Since opening our studio doors on Streatham High Road at the start of 2019, we’ve had so much fun discovering our new neighbourhood and can’t get enough of the incredible independent foodie businesses we’re surrounded by.
Here are some of our faves…
Vegan cafe, juice bar and co-working space, we love the chilled out atmosphere and sense of community you get when you walk through Tribe’s doors. They’ve got private and shared desk spaces, bookable high-tech conference rooms and of course, yummy food and treats on offer to get you through the day.
One of our lockdown discoveries, Bunhead Bakes delivers the most delicious sourdough buns, cookies and bagels direct to your doorstep every Monday and Friday! Not only is Bunhead Bakes great for when you have those sweet tooth cravings (hello, sourdough cinnamon bun!) but they also make fab treats to bring to socially-distanced picnics and garden hangouts to enjoy with friends and fam.
The Inkspot Brewery
Sheltered within the historical Streatham Rookery sits the Inkspot Brewery. Set up by two friends with a passion for great beer, they embarked on a four year project to build a brewery within the Grade II listed gardens and well, they have certainly delivered! Grab a can or two for the picnic basket and enjoy on a sunny day.
Get Juiced Bar
Get Juiced serve the most delish cold press juices, salads, vegan cakes and juice cleanses made to order from their shop in Tooting Market. Their ethos is to ensure all Get Juiced products are revitalising, healthy and most importantly TASTY, while bringing accessible nutritional health awareness to the local community. We can’t stop staring (drooling) at all the brightly coloured treats on offer!
Lento Of London
Calling all cheese lovers! Lento of London have the most incredible range of Zero Waste cheeses so you can enjoy a scrummy cheese board AND be sustainable! Passionate about Italian food and wine, they source from small-scale artisan producers who share a similar belief that food and wine should be produced responsibly, without mass mechanical intervention, keeping traditional methods alive and supporting the local community and environment. What’s not to love?
While London slowly opens up again, the majority of us are still working from home, and if there has been one thing we’ve learnt these last 3 months, it’s that having a proper lunch break is incredibly important!
Obviously, one of our fave things to do over lunch is our online yoga classes, not only so we can see our fab teachers and community, but also because there are some incredible benefits of moving your body during the day…
It improves our mental clarity, so we can get back to work in the afternoon feeling fresher and more alert
Hello circulation! Encouraging the fluids in our body to flow is super important in optimising our overall health and ability to heal
Say goodbye to the lower back ache and sore shoulders. Stepping away from our desks (or kitchen table/sofa/bed… no judgement) to do an online yoga class means we get to work on our core strength and release tension that’s built up during those morning meetings
Boost your mood! Have you ever felt grumpy after a yoga class? We didn’t think so…
Here’s the lunchtime online yoga classes we have on offer:
What is Yin yoga? What are the benefits? How is it different to a regular flowing yoga class?
We chatted with Austin Ince, one of our amazing online yin yoga teachers, to gain some insight into his Yin Yoga journey and find out some helpful tips for anyone looking to try Yin out!
How did you get into Yin yoga?
I was introduced to yin by my teachers, who had only just discovered it. At the time I was practising lots of dynamic yoga and had plateaued with my practice in terms of flexibility. The ethos of the era was that practising more, for longer and harder must be better. I came to realise that this was seriously flawed thinking! I had come to realise that my practice was out of balance and the idea of practising ‘Yin’ was to balance the predominantly ‘Yang’ element.
What is Yin?
Yin is a still and gentle practice which can be, paradoxically, extremely challenging and hard! Persevere though, not for how you feel during the practice but for how you’ll feel afterwards. The practice is multilayered and creates transformation in more ways than a ‘Yang’ practice. The longer you practise the easier the practice becomes and the less intensively you practice the better the results.
What can you expect from a class?
A yin practice is defined as the opposite of a yang one! In Yin you hold the poses, which in the main are seated and lying down, for longer, between 3 to 5 minutes. It targets the lower part of the body, spine, hips and legs. It applies a gentle tensile stress to the connective tissue and the fascia of the body.
What are the benefits of Yin yoga?
It keeps the tissues, joints, bones healthy and restores the range of motion. The challenge is to stay still and to come to terms with the discomfort and eventually that discomfort becomes comfort. Once they realise that doing less for longer is better, their practice will be transformed. You’ll become more flexible faster practicing yin, if they practice mindfully. Slow is the new fast!
The biggest mistake that practitioners make is that they approach a yin practice with a yang attitude.
When we are in our comfort zone we atrophy, comfort is the enemy of the body and mind. When we leave our comfort zone and experience discomfort, we are challenged, we grow, we become stronger and mentally more agile.
I refer to ‘Yang’ as a doing practice and ‘Yin’ as an undoing practice, “the Art of Letting Go.” Because we are still it becomes a meditative practice, which de-stresses and recalibrated the Central Nervous System.
What would be your advice to those new to the practice?
1. Don’t concern yourself with details – alignment doesn’t matter, what you feel does.
2. Take it easy, don’t go too deep into the poses – you’ll make more progress this way.
3. Ignore what everyone else is doing – every body is different and everyone’s pose will look different.
4. Avoid pain but stay with slight discomfort.
5. Close your eyes and be amazed at how quickly time passes.
So… are you feeling (Y)inspired? Try an online Yin yoga class with Austin:
We know that starting yoga can be scary – we’ve been there too. There’s all the unfamiliar words, strange ways to move and everyone around seems to be able to touch their toes! That’s why we run online Beginners Yoga classes. They offer a safe space for you to start your yoga journey and are led by experienced and friendly teachers.
You’ll start with the basic postures (where does my foot go again?) and simple breathing techniques so you can build confidence and reap the benefits yoga has to offer. We hope that after a couple of session, you’ll feel more prepared to try other yoga classes too!
Taz Aliabadi-Oglesby, one of our incredible online Beginners Yoga teachers shares with us some top tips for first-timers:
– There’s no wrong or right way to practice; you can’t be “bad” at yoga
– Yoga really is for everyone, regardless of body, size, shape or ability
– You don’t have to be flexible in your body (phew!) but being flexible in your mind and open to new things helps
– It will be frustrating and confusing at times – that just comes with the territory of learning any ‘New Thing’. Ask yourself, as an adult how often do I let myself be completely new at something?
– The most advanced practice is the one that is respectful to your physical body and your state of mind in the moment. Be kind to yourself. Honour the body’s inner wisdom
– Your breath is the cornerstone for the practice. If you find yourself in a pose where you can’t keep your breath, ease out of it
– There is no hierarchy – no one variation of a pose or movement is “better” or “worse” than any other
– Become best mates with your props! You don’t need to have fancy blocks or straps at home, grab some books and a dressing gown belt and you’re good to go
Let’s get creative! Online Mandala yoga classes weave rhythmic breathing and fun flowing vinyasa with a twist – quite literally – you’ll also be moving 360° around your mat! Each class is based on one of the 4 elements, so you’ll be channeling your inner earth, water, fire or air each week.
Mahalia Pellet, one of our fab yoga teachers at Yogarise Covent Garden tells us what we can expect from an online mandala yoga class…
Support, Connect, Ground When we connect to the earth element, we connect to the first chakra, Muladhara, at the base of the spine. It is the ground we stand on. Think forward folds, finding space in the hamstrings and the back of the body.
Flow, Create, Feel
When we connect to the element of water, we move to the second chakra, Swadisthana, located at the sacrum. This element and chakra is all about going with the flow, connecting to our emotions and feelings. In practice, think moving through asanas including goddess, skandasana and malasana.
Courage, Illumination, Determination
When we connect to the element of fire, we move up to the third chakra, Manipura, located at the solar plexus. The energetic job of this chakra is to help us step into our personal power. In practice we will move through sequences of twisting asanas and find space through the sides of the body.
Love, Acceptance, Gratitude
When we work with the element of Air in our practice we move to the fourth chakra, Anahata, located at the heart. Energetically this chakra connects our inner and outer worlds and helps us cultivate qualities of love, compassion, joy and forgiveness. In practice we will explore backbends and creating space through the front of the body.
Try it out for yourself! Online Mandala yoga with Mahalia Friday at 5pm Book here
Plus, we’ll have more Mandala yoga classes on offer once we are able to reopen our studios in Peckham, Streatham and Covent Garden, yay!
Prioritising our mental health is incredibly important, especially while dealing with a pandemic. We’ve found using mindfulness apps has been a great addition to our daily online yoga classes as a way to check-in and pause. Here are some of our fave apps we’ve been using…
Calm lets you tailor a mindfulness routine based on an intention you set yourself which we absolutely love. They have everything from 3 min meditations and mindfulness Masterclasses to nighttime stories read by celebs (hello, Matthew McConaughey).
An online community of meditators, Insight Timer features guided meditations, music and talks posted by experts in the realm of mindfulness. No matter how much (or little) time you have to spend on yourself, you’ll find something that works for you. Their children’s sleep tracks are also great for getting the little ones to drift off.
Headspace has one mission: to improve the health and happiness of the world. They offer incredible meditation courses that make it feel accessible for anyone starting out. Headspace is also one of the only mindfulness apps committed to advancing the field of mindfulness meditation through clinically-validated research which we think is pretty cool! If you’re unemployed or a student, you can get Headspace Plus free for a year too.
With a particular focus on managing anxiety, Shine lets you create a personalised self-care program based on your goals, complete with daily mental health support. You can also connect with other members and join their incredible digital support network!
Reflectly is a journalling app that utilises artificial intelligence to help you structure and reflect upon your daily thoughts and problems, a bit like a personal mental health companion. From improving productivity to gaining a better sense of calm, they have prompts and challenges which are fun and insightful and help along the way.
Looking for a live guided meditation? Check out our online meditation class led by Ryan Nell: Sunday at 5.30PM
Calling all Streatham locals, after 10 weeks of lockdown, our neighbours Baby Spinach are finally reopening their cafe for delivery, takeaway and essential shop items on Friday 5th June.
We’ve really missed eating their fresh salads and sipping on delish coffee after a yoga class at Yogarise Streatham so we can’t wait to put on our masks, walk down Streatham High Road and get us some yummy goods 😀
Now more than ever it’s so important to shop local and save our highstreet, so if you’re a Streatham local, why not come down and help support this family-run small business!
Today marks the second day of peaceful protests in London over the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, USA. If you’re unable to attend the protest or want to further educate yourself and support the #BlackLivesMatter movement, here are some resources we have found useful. We know there is always more that can be done, and more to learn…
Charities you can support in the UK:
Show Racism The Red Card Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s leading anti-racism educational charity. They provide educational workshops, training sessions, multimedia packages, and a whole host of other resources, all with the purpose of tackling racism in society. Established in January 1996, the organisation utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to publicise its message. Across Britain, Show Racism the Red Card delivers training to more than 50,000 individuals per year.
Stand Against Racism and Inequality SARI is a service user/community-oriented agency that provides support and advice to victims of hate, and promotes equality and good relations between people with protected characteristics as defined by law. Established in 1988, SARI has been operational since 1991. It was the brainchild of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) housing provider United Housing Association.
Discrimination Law Association The DLA brings together a broad range of discrimination law practitioners, policy experts, academics and concerned individuals, all united around a commitment to improving equality law, practice, education and advice for those who face discrimination.
Books to read:
If you have a copy of these books, please consider lending them to friends and family. If you’re looking to buy a copy but could instead borrow, why not donate the money you would have spent to one of the charities instead.
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race Reni Eddo-Lodge
Me and White Supremacy Layla F Saad
Your Silence Will Not Protect You Audre Lorde
Such a Fun Age Kiley Reid
Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Girl, Woman, Other Bernardine Evaristo
(Click here for a much more comprehensive list of reading around racism, blackness and how to be a better ally)
Temperatures are rising outside as we head into summer but we’re busy cultivating heat from the inside out. Here are our top online yoga classes to get the heat rising, sweat dripping and muscles shaking!
Where it all started…Ashtanga Yoga derives from the teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. You can expect a dynamic sequence of standing and seated postures practiced with focused breathing techniques, designed specifically to align the body and strengthen the nervous system. Each class practises the same primary sequence so it’s a great way to track your progress and build the basics.
Online Ashtanga classes: Monday 6PM with Hannah Whittingham Tuesday 7AM with Valentina Zaharia Thursday 7AM with Alice Bonifacio Saturday 10AM with Hannah Whittingham
Based off the Ashtanga series but with a few fun additions and less repetition, Rocket yoga is an energetic and invigorating vinyasa flow practice where you’ll be encouraged to play with inversions and transitions. If you’re after a challenge, this is certainly for you. We recommend clearing a decent space, grabbing a sweat towel and having some water handy.
~ Book online Rocket yoga classes at Yogarise here ~
Expect a pinch of philosophy, a dash of meditation, all combined with challenging asanas to help create a feeling of deep inner peace. During a Yogasana class at Yogarise, you’ll work hard, breathe big and play with plenty of advanced variations. Top it all off with a fun, upbeat playlist and you’re good to go!
Online Yogasana classes: Monday 6.30PM with Amanda Denton Wednesday 6PM with Erin Prichard Sunday 10AM with Erin Prichard
~ Book an online Yogasana class with Yogarise here ~
We’ve loved watching friendships blossom in our studios, and seeing that translate to our online yoga classes has been even more special! We’ve met partners, kids, pets, house plants… who doesn’t want to practise with their fave Yogarise teacher and catch up with their yogi pals? We may be social distancing but that doesn’t mean we have to be socially distant!
Treasure a moment of mindfulness
It can be hard to carve out time for mindfulness when we’ve got a million distractions around us (hello, Netflix binges), but a yoga class can create that sacred space we need to slow down. Mindfulness is known to help reduce stress and anxiety while improving sleep and memory… we can’t think of any reasons not to give it a go! Our top yoga classes for mindfulness? Check out an online Hatha flow, Yin yoga or Flow + Restore !
Your body will thank you
Whether you believe yoga is a form of exercise or not, it’s hard to deny the incredible effects the practice has on our bodies, especially while so many of us are sat at our makeshift desks all day. Yoga is known to improve circulation (goodbye, numb bum), posture and breathing mechanics to name a few, all of which are incredibly important for staying healthy. Want to get that heart pumping? We recommend an online Rocket yoga, Yogasana or Dharma class, just make sure to grab your sweat towel!
Create a sense of routine
Anyone else feeling like you’ve just woken from a nap and have no clue what time or day it is? Whether you’re busier than ever or left with an abundance of time to fill, we’ve found building a daily routine has helped us stay grounded while at home. And of course, joining an online yoga class has become a staple in our routine. We’re loving early evening yoga at the moment, perfect for switching off at the end of the work day with plenty of time for tea and telly 😉
Practise with teachers you’ve not been able to before
Don’t you hate it when there’s a teacher you love but their class just doesn’t work with your commute or schedule? Well, location is no longer an issue because we’re streaming live yoga and pilates classes directly to your lounge (or bedroom/kitchen/garden) up to 10 times per day, which means you have easier access to Yogarise’s talented team of teachers – Yay!
Got a 5-10 year old? This is for you (well, them really but who doesn’t love a stretch?)
David is patient, fun and inspiring and will guide your kids through postures, breathing and relaxation exercises. He believes that yoga is for everybody no matter the age, so feel free to join in yourselves and get the whole family involved.
Here are just a few benefits of kids yoga:
– Enhances their mobility, strength and coordination – Improves concentration levels + introduces mindfulness early – Promotes a healthy sense of body awareness – Teaches stress and anxiety management – It’s fun and inclusive!
Kids Yoga with David Ramcharran Tuesday 4 – 4.45 PM Try your first class for FREE using the code ‘YOGARISEKIDS’ at checkout !
We may be staying home all day but that doesn’t mean we can’t still support our fave South London local businesses! So let’s #SaveOurHighstreet and enjoy some treats at the same time…
For the plant lovers : FOREST LONDON
Anyone else got house plant envy? From succulents to string of pearls and everything in between, if you’re wanting to bring some texture and greenery to your lockdown pad, Forest London have got you covered!
2. For the book worms: RYE BOOKS
Our fave independent bookshop Rye Books have taken their store online with an incredible selection of reads to suite every mood and a book club that meets virtually every month. They’re offering free delivery to SE postcodes too… wahoo!
3. For the sweet tooth: SE CAKERY
Rainbow bars, Biscoff cake and brownie bakes, SE Cakery have all those sugary cravings sorted with their insatiable range of sweet treats delivered every Saturday in South East London. We’re loving the personalised icing too…
4. For the cocktail connoisseurs: BAMBUNI WINE & GROCERY
Whether you’ve become a HouseParty pro or are cooking a delish meal for two, Bambuni Wine & Grocery have the ultimate choice of hand selected wine, beer and sprits… It’s 5 o’clock somewhere right?!
5. For the lazy diners: SPINACH LONDON
Being in lockdown doesn’t mean you have to miss out on those weekend brunches! Spinach London have an incredible range of mouth watering fresh salads, sandwiches and juices delivered direct to your doorstep… YUM!
Save Our Studio
As a small business ourself, every online yoga class you book with Yogarise is going towards the survival of the studio so we want to say massive THANK YOU for all your kind words. We have grown a fantastic community and your support means the world. Every class you pay for is split 50/50 with our teachers too so you are supporting them as well as us!
In need of a lockdown creativity boost? Look no further…
We’ve teamed up with Ink & Flow London founder (and one of our lovely yoga teachers at Yogarise Peckham) Kirstie Bird to giveaway an incredible Modern Calligraphy Starter Kit including everything you need to get going and more!
The kit includes the following…
All the worksheets, tips and tricks you could ever hope for
2 x nibs (Nikko G to start with then a Blue Pumpkin for once you’ve had a bit of practice)
2 pen holders (straight and oblique)
Higgins eternal black ink
Gum Arabic for when the ink is being pesky and bleeding everywhere
Feeling stressed, overwhelmed or anxious while social distancing? Don’t worry, you’re not alone, which is why we’ve asked one of our incredible teachers Anita Jasser, a UKCP body psychotherapist trainee, a yoga teacher and biodynamic massage therapist, to share some tips to help manage overwhelm and anxiety during the coronavirus outbreak.
Do less – in this period, it is important to rest more than usual. When circumstances are uncertain, our nervous system responses will be activated, especially if we are following the news and spending more time online. Let yourself nap more and do less.
What part of this can I do? My teacher Ana Forrest suggests that in times of overwhelm, ask yourself, what part of this can I do? By breaking down your to-do list and focusing on completing one part of it at a time, it can make us feel less overwhelmed.
Daily routines –Make a daily routine, so that you can begin to unwind at the same time each day. The body needs consistency to self-regulate. I’d suggest attending an online zoom class with your favourite Yogarise teacher, meditating, tai-chi, or attending a 5rythms online dance class at the same time and day each week.
Start early – Set an intention to carve out some time for yourself before you begin your day. This can be anywhere from 5 minutes to 50 depending on your home life. It will give you an opportunity to check in with yourself and to set an intention for what we’d like to receive in the day. It might be more time to rest, to connect with friends and family, or it might be to receive kindness from another person.
Eye care – in this period when many of us are spending more time online, it is important to take good care of our eyes. Staring at a screen for 8 hours a day is very damaging for our eyes. Eye exercises, alongside eating more foods with melatonin such as bananas, and using anti blue light software for computers will support your eyes during this period.
Drink more water – being still and sitting for long periods of times can be dehydrating, so drink a lot more water, which will also give you a regular rest from your screen.
Move – whether it is yoga, Pilates or dancing, find ways to regularly keep moving and stretch out the glutes from sitting down. Make the most of the once-a-day outdoor limit we have if you can.
Stay connected – join online groups and regularly connect with friends, families and online communities to stay connected and nourished during this period.
Laugh – find programmes or friends to laugh with. Laughter really is a great way to release stress and tension.
Be heartfelt – this is a period for us to connect to ourselves and others from a place of heart. Ask your heart what it needs each day and allow yourself to receive what you’ve asked for. Focus on what you do have and allow your heart to be nourished by that. Gratitude goes a long way.
Anita Jasser is a trainee body psychotherapist offering Zoom sessions at the moment – if you’d like to find out more and book a session with her, you can email her here.
The last few weeks have seen rapid change across the world and we’re having to adapt our business to keep up. While we all may be stuck in isolation, you’ll be pleased to hear we’re launching online yoga classes via Zoom!
To book, visit the and sign up like you would for a regular class. Once you’re booked, follow these simple steps:
1. onto your computer, tablet or phone, and register for a basic account.
2. Create a nice space for you to practice in – we recommend having a yoga block, blanket or pillow handy so you can really enjoy Savasana at the end!
3. Booking will close 15 mins before the class is due to start. 10 minutes before, you’ll receive an email from us with the link to join in, simply follow the link to get started. Remember to make sure your Yogarise account has a valid and updated email address otherwise you won’t receive this email.
4. Turn your camera on if you would like to… we won’t judge anyone for practicing in their PJ’s.
5. Turn your audio on so that you can hear the instructions.
6. Put yourself on mute when you join the class. There will be a message board that you can use if you have any questions during the class.
7. Enjoy your yoga class!
We have made the decision to PAUSE all memberships and class packs for the time being. They will be reactivated when we fully re-open, any days lost will be added and extensions given to encompass the time we are closed.
Show us your home studio set up! We’re going to miss seeing you all in the studio, so whether you’re in your lounge, kitchen, bedroom or garden, snap a pic of you doing a Yogarise online class and tag us on to keep up the community love.
Spread the word and share our online yoga classes with your friends! Our is still active, so introduce a mate to a class and you’ll get a free KeepCup, Jerry Bottle, Yogarise T-shirt or Tote bag (which you can collect when we’re all out of isolation!).
Yay! Applications for our Yoga Teacher Training Scholarship are officially open… But, not for long, so if you want to be in with a chance, apply now!
2019 saw us offer our first scholarship place and we’re really happy to say that we doing it again for 2020.
We know that teacher training can be quite an outgoing, so we’re looking to give someone a helping hand. We’re offering to cover the cost of the 200hrs training, plus accommodation and meals on the 2-week intensive. The successful candidate will need to cover the cost of the flights, transfers, travel insurance, visa and jabs for Sri Lanka, as well as books and travel in London.
We’re looking for someone whose passion it is to teach yoga for a living, who will be 100% committed, available for every date of the training, and would like a long term relationship with us.
Everything you need to know about the yoga teacher training is here and, if you’re keen to apply, the scholarship application form is here.
Applications will be accepted up to February 29th, at which point we’ll review and then ask successful candidates in for interview.
Come and join Runners Need and Yogarise professional Chloe for a special Yoga for Runners event.
As Chloe understands the affects running can have on our bodies, she’s the perfect teacher for our runners yoga class.
Chloe started running in 2002, and in 2003 she ran the Paris Marathon which was a baptism of fire! It was during her self-confessed ‘rather sketchy’ marathon training in 2003 that she started practicing yoga. She had genuinely resigned herself to being a stiff person and hadn’t realised at all that over a long period of time her body was capable of adapting and becoming more flexible. Yoga is genuinely amazing for runners, but running isn’t particularly great for yoga!
Fast forward to 2012 and her husband had taken up running – he’d caught the running bug. Together they’ve now entered into the Two Rivers Marathon in February 2020 as their qualifier for the Comrado Ultra in June.
All attendee’s will receive a £10 voucher to spend in Runners Need and £5 off their next Yogarise session.
Here at Yogarise, community has always been close to our hearts. That’s everything from how we want you to feel when you walk in to our studios, to how we can help to support our local communities.
We’re really happy to say that in 2020 we’re launching Community Classes in each of our studios, meaning we’ll now have 3 running every week across Peckham, Streatham and Covent Garden on Sunday afternoons.
We asked all of our teachers, members and the wider Yogarise fam who they’d like to support throughout 2020, finding charities that are local to each studio and are in need of visibility and donations. We’ve now set 12 charities, thanks to their suggestions. So every 4 months our studios will be supporting a new charity – each local to them.
The main way that we support our charities is through our £5 Community Classes. For every class at least £1 will go towards the chosen charity.
These classes are great because they are more affordable for people to come to, and they give a platform to our newer teachers – namely our Yogarise Yoga Teacher Training graduates (our Teachers on the Rise… see what we did there?) who are fully paid for teaching their classes.
For each class there are a few places that are completely free, based on a first come first serve basis. These classes will take place every Sunday afternoon across our Peckham, Covent Garden and Streatham studios.
The charities that we are supporting will be on our community page and we’ll be updating the money raised at the end of each month – as class attendance levels, and how much students choose to donate, will affect how much money is raised.
Join the challenge, throughout November we are encouraging people to attend 25 classes over 30 days… they can be on any day, at any time and any class style. You’ll also get 5 days off throughout the month to rest, meditate and recuperate (or enjoy a long weekend away!).
Sign me up!
Never been to a Yogarise class or workshop before? The 30 Day Challenge is just £50 for UNLIMITED ANYTIME YOGA… that’s only £2 per class if you come all 25 days.
If you’ve been to our studio before, you can join in for just£75 for UNLIMITED ANYTIME YOGA(the price of our unlimited off-peak membership) which means your classes are from as little as £3 a session, bargain!
Grab one of our 30 Day Challenge cards after you sign up and at the end of each class present it to a member of reception who will stamp it.
We want to see how you’re getting on!
Remember to snap lots of pics of you and your cards filling up, plus any other fun studio pics throughout the month using the tag @YogariseLondon and the hashtag #30DC for your chance to win some goodies…
You can sign up to the challenge anytime, however the pass will only be active and available for use between 1/11/19 and 30/11/19. You can attend classes across all three of our studios (Peckham, Streatham + Covent Garden) Full T&C’s can be found here.
We’ve just introduced an unlimited Mysore Pass for our Covent Garden Yogis. But is it the thing for you? Teacher Alice Bonifacio helps to delve deeper into what Mysore is, and who it’s great for…
“A lot of people feel intimidated by Mysore but don’t worry! This blog post will debunk some of the myths behind the practice: My Mysore class is open to all levels and follows the ashtanga primary series, with sessions running as a drop-in for students between 7-9am.
Mysore is a form of self-practice with a teacher present, helping you to break down the postures or asanas in the primary series, whilst also exploring the remaining 7 limbs of ashtanga (ashtanga means “eight limbs” or “branches”).
Mysore is named after the city in South India where ashtanga was developed by K. Pattabhi Jois, and later became popular in the west. Traditionally, Mysore is practiced at sunrise during the cooler hours of the day and mirrors our life cycle through the ashtanga series. The postures are intelligently sequenced to allow the body to warm up and prepare for more challenging asanas.
Mysore is perfect for beginners, allowing you the space and time to really understand the postures without the pressures of a led class. For me, Mysore cracked open my yoga practice and gave me the confidence and freedom to roll out my mat wherever I choose. As an actress, I travel quite a lot so I was very grateful of a practice I could take anywhere with me in the world!”
Forget rock ’n’ roll, we’re into Rocket yoga: a dynamic, Vinyasa-flow yoga practice that’s sure to make you sweat and feel some fire – AKA agni in Ayurveda. The Rocket yoga sequence was developed by an American yoga teacher, Larry Schultz, in the Eighties. Musician – and self-professed rocket man – Bob Weir (of The Grateful Dead) suggested the name to Schultz during a teaching session, saying: ‘Rocket: it gets you there faster.’
Thought about joining a class but not sure what to expect?
Rocket yoga sequences are similar to those in Ashtanga, featuring Surya Namaskar (sun salutations), standing poses, seated poses, twists and bends. However, in Rocket yoga, students are given the freedom to modify traditional asanas, or even skip them entirely, instead of sticking to a rigid pattern. One of our incredible Rocket teachers Helen Russell-Clark says: ‘Rocket is the rebellious younger sibling of ashtanga. I love that it breaks all the rules. It has all the grounding of ashtanga, but it uplifts you, leaving you feeling stronger, healthier and happier.’
Marcus Veda, another of our fab Rocket teachers, agrees, explaining: ‘Rocket is about an attitude rather than the specific sequence. It’s strong and positive – not about the poses, but about the way they link together. For me, it’s the true Vinyasa-style flow. Each style has its own flavour, but Rocket is my milkshake.’ Movement is linked with breath throughout the sequence, and yogis are encouraged to experiment with inversions (headstands, handstands and so on). For Marcus, the handstands are a highlight, because they’re: ‘The closest you can come to flying. It’s that feeling of lightness, floating and a clear head. It’s pure focus in the moment. And it always feels fun.’
So, what are the benefits of joining a Yogarise Rocket class?
According to Marcus, benefits of Rocket include: ‘Strength, stability, mobility, concentration, self-awareness, concentration and meditation.’ For Helen, it’s all about how good you feel afterwards: ‘For me, personally, I found Rocket at a time when I was very low. I remember walking out of my first class being so surprised at how amazingly high I felt. And that feeling can be quite powerful. As well as the mental benefits, Rocket can make you stronger, quicker. I learnt so much about my physical body and have found it fascinating to see the transformations.’
Join a Rocket Class at Yogarise
Yogarise has a choice of fun and friendly Rocket yoga classes to pick from, with regular sessions run by expert teachers Helen, Marcus, Katarina, Lolo, Leon, David and Lita. Marcus’ advice to budding Rocketeers is as follows: ‘Stay with the breath; don’t be fixated on the poses. They will come… and go. But as long as you keep your mind on the breath, you’re always on the Rocket.’Helen echoes his words, saying: ‘Come with an open mind. Don’t expect to be able to do everything in your first class. And don’t be intimidated by others who may be flying around you. Keep practising with love and patience and you too will fly.’
Pregnancy is a deeply unique experience for every woman, and finding the right prenatal yoga class in London to best support you is especially important. Whether you’ve dabbled in the odd yoga class, are a seasoned yogi or have literally never unrolled a yoga mat prior to your pregnancy, prenatal yoga classes at Yogarise are accessible to all mums-to-be. We are proud to have a wonderful team of talented pregnancy yoga teachers in Peckham and Streatham here to guide you through mindful yoga classes that benefit you and your baby.
Why is prenatal yoga important for mums-to-be and what are the benefits for pregnant women?
Claire: It’s a place of community to nurture women during this special time of transition, where you can build connections with yourself, your baby and other local women. As well as the community element, pregnancy yoga is a specialist form of yoga, specifically designed to support you as your body changes day by day. It helps you to adapt to the needs of your body as well as being emotional support. Practising yoga helps you to let go and accept the changes.
Lisa lists some great benefits:
Helps relieve common minor ailments (e.g backache, shoulder strain, hip discomfort, swollen joints, heartburn, indigestion, constipation, tiredness etc)
Can be used to relieve pain in labour and childbirth, prepares you for active and natural birth, helps postnatal recovery
Keeps your body supple and improves your alignment and posture
Helps you feel positive, confident and empowered
Boosts your energy levels
Relieves stress and anxiety
Promotes restful sleep
What is the key difference between prenatal yoga and regular yoga classes?
Chloe: One difference is the pace, which is slower than some dynamic classes. Pregnancy yoga has an emphasis on slowing down to honour the changes taking place in terms of body, brain, identity, to listening in and practising awareness around these changes in preparation for what’s to come. Instead of practicing a strong and sweaty flow or pushing into flexibility, pregnancy yoga aims to build strength progressively, relieve aches and pains from hormonal changes and the changing shape and alignment of the body and practicing containment, not extremities, in poses. There are also certain poses that are left out of pregnancy classes, for example, deep backbends (which can place undue stress on the lower back and abdominal tissue) or arm balances, for obvious reasons!
What can a student expect in prenatal yoga class?
Lisa: All prenatal yoga teachers have undergone specialist training to give you the best experience and safe practice. We chat about all things related to pregnancy, birth, labour and being a new mum, something we cannot offer in regular classes. Classes include women at all stages of pregnancy, from 15 weeks to birth and so the class offers a variety of options for mothers-to-be to practice.
Claire: We practice in a circle, to build community and welcome all the women in, and start class with introductions – names, number of weeks pregnant, and anything we need to know or anything you have going on in your body.
Chloe: Breath practice and meditation; movement and flow tailored to the pregnant body; relaxation and rest to help manage fatigue during pregnancy, as your body quietly builds another human!
Do you have to have done yoga previously to come to a prenatal yoga class at Yogarise?
Chloe: Definitely not – in fact, pregnancy is a wonderful time to start yoga. For many women, pregnancy yoga can be the start of their relationship with yoga that continues way beyond pregnancy. All classes are accessible and so beneficial to pregnant women that you’re unlikely to ever regret coming to a yoga class!
You can find Lisa, Claire and Chloe (as well as our other fab prenatal yoga teachers) at Yogarise Peckham and Streatham at the following times:
Saturday 9:30-10:45 in Peckham with Lisa Toth and Claire Saunders (alternating weeks)
Sunday 9:00-10:15 in Peckham with Toni Osborne
Sunday 9:30-10:45 in Streatham with Chloe George
If you’re looking for pregnancy yoga classes in London, you know where to find us!
It’s no surprise that there are so many studios and exercise establishments offering yoga in Central London. London, whilst it has many great traits, has two that are synonymous with stress; an ever growing population and high paid, high powered jobs. Coupled with the fact that anxiety is at an all-time high, people are searching for ways to balance out their lives and not burn out.
There are many ways to do this, most of which require stopping and taking time away from technology – unless the tech is aiding you to relax, of course. It’s so important to dedicate yourself to something that brings you back in tune with your body and how it functions.
This is where exercise, meditation, mindfulness, and yoga come in. There are many types of yoga in central London- or anywhere in the world in fact – which can all help to relieve stress in ways that suit your character. There is Yin Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, (or any form of slow moving yoga) which are all designed to relax the nervous system and calm the self, bringing you back down to earth, out of the chatter of your mind.
There are also many energising yoga styles, like Rocket Yoga and Dynamic Yoga, as well as those that focus on intertwining breath with movement, like Vinyasa Yoga. These will, on the whole, leave you feeling well exercised and strong, whilst fundamentally bringing you back to your body with your feet firmly on the floor.
At Yogarise London we’re grateful to have been mentioned as some of the best yoga in central London by Vogue, Women’s Health, Evening Standard and Time Out. We have 3 studios, one in Covent Garden, the heart of central London, one in Peckham Rye and one in Streatham.
We’ve got some exciting news… We’ve just gained another studio, in the much-coveted Covent Garden, FKA Yotopia. We’ve been friends with Yotopia for a very long time, and it was time for the studio owner, Lisa, to move on. Happily for us, she’s ‘delighted to say that I have found some very capable and genuinely lovely people to take over’ .
– This means that, as of 1st July, you can now access Yogarise Covent Garden, with all the classes and teachers that you love, plus some excellent new teachers.
Yogarise offers a range of different styles of yoga in London, with some great teachers, based in Streatham, Peckham and Covent Garden. Styles we offer are open to all levels. AcroYoga, Ashtanga, Baby & Me, Creative Flow, Community Classes, Forrest, Hatha, Hot Yoga, Jivamukti, Prana Vinyasa, Pregnancy, Postnatal, Restorative, Rocket, Yin, Yin Yang, Vinyasa Flow. Book a class with us today!
The online portal allows those who can’t come into a studio – because they don’t live near a city, or have only 20 minutes in their day, or simply want to practise in their pyjamas – to have a guided yoga session at home.
They’re host to some of the best teachers (we would say that, as we share some of them) and countless types of yoga. For that reason, we’ve decided to partner with them! We love you coming in to practise with us, but we totally get that, sometimes, you simply can’t! You’ll even see that some of the practices take place at Yogarise’s studios.
In the coming months, a part of our website will offer access to the MFML portal, with a 14 Day free trial. We also now offer 50% off annual subscriptions for our Members – please do get in touch if you’d like to find out more and redeem the offer firstname.lastname@example.org .
Yogarise offers a range of different styles of yoga in London, with some great teachers, based in Streatham and Peckham. Styles we offer are open to all levels. Ashtanga, Baby & Me, Creative Flow, Community Classes, Forrest, Hatha, Jivamukti, Prana Vinyasa, Pregnancy, Postnatal, Restorative, Rocket, Yin, Yin Yang, Vinyasa Flow. Book a class with us today!
We get it, there are SO many types and styles of yoga and it can get pretty confusing when you’re trying to work out what class is the one for you! So, we’re chatting to our incredible team of teachers to get the lowdown on what it is they teach, and why they love it so much.
First up is Anita Jasser, our resident Forrest Yoga teacher in Peckham.
Anita is a highly trained Forrest yoga teacher with a multi-disciplinary background in healing modalities. Her passion is to help transform the lives of students so that they can find more freedom in their practice and in their lives. She teaches from a place of integrity and experience from her own personal journey of transformation through the Forrest Yoga practice, which has allowed her to lead a more grounded, connected and authentic life… here are her top 5 things you need to know about Forrest Yoga:
1. You don’t do it in a forest… phew! This hatha based style of yoga takes its name from creator Ana Forrest. She’s spent 44 years designing and developing a healing yoga system designed to address everyday stresses such as feeling overwhelmed, injuries, anxiety, and generally feeling not good enough.
2. You don’t have to be strong or flexible to practise Forrest yoga – it’s open to all levels. Every class offers a range of pose variations so that you can build up on your strength and flexibility as you return each week.
3. Forrest Yoga is built on four key pillars, which are:
• Breath – Forrest Yoga teaches you how to breathe deeply, connect with your body, use the power of breath to bring vitality into every cell and ignite your passion for living.
• Strength – the practice shows you how to connect with your core, to reconnect to your gut intuition and build courage.
• Integrity – it teaches you to safely tailor each pose to work for you, particularly with regard to physical and emotional injuries.
• Spirit – Forrest Yoga’s intent is “to create a sense of freedom, a connection to your Spirit and the courage to walk as your spirit dictates”.
4. It’s a heated practice, which means we move safely into deeper poses when your body is fully warmed up to do so… you’ll probably want a shower when you get home, too!
5. Relax your neck. One of the key differences to this style compared to other yoga classes is learning to relax your neck. This helps to unwind the nervous system and allows your body to go into rest while in a pose, so you learn how to soften in moments of intensity.
Sound like your thing? Anita teaches Forrest Yoga in Peckham every Thursday evening 19:00-20:15 in studio 2. Find out the benefits of Forrest Yoga for yourself, book a class with Anita here.
Yogarise offers a range of different styles of yoga in London, with some great teachers, based in Streatham and Peckham. Styles we offer are open to all levels. Ashtanga, Baby & Me, Creative Flow, Community Classes, Forrest, Hatha, Jivamukti, Prana Vinyasa, Pregnancy, Postnatal, Restorative, Rocket, Yin, Yin Yang, Vinyasa Flow. Book a class with us today!
We’ve been thinking… we want to make you feel as special as we can, and to say thank you for your commitment to us. We’re a big believer in community, both the one we’re situated in and the one we’ve created through you all. So we’ve launched a Perks Pack for our Members – designed for anyone on a monthly autopay, six month or annual membership.
The Fun Bit
With your membership, you now get:
ACCESS TO ALL OUR STUDIOS – Peckham, Streatham, Covent Garden
10% off Early Bird and Best Flexible Rates at any NADLER HOTEL, using promo code PARTNERS “The Nadler Covent Garden is located overlooking the iconic Strand, in the heart of London’s Covent Garden, within a 5 minute walk of both Covent Garden and Charing Cross stations. It is a perfect base from which to discover one of London’s most enchanting neighbourhoods and the wider city beyond.”
50% off ANNUAL MEMBERSHIPS FOR MOVEMENT FOR MODERN LIFE,The Netflix of Yoga & a 14 day free trial. Click on the link above and use PROMO CODE: YOGARISE The Netflix of Yoga & a 14 day free trial. Click on the link above and use PROMO CODE: YOGARISE
A FREE GUEST PASS EVERY MONTH … bring a mate to the mat! Just email us to let us know who you’re bringing, and to which class, and we’ll get them set up
2 hour MASTERCLASSES in our Peckham studio. These will take place nearly every 3 months on a Sunday with some well known Yogarise names!
ROOFTOP YOGA in the summer months on the top of Peckham Rye’s Bussey Building
1 FREE COFFEE A MONTH AT BABY SPINACH(located at Yogarise Streatham), with a stamp card
3 MONTHS FREE: LEO CASANDAI’S #1 sound meditation app THIRD EAR Email us to sign you up – make sure you’ve used the same address for both your Yogarise account and Third Ear App download [There are currently updates to the podcast, which means this offer will be back up and running early next year]
We’re always on the look out for great local partnerships
But how do I redeem this great stuff?
Simply show, through your Yogarise app (you’ll have to download it if you don’t have it already). In the ‘my account’ section it’ll state that you’re a member. Either that, or produce your Yogarise keyring, which you can pick up at reception as soon as they’re ready.
Can you remind me of your membership types?
OFF-PEAK UNLIMITED MONTHLY:
One for the daytime yogis, you have unlimited access to classes at both studios weekdays, 9am-5.30pm. £75 per month.
ANYTIME UNLIMITED MONTHLY:
You’re a regular Yogariser and nothing will stop you from getting to your class on time. You get unlimited access to both studios all day, every day. £105 per month.
6 MONTH UNLIMITED:
One month just isn’t enough! Same as our Anytime Unlimited membership, but you pay upfront for the 6 months and save some money…so you can buy that top-notch yoga mat too 😉 £550 for 6 months.
12 MONTH UNLIMITED:
You really aren’t messing around. You pay upfront for the 12 months and boom, Yogarise is your playground for the year ahead. £1060 for 12 months.M
The Important Bit
We want you to know, as part of our community, the type of things that we get up to. Supporting our community and making yoga accessible to all is really important to us.
Our Community Classes These work in 3 ways. They are £3 minimum, covering the cost of the class. Any profits go towards a local charity, which changes each month. Just as importantly, it gives newer teachers a platform to practise teaching, including those who have been students on our Teacher Training.
We’re proud to say that to date this year we’ve raised a total of £2,311.94. Last year, we raised £5,745.62. We’ll be launching these in Streatham soon so keep your eyes peeled.
We’re aware of the reality that training to be a teacher is, really, quite an outgoing. So we wanted to put our money where our mouth is. 2019 saw us recruit our first scholarship place for the YTT alongside a paid internship.
The reality is that training to be a teacher is, really, quite an outgoing. So we wanted to do our bit, put our money where our mouth is, and create an opportunity for someone who otherwise would not be able to afford a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training.
The first part to this is a FULL scholarship on our 2019 Yoga Teacher Training (including flights, which know isn’t usually covered in other YTT Scholarships). This place is designed for someone who would love to develop their skills, but aren’t able to fund their teaching.
The second bit is the chance to learn the business side of things, whilst getting paid! We want our candidate to work with us; learning skills that will either apply to them as a new yoga teacher – negotiating the hustle – or acting as transferable tools for whatever they choose to do next.
The PAID INTERNSHIP at Yogarise (Streatham & Peckham)
The internship part of this would start in August, acting as a floating helper for our key departments, dealing with front of house operations, marketing, managing our social media, new business, events and studio management. You’ll acquire key basic skills to help you in a career as a yoga teacher, work in a yoga studio, or as a junior marketer. The exact schedule will be flexible but there’ll be one contact who will act as line manager and mentor. This will be paid full-time internship, working with us for a minimum of 6 months (at which point we check in to see if you’d like to stay on) before, during and after the Teacher Training.
The idea is that you’ll want to stay with us long after your training finishes!
August would be the intro month pre-Teacher Training, where you can get to know the team and learn how things run here.
The TEACHER TRAINING
Click here to view more on the teacher training itself, the mentors, the dates, and what it all includes.
Please fill out the below to apply.
All applications need to be in by end of June 2019
Join the challenge, throughout May we are encouraging people to attend 25 classes over 30 days… they can be on any day, at any time and any class style. You’ll also get 5 days off throughout the month to rest, meditate and recuperate (or enjoy a long weekend away!). Our resident meditation teachers over at Levitate will also be offering all 30 Day Challengers exclusive discounted classes in Peckham plus there will be lots of prizes and giveaways in-studio throughout the month in Peckham and Streatham.
Sign me up!
Never been to a Yogarise Peckham or Yogarise Streatham classes or events before? The 30 Day Challenge is just £50 for UNLIMITED ANYTIME YOGA… that’s only £2 per class if you come all 25 days.
Regular Yogarisers pay £75 for UNLIMITED ANYTIME YOGA (the price of our unlimited off-peak membership) which means your classes are form as little as £3 a session, bargain!
Already on a monthly, 6 or 12 month membership, don’t fret! You can still join in the fun. We will give you 2 complimentary guest passes for you to share with your mates during May.
Grab one of the 30 Day Challenge cards after you sign up and at the end of each class present it to a member of reception who will stamp it.
We want to see how you’re getting on!
Remember to snap lots of pics of you and your cards filling up, plus any other fun studio pics throughout the month using the tag @YogariseLondon and the hashtag #30DC for your chance to win some goodies…
You can sign up to the challenge between now and 7th May 2019. All memberships will become active for use on 1st May and become inactive on 31st May 2019. You can attend both Yogarise Peckham and Yogarise Streatham using your 30 Day Challenge membership. Full T&C’s can be found here.
Winter (in Peckham) is coming. Before you start shivering, here some of the treats that lie ahead to warm up those darker days. We’re talking movies, mulled wine, gong baths and festive markets. And, of course, there’s always yoga. (Just call us Santa.)
What 2-for-1 tipples at Bussey Rooftop Bar When 1-23 December (open Mon-Fri 5-11pm / Sat 12-11pm / selected Sundays)
Fill your evenings with fairy lights, deliciously warm cocktails (think hot negronis and spiced cider) and unbeatable views of the London city skyline at Bussey Rooftop Bar (pictured above). Whether you’re looking for somewhere to host your Peckham Christmas party, or fancy a post-yoga bev with your pals, unwind with 2-for-1 cocktails, 5-7pm weeknights.
End the year on a healing note (literally) by joining this gong bath session with gong-master Leo. Gong meditation, a type of sound therapy, has been around for thousands of years as a way of healing. Producing a sound wave, the vibration of the gong creates the perfect space to relax, let go and detach from ‘chitter-chatter’ of the mind. Gong meditation benefits include improved sleep, breaking up of emotional blockages, stress reduction and more. The session will run in Yogarise Peckham Studio 2 from 7pm–8.30pm and costs £20; book your spot.
What Winter Film Club at Bussey Building When 1-23 December
Promising to please ‘even the Grinchiest of Scrooges’, Winter Film Club will be taking over our very own beloved Bussey Building from 1 until 23 December. There’s an impressively diverse selection of classic flicks to choose from, including box-office smashes such as Ghostbusters, Dirty Dancing, True Romance, Casablanca, Elf, Home Alone and much, much more. As usual, drinks and snacks can be purchased from the bar; Rooftop Film Club members can enjoy jammy discounts on tickets.
What Christmas Food Drive for Southwark Foodbank When 8-20 December
This December Yogarise is once again supporting Southwark Foodbank, based at Pecan in Peckham, just a stone’s throw from the studio. Foodbanks help local people in crisis, providing three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support. Keep your eyes peeled for collection points at Yogarise Peckham, and for the lists of urgently needed items. In addition, our Community yoga classes continue to support 999Club for December – a housing charity based in Deptford – helping to empower people in South London to transform their lives. Our last community class is on Sunday 16 December 1.30-2.30pm.
What Pexmas When 8–9 December
Head to Warwick Gardens for a mistletoe-worthy weekend filled with shopping, eating, drinking, socialising and more. Now in its eighth edition, Pexmas will host more than 140 independent local makers, doers, foodies and traders, repping the best of sahf London’s creative talent. Get there between 11am and 6pm to enjoy festive hits, local craft beer, delicious snacks and nibbles – plus Pexmas’ crowd-pleasing mulled wine. There will also be crafty workshops so you can leave with some new skills. Rumour has it that Santa himself will be dropping by; parents with kids in tow could swing by the Grotto to double-check.
Whether you’re looking for Christmas yoga classes, a yoga workshop, or some gift inspiration (we do vouchers!), take a look at our full schedule for yoga in Peckham this holiday season. Festive yogis, take note: we have a reduced schedule from 20 December–2 January (and we’re closed for the holidays 24 – 27 December). Don’t worry – we will still be running some of your favourite classes, plus a few special extras to help you welcome in 2019 feeling fiiiine.
New mums, we’ve got your back. And guess what? Yogarise favourite – and mum of gorgeous Xander – Toni Osborne is teaching not one, but two postnatal yoga classes at Yogarise Peckham and one postnatal yoga class at Yogarise Streatham. Choose from Monday morning (11.30-12.30) or Wednesday afternoon (14.00-15.15) [postponed until March 27th] in Peckham, and Thursday morning (11.00-12.15) in Streatham for your mum and baby yoga sesh.
Postnatal yoga is the perfect way to rebalance your body and rejuvenate energy after giving birth, helping to strengthen the pelvic floor and to rebuild core awareness. During our postnatal yoga classes, Toni will guide you through a series of yoga poses and yogic breathing exercises designed to relieve tension, release energy and resolve anxiety, bringing moments of calm to those sometimes-hectic newborn days.
Toni says: ‘Exercise releases endorphins that we all need, especially when there’s a baby requiring your attention. Yoga is great because it’s low-impact and helps to relieve tension. In classes, I ask where new mums are aching and the answer is nearly always the same: necks, arms, shoulders and lower backs – so we work to strengthen those areas. My deepest wish is that mothers leave feeling replenished, relaxed and supported.’
Just by turning up, you’ll be treating yourself to some well-deserved ‘me time’; after a strengthening-but-safe vinyasa flow yoga sequence, classes include some much-needed relaxation at the end. Admittedly, you might not always get to do a whole lot of yoga while you’re here – babies like to keep their mamas busy, after all! – but more importantly, you’ll be in the company of fellow new mums and you’ll be having fun with your little one. At other times, you’ll be surprised by how much yoga you actually manage to do, and will pick up some great tips to take home.
Our friendly, fun postnatal yoga classes for new mums are the perfect way to ease yourself back into your yoga practice after giving birth. They offer a warm, welcoming and supportive environment, where anything goes – feel free to nurse, bounce, feed and walk around as needed. Toni says: ‘Postnatal yoga classes offer a wonderful way to meet other local mothers and babies, making lasting new friendships.’
Yogarise postnatal yoga classes are open to mums 6 weeks post-birth/8 weeks after C-section (you must have had the ‘all clear’ from your GP) and to all pre-crawling babies. Yoga mats and props are provided, but please bring a muslin/blanket for baby to lie on. See our full yoga class timetable online.
Keep in touch with other local mums and mums-to-be – join our Yogarise Peckham Mamas Facebook Group. Looking forward to seeing you on the mat – Monday 11.30-12.30 + Wednesday 14.00–15.15.
Conker-hunts, Netflix nights in, kicking leaves in the park and digging out our fave winter woollies sounds pretty idyllic, but sometimes moving from one season to the next can feel a tad unsettling. Here are a few ways in which we love to enjoy the cooler months – you can thank us later.
Warm up from within
Forget smoothies and salads – feast on hearty soups, nourishing stews and roasted veggies instead. According to Ayurveda, autumn/winter is the time to seek out warm, comforting food that fuels the body and supports the immune system. We also love making our own turmeric lattes and lemon-and-ginger tea. Tea-licious.
Can’t make it to the studio? Here are some tips for yoga poses you can try at home.
Yoga teacher and Ayurvedic therapist, Lolo Lam, recommends any kind of grounding pose. As we move from summer (pitta: the fire element) to the cold of winter (vata: the air element), we can look to forward bends, pigeon and other seated folds. “The air element is erratic and mobile,” says Lolo, “so we need to ground and stabilise.”
Yin Yoga teacher Emma Peel suggests trying a supported fish pose or reclined butterfly, both propped with a bolster to help create a sense of being “open-minded and stretched beyond what we know”, while at the same time feeling “supported and held”, giving us an opportunity to embrace the new.
Embrace the Hygge Hype
Back in 2016, everyone went wild for the Danish art of ‘hygge’ (defined as a warm atmosphere or mood of cosiness), swiftly followed by ‘lykke’ (happiness) and ‘lagom’ (sufficiency). Channel your favourite Scandi buzzword and appreciate winter’s sense of contentment – whether you prefer to snuggle under your duvet with a good book, or warm up at the yoga studio in Peckham and Streatham. Create your own hygge-induced happiness and take a moment to breathe it all in.
Slow down and reconnect
Want to switch up your yoga for winter? Perhaps you’re fixed on a fave yoga sequence like Rocket or Ashtanga and that’s totally your thing, but the start of a new season can be a great chance for change. By connecting to this sense of openness and tuning in to what our bodies need, we might discover alternative yoga practices that can benefit us. Mindful Flow with Tom or Chloe, Gentle Hatha Flow (Anusara-inspired) with Katy, Yin with Emma Peel, Yin-Yang with Lolo or a Restorative session with Adrianna are some interesting yoga class ideas to explore this winter.