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Purpose: Identity: Values: Culture

Our Purpose

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.

How we achieve our Purpose

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.

Our Identity

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.

Social Enterprises are businesses that

  • Have a clear social and/or environmental mission set out in their governing documents
  • Generate the majority of their income through trade
  • Reinvest more than 50% of their profits in their business
  • Are autonomous of the state
  • Are majority controlled in the interests of the social mission
  • Are accountable and transparent

Our Values

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:

  • Honesty, integrity, doing the right thing
  • Having appropriate respect for yourself, other people, all sentient beings, and this beautiful universe we inhabit.
  • Accepting that life can be very cruel
  • Learning how to manage physical and mental pain
  • Trying to see the positive side of things and being realistically optimistic
  • Conversely: acknowledging when times are rough and recognising the need for self-care and compassion
  • Changing when the facts change: not being too dogmatic. Living by a set of principles, not an ideology
  • Developing a sense of humour: be able to laugh at yourself
  • Just be the best you can be: love your fellow man, strive to be kind and to treat other people properly

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.

Our Culture

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.

The 10 Principles of 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:

  1. Non-violence: doing no harm through thought or deed
  2. Truthfulness: acting with good intent, honesty and openness
  3. Doing the right thing for the right reasons
  4. Wisdom: making the acquisition of wisdom a priority
  5. Simplicity: the best things usually are simple
  6. Spirituality: awareness of your self, other people and your environment
  7. Ego Management: you own your mind – don’t let it own you
  8. Self-discipline: manage yourself: have an achievable purpose
  9. Reflection and Study: improve yourself: never stop learning
  10. Contentment: try to be happy with what you’ve got: have gratitude

Our Story

About Johnston Lowry

Founder | Teacher: not your average yogi

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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