Karin and I first met several years ago at a Yoga class I was teaching. We found we had a shared vision of a perfect yoga environment – a peaceful and dedicated space, not part of a village hall or a competitive gym environment, with small classes allowing for individual guidance.
Today at the BoCo studio in Surbiton we are able to share our vision with everyone - from beginners to experts. Our light-filled, serene studio is fully equipped and we've gathered an exceptional team of expert instructors.
Our members, some of whom have been with us from the start, discover that the benefits of yoga and pilates go beyond an increase in flexibility and strength. They have found more energy and a sense of well-being.
We think we have achieved our vision. Why not come and try it for yourself?
the studio in Surbiton
BoCo is on the Esher side of Surbiton, minutes from Surbiton station and within easy reach of Kingston upon Thames, Esher, Claygate, Molesey, Hersham, Thames Ditton, Long Ditton, Chessington, New Malden, Hook and Hampton Court. There is ample parking nearby.
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We also provide a range of therapies, including acupuncture, osteopathy, physiotherapy, nutritional therapy, psychotherapy, cognitive hypnotherapy, aromatherapy, clinical hypnotherapy and NLP
book a class
To book a class , or enquire about classes, email email@example.com or call 020 8399 3930 before 1 pm or after 6.30 pm. Please leave a message if necessary - we will respond quickly.
Classes run all year round - you can start at any time. Days and times on class timetables
Louise Jackson, Weybridge
The BoCo Post-Natal Pilates course was fabulous, so much so that I am now a Pilates addict. Marzanne and Ruth are fantastic instructors and helped me to combat my post pregnancy pelvic girdle condition. All the staff are very attentive and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience.
Catherine Mackenzie, Surbiton
Having suffered a serious leg injury a few years ago I wondered how I would manage yoga, but within just 5 minutes of my first class I felt completely at ease. There is never any pressure, just expert guidance and care. Khatun is such a wonderful and empowering teacher, a complete gem who treats every person as the individual they are while always radiating something very special to the whole class. She explains the intricacies of breath and the human body in such a clear and meaningful way which takes you on a voyage of discovery – class is so much more than just executing poses. My mobility and strength have improved, and what a joy it has been to feel confident and free to develop in such a safe, caring environment. All the lovely BoCo staff and teachers make it so.
Jean Mahrer of Surbiton
At BoCo I am learning to re-connect with my body – to wake-up what has been sleeping as a result of injury and pain and age. I am able to do more, and now dare to expect more of myself. And this is all happening in an atmosphere of quiet confidence. And there is such delight and pleasure in the yoga and with the staff and members I meet.
Lisa Saunders of Surbiton:
I absolutely LOVE my Tuesday evening class. I can’t think of one thing that would make a difference, as it’s brilliant already. My teacher is fantastic, and it’s made a real difference to my back, which is definitely stronger since I started the classes.
Tom Jones of Surbiton:
I've had chronic back pain for over three years. I started at BoCo with a gentle Pilates class, which I found excellent, then progressed on to a more active class. At the outset I couldn't even do the active Pilates class because my back was so bad. It's a great compliment to BoCo's programme how good my back generally feels today. Pilates has really been quite transformative for me – I'm delighted to have found it. My back and mobility feel better now than at any time over the past three years.
Michael Banks of Esher:
My experience has been quite remarkable. After a lifetime of sport I was increasingly restricted in my movement by painful stomach muscles and seriously thinking of giving sport up. I felt a one-to-one session at BoCo was worth a try but was not convinced that the set exercises would correct two years of discomfort. How wrong I was. After only a few days there was great improvement and now, a month later, I have regained mobility and enjoy playing tennis and golf once more
Susan Dick of Oxshott:
Joining BoCo was the best thing I have done this year. Everybody on reception is always cheerful and quick to help. When I began in January I had not practiced for four or five months due to a shoulder injury that wouldn't heal. Khatun took me back to basics and very soon my shoulder and practise were improving. By the time Colin returned from India, I was in much better shape to undertake the challenges he presented us with. Colin's teaching has helped me to grow emotionally and physically stronger. His knowledge is extensive and he is very quick to share that with us. My yoga practice has improved no end and I have a different awareness in my practice. It's now not just about getting into the asanas but working with pranayama and learning that the two go hand in hand.
Kitty Cook of Esher:
The instructors are what I value most at Body Concepts. Though extremely knowledgeable and experienced, their attitude is not one of pressure or judgment but one of guidance and encouragement. Through their teaching, they convey an awareness of and sensitivity to the fact that we are all different shapes and sizes, and we come to practice yoga (or pilates) for our own individual reasons. As a result, I have never found myself in a class overwhelmed with frustration by what my body cannot do, but overjoyed by discovering and learning what my body can do.
Our teaching team combines to give you a wealth of experience and a range of styles. Each of them derives so much for themselves from their practice, and this is what makes them so passionate about their teaching.
Khatun Woodham. Khatun’s classes and workshops range from Gentle Yoga to Power Yoga. She particularly emphasises getting the fundamentals right, for both beginners and the more experienced, so that yoga can be practiced safely and members can develop their technique at their own pace. Her discipline is Hatha Yoga. Qualified with Friends of Yoga International. She has been teaching yoga since 1996 and became a Yogabugs instructor in February 2005. Photo
Colin Dunsmuir is a Yoga practitioner who is known for his experience, knowledge, caring and passion.
He represents the fullness of the lineage of Professor T. Krishnamacharya through the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation (KHYF) as a Yoga Teacher Trainer, and has completed four years of Yoga Therapy Training under the direct tutelage of both TKV Desikachar and his son Kausthub Desikachar. He has spent considerable time practicing and studying at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India. Colin is also a British Wheel of Yoga Diploma Course Tutor. Besides contributing to both Yoga Teacher and Therapy trainings, mentoring existing Yoga Teachers and teaching at specific workshops, Colin has considerable focus and experience of Yoga as both an evolutionary practice and also as a therapy. He also supports this with ongoing study of ayur-veda in the same tradition. Colin runs a British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course at BoCo Surbiton.
Debby Tomlinson leads a fast-paced class for those with some pilates experience, giving the muscles a good work-out. With a background in dance, Debby’s classes are fun and will motivate you to keep fit and healthy. She started teaching 1988, and qualified with The Pilates Institute in 1990 and 2002. She gained an OCR Level 2 Certificate in Pilates teaching in October 2003.
Berenice Wilde has been studying yoga for the last 16 years and qualified in Spring 2008 as a Hatha yoga teacher with the Yoga Academy, which is accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga and the Yoga Alliance. She teaches a style of yoga focusing on connecting breath with movement to enhance well-being and joy. Students should come away from a class feeling realigned and peaceful. If we are kind to ourselves and our bodies amazing things will happen.
Barbara Zatloka trained with Future Fit, Fit Pro and YMCA Fit. and started teaching in 2007. She is an example of the strength Pilates gives you in a petite frame. Her classes are wonderfully varied and will cater for your level so that you build strength and suppleness with no strain – which is very much the BoCo ethos.
Trish Soper's classes focus on precision and are designed to develop balance throughout the body, building strong stable muscles that are also flexible and correctly aligned. Members enjoy the physical benefits of her classes and also the relaxation and mental focus that each session is designed to provide. Tricia is a certified Matwork Pilates Level 3 Instructor (2009) and has completed additional courses on Pilates & Pregnancy, Neuro Pilates, Shoulder Stability, Progressive Matwork 1, Pilates & Back Care, Pilates & The Older Adult and Pilates on the Ball. Tricia is also training in Life Coaching and as an NLP practitioner. Photo
Roxanna Ziolkowska is a former actress and drama teacher. She began practicing yoga in 1996, and began teaching last spring. Roxanna is halfway through her yoga teacher training under the tutelage of Colin Dunsmuir and Heather Robinson with the KHYF. Roxanna’s classes include breathwork and chanting and have a meditative feel. They are suitable for people with some experience of yoga.
Marzanne Swanepoel is an experienced Chartered Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor who trained at the University of the Free State, South Africa, and the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI). She has two children herself and has completed her training in pre-and postnatal Pilates. Photo
Ruth Smith is an experienced Chartered Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor who trained at Kings College, London and the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI). She has completed training in pre and post-natal Pilates to be able to offer you a specially designed course to help you achieve your post-natal goals.
Sarah Jane Disney trained and taught in Hong Kong for 6 years. She completed her Yoga Alliance (US/Can) training in 2006 and her Birthlight (UK) Pre and Postnatal training with Francoise Freedman in 2009. She qualified to teach Mat Pilates and Pre and Postnatal Pilates with Balanced Body University in Feb 2010. She has a 4 year old daughter and an 11 month old baby girl. Photo
Maria Faye is a former osteopath and an experienced yoga teacher and Pilates instructor. She specialises in rehabilitation Pilates therapy. Her training allows her to work effectively with prevention and treatment of injury and dysfunction, as well as maintenance of good structure and function. A balance of stretching, strengthening, manual therapy and relaxation can facilitate optimal functioning of all the body systems.
Tania Gallindo has been teaching infant massage for over 10 years. She trained as an infant massage therapist at Well Mother in Bristol and holds a diploma in Holistic Care in Pregnancy, Birth and Babyhood. She is also a registered Craniosacral Therapist and Shiatsu Practitioner specialising in working with pregnant women, mothers and babies. Photo
Louise Millward is a British School of Yoga Hatha Yoga teacher and has been teaching for five years. Almost half of this time has been dedicated to teaching pregnancy and post natal yoga. She completed specialist training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Francoise Freedman, both experts in the pregnancy and post natal field. Louise is registered with the Independent Yoga Network, Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) and qualified in various relaxation and meditation techniques. She is also a registered Reiki healer. Photo
Caroline Preston joined the BoCo Pilates team at the end of November. Caroline is a Body Control Pilates teacher with 18 months’ experience. Photo
Mandy Penalver is a FRYOG & Sivananda trained teacher. She has been practicing Yoga for over twenty years and teaching for more than twelve. She has always been particularly interested in the meditative aspects of Yoga and is passionate about the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra and the teachings of Advaita. Mandy runs our Yoga Nidra workshops. Mandy continually attends workshops, retreats and courses as a commitment to her personal and professional development. She runs our Yoga Nidra workshops. Photo
Lexie Williamson is a British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Sports Science-trained instructor. She teaches Vinyasa Flow and Yoga for Runners and Cyclists, working one-to-one with cyclists, triathletes and sprinters and directly with running and triathlon clubs. She has also written about yoga/stretching for Runner’s World, Triathlete’s World and Cycling Active magazines. She runs, cycles and takes part in sprint triathlons. Lexie runs our Yoga for Sport workshops. Photo
Erin Fant has been teaching since 2001. She underwent an intensive 3 year apprenticeship in Hawaii with an authorised Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute instructor where the traditional method of teaching the Ashtanga Yoga sequences (through 3rd series) and adjustments were learned and applied. She has practiced/studied 2nd series with Nancy Gilgoff of Maui, Hawaii. She has been to Mysore several times to practiced with Sri K Pattabhi Jois, and has practiced 2nd series with Sharath Rangaswamy both in Mysore, India and on his world tours. While most of her training and background is in Ashtanga Yoga she is currently participating in two teacher trainings. One is a Yoga Teacher training course recognised by both the British Wheel of Yoga and the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation of Chennai, India. The second is a Vedic Chanting teacher training course based at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India. A dedicated practitioner of the tools of Yoga, she maintains a daily practice of asana, pranayama, meditation and Vedic chanting in the hopes to pass on any knowledge gained in her own practices on to the students. Erin runs our vedic chanting workshops.
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