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Could Thursday nights get any better on the Lane? No, surely, not when there’s an Elisa de Grey double going down. But wait a second, what’s this? YOTL x FLOYD’S THURSDAY NIGHT YOGA SPECIAL. Just book your yoga class as you ordinarily would and then pop to Floyd's after class and say 'I've been to yoga' and you'll get two courses and a drink for £20. And look at the line up. It’s MEGA. They serve until late so you can go after the 6.30pm or after the 7.45pm. But is it far? No, it’s at number 89! And when does it start? This week! GO GO GO

S T A R T E R S

Grilled goat’s cheese, herbed quinoa, toasted buckwheat, harissa (gf)

Beetroot, fig & smoked almond salad, basil cress & pomegranate (ve)

M A I N S

Cauliflower rice, charred broccoli, butternut squash, pickled beetroot, tahini dressing (ve) (gf)

Courgette linguine, pesto, wild mushrooms, rocket, parmesan (v) (gf)

Marinated crispy tofu, kohlrabi, kale & alfalfa sprout salad, cardamom rice, wasabi soya aioli (ve)

Cod & salmon fishcake, wilted spinach, soft boiled egg, tartare sauce 

D E S S E R T S

Chocolate & salted pistachio tart, amaretto cream 

Quince crumble & double cream 

Absinthe crème bruleé, shortbread

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Student of the Month: Helen Richardson

Darling Helen Richardson is part of our Teacher Training Class of 2017 and is the obvious choice to be our latest student of the month. Why? She’s only gone and had a novel published. It’s called Waking, and the author Phoebe Morgan had this to say about it: ‘Beautifully-written, cleverly-plotted, and with a creeping sense of darkness, 'Waking' will stay with you long after you turn off the lights at night...’ The blurb gives you a sense of what to expect: There are dark corners in your mind that even you can't get to. Anna Caldwell is terrified of falling asleep. A nightmare, her very own, will be there waiting for her. After sharing her bed with the same vision for fifteen years, she's desperate to shake it. But it only holds on tighter. Then Anna meets Jack. She's drawn to the strange, alluring tension that she feels when she's around him. It's as though it's meant to be. But creeping beneath the roots of their intimacy is darkness. If you knew your dreams were trying to tell you something terrible, would you listen? Sounds amazing, no? It comes out October 12th and you can buy it here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/waking/helen-richardson/9781786153449

Darling Helen Richardson is part of our Teacher Training Class of 2017 and is the obvious choice to be our latest student of the month. Why? She’s only gone and had a novel published. It’s called Waking, and the author Phoebe Morgan had this to say about it: ‘Beautifully-written, cleverly-plotted, and with a creeping sense of darkness, 'Waking' will stay with you long after you turn off the lights at night...’ The blurb gives you a sense of what to expect:

There are dark corners in your mind that even you can't get to. Anna Caldwell is terrified of falling asleep. A nightmare, her very own, will be there waiting for her. After sharing her bed with the same vision for fifteen years, she's desperate to shake it. But it only holds on tighter. Then Anna meets Jack. She's drawn to the strange, alluring tension that she feels when she's around him. It's as though it's meant to be. But creeping beneath the roots of their intimacy is darkness. If you knew your dreams were trying to tell you something terrible, would you listen?

Sounds amazing, no? It comes out October 12th and you can buy it here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/waking/helen-richardson/9781786153449

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Bo Forbes for Magic Breakfast

It's such an honour to have Bo Forbes come to teach a benefit workshop at the studio. Of course the spaces filledinstantly because she's Bo Forbes but the good news is that it filled with all our teachers so you'll be reaping the rewards of her genius very soon. The money raised will be going to Magic Breakfast, a charity very close to our hearts here at Yoga on the Lane. Run by Carmel McConnell, (who in the way she lives her life embodies the principals of yoga - radical empathy, boundless love, heroic solidarity - better that anyone else we know), Magic Breakfast runs breakfast clubs at hundreds of primary schools in many of the country's most deprived neighbourhoods. To find out more or donate follow the link:

https://www.magicbreakfast.com

Student of the Month: Alexander Whitley

 

Our boy Alex Whitley is Yoga on the Lane's latest Student of the Month. He went to the Royal Ballet School with Naomi which led to a long dancing career with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rambert and Michael Clark, before he started choreographing his own work. His latest piece, Eight Minutes, is on at Sadlers Wells Tuesday and Wednesday this week and there are still tickets left. We suggest you go, go, go, as it's going to be amazing. As he says of it:

Igniting our imaginations with spectacular forces and overwhelming scales, space exploration constantly re­shapes how we understand ourselves and our place in the universe. For his new work Alexander Whitley takes inspiration from the stunning images and data produced by solar science research in a collaboration with scientists from STFC RAL Space. With a specially created score by the electroacoustic music innovator Daniel Wohl and an installation of high-definition imagery from BAFTA award-winning visual artist Tal Rosner, 8 Minutes creates a striking, immersive environment of dance, music and film to illuminate our relationship with the star that gives us life.

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Teacher Spotlight: Imogen North

Looking for a big start to the week, or the weekend? Imogen is your woman. She gets us into gear at 7.15am on Mondays and 7.45am on Saturdays.

How long have you been practicing?

Since I was 16 (too long ago to mention!) 

What compelled you to start teaching yoga?

I never really thought I would become a teacher. I started my teacher training to help further my practice and knowledge and within a few week of training realised there was nothing else I wanted to do more....the path was set and I haven't looked back.

Describe your classes in three words? 

Indulgent. Rhythmic. Quiet

Which pose do you find most challenging? 

Depends what day of the week it is… if I really had to choose I would say Adho Mukha Svanasana (Handstand) – it has taken me a long time to overcome the fear of falling. 

What inspires you as a teacher?

A sense of humour. The students and teachers who don’t take themselves too seriously. Its only yoga! Breathe my friends! 

 

Teacher Spotlight: Lucy McCarthy

She’s back. After a long spiritual sojourn to India our Lucy returns to the little ship ready to bless us with her beautiful, dynamic, flowing classes. She’s going to be resuming her Thursday morning double (7.15am and 9.30am), and taking the Monday triple: pregnancy, level one, and dynamic.

How long have you been practicing?

11 years now. 

What compelled you to start teaching yoga?

My own passion for the practice led me to train- more to deepen my own practice than with a specific plan to teach initially. However, once I started my training I fell in love with teaching.  I love sharing the deep wisdom of this practice with others and seeing the transformation and changes that occur in my students. 

Describe your classes in three words.

Mindful, uplifting, heartfelt. 

Which pose do you find most challenging?

Triangmukhapaschimottanasana (hard for me to spell as well as do!)

What inspires you as a teacher?

Seeing my students evolve and change. When their practice on the mat starts to impact and create positive changes in their life off the mat. My own practice and self study. My teachers. Nature. My relationships. Life. Everything! 

What’s your favorite pose at the moment?

Camel. Just love the feeling of freedom it elicits in me. 

Teacher Spotlight: Nikita Akilapa

Gorgeous Nikita Akilapa teaches our Tuesday lunch class and she’s quickly developing a cult following for her beautiful breath-led classes. She’s also available for one-to-one sessions either side of her class. Here she tells us how she got where she is….

How long have you been practicing?

I've been practicing for about 16 years, on and off. I took my first class while travelling round Asia in my early 20s. I started practicing in a gym back in London, then the studios. About 7 years ago, I found an amazing Ashtanga yoga retreat in Portugal that I would go to regularly. 

What compelled you to start teaching yoga?

I worked as a PR consultant for about 10 years, and had dreams of making yoga my life but couldn't really see a way to make the switch. When my brother died in 2011, everything changed. I realised clearly that any day can be the last and I didn't want to waste any more time doing anything that didn't serve me. Driven (or dragged) by something much bigger and more powerful than me, I left everything behind and went to India to train as a yoga teacher. I then moved to Portugal to work at the retreat I loved so much.  When I became pregnant with my daughter, I moved home to London and started to teach in the studios that I had loved practicing in.

Describe your classes in three words?

Only three! Ok. Strong, soulful and breath-based 

Which pose do you find most challenging?

Double Pigeon forward fold. Simple but strong posture that is always hard for my tight outer hips and my grumbly knees. INTENSE

What inspires you as a teacher?

The quest for my truth and the bravery/strength to live in it

What’s your favorite pose at the moment?

Wheel. Because it was my nemesis for so long, I can't get enough of it these days.

 

Teacher Spotlight: Adam Hocke

He is the sultan of sequencing! The prince of precision! He is our Adam Hocke, YOTL stalwart and all-round yoga legend. As well as teaching at 9.30am on Tuesdays and Fridays, he plays a key role in the studio’s teacher training and immersions, and he hosts his almost monthly super-popular BE HERE NOW afternoon retreats. Which are FAB. Book on the next one here.

How long have you been practicing?

I've been practicing since I was 18 years old. Yoga has been with me through good times like getting married and through bad times like the grief of losing my father in a traumatic accident. Yoga is my steadfast companion.

What compelled you to start teaching yoga?

I reached a point where I couldn't stop talking about how yoga made me feel and how I wanted everyone to experience this. Then I realised I knew very little about why. So I trained up and started teaching.

Describe your classes in three words?

Breathe. Sweat. Rest.

Which pose do you find most challenging?

Although for me it is the most rewarding, I always forget how much I need a long savasana. Giving the time to something so simple is much harder for me than doing a bunch of active work.  

What inspires you as a teacher?

Commitment. The student that shows up even when it's hard, the student that tries even when the pose gets the best of them, the student that laughs at her self and carries on - that student inspires my devotion and my own commitment to teaching. 

What’s your favorite pose at the moment?

These days I'm practicing legs-up-the-wall (viparita karani) nearly every night.  No matter what has happened through the day or how I feel, it brings the day to a calm resolution.

Teacher Spotlight: Ann Pidcock

From Feb 4th, Ann Pidcock will be bringing her dancer's poise and elegance to Saturday nights with her new 6-7.15pm class. Expect a sculpted, soothing flow followed by the deep release of yoga nidra.  Here, she gives us, a feel for her practice. 

How long have you been practicing?

I discovered yoga as a dancer - around thirteen Years ago. I've been teaching for nearly ten.

What compelled you to start teaching yoga?

I originally trained to teach because I loved practicing and found it complemented my work as a dancer. I wasn't sure if I would like teaching necessarily but I was instantly hooked by the incredible experience of sharing something that I was so passionate about, seeing the impact you can have on people's daily lives and the feeling of contribution to a community.

Describe your classes in three words?

Fluid, Heartfelt and Creative

Which pose do you find most challenging?

Sukhasana - a simple cross legged seat. Sitting still for long amounts of time is hard work! It makes sense that the physical practice was designed to prepare the body for meditation.

What inspires you as a teacher?

Anything that helps bring yoga into our everyday- as a tool that can help us to live a full life. Brilliant teachers who do this so well are Judith Hanson Lasater and Erinn Lewis. Also music and dance to inspire creative sequencing.

What’s your favorite pose at the moment?

Hmmm… I think it would have to be some kind of supine twist. What lovelier feeling than giving the spine a rinse out and some attention. I think I'll go and do that right now.