

Restorative Yoga

 

RESTORATIVE YOGA


WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, 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, using 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.

BOOKINGS


This 8-week restorative yoga course costs £112. To book your place, call 020 8789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.


03 April 2015

Quote of the day: Sri K Pattabhi Jois



Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it. Yoga is universal. But don’t approach yoga with a business mind looking for worldly gain.
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

29 March 2015

Ashtanga Yoga for Beginners




4-WEEK ASHTANGA YOGA FOR BEGINNERS COURSE


STARTS SATURDAY 25 APRIL, 8:45AM

We are pleased to announce that Yoga Mama will be offering a new 4-week ashtanga yoga for beginners course which starts on Saturday 25 April, 8.45am. The class will be led by Degy and is designed for beginners. Please note that this course is unsuitable for pregnant women who have not studied ashtanga yoga before.


ABOUT THE COURSE

The beginner course will teach you the grounding elements of Ashtanga Yoga. You will learn the main principles of this method, which are linking breath and movement. You will be taught the Surya namaska sequence and introduced to the standing postures. This particular method of yoga is ultimately practiced in what is called "Mysore style", where you move through the sequence at your own pace, in what becomes like a moving meditation. It is both dynamic and relaxing at the same time.


ABOUT THE TEACHER

Degy was introduced to the ashtanga yoga method here at The Putney Clinic by Cherie Lathey. She has gone on to train and study with internationally renowned ashtanga yoga teacher John Scott and has practised with a number of senior teachers including Nancy Gilgoff and Sri Sharath Jois.


BOOKINGS

This 4-week course costs £56. If you would like to sign up for this Ashtanga yoga for beginners course, call us on 020 8789 3881 or drop us an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.


09 March 2015

Yoga Sadhana for mothers by Sharmila Desai & Anna Wise


Yoga Sadhana is a wonderful book and I would highly recommend it

 Yoga Sadhana for Mothers gives very clear guidance on how to safely adapt.an ashtanga yoga practice during pregnancy-It is also is filled with wonderful honest accounts of womens experiences with yoga and pregnancy-  this is an inspiring, essential guide for any yoga student, yoga teacher - and mother .
I can honestly say I have been waiting for someone to write a book like this for a long time.- a true  labour of love ( no pun intended) by Sharmila & Anna.  I am sure it will encourage women to enjoy their practice during pregnancy in a new way-.letting go.and embracing the changes.......

17 February 2015

Ashtanga yoga with Nancy Gilgoff in London 2015


8, 9 AND 10 SEPTEMBER 2015

We are delighted to announce that internationally renowned ashtanga yoga teacher, Nancy Gilgoff, will be returning to Yoga Mama and The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy in September for three days of Mysore-style ashtanga yoga workshops.

This is a unique opportunity to practice with Nancy, in her only teaching dates in London this year. Book early if you would like to attend, as places will go quickly.

ABOUT NANCY GILGOFF

Nancy is widely respected as one of the greatest pioneers of ashtanga yoga to the West. She was one of the first westerners to study ashtanga yoga over 30 years ago with K.Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. She is the director of Maui's House of Yoga and Zen. Her studies have led her to the dharma teachings of the Dalai Lama and the expression of love and compassion for all beings. We are honoured to host Nancy's only workshops in London this year.

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

  • Tuesday 8th September (8:30am - 11:30am): Mysore style practice followed by Q & A and examining the breath in the practice
  • Wednesday 9th September (8.30am - 11:30am): Mysore style practice followed by Q & A and meditation
  • Thursday 10th September (8:30am): Mysore style practice only

* NANCY HAS REQUESTED YOU ATTEND ALL THREE SESSIONS WHEREVER POSSIBLE.


COST AND BOOKINGS

The price of these workshops is as follows:
  • Day 1: £40
  • Day 2: £40
  • Day 3: £25
  • All three days: £105*

* EARLY BIRD OFFER: £95 if booked before 30th June 2015



To book your place on this workshop, call us on 0208 789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

04 January 2015

September Mysore classes with Nancy Gilgoff



8, 9 AND 10 SEPTEMBER 2015



We are delighted to announce that internationally renowned ashtanga yoga teacher, Nancy Gilgoff, will be returning to Yoga Mama in September for three days of Mysore style workshops.

This is a unique opportunity to practice with Nancy, in her only teaching dates in London this year. Book early if you would like to attend, as places will go quickly.


BOOKINGS



Bookings: call 020 8789 3881 or email info@putneyclinic.co.uk.