Yoga classes in south london at crystal palace

Yoga South London 0208 653 6374

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Yoga Classes in Crystal Palace SE19 and South Norwood SE25 for all abilities, taught by experienced British Wheel of Yoga Diploma Teacher.

Both the Monday and the Wednesday group classes now have a Loyalty Card scheme in operation - buy 10 classes, and get the 11th free! You can use your card at either class.

Benefits of Yoga

Anyone can practise yoga, independent of age, gender or ability. You can practise yoga virtually anywhere; you don't need any special equipment. 

Most studies suggest that yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, and improves strength, flexibility and balance. There's some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains including lower back pain depression and stress.
Age and fitness
Yoga exercise and practice can be performed at any age and stage of life; many people start yoga later in life, in their fifties, sixties or older. My group classes are mixed ability and suitable for most levels of fitness.  My individual, one-to-one classes are tailored to your ability, fitness and mobility.
Arthritis and movement
The style of yoga that I teach can gently promote flexibility and strength.  My long experience of yoga teaching and former work as a nurse helps me adapt the postures to any specific needs.  Yoga will improve your flexibility and help you go beyond your normal range of movement. You may wish to check with your doctor if there are particular movements to avoid.
Balance and falls
Yoga postures can help to make knees and ankles stronger and this may help to improve balance and reduce falls, although you should check with your doctor that falls are not being caused by a particular medical condition.
More about the health benefits of yoga, according to NHS choices

The benefits of a regular yoga practice include:

A typical yoga class will usually include some breathing (pranayama) practice, movements to stretch, warm and loosen up the body in preparation for working in various postures (asanas), visualisation +/or meditation, and a period of relaxation where the benefits of the practice are integrated. Mindfulness techniques are often included in the relaxation or meditation aspect of the class.

Asanas (postures) work on every part of the body. They stretch and tone muscles, joints, the spine and skeleton, and help to keep the body supple. Asanas also work on your internal organs, glands and nerves. They release physical and mental tension and they can liberate additional resources of energy. Practice of pranayama (breath/energy control) revitalises the body and helps to make you feel calm and refreshed . It can assist in developing increased clarity, mental power and concentration. 

Yoga derives from the Sanskrit word yuj (yoke or to join), and is often translated as Union, implying union with the Divine (union of the individual consciousness with the Universal consciousness), and/or integrating body, mind and soul/spirit. Another interpretation of the word yoga is 'to attain what was previously unattainable' whether this be a physical action (eg. bending forward to touch our toes), or gaining a better understanding of a situation.

Yoga Teacher

Classes are taught by Julia Wheatley, who holds the British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma, and has been teaching traditional hatha yoga since 1989 to people of all ages and levels of ability.  She has taught several BWY Foundation Yoga courses (a pre-teacher training course), and has participated in a Foundation course in Yoga Therapy, and training in Thai Yoga Massage.  Julia has been leading yoga/yoga and walking breaks for HF Holidays since 1994. Julia has experience of teaching yoga to prisoners on a drug rehabilitation programme, visually impaired people, and to school students at risk of exclusion.  Her main teaching goal is that yoga practice should be safe, as well as enjoyable and fun!

Continuous Professional Development

As required by my professional organisation (the British Wheel of Yoga), and for the benefit of my students and my own personal interest, I keep myself updated on various yoga related topics. I have attended In-Service Training on the following topics during the last 7-8 years:

This page was last updated in July 2014