Welcome to our beautiful Yoga studio in Wandsworth. A tranquil space, moments from bustling Clapham Junction Station. A magical, friendly place to relax and restore on the Clapham / Wandsworth border. Our goal is to provide yoga classes for all levels from the novice to the experienced yogi. No matter your experience or ability expect to be welcomed with a smile and even better your first class is on us!
We are situated at the junction of East Hill and St John’s Hill. Minutes from Clapham junction and very handy for Wandsworth Town and Clapham Common. We have two bright and spacious studios offering a range of classes including Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga Nidra and Pilates.
Never done yoga before and not sure what to expect? Pop in for a chat, we will work out what class is most suitable for you. For absolute beginners we offer 4-week courses to learn the basics and build confidence and for those looking to deepen their practice a wide range of inspirational workshops hosted by our own fantastic teachers and some renowned guest teachers.
The yoga studio is a short walk from Clapham Junction and Wandsworth Town BR stations. We are also on many local bus routes so our yoga studio is easily accessible for local residents in Earlsfield, Southfields, Balham, Putney and Wimbledon.
Jimmy Morris is a registered osteopath, sports massage therapist and experienced health and fitness enthusiast and has taken instructor courses in Pilates and Yin Yoga. He continues to develop his professional competence by attending healthcare courses on a frequent basis. His career began as a personal trainer in 2005 and as his sport specific experience broadened, he started to focus more upon remedial therapies. He reads, eats well and follows a diverse exercise regime. He ‘walks the walk’ so you can rely upon his genuine advice as a primary healthcare practitioner. He has represented Great Britain at collegiate level sport and treated footballers at Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge, though he now errs on the side of longevity in health as opposed to elite performance fanatics!
After training as a dancer at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and performing across Europe and the Middle East, I came across yoga and was instantly hooked. It was (and still is) challenging, but something about it made sense. Plus, it was a miracle cure for assorted dance injuries! I practiced with several teachers who inspired and helped me discover a new passion. Right from the start, the idea of teaching yoga was present in my mind. During what felt like a transitional phase, I decided to take the plunge and complete my teacher training with The Power Yoga Company – hands down best decision! My practice is a dynamic one that draws on influences from other fields, focusing on building strength and flexibility whilst creating a meditative flow through asana with emphasis on breath and alignment. See you on the mat!
Whilst Claire started practicing over 15 years ago in Australia it has only been in the last 5 years that she has found teaching. This was born out of a strong desire to re-connect with her body in her 40′s and find some inner calm amongst the pace of which our busy generation moves. Claire started as a Hot Power yoga teacher and feels very privileged to have trained under Baron Baptiste along with Master Baptiste Trainers Gregor Singleton and Claire Este-McDonald. These days you are more likely to experience Claire at the other end of the yoga specturm teaching Yin and Yoga Nidra. Claire’s commitment to her ongoing development has seen her evolved her studies in Yin with Paul & Susie Grilley as well as Yoga Nidra/I-Rest with Nirlipta Tuli, Uma Dinsmore Tuli and James Reeves. With her background in performance coaching both in business & elite sport she believes in cultivating a sustainable practice, one that enables individuals to access their innate intelligence and nurture the ability to survive and thrive on their own terms.
With 10 years experience as a professional massage therapist, I ( Stephen ) have come across many back conditions. Whether these conditions are inherited, degenerative or from poor posture it became clear to me that self mobilization is key to optimum joint health. I trained as a bodycontrol pilates instructor in 2015 and believe continuous practice is key as with any body conditioning programme. If you are technically minded then pilates can be a great way to learn how your body moves….and of course, it will improve your core strength.
Austin is an experienced 500hour certified yoga teacher. He came to yoga in an attempt to avoid surgery for a painful lower back condition. The outcome was amazing and he no longer required an operation. Impressed with the results of a daily yoga practice and the life-changing effect it had, Austin decided to become a teacher to share the benefits of yoga with others. He completed an ‘It’s Yoga’ - San Francisco, Ashtanga & Rocket Vinyasa 200 hour teacher training course before continuing in their Advanced ‘Rocket’ Vinyasa training with 'The Yoga People'. As well as teaching classes and giving private one-to-one instruction, Austin has tutored on Yoga Alliance US certified teacher-training courses in London and Goa and runs his own teacher trainings with http://www.shantipoweryoga.com. Austin also completed the Tapasya Hot Yoga teacher training at Triyoga with Kristin Campbell. Then adding a further Anusara based 500 hour Advanced Teacher Training with Suzanne Slocum-Gori, Noah Mace, Nico Luce and Dr Genieve Burley. He also holds certification in Yin Yoga for 'With Yin Yoga', having trained with Sebastian Pucelle and Murielle Burellier. Austin’s classes are energising, creative and flowing, balancing a strong physical workout with a calming restorative element. He keeps instructions clear, interesting and light-hearted, whilst never losing sight of the serious benefits to his students. He believes that to grow as a teacher it’s important to remain the eternal student. Austin teaches Dynamic Vinyasa, Power Yoga, Rocket, Alignment based Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin.
Having practiced yoga for many years, I trained to be a teacher with Shanti Power Yoga; Austin Ince and Simona Rosa. I became hooked on the practice of Astanga based yoga, initially, as it cured me of chronic lower back pain. As a result, I avoided abdominal surgery thanks to much improved strength. I am an experienced school teacher, and a portrait artist. I decided to become a yoga teacher after having my own children. I teach Vinyasa Flow classes with the aim of challenging and supporting my students, in a comfortable, light-hearted environment. I aim to encourage mental focus and build strength of the mind and body with a flowing sequence of asanas. I have a real interest in yogic philosophy and like to incorporate it into my teaching. In this way, physical yoga is given a context. I have practised under a wide variety of teachers, and my own teaching contains influences from Astanga, Kundalini, Yin and Rocket yoga. My classes consist of attention to alignment, groovy tunes and a sense of humour. I enjoy seeing my students improve their balance, strength and flexibility as a result of their dedication and focus.
With 19 years of experience as a yoga practitioner and lately as a yoga teacher, my background is based mostly on the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and on Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga. I teach a Dynamic Flow Yoga class focusing on movement of the body in harmony with the breath (Vinyasa krama). My classes are set to music, with variations given to suit all levels. I encourage my students to move with grace and lightness, emphasizing a vinyasa krama approach throughout the practice. Students of mixed abilities move through sequences and take progressive higher options in their asana as their abilities and needs suit them. A focus on the mind-body connection is given to calm student’s minds and achieve a sense of greater balance and well-being throughout their practice. Yoga Teacher Training Diploma, YogaCampus (formerly The Life Centre) Registered Teacher: British Wheel of Yoga Registered Yoga Teacher's (RYT) certification from the Yoga Alliance at the 200-Hour Level
I started practising yoga in 1985 whilst studying for a degree in Performing Arts. I completed Astanga Vinyasa teacher training at It's Yoga, San Francisco in 2001, followed by Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Shiva Rea, Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater and BASI Pilates mat work with Amit Younger. My own practice has helped me through 8 marathons, 1 pregnancy and many years of ballet! My classes offer a moderately-paced, traditional yoga flow practice with gentle guidance towards breath and alignment.
Merche (Mercedes) has been a dedicated yoga practitioner for over 6 years, having been “nudged” into yoga by her partner, whom in desperation, believed that a regular yoga practice would provide her with the physical and emotional release she needed to balance a hectic and stressful professional life. The personally, undeniable benefits of a regular yoga practice drives Merche to experience and study many styles of yoga: Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and even the less conventional Broga. Also, in 2016 led to the completion of a 200hr Yoga Alliance certified, Yoga Teacher Training and in 2018, a Yin Advanced Teacher Training. Merche’s classes are flowing and dynamic combining a strong physical practice with an awareness of the here and now.
Harriet first came to yoga after being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. In 2014 she moved to London, discovered Dynamic Vinyasa and Power yoga and was totally hooked! Like many, at first it was the physical demands of asana practice she enjoyed the most but after experiencing the life changing physical and mental effects it was having on her body she then came to truly appreciate the wider benefits of yoga. Naturally a person of high energy, yoga has enabled Harriet to slow down (at times!) and be more present in her life, restoring balance to both the body and mind and provided her a way to live a happier and fuller life. Harriet did her first training (200 hours) at Shanti Power Yoga in 2016 and continued her studies under Ashtanga guru David Swenson in 2017. Harriet aims to guide you through a challenging class, full of love and good humour, with a strong emphasis on anatomical alignment and good technique to build strength and prevent injury. You can expect to leave her class very sweaty but feeling energised, nurtured and hopefully with a little bit more Santosha in your life! Harriet is passionate about yoga and teaching it, she is dedicated to providing a safe place for others to practice so they too can experience the powerful benefits of yoga to both the body and mind.
Sophia trained professionally in Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, where she worked with numerous visual artists, as well as performing and touring with world-renowned choreographers. Pilates and fitness have always been integral to Sophia – STOTT Pilates certification, Pre and Post natal specialisms and Total Barre certification has deepened her knowledge further still. Passionate about artistic expression, physical and mental wellbeing, Sophia guides her clients to achieve optimal results, whether it be in a group environment or 1:1. Whilst you can expect to find Sophia’s classes highly motivating and challenging, her workouts suit everyone from newcomers to athletes. Your boundaries will be pushed and personal bests smashed to achieve a strong, yet supple body.
Tim discovered yoga entirely by accident but was immediately captivated by the practice. His new-found passion for yoga led him to become a fully-accredited teacher after just one year. Believing that yoga’s many physical, emotional and spiritual benefits are only enhanced by a sense of fun and playfulness, Tim offers creative, mindful and breath-centered classes for all levels that will both challenge and make you smile in equal measure.
Alex has played competitive sport his whole life. He was introduced to Yoga by his cousin whilst preparing for a swimming race in Italy. He was fascinated to discover a vigorous physical activity that didn’t involve competition and didn’t leave his body beaten up. As he explored Yoga in his local gym one teacher there (Tracey Mansell) helped him discover the power of synchronising breath and movement and how breath control (pranayama) could powerfully influence one’s mental state. This set him on a Yoga journey exploring the myriad options available in London. Initially drawn to a dynamic Ashtanga based practice, he has subsequently come to see all forms of good Yoga as paths leading to the same goal: a healthier, happier body and mind. Most physical culture embraces a mantra of seeking pain to achieve gain. Yoga turns this mantra on its head and reveals the beauty of taking the instruction literally: no pain, no gain. In 2017 Alex took his teaching training with The Power Yoga Company and is very grateful to Mona Godfrey, Pete Cherry, Caroline Pegna, Sophie Dear, John Collins and Cal Wandsbrough who all shared their knowledge and experience so honestly and generously. Before he decided to go full time with Yoga teaching Alex worked for 12 years at an independent local estate agent, where he was the sales director and responsible for helping people navigate one of the most stressful moments of their life: moving house. His classes are rooted in the Ashtanga practice of linking victorious breath to flowing movement. There will normally be music: an eclectic playlist that might go a little rogue. There will always be a strong emphasis on breathing mindfully, being in the moment and enjoying our ability to move (however much it may be that day) and then to be still. https://www.ajsyoga.co.uk/
Maria has always had a passion for movement and worked as a professional dancer before becoming a yoga teacher. She trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm and Central School of Ballet in London and after graduating went on tour around the UK. After falling in love with the yoga practice and the effects it had both physically and mentally, she decided to do her teacher training with Shanti Power Yoga and it was a life changer! A month after completing the course, she started teaching regular classes and discovered a new passion about teaching. In her class you will be breathing deeply whilst being guided through a creative, most likely challenging, and a fun flowy class. She encourages her students to accept their physical limitations and have a non-comparison and non-judgemental practice. She believes that by encouraging her students to breathe and ease into the more challenging postures on the mat, they will learn how to breathe and ease into the more challenging situations off the mat. She is excited to be a part of the YogaWorks London team and is looking forward to seeing you in her class!
Susie began practising Pilates in 2002 to alleviate back pain. After experiencing first hand the remarkable benefits Pilates has to offer, Susie decided to train as a teacher. In 2011 she qualified as a Matwork Pilates teacher with Body Control Pilates. Since qualifying, Susie has taught beginner, intermediate and mixed ability classes, as well as pre and post natal Pilates in the UK and in Vancouver. Susie loves helping people find their inner strength and is passionate about helping any one to develop a body that is flexible, strong and perfectly balanced. Susie is also a certified Bootybarre instructor. She loves teaching this fun, energetic workout that is the perfect fusion of dance, Pilates and yoga.
Hello! I’m Lara Lawrence. I grew up in Amersham, Buckinghamshire and always knew I wanted to work with children. After I graduated with BEd in Primary Education I taught in primary schools in Winchester and Bath. I learned early on that keeping children moving was a great way to keep them focussed on the lessons in my classroom. We used things like brain breaks and coordination games during Maths or Topic lessons to give a short burst of energy before refocussing back to the lesson in hand. In 2008 I moved to Thailand and that is when I really began my own practice of yoga. I loved the energy the classes gave me but also the tranquility I felt during the relaxation. How did I move yoga into my classroom? In September 2017 my Yr 2 class in Surrey were facing the challenges of the common entrance exam and I started looking for ways to alleviate the pressures they were feeling. During my research I discovered lots of on screen relaxation tools but I wanted to teach them skills they could use anywhere, anytime so I started using the brain breaks I had used previously. I then started an after school yoga club and I really began to see the positive impact yoga can have on children of all ages. From negative behaviours and complete disarray at the beginning to peace and calm at the end, the effect yoga and mindfulness had on the children was amazing. The numbers in my club grew and it became very popular. So in the summer of 2018 I decided to train as a children's yoga teacher and start up my own children's yoga classes "YogaDabbaDoo". In my YogaDabbaDoo classes I use fun and engaging games, and I love to explore new ways of making classes as engaging as possible for the children. I also believe children's yoga has an important role in the emotional as well as physical development of children and through the mindfulness and relaxation time I encourage children to think about areas of their life. Please take look at www.yogadabbadoo.org for more information about my yoga classes I then decided to take my training one step further and in September 2018 I completed further training to become an Ambassador for MMY. This enables me to do what I feel passionately about, to enable as many young children as possible benefit from yoga by running workshops for parents, carers and educators. I love my workshop days as they help me to spread the understanding of how yoga can help young children, to share skills with parents and train teachers to be able to do yoga and mindfulness at home or in school.
Originally a personal trainer, I discovered yoga in 2015 and have had a dedicated daily practice ever since. A keen gym goer and runner, I started to replace many of those sessions with yoga. Along with reduced injuries, and a stronger more able body than ever, I found a contented love and acceptance of myself that I wanted to share. Offering a patient space to breathe, slow down and listen to our bodies, students are guided through a deliberate, mindful flow and encouraged without judgement to try, fall, rest and let go.
Yoga began as a way for me to navigate through all the distractions and challenges life throws at you, to sit and breathe through them and feel empowered by discovering an inner strength. As my practice deepened, I was drawn to the physicality of a strong asana but I had to maneuver my practice around a debilitating injury. In a world that celebrates achieving more and doing more, it was a gentle reminder to me that Yoga isn't about having the strongest asana. Yes, find the physicality in it but do it with integrity and find peace with whatever your body is doing on that day and in that moment, because that's all you have. Whether I'm teaching a physical, strong and mindful Flow or a more gentle, nurturing Restorative Practice, or even complete stillness leading a Sound Mediation or Nidra, I try to encourage a presence of being. I recognise that we all need different things from Yoga at different times in our lives - maybe that's ageing, injury, illness or even grief - change is our only constant in this world. Whatever shape you're making and whatever breath you're taking, that is it, that's all there is.