Pub yoga…

A yoga class in a pub? Yes, you read that correctly. And no, it’s not the most obvious combination..Or is it? Enter Karita Massara (in pic) who shows that teaching a yoga class above a pub is quirky but can work. No hangovers included.

Every Thursday morning you will find Karita teaching a Himalayan Hatha Yoga class in the first floor room of the Kensington Park Hotel. Not only does the class serve the local community (RELAX. BREATHE) but proceeds go to the Ashok Tree Foundation, a UK registered charity, founded by Yogi Ashokananda. The charity runs a nursery and primary school for vulnerable children in South India. Karita visits each year to spend time with the children and also to practice Yoga. While on a previous visit, she decided the children would really benefit from fresh milk everyday and thought to start a local yoga class in aid of purchasing a cow for the school. When back in Notting Hill, Karita combined her love for yoga and passion for charity by starting a fund-raising yoga class.

Karita is eager for “the class to be relaxed and open to anyone who feels like giving Yoga a go. Yoga in London has become fashionable and expensive. Its important to me to keep Yoga accessible to all.” The class is a drop in session and is tailored to the abilities of the group. So whether you know your downward facing dog from your upward facing dog pose, for the class suits both beginners and intermediate level. Pop along and give it a go.

The class is every Thursday from 10.30am to 11.45am. A suggested charity donation of £10 is encouraged, but if you cannot manage that then donations of any amount are welcomed. For more information on the Ashok Tree Foundation: atcharity . Visit Karita’s blog: yogiashokananda

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