wellbeing classes and workshops

BoCo offers a range of wellbeing classes and workshops. These help you to use the mind to release tension and resolve physical issues

calming the mind


yoga nidra


calming the mind - with Jo Harris

This restorative class allows time to slow down. Using props to settle blissfully into just a few supported posures, you can simply stop and breath. Good for the body and great for the mind, the process promotes a 'reset' of the flight, fight, freeze mode that can be running in the background of all we do. We take the time to reconnect with our calmer and more content self. Develop practical tools of mindfulness and movements to help create well-being of mind. Photo

hypnobirthing - with Sarah Tulloch

Hypnobirthing and birth mindset coaching. Partners are welcome. Regular weekend workshops. See hypnobirthing

The next workshop is on 8th December at 3:30 – 5:30pm. Cost £40.

Yoga Nidra - with Maya Patwa

Experience the profoundly relaxing and highly therapeutic practice of Yoga Nidra. This deeply restorative, guided meditation promotes a profound release of layers of accumulated physical, mental & emotional tension. No experience of yoga is necessary, as the practice requires nothing of you but to lie down and listen...

See Yoga Nidra


Yoga Nidra

Classes run all year round - you can start at any time. Days and times on class timetables

See also our workshops

book a class

Email bookings@boco-uk.com or

Call Reception on 0208 399 3930 (please leave a message if necessary)

We run specialist workshops from time to time. Details are on workshops

class prices - download class prices


calming the mind yoga - a testimonial

Having seen, first-hand, the positive effect yoga had had on my wife and then on my wife and our daughter, I took only a little persuading to try the “Calming the Mind” class each week. Any traces of remaining scepticism very quickly vanished, within the first half-hour of the first Monday afternoon class, with the relaxation techniques demonstrated by Jo having an almost immediate impact on my sense of well-being.

The typical stresses of the first morning back after the weekend simply vanish each and every week. Jo considerately selects easy-to-adopt positions, appropriate to the mixed abilities of those attending the class and, as someone who struggles to ‘wind-down’ in an everyday environment, I never cease to be amazed how relaxing practising yoga can be. The greatest challenge can be not to fall asleep towards the end of the hour and the contrast between the hurried rush to the studio and the meandering stroll home is quite remarkable!

Karl Fisher


hypnobirthing - a testimonial

My yoga and hypnobirthing practice came in use during the first few hours. The midwife even commented on the CCG which showed my contractions evenly spacing out and the baby calming whilst I was using the hypnobirthing techniques. She'd never seen it used on the labour ward. The anaesthetist guessed I did yoga and Pilates because apparently epidurals are harder to put in strong backs!

AM, Hampton


mental healthliving light - my experience, by Jo Harris

using yoga to support mental health


One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year - I have been one of those people.   For the past ten years I have suffered with bouts of anxiety that came and went fairly quickly.  Then four years ago I hit an impressive height of anxiety and spiralled into a deep depression.  I panicked several times a day, I found it hard to go to sleep and even harder to get up in the morning ....

Click here to read Jo's story on how yoga helped her to balance.  If you would like to find out how yoga can help mental wellbeing then please get in touch by contacting us at BoCo.  Just email or call us.




rehabilitation therapy

BoCo offers rehabilitation support in several forms to assist your recovery from illness or injury

yoga therapy

sports rehabilitation

diagnostic 1-2-1 yoga or pilates sessions

gentle yoga

chair yoga

Both yoga and pilates can help improve core stability and address musculo-skeletal pain in the neck and back. Some of our regular programme of yoga and pilates classes are specifically tailored to address these problems - see class timetable.

benefits of restorative yoga

by Andrea Cespedes, Livestrong.com, Jan 19, 2017

Slowing down in this fast-paced society can be hard, if not impossible. If you're not "doing" something, you're wasting time.

In steps the enigma of Restorative yoga. At first practice, it seems you're not doing much but lying on your mat in what feels like a supervised naptime. However, doing nothing in this way provides essential healing to your muscles, your nervous system and your psyche.

Restorative yoga balances out a high-energy lifestyle and helps prevent over-stimulation, which can lead to burn out and health problems.

What is Restorative Practice?

No regulations exist for Restorative yoga, but it generally describes a practice that focuses mostly on seated and reclined postures supported with props, such as bolsters (yoga pillows), blankets and blocks. The intention is for you, as a practitioner, to feel completely comfortable and not distracted by physical sensations. You'll focus on breathing, mild stretching and completely surrendering to downtime. In an hour-long practice, you'll visit only a few postures — holding the ones you do perform for several minutes at a time.

Flexibility Benefits

Restorative yoga offers a way to increase your flexibility without the risk of overstretching or overexerting yourself. You usually surrender to gravity instead of manually reaching and manipulating your muscles to stretch.

This also makes the practice highly inviting to all bodies. Even the stiffest of participants can find success in a Restorative practice. The goal isn't to look a certain way or reach a certain level of flexibility; rather, you're there to work on your body as it is.

Absolute Relaxation

The quiet, noncompetitive nature of Restorative yoga allows you to relax more deeply than you might in a flowing, physical practice. It helps balance out a fast-paced lifestyle that can keep your nervous system and mind stimulated and reluctant to relax.

This type of relaxation can foster better sleep, ward off depression and improve your mental health, showed a review of the research published in a 2012 issue of the North American Journal of Medical Science.

The benefits of Restorative yoga are particularly impactful for people in all stages of cancer. Restorative yoga also helped cancer patients tolerate the toxicity of chemotherapy, resist DNA damage and enhance immunity in a number of the reviewed studies.

Normalizing Your Nervous System

Your central nervous system has two sides: the sympathetic, or fight or flight system, and the parasympathetic, or calmer side. A busy, stressed-out lifestyle with work deadlines, financial stresses, family pressure and relationship challenges keeps the sympathetic system on overdrive. This can lead to an excessive release of cortisol, a stress hormone, and mental and physical exhaustion.

Restorative yoga balances your central nervous system by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. Deep breathing and calming postures mean your heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure and emotions slow down, putting your body in a healthier state.

Weight Loss

Often, weight loss is equated with vigorous, calorie-burning exercise. Restorative yoga is anything but a big calorie-burner, as most of it is spent in a near sleep-like state.

However, researchers have found that by reducing stress and calming your bodily system, restorative practices help reset your metabolic engine to drive weight loss. A 2008 issue of Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders published a small study showing that Restorative yoga was an "acceptable and feasible" treatment for people diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms including elevated blood pressure, high fat levels and unhealthy cholesterol levels. Addressing the symptoms of metabolic syndrome can help you normalize your weight and protect yourself from heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Restorative yoga has also been shown to help women lose subcutaneous fat more effectively than a simple stretching program, reported a study published by the American Journal of Managed Care in 2013. After 6 months of regular practice, the approximately 44 women who participated in yoga, versus 44 participating in basic stretching, experienced significantly greater weight loss and fat loss. Researchers suggest that the Restorative practice helped moderate production of stress hormones that encourage weight gain.

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