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Ailon has explored a diverse range of yoga styles over the last 20 years. His classes weave together the precision of Iyengar Yoga, the breath-movement synchronisation of Vinyasa yoga, the “dropping in” to postures found in Scaravelli yoga and the fun and connection of Partner Yoga. We will explore these styles in more depth, in order to find out which ones work best for us.
Students will discover how a yoga practice can be experienced as a moving meditation. We will also learn how yoga can structurally re-align the body, calm the mind, and allow one to tap into a greater reservoir of lifeforce energy.
Ailon teaches open level hatha on mondays 11:15am-12:30pm, and tuesdays + thursdays from 10:00 – 11:15am
Amy started practising yoga whilst training to be an osteopath. This, coupled with a background in Parkour, dance and athletics which give her a thorough understanding of how the body works.
Amy primarily teaches one-to-one yoga, which is relevant to each person’s specific needs.
The Wednesday evening class will include flowing, fluid movements that link with breath to work and limber the body at the end of the day plus some challenges for the ambitious!
Amy is a stickler for technique so come if you want to a sustainable, progressive practice.
Amy teaches yoga flow on wednesdays from 6.00 to 7.00pm.
Angie believes in the power of the individual to grow, love and transform. She experienced this firsthand when she committed to her yoga practice and uncovered her passion for health and wellbeing. A native New Yorker, Angie studied ISHTA yoga under the guidance of teachers Yogiraj Alan Finger, Jean Koerner and Peter Ferko. She has taught at New York City studios since 2008 to a diverse group of yogis. Angie is a Yoga Alliance RYT 500 teacher.
Angie is a veteran of the fashion industry and holds an economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She gives thanks to all the wonderful teachers in her life, especially her students.
Angie teaches yoga flow mondays 1-2pm, level 2 vinyasa flow on thursdays from 7:15 – 8:30pm + ISHTA flow on wednesdays 7.15pm -8.30pm.
Bérénice is a BWY accredited teacher who has graduated with Yogacampus (The Life Centre Education) in 2005. She first landed on the mat in 1996 and was soon hooked to her yoga practice and meditation .
Bérénice has been practicing yoga passionately for more than 17 years, studying different approaches from iyengar, vinyasa, to shadow and yin yoga, to become more creative in her own practice and teaching. She teaches a style of dynamic hatha yoga, with an emphasis on alignment, mindful breathing and energetic sequencing. She also loves teaching yin and restorative yoga, meditation and yoga nidra.
Bérénice’s practice and teaching are greatly influenced by her main teachers, Rod Stryker and Susanne Lahusen. She has also studied with Aadil Palkhivala and Doug Keller (Yoga Therapy).
Bérénice lives Yoga through the eyes of a playful explorer. Beyond the physical benefits of yoga, she hopes to convey its energetic effects in the most comprehensive and open-minded way to give students the space to find their own path (dharma) and create a more fulfilling life.
Claire began practising yoga while working in the London media industry and found that a regular ashtanga yoga practice brought balance and peace to her life. She has been practising ashtanga regularly since 2005 and is committed to a daily practice under the guidance of her teacher Ryan Spielman with whom she completed her formal yoga teacher training (Yoga Alliance RYT200). Claire teaches the traditional ashtanga yoga system with compassion and care, keeping an open heart and mind. Through her teaching Claire hopes to convey the physical and mental benefits of yoga that are available to everyone regardless of physical ability. Her classes emphasize practice as a moving meditation, a tool to quieten the mind and learn acceptance of whatever arises. www.yogaclaire.com
Claire teaches ashtanga saturdays 10-11:15am.
Born and bred londoner, clare is a qualified and experienced yoga teacher + therapist. Having studied and worked as a designer, clare’s yoga discovery moment came in 1999, and she made the switch in 2009 to working full time introducing more and more people to the benefits and joys of yoga and healthy living. Qualifications in reiki, nlp, holistic massage, ayurveda, anatomy + physiology and marma therapy have contributed to her teaching and therapeutic approach.
Having worked in private medical practice, with physiotherapists and osteopaths, in women’s health centres and private homes, as well as teaching yoga in some of london’s top yoga studios, clare’s varied experience as a teacher has always focused on finding individualised, integrated and holistic ways to improve a healthy outlook. A 500 hour registered yoga teacher (ryt) accredited by the british wheel of yoga and the yoga alliance, Clare also teaches anatomy to yoga teacher trainees.
Clare teaches pregnancy yoga mondays 6-7pm and fridays 10am -11.15am.
dora jane dearing
Each of Dora’s classes will be themed and designed to take you on a journey progressively and safely towards your peak posture. Asanas will be taught with options for modifications encouraging students to approach the practice in a way that is best suited to their individual needs, making these classes accessible for all levels of ability. The objective of Hatha Yoga is to transform the human body to make it a worthy vehicle for self realisation. With this in mind you can expect Pranayama practices and investigation into Yogic principles to be threaded throughout the Asana sequences.
Dora teaches hatha tuesdays + thursdays 3-4pm + fridays 1-2pm.
elizabeth eva anne grolle
Elizabeth came to yoga about 15 years ago now having trained as a dancer she felt exhausted by the age of 20 and was looking for a practice to heal the body mind and spirit… Having lost both her parents the spiritual nomadic path of the yogi seemed to make sense somehow… She trained with Danny Paradise, Leela Miller, Edward Clark Michael Gannon. Jonathan Monks, Norman Blair and Ryan Spielman back in the early days. Elizabeth also spent time in India training with various Swamis and Sadhus along the way.
About 6 years ago Elizabeth Started practicing with Stewart Gilchrist in Satyagraha Yoga Asana and there she found her teacher. Other recent teachers include Craig Procter, Mark Kan and Eileen Gaulthier.
Elizabeth also completed 100 hours of advanced rocket training this year with Its Yoga Thailand and is certified to teach all 3 rocket yoga sequences. Elizabeth is also a certified thai yoga massage Therapist and attuned to give reiki tummo healing level 3 shing chi 9. Elizabeth has taught internationally around Europe and Asia.
She likes to help individuals to carve their own paths and be able to express and open up their own unique joy within, through asana and practice. Bhakti concentration merging the Breath with the mind. Then we may become one… Exploring The Space Within and Around the Physical Body. Developing a relationship with the earth and sky…
Elizabeth teaches an open level yoga flow class on saturdays from 12.45-1.45pm.
Emily is deeply committed to health, well being and living a happy, full life through yoga, meditation and Ayurveda.
Emily discovered yoga in 2001 whilst searching for a remedy for chronic insomnia. She later encountered the healing power of Ayurveda whilst on a yoga adventure in Kerala in 2006.
These ancient practices opened up a deep chasm of intrigue, adventure and study. Through the yoga practices Emily helps people understand the power of the mind and ways to harness it. She uses the tools of Ayurveda to enhance people’s awareness of their unique constitution (dosha). She teaches the individual to practice in a way that brings greater health for their unique constitution. Emily inspires people to feel from within- sensing the subtleties of yoga and the unconscious habits of the body and mind. She helps people develop an awareness of the physical body through slow flowing movement with attention to alignment. Her sessions incorporate pranayama (breath work) and meditation techniques to help people experience the therapeutic and more profound aspects of yoga. These ingredients offer a well rounded, completeness to her sessions.
Her hope is to inspire people to use these healing ‘tools’ to gain a greater understanding of themselves and live a happier, healthier life.
Emily is 500hrs RYT (200hrs ERYT) qualified. She teaches on the ISHTA yoga teacher training in London. She continues to travel and study with her teachers namely Alan Finger, Clive Sheridan and Emil Wendel. She spends time each year in an ayurvedic community in Tamil Nadu, South India where she studies Ayurvedic philosophy and theory with her wonderful teachers Dr A.R. Ramadas and Dr Ram Kumar. For more details on classes, workshops, courses and retreats see: www.emilyreedyoga.com
Emily teaches open level ISHTA yoga on thursdays from 5:45-7:00pm.
Helena started practising Iyengar Yoga in 1999. After years of swimming regularly without adequate stretching, Helena found that despite being challenged by the yoga classes, she was rewarded with renewed vitality and clarity of mind. Two and a half years of training under the UK’s most senior Iyengar teacher ensued and Helena is now a qualified teacher.
Jennifer has been passionate about yoga since she could remember, but didn’t know that it was yoga she was searching for until it gently slapped her. She has trained in Hatha, Pre-Natal, Children’s Therapy Yoga, and Restorative. She teaches Hatha, Hatha flow, Flow and Restore, and Yoga Nidra, but her true passion is Gentle and Restorative Yoga. She hails from Vancouver, Canada, and has recently moved back to the UK with her husband and their two beagles. She is excited to share the gift of yoga, and her passion for wellness with others. Her intention is to encourage, through mindful movements and gentle breathing, the connection between body, spirit and mind with a sense of stillness, fun and appreciation. She opens her heart, to allow others to explore themselves with compassion. While on the mat, she opens the door and holds the space for students to have a conversation with themselves and to feel the asana from the inside out, so they can expand their bodies and minds and accomplish their wildest dreams.
Jenn teaches our relax, restore and retreat, restorative yoga workshops, click here for more details.
Jen has been practising yoga for 12 years and is a Sivananda based Hatha Yoga Teacher. She likes to combine different flowing sequences following the breath with holding asanas for longer and being still, relaxing. She has been teaching in and around London for the past 2 1/2 years.
Jenny teaches open level hatha on saturdays 9.30 – 10:45am and sundays 1.45 – 3pm
Kate has been teaching in the UK for the past ten years. Her background in dance greatly complements her teaching as it gave her an in depth understanding of the body and its requirements. Her style of yoga draws on elements from the many different styles she encountered on her travels throughout India, Australia, Asia, Amercia and the wilds of Mongolia, creating a free flowing style with an emphasis on alignment and breathing.
Kate teaches level 1-2 yoga flow on mondays 6 – 7:15pm, yoga basics + beyond on tuesdays from 7:30 – 8:30pm and yoga flow thursdays 6-7pm.
Laurella has dragon boated across the English channel, represented Great Britain on the equestrian 3 day event team and even fought in the boxing ring. But her greatest journey is Yoga.
Maren Lander aka Sujjan Saroop Kaur trained with Har Nal Kaur in London and Karta Singh in France and graduated with Amrit Nam Sarovar in 2012 as certified member of KYTA. Maren offers Kundalini Yoga and Meditation classes following the teachings of Yogi Bhajan as well as Sound Healing using the Chiron Gong. She is passionate about helping others achieve mental, physical and spiritual balance and unlock their creative potential. Her classes are open to all levels and offer a safe space for everyone to relax, expand and transform.
For more details see: http://www.lebensart.co.uk
Maren teaches kundalini yoga sundays 12:15-1:30pm
A self-confessed sports fanatic, Mary came to yoga while working as a personal trainer in the mid 90s. Intially attracted by the power and energy of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, she quickly started to explore other schools of yoga and has trained widely in Sivananda, Iyengar, Anusara and yoga therapy among various others. A qualified teacher since 1999, she is able to draw on her rich and varied experience. With nearly 30 years of 12 step recovery under her belt too, Recovery Yoga is a personal dream.
Mary teaches open level recovery yoga on wednesdays from 3 – 4pm
At King’s College University London, where she read Philosophy, she firstly encountered and started to appreciate the eastern tradition to mind and movement from the academic perspective. And so, juggling her time between dance sessions, anatomy courses with her philosophy lectures… Continuing her yoga and meditation practice, she eventually ended up a BWY teacher, a Pilates (Physical Mind Institute) instructor, a Franklin Movement teacher and a dancer!
She practices meditation in the Buddhist tradition. Manuela is ever grateful to all teachers, past and present, of all traditions that she has had the blessing to study with. They have supported her insights in the face of fear & doubts both internal and external. With their example and life choices they inspired her to maintain her ever close to her search for truth, even when (perhaps especially when) it manifests in the most disguised of appearances.
Manuela loves this quote … “Everyone wants to go to Heaven…but nobody wants to die….” (Manuela’s client’ painting)
Maurizio trained and qualified in 2008 as a Traditional Hatha Yoga Instructor at the ‘Amrita School of Yoga’ in London under the expertise and eclectic guidance of Nigel Gilderson and Chris Gladwell. In 2012 he also completed the 500 Hours Teacher Training with Quantum Yoga Lara Baumann, in Goa.
Over the last decade Maurizio has grown a much more valuable approach to yoga. The fruits of his own discipline and seeking spirit has led him to believe that Yoga has the power to transform people’s desires, needs and point of views towards life into something magic of the utmost importance. His entire being is committed to exploring and meeting those individual needs and on making yoga friendly, fun and accessible to everyone. As a result, a high percentage of businesses he worked for throughout the past few years and still works for at present is from word of mouth, repeat clients and referrals.
Openly attracted to new forms of movement, Maurizio is instinctively drawn to more dynamic, vigorous, yang type of styles, i.e., Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Anusara, Dharma Mittra. However, in order to find and maintain that inner sense of balance, he does enjoy the challenge of exploring more gentle, introspective, ying types and other forms of practice.
In addition to Nigel Gilderson and Chris Gladwell, in the course of his sadhana and teaching experience Maurizio has gained the extraordinary opportunity to learn directly from Ashtanga Masters David Swenson and John Scott as well as from London based internationally renown outstanding teachers and long-established members of the yoga community such as Stewart Gilchrist, Georgina Evans, Lara Baumann, Jeff Phenix, Mark Kan, to only name a few. All of whom have deeply enriched his understanding of the principles and the practical application of this ancient, empowering and yet accessible science of wellness in daily life.
Maurizio offers profound gratitude to all his teachers as well as to all the students who keep developing a sincere interest in the pranic awakening practice of yoga, thus increasing a gradual consciousness of the Absolute Reality within and around us.
mia forbes pirie
Mia has been a dedicated yoga and spiritual practitioner for more than 14 years. She is the author of the series Yoga Perspectives in Yoga & Health Magazine (see www.WorldsUnite.
Having begun teaching in 2003 on her return from 4 months studying in India with the founder of Ashtanga Yoga, Mia now teaches mainly Yin (Insight) Yoga. She has been fortunate enough to study with a number of the world’s leading influences on yoga, including her main teachers: Sri K Pattabhi Jois (Ashtanga Yoga founder), her mentor, Sarah Powers (Insight Yoga/Yin founder) and Ruth White (Karuna Yoga/Iyengar founder). Mia has both Iyengar (500 hours) and Yin (Insight International Course) based teaching qualifications. Her style is friendly, open, loving and supportive. Her yoga teaching, inquiry and health coaching work is underpinned by the question of how practice can best serve our daily lives.
Mia read Law (with French law) at University College London and has both a Masters in Law and Science (from the College of Europe and Imperial College). She is an accredited mediator and facilitator. Mia believes in re-organisational healing: starting where you are and moving towards your greatest potential.
Mia teaches yin yoga thursdays 7:30-8:45pm.
Mona loves yoga primarily for the inner calm that regular practice can help bring about. After beginning her practice several years ago, she quickly developed a passion, completing her teacher training under stewart gilchrist.
Mona’s aim is to help you feel the connection between mind and body – leaving class with a sense of peacefulness and strength with which to face all the challenges in our daily lives. When she discovered yoga a few years ago, it enabled her to work with her mind and thoughts constructively but it also helped her to achieve a level of acceptance and self compassion she wasn’t able to realize beforehand.
Nevertheless, a big part of her interest in yoga also lies in the link to anatomy. Yoga can help you with flexibility, injuries, while improving your overall physical wellbeing. Therefore she reads widely and attends regular seminars and workshops on yoga anatomy in order to be able to help you with your specific needs. Her yoga classes focus very much on the essence of yoga, the relationship between movement and breath which calm the mind and calm the “chitta vritti”, the “mind stuff” that stops us from enjoying life to the fullest, cluttering our mind with thoughts on past and future that don’t serve us in the present moment.
Especially in a busy city like London one can easily forget to get back to one’s senses and breathe deeply. Mona has been living in london for five years now, studying and working and can relate to the numerous cases of burnouts and stress-related issues. Luckily, there are methods like yoga that can help to connect us with body and mind again, recognising that body and mind are one.
This class is a dynamic and strong practice, but Mona balances the high energy with a grounding finishing sequence. Expect to be flowing and breathing strongly, while also finding stillness and connecting to your true self during this moving meditation.
Nicole’s wealth of wisdom springs from over twenty years of experiential work with the body. Initially trained as a ballet dancer, Nicole went on to dance and teach professionally in the United States. Due to her interest in helping others gain a better awareness of their bodies, Nicole became a personal trainer before realising her greater connection to yoga.
Starting her personal yoga practise with a variety of vinyasa teachers in Colorado, Nicole decided to gain her teaching qualification through the traditional Sivananda school in the Himalayan mountains of India. She has continued to develop her professional skills through various retreats, short-courses, workshops and classes in hands-on adjustments, Vipassana meditation, anatomy and alignment.
Alongside her dedication to yoga, Nicole’s fascination with movement and commitment to personal growth inspires her constant exploration of alternative techniques to incorporate into her classes. Nicole is also currently studying transpersonal integrative counselling and psychotherapy, whilst working as a trainee psychotherapist.
As a yoga instructor, Nicole brings her multidisciplinary knowledge to inspire her classes, encouraging her students to meet their edge in a soft, yet challenging manner whilst honouring their present perfection. For more information please visit her site: www.nicoleamiller.co.uk
Nicole teaches open level yoga flow on fridays from 6-7:15pm
Paula has practised and studied a range of yoga styles over the past thirteen years. Her own experience of yoga’s capacity to aid recovery from injury and ease stress led her to train as a teacher after fourteen years of working full-time in TV and fuels her desire to share yoga’s life-enhancing benefits with others. Paula enjoys teaching groups and individuals around London and on retreats and is also a tutor on the Laxmi Yoga 200 hour Vinyasa and Hatha teacher training programme with Sally Parkes. Her commitment to studying yoga as a teacher and student is ongoing, including qualifying as a Relax and Renew (Restorative Yoga) Trainer with the renowned Judith Hanson Lasater, studying with leading vinyasa flow innovator Shiva Rea and qualifying to teach Pregnancy Yoga with Sally Parkes. Paula is also a writer with script-writing credits for the BBC and currently writes a monthly column for OM Yoga Magazine.
For more information please visit Paula’s website www.ucanyoga.co.uk
Paula teaches yoga basics courses.
KRI Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Perla teaches groups as well as one to one sessions and also works to assist in the recovery from chronic illnesses and addictions.
Her focus is to uplift and empower always. She does so by creating a safe space for people to explore their personal abilities both physically and mentally.
Prior to fully engaging in teaching Kundalini Yoga Perla explored the worlds of Music, Biology, Philosophy and Education all of which have given her insight into the many dimensions of being human and inquiring into the world we live in. This has formed a solid foundation for her spiritual journey where she learned that she wants to serve through interacting directly with people. The practice and teaching of Kundalini Yoga has enabled her to reach out to people and give them tools to improve their lives significantly.
Her aim is to show as many people as possible that they can have control over their life and body. Her classes are a mixture of the physical and the deeply spiritual, offering a deep experience of the connection between mind, body, breath and soul.
Perla teaches open level kundalini class on fridays 6.15-7.45pm.
Rali graduated from White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara,LA where she completed her 200 hour certification. Training with Mercedes Ngoh, Ganga White and Shiva Rea her classes integrate Dynamic Vinyasa sequences emphasizing strength, flexibility and balance, healing and detoxifying the body. Be ready to heat up, get an”after class glow” and transform yourself.
Rali teaches level 2 vinyasa flow on saturdays from 11-12.30pm.
rebekah hay brown
Yoga quickly went from being a weekly class to a lifestyle approach in the mid-90s for Rebekah Hay-Brown. She originally began practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa and went on to experience many other forms of yoga. Rebekah gave up her former career in the fashion industry and journalism to teach in 2005, first in Barcelona and now in London. She holds a Yoga Alliance 200 teaching qualification from YogaCampus and is a British Wheel of Yoga Accredited Teacher. Wanting to offer people with health considerations more opportunities to practice and benefit from yoga, Rebekah has completed advanced studies in yoga therapy with the Yoga Biomedical Trust and yoga for pregnancy with Sitaram. She uses yoga as a complimentary therapy for muscular/skeletal issues and medical conditions and has a special interest in women’s health, fertility and yoga for pregnancy.
Rebekah teaches yoga therapy on request.
Richard is 44 years old. Originally from Yorkshire but living and teaching yoga in London for the past 7-years. Spent six years living in monasteries and ashrams. Trained in the Sivananda and Ashtanga styles of yoga but for the past three years has been mainly teaching aerial yoga – which he loves…because it’s liberating!
Sarah has been practicing yoga since 2000 immersing herself in a variety of styles ranging from hatha and dynamic yoga practices to restorative or meditative yin yoga. Qualified as a yoga teacher with The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Sarah’s teaching style places as much emphasis on proper breathing (pranayama), relaxation and meditation techniques as the physical asana practice. Through a series of linked postures, she guides students to improve flexibility and strength, develop mental clarity, creativity and energy, creating positive affirmative change to body and mind through greater awareness of breath. She tailors poses to suit the student so whether new to yoga or looking to develop a deeper practice, she gives every individual she works with the courage to let go, tune into themselves and find their own path on the yoga journey.
Sarah teaches open level yin yoga on sundays 4.45-6pm.
I started yoga 11 years ago and that passion never left me. It keeps on growing day after day and, actually, only now do I start understanding what yoga is and does! At the beginning I was looking more than just a physical practice from gyms. But soon, I was hooked! I did my yoga training with the Sivananda School, but as a way to enhance my asana practice I have studied and attended numerous workshops from various teachers and different approaches: The Jivamukti, Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rea, Sarah Powers, Annie Carpenter, Erich Shifmann, Tias Little, Uma, and essentially for the last few years, Ana Forest. My love for truth and healing plus my curious mind have taken me all over the world on a quest (India, Asia, South Africa, Central and South America…), on a journey to learn and know about the big question : what and who am I? During my travels I have been exposed to new ways of teachings and new approaches of spirituality, which I try to bring in my classes. My way has changed over the years and keeps on changing day to day, going from a strong ashtanga practice to a more flowing meditative breathing one with focus on inquiring. Yoga represents the spirit and has helped me at many different times and still does. Stepping on the mat every day is like going within and seeing where I stand that day.
Sascha’s classes are designed to balance the need for both strength and relaxation. Her approach to teaching is calm and mindful and she believes strongly in yoga as a tool for expanding our potential. With a creative background and down-to-earth approach, her classes draw on a sense of playfulness and lightheartedness.
A safe practice is paramount and she believes in honoring a student’s needs and capabilities, as well as encouraging connections to their own personal wisdom.
After experiencing the benefits of pre and post natal yoga firsthand she began to focus more on teaching yoga to mothers and mothers-to-be. This is both a celebration of where her focus is right now, as well as an opportunity to assist students to draw strength from a yoga practice during a very special time in their lives.
Sascha teaches mum+baby yoga on tuesdays 10-11am + pregnancy yoga from 11.15am-12.15pm.
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She loves to teach pregnancy (Triyoga trained) and Yin (Norman Blair and Sarah Powers), which she has found to be the perfect complement to the power practice.
Her classes build strength of both body and mind, focusing on breath, alignment and on having fun. Selda is always smiling, caring and warm. Her class will make you sweat, but you’ll leave feeling strong and spiritually connected. For more information please visit www.powerfulyoga.co.uk
Selda teaches level 2 vinyasa flow on thursdays from 9.30–10.45am.
Trained with YogaArts in Byron Bay, Austrailia, Sue has spent her life involved with movement and dance and started practising yoga ten years ago after a back injury. At first she was looking to strengthen her spine and found the confines of the mat limiting, but with time and patience discovered listening to the breath opened up a whole new level of being. She uses the alignment principles from Iyengar to build a safe foundation and then following the breath to open the body in a flow to build juice/rasa, creating a moving meditation to find the essence of ‘just being’. She have been graced with the example of many wonderful teachers. In gratitude to these teachers she passes on the gems that resonate in her practice and the inner teacher of her heart. She has been inspired by ‘Shadow-Yoga’ and the ‘Prana Flow’ of Shiva Rea. More recently she has been integrating the ISHTA (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantric and Ayurveda) principles from the lineage of Alan Finger under the guidance of Katrina Repka.
Sue teaches open level yoga flow on tuesdays from 12.30-1.30pm, wednesdays from 9.30-11am and saturdays from 3:15-4.45pm as well as yoga and yoga nidra saturdays 5-6:15pm.