The Life Centre reviews
What a great environment to practice! I've always found that the receptionists have been brilliant and will always happily answer your questions (or tell you which classes are busy if you need a little more breathing room than your mat!). The teachers are amazing, I was so impressed at their training backgrounds (pick up a workshop flyer and you'll see what I mean!). I've been at the Notting Hill location for a couple months and have tried a couple of weekend workshops at Islington (which is probably the best space I've seen for a yoga centre - massive, airy and open). Definitely would recommend!
by yogi_85, 17 May 2011
Horrible experience from the beginning. I signed up for pregnancy yoga and the yoga teacher was giving birth. The back up teacher supposedly could not make it, so as a result there were around 20 pregnant women waiting in the reception for over twenty minutes as they were unorganised (half standing because there were not enough seats). On top of that, the receptionist had forgotten to ask another yoga teacher whether she was qualified to teach before her class, so we were all left standing till her class ended so she could find out.
The same receptionist forgot to mention that they could not honor the inclusive ten consecutive days of free classes as they were closed that weekend due to the bank holiday (thus I would lose out on three days and only get seven). This was extremely unfortunate as I had told her I could only go on weekends because I work during the week! I had to then convince the manager to give me back those days as it was part of the agreed contract. The reaction I basically got was that they were doing me a favour by giving them back!
Completely unprofessional and draining. I regretted ever stepping foot in that place even though it seems like a good venue and is clean. I would suggest to save your money and buy a video to practise at home!
by Tabatha12, 07 Sep 2010
Stunning venue. Most of the teachers are EXCELLENT, apart from a 'lady' who should be banned from every gym in the world. Classes can be superpacked and this can be quite annoying.
10/10: teachers (apart from that one)
5/10: packing factor
by paduk (2 reviews
), 30 Jul 2009
There are definitely some teachers who miss the self-development aspect of yoga - this is not a competition, people!
Apart from that, though, it's a good venue, everything is always fresh and clean, and the reception staff are friendly and welcoming.
Classes during the day are anything but packed, so if you can make it to those, it's a very good option. Try a few different teachers till you find one who 'gets it'...
by bexcat, 20 Jul 2008
An amazing place - such a wonderful welcoming vibe and some really terrific teachers. A nice community - there is a large, longstanding group of practitioners who go, which makes it more real and personal than some of the more fashionista centres. It has changed my life!
by Yoga Yoga, 13 Jan 2008
I took an advanced dynamic yoga class here and had the most obnoxious instructor known to man. When some of the students were unable to do the more difficult positions and chose an easier alternative, she literally barked "WHY are you doing that? That is NOT what I have told you to do!!", embarrassing the students and everyone else. She literally scoffed and snickered at every student who did not do a move correctly. I left feeling more stressed than when I arrived, not to mention completely furious that I had paid £12 to watch this horrifying woman ridicule me and my friends.
In addition to the traumatising teacher, the woman at the front desk took my £5 deposit for the locker key, only to pretend as I was leaving that she couldn't remember how much I had given her. I practically had to barter to get my 5 quid back. It was unbelievable.
I have been doing yoga for four years all over the world, and this is by far the most (and one of the only!) unpleasant experiences I have ever had. I am still reeling in disbelief.
by jp77 (2 reviews
), 16 Oct 2007
I've never had a bad class or teacher here. Wish I lived closer so I could go every day!
by missfine (24 reviews
), 18 Jun 2007
I attend the Life Centre on a regular basis and was surprised to see such awful reviews on this site. The centre is such an amazing source for yoga in West London and I don't know where I'd be without it! Some of the teachers there are world known for their teaching and there's a huge range of therapies to choose from too. It's a really homely place with lovely staff.
by wee-yogi, 25 Apr 2007
Great range offered but classes are always packed.
by Anonymous, 09 Mar 2007
Too busy, too money-minded, not enough care. I went there for a while because it's close to where I live, but I just couldn't take it any more. Sad really.
by Anonymous, 23 Feb 2007
They are too busy. You have to get there 15 minutes before the class starts and wait to run in and make sure you secure your spot. They let far too many people in their classes, not to mention that some of their teachers (who teach on Saturdays) are really, really terrible.
by Briannaa (2 reviews
), 19 May 2006
The teaching and the range of yoga offered at the Life Centre is excellent.
by Anonymous, 04 Mar 2006
They never seem to pick up the phone.
by Anonymous, 22 Feb 2006
Great centre and teachers. Iyengar classes are justifiably popular and they also offer quite a few treatments such as reflexology and massage.
by Antonia W11 (8 reviews
), 05 Aug 2005
Phones never answered...
by Anonymous, 30 Nov 2004
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