Astanga Yoga London

Online classes (while the shala is temporarily closed)

Dānayuttā, Lauren, Louise, and Tom and are running some online classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays encompassing led Astanga, meditation, yoga nidra, yoga philosophy and more. Please keep checking this page for further details or contact them directly to find out more and join in.

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1. Full primary counted online led classes with Louise
Louise will be offering two online led classes each weekend until the shala re-opens. These will be traditional Sanskrit counted Primary series classes.

Saturdays 7.00 – 8.30am
Sundays 8.00 – 9.30am

Contact Louise to join in.

2. ‘Upanishads at bedtime’ online class with Louise
The Upanishads are a collection of texts, written in India between 800BCE and 500 BCE and they are part of the oldest scriptures in Hinduism, the Vedas. They tell us that the core of our self is not the body, or the the mind but atman or the ‘Self’. They explain to us, poetically, the ideas of samsara, karma, dharma and moksha. The name Upanishad may be split into Upa (near) and shad (to sit), meaning ‘sitting down near’ reflecting the tradition of sitting at the feet of a teacher for spiritual instruction.

Sundays 6.00 – 6.45pm

From Louise:
‘What I find inspiring about the Upanishads is the idea that men and women were questioning, searching and discussing internal spiritual quests thousands of years ago, quests which we search for now. These texts form the core beliefs for many paths and practices of yoga.

‘Upanishads at bedtime’ is a very relaxed group. I will read either part or all of an upanishad. I will give the opportunity to discuss any parts of it, what you liked about it or simply to say what resonated. We will close with a few minutes of breath awareness and sitting.

The group will last for around 45 minutes and will be fluid so feel free to suggest upanishads or discussion points. It is a chance to explore and consider these texts together.

I will set up a zoom, so please get in touch and I will send you a link. I will let you know which Upanishad we will be looking at. There is no need for prior study and you can simply sit and listen to the teachings contained within. Drop in whenever you can.’

Contact Louise to join in.

3. Full primary counted online led classes with Lauren

Mondays 7.00 – 8.30am
Tuesdays 5.00 to 6.30pm

Contact Lauren to join in.

4. Yoga nidra online classes with Lauren
Yoga nidra is a meditation practice that brings about a deep sense of rest and wellbeing. It’s great for stress, anxiety and insomnia. You don’t need any meditation experience to try it: you simply lie down, make yourself comfortable and listen.

Wednesdays 12.30 to 1.30pm

Contact Lauren to join in.

5. From distraction to concentration – fundamentals of meditation: four online sessions with Dānayuttā

Fridays 7.15 – 8.00am
22nd May – 12th June

One of the skills to learn in meditation is how to work with distracting thoughts. Sleepy thoughts, fantasizing thoughts, going-round-and-round thoughts, arguing-with-people thoughts – all have to be quietened and abandoned in the cultivation of a concentrated and calm mind. The following series of classes are practical meditation sessions, with teaching, led meditation and a chance to ask questions. Drop in to any or all classes.

Friday 22nd May – from distraction to concentration
Friday 29th May – working with anxiety and irritation
Friday 5th June – working with difficult people
Friday 12th June – transforming the inner critic

Contact Dānayuttā to join in.