Crouch End Yoga Classes - Contact Details

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Union Church
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Yoga Junction

In-Person Classes at Union Church

Mondays: 1:30 – 3pm
Holistic Yoga Ease 

Class is in the Upper Church Hall. Please enter using the flight of steps at the front of the building in Weston Park.

Bring Your Own Yoga Equipment

Union Church is on the corner of Weston Park and Ferme Park Road, London N8 near the W3 bus route.

In-Person Classes at Shiva Shakti Studios

Tuesdays:  7pm – 8:15pm
Holistic Yoga Ease and Holistic Yoga

The class is in the Shiva Studio. Please enter through the shop front, don’t ring the bell someone will be there to greet you.

Equipment Available at Studio

Shiva Shakti is on 137 Tottenham Lane, N8 near the roundabout at the end of Ferme Park Road, near 91, 41 and W3 bus routes. 

In-Person Day Retreats at Yoga Junction

Occasional Saturdays  12pm – 5:30pm
Holistic Yoga Ease and Holistic Yoga

There is no reception, the door will be open at the beginning of class, Julia will be there to greet you. Please text Julia if you are late.

Equipment Available at Studio

Yoga Junction is on 93 Weston Park, N8 on the corner of Weston Park and Inderwick Road,, near the W3 bus route.

Group Class Descriptions

Holistic Yoga Ease

These sessions are ideal for people who are working with some pain, stiffness or chronic ailments. We work with gentle therapeutic yoga and Hanna Somatic practices. Mostly mat based and chair based, we take things at a slower pace with lots of options for movement so you can find something to suit your own body’s needs. Many people find this type of yoga helps them to relieve the pain associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, injuries or other aches and pains. These sessions are a good choice if you have chronic fatigue, are recovering from chronic illness, or would like to practice very gently for whatever reason. 

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Holistic Yoga

These sessions are inspired by my studies in movement and yoga and are inspired by the teachings of Iyengar, Vanda Scaravelli and Gary Ward (Anatomy in Motion). We also include some myofascial release (massage with soft balls and rollers). These sessions are ideal for people who wish to explore more standing and seated poses, even though they might be working with some minor, undiagnosed aches and pains. Ideal if you’d like a deeper dive into an anatomically informed, holistic and therapeutic yoga practice.

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Private Classes

As well as group yoga, I also teach private classes. You may be drawn to having a private class if you are recovering from an illness or injury, or if you have a chronic illness, chronic fatigue or pain. 

Some people simply prefer to practice in their own space, at a time of their choice.

Having a private class means we can focus the lesson on what is coming up for you, tailoring the class to your current energy, health, fitness and flexibility. Many students find that having some private classes helps them to benefit more from the group classes they attend. 

Email Julia to book a private class.

Class Packs for Group Classes

Class Pack Purchase – Union Church (Mondays)

Buy a Five In-Person Class Pass Here for £70 (use to book either class, valid for one year from date of purchase)
Buy a Ten In-Person Class Pass Here for £130 (use to book either class, valid for one year from date of purchase).

Class Pack Purchase – Shiva Shakti (Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Buy a class pack for Shiva Shakti Studio Classes Here
You can use these for either class. They also have a special introductory offer. Sometimes I cover other classes at Shiva Shakti, so keep an eye on their timetable. 

+44 7800 959 543
(my phone is often off, it’s best to email or text me)

ju***@ho**********.uk
(please note: I answer emails Monday – Friday only)

Yoga Crouch End, North London UK
(in-person classes in N8 or on Zoom if you’re further afield)

Some Frequently Asked Questions

Clothes you can move around in are ideal. Choose leggings, tracksuit bottoms (not too baggy) or shorts. It is good to layer a long sleeve t-shirt over a short sleeve t-shirt as you change temperature through the class. For summer classes wear a vest underneath a short sleeve t-shirt. If you have a very good reason to keep your socks on (athletes foot, verruca, other foot problems) it is best to use toe socks. Remember, however comfortable your jeans are, they are not the best choice for yoga practice!

For Zoom Classes: A blanket, two standard Yoga blocks, a yoga belt, a bed pillow. A yoga mat if you are attending a Holistic Yoga class. For Holistic Somatics Classes a mat is not so important. For In-Person Classes (Including Retreats): A yoga mat, 2 half thickness yoga blocks; 1 standard yoga block; yoga belt; blanket. Optional extra mat for thickness, bolster. For more information on the equipment I recommend see here.

Many teachers recommend not eating for at least two hours before you come to class. However, if  you need to eat before class keep it light, protein rich and easily digestible. I often have a protein shake or a handful of walnuts an hour or so before class. Eating a large meal is not ideal… you will be very conscious of it throughout the class! 

It is also good if you can drink some water before class and especially afterwards. Some teachers say it isn’t ideal to drink during a class, again, I disagree… small sips if you are thirsty is ok.

Yoga can be practised by anyone, it makes absolutely no difference whether you can touch your toes or not!

However, if you are in any doubt as to whether you should participate in a movement class do consult your doctor.

These classes are gentle and alternatives are available if you find the movements uncomfortable. Just ask. You are always encouraged to move within your comfort zone. I cannot be responsible for your movement, as only you really know what feels right for you.

Holistic Yoga and Holistic Somatics are ideal type of yoga for beginners who  as there is plenty of detailed instruction. Additionally, there is no sense of competition or need to push yourself beyond your comfort zone.

 

The practice will help you to relax, breathe more comfortably and become more body aware. Many scientific studios have shown that this can help reduce chronic pain.  

Many students have found that, with regular attendance, backaches and other joint aches and pains simply cease to be. It is a practice well worth starting and continuing regularly. 

 

When you first start to practice your body will start speaking to you in the form of various sensations. Generally we are looking for pain free movement, including tweaky, thingy sensations or a feeling of thing not feeling ok. 

Gradually you will get used to what your body is trying to communicate to you. To start off with you will find the following guidelines useful:

Good “Pain”:  associated with lengthening or strengthening, a dull aching but mildly pleasant feeling in the muscles – common in calves, thighs, buttock muscles. This type of “pain” should lessen as you hold the pose, focus on breathing and relaxing into the area. After a while you will cease to view these sensations as pain, more as “an interesting sensation that demands your full attention.”

Bad Pain: Sharper, shooting pains, twinging or aching in the the joints or spine, or a place where you regularly feel pain. Tingly nerve type pain in arms or legs, feet or hands. If you experience this kind of pain, stop what you are doing and tell me. There’s no need for alarm, it is just your body saying “you are pushing this too far right now.” Usually poses that cause this type of pain are exactly the right poses to be practicing just in a more gentle or supported way. Backing off or using props as instructed can stop the pain and start the healing process.

And don’t worry – yoga is not all about pain! In fact, it is usual to feel quite ‘blissed out’ after attending a yoga class. The best way to practice is with a feeling of comfort and at ease –  there is no competition to win, no glory in getting your foot behind your head or touching your toes.

The golden “yoga prize” is inside and all around each one of us, already. Our goal is not to get there, but to realise that we are already there.

LOCATIONS FOR HOLISTIC YOGA CROUCH END

 

Below are the studios I teach at. These venues are easily accessible from Muswell Hill, Hornsey, Haringey, Wood Green, Highgate, Stroud Green, Finsbury Park and Archway.  

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Union Church – Upper Hall, London N8

This space is also around ten minutes walk from the centre of Crouch End. It has the advantage of a car park that can be used by people with mobility issues (car parking is available on surrounding streets also). The W7; W5 and 91 and 41 buses stop nearby. Union Church is easily accessible from Muswell Hill, Finsbury Park, Stroud Green, Wood Green and Archway. 

Shiva Shakti Studios, London N8

This lovely community studio, in the heart of Hornsey and Crouch End, is home to a wide range of yoga classes. I teach two weekly classes here on Tuesdays at 7pm and Thursdays at 6pm; sometimes I cover a class on Thursdays at 6pm, check the timetable to see.
The W3, 91 and 41 buses stop nearby. It is easily accessible from Hornsey, Wood Green, Stroud Green, Muswell Hill and Archway.

Yoga Junction

This small but perfectly formed yoga studio with underfloor heating is perfect for running workshops and back care courses. 

The W3, 41 and 91 buses stop nearby and there is space to lock your bike just outside the studio.It is easily accessible from Hornsey, Wood Green, Stroud Green, Muswell Hill and Archway.

Truro Court, London, N8

I teach some private one-to-one classes in my small yoga studio at my flat in Crouch End. Please be aware that I live on the second floor, so there are a few stairs to climb. Free parking is available in my street after 12pm. W7 and W5 buses stop nearby. There are also nearby bike racks on Park Road, to lock your bike to. It is an easy journey from Muswell Hill, Finsbury Park, Stroud Green, Highgate and Archway. 

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