Beginners, General, Pregnancy, Teenager’s and Private yoga classes. The classes are small (maximum of 10 people) and based on the Iyengar method. Students are given individual attention from warm and friendly teachers with over 25 years’ experience of studying and practising yoga.
The studio, which is in the heart of Hampstead, NW3, opens directly on to a delightful garden and is bright and airy with a beautiful wooden floor. All necessary equipment is provided and there are full changing facilities.
I first came to yoga when I left university and started work as an economist in the City. I had always suffered with lower back problems and I was in desperate need of something to alleviate the stress and exhaustion of my job. By chance, I went to a yoga class and the practice of Iyengar yoga has now been a part of my life for almost 30 years.
In 2004, I started training as a teacher myself and I established the studio at ArkYoga in 2011. I also trained in Pregnancy yoga with the renowned author and teacher, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, and birth preparation with Midwife and lactation specialist, Juliet Albert.
I feel passionate that yoga is about striving for deeper awareness and not just about performing a series of exercises. My teaching style is precise as I want my students to learn how to understand and listen to their own bodies but my instructions are always delivered in a friendly, caring and, often, humorous manner. Each of my classes is unique and all my students are given personal attention that takes account of their experience and any specific problems that they may have so that they feel encouraged to challenge themselves in a safe and positive environment.
I discovered yoga at the age of 15 whilst living in Glasgow. I particularly enjoyed the physical challenges within each posture, the calmness that arose from the relaxation techniques and the exploration of my own body. I qualified as a British Wheel of Yoga Teacher in 2007 and, recently, completed the Special Yoga Course for Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Teenagers.
My teaching style is influenced by the schools of Satyananda and Iyengar with a focus on body alignment, adjustments, stress management and the natural breath. My classes are creative, energising and with plenty of humour thrown in. I empower students to push themselves whilst, at the same time, developing awareness to prevent injury. Every class is tailored to the specific needs of the student group from seniors who are taught in chairs to help support their spines to children where the classes are fast and flowing to keep them engaged and to avoid loss of concentration.
I am particularly committed to the physical and mental benefits that yoga and mindfulness can bring to teens and children. I adopt a holistic approach to life and believe yoga therapy should be taught in all schools, medical centres and care homes. Fuelled by a passion for yoga and a desire to share my experiences, I advocate that no-one is ever too young or too old to start practising the wonderful art and science of yoga.
Given our years of practice, both Natalie and I have a wealth of knowledge and experience that is simply not available to every teacher. We have an understanding of how the body should work in the yoga postures and know how to adjust students safely and how to utilise the equipment so that everyone can attain better postures.
We are sensitive to a student’s needs, particularly beginners or those with limited experience, and we bring a sympathetic, friendly and humorous approach to our teaching. Students always work hard in our classes but leave feeling exhilarated with a body that has been stretched and challenged in the way that nature intended.
At ArkYoga, the classes have a maximum size of 10 (8 in the Pregnancy) and each student is given individual attention. We actively adjust students so that bad habits and the risks that come with poor practice, such as injury, are avoided. Attendance by the term means that students get to know each other and can work and progress together. The atmosphere is friendly and nurturing but based on a foundation of serious yoga practice and teaching.
We actively adjust students so that poor practice and the risks that come with it, such as injury, are avoided. Aids such as belts, blocks, blankets, bolsters and chairs are used as these allow students to experience the postures more easily and more deeply than might otherwise be the case.
Every class begins with a brief period of calm breathing in order to prepare and centre you and release any tensions. The bulk of the class focuses on the posture work and ends with a 10-15 minute period of relaxation, including some breathing techniques.
These classes are unsuitable during pregnancy when the specialist antenatal class is recommended.
The regular practice of yoga during pregnancy improves muscles tone, helps mothers-to-be to relax and reduces stress. The lessons incorporate exercises, breath control, relaxation techniques and practical advice for labour and birth for both the mother and their partner.
Breathing techniques help to calm, energise and balance the nervous system and help teenagers to cope with the powerful physical changes and enormous hormonal shifts occurring in their adolescent bodies.
Beginners classes are suitable for those with little or no yoga experience, those who have not attended classes regularly or for a long time, or for students who simply want to practice at a slower pace.
General classes are for students who have a sound understanding of the basic poses, have a strong practice and wish to be taught in more depth and detail.
These classes are limited to 10 students and are run on the basis of five week terms that cost £65. You can join at any time during a term, provided there is space, and try a taster class for £13. If you then decide that you would like to attend regularly each week, you will need to pay for the rest of that term at the rate of £13 per class.
Places fill up quickly so it is advisable to pay by the term as this guarantees you a space in a particular class. If students pay for a term and cannot make their regular class, we will always try to find an alternative class within that term for them to attend provided there is space. Students who do not wish to commit on a weekly basis, are welcome to attend individual classes for £16 provided space is available.
The Pregnancy classes are also run on the basis of a five week term at £65 or a rate of £16 for an individual class. In these classes, student numbers are limited to 8 and the classes are always popular so advance booking is required. Regular attendance is advisable as this keeps your body mobile and strong during the key months of your pregnancy so, if necessary, students can ‘mix and match’ between the two weekly classes provided there is space.
Private yoga classes (one-on-one or group tuition with up to four people) are also available on request at £65 per hour.
For all our classes, the cost of missed classes cannot be deducted from future term fees and there are no refunds once fees have been paid.
|Monday||General||Siobhan||10:00am – 11:30am|
|Tuesday||Beginners||Siobhan/Natalie||10:00am – 11:30am|
|Tuesday||Pregnancy||Siobhan||6:30pm – 7:45pm|
|Tuesday||Mixed level||Siobhan||8:00pm – 9:30pm|
|Thursday||Mixed level||Siobhan||10:00am – 11:30am|
|Thursday||Pregnancy||Siobhan||6:30pm – 7:45pm|
|Sunday||Girls Aged 12-16||Natalie||11:00am – 12:15pm|
The studio is located in Arkwright Road, Hampstead, London NW3 between the junctions of Frognal and Ellerdale Road and is served by two Underground stations (Hampstead and Finchley Road), one mainline station (Finchley Road and Frognal) and numerous bus routes.
Parking immediately opposite the studio in Arkwright Road is within the CA-H Controlled Parking Zone and is restricted between the hours of 9.00am and 8.00pm, Monday to Saturday but Visitor parking permits are available to purchase from your teacher ahead of the class.
Alternatively, there is Pay and Display parking in Frognal which is free after 6pm and is a one minute walk away. Residents’ parking in Frognal and the lower end of Arkwright Road (between Frognal and Finchley Road) is free after 7pm.