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.
We are a Yoga Alliance Professional Centre of Excellence committed to teaching standards and regularly run workshops which contribute to yoga teacher CPD.
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.
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!
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.
I started practicing yoga as a way to protect and strengthen my body as working in catering for over a decade had become very taxing on my body which left me with lower back pain and a frozen shoulder. I've been practicing yoga for over 8 years now and it's a way of life I will continue to pursue. Sport has always been a very important part of my life with a background as a martial arts instructor. Developing strength, balance and flexibility with a strong focus on alignment for a deeper yoga practice, are all the core essentials of my teaching.
Simona Rosa E-RYT200 & E-RYT500 From an early age, Simona participated in modern dance and gymnastics. She is a qualified Level 3 Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor. However, yoga was always her main interest and her heart led her to Yoga Teacher Training, initially in Hatha Yoga, to deepen her knowledge, then onto her real passion with additional certification training in Vinyasa Power Yoga. More recently undergoing an advanced 300 hour Teacher Training in the Anusara lineage with Suzanne Slocum-Gori, Noah Mace, Nico Luce and Dr Genieve Burley. More recently she has undergone further advanced training with Tiffany Cruikshank, Yoga Medicine. Also, advanced asana training with Edward Clarke and Nikki Durrant, Tripsichore. Simona teaches a powerful, dynamic vinyasa style class, which is always challenging. She incorporates elements from Ashtanga, Sivananda, Power Yoga, Anusara and Tripsichore. Her classes are energising, a complete body workout where students will develop core strength, stamina, balance and inner-stillness. Through the observation of the breath, with focus and awareness on harmonious body alignment, integrity and deepening of postures, you will experience the union of mind, body, and spirit. Simona encourages students to go to their initial limits and then progress beyond. Simona strongly believes that it is essential to keep a positive attitude towards your inner self and life in general. She gives attention to detail, alignment to prevent injuries and believes that a practice with a still and positive mind will cause everything to fall into place.
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
As a long distance runner myself I am well aware of the need to cross train and stretch to avoid and prevent injury. My practice has allowed me to gain mental and physical strength which has helped me when competing in races. Anything from 5km -marathon distance. Also generally when faced with difficult situations in life. Yoga for me is so important in my life and I love nothing more than to share this love and guide others.
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.
Teaching various physical disciplines and helping people to a fitter, healthier lifestyle has been my passion for the last 25 years. After a long career as a professional dancer, choreographer and dance teacher, working extensively in some of the top profession training establishments in London, I discovered the joy and countless benefits of yoga some 20 years ago. In May 2005 I completed The Life Centre Teacher Training Course and since then have been teaching yoga, from West and Central London through to the City, whilst continuing to study and develop my own practice. I am also a qualified Garuda Matwork teacher and in May 2016 I qualified as Sports Yoga Coach. Classes are dynamic and flowing, incorporating challenging sequences, with a strong emphasis on core stability, correct alignment and use of breath. Yoga should always be non-competitive, and I always encourage people to develop their own practice and to work to their own abilities in a class. Many of my classes are attended by both beginners and experienced practitioners; they practise safely together as I teach them to understand how the yoga postures can be adapted to their own bodies. I always aim to teach compassion, physical empathy, humour and the absolute belief that I can help each individual in my class to a greater understanding of their own physique and its potential.
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.
Lynne accidentally stumbled into a yoga class at her gym a few years ago, and immediately became an addict. Always playful and light-hearted, Lynne’s classes are creatively and intelligently sequenced to explore the body’s full range of motion with grace, ease, intention and curiosity. Underpinned by studies in philosophy and music, her warmth and compassion encourages students to reconnect with the physical, energetic and emotional experience of the body, working to effect transformational shifts at an energetic level: brightening, soothing, replenishing as needed. Particular attention is consistently paid to cultivating a powerful, smooth and calming breath, whilst taking delight in the interplay between invigorating challenge, soft release and blissful relaxation.
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.