30 December 2015

Nutrition, detox, weight loss and exercise.


Free talk: Nutrition, detox, weight loss and exercise


Thursday 21st January 2016, 7pm-9pm
Speakers: Fleur Borrelli and Marygrace Anderson

Our partners at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy,  will be holding a free public educational evening on Thursday 21st January 2016 (7pm-9pm). The talks this month are about nutrition, detox, weight loss and exercise and are open to the general public. Full details below.

Presentation topics and speakers

How intermittent living is the modern solution to a healthier you in 2016
Fleur Borrelli (Nutritional Therapist)

We cannot turn back the clock but there are strategies we can employ to keep us living longer healthier lives. Find out how intermittent living is the modern solution to a healthier 2016.

How nutrition and activity affect our brains
Marygrace Anderson (Hypnotherapist)

We discuss how much we have discovered about the hippocampus area of the brain – which controls learning and memory, and also influences mood and emotion – in relation to what we eat and how we eat. We also discuss how food and activity can help you lead a happier and healthier life styles.

Bookings


Places on these talks are limited, therefore booking is essential. For more information or to book your place, please call us on 020 8789 3881, or send an email with your full name to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

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.

18 December 2015

New January 2016 class timetable




Below you will find the timetable for classes running at Yoga Mama. This timetable comes into effect on Monday 4 January 2016. Courses last for 7 weeks, unless otherwise stated. Go to live schedule and booking


Day Time Course Teacher   Duration    Cost
Monday 18:45 - 19:45    Pregnancy Pilates Rachel Ongoing Class pass
Monday 20:00 - 21:00 Pilates Rehab Rachel 7 weeks £105
Tuesday 09:00 - 10:15 Ashtanga Yoga Cherie 7 weeks £112
Tuesday 10:30 - 11:30 Mum and Baby Yoga Hajni 7 weeks £105
Tuesday 18:45 - 19:45 Pregnancy Yoga Claire Ongoing Class pass
Wednesday     09:15 - 10:15 Tai Chi Enid 7 weeks £105
Wednesday 10:25 - 11:25 Tai Chi Enid 7 weeks £105
Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Postnatal Pilates Rachel 7 weeks £105
Wednesday 18:45 - 19:45 Pregnancy Yoga Diane Ongoing Class pass
Wednesday 20:00 - 21:00 Restorative Yoga Diane 7 weeks £105
Thursday 10:30 - 11:30 Mum and Baby Yoga   Hajni 7 weeks £105

Friday 09:00 - 10:30 Ashtanga Yoga led Cherie 7 weeks £119
Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 Pregnancy Yoga Cherie Ongoing Class pass
Saturday 11:15 - 12:15 Pregnancy Pilates Rachel Ongoing Class pass
Saturday 12:30 - 13:30 General Pilates Emily 7 weeks £105



Class                       Duration        Class pass   Price     Pass expiry period
Pregnancy Yoga 60 minutes 6 classes £90 Use within 8 weeks
Pregnancy Pilates 60 minutes 6 classes £90 Use within 8 weeks
Drop in 60 minutes 1 class £17 1 class

17 December 2015

Extended early bird offer on January Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course


EXTENDED EARLY BIRD OFFER: PREGNANCY YOGA TEACHER TRAINING WITH YOGA MAMA IN JANUARY 2016

NEXT COURSE: 8 - 10 & 22 - 24 JANUARY 2016



Further your yoga teaching skills with the Yoga Mama Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course. Our next course will take place over two full weekends in January 2016. Take advantage of our early bird discount which has been extended until Thursday 31st December. Book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


COURSE SYLLABUS


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 in January 2016. Topics that will be covered are:
  • Asana, pranayama (breathing and relaxation techniques)
  • Sequencing pre and postnatal classes
  • The dos and don'ts of pregnancy yoga
  • Propping and assisting pregnant students
  • Pre and postnatal anatomy for yoga
  • Common ailments associated with pregnancy
  • Setting up classes for pregnant students
For full details about the course, visit the Yoga Mama website.


ELIGIBILITY


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.


APPLICATIONS


To apply for this course, send an email to christine@yogamama.co.uk to request an application form. Once completed it should be returned, along with a copy of your yoga teacher certificate.


COST OF COURSE


The Yoga Mama Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course costs £750.


EARLY BIRD OFFER


There is an early bird offer of £695 on the January 2016 Yoga Mama Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course for those who book and pay for their place before Thursday 31st December 2015.

10% discount on healthy Christmas gift packs

The sale is now on on our healthy Christmas gift packages. 10% off on all packages. On sale until Tuesday 22nd December. To get yours, call us on 020 8789 3881 quoting the special promo codes.

 

Pack 1: Massage  (PROMO CODE: SW15MASSAGE)

Was £144. Now £129.60.



 

Pack 2: New mum and baby   (PROMO CODE: SW15MUMS)

Was £81. Now £72.90.



 

Pack 3: Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi  (PROMO CODE: SW15YOGA)

Was £70. Now £63.



Terms and conditions


Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers. Gift packs are on sale until 22nd December 2015 and must be used before 30th March 2016.




26 November 2015

Quote of the day Buddha



The tongue like a sharp knife... Kills without drawing blood.
Buddha 

25 November 2015

Christmas gift packages from the Putney Clinic

This Christmas, give the gift of health... The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy and Yoga Mama have put together a selection of Christmas gift packages, which would make ideal presents for friends or family, or a welcome treat for yourself. The packages are on sale until 22nd December. See below for details. To get yours, call 020 8789 3881, ask at reception or email info@putneyclinic.co.uk quoting the package you would like to purchase. Terms and conditions apply.

Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training for January 2016


PREGNANCY YOGA TEACHER TRAINING WITH YOGA MAMA


NEXT COURSE: 8 - 10 & 22 - 24 JANUARY 2016



Further your yoga teaching skills with the Yoga Mama Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course. Our next course will take place over two full weekends in January 2016. Take advantage of our early bird discount before Friday 4th December. Book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


COURSE SYLLABUS


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 in January 2016. Topics that will be covered are:
  • Asana, pranayama (breathing and relaxation techniques)
  • Sequencing pre and postnatal classes
  • The dos and don'ts of pregnancy yoga
  • Propping and assisting pregnant students
  • Pre and postnatal anatomy for yoga
  • Common ailments associated with pregnancy
  • Setting up classes for pregnant students
For full details about the course, visit the Yoga Mama website.


ELIGIBILITY


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.


APPLICATIONS


To apply for this course, send an email to christine@yogamama.co.uk to request an application form. Once completed it should be returned, along with a copy of your yoga teacher certificate.


COST OF COURSE


The Yoga Mama Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course costs £750.


EARLY BIRD OFFER


There is an early bird offer of £695 on the January 2016 Yoga Mama Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course for those who book and pay for their place before Friday 4th December 2015.

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

28 October 2015

Winter class timetable



Below you will find the timetable for classes running at Yoga Mama. This timetable comes into effect on Monday 2 November. Courses last for 7 weeks, unless otherwise stated. Go to live schedule and booking.

 
Day Time Course Teacher Duration Cost
Monday 18:45 - 19:45 NEW Pregnancy Pilates Rachel Ongoing Class pass
Monday 20:00 - 21:00 Pilates Rehab Rachel 7 weeks £98
Tuesday 10:30 - 11:30 NEW Mum and Baby Yoga Hajni 7 weeks £98
Tuesday 18:45 - 19:45 Pregnancy Yoga Claire Ongoing Class pass
Wednesday 09:15 - 10:15 Tai Chi Enid 7 weeks £98
Wednesday 10:25 - 11:25 Tai Chi Enid 7 weeks £98
Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Postnatal Pilates Rachel 7 weeks £98
Wednesday 18:45 - 19:45 Pregnancy Yoga Diane Ongoing Class pass
Wednesday 20:00 - 21:00 Restorative Yoga Diane 7 weeks £98
Thursday 10:30 - 11:30 Mum and Baby Yoga Hajni 7 weeks £98
Thursday 18:00 - 20:00 Stress Management Workshop (5 November) Marygrace 1 day £30
Friday 09:00 - 10:30 Ashtanga Yoga led Cherie 7 weeks £112
Friday 11:00 - 12:30 Baby Massage
starts 27 November
Hajni 3 weeks £45
Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 Pregnancy Yoga Cherie Ongoing Class pass
Saturday 11:15 - 12:15 Pregnancy Pilates Rachel Ongoing Class pass
Saturday 14:15 - 15:15 NEW Vinyasa Flow Yoga Hajni 7 weeks £98
 
Class Duration Class pass Price Pass expiry period
Pregnancy Yoga 60 minutes 6 classes £84 Use within 8 weeks
Pregnancy Pilates 60 minutes 6 classes £84 Use within 8 weeks
Drop in 60 minutes 1 class £16 1 class
 

22 October 2015

Stress Management Workshop: Thursday 5 November


Learn Stress Management and Self-Hypnosis with MG Hypnosis



THURSDAY 5 NOVEMBER, 6-8PM


You will learn how to take effective control of your emotional and physical well-being by learning stress reduction techniques and self-hypnosis. You'll leave with powerful skills to use in your daily life. We anticipate that the techniques you learn will help in other areas of your life, such as:

  • Reduce reoccurring physical symptoms of stress in your body (i.e. shoulders, neck, and back pain. Also IBS, headaches, and anxiety attacks)
  • Increase motivation and goal setting
  • Stopping old unwanted habits
  • Building self-confidence and increase self-esteem


ABOUT MARYGRACE ANDERSON

Marygrace Anderson is an expert in stress reduction, and is an experienced professional in the area of hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and life coaching.

COST

This workshop costs £30.00, which includes handouts and a free CD.


BOOKINGS

Booking is essential as spaces are limited. To book your place, call us on 020 8789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.


“Clive Lathey, Director of The Putney Clinic, suggested I see Marygrace.  I put it off for months, and then after our session, I kicked myself as I felt so much more relaxed.” –JP

01 October 2015

Yoga Mama at the 2015 Om Yoga Show



The 2015 Om Yoga Show will take place from the 23rd to 25th of October at Alexandra Palace, north London. Yoga Mama will be exhibiting on Stand C13 and will be holding a free demo pregnancy Yoga class for students and teachers on Sunday 25th October (11:30am-12pm). If you are planning to visit the Yoga Show, pop by and say hello.

COMPETITION


We are giving away an array of Yoga Mama goodies to one lucky winner. The prize includes: an exclusive Yoga Mama mat, water bottle, vest top and a ticket to the 2015 London OM yoga show.

To enter, simply like the Yoga Mama Facebook page and like the competition post. For an extra chance to win, share the competition post and we will enter your name into the competition twice. The winner will be announced on the 7th of October.


24 September 2015

Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training: November 2015


PREGNANCY YOGA TEACHER TRAINING WITH YOGA MAMA


13 - 15 AND 27 - 29 NOVEMBER 2105


Bookings are now being taken on the Yoga Mama November 2015 Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course. This 80-hour course, fully accredited by YogaAlliance UK is open to qualified yoga teachers and trainees and covers the following topics:

  • Asana, pranayama (breathing and relaxation techniques)
  • Sequencing pre and postnatal classes
  • The dos and don'ts of pregnancy yoga
  • Propping and assisting pregnant students
  • Pre and post natal anatomy for yoga
  • Common ailments associated with pregnancy
  • Setting up classes for pregnant students


COST AND EARLY BIRD OFFER

The course costs £750. However, if you book and pay before 23 October 2015, you can take advantage of the early bird offer of £695.


MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE COURSE

For more information about the course, visit the Yoga Mama website.


APPLICATIONS

To request an application form, please email education@yogamama.co.uk.


BOOKINGS

Once you have submitted your application form and your qualifications have been ratified, you can book your place on the course by calling 020 8789 3881 or by sending an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

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.”

Khlo√© 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.




04 September 2015

Autumn 2015 class timetable



New Yoga Mama class timetable comes into effect on Monday 14 September. Courses last for 7 weeks, unless otherwise stated.


Day Time Course Teacher Duration Cost
Monday 18:45 - 19:45  NEW  Pregnancy Pilates Rachel Ongoing Class pass
Monday 20:00 - 21:00 Pilates Rehab Rachel 7 weeks £98
Tuesday 10:30 - 11:30  NEW  Mum and Baby Yoga Hajni 7 weeks £98
Tuesday 18:45 - 19:45 Pregnancy Yoga Claire Ongoing Class pass
Tuesday 20:00 - 21:00 Pregnancy Yoga Claire Ongoing Class pass
Wednesday 09:30 - 10:30 Tai Chi Enid 7 weeks £98
Wednesday 12:00- 13:00 Postnatal Pilates Rachel 7 weeks £98
Wednesday 18:45 - 19:45 Pregnancy Yoga Diane Ongoing Class pass
Wednesday 20:00 - 21:00 Restorative Yoga Diane 7 weeks £98
Thursday 10:30 - 11:30 Mum and Baby Yoga Hajni 7 weeks £98
Friday 09:00 - 10:30 Ashtanga Yoga Cherie 7 weeks £112
Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 Pregnancy Yoga Cherie Ongoing Class pass
Saturday 11:15 - 12:15 Pregnancy Pilates Rachel Ongoing Class pass
Saturday 14:15 - 15:15  NEW   Vinyasa Flow Yoga Hajni 7 weeks £98


Booking a class


Bookings on Yoga Mama courses can be made via our online booking system, in person at reception, or by telephone on 020 8789 3881. See our website for terms and conditions for the booking process.

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/



21 July 2015

Experience true Turkish Delight with a yoga holiday.


If your looking for a yoga retreat this summer I could recommend these two teachers...

Experience true Turkish Delight!

Yoga Holiday in Huzur Vadisi, Turkey
Aug 17th – 23rd



With two amazing teachers

Sophie is really excited to be joining her friend and fellow teacher Helen McCabe to teach this week at the beautiful Suleyman’s Gardens in Huzur Vadisi in Southern Turkey.  Join these two wonderful teachers for a week of yoga, meditation, delicious organic vegetarian food and time to explore this stunning location .. or to simply relax!
Set in the tranquility of the mountains in Southern Turkey, Suleyman’s Garden is a very charming, small traditional farm with terraced vegetable fields, orchards and beautiful gardens, with stunning sea views. It is one of Turkey’s most well known and established yoga retreat venues and provides the perfect location in which to retreat from the stresses of daily life. This week is the perfect opportunity for experienced practitioners and those newer to the practice alike to  their yoga practice whilst also providing plenty of opportunity to explore, swim, eat incredible food, sunbathe by the little pool (or on the beach) or relax in the shade.  The weather is always very hot and sunny in August but with a welcome gentle breeze (being up in the hills).

The Yoga

With two experienced teachers and a small group, this retreat is suitable for everyone from longterm practitioners to complete beginners.  Helen and Sophie love to work closely with their students, whatever their level of practice so that each person will receive a lot of personal attention, particularly in the morning guided self practice classes.  There will also be the opportunity for complete beginners or those less familiar with ‘self practice’ to attend a led class in the mornings. Helen and Sophie both share a warm, fun and passionate approach to teaching Ashtanga Yoga.
The newly built shaded yoga shala is set amid the vegetable gardens and fruit trees, with lovely sea views and has space for 20. It is fully equipped with mats, belts, blocks, bolsters and blankets.

A Typical Day

  • Mornings yoga sessions will be followed by a delicious brunch
  • After brunch the day is yours to explore or relax by the pool or on the beach
  • Book a massage with the excellent on site therapist (not included)
  • optional gentle late afternoon sessions are available in which we will explore techniques of the practice or a guided meditation
  • We will gather for a relaxed dinner each night

 Food and Accommodation

Huzur Vadisi is famous for its amazing food. They even have their own cookbook! The local owners grow all their own organic vegetables and fruit for the kitchen to make the truly delicious meals. It is the food as much as the location, which helped us to decide this was the place to bring our guests. Suleyman and his family, who cook, clean and garden, are very welcoming and helpful.  Turkish village cooking is mainly vegetarian, so there are many unusual and varied vegetarian dishes from the local repertoire. Based on fresh, local, seasonal produce – fruit, vegetables, pulses, grains, nuts, cheeses, eggs and yoghurt.  Special diets can be accommodated to on request.
The accommodation is in simple, comfortable wooden cabins with verandas, and traditional stone and thatched huts, set amid lovely flowery gardens. There is room for groups of between 15-18 people, including teachers, in double, twin and single accommodation. Bathrooms facilities are shared, and conveniently located around the site, with ample showers, toilets and hot water.  There are also a few ensuite rooms too, available at a small supplement.  Staying at Suleyman’s Garden is very much like being a houseguest – it’s a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere, particularly welcoming for people holidaying on their own. There is also plenty of space to be by yourself and be quiet if you wish.

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

Too Clever-The Tibetan book of living and dying

"If you are too clever you could miss the point completely "
Pautrul Rinpoche
The Tibetan book of living and dying

18 June 2015

Summer class timetable



The summer timetable for classes run by Yoga Mama here at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy has been released. It comes into effect on Monday 22 June and lasts for 8 weeks. Prenatal Yoga and Pilates classes will continue as normal throughout the summer, but other courses may be shortened.

Day Course Time Teacher Duration Price
Mon Mat-based Pilates 7 - 8pm Laurent 6 weeks £56*
Mon Back / Core Rehab 8 - 9pm Rachel 6 weeks £56*
Tue Prenatal Yoga 6:45 - 7:45pm Claire Ongoing CLASS PASSES
Tue Prenatal Yoga 8 - 9pm Claire 6 weeks CLASS PASSES
Wed Tai Chi 9:30 - 10:30am Enid 4 weeks £56
Wed Postnatal Pilates 12 - 1pm Rachel 4 weeks £56
Wed Prenatal yoga 6:45 - 7:45pm Diane Ongoing CLASS PASSES
Wed Restorative yoga 8 - 9pm Diane 8 weeks £112
Thu Mum & Baby yoga 10:30 - 11:30am Hajni 4 weeks £56**
Fri Ashtanga Yoga 9 - 10:30am Cherie 4 weeks £64
Sat Beginners Ashtanga yoga 8:45 - 9:45am Degy 4 weeks £56
Sat Prenatal Yoga 10 - 11am Cherie Ongoing CLASS PASSES
Sat Prenatal Pilates 11:15am - 12:15pm Rachel Ongoing CLASS PASSES


* No class Monday 6th July
** No class Thursday 2nd July

BOOKING


To book your place on any of the courses advertised, call us on 020 8789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.


16 June 2015

Autumn Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training


PREGNANCY YOGA TEACHER TRAINING WITH YOGA MAMA


18 - 20 SEPTEMBER AND 2 - 4 OCTOBER 2105


Bookings are now being taken on the Yoga Mama Autumn 2015 Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course. This 80-hour course, fully accredited by YogaAlliance UK is open to qualified yoga teachers and trainees and covers the following topics:

  • Asana, pranayama (breathing and relaxation techniques)
  • Sequencing pre and postnatal classes
  • The dos and don'ts of pregnancy yoga
  • Propping and assisting pregnant students
  • Pre and post natal anatomy for yoga
  • Common ailments associated with pregnancy
  • Setting up classes for pregnant students


COST AND EARLY BIRD OFFER

The course costs £750. However, if you book and pay before 31st July 2015, you can take advantage of the early bird offer of £695.


MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE COURSE

For more information about the course, visit the Yoga Mama website.


APPLICATIONS

To request an application form, please email education@yogamama.co.uk.


BOOKINGS

Once you have submitted your application form and your qualifications have been ratified, you can book your place on the course by calling 020 8789 3881 or by sending an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

09 June 2015

Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training day



POSTNATAL YOGA TEACHER TRAINING DAY


SUNDAY 5TH JULY 2015, 10AM - 5PM*


Yoga Mama will be running a Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course on Sunday July 5th 2015 (10am – 5pm) at our studio in Putney, south west London. This one-day course is fully accredited by Yoga Alliance UK and is for qualified pregnancy yoga teachers.


COURSE ELIGIBILITY
This course is open to teachers who have completed the Yoga Mama Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training or those with a similar pregnancy yoga qualification.


COURSE SYLLABUS

The course will cover the following:
  • Anatomy and physiology of postnatal women. This includes: pelvic floor recovery, hormonal changes, rectus separation and birth trauma.
  • Specific postnatal yoga practice, which will include safe core work.
  • Common complaints of postnatal women.
  • Emotional needs of postnatal women (including postnatal depression, feeding issues, loss of identity)
  • Running postnatal classes.

COURSE METHODOLOGY AND ASSESSMENT

  • The course will include both lectures and practical sessions.
  • Throughout the day, there will be recap quizzes.
  • You will be asked to observe two postnatal yoga classes and write up observation notes (prior to attending or submitting within a reasonable time frame after the course).

QUALIFICATIONS

You will receive a Yoga Mama postnatal certificate. You will also be able to use the training day towards your Yoga Alliance CPD points.


FACULTY
  • Cherie Lathey:  Senior Yoga Teacher and Director of Yoga Mama Teacher Training School. Director of The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy.
  • Katie Howard:  Women's Health Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor.
  • Alison Downey:  Midwife at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

COURSE FEES

The cost of this one day course is  £125. For Graduates of Yoga Mama Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training Course, the cost is £110.


BOOKING

Email info@yogamama.co.uk for to apply for this course.

Upon confirmation of your place, bookings can me made via email on info@putneyclinic.co.uk or by telephone on 020 8789 3881.

* Subject to sufficient numbers

30 May 2015

Foam Roller Workshop

FOAM ROLLER WORKSHOP

with LESLIE ABRAHAMS

SATURDAY 20TH JUNE 2015, 2 – 3:30PM




Join us for an exciting journey into the benefits and uses of the foam roller. Learn techniques to improve flexibility, function, performance, and reduce injuries, including practical instruction on how to do a selection of exercises.

COST & BOOKINGS


This workshop costs £25.There are limited places on this workshop, so booking is essential. For more information or to book your space, ask at reception, or call us on 020 8789 3881. Alternatively, you can email us on info@putneyclinic.co.uk.



ABOUT LESLIE ABRAHAMS


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.