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Meet your Teachers – 200hr YTT with Erin Prichard

Meet your Teachers for the Yogarise 200hr Teacher Training with Erin Prichard!

The Yogarise 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher training will be led by Erin Prichard and supported by a few wonderful guest teachers. Read on to find out more about each teacher, their specialisations, and the modules they’ll be leading.



The Asana Lab Team


Becky Farbstein is a highly experienced teacher, having led many other teacher trainings herself. Her anatomy-focused approach is perfect for the Asana Lab sessions she’ll be leading you through. In these sessions, expect to deep-dive into familiar postures, develop your voice for cuing, and learn how to modify and adjust your students.

Carrianne Hayden will also be working with you for the Asana Lab sessions. She is a 500hr qualified teacher with over 10 years experience. She is passionate about motion and fluidity – a master of elegant transitions – you can expect Carrianne to help you find beauty in your flow and learn to pass that on to your students.

Rishin Paonaskar will be working alongside Carrianne and Becky for Asana Lab sessions, as well as introducing you to the fundamentals of Restorative Yoga. Rishin is a 500hr qualified teacher with a specialisation in Restorative Practice and Yoga Nidra. If this piques your interest, you may like to go on to take a 50hr CPD and become a Fully Qualified Restorative Teacher after you get back from Mexico!


Specialist Module Leaders


Shamita Ray will be sharing wisdom on the ancient language of Sanskrit. Shamita’s intricate knowledge of sound makes her a perfect teacher for this alpha-sonic tongue. She is a 500hr teacher, who has also devoted herself to the completion of a Masters in the traditions of Yoga and Meditation at SOAS University. Shamita will help you to understand the fundamentals of Sanskrit, as well as the techniques and values of incorporating Sanskrit into your classes.

Damian Lynch is a highly accomplished actor, having worked across stage, screen and radio. The versatility of his voice has afforded him opportunities as a voiceover artist and audiobook narrator as well. He will be guiding you through a workshop covering vocal confidence, toning, health and maintenance, as well as offering exercises to help you develop your own unique and authentic tone as a teacher. He looks forward to meeting you all and helping you find your voice.

Lolo Lam will introduce you to the fascinating worlds of both ayuverdic medicine and functional anatomy. With a background in nursing and specialisation in neurosurgery and intensive care, Lolo’s knowledge of the medical and wellbeing world perfectly straddles the Eastern and Western approaches. You can expect her to share experience and help you marry these two systems of thought and integrate them into your practice and teaching.

Deepti Sastry is a 2000hr trained yoga and meditation teacher, specialising in Vedic chanting and mindfulness. She will be teaching you about the traditions and values of chanting and mantra. You can expect to explore the deeply profound healing effects of mantra, as well as consider how to bring this into your own space. Deepti has a sincere and abiding faith in the yoga and chanting traditions, and cannot wait to share it with you.

Tara Lee and Clare Daniell have worked together for over 8 years running workshops and trainings for pregnant and post-natal students. They will be sharing their experience with you, and teaching you how to accommodate for, modify and integrate bodies as they pass through this stage. Use this part of the training as a stepping-off point, before you consider going further and taking pregnancy and post-natal trainings after your 200hr qualification.

Eva Thomson, founder of Live Karma Yoga will be leading an Inclusivity and Diversity module. Expect to increase your awareness of the importance of inclusivity and diversity within the yoga community, as well as how you can go about enacting positive change and integrating some of these principles into your teaching. Learn how an increased awareness of this can help you organise your classes, and encourage people to participate within them.


Plus a full team of Yogarise mentors.

A Sacred Cacao Ceremony to do at home

Want to experience the benefits of cacao before our Women’s Cacao Ceremony in April?  Emma Landolt has created this beautiful ritual to practice at home.

Cacao Ceremony - two people hand each other cups of cacao

Cacao has been used for centuries in sacred rituals and ceremonies, and it can be a powerful tool for supporting your mind, body, and spirit. Cacao can be made easily at home and drunk as a delicious superfood to complement a regular healthy diet or used as a sacred ritual.

Cacao helps us to connect with our emotional, spiritual, and physical needs, and create a space of healing and self-care.  Use this ritual at home to return to your sacred space over and over again.

Emma works closely with Ritual Cacao – a wonderful supplier of ceremonial grade Cacao from Ecuador & Peru. Use the code EMMA10 for 10% off.



At Home Cacao Ceremony 


You will need:

A cup of ceremonial-grade Ritual Cacao·

A candle

A crystal of your choice, or a stone, a feather or a flower.

Incense, Sustainable Palo Santo or Sage

A journal or notebook

A quiet, comfortable space

At least 30 minutes with no distractions

  • Prepare your ceremonial-grade Cacao brew, take a moment to appreciate the delicious aroma of the Cacao.
  • Create a quiet, comfortable space where you can sit and relax without any distractions.
  • Light the candle and set the crystal or objects beside it.
  • Take a few deep breaths to centre yourself and focus on the present moment.
  • Hold the cup or mug of Cacao in your hands and set an intention for the Ritual. This intention can be related to your health and wellbeing, such as receiving guidance, finding peace or feeling self-love.
  • Close your eyes, as you drink your Cacao. Focus on the taste and texture of the Cacao and allow yourself to be fully present.
  • Take several deep breaths, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. Visualise yourself inhaling calm and peaceful energy and exhaling any stress and negativity.
  • Spend some time reflecting on your emotions. You can write in a journal or simply sit quietly and tune in to how you’re feeling. Acknowledge any emotions that are present, without judging or trying to change them. Allow yourself to feel whatever comes up, and offer yourself compassion and understanding. Write down what you are feeling. Automatic writing really helps us to get in touch with our unconscious thoughts and feelings.
  • You can pray, meditate, or simply sit quietly and focus on your breath. Set an intention to find clarity, guidance or wisdom, regarding a challenge or issue. Tune into the Cacao flowing around your body, and see if in any guidance or insights are coming through. Cacao helps us connect to the wisdom that is already within us so let her guide you into your heart.
  • Place your hand on your heart and feel the heartbeat. Take a moment to express gratitude for your life, for your healthy body, and for the wisdom of your soul. Close the Ritual by blowing out any candles or incense you may have lit, and take a few more deep breaths to ground yourself.

Come Meet our New Community Yoga Class Teachers!

We are so proud to announce that our class of 2023 have all successfully graduated the 200hr Yogarise Teacher Training, and are about to embark on the next stage of their journey – teaching you! Read on to find out who’s teaching a community yoga class when, and come meet the newest generation of yoga teachers.

Book Now – Classes are only £7 in-person or £3 online.

In Peckham our community yoga classes are on Monday-Thursday at 4pm, and Sundays at 1:15pm.

Monday – 4pm

Maria Buliga until May, when Vic Smith will take over.

Tuesday – 4pm

Emily Haquin until May, when Stevie Back will take over.

Wednesday – 4pm

Our very own Olivia Rix! You may know her from the desk and café…now find her in the studio.

Thursday 4pm

Laurence Richard.

Sunday 1:15pm Community Class

February – Hannah Ward

March – Abigail McQuarter

April – Louise O’Sullivan

May – Ria Stone

June – Ludivine Defois

July – Ria Stone


In Streatham our community yoga classes are Mondays at 9:45am, Tuesday-Thursday at 4pm; and Sundays at 2:15pm.

Monday – 9:45am

Joanna Kinsey.

Tuesday – 4pm

Phoebe Heptinstall.

Wednesday – 4pm

Judith Tomlinson.

Thursday  – 4pm

Agnes Jacoby-Koaly until May, when Oli Grant will take over.

Sunday 2:15pm Community Class.

February – Sophia Hollis

March – Hannah Ward

April – Ludivine Defois

May – Anne Beyer

June – Jessica Amenuvor

July – Rosanna Rossington

Book Here!

Meet the Covent Garden Yoga + Pilates Studio Teachers!

Meet the Covent Garden Yoga + Pilates Studio Teachers!

We can’t wait for you to meet our new team at the Covent Garden site! Here’s a little introduction so you can find the right yoga class(es) for you.

Also, check out this limited offer – click here to get 50% off a 10 Class Pack!

Start the week off right with one of our Monday Yoga classes!

Join John Collins for a challenging yoga class full of philosophy and humour – midday Dynamic Flow 12:30-13:15. Amanda Denton and Sjaan van de Langenberg take in the evening with Dynamic Flow 17:45-18:45 and Dynamic Pilates 19:00-19:45. Amanda Denton works intimately and has a deep understanding of the healing power of sound, whilst Sjaan focuses on fluidity of movement and connection to breath.

Yoga classes to bring you into the week…

Sophie Heatley leads an early-riser’s Vinyasa Flow 07:30-08:15 on Tuesday Mornings – expect joy and energy. Join Carrianne Hayden for a quick lunchtime Dynamic Flow 12:30-13:15 full of beautiful transitions. For well-paced, breath-led classes after work check out Echo Elliott’s Dynamic Flow 17:45-18:45 and Amy Chilver’s Vinyasa Flow 19:00-19:45.

On Wednesday, get into the studio and over the hump.

Leah Bush’s – our balance and inversion expert – leads an early morning Dynamic Flow 07:30-08:15. Rebecca Bradley shares her beautiful energy in the midday class with another round of Dynamic Flow 12:30-13:15. Andy Kobelinksky and Sam Harman invigorate your evening with Vinyasa Flow 17:45-18:45 and Hatha Flow 19:00-19:45.


Power through Thursday!

Thursday mornings are led by the wonderful Fiona Callanan – Dynamic Flow 07:30-08:15. Lunchtime with Lydia Baker; get into the rhythm with Vinyasa Flow 12:30-13:15. Time for a class before drinks at Seven Dials? Join Lizzy Chong for Dynamic Pilates 17:45-18:30 or get your flow on with Aram Raffy’s Dynamic Flow 18:45-19:45.

Thank God it’s Friday!

Clock off early and get your sweat on at Orla Gaffney’s Dynamic Pilates class 12:30-13:15 or join Nino Russo in the evening for a well deserved Dynamic Flow 17:45-18:45.

Spending Saturday in town?

Get into the groove with Cherise Addams-Burnett’s Vinyasa Flow 09:00-10:00 or David Ramcharran’s Dynamic Flow 10:15-11:15.

Cool down your Sunday mornings.

Austin Ince is here for you with his steady Dynamic Flow 09:00-10:00, getting you ready to start the week afresh.


We’re always adding great new classes, so please check for updates at the live schedule here.

If you’re visiting the studio for the first time, here’s some information you might find useful.

Do you work near Yogarise Covent Garden? Get in touch if you’re interested and get a group discount for your company or free trial class! Contact hello@yogarise.london and let us know.


Team Yogarise x


Important Information for Yogarise – Covent Garden!

Welcome to our Covent Garden Site!

We are so excited to have re-opened at Covent Garden, and look forward to welcoming you into the space! Here’s a few things you might need to know before joining us for practice.

Finding Us:

Yogarise, Covent Garden is located at 13 Mercer Street, London, WC2H 9QJ

If you’re coming from Covent Garden tube station (Piccadilly Line), take a left down Long Acre until you get to Mercer Street – which will be the second turn on your right. Stroll down there and you’ll find us opposite a beautiful mural by the London Graphic Centre.

If you’re coming from Leicester Square tube station (Northern and Piccadilly Lines), find the Covent Garden exit and head down Long Acre. At the 6-point junction carry on straight, passing Five Guys on your right. A minute or so later, you’ll find Mercer Street on your left.

Arriving at and Departing Class:

Please note there is no reception. Only the teacher will greet you on site, so please arrive at least 10 minutes early as doors will be locked as soon as class begins. 

Please be considerate of others and enter the classroom in a quiet manner. Equipment is provided – including mats, blocks, and bolsters. This can all be found along the back wall, inside of the studio. 

After class is finished, please be mindful of leaving the building fairly swiftly. This is out of consideration for the teacher so that they can lock up and vacate the site in good time. 

Changing Rooms/Lockers/Showers:

Whilst we do have limited changing rooms available, to minimise their use please try to come dressed and ready for your class. There are lockers available on site (please bring a padlock to secure your valuables). There are no showers. 

We can’t wait for you to join us! Check out the timetable here.

Best wishes from the Yogarise Team x

How can Yoga & Meditation Help my Mental Health?

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist & mindfulness teacher, Alice Leslie explores how yoga and meditation can help with mental health.

For the past year I’ve been working with Yogarise as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher, offering psychological support to staff and clients with weekly community mindfulness classes. Meanwhile yoga got me through a personally challenging year, alongside therapy, friends and family, attending to joy and all the other basics. Heartfelt gratitude for my health, peace, warmth, food and water, infrastructure and all the privileges that afford me a comfortable modern life, albeit not without suffering. I’m only human. 

“I am passionate about the benefits of movement and meditation for good mental health.”

We know each are as effective as antidepressants in treating a wide variety of mental health struggles. From stress, low mood, anxiety, panic and depression, to sleep difficulties and addiction. Meditation is known to help us respond more kindly to the inevitable fluctuations in mood, helping us be with ourselves and our difficulties rather than bracing against them. There’s a paradox here; we’re invited to soften and allow things to be as they are. By doing so we notice that things are changing all the time. If we can come up close to our difficulties and feel them in the body – be it pain, stress, a knot in the tummy or a feeling of dread in the chest – allowing it to be there and exploring it with curiosity is more likely to help it pass or dissipate naturally.

We have to accept our struggles with kindness in order to be able to make wise choices about how to look after ourselves. There is no therapeutic approach where a therapist is encouraged to be harsh, critical or demeaning to a patient. We would do well to remember this when we’re approaching our own difficulties. When we ruminate or worry we are not being productive, we are adding layers of difficulty to our raw experience. You can’t think your way out of a thinking problem. The metaphor of revving your tyres when you’re stuck in the mud rings true. Best to pause and find another way through. Help or rest may be the answer.

Yoga is an ancient and well-rounded system. A moving meditation offering us the benefits of both exercise and meditation. What a package! The endorphins, changed mental state and uplift of exercise combined with the focus and the soothing effects of meditation result in an increased ability to be with difficulty. I’m yet to find anything that rivals it per minute, and know from the experiences of my patients that this is not is not just me and my jangled nervous system. I’ve witnessed joyful transformations facilitated by establishing a regular yoga practice alongside talking therapy. Yoga moves things along when we feel stuck and makes us, both physically and psychologically, strong, supple and flexible.

“The hardest thing about meditation is making yourself do it.”

Another paradox is that often the more we would benefit from it, the harder it is to do. The busyness of life might be the cause of our pain, and also blocking of the cure. It’s no coincidence that we find it hard to sit with difficult feelings. An anxious mind is hard to sit with quietly. I believe that we can’t turn away from our feelings for long without them rebounding; that it’s best to accept what’s there and know that we’re feeling them anyway, trusting that making space for them reduces their impact. Guided meditation offers a method to touch in and feel with compassion, enhancing our chances of responding wisely. A sitting meditation can feel like agony. It’s an unhelpful myth that meditation is easy or relaxing. Often we are confronted with feelings we have deliberately suppressed. Relaxation is a very pleasant side effect that we can’t bank on or we will quickly abandon a regular practice, thinking that we’re doing it wrong if we’re not achieving this outcome. Where is my nirvana?? Aim lower – show up as you are and trust that it will do something over time. It’s more like composting a garden than an immediate psychological makeover. It will bear fruit over time. 

Yoga is designed to prepare us for sitting meditation. Have you ever noticed yourself crying during hip or heart opening postures? Although I’m a psychotherapist, I think there are some things that need to be worked through the body as well as expressed and reasoned through verbally. Emotional tension is undoubtedly stored in the body and can be moved and manipulated through careful exercise and massage. WIth the body supple and exercised it is also easier to sit comfortably, with less aches and pains calling for attention, allowing a clearer place from which to observe the mind.

The endless separation of mind and body seems increasingly naive. They are one system; a healthy body and mind, yoked together is the aim. The body is likened to a wonky tripod that we’re born with, and the mind a misty telescope. Through exercise and care we can get the best out of our tripod, and through kindly regular mindful training we can gradually demist our telescope.

By imbuing our yoga practice with the fundamental attitudes of mindful attention – by which I mean curiosity, kindness, non judgment and non striving – we can get many of the benefits of a long seated meditation, in a way that can be more accessible. An invitation to link movement and breath is often enough to reduce unhelpful mental activity. A bit like rubbing your tummy and patting your head, competing processes make it harder to throw in extra mental activity. Less space for rumination and worry creates calm conditions to observe the mind. We’re invited to be and sense rather than think and do, which brings us into the present moment. The human
mind lends itself to ruminating on the past or worrying about the future but benefits from being in the present moment. If we can drop the to-do list, critical thoughts and worry; we will feel better for it – fortified to approach our lives again. I liken this to when you leave your desk to go for a walk and a conundrum untangles itself, or the best ideas emerging when you’re singing in the shower.  There’s a deeper level of wisdom than automatic reactive thought.

In CBT we question and challenge thoughts. In meditation we notice thoughts as thoughts (not facts) and come back to the body, the breath (or other focus), letting thoughts bubble up and pass without taking effort to suppress or investigate. Practicing a passive approach to our thoughts in meditation is radical and truly refreshing. Our true intentions and best ideas come from a quieter place. It is helpful to value rest, the idea that less could be more, and trust the emergence of instinct and wisdom when we create good conditions. Knowing that sitting quietly or practicing yoga helps us get more from ourselves over time. Even if it means time away from the desk and less time smashing out chores. 

“Whether you are practicing a moving or sitting meditation, your practice is a great little petri dish – a mini world – in which you can notice your patterns and tendencies.”

In time leading to clarity and an ability to question unhelpful beliefs and assumptions, bringing in some flexibility and experimenting with doing things differently. When your mind wanders (that’s just what minds do) congratulate yourself for noticing, on a moment of awareness and for being awake. What are the qualities of the mind today? Sluggish, anxious, doubting? Notice with kindly curiosity and then make a choice to come back, gently but firmly, to the practice.

My gift to you – a free Mindfulness meditation

You can try a three step breathing space here! 

We all have tendencies that flare up when we’re stressed, lonely or under pressure. It’s not if we’re going to struggle but how and when. It’s not undignified to struggle. We might be prone to worry, being hard on ourselves, comparing ourselves to others, getting avoidant or fearing judgment. Noticing when these well worn grooves become visible in our practice is helpful. Are we striving, competing, comparing? Avoiding showing up at all if we don’t think we can do things well enough? Ideally we would all be doing different things from one day to the next, and certainly from our neighbors on their mats. This would be a true indicator that we value our honest limits and are listening to feedback from our bodies. One day we might take a child’s pose during inversions, another we might throw in a quick headstand before savasana. What a great place to practice advocating for ourselves and being assertive, without consequence. Social anxiety be gone! I’m listening to my body. Honoring the wisdom of our bodies and being proud of listening to it, rather than hard on ourselves and following others. Your body will thank you and this promotes helpful attitudes and behaviors around assertiveness, valuing the self and not subjugating needs in the wider world. 

I first started practicing yoga at University, 20 years ago. I cringe when I remember shuffling off during savasana, instead of lying still for a few minutes. I thought I was too busy but I was all kinds of anxious. I was feeding the busyness by scuttling off but relish the stillness now. Taking a few moments to imagine the body like a snow globe, all shaken up by movement – blood pulsing through hard working muscles. Feeling the heartbeat slowing and the effects of the movement as sensation in the body. This is valuable in a way that is hard to put into words. It’s best felt. They say that mindfulness is caught not taught. 

I’d love to practice with you. I offer a Free Community Mindfulness Class at Yogarise, Peckham on Thursdays (term time only) from 1:30 – 2. Book here to join online  or drop in and practice with us in studio. No experience necessary. Pairs very nicely with Annie’s 12:30- 1:15 Dynamic Pilates and En Root’s Thursday soup offering in the Yogarise cafe. 

There are some guided meditations and blogs about mental health on my website. You’re welcome to contact me on alice@revivelondon.org.uk with any questions or to discuss working together. I offer free 15 minute telephone consultations for Yogarise clients and I’m at Yogarise every Thursday if you’d like to come and say hi. 

You can find your nearest NHS therapy option here.

If you’re in urgent need of help and have concerns about whether you can keep yourself safe tell you GP and or visit A&E. The Samaritans offer an excellent confidential listening service: 116 123

Written by Alice Leslie.

New to yoga? Beginners Yoga is for you.

Beginners Yoga classes can be a brilliant way to get to grips with the basics or refresh your practice if you’ve been off the mat for a while. Or maybe you’re looking to kick-start your yoga practice or try this new hobby with a Beginners Yoga Course this January?

At Yogarise Peckham and Streatham studios we have in-person Beginners Yoga classes every week. They are £18 drop-in and we always recommend pre-booking in advance (especially in January!) via the Peckham Timetable and Streatham Timetable. Our Intro Offer is a great way to explore what we have to offer too 🙂

You could also explore Online Beginners Yoga Classes streamed live from our Peckham studio or On Demand, so you can enjoy your session in the comfort of home. You can register online here for £9 drop-in.

Becky Farbstein – one of our resident Beginners teachers – has a down-to-earth style that combines philosophy (and how it applies to us in this day-and-age), practical aspects of yoga (how functional movement and mobility can truly benefit your day-to-day life!) and good humour. She believes in making yoga accessible to all, and her four week beginners yoga course will cover all the basics and provide a good grounding before exploring the full Yogarise timetable – safely and with confidence. From dynamic vinyasa sessions, to gentle yoga, yin yoga to 4-beat, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Some top tips…

  • First time at the studio? Always pre-book and arrive at least 10-15 minutes early to familiarise yourself with the space, lock away valuables, and so you don’t miss the all-important start of class. In Streatham there is no receptionist so once class is checked in by the teacher, the front door is locked.
  • Practising from home? Set up your space. Clear room around your mat, lie it out. Gather a blanket, cushion and perhaps an eye mask if you want to have options for relaxation.
  • Bring a bottle of water (we have taps in reception to refill).
  • Wear comfortable clothing that you won’t get too hot in. We recommend leggings, loose lightweight trousers or shorts. Tracksuit bottoms can sometimes be quite sweaty once you get moving, but it’s up to you!
  • Bring a friend! 🙂

For more FAQs please see our New To Yoga? page.

*Photo credit: Yogarise Teacher, Rebekah Jade who teaches Open Level classes & Yoga Workshops at Yogarise in Peckham Rye.

Yin Yoga Training: Austin Ince’s Top Three Poses

Austin Ince, a senior yoga teacher and leader of our Yin Yoga training, has shared three essential yin poses to savour for a short daily yoga practice. For a complete practice, we need more than three but these three alone offer lots, and by sequencing them together, you can create our own simple, beautiful and well-rounded practice.


According to Sarah Powers, “If you can only do one pose, do butterfly!”

Butterfly can be done in a variety of ways. Here are three basic versions, the hips are common to all.

Sitting Butterfly

Butterfly Pose: Yin Yoga Training

Folding Butterfly

Resting Butterfly

It’s a symmetrical pose; we only have to do it the once per version, there’s no left- and right-hand sides.

Entering the Pose

From a seated position, bring the soles of the feet together and turn the knees out the side. The feet are a comfortable distance away from the pelvis, the legs form a diamond shape. If you are more mobile in the hips, you may choose to bring the feet in closer to your pelvis. If your spine rounds, you may choose to use a block to prop the pelvis forward. After a few minutes fold forward over the legs for the second version, you can do this gradually over time. Make sure to do this in a passive way, allow the weight of your body to draw you forward. You can support the body using your arms, or with props, like a bolster or blocks. After a few minutes, slowly lift the body up and take your time to lower your back down to the ground, or on to a bolster behind your pelvis to support your spine for the final reclining version. This third version acts as a counter pose to the forward fold.

You can do this sequence from between 9 to 20 minutes, or simply choose one version for 3 to 10 minutes. Anywhere up to 20 minutes is safe as long as you are relaxed and have the time!

Leaving the Pose

Bring your knees together, take the soles of the feet to the floor, roll onto a side of your choice, take your time to move the bolster off your mat and lie down flat on your back to unwind from the pose. Notice how things feel and how the change over a short period of time.

About the Pose

Butterfly is primarily for the hips. The hips are in flexion, externally rotated, abducted and the knees are flexed. If there is a problem with knees you may separate the feet and straighten the knee a little or use a block for support underneath the knee.

When we add the forward fold, we add flexion in the spine.

In the reclining version we add extension in the spine. The position of the arms is personal but if they are out to the sides, in line with the shoulders, a stretch will be added to the top of the chest and to the front of the shoulders too.

In the three different versions of the pose the experience in the hips will be different. This is due to the relationship between the spine and pelvis. Notice the difference by focusing on the sensations you feel in each version. Which one is your favourite and why?



An archetypal pose for the hips and infinitely adaptable!

Shoelace can be done in many ways. Here are three. The hips are common to all versions.

Sitting Shoelace

Lateral Shoelace

Folding Shoelace

It’s an asymmetrical pose, which means whatever we do for one side we repeat to the other.

Entering the Pose

Move into a kneeling position, sitting on the heels with the legs together. Then drop your right hip to the ground by moving to the right off of the backs of the legs to the side. Swing the left leg over the right one, stacking the knees, sit between your heels taking opposite foot to the outside of the opposite hip!

If it’s very easy, bring the feet more forward in line with the knees. If it’s difficult, elevate the pelvis on a block, cross more at the shins rather than the knees, or extend the bottom leg forward.

To move into the lateral version. Reach your left hand out to the side away from your hips. If you’re very flexible, you may be able to bring your forearm to the floor. The important thing is that both of your sit bones remain in contact to the floor. The right one tends to lift when you go to left and vice a versa! You can use a block to lean your forearm or elbow on. In this version you’ll stretch the outer hip on one side a lot more than the other. If you lean to the left, it will be right one and the opposite on the other side! Gentle ease yourself back to the centre and slow fold forward over your legs. Use your arms for support on the tops of the legs. Time of hold: 3 to 5 minutes. If you sequence different versions for the same side, go for 2 to 3 minutes per variation.

Leaving the Pose

Slowly lift the body, take the hands back behind the hips and slowly lower your whole body flat to the ground and enjoy the rebound. You may find that you emit an involuntary groan!

Now repeat for the opposite side.

Hold each of the shoelace variations for a minimum of 2 minutes, to do the whole sequence it should take between 7 to 15 minutes. Alternatively, do one version for 3 to 4 minutes a side.

About the Pose

Shoelace is primarily for the hips, the hips are in flexion, externally rotated, adducted and the knees are flexed. The lateral version adds lateral flexion to the spine. The forward fold adds flexion to the spine.


Twisted Roots

In twisted roots pose, “roots” refers to the bind in the legs.

Twisted Roots

Simple Twist


Twisted roots, as the name suggests, is a twist and, accordingly, an asymmetrical pose. This means we’ll have to repeat it to the oppose side.

Entering the Pose

Enter this pose from lying flat on the back.

Once you are on the back, take the arms out to the sides in line with the shoulders.

Bring the soles of the feet to the floor, then walk the feet and shuffle the back of the pelvis out to the right-hand side. The knees should still be pointing up to the ceiling. Lift your right leg over the left, crossing over the thighs, take the right foot behind the left calf if possible. If not, don’t! (As an alternative, you can do a “Simple Twist” if there is an issue with knees, bring the legs together with bent knees.) Lift the feet up bring the knees over the hips and take your knees out to the left-hand side, rolling onto the outer left hip. To prepare for the other side. Roll the back of the pelvis to ground, unwrap the legs, bring the feet to the ground and square the hips back to the centre. Prepare for the other side by walking the feet and pelvis out to the left as per the previous side. Time of hold 3 to 20 minutes per side, remember to do both sides!

Leaving the Pose

Roll the back of the pelvis to the ground, unwrap the legs, bring the feet to the floor, square up your hips into the centre and give yourself a hug by bringing your knees into your chest. This will aid the release the lower back.

About the Pose

“Twisted Roots” is for the spine, which is in rotation. With the legs in the bind, the hips are flexed, adducted and internally rotated. There aren’t many poses in yoga which internally rotate the hips or adduct them either! This is a key pose for that reason alone. Twists (spinal rotations) are great counter poses to back bends and forward folds. They’re a great way to end a practice before your final relaxation by putting balance into the spine. You can hold them as long as you want anywhere from between 2 to 20 minutes! In my own practice I do this for 15 minutes a side every day, often doing it twice a day!

General Advice for the Practice

Avoid forcing yourself deeper into any pose. That will happen all on its own if you practice with ease. Resolve to stay still once you’re in the pose. If you are too uncomfortable ease out of the pose slightly until it feels okay. Stay in the pose, observe how it feels and if changes allow yourself to slowly deeper over time!

By practicing these three poses, with the variations outlined above and adding a luxurious, leisurely savasana at the end, you’ve got a fabulous 30 minute to an hour’s long practice. Have you only got 5- or 10-minutes spare time? Do Butterfly over a bolster on its own! Put on your favourite music, your comfortable yoga gear and give it a go.

Yin Yoga Training

Interested in learning more about this rejuvenating practice? Join Austin for our Yin Yoga Training starting on the 13th September 2024. Learn about the origins of Yin, philosophy, safe methods of practice, anatomical movement, and TCM meridian theory.  This yin yoga training is open to yoga and pilates teachers, as well as interested practitioners.


Menopause Insomnia – Yoga as Self Care

Menopause insomnia – you know the feeling, lying there exhausted wanting desperately to get back
to sleep, but the mind is wired, racing with thoughts about the day, and your
body just won’t relax.

Insomnia can hit particularly hard at menopause. Women who might
previously have enjoyed a full and deep night’s sleep might find themselves
waking several times due to night sweats, the need to wee, thirst and anxiety.

Sleep is essential for the body and brain to process what life throws at us, and
to reset. It’s when the lymphatic system can detox, when the brain can dream
and process emotions, and the endocrine system can regulate hormones.
With proper rest the various systems of the body get the chance to settle into
the ‘rest and digest’ mode.

Moving through menopause involves a huge hormonal rewiring job; we are
being reorganised, both physically and psychically, in preparation for our post
reproductive phase of life. The resulting fluctuating hormones can be jarring
on our whole system and we can find ourselves way more sensitive to
external stimuli and more susceptible to stress.

A vicious loop can play out between our hormonal flux, our stress response
and our ability to sleep. We can struggle more than usual to shift from the
‘fight or flight’ mode into the parasympathetic nervous system where deep rest
is possible. Sleep deprivation has a profound impact on our ability to cope the
next day; we can feel ‘not ourselves’, strung out and unable to achieve even
the simplest of tasks. There are long term physical, mental and emotional
health effects too.

Lifestyle changes can help: things like watching your intake of stimulants such
as coffee and spicy food, carefully managing your screen time, and letting
your bedroom be a sanctuary rather than an extension to your office. There is
no one ‘fix’; what works for one person, will not work for everyone. In the most
severe cases, insomnia can’t easily be solved. But there are small things that
we can do throughout the day to help and yoga can provide a hugely
therapeutic resource.

Yoga practice turns down the intensity of modern life and teaches us to drop
into our deeper, calmer selves. We practice yoga as an embodied intention;
as a way of locating ourself amidst the changes, and steering the nervous
system away from the hyper-alert towards a place of rest.

Just close your eyes and place your hands on your belly and breathe into
them. Tune into your breath and notice how it rises and falls in your body. A
few minutes of this will help rest your nervous system and start to redress the
balance between rest and stimulation. You can practice this any time of day,
or even on waking in the night.

Before you go to bed try releasing the day’s stresses with viparitta karani (legs
up the wall pose). I like to raise my hips on a cushion which allows more
space for breath low in the belly and pelvic bowl, and I also find a lavender
scented eye pillow soothing when the mind is frazzled. Having your heart
above your head reverses the gravitational pull on your blood flow, bringing
calm and relief to overworked systems.

During the night if you feel a night sweat sweeping through, slide the covers
off and place your legs into an easy supported supta baddha konasana. This
pose is really effective for releasing excess body heat.

Yoga offers a wide variety of breathing, posture and meditation practices to
address sleep issues and to support the menopause transition. Keep a journal
to track your symptoms and make a note of which practices are most effective
for you right now.

When the reality of menopause insomnia symptoms leaves you feeling
unmoored and vulnerable, yoga can pave a way back to yourself, to your
innate resilience and to your natural ability to rest, and this can feel

Learn more with Tiffy George at two Yogarise workshops for menopause. Look out for these in November – Menopause Awareness Month.

These workshops are specifically tailored with yoga resources, tools and
practices to support the most common menopause symptoms. They will
provide an enjoyable and safe space where women can come together and
share their experiences, laugh and embrace the changes while also learning
from one another.

Tiffy George has been practising yoga since the 1990s. After completing a one-year full-time yoga teacher training with YogaArts in Australia, she qualified as an International Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher in 2002. She has continued to explore and study many forms of yoga with various teachers over the years: Astanga, Iyengar, restorative and therapeutic yoga, breathwork and meditation, and yoga for pregnancy and beyond. Most recently her ever-deepening passion has led her to develop additional expertise in Menopause YogaTM with Petra Coveney, as well as yoga for pelvic health with Leslie Howard. Tiffy’s classes and workshops offer a therapeutic route to finding and unravelling tension and moving towards greater ease and balance.

How Yoga Supports Preconception, Pregnancy and Postnatal Health


Are you trying to conceive or already pregnant and exploring how yoga could support your journey into motherhood? Or perhaps you’re already a mum, seeking ways to enhance your physical recovery and bond with your baby. Whatever stage you’re at, yoga could be your perfect partner, offering a wealth of benefits throughout preconception, pregnancy and the postnatal period. 

Yoga: A Holistic Approach to Maternal Health

In essence, yoga is a holistic health approach, combining physical postures called yoga poses, deep breathing techniques and meditation. Regular practice can help enhance your flexibility, strength, balance and cardiovascular health. More than this, it encourages a sense of inner calm, reducing stress and promoting mental wellbeing.

Preconception: Preparing for Pregnancy with Yoga

When planning for a baby, yoga can play an integral part in your preconception toolkit. In short, yoga can be beneficial for your fertility.

Here’s how:

Stress Reduction

The deep breathing and relaxation techniques inherent in yoga can help reduce stress levels, fostering a more conducive environment for conception. Read more about the impact of stress on fertility here.

Physical Preparedness

Regular prenatal yoga can strengthen your whole body, including your abdominal muscles and pelvic floor muscles, ensuring your body is physically prepared for the journey ahead.

Emotional Wellness

Yoga encourages mindfulness and self-awareness. This can be particularly beneficial during preconception, helping you to cultivate a positive mindset and emotional resilience, both of which can be helpful in your journey to motherhood.

Yoga during Pregnancy: A Nurturing Practice

During pregnancy, you go through a period of immense physical and emotional change. Here’s how yoga can help:

Managing Discomfort

Specific pregnancy yoga poses can alleviate common discomforts, such as back pain, pelvic pain and constipation during pregnancy. If you are struggling or have any concerns, we would also recommend you seek advice from your midwife, GP or maternity unit.

Preparing for Birth

Yoga helps build strength and endurance, both important for labour. Breathing exercises can also assist in managing pain during childbirth. A recent systematic review confirmed that women who practised yoga during pregnancy had shorter labours by an average of 2 hours, increased tolerance for pain and increased odds of having a vaginal birth.

Mental Wellbeing

Regular yoga practice promotes mindfulness and can help manage pregnancy-induced anxiety and stress. The recent review of the evidence also concluded that practising yoga during pregnancy helps to reduce anxiety, depression and perceived stress.

Promotes Sleep

Pregnancy can often disrupt sleep due to physical discomfort or anxiety. The relaxing nature of yoga, particularly restorative poses and breathing exercises, can improve sleep quality, helping mums-to-be get the sleep they need.

Postnatal Recovery: Rebuilding Strength and Bonding with Baby

The postnatal period is a time of recovery and adjustment. Yoga can be a gentle way to rebuild strength and bond with your baby.

Physical Recovery

Postnatal yoga can help restore strength in the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Specific yoga poses can also assist in realigning the spine and relieving upper body tension from nursing and carrying the baby.

Stress Relief

Postnatal yoga classes offer an opportunity to focus on your wellbeing, fostering stress relief and emotional balance. Focusing on self-care after the birth of your baby is hugely important for physical and emotional recovery.

Bonding with Baby

Incorporating your baby into your yoga routine can be a beautiful way to bond, with gentle movements and touch stimulating your baby’s senses. 

Community and Support

Attending postnatal yoga classes can provide a sense of community. Meeting other new mums offers opportunities for socialisation and mutual support, which can be invaluable during the early stages of motherhood.

Finding Appropriate Yoga Classes 

To get started on your yoga journey, check local community centres, gyms and yoga studios, many of which offer prenatal and postnatal classes. If you’re based in London, check out Yogarise’s pregnancy yoga classes here. And if you’ve just had your baby, check out Yogarise’s postnatal yoga classes here and Baby + Me classes.

Let Yoga Support You from Preconception to Motherhood

From preconception to the postnatal period, yoga is more than just a form of exercise—it’s a companion, helping mums-to-be and new mums navigate the path of motherhood with grace, strength and serenity. Whether it’s a calming yoga nidra session or a vibrant prenatal yoga class, the benefits of yoga are many and varied. 

Before embarking on any yoga routine, do a little research into your yoga teacher’s qualifications and experience, let them know whether you are trying to conceive, pregnant or if you’ve recently birthed your baby, always listen to your body, and remember to consult with a healthcare provider if you have any doubts or concerns. 

Don’t forget to share this article with friends, family, or social media followers who could benefit from the information. Let’s help each other thrive on this wonderful journey of motherhood. 


About the author:

My Expert Midwife was founded in 2017 to help with the physical challenges that women face during preconception, pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. Working with in-house expert midwives, they have developed a range of award-winning products designed especially for new and expectant mums and new babies. Their midwife-developed products come glowingly recommended by thousands of mums.

Own shares in Yogarise

Ever wanted to own something you love? Now you can! Yogarise is selling shares.

That’s right! Back in 2022 we did our first ever community equity sale, and thanks to our amazing crew, we managed to raise a whopping £34,000! The shares have been issued and that money re-invested into the business, spent mainly on acquiring a new site in Streatham and marketing.

This resulted in improved comms both in studio and online, and scope for additional community building initiatives such as Kirtan, SoFar Sounds, Supper Club, Book Club, Peckham Bowls yoga, more Community Classes and so on… Streatham is ticking along nicely, but there is definitely more we can do in terms of classes, offerings and marketing.

The importance of the first round of investment cannot be understated in terms of how it helped the business in its essential recovery from the Covid pandemic. We’re sure that those of you who visit the studios regularly will have seen busy classes, busy training courses and great vibes – back to how it should be!

We’ve also been able to offer you more retreats, workshops, masterclasses, professional training courses, and so on. We’re now planning our 2024 calendar and have started securing dates, venues and of course, teachers. Exciting times ahead…

So, why are we doing a second round of investment?

Firstly, because we want to keep improving what we offer and this extra funding, will help us to grow and thrive.
Secondly, because most of the feedback that we received from the first round was that our entry level investment of £5k was too high.
At the time, we were advised that this was a sensible route to take to reduce admin and legal costs. In hindsight, we should’ve gone lower to make it more accessible to our community – so that is what we’re doing now.

We’ve reduced our minimum investment to £1,000.

That’s right, you can own a piece of your fave yoga studio for only £1k! This will buy you 0.05% and you can expect returns of around x2.52 or £2520.

If you like the sound of this, and this is an affordable amount for you to invest, then please email sean@yogarise.london and he will share our Investment Memorandum and supporting documents (if desired). Once you’ve had a read and are keen to invest, Sean will tell you how. You will then have a two week cooling off period, then the shares will be issued, and Companies House updated.

Get in touch!

Interested? We hope so! Not only will you get to own a slice of Yogarise, but the first 10 people who invest will also get a free 10 class pack (or equivalent value £130 in credit if you’re a pre-payer) to go onto your account or gift to someone. Meaning that your £1,000 investment is in fact only costing you £870. Get in touch now to take advantage of this offer. 

Watch our little promo video here, or ask to see our short Pitch Deck doc and we can send it to you.

With love and thanks,

Sean and Em


Why yoga and pilates are a great combo

Yoga and Pilates don’t have to be two separate practices…you can still be spiritual AND practice Pilates. In fact, Pilates might just be the missing piece of the Yoga puzzle…read on to find out why!
Yoga and Pilates
Whether you’ve been practicing yoga for decades or are just starting out, adding Pilates to your yoga repertoire will undoubtedly propel your yoga practice into new realms. With core work at its…core (excuse the pun!) Pilates can help create greater stability and strength in your body. Think Chaturanga and how challenging this asana can be: not to mention the often-mentioned neck and shoulder discomfort that students report. Well, Pilates can bring a whole new dimension to your classic yoga asanas by helping you learn to engage your core and distribute your efforts evenly. Through exercises that challenge your stability and balance, you’ll notice the wobbles disappear in your Warrior III.
And let’s not forget the Pranayama part of Pilates if you will… exhaling through your mouth is a whole new way of accessing your lower Bandhas.
And where better to start building this newfound body and breath awareness than with us in Studio? Check the timetable here.

Pre-Pay Perks at Yogarise

(It pays to be unlimited).

Get unlimited yoga and pilates in Peckham, Streatham, Covent Garden + Online, plus all these extras…

Exclusive access to the Yogarise online community forum where you can interact with fellow yogis, partake in online challenges, and get access to mini tutorials and more!
10 x free hot drinks per year at Yogarise Peckham Cafe (stamper card required – these should be dated and stamped by cafe staff)
– 20% workshop discount (not including courses)
– bring a friend for free once a month
– In-Studio Peckham Perks include: Free Mat Hire or Free Mat Storage and Free Towel Hire
Local business discount exclusive to pre-pay holders including 10% off at En Root in Peckham and Clapham, and 20% off at Milo + The Bull
– Holistic therapies discount – new for 2024 – 20% off with Rowley Reiki, and 50% off first acupuncture treatment with
early / free access to special events including Masterclasses + Outdoor Yoga

Want to join in the fun?

Of course you do! You can choose from a monthly studio pre-pay, a 12-month pre-pay or a 6-month pre-pay.

Monthly pre-payers, use the code YOGARISE50 at check-out for 50% off your first renewal (minimum term 3 months).

Sign Me Up


Terms + Conditions:
*For 10 x free hot drinks, the customer must pick up a Yogarise stamper card which must be stamped and dated every time a hot drink is redeemed at the Yogarise Peckham Cafe. Replacement cards not available.  Once the Annual Member has been given their card, it is their responsibly to look after it.
*Guest Passes must be friends / family who are completely new to the studio. Please email reception to book them in.
*The 20% off workshops does not apply to courses, trainings or events (only 2-3 hour workshops)
*The £50 cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and only applies to specific retreats – email retreats@yogarise.london for more info.
* Enquire at hello@yogarise.london for further info and to claim any of the discounts or offers


By Emma Hitzelberger


Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training

We’re delighted to offer Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training with Tara Lee and Clare Daniell at our Peckham studio.

pregnancy yoga teacher training at yogarise Peckham with Tara Lee and Clare Daniell

Tara Lee has been teaching Pregnancy yoga for two decades and has many articles, DVD’s and videos to her name. She is both a qualified shiatsu practitioner and a doula, having trained with childbirth guru Michel Odent.

Since training in massage therapy and cadaver studies, Clare has guided the teacher training modules on anatomy, neurophysiology, and pregnancy for the London ISHTA training group since 2014.

We caught up with Tara to talk more about the pregnancy teacher training and her experience with teaching pregnancy yoga.

Why do pregnancy yoga teacher training with Yogarise?

We’ re a great team to train with. Clare and I each have our own specialities to bring to the course.

Yogarise has a lovely feel to it and you will connect with lots of like minded yoga teachers! it’s also really easy to get to from most places –  there are good trains from Victoria if you live outside London.

What makes this training different to others?

Part of this training is an online module, part of it is live online and the majority is in person at the studio.

We have condensed the material to include the most helpful parts that will give you the best information for teaching pregnant women safely and confidently. We will also teach you about how to support pregnant women with lifestyle recommendations for specific pregnancy related conditions. We will have a women’s health physiotherapist and a midwife coming to teach different modules. All of the teachers are inspiring and passionate about their work.

What makes you passionate about running pregnancy yoga teacher trainings?

I love sharing my knowledge and experience with other women so that more of us can support pregnant women throughout their exciting journeys to motherhood!

What is your experience with pregnancy, birth, and teaching pregnant students?

I have been teaching pregnant women yoga for 20 years and have been running teacher trainings for over 5 years. I also have 2 children of my own.

Want to learn more? Look out for the next training on our website and socials!

Yogarise Community Yoga and Mindfulness Classes

Yogarise Community Yoga and Mindfulness Classes are GO!

We have just launched a ton of NEW community yoga sessions at Yogarise Peckham Rye and at our Streatham space on the corner of Streatham High Road and Prentis Road.

Since our opening in 2014 we have supported a range of local charities and good causes through our Community Classes. They have formed an integral part of the studio – providing a more affordable way to practise yoga, while also given newer teachers a platform to teach to a studio full of friendly faces 🙂

Now, our Community Yoga Classes form an essential part of the on-going Graduate programme from our Yogarise 200hr Teacher Training Course and they are solely taught by students who have trained with us, led by SYTs Erin Prichard or Becky Farbstein and a whole host of other fantastic experts and Yogarise teachers.

Our Community Yoga Classes in Peckham include: 4-5pm Monday – Thursday as well as 1.15-2.15pm Sunday.

See Peckham Schedule here

Our Community Yoga Classes in Streatham include: 9:45-10:45am Monday,  4-5pm Tuesday – Thursday, and 2:15 – 3:15pm Sunday.

See Streatham Schedule here.

Please check the schedule to see who is teaching and for schedule updates.

We are launching a new, free Community Mindfulness Class!

Join us every Thursday 1.30-2pm in Peckham and Online, for a 30 minute Mindfulness session, open to all, led by Alice Pritchard.

Mindfulness is known to improve concentration, reduce stress and improve sleep; it can help us ‘come to our senses’ and observe things as they are without judgement.

So much of life is spent in autopilot which maintains habitual patterns in our thoughts, behaviours, and emotions. Rather than spiralling off in our usual ways we will practice the simple – but by no means easy – ancient art of seated meditation; focusing on the breath, bodily sensations and sounds around us.

You can sit on a bolster, yoga mat or request a chair. You can practise in whatever you are comfortable in (jeans etc) doesn’t have to be yoga wear 🙂 If you are at home, you could practise lying down on your mat or bed. Total beginners welcome.

Book Community Mindfulness on the Yogarise Peckham Timetable or just drop-in.

We hope to see you soon at one of our Yogarise Community Classes! Any questions, please get in touch hello@yogarise.london


By Emma Hitzelberger

Streatham Yoga FAQs


We are a small, bespoke yoga space. There are no changing rooms or showers at our Streatham Yoga Studio, just two toilet cubicles.

Here are some top tips and house rules to make your experience the best it can be:

1. Arrive 10 minutes early to class. Teachers will be doing check-in and will lock the doors at the start of class. The studio in Streatham has a strict ‘no latecomer policy’ so as not to disturb students already in class.

2. Pre-book your class. While walk-ins are possible, we will always ask you to register online. If you have not pre-booked, the teacher will ask you to do so on arrival.

3. Ideally, where possible please arrive changed for class and leave in your yoga wear.

4. Bring your own yoga mat to/from the studio, or use one of ours (free of charge). We do not at this time offer mat storage at the studio.

5. Please help our teachers by wiping props and mats, and putting them (and any other litter, wipes etc) away at the end of class. 

6. Be aware of the safety of your personal belongings. The door is locked once class is on, but we do not have lockers in reception.


No problem at all, please reach out to us hello@yogarise.london and someone will come back to you as soon as possible.


The address is 248a Streatham High Road, SW16 1HS and is located on Prentis Road (just off the main High Road behind the corner newsagent).


HIT THE barre!

barre; horizontal bar at waist level on which dancers rest a hand for support during exercise

What even is a Barre Workout?


A low-impact and high-intensity workout that targets the whole body. Barre fitness combines the movement of ballet, the strengthening of pilates and the stretching of yoga and delivers it in a 45 minute class! 

This class offers all of the body benefits of ballet dancing – barre the need to attempt a pirouette or jump around the studio 😉


What can I expect in a class and how is the ballet barre used?


The Barre fitness method uses both the dancer’s barre and yoga mats. The barre is there as a prop to help you balance! During these sessions, you will focus on isometric strength exercises – holding most of your body still while you contract specific sets of muscles. These movements are often small, but don’t underestimate them, you’ll feel the burn in the morning..

TOP TIP: You will usually be asked to remove your shoes for this class to prevent slips + falls, so bring your grippiest socks!

I’m no ballet dancer. Will barre be okay for me?


Though this is an intense and effective full-body workout, no previous dance experience of any kind is required at all!  The barre method is accepting of all fitness and ability levels! 

Our teachers will always demonstrate the movements first and then provide encouragement +  corrections for you to follow! All positions can be modified to suit your body, so you can get the most out of every movement! 

Barre isn’t as serious or complex as some imagine it! Thanks to our lovely instructors, upbeat tunes and endorphin – pumping movements, you’ll definitely have a good time as you plié.. no leotard necessary 😌


Experience the benefits of Barre at Yogarise Streatham!

Sculpt, strengthen and elongate your muscles! A unique blend of ballet and Pilates that target the abs, thighs, glutes and arms.

Dynamic fun awaits you!


Yogarise is selling shares

Fancy owning a piece of Yogarise? Read on to find out more…

If you ever wanted to invest in something you love, now’s your chance. We’ve been going it alone for 8 years, but now, for the first time ever, Yogarise is selling shares in the business. And we’d love to share them with you – our community!

If you are passionate about yoga and Yogarise, now is your opportunity to get involved…

We are looking for investors who have a minimum of £5k to invest long-term. If this sounds like you, and you would like info, please get in touch with the owners of Yogarise, Em & Sean (and Misty the dog of course!)

In 2014 we were two people with a small dog, a passion for yoga and a little dream of bringing it all together in South East London. But time has flown, and we have grown…

It’s not just us any more! We are proud to employ a large and dedicated team of front of house and management staff in addition to all our fab teachers. We offer twice yearly foundational 200hr Teacher Training, and a plethora of Courses and Workshops. This is in addition to our busy schedule of studio and livestream yoga and pilates classes.

We have expanded into On Demand yoga, Yoga Retreats, yoga merchandise, a co-working space and of course our Streatham studio (and previously Covent Garden). We have navigated a pandemic, three house moves, two kids and a whole lot more. But now we want YOU to jump on board and we can’t wait for the next part of this exciting journey to begin…

REQUEST INFO + EMAIL: sean@yogarise.london



By Emma Hitzelberger

Back Pain + Yoga Positions to Relieve

Back pain in the UK – The Facts

It is estimated that four out of every five adults (80% of us lot) will experience back pain at some stage in their life. In fact, a national survey in 2000, showed that almost half the adult population of the UK (49%) report lower back pain lasting for at least 24 hours at some time in the year. Ouch!

Most back pain will improve within a few weeks or months and in most cases the pain is not caused by anything serious. But! For those of us that suffer chronically with back pain, most find rehabilitation and treatment for patients is often poor. Pain medication is often the only solution offered.. but is there another way?

Of course! It’s Yoga! It’s Posture! It’s Stretching! It’s Mindful Movement!

With very few exceptions, recent randomised control trials very clearly indicate that yoga can heal. Studies show that yoga can reduce pain and disability, can be practiced safely, and is nearly always well received by participants.

Lower back pain can make the sufferer feel low, frustrated and helpless. With the help of movement and a little bit of science, lower back pain can be well managed. If you’re dealing with back pain, yoga may be just what the doctor ordered! 😉

Sick of Ibuprofen? Try some Asana for Back Pain!

Childs Pose (Balsana)

It may look like you’re snoozing but Child’s pose is an active stretch that helps to elongate the back. It also doubles up as a great way to calm the system and is a fantastic de-stressor before bed at the end of a long, exhausting day.

Top Tip: There are a few options – knees wide, big toes to touch and arms out-stretched, or knees closer together with arms back behind you, backs of the hands on the mat. Hold the position for 5 to 10 breaths, and repeat as many times as needed for a good, soothing stretch!

Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

This traditional forward bend is both restful and rejuvenating. Downward Facing Dog is a total body stretch that targets the back extensors (the large muscles that help form your lower back, support your spine, help you stand + lift objects)! Practicing this classic yoga pose can help to relieve both back pain and sciatica as it works out imbalances in the body and improves strength.

Top Tip: For a big hamstring stretch, gently push your heels toward the floor, GENTLY!

Extended Triangle (Trikonasana)

Triangle pose is known for strengthening the back + legs and can help lengthen the muscles along the sides of your torso while stretching the muscle fibres along your outer hip (your IT, or iliotibial band).  As well as strengthening, it stretches out the spine, hips, and groin, and strengthens the shoulders, chest, and legs! That’s a lot!

This classic standing posture relieves backache, sciatica + neck pain and may also help to reduce stress and anxiety.

Top Tip: You may not be able to touch the ground with your arm at first, it’s very normal so don’t overstretch — only bend as far as you can while maintaining a straight back!


Check out our timetable and book into class so you can get moving away from pain.


**Always consult with your GP before taking on any new exercise**

De-Stress: The Benefits of Pranayama

What is Pranayama?

Pranayama is the ancient Indian practice of breath regulation. The word pranayama comes from two sanskrit words: prana and ayama. Prana translates to ‘breath’, while ayama means ‘to extend, control or draw out’. The practice comes in many variations and involves different breathing exercises + patterns. 
A pranayama cycle has three phases:

Puraka, or inhalation
Kumbhaka, or retention
Rechaka, or exhalation

What are the benefits of a pranayama practice?

Your own breath can be used to meditate, subdue a panic attack, to practice yoga asana, to boost energy levels, to aid in giving birth and of course, de-stress the body + mind!

Many people follow pranayama to gain the traditional benefits like breath control and lowered heart rate, however modern science has also found pranayama to hold a wide range of unexpected benefits including…

Improved cardiovascular health by gradually decreasing the heart rate + increasing oxygen flow

Aids in better sinus health by encouraging air flow + relieving blockages

Improves skin health by supplying a higher amount of oxygen to the skin cells than typical breathing

Can help to boost immunity by decreasing stress + inflammatory levels in the body

Betters your quality of sleep + decreases sleep disturbances

Reduces psychological stress + make you feel more relaxed

Improved cognitive function – studies show that fast pranayama can help to improve auditory and sensory-motor skills

Want to better your sleep? Try The Long Exhale (Viloma)

1:2 breathing practice that involves gradually increasing your exhalation until it is twice the length of your inhalation.

Top Tip: Practice at bedtime to better sleep + reduce disturbances, or in the middle of the night when insomnia rears it’s head!

Want to relax and lower your anxiety + stress? Try Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhana)

Breathing in + out from one nostril to the next. Take your thumb, ring or little finger to close off the opposite nostril (yogi’s choice), then inhale, hold the breath for a brief period of time and switch nostrils!

Top Tip: Hold each inhale for 2 to 3 seconds before exhaling through opposite nostril – gradually increase this pause as you become more accustomed to the practice!

Wanna boost your energy level? Try Bellows Breath (Bhastrika)

Inhaling and exhaling rapidly through the nose, keeping mouth closed but relaxed. Your breaths in and out should be equal in duration, but as short as possible.

Top Tip: Try this noisy breathing exercise the next time you feel yourself reaching for a coffee! You should feel invigorated, the way you would after a good workout!

Yoga Nidra

What is Yoga Nidra?

Yoga Nidra is the state of consciousness between waking and sleep. This is why it’s sometimes called Yogic Sleep. But fear not – no snoring here! It’s more a state of relaxation and presence induced by a guided meditation. Mentioned in ancient yogic texts, it was developed as a practice in the 20th Century and can now be found on studio schedules across the world.

So… it’s like meditation?

Yes, but also no. They are similar but not exactly the same. In Yoga Nidra, you’re lying down, whereas in meditation you’re usually sitting. In Yoga Nidra, the goal is to move into a state of consciously aware sleep which is a deep state of relaxation with awareness.

What are the benefits?

There are tons. Stress relief, better sleep, improvements to your memory, reducing anxiety, lifting your mood, better cognitive function – the list is endless!

Do I have to do it at night before I go to bed?

You can, but you don’t have to! A nighttime Nidra practice can certainly help you wind down for bed – but the great thing about Yoga Nidra is that you can enjoy its benefits whenever. It’s a wonderful way to rejuvenate and feel rested whenever you do it.

OK, I’m sold. How do I start?

The good news is you don’t need anything fancy or new – just a yoga mat or a blanket to lie down on. You can even do Yoga Nidra in bed if you prefer. Blankets, bolsters, and props are all handy too if you have them around. Your body temperature is known to drop in the Nidra state, especially if you have been active beforehand, so cosy clothes are good to stay warm and help you stay present. An eye pillow or mask to block out light is also a great help.

As with all things, you might not ‘get’ Yoga Nidra right away. Relaxing isn’t always easy! When the mind is busy and active, it takes practice to reach a state of calm. So don’t give up if you find it tricky – give Yoga Nidra a few tries.

The worst that can happen is you drift off… 😴

Interested? Check out our timetable here

Our Cork Yoga + Pilates Mat is now ON SALE!

Did you know we have just launched our own range of high-quality, sustainable cork mats – suitable for fitness, yoga or pilates…

And guess what? They are now a bargainous £49.99, that’s a whopping
£10 off with the code MATLOVER10 


Years of teaching Yoga in our London-based studios has given us a great insight into what yoga teachers and students alike need from a mat. Our premium mats are designed to be comfortable, non-slip and super lightweight – without compromising on size. Designed by yogis for yogis!


Our cork yoga mat, with it’s natural non-slip surface, gives you an exceptional grip, while the TPE base lies completely flat to the floor and prevents sliding, creating a safe space for you to practice. You can feel confident that you and your mat will stay in place, during even the most challenging of poses.


This is the perfect mat for dynamic yoga, pilates and hot yoga. Both water and sweat resistant, the naturally antibacterial cork helps repel mould and mildew and doesn’t smell – requiring very little cleaning. You can also feel confident that no matter how sweaty you get the mat won’t stick to your skin, eliminating the need for a towel.


Our exercise mat is soft to the touch with 6mm thickness and a natural cork finish, supporting your knees, elbows and spine on hard surfaces. A TPE base provides ample cushioning for restorative practices, meditation and pilates. The Yogarise cork yoga mat is perfectly portable and easy to roll and carry.


We’re proud that our exercise mats are vegan and environmentally friendly. They’re made from ethically-sourced natural cork, with a biodegradable and recyclable TPE base. We used pyrography for our design, so no inks were used in production.

But the best news is that our mat is on sale now with a 25% discount – and now you can purchase it at the click of a button! Just use the promo code at checkout: MATLOVER10
What you waiting for? 🙂

Got questions about our new mat or the promotion? Just get in touch – hello@yogarise.london

New to Yogarise?

Pick up an Intro Offer Now!



New to yoga? New to the studio? Perfect! Whether you’re a seasoned yogi, or a total beginner, we have everything from back-to-basics sessions, specifically for newcomers, to physically demanding offerings like Dynamic Flow and Rocket yoga. And everything in between: Yin Yoga, Flow + Restore, Pregnancy Yoga, and even Pilates if that’s your thing.

So, why Yogarise?

We are a small, family-owned business, offering high quality teaching, a huge range of classes, styles and membership options. We pride ourselves on having created a welcoming and friendly place to connect with fellow yogis where everyone is welcome. We can’t wait to meet you at one of our studios in Peckham, Streatham, and Covent Garden.

What now?

Let’s get started! Our Introductory Offer is the best way to do just that. We have two introductory offers: 21 Days of In-Studio Yoga or 21 Days of Livestream Yoga. From the date of purchase, you have 21 days to do as much yoga as you can! Have a taste of which teachers suit your vibe and which classes suit your schedule.

Pick a class!

But which? If you don’t know your downward facing dog from your tree pose, have no fear, we’ve all been there. Best place to start – a Beginners’ Yoga class, designed especially for you. Most of our classes are suitable for all – which means the teacher will tailor it to whoever is in the room – but for some we recommend some prior knowledge of yoga. Explore the yoga styles we offer for more details. Remember, you can always rest whenever you need – watch, listen and learn.

How do I book?

Just visit our timetable and be sure to select the correct location from the drop-down menu. Have a browse, click on a class and book yourself in. We use a booking system called Momence, so you will need to purchase your membership and book your classes through our website.

What to bring…

Yourself, an open mind, and a bottle of water! If you don’t have your own mat or forget yours, you can now rent a mat for your class for £2 a pop at reception. If you’re looking to invest in your practice and get started with a great foundation, our Yogarise Cork Yoga mats are available to buy in the studio for £59.99.

What do I wear?

Wear something comfortable to move around in – shorts or leggings and a vest or t-shirt. We have a shoes-off policy in the studio practice area but our lovely reception team will show you the ropes and point you in the right direction.

We have snacks, refreshments, yoga clothes, towels, props and water bottles available to purchase. We have showers and changing facilities at all our studios.

OK, I’m sold. What now?

Grab an Introductory Offer – unlimited yoga for 21 days for £45.

Tell me more about the Beginners’ Yoga Classes…

In Peckham, we’ve got Beginners Yoga on Saturday mornings at 10am with Becky Farbstein. In Streatham, Amanda Denton teaches Beginners Yoga on Sundays at 11.45am.

Our other beginner-friendly classes include Flow + Restore with Rishin Paonaskar and Hatha Flow with Lydia Baker. Some of these classes can be physically demanding, even if they are suitable to those who have not practised much yoga. Please ensure you are in good health and get in touch if you’re not sure about anything.

If a class time works for you, email us to see if it’s suitable for newbies. We can’t wait to hear from you!


The Introductory Offer is for new members only. With this membership you can practise every day for 21 days from the date of first booking. Non transferable, no extensions, late cancel / no show charges apply. See full Ts + Cs on website.

Yogarise Cork Yoga Mat! Get yours!

Our fabulous, Crowdfunded cork yoga mat has landed and we can’t wait to share it with you…

Thanks to our amazing community and the Crowdfund pledges we received, we are so thrilled to finally unveil our cork yoga mat and pilates mat. They’re lightweight, eco-friendly, vegan, and of the highest quality. The perfect essential for bringing to the studios!


Order yours now!

Why cork? It’s naturally antibacterial and the grip improves as you sweat – no more slipping around in your downward facing dog. Time to enhance your practice!

Won’t it smell? The antimicrobial properties help to repel mould and mildew away, which means it’s practically self-cleaning and doesn’t smell – ever.

It’s also super lightweight which makes it perfectly portable. The 6mm thickness provides excellent cushioning for your knees, too. Dimensions are 181 x 61cm


Soft to the touch, the natural cork finish is perfect for more restorative yoga poses, as well as getting grippier and grippier for those sweatier, dynamic yoga asana and pilates sessions.

Durable and Sustainable.

We’re proud to say our mats are eco-friendly – made with ethically-sourced cork and their backing is made of biodegradable and recyclable TPE. So they’re completely vegan too.


How much? Our mats retail at £59.99 (+ delivery).

To order, drop us a message at hello@yogarise.london

Yoga for better sleep

Friday 19th March is World Sleep Day and is designed to raise awareness of sleep as a human privilege often compromised by the habits of modern life.  Did you know approximately 2 billion people on the planet live with insomnia? That’s a lot of bad night’s sleep. 

If you’re one of these tired Yogarisers, why not try Yoga for Insomnia with Nicolette or a guided relaxation or meditation, available On Demand? Or delve a little deeper with a restorative yoga workshop or Flow + Restore class, designed to set you up for some serious chill time.

Snooze friendly postures

Child’s pose (Balasana) is a great way to calm the body and mind and is often given as an option in classes as a means of resting and restoring. By connecting the forehead to the mat (or floor or a blanket) the nervous system is instantly calmed. There are a few options – knees wide, big toes to touch and arms out-stretched, or knees closer together with arms back behind you, backs of the hands on the mat. 

Another simple one is to lie with your legs up against a wall (Viparita Karani) which has a calming effect on the nervous system giving the heart a rest,  or reclined with feet together, knees apart, in Supta Baddha Konasana. Closing the eyes and placing one hand on the belly, the other the heart can also help us to feel grounded and reassured. 


Take a breather

A beautiful breathing technique (pranayama) that helps to keep us balanced and peaceful is Nadi Shodhana, alternate nostril breathing. Take your left hand and place it gently in your lap. Take the first two fingers of your right hand and place them over the space between the eyebrows, lightly hovering the thumb and ring finger over the right and left nostril. Close the eyes. Take a few regular breaths in and out, then close off the right nostril and breathe out through the left, shut off the left nostril with the ring finger, release the thumb from the right nostril and exhale out the right. Inhale through the right, close it off, release the left and breathe out through the left. This is one full round of Nadi Shodhana. Continue like this for however many rounds you have time for. Sit quietly for a few moments after breathing like this and allow the natural rhythm of your own breath to return, gently blinking the eyes open, or practise this before bed, lie down and get settled for bed.

Heaven’s scents

Our pals at Yogandha give us great tips about aromatherapy, which can be used to calm the mind and to establish a healthier bedtime routine when introduced into your night time ritual.

Essential oils themselves promote relaxation – oils like Clary Sage, Lavender and Frankincense have long been known to do this. We love Yogandha roll-on oils for ease of application and portability (so much that we stock them -pick one up when our doors reopen!), but combine the oils with sleep rituals and your brain is conditioned to associate the fragrance with relaxation and sleep.

… Nighty, night.

Workshop wonders

The perfect fix to recharge batteries if you’re feeling frazzled, restorative yoga is a passive practice where students are supported by props to help hold postures for up to five minutes or more. By aligning the physical and mental body and practicing stillness, the nervous system is calmed and you can completely let go, which is believed to promote better sleep. 

Create your space – grab any pillows, blankets, eye pillows – and get ready to be guided into deep relaxation. Totally converted to Restorative yoga? Next time you visit us IRL, why not grab one of these gorgeous, ethically made Bolsters and Eye Pillows by A_S_Upholstery ?

Rishin has a 2 hour Restorative Reset workshop (21 March 2021) designed to guide you into complete relaxation and equip you with tools to promote better sleep. Book here

Sleep well, Yogarisers. We reckon it’s time for an early night.

Rest + Reset with Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga – what’s it all about? Isn’t that just lying down on pillows? We speak to our resident restorative teacher, Rishin Paonaskar, to give you top tips to rest and reset.

You don’t need to do very much to get awesome benefits.

Restorative yoga gives the body the chance to recover and rest, calms the mind and nervous system which in turn improves sleep.  You might know or practise ‘yin yoga’ – yin is not the same as restorative (a common misconception). Yin can be challenging and intense as well as meditative whereas restorative should be completely passive, allowing the body to completely ‘let go’.

Rishin tells us that “some restorative poses could involved lying on the back with the legs up a wall or lying on one’s side with blankets and a bolster supporting the body. A typical restorative class will involve very few poses. In 90 minutes you might only do five poses and hold most poses for between 10 to 20 minutes.”

It’s imperative that you’re warm and cosy.

The body temperature can drop when you are lying in stillness, so “it’s important to therefore have clothing that’s warm enough – layers or even an extra blanket. If you’re practicing an online class, at home, you could even grab a duvet, cushions, your socks, whatever you have to hand to be super comfy.”

It’s great to use props – but you don’t need to buy anything fancy.

Props are used to ensure the body is comfortable and you will leave the class feeling calm, relaxed and blissed out. Most props can be replicated at home using cushions, pillows and blankets but Rishin recommends “a bolster is a great prop to buy if you are only going to buy one restorative yoga specific prop”.

It’s normal to be sceptical!

A great way to ‘dip your toe in’ is to do a restorative practice at home, or to try a Flow and Restore class which is a combination of Vinyasa Flow Yoga and Restorative poses – the best of both 🙂 You can book one of those classes here.

“There is no harm trying restorative yoga. The worst that can happen is that you might leave feeling more relaxed than when you entered the class!”

Join Rishin for his Spring Restorative Rest workshop at Yogarise Online

Restorative Reset 
Sunday 21 March 2021
2hrs for £20

Book now

Yoga Crowdfunder – can you help?



We’re feeling positive about the future and have some great initiatives in the pipeline that we want to share with you Yogarisers, but right now we need your help.

We’ve launched a Crowdfunder to enable us to diversify and evolve as a business. As a small business, after a year of Covid restrictions and being closed for the most-part, we now know that the ‘bricks and mortar’ studios alone are not enough to ensure our survival. With the uncertainty of everything Covid has brought with it, coupled with the reduced (socially distanced) studio numbers when we are able to reopen, we have to look at other ways to support the business.

As you know, community is at the heart of what we do, so we have tried our hardest throughout the pandemic to keep that studio spirit alive, with free NHS memberships and discounts, free IGTV sessions, and now we have 3 weekly Community Classes for only £3 which goes towards paying the Yogarise YTT Graduate teacher and profits to Project Yogi. We have also continued to split all takings for our regular classes 50:50 with our teachers so that we can continue to run an online schedule. Thanks to everyone who has supported the studio and our team online with Livestream memberships, gift vouchers and more recently signing up to our On Demand yoga channel – we couldn’t have got this far without you.

What’s the funding for?

We would like to launch a yoga product range including a fab, Yogarise cork mat (see prototype on the Crowdfund page) and also to invest in our On Demand library of videos. Find out more about it here.

How you can help

Please give our Pay It Forward page a read – we are welcoming varying levels of pledge. There are some goodies thrown in the mix as an incentive, but our main goal is to keep our doors (virtual and real) open.

If you’re not in a position to pledge financially, spreading the word is hugely appreciated – please give the page a share on your social channels, with colleagues, friends and yoga-lovers 🙂

Thanks for reading – together, we can do it! x


Yogarise On Demand FAQs

We couldn’t be more excited to introduce to our brand new online yoga channel – Yogarise On Demand. Get the low-down with these answers to some On Demand FAQs…


What’s ‘On Demand’ all about?

As well as our studio classes and livestream sessions (on Zoom) we are now offering you yoga On Demand from our ever-growing library of pre-recorded classes, accessed through your Momence account.

Classes are filmed in HD from the best in their craft who have devised these practices with your needs in mind. Now you can practise anytime, anywhere and let us fit around you.


You won’t be limited by our schedule, or your schedule and can pick and choose sessions (or do the same ones you love repeatedly!) depending on your time and energy levels. Choose from 5 minute meditations to all-round 60 minute practices. Check out the class description to see what tickles your fancy.


How much does it cost?

Nothing! You can access Yogarise On Demand as part of your Unlimited Pre-Pay Online or in Studio Package.


How do I sign up?

You’re just a click away from practising Yogarise On Demand! Simply sign up to one of our Pre-Pay packages – Online, Monthly (studio), 6 or 12 month, et voila! Then an email will be on its way to you with a link to access the library of videos so look out for it or simply login to Momence using your usual username and password, and click on ‘Video Library’.

Haven’t received the email? Not sure what your log-in details are? No sweat, just drop us a line here.


How many videos are in the library?

Enough to keep you going for at least a week or more! To keep content fresh, we will be adding approx. 10 HD videos per month, including some special ‘On Demand Extra’ sessions from your fave Livestream teachers, so after your first month of classes, you’ll have another selection to choose from in our ever-growing collection.

We’ll send an email once a week to let you know what’s new. If you haven’t already, make sure you sign up to class updates, newsletters and promos on your Momence account preferences. We’ll also give it a holla on social @yogariselondon so give us a follow 🙂



I am a beginner, can I still subscribe?

Absolutely. Handily, all videos are labelled with ‘Beginner’, ‘Intermediate’, ‘Advanced’ or ‘All Levels’. ‘All Levels’ classes are suitable for you, but just take things at your own pace (pause when needed) as these classes are designed to be open and challenging for all levels. Yin (where you hold seated and lying postures for an extended period) and Meditation sessions are also great for beginners

TIP: There are some filters to help you decide what class to practice. You can filter by Category / Difficulty level and sort by Newest/Oldest, or Longest/Shortest.



Which teachers are on Yogarise On Demand?

At the moment, we’ve got Dirish Shaktidas, Rebecca Bradley, Austin Ince, Sabrina Kelly, Nicolette Wilson-Clark, Andy Kobelinsky and Kirstie Bird. Missing your fave teacher? Get in touch and let us know!



Is this the same as a Zoom class?

No – our Livestream classes are a different thing. Unlike our Livestream classes, which take place at a certain time, you can fit On Demand around you. You can practice whenever you like simply by accessing the library of classes.


How long are the classes?

Classes vary from 5 minute meditations and 10 minute quick-fire practices to full-length 60 minute classes.



How can I access the classes?

You can now access the video library directly from our website. Just click on the On Demand tab scroll down until you see:


TIP: why not Bookmark this tab so you have easy and seamless access next time you open your browser?


Can I cancel my subscription?

We hope you love OD, but should you decide to cancel your Pre-Pay subscription, just email us on team@yogarise.london honouring a 30-day notice period.

As with everything we do, we love getting your feedback – positive or otherwise. We can’t improve without hearing from you so get in touch! Missing your fave teacher? Let us know who you’d like to see. Want to be able to try a particular style but can’t make the live class? Want a particular pose tutorial? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with requests, tips, and feedback.

5 Reasons to do your Yoga Teacher Training with Us

It’s been a bit of a year, right?! Turbulent times really put things into perspective. With that in mind, maybe it’s time to take the plunge and start something new with our 200hr Foundational Yoga Teacher Training. Apply NOW! Need more convincing? Here’s why we think you should jump into our YTT…


  1. Learn from THE best.
    High calibre teaching is key and we have a senior line-up of über qualified teachers each bringing their own flair, personality and experience to the table. Erin Prichard is our lead teacher who you’ll be with in Mexico, supported by Becky Farbstein, Carrianne Hayden, Rishin Paonaskar, Shamita Ray, Damian Lynch and many more back in our London studios.
  2. Not your average YTT
    We’re proud to offer more than just the basics. Building on foundations of asana, philosophy, and anatomy, our teacher training has modules on Ayurveda, incorporating pregnant students, trauma-informed yoga, restorative yoga + finding your voice as a teacher (led by a bona fide West End star, no less!) We believe equipping you with a greater depth of knowledge will better prepare you to bring yoga out of the classroom and into the real world.
  3. The chance to lead a month’s worth of paid community classes for Yogarise
    Yup, that’s right. We offer our graduates the chance to teach a month’s worth of Community Classes to showcase their newly-acquired skills, kickstart their CV, and reach a new audience.
  4. A knock-out venue where you can truly immerse yourself in yoga
    This ain’t no holiday, but it’s certainly a chance to get away from it all. Come and embrace some sand, surf and Mexican air at our Puerto Escondido villa which offers deluxe accommodation, delicious home-cooked food and fresh fruits aplenty (with maybe even the odd cocktail – ahem, mocktail, should we say, yogis?! – thrown in for good measure).
  5. Our mentors!
    We believe that training doesn’t stop after completing the course and our mentors offer grads a unique chance to deepen their skills and grow confidence. You will be matched with a super experienced Yogarise teacher to mentor you during the London modules and after graduation. We are so proud to offer this support to our new intake of students.


Got questions, just get in touch. 

Apply now to secure your spot. 


5 simple steps to get your gong on


So you’re going to Gong? We’ve checked in with Sound Healing aficionado Amanda Denton to find out a few things you might like to know…


  • I’m a first-timer. What exactly is a gong bath and what are its benefits?

Every part of your body has its own natural frequency it vibrates at, this frequency can be thrown off balance by stress, illness and other factors. The sound of the gong creates a vibration which activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps to calm down and soothe the over stimulated sympathetic nervous system. The functional harmony created by the Gong brings about an inner stillness where deep healing can occur.


  • What do I need to do?

Precisely nothing, basically! Simply pop on your headphones, lie back on your mat (or even your bed) and enjoy. You’ll be guided to drop into the weight of your bones and find the rhythm of your natural breath, feel the support of the earth beneath you, and completely let go. 


  • Does it ‘work’ online?

We need to be able to share these powerful therapies, so I have invested in some top of the range equipment and consultation from a sound engineer – it’s taken some time to get my head around the tech but I have been fine-tuning it over the past few months. I want to make this healing process accessible – it’s something that myself and Leo Cosendai who I have trained with extensively, are very passionate about.


  • What can I do to get maximum benefit?

To experience this gong bath, get cosy. It’s an hour of stillness, so you want to be as comfortable as you can be to not be distracted and benefit as much as possible.  Wear something comfortable, grab a mat a couple of blankets, cushions, eye pillow or mask – spend some time getting yourself and your space set up and ready to enjoy the practice. 


  • Where can I sign up?

Look out for our Gong events in our newsletters, on our website, and on our socials! Check out the workshops page here.


Find out more about Amanda Denton here.


5 top tips for joining us online

You may be busy but that wont stop you getting your daily dose of yoga and pilates. Whether you love practising as the sun rises, are a lunchtime warrior or prefer to wind down in the eve, we have 10 online classes each day for you to choose from. 

Here’s our 5 top tips if you’re joining us from home:

1. Find your perfect class

Browse our full online schedule, find your fave teachers or try something completely new! Once you’re sorted, either purchase a drop-in class or get saving with an online class pack.

2. Make sure you know where to find the class link

We’re using a new software for our online classes, which means you’ll receive the link from ‘no-reply@apiant.com’ rather than Yogarise.  Remember to save this email to your contacts so it doesn’t get lost in your spam folder.

3.  Create a calming space 

Clear a mat-sized space, grab a yoga block (or books!) and have your blanket or pillow handy so you can really enjoy savasana relaxation at the end.

4. Say hello!

Turn on your camera and give a wave to your teacher – it’s always lovely to see your faces, plus, the teacher can help with verbal cues and assists (and they don’t have to teach to a blank screen!) No one will judge you if you have washing hanging in the background, kids toys on the floor and are practising in your PJs – this is yoga after all!

5. Enjoy your class

Find yourself a chilled playlist or listen to the teacher’s shared playlist on Spotify. Grab a speaker or a pair of headphones (especially if you’re joining us for an online Gong Bath!) and let yourself be guided through movement and stillness in peace.

Give the gift of yoga with a Yogarise gift voucher

You can create your own gift card of any value you like to be used on classes, workshops, products and more. You will receive a unique code in an email which you can pass on to your friend or use yourself.

All our Pre-pay plans can be purchased as a gift. Simply head to our Pricing page, select the item you wish to gift, and click ‘Gift this to a friend’ at the checkout. Easy peasy!

Gift vouchers are also available to buy in our studios and can be used towards all purchases within Yogarise. Each card has a design from graphics featured in our Streatham studio by illustrator + artist Kate Philipson AKA @leopardslunch

If you’re stuck for the perfect pressie, we also have some fab, healthy gift ideas from yoga wear, KeepCups, roll-on oils and locally designed yoga bolsters, to class packs, drop-ins and workshops – and, of course, our beautifully designed Gift Vouchers that can be spent on all of the above!



The best pilates in London

Fancy developing your core strength, fitness and flexibility? Pilates may be the class for you and we think we’ve got some of the best pilates in London! It’s fun + challenging, but open to all levels and abilities – what’s not to love?

What to expect?

The movements in Pilates are slow and precise, targeting deep postural muscles of the body using set exercises and breathing techniques. Pilates is thought to be extremely beneficial in preventing injury, relieving back-pain, and for all those wanting to maintain a strong and balanced body – yay!

Although pilates emphasises precise movement, at Yogarise of course it’s all about having fun while you’re working out. Dynamic Pilates is often taught to music and is more of an upbeat and less ‘classical’ discipline.

We think Pilates is a brilliant and we know you’ll love it too… so why not give it a go?

See Peckham Schedule

We have Annie Nicoll and on our roster in Peckham and Caitlyn Scott in Streatham.

See Streatham Schedule

We also have Pilates classes On Demand online with the talented Lizzy Chong.

On Demand comes as standard for all those on a Pre-Pay Online or Studio package – unlimited monthly, 6 month or 12 month. 

Local Streatham Foodies we’re shouting about

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.


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!


Why we love Lunchtimes

Since transitioning more and more to working at home, one thing we’ve learnt is 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…


Check out our timetable and find a lunchtime class that’s suitable for you!

The Lowdown on Yin Yoga

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?

Austin also teaches in our Peckham and Streatham studios. Check our timetable for more info. 





Start Yoga here

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 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 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

We offer in-person Beginners Yoga Classes with Becky Farbstein on Saturdays in Peckham and with Jill Martin in Streatham. Check the timetable here!


Mandala magic

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

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!

Find a Mandala Yoga class in our timetable here!

Our fave mindfulness apps

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 Community Mindfulness Classes.

Anti-Racism Charities, Resources & Educational Tools

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 in allyship and anti-racism, 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

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)

Educational Resources:

Unpacking White Feminism Lecture by Rachel Cargle
A Guide To Allyship
Tribe Life Anti-Racism Resources
Black Lives Matter – Ways You Can Help

Cultivating heat from the inside out

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.

~ Book Ashtanga classes at Yogarise here ~


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!

~ Book an online Yogasana class with Yogarise here ~

The benefits of practising online yoga

Stay connected with your community

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!


So… what are you waiting for? Check out the Yogarise online timetable and get booking!

We’ll see you on Zoom soon <3

Kids Yoga!

We all know how wonderful yoga is for Adults. Well, yoga is SO wonderful and SO beneficial for children too. Not only does kids yoga promote mobility, body awareness and breath awareness at such a formative age, but also begins to guide children into emotional regulation, through simple mindfulness practices. Encouraging children to find those calm and centred spaces within themselves. Get your little ones into yoga early with a Kids Yoga class!

Got a 5-10 year old? This is for you (well, them really but who doesn’t love a stretch?)

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!


Interactive classes for little ones typically begin with a warm-up game or song, moves into a story based yoga sequence, and ends with a wind-down, some breathing and thanking our bodies. The teacher uses a range of engaging mediums, like stories, songs, music, books, breathing ball, visual aids and all sorts of lovely props (think bubbles!)

10 Tips to Manage Overwhelm & Anxiety

Feeling stressed, overwhelmed or anxious? 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.

  1. Do less – when you’re overwhelmed, it is important to rest more than usual. When circumstances are uncertain, our nervous system responses will be activated, especially if we are spending more time online. Let yourself nap more and do less.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 a class with your favourite Yogarise teacher, meditating, tai-chi, or attending a dance class at the same time and day each week.

  4. 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.

  5. Eye care – in this age 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. 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.

  6. 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. 

  7. 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 getting outside each day.

  8. Stay connected – join groups and regularly connect with friends, families and communities to stay connected and nourished.

  9. Laugh – find programmes or friends to laugh with. Laughter really is a great way to release stress and tension.

  10. 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

November 30 Day Challenge

November Challenge

Are you in?

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!

YES I’m down… sign me up!

30 Day Challenge cards

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…

Click here to join the November 30 Day Challenge!

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.

Rocket Yoga 101

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 explains: 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. 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.’

Check out all our yoga classes here

Everything you need to know about Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga

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!

Prenatal Yoga

You can find our Prenatal Teachers and classes at Yogarise Peckham and Streatham. 

Check the timetable here.

If you’re looking for pregnancy yoga classes in London, you know where to find us!


Yoga in Central London

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.

Mamma Mia: Postnatal Yoga at Yogarise

New mums, we’ve got your back. Weekly post-natal classes at each of our Yogarise venues. Babes welcome! 

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.


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. New mums often feel aches in the same spaces: necks, arms, shoulders and lower backs – so in class we work to strengthen those areas. Our 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. 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 please feel free to bring along your beautiful, 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!

Moving into Winter, One Step at a Time

Moving into winter index

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

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. Why not pick up a chai-latte from our cafe in Peckham? We also love making our own turmeric lattes and lemon-and-ginger tea. Tea-licious.

Get grounded

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.”

Restorative Yoga teacher Rishin Paonaskar suggests trying a supported fish pose or reclined butterfly, both propped with a bolster. “Restorative takes a little longer to set up, but it’s worth the effort once you’re there.” The practice can help create a deep sense of openness and relaxation, while at the same time feeling supported and held – an opportunity to embrace the new. 

Embrace the Hygge Hype

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.

Come and visit us at Yogarise in Peckham Rye’s legendary Bussey Building or our yoga studio in Streatham High Road. Founded in 2014, we offer a wide range of daily classes with some of London’s top teachers. Check out our website to see our yoga class timetable and workshops schedule, or to make a booking enquiry.