Yoga Classes

There are many different styles of yoga, many of which we offer at Yotopia.  We pride ourselves on the variety we offer, so there’s definitely a class, or more, to suit you.

Some of our classes are unique to London and the UK!  In addition, the Yoga Flow classes are unique to Yotopia, and include principles which have been proven to enhance youthfulness in tissue, increase flexibility and improve the ability of the body to move in the way it is naturally designed to do.  For more on this, see our Science page.

Our highly qualified and carefully selected teachers are some of the best in London.  They especially appreciate being able to teach in the wonderfully aesthetic and calming environment of Yotopia.

Yoga can be very personal, and we advise that you try a few different classes and teachers to see which resonate with you.

Some generic descriptions are provided below; but check each class on the timetable for a more specific description: each teacher brings their own style and personality to each class.

Jen Potter

TEMPERATE (not hot!) YOGA CLASSES

Yoga Flow: A dynamic yoga class, incorporating spiral rotations and pulsing movements throughout flowing sequences which have been proven to strengthen, hydrate and improve the quality of the body’s tissue.  Classes suited to beginners to intermediate (see timetable for specific levels for each of these classes).

Ashtanga Yoga: Ashtanga Yoga follows a set sequence of flowing postures, synchronising breath with movement (vinyasa). The class at Yotopia will stick to the correct sequence, as taught by Shri K Pattabhi Jois.

Quantum Yoga®: Allows the practitioner to create dynamic sequences in accordance with individual requirements. A vinyasa yoga class, and assessment guidelines based on Ayurveda’s holistic approach.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga: A smooth vinyasa flow yoga class designed for all levels, incorporating elements of Pilates to tone and lengthen, to leave you feeling relaxed and re-energised.

Yoga and Meditation: A soft flowing vinyasa class, which focuses on opening and expanding the energy of the body whilst at the same time releasing tension and focusing concentration in anticipation of a half hour meditation practice at the close of the class to deepen one’s awareness and to assist in the release of stress and bringing about a deep sense of peace.

Yin Yoga: This is a quiet, slow, meditative practice. It works from a cool body temperature – so no warm up – to find a release in the structure of the body – stimulating the connective tissue and nourishing the joints. Postures are practiced close to the mat, holding for three minutes or more. Yin is a nice contrast to our sped-up hectic lifestyles. The purpose is to relax the body and open the mind. Promoting calmness, well-being and mental clarity. Open to all, no prior experience needed.

Dharma Mittra: Based on the teaching and practice of New York’s renowned yogi Sri Dharma Mittra, this is challenging and physically absorbing vinyasa series includes balancing, twisting, stretching, back bending and inversions. The practice reintegrates the flow of energy through the spinal column and emanates deep into all areas of the physical, metabolic, and bliss bodies.

Jivamukti Yoga: A typical class incorporates the five tenets of Jivamukti Yoga: shastra (scripture), bhakti (devotion), ahimsa (kindness), nada (music) and dhyana (meditation) by presenting classical yoga teachings as relevant to one’s life, supported by chanting, breath awareness, flowing vinyasa sequences, alignment exploration, hands-on assistance, relaxation and meditation. The class includes 14 points in a sequence creatively designed by the teacher. Exuberant, eclectic music plays an integral role. The class is suitable to all levels of practitioner.

Rocket Vinyasa Yoga: Dynamic yoga that gets you there faster!  A fun and invigorating sequence with the focus on linking the movement and breath to create a strong vinyasa flow.  This class will make you sweat!  Strengthen the body, develop the core, increase flexibility and improve balance and posture while bringing calmness and clarity to the mind. Open and challenging to all levels from beginner to advanced, with a specially mixed soundtrack to keep the energy moving.  The Rocket system is considered to be the original power yoga, created by Larry Shultz of “Its Yoga, San Fransisco”, to free up the Ashtanga Yoga series as pioneered by Sri Pattabhi Jois.

Mysore: Mysore is a style of Ashtanga yoga that means “Ashtanga yoga self practice”. It takes its name from the way in which Ashtanga Yoga is taught in the city of Mysore in India, developed by Sri K Pattabhi Jois.  Classes are open for a 2-3 hour period where students can arrive when they choose and practise for as long as they are able to, at their own pace. Instead of instructing the class as a group, the teacher will teach students on a one-to-one basis within the class. Each day they will learn more of the series as well as gaining a thorough understanding of how to connect each sequence of the practice with the breath (Vinyasa) with attention to detail. Consequently students build a solid and meaningful practice day by day. With the assistance of the teacher, the students are encouraged to adopt a focused and disciplined approach to the practice which will deepen their experience of Mysore and will help to create a positive approach to life by exercising it in practice.  The teacher is there not only to teach the practice step by step from the beginning and make sure students are practicing the sequence in the right order, but also to develop their connection with the eight limbs of yoga, and the Tristana, the three main places of attention, breathing (Ujjay), drishti (focus point) and asana alignment.  Ashtanga and Mysore self practice are also about cleansing, on all different levels and including the physical level. By reducing the contrast between body and room temperature, it enables to body to efficiently eliminate impurities by sweating. Some Mysore classes at Yotopia are held in a heated room for this purpose. No experience is necessary but some idea of the Sun Salutations A and B (Surya Namaskara) is helpful. Consequently, this style of yoga is for all levels – beginners especially welcome.

 

See Hot Classes for descriptions of our Hot Yoga and Pilates classes.

See Pilates Classes for descriptions of our Pilates and Yogalates classes.

See Timetable for descriptions of all our classes, and to book