beginners ashtanga yoga courses in London Bridge
Scott Johnson, founder of Stillpoint Yoga London

Are you an Ashtanga beginner?

Then you’re in the right place. Firstly, a big welcome from me Scott Johnson and the team here at Stillpoint Yoga London. We’re looking forward to meeting you and helping you develop your yoga practice. On this page you’ll find everything you need to know about getting started at Stillpoint Yoga London.

We’re passionate about introducing people to the Mysore style, self practice method, of ashtanga yoga and have been since we first opened in 2009. We believe that the self practice method is one of the most profound and finest ways to cultivate a life long/safe personal yoga practice. We also feel that the true benefits of yoga come over time, with patience and by cultivating willpower.

  • Time, in that learning a yoga practice is something that can’t be rushed.
  • Patience, in that trusting the process of a yoga practice allows there benefits to slowly unfold.
  • Willpower in taking on a new practice and learning to practice it yourself irrespective of the need for a teacher.

What is Ashtanga vinyasa yoga?

Ashtanga vinyasa yoga is a powerful yet subtle yoga that synchronises breath with movement to slowly unveil not only the strength, flexibility and vitality of the physical body but also, over time, the rediscovery of the practitioners fullest potential on all levels of human consciousness, control of the senses and a deep awareness of their selves. Ashtanga yoga was spread across the globe through it’s Guruji, Sri K Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India.

At SYL we pass on this tradition as taught in the same way by Guruji through the lineage of John & Lucy Scott, senior teachers of Ashtanga yoga. We do this with great integrity to the process of the Ashtanga yoga practice, while being considered and mindful to all those who come and we tailor the practice to the individual. This is the way a safe and prolonged practice can evolve. All SYL teachers are highly experienced and trained individuals with a deep sense of how yoga has evolved within their own practices. This creates the skill of being able to teach people from their own personal practice and subtleties.

Through regular practice of Ashtanga yoga steadiness, strength and clarity of body and mind is attained.

Everyone has been so supportive and helpful during and since my course.
It really is a nurturing and positive environment, a little oasis in the heart of London! Bloody fantastic!

Ruth Millman

Learn Ashtanga Yoga at Stillpoint Yoga London

We offer a monthly 5 day beginners intensive course or you can book a 1-to-1 class with Scott:

Can’t make one of our 5 day courses?

Book a 1-to-1 beginners class with our founder,


Scott Johnson


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After the beginners course there were lots of reasons as to why I wanted to continue practising Ashtanga yoga. Initially, it was about getting moving again and doing something for my physical wellbeing. But then it became about encountering the warmth and compassion of all the teachers at SYL combined with the freedom and support to be able to practice at your own pace. I just felt better! Now I know that Ashtanga yoga is a real source of support in my life.

Carrie Taylor