I've just recently started doing joga but in my opinion this is the most gorgeous yoga studio. Although I find Alchemy a little bit too serious and with a strong spiritual vibe it has never failed to provide that uplifting experience I am looking for. The studio's inside is quite bright and open which helps you fell calm immediately after you enter. Due to the fact that I am a joga novice I'll have to wait a while until I can join the Himalayan
Hatha class since it is for advanced practitioners but I am really looking forward to that as I've heard that the teacher is incredible and lots of fun. I got a little confused the first time I looked for the studio because it is situated up some stairs in Camden Stables Market.
Another great feature is the cafe that offers a fantastic selection of teas and refreshing juices.
Tucked away quietly in the huge tourist trap we all know as Camden Locke is Alchemy, a wonderful yoga and meditation studio. I never would have expected to find such beautiful and serene studios in such a noisy place as Camden Market, but somehow Alchemy pulls it off. And quite well, I might add.
From the moment you step through Alchemy's doors, you are instantly taken away from the busy city atmosphere and into a wonderful place for your yoga or meditative practise. The studio is so spacious and beautifully lit with natural light.
There are two studios where the classes are offered, one very large and one small. In the waiting room there is a seating area where you can sit down and read a book while enjoying a yogi tea or something from the cafe. The cafe provides a great selection of vegan snacks, sandwiches, and sweets, as well as natural juices. The studio also offers showers and lockers, which is very helpful.
The staff here is also extremely friendly and very helpful. I was a bit unsure about what classes I should select for my £10 for 10 days of unlimited classes offer. However, the staff made it easy for me to select just the right classes I was looking for.
My favourite local Yoga place. I have been trying different places for a while and there has always been an excuse for me not to go. Than I discovered Alchemy last year, and I know why!! Unless you find a place where you feel totally comfortable, with great yoga instructor, you wont be pushed to want to do it. Now I have been regular Saturday yoga girl for nearly a year and I love it. The vibe, the space, and the people. I really enjoy my saturdays there, class at 10.30 am is Yin yoga, which is very relaxing but challenging too. I have since been to Yoga Retreat with one of their instructors and it has been one of the best holiday I have ever experience. They also have this great thing where you can try 10 sessions for £10 ( I think).
The only recomendation is, do pick the teacher you enjoy, as that is the basic of Enjoying the session. :)
Alchemy The Centre are running a £10 for 10 days of unlimited classes offer. As one of the best yoga studios in London this is a sensational offer if you are thinking of taking up yoga or fancied trying a new style.
Kundanlini, Jivamukti and Afrikan are three of the lesser known styles on offer, whilst if you aren't a yogi, you can find a sense of peace in one of the many meditation or chanting classes.
Definitely make use of this offer while it is running. Awesome!
I cannot believe that Alchemy does not have a review. All the people it is popular with, must be busy at yoga :-)
You just have to try Alchemy. The cafe is super, the book selection is super. The standard of the classes is superb, and the way the centre is furnished with every attention to detail is also spot on. It is a real experience and once you are in there, you forget that the busy streets of London are outside.
It is also a real melting pot for like-minded people.
Go along, and if you have read this, come back and write your review here. Let's share the news on just how special and great Alchemy is.
Let me preface this by saying, I've been to my fair share of yoga studios, both in the UK and the US. And this one is the most beautiful, calm, amenity-filled centres I've ever seen. I put writing this review off until I had visited a couple of times so that I wouldn't have a one-off and therefore biased impression of it.
The studio is tucked away in a first/second floor area above the shops at the Stables Market, with a train line running just beside it. You'd think this would make quite a hectic environment for yoga. And you'd be wrong.
When you enter the studio, walking past the reception desk that isn't always manned, and walk up the stairs to the main floor, you're struck by how quiet and serene the place is despite all the hustle and bustle in the Camden markets just below you. The discrepancy between inside and outside is unexplainable. I can only assume it has something to do with yogic sorcery. The main area just inside the entrance has a whole-foods café and ample, inviting seating. The prices of the sweets, savouries and drinks are actually quite reasonable, and I think the centre markets the café not just to its yogis and other patrons but to people simply wandering around the markets, looking for a calm respite with vegan and vegetarian goodies.
Speaking of prices, the cost of the classes (individual, passes and unlimited class cards) is quite reasonable too. It's about par with any other yoga studio I've been to if we're being honest here. And I'll tell you what that gets you . . .
1) Gendered changing rooms that are quite posh, with shower rooms on the floor beneath the changing rooms that are not creepy, skeevy and/or communal. (Disclaimer, I am assuming the men's changing and shower rooms are similar to the women's ones. Not being a perv, and not wanting to get thrown out of the studio, I could not verify this statement with first-hand knowledge.)
2) Two fully equipped, beautiful studios that hold classes, complete with sound systems and gongs. Big ones.
3) Equipment that is free to use and not of questionable quality or state of cleanliness. i.e., sticky mats that actually don't slip and don't look like they've been sweat on by 100 people without ever being cleaned, cork blocks of different sizes and heavy blankets, bolster cushions, eye pillows and straps that look and smell clean. You know, because as much as I love my own mat, sometimes I don't want to lug all of its eight pounds around all day because I plan to take a class during the lunch hour. This is the first studio I've ever visited whose community equipment I've wanted to use.
4) LOCKERS! You know how they work; one pound coin in the locker releases the key. When you insert the key to open the locker, it releases your pound coin. This is probably one of the more awesome things about this studio, in my opinion. It's kind of hard to focus on your pranayama when you're thinking about the laptop you have sitting outside in your bag, free for the taking.
And, above all, what you should know about Alchemy is that it offers really great yoga classes. I've been going to the Jivamukti class with Stewert on Tuesday afternoons. The first one I went to totally kicked my astanga-primary-series-practicing ass. But in the good way. See, this is a problem I've found with some studios around London. As much as I enjoy a gentle Hatha yoga class from time to time as a way to shut off, let someone else tell me what to do for an hour and relax, I've found that classes geared toward people who are actually established in their practice and don't benefit much from level I/II instruction are few and far between.
Add to this a generally friendly and welcoming vibe (other students have actually SMILED at me and carried on small-talk-like banter) and a staff of holistic practitioners (offering massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, and the list goes on . . .), and you have a big five stars from me.
We are a holistic yoga and meditation centre with a wide variety of different styles of yoga, from Kundalini to Juvamukti and Dharma Mittra. We also offer a number of meditation practices such as Gong bath and Kundalini meditation alongside Esoteric classes from Metatronic Healing to The Art of Reiki.
We offer holistic therapies alongside a number of different massage techniques, from Deep Tissue Massage to Reflexology.
Alchemy has an organic vegeterian and vegan Cafe and juice bar open seven days a week, offering main meals, soups and salads as well as tasty cakes and raw chocolates.
We also specialise in offering an enormous range of workshops, with the most prestigious speakers and practitioners in their fields from all over the world. Some of the most profound speakers in their field such as Marianne Williamson have presented workshops at Alchemy and we continue to deliver a wider and wider range of subject matter, from dance and music to life coaching and so much more.
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