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Jonathan Sattin, the founder of Triyoga, answers our questions

posted on Tuesday, 4th June 2013 | find under Fitness, Nutrition
Jonathan Sattin is the founder and managing director of Triyoga, "London's best overall yoga centre" according to Time Out. He is also the co-author of Everyone try yoga, how to find your yoga fit. He has been practicing meditation for 30 years and now teaches weekly meditation classes at Triyoga Primrose Hill and Chelsea.

He started practising meditation in 1984 as a football-playing lawyer smoking 40 cigarettes and drinking 14 mugs of coffee a day. He gave up cigarettes, coffee and law, but kept the football. Now his focus is yoga and meditation, and he hosted a meditation and Q&A session at our Kings Road boutique as part of our exclusive Guest Instructor Programme. 

 

What motivated you to set up triyoga?
I wanted to create a place where authentic yoga, Pilates and treatments are accessible to everyone and people can lead happier and healthier lives.

How has the yoga scene in London changed since you first opened triyoga’s doors?
The scene has changed a lot since we opened in 2000. At the time, there wasn’t much choice between different yoga centres and styles. Now there's a lot more variety and a leaning towards more dynamic styles.

What does a typical day look like for you?
I'm not sure I have one! If I did, ideally I would avoid looking at my emails and texts. Typically, I practise early morning meditation at home, walk my dog whatever the weather, take a yoga class and breakfast at triyoga – sounds very puritanical, I know! My afternoon is very much the same, with a walk on Primrose Hill to clear my head.

The day fills up with a mix of working on our existing business in yoga, Pilates, treatments, holidays and teacher trainings. Last year, we worked on our book, Everyone Try Yoga, and launched a unique style of hot yoga, Triyoga Hot. We also have on-going work organising the guest instructor programme, which features ashtanga yoga teachers such as Tim Miller, David Swenson and Kino Macgregor as well as meditation teacher Sally Kempton and chant guru Krishna Das.

I do try and take some time in one of our centres every day, as I believe it’s important to see what is happening.

What would you say to encourage someone to try meditation who has never done it before?
In the words of the sage Nike, "Just do it." Most of us lead such stressful and external lives, there's little space in the day for “me” time. It’s important to create it: at one level, meditation is a fantastic way to de-stress. But it goes beyond that: as we turn our attention inwards, our lives can be transformed.

What is your favourite yoga pose?
My favourite changes from time to time. It used to be triangle pose but at the moment, I would choose savasana.

What inspires you most?
That moment when I see someone coming into a class at triyoga who looks stressed and tightly wound, and seeing that same person transformed after a class. My meditation teacher inspires me as well as the many teachers, therapists and staff who put their life and soul into teaching and inspiring others.

Do you believe there is a style of yoga to suit everybody?
Absolutely, and I believe that our job is to help you find it and to prepare you as you and your body change.  
 
Jonathan Sattin led a meditation and Q&A session at our Kings Road boutique on June 12 as part of our Guest Instructor Programme. To learn about upcoming events, please visit guest instructor page

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