YOGA

One-to-one in the City of London

Yoga, for your needs

Attento yoga finds approachable, effective and efficient ways to address your needs

We start by identifying your needs and preferences then work out a plan that suits your schedule and budget.

In-person sessions are not currently possible.

  • I will update this when services return
  • In the meantime I am preparing to offer the following support which will be available shortly (target 17th April)

About Attento.me

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Graeme founded Attento.me to offer holistic well-being through yoga and massage in 2006.

He combines his massage and yoga practice with his work as a Product Manager and User Experience Designer/Researcher. So he totally understands the stresses and strains of the modern work environment and how to cope with many competing demands.

Graeme understands how difficult it can be to integrate a consistent yoga practice with a busy work schedule or because of physical or mental health issues. By taking a steady but consistent approach, keeping things as simple as possible to meet specific individual needs, he helps each person find their own form of yoga as a tool for enhancing their own well-being. This approach suits anyone from those who don't consider themselves 'yoga types' through to those with an existing practice.

The characteristics of Attento Yoga

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Breath-led movement

The breath is used to lead the body into and out of the postures. The breath is also used to refresh and deepen the posture when staying for longer. How we prepare for, arrive and leave the posture is all part of āsana practice.

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Purposeful and functional

Postures and their movements, the āsana, each have a functional effect on the body. We develop our understanding of how to work towards that function. Always accounting for the body's individual need and ability. We avoid striving for an idealised external physical form.

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Relaxation

We allow the body, breath and mind to settle at the start and end of the class. We choose where to place our attention and how we respond to what we notice. And generally become more aware of ourselves. It's the chance to stop 'doing' and start 'being'.

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Breathing exercises

We sometimes extend the breathing work outside of the āsana movements for some Prāṇāyāma practice. Usually sitting on the floor or a chair, sometimes lying down.

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Mindfulness and meditation

We aim to be mindful throughout our whole yoga practice, as indeed in our lives more generally. In class, we may delve a little deeper and enter the samyama process, and work on concentration (dhāraṇā) and dhyāna (meditation)

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Vinyāsa - sequencing

Vinyāsa means ‘to placed in a special way’ or ‘appropriately sequenced’. Attento Vinyāsa however, is not a set series of postures. It focuses on linking of body movement with your breath and progressing one’s practice over a period of time. It also means ordering practices with one class to prepare for what is to come and then to restore after more intensive practices.

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Optional sound work

Sound is a useful tool to slow down the breath and focus the mind. It also provides an inner vibration that can that somehow seems to shift our energy. We can use vowel sounds without any particular meaning or work on chants in sanskrit. This is always optional and can be done very quietly as an inner vibration if preferred.

Online yoga one-to-one

About one-to-one private yoga classes

These private yoga classes are different from group classes or following a recording of practice to follow in that they are not usally a taught flow of postures for you to follow like a group class. Instead, it guides you to:

  • self-reliance

    work out for yourself which practices you need when

  • more benefit

    get more out of practices you may have thought had become trivial for you – there is always more yoga-juice in even the simplets of postures if you approach them with fresh eyes each time

  • appropriate for you

    set appropriate yoga goals for you to address your physical, mental and emotional needs – this is particularly important when starting out but is equally applicable to experienced practitioners

  • open attitude

    approach everything you do in life in with a more open, playful yoga attitude – yoga is not how far you can go into a posture or how complex that posture is. It is about how you approach any activity on and off the yoga mat.

  • needs over wants

    focus on what you actually need, not what you (think) you want –too often we get caught up in ambition to achieve 'poster yoga' poses or to go further, deeper, faster but it is wise to question whether this is actually what your mind and body need. If you are already stressed or busy, maybe something to help stretch and decompress you is more in order. Or if you are feeling a bit down then something stable and uplifiting but not exhausting is what you need.

  • progessively build your own practice

    Private classes are usually shorter than a group class because the point is to gain some new insight then take it and build it into your own practice. So it's more like a little check up and tune up when you feel you need it. This keeps costs down and makes you more self-reliant.

About online yoga classes

Online yoga private sessions follow the same principles as outlined above.

  • To get the most out of these, you will need to have a video camera and sound so that I can see and give the most tailored and safest advice to you and in case you need to see me show you something, a larger screen is often better than a phone so that you don't need to keep going back and forward to see the screen.

It's a calm, relaxing approach for all abilities

How participants describe their own experience of attento yoga:

Booking, Availability and Prices

No payment required to book. Pay after the first session.

No one should be deprived of yoga due to costs.
So if you are in need, get in touch and we will find the best way forward for your time and budget.

Standard pricing is shown below for

one

single sessions online

Pay for each session as you go.

15 mins30 mins45 mins60 mins75 mins
£14£26£38£48£58

five

five sessions online 20% discount*

Pay in advance at first session. Use within 3 months.
* 20% average discount. Each duration is between 19 and 21%.

15 mins30 mins45 mins60 mins75 mins
£11
(£55 total)
£21
(£105 total)
£30
(£150 total)
£38
(£190 total)
£46
(£230 total)

Ways to pay

Monzo

including card payments, apple pay, google pay

PayPal

including card payments

Starling

including card payments

Bank transfer
(No cash currently)

Ask for bank transfer details at class.

Common questions

What kind of yoga do you teach?

This is a complicated question to answer and I will write a more detailed article soon. See the section The Characteristics of Attento Yoga above.

Essentially, Attento yoga combines breath-led movement (asana), breathing (Prāṇāyāma), mindfulness/meditation and relaxation. The aim is to lead the movement with the breath to find internal alignment. We also aim overall to slow the breath to calm the mind, although there are some faster moving parts where the breath may get a little faster.

In private classes, in any case, we start by working out your needs from yoga and find the best way forward to give you what you need.

What if I am pregnant?

Attento Yoga, can accomodate pregrnacy during the second trimester and the first half of the third trimester. However, I recommend you go to a pregnancy specific class that can take you through all three trimesters and into the post-natal phase.

My friend Sarah Burgess runs a class not so far away in Westferry close to the DLR station at Yoga Creation and this is currently available online too.

 
Do I need to any equipment?

For in-person classes, all the yoga equipment you need is in the studio but you can, of course, bring your own mat if you prefer.

For online classes, we can work around what you have available but a some combination of foot to floor conneection that is stable and non-slip is a good start.

I'm new to yoga, what should I wear?

You can wear anything that is comfortable and a  bit stretchy. We usually do yoga barefoot so no need for trainers or socks. If you have any foot skin conditions such as verrucae then wear socks, ideally with grips. If you are practicing at home and don't have a yoga mat then non-slip socks might also be helpful.

Location

City: Moorgtae, Barbican, Old St

Lower ground floor, Templeton House, 33-34 Chiswell Street, London EC1y 4SF
(Use the buzzer: Attento)

London Transport LogoBetween Moorgate, Barbican and Old Street stations.

  • The yoga / massage studio is self-contained but there is no waiting room.  Please try to arrive no earlier than a couple of minutes before your session. There is normally 15mins allocated after each session to allow for changing and cleaning.  
  • The studio is street-facing so you may hear some street noises. You may also occasionally hear some noise from other business in the building.

Option to combine with massage

As Graeme is also a qualified massage therapist and sessions are the same price, you can mix and match as you prefer. Massage can be a useful form of Svadhyaya – self-study in a yoga practice to get feedback on different areas of the body.

Combined sessions

You may request to divide the time of your booking as you wish between yoga and massage. It is recommended to have a 90-minute session or longer for this.

Alternating sessions

Alternate, or choose each time, whether you would prefer a massage session or yoga session.