Weekly Yoga Classes in Putney
I run two weekly classes at St Mary's Church, Putney on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm, and Saturday mornings at 9am. Both classes are Vinyasa flow style classes with the Tuesdays class being more restorative based with some Yin style elements and deep relaxation by candle light. The Saturday mornings class is designed to invigorate and strengthen the body so you'll start your weekend with vitality and energy. After the Saturday class we go for brunch together at the Putney Pantry, this is optional and you're free to come along if you feel like it. It's a great way to start the weekend with a lovely group of likeminded people.
All classes are £10 drop in, no need to book in advance just turn up a few minutes before the class starts to get settled. I offer class passes for those wishing to attend on a regular basis. If you have any questions feel free to email me.
I'll be starting a series of mindfulness workshops in Putney soon. If you'd like to find out more or are interested private 121 sessions please email me.
I began my yoga journey around 20 years ago when I found myself incredibly anxious and suffering with panic attacks whilst studying for my degree and feeling a bit lost, questioning what I wanted to do with my life. Probably quite a similar experience to most people at the age of 20. It wasn’t really a time when people talked about mental health so it wasn’t the easiest of times. Thank goodness my mother is very alternative so she suggested I go to a yoga therapist in Cambridge. I attended the first session and then began attending yoga classes regularly, at that time of my life those classes seemed to be the only hour in my week when I felt some sense of peace. It’s been a very long and rocky road for me but long story short, after much soul searching over the years, traveling, living in different places and having different jobs, I ended up in London and decided it was time to embark on yoga teacher training.
So here I am now, 20 years later and it's hard to explain how happy you feel when you are finally doing something that you love and helping others along the way. It's without a doubt the most rewarding 'job' I've ever had.
Now a 200hr Vinyasa Ashtanga qualified yoga yeacher with an accompanying 100hr Yin & Aryurveda qualification. I am now half way through completing my 200hr Mindfulness & Self Compassion teacher training and registered with the counselling and psychotherapy central awarding body.
My yoga classes are a thoughtful combination of mindful movement and meditation with a strong focus on taking a self compassionate and breath aware approach to each movement. All levels are welcome with options given to suit all. You'll build your core strength, increase flexibility and feel rejuvenated by the end of class, ready for your day and week ahead.
yin yoga & Ayurveda
I have a 100hr Yin Yoga & Ayurveda qualification with the Yoga People, which I gained in India in 2017.
Yin Yoga works on the yin tissues - also known as the connective tissues. Connective tissue responds best to a slow, steady load which is why we hold the poses for longer. If you gently stretch connective tissue by holding a yin pose for a long time in this way, the body will respond by making it a little longer and stronger - which is exactly what you want. Remember the principle of exercise is to stress the tissue so the body will respond by strengthening it.
Having a 200hr Vinyasa Ashtanga Yoga qualification with Yoga London, this is my primary teaching style. My classes are generally slow flowing designed to build core strength and increase flexibility with lots of options for all levels. The idea is is to create a mindful movement practice that increases your sense of connection with the body and breath to focus the mind.
Vinyasa means “movement linked with breath.” Postures are strung together in a short or longer flow.
This style of yoga is often quite dynamic, which requires the mind to stay focused in the present. Focusing keeps you from drifting off and helps you to be present in your body rather than stuck in your head.
I'm currently half way through a 200hr accredited integrating mindfulness & compassion in professional practice teacher training course with Yoga Campus which also qualifies me to be registered with the counselling and psychotherapy central awarding body .
Mindfulness is a simple and very powerful practice of training our attention. It’s simple in that it’s really just about paying attention to what’s happening here and now (i.e. sensations, thoughts, and emotions) in a non-judgemental way. It’s powerful because it can interrupt the habit of getting lost in thoughts, mostly about the future or past, which often generates more stress on top of the real pressures of everyday life.