Sitaram Partnership was founded in 1998 by husband and wife Nirlipta Tuli (now retired) and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli. More crecently, the partnership was reframed as Sitaram and Son, Ltd, and operates as Sitaram Yoga.
As the work has grown we have chosen now to acknowledge its service based ethos and to restructure many of the activities (eg the Santosa Yoga Camps and the London pre and postnatal yoga classes) within the framework of a charitable organisation: Yoga Seva is curently working towards becoming registered as a charity.
Who we are
Uma was first introduced to yoga at the age of four by her mother and began meditating at nine on a pilgrimage with her maternal grandmother. Yoga and meditation have been part of her daily life ever since. As a naturally curious and enquiring yogini, she has engaged passionately and critically with a variety of quite different schools of yoga, and yoga therapy most especially Structural Yoga Therapy, Satyananda Yoga and Iyengar Yoga.
After completing the Yoga Biomedical Trust Diploma in Yoga Therapy in 1999, Uma has continued to find the fully integrated approach of yoga therapy to be the most practical route to the healing power of yoga. She further trained in Structural Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy with Mukunda Stiles, and works as a yoga therapist with special expertise in women’s health. Uma has a PhD in Communications and is a recognised teacher of the British Wheel of Yoga. She has been a training tutor in Yoga Therapy since 2001 and also teaches British Wheel of Yoga In-service training days. As a mother of three, she has been both personally and professionally engaged with the development of pregnancy yoga, yoga for birth and postnatal recovery, and family yoga, and has been training teachers in this field since 2002, when she first tutored for the Birthlight Trust. Since then she has delighted in creating her own courses to promote excellence of teaching in this field, including Well Woman Yoga and a uniquely responsive Integrated Mother and Baby yoga teacher training. With the intention of widening access to pregnancy and postnatal yoga, she founded Sitaram Yoga with her husband in 1998, and it continues to offer pregnancy and postantal yoga classes in London, including at Kings and St Thomas’s hopsitals.
The heart of Uma’s daily personal and therapeutic practice is yoga nidra, which she believes to be the most powerfully transformative of all yoga techniques. She first encountered the technique at the Satyananda Yoga centre in 1995, and has been exploring all aspects of it with fascination ever since. She has studied a variety of different approaches to the practice both in India and the UK, with nationally renowned exponents including Swami Muktidharma (Satyananda Acharya, New Zealand), Mukunda Stiles, and Richard Miller. She has refined a range of particularly feminine therapeutic applications of yoga nidra, including its use for the promotion of fertility, positive birthing, postnatal recovery and conscious menstrual health a source of spiritual empowerment. She has taught yoga nidra to hundreds of people, in every conceivable environment, from nursery schools, hospitals and airports, to giant geodesic domes filled with yogis sheltering from wild storms at yoga festivals and gatherings. She has been sharing the technique with teachers from all lineages on Yoga Therapy training courses and retreats since 1999.
Uma leads retreats and courses worldwide, sharing the approach to yoga therapy set out in her CDs, DVDs and books: Mother’s Breath, Teach Yourself Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth, and Feel Confident: Yoga for Living. Her new book project: Womb Yoga: Blood Wisdom is about the evolution of feminine spiritual authority through yoga and tantra. Uma is currently refining Womb Yoga through a series of international workshops and retreats.
Her PhD is in Communications from London University, and she is a recognised teacher of the British Wheel of Yoga. Before yoga and mothering took over her life completely, Uma spent seven years as a journalist and ten years working as a lecturer, tutor and course designer in higher education. She draws on her experience as writer, educator and mother to create positive learning experiences and high standards of teaching, training, appraisal and support on all her courses.
Uma trained as a Breastfeeding Counsellor with the National Childbirth Trust. She co-organises the annual Yoga Gathering Santosa, and teaches the family yoga sessions at the Healing Field Gatherings and other festivals. As well as the pregnancy yoga teacher training module, Uma also designed and leads the Yogacampus Mother and Baby yoga training course, covering family yoga sessions for parents and children from birth to four years.
Together with her husband, clinical hypnotherapist Nirlipta Tuli, she founded Sitaram Partnership in 1998 in order to promote the further education of yoga teachers, and to make yoga more accessible through classes in St Thomas’s and King’s College Hospital and other places in central and south London. The partnership currently employs a team of six teachers working in three London locations, and provides support, training opportunities and professional development for yoga teachers and trainees.
Uma is the author of three books about yoga therapy for women’s health: Mother’s Breath (a definitive guide to yoga breathing and awareness practices for pregnancy, postnatal recovery and mothering); Teach Yourself Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth (Hodder and Staughton) and Yoga for Living – Feel Confident (Dorling Kindersley). She has also produced a number of CDs and DVDs to support the practice of pregnancy, postnatal recovery yoga and yoga for the relief of stress. For full product listing see Buy Products or www.yogamatters.com.
Uma practices what she preaches: she is mother to three children: Tejomaya, Abhisheka, and Rajakumari Prayaag, who were all born at home in the Sitaram yoga rooms.
Nirlipta Tuli, founder co-partner of Sitaram Partnership, is now retired from work on medical grounds. He is currently devoting most of his time to an in depth series of recuperative and meditative practices. When his energies permit he hopes to offers mentoring and pastoral care to students on the Yoga Nidra training course and other yoga teachers and hypnotherapists. Until his recent retirement Nilripta worked as a registered clinical hypnotherapist. He trained at the London College of Clinical Hypnotherapy and is a full member of the British Society for Clinical Hypnotherapy. He is also an associate member of the British Association of Clinical Psychotherapy. He has specialist training in perinatal hypnotherapy (clinical hypnotherapy for childbirth, and for the pre and post natal period). The heart of his unique hypnotherapy practice developed a specialised approach to perinatal hypnotherapy, including work with birth trauma resolution and the release of fears and anxieties around childbirth.
He has been practicing yoga for sixteen years and teaching yoga since 1990. He has yoga teaching diplomas from three different yoga teacher training organisations (Bihar School of Yoga, British Wheel of Yoga and Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres). Nirlipta has completed the British Wheel of Yoga Module in pregnancy yoga, and has undertaken further training in yoga therapy (including management of lower back pain, and yoga for women’s health) and the health and safety aspects of yoga teaching. He has particular expertise in teaching yoga practices for positive mental health, stress relief and relaxation. Nirlipta also holds an MA in Indian Religion and Philosophy from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Our team of teachers:
In London :
Hari Shakti Jo Harrison, Sue Stockwell, Anna Rondina, and Jo Feather
(More details and photos coming soon…)
Kasia teaches pregnancy yoga and postnatal recovery and baby yoga for Sitaram in Brixton Hill and Brockwell Lido. Kasia is in the final stages of completing her British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma. Additionally, she has done a 50 hour British Wheel of Yoga Postnatal Yoga Teacher training Course 2006/7 with Wendy Teasdill, and has also completed the 50 hour British Wheel of Yoga Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training Course with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli.
Raquel teaches pregnancy yoga for Sitaram at King’s College Hospital. She is a psychologist and general yoga teacher from Spain, who came to London to pursue further studies in Yoga Therapy, at the Yoga Biomedical Trust, where she completed her diploma in Yoga Therapy in 2006. As part of this training, she did special module in Yoga for Pregnancy with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, and then continued to do a Sitaram Yoga Teacher’s Apprenticeship in 2006. Raquel has a special interest in the therapeutic applications of yoga, and has taught yoga in research projects especially for people with diabetes, as well as yoga for rehabilitation following drug addiction. Raquel integrates her yoga teaching with advanced studies in English and continuing training in Flamenco.
For details of other teachers working around the world using Sitaram methods and approaches please visit the Classes Worldwide page of this site.
We are delighted that since we have arrived in Stroud that a number of very inspiring teachers and practitioners have all been able to teach and lead sessions in our studio.
Regular visitors include:
(Yoga therapy, Yoga for the Special Child, Yoga for mothers and toddlers)
Bharati and Dinesh (Indian Devotional Music wallahs).
To read more about these special friends please visit their website Bharati and Dinesh