Showing posts with label Ashtanga yoga London. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ashtanga yoga London. Show all posts

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 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.......

30 August 2013

Sharath Jois London tour 2013. What a wonderful week!

What an honour it has been to be part of the ashtanga yoga community sharing a week of yoga with the wonderful Sharath Jois here in London.

Meeting new people, seeing familiar faces, and even practising next to my daughter on one occasion. Sharath was truly happy and shiny (which was very contagious)  and even taught a short pranayama at the end of the led primary class on two occasions (which I personally have never experienced with him before). He said that you could use this pranayama if you were stressed or angry... perhaps he thinks us Londoners need it! :-)

He laughed a lot. My daughter Cally had her hands apart in virabhadrasana 1 and I could hear him saying "close your hands" and knew he was talking to her. I reached over and pushed them together. He whispered to me "is she yours?" and laughed (he later said he thought we looked very similar). We were two in a very large group. I'm sure everyone in the room has taken a bit of "Sharath sunshine" with them into their lives. His ability to share and make everyone feel part of something special is amazing.

I'm truly grateful that he has picked up the baton and continues the linage handed down to him from his grandfather Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. I don't imagine these are easy shoes to fill, but Sharath looks like he is happily settling into them...

A big thank you to Ashtanga Yoga London for making this all possible. If you were skiving off work and don't want to appear in any photos please let me know and I will remove them :-)

My girl meets Sharath...

Smiley faces all round...

05 March 2013

Sharath Jois in London 2013

Sharath Jois will be in London teaching a week of primary and intermediate ashtanga yoga
From 25th-30th of August- in a central London location.
Booking for this will open mid May.

A rare and wonderful treat to have Sharath in my home town-A big thank you to Hamish Hendry and ashtanga yoga London for organising this.

Going to have to set an alarm on my phone- as there will be a lot of takers for this....

05 March 2012

Nancy Gilgoff London Ashtanga Yoga workshops 2012

Nancy Gilgoff London Ashtanga Yoga workshops
26th-28th June 2012.

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It is a great privilege for us to be hosting Nancy Gilgoffs only London yoga workshops.

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. 
Nancy travels throughout the US, Europe and Japan sharing her experience of yoga. We are very honoured to have her come and share her wisdom with us, on her rare trip to London.

Workshop dates and format.

Tuesday 26th June 8,30am -11.30am ; Led class followed by Q&A and examining the breath in the practise.
Wednesday 27th June 8.30am-11.30 ; Mysore style practise followed by Q&A and loving kindness meditation
Thursday. 8.30am- Mysore style practise only.

£40 1st day
 £40 2nd day
 £25 3rd day
£105  Early bird offer if all three days booked together and booked before the 31st of March £95.00. To request a booking form contact

Nancy has requested you attend all three sessions where ever possible.
Venue The Putney clinic of physical therapy.
2nd floor  266 upper Richmond road, Putney London SW15 6TQ.

For venue location  

26 August 2011

Sharath London Ashtanga tour 2011

Whoa, what a week I have had... Last Friday my teenage son backed a heavy bit of German motor car into me, resulting in some heavy duty bruising on my legs. Shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries were also part of the deal too.

On Saturday I had treatment on these and called Hamish at Ashtanga yoga London to see if he recommended that I still attend the week long workshop with Sharath. He suggested coming as the yoga would "help with the healing". I expressed my concerns at having to modify my practice and that - having never practiced yoga with Sharath before - he might go too hard on me. I couldn't have been more wrong!

Sharath took me under his wing (along with many other students) and gently assisted me into my backbends. A light gentle touch which conveyed "I'm here, it's okay", softly encouraging me on the way.

By day two or three I was up on my own and he quietly said "very good". By Thursday I was feeling much stronger and finding my flow in the practice. Once again a word of encouragement at the end of the yoga session: "practice really improving".

Friday's practice was fun and fast, and it was lovely to be along side some of the twitter shala and share the energy of those who had been doing the second series all week.

Sharath is now the guru in Mysore, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. I don't think this can be an easy path; transitions are often difficult and change is not always welcome. I suppose this leads me to say why I was apprehensive about attending with my injuries. I had heard stories about the count, the pace and the discipline, which left me with preconceived ideas about the new guru. What I found was a gentle unassuming man, who was able to scan the room of 150 + people and see who needed his attention. He was humble, gentle and without frills.

I feel very privileged to have been able to spend a week with Sharath and to share the experience with so many others. It is amazing as a Londoner to be in a room full of strangers (mostly) and feel like you are part of a community; breathing, sweating and chanting together and then going off into the city and doing your best to live yoga. As Sharath said in his parting words " London needs yoga".

A big thank you to Astanga yoga London for organising this event and to Hamish for the wise words of wisdom that enabled me to embark on this adventure: "the yoga will be healing".

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Tired but happy.

15 August 2010

Top 10 yoga studios in London

This article was originally published in the Elephant Journal.

Although yoga is catching on fast here in the UK, we really do not have as much choice as our friends across The Pond regarding where we practice yoga. When I did my yoga teacher training in San Francisco, I was able to try lots of different schools of yoga—all within a stone’s throw of each other. In London, however, you have to look a bit harder and be prepared to travel if you want to get on your yoga mat.

London offers a “no-frills” approach to yoga, which I personally really love. Studios tend to be fairly basic and many are warehouse type set ups. We do not have any “celebrity teachers” referred to in hushed voices, who slip into class with an air of mystery. We do, however, have some fantastic teachers and are lucky enough to host some amazing visiting yoga teachers from around the world, who come and share their wisdom.

This list contains some of my personal favourite studios and some that are highly recommended by yoga students and teachers alike.

Tri Yoga

Tri Yoga has three Yoga studios in London: Primrose Hill; Covent Garden and Soho. Theses studios offer a wide range of classes to suit all yoga practices. There are 160 listed classes across the three studios, from Iynegar to Children’s yoga, and classes from guest international teachers.

Teachers to look out for: Claire Missingham (dynamic flow), Bridget Woods Kramer (Anusara / dynamic flow), Phillipa Asher (Ashtanga)


The Life Centre

The Life Centre in Notting Hill Gate is one of London’s oldest yoga studios, established in 1993. This is a personal favourite of mine. It has a beautiful main studio with lots of natural light. There is a very calm feel to studio and a wide range of classes to choose from, suiting all styles.

Teachers to look out for: Jeff Phenix (General yoga), Leela Miller (Ashtanga/ dynamic), Danai Paleogianni (yoga level 1-2).


Jivamukti Yoga London

Another personal favourite of mine. It is a beautiful yoga studio, which serves as a spirtual oasis in the the heart of Ladbroke Grove (Notting Hill). Jivamukti Yoga offers all aspects of yoga: chanting, kirtan readings from the yoga sutras and – of course – yoga classes and workshops from guest teachers. As a matter of interest, Sri Dhamra Mittra will be holding a workshop in August.

This is a dynamic school of yoga and all the teachers have trained under the guidance of US-based David Life and Sharon Gannon.

Teachers to look out for: Emma Henry, Cat, Durga Devi


The Yoga Place

The Yoga Place is situated in East London and has a wide range of classes available, from yin yoga and meditation to Mysore style Ashtanga yoga.

Teachers to look out for: Carys Perkin


Ashtanga yoga London (AYL)

If you’re looking for a traditional Ashtanga yoga practice, this is the place to go. Mysore yoga classes are offered here. As with all traditional Ashtanga yoga schools there is no yoga on moon days.

Teachers to look out for: Hamish Hendry



Alchemy is a fairly new yoga studio located near Camden Market. It’s a beautiful set up and has a small cafĂ© where you can refuel after your yoga class. It offers different styles of yoga including Kundalini, Hatha and dynamic classes. The timetable is ever-growing.

Teachers to look out for: Stewart Gilchrist (dynamic yoga)


Bikram Yoga Fulham

Bikram is probably the fastest growing yoga studio in London, with studios popping up all over the place. This is the only Bikram studio I have visited in the UK and, therefore, the only one I can comment on. If you love hot yoga, this is the place for you.

Teachers to look out for: Sanja Verma


The Special Yoga Centre

I could not compile a list of great yoga studios without mentioning this yoga centre. There are a wide range of classes including community payment classes. It is an all-encompassing studio with all ages and abilities welcome, with a strong focus on yoga therapy for children with special needs.