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Four reasons to do Yoga for birth preparation classes.

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 four weeks and each week a different topic is discussed at the start of class: Week 1The natural physiology of birth: what to expect at different stages of the labour processWeek 2Managing fear: Trusting your body and nurturing a sense of empowermentWeek 3Creating a positive intention and guided relaxation: Letting go of the intellect and connecting with intuition and instinctsWeek 4Using breath as your anchor in labour: Detailed breath techniques for the different stages of labour
After the initial discussion, the session becomes more body focused, incorporating yoga postures that can help move the labour process along and build an inner and outer str…

Quiet London

Quiet London is a beautiful book full of quiet spots in London-written and photographed by the wonderful artist Siobhan Wall. As a Londoner I love the vibrancy and mix of London-I also love quiet spaces too, and this book offers many "secret spots" I didn't know about.

Siobhan is currently writing another Quiet London book and the Yoga Mama studio in Putney has the privilege of being listed in it.

I would highly recommend this to both Londoners and visitors to the capital- who need a little "time out" from the hustle and bustle of the city- and those that enjoy beautiful original photographs of places in London, that you wont find in a guide book.

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Wimbledon tennis and Yoga 2013

I have been doing the warm-ups at Wimbledon tennis qualifiers for many years. Indeed some of the young things I worked with back in the day are now 40+. I have introduced hundreds of people to yoga this way and hopefully a few will have picked it up from "Yoga Mama"

Here is the lovely group from this year's event busting their yoga moves. Many tops sports people now use yoga as part of their training programme and, indeed, many top tennis players use yoga to increase flexibility, strength and mental focus. Who? My lips are sealed.

Pose of the day; Vasisthasana

Vasisthasana this photo was taken at Nancy Gilgoffs London Ashtanga yoga workshops, at my studio in Putney.

Nancy Gilgoffs inspirational ashtanga workshops London

It has been more than a week since we hosted the amazing Ashtanga yoga teacher Nancy Gilgoffs workshops here in Putney. It was such a great honour for me to spend some time with my teacher on a personal level, and also on a professional level as an assistant .
Students came from far and wide and with mixed abilities-Some half way through primary series and some practising third series-The magic of this practise is that where ever you are in your yoga practise the person on the mat next to you, is on the same journey-and the bond felt by the yoga community is a very strong one. Nancy, as ever was inspirational both on and off the mat. The photos tell the story better than I can