Our purpose is to help our members to sustain and prolong their physical and mental wellbeing by providing them with authoritative instruction and guidance on how to practise the authentic discipline of hatha yoga efficaciously.
We do this by providing you with the right set of circumstances in which you can positively learn yoga. We teach you in accordance with a range of established yoga teaching traditions (styles). Our preferred style is Iyengar, but not exclusively. The aim is to give you a well-rounded personal yoga practice which will last you a lifetime.
The club is a Social Enterprise which means it’s in business to do good. The profit motive only exists insofar as the club needs to pay for itself. What you pay directly correlates with our costs.
There’s a danger we make ourselves sound self-righteous. Please note that we are well aware of our fallibility. Nevertheless, these are the things that matter to us so I guess that is what one would call one’s values. Here we go:
Sorry if that all sounds a bit like cream and apple pie but it’s the truth and probably the sort of things most of us value in ourselves and others.
We’re informal, inclusive and friendly. Yoga is a serious business which ceases to be serious when you take it too seriously. You work hard and sweat but only as far as you are able.
We believe yoga is to be enjoyed. Once you get pleasure from learning and the satisfaction of a good session it maintains your motivation and enthusiasm. That’s the best teacher on the planet.
As such, we like to bring some good-humour to the sessions and apply proper checks and balances to your expectations of yourself and yoga.
We aspire to deliver our yoga teaching service in accordance with the ten principles of yoga which you will see are more-or-less what most of us would consider being an appropriate code for living life well.
Yoga does not preach: it treats you like an adult. Here then are the 10 Principles of Yoga summarised in modern parlance:
Johnston Lowry: the club’s Founder and Teacher retired from a demanding but very worthwhile career in 2014. Incongruous as it may seem, he was a Sergeant in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) for 30 years and then spent another 9 years in the National Crime Agency (NCA) as part of the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP).
We reckon that sort of life experience is worth its weight in gold. Especially as it is complemented by a surplus of eclectic tastes and interests. He’s broad-minded, a little bit worldly – but not too much, reasonably intelligent, quick-witted but also likes to reflect and deliberate.
He sets high standards for himself and for Yoga Mind and Body Club: something which we hope you will soon be the beneficiary of.
He was not your stereotypical copper and he’s not your average yogi bear either: albeit he’s built like a grizzly! He’s irreverent, not a fan of political correctness, with rather a quirky sense of humour but be sure: he does know his yoga and is a very effective teacher. For the removal of doubt: please read his Testimonials.
Since retiring he has been fortunate enough to be able to follow his dream: owning his own yoga club and helping people by teaching them authentic Hatha Yoga. He will be the first to tell you that yoga has been a golden thread in his life since 1989. It’s kept him healthy, fit and sane. If you want to know more about him please visit his Linked In profile
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