I was nicknamed Johnananda on my yoga teacher training course in India, the birthplace of yoga. 'Ananda' means ‘happiness’ in Sanskrit. I have trained in Hatha, Ashtanga and Yin yoga.
I enjoy sport and find yoga really helpful as it improves strength, flexibility, balance, concentration and general fitness. Yoga has helped me recover from injuries and made me feel younger!
But yoga should not be competitive. We are all unique. We have different bodies and will find different things easier or harder. Do not compare yourself to anyone else and celebrate what each one of us is able to achieve. Yoga offers something to everyone, whatever our age, health, flexibility or fitness level.
Yoga is not just for exercise. Its origins are thousands of years old and it is about a lifestyle, much of which can be helpfully transposed to our busy London lives. Yoga can help our mental health as it teaches us how to calm our minds. Each one of us can take whatever we find useful from yoga. That may be doing only the poses (asanas), but may also include breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation (dhyana) and the way we live our lives (the 5 yamas, the 5 niyamas, our diet, etc).
Stress effects our immune system, reducing our ability to fight infections, as well as increasing our risk of cardiovascular diseases. So stress reducing practices such as yoga can help protect us and boost our immunity.
In my group classes, as well as flexibility, we work on building strength, balance, fitness, endurance and focus. We also work on our breathing and bringing equilibrium to our body and mind.
I teach 3 in person group classes each week. If you'd like a midweek evening class, try my Wednesday evening class in St Saviour's Church Hall, Grand Drive, Raynes Park, SW20 9DY or my Thursday evening class in St James Church Hall, Martin Way, Wimbledon Chase/Merton Park, SM4 4AR. Or start your weekend well with my Saturday morning class in St Saviour's Church Hall. Please click here for details of all the classes.
I also teach private yoga lessons to individuals and groups (family, friends or corporate) in Raynes Park, Merton Park, Wimbledon, Morden, Motspur Park, New Malden, Worcester Park and surrounding areas. Please click here for details.
Testimonials from Google reviews
I’ve been going to John’s Thursday classes for about 6 months now. We are a nice bunch of people, some are advanced yogis, others beginners (like me). John makes it accessible and enjoyable for everyone. He gives variations on each difficult pose so everyone feels they’ve achieved something according to their fitness level. I feel relaxed and in a good mood when I leave johns class and I always look forward to the next one. It’s a great class! Come and see for yourself.
I've been attending John's yoga classes for a few months and he's a great instructor! His expert knowledge of yoga styles and breathing techniques has guided me in improving and enjoying my practice at the same time. I strongly recommend his classes or private sessions both for those starting out in their practice and those who already have experience and want to keep challenging themselves.
A friendly yoga class. The emphasis is on working at your own level. John gives lots of options for the challenging postures so you set your own pace. A great class for building strength.
John's yoga class is the perfect antidote to any anxiety or stress you might be experiencing. I have been going to both the Thursday "in person" class and the Saturday zoom class and have been very impressed with the calm and clear instructions and explanations that are easy to follow. Whether you are a total beginner, might have done a bit of yoga years ago, like me, or are a total yoga expert, John's class offers challenges for everyone. Each week we tackle different poses and you can feel the progress you are making, getting more flexible with each session. I can highly recommend this class!