Class styles

Beginners Dynamic Style classes are developed specifically for those who are new to yoga. Students are supported to gain a strong foundation in the basic postures, while beginning to develop strength, alignment and awareness of the breath.

Beginners Intermediate Dynamic Style Yoga Classes are developed specifically for those who are new to yoga or building on the foundation of beginners classes. Students are supported to gain a strong foundation in the basic postures and introduced to more challenging postures, developing a greater awareness of alignment and the synchronisation of the breath with asana.

Chi Yoga combines the strong flowing practice of dynamic yoga with the slow graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques of Tai Chi and Chi Gong. With regular practice students learn the importance of alignment and breath control to promote the circulation of Chi or Prana around the body. This creates a strong sense of peace internally and helps one to maintain a positive perspective towards life’s challenges.

Deep Stretch and Yoga Nidra classes compliment all Dynamic classes at The Radiant Hand. Through a slow, deep and mindful practice, students learn to develop a greater understanding of the body and the importance of alignment of body and mind. This practice enables students to unwind and relax on a much deeper level.

Dynamic classes are aimed at those who have some experience of yoga. Classes are fun, lively and strong and include more advanced postures, with plenty of hands-on guidance with alignment. Students are supported to take their understanding of the science and art of yoga to a deeper level.

The word ‘chakra’ comes from Sanskrit and means wheel, vortex or disk. There are seven major chakras or energy centres in the subtle or non-physical body and when any of them are out of balance, dis-ease can occur. This inspiring dynamic class is specifically designed to re-align and re-balance the chakras, creating feelings of equilibrium and well-being.

If you struggle getting up in the mornings or fitting exercise into your schedule then Early Bird classes are designed for you. The class is developed to help you get the best out of you for the day. With uplifting postures and powerful breathing exercises this class will leave your body and mind feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

Having a stressful morning at work? Gentle Flow Yoga is the perfect opportunity to spend your lunchbreak recuperating and recharging. A gentle, flowing class with a focus on releasing tension in the body and mind, you will come out of class feeling relaxed, calm and ready to face the afternoon ahead.

Hatha classes are slower paced than Dynamic classes and focus more intensively on particular postures, with less emphasis on the flow between postures. Students are helped to develop poise, balance and grace in their asana, creating a sense of calm and well-being.

Intermediate Dynamic Style classes build upon the foundation developed in Beginners classes and are designed specifically for students who have some experience of yoga. Students are introduced to more challenging postures, developing a greater awareness of alignment and the synchronisation of the breath with asana.

These fun, physically challenging and mentally stimulating classes are especially designed for 7 – 10 year olds. Sessions will include relaxation and visualisation techniques, increasing body awareness, strength, flexibility and concentration.

Do you suffer from stress, anxiety, fear or maybe you just long to switch off from the continual chatter that goes on in your mind? If so, come along and experience one of our meditation classes. Meditation can be seen as a holiday for the mind and a break from the stresses and strains of daily life. These classes will take you through different concepts of meditation some of which include pranayama (breath control), mantra and guided visualisation to help restore your vitality and find a sense of peace and joy. You will leave with a renewed sense of self and a fresh perspective.

Mindfulness involves focussing on the present moment and all our thoughts and feelings, without judgement. In this class, the teacher will tailor the practice and incorporate mindfulness techniques to address the specific needs of each student. This therapeutic yin class may be used to complement dynamic classes and can also be used in conjunction with medical treatments for those who have suffered any injury, illness or operation. It is an excellent way to restore the body and mind back to health and encourage natural healing and is open to all students, whether or not you have a specific injury. All our teachers are highly trained as physiotherapists or masseurs and body workers.

Are you feeling out of shape and tired with no time for yourself after giving birth? Mother and Baby yoga classes will help you to rebuild flexibility and strength, as well as promoting emotional well-being and relaxation. Babies welcome!

We offer one-to-one tuition at our studio in Tooting Broadway or in the privacy of your own home. Classes are tailored to your specific needs, ensuring you get high level, individualized support to advance your practice.

This session is for more senior students who want to stay active. As we grow older it is just as important, if not more so, to take care of ourselves and to maintain a healthy mind and a healthy body. Benefits include increased suppleness, toning of the muscles, body re-alignment and improving the functioning of organs.

With our experienced, approachable and dedicated teacher Geraldine, herself a mum, who during and after her pregnancies practised and taught pregnancy yoga (as well as Dynamic!), you only need to meet her and you will know you are in safe and very capable hands. These holistic pregnancy yoga classes are directed towards your specific needs during the journey of pregnancy, assisting you to maintain balance in your body, while promoting emotional well-being and relaxation.

Radiant Hot yoga is a form of yoga ustilising strong postures to strengthen, stretch and revitalise the body and mind. The studio reaches 36 degrees which helps to heat the body and assist with the relaxation process. We suggest bringing a towel and water with you although these are available to buy or hire from the studio.

In this class, the teacher will tailor the practice to meet the specific needs of each individual after injury, operation or accident. This class may be used in conjunction with medical treatments and is an excellent way to restore the body and mind back to health and encourage natural healing. All our teachers are highly trained as physiotherapists or masseurs and body workers.

Satsang; in Sanskrit ‘sat’ means ‘true’ and ‘sanga’ means ‘company’, so it can be interpreted as ‘company of the ‘highest truth’, ‘in the company of a guru’ or ‘company with an assembly of persons who listen to, talk about and assimilate the truth’. Satsang usually involves a discussion around a particular yoga-related topic and the opportunity to ask any questions that might arise. On occasion, there may be a reading from a yoga text, followed by reflection on how to incorporate the concepts discussed into one’s everyday life.

A fun and engaging music class for 2-4 year olds including singing, Makaton sign language, rhythm games, movement and music and playing simple percussion instruments. Parents and carers are encouraged to join in but no musical experience is necessary.

The ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi is today one of the most widely practised forms of martial arts in the world. Yet unlike some of its more aggressive counterparts, Tai Chi is known more for its therapeutic benefits than for its application as a method of fighting. It is a holistic meditative exercise, emphasizing the development of the whole person. It works with the subtle bodies and energies that constitute our entire being.

Tai Chi is a practice of meditation within movement, a series of movements performed in a slow, relaxed and harmonised way. It is the Taoist Path to mental, physical, and spiritual well-being, as well as being a powerful ‘internal’ martial art.

Chi Gong or qigong is an internal Chinese meditative practice that uses slow graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques to promote the circulation of ‘qi’ or ‘chi’ within the human body. Regular practice of this healing art helps to enhance and promote a person’s overall health and well-being.

These fun and engaging small group sessions (maximum 4 children) are specifically designed for children with autistic spectrum conditions (ASCs) aged 4 – 7. Each class is tailored to the needs of the individual children attending.

Many children with ASCs experience sensory difficulties (either heightened or reduced sensory responses) and are very sensitive to their surroundings as a result. Sensory overload is common, as are difficulties with anxiety, posture, movement, balance, sleep and digestion. There is a growing body of research evidence, supporting the benefits of yoga for children with ASCs, in all of these areas and many parents report that their children are calmer, less easily overloaded and sleep better after doing yoga.

These sessions are taught by Geraldine Grey, Senior Yoga Teacher, Physiotherapist and Massage Therapist and Amaryllis Holland, Yoga Teacher and Clinical Psychologist. Both Geraldine and Amaryllis have many years of experience of working with children with ASCs and have completed an intensive specialist training on Yoga and Mindfulness for Children with Autism and ADHD.

If you are interested in your child attending, please email us or call 0208 682 5186 in advance of the class and Amaryllis or Geraldine will contact you to discuss how we can best meet your child’s needs. We will be looking to extend these classes in the future to different age groups and to children with other developmental difficulties, such as ADHD and learning difficulties, so please contact us if you are interested.

Are you passionate about running and cycling? Would you like to ease out aches and pains, improve your flexibility and increase your strength? Both running and cycling involve repetitive movements, so specific muscle groups can become strained and tight as a result. For runners, the hamstrings, calves and muscles of the hips and thighs are particularly affected, while cyclists tend to experience tightness in the hip flexors due to leaning forwards on their bikes. The class will focus particularly on stretching out these areas of the body, while building strength to reduce risk of injury.

Yoga in The City classes are fun, lively and strong and include more advanced postures, with plenty of hands-on guidance with alignment. Perfect to refresh, rebalance and focus you for the rest of your day.

Held in our pop up studio just a few minutes walk from Moorgate, Liverpool Street, Barbican and Old Street tube stations in Studio 1, 4th Floor, Templeton House, 33-34 Chiswell Street, London, ECIY 4SF.

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