Founded in 1993, The Life Centre is a friendly haven, where yoga and Pilates inspire well-being and a community spirit. We believe firmly in the values of community; we are an integral part of our local communities in Manchester and London, play our part in the wider UK yoga community, and, perhaps most importantly, help to create a community among our students and clients.
Who we are
The Life Centre is a friendly haven, where yoga and Pilates inspire well-being with a community spirit which lifts everyone working or visiting here.
We know how vital it is to have the best teachers and to offer a fantastic choice of yoga styles. We understand how to nurture relationships in our specialised classes like pregnancy yoga and how to ease newcomers into a regular practice, with our beginners’ courses. Plus, we run exciting workshops with resident and guest teachers whose experience and imagination brings a freshness to yoga on each occasion.
The Life Centre was founded in London in 1993, and is one of the UK's oldest centres dedicated to yoga and Pilates. Over the years, many (maybe even most) of the UK’s top yoga and Pilates teachers have passed through the big wooden door of our Notting Hill centre, a beautiful quiet converted house and chapel – and several of our earliest students (and some of our original teachers and staff) are still Life Centre regulars. In 2011, we were delighted to open our second location, in Islington, a bright and cheery space with 2 large studios in a converted warehouse which offers a similarly broad range of classes to those in Notting Hill. In addition, in 2003, we set up our yoga education arm, Yogacampus, which offers one of the UK’s very top yoga teacher training programmes, as well as a wide range of other specialist courses and workshops. AND... in 2016, we are delighted to open our doors to the yoga community in Manchester.
We believe firmly in the values of community: by being an integral part of our local communities in Manchester and London, by playing our part in the wider UK yoga community, and, perhaps most importantly, by helping to create a community among our students, teachers and staff. At The Life Centre, you will be welcomed with a smile, and, after a few visits, probably greeted by name. We pride ourselves on employing friendly and knowledgeable staff with the experience to answer your questions about yoga and Pilates. We also believe that there is a yoga path for everyone: female or male, young or old, stiff or bendy; that that there are many authentic paths of yoga, all of which deserve respect; and that our teachers should be well trained, but should each retain their own unique style, approach and creativity. Above all, we believe that The Life Centre is about YOU!
Meet the Teachers
Donna’s spiritual journey began after experiencing a solar eclipse in India in 1995.
Shortly after that, she took a silent Vipassana retreat followed by a number of others, which changed her as a person and prepared her for when she found yoga, via an Ashtanga Vinyasa class which she happened across on her way to the beach in Goa in 1998.
Yin Yoga Workshop
With Danny Solomon, Fiona Finsbury
A transformative afternoon, exploring the powerful practice of Yin Yoga.
An Introduction to the Ashtanga Primary Series
With Donna Southwell
This workshop is aimed at complete beginners to ashtanga yoga as well as those who would like to look at the basics in more depth.
Backbend the Dharma Way
With Sue Hodgkinson
This workshop in the Style of Dharma yoga will help you to go deeper into your back bends.