Welcome to the Light Yoga Space

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

At Light Yoga Space we offer a timetable of daily mixed ability drop-in yoga classes taught in the Sivananda tradition. Our weekly schedule includes beginners courses, an advanced class, drop-in meditation & pranayama self-practice sessions and 60+ yoga. We also offer one-to-one yoga, a yoga for larger bodies mentoring programme, chanting, kirtan, satsang and more

 

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 nearly 3-year-old Hungarian Puli an ancient sheepdog breed with a corded coat, and Pearl is a soft, loving, 10- year-old shorthaired oriental cinnamon tabby cat. They both love to greet people on arrival but then tend to fall asleep for the rest of class

 

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 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.

The physical benefits  can include:

  • general good health and well-being
  • a healthy spinal column
  • healthy muscles and joints
  • increased lubrication of the joints, ligaments and tendons
  • massage and stimulation of the internal organs
  • improved metabolism
  • a strong digestive system
  • a healthy immune system
  • a calmed nervous system
  • a strong cardiovascular system

 Regularly practicing yoga can help to:

  • reduce muscular tension
  • give relief from aching and tight muscles
  • relieve back and neck pain
  • help 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

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
 

Our Classes

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

The Sivananda yoga class sequence can be both physically challenging and deeply relaxing at the same time. 

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-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 10-week beginners 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

We provide mats blankets and cushions. All you need, to do is to come along and learn Yoga!


 
 
 
 
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