30 April 2015

Nepal Donation Yoga Class


Donation Yoga class this Friday, 9.00-10.30am.

(All monies raised will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee)

This will be a led ashtanga half primary class, with a short, loving kindness mediation. All levels welcome.I suggest a fee of £15 per person, but feel free to pay more or donate what you can. Please bring cash so we can bank it to the charity on the same day. The Putney Clinic will match all monies raised.

If you would like to make a donation without attending, please put in the donation box here in the Clinic.

27 April 2015

Book: The In-Sync Diet

Our colleague at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy, Fleur Borrelli (Nutritional Therapist), has collaborated with actress Glynis Barber on a new book called The In-Sync Diet. The diet is an evolutionary approach to weight management, incorporating all the secrets of your ancestors to help you to burn fat and stay lean and toned. Whilst most diets focus on what to eat, The In-Sync Diet is unique in that it also looks at when not to eat (to get rid of tiredness and fatigue)  and goes beyond simply recommending eating less and exercising more.

Glynis had been a keen advocate of natural health and wellness for many years before she approached Fleur for nutritional advice. Using an evolutionary approach to nutrition, Fleur made changes to Glynis' diet and lifestyle that revolutionised her thinking and The In-Sync Diet was born. The book was featured in the Mail on Sunday on the 18th April. Below is the full interview between Glynis Barber and Isobel James.

So Glynis, how have you barely aged in 30 years? By avoiding water, skipping breakfast - and not succumbing to the nip-tuck knife, insists the Dempsey and Makepeace star

By Isobel James, published in The Mail on Sunday (18 April 2015)

Perched on a hotel sofa barely inches from Glynis Barber, I am trying, as covertly as possible, to scrutinise her rather lovely face. All peachy skin and thick, glossy locks, she also looks trim and toned in skinny jeans.

It's difficult to believe that in the next few months, the actress – remembered by many as the glacially beautiful half of ITV"s 1980s detective duo Dempsey And Makepeace – will be collecting her bus pass. From where I'm sitting, she looks barely a day over 40.

It is impossible, frankly, not to wonder whether Mother Nature has been given a, shall we say, little helping hand. There is no "pillow face" here or unnaturally shaped eyebrows (a telltale sign). So has she and would she?

It's a question that Glynis answers diplomatically. "I am a bit surgery-phobic – I am a total coward," she insists. "I don't judge anyone for doing it – people have to do what's right for them. But for me a healthy lifestyle is the key." 
It's hard to argue with that sentiment. And this, indeed, is why we are meeting. For the past two years, under the tutelage of nutritional therapist Fleur Borrelli, Glynis has changed what and how she eats – and in the process, she says, transformed her health and her figure. 
She tore up her rulebook too: out went breakfast – instead she has just two large meals a day. Out, too, went wholegrains and she even stopped sipping water in the day, something she once swore by to stay hydrated and stave off hunger. 
So convinced is she that what Fleur taught her is the key to long-lasting health and wellbeing that she has co-written a book with her, The In-Sync Diet, in which she shares their discoveries, backed up, she says, by credible new research.
"I had no idea that when I met Fleur I would drop a stone in weight and a dress size, gain lean muscle, and have vastly improved energy levels, all while turning upside down the things I previously believed in," Glynis says. "But that's what has happened and it's why I wanted to share it with a wider audience." 
Ironically, Glynis once thought herself the last person to need a lifestyle reboot. Always fit, she went organic in her late 20s at a time when it was barely heard of. "This was the 1980s, so everyone thought I was mad, although it made complete sense to me," she recalls. "My view was it was silly to put chemicals in your body that don't need to be there, but that was forward-thinking at the time. It was me, Prince Charles and some hippies. But I stuck to it." 
Glynis, married to her Dempsey And Makepeace co-star Michael Brandon, has enjoyed a busy career in theatre and TV, but two years ago started to develop unexplained joint pain and was advised by her osteopath to see Fleur. "I was actually pretty resistant at first as I thought the one thing I know is how to eat properly," she explains. But Fleur thought differently. "One by one, she busted a lot of the myths that were a cornerstone of my diet." 
First to face scrutiny was Glynis's fondness for wholegrains. "I was surprised as I knew about processed grains, but I thought wholewheat was fine, until Fleur explained that it creates inflammation in the gut. She told me to cut them out." 
It meant a gluten-free diet – not easy for a self-confessed 'breadaholic'. Pasta was also jettisoned, replaced by protein and vegetables. "At first I thought, 'I can't do this' " she explains. "But now I don't miss them at all. I eat salmon, eggs, nuts, organic turkey and salads." 
And it was not just what she ate but when that Fleur also changed. Glynis ate little and often in the belief it kept her blood sugar levels regulated. But Fleur told her that cutting out breakfast altogether and eating two large meals a day was a better way of regulating her metabolism. 
This is backed up by new research into intermittent fasting, which shows that better weight control can be achieved with long periods without eating – popularised by the 5:2 diets, in which you consume very few calories for two days of the week and eat a normal, balanced diet the rest of the time. Some studies have found the same benefits – which also include lower cholesterol and blood pressure – might be gained by daily 'fasts' achieved by eating dinner then nothing else until lunch the next day. 
Then came what Glynis drank. "I was one of those people who walked around clutching a water bottle and sipping at it throughout the day," she says. "But new research shows that drinking little and often actually doesn't help the cells replenish properly. It's far better to drink a large glass of water when you're thirsty." 
Initially cynical, Glynis says she was amazed by how easy it was to adapt. "What I was trying to overturn were the habits of a lifetime and I thought it would be incredibly hard, but it honestly took a matter of weeks. It's not set in stone either. If I want the odd blowout or I really fancy breakfast, then I have it." 
Aided by her regular cardio and hot yoga sessions, she believes she is in better shape than she was 20 years ago. "I have always been fit, but I used to get incredibly tired. Now I am bursting with energy." 
And, Glynis insists, she is less likely to scrutinise herself. "I actually feel less vain now than I did in my youth. I'm very comfortable in my skin and I'm really not hung up on age at all. You can't do anything about your chronological age, but how you age is up to you."

The In-Sync Diet 

by Glynis Barber and Fleur Borrelli
Published by Autharium.

Available in all good bookshops. RRP £14.99.

Also available to purchase on Amazon and Kindle

Women's Health Talk for Pre and Postnatal Women



We are running a free women's health talk for pre and postnatal women on Thursday 21 May (7-8pm). There will be talks by Aude Lauriot Prevost and Laura Tilson, Osteopaths at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy who take care of both pregnant women and young babies/children with both structural osteopathy and cranial osteopathy. The talks will cover:

  • How to look after your spine during pregnancy
  • Tips on exercise during pregnancy
  • Common causes of aches and pains during pregnancy
  • Postnatal rehabilitation
  • Pelvic floor issues
  • Paediatric osteopathy: why you might bring your baby to see an osteopath
  • Cranial osteopathy: what is it?
  • Q & A session


To book your place on this talk, call us on 020 8789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

24 April 2015

Prenatal Pilates



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!


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.


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




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.


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.

21 April 2015

New Tuesday evening Prenatal Yoga course



We are running a new Tuesday-evening Prenatal Yoga course, starting on Tuesday 28 April (6:45 - 7:45pm).


Pregnancy is a great personal journey for any woman and is a time of mental and physical change. It can also be a challenging time, as adjustments need to be made as the body starts to change shape.

A prenatal yoga practice can help address some of these changes in a positive way. Women who practice yoga during pregnancy are able to be really present in their bodies and connect with their unborn child. Yoga has a calming effect on the mother, which is, in turn, transmitted to the baby.

Breathing techniques learnt in prenatal yoga can be used at anytime during pregnancy and many women find them very useful when giving birth. Focusing on the breath can have a profound effect; by learning to control the breath women may feel empowered and more in control of their thoughts and body.

Pregnancy yoga differs from general yoga classes, in that many of the classical poses are adapted to accommodate the changes in the body. Twists are open, poses are fluid and nurturing for the mum to be, creating space in the body and helping to alleviate some of the common ailments often associated with pregnancy such as: backache, heartburn, swollen limbs etc.


Yoga Mama operates a class pass system on Prenatal Yoga 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.


To book your place on this course, call us on 020 8789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

New Yoga Mama Class Timetable

The new Yoga Mama class timetable, which comes into effect on Saturday 25 April. Courses last 8 weeks, unless stated otherwise.

Day Course Time Teacher Duration
Monday Mat-based Pilates 7 - 8pm Laurent 6 weeks*
Monday Back / Core Rehab 8 - 9pm Rachel 6 weeks*
Tuesday NEW Prenatal Yoga 6:45 - 7:45pm Claire Ongoing
Wednesday Tai Chi 9:30 - 10:30am Enid 8 weeks
Wednesday Postnatal Pilates 12 - 1pm Rachel 8 weeks
Wednesday Prenatal yoga 6:45 - 7:45pm Diane Ongoing
Wednesday Restorative yoga 8 - 9pm Diane 8 weeks
Thursday Mum & Baby yoga 10:30 - 11:30am Hajni 6 weeks
Thursday Women's Health Public Educational Evening
Thursday 21 May
7 - 8pm Aude Lauriot & Laura Tilson 1 day
Friday Ashtanga Yoga 9 - 10:30am Cherie 8 weeks
Saturday Beginners' Ashtanga Yoga 8:45 - 9:45am Degy 4 weeks
Saturday Prenatal yoga 10 - 11am Cherie Ongoing
Saturday Prenatal Pilates 11:15am - 12:15pm Rachel Ongoing

* No classes on Monday 4 and 25 May due to Bank Holidays.


 Class Class duration Price Course duration
Mat Pilates 1 hour £84 6 weeks
Back / Core Rehab 1 hour £84 6 weeks
Prenatal Yoga 1 hour SEE CLASS PASSES Ongoing
Tai Chi 1 hour £112 8 weeks
Postnatal Pilates 1 hour £112 8 weeks
Restorative Yoga 1 hour £112 8 weeks
Mum & Baby Yoga 1 hour £84 6 weeks
Ashtanga Yoga 1.5 hours £128 8 weeks
Prenatal Pilates 1 hour SEE CLASS PASSES 6 weeks
Drop in 1 hour £16 1 day  


ClassDurationClass pass pricePass expiry period
Prenatal Yoga1 hour6 classes / £84Use within 8 weeks
Prenatal Pilates1 hour6 classes / £84Use within 8 weeks


To book your place on any of the courses offered by Yoga Mama, call us on 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

02 April 2015