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.

Student of the Month: Anita Rice

OK. So it’s been a little more than a month…. But we’re going to up the ante. We promise. And I tell you what. We’re rebooting in style. Our first Student of the Month for 2017 is the lovely Anita Rice who has only gone and opened her own hair salon, just off Brick Lane. And it looks LUSH. As well as short back & sides and nice little trims, they do something called Flamboyage, which sounds like a 1980s pudding but is actually a low maintenance colour technique that combines ombre and balayage. No, we don’t know those are either, but don’t they sound amazing?! The salon exclusively uses products from the unique Italian haircare company Davines, who take great care with their zero footprint, recyclable ethos. 

And best of all? They’re offering Yottlers a stonking 25% discount on any service upon your first visit. Just quote YOTL on the door.

Ralph and Rice

12 Cheshire Street, London, E2 6EH 

www.ralphandrice.com

0207 729 8558

The Quarterly: A winter warmer

The Quarterly: A Winter Warmer January 13th

In this, the second of our quarterly celebrations of the seasons, we’ll be honouring winter, the time of hunkering down and building up, hibernating and rebuilding. As ever, the evening will open with an extended yoga practice led by Naomi Annand, the director of Yoga on the Lane. Focusing on releasing tension from the festivities and creating space to uplift and nourish, this flowing practive will focus on energizing and awakening. After the flow Naomi will guide a meditation focusing on restoration, regrouping, and setting intentions to help you create the best possible version of yourself for the new year. This will be followed by a feast from local legend Ania Weksler from the fabulous Fingers Crossed café, Dalston. Tickets include the yoga workshop, meditation and a delicious seasonal feast and drinks. Just bring yourself and a yoga mat!

Here's a taste of the feast: Healthy hearty bone broth, Vegan vegetable stew, gluten free quinoa, chia and almond bread. Buckwheat, groat, chia and almond bread spiced with cinnamon and all spice. Raw vegan matcha green tea slice, Raw vegan rhubarb and lemon cheesecake. Beverages will be alcohol free kombucha cocktails.