Welcome to Yoga Mama
Yoga Mama is a bright sunny private yoga studio in the heart of Putney founded by Cherie Lathey. It offers a quiet space to practise yoga, Pilates, along with many other classes and treatments. We are a dedicated team of teachers and therapists and work closely with our partners at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy. Classes are deliberately kept small (8-12 on average) to allow for individual attention and a sense of community.
Yoga teacher training
Yoga Mama is a Yoga Teacher Training School registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals. We currently run Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training courses, as well as Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training and Fertility Yoga Teacher Training courses.
I started Diane’s baby yoga class when my little boy was 6 weeks old. I found myself looking forward to our Thursday mornings as an opportunity to bond with my son and a bit of time out from the chaos that is life with a new born! The class was a perfect mix of gentle yoga exercises and relaxation for for the mummies combined with a sing song and movement to engage the babies. I learnt some lovely new nursery rhymes during Diane’s classes that I still sing to my son today – they guarantee a smile! The class size is small, which creates an intimate feel and means that Diane can keep an eye on a baby or two whilst the mummies get full benefit from the relaxation session at the end!
My Yoga Mama practice keeps me balanced, energised and sane. If I’m honest, it takes a huge effort to drag myself out of bed on a Saturday morning, but I do so because after practice the stresses and strains of the past week disappear and I once again feel strong enough to take on the world. Yoga Mama has not only brought a new dimension to my life, but it also really helps relieve my on-going neck pain. Having tried Yoga many times before, I have found that Cherie’s practice is ideal for me.
It’s a skill to keep a mummy and baby class running smoothly and Diane has a natural knack of identifying when the tempo of her classes needed to change, whether that was up or down!
It’s been great to find a class which allows me to be with my son and have fun, whilst looking after my own well-being.
Tai Chi was suggested to me by two separate neurosurgeons who both had patients who swore by it after suffering a neurological disease. I wasn’t keen as I saw it as that slow-mo exercise done by weird people in parks. But my wife persuaded me to try it and 9 months later I’m completely hooked.
Tai Chi has helped me regain my balance, normal walking gait, confidence and control of my limbs after being diagnosed with a serious neurological illness.
Tai Chi isn’t that weird thing other people do in the park. Instead it’s the gentlest sort of exercise regime imaginable. It has helped me improve my movement, balance and control and given me a great feeling of well-being. The teaching at The Putney Clinic is first class and suits all levels of fitness.
Like a lot of busy woman, making time for me is something that had been on my ‘to do’ list for a few months. I’d find a class, go along for a couple of sessions, but then life would get hectic again and it would all go by the wayside. That was until I met Cherie and experienced her yoga class. She is the most amazing teacher, she is very empathetic whilst gently encouraging. Cherie understands the pressures and joys of life and works with you, no matter how you may be feeling in that class, to achieve fabulous results. I come out of her classes feeling energised and positive, a feeling that lasts for days. An added benefit is, of course, feeling more toned as you work and strengthen those muscles that you didn’t realise you had. Yoga with Cherie has now become my weekly ‘fix’. I look forward to her sessions and ensure that there is always time in my diary for a weekly yoga session no matter what else is happening!
Yoga with Cherie is a tonic that every overtired, working mother is probably in dire need of! I know that when I met her back in 2007, I certainly felt like I’d finally found the teacher for me. With only one session a week I quickly saw a change in both my energy levels and muscle tone and, as a beginner, didn’t feel at all intimidated by some of the more experienced people in the class. Having said that, I had to concentrate like mad as Cherie’s classes are dynamic and leave you feeling like you’ve had a good work out. Still, she always makes sure that all levels are catered for, showing variations on the same pose.
A couple of years later and yoga with Cherie is still just as therapeutic and leaves me feeling balanced in every sense of the word. I can’t recommend her enough and owe the return of my waist to her. She’s a fantastic teacher and a “rarity” – someone who has wholly embraced Eastern philosophy but who has managed to retain a western twinkle in her eye.
Where in London are you most likely to have to weave between kids on scooters and navigate through a sea of Bugaboos? A top contender must be SW15, the home of more expectant mummies than you can shake a stick at (not something we’d recommend). So, where better to launch an iPhone application exclusively designed for pregnant women? Well that’s exactly what Cherie Lathey of Yoga Mama has done. By teaming up with Modu Technologies, Cherie has developed a prenatal yoga iPhone application which comprehensively takes you through a series of poses, meditations and common problem areas, culminating in structured classes.
So, why prenatal yoga? It is well known that yoga increases flexibility, strength and stamina, alongside promoting and manifesting feelings of peace, calm and happiness. Furthermore, Cherie leads you to begin a loving, nurturing relationship with your baby. Together these physical and emotional attributes encourage women to flourish in pregnancy, prepare for strong, calm labour and establish a bond with her baby long before the birth. This will no doubt be the must-have app for any mother-to-be.
Having been an active practitioner of yoga for more than 10 years, I was delighted to find Cherie when I moved to London two years ago. She is a wonderful, caring and insightful teacher, inspiring and encouraging her students.
Diane’s mummy and baby yoga class was an activity I could do with my son that allowed me to re-charge my batteries at the same time… Not bad with an 8 week old!
Bookings on Yoga Mama courses can be made using our online booking system, in person at reception or by calling 020 8789 3881.
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