Yoga Classes

There are many different styles of yoga, and here 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 to the UK. Our Yoga Flow classes 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.

We believe our highly qualified and carefully selected teachers are the best in London. Yoga can be very personal, so we advise that you try a few different classes and teachers to see which connect with you. Our introductory offer of 20 days of unlimited yoga for £35 gives you a cost-effective way of finding what is best for 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. Can be suitable for beginners or intermediate practitioners (see our 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 follows the traditional 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 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 while at the same time releasing tension and focusing concentration. A half-hour meditation practice at the close of the class will enhance self-awareness and assist in the release of stress aimed at bringing about a deep sense of peace.

Yin Yoga: This is a quiet, slow and meditative practice. Postures are practiced close to the mat, holding for three minutes or more. Yin is a good contrast to the hectic lives many of us lead. 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: This is a challenging and physically absorbing vinyasa series which includes balancing, twisting, stretching, back bending and inversions. The practice is based on the teaching and practice of New York’s renowned yogi Sri Dharma Mittra.

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 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 in these classes which are suitable for all levels of practitioner.

Rocket Vinyasa Yoga: Dynamic yoga that gets you there faster!  A fun and invigorating sequence with the focus on linking 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 practice 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.  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. By reducing the contrast between body and room temperature, it helps the body to efficiently eliminate impurities through sweating. Some Mysore classes at Yotopia are held in a heated room for this purpose. Beginners are welcome in these classes; no experience is necessary but some knowledge of the Sun Salutations A and B (Surya Namaskara) is helpful.

 

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