Mission:
Founded by yoga and movement students, accessible to all

 

Mission was born in the middle of lockdown out of the desire to reunite communities and create a new, modern framework in which yoga and movement could flourish. The Mission founders are yoga students themselves, and have carefully selected a team of teachers who are not only the best in the UK, but share the mission to dismantle yoga and movement’s elitist, dogmatic reputation while still recognising the roots of practice.

Our vision for the future is one where the bendy back shares a meal with the stiff hamstring. Where the introvert meets the extrovert, where the expert yoga student is inspired by the beginner student’s journey. Where the meat eater meets the vegan, and the teetotal rolls out their mat next to the modest tippler. Where the Knight passholder gives a helping hand to someone going through a tough time. Because we have all been there. Our home is free of dogma, free of rules, and full of acceptance and love.

Mission is the biggest yoga and movement centre in Europe with 14,000 square feet of space housing five studios, three treatment rooms, extensive changing facilities, sauna, and a restaurant.

 

Our five studios are unique characters:

  • The Hot Yoga room is dark and moody
  • The Iyengar Yoga and Mysore Self Practice space is grounding and serene with herringbone floors and billowy curtains overhead
  • The Movement Room has custom-made dip and stall bars for building strength
  • And our flagship, lofty studio that can take 75 students overlooks the historic Nicholas Hawksmoor Grade 1 listed church. It is soundproofed and can also be split into two studios

Genny Wilkinson

A Mysore student for nearly 25 years and a teacher for 15, Genny cut her management teeth at triyoga where she was the Yoga Director from 2016-2021. She has studied the traditions of yoga and meditation at SOAS, has made numerous trips to Mysore in India to study Ashtanga at its source, and has written about yoga in multiple magazines and newspapers on topics like #metoo, cultural appropriation and eating disorders. In her life before yoga, she was a journalist at Reuters and Time Magazine in Washington, New York, and Singapore. She is also a Cordon Bleu trained chef and mother to four young men.

 

Simon Davies

Simon started practising yoga 15 years ago when a debilitating back injury sidelined him. He fell in love with the grace and power of a Mysore practice before exploring the freedom of Rocket classes that fed his love of music. Simon is a competitive climber, father to two teenagers, and mathematics graduate from Oxford where he was awarded a Full Blue for Judo — the highest honour granted to individual sportspeople at the university. The son of artists, Simon’s fascinations with mathematical concepts, how economies work, and human behaviour lured him into the world of finance where he continues his career today.

 

 

 

Photography by Garth McKee, Taran Wilkhu and Q London Ltd