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About

We believe that everyone has a place at Stretch, whatever your motivation.

About us

Unable to find a yoga studio that didn’t feel like it was dictating the yoga law, we – husband-and-wife Carl and Sophie – decided to open our own in Netil House. We’ve moved on from that space since, although Stretch is still firmly rooted in the East End, now with two studios, a bunch of stellar teachers, and a welcoming community – from creatives and spiritualists to sporty types and fitness newbies.

Our approach

Our mission is to make it a habit to feel good with movement. Together through yoga and fitness, we breathe, build strength and connect – and leave egos at the door.

What we do

  • Yoga and functional fitness classes
  • Workshops
  • Yoga retreats
  • Yoga Alliance accredited Yoga Teacher Training programmes
  • Yoga one-to-ones
  • Personal training
  • Nutrition one-to-ones
  • We co-run the annual Exhale festival

Our studios

We have two studios based in east London: one just off Broadway Market on Ada Street, the other on Columbia Road.

Broadway Market

6B Ada Street
London E8 4QU
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Our Broadway Market studio opened in early 2013 and is our flagship studio with two bright and spacious practice rooms. Despite its proximity to the market, it’s both private and shielded making it easy to disconnect from the outside world. We have showers and changing rooms.

  • Nearest Overground: London Fields
  • Plenty of buses off Mare Street
  • On-street pay-and-display parking

Columbia Road

59 Columbia Road
London E2 7RG
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Our second studio is right in the thick of it on Columbia Road, though you wouldn’'t know it from the inside. Flooded with natural light and a calm energy, it's both welcoming and intimate. There's a toilet and changing room, too.

  • Nearest Overground: Hoxton
  • Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green (Central line)
  • Free on-street parking for up to two hours (although best to check signs and road markings)

Our team

Our roster of teachers are diverse, but all share the mindset of spreading good vibes through movement.

Carl

After years of having “too much fun” in the heady world of electronic music, Carl found yoga as a soothing and healing antidote to the weekly barrage of pure carnage. After an obsessional early foray into the world of yoga, he enthusiastically bounded into his first teacher training unaware of how his future would open up. For Carl, the point of yoga is to find intimacy with yourself and the world around you, whilst simultaneously unsticking yourself from whatever you might be stuck in.

Credentials and specialist training:
Recognised Senior Yoga Teacher by Yoga Alliance Professionals, 12 years teaching, training yoga teachers for five years.

Come to a class for:
The yoga equivalent of a DJ set. Beginning slowly, grounding you in the space, with an invite for you to turn up the volume of your attention – then before you know it, the bass has dropped and you’re sharing a metaphorical dance floor with Vanda Scaravelli and Ido Portal!

Sophie W

Sophie is a former gym bunny who dabbled in weekly yoga classes led by Carl, her future business partner and husband. Needless to say, her love of yoga evolved as she learnt more about the practice, and saw it from a different perspective. Together, they opened Stretch in 2012 (and ditched the gym membership). To Sophie, yoga creates space: “...to feel, to allow thoughts and feelings to show up. To be creative. It’s made me tune in to my body and understand how it works.”

Credentials and specialist training:
275-hour YTT Frog Lotus Yoga, 75-hour Yoga Medicine, 4–15 year-old children’s yoga, pregnancy yoga, trained (and working) birth doula and antenatal educator.

Come to a class for:
Flowing but not super–fast, somewhere in the middle. Light and open tone, offering enough space for people to notice if anything’s showing up in the non-physical.

Calli

Calli practised yoga from a young age and always knew she wanted to become a teacher, although it first took a job in the City and some burnout to cement that feeling. “What I love about yoga is that it’s a never ending journey. There is always something new to discover about your inner self, and about the body. It makes me come alive; shakes everything up and no matter what is happening in life, the yoga space is like a haven of serenity, joy and playfulness. Breath by breath you always arrive home to yourself.”

Credentials and specialist training:
Co-facilitator of the Stretch foundation and advanced teacher training, in excess of 500 hours of training, pregnancy yoga, acrobatic style handstands, Reiki 2 practitioner.

Come to a class for:
Slow, strong, delicious flows sprinkled with intention and peppered with play.

Matt

Matt is excited about how fitness and movement are evolving. His own fitness journey started off over a decade ago with weights and treadmills and has evolved to focus more on body weight, mobility exercises, and yoga. He believes that fitness today should focus on moving well, and when you move well, you’ll feel good. “Much of my happiness stems from my ability to move, and that’s what I teach people. Learn to love your movement, move with ease, and find ways to strengthen and heal your own body.”

Credentials and specialist training:
250-hour YTT, 100-hour Yin training, Level 2 Fitness Instructor certification, CPD classes, including a small course in Bootcamp instruction.

Come to a class for:
HIIT classes with high energy, fabulous music, plyometric movements, and core-blasting strength exercises. Yoga with a mix of power and yin—a strong dynamic flow with plenty of restorative notes. Handstands + Savasana = Bliss.

Helen S-C

Like many, Helen began yoga to help her stretch tight limbs from too much time spent at a desk. But she soon came to realise that the practice was having a steadying, soothing effect on her mind as well. She loves the endless unfolding of yoga: “To me it offers a way of life that makes simple, honest and kind sense – it teaches us we are whole, complex creatures and that however impossible or messy it seems, we can probably feel better than we currently do.”

Credentials and specialist training:
200-hour Fly Lotus Yoga International & pregnancy yoga trained.

Come to a class for: Slow but strong with an emphasis on waking up every part of you to develop a holistic sense of balance and ease.

Micki

Micki first tried yoga in 2004 at her local gym, and didn’t like it. But she tried it again almost a year later and fell in love. Working a stressful job as a creative director and partner in an advertising agency, she needed the release and that’s what she got. Her inner world quietened when she practised. The anger started to soften to compassion for herself and others. She knew she had to teach this to others.

Credentials and specialist training:
250-hour Vinyasa Flow (2008), prenatal, and yin training, 150-hours with Yoganand Michael Carroll, Nutritional Therapy (2016).

Come to a class for:
A fusion of creative and dynamic flow with a spot-on spiritual dimension.

Rachel

Rachel came to yoga after developing anxiety due to seeing the back end of too many raves. She has an intelligent understanding of the anatomical and philosophical side of yoga which she peppers throughout her classes. Rachel loves yoga for “...the community it offers – it's like church – you get to know people, they become your friends.”

Credentials and specialist training:
200-hour YTT.

Come to a class for:
Anyone looking to invite equal measures of hard work and play into their yoga practice.

Jonathan

Jonathan is passionate about helping people connect to their bodies via yoga and movement. His teaching is influenced by a variety of different disciplines including natural movement, animal flow, calisthenics and functional range conditioning. He asks students to be inquisitive, explore as much as possible, and find a sense of space and freedom within the body.

Credentials and specialist training:
Nutritional Therapy (2017–2019), 200-hour Vinyasa YTT, TRE Practitioner (trauma releasing exercises), John Stirk - What Lies Beneath, MovNat Level 1 and 2, Animal Flow Level 1.

Come to a class for:
Non-linear style of vinyasa influenced by a variety of movement disciplines. Classes are fluid, explorative and aim to build strength and deeper spinal awareness.

Sanchia

It took a while for Sanchia to ‘get’ yoga. But as it clicked over time, she felt a desire to deepen her personal practice and understanding by becoming a teacher. In addition, Sanchia feels she’s able to positively contribute to the wellness scene in London – to help widen and diversify it. Something we can definitely get behind.

Credentials and specialist training:
200-hour YTT.

Come to a class for:
Energising, with good vibes and a lit playlist.

Roberto

Roberto’s extensive experience is also varied in influence, which is why you’ll discover the full spectrum when it comes to his classes. But whether you’re upside down in a fast-paced dynamic flow, or completely still in a restorative class, you’re in good hands!

Credentials and specialist training:
200-hour YTT, 500-hour advanced training on Modern Postural Yoga, currently completing a further 150-hour Advanced training with Stretch.

Come to a class for:
A focus on body alignment, breath, mind, heart and energy with challenging and original sequences.

Hannah M

Hannah began teaching because she wanted to bring the magic that she found through her own yoga practice, and share it with other people. 
Hannah believes in the power of movement not just because it’s good for the body, but how it can heal the mind and bring people together.

Credentials and specialist training:
250-hour YTT, to complete Advanced 150-hour in April with Stretch.

Come to a class for:
Fluid, dynamic and fun yoga to leave you feeling energised and uplifted.

Charlie Dark

As the Run Dem Crew founder, running was a huge part of Charlie’s life, but a serious injury brought things to a halt. It led him to a life-changing yoga retreat, although he remembers looking around and noting the lack of representation in the room: “The people who need yoga the most think it’s not a world for them. By committing to my teacher training, I hope to do my part to open up the doors to new people and bring energy in the same way I did on a global level with Run Dem Crew. From small seeds a forest will grow."

Credentials and specialist training:
250-hour Stretch YTT, run coach, fitness instructor, Run Dem Crew founder.

Come to a class for:
An exploration through the mysterious world of yoga with the absolute beginner in mind. Top tunes and flows and none of the unnecessary pretence and barriers to entry: you may just leave with a smile.

Oliver


Oliver started yoga when he was a teenager because he didn’t enjoy “boy sports" at school. He loved that it wasn’t competitive, but still allowed him to get into his body and move, as well as offering mental stimulation. A keen interest in movement, anatomy and biomechanics, his classes vary from fast-paced and fiery to breaking things down and looking at the minutiae of poses.

Credentials and specialist training:
Teacher training with Stretch and FLY, Chris Chavez and Noah Maze

Come to a class for:
Breaking out of your comfort zone. Vigorous and demanding, both physically and mentally. No music, but he does make jokes.

Beth

Beth was awestruck by the body and the conscious experience of having one, and it led to her becoming a yoga teacher. But the practice goes deeper than that for her: “Yoga is the vehicle that recognises all aspects of my human self and brings about an acceptance, celebration, better relating and relationships, understanding and the endless unfolding of the richness of what it means to be alive.”

Credentials and specialist training:
Two senior yoga accreditations, pregnancy yoga, and KYI qualified (Kundalini yoga), yoga massage, BA Hons in Dance, BSc in Psychology.

Come to a class for:
Sensation-focused, energising, empowering, challenging, satisfying and explorative.

Toni

Toni, our studio manager and Stretch yoga teacher, says her yoga practice both on and off the mat has given her a sense of self and a platform from which she has built a loving relationship with both her body and mind. She’s a big advocate of movement, encouraging students to be curious as to what feels good, and to do more of that.

Credentials and specialist training:
200-hour Power Yoga, 200-hour Vinyasa Flow, currently completing 150-hour Advanced training with Stretch, and Diploma in Sports Massage and Remedial Therapy.

Come to a class for:
Strong flows with a natural, steady progression to get you sweating.

Darren

Darren has trained for over 20 years – fair to say it’s his lifestyle. He’s motivated to keep fit and active so that he can keep up with his son for the next 40 years! His classes are client-focused and suitable for beginners. Prepare to sweat, leave empowered and feeling strong.

Credentials and specialist training:
Level 4 qualified trainer, specialising in lower back pain, Kettlebell training SMK 1 & 2 (hard style), Ground Force Method (transitional body movements).

Come to a class for:
Fundamental movement patterns using kettlebells and bodyweight. Technique focussed and a total-body workout.

Jodi

Jodi was convinced by a friend to go to yoga after a tough time in her life. One 10-day pass later (at stretch!) and she was hooked. The transformative qualities she experiences from yoga are something she wants to give back to anyone that’s even just slightly interested: “My teachings are always implicit, but not always explicit and that is deliberate – I prefer to work in subtle ways!”

Credentials and specialist training:
200-hour YTT, 300-hour YTT, SATI Yoga Teacher, What Lies Beneath yoga course, Level 3 PT, mat-based Pilates, Kettlebells, holistic lifestyle coach, Reiki Level 1, pregnancy yoga.

Come to a class for:
Breath-centred, physically dynamic, creative but accessible, with the space for reflection and exploration.

Daniella

Daniella practised yoga in earnest while travelling North America in 2009. The best thing about it? “The wholeness of it. Yoga offers you a meter reading of sorts in the here and now. It shows you your mind, breath and body as it is, no camouflage but always a challenge.”

Credentials and specialist training:
Foundation training (2014), Advanced 300-hours (2016), Thai yoga massage.

Come to a class for:
Strong slow and considered flow with an anatomical leaning.

Juliet

Juliet practised yoga as a teenager and found it kept her calm during exam times. It wasn’t until a number of years later that she built up a regular practice – all thanks to Stretch. “One of the best things about yoga today is that it is always evolving as we discover more about the body and the mind — keeping the ancient art of yoga relevant for modern yogis here in London.”

Credentials and specialist training:
200-hour Vinyasa Flow Yoga.

Come to a class for:
Energising, relaxing, slow-flowing; Spacious, considered flowing with breath.

Emily

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Jessica

Jessica first began practising yoga to give her mind and body some much needed space to focus and explore. She found the experience to expand beyond the yoga mat and into her daily life through a deeper connection and understanding of the present moment. As a teacher’s assistant, Jessica could see the potential of yoga for children, teens and school teachers, and has been sharing her knowledge ever since.

Credentials and specialist training:
200-hour YTT, yoga for children, working in schools and nurseries in various capacities for the last 10 years, currently studying Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling for Children and Adolescence.

Come to a class for:
A fun and non-judgemental environment for children and young people to do yoga, exploring movement and breath. Plus, relaxation at the end.

Claire

Claire got into yoga following an injury and trained to become a teacher in 2017. She encourages yogis to move with a sense of grace, so they can tap into the softer and more subtle sensations experienced within the physical body via movement. She loves the freedom of yoga: “I don't think when I move. It's enabled me to feel more connected to who I am.”

Credentials and specialist training:
200-hour YTT, to complete Advanced 100-hour Mandala Vinyasa.

Come to a class for:
Flow-y, focused and explorative Vinyasa with opportunities for free movement.

Helen W

Helen has explored yoga, dance and movement over her lifetime. While initially being drawn to the athleticism of dynamic flow she was surprised to find herself equally as fascinated in the mystical and it was this that would spark the biggest discoveries for her. “I love that there is so much to learn – yoga philosophy is never-ending and awe-inspiring!”

Credentials and specialist training:
200-hour YTT, Graduate Teaching Programme in dance, movement performance artist, 1st class BA Hons in Dance Studies, Barre instructor.

Come to a class for:
Thoughtful creative free flowing movement. Connecting between breath and movement while cultivating strength and mobility.

Artur

For Artur, all it took was trying Vinyasa yoga at a festival before it clicked at how helpful it could be to improve his movement ability and his Jiu-Jitsu training. As time has gone by, the benefits have proved more than physical: “I have tools to take care of my own body and mind – I feel that I have the best tool for self care.”

Credentials and specialist training:
250-hour Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Wim Hof Method Level 2 instructor, Kettlebell Level 2.

Come to a class for:
Steady flow through challenging positions.

Melissa

Melissa’s enthusiasm for movement – from walking in nature to cycling around London – translates to her classes where she turns on the fun. She has loads of knowledge of anatomy, so expect alignment to be a core focus, along with correct breathing and plenty of stretching.

Credentials and specialist training:
Stott Advance mat Pilates teacher, sports massage therapist, holistic therapy diploma, nutritional practitioner, Yin yoga, former ballerina.

Come to a class for:
An energetic and powerful Pilates class with guaranteed laughs.

Chris

In Chris’s own words: “My understanding of yoga keeps on expanding the more I delve into it. It has so many layers and depths. It is so complex, yet utterly simple. And still, every time I practice I feel so much better in myself. I reset, strengthen my body and rebalance with regular movement, which takes me through the week.”

Credentials and specialist training:
250-hour YTT, a degree in exercise physiology, PT, competitive martial artist and boxer, 20 years’ meditation practice and Level 2 Reiki practitioner.

Come to a class for:
Strong and deep Vinyasa flow that's current, creative, relevant, purposeful, and to the point.

Libby

Libby’s fascination with anatomy and the philosophy of yoga makes her a stellar pregnancy and postnatal yoga teacher, balancing the body, mind and soul. She first started practising yoga as a form of exercise, and like many, found it had a profound effect on her emotionally and spiritually.

Credentials and specialist training:
200-hour Integral Hatha, certified pregnancy, postnatal and children’s yoga, trainee Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner.

Come to a class for:
Sociable pregnancy and postnatal yoga that will strengthen your body, clear your mind, and make you feel at peace emotionally.

Darryl

A lifelong Londoner, Darryl understands the stresses and anxieties that people can experience when living and working in a competitive city, and believes that the ancient practice of yoga is as relevant today as it’s ever been. As the self-proclaimed ‘stiffest yoga teacher in London’, Darryl wants to bust the myth that yoga is only for the fit and flexible.

Credentials and specialist training:
250-hour YTT, currently studying 2-year Advanced Teacher training programme.

Come to a class for:
Slow-flowing, challenging and meditative in a relaxed and supportive environment where you are encouraged to use plenty of props.

Charley

Charley believes when we tap into our inner essence and move from a place of love, the result of this practice is an enlivened being – it’s this deeply seeded positivity she aims to bring to her classes. “Feeling free within our body-mind, and the ability to navigate our way through this life with authenticity and curiosity is what excites me about yoga and movement today.”

Credentials and specialist training:
250-hour Vinyasa YTT, BA and Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Dance, plus performance experience.

Come to a class for:
Physically creative, fluid flows influenced by dance – dynamic with a touch of playfulness.

Helena

Helena’s motivation to teach others about movement began as a way to overcome her limits and prove to herself that anything is achievable with passion and hard work. What she loves the most about movement is the sense of self awareness and control it has introduced into her life.

Credentials and specialist training:
Opex Level 1 coach using largely strength methods inspired by C. Poliquin and gymnastics. Studying hand-balancing with Sammy Dinneen, Mikael Kristiansen and Chris Gatti over the past 3 years.

Come to a class for:
Strength and mobility, with a focus on building the aerobic energy system.

Hannah V

After years of martial arts training and a hectic London life, Hannah decided to step back and give yoga a go. Not only did it balance the physical exertion, but she began to feel an increasing sense of calm and contentment. Yin is her happy place. The best thing about yoga and movement for Hannah is the infinite potential to discover, both individually and collectively.

Credentials and specialist training:
Yin yoga and movement practitioner, Thai yoga massage, pregnancy Thai yoga massage.

Come to a class for:
Yin yoga that is deep and meditative with long held poses to target the deeper layers within the body.

Daniel

Daniel has plenty of experience, both guiding students and training teachers. Yoga and meditation have helped him overcome anxiety and gain a stronger and more mobile body. “I love that there are so many varying approaches to yoga asana – from more dynamic classes, to classes built more on somatics, to complete restoration – it's now becoming simpler to find a physical asana practice that can meet the individual where ever they are, physically or emotionally, on any given day!”

Credentials and specialist training:
200-hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT), Yoga Alliance teacher trainer, Yoga Alliance Continued Education Provider, FRC mobility specialist, Advanced Clinical Massage Therapist certified (Jing), continued professional development 'Including Pregnant Women in Your Yoga Class’.

Come to a class for:
A mix of traditional and modern, with a balance of strength and mobility.

Debs

Debs loves sharing her passion for yoga and is a firm believer of the goodness it can bring to people's lives. One of her main goals is to create a nurturing space for people to connect their mind and body.

Credentials and specialist training:
250-hour Stretch YTT.

Come to a class for:
Creative, juicy slow flow leaving you feeling strong, grounded and relaxed.

Dijana

Dijana’s interest in philosophy sparked her passion for yoga, it was a part of her life from an early age. She knew she always wanted to teach, so when the timing was right, she dedicated all her energy towards the practice and teachings. Dijana feels most rewarded seeing practitioners engage with yoga on a deeper level towards liberation.

Credentials and specialist training:
200-hour Vinyasa YTT, self-practice and study of Yin.

Come to a class for:
Energetic, strong, playful and grounding yoga.

Fred

Fred grew up with yoga and has practised for most of her life – we love that she still has foam blocks with her initials written in permanent marker by her mum. “The best thing for me about yoga right now is researching more into the philosophy and somatics, to connect to what I have always felt and not necessarily realised. It’s like putting on a new pair of glasses and suddenly seeing how the world actually looks.”

Credentials and specialist training:
250-hour Vinyasa Flow.

Come to a class for:
Something enlightening, cosmic and nurturing.

Ruaridh

Ruaridh began his yoga journey as an antidote to a career spent in war zones and natural disasters (plus, it meant fewer bruises than judo). The best thing about yoga to him is the shift from form to freedom; he believes yoga has never been so exciting or inclusive. We couldn’t agree more.

Credentials and specialist training:
250-hour YTT.

Come to a class for:
Something strong and unravelling.

Sophie L

Having previously concentrated on triathlon and HIIT training, Sophie found that London's fast-paced life and competitive nature was getting to her. In 2014, she began to gravitate fully towards yoga and through practice found a new sense of being. She loves the accessibility of yoga: “It’s no longer just for spiritual warriors and contortionists! It’s for everybody in every body.”

Credentials and specialist training:
250-hour Stretch YTT, to complete pregnancy training.

Come to a class for:
Creative dynamic transitions with strength elements, balanced with a sense of calm and support.

Tamzin

Tamzin’s background in dance has meant movement has always been a part of her life. She began yoga to complement and support her dance training although soon found it, along with meditation, resonated with her. She most enjoys the feeling of freedom in the flow of movement, and sharing that sensation with others.

Credentials and specialist training:
250-hour YTT, hip hop dancer (Pineapple Performing Arts School), first-class honours in Contemporary Dance.

Come to a class for:
Creative, playful and soulful with a feel good playlists.

Marie

Marie was born in a yoga ashram in Japan by yoga teacher parents. But before becoming a teacher herself, she had a fast-paced career working as a costume designer and director in New York and London. She has since realised her mission in life was to continue her father’s work and share the Jiriki practice, a movement therapy and form of Japanese self-healing bodywork – this restorative, relaxing and healing practice helps to realign the body.

Credentials and specialist training:
250-hour Vinyasa Flow, Jiriki.

Come to a class for:
Blissful guidance on reconnecting your body and scanning it to discover potential discomforts, imbalances, misalignments and tension.

Charlie T

Currently on maternity leave. Charlie, like many, was in and out of her practice – it wasn’t till 2011 that she started up again with a deeper intention. Yoga became a way to help her deal with the effects of trauma and anxiety, and it’s continued to support and heal her ever since. “What I always notice is that when I’m feeling not myself, or life is throwing up some unsteady situation, I find myself on my mat. It’s a true stabiliser and sometimes harsh reality check.“

Credentials and specialist training:
200-hour Ashtanga, 300-hour Precise Vinyasa, yoga first aid, pregnancy yoga, MA in Acting.

Come to a class for:
Invigorating, playful and thoughtful practice offering plenty of variations to ensure things are fun and rewarding, no matter your ability.

Jocie

Jocie wanted to encourage a gentle shift in her perspective of the world, but yoga quickly became transformational, spurring her to embark on teacher training in India. She loves that yoga is now so prevalent: you can now take classes in studios, in your home, online: “There are whole ranges of options for all abilities and preferences. This means truly everyone can find a practice that suits them and uncover the magic of movement and breath.”

Credentials and specialist training:
200-hour traditional Hatha, 300-hour Vinyasa Flow, pregnancy yoga, currently training for 300-hour perinatal yoga birth.

Come to a class for:
Considered, creative and energetic flows led with warmth and encouragement.

Daniel Z

Daniel is passionate about everything movement related. His style combines a base of systematic, gymnastic strength work with a broad movement practice stemming from many influences. This can include handstands, contemporary dance, capoeira, soft acrobatics, locomotion (moving around a space in all possible ways), physiotherapy, gymnastic rings work, partner work, stillness … you name it. Don’t worry, though. You don’t need to be able to dance or perform handstands to come to Daniel’s class.

Credentials and specialist training:
Physiotherapist with more than 12 years’ experience, Animal Flow level 1, StrongFirst Bodyweight instructor, active member of London Movement Group, Trainings with Ido Portal, Fighting Monkey, Tom Weksler’s Movement Archery, Tomislav English.

Come to a class for:
Gymnastic style training to build strength, resilience and skills. Innovative, playful movement flows to challenge your body, mind and limitations.

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FAQs

  1. What do you mean by dynamic yoga?

    By dynamic we simply mean movement, energy and strength.

  2. What should I bring to class?

    You’ll most likely work up a sweat in class, so to allow yourself to move freely, we’d recommend loose and comfortable clothing, and a bottle of water. You can fill your bottle up with water while you’re here.

  3. I’m new to yoga. Where do I start?

    Our classes are mixed level, so you’re welcome to put your mat down at any time of the day. However, we do offer Absolute Beginner’s classes on Mondays at Columbia Road, and Thursdays at Ada Street, plus a Basics yoga class on Tuesdays at Columbia Road. These are a good place to get acquainted with us.

  4. Should I eat or drink before a class?

    We recommend not eating anything substantial in the two hours before class. For hydration, sipping water throughout the day, in particular around two hours before class is a good idea.

  5. Should I bring my own mat or grip towel?

    We provide high quality mats in the studio free of charge. These are cleaned daily, but do get a lotta yoga lovin’, so feel free to bring your own.

  6. What’s your 10-day intro offer about?

    For newbies to the studio, we offer 10 consecutive days’ worth of classes for £25. It’s great value, and valid across both studios. You will receive all membership benefits during this period such as workshop discounts, free meditation and more.

  7. Do you offer student discounts?

    We offer a 15% discount on all full price memberships and drop-ins. You will need to present your student card at reception in order to receive this discount. Sorry, it’s not available for off-peak drop-ins or the 10-day intro offer.

  8. I’m pregnant. What classes can I do?

    Firstly, congrats! Great news and the start of a very exciting journey. You and baby are our first priority when we have you in class – this is why we ask you not to attend classes until you are 16 weeks pregnant (including pregnancy yoga classes).

    If you’ve regularly practised yoga pre-pregnancy, then by all means drop us an email so we can discuss you attending our dynamic yoga and movement classes after 16 weeks. But if you’re fairly new to yoga or haven’t regularly practised, we suggest you head to our pregnancy specific classes. Any other questions? Just drop us a line hello@stretch-london.com.

  9. Are you a chain?

    No. We’re an independent family business, owned and run by Carl and Sophie, managed by Toni, and supported by our lovely team of teachers and front-of-house gang.

  10. I think I lost my water bottle/keys/wedding ring. Do you have it?

    After a sweet yoga class, don’t be surprised if you forget something – it happens a lot. For lost property, we’ll hold onto your goods for seven days and keep them nice and safe for you. Please arrange to pick them up within this timeframe, otherwise we take them out into the world and gift them to clothing bins, charities and other worthy causes.

  11. What if I have an injury or medical condition?

    Please let the teacher know of any injuries or medical conditions before the class starts. This is super important as it helps us know how to assist you, give you modifications and keep you safe. We, and our teachers, reserve the right to ask you not to participate in a class if we feel that it would be inappropriate because of an injury or medical condition.

    We strongly suggest women less than 16 weeks pregnant refrain from practising. Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions.

  12. Do you have showers and changing rooms?

    We have showers and changing rooms at our Broadway Market studio. At Columbia Road, we have one changing room.

  13. Can I just rock up to a class?

    Due to popularity, we highly recommend you book ahead. You can use MINDBODY to book spaces to classes in advance; better plan ahead rather than risk not getting your movement on.

    We also ask you to be ready for class 10 minutes prior to the start time to avoid any unnecessary hustling and bustling when class starts, and to make sure everyone has enough room to spread out. We operate a 3-hour late cancellation policy, and a strict no late-comers policy. We know it’s boring stuff, but worth taking a peek at our terms and conditions.

  14. Do you offer private sessions?

    Yes, we offer one-to-one classes with all Stretch teachers. Prices start from £60, get in touch for more details.

  15. Do you offer corporate classes?

    Yes, corporate classes are available with some of the Stretch team. Prices start from £60 per class, get in touch for more info.

  16. What is your privacy policy and what are your T&Cs?

    Fancy a little bedtime reading? Here’s our terms and conditions and privacy policy.

  17. What’s your cancellation policy?

    Don’t worry, as long as you cancelled in accordance to our 3-hour cancellation policy, your credit will be added back to your Stretch account for you to use at a later date. But please note, we do not offer refunds.

    If you’ve got an ongoing membership and you don’t show up to a booked class, fail to cancel within the 3-hour cancellation period, or arrive late to a booked class, you’ll incur a £10 charge on your next visit. This charge will be donated to Help Refugees.

  18. I’m waitlisted – what does that mean exactly?

    You can join a waitlist once you’ve purchased a drop-in or membership. If a space becomes free and you’re added from the waitlist to the class, you’ll get an email (but don’t be shy if you want to give us a ring, too).

    If you’re added to the class but can no longer make it, no sweat. We’ll cancel you out and your class credit will remain on your MINDBODY account.

  19. I’ve bought a membership. Anything I need to know?

    Your membership (this includes 10-day, 10-class and 1–12 month memberships) will start from the first class you book, not from the purchase date.

    If you book a class next Monday to start your membership, then decide you want come before that class, we can’t back-date your membership start date. So choose wisely, people.