Studio Kooks is run by three experienced teachers of movement, Jean Hall, Alison Henning and Kathy King, who have many years both teaching and taking yoga and Pilates classes in and around London and abroad. They have a first hand understanding of what makes for a wonderful space in which to practice and teach.
What is now Studio Kooks, was once the library in the elegant and inspiring 18th century Mansion in Beckenham Place Park. The Mansion has been refurbished and is being redeveloped by the people who regenerated the Copeland Estate in Peckham, which now is home to the Bussey building – the heart of creativity in the centre of Peckham.
The Mansion is to be a community centre – with artist studios, music events, courses for children and & adults and much more. Studio Kooks is delighted to be a part of this community, offering a particularly lovely and unique space for yoga and Pilates.
Our vision is to create a lively and welcoming hub for movement practices serving people of all ages and all abilities; class levels will range from complete beginners to advanced; from gentle and restorative to strong and dynamic; from Kids Yoga to Seniors Pilates and Mindfulness courses.
Taking inspiration from the beautiful setting of Beckenham Place Park, we also offer the studio for weekend workshops, master classes and half day and day retreats to step out of the urban busy-ness and into the nurturing space of nature. We invite everyone to Studio Kooks and encourage your thoughts and ideas for classes, workshops, retreats and events.
Are you interested in running regular classes or ad-hoc events at Studio Kooks? Our beautiful, fully equipped space is available to hire. Please contact us to discuss your requirements firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have to tell you I was so so delighted with how the day went - it was absolutely wonderful. Such an amazing space and loved teaching there. So good to have all of the props there - as I normally have to lug all of mine around so made my life a whole lot easier. We had everything we needed. The acoustics were brilliant. Everyone was so chilled out afterwards and they all loved the venue and the surroundings. I've had excellent feedback from my clients. They got the opportunity to go for walks around the park in between the yoga and mindfulness sessions which they loved.
Valerie May Yoga
Studio Kooks is used for filming by Movement for Modern Life - a wonderful website providing high quality online yoga classes.
Kathy has been teaching Pilates to groups and privately for over 15 years. Having originally certified with Body Control Pilates, she joined their teacher training team in 2008 where she is now a Senior Tutor on the Basic Matwork and Conversion courses as well as many Continuing Education courses for teachers. Enabling clients to move and breath well, easily and effortlessly is the focus of her classes. By emphasizing good alignment, using classical as as well as Pilates-evolved exercises clients, over time, increase their body awareness and thereby their strength and flexibility. Ultimately, this ease of movement can be incorporated into their daily lives.
Kathy is also a dedicated yogi, and her love of movement of all sorts influences her teaching.
Laughter, exploration and fun all play a part!
Jean is a life long lover of movement and creativity and has spent much of her life exploring bodywork disciplines, travelling and practicing yoga.
As well as teaching open classes in London and being on the faculty of triyoga’s teacher training programme, Jean also leads yoga workshops and retreats in the U.K and abroad and is a published author of yoga books which have been translated world wide.
Alison is an experienced Administrator and Project Manager having worked over the years with academic, charity and not-for-profit organisations.
Alison is also a yoga teacher and has been teaching classes across London since 2010. She holds a welcoming, cheery and supportive space for all to practice.