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Welcoming Autumn at Yoga House


Dear Yogis,
As the leaves begin to fall and our coats come out, we are here to help you transition into this new season. Autumn is a time for inner reflection and after the year 2020 has been, there is a lot to reflect on.  It’s time to be kind to yourself, saying no to what doesn’t serve your and inviting in what does.
In this week’s newsletter we take a look at self care through the yogic principle of Ahimsa.
Yoga House teacher Alex Tinney tells us about the benefits of Pilates and how it compliments our yoga practice. We take a look at things to do in the local area and we have a nourishing and easy soup recipe. We also have some great workshops and YH Live Sessions coming up to encourage rest and repair.

To celebrate World Mental Health Day on October 10th, the wonderful Ryan Nell with be taking over our YH Live with a free meditation session. 
Ryan will also be joining our online schedule every Tuesday evening with blissful meditation. We have a few other schedule changes to read about too. 
As the government introduces new measures, we have an update on what we are doing at Yoga House to keep our students, staff and teachers Covid Safe.

Since Yoga House reopened our doors at Catford & Lee we have implemented and followed strict safety measure. We are constantly keeping up to date with government guidelines and installing new measures as and when they come up. Please read below to familiarise yourself with these. We really are making it a safe space to practice for all. 
Face Masks
These are to be worn at all time when arriving at the studio and moving around up to the mat. They can be removed when you are on your mat. If you come without a mask, we have a stock of lovely reusable masks to buy for £7. We are limiting the use of disposable masks for environmental reasons.
QR Codes
We have scannable QR codes at both studios. These can be used with the NHS Covid-19 App as part of track and trace. At Yoga House we also have contact details for all students, staff and teachers. If required, we are ready to notify you.
The below graphic shows our other measures and full guidance can be found here
Over 2500 years Yogi Patanjali was the first person to systemise yoga into written text called the Yoga Sutras. This text offers both the scientific and practical approach to those seeking the path to enlightenment. The second chapter of the Sutras contains the eight limbs of yoga. These are steps which lead students to greater awareness, personal transformation, deep states of meditation and ultimately enlightenment.
The first of these steps is The Yamas. These are considered the foundation of yoga practice and yogic living. The first Yama is Ahimsa.
Ahimsa means non harming or non violence. Traditionally this meant that a person should not kill. This is why vegetarianism is so widespread in India. Ahimsa however has so many other levels.
The way we harm ourselves and others can be at a gross level of physical violence, but can also be much subtler. With regards to others, we may gossip, judge and compare. We may be selfish and inconsiderate to others without thinking about what inner battle they might be facing.
The most harm we do in the world is usually to ourselves. The way we talk to ourselves and the judgements we make are far worse than anything we would say to another person. We let our self-doubt stop us from living a life we deem unworthy for ourselves.
We have to learn to love who we are, as we are. Ahimsa asks us to look with in and find the truth. Next time you are on your mat and the niggle comes in that you are not strong enough for this pose, that your balance is poor or you aren’t as good as the person next to you, bring Ahimsa in and love yourself for getting to your mat and being able to practice.
By Alex Tinney
With contribution from Lydia Buckler

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a practice created by Joseph Pilates and his wife Clara in the early 1920’s. The method originally called ‘Contrology’ was created mostly for dancers and gymnasts- helping them to control their over flexible bodies to create strong, aligned bodies and help prevent injury. Over the years it has been adapted so it is suitable for everyone. Joe created the well known classical matwork, as well as the Pilates equipment we see today, such as the reformer, tower, cadillac, chair & many more. Pilates improves posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility. With this there is a much bigger concentration on moving efficiently and creating good movement patterns. Pilates isn’t about big bodily movement, that looks impressive and is ‘instagrammable’- quite often, less is more. This type of movement really aims to strengthen our small stabilising muscles, which often get forgotten about. 

What are the benefits in every day life?

I truly believe Pilates is essential for everyone, no matter your age or what kind of work you are in. Attending Pilates classes helps give you more awareness of body, encourages you to think about your posture and alignment in everyday life, which is vital for a healthy anatomy. You’ll be able to help relieve the effects of sitting down for long periods and strengthen the necessary areas. Athletes and people who are very active use Pilates as injury prevention as well as most Physios use Pilates exercises as a form of rehabilitation for their clients. 

You’ll have a better understanding and a tool kit of exercises you can do if you are finding some challenges within the body.  

How does it compliment yoga?

Modern day yoga has altered, with a heavy focus now being put on the aesthetic rather than the quality of movement, each body is different so the aesthetic will be different for everyone and not something we want to be concentrating on too much. Cross training yoga with Pilates will benefit you with new movement patterns. Help to understand your weak spots as well as working your core and smaller stabilising muscles. We can often unknowingly cheat poses and inversions by compensating in the body which will eventually lead to injury. The stronger we are within our core and small stabiliser muscles, the more efficient, aligned and safe your yoga practice will be. It will then allow you to go further and deeper in your poses and inversions.

Join our PILATES classes on:
Tuesdays 10am Catford
Tuesdays 5.45pm Lee
Fridays 11.30am Catford
Saturdays 12.30pm Catford 

With more being added over the coming weeks and months across both studios. 

Looking to get out and about around Catford & Lee? 
Check out some of our top recommendations

You Don’t By Me Flowers  (top left)
A favourite of Kasia. Stop in to pick up some gorgeous blooms or grab one of theirs teas, coffees or lattes. Make sure to sample the scrumptious cakes and fresh bread on offer too. Situated in Hither Green, so easy access for Lee & Catford. 
Mote Park (top right)
A huge green space in the heart of Maidstone covering over 450 acres. It has been voted one of the top 10 parks in the UK in the People’s Choice for their favourite Green Flag Park. Whether you fancy a beautiful stroll or bike ride, a place to take the kids for the day or you are up for hiring a giant pedalo swan, Mote Park offers it all. 

Charlton Lido (bottom left)
Charlton Lido is a 50m Olympic-size heated outdoor pool, one of the only olympic sized swimming pools in London. It is a toasty 24 degrees. Swimming is a great all body work out and doing it outside connects you to nature. Be sure to book in advance. 

Catford Mews (bottom right)
Just opposite out Catford Studio you will find Catford Mews. Inside there is a 3 screen cinema with a bar and a live music space. It has great food vendors and a wonderful coffee shop. Great spot for a post yoga class treat. 
At Yoga House this Autumn we have three fantastic workshops to offer you some indulgent hours of blissful peace and rest. 

Take a look below at all that is coming up.
Remember Members get 15% off all Workshops 

More information on each and to book can be found on our website

Manifest with Crystals & Cacao
A Self Indulgence Afternoon
with Lisa & Kasia

Join us for a beautiful self indulgent afternoon of crystals, cacao & sound bowls. This will be a truly special powerful afternoon. Give yourself permission to indulge in you.
2-4.30pm | CATFORD STUDIO | £35
De-Stressing Yin & Gut Health
with Zannie & Kasia

We’ve all experienced some level of stress and anxiety over the past few months. This workshop is specifically designed to reduce the effects of stress and to cover the topics of how we can support our overall wellbeing.
2-4pm | LEE STUDIO | £20

Full Moon & Halloween Alchemic Sound Healing with Kate Fleur
Join Kate as she creates a journey using quartz crystal bowls and her voice to carry you to a place of deep rest and peace.This magical event takes place on Halloween under a Full Moon
5-6pm | CATFORD STUDIO | £20 


Coming up on YH Live our teachers are joining us to share their
and passions on a range of fascinating topics.
October 10th | Meditation with Ryan Nell
October 18th | Moon Moments with Francesca
November 1st | Sound Bath & Alchemy Bowls with Kasia
November 15th | Alternative Healing with Junior

YH Live Sessions are on Sundays at 18.15.
You can join us on Instagram Live (which is free to watch) or catch up on our IGTV channel. Here you can watch all our past sessions including Yoga for Runners with Sarah Green, Crystals with Lisa Hood, Alchemy Bowls with Kasia, Gong Baths with Junior and so much more!


Eating warming meals prepared using seasonal ingredients is very important in maintaining good health and balance.
This soup is a nice and easy example of using seasonal veg and preparing a light, but filling and warm meal – just what our body needs in colder months.
  • 1 small squash – peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 small sweet potato – peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • half a tsp of turmeric
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • black pepper to taste
  • pinch of chilli
  • 500ml of stock 
  • coconut oil for frying
  • Peel the veg and chop into chunks.
  • Peel the onion and finely chop.
  • Heat the oil in a pan. Fry the onion until soft.
  • Add crushed garlic and the spices and fry for few minutes.
  • Add the sweet potato and squash and fry for few minutes, stirring it so it doesn’t stick to the pan.
  • Pour the prepared stock, wait until it comes to boil then reduce the heat and simmer for another 25 minutes.
  • Once the squash and sweet potato are soft take off heat and transfer all (including the liquid) to a blender to create a smooth cream.
  • Once blended move back to the pot and add black pepper to taste.
  • If you like you can serve it with a dollop of cream and some pumpkin seeds or some lovely bread.


Do you fancy a free yoga class?
Our Karma Yogi Team is growing.
If you or you know someone that would like free yoga classes in exchange for help 15mins before and 45mins after class please get in touch to
We are adding to our schedule to keep up with the demand. 
We are welcoming Louise Emma Brown to Lee on Saturday afternoons and Ryan Nell is back with Tuesday night meditation.
Lydia is also extending her Thursday night Rocket classes.

Tuesday | 8pm | Online | Meditation | Ryan Nell
Saturday | 4pm | Lee Studio | Vinyasa | Louise Emma Brown

Thursday | 6.15pm – 7.30pm | Catford Studio | Rocket | Lydia

And finally….. 

We can’t thank our students, teachers, staff and karma yogis enough for keeping the Yoga House community going. Things have been rapidly changing all year and your support and adaptability has meant we have been able to continue serving you in a safe and secure way… and over the coming weeks and months through autumn and into winter you will see lots more classes and new teachers being added to the timetable, from yoga (including more hot classes being added over the next 2 weeks!) to workshops and sound baths, so always keep an eye on our newsletters and social media posts for the most up to date information. We will all grow together as a community for a better mind, body and spirit. 

Lots of love x


We are here for you, please get in touch and keep practising. 

LOVE from the YOGA HOUSE team
& Kasia x

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