Yoga at Lloyd's

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The Lloyd’s Wellbeing Centre offers weekly yoga classes at both beginner and intermediate level.

The main components of yoga are postures – a series of movements designed to increase physical activity – especially strength, flexibility, balance and breathing.

There’s evidence that regular yoga is beneficial for people with:

  • high blood pressure and/or risk of heart disease
  • too much body fat
  • aches and pains – including lower back pain
  • stress, depression & mental wellbeing.

No, you don’t have to be fit or flexible! Our yoga classes cater for everyone, and being small classes, you’ll be given a helping-hand if there is anything you’re unsure of or struggling with. Yoga will improve your flexibility and help you go beyond your normal range of movement.

Yoga-related injuries are uncommon. Some injuries can be caused by repetitive strain or overstretching, but yoga is the same as any other exercise discipline – it is perfectly safe when taught by an experienced yoga teacher. If you do feel any pain, you should stop the manoeuvre and inform the instructor.

Yoga holidays abroad

Join us on a yoga holiday – A week of yoga, meditation and self-discovery. An opportunity for personal exploration, where nature meets spirituality.

Yoga holidays in Spain

Luxurious villa set in the beautiful Madrid countryside.

  • 1-week and 5-day options available, with a choice of five dates to choose from in 2018.

Yoga holidays in Mexico

Idyllic surroundings for a luxury yoga holiday.

  • Limited to just 8 people.
  • Summer & Autumn 2018 dates to be announced soon.

Meditation at Lloyd's

Meditation is a mind-body practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness. The Lloyd’s Wellbeing Centre offers a weekly Mindful Meditation class. 

Meditation may be practised for many reasons, such as to increase calmness and physical relaxation, to improve psychological balance, to cope with illness, or to enhance overall health and wellbeing.

Through the practice of meditation, you will become familiar with the complex patterns and habits of your mind, giving you the opportunity to cultivate new and more positive ways of being. With patience and regular practice, these nourishing and intense periods of focus can help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself, bringing you closer to a peaceful and energised state.

People use meditation for various health problems, such as:

  • Stress, anxiety and depression
  • Insomnia
  • Pain relief and physical or emotional symptoms that may be associated with chronic illnesses (such as heart disease, cancer, etc.) and their treatment.

Most of us spend our days living in a state dominated by our inner thoughts or feelings. In consequence, we can sometimes be led to believe that these thoughts and feelings make up who we are as a person, and that we have no control over the effect this can have on our lives. Mediation is the practice of simply being. It guides us to experience how we can ‘live in the moment’ without any interference from internal or external distractions. It is a natural state of being, but one which many of us have forgotten how to access.

Maria is the LWC meditation teacher: “My aim, as your teacher, is to guide you through this process of transformation – to help you learn how to be present in your body, and calm in your mind. During our sessions together, I will be a catalyst in assisting you to build a strong connection with your higher self.”

 

The key aspects/requirements for a successful meditation session are:

  • A quiet location. Meditation is usually practiced in a quiet place with as few distractions as possible. This can be particularly helpful for beginners.
  • A specific, comfortable posture. Depending on the type being practiced, meditation can be done while sitting, lying down, standing, walking, or in other positions.
  • A focus of attention. Focusing one’s attention is usually a part of meditation. For example, the meditator may focus on a mantra (a specially chosen word or set of words), an object, or the sensations of the breath. Some forms of meditation involve paying attention to whatever is the dominant content of consciousness.
  • An open attitude. Having an open attitude during meditation means letting distractions come and go naturally without judging them. When the attention goes to distracting or wandering thoughts, they are not suppressed; instead, the meditator gently brings attention back to the focus. In some types of meditation, the meditator learns to “observe” thoughts and emotions while meditating.

Your teacher: María Aguiló Argos

Maria spent 7 years mastering a multitude of yoga and meditation techniques and specialises in Creative Vinyasa Flow yoga, Guided Meditation & Pranayama (breathing techniques). She has spent time in Mexico, South Africa and London in order to gain a broad understanding of how yoga and meditation can expand the mind and improve physical health & emotional wellbeing.

Maria - Yoga teacher“We live stressful lives, with very busy schedules. This can make us forget not only how to breathe properly, but the value of being conscious of the present moment. We must take care of the most important thing we have: ourselves. Then, when we do, good things will happen – not just for us – but also for those around us.”

Read Maria’s full bio

Class schedules and costs

Special thanks to Lloyd’s Corporation for allowing us to utilise the Lloyd’s Social Hub facility for these classes.

You do not need to be a Lloyd’s pass holder to attend our classes.

Classes to be held in the Lloyd’s Social Hub which is located on the Upper Basement level of the Lloyd’s Building, 1 Lime Street. The room accommodates a maximum of 12 people people for yoga, and 15 for meditation.

Yoga classes

Tuesday’s at 8:00 AM – ‘Beginners’ Yoga

  • Small 50-minute classes ideal for beginners.
  • Try your first class for free.
  • Pay-as-you-go classes £12 each.

Tuesday’s at 8:00 AM & Wednesday’s at 5:30 PM – ‘Open to all’ Yoga

  • Small 50-minute ‘Vinyasa Flow’ classes suitable for all levels – from beginners to those who have practised before.
  • Try your first class for free.
  • Pay-as-you-go classes £12 each.

Private Yoga – One-to-One and One-to-Two person classes

  • One-to-One: £75 for 1 hour 15 mins. (For up to 2 people if you want to share with a friend).
  • Book four or more sessions and save £5 per class.
  • Book your private yoga classes by emailing info@lloydswellbeingcentre.co.uk or calling 020 7327 5341.

Equipment is provided – mats, blocks and bands will be available should you not have your own. Please wear light comfortable clothing. It is recommended you avoid eating heavy meals before a class, and that you drink plenty of water before and after your class.

Guided Meditation classes

Small classes suitable for all levels – from complete beginners to those who have practised before.

  • Try your first class for free
  • Pre-book a course of 6 classes for just £40 (you get the first class free, and also save £10 over booking individually).
  • Pay-as-you go classes for £10 per class.
  • Each class is 40 minutes duration.

 

  • Pay-as-you-go every Thursday 8:00 AM for £10 per class. (Pre-booking online is essential).
  • 6 week course [19th April to the 24th May] – Every Thursday at 8:00 AM.

Book a yoga or meditation class

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