Contributors + Words of Wisdom


Laura Staton

Laura holds a master's degree of science in occupational therapy and is a yoga therapist specialising in injury rehabilitation. She operates a yoga studio out of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, works as a senior occupational therapist at a Northwell Health teaching hospital, and is the co-author of Baby Om: Yoga for Mothers & Babies. She’s passionate about yoga's effect on physical and emotional wellbeing and how this interacts with daily life. For many years, she was a dancer and choreographer in NYC and received her BFA from The Juilliard School. Her latest book ‘Yoga Bones: A Comprehensive Guide To Managing Pain And Orthopedic Injuries Through Yoga’ is out now. Visit:


Patrick McCartney

Patrick is a writer and film maker interested in documenting biographies of yoga and Sanskrit and, more recently, Mallakhamb. He explores popular assumptions and the impulse to adopt a ‘yoga lifestyle’ and its unintended consequences. He does this through documenting the myth-making process involved in creating identity and community. He has written extensively on the consumption of wellness from within the global consumption-scape of Yogaland, documenting the efforts to get more people speaking Sanskrit, and the politics and economics of yoga within the global wellness tourism industry. Find him at:


Safia Bowley

Safia is a Hatha Yoga teacher based in East Sussex, facilitating gentle classes at her local health centre in Herstmonceux and at the Yoga Life Studio in Eastbourne, as well as a variety of other venues, enjoying the spirit of community nurtured by yoga. Her classes are designed to energise, strengthen and restore, helping participants to find what works best for their needs and abilities. To get ready for the springtime, she’s put together a back-to-nature sequence in this issue that all can follow. Find out more about Safia at:

Regular contributors:

Claudia Brown, Paula Hines, Meg Jackson, Victoria Jackson, Jenny Baker, Kirstie Bird, Jill Lawson, Kiki Morriss, Julia White

Words of wisdom

“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”


Om Magazine

First published in November 2009, OM Yoga magazine has become the most popular yoga title in the UK. Available from all major supermarkets, independents and newsstands across the UK. Also available on all digital platforms.