Yoga

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing.

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

Many people simply enjoy doing yoga for fun! However, there is 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.

Please come changed and ready for yoga! Wear light, comfortable clothing to the class and bring a small towel if possible.

Changing facilities and a shower can be found in the bathrooms on the Upper Basement level. It is recommended you avoid eating heavy meals before a class, and that you drink plenty of water before and after your class. Mats and blocks are provided although you can bring your own if you like.

Yoga classes at Lloyd’s

Tuesday’s at 8:00 AM – ‘Open to all’ Yoga

  • 50-minute ‘Vinyasa Flow’ classes suitable for all levels – from beginners to those who have practised before.
  • Small class – maximum of 12 people.
  • Pay-as-you-go classes £10 each.

Pilates

Pilates was developed in the early 20th century as a fitness system to strengthen the body, with particular emphasis on core strength.

Pilates exercises are performed in a flow of movement without the static poses associated with yoga. While the methods are different, pilates and yoga both develop strength, balance, flexibility, posture and breathing technique. Both systems emphasise the connection between physical and mental health.

Pilates has something to offer people of all ages and levels of ability & fitness:

  • improve posture, fitness and muscle tone
  • improves core strength and flexibility
  • aids balance and joint mobility
  • mind-body workout which relieves stress and tension.

While the methods are different, pilates and yoga both develop strength, balance, flexibility, posture and good breathing technique.

Both systems emphasise the connection between physical and mental health, although yoga places more emphasis on relaxation and uses meditation. Pilates is performed both on apparatus and mats, whereas classic yoga doesn’t require any equipment.

Pilates exercises are performed in a flow of movement without the static poses associated with yoga.

No, you don’t have to be fit or flexible! Our pilates 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. Pilates will improve your flexibility and help you go beyond your normal range of movement.

Pilates classes at Lloyd’s

Wednesday’s at 8:00 AM – ‘Open to all’ Pilates

  • 50-minute classes suitable for all levels – from beginners to those who have practised before.
  • Small class – maximum of 12 people.
  • Pay-as-you-go classes £10 each.

Meditation

Guided meditation is simply “meditation with the help of a guide”. It is one of the easiest ways to enter into a state of deep relaxation, and is a powerful way to eliminate stress and bring about positive personal changes.

Meditation may be practised to increase calmness, to improve psychological balance, and to cope with illness. The practice of meditation allows you to become familiar with complex patterns and habits of your mind, giving you the opportunity to cultivate new and more positive ways of being. These intense periods of focus can help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself.

People use meditation for various issues such as:

  • Stress, anxiety and depression
  • Insomnia
  • Pain relief and physical or emotional symptoms that may be associated with chronic illnesses.

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.

Guided Meditation classes at Lloyd’s

Thursday’s at 8:00 AM – ‘Open to all’ Meditation

  • 40-minute classes suitable for all levels – from complete beginners to those who have practised before.
  • Small class – maximum of 15 people.
  • Pay-as-you go classes for £10 per class.
Special thanks to Lloyd’s Corporation for allowing us to utilise the Lloyd’s Social Hub for these classes.

Classes are held in the Lloyd’s Social Hub on the Upper Basement level of the Lloyd’s Building, 1 Lime Street.

Equipment such as mats and blocks are provided, or you are welcome to bring your own. Wear light, comfortable clothing, avoid eating a heavy meal before a class, and drink plenty of water before and after your class.

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

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