There’s been something exciting going on in the London yoga scene over the past few years. There seems to have been a growing realisation that the big central London yoga studios are great for guest workshops and teacher training programmes, but when it comes to drop-in classes, they can sometimes feel a little anonymous. Fine for a gym, not so fine for a yoga studio. Throughout history, yoga has always been about community or ‘satsang’. A direct translation of satsang is ‘true company’, and the term is generally used to describe a group of like-minded people coming together to practice yoga with positive intentions.

Several small, boutique yoga studios have begun popping up in various communities around London. Down to Earth in Tufnell Park and Yoga on the Lane in Dalston are good examples.

Down to Earth studio reception

Down to Earth studio reception

I visited Down to Earth just before Christmas to take a vinyasa flow class with Clare Dobson. Down to Earth is a cute little yoga centre a few minutes walk from Tufnell Park tube station. It has just one practice room and one treatment room, but the clean, white decor makes the studio feel spacious and light.

Down to Earth yoga studio

Down to Earth yoga studio

Clare’s lunchtime class was a beautiful, flowing practice with interesting variations on classic poses, such as placing one hand on the heart in plank pose, and extending the arms out to each side in bridge pose. Clare also encouraged us to explore each pose fully and respect how our bodies felt today. I found the practice to be both strong and peaceful.

Parsvakonasana

Parsvakonasana

I’d definitely recommend visiting Down to Earth and some of the other boutique studios opening up around London – they offer great opportunities to practice in a quiet, peaceful environment, meet new people and support new health and wellbeing start-ups 🙂

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