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Stretch workshop with Cherie Lathey


Are you looking to increase your flexibility? Then this is the workshop for you.

Many people, whether they are elite athletes or desk bound office workers, need to spend more time stretching to increase their range of motion. Lots of injuries and back problems can have their roots in tightness or in balance in the muscles or stiffness around the joints.

This workshop is loosely based on the Yin Yoga principle of holding stretches for  3- 5 minutes, thus also stretching the facia that surrounds the muscles.

This workshop is open to anyone as we will use props to help facilitate this deep stretching. There is no jumping around and the workshop is mostly floor based. Be prepared to take yourself out of your “normal” stretch comfort zone.


This workshop costs £25. To book your place, visit the Yoga Mama online booking system or call us on 020 8789 3881.

January / February 2017 class timetable

Below you will find the timetable and prices for classes running at Yoga Mama during January and February 2017. This timetable comes into effect on Monday 9 January 2017. Courses last for 7 weeks, unless otherwise stated.

To book your place on your chosen course, go to our live schedule and booking system. At present, online booking is not available once a course has started (except pregnancy classes). To check availability or to book, call us on 020 8789 3881.

One-to-one Yoga, Fertility Yoga, Tai Chi, Reformer Pilates and mat Pilates classes are also available. Individual sessions are £65, with discounts available on block bookings. For more information or to book, call us on 020 8789 3881.

Timetable and PricesDayTimeCourseTeacherDurationCostMonday09:00 - 10:00General Pilates
(starts 16 January)Rachel6 weeks£90Monday11:00 - 12:00NEW Postnatal Pilates
(starts 16 January)Emily6 weeks£90Monday19:00 - 20:00Pregnancy PilatesSusannahOngoingClass passMonday20:00 - 21:00NEW General Pilat…

50% discount on your first 1-2-1 Reformer Pilates session

As part of our expanding selection of  Pilates services, we are pleased to announce that we will have 2 new Reformer Pilates teachers joining the team in January. Babs Afolayan is an experienced Reformer Pilates teacher and personal trainer who has worked in a number of top studios in London. Throughout January 2017, he is offering a special introductory offer on first Reformer Pilates sessions.  See below for full details.

What is Reformer Pilates? Reformer Pilates is low impact (easy on the joints), yet challenging, form of exercise. At Yoga Mama and The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy, we use the Allegro 2 reformer machine, a versatile piece of equipment that allows a wide range of exercises to be performed. The machine’s attachments increase the range of modifications that can be made to exercises, and allows for additional exercises beyond what can be done on in a mat-based Pilates class. This, in conjunction with the support given by the resistance the machine provides, allows…

Christmas Gift Vouchers from Yoga Mama and the Putney Clinic

This Christmas, Give the Gift of Health Looking to give friends and family a healthy Christmas gift this year? Then look no further... Christmas gift vouchers from the Putney Clinic, and its partners at Yoga Mama, are now on sale. There are four different packages to choose from. These vouchers are available to purchase in person at reception, by email on, or by calling 020 8789 3881. They will be on sale until 21st December 2016 and must be used by 31st March 2017. Other terms and conditions apply.

Hypnobirthing courses

What is hypnobirthing Pregnancy is a time of joy, excitement and anticipation, but the thought of childbirth often evokes fear and anxieties. Hypnobirthing provides the knowledge and tools to help reduce those fears and build confidence in this natural process. Based on a well established practise and rooted in medical research, hypnobirthing empowers you to feel in control regardless of how your baby is born. It will make a positive difference to your experience and will hugely benefit both you and your baby.

Likely benefits for you and your babyBefore
Feeling empowered, calm and in control when approaching the birthLooking forward to giving birthProviding a relaxed atmosphere for your babyDuring
A positive experience of giving birth for you, your baby and your partnerShorter and sometimes even pain free labourReduced likelihood for the need of medical interventionAfter
Having an alert and calm baby who is ready to bond with youReduced recovery time and minimised postnatal difficulties…

Osteoporosis and Fall Prevention

The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy is holding a free public educational evening on Osteoporosis and Fall Prevention on Thursday 17th November 2016 (7-9pm). There will be talks by Enid Gill (Tai Chi Teacher) and Adrian Dilworth (Registered Osteopath).

About the talks Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become very brittle and may break, even with a low impact fall. It is more prevalent in women, however it is estimated that one in five men over the age of 50 suffer bone breaks due to osteoporosis. We will look at the mechanism of osteoporosis, the most common fractures and the impact they have on day to day life. We will also talk about osteopathic care, pain management, and steps that can be taken to help prevent fractures occurring.

Sometimes called Meditation in Movement, Tai Chi Chuan is a traditional Chinese practice. It uses the slowed execution of fighting movements to relax the upper body while strengthening lower limbs, and centring the mind and breath. Through this …

Class timetable for November/ December 2016

Below you will find the class timetable for  classes run by Yoga Mama at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy during  November and December 2016. This timetable comes into effect on Monday 31 October 2016. Courses last for 7 weeks, unless otherwise stated. Please note that The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy will be closed for essential maintenance works on Saturday 5th November.

Class timetableDayTimeCourseTeacherDurationCostMonday09:00 – 10:00General PilatesRachelOngoing£105Monday10:30 – 11:30NEW Barre and Baby
Starts 7th NovemberZoë6 weeks£90Monday18:00 – 19:00General Pilates
No class 14th NovemberLaurent7 weeks£105Monday19:00 – 20:00Pregnancy PilatesSusannahOngoingClass passTuesday10:30 – 11:30Mum & Baby Yoga
Class fullHajni7 weeks£105Tuesday20:00 – 21:00Pilates Rehab
Starts 8th NovemberClaire6 weeks£90Wednesday09:15- 10:15Tai ChiEnid7 weeks£105Wednesday10:25 - 11:25Tai ChiEnid7 weeks£105Wednesday12:00- 13:00Postnatal Pilates
Class fullRachel6 weeks£90Wednesday18:45 – 19:45Preg…

Movie with a Smoothie & Brunch


You are invited to "Movie with a Smoothie and Brunch",  a breast cancer fundraising event at the famous Olympic Studios in Barnes on Sunday 2 October from 9:30am - 2pm. There will be a movie, a smoothie and a delicious canapé brunch in the exclusive private members' club.

JOIN US AND WIN PRIZES We also have some wonderful raffle prizes, including:

A Jimmy Choo handbagAn Apple watchLimited Edition artworkand other prizes TICKETS Tickets for this event cost £50 each and are available to buy online. Click here to purchase yours. All money raised will go to the Caron Keating Foundation. Raffle tickets can be purchased on the day.

Yoga Mama and The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy are proud sponsors of this event. Please join us to help make a difference. We would be grateful if you could share this with your friends.
THE VENUE This fundraising event will take place at the …

Pelvic Floor and Core Stability Workshop

Pelvic Floor and Core Stability Workshop
with Baz Moffat
Thursday 6th October, 7 – 8:30pm

Venue: The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy
Cost £30 (early bird rate £25)

This workshop is for women who are interested in finding out more about their pelvic floor. Whether you have had a baby or not and however old you are, every woman needs to know this!

The evening will teach you how to strengthen your pelvic floor and core so that, for years to come, you have got a solid, strong and dependable body which does not let you down when you jump, laugh or sneeze!

You will leave this workshop knowing the important role the pelvic floor has on stabilising the body, and how to engage it effectively so that you can be healthy, active and fit at all stages of life.

About Baz Moffat
Baz Moffat is a Women's Health and Fitness Coach. She has a BSc and MSc in Sports Science, rowed on the GB Senior team for 4 years and won World Championship medals. She is mum to two young boys and specialises in pelvic …

Class timetable for September and October 2016

Below you will find the timetable for classes running at Yoga Mama. This timetable comes into effect on Monday 12 September 2016. Courses last for 7 weeks, unless otherwise stated.

Day Time Course Teacher Duration Cost Monday09:00 - 10:00NEW General PilatesRachel7 weeks£105Monday18:00 - 19:00NEW General PilatesLaurent7 weeks£105Monday19:00 - 20:00Pregnancy PilatesSusannahOngoingClass passTuesday10:30 - 11:30Mum & Baby Yoga (class full)Hajni7 weeks£105Tuesday18:45 - 19:45Pregnancy YogaClaireOngoingClass passTuesday20:00 - 21:00NEW Pilates RehabClaire7 weeks£105Wednesday09:15 - 10:15Tai ChiEnid7 weeks£105Wednesday10:25 - 11:25Tai ChiEnid7 weeks£105Wednesday12:00 - 13:00Postnatal Pilates (class full)Rachel7 weeks£105Wednesday18:45 - 19:45Pregnancy YogaDianeOngoingClass passThursday10:30 - 11:30Mum & Baby Yoga (class full)Eftal7 weeks£105Thursday19:00 - 20:30Pelvic Floor Workshop
6 OctoberBaz1 day£30Friday09:00 - 10:30Ashtanga Yoga LedCherie7 weeks£119Saturday10:00 - 11:00Pregnancy…

Yin yoga for upper back, neck and shoulders

Yoga and fertility

1 in 7 couples in the UK are affected by fertility issues. There are many factors to consider in both men and women.  These include: endometriosis, tube blockages, Fibroids, lack of ovulation, poor quality sperm,... to name but a few.  However, 25 % of couples tested for fertility problems will be classified as being “unexplained”. This doesn't mean that you cannot get pregnant,  but  that there is no underlying medical reason for it not happening. This in itself can be very stressful and is why many fertility experts will recommend a mind body approach to fertility. What is infertility? According to the NHS guildlines “infertility is when a couple cannot get pregnant (conceive), despite having regular unprotected sex” with one in seven couples having difficulty conceiving this is 3.5 million people in the UK. About 84% of couples will conceive naturally within one year if they have regular unprotected sex ( every two to three days) “ See NHS website for full statistics.  It is best t…

How yoga can help with a smoother birthing experience

How yoga can help with a smoother birthing experience.

Babies that are well positioned in a woman's pelvis at the end of her pregnancy can have a major influence on her birthing experience and the way her baby is born. A lot of women will work up to 36 weeks in pregnancy, often seated at a desk leaning back in the chair. This seated position can cause the heaviest part of the baby ( the back of the body) to fall towards the woman's spine in the Occipital posterior position (OP) or back to back as it is sometimes called.

Occipital Anterior position (OA)
Babies in the Occipital Anterior (optimal fetal position) have an easier passage through the pelvis. Women delivering in the Occipital Anterior position tend to have shorter and more comfortable labours, with rapid cervix dilation and efficient contractions. There is less likelihood of medical intervention or complications during the birthing process.

Occipital Posterior position (OP)
Babies that are in the Occipital Posterior (feta…


Coming soon Yoga Mama baby range

Its been a while since I posted here...Ive been very busy working on a few projects-here is one of them.

The organic hand printed baby range will be on sale very soon.....hand printed with love, and modeled by the beautiful Henryk.

Watch this space....

Why every new mum needs physical therapy

A very interesting article by Julie Revelant, published in Fox Health News on 17 April. She argues that every new mother needs physical therapy in order to rehabilitate and strengthen pelvic floor muscles that become weakened during childbirth. We would recommend this after the 6-week postpartum check up.

Why every new mom needs physical therapy

By Julie Revelant, originally published on Fox Health News on 17 April 2016

After she gave birth to her son, Valerie Orsoni knew what to expect: a prescription from her doctor for 12 sessions of physical therapy to rehabilitate her pelvic floor muscles.

 “Even when you’re a little girl in France, your mom always tells you to stay stretched and to always tuck in your tummy and contract your abs. When you do that, naturally it leads to contracting the perineum,” Orsoni, 45,  the founder of, said.

After the birth of her son, now 19, Orsoni underwent biofeedback, a treatment that uses an electrode or probe inserted into the vagi…

Yoga for Birth Preparation


Diane's "Yoga for Birth Preparation" classes are tailored for the final stages of pregnancy (from 32 weeks), where what we need most is to quieten the mind, let go of time pressures and constant doing and be in a consciously relaxed state, where we can connect with ourselves, our babies and our inner birthing wisdom.

The course runs over two weeks covering the following topics:

Week 1:
The natural physiology of birth – What to expect at different stages of the labour process
Using breath as your anchor in labour – Detailed breath techniques for the different stages of labour.

Week 2:
Managing fear – Trusting your body and nurturing a sense of empowerment Creating a positive intention and guided relaxation – Letting go of the intellect and connecting with intuition and instincts. After the initial discussion, the session then becomes more body focused incorporating yoga postures that can help move…

How to take yoga photos for Instagram

Ever wondered how you should take yoga photos for your Instagram account? Well, watch this video from JP Spears and discover some useful tips! #livingtheyogaloca :-)

Fertility and Pregnancy information talk by the experts.


Thursday 21st April 2016. 7 – 9pm

The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy and its partners are holding a free public educational evening on Thursday 21st April (7 - 9pm), with talks by consultant gynaecologist and fertility doctor Mr Kamal Ojha and nutrition therapist Fleur Borrelli.

The theme of this month's talks is fertility and is open to the general public. See below for details.


Polycystic Ovaries, Fertility and IVF
Mr Kamal Ojha (Consultant Gynaecologist, Fertility Doctor and Honorary Senior Lecturer)

Nutritional Factors Affecting Fertility and Pregnancy
Fleur Borrelli (Nutrition Therapist)


The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy
2nd Floor, Putneymead Medical Group Practice
266 Upper Richmond Road,
London SW15 6TQ


This talk is open to the general public and is free. If you would like to attend, call us on 020 8789 3881, or send an email with your full name (for catering purpose…

Class timetable: April - May 2016

The new Yoga Mama class timetable will come into effect the week starting Monday 11 April. There are a couple of new classes, including a new beginners yoga flow class on Saturday mornings and a 2-week baby massage course. See below for details.

To book on any of the courses listed, visit the Yoga Mama online booking system. Alternatively, you can call us on 020 8789 3881.

DayTimeCourseTeacherDurationCostMonday18:45 – 19:45Pregnancy PilatesRachelOngoingClass passMonday20:00 – 21:00Pilates RehabRachel6 weeks£90Tuesday10:30 – 11:30Mum and Baby YogaHajni7 weeks£105Tuesday18:45 – 19:45Pregnancy YogaClaireOngoingClass passWednesday09:15 – 10:15Tai ChiEnid7 weeks£105Wednesday10:25 – 11:25Tai ChiEnid7 weeks£105Wednesday12:00 – 13:00Postnatal PilatesRachel7 weeks£105Wednesday18:45 – 19:45Pregnancy YogaDianeOngoingClass passWednesday20:00 – 21:00Restorative YogaDiane7 weeks£105Thursday10:30 – 11:30Mum and Baby YogaHajni7 weeks£105Thursday19:00 – 21:00Fertility & Pregnancy public talk
(21 …

Postnatal women- Rehabilitation and Surgery

Thursday 17th March 2016. 7 – 9pm

The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy and its partners are delighted to invite you to attend a FREE public educational evening on Thursday 17th March (7 - 9pm), with talks by Neil Bulstrode and Katie Howard.

The theme of this month's talks is postnatal rehabilitation and surgery and is open to the general public, as well as to medical, healthcare and fitness professionals. See below for details.


Physiotherapy and rehabilitation of the postnatal mum

Katie Howard (Physiotherapist)

Loss of Postnatal Core Strength. A multidisciplinary and surgical approach

Neil Bulstrode (Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon)


The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy
2nd Floor, Putneymead Medical Group Practice
266 Upper Richmond Road,
London SW15 6TQ


This talk is free. If you would like to attend, call us on 020 8789 3881, or send an email with your full name (for catering…

Extended early bird offer on Yoga Mama April 2016 Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training

NEXT COURSE: 8 - 10 & 22 - 24 APRIL 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 April 2016. Take advantage of our early bird discount before Monday 29th February. Book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


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 April 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.


Prescribing yoga and arts classes on the NHS is money well spent

Want, Idleness, Ignorance, Squalor and Disease: these were the five "giants" identified by Sir William Beveridge in his wartime report that laid the foundation  for the postwar welfare state. He omitted a sixth that is less viable yet as old as civilisation: loneliness.

Isolation inflicts a heavy psychological burden, especially on the elderly. It also has financial costs, in worsening ill health. An innovative scheme in Rotherham suggests how these can be reduced. Health administrators in the town have since 2012 allocated about £500,000 a year to community groups to help vulnerable patients to join them.

It works, for patients and health budgets. GPs direct patients to activities such as yoga, fitness classes or the arts, or counseling for those with financial or welfare problems. This sort of social prescribing reduces the pressure on medical services. Analysis by Sheffield Hallam University suggests that by reducing A & E visits, hospital stays and GP appointments, …

Prescription for yoga cuts A&E visits

Prescribing yoga, arts and Xbox fitness classes on the NHS can cut A & E visits by a sixth, according to an analysis of one of the largest such schemes.

Lonely older patients are much happier of GPs send them to knitting, woodwork or local history groups and the NHS could save money because they need less treatment, the study suggests.

Family doctors say they have replaced priests as the first port of call for people with social or financial problems, and non-medical help will free up appointments. Loneliness exacerbates health problems of the elderly.

In one of the longest running programmes, health chiefs in Rotherham have spent £500,000 a year since 2012 on community groups and advisers to help vulnerable patients to joint them.

Tai chi, quizzes, indoor curling and other exercises are among the groups offered to lonely older people, while those with financial problems are given debt and welfare advice and those with depression are steered towards music or creative writing clas…