Yoga (Dynamic Iyengar) with Natasha Soliar

Natasha is a highly experienced instructor working with all types of ability, disability, mental frailty, age and pre and post natal needs though with all clients she emphasises precision and accuracy above all else: there is no other alternative in her classes. Natasha teaching is anatomical meaning it is very physically demanding and tailored to the physiology of a Western body rather than a particular generic teaching style, hence why she is so strict on precision.

Natasha teaches Hatha, Dynamic Iyengar (her own rapid precision yoga) Vinyasa & Ashtanga (for the well practiced only) for greater strength, balance fluidity & co-ordination.

Classes to Join

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Private Dynamic Iyengar Yoga Tuition

If you’re not sure what you need, then having two sessions 10 days apart will be ideal to check your current alignment, posture and mobility . I will be able to show you there and then the easy and everyday suggestions which, if adopted,will radically improve your current situation quickly, simply and easily.

In my experience the simplest and most basic of changes at home, work or how you do action tasks, radically improves posture, alignment and therefore the nerve and pain damage the lack of both has been causing to date.

Without these basics being adopted and you being “body aware”, no amount of exercise or training will be able to rectify old issue or prevent new ones

Initial Consultation for Postural & Alignment Reassignment
1 x 60 minute consultation7-10 days later1 x 60 minute consultation

Face to face only

£390.00 Add to cart

 After the basics have been covered, please refer to the

Health MOT Cardio & Pilates or Yoga section  for the Yoga Programs

1-2-1 Yoga Tuition fees

75 minute 1-2-1 Yoga session

£243.00 Add to cart

 6 x 75 minute 1-2-1 Yoga session  

£1,462.50 Add to cart

 

90 minute 1-2-1 Yoga session

£292.50 Add to cart

6 x 90 minute 1-2-1 Yoga session

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FAQ Classes

Where are the classes held? – venue, facilities & directions


The Dance Studio. Woodford County High School. High Road. Woodford Green. Essex IG8 9LA

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Mirrored studio. Some yoga mats provided but I recommend bringing your own for hygiene purposes.
Toilets. Changing Rooms . Disabled access. Air Conditioned. Free car park

Visit http://www.woodford.redbridge.sch.uk/ for directions and nearest tube and train lines. Buses that stop directly outside are W13, 20 & 179 . If driving use the Vehicle Entrance beside the bus stop on the main road (High Road), which will lead you left to the glass fronted Sports Hall. You can park anywhere in this area.

What are the types of Yoga tuition and equipment does Natasha provided?


Intermediate Yoga – devised for those who are well practiced already not beginners. Natasha teaches Hatha, Dynamic Iyengar (her own rapid precision yoga) Vinyasa & Ashtanga (for the well practiced only) for greater strength, balance fluidity & co-ordination using various pranayama, drishi, mudhras and all bhundas.

Natasha teaching is anatomical meaning that her class is very physically demanding and tailored to the postural alignment of a Western body rather than a particular yogic style though she is more Iyengic in her precision and discipline using Shivananda, Kundalini, Ashtanga as well.  You may be doing inversions as part of the practice though she often puts them in at unexpected times to challenge your balance and ability.

Precision is necessary for every posture (asana) however well practiced you are she is a stickler for precision and focus, not doing any meditation and nominal shivasana (relaxation) . Ashtanga will only be taught to those very well practiced due to the rapid flow from each asana which is unsuitable for beginners.

The venue does have mats but we recommend bringing your own for hygiene purposes

I’m not sure what exercise I need – can you analyse my health and well being for me?


Absolutely, in fact most of us need to have an annual professional analysis of what’s not working in our lives, which minerals, vitamins and nutrients your body is actively telling you it is lacking, the levels of stress or sleep deprivation etc, simply to accommodate the effects on your hormones and physical and neurological well being .

I have no problem referring you to other professionals should they offer services (like acupuncture or reflexology) that I cannot help with so arrange a FREE 30 minute call and I’ll discuss your needs with you and maybe refer you to one of my professionals for their specialist care

What do I need to bring to my first class?


As all booking are pre paid, all of the administration is taken care of before your class so the only thing you need for your first class is the Completed Physical Questionnaire which will be emailed to you when you book. This is vital as it’s an insurance necessity it helps Natasha help you during the class and also has your Next of Kin in the event of emergencies . If you do not present this on your first session she is advised not to teach you as it will infringe her Professional Insurance so please do not put her in that position; if she loses her insurance she can’t teach any of his classes or clients.

If you are currently pregnant you need to state this when you book and you will be sent an additional Pregnancy Physical Questionnaire.

We always recommend using your own mat for hygiene purposes though we do have some at the venue and bottled water, a towel and , if you know you have weak abdominals a strap or band to assist you.

What do I wear?


For Yoga you’ll need clean bare feet and stretchable clothing

Lots of sportswear is non stretchable (e.g has no lycra or elastane content) which restricts and harbours your movement and is unsuitable for exercise classes. Baggy loose clothing is fine as are short Hijab’s (to avoid being caught in excess fabric) but body hugging / fitted clothing is always best for you to see exactly what your body is doing.

What are the fees?

  A class is just £12.50 when you book all remaining weeks of a course with a FREE session when you book before the term starts or a FREE session with every two new friends you bring. I recommend booking at least 24 hours in advance for equipment and space purposes as I pride myself on running exclusive personal training classes of just 7 students so once those spaces are fully booked, you’ll have to wait until next term for a space .

I no longer offer single drop in session as it is;

  1. not effective for you to work in such an ad hoc manner ( your body needs weekly sessions)
  2. your brain cannot retain what is learnt with gaps in-between sessions, which will slow down the teaching for my other participants
  3. we only have 7 spaces and I elect to work with clients who want the absolute best for themselves week in week out

Do I need a separate Health Questionnaires for different Solari UK classes ?

Yes, simply because instructors will only bring the specific class details that he’s teaching on that day; he will not have , for example, his Yoga class forms for a Pilates class.These Health Questionnaires are a legal and insurance necessity you cannot be taught without it as it invalidates the instructors insurance cover. Your forms should be updated by you as and when you have any ailments or injuries so that the instructor is fully aware in writing, of any conditions you have or develop.

How many people are in each classes


At Solari UK we pride ourselves on running deliberately small classes so for Adrian classes there will be between 7 – 15 students. This is so that you get more 1-2-1 attention, more space and a more accurate way of how Pilates and yoga were originally taught in studios with a max of 8 students

This is why pre booking is essential as we may postpone classes if we do not have the minimum of 7 courses booked

What if I class is cancelled what happens ?


Sadly if we do not have 7 people booked on the full course at the start of a term the class will be postponed for a few weeks then, if the numbers are still below 7 the class will be cancelled .

When you book you are told which number student you are { e.g no. 4 of 7} so you know how many more students are needed or whether the class will be cancelled You will be emailed either confirming the class will commence, giving it a few week postponement or cancelling it until the next term

You will be refunded for whatever you paid if courses are cancelled happens and we hope to see you next term when we try to run the same class again

This is again why we offer a FREE class with early booking as both an incentive to book early and a way to get the classes started with the minimum number of 7 students needed, as quickly as possible

I can’t make every week, so can I split a course with a friend?


Yes you can . If you a have a friend who is as pressed for time as you are and who can’t attend every week we offer you the facility to book one course and split it between the two of you (you decide who attends which week).

Simply book online, emailing me the names of who the two people splitting the sessions are and I’ll send each of you each the relevant Health Questionnaires. You then decide between you who is attending which sessions, email me that list before you start the course so we have a record of who is attending which class (you will decide between you who gets the free session if you’ve booked before the deadline date for that bonus.

I know of no other course facilitators or gyms, public or private who offer this service so we hope it helps save you money by sharing the weeks between you

Your Pilates class is Intermediate how do I know if this level is suitable for me?


My Yoga class is only suitable for those with a strong working knowledge of Yoga, and though most things will be demonstrated you will be expected to know and do the basics without demonstration or instruction. It is suitable for those who are very focused and have evident knowledge of the Yoga principles though those with a dance, traipse or gymnastics background are also welcome as their body awareness, placement and ability to take detailed instruction would be an asset even if they don’t have a great deal of Pilates knowledge.

I would recommend booking a single session before booking a course to see if my teaching style is suitable for you and whether the class would be best for you. If you email me before you book I’ll arrange a call back to discuss this with you but we do have Adrian’s All Levels Pilates class as an alternative.

Will I ache after your classes?


Yes, sometime for up to 7 days after my classes as my regulars often complain . This depends on how physically active you are before we meet will determine which type of aching you will experience. The aches and pains experienced in my classes, and often 3-4 days later, are anatomically constructive and controlled, (i .e by design / meant to be) therefore are not physically detrimental to you. New clients fall into two categories of pain threshold:

      1. Physical Inactive: you will be aching because you are not used to putting your body in the correct position it was designed to be in, you have little or no body awareness so my classes will be mentally and physically demanding until you adopt these principles as part of your every day existence. This is the equivalent of having braces on your teeth: there will be discomfort and aching until the teeth are in the correct position which takes time and perseverance. You are also trying to break the bad postural habits of decades unless you have, and maintained, a dance or gymnastics background .
      2. Physically Active – you too will be aching due to me pushing your boundaries both mentally and physically during a class to ensure you maintain the standard that you’ve established and to progress onwards doing harder and more demanding activities.

I have to say I expect and will be disappointed if my clients have not “felt” the effects of my classes and the aching is just one way of monitoring the effectiveness of our work.

What about the “bring two friends and you come for free” offer?


Bring two new paying friends to any class and after that class you will be refunded your own fee . It’s our thank you for promoting Solari UK classes . All 3 students must be doing the same class at the same time and the free session is only viable with new people you introduce to the classes on their first visit.

I’m pregnant can I still join your classes?


Most instructors will simply say yes and get you doing basic “cat stretches” in a corner whilst the rest of the class does real work . I expect as much from my pregnant clients as my non pregnant; as much effort and as much focus though I do give you more rest times and different variations depending on the trimester you’re in. Many of my Mums worked with me before their pregancy so I can push them much further during their pregnancy as I know their ability and level and they, in turn recover and return to my tuition much faster after the birth, whether natural or Caesarian.

Most women suddenly want to take up Yoga (for the breathing techniques, no doubt ) and think that the 7 months worth of tuition will make a huge difference. I always say that their expectations are the equivalent of trying to learn a new language (Yoga) and trying to be fluent (proficient) PLUS adapting to regional accents (hormonal changes) simultaneously within a 7-9 month time scale!! The expectations are totally unrealistic but if you have practiced Yoga or Pilates or even Hi-Impact exercise and are genuinely well practiced at it before your pregnancy, there’s no reason to not continue and blossom throughout the pregnancy . If you’ve not exercised regularly (competently at least 2-3 times a week) before the pregnancy then you need to be realistic; how will you be able to identify which aches of muscles, nerves, ligaments and sinews are correct and intended as part of the exercise and which are dangerous or detrimental?

The fitness industry advise that pregnant women only attend specific Pre & Post Natal, 1-2-1 or groups classes of less than 5-8 students for their own safety. On a positive, good exercise programs not only helps with blood circulation, reducing DVT and boosting energy levels, it assists and speeds up the physical recovery and cell rejuvenation and overall healing after the birth. For those who are pregnant an additional Physical Questionnaire and Insurance Disclaimer will be emailed to you – do ask for that before attending – and your GP, Mid Wife or medical professionals permission is expected and is your responsibility to seek these before joining any of my classes. If attending a Pilates or Yoga class when pregnant you will need to bring additional pillows and / or bolsters for support or a rolled up rug / blanket – the more you bring the more support you will benefit from and this is especially crucial from the second trimester onwards.

Do you have women only / men only / disabled only sessions?


As a teacher and educator with over 16 years experience I pride myself on being able to teach all manner of students with all types of needs simultaneously and am a firm believer in an “open door policy”. However, if you’d be more comfortable with single gendered or specialist sessions, I’d recommend starting your own private group at home or at work at a time and place of your choosing for about £6.68 p/p . This way you can select the participants you want for your group without infringing upon EU Equal Opportunities & Discrimination legislation. For more details go to the Private & Workplace Tuition section of my site to see how easily, cheaply and quickly your own classes can be started.

What conditions have you taught?


I’ve have personally taught people how to deal with and strengthen themselves with the following issues;

*Muscular Dystrophy *Scholiosis *Kyphosis *Rheumatism *Cancer (pre and post operative & non operative patients) *Arthritis *Spinal Injuries; prolapsed discs / compression *Joint injuries/damage *Hip & Knee Replacements *Metal Plating (back,ankles,feet,shoulders,hands) *Spinal narrowing *Fibromyalgia *Polycystic Ovary Syndrome *Hamstring Damage *Sciatic Nerve *Motor Neuron Disease * Sight & Hearing Issues *Tendonitis *Cardio Thoracic Patients (pre & post operative) *Asthmatics*Diabetics * Hypertension/High & Low Blood Pressure *Crones Disease *Lupus Sufferers *Graves Disease *Multiple Sclorsis *Repetitive Strain Injury *Insomnia *Depression *Obesity & Body Mass Issues *Pre & Post Natal *Anaemia / Sickle Cell Anaemia

It is always advised to seek the permission of your GP, Physio, midwife or any other medical consultant/ practitioner you’re working with before joining any fitness classes. Please feel free to pass them my details if they’d like to contact me in person.

Do I need any supplements? if so what do I specifically need?


The answer is YES because the RDA’s set by the EU are based on the 70 year old requirement of the Second World War when life expectancy was considerably lower. I would only recommend 100% potency products by internationally renowned USANA as they are guaranteed for quality, purity and are the No1 products in the world class athletes including Serene Williams, The Women’s Tennis Association, Karina Bryant (2012 Olympic Judo Bronze Medalist use. Karina told me that she who was using USANA secretly whilst with part of the Team GB 2012 as they were supplied with another inferior products which she never used. Please click here for my FREE Real Health Assessment It gives yourself and your families a more accurate assessment of what your strengths and weaknesses are nutritionally and what would be recommended to rectify any deficiencies. Don’t be put off by the long list of recommendation at the end it’s only the top 1-2 that are the crucial ones, the rest are things to consider.

What are the age limits for your classes?


For fitness classes there is no lower or upper age limit set by legislation though I’d always recommend seeking the advice of your GP or consultant when starting exercise programs.

My specialist training for Elderly clients (YMCA) means that I can adapt exercises for their specific needs and my regular Criminal Records Bureau checks (CRB) means I have the additional approval to work with under 16’s & Special Needs clients. Children can do any of my classes for their well being or medical conditions though I do limit the use of heavy weights / resistance due to the maliable quality of their bone density. I would expect to have parental consent on all booking forms and when paying for anyone under the age of 16 to ensure that the parents approve of the work being done, though this is not currently required by law.

I am regularly CRB checked (Criminal Records Buereau) so am fully approved to work with children of all ages, special needs adults and all learning groups. I have no problem being CRB checked for your own institution should you require it.

Should I exercise if I’m tired or unwell?


No reputable exercise instructor will EVER advise working out when your fatuigued or unwell. If you think about how dangerous it is to drive or work large machinery when you’re unwell or tired, as it compromises reflexes and concentration which will cause accidents, the same is true of exercise. Though this seems to be common sense many people turn up to classes when hugely fatigued or ill and create more problems for themselves and the instructors teaching them. You get no credit for simply turning up, it’s the quality of the work you do that should be important to you.

Having said this, people who exercise and work hard / intensely 2-3 times a week are usually able to be just as focused and determined when they’re tired or unwell; I myself, have continued with a full day of classes when I’d severed my right hamstrings and dislocated my right hip (2006) so working out or teaching when injured or unwell is not an issue for me because I have a strong will and am extra vigilant about working “to my edge” . Exercising does detoxifies the body and is recommended when suffering with a hangover or a cold but only you can judge whether you have the temperament, stamina and determination of a semi-athlete to work effectively or whether skipping a session to rest and recover properly, would be better for you.

How late can I arrive at your classes?


We respectfully ask all of our clients to arrive 5-10 minutes before the start time as we do not allow late admittance for insurance purposes because ; ;

      1. vital instructions and safety measures are reinforced within the first 5 mins of a class.
      2. a proper warm up for all classes is a Health & Safety and insurance requirement .
      3. in fairness to the other participants who will be disturbed .

It always amazes me how many people thank me when I cover classes at gyms and studios for not allowing latecomers (usually persistent latecomers) and mobiles to interrupt the practice. It’s a shame that latecomers and the instructors who allow such bad practice don’t realise how distruptive and unfair their actions are to everyone other paying client in the group. So, in all of my classes later comers are not permitted as is the practice in all reputable UK Fitness Network gyms, health clubs and studios who allow no late admittance for classes.

The exceptions to this are those who I’ve worked with on a regular basis or who are advanced enough to know exactly how to warm themselves up, without needing my coaching. In these cases if they are late, they will be allowed to join because the health & safety element can be fulfilled, however my regulars are never late because they have a very disciplined and hard working ethic so it’s never been an issue

When to call if I need information not already listed here?


Hours to phone are 10am – 21.30pm GMT for all enquiries or booking classes on 020 8523 5145 . Email is always preferred as these can be responded to in unsociable hours .

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Credentials

Natasha J.Soliar (BAHons . PGCE)

Yoga  Advanced Level 4 Practitioner  – British School of Yoga

Pilates  Level 3. OCR . Pilates Institute . Pilates Union

Metabolic Effect Fitness Instructor  – Metabolic Effect, USA

Specialist  in Menopause – Metabolic Effect , USA

Body Sculpt  OCR . Reebok

Swiss Ball . Gliders . Bender Balls  – GLL . Physical Co.

Sports Nutritionist – Fitness Training Company, UK

With Specialist Instructors training in;

Elderly & Active  -YMCA

Pre & Post Natal  – GLL

Disabled Access  -YMCA

Qualified First Aider  since 2002

Leisure Watch (TDI) Protecting Children & Vulnerable People Against Sexual Offenders & Paedophiles

Mental Health Awareness in Sport  – TTC

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Clients Comments

“Well impressed with the detail of your instruction & how many people you were able to give individual attention & direction to” {studio class of 21} Mike Wilson, Newham 12 Sept 2008

“That was tough class, I liked it. It’s good to work hard and learn new things every week” {Irene has been regularly practising different forms of Yoga all over the world for over 35 years} Irene Yong, North London, 7 June 2011″

“Dear Natasha, I take the chance to express by writing my gratitude towards your professionalism and your hard work in making us -likewise- work hard throughout the year. Like no other tutor -at least in Clissold – you know with precision your technique and what it is most important you know how to transfer that on us; your classes result in an always stimulating and all the more challenging experience; above all, a safe experience. In nearly two years of attending them I have never suffered from any pull or injury, in fact your exercises mitigated one which another tutor’s lack of diligence had inflicted on my back. I think this kind of professionalism should be said and celebrated! It was high time someone restored a bit of discipline and rigour, as it seems that for the sake of an licentious open-mindedness everyone these days is up to make concessions where we least need them… See you on Tuesday!” Fernando Piatti, Stoke Newington, 5 November 2011

“To misquote Joni Mitchell, “She’s a mean ol’ mama but I like her”. She doesn’t let you get away with a half hearted practice and really why would you want to? A very encouraging and open teacher who pushes you to make the most of it! She really works you hard to get you in the correct position, which can be a bit of a shock after the way you are used to doing it, so progress is definitely on the agenda in her class.” Tim Stone, Musician, Clissold Park, London 7 April 2010

“Hi Natasha, I hope this finds you well. I moved to Hong Kong beginning of this year thats why I cannot follow your classes anymore. I know its sounds odd, but finding a good yoga teacher these days is not easy at all. Since I moved to HK I have been desperately looking for a good place where to practice yoga as well as a good teacher: I am desperate as so far I have found nothing and no one as good as you ( trust me!). I just wanted to say that your classes were amazing and I do miss them a lot! If you by any chance know of anyone good enough teaching yoga in Hong Kong pls let me know, it would make me very happy. Ciao Ciao” Claudia Albertini, Hong Kong 9 Nov 2013

Natasha’s lesson has become the anchor point of my week. She’s mean that’s why she is my favourite yoga teacher. If you are being lazy, taking an easier option than you are capable of Natasha will invariably spot it. If you are ready for a more advanced option Natasha will tell you. Her’s are the most progressive,sophisticated & challenging classes that I’ve ever taken, I love it. I felt so good after last Tuesdays class I nearly cried, this Tuesday I just felt like laughing at the sky” Gus McGillivray, Artist from Hackney, 4 May 2010

“I really enjoyed the yoga sessions, have tried others this was the best. Found them challenging and uplifting.Natasha was great to work with, cant wait to return” Lorraine Howe, April 2009 Larkswood E4

“I came back to London from Edinburgh yesterday, I’m leaving for Greece tomorrow. I booked my tickets just so that I wouldn’t miss your class today. I’m addicted to my progress with you and always gutted when I have to miss a class.
Kat Damvoglou, Stoke Newington, 17 Aug 2010

“Referring about my experience, I think it was a great and quite unexpected surprise, to be honest. As a former trapeze artist and a current massage therapist/full time mum, I am very used to have strong doses of physicality in my everyday life, and I have to admit that your class was CHALLENGING!! {Advanced Level 3 class} At the beginning of the class I was not feeling connected with the rhythm and synergy of the class, but after a few exercises, I really attuned with your teaching style and I loved it, so thanks for all the aches in pains I had afterwards, they were really worth it! Also, very pleased with the extensive knowledge about the subject you teach, not such a common skill those days anymore. Best Regards Anna Josa – Stoke Newington 28 January 2013

“Hi.I attended one of your fill-in classes at Chingford leisure center awhile back – which I loved. I was really hoping that I could learn more from you.” Monica K, London 4 June 2006

“I had a great stretch on Tuesday. Although, I do yoga on regular basis I could really feel on the following day that some of my muscles haven’t been challenged for a while. Great class! Not so many teachers in Clissold Centre give the opportunity to practice advance postures. Beata Terefenko, London 19 Aug 2010

“Hello Natasha, I cannot thank you enough for the wonderful class on Friday, as I said it was most invigorating, challenging of course and I had such a great experience that I will try as much as I can to join your classes whenever possible. I am new in the city so I do not have too many people but I will spread the info to my community. I will write  to the management {Fitness First Black Label} about you and mention how amazing the experience was and that you are a great instructor. Again, I cannot thank you enough and look forward to attending other classes with you in the near future. Mariam Ragovskaia, London 13 August 2012 

 

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Natasha teaching is anatomical meaning that her class is very physically and mentally demanding and tailored to the postural alignment of a Western body rather than any particular yogic style though she is more Iyengic in her precision and discipline using Shivananda, Kundalini and Ashtanga. Precision is necessary for every posture (asana) however well practiced you are she is a stickler for precision and focus, not doing any meditation and nominal shivasana (relaxation) . Ashtanga and Advanced will only be taught to those very well practiced due to the rapid flow from each asana which is unsuitable for beginners or those who are pregnant.

Intermediate Yoga student class would need to;

  1. recognised the sanskrit names of the most popular asana’s
  2. recognise and use drishti, pranayama, bandha & mudhra
  3. be able to do both Suryana Namaska’s A & B without instruction
  4. be well versed in inversions – they can occur at any point doing the session

The duration of time that you’ve practiced yoga is not relevant, the precision of how you work is. If you have a athletics, dance, trapeze or gymnastics background that would be suitable as she tends to teach professionals or those with very sound body awareness.

She only admits a maximum of 6-8 students choosing only those who are like minded and really want to work hard to improve themselves on a week on week basis, both during her class and when going about their daily lives. Her classes are private group personal training sessions which will become lifestyle choices, adopted outside of her class . . so don’t ever let her see you with bad posture whilst you’re shopping or out and about!