Stillpoint Yoga London – our story
Stillpoint Yoga London started as 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. Stillpoint is currently teaching online with an amazing weekly programme of classes.
Ashtanga yoga and Mindfulness at Stillpoint
We are committed to teaching the traditional self practice method of Ashtanga Yoga. It is this method that bears the most fruit when one nurtures their own practice. 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.
We also teach and combine mindful qualities to all our practices, bringing a heightened sense of awareness to all that is shared. This helps to really see how the practices land in our lives.
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.
Getting started at Stillpoint Yoga London
There are 3 ways for you to get started at Stillpoint Yoga London:
You are an amazing team that enrich not only the practice but also your students in who they are and how they discover and build themselves. Your professionalism in strength together with your compassion in grace are invaluable offerings to anyone who has the chance to practice with each of you. I feel blessed to have had the chance to discover ashtanga yoga under your non-judgmental and heart open guidance. I will never forget everything that you helped me to discover, cultivate, soothe and love within myself through the ashtanga practice. It is priceless and it leaves me speechless.
Meet the team
Director and founder
Scott is one of the only ashtanga yoga teachers to both be authorised in the primary and intermediate series by Manju Jois, son of K Pattabhi Jois and be given senior teacher status by John Scott, certified by Pattabhi Jois and one of the most recognised and world renowned names in Ashtanga Yoga.
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 2002 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 senior teacher certification from John Scott Yoga to teach the primary and intermediate series. Scott is also 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 &3 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 in the lineage of K Pattabhi Jois which he is connected to through his teachers and friends John Scott and Manju Jois. 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 Ashtanga yoga assisted self practice Monday to Thursday: 06.30am – 08.15am and an Intermediate class on Friday 06.30am – 08.15am | Yoga philosophy 7.30pm – 8pm, Monday | Mindfulness 8pm – 8.30pm Monday to Thursday.
Ashtanga yoga teacher
Narmin is a highly regarded teacher at SYL. She 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. Narmin has completed the John Scott Yoga 200hr Teacher Training and in 2017 was awarded the 500hr senior teacher John Scott Yoga certificate. Narmin has also practiced regularly with Dena Kingsberg since 2007.
Narmin teaches Restorative yoga on Friday 7.00om – 08.00pm
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 a guided primary series Monday to Wednesday 06.30am – 08.15am
Ashtanga yoga teacher
Wendy’s love affair with yoga began over 10 years ago. She felt an immediate connection and yoga soon became an integral part of her life. In 2012 Wendy had a strong desire to share her passion of yoga and began her journey into teaching. Along with a daily Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga practice, Wendy has continued to study yoga and passes her knowledge and insights onto her students in a warm and caring manner. Wendy has completed a 4yr British Wheel Of Yoga Level 4 Diploma course (500hrs) with Belinda Emberson. She is an RYT with Yoga Alliance after completing her 200hr training with John Scott Yoga, guided by John Scott and Lucy Crawford. She also took a primary series training with Manju Jois
Wendy practices regularly under the guidance of Scott Johnson at Stillpoint and loves being part of the Stillpoint Yoga London teaching team and community. She continues to train regularly with John Scott and Lucy Crawford and attends workshops and self-practice weeks with many leading teachers.
Wendy teaches a guided primary series Thursday, 06.30am – 08.15am and Saturday, 07.30am – 09.15am
Ashtanga yoga teacher
Scott has been practicing yoga since 2014. Having played an extensive range of sports from a young age Scott’s interest in yoga started as an alternative form of exercise to compliment the other sports he enjoyed. His yoga practice has continued to develop and evolve throughout this time.
Since 2016 Scott has dedicated himself to a daily practice of Ashtanga yoga at Stillpoint. He’s undertaken Ashtanga yoga based training with Scott Johnson and studied with John Scott, Manju Jois, Kia Naddermier and other great teachers. In 2020 he undertook a yoga teacher training with Simon Borg-Olivier. Scott is a RYT200 certified teacher with Yoga Alliance.
Scott aims to bring some of these diverse approaches into both his teaching and practice and loves helping yoga students develop their own approach, with awareness of their bodies and seeing what they can achieve. Scott believes yoga can bring and build peace and resilience to everyone who allows themselves to give it a go.
Scott teaches Beginners Foundation yoga on Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 06.30am – 07.30am
Ashtanga yoga teacher
Emma is an Ashtanga vinyasa teacher and practitioner with over eight years of yoga practise.
She has trained closely with the Amāyu collective of progressive Ashtanga yoga teachers, and her engaging classes are inspired by her own daily self-practise. Emma is an RYT200 with Yoga Alliance Professionals.
She has studied yogic philosophy on her Master’s degree in Buddhist art, and with Ruth Westoby on her teacher training in Nepal. Her insightful classes are accessible to practitioners with all levels of experience, where she creates a calm and supportive space for people to explore movement and to connect to their breath.
Emma teaches Beginners Foundation yoga on Tuesday, Thursday (06.30am – 07.30am) and Saturday: (07.30am – 08.30am)