10 August 2017

Restorative yoga for fertility.

To rest, relax and restore is essential in today’s society where stress levels are rising. To rest deeply is to experience absolute relaxation, where there is effortless stillness, quietness and peace. Restorative Yoga provides bespoke restorative postures, specific yoga based sequences, breath awareness practices and relaxation. 

Open to both men and women these yoga sessions are suitable for couples trying to conceive naturally or through IVF (providing you have been referred by your IVF consultant). 

The physical focus of the postures is to create space and ease and to optimize the blood flow to the muscles and connective tissues in the lower pelvis. 

On an emotional level, the benefits of restorative yoga and the haven of a safe, nurturing environment, can help both men and women cope with the stress associated with trying to conceive and to increase the ability to self nurture, deeply relax and accept where they are in the process. 

Our restorative fertility yoga sessions are in conjunction with fertility experts at Concept fertility. www.conceptfertility.co.uk

We offer1-2-1 or couples sessions check our website for details
 Yoga Mama Wellness

or call 0208 789 3881 for more details

09 August 2017

Gentle yoga for back pain.

A short gentle limbering sequence that is suitable for people with back pain and pregnant women.


Yoga Baba organic clothing for mini yogis.

We are delighted to introduce our Yoga Baba organic clothing range.

Yoga Baba is an independent organic clothing company for babies. In collaboration with a London artist and yogi, we have produced our own unique range of baby clothing. These garments feature illustrated prints that draw inspiration from yoga and nature.
All of our garments are made from super soft 100% organic cotton. This makes them perfect for wearing against delicate baby skin.
We believe it is important to support the planet for our babies’ future. For this reason, all of our products are fair trade and also come from sustainable sources.

22 June 2017

July Restorative Yoga Workshop

Restorative Yoga Workshop with Diane King

Wednesday 19 July, 8 - 9:15pm

Are you looking to ease stress and fatigue? Perhaps you are recovering from injury or other health conditions? Or maybe you are just looking for a gentle yoga practice? If so, this restorative yoga workshop is for you!

Why not come and relax in a candlelit studio? Breathe and let go! This restorative yoga workshop with Diane is suitable for all levels of experience and flexibility. For those carrying an injury or any health conditions, Diane will assist you with pose modifications.

Cost and bookings

This restorative yoga workshop costs £20. You can book online, in person at reception, or by calling us on 020 8789 3881.

What is restorative yoga?

Restorative yoga is a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props  (such as eye bags, blankets, blocks and bolsters) helps you to maintain balance whilst stimulating and relaxing your body.

This type of yoga suitable for all. It is especially suitable for people returning to yoga practice after a spell away. It is also suitable for anyone working with injuries or health conditions. Restorative yoga allows individuals to switch off from the hectic pace of everyday life. Thus allowing them to tune into themselves.

About Diane King

Diane is a British Wheel of Yoga accredited teacher. She is also registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals (200 Level). She specialises in restorative, pregnancy, postnatal, baby and fertility yoga. Diane creates a balanced practice between dynamic and restorative poses, focusing on breath and alignment. This allows students to release tension from the mind and body. Her style of teaching is honest and open and she encourages students to find the humility and humour in themselves.

24 May 2017

Class timetable for June & July

Below you will find the forthcoming timetable and prices for classes at Yoga Mama Wellness. This timetable comes into effect the week commencing 5th June 2017. Courses last for 7 weeks, unless otherwise stated.

To book your place on your chosen course, go to our live schedule and booking system. At present, online booking is not available once a course has started (except pregnancy classes). To check availability or to book, call us on 020 8789 3881.

One-to-one Yoga, Fertility Yoga, Tai Chi, Reformer Pilates and mat Pilates classes are also available. Individual sessions are £65, with discounts available on block bookings. For more information or to book, call us on 020 8789 3881.

Timetable and Prices

Day Time Course Teacher Duration Cost
Mon 11:00 - 12:00 Postnatal Pilates Emily 7 weeks £105
Mon 19:00 - 20:00 Pregnancy Pilates Babs Ongoing Class pass
Tue 10:30 - 11:30 Mum and Baby Yoga Hajni 7 weeks £105
Tue 18:45 - 19:45 Pregnancy Yoga Cherie Ongoing Class pass
Tue 20:00 - 21:00 Pilates Rehab Claire 7 weeks £105
Wed 10:00 - 11:00 Tai Chi Enid 7 weeks £105
Wed 12:00 - 13:00 Postnatal Pilates Rachel 7 weeks £105
Wed 18:45 - 19:45 Pregnancy Yoga Diane Ongoing Class pass
Wed 20:00 - 21:15 WORKSHOP Restorative Yoga
(21 June & 19 July)
Diane 1 day £20
Thu 10:00 - 11:00 Baby massage
(1 & 8 June)
Lauren 2 weeks £40
Thu 18:45 - 20:15 WORKSHOP Women's Wellness Yoga
(15 June)
Claire 1 day £25
Thu 19:00 - 20:30 WORKSHOP Stress management
Fiona 1 day Free
Thu 19:00 - 21:00 TALK Free triathlon seminar
(22 June)
Fleur 1 day Free
Fri 09:00 - 10:30 Ashtanga Yoga Led Cherie 7 weeks £119
Sat 08:45 - 09:45 Pregnancy Pilates Sylwia Ongoing Class pass
Sat 10:00 - 11:00 Pregnancy Yoga Eftal Ongoing Class pass
Sat 11:15 - 12:15 General Pilates Claire 7 weeks £105
Sat 12:00 - 15:00 Hypnobirthing
(10, 17 & 24 June)
Dr Gandolfi 3 weeks £295
Sat 13:00 - 13:30 TALK Introduction to Hypnobirthing
(3 June)
Dr Gandolfi 1 day FREE
Sat 13:00 - 14:30 WORKSHOP Stretch workshop
(1 July)
Cherie 1 day £25

Pregnancy Yoga & Pilates Class Passes and Drop ins

Class Duration Class pass Price Pass expiry period
Pregnancy Yoga 60 minutes 6 classes £90 Use within 8 weeks
Pregnancy Pilates 60 minutes 6 classes £90 Use within 8 weeks
Drop in 60 minutes 1 class £17 1 class

One-to-one classes

Class Duration Individual session Block booking
1-2-1 Yoga 60 minutes £65 Call 020 8789 3881
1-2-1 Fertility Yoga 60 minutes £65 Call 020 8789 3881
1-2-1 Tai Chi 60 minutes £65 Call 020 8789 3881
1-2-1 Mat Pilates 60 minutes £65 Call 020 8789 3881
1-2-1 Reformer Pilates 60 minutes £70 Call 020 8789 3881

Class bookings

Yoga Mama Wellness class bookings can be made via our online booking system, in person at reception, or by telephone on 020 8789 3881.

21 May 2017

Cranial osteopathy and the treatment of colic

How cranial osteopathy can help soothe away your baby's colicky cries

by Liz Neale

Get a group of new parents together and it won't take long before they start talking about sleep. Or, more likely, the lack of it. The advice to 'sleep when your baby sleeps' is all well and good. However, if your little one likes to party all night, every night, you are soon functioning like a zombie if you can't catch up during the day. So when one of my friends suggested taking my four-week-old to a cranial osteopath to reduce her stress levels (and hopefully help us both rest), I was intrigued.

What is cranial osteopathy?

Cranial osteopathy encourages the release of tension and stresses in the body and the head that might have been caused by the birth. Osteopaths hold and observe the baby, carefully manipulating the body to encourage it to function as it should.

I wondered if it was some sort of 'baby whispering'. After all, if the osteopath was merely holding my baby, how could that be deemed treatment? But several mums recommended cranial osteopathy as a way of combating the dreaded colic. Those long evenings when baby cries and cries – and cries – before sleep eventually comes.

I visited osteopath David Isherwood at his practice in south west London for what he called a ‘Baby MOT’. He explained that newborn babies can be subject to enormous forces when they are born. Twisting and turning as they squeeze their way to the outside world can mean a lot of stress and pressure. This pressure falls particularly on baby's head.

How do cranial osteopaths work?

Cranial osteopaths look to recognise any effects caused by this and release that pressure. They pay special attention on the base of the skull, as nerves to the tongue and guts may become irritated. This, in turn, may effect suckling and cause nausea.

David said there may also be a build up of pressure around the Temporal bone which houses the hearing apparatus. As well as this, the Eustachian tubes may become compressed during delivery, especially by forceps. This may lead to blocked ears and infection.

David explained: "There is a fundamental subtle movement within all body tissues that cranial osteopaths are trained to feel. This is present throughout the connective tissues (which are fascia, ligaments, muscles and bones) of the whole body, including the head. Within the skull and spinal cord, the sensitive meninges express this movement as a shape change. If the body is subjected to strong compression or twisting forces, such as those experienced by the baby during birth, these connective tissues can become distorted and strained. As a result, the baby may feel uncomfortable. Osteopaths use their highly developed sense of palpation to feel these strains and to gently release them".

Cranial osteopathy treatment

David started by asking me questions about Catherine’s arrival to find out if I'd had a good pregnancy and a straightforward birth. Once he had all that information, he began the physical examination. The first thing he did was simply hold Catherine gently, feeling for that flexion and extension. He placed her on the couch and started with her feet, holding them gently and talking slowly, and quietly reassuring her all the time.

"I watch the face and body for any reaction" he said. "I then wait to feel for the rhythmic fascial pull. Is it symmetrical? Is it stronger on one side? Next I test for mobilisation and the angle of movement of the ankle joints and toes. I then do this with the knees and hips".

David continued working his way up Catherine’s body. He examined her ribs through her clothes before moving on to her spine. I was convinced she would keep wriggling and perhaps even start crying at the unfamiliar surroundings. However, to my surprise, she was relaxing and closing her eyes. Her arms were thrown up above her head, yet she clearly felt safe and secure enough to sleep.  David continued with the examination; moving along Catherine’s fingers, wrists, elbows and then to her shoulders and head.

Cranial osteopathy and colic

During delivery a newborn's head faces huge pressure. The soft bones of the skull overlap and bend as the baby is born. Over the first few days of life the head will gradually lose its moulded shape. However, that feeling of pressure sometimes remains. This pressure can lead to crying and screaming as the baby is uncomfortable. It can also mean that a a baby has difficulty feeding because of the stresses throughout the head, face and throat. As David explained his work, I realised this was something Catherine struggled with. She was quite a 'windy' feeder, gulping air as I fed her. She would also regurgitate milk between and after feeds.

David said: 'Many babies are mouth breathers. They struggle to drink and breathe through the nose, hence this gulping of air. Once these 'lumps' of air have descended below the stomach, they have a long way to go. Very often this will cause abdominal pain, as the air stretches the baby's sensitive small intestines on its journey.’

That certainly sounded familiar and I was grateful for tips on how to combat this. This included a nifty little trick to burp baby using a combination of leaning and stretching. As Catherine lay on the couch fast asleep, it was hard not to think David had performed some kind of magical 'witch doctor' spell.

After the treatment

I carefully picked her up and placed her back in the pram. Normally she would jolt awake, but she hardly stirred as I negotiated the uneven pavement outside. I wasn't sure what to expect that night. Catherine certainly didn't go to bed at 7pm without a fuss. However, her crying was less prolonged and, when she did settle, it took less time.

Perhaps, more importantly, I felt I had some peace of mind from the osteopathy treatment. I had had a straightforward delivery, but it had all been quite quick. In addition to this, Catherine had needed oxygen when she was first born. David's baby MOT provided reassurance that things were as they should be. Even as a first-time mum, I was doing things correctly.

Originally published in the Daily Mail Online on the 20 June 2011

More information and appointments

If you would like more information about cranial osteopathy, visit the Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy website. For appointments with  our resident cranial osteopath Aude Lauriot Prevost, call us on 020 8789 3881.

20 May 2017

Two week baby massage course

Two week baby massage course

Starts Thursday 15th June, 10-11am

Massage is the most natural and instinctive form of caring for the baby. The new-born baby experiences the world through its senses, such as touch, smell, taste, sound and vision. These senses develop gradually. However, from the moment of birth, the baby already understands the language of touch.

What are the benefits of baby massage

Here are some of the benefits of baby massage:

  • Massage helps to create a unique bond between the parents and the baby.
  • It gives first-time parents more confidence.
  • Massage relaxes both the baby and the parent.
  • Mothers who suffer from postnatal depression may feel more positive when they experience their baby’s response to the massage.
  • Massage helps parents to be aware of their baby’s body and the developmental changes they are going through.
  • Regularly massaged babies develop their motor skills more quickly.
  • Massage helps to improved circulation, as well as promoting healthy skin and a strong immune system.
  • As the baby relaxes during the massage, their muscles also relax. As a result, massage can also help to ease conditions such as colic pain and constipation.
  • Baby massage is highly therapeutic. In addition to this, it can help with several ailments throughout early childhood.

This 2-week baby massage course is run by paediatric physiotherapist Lauren Wee. The course starts on Thursday 15th June at 10am, with each session lasting for an hour. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Cost and booking

This 2-week baby massage course costs £40. You can book online, in person at reception, by calling  020 8789 3881 or by sending an email on info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

Fertility yoga training day (CPD)



The Yoga Mama fertility yoga teacher training CPD workshop will primarily look at giving yoga teachers the information and tools to support women and couples who are trying to conceive naturally or through in vitro fertilisation (IVF).


The aim of this fertility yoga teacher training CPD workshop is set out below:
  • To understand what infertility is and how yoga can help and support women and couples.
  • You will learn suitable postures for fertility yoga classes and the effects these have on the body.
  • You will look at factors that might affect conception; including stress, nutrition and lifestyle.
  • Trying for a baby can be a highly stressful time for men and women, so we will also look at
  • how to create a safe, nurturing environment in which to facilitate fertility yoga classes.


In this fertility yoga teacher training CPD workshop topics covered will include:
  • Possible causes of infertility
  • Asana
  • Pranayama/mudra/ visualisation techniques
  • The use of props in fertility yoga classes
  • Stress and relaxation management
  • Emotional support
  • Specific poses suitable whist having IVF treatment


The fertility yoga teacher training course is open to yoga teachers and women’s health professionals. It is also a Yoga Alliance Professionals approved CPD.


The Yoga Mama fertility yoga teacher training CPD workshop faculty is made up of:


This Fertility Yoga Teacher Training CPD Workshop will take place at the Yoga Mama studio. Full address below.

Yoga Mama
2nd Floor, Putneymead Group Medical Practice
266 Upper Richmond Road
London SW15 6TQ


The Yoga Mama Fertility Yoga Teacher Training CPD workshop costs £150. This price includes the manual.


To reserve your place on the June 2017 Yoga Mama Fertility Yoga Teacher Training CPD workshop, you can book online. Alternatively, call us on 020 8789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

17 May 2017

Free triathlon seminar: Training from inside out



Are you looking to take up the Triathlon or other endurance sport? Perhaps you have competed before and are in search of top tips for your next event?

Endurance Nutritional Therapist Fleur Borrelli (BSc Nut Med BA Hons MBant NTCC) will explain how making simple changes to your diet and eating patterns can reduce reliance on high carb foods and energy drinks, while also making you a better fat burner.  She willl also tell you what you can do to optimise your inflammatory and immune responses, and you will learn why a one size fits all approach doesn't work for everyone.

To round off the evening, triathletes Heather Sellars (of Team GB) and David Hemmings (of Velosport) will share motivation, experiences, advice and stories from inside the sport.


This triathlon seminar is open to triathletes and other endurance athletes. These talks are free. However, due to limited space, booking is essential. To book your place,  call 020 8789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.


Fleur is a the resident nutritional therapist at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy. She is also the co-author of the best-selling In-Sync Diet alongside Glynis Barber. Fleur is an experienced sports nutritionist. Given her knowledge in this field, she has devised a programme called RISE. This programme is based on the five keys to achieving optimal physical performance, which are: Recovery, Immunity, Strength and Energy.

Fleur provides Nutritional Therapy from a clinical perspective. With regard to her treatments, they are part preventative and part regenerative medicine. She bases her approach on new developments in the field of psychology, neurology, endocrinology and immunology.  Taking this into account, she then looks at how these systems interact with each other.

1-2-1 Reformer Pilates promotional offer

1-2-1 Reformer Pilates promotional offer

Get 50% off your first Reformer Pilates session

Offer valid until the end of June

As a special introductory offer, in conjunction with our partners at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy, we are offering a 50% discount on your first 1-2-1 Reformer Pilates session until the end of June. These 1-2-1 sessions usually cost £70, but until the end of June it will cost just £35. There are a limited number of sessions, so book early to avoid disappointment.

To take advantage of this 1-2-1 Reformer Pilates promotional offer, call us on 020 8789 3881 quoting the promo code 121REFORMER. Some terms and conditions apply. This offer is valid until 30 June 2017. Please note that it cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions.

What is Reformer Pilates?

Reformer Pilates is a low impact form of exercise. This means that it is easy on the joints, but is still challenging. At Yoga Mama Wellness and The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy, we use the Allegro 2 reformer machine. This is a versatile piece of equipment that facilitates a wide range of exercises.

The machine also comes with attachments that allow us to increase the range of modifications to exercises. In addition to this, we can also carry out a broader range of exercises than in a traditional mat-based Pilates class. Furthermore, the machine’s resistance provides additional support. This support is especially beneficial to people with a limited range of movement or injury, as they can perform modified exercises safely.