East of Eden, Walthamstow
The brand new Walthamstow studio, East of Eden, combines intellectual, cultural and physical rigour, immediately obvious just from the name, which is inspired by the quote from John Steinbeck’s novel of the same title:
‘The free exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.’
The studio is in a creative hub in the renovated former tram works site down a quaint cobbled alleyway. Inside, the space has been cleverly designed and decorated to induce an inspiring and peaceful oasis through simple touches and artwork.
A total of nine different yoga styles are offered by nine teachers – an impressive lineup given that the new studio has just opened to the local community. As one of the first permanent studios dedicated to yoga in the area, East of Eden certainly satisfies a strong demand for a wellbeing centre, as is evident by its popularity. There is an emphasis on the creative side of practice, through curated playlists unique to each teacher, some of which can be found on the website.
Best For: A contemporary, curated practice featuring fusion styles, uplifting music and passionate teachers.
For a reawakening and rebalancing class, choose James’ or Aleksei’s Hatha or Jivamukti morning sessions, and for powerful dynamic classes with uplifting music, choose Naomi or Misha’s Vinyasa Flow classes.
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