07 August 2014

Quiet London: Putney



As you probably already know, London is an exciting, vibrant and often noisy city. However, if you look hard enough you will also discover that it also has a quiet side. Writer, Siobhan Wall, has compiled a guide to quiet corners in and around the capital (some better known than others) and Yoga Mama are pleased to announce that we have been included in the book.

Siobhan encourages Londoners and visitors to the city to wander away from the crowds and discover calm amid the hustle and bustle. Quiet London is a guide to over 100 quiet corners in and around the capital, bringing together a mix of peaceful gardens and green spaces to lose oneself in, and places that inspire rest, relaxation, meditation and mindful contemplation.

We are honoured to have been chosen among a select group of quiet corners in London. Why not come along and find out for yourself? Our studio is located in a peaceful and tranquil environment in the heart of Putney, south-west London.


Quiet London is available to purchase on Amazon and at all good bookshops. RRP £7.99

05 August 2014

How heavy is your head?

This is a great image that really shows why posture is important, and why people working at computers should be especially mindful. Carrying around a 42lb head is going to hurt. Tuck that chin in and lengthen the spine.

Thank you to The Putney clinic of Physical Therapy for displaying this on their notice board.


22 July 2014

Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training - Winter 2014

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding our next Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy in November 2014.



 About the course


This is an 80-hour course, accredited by Yoga Alliance UK, with a maximum of 15 students per class. There will be six full days of classes, divided over two weekends. Topics that will be covered are:

  • Asana, pranayama (breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Sequencing pre and postnatal classes
  • The dos and don'ts of pregnancy yoga
  • Propping and assisting pregnant students
  • Pre and post natal anatomy for yoga
  • Common ailments associated with pregnancy
  • Setting up classes for pregnant students
For a full outline of the course, visit the Yoga Mama website.


Eligibility


The course is suitable for both existing yoga teachers who already hold a yoga teaching qualification and trainee teachers. We may also consider applications from midwives and health professionals who have a strong personal yoga practice.

EARLY BIRD OFFER: £695* (if booked before 30th September)

*normal cost of this course is £750


More information and bookings


For more information about this course, visit the Yoga Mama website. To book your place on this course, call us on 020 8789 3881 or send an email to education@yogamama.co.uk.

20 July 2014

Karavandasana "crawl up" demonstration with Nancy Gilgoff.


I recently did a 2nd series Ashtanga yoga adjustment clinic with Nancy Gilgoff in Berlin.
Here Nancy shows how to crawl up from lotus position when learning this pose-She also recommend practicing lotus legs whilst in headstand, to gain strength and find the lotus without using your hands- Nancy is nearer to 70 then she is to 60-what an inspiring woman she is. 

06 July 2014

Pregnancy CPD: “Supporting pregnant students in general yoga classes”



"Supporting pregnant students in general yoga classes"
with Cherie Lathey of Yoga Mama


Saturday, 6 September 2014. 10am - 4pm at Yoga at The Space, Studland


Pregnancy is an amazing personal journey for a woman, both mentally and physically. Practising yoga during pregnancy can help women adapt to these changes in a positive way.

Many yoga teachers often feel they do not have enough information or the confidence to integrate pregnant women into their general classes. This one day CPD workshop will be led by Cherie Lathey, Director and Senior Yoga Teacher of Yoga Mama, and is approved by Yoga Alliance UK. This will be both a discussion and practical workshop. Teachers will leave feeling confident they have the relevant information to safely support their pregnant students.

The workshop will include:
  • General precautions and guidelines
  • How hormones can affect your student both physically and emotionally
  • Common ailments of pregnancy and how to work with these to ease symptoms
  • The importance of transitional poses within a class
  • Suitable asana (poses) and modifications
  • Suitable breath work (pranayama)
  • Suitable rest poses
  • Mula bandha and the pelvic floor
  • Optimal foetal positioning for later stages of pregnancy

Cost and booking


The price of this workshop is £60. However, there is an early bird offer of £55, if booked before 1 August. To book your place on this workshop, visit the Yoga at The Space website.



Venue:



This CPD talk will take place at Yoga at The Space in Studland, Dorset. See address and map below.

The Space
(formerly the old Wesleyan Chapel)
Swanage Rd
Studland
Dorset
BH19 3AE


26 June 2014

Summer Intensive 4-Week Postnatal Pilates Course



Summer Intensive 4-Week Postnatal Pilates Course

Starts Wednesday 2nd July 2014, 12pm


Rachel will be running a Postnatal Pilates intensive course for new mums wanting to get back in touch with their core, post baby. She is a Pilates teacher and physiotherapist (and mother to baby twin girls), so she can really identify with women's needs.

Postnatal women can attend classes once they have been signed off by their GP/midwife after their 6 week postnatal check.

Babies are welcome but will not participate in the class.

This will be our last postnatal Pilates course until September.

Please note there will be no class on 16th July.

Cost: £56

Bookings


Booking is essential. Please book by Tuesday 1st July. To book, call us on 020 8789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk, quoting Postnatal Pilates Course as the subject.

19 June 2014

Class timetable for summer 2014



Important information affecting classes at Yoga Mama over the summer period. The summer timetable comes into effect the week starting Monday 23rd June, which means that some classes will be taking a break, but will return in autumn. For full information, see below.

 

What's happening this summer at Yoga Mama

  • Rachel will be running a Postnatal Pilates intensive course for new mums wanting to get back in touch with their core, post baby. She is a Pilates teacher and physiotherapist (and mother to baby twin girls), so she can really identify with women's needs.
  • Laurent will be running the Monday evening Pilates until the end of July.
  • Enid will run Tai Chi into August.
  • Cherie will run the ashtanga yoga until the end of July.
  • Cherie will cover the Saturday Prenatal class from late July.
  • Diane will continue with Wednesday evening prenatal over the summer.
 

Returning in the autumn

  • Yoga and birth preparation with Diane.
  • Mum and baby yoga with Hajni.
  • Core back rehab.


Reduced summer class timetable


 
Day Class Time Dates Duration Cost
Monday Pilates 7pm 23 June - 30 July 6 weeks £84
Weds         Tai Chi 9:30am    25 June - 13 August 8 weeks £112*
Weds Postnatal Pilates    12pm 25 June - 30 July 5 weeks £70**
Friday Ashtanga Led 9am 27 June - 1 August 6 weeks £95
Saturday Prenatal Yoga 10am Continues throughout summer   6 classes   £84***

* Concessions £100.80
** No class on 16 July
*** Combines with Saturday 11:15am class


More information and bookings


For more information about any of the courses running at the Clinic or to you book your place, please call us on 020 8789 3881 or send us an information to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

15 June 2014

Looking at psoriasis the nutritional medicine way




by Fleur Borrelli, nutritionist at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy

The skin and the brain are intricately linked. Both produce the same hormones and neurotransmitter substances. In the skin, serotonin should be converted to melatonin which acts as a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. It is no wonder, therefore, that the skin condition psoriasis is linked to both depression and anxiety disorders(1). A lack of nutritional cofactors such as vitamins B6 and B12 may prevent this conversion in a biochemical process known as methylation.

Geographical latitude may also influence incidence of psoriasis as beneficial sunlight is also needed to produce melatonin(2). Overuse of sunscreens and lack of exposure to the sun will also inhibit the production of vitamin D, vitally important for the integrity of the barriers of the body which include the intestinal lining, the blood brain barrier, the synovial lining and of course the skin(3). The function of the barriers is to protect us against pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. They are lined, therefore, with immune cells including B memory cells which remain in communication with each other all over the body. It makes perfect sense, therefore, when treating the skin to also support the gut with probiotic therapy(4).

Another tool in the nutritional medicine toolbox to alleviate psoriasis is the use of adaptogenic herbs. Herbs such as ginseng and rhodiola can be very effective in reducing the detrimental effects of the stress axis. Chronic activation of this axis can be a factor in the over-triggering of the part of the immune system that deals with cellular immunity with the result being the higher cell proliferation that characterises psoriasis(5). As one of a spectrum of autoimmune diseases, it develops when the immune system mistakes a normal skin cell for a pathogen and sends out faulty signals that cause the overproduction of skin cells. An epidemiological link has been found between the consumption of beer and the incidence of psoriasis(6). Beer is made from the gluten-grain barley and other anti-nutrients such as saponins and lectins that can damage the gut and have been linked to autoimmunity(7).

Nutritional medicine offers a multi-system approach to tackling psoriasis. It aims to reduce the damaging effects of stress hormones whilst supporting barrier function and the immune system. Methotrexate is a pharmaceutical drug used in the treatment of autoimmune disease. It inhibits the metabolism of folic acid and so folic acid is often prescribed alongside. Folic acid, routinely used in fortified foods such as bread and supplements, is the synthetic version of the naturally occurring folate. Many of us have a genetic enzyme deficiency that prevents us from being able to convert folic acid into the folate. The result of this is that un-metabolised synthetic folic acid may remain in the bloodstream with undesirable consequences. Nutritional medicine can come to the fore by offering foods forms of folate. Folate is vital for cell division, DNA repair, immune function and cognitive health.


References for 'Looking at psoriasis the nutritional medicine way':

  1. Gunasti S, Marakii SS et al. Clinical and histopathological findings or psoriatic neurodermatitis and of typical lichen simplex chronicus. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereal 2007. July 21 (6): 811-7.
  2. Reiter R.J. The melatonin rhythm: both a clock and a calendar. Experientia 15.8. 1993, Vol 49, Issue 8, pp 654-664.
  3. Kong J. et al. Novel role of vitamin D receptor in maintaining the integrity of the intestinal mucosal barrier. American Journal of Physiology. 1 January 2008 Vol. 294.
  4. Ouwehand AC, Tiihonen K, Lahtinen. The Potential of Probiotics and Prebiotics for Skin Health. Textbook of Aging Sin 2010, pp 799-809
  5. Lowes MA, Kikuchi T et al. Psoriasis Vulgaris Lesions Contains Discrete Populations of Th1 and Th17 T Cells. Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2008) 128, 1207-1211.
  6. Schafer T. Epidemiology of psoriasis. Dermatology Vol 212, No. 4, 2006.
  7. Rook G. Hygiene Hypothesis and Autoimmune Diseases. Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology, February 2012, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 5- 15.



For appointments with Fleur at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy, call  020 8789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.


Fleur Borrelli (Nutritionist)
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14 June 2014

Quote of the day: New beginnings

"No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again."
Buddha

13 June 2014

Yoga and stress-related skin conditions



By Cherie Lathey, senior yoga teacher and director of Yoga Mama

Many skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and atopic dermatitis can be triggered by or, indeed, made worse once an outbreak is present by stress. Some suffers will become self-conscious and even depressed which then causes a circular negative effect on the condition.

Practising yoga and meditation can have a really positive effect on both the mind and body. We know helping to relieve stress can help to alleviate some of the symptoms or aggravating factors of skin conditions brought on by stress. While I am not suggesting yoga and meditation alone will cure psoriasis, it can definitely help.

A gentle yoga practice and breathing techniques can have a profound effect on how we manage stress, and how we perceive ourselves in the world. Helping to balance moods and enabling a positive connection to the body by letting go of the negative feelings that might occur when a skin condition is present.

Gentle poses such as child's pose, short meditations and breathing exercises carried out on a regular basis will have a positive effect on both the mind and body.

For more information about yoga classes currently available at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy and Yoga Mama, visit the Yoga Mama website or email us at info@yogamama.co.uk.