About Yoga

The  literal meaning of the word "Yoga" is "union". It is derived from the Sanskrit root "yuj," meaning " to yolk'. Body and mind, spirit and matter, heaven and earth.

Ultimately though the practice is about learning to become more present. As we gradually begin to focus the mind, open the body, and breathe into it, we also get the opportunity to practice compassion, patience and acceptance - skills which carry us through to better lives off the mat. 

Yoga with Mary fuses heart wisdom with practical intelligence in ways that keep opening doors for her students. Empowered by 16 years of her own yoga practice, 5 years of practicing therapeutic work in the body, and a lifelong spirit of adventure, Mary has developed a straight-forward and energising teaching style that supports people  in moving into the greatest versions of themselves, both on and off the mat.

 

 Why do Yoga?

Whether looking to relieve stress, calm a busy mind, or promote a deeper sense of wellbeing, yoga has a myriad of health benefits, which include: 

  • Increasing muscle tone and strength
  • Improving joint-mobility
  • Increasing spine strength and flexibility
  • Boosting circulation / lowering blood pressure
  • Improving concentration and alertness
  • Improving awareness and balance between body and mind
  • Connecting to a deeper sense of self
  • Learning to breathe deeply and correctly

Private Tuition

Mary offers private sessions for students who are looking for more personal or specific guidance in their practices. Private sessions are ideal for the following:

  • To gain introductory or advanced knowledge of breath-work and the poses
  • To address how to deal with and heal from an injury
  • To work through physical and emotional blocks you may be experiencing on your path
  • Help you build a home yoga or meditation practice
  • Allow you to enjoy regular session in the comfort of your home, if you don't have time to make it to the studio.

 

Group Classes

 

Sydenham

Mindful Flow Yoga - Sundays: 9:00 -10:30AM

Tuesdays 8:00 - 9:30pm

At Sydenham Tennis Club, Lawrie Park Rd, Sydenham, SE26 6ET

 

Forest Hill

Pre-Natal Yoga - Mondays 7:00 - 8:15pm

Post-Natal Yoga - Mondays 11:00AM-12:00PM

At Studio One Pilates and Movement, Keynote Studios,

58-72 Dalmain Rd, Forest Hill, SE23 1AT

 

Holborn

Hatha + Dynamic Hatha - Wednesdays 5:45 - 6:30pm + 6:30 - 7:30pm

At YMCA Central London,

111 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NP

 

Forest Hill

Yoga - Mondays 8:30-9:30PM

At Studio One Pilates and Movement, Keynote Studios,

58-72 Dalmain Rd, Forest Hill, SE23 1AT

 

Catford

Chair based Yoga - Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:00pm

At Irish Community Centre,

2a Davenport Rd,  Catford, SE6 2AZ

 

 

Workshops

Journey Through Your Chakras; Seven Weekly Workshops

Get to know yourself on a deeper energetic  level, through the exploration of the seven major Chakras  (energy wheels or vortices) within your body.

Starting from the root chakra up through to the crown chakra we will be exploring these fascinating energy centres so that you can come to know yourself and your 'programs' a lot better. Having specific chakras either excessive or deficient limits energy flow and conscious functioning in these areas, leading to continuation of  undesired repetitive behaviours that may be keeping you from progressing to your greatest self.

Exploring these chakras in detail week by week through learning Kriyas; physical poses and breathwork . Understanding  colours, mantras, oils and crystals to use that will help you stimulate and open these areas.

First session will be held on Friday the 9th of March 7pm at Studio One Pilates and Movement,  SE23 1AT.

 

 


Testimonials

Mary has an amazing knack to help you clear out the chatter in your head whilst making your body work hard, making her class a super positive experience physically and mentally. Not only that but she’s great fun and never over serious!
— Abi Hemingway
Mary’s Sunday morning class at the Tennis Club is a well spent 90 minutes completely detaching from life’s stresses & strains & a great way to fill up my head with fresh oxygen. I always feel like I’ve stretched out, especially my spine which gets neglected generally. I leave feeling fresher, lighter & a bit taller! Thanks for the fantastic yoga!
— Faye Johnson
My daughter recommended Mary’s yoga class to me. I hadn’t been to a class for many years preferring to practise at home. Yoga has always been important to me. I have found Mary’s teaching to be really useful and informative as well as fun! She allows you to develop my skills and increase my understanding of yoga at my own pace and in a way which suits me (and my body). I waited a while to find the right teacher but feel that I have now!
— Jody Johnson
Mary’s classes are amazing. It is so important to find the right teacher and Mary ticks all the boxes for me. Her classes always give me energy which is needed even more now I’ve had my second baby. Mary is down to earth, kind and inclusive. I would thoroughly recommend her classes.
— Lucie Allen
I would highly recommend Mary’s Yoga classes . The benefits of her classes are physical but mental and spiritual as well; makes me feel wonderful every class!
— Odette Selva
Feeling wonderfully peaceful and full of happiness after Mary’s Sunday morning yoga session. Gentle yet strengthening and including breath work, building a connection between our bodies and spiritual selves, I love her style of teaching.
— Simone Riddle
I first started working with Mary in 2015. I was struggling to recover from knee surgery and my physio recommended yoga as part of my treatment. Mary has always been sensitive to my injury and adjusted her teaching when I can’t hold a certain position. I really enjoy her classes as they are always challenging, but always fun too. Some yoga teachers can be a bit po-faced, but Mary makes the classes fun and always seems to know when to be serious and when to lift the mood. The classes have helped get me back on my bike and culminated in me riding the London Surrey 100 in 2016. This seemed an impossible goal when we first started working together, but her help, advice and support were invaluable. I have kept the classes going and always feel about 2 feet taller when I leave. If I miss a couple of weeks I really notice it physically. 
One of the most impressive aspects of Mary’s classes is that we never do the same routine twice. Each week is different, so it never gets boring. 
My wife and I also use Mary for massage and my daughter has occasionally joined me in yoga classes. She has become a great friend of all the family.
— Stephen Press