Introduction to Yoga

During this workshop, you will get a holistic introduction to yoga as a philosophy; We will practise two types of yoga together and explore various types of meditation, next to getting to learn more about Yoga philosophy, Chakra’s and the Ayurvedic health system.

The workshop is given by Sieske Valk; A Free-Range yoga teacher, cat psychologist, dog walker and environmental geographer in one. Sieske runs her company Sies Petcare & Yoga in London since moving to the capital last December, after having lived in exotic places like India, Kenya, Zanzibar and Amsterdam. If you want to know more about Sieske, visit or @SiesPETCAREandYOGA on Facebook.


10.00 – 11.00 am Hatha Flow

We will start with a dynamic yoga class of 60 minutes which includes gentle stretches (Asanas), breathing exercises (Pranayama) and a short, seated meditation, also called Yang Yoga.

11.00 – 11.30 am Tea and a small snack

11.30 – 12.30 am Introduction to Yoga Philosophy, Chakra’s and Ayurveda

During this hour we will talk about the ancient yoga philosophy, which is over 4000 years old and the basis of many modern day (Eastern) religions. Furthermore, we will explore the interesting world of Chakra’s, or energy wheels, in our physical bodies and the Ayurvedic health science, which is used alongside Western medicine on the Indian sub-continent.

12.30 – 1.30 pm Lunch break

Bring your own (healthy) lunch from home; try to keep it light, so you won’t suffer from an after-lunch-dip. Think about a nice salad, some veggies or soup.

1.30 – 2.30 pm Introduction to active meditation

During this introduction, we will try out 3 varieties of meditation other than the standard seated meditation. Be surprised about the possibilities to attain a Zen-like state!

2.30 – 3.00 pm Tea and a small snack

3.00 – 4.00 pm Restorative yoga

During this session, we will go through a few restorative poses held for a longer period (a few minutes) to allow the body to fully calm down, prepare for the evening and the mind to focus inwards, also called Yin Yoga. We will use many props for this type of yoga to allow the body to fully relax, so we would ask you to bring some from home (e.g. small pillow or two and a blanket). Also bring along a nice warm pullover and comfortable socks, as the body will cool down during this session.

Places are FREE* for Southwark residents, everyone is welcome and charges of up to £50 may apply to non-Southwark residents .

*Southwark Adult learning Services offer to fund one free place for every Southwark resident each year, subject to availability. You need to have been resident for at least two years, not be in any other training and have a national insurance number.

Did You Know

If you pay for your course in full now you will receive a discount of £5.

If you are a Southwark resident of more than 2 years, you are eligible for a free course each year.

If you're a Southwark resident that is attending for free, we ask that you pay a £10 deposit for your place which will be refunded electronically on the next working day after the workshop.


To book a place, please click the link below and head to our booking page.

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