Happy Birthday Yogahaven Clapham!

One year ago today, I walked into Yogahaven Clapham for their very first class at 6.45am taught by the lovely Sandra.

Little did I know the impact that walking through those doors that morning would have on my life.

To put things into context, I was not in a good place this time last year, though I wasn’t aware of quite how bad things had got.  It’s like when people don’t realise they were depressed until they’re not depressed anymore. I thought I must be fine because I was functioning… on the surface. In order to function, I’d become numb.  In hindsight I can see I was headed for burnout at the very least.  I’d been doing yoga for a while but knew I was looking for something else.  What? I wasn’t certain, but I thought I would try out this new studio that was just opening up nearby.  I went along on that first day and instantly it felt… right. Safe.  There have been times over the past year where Yogahaven literally has felt like a Safe Haven to me.

The past twelve months has brought all sorts of challenges and changes (all ultimately for the better, I believe).  For one thing, if you had told me this time last year that I would be training to be a yoga teacher I would have laughed in your face.  Though it had been a secret wish for a while to be able to share the wonderful benefits of yoga with others I never really thought I would ever have the confidence to go for it.  (That’s another thing I learned this year – never say never!)  There will be more challenges. More changes.  Everything is in constant flux.  Through my yoga practice I am becoming more okay with this.  And as the numbness has dissipated and I ‘feel’ again, I am becoming more open.  And the world continues to expand before my eyes.

Thank You to Allie and Krystal for opening Yogahaven Clapham and Thank You to the whole Yogahaven Team.  Your warmth and kindness continues to touch me every time I walk through the doors.  It’s been so wonderful to be one of your ‘regulars’ and see how the studio has evolved over the past year.  Long may you continue.

Happy Birthday Yoga Home 😀


  1. Jennifer @ Flowtation Devices on 25/10/2011 at 12:58 pm

    Happy yoga-finding anniversary! It’s always nice to hear how yoga has changed people’s lives for the better. Namaste!

    • humbleyogini on 26/10/2011 at 9:25 am

      Thanks Jennifer 😀 Namaste x

  2. yoga london on 02/11/2011 at 12:00 pm

    So good to see yoga making such a difference to your quality of life. Yogahaven opened a few years after I left Clapham (lived there for over 5 years) 😉

  3. Thais on 04/11/2011 at 12:08 pm

    sounds like a wonderful place!!! funny how a split moment decision to do something can change your life forever.

  4. Sarah Carter on 01/01/2012 at 11:16 pm

    Hello fellow yoga instructor with diagnosed spondy! I have had my (grade 1) diagnosis for a year now and it’s been some journey, involving a tough 3 month break from teaching/practice. But I’m getting back on track and daily practice, for the last month is now possible again. So much gratitude for that as I thought perhaps my physical practice was gone forever. The injury is definitely a gift, butI’m still working on simply observing my desire for banned urdhva dhanu. Been seeing an incredible accupunturist for 6 months who turned everything back in the right direction for me. Happy to share his details if it would help. Much love and smiles sarah xxx

    • humbleyogini on 05/01/2012 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks Sarah 🙂 It’s great to hear from an instructor who also has spondy! And to know that things are back in the right direction for you. Did you have any radiating pain accompanying your spondy? (is that where your acupuncturist was able to help?) I really miss urdva dhanurasana too, and ustrasana. I have come round to seeing this as a positive thing but some days I still find myself feeling frustrated and missing dynamic practice especially. Though at the same time it’s hugely impacted my outlook on teaching and practice in a really good way. I am seeing a great yoga therapist at the moment. That’s helped me feel so much better about it all and in just this short space of time I’ve picked up some significant things to bring into my teaching. All best Sarah, and very many thanks for sharing your experience. It’s much appreciated! Namaste 😀 xxx

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