Yoga classes in south london at crystal palace

Yoga Classes - Crystal Palace & South Norwood, South London 

0208 653 6374 - 07941 550617

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

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

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 - see some of Julia's favourites), 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. 

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.

According to the NHS Choices website:
Most studies suggest that yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially 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.
Flexibility - Yoga will improve your flexibility and help you go beyond your normal range of movement, so that you then feel more comfortable during normal daily activity.
Arthritis - Yoga is popular with people with arthritis for its gentle way of promoting flexibility and strength. Some research suggests that yoga can reduce pain and mobility problems in people with knee osteoarthritis. However, some yoga moves aren't suitable for people with arthritis.
Balance and falls - Yoga improves balance by strengthening your lower body, in particular your ankles and knees, thereby reducing your chances of falling.
Age and fitness - People often start yoga in their 70s and many say they wish they had started sooner. Yoga is a form of exercise that can be enjoyed from childhood to your advanced years. You can join a class that's suitable to your fitness level.

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!  Here are some of her favourite yoga postures (asanas).

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:

  • Movement, Pleasure + Insight - observation of movements + limitations, and how to use the body economically (May 2015)
  • Yoga for Special Needs (February 2015)
  • First Aid for Yoga teachers (October 2014 - valid for 3 years)
  • Pranayama - Phases of Breathing Practice (July 2014)
  • Mudras and Bandhas (March 2014)
  • Themes in a Yoga Class (August 2013)
  • Prana, Prana Vayus and Pranayama - relates to breathing/energy/life force (Mar 2013)
  • Deconstructing Challenging Asanas (June 2012)
  • How Yoga can help Sports People (Feb 2012)
  • The Role of Sound in Yoga and an Introduction to Vedic Chanting (Apr 2011)
  • Understanding the Needs of Senior Citizen Yoga Practitioners (Mar 2011)
  • Common Ailments and Conditions - What is Best Yoga Practice? (Jun 2010)
  • Demystifying Challenging Asanas (Mar 2010)
  • Yoga for Busy People  (Oct 2009)
  • Well Woman Yoga 
  • Vinyasa Sequences
  • Advanced Communication Skills for Yoga Tutors with NLP (Apr 2008)
  • Foundation Course in Yoga Therapy  (Jun/Jul 2007)
  • Integrating Pregnant Women into a General Yoga Class 
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This page was last updated in January 2016