Welcome to the Light Yoga Space

We are a beautiful independently run yoga studio, purely focused on Sivananda classical hatha yoga. 

At Light Yoga Space we offer workshops, retreats, courses, one-to-one sessions plus a timetable of daily mixed ability drop-in yoga classes taught in the Sivananda tradition. Our weekly schedule includes beginners and level 2 courses to help you build a practice with a strong foundation. Our mixed ability classes are beginner friendly. We welcome all ages, genders, shapes and sizes of people and all cultures. We are actively LGBTQ friendly, larger body friendly, and animal friendly, some of our classes are dog friendly so look out for the (DF) label on our timetable if you want to bring your dog to class

 

About Sivananda Yoga

Sivananda is a pure form of classical hatha yoga promoting traditional and authentic yogic techniques, practices and attitudes

The yoga taught in Light Yoga Space follows the Indian tradition of knowledge passed from teacher to student over a period of many hundreds of years.  The lineage followed here was founded by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century CE, although the knowledge precedes this date by many thousands of years.

One of the first teachers to bring these practices of yoga  to the west was Swami Vishnudevananda sent by his yoga master Swami Sivananda in 1957. He established what is now the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Organisation.  All of our teachers have trained in the Sivananda tradition

 

Our Vision

Our vision at  Light Yoga Space is to run a friendly, welcoming, none-exclusive, yoga studio, accessible to all. We want to offer classical yoga in a calming and beautiful environment that is conducive to spiritual practice. We aim to stay close to the the classical teachings of the Sivananda yoga tradition. We believe that yoga is ultimately a spiritual practice but that you don’t have to identify as spiritual to practice yoga. We love Sivananda yoga and from our own experiences, believe in it’s deep potential to clear away inner blocks to self knowledge, and to generate a tremendous sense of well being and healing. We want to share this with our students

We also want to make Sivananda yoga more readily accessible to people in north and east London. Whilst there is plenty of yoga north and east of the river we believe we are the only North or East London yoga school to offer a timetable of purely Sivananda sequence, classical Hatha yoga classes 

 

We are an Animal Friendly Yoga Studio

We have a cat and dog who both live in the yoga studio and join us for most of our classes. They are  both very gentle, funny and friendly. Frida is a 3-year-old Hungarian Puli an ancient sheepdog breed with a corded coat, and Pearl is a soft, loving, 11- year-old shorthaired oriental cinnamon tabby cat. They both love to greet people on arrival but then usually tend to fall asleep for the rest of class. We also have a new room-mate Kofi the sausage dog who no doubt you will come across in class too...

 

Yoga with Animals

Check out our exciting programmes with animals, our dog walking and yoga adventures, our dog friendly drop-in classes and our yoga and healing with horses one-day mini retreats...

 

The Benefits of a Regular Yoga Practice

In classical yoga the body is regarded as a vehicle for the soul on its journey towards self-realisation, so the yogic practices have both a health enhancing impact on the body, as well as strengthening and nurturing the mental faculties and spirit as well

The benefits of a regularly maintained Sivananda Hatha Yoga practice are innumerable. For optimum benefits we recommend practicing very regularly at least 2-3 times per week sustained over a period of 2-3 years and longer, but some of these positive experiences and responses to the practice can happen almost immediately with just 1 class per week.

Try yoga to support you with:

  • giving up smoking
  • combatting stress related conditions
  • anxiety and depression
  • body image issues
  • your recovery process from addiction
  • reducing insomnia
  • PTSD
  • M.E and chronic fatigue

The physical benefits  of a regular practice can include:

  • the glow of general good health and well-being
  • a healthy, mobile spine
  • comfortable, healthy  muscles and joints
  • increased lubrication of the joints, ligaments and tendons so free movement 
  • massage and stimulation of the internal organs
  • improved metabolism, keeps the energy flowing
  • a vigorous digestive system, keeps the toilet routine regular and jolly
  • a strong immune system, stay healthy
  • a balanced nervous system, enjoy life
  • a healthy cardiovascular system, feel fit

 Regularly practicing yoga can help to:

  • generate an experience of lightness and agility in the body
  • reduce muscular tension
  • loosen tight muscles
  • relieve back and neck pain
  • develop core stability & strength
  • increase flexibility
  • support better body posture
  • improve balance

On the mental plane a regular yoga practice  can help us to:

  • improve concentration and focus
  • increase mental flexibility
  • reduce stress
  • increase energy levels
  • nurture a more positive mental attitude
  • balance left and right brain activity
  • increase creative thinking
  • increase self-awareness
  • improve self-confidence
  • encourage spiritual awareness
  • develop mind-body-soul connection
  • increase joy-de-vivre
  • increase feelings of inner stability
  • bring about a sense of contentment & peace of mind
 

Our Classes

All our classical hatha yoga classes are taught in the Sivananda tradition following a sequence of yoga postures (asanas), deep relaxation practices, and breathing exercises (pranayama)

The Sivananda yoga class sequence is powerful. The yoga postures look deceptively mellow, a yoga face gives nothing away but actually we are trained to keep our facial muscles relaxed whilst we practice. The poses are challenging and fun to explore, stimulating the cardiovascular system, getting the heart pumping, picking up the breath rate, massaging the digestive organs, stretching and strengthening the muscles, loosening up and supporting the  joints  and so on. We work through a dynamic sequence of poses, giving the body a super workout, however because we relax between every pose, and learn how to calm and control the breath rate, balancing the nervous system and giving the mind a moment to re-centre we never feel stressed in the practice and the experience remains calm, comfortable and gentle despite the effort.  We don't believe at all in 'no pain, no gain' we believe in staying calm, focused, comfortable and relaxed, and the gain is  incomparable

 

The Sequence

To set the quiet, reflective tone of the class, establish a calm mental attitude and inner focus we  begin with a short chant, a relaxation practice and deep breathing exercises

With the inward focus firmly established we then move into the warm up, a sequence of flowing movements called the sun salutations (surya namaska), followed by leg stretches and core strength leg lifts

Having thoroughly warmed up we move into the main body of the class a structured sequence of 12 powerful yoga postures (asanas). As you advance in your practice dynamic and fun variations of the 12 postures are introduced

The classes always close with a longer guided deep-relaxation to allow the benefits of the practice to be fully metabolised, and to encourage further stress-release and healing

Explore the sequence further here

 

The Logistics

There is no need for you to book in advance for any of our drop-in sessions.  10 and 20-class passes, unlimited monthly class passes and unlimited 6-monthly class passes are available for those of you who want to practice more regularly, and we offer 6-week beginners and level 2 courses for those of you who want to take it from the top and give your self a strong, guided, introductory foundation to your long term practice

For intensive yoga immersion experiences we offer wonderful mini-retreats and residential  country retreats. You do need to book onto these in advance

We provide mats blankets and cushions at the studio so all you need, to do is to come along and learn Yoga!

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Getting Started

A note for beginners:

So many of us want to try yoga and sense it will be good for us but feel secretly very daunted by the idea of showing up to our first class. It can feel quite overwhelming in the beginning having no idea who will be your fellow class participants, and a barrage of lycra clad incredibly flexible acrobats on Instagram doesn't necessarily help.

At Light Yoga Space we go out of our way to welcome EVERY-'BODY' in our classes. Whether we are stiff, large, sore, old, young, skinny, fat, light, flexible, inflexible, you are invited to practice here. At Light Yoga Space we are not remotely concerned with what you look like, our real concern is that we want people to feel inner contentment and freedom in their bodies from the inside out and we believe yoga is a tool towards that sense of freedom

Observing beginners in our classes we notice it generally doesn't take long from feeling self-conscious, nervous and awkward in the first couple of sessions to feeling safe, confident and excited by the possibilities, and comfortable in the studio, once you have been just a few times

We invite you not to get too caught up in trying to get everything perfect straight away and in your first class, it takes time for the details of the postures to soak in and for your body to get used to the yoga poses. We will make sure you practice safely and as you return again and again the postures will get more familiar to you and you will find yourself feeling relaxed and comfortable as you start to experience the power and benefit of each pose

Get started with a beginners course or our introductory offer find out more here

 
 
 
 
 
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