Hi there I'm Richard Brook founder of Creative Yoga London - London's fastest growing and most exciting yoga project and meetup. What we do here is unique, always has been and always will! It's born from community, has grown with meetup and we include social and connection events as part of our ethos and schedule!
Here, as well as getting your wellbeing kicks with immensely talented teachers and an eclectic range of classes and events you also get chance to build your community and your social life, be part of the most fun and original events like Social Yoga Tuesday's & Yoga Raves and even give your dating life a kick with amazing events like Yoga Dating. (Award nominated at the UK Dating Awards!)
Although we provide amazing depth and quality in our classes, we absolutely pride ourselves on being accessible to both newcomers and experienced yoga students.
Connection is at the Heart of who we are, not about how trendy your yoga gear is or how flexible you are. Yoga is all about what brings us wholeness, and you know what? Going to a yoga class at most London studios and walking out without batting an eyelid at the AMAZING people who you've just practicing with doesn't work for me. That's why we are such a hit on meetup. Over the 2 years or so I've been building Creative Yoga London, I've got as much from meeting the great people who come to my classes as any other aspect of the project. You just need the catalyst to say hello. We are it!
So this is what we have coming up at the moment!...
• YOGA AND WELLBEING CLASS PACKS! (valid for 3 months)
Due to demand, we've put together a class pack so you can kickstart your wellbeing and keep the motivation and momentum for regular attendance. The other benefit of course is that it fits with the meetup ethos as it gives you chance to build community as you meet people more regularly and build that social circle. This is where we are different - if you just want regular yoga there are thousands of classes out there, but not like us!
Our regular prices for this pack are ANY 5 classes for £45 or 10 classes for £80! But since you're with meetup and we've grown together virtually since day 1, we also give an additional discount.
ANY 5 classes for £35 (use promo code CYL35 via the website) valid for 3 months
ANY 10 classes for £60 (use promo code CYL60 via the website) valid for 4 months
The class packs include everything except the yoga raves - so Social Yoga Tuesdays, Yoga Dating, Vinyasa Flow, Dru, Outdoor Yoga, Couples Yoga, Ecotherapy, Body-mind workshops. You can sign up for this off the main website - as you have to pre-book the classes you want to attend. We're getting busier all the time, so I might not run this offer for ever, so take advantage while you can!
Please note, in your welcome email, you also get a promo code to attend one of our REGULAR yoga classes - Vinyasa flow or Dru Yoga for half price too.
If you don't jump at this, you need to take a long hard look in the mirror and ask yourself where it's all gone wrong!
Our present class line up is below. I don't list all the yoga classes I currently run on the meetup as I think you'd want to kill me for the amount of notifications you'd get sent! See the website class schedule for all classes.
• Social Yoga Tuesdays! (Class followed by a social) Top London Feel-Good Event
7.30pm Every Tuesday - £12 to meetup members
This event is great if you've never tried yoga but fancy giving it a go and combining it with some social connection! The yoga I teach is suitable for all :-) And as far as I know this is one of the few (perhaps only) yoga meetup which isn't just a class, but instead aligns more strongly to the meetup ethos of trying to bring people together. Look out for special guest teachers as well as the core Creative Yoga Team at this one!
It's also a great event if you're a yoga fan who thinks the experience could be way better if you actually got to talk to some of the people you've been in the class with! Meeting people from the relaxed feel-good place that Yoga brings you too is a massive part of what this group is all about.
TO WATCH THE NEWSCLIP OF OUR MEETUP BELOW, PLEASE CLICK HERE!
• Yoga Dating (class followed by a social) Legendary Singles Connection Event.
7.30pm Approx fortnightly Fridays or Sundays.
Award nominated and extensively featured in National Media. This event rocks if you're single, and you fancy meeting someone of the opposite sex in a much more authentic, relaxed, heart opening and creative setting than normal. Certainly makes a change from noisy nightclubs, tense coffee or pub dates, as you get a much more authentic impression of someone at these fabulous events.
The classes also happen to be immensely fun, great for your personal growth and generally nourishing whether you actually meet someone you're attracted to or not! They educate about the different levels of connection we need as human beings to thrive - connection with yourself, connection with another person, and connection with the bigger group as a whole and include partner, humandala yoga and connection exercises. Seen on Sky News, ITV2 and nominated for Most Original Dating Event at the UK Dating awards! Don't miss out!
Yoga outside is so good for you. Has your body been constricted behind a desk all day, staring at a screen in an air conditioned office with the humdrum of printers and PC's as the audio backdrop? Add in little or no natural light, let alone natural plant life, to brighten your mood (please note glass filters out essential spectral waves of light that need to hit your retina to balance your brain chemistry)
Well lets swap all that for some daylight, easy on the eye natural surroundings, fresher air, stretching and energising tense muscles, relaxation, with birds singing in the background and then we are talking WELLBEING!
• Vinyasa Flow with Mayan Patel
7.30pm Mondays (Rocket Launch Your Week!)
The uber-talented Mayan Patel has fast become one of Creative Yoga London's most loved teachers. We only have teachers here who have a special affinity to connect people together and Mayan has just that! His more 'Yang' Vinyasa flow class provides the perfect compliment to Richard's more Yin (softer) Dru Yoga and Camila's embodied Hatha, and is just great for those of you who need a damn good stretch!
Suitable for all. Mayan is also a specialist in Embodied connection and movement.
• Dru Yoga with Richard Brook
Dru Yoga is a more gentle style of Yoga (a more Yin style of Yoga) suitable for all. But it's power lies in it's subtlety - it enables the body to relax, release and unwind by removing subtle energy constrictions in the body and create a sense of heart warming wellbeing which is naturally conducive to feeling great! And great for those of you who like deep, deep, relaxation!
• Meditation and the Body-Mind Connection; Richard Brook & Michael Arnold
Alongside the more social events I put on with my team, we're also a collective of experts on meditation and the body-mind connection. Myself (Richard Brook) and Michael Arnold are both leading 5 Elements Acupuncturists with a massive amount of experience in Meditation modalities.
Michael focuses in particular on Presence and Stillness, and I work a lot with the Body-mind Connection. Wednesday at 6.30 is the time you'll find us sharing our wisdom is these educational and experiential workshops.
• Ecotherapy; Mindfulness in Nature with Julia Lay (Exclusive)
Clinical Psychologist Julia Lay facilitates a unique workshop exclusively for Creative Yoga London; Most of us have experienced the sense of wellbeing that can come from spending time in ‘nature’. We know intuitively that time amongst plant/wildlife and in open spaces is good for us, and the research is also clear on this. Eco-therapy is about spending time in natural environments in a particular way, that deepens our connection with nature and ourselves, maximising the benefits we derive from our time outdoors.
This workshop will take you out into a local natural area and through some simple exercises as a group and individually to deepen your appreciation of the natural world and increase your sense of connection and presence.
• Other Ridiculously Creative Yoga Events (such as Yoga Raves, Yoga & Dance Movement Therapy Picnics!)
As and When!
• Yoga Raves
One things is for certain! The creative process continually evolves and changes and I'm sure it won't be long before the next unique project emerges! Recently I organised a series of sell-out Yoga Raves featuring 3 different yoga teachers - all teaching to their individual style and accompanied by music of their favourite genre played by a DJ.
In addition to that we have a sound healer providing the backdrop to the final relaxation. These were all followed by a social of course!
Yoga at Events such as Morning Glory - Rave Your Way into the Day!
I'm super lucky in that I get to teach my super creative yoga at other super creative events like the Morning Gloryville Raves in East London.
It's great fun when I teach at an event like this as it often means a day out for people from the group who want to come along and check out what we are doing and meet loads of other great people along the way. Seriously recommended!
• Yoga & Detox Retreats
I'm exceptionally fortunate in that I organise some incredibly potent and energising yoga and wellness retreats. It's not every day you get to concentrate together so much holistic talent, in some of the most beautiful locations. These retreats are also about much more than yoga - we have at least two teachers at each retreat and different workshops - Meditation, Body-mind connection, Movement Therapy and connection with nature workshops. We also take trips and go for meals at local restaurants. In addition there are a host of different therapies on offer - acupuncture, massage, energy work and fantastic on site facilities - Sauna, Hot Tub, Swimming Pool.
Check out Moinhos Velhos, Portugal - location of our last retreat!