We teach yoga as a consummate pursuit for sustaining the body and mind. Our approach represents a symbiotic coupling of ancient and modern methods for underpinning a happier and healthier life.
Our teaching methods allow us to improvise and adapt each session to your ability. We integrate an eclectic choice of invigorating and calming music to complement the different stages of each session. Class sizes are capped to ensure you have adequate space to move. Each session finishes with a 10-minute period of relaxation.
You’ll enjoy a friendly spontaneity and enthusiasm, coupled with a sense of belonging to something immensely good for your mind, body and soul. We like to share a sense of humour and encourage a down-to-earth attitude towards yoga. Our motto could easily be: “Take yoga seriously but never too seriously – it’s far too important for that”.
We provide a community based yoga teaching service using our business skills, knowledge of, and experience in, yoga to achieve our purpose. To qualify as a social enterprise we meet the following criteria:
I’m a registered yoga teacher with more than 500 hours of recognised training under my belt.
Yoga has kept me going, both physically and mentally, for most of my adult life. I have a wealth of knowledge and experience based on more than 25 years of practising and teaching yoga.
I started my yoga journey by learning Iyengar from the classic Light on Yoga written by my No.1 Guru B.K.S. Iyengar. I have since learned many different types of yoga, all of which serve to consolidate my belief that yoga is yoga – it needs no embellishment.
I’ve studied and trained as a teacher with CamYoga, Seasonal Yoga Teacher Training Academy and the Yoga Sports Science Institute. I have also attended courses at Sivananda Yoga in Putney, and Special Yoga in Harrow Road. I am accredited by the Yoga Alliance and the British Wheel of Yoga.
My teaching focuses mainly on Hatha yoga. This consists of the physical yoga of exercise (Asana) and breathing (Pranayama), and I always provide a period of meditation (Dhyana) also. This approach is taken from the “Eight Limbs of Yoga”, as set out in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
My continuing professional development in yoga includes:
My biggest physical achievement was cycling Alpe d’Huez as part of a charity ride when I completed six stages of Le Tour de France in Etape du Tour. Over the years, hillwalking, swimming, spinning, and circuit-training have each played a part in my wellness strategy. Then it was time to start yoga!
Although I’m built like a bear, I’m definitely not what you might expect in a yoga teacher! But I see this as my appeal. I’m a big man with an irreverent sense of humour. But don’t be misled – I have a deep conviction in the capacity of yoga for doing good.
I’m pragmatic and see yoga as something inclusive to be enjoyed by all who choose to learn. I tend to stick to factual matters and focus on good technique, combining modern knowledge with the ancient practice of yoga. Each lesson is different, looking at new ways of linking and practising postures. What you get from me is great exercise, sound psychology and an enjoyable yoga session.
I was actually a police officer for 30 years. I worked in the Metropolitan Police Service in some of the most diverse and demanding parts of London. I have much to thank the Met for; they were great employers and stood by me during both the good and bad times. It’s safe to say, police work really tests your character; it’s a tough job. On the plus side, it also teaches you a lot about people, life and yourself.
After leaving the Met in 2005 (aged 48), I was fortunate enough to be offered a role with the world renowned Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre [CEOP]. This was a multi-agency organisation led by the redoubtable and much-liked (by those who worked for him) Jim Gamble.
CEOP played a lead role in bringing the problems of child abuse into the public arena. This was a stressful and very political environment – one in which I was again stretched, and I learned a lot about people who work in other organisations outside of law enforcement.
I’m familiar with the impact of mental illness and stress, as well as the physical pain of a herniated disc in my spine. I also suffer from Tinnitus and yoga really helps me with all of these issues.
I’m an ardent music lover and credit the Beatles with arousing my interest in yoga back in 1967 (aged 11). I have an eclectic taste which I bring to my teaching: jazz, rock, blues, classical, and a growing bank of world music which, not surprisingly, complements the class playlists. My members love the music, but the yoga always takes precedence.
I recognise the importance of keeping physically fit in order to maintain one’s mental health, and vice versa. Yoga plays a key role in maintaining and sustaining my physical fitness, wellness, and wellbeing. This is my purpose for practising yoga, and why I enjoy it and value it so highly.
Yoga is an ancient behavioural practice which sustains personal health. Personal health consists of:
The World Health Organisation‘s definitions of these qualities are:
Physical fitness is your ability to carry out tasks without undue fatigue. The components of physical fitness are:
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life. It is more than being free from illness; it is a dynamic process of change and growth.
Wellbeing is a state of mental health in which you can realise your potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and are able to make a contribution to your community.
“Johnston brings a quality to his classes that marries the traditional yoga teachings with modern Western practice. His choice of accompanying music often surprises but never disappoints and is testament to his own passion for both music and yoga. Similarly, the variety in both yoga postures and music tracks makes each class a fresh experience.” – Sally Daniel
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