Yoga Workshops and Events with Alex West

For details of forthcoming events and workshops



Yoga Teachers only. 6 CPD hours are applicable.

BENEFITS of the the headstand posture

-BANISH STRESS – quickly and more effectively than any other yoga asana

-STAND TALLER – greatly improve your day to day posture

-GET MORE confidence and energy, vigour and vitality

-FEEL GOOD by flooding your body with ‘endorphins’ – the natural ‘euphoria’ molecules

-ENERGISE the brain and nervous system so you feel bright and alert

**You’ll learn, in a structured, sequential and safe way, how to prepare, approach, enter, maintain and exit the headstand posture and it’s variations.

**Practical exercises that help you understand how to align your body posture to provide a safe, secure foundation for the headstand position.

**Overcome fear, by understanding the obstacles and difficulties you how to control your balance and what to do if you lose balance so that you can do the headstand with confidence.

Even if you are new to Yoga, the careful step by step, sequential approach to performing the headstand safely and enjoyably, can get progressing toward, or all the way into this most cherished of yoga asanas.

Learning the 8 sequential stages of entering a headstand, acquiring secure points of reference at each stage, for the correct and incorrect way of doing it, learning what the differences feel like and look like, and how to guide students to do it correctly.

Identify clearly what causes fear and difficulties at each stage, and how to overcome the difficulties and eliminate the fear to create a sense of freedom and progress.

The structured sequential approach means that while you may not be confident after this one session to teach entrance and exit from full headstand and it’s variations , you will be to teach the initial upper body preparation postures and exercises that are building blocks that form the foundation of a good headstand. This way you are able to create progress, both in your own practice and in your teaching.

It is worth developing teaching ability in this area because there are excellent benefits from the headstand and the Inversion training postures that we use to develop the headstand.

We will be discussing in depth what these are, including the specific benefits to the anatomical/physiological systems including the Endocrine system and what this translates into regarding the benefits to healthy, energy, well being, posture, stress resistance etc.

Cost £75

Location: 3 Holmes Road Studio, 3 Holmes Road, Kentish Town, NW53AA.

2 minutes walk from Kentish Town Tube on the Northern Line

Location: at 3 Holmes Road, Kentish Town, London NW5 3AA

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JUNE 1st, 09:45 – 4pm

Yogic Anatomy:  Muscles, Meridians and Asanas

Location: at 3 Holmes Road, Kentish Town, London NW5 3AA

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SATURDAY 26th October, at 3 HOLMES PLACE, NW5 3AA

6 CPD hours applicable

Cost £75.

Older adults are increasingly health conscious. Often they have more time, resources and money to invest in Yoga 1to1’s, classes, retreats and holidays. Teaching older adults is an art. Although there is minority of older adults whose flexibility and tone lend themselves to a happy time in a Hatha Yoga class, and fewer still who can easily endure a vinyasa flow, on the whole, older adults will face more obstacles and difficulty with Yoga, and if you can be the teacher who makes Yoga both easier and more enjoyable, you will be the one who benefits from their custom!

This workshop is specifically for you to increase and develop your understanding and skill in order to be able to deliver excellent and enjoyable yoga classes to older adults, in such a way as to keep them coming back for more.


Increase your personal repertoire of light movements and simple stretches that mobilise the joints and loosen the muscles. This makes everything that comes after easier and more accessible for older adults.


Remember the yoga saying, ‘you’re as young as your spine’; as we get older, the spine tends to stiffen, so develop your sequences of mini stretches and twists that increase suppleness and tone while boosting circulation throughout the muscles, tendons, connective tissues.


Practice incorporating more movement and enhanced breathwork into the yoga postures that follow – whether working with milder Hatha or stronger Vinyasa, this will increase the circulation and energy and make the Yoga seem much easier to do. This approach gives you, and them, the confidence to safely explore limits, improve and make progress in Yoga.


Increase your understanding of how the yoga postures and sequences that you teach  interact with the anatomy and physiology of the body. Develop your ability to include explanations that link the yoga postures you select with the benefits to the health and functioning of the body.

This approach keeps people coming back for more. Whether in group classes or one to one tuition, this way of teaching makes Yoga easier to do and increases the ability to make progress. If people believe that the possibilities of yoga are definitely attainable, and if the teacher can clearly communicate what to do and why, and what the benefits are, then they will continue to freely invest their money and time because older adults especially understand the true value of having abundant health and energy.



-Senior Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance.

-Advanced Qi Gong Instructor, T’ai Chi Union of Great Britain

-Shiatsu Practicioner and Teacher. Zen Shiatsu Society

-Chi Nei Tsang massage teacher. Healing Tao, Mantak Chia.

I have taught older adults every week since 2003, at community health centres, clubs and gyms including Nuffield Health, David Lloyd, YMCA, GLL and at private members’ clubs including the RAC Club in Pall Mall.

When I first started teaching older adults, I found the obstacles and difficulties they faced quite challenging: My Yoga Teacher Training took place in an apprenticeship style programme over 2 Years at the West London Yoga Shala under the tutelage of Viryam Robertson, who trained with BKS Iyengar and Zandor Remete. The training included a good grounding in Iyengar, Ashtanga and Shadow styles of Yoga. 

With many of the older adults (50 +) i was teaching, the challenging Ashtanga Vinyasa was simply too difficult and inappropriate, while the Iyengar approach was more accessible it was too static and in some ways not challenging enough to keep them enthusiastic and engaged.

The way I developed to teach older adults drew more on the Shadow Yoga, which uses “stanas” rather than asanas, which include a greater element of movement and increased emphasis on strengthening as well as stretching, and incorporates elements of Qi Gong and draws on the detailed knowledge of Anatomy,Physiology and Pathology and principles of oriental medicine used in Shiatsu and acupuncture.