We encourage you to explore a range of teachers and styles to find those which really work for you.
Read more about the styles of yoga we offer below or browse our online class schedule and click on any teacher’s name to find out more.
For advice on which classes might be best for you, please contact our reception team.
Ashtanga Mysore Self Practice
The traditional way of practising Ashtanga yoga, as taught by the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois and his family in Mysore. Students practise at their own pace, allowing the teacher to provide individual adjustments and assistance. As this is not a led class, familiarity with the Primary Series of Ashtanga yoga is desirable but not a pre requisite. If you are new to Mysore, you are very welcome to come and our teachers will assist you in starting self practice.
A powerful and dynamic style of yoga developed by Sri K Pattabhi Jois, in which set series of postures (Primary and/or Secondary Series) are linked dynamically to the breath in a flow of movement increasing strength and flexibility. When the set sequence of postures becomes familiar, the mind relaxes and the practice can become deep and meditative, yet still dynamic.
For babies from newborn to sitting. These classes have been developed and tailored by Peter Walker, leading author and baby massage specialist, to help you learn how to give your baby the best start in life. Developmental baby massage works with the muscles and joints to achieve all the benefits of orthodox massage while helping the baby to fulfil her structural and physiological potential at each stage of development from birth to standing. Benefits include:
- Supports the development of a wide range of movement from birth to standing
- Encourages growth and development by stimulating the appetite and aiding digestion
- Improves and maintains muscle strength and flexibility
- Can help to relieve minor discomfort like wind, colic, blocked nose
- Builds foundation for good posture
- Induces a sense of well being and relaxation for mother and baby
- Playful and enjoyable time to bond with your baby
Baby Massage classes are small with personal attention to each baby (maximum 15 babies in a class). The class starts with a warm up followed by a full body massage. Lying on their backs the babies have their feet massaged first, then the massage moves up to the legs, belly chest and arms. Babies have plenty of time on their bellies as well as a chance to sit, squat and stand supported. At the end of each session mums, dads or carers have the opportunity to have an informal discussion with tea and biscuits, while the babies either sleep, feed or just chill out.
Please note: requires pre-booking.
A dynamic, flowing practice that moves fluidly from pose to pose. With a focus on linking the breath to movement, you can expect creative, energetic sequences set to inspiring music. Classes can be more or less physically challenging depending on the teacher and level. Not suitable for beginners.
A unique class developed by Daniel Gelblum to help you move with ease into challenging yoga postures and reach your optimum levels, discover your hidden flexibility and strength. Benefits are improved self awareness, balance, flexibility, strength, comfort and efficient posture, athletic/aerobic performance, takes martial arts, pilates, yoga, dancing and their benefits to better levels, reduces aches and pains, with immediate and long lasting results.
Having a different focus week on week, we will also look at managing and maintaining a healthy back through developing a self-practice.
Flow and Restore
Flow and Restore: This class combines active postures & vinyasa flow with restorative yoga, creating an energizing and nourishing balance for body, heart & mind. The dynamic and fluid practices will heat the body and build strength, endurance and flexibility. The quiet, restorative posture will help relax the muscles, tissues, organs and nervous system… encouraging a release of deeply held tension while replenishing energy. Open to all levels.
Gentle Yoga with Yoga Nidra
A softer and more meditative practice, dedicated to remedial and gentle yoga practice. Suitable for students of any age and experience, who wish to practise gently and relax deeply. Also ideal for beginners and for those recovering from illness or injury.
Yoga Nidra translates as Yogic Sleep. It is state of physical and mental relaxation, between wakefulness and deep sleep and the objective is to cultivate that state, without falling asleep. It is used as a relaxation practice, also a form of meditation, treatment for stress and anxiety and purification of the negative habits of mind. It is generally practised lying in savasana, but can be done sitting, or semi-reclining. This can help one remain conscious and aware if there is a tendency to fall asleep.
This form of yoga nidra was devised by Swami Satyananda from an ancient tantric practice and includes eight verbally guided stages. The eight stages are: Internalisation, Sankalpa (intention), Rotation of Consciousness, Breath Awareness, Manifestation of Opposites, Creative Visualization, Sankalpa repeated and Externalisation.
Iyengar Yoga, created by B.K.S. Iyengar, is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga as expounded by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras, emphasising the development of strength, stamina, flexibility and balance, as well as concentration (dharana) and meditation (dhyana). Iyengar Yoga focuses on the structural alignment of the physical body (often with the use of props such as blocks and straps) through the development of asanas. It aims to unite the body, mind and spirit for health and well being. Iyengar Yoga is considered a powerful tool to relieve the stresses of modern-day life which in turn can help promote total physical and spiritual well being.
Jivamukti Spiritual Warrior
In Jivamukti Yoga the spiritual teachings of yoga are typically linked with the more physical practise (asana). Jivamukti Yoga was founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life in 1984 in New York. It is a yoga method that is based on a strong Vinyasa practice (connecting yoga asanas through fluid transitions, driven by the breath), and it integrates teachings from five other yogic disciplines: Swadhyaya (Study of the Self/Philosophy), Ahimsa (the Practice of Non-Violence), Bhakti (Devotion), Nada Yoga (Yoga of Sound) and Meditation. The purpose of this methodology is to learn how to improve one’s quality and joy of life, and to bring greater harmony into our relationships.
Jivamukti Spiritual Warrior classes are fast paced and invigorating. The structure is a fixed set sequence instructed in a vinyasa style. It is a fully balanced class which includes asana warm-up, chanting, setting of intention, surya namaskar, standing poses, backbends, forward bends, twists, inversions, meditation and relaxation. It is common practice for a Jivamukti class to involve physical assists and adjustments by the teacher.
In Jivamukti Yoga the spiritual teachings of yoga are typically linked with the more physical practise (asana). Jivamukti Yoga was founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life in 1984 in New York. It is a yoga method that is based on a strong Vinyasa practice (connecting yoga asanas through fluid transitions, driven by the breath), and it integrates teachings from five other yogic disciplines: Swadhyaya (Study of the Self/Philosophy), Ahimsa (the Practice of Non-Violence), Bhakti (Devotion), Nada Yoga (Yoga of Sound) and Meditation. The purpose of this methodology is to learn how to improve one’s quality and joy of life, and to bring greater harmony into our relationships. It is common practice for a Jivamukti class to involve physical assists and adjustments by the teacher.
The archetypal image of the yogi is often that of a person sitting in deep meditation. One of the oldest and deepest aspects of yoga, meditation can be thought of as a way of gradually refining our mental focus, intended to generate both greater mental calm and greater clarity. It is a time to sit quietly and to move our awareness inwards, away from the bombardment of external stimulation which characterises most of our lives. You may encounter meditation practice in many Life Centre yoga classes, but classes specifically described as 'with Meditation' will generally include a minimum of 10 minutes' seated meditation. This may be in silence, or it may be guided by the teacher. Either way, no prior experience of meditation is needed in order to attend these classes.
Mums and Babies
Specialist class with yoga for mothers and fun for babies, to allow you to nurture yourself while you are with your baby. This class will help bring a sense of well-being, alleviate aches and pains, combat fatigue and retone muscles. Classes can be attended 6 weeks after giving birth, until babies are crawling.
Mums and Toddler Yoga
A natural continuation from Mums & Baby class with a deeper emphasis on the child. The classes are designed as a joined practice exploring the yoga world movement through the child’s eyes combining songs, games and props.
The classes are fun and encouraging the children to maintain their curiosity in movement and the world around them as well as develop self awareness and self confidence.
Matwork classes aimed at conditioning and strengthening the body, while maintaining and restoring correct postural alignment, with a focus on developing strength in the abdomen and lower back.
Specialist Pilates class to prepare for birth and recovery afterwards. This class improves muscle tone, giving better support to your abdomen, and helps create or maintain flexibility in your spine and joints, easing aches and pains. Pilates is also a great way to relax! Classes can be attended after 12th week of pregnancy.
A balanced gentle flow class with breathing exercises and some visualisation. This specialist yoga class is to assist your body in cultivating strength, flexibility and breath awareness, adapting to the many changes that pregnancy brings about, to focus on your baby, and to prepare you mentally, physically and emotionally for labour birth and afterwards. Suitable from 12 weeks and/or first scan, until the end of pregnancy.
Relax and Restore
An invitation to open up and refresh with simple but effective yoga postures combined with breathing practices. This mindful practice is self-nurturing, allowing space and time to deeply restore and heal from daily stress (of physical, mental and emotional). Suitable for any age and experience, especially those recovering from illness or injury.
Restorative yoga postures help us learn to relax and rest deeply and completely, During deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited. A few of the measurable results of relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure and the improvement of immune function, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination and the reduction of muscle tension and general fatigue.
Scaravelli Inspired Yoga
Inspired by Vanda Scaravelli, who practised with Iyengar for many years, these classes are a gentle, yet demanding, form of hatha yoga. Working with the breath, the pull of gravity on the body, and the resulting unravelling and release of the spine, this approach can be very helpful for those working with chronic, but not acute, spinal or postural issues. Classes will vary from week to week, and are typically slow paced and subtle, giving us time to examine the postures, and our approach to them, in depth. Great emphasis is placed on recognising that each person is an individual, and adapting the yoga to reflect that. Working this way provides a welcome counterpoint to those working with a more dynamic practice, and is a nourishing and sustaining practice in its own right. Suitable for all levels of experience.
Slow flow is a flowing practice at a pace which allows for greater focus on alignment, breath and precision of movement. Despite the gentler pace, slow flow can still be a challenging class and different levels still apply. A great complement to dynamic flow, slow flow class allows you to tackle poses in a more mindful way with greater awareness, whilst still challenging yourself; A true moving meditation. Depending on the level and teacher, slow flow classes may include some breath work, philosophy and meditation practice.
Yin Yoga is a practice where postures are held for 3 minutes or more. This length of time is used to open into the thicker layers of connective tissues around the joints that a moving, dynamic practice may not as effectively access. During this time of stillness, the physical, energetic, emotional and mental states of being are refined and aligned through heightened inner awareness. When this inner awareness is allowed to grow in stillness, knowledge is gained in maintaining a quiet and concious state at all times; whether the external environment is one of calm or chaos. Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to a dynamic (Yang) style practice and an extremely subtle and profound practice on its own, as through holding postures for sustained periods of time, we examine limits and explore potentials. The focus is on feeling as through practice we develop attentiveness and refine awareness. The practice is available to all wishing to slow down and soften.
Classes simply described as 'yoga' do not fall neatly into any of our other class styles. Often this is because the teacher has studied a variety of styles within the yoga tradition so that his/her classes reflect a more eclectic, personal approach. While generally based around posture practice, these classes often also delve more deeply into the subtle 'inner' practices of yoga, including breath work and meditation, exploring how the range of yoga practices can help quieten the busy mind and encourage greater peace and happiness.
Yoga and Guided Relaxation
More often than not we can feel tired and overwhelmed with the stresses of daily life. This class is specifically designed to revitalise your spirit and restore balance to your body and mind. The class will start with a gentle yoga practice, followed by a guided deep relaxation — combined with positive creative suggestions to leave you calm, relaxed and strong.
Yoga for Teens
The teenage years are all about change. Adjusting to new height, new curves, new voice, etc. requires getting to know the body again and stretching and strengthening through yoga is a great way to get all parts of the body working together mindfully. Breathing practices, guided relaxation and meditation can also help deal with stress, tiredness, restless energy, and bad moods, while simultaneously improving concentration, self-confidence and the ability to relax.
Yoga for Those Affected by Cancer
A safe and grounding yoga practice for any stage of treatment and recovery.
Small classes for those affected by any type of cancer at any stage of recovery or caring for a family member or friend. You will receive personal attention and plenty of safe, gentle instruction
Whether you were treated for cancer a long time ago or are currently in treatment, this yoga class will focus on making you feel more grounded and comfortable in your changing or changed body. We also welcome family members or carers to join the class.
The Benefits of this Class Include:
Decreased anxiety and stress.
Increased well being, strength and range of motion.
Improved quality and quantity of sleep.
Focus on lymphatic flow.
Enhanced energy, digestion, joint health, circulation & respiration.
Being with others who have had a similar experience.
The class includes postures that safely stretch, strengthen and relax the body. Group classes are appropriate for you if: 1) You are reasonably mobile and can move independently.
2) Your needs can be addressed in a group setting.
3) All surgical incisions are healed.
4) You have completed our health questionnaire
All classes are drop in, provided you have completed the health questionnaire.
Yoga with Yoga Nidra
Yoga nidra translates as 'yogic sleep'. However, rather than actually sleeping, in yoga nidra you will lie down and be guided by the teacher into a state of profound physical and mental relaxation, somewhere between wakefulness and sleep. As well as allowing our bodies and minds some much needed rest, this also allows the sub-conscious mind to be at its most receptive, so that the practice can help to sow seeds of positive intention as well as help let go of negative habits. Yoga nidra has also been shown to help relieve stress, tension and anxiety, and has become a valuable therapeutic tool in many contexts. Classes described as 'with Yoga Nidra' will generally include at least 20 minutes of yoga nidra practice, usually at the end of the class. No prior experience of yoga nidra is needed in order to attend these classes.
Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation
Classes simply described as ‘yoga’ do not fall neatly into any of our other class styles. Often this is because the teacher has studied a variety of styles within the yoga tradition so that his/her classes reflect a more eclectic, personal approach. While generally based around posture practice, these classes often also delve more deeply into the subtle ‘inner’ practices of yoga, including breath work and meditation, exploring how the range of yoga practices can help quieten the busy mind and encourage greater peace and happiness.
You may encounter meditation practice in many Life Centre yoga classes, but classes specifically described as ‘with Meditation’ will generally include a minimum of 10 minutes’ seated meditation. This may be in silence, or it may be guided by the teacher. Either way, no prior experience of meditation is needed in order to attend these classes.
1 Britannia Row
London N1 8QH
020 7704 0919
Saturday: 08.30–19:00 (unless there is an evening workshop taking place)
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London W8 7PN
020 7221 4602
Women’s Yoga Circle
With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
This therapeutic and deliciously feminine approach to yoga especially for women integrates rhythmic asana (postures) with breath, sound, mudra (gesture) and bandhas (pelvic floor locks and seals) to enhance awareness of our inner woman’s wisdom and elemental connections.
Ayurveda and Spring Cleansing
With Xenia Bolomyti, Thania Tympanari
Spring is the best time, to cleanse and detoxify your body. Join Xenia & Thania and discover ways to boost your immunity, vitality and recharge.