We first met many years ago at a Yoga class Maya 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?
Maya Patwa and Karin Worthy
BoCo is on the Esher side of Surbiton, minutes from Surbiton station and near to Kingston upon Thames, Esher, Claygate, Molesey, Hersham, Thames Ditton, Long Ditton, Chessington, New Malden, Hook, Hampton Court and most parts of Elmbridge. There is ample parking near the studio.
We also provide a range of therapies, including acupuncture, osteopathy, physiotherapy, nutritional therapy, psychotherapy, cognitive hypnotherapy, aromatherapy, clinical hypnotherapy and NLP
To book a class , or enquire about classes, email firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boco Pilates has transformed my health. After two and a half years, my back problems have gone, my yoga's improved, and my posture is great. I was a bit nervous at first, but Karin, Khatun and the team run a lovely studio and are so friendly and welcoming. If it wasn't for Boco, I wouldn't be anywhere near as strong as I am today!
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. Maya 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.
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
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.
Maya Patwa. Her classes and workshops range from Gentle Yoga to Core Strength. 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. Maya has reverted to her maiden name and is now using Khatun as her second name. Photo
Colin Dunsmuir is a Yoga practitioner 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 Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy course at BoCo Surbiton.
Roxanna Ziolkowska is a former actress and drama teacher. She began practicing yoga in 1996 and completed her yoga teacher training under the tutelage of Colin Dunsmuir and Heather Robinson with the KHYF. She recently completed pre-natal mother and baby training with the British Wheeel of Yoga. Her classes include breathwork and chanting and have a meditative feel. They are suitable for people with some experience of yoga.
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 two children and has a real insight into the needs of mothers-to-be and mothers. Her classes include both regular and pre and post-natal Pilates. Photo
Christina Jones acquired her Yoga Alliance 200 hour qualification in 2006, and trained to teach pregnancy and mother and baby yoga with the BWY under the tutelage of Judy Cameron, a highly experienced midwife and yoga teacher, and Wendy Teasdil, author of Yoga for Pregnancy. Christina continues to study classical yoga and yoga therapy, having had the good fortune of discovering the tradition of Krishnamacharya, which continues to breathe new life into her personal practice and teaching. Photo
Jehan Yehia qualified as a physiotherapist in 1996 and has spent many years gaining experience in her field of interest. She has a masters in sports medicine, and has spent six years working in elite sport and the top sports medicine clinic in London. She led the sports medicine team for GB Kayak to Beijing 2008.
She trained to teach Pilates with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute. She has a special interest in post pregnancy back pain and has completed her ante and post natal Pilates training. Photo
Karin Worthy has practised yoga regularly for over 15 years and for the past 4 years has been studying yoga & yoga therapy in the tradition of Krishnamacharya. Her classes are gentle, using breath with movement to help students improve their flexibility, strengthen their body and achieve a sense of balance. Photo
Charlotte Chapman has been teaching Pilates for 2 years. She trained with APPI and is qualified to teach to Mat Level 2. She has also done the APP I training for Pre & Post Natal classes. She is a chartered Physiotherapist and has a Physiotherapy degree with First Class Honours. She is also available for Sports & Remedial Massage. Photo
Gaia Persico is a British Wheel of Yoga and the Yoga Alliance qualified teacher, who has trained at Triyoga under the guidance of Jeff Phenix, Susannah Hoffman and Carlos Pomeda. She has been practising Yoga for many years and is passionate about sharing the health benefits of Yoga and how it helps in everyday life. She brings an abundance of energy and enthusiasm, which is wonderfully infectious. Her yoga classes are fun and full of joy, and through thoughtful modifications for each posture, they are geared for both beginner and more advanced practitioners. Photo
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