New yoga class in Westminster!
From 11 May 2018, I will be teaching a new small group yoga class – join me at 7am on Fridays at SW1Fitness. The studio (which also holds Reformer Pilates, HIIT, boxing and personal training sessions) is in the world’s oldest youth club (founded in 1866!) and is convenient for all of St James’ Park, Westminster, Victoria and Pimlico tube stations.
Ourmala crowdfunder – thank you for your support!
Just by attending one of my classes in March (or the Warriors for Women workshop at Paper Dress Yoga), you supported Ourmala’s Warriors for Women appeal – proceeds all went to the successful crowdfunding campaign for the opening of a new Happy Baby Community in south London. Like the existing HBC in Hackney, it is already providing a range of services, including yoga, English classes and hot lunches to new and expecting mothers who are refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of torture and human trafficking.
All funds raised will go towards alleviating pain and anxiety and promoting self-esteem, hope and a sense of community in some of the most marginalised and vulnerable members of our society. We are always looking for yoga teachers, English teachers and anyone who’d like to help out, as well as any contributions – big or small. If you’d like to help out, get in touch using the contact form or visit the Ourmala website.
Inversions workshop at Paper Dress Yoga
If you are looking to refine your alignment and delve a little deeper, and maybe have a play with going upside down in a fun and supportive environment, join studio owner Hannah Turner Voakes and I on Sunday 17 May (2 – 4pm) at Paper Dress Yoga. This workshop is suitable for all levels – everyone is welcome. You can book at www.paperdressyoga.co.uk/events, via the Mind Body Online website or app or by calling 020 8510 0520.
Regular classes at Paper Dress Yoga
London’s only vintage-inspired yoga studio opened across the road from Hackney Central station last year, and I’m enjoying teaching a couple of classes there each week. For the early birds, I take the Monday morning 7.15am class and to round off the week, I also teach on Friday mornings at 9.30am. This spacious, light-filled and stylish studio is currently offering a discount on monthly passes (until 31 May) and 10 days of unlimited classes for £20.
You can book at www.paperdressyoga.co.uk, via the Mind Body Online website or app or by calling 020 8510 0520.
Corporate, workplace and group classes
Can’t make it to a studio? Try yoga at work or home!
Please get in touch if you are interested in organising private or small group classes, one-off workshops or workplace yoga classes.
April’s workshop was Chaturanga + Crow. Hannah and I thoroughly enjoyed leading the group through a preparatory flow, refining the technique of chaturanga dandasana (“four limbed staff pose”, aka the bit between plank and upward facing dog). We followed that with quite a bit of play with crow pose and variations, and a lovely long restorative session. Good fun all around.
In March’s fundraising class – Warriors for Women, we explored the story behind the poses – of Shakti and Shiva, of love and brutal revenge – as well as looking at key alignment points for the family of warrior poses. As always, it was a joy to teach in the comfortable, light-filled space that is Paper Dress Yoga.
Monday 19 February saw the last of our six week beginners’ course at Paper Dress Yoga. Hannah and I spent months preparing for this course, considering what best to cover and how best to present it for our new yogis. It was super exciting to get to put together a small curriculum for the course and work with the same people over a consistent period, getting to know them, and their practises. We stayed with a core sequence, adapting as we went to introduce weekly themes and new poses. I hope we’ve prepared them well for their future yoga undertakings!
I thoroughly enjoyed taking a workshop called “From Desk to De-Stressed” on last year at the very cool new Novotel at Canary Wharf for a new venture called The Conscious Collaborative. A great group came along to the class and we had a lively chat about ways of incorporating yoga into every day life, working with tight muscles and generally looking after ourselves. I am hoping that we can organise something similar again soon.
Let go of tension from your neck and shoulders, flow through some steady and accessible yoga poses and restore energy levels depleted by demanding schedules and busy lives. Learn some simple movements to take home, and take the opportunity to ask any questions about how yoga can help soothe stress and uplift our lives.
Suitable for all levels, including complete beginners. Further details and tickets are available here.
The Conscious Collaborative is hosting an evening of yoga with Susie Gerke in Canary Wharf’s trendiest new hotel.
Join us to relax and enjoy a practice of yoga for office workers. You can expect a 60 minute session of yoga designed to counterbalance the postural challenges of a desk job and a fast paced lifestyle. Susie will be on hand after the session to answer any questions you have on the benefits of yoga and the incorporation of it into our busy lives. A chance not be missed when yoga teachers are usually dashing from class to class…
Bring your work mates, best mates or even your boss! Come with an open mind for an evening of conscious wellness in a hot new Canary Wharf location.