BNS Iyengar: A master of pranayama

Our guru this month is BNS Iyengar. When I last practiced in Mysore in 2008 and 2009 I practiced Ashtanga at KPJAYI under the tutelage of Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois and studied pranayama daily with BNS Iyengar. The pranayama I learnt with him was one of the...

Tirumalai Krishnamacharya – The father of modern yoga

Tirumalai Krishnamacharya was an Indian yoga teacher and ayurvedic healer. Often referred to as "the father of modern yoga", Krishnamacharya is widely regarded as one of the most influential yoga teachers of the 20th century, even though he may not be as widely known...

Meet our new Pilates teacher Yasmine

Yasmine Say is a long-term Yoga West member. She is also an experienced Pilates teacher and personal trainer. We’re delighted that from September she will take her first regular Pilates class at the studio every Saturday from 15:30 to 16:45. Read below to find out a...

Our fantastic autumn studio timetable starts Monday 3 September

We have a fantastic timetable starting from Monday 3 September. It features more classes for several of your and our favourite teachers including Brodie, Austin, Raphan and Ines. New mums and mums who did Rebecca Tieken’s pregnancy class will be delighted that she is...

Meet The Teacher – Zeena Kalisperides

How did you get into yoga? The first memory I have of yoga as an asana practice was seeing my mother practising in our living room.  She had studied Sivananda yoga whilst growing up in Mauritius, and I remember seeing her in shoulder stand and halasana and thinking it...

BKS Iyengar – The Master of Modern Yoga

B.K.S. Iyengar, the founder of Iyengar Yoga, was considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. The master of modern yoga, he was was born in India, on December 14, 1918.  At age 15, Iyengar moved to Mysore to study with his brother-in-law T....

Breath, Stillness, Movement and Modern Medicine

We are lucky enough to have breath expert Tracy Elner as a student at Yoga West. Tracy and his colleague Dr Anthony Soyer deliver workshops and lectures on Breath, Stillness, Movement and Modern Medicine throughout London. Tracy agreed to share some of the findings of...

Meet The Team – Iris Mir

How did you get in to yoga? I've been a sports person since early childhood. Growing up I was very used to workout and train in many different disciplines; such as swimming, tennis, running, mountain biking and windsurfing. However, a few years ago, I started to...

Sharon Gannon & David Life – The founders of Jivamukti Yoga

We have a collection of gurus on our wall at the studio that we feel have inspired and elevated our practice of yoga. This month, we would like to highlight the gurus and founders of the Jivamukti Yoga method - Sharon Gannon and David Life. They met in 1983 in New...

Summer party and yoga in the park Saturday July 14

Saturday July 14 yoga in the park 14:00 - 15:00 Picnic 15:00 onwards. Live music from 16:00 onwards. We would love you to join us to celebrate summer, life and community for yoga in the park, a picnic and live music on Saturday 14 July. The yoga and the party will be...

Our reduced summer timetable

During the summer months, we will be running a reduced timetable which will run from Monday 23rd July. Our full schedule will be back to normal from Mon 3rd September. All other classes will run as normal The following classes have been cancelled for the summer:...

Meet the teacher: Rebecca Tieken

Rebecca is a truly unique teacher on the Yoga West team as she is both a pregnancy yoga teacher and a midwife. Rebecca has always been fascinated by pregnancy. She completed a Midwifery degree and graduated with a First-Class Honours and now works as an Independent...

Yoga West Summer Photo Competition

In many cultures light has long been a symbol of consciousness and self-illumination. This is felt most powerfully during the summer months as we open ourselves up to the warmth of the sun. We encourage you to honour this uplifting and playful time of year with our...

Meet the teacher – Amy McDonald

This week we introduce you Amy - a Jivamutki and Vinyasa flow yoga teacher on the Yoga West team. Join her classes on the following days: Tues: Jivamukti 9:30-10:45; Wed: Vinyasa 12:05-13:05, Jivamukti 13:15-14:15 A London based teacher originally from New Zealand,...

Indra Devi – The Mother of Western Yoga

We have a collection of gurus on our wall at the studio that we feel have inspired and elevated our practice of yoga. This month, we would like to highlight Russian yoga teacher Indra Devi, who was not only a female pioneer in the field of yoga; she helped spread the...

Benefits of a restorative yoga practice

Dipa has been teaching our Sunday restorative yoga class at Yoga West for a few months, She has noticed an increase in people attending as they realise more and more the importance of slowing down in their practice. We asked her to share the benefits of this practice...

Meet The Teacher: Alex Blanchflower

This week we introduce you to Alex Blanchflower, who is one of our Ashtanga teachers. Her classes are on: Friday 15:15-16:30 Saturday 08:30-09:45 How did you get into yoga? Around 2001, I fell sick with a debilitating autoimmune disease. Before that, I regularly ran...

Meet The Teacher : Raphan Kebe

We're extremely happy to welcome Raphan into the Yoga West team. A teacher with a plethora of experience and interests, he has developed the unique Space and Flow practice. Is it yoga? Is it dance? Is it movement? It's a class which challenges our engrained ideas of...

Teacher Meditation Tips – World Meditation Day Post, 15 May 2018

To celebrate and support world meditation day we asked three of our teachers and regular meditators for their tips on how to build a regular meditation practice.   Jeff Phenix Number 1. Comfort is the name of the game! Sit on as much height (block, cushion etc) as...

New Timetable At Yoga West From May 7 Onwards

We're delighted to announce that we will launch a new timetable at Yoga West from May 7 onward. We've added a number of new classes and several new teachers including a number of more experienced teaches Raphan, Jeff and Amy. The timetable is included in this blog and...

So what is Space & Flow

Space and flow is a system of yoga created by Raphan after years of studying yoga, choreography and somatic practices. It is a Yoga-based movement practice promoting a healthy spine and joints, muscular strength and body-mind awareness. It is based on spinal and joint...

Meet the teacher: Ines Loughrey

We are delighted that Ines will be joining our teacher group at Yoga West as part of our timetable. Ines only recently trialled at the studio but we were all blown away by both her and her classes. She is very humble, generous, attentive and gentle. Her classes are...

Meet the teacher – Jeff Phenix

We’re really delighted that one of London’s leading teachers and teacher trainers, Jeff Phenix, will begin teaching at Yoga West in April. Jeff has been teaching yoga for over 15-years. He is recognised as one of the leading teachers working in London today. Starting...

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