London: Top 10 Yoga Studios. ~ Cherie Lathey

Via on Aug 10, 2010

Although yoga is catching on fast here in the UK, we really do not have as much choice as our friends across The Pond regarding where we practice yoga.

When I did my yoga teacher training in San Francisco, I was able to try lots of different schools of yoga—all within a stone’s throw of each other. In London Town, however, you have to look a bit harder and be prepared to travel if you want to get on your yoga mat.

London offers a “no-frills” approach to yoga, which I personally really love. Studios tend to be fairly basic and many are warehouse type set ups. We do not have any “celebrity teachers” referred to in hushed voices, who slip into class with an air of mystery. We do, however, have some fantastic teachers and are lucky enough to host some amazing visiting yoga teachers from around the world, who come and share their wisdom.

This list contains some of my personal favourite studios and some  that are highly recommended by yoga students and teachers alike.

Tri Yoga

Tri Yoga has three Yoga studios in London: Primrose Hill; Covent Garden and Soho. Theses studios offer a wide range of classes to suit all yoga practices. There are 160 listed classes across the three studios, from Iynegar to Children’s yoga, and classes from guest international teachers.

Teachers to look out for: Claire Missingham (dynamic flow), Bridget Woods Kramer (Anusara / dynamic flow), Phillipa Asher  (Ashtanga)

Website: www.triyoga.co.uk

The Life Centre

The Life Centre in Notting Hill Gate is one of London’s oldest yoga studios, established in 1993. This is a personal favourite of mine. It has a beautiful main studio with lots of natural light. There is a very calm feel to studio and a wide range of classes to choose from, suiting all styles.

Teachers to look out for: Jeff Phenix (General yoga), Leela Miller (Ashtanga/ dynamic), Danai Paleogianni (yoga level 1-2).

Website: thelifecentre.com

Jivamukti Yoga London

Another personal favourite of mine. It is a beautiful yoga studio, which serves as a spirtual oasis in the the heart of Ladbroke Grove (Notting Hill). Jivamukti Yoga offers all aspects of yoga: chanting, kirtan readings from the yoga sutras and – of course – yoga classes and workshops from guest teachers. As a matter of interest, Sri Dhamra Mittra will be holding a workshop in August.

This is a dynamic school of yoga and all the teachers have trained under the guidance of US-based David Life and Sharon Gannon.

Teachers to look out for: Emma Henry, Cat, Durga Devi

Website: jivamuktiyoga.co.uk

The Yoga Place

The Yoga Place is situated in East London and has a wide range of classes available, from yin yoga and meditation to Mysore style Ashtanga yoga.

Teachers to look out for: Carys Perkin

Website: yogaplace.co.uk

Ashtanga yoga London (AYL)

If you’re looking for a traditional Ashtanga yoga practice, this is the place to go. Mysore yoga classes are offered here. As with all traditional  Ashtanga yoga schools there is no yoga on moon days.

Teachers to look out for: Hamish Hendry

Website: astangayogalondon.com

Alchemy

Alchemy is a fairly new yoga studio located near Camden Market. It’s a beautiful set up and has a small café where you can refuel after your yoga class. It offers different styles of yoga including Kundalini, Hatha and dynamic classes. The timetable is ever-growing.

Teachers to look out for: Stewart Gilchrist (dynamic yoga)

Website: alchemythecentre.co.uk

Bikram Yoga Fulham

Bikram is probably the fastest growing yoga studio in London, with studios popping up all over the place. This is the only Bikram studio I have visited in the UK and, therefore, the only one I can comment on. If you love hot yoga, this is the place for you.

Teachers to look out for: Sanja Verma

Website: hotbikramyoga.co.uk

The Special Yoga Centre

I could not compile a list of great yoga studios without mentioning this yoga centre. There are a wide range of classes including community payment classes. It is  an all-encompassing studio with all ages and abilities welcome, with a strong focus on yoga therapy for children with special needs.

Website: specialyoga.org.uk

Cherie Lathey is a London-based dynamic yoga teacher who has had more than 20 years experience in body work, both as a fitness trainer and a yoga teacher. She has travelled far and wide to practice yoga, from India to the Bahamas. She is Yoga Alliance accredited, having gained her yoga teaching qualification in San Francisco.

Cherie has a practical East meets West approach to yoga. She is a pre and postnatal yoga teacher and is the director of Yoga Mama and joint director of The Putney clinic in London.

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10 Responses to “London: Top 10 Yoga Studios. ~ Cherie Lathey”

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  2. Hi Cherie,

    Thanks for the information about Yoga in London, it's been a great insight. I agree with you on the fact that we don't have as much choice in the London when it comes to choosing a yoga studio. Hopefully this will change in the future.

    Thanks again,

    Namaste

    Laurax

    • Cherie Lathey says:

      My pleasure Laura I think London has a growing yoga community and we will see more yoga studios opening…One of the problems is finding suitable spaces that the council will let for yoga use .Many of them oppose the use of office space for yoga ( or other) even when the space has been empty for a long time…change is coming. Namaste. Cherie

  3. All in all, I like her. Yes, I think she is dramatic at times, but it seems like everyday communication includes a little showmanship to convery your message. I’ll tell you, she seems to have a great style! I like her!

  4. Hi there,

    Thanks for the info. I agree, valid commentt about some yoga in Londonclasses getting very busy.

    Thanks again,

    Laura

  5. jonathan says:

    Thanks for the info Cherie. I've been looking for some resources as to what studios there are in London. I lived in London for awhile and loved the experience. I'm starting my 500 hour teacher training now and would enjoy the opportunity to get back to live and teach someday.

  6. John says:

    Hello,
    Thanks for the information about Yoga classes in London. Yotopia can be a addition to this list. It offers hot yoga and traditional yoga classes, with a significant variety of classes to suit all preferences and levels. A variety of yoga, Hot Yoga, Pilates and other yoga training in a luxurious studio in central / west London. A centre dedicated to offering classic vinyasa flow yoga classes and Pilates classes.

    Thank You !!

  7. Sam Trinder says:

    Thanks for this really useful information. I will definitely try the Jivamukti centre. Also a couple of other places I think really worth mentioning, (not sure if someone has already) are the Light Centre near Victoria station and they now have one in Moorgate, and Sivananda Centre Putney – a really very special ashram.

    Om xx

  8. Clare Hudson says:

    Definitely agree — I go to Triyoga quite frequently and in the past the Special Yoga centre. The teachers have all been brilliant.

  9. Cherie Lathey says:

    Very valid comment…Jivamuckti yoga London gets very busy…so to avoid the storage cupboard spot, that Lucy wound up in, arrive early.

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