Yoga for stress relief in the City of London
Are you curious to find out more about how yoga can help you combat the stressful demands of your high-paced job in the City?
Would you like to find out more about my Yoga for Stress relief classes?
As an experienced and trained yoga teacher, I practise a Vinyasa style of yoga that incorporates elements of hatha and flow.
Vinyasa is a style of yoga characterised by stringing yoga postures together so you can seamlessly move from one to the next, using your breath. Vinyasa is often referred to as ‘flow’ yoga, or ‘power’ yoga. With the focus being on stress management, my Yoga for Stress classes focus on poses for stress relief.
Hatha refers to the practice of physical yoga postures. The word can be translated as ‘willful’ or ‘forceful’ and as ‘sun’ and ‘moon’, or the ‘yoga of balance’. ‘Hatha’ is also a style of yoga and is more traditionally associated with holding postures for a longer period of time and less dynamic movement.
My style is dynamic but also grounded and incorporates various elements into the practice – always finishing with ample time to rest (this is called savasana).
Stress & the City
When it comes to working in the City, stress comes part of the equation. Stress can either energise you, or debilitate you.
It is estimated that mental health costs the UK £34 billion a year with a lot of people failing to cope with the effects of chronic stress. When it comes to stress, yoga is the perfect antidote. The origins of yoga actually mean the “cessations of the fluctuations in the mind”. Stress is nothing more than a perception to a perceived situation. Yoga provides you the space to react to situations in a different, more construct way. Most importantly, it provides a space for you to breathe. If there is one antitode to stress, it’s definitely the practice of yoga.
Why Yoga for Stress
As a director at a large internationally active financial institution, I understand the pressures of working in the City. The stress people are under – the targets to meet, the presentations to give and the conflicts and challenges people face. My yoga classes for City professionals actively target reducing stress in your busy City life leaving you feeling rested and recharged.
I’m available for individual private and/or corporate group classes at your work or at your home. If you are ready to achieve real transformation in your life, why not get in contact and work with me?
I practice a vinyasa style of yoga that incorporates elements of hatha & flow. My style could be seen as dynamic but also very grounded, incorporating various elements into the practice, but always finishing with ample time to rest (ie savasana).
I honour the unique individual in you, always and encouraging you to have a sense of self inquiry as to how the practice feels to you, in your body.
As a fellow finance professional, I embody the practice of yoga into your daily working life.
Frequently asked questions
Do you offer meditation as part of your yoga classes?
Yes. At the end of the class I offer a mindfulness-based meditation practice that helps to calm the mind and develop conscious awareness of breath.
Do you only work with men?
No! I work with anyone who leads an active lifestyle and works in a busy career in the City. As a man working in the financial services industry, I consider myself best placed to work with people who have similar roles, work long-hours during the week and are looking for a healthier way to actively manage their stress levels. Yoga seems to be a female-dominated field, and I’m hoping to change this perception by inviting more men to embrace the practice and reap the fantastic benefits it can offer. Yoga is for everyone, so as long as you have an interest in it, you’re welcome to one of my classes.
Do I need any previous experience?
No. No previous experience or knowledge of yoga is required. My classes and open and suitable for everyone, regardless of whether you’ve been practising yoga before or not. It’s not about whether you can do the child pose or the person next to you can master the eagle pose. Coming to my classes isn’t a competition about who can do the hardest yoga poses! It’s about finding a better, healthier, gentler way to look after your mind and body, release tension, and reduce stress. You’re not in competition with anyone other than yourself, so having previous knowledge or experience isn’t necessary.
I’m not flexible at all – is yoga for me?
Yes! Yoga is for everyone. I always tell my clients that ‘stiffness is a gift’. Practising yoga isn’t about being flexible. It’s about creating and exploring the mind-body connection. It’s about stress management and about finding a way that works for you and for your body.
I have an injury/injuries – can I still attend your classes?
Yes, you can. I am not a medical professional, so I cannot diagnose or treat any injuries. If you have an existing injury, you should always contact your GP or medical specialist in the first instance and ensure you are well enough to take the class.
However, if you inform me of your existing injuries or any physical limitations before we start working together, I can advise you as to how to practise yoga safely and without causing any pain or further damage to your body.
What areas of London do you cover?
I can run classes in the centre of London and West London – typically I teach in or around the business district where most financial services companies are based (Canary Wharf, Tower of London, etc.). Parks and green spaces are great in the summer when the weather is good. Otherwise, as long as you have a suitable room or quiet area you can use, I am happy to come to your workplace or your home.
When are your classes held?
As a full-time working professional myself, I run yoga classes during evening (after work) and weekends. I am not currently available for weekday classes during the day.
How long are the sessions?
The sessions last between 60 and 90 minutes, depending on number of attendees and on your specific requirements.
How much are the sessions?
Private sessions cost between £60-£80, depending on the time and place. Prices for group classes depend on the number of participants and the location and are to be agreed during booking.
Do you offer free trials?
I don’t currently offer free trials, but I am sure you will enjoy our first class together and get a lot of value from it, even if you decide yoga isn’t for you right now.
Can sessions be booked separately or do I have to book a series of them?
You can book individual sessions or a block of 10 or 20 sessions, which works out cheaper for you.
What should I wear and what do I need to bring?
Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely during the class, and please bring your own yoga mat. If you have practised yoga before and use other pieces of equipment, feel free to bring them to class with you.