All posts tagged: yoga

Education news: Yoga for children

Sarah Thomas, Junior School teacher at Alleyn’s, and qualified Hatha yoga practitioner, on the benefits of Hatha Yoga for children and adolescents. As the inimitable ‘Mr Magorium’ in the film bearing the same name, Dustin Hoffmann says: “Your life is an occasion – rise to it!” In other words, live life well and as fully as possible. In order to ‘rise to the occasion’ however we need to be physically, mentally and emotionally well so we have the resilience to deal with all that life throws at us. Childhood Stress It is well-documented that our busy lives leave us stressed and children too are party to this. Busy home lives, school lives, homework deadlines, and revising for exams all contribute. Add the intrusion of social media, peer pressure and messages from society as a whole into the mix, and children can be bombarded from all sides at a vulnerable stage in their lives. How Can Yoga Help? As a ‘mindful’ practice, Yoga belongs in the ‘wellbeing toolkit’, providing practical exercises to strengthen the body, calm …

Hot Yoga Peckham

Hot Yoga Peckham is a new class from Steve Jamieson at The Desire Path. Steve’s philiosophy is that yoga is for every body and the class is suitable for all levels with easier variations when needed. Steve has been practicing yoga since 2000; studying Hatha Yoga at the world-renowned Sivananda Yoga Centre in London, before graduating as a Hot Power Yoga teacher last year. He has taught beginners to super-fans and modifies the sequence so that every class experience is different. The studio is heated to 28ºC to warm the muscles, helping to deepen stretches and encourage detoxification.  This style of power yoga flows from one posture to the next – it’s a full body workout so students need to be prepared to sweat! It gets the heart pumping and helps burn fat, whilst improving flexibility and strength. Steve said “My mission is to get more people to find yoga and I’ve seen some amazing transformations. Personally, I’m an East Dulwich local and am excited to be bringing HOT YOGA to our area.” Classes run at Gaia Studios, Maxted Road on Wednesdays …

The Last Word: Clare Leithead

I have lived in Dulwich for the past 14 years with a 4 year break from 2006 to 2010 when I lived in Tokyo, Japan with my family. It was while I was in Japan that I started to practice Yoga. We moved here because we couldn’t afford a house in Battersea where we had our first apartment. However this area has gone up so much in value that I am not sure that is the story today. What has changed most during that time is the increase in the amount of traffic and the number of school children in the area but perhaps I am taking more notice now that my elder 2 are in senior school. I live in a relatively peaceful street with the most amazing friendly neighbours – really we are very lucky – but I think many streets in Dulwich have a real sense of community. I couldn’t do without my yoga practice – it keeps me smiling. If I could change one thing about the area it would be …

The Last Word: Mark Westmoquette – Yoga, Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher

Hello, my name is Mark Westmoquette and I teach yoga, meditation and mindfulness in and around South London. My surname, inherited from my step-dad, is half French Hugenot and apparently very rare. My sister and I are the only Westmoquettes on Facebook! How long have you lived in the area? About 1 year. Before that I was in Munich, Germany working as an academic doing research in astrophysics. It’s true, being an academic has many perks, but I’d been enjoying the job less and less and thought it was time for a shift in careers. I quit astrophysics and moved back here to take up teaching yoga and meditation full-time. I now teach regular yoga classes and courses in mindfulness, mostly at the beautiful ZenYoga studio in Camberwell. What brought you here? Before Munich I was a north Londoner so had pretty fixed ideas about what it was like south of the river… Regular visits to my girlfriend who was living in south London taught me it’s actually really nice down here! Parks, community, no tube – we love it! Do you know …