Written Tributes From Students
I started going to Skip's antenatal yoga classes in Earlsfield when I was 8 weeks pregnant. I’d never done a yoga class before and didn’t really know what to expect. (so I’m writing this review as a bit of a novice). Skip's positive energy has really inspired me. When others were telling me to take it easy so early in my pregnancy, Skip reminded me that I was a "female mammal, designed to give birth". I’m now 34 weeks pregnant and she’s just as positive as I’m preparing myself for labour. Skip's style is to combine relaxation, muscle toning and cardiovascular exercise. Just what I need to prepare for life as a mum. I have tried out other pregnancy yoga classes, they’ve been slightly "gentler", if that’s your thing. But after Skip's class I feel stronger - like I’ve had a bit of a workout and totally re-energised. Skip's style is so relaxed, its encouraged all the women in the class to get to know each other. Those of us who are now close to the end of our pregancy, have started to email each other and have organised a coffee morning. Perfect for when I’m off on maternity leave. I’d recommend this class to anyone who is pregnant, at any point in your pregnancy. Personally I’m convinced that by starting so early, its made me very confident and positive about my pregnancy. Aches and pains haven’t bothered me at all.
Raji N, London
Thank goodness classes like this exist! I too am a faithful attendee of Skip's antenatal class which gives me an opportunity to escape the week’s stresses and truly connect with my baby. Each week, her inspirational readings help to focus my mind on my growing baby, and the changing routines build confidence in my body’s ability to both handle the later stages of pregnancy and the birth. Skip creates a wonderful, relaxing environment for the women in her class to meet, socialise and practise yoga. And taken at my own pace, it allows me to enjoy the positive effects of maintaining a clear mind and body that stay with me throughout the week. Skippy's antenatal yoga is a mini retreat in Earlsfield for any mum-to-be. I won’t be the first to say that I look forward to her class all week long!
Kelly M, London
I’ve been going to Skip Oliver’s classes and workshops for some time, and she is AMAZING! I’ve done lots of yoga over the years, and Skip is one of the best teachers I’ve ever come across. She has a wonderful nature and you can’t help but warm to her. The yoga days are great value for money, including both a dynamic morning session and a more meditative afternoon session, with a yummy Indian lunch included in the price too! She is truly inspirational - so book up now!
Caroline W, London
Skip Oliver is an excellent yoga teacher whose classes are stimulating, enjoyable and have always provided me with a fantastic weekly fix of yoga.
Renee C, London
Having attended Skip’s classes for 18 months and enjoyed 2 wonderful retreats, I would rate Skip as the best yoga teacher I have been lucky enough to meet in many, many years. Each class is fresh and different. Everyone is treated warmly, professionally and with care. Skip explains the why as well as the what with generosity and authority. Her spiritual yet playful approach means you will feel wonderful after every session. Everyone who attends her classes seems to be lovely. And most importantly you will laugh as you progress - the highest praise possible. Go!
Penny H, London
I have been attending Skip's yoga classes for over 8 years, having had many teachers over the years I can honestly say that no other teacher compares to Skip. Skip's classes are always varied, no two classes the same. Skip is inclusive of everyone from new-comers to pregnant women and the more experienced. She makes everyone feel welcome. Her classes are always good fun and her Yoga Retreats and Yoga Days are a special treat. I have been to retreats in Normandy, the Brecon Beacons in Wales, Italy, The Red Sea Egypt and Sussex. The locations are always very special and handpicked by Skip I have recommended Skip to many friends, I am pleased to have the opportunity to write this review to share my experience to a wider audience.
Justine G, London
I just wanted to say thank you so much for the workshop you organised yesterday, I loved it. I've enjoyed all the pregnancy yoga I've done with you and am a complete convert. I've found your wisdom and philosophy on pregnancy hugely empowering. I've gained a lot of confidence in myself and in being a woman, which is fantastic so thank you!
Lucy C, London
I have been attending Skip's classes for 2 years now and have never enjoyed my yoga practice more! Skippy is by far the best teacher I have come across - her classes are a perfect mix of relaxation and invigoration, for both the mind and the body. Although she obviously takes her practice very seriously, her classes are always fun, inclusive and friendly - open to all without any intimidating or snooty air to them. The range of additional classes and retreats she offers is also excellent - I recently attended one of her two-hour yoga master classes, which challenges both mind and body, increasing your stamina, strength and discipline. Skip always encourages everyone to go at their own pace, however, so you never feel pressured to push yourself any harder than you want to. I have never been on one of Skip's retreats, but it is on my wish-list for this year!
Tricia W, London
I’ve been attending Skip's classes, yoga days and retreats over the course of the last year, and I am delighted to be able to have the opportunity to recommend her to other people in the area. Skip has a special gift of making yoga accessible to anyone and everyone. I have just returned from a fantastic long weekend retreat with her in Liguria in the north of Italy. Skip creates a warm, fun and supportive atmosphere and chooses the most wonderful locations which means her retreats are a real delight. This was my third retreat, and I look forward to many more in the future.
Katie B, London
Skip has been a massive inspiration to me in wanting to take the next step on my yoga journey. I have enjoyed every one of her classes - she is a very special teacher. I just wish she had already developed the Skip Oliver teacher training programme..... !
Catherine M, London
A brilliant and inspiring teacher. As Albert Schweizer once said, "In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit."
Florence P, London
I have really enjoyed all of the weeks of yoga with Skip. It was in fact her class that first prompted me to even consider a natural birth and as a result I read two Michel Odent books and the Grantly Dick-Read book (Childbirth Without Fear) that set me on the course for hypnobirthing. In addition it all kept me physically fit, calm, relaxed (at least for 1hr a week!) so that I could bond with Max as he developed.
Kelly P, London
My private Monday night sessions became one of the favourite parts of my pregnancy. Skip knew just how far to stretch me so that each class was energising as well as relaxing. Every week was different but always involved breathing, readings, and mantras. By the end of my pregnancy I felt relaxed and confident about the birth.
When I went into labour, I was able to spend most of the time at home, relaxing and breathing through contractions. I was only in hospital for two hours before I gave birth to my little girl, Esme, totally naturally. Without doubt, the preparation and yoga I had done with Skip was really important in helping me cope.
Thanks Skip for helping me have the pregnancy and birth I hoped for.
Suzanne B, London
I have been practising yoga for over 14 years. I can honestly say Skip is one of the most superior teachers I have come across during that time. She delivers dynamic as well a gentler paced class, always giving great instruction and theory behind each posture. If you are a beginner or advanced practitioner I would highly recommend Skip's classes.
Maxyne R, London