Stillpoint Yoga London – our story
Stillpoint Yoga London is a dedicated early morning yoga space located in the heart of London Bridge. Close enough to the hustle and bustle yet far enough away to be able to find stillness and calm, the space was set up in 2009 by Ozge Karabiyik and Scott Johnson. Their vision was to nurture students, both new and existing, in the inspirational practice of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga and to create a new space in London for the Ashtanga yoga community to grow.
Ashtanga yoga at Stillpoint
We are committed to teaching the traditional self practice method of Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Guruji, Sri K Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, as it is this method that bears the most fruit in ones practice of Ashtanga yoga. Instilling inspiration yet discipline at the same time we encourage each practitioner to practice to their own unique level, whether complete beginner or seasoned practitioner.
SYL teachers are all highly trained individuals committed to the practice of Ashtanga yoga through the fire of their own daily practices and through continued development with their own teachers. They all believe in the power of Ashtanga yoga to be integral to the waking up of the body and mind through consistent inspired practice.
SYL also holds workshops, retreats and events that align with the transformational environment we create and nurture.
You share so much in the SYL room, beyond words. You feel you are part of the community, although the Mysore self practice remains an individual practice as the name suggests. Stillpoint has given me the chance to feel this way for the first time since I moved to London, a city where everyone is rushing and stressed for many different reasons, where it is very difficult to connect to people. It is so nice to arrive at 6.30 in the morning and to see there are other people like me, who most probably have changed their habits and priorities in order to be able to wake up so early and who have committed themselves to the practice of ashtanga yoga. Which is not just about asanas, it is about who you are. And who you want to be.Valentina Lovotti
Getting started at Stillpoint Yoga London
There are 3 ways for you to get started at Stillpoint Yoga London:
Find out about our 5 day beginners intensives
Book a 1-to-1 class with our founder, Scott Johnson
Already experienced? Join our regular classes
Meet the team
Director and founder
Scott has been teaching Ashtanga Yoga since 2003 and co-founded Stillpoint Yoga London in 2009 with the late Ozge Karabiyik. Scott is the main teacher at SYL and is present every weekday morning between 06:30 & 10:00. Scott has undergone extensive training with John Scott and Lucy Crawford since 2001 and is a graduate of their highly regarded 2 month 200hr teacher training programme (he graduated in 2009). In 2015 he became one of the first teachers to receive the 500hr certification from John Scott Yoga to teach the primary and intermediate series. Scott has also been authorised by Manju Pattabhi Jois, son of Sri K Pattabhi Jois, to teach the primary series of ashtanga yoga. He is registered as a senior yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance UK and has also undergone extensive training with Clear Mind Institute, gaining their level 1 & 2 certificate in Mindfulness and Compassion.
Scott’s years of dedicated and committed teaching each morning has led SYL to become a highly respected central London ashtanga yoga shala. He teaches with the greatest of love and respect to the lineage of Sri K Pattabhi Jois which he is connected to through his teacher and friend John Scott. He meets everyone who comes to SYL and looks to create long term relationships integrating the practise of yoga and embodied mindfulness as a way of meeting the world.
Scott teaches at SYL Monday to Friday 06:30 – 10:00
See Scott’s workshop schedule for retreats and intensives he runs elsewhere in the UK and abroad.
Ashtanga yoga teacher
Andy has been teaching Ashtanga Yoga for over 10 years. He is a 3rd Series practitioner and has extensive experience and knowledge to teach primary, 2nd and 3rd Series asana practice in the Ashtanga method. He started teaching through an apprenticeship with Gingi Lee at The Shala in South London. His personal study has continued through practice in Mysore and in particular with in-depth training with John and Lucy Scott. Andy has continued to study with John Scott and has subsequently taught with him on several foreign retreats. Andy is a Certified Yoga teacher holding the E-RYT certification and like Scott is one of only a handful of teachers to be awarded the John Scott Yoga 500 Hr Teacher Training certification.
As a teacher and a practicing life coach Andy understands and respects the needs of the individual student, placing their needs at the heart of his teaching. He brings an informed and non-dogmatic approach to teaching ashtanga whilst remaining consistent and true to the traditional method. Andy is passionate about teaching ashtanga in the traditional Mysore space and he draws upon his experience both as a teacher and coach to provide a supportive, nurturing and inspiring space in which he can facilitate the personal growth of his students through their practice.
ANDY teaches Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 07:00 – 09:00.
Ashtanga yoga teacher
Laura is passionate about sharing yoga in a constructive, intelligent and nurturing way. She believes practice should evolve and adapt daily: a sensitive dialogue between body and brain that lets her help apply techniques and poses to help nurture in whatever way is most helpful that day. This normally includes ashtanga, and is often complemented by breathing techniques, meditation and restorative postures. This adaptability and fluidity is the key to a sustainable yoga practice and the way she teaches.
Laura has been sharing yoga since 2009 and has completed several teacher trainings internationally, mentored by teachers including John Scott, Lucy Crawford, Daniel Aaron, Matthew Sanford, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Ana Forrest. Laura continues to practice with Scott Johnson at Stillpoint Yoga London daily.
Laura’s teachers have helped her build a more compassionate and positive relationship with her self, body and those around her and she believes that this is something accessible to everyone through a mindful yoga practice.
LAURA teaches Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 07:00 -09:00
Ashtanga yoga teacher
Lee began his yoga journey in 2009 where one evening a week he practiced with an inspirational Ashtanga yoga teacher. At that time balancing the demands of a family and the stress of a career he soon discovered that the practice was the key to reducing stress and achieve a much needed personal balance. One evening a week soon became a six day practice, a very personal practice that helped him discover that there was this relationship between the mind and the body. Lee was extremely fortunate to find Stillpoint Yoga London and subsequently having three amazing teachers to learn from. Through their combined deeply nurturing and non-judgmental teaching styles they encouraged him to deepen his knowledge and understanding of the truly authentic, traditional style of Mysore style ashtanga yoga. Encouraged by his teachers, Lee spent time with John and Lucy Scott and completed their 200RYT John Scott Yoga teacher training.
Lee teaches as he practices, with compassion, patience, encouragement, authenticity and in a non-judgmental way. He has embraced the fact that we are all individuals with our own physical limitations, fear, self-doubt and will guide students gently through the Ashtanga yoga path to empower them to discover their own journey and to nourish, strengthen and balance mind and body.
Lee teaches Monday & Wednesday 06:30 – 09:00
Ashtanga yoga teacher
Narmin has been on, and sometimes off, the mat for 14 years. She is a long standing student of John Scott and Lucy Crawford and has studied with them in their centres in Cornwall and New Zealand, where she first met Scott and subsequently Ozge. She has completed the John Scott Yoga 200hr Teacher Training and is a highly regarded teacher at SYL. Narmin has also practiced regularly with Dena Kingsberg since 2007.
NARMIN teaches Wednesday & Friday 07:00 – 09:00