If I could sum up the studio at Yoga on the Lane in one word, it would be “welcoming”. From the moment you walk in the door, there is a gentle, warm atmosphere that comes from the energy and attention to detail instilled by the studio founders, David and Naomi. It’s a great east London spot with a relaxed east London feel.
Yoga on the Lane – the Studio Space
The studio is located in Dalston, E8. It’s very easy to find and between a 5 and 10 minute walk from the two stations of Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction. Plenty of buses come their way too – the 488 stops more or less right on the doorstep.
The space at Yoga on the Lane consists of one good sized studio, airy, with plenty of light. It’s fully equipped with mats, bolsters, wedges, straps, blankets and eye masks; everything to make your yoga experience with them comfortable, productive and safe.
Plants, candles, cushions and ornaments are dotted around the studio, adding a splash of colour to the white-washed walls.
Yoga on the Lane – the Facilities
Downstairs there are good sized changing rooms for men and women, with hangers and benches. The rooms are locked during the class to maximise the safety of your belongings.
Filtered water is available, as well as a selection of herbal teas and fresh fruit. There is a big table with a good selection of yoga and meditation related books and leaflets, so if you want to hang around after class, Yoga on the Lane have created a relaxing place for you to do this – A lovely way to meet people in your area and reflect after your yoga practice.
The Yoga & Teachers
Yoga on the Lane have a clear focus on Vinyasa yoga, which is a type of yoga that involves fluid movement between poses, whilst also focusing on your postural alignment during postures, and, an emphasis on controlling your breath through the practice.
Some of their classes are dynamic, others are slower with a restorative element.
“Many of the teachers at Yoga on the Lane are long-standing and have been part of the studio since it’s set-up in 2012. They bring their individual expertise to the yoga students, which is why students stay with Yoga on the Lane for many years and how we continues to grow by word-of-mouth” Naomi, founder
Several of the teachers are also qualified in Pregnancy Yoga so you can ensure you get the very best attention in your yoga class whilst you are pregnant.
The class I went along to was a Tuesday 12:30 Vinyasa with Naomi.
Despite it being an extremely hot day, the dedicated members turned up to sweat it out on the mat, and the class was almost at full capacity.
This particular class was suitable for almost all levels. Naomi has a keen eye on everyone and flexes the class to suit, giving options for those more advanced yogis to challenge themselves a little harder, whilst also giving plenty of opportunities to rest in Child’s Pose, or alternative, if you need a few minutes to catch your breath.
Yoga on the Lane host Level 1 Classes through the week which would be more suitable for absolute beginners. There are also a couple of Level 2 & 3 classes, geared up for those with a lot of yoga experience.
There were a couple of men at this class too. So, if you are male and wanting to bring some yoga into your life, the chances are you won’t be alone in a class at Yoga on the Lane!
The Package & Pricing
Joining Yoga on the Lane is straight forward as their packages are contract-free. This leaves the ball in your court as to when you want to practice with them – no strings attached.
Their Drop-In price is competitive, at £12 for a 60 min class, £13 for 75 min class and £14 for a 90 minute class (prices on date of writing)
Buy a 10 Class Card Pass for £105 and save £1.50 per class!
Yoga on the Lane have recently added an online booking system to their website, allocating 10 spaces to book in advance and leaving 9 available for those who prefer to just walk-in.
“Booking isn’t normally necessary, as there is typically space, but some of the evening classes do get full, so for those now that want to book and secure a space for their favourite class each week, they can.” Naomi
Workshops are also held regularly to help both their regular students, and anyone new to the studio, to come along and enhance their practice. Prices are around £30, but may vary.
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This review took place on Tuesday 13 September 2016, by Claire, I Yoga London.