Yoga in Brockley

For Brockley Central, when it comes to Yoga, context is king. On holiday, overlooking a waterfall or a beach, good. In a Lewisham gym hall, staring at someone's sweaty back, less good.

But we've been meaning to create a thread to discuss the local options and when Joanna got in touch about her classes, it seemed the perfect excuse. Here's what she said:

"I run twice a week Yoga Vinyasa classes at Lewisham College (Tressilian/Lewisham Way building). Monday classes for staff (£10 membership from February till July 2009) 4.30-5.30pm and on Thursdays for students (free) 5.15-6.15pm."

"It's orgenised by myself and Students Union so I do it at as a volunteer. I am a contemporary dancer so I focus mainly on yoga asanas for people who are physically active but not only. I try to help people to improve their mental and physical abilities through the yoga practice. I am teaching my own style of yoga dance which fused both contemporary release dance techniques with Vinyasa/Ashtanga flow yoga movement. I teach yoga dance at Goldsmiths Club Pulse every Sunday at 10.15-11.15am. And I also give private yoga sessions, I can visit a customer or the other way around. A customer can come to my place.

"I organise once a month yoga thearapy workshops here in area (place tbc up to number of people who signed on). Usually the classes attendance variates between 15-25 people. I studied Yoga in India and Contemporary dance in London so I apply into my teaching practice both eastern and western influences in connection to the body movement and breathing (pranayama).

"I've got dance theatre company running with my dance partner who also lives in the same area. We occasionally organise the performances during the Brorckley Max Festival at Brockley Jack theatre."

If you have any recommendations for local yoga classes, please post them here. Joanna's websites are here, here and here!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this post. Joanna's classes sound very good. Since moving into the area four years ago, I have practiced yoga in local classes at least once a week. The Kundalini yoga class in the basement of St. Hilda's Church was really enjoyable - until the weather turned cold. I found it impossible to be motivated to practice in such a chilly, draught-filled place in the winter months and gave up. For more than a year, I've been doing yoga at the Sunflower Centre, right on the edge of Hilly Fields Park, with Ella Titman and she's the best teacher I've ever had. The Centre offers a range of yoga classes - at different times, in different traditions and with different teachers - in a really welcoming and comfortable environment. I'll soon start prenatal yoga there with another teacher. It's my favourite place for yoga in SE4.

Anonymous said...

I haven't tried any yoga classes around here but in the same vein I've been doing antenatal pilates with Kim Israel who has just set up a new studio in Blackheath (ok slightly outside Brockley but not far!) the website is and I've found her good and she has some weekend/evening classes which is useful when working

Anonymous said...

Yoga three times a week + Feldenkreis and regular Pilates in the Telegraph Hill Centre - closer than Blackheath and probably cheaper.

fabhat said...

I do pilates in Sydenham (I know but it's a mere 8 minutes on the train) with a teacher called Adam Murby who I think is excellent - and has a nice sense of humour too. Also about 1/3 men in my classes - more than any I've ever been to before, so good for blokes who fear pilates means being stuck in a room with lots of women. The website is:

Anonymous said...

Tamsin - I had looked at the telegraph hill ones as that is indeed v close for me but they don't do antenatal pilates so no use at the moment.

Anonymous said...

everyone try to practice yoga is going to be beneficall for your health, namaste

patrick1971 said...

There is also the Iyengar Yoga Centre on New Cross Road at the foot of Watson Street. I've not been myself but a friend of mine used to go and said it was pretty punishing.

ALI KATI said...

I used to go to Vonetta's home yoga class on Shardeloes Road. She had a room converted in the basement for classes. Her classes were really good - suitable for all stages. When you walk in, you instantly leave the outside world at the door. She's a really good teacher as well - instructive and also very encouraging.

Anonymous said...

Lovely to see such a range of yoga classes and people interested in yoga. That's wonderful. As a full time yoga teacher and mother of teenage daughters, I rely heavily on my personal yoga to keep my energy levels up. If you are interested in finding out more about yoga, email me at or visit my web site on where you will find detilas of the weekly yoga class I offer at St. Andrew's Church, Brockley Rd, every friday from 6.45pm to 8pm. The class is ideal for beginners and those of you looking for a gentle way to unwind after a busy week and ease into your weekend. You can also call me on 07973 777 882. Stay blessed. Ntathu

Anonymous said...

Does anybody know the nearest asthanga yoga class?I'm trying to find a place locally but they all tend to do other forms of yoga.Thanks

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Anonymous said...

Ali can you pls post the details for yoga on Shardeloes Rd at Vonetta's place, Shardeloes would be very convenient for me. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I teach yoga in Brockley. A dynamic vinyasa style class, suitable for everybody. I have equiptment. It is on Monday nights at Meadowgate school, Revelon Rd, 2 mins from Brockley station 7.30 to 845.
Om shanti,

Anonymous said...

In January 2012 I will be starting Mum & Baby Yoga classes at the Sunflower Centre on Tuesdays and Thursday evening Yoga for Pregnancy at TDLP, see or call Kirsteen 07905103522 for info and booking

Clare Marie said...

New Brockley Saturday morning Yoga Class, 11am @ The Sunflower Centre. Starting on 21st January 2012. Classes are Vinyasa Flow style. Contact Clare Marie for details:

Anonymous said...

There is a brilliant class at the scout hut on breakspears rd on tue. Go to Also one on waller rd on Monday nights.

Anonymous said...

There is a fantastic/authentic yoga class at St.Hilda's church (undercroft). It is run by Vinod who is from South India. He is really experienced, teaching in ashrams in India and here in London the past 5 years. He describes the classes as Hatha yoga-they are gentle but yet dynamic and include yoga postures, breathing exercises and relaxation. You will come away feeling great and floating! Try one and see.

Anonymous said...

Should have given the details for Vinod's class-Wed/Thurs @ 8pm. Contact Vinod on 07832 931466. I pay £8 for the beginners class and I think it is £9 for intermediate.Drop in classes.

Clare Marie said...

*New Monday night Yoga Classes@ The Sunflower Centre* Spaces available in 6.30pm class.

Classes are Iyengar inspired focusing on correct alignment of the body, yet infused with elements of more dynamic flowing yoga and longer held restorative postures. This combination endeavours to leave students feeling restored and rejuvenated, enabling long-held tensions to be released and improving general well-being in body, mind and spirit.

Contact Clare for further details:

Anonymous said...

I live very closer to Lewisham (SE4 )
College and looking for Yoga Classes in SE4 and found yours. It sounds suitable location and time for me. I was a past student of Lewisham College and Would like to join classes. would you accept me in your class from 5:15 to 6:15.

Clare Marie said...

Hi there, I have just noticed your response. The Monday evening classes are at The Sunflower Centre in Brockley, SE4 1XZ at 6.30pm (1hour) and 7.45pm (75 minutes), beginning back on 7th January '13. Its a lovely intimate space, perfect for Yoga. To book a place you can contact me via my website or gain further details and information here:
Best wishes,

Louisa said...

NEW Hatha Yoga Class



@ RUBY AND NORM www.facebook/rubynorm

266 Lee High Road, SE13

£11 per person

Build core strength and increase flexibility
through a dynamic yoga practice. Start
your weekend feeling revitalised and refreshed.

Suitable for everyone and
for all levels

Contact Louisa to book your place

Emma said...


I'm starting a Saturday morning class 10-11am at Lewisham Hospital starting 13th July 2013. Here are the details:

Alignment focussed vinyasa flow classes open to all levels
Saturdays 10-11am in the Therapy Building. Lewisham Hospital
£9 drop-in or £40 for 5 classes
First class £5.

Classes are taught by two fully qualified yoga teachers (one teaching, one assisting) so you get lots of attention (if you want it)!

For further details here's our email and Facebook page:

Or visit:

Emma said...

New yoga class at Lewisham Hospital starting 13th July 2013

Alignment focused vinyasa flow classes open to all levels
Saturdays 10-11am in the Therapy Building, Lewisham Hospital
£9 drop-in or £40 for 5 classes
First class £5!

Or visit:

Laura Kaur said...

Another lovely place to do yoga in is CityZen which is a beautiful secluded garden studio on Chudleigh Rd in Brockley. There are several yoga and mediation classes a week. Mats, blankets and blocks are provided. Have a look at their website

I teach Kundalini Yoga there every Thursday morning during term time 10 - 11.30 which is suitable from absolute beginners to the more experienced yogi. We start again tomorrow (Sept 5th)

Emma Lovell YOga said...

Hi all,

I'm starting a new yoga class at Lewisham College every Wednesday 18.00-19.00.

* First class 16th October 2013*

Here are the details:

Friendly, mixed level class rooted in both the Vinyasa Flow style of yoga as well as a more restorative Hatha yoga.

Come and try for £5!

Day: Wednesday
Time: 18:00 - 19:00
Drop in cost: £9.00
Block booking: £40.00 for 5 weeks
Ability Level: All abilities
Venue: Room TB15, Lewisham College, Lewisham Way, SE4 1UT

Please email or see,uk for more information.

ellie vallerini said...


Wednesday’s 1-2pm Mixed Ability Hatha Yoga

£8 drop-in, £7 concession, £65 for block of 10 classes

Telegraph Hill Centre, Kitto Road, SE14 5TY

I hatha yoga classes that are accessible to all. My classes help to build strength and flexibility whilst keeping a lightness in the body that comes from a secure and steady foundation. I invite students to move with the breath making it a form of meditation that allows you to work more deeply.

I also do drop in classes at Telegraph Hill Centre Mother and Baby group on a Wednesday morning which is free!!!

ellie said...


Ellie Vallerini said...

This class is now running at an earlier time of 9.30-10.30am. I am also teaching a Hatha Flow class on Mondays 7.30-8.30pm at the really lovely new Honor Oak Wellness Rooms, 82 Brockley Rise.

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