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.
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.
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/
After training as a dancer 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! Since my teaching journey began in 2016, I am now a 500 hour Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT). My practice is a dynamic one that draws on influences from other fields with particular emphasis on correct alignment to build strength and flexibility, as well as incorporating mindful breathing and meditation techniques. See you on the mat
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Sophie started working in the health and fitness industry in 2000 and qualified as a Personal Trainer with the YMCA in 2003. Her qualifications include Cardio Fitness and Weight Training, Nutrition and Weight Management, Group Circuit Classes and Exercise for the older adult. Being exceptionally tall she knew that she needed to be aware of her posture and protect her back so In 2016 she qualified as a Stott Pilates teacher certified in matwork using small equipment such as flex bands and balls etc. Additional Stott Pilates courses and workshops completed include: Postural Analysis, Pre and Post Natal on the Mat, Injuries and Special Populations. Sophie genuinely loves to help people feel good and make positive lifestyle changes.
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.