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Free yoga at the HPod

At West Euston Partnership we care about the health and wellbeing of locals in our community. That is why we deliver a free yoga class every Monday at the Hpod.

No need to book. Just wear comfortable clothes and come along. For further information contact Diana Young: phone 020 7388 7932
or email: diana@westeuston.org
Or sign up at West Euston Partnership One Stop Shop, 29- 31 Hampstead Road, NW1 3JA​

Benefits of yoga at the HPod

Sara Fusaro is a professional yoga teacher who works with our charity to deliver the benefits of yoga to the West Euston community. When Sara is not teaching at the Hpod on Mondays, she is working with the NHS teaching gentle Yoga and meditation to patients with mental illness at Stacey Street Nursing Home and at Highgate Mental Health Centre. Sara also teaches classes to busy workers in the city and at children’s schools in North London. Taking time out of her packed schedule, Sara answers some frequently asked questions about Yoga at the Hpod.

WEP: What are the physical benefits a new student can expect to gain from attending the Monday yoga class at the H-Pod?

SARA: The class on Mondays is a gentle Yoga class where we mainly focus on mat work, pranayama (breathing control) exercises and meditation to help the body and the mind to relax. This helps to increase your flexibility and perfect your posture, producing immense benefits for your muscles and joints. A yoga practice helps to relax the nervous system and to boost the function of your immune system.

A more regular practice will improve your coordination, reaction time and memory.

A more regular practice will improve your coordination, reaction time and memory.

WEP: Can you share an insight into how the practice of yoga aids the treatment of mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety?

SARA: There are a lot of studies that show that the regular practice of yoga lifts depression because it significantly increases the levels of serotonin produced in the brain. As a result, a lot of people feel immediately more relaxed after the session and often happier.

A consistent practice is also conducive to a better night’s sleep, which means you will be less tired and less stressed.

A consistent practice is also conducive to a better night's sleep, which means you will be less tired and less stressed.

WEP: Can you give some tips on how students can maintain and maximize the benefits of yoga classes for the rest of the week?

SARA: Some of the asanas (exercises) are very simple and they can be repeated at home. Here are my tips:

Gently stretch the body during the day: only few minutes a day can make a big difference. Keeping a flexible body can help avoid back, neck and other muscle and joint problems and to relieve pain.

Be present in the moment to enjoy every single moment of your life and be grateful.

Practice compassion towards yourself and others. This is why our practice on Mondays is gentle: we are listening to our bodies and being gentle to ourselves. As a result, we release tension and gain a sense of self-acceptance while on the mat, and in our daily lives as well.