Style Talk with Daleen Elof of Soma Yoga

We met up with local yoga teacher, Daleen Elof. Daleen has lived in the area for 22 years and has recently set up her yoga teaching locally to Columbia Road. Having been to a number of her classes we would highly recommend her unique approach to yoga, and as a former fashion designer, her relaxed clothing style, on and off the mat !


When did your journey into yoga start ?

I went to my first yoga class at 19 in a dusty old library while at university in Cape Town, and in my 20’s I attended weekly classes in gyms across London. When I discovered Ashtanga Mysore yoga in my 30’s, I began to practice almost every day and discovered the many benefits of a dedicated, regular practice: increased strength, stamina, energy and calmer state of mind. 

After years of almost daily practice in this method, and juggling work as a freelance fashion designer with family life, I began to explore other approaches and styles which were more suited to my body and stressful lifestyle.  Focusing on more therapeutic yoga in private 1-2-1 sessions, I learned to craft an adaptable and personalised yoga practice, accommodating injuries and changes in my body. My passion led me to my 200 hour teacher training with Yoga Campus in 2020 and an additional training in yoga nidra in 2021 with the Bihar School of Yoga. In lockdown I started teaching in the park, and I now teach at the Sundial Centre near Columbia Road.

What is  your yoga teaching style ?

My teaching style integrates flowing mindful movement and alignment detail, exploring creative ways of developing strength and flexibility in stages, so that students can discover the ease of movement that suits their bodies.

I always finish sessions with a guided yoga nidra relaxation to re-energise and facilitate a positive, clear and balanced state of mind

Tell us about your favourite local eating and shopping recommendations.

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants and food shops in the local area:

Laxeiros has great tapas style dishes and their desserts impress even the fussiest teenagers ! Campania for their authentic Southern Italian food, which is always generously served. Pavilion is great for coffee and bread, pastries, sandwiches, and lunchtime dahl soup.

We are so fortunate to have so many independently owned shops in Columbia Road.I love the selection of vases and glassware at In Habit, it’s always very tempting to buy just one more piece! Nomliving, for their stoneware ceramics, and Harry Brand for their selection of British wool blankets.

How would you describe your fashion style ?

My taste tends to be fairly minimalist and I gravitate towards simple shapes and soft colours.  I spend a fair amount of time practicing and teaching yoga (or walking my border terrier), so I wear leggings most days and combine these with tees, fine knits, and cashmere jumpers.

Which women have influenced you most ?

My mother, my grandmother and my yoga teacher, Sarah Litton.

What are your favourite pieces at Precious right now ?


Daleen selects, from left to right, Part Two Mathea Sweater, Part Two Kerstins Boucle Shacket & Part Two Gya Print Blouse.


Follow Daleen on Instagram @somayogawithdaleen or visit her  website Soma Yoga with Daleen or contact her directly for class schedules and news via