The first time I walked into Yoga On The Lane, I was so warmly greeted by Naomi (yoga teacher and director of Yoga On The Lane) I felt like I just ran into an old friend. I immediately felt the sense of community there, and the vibe was friendly and welcoming. The more I looked around, the more I felt like I was in Naomi’s home, and in a sense, I was. Yoga On The Lane is a beautiful studio and is thoughtfully run. A lot of effort is put into creating a great experience for the students, and also for the staff there, which is clearly reflected back into the space.
When you come to yoga, you want to feel like you’re coming “home” to a comfortable, nurturing place – a place where you can be quiet and withdraw, but also connect and be supported. You’ll feel that here. The reception and teachers are all lovely. There are fresh flowers and candles scattered about. There’s always a fresh pot of tea. You won’t find mirrors and music, and while I love mirrors and music on occasion myself, not having them tends to create a deeper experience. It’s a place for mindful movement, and not just the slow kind. The majority of the classes are dynamic, with a good balance of others to suit beginners and advanced, and moms/moms-to-be and even Pilates lovers (which is such a good complement to yoga). The studio itself is small, so although classes can be busy, you can rest assured that you’re not going to be lost in the crowd when it comes to safe alignment or adjustments. The studio brings a sense of comfort, rather than competition, whether you are an advanced practitioner or beginner.
I’m so happy my fellow teacher and friend Adam Hocke connected me to this space. Come take a class with me on Sundays. Level 1 from 12:00-1:00pm or Dynamic from 1:15-2:30pm. No need to worry about booking ahead. Classes are drop-in, so just come by 10-15 minutes before. Just off of Kingsland Road, not far from London Fields, the address is 105 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, E8 2EB – conveniently located next to the cafe Mouse and de Lotz!