PLEASE NOTE1) You can join all Battersea Yoga Courses at ANY time (this reduces the class rate to £12)
2) Yes, you can attend this course on a 'drop-in' basis at £14. (why do we recommend attending the whole course?: (a) it has been crafted to create a flowing structure, building on each consecutive week, (b) it works out cheaper for you!).
Open Hatha classes
Open Hatha classes are run on a drop-in basis (see Timetable), so they are open to everybody and take place each week throughout the year. (except for a short break of a few weeks over Christmas and Bank Holiday Mondays)
Open Hatha classes involve a full repertoire of postures, sun salutations, breathing exercises and guided relaxation techniques. Further, there is usually a theme to the class each week, covering an important aspect of Yoga, such as; 'listening with the body', 'how to use the breath', 'grounding oneself', 'observing the mind', and so on...
Typically, classes will have students with a wide range of ability and experience. Beginners are welcome to attend these classes, but it is recommended that they also consider joining one of our beginner's courses to learn the basics of Hatha Yoga from the ground up. Class numbers are typically around 20 in drop-in classes, but naturally this can vary from week to week.
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Beginners Hatha Yoga Courses
The classes cover the foundation postures of Hatha yoga (asanas), Pranayama (breathing techniques), an introduction to Surya Namaska (the sun salutation), and meditation. It is suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some experience and provides an excellent start to the practice. They typically run for up to a 12 week period. Missed classes can be redeemed at any Battersea Yoga Class.
Intermediate Hatha Yoga Courses
These courses provide much more intimate and detailed instruction and are a natural evolution for keen students. They will allow you to go much deeper into all aspects of your yoga; pranayama, meditation, and ethical considerations. These need to be booked and paid for in advance. They typically run for up to a 12 week period. Missed classes can be redeemed at any Battersea Yoga Class. .
Meditation and Mindfulness
Meditation Courses (Raja Yoga)
There comes a time for many Hatha Yoga students when they wish to go deeper into their Yoga practice. Raja yoga is that natural progression. Lead by Angus, the group explores practical skills in how to apply the wisdom of yoga in daily life; bringing more harmony to relationships, work and the home.
Battersea Yoga's meditation london groups are for anyone who wishes to discover the benefits of various meditation techniques. We use a variety of meditation techniques in our courses to allow participants to discover a route that best suits them and most appeals. Meditation techniques include: guided meditation, mindfulness meditation, compassion meditation, breathing meditation. We have courses for the beginner and those who already have a meditation practice. See the Meditation pages for full details.
Pregnancy & Mum and Baby Yoga
Our ongoing 12 week pregnancy courses cover everything the pregnant mother needs to keep her fit and well during her pregnancy, remedy many of the common pregnancy complications like back pain and oedema and prepare and empower her physically, emotionally and spiritually for birth. After one hour of yoga, we end with fifteen minutes of healing deep relaxation allowing the body to release tensions, the mind to become still and the mother to create a deeper connection with her growing baby. .
Birth Preparation Classes
Workshop style classes preparing mothers for labour and birth. The pregnancy and birth prep class combines one hour plus of flowing yoga and deep relaxation to ensure your body and mind stays in optimum condition throughout your pregnancy with an additional 40 minutes of birth preparation. This second part of the class is designed to inform and prepare you for the challenges of labour and giving birth and often includes demonstration and discusion alongside practical and written work. .
A class just for mothers, this postnatal yoga course focuses on closing the body after birth and enabling the mother to gradually and steadily regain her strength and energy at this demanding time in her life. Every class will incorporate breathing exercises (pranayama), asana (posture) and body-conditioning exercises. After one hour of yoga, we end with fifteen minutes of healing deep relaxation which will encourage you to sleep well and reduce fatigue..
You can start postnatal Yoga from 6/8 weeks after birth.
Baby Massage Courses
There are currently no Baby Massage Courses running.
Improving the quality of touch from parent to child is a wonderful skill to develop. It’s the simplest and most effective way for parents to encourage their child's growth and development and alleviate birth trauma and other early infant anxieties.
Mother and Baby Yoga
In these very special classes we combine specific postnatal yoga exercises for the mothers with the wonderful practice of baby yoga to ensure that both mothers and babies enjoy their yoga experience. The postnatal yoga focuses on strengethening the pelvic floor muscles, re-aligning pelvis and spine and re-building core strength whilst the Baby Yoga, through a combination of song, movement and yoga postures, provides a joyful physical experience for the babies. At the end of the end of the class refreshments and snacks are served and the mothers get a chance to catch up and share their experiences of the wonderful and challenging world of mothering. Babies are welcome from 12 weeks to walking.
There are currently no Toddler Yoga classes running.
As a child grows and learns to carry its weight, it naturally develops strength. But unless it experiences a wide range of movements and stretches, they can start to lose their flexibility. Toddler yoga encourages activities during their early years that will keep their bodies healthy and flexible. But these classes are about more than just the physical aspects of balance, co-ordination and flexibility; through songs and rhymes the classes stimulate language, listening and developmental skills; parents discover that through exercising and having fun with their child, bonds between them are strengthened; and children learn the invaluable skill of deep relaxation.
These very special half day workshops are designed for women and their partners. They are an opportunity to focus and prepare together for one of the most important events of your life in a very relaxed and supportive atmosphere.