2 March 2018
“Studying yoga’s history enables us to understand what and why we are practising. Rich yogic body accounts give maps–structures which we can envision and manipulate for power and freedom.”
Ahead of her History of Yoga course, Ruth Westoby explores why it’s important to understand yoga’s deep history and how this understanding can deepen our own practice.
28 February 2018
Ahead of International Women’s Day, which takes place on 8 March, Sivani Mata Francis explores the healing effects of a women-centric yoga practice. Join Sivani for a free Women’s Yoga class on Tuesday 6 March in celebration of the female experience.
17 January 2018
What are the benefits of doing yoga as a teen? You may be surprised to hear they run a little deeper than you may think.
Our Yoga for Teens teacher Flavia Munn delves into how yoga not only increases calmness, concentration, relaxation and flexibility in teens but also aids the development of the brain by creating positive pathways.
5 January 2018
5 December 2017
International guest teacher and author Petri Raisanen joins us next week for 3 Days of Mysore Early Morning Practice as well as a Workshop. We caught up with Petri in anticipation to his visit on Ashtanga Yoga and his journey.
25 September 2017
Autumn is arriving and it’s time to celebrate the change that is upon us. Join us and Tanja Mickwitz for a special Autumn Equinox Celebration at the beautiful 42 Acres in Shoreditch.
24 August 2017
15 August 2017
Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal course and birth education. It teaches you simple and effective hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques for a better and more comfortable birth. Read on to find out more about our Hypnobirthing course how it can help you have a calmer, more confident birth.
29 June 2017
“Too often we are trying too soon to do too much: we are like those moorhens on the pond of life – seemingly serene above the surface yet underneath frantically paddling desperately to stay afloat. Beneath our busy ways of living there can be oceans of exhaustion.”
Norman Blair explores the slow practice of Yin Yoga and how it can help us find balance and stillness.
3 April 2017
At The Life Centre we are always looking at ways to better support our local communities. With that in mind, we are proud and excited to announce a new partnership with the charity Ourmala, that will help us better serve the wider yoga community.
6 March 2017
We are pleased to offer a new weekly Yoga Nidra class at The Life Centre Notting Hill. Classes start on 30th March and will take place every Thursday 8.15-9.30pm. Find out more below.
6 March 2017
Our brand new Women’s Yoga class with Sivani Mata Francis starts next Tuesday, offering women the opportunity to connect to their feminine power.
Combining yoga nidra, intuitive movement and other practices that respond to the needs of the group, this class provides complete relaxation and nourishment. Find out more about the class in this feature.
28 February 2017
Join Zephyr Wildman for a special Warriors for Women charity class on International Women’s Day to raise money for Ourmala. 8th March 1-2pm @ The Life Centre Islington.
13 January 2017
Curious about Mysore style Ashtanga and keen to give it a try? We’ve developed a course designed specifically for beginners to the Mysore practice. Find out more about the course here.
3 January 2017
Lisa Sanfilippo explores how to make resolutions that really work. Whether or not you set intentions or resolutions for the new year, with the change of season, it’s not too late to craft, co-create and coalesce a brilliant year. Lisa is leading a workshop soon on this theme that will help you start spring with a deeper connection and clarity. See full details .
9 September 2016
At this time of year, it can be difficult to find the time and motivation to get on your mat and practice yoga. You might be too busy to make it to class, or away from home over the holidays, meaning your practice can fall by the wayside. Our brand new online yoga channel on Conscious 2 makes it easier to practice wherever you are. With classes from some of the most popular Life Centre teachers accessible from anywhere you have an internet connection, it’s easier than ever to practice at home.
28 June 2016
There is growing evidence suggesting the efficacy of meditation in health care and the field of stress management (Chiesa and Seretti, 2009) and some potency to enhance positive feelings (Chang et al., 2004) increase pain tolerance, and reduce anxiety (Wachholtz and Pargament, 2005).
The diaphragm is a muscle located horizontally between the chest cavity and stomach cavity. Learning to utilise this muscle can optimise the amount of oxygen drawn into your lungs and strengthen your respiratory system. Breathing exercises such as “diaphragmatic” breathing, can result in fewer asthma symptoms and a better quality of life according to the NHS.
Transformational Breath is a breathing technique that combines meditation and diaphragmatic breathing in one practice. The benefits this practice can provide for asthma sufferers as a complementary treatment cannot be overstated. Here Ronica Joshi, Founder of MindBodyFeelGood and a Certified Transformational Breath Facilitator to explains its benefits to you…
21 January 2016
“ One of the most beautiful things about the Ashtanga practice is that it allows us to explore different aspects of ourselves. From the physical to the spiritual side, we can find our own individual approach without having to follow any given rule. “
5 January 2016
Well, you’re a week into your new year. How’s it going? Did any of your ‘resolutions’ get resolved, or even started yet? Maybe they are already puttering out. Every year, with the best intentions, resolutions get left by the wayside as daily life takes over and our old habit patterns and preferences are too strong to make a clean break.
3 December 2015
In this week’s feature Wilmien Bos writes about introspection, the energies of the ‘Great Bear’ as observed in Daoist Qi Gong and how we can practice in a way that is complementary to the winter season.
22 October 2015
In this week’s feature we talk to Tanja Mickwitz, who have been leading the popular Mythical Flow storytelling and soulful vinyasa evenings at Islington. Tanja tells us what’s the story with Mythical Flow to give you a taste of this wonderful magical world of mythical adventure. Read the full story here and join us next weekend for the next Mythical Flow Halloween Special!
20 October 2015
In this feature specialist teacher Vicky Fox tells us about how beneficial yoga can be for those affected by cancer and how it can help us in our return to happiness. Read the full article here:
8 September 2015
In this week’s feature we take a look at yoga for teens. Lisa Kaley-Isley teaches a Yoga Just for Teens class at The Life Centre, Islington on Wednesdays 17:15–18:15 during term dates. The first class of the Autumn 2016 term will be 14 September. The class is mixed gender and open to all secondary school students. Parental consent is required and it is obtained by co-signing The Life Centre new client information form before the first class. The class fee is the community rate of £7.
25 August 2015
The Enchanted Wonders innovative approach to enhancing self expression, creativity and imagination through yoga comes to life with their award winning beautifully illustrated activity cards. In this week’s feature we catch up with creator and teacher Ayala Homossany about how Enchanted Wonders came to life as well as her upcoming family yoga workshop in Islington.
20 August 2015
Lisa Kaley-Isley will be leading a workshop Saturday 22 August at The Life Centre, Islington using asana and pranayama to prepare for more physical and mental ease in meditation. She will also lead a workshop Sunday 20 September at The Life Centre, Notting Hill sharing yoga methods to reduce symptoms of anxiety and lead a more fearless life. She shares with us recent published research on yoga as therapy in anticipation to her upcoming workshops.
30 July 2015
The Life’s Centre’s sister company Yogacampus is one of the only yoga education organisations in the UK that offers such a vast variety of courses taught by a great diversity of teachers. “Our guest international teachers and UK based regulars all honour the importance of authenticity especially when it comes to the foundations of modern yoga. This article on the “Roots of Yoga” is an example of Yogacampus’ passion. “
14 July 2015
In this week’s feature we speak to Richard Holroyd, Aerial yoga teacher, about the power of passivity and creativity. Richard will be leading ‘An Introduction to Aerial Yoga’, as well as, ‘Restorative Aerial Yoga for Pregnancy’ workshop in August at our Islington centre.
7 April 2015
International guest teacher and author Petri Raisanen joins us in April for 3 Days of Mysore Early Morning Practice as well as a Workshop. We caught up with Petri in anticipation to his visit on Ashtanga Yoga and his journey.
24 March 2015
In this week’s feature Yamuna Body Rolling expert Leila Sadeghee explains the mechanics and healing aspects of the method in anticipation to her workshop this weekend.
5 March 2015
The Season of Birth, Arousal and Movement
17 February 2015
Lisa Sanfilippo, the Life Centre’s long standing expert in yoga for better sleep shows you how the vastly different practices of yoga can help different aspects of your sleep and how stepping up to address difficulties sleeping just might help you overhaul your life.
12 February 2015
In this week’s feature Emily Reed tells us about the Whats, Whys and Hows of Meditation and how to survive life in the Twenty Fast Century. The article explains the science of how meditation can help you become more centred, reduce feelings of overwhelm/anxiety, let go of negative, stuck behaviour patterns, sharpen your focus, memory, learning and physical performance.
3 February 2015
In this feature Michael Bartelle speaks to us about the ancient philosophy and science of Tantra and how it remains both accessible and relevant to the modern-day yogi today.
20 November 2014
“The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched
they must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller
Where do we start with being kind to ourselves? And where do we start with being kind to others?
30 October 2014
Phillipa Gendall explains the Ashtanga class template. 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.
4 September 2014
The Feldenkrais method, named after its originator Dr Moshe Feldenkrais, is a scientific way of learning movement. Dr Feldenkrais developed over 1000 lessons, normally with 12 or more movements, mapping out all areas of voluntary movement in the body. Daniel Gelblum tells us about Feldenkrais, yoga, and how they can help alleviate impaired mobility.
Easter Treats and Yoga Retreat
Join Norman Blair and Dina Cohen for a Refreshing and relaxing, rewarding and rejuvenating Easter retreat.