Indaba Yoga

Workshops

The opportunity to focus on specific postures and have plenty of time to ask questions, make workshops the perfect environment to take your practice to the next level. For more information on any event, please phone the studio. To secure your place click on the book button. We are delighted to host the following events…

Saturday, April 4th, 1.30-4.30pm

ABSOLUTION FLOW

with MARK MORFORD

Something stuck? Nagging fear, doubt, anxiety clogging the arteries of your life? Then this workshop is for you. Mark Morford’s Absolution Flow is a pure dedication practice, offering up all tangled poisons and tired dogmas to the breath, to the moment, to the fiery and awakened heart. This means vigorous, athletic Vinyasa, meditation and pranayama in service of dissolving false convictions and self-delusions. Bring a towel, and some water. Abandon your expectations. Come and be absolved

Mark Morford (ERYT-500) has been leading fiery, heart-provoking Vinyasa classes, workshops and retreats since 1999. His yoga is a challenging, deeply devoted, irreverent fusion of Tantra-infused awareness and strength-building movement that is set to great music and designed to invigorate the body, guide the frenzied mind toward samadhi and burn off reckless illusions.

£40 for 3 hour workshop

 

Every Tuesday, April 7th - 28th (excluding April 14th), 6.00-7.15pm

PREGNANCY YOGA

with SHIMMY LEVY-RILEY
Practising yoga throughout your pregnancy is a wonderful gift for both yourself and your unborn baby. Prenatal yoga will help you be in the best possible mental & physical shape for birth and beyond!

Benefits can be felt on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. A regular practice will help increase strength, stamina and flexibility. You may also find that yoga helps you deal more effectively with stress and anxiety, and you will treasure the quiet time set aside for your practice as a sanctuary for you to connect with the baby growing inside you.

This Pregnancy Yoga course will focus on Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing techniques), positions for Labour, Birth and Relaxations whilst working through troublesome ailments such as back pain and water retention that come from being pregnant!

Shimmy’s Yoga for Pregnancy & Childbirth course is recommended from week 13 until birth. Before commencing any Prenatal class it is important to consult your doctor, especially if you have had any complications in your pregnancy, including a history of miscarriage.

Shimmy’s approach to teaching is somewhat similar to her approach in life: being light but grounded, dedicated, mindful, aware, and understanding of the personal limitations that are inherent to each and every individual. With a smile and love for teaching, Shimmy seeks to instil a sense of lightness and ease to her students, whilst assisting in them in the discovery of oneself, connecting mind and body.

£50 for 3 weeks

 

Every Tuesday, April 7th - 28th (excluding April 14th), 7.30-9.00pm

INDABA BASICS COURSE

with SHIMMY LEVY-RILEY

Created with those brand new to yoga in mind, this three week course focuses on breath and body awareness. Each week new principles and postures of yoga will be integrated into a well balanced class which will leave the student feeling both energized and at ease in body and mind. The course is designed to give you a basic knowledge of postural names and alignment, breath control, and conscious movement. Asking questions is encouraged in this unique environment!

Following the course, the adventurous at heart will be ready to join a level one or two class; or those still interested in the foundations of yoga will be ready to step into a beginner’s class to build strength and deepen their overall knowledge of the practice. Shimmy’s approach to teaching is somewhat similar to her approach in life: being light but grounded, dedicated, mindful, aware, and understanding personal limitations that are inherent to each and every individual. With a smile and love for teaching, seeking to instill a sense of lightness and ease to students, whilst assisting in that discovery of oneself, inevitably connecting mind and body in subtle ways.

£60 for 3 weeks
(Course will not run April 14th)

Saturday, April 11th, 1.30-4.30pm

AN INTRODUCTION TO TRANSFORMATIONAL BREATHING

with REBECCA DENNIS

Transformational Breath is a self-healing technique that enables you to clear restricted breathing patterns and fully access your breathing capacity, providing you with a more stable physical, emotional and mental well-being. Letting go of the breath enables you to let go of your negative thought patterns and gain more clarity. By learning how to improve your individual breathing pattern you can release tension from the body, relax the mind and find a place of calm in your being.

Indaba’s Transformational Breathing facilitator, Rebecca Dennis, has a strong intuition and a gentle approach. Her wealth of experience in bodywork and healing has given her a great understanding of the body and where emotion, trauma and tension is held. She became interested in a number of different therapies and travelled to India to study reiki and energy healing. Fascinated by her new found knowledge of the mind, body and soul connection she went on to study with the US founder of Transformational Breathing, Judith Kravitz in Mexico and Italy. Rebecca now has a regular practice helping people deal with stress, anxiety and every day
challenges in life. She will joined by fellow breathing facilitaror, Aimee Hartley.

£40

Sunday, April 12th, 1.30-4.30pm

THE ART OF YOGA: OPENING THE SHOULDERS AND UPPER BACK

with NAOMI ABSALOM

The most beautiful backbends and creative inversions all start with a basic yet precise understanding of alignment. Strength and correct postioning of the shoulders are key to a safe and ultimately playful and experimental practice. Lack of knowledge in this area can lead to relatively loose joints being forced into damaging positions. Understanding how to align the shoulders and then working on creating strength around the front, back and sides of the joint will help you to support the work of the core and midline and vice versa. This combination of core work and shoulder strengthening will be a big game changer in your asana practice as too much strength creates contractiona nd too much flexibility damages the soft tissue. A big dollop of both will work wonders in terms of making your practice lighter and your transitions smoother.

Being diligent in every posture and every transition, will lift you out of the lower back and into the chest. Once all of this is in place then you can begin toplay – think natarajasana, handstand tuck, variations of forearm balances, hollowback, kapotasana and a few others Naomi has up my sleeve!

Be prepared to work hard, learn new transitions, get strong and work into every little corner of your body.

£35/(£30 before March 29th)

Every Sunday, April 19th-26th, 5.00-6.15pm

HEADSTAND COURSE

with BRYONY BIRD

Want to confidently practice headstand at the end of a yoga class? Join Bryony on this 3 week course where you will learn techniques to prepare for, practice and hold Sirsasana. In order to execute Sirsasana without a wall, you need to strengthen your deep core muscles in order to find balance and alignment.
On this course you will learn how to stabilise your base, engage the shoulder girdle, access your core and be free from fear. These muscles groups will allow you to hold headstand for an extended period of time without feeling any pressure in the neck.
By reversing the flow of gravity you will feel refreshed, find balance and gain more confidence in your inversion practice. Plus it is a great party trick! This course is suitable for complete novices, triers and fallers as well as those too fearful to try.

Bryony was first introduced to yoga in her teens by her mother. They would attend classes together, giggling in the back row. Since then she has deepened her own practice through studying with many teachers and being open to all styles before committing to the Ashtanga yoga system. She continues to be inspired by all the limbs of yoga and is particularly intrigued by the subtle details of alignment, different body types and the energetic body. Her classes include variations for all levels, sensitive hands-on adjustments, a focus on correct breathing and most importantly a lot of smiling.

Bryony is eternally grateful to Melanie and Emil for bringing her back to Ashtanga and can currently be found practicing under the guidance, support and limb tying of Hamish Hendry or daydreaming of being back in Mysore studying at KPJAYI with Sharath Jois. Bryony has made multiple trips to Mysore, India to study with R. Sharath Jois at KPJAYI. In 2015 Bryony received Sharathji’s blessing to teach the Ashtanga method.

£60 for 3 weeks

 

Sunday, April 12th, 7-8.30pm

GONG BATH

with LEO COSENDAI

The Gong is so much more than an old musical instrument. Indeed, throughout the centuries it has been considered to be the most powerful Guru, for no human mind can resist its holistic tones. The gong can lead to altered state of consciousness, which can be anything from a simple yet powerful deep delta sleep, to the eighth limb of yoga known as samadhi, all the way through to astral travelling. From a physical point of view, a gong “bath” as we call it, is ideal for clearing nerve-endings and for re-establishing a healthy relationship between the parasympathetic (ruled by sound) and sympathetic nervous system (ruled by vision). The gong also enables the brain to become efficient in producing Theta and Delta waves, which are known to be produced in mass by infants and young children. Just like the tones it produces, the experience it induces is different every time.

Leo is a sound healer, therapist, and a composer born in Switzerland. He has trained with Grand Gong master Don Conreaux (one of the 5 original Kundalini teachers designated by Yogi Bhajan in the late ’60s). Leo continues to learn to this day, through the practices of Kinesiology and Kundalini exercises.

£20

Friday - Sunday, April 17th - 19th, various times

WEEKEND OF WORKSHOPS

with IRENE PAPPAS aka FIT QUEEN IRENE

Friday, April 17th, 3.00-5.00pm
PLAYFUL PRACTICE
Turn your practice into play. Move, breathe, bend, and fly in this two hour class that focuses on building your confidence both on and off the mat. Irene’s style is unique, fusing strength, flexibility, and balance together in a flow that is sure to leave you wanting more. All levels welcome, but a regular yoga practice will help you get the most out of this class.

Saturday, April 18th, 1.30-4.30pm
INVERSIONS AND ARM BALANCES WORKSHOP
Join Irene for this 3 hour workshop focused on building the strength, flexibility, and body awareness necessary for inversions and arm balances. Starting from the ground up, Irene will give you cues for correct alignment and muscle activation in order to find balance and confidence on your hands. Whether you are a seasoned flyer or new to inversions and arm balances this workshop is sure to open your eyes to a new world of poses and transitions. Modifications will be offered for advanced beginners and refinements and transitions will be offered to more advanced practitioners.

Sunday, April 19th, 1.30-4.30pm
SAFELY DEEPENING FLEXIBILITY
Deepening flexibility can be tricky, most of us either love or hate it and it can be hard to approach safely.
Learn how to safely deepen your flexibility and mobility. Whether flexibility is your struggle or your strength, Irene will offer ways to make the poses work for you. Starting with pranayama and grounding meditation we will work to develop the patience necessary to deepen asana practice. This workshop will include passive stretching as well as dynamic movement and strength work, as flexibility needs to be supported by strength in and around the joints. The focus will be on hips and learning how to backbend your entire spine. All levels welcome, but a regular yoga practice recommended.

Irene’s love for yoga is contagious. She practices both Ashtanga and Rocket yoga, as she enjoys a traditional and playful practicel.  As a lover of movement, Irene’s teaching style combines dynamic flexibility and mobility work with more traditional yoga sequencing. Irene encourages students to seek balance between strength and flexibility in both mind and body. Her classes are challenging but leave you feeling excited and alive, with a new respect for the abilities of your body.

£30 for 2 hours (Friday)
£40 for 3 hours (Saturday or Sunday)
£100 for full weekend

Friday, April 24th, 4.00-6.00pm

PILATES BOOT CAMP

with ANTONIA PTOHIDES

Want to gain a strong, lean and happier body? Then join Antonia in a 2 hour Pilates Boot Camp! The technique and high intensity of the exercises explored in this workshop will help you discover your own strength and understand the functionality of your body.

‘’Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness’’
Joseph Pilates

Pilates is based on six ruling principles: Breathing, Control Centering, Precision, Concentration, Flow, Balance and Coordination. The aim of this Boot Camp is to strengthen the muscles and correct posture, giving adherence to core stability and body awareness. Unlike weight training the movements are fluid rather than jerky, stretching muscles to create sleekness rather than bulk. The beauty of the Pilates Method is that it lends itself to all levels of physical fitness and to all ages.

Antonia has been teaching Pilates for almost 4 years. After graduating as a Professional Dancer and Dance Teacher in Greece 2009, she competed her MA in Movement Studies here in the UK in 2010. Antonia was intrigued by the beauty of Pilates and the way in which it has historically helped to rehabilitate injuries. Today she wants to share the importance of core strength, flexibility and awareness in order to promote spinal alignment and freedom in movement. Her busy classes are energising and fun!!!

£30

Saturday, April 25th, 1.30-4.30pm

ANANDA PRAJA: CULTIVATING JOY: A HIP-OPENING WORKSHOP

with CRAIG NORRIS

When going about our daily lives without awareness we easily get caught up in routine. Living seems to be about achieving some sort of goal that will bring us happiness. So much of the monotony we go though creates tensions that get stored in our body, especially in the hips. It is only by letting go of what we perceive to be true, can we begin to cultivate joy within the present moment and be open to life flowing through us.

During this workshop, Craig will lead us through practices from different branches of yoga that allow us to let go and flow. We will explore kirtan (devotional chanting), asana practiced with vinyasa to unwind the tensions around the sacral chakra as well as pranayama and yoga nidra to sensitise ourselves to svadistana chakra, allowing us to find strength in vulnerability and joy in the present moment.

£35 (£30 before April 11th)

Sunday, April 26th, 1.30-4.00pm

AN INTRODUCTION TO MYSORE STYLE SELF-PRACTICE

with RACHEL BARLOW

In Mysore Self-Practice classes, each student works at their own pace through the Astanga series following their own breath with assistance from the teacher when necessary; much like having a private lesson in a group class environment. Each series is learned and memorised posture by posture with new postures being added as and when the student is ready. This is the traditional method of learning the Ashtanga Yoga system and is the way that Sri K Pattabhi Jois taught in Mysore, India. Self-practice classes are always of mixed ability with students practising side by side making it a humbling yet transformative experience.
This workshop is suitable for complete beginners as well as those who want to make the transition from led classes into the self-practice classes, experiencing Ashtanga Yoga in more depth. Rachel will demystify the Mysore experience and delve into the theory, philosophy and application of this powerful and life-changing practice. This workshop will give you the confidence to move into Mysore classes and establish your own self-practice where you can work with your own breath, exploring yoga as a moving meditation. The practice will be tailored to meet your own physical needs and will build you towards cultivating a sustainable self-practice where you can become independent and inspired to practice yourself.

£35 for 2.5 hours (£30 before April 12th)

Every Sunday, April 26th - May 10th, 2.00-3.30pm

LIQUID SPINE: A BACKBENDING COURSE

with HORTENSE SULEYMAN

Backbending involves stretching forward and extending backwards, not just folding. During this three-part course, you will learn how to safely awaken your spine by opening your chest and shoulders whilst lengthening your hips and strengthening your legs.

After a short warm up which will include sun salutations and warrior series, you will explore different ways to deepen your backbends. You will work on loosening your upper body, improving the flexibility of your quads and keeping the breath strong, calm and continuous. We will look at some advanced backbend variations such as Chakrasana (Wheel on forearms), Natarajasana (Dancer’s pose) and for the more adventurous students Vrischikasana (Scorpion pose). This course of 3 playful sessions with just 7 students will create greater depth, ease and safety in your backends, helping you to take your practice to the next level.

Hortense has been practicing and studying many styles of yoga both here and abroad and still travels all over London to get her ‘fix’. She has trained with Dharma Mittra and Ana Forrest.

This course is for the more experienced and adventurous student.
£60 for 3 weeks, just 7 students

Friday, May 1st, 6.30-9.00pm

ASANA UNPLUGGED

with MILES BORRERO

Miles Borrero’s workshop is a riff on classical yoga with the pulse of jazz! Experience the basic human right to move in ways you never thought you could, uncovering the richness and depth of our essence. Miles will guide you with playfulness and smart alignment into fancy binds and big backbends. Deconstruct and rebuild the poses you are familiar with for a holistic experience that encompasses dharma, asana, kirtan, pranayama and the unexpected. It’s yoga twisted on its head, and will leave you buzzing with energy and connecting the purest expression of joy and calm. Laugh, fall over, roll around, have a party, lose yourself, find yourself, and put the missing pieces back together. All levels welcome.

Miles Borrero’s highly creative yoga sequences are fused together with a vast knowledge of the body, sprinkled with pranayama and meditation, supported by dharma and enriched with singing and jazz. Coming from a classical yoga background, she offers an intelligent take on the practice while still respecting the tradition of it. Her yoga is pulled apart and reconstructed, then twisted around and flipped on its head for an artful, enlivened experience.

Borrero leads retreats and teacher trainings both nationally and internationally and her unique teaching style has not escaped notice-Miles has recently been featured in publications including Om Yoga and Mantra. Deeply influenced by and eternally grateful to all of her teachers (Raghunath, Ana Forrest, Schuyler Grant and Phillip Askew among others), she believes yoga is an integrated science, art and practice meant to help us know and love ourselves better and more freely.

£35

Saturday, May 2nd, 1.30-4.30pm

AN EXPLOSION OF ENERGY: THE DYNAMICS OF FLEXIBILITY AND STRENGTH IN STANDING POSES AND ARM BALANCES

with JESSICA PUGLIE

Are you flexible or stiff…or a bit of both? Well, this workshop is for everyone!

In this dynamic asana practice, you will explore how to achieve safe and effective stretching, whilst containing your energy in order to maintain your strength. Guided by Jessica’s detailed instructions, you will move with intention and intuition from standing poses into arm balances, using strength to create space for energy to flow fluidly around the joints.

Within each asana, lines of energy are created by multiple actions working in opposite directions. In this workshop you will find balance through these lines of energy, so your practice can be free of tightness, hyper-extension, pain, restriction of expression and fear. By exploring the energetics of your asana practice in this way, you can observe your weaknesses and strengths, accepting where you are in the present moment whilst also making little shifts towards finding what you truly are: an explosion of energy.

“Always remember that nature refuses to be rushed. She can only be made to evolve and that takes time, so take heart” Dhama Mittra

Jessica has studied many different styles of yoga and her ability to share her knowledge is incomparable. Her in-depth understanding of the body and movement allows her to help each individual create freedom and ease within their unique asana practice. She is an advanced Dharma Mittra teacher, whose popular classes are filled with light and lots laughter.

£35(/£30 before 18th April)

Friday, May 8th, 2.00-5.00pm

WHO’S GOT YOUR BACK? A WORKSHOP FOR THOSE WITH HYPER MOBILITY IN THE LOWER BACK

with NATHALIE MUKUSHEVA

Ever experienced the freedom a well aligned spine? The spine is the first part of the human body to develop in utero. It is the structure that holds us upright and is the distinguishing factor of our species. Lumbar hyperlordosis is a condition that occurs when the lumbar region (lower back) experiences stress or extra weight and is arched to the point of muscle pain or spasms. Lumbar lordosis is a common postural position where the natural curve of the lumbar region of the back is slightly or dramatically accentuated.

Commonly known as swayback it can lead to tight hip flexors, weak psoas (which control the hip flexors), poor posture and weak abdominals. The good news is that since lumbar hyperlordosis is not a fixed condition like scoliosis and kyphosis, it can be improved. This can be accomplished by lengthening the lower back, hip-flexors, hamstring muscles, and strengthening abdominal muscles. When we practice asana due to the tamasic nature of the body and our habitual tendencies the body will always try to trick us into taking the easy way out and going to the place of least resistance. If you are someone who can just dump it all into the lower back over time this becomes a comfort zone and can be very hard to get out of. As someone who spent the better part of a decade just hanging out in my lower back it was only when I found myself in chronic pain to the point where for almost a year I was unable to stand up without pain for more than 10 minutes that I took the necessary steps to correct it.

After exploring different approaches to movement, strength and flexibility which included Floor-Barre and contortion strength and and flexibility training I was able to come back to my beloved yoga practice with a renewed zeal and focus and can honestly say I feel stronger and more flexible than ever and best of all am pain free. In this workshop we will work on specific conditioning exercises to target all the different muscle groups we need to develop to avoid collapsing into the lower back including hamstrings, quadriceps, abdominals, hip flexors, shoulder openers and spine lengtheners. The second half of the workshop we will explore a range of backbends so you can experience the difference in how the spine feels once you are no longer collapsing everything into the lumbar and finish with an inversions practice free-standing for those who are able and with a wall for those who are not.

This workshop is open to all levels of practitioner and will be particularly beneficial to anyone who feels pinchy nervy pain in the lower back. Expect to leave feeling taller, stronger and with a new sense of awareness of your body.

Nathalie has been practicing Yoga since 2000 and teaching full time since 2010. Before committing herself entirely to Yoga she received extensive training in Ballet, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Floor-Barre and Contortion Training. She has always considered it her complete privilege to share every bit of knowledge she has acquired along the path with every student no matter what their level of experience. Her focus now is on delivering a teaching methodology that incorporates all the limbs of Yoga and empowers students with the tools to sustain their practice throughout their lifespan with patience, compassion and devotion to all.

£35 for 3 hours/£30 (before March 24th)

Saturday, May 9th, 1.30-4.30pm

TRANSFORMATIONAL BREATHING WORKSHOP-1

with Alan Dolan

Transformational Breathing is a gentle, simple technique that helps people to open up the full potential of their breathing system for better physical and emotional well being. It teaches a pattern of conscious breathing that is natural, safe and healthy which has been demonstrated to have many benefits almost universally, including increased energy, better immune response and increased ability to deal with stress in a healthy way. It was developed by Dr Judith Kravitz and incorporates her knowledge of conscious breathing techniques as well as various other healing and spiritual principles which are combined to make Transformational Breathing a highly efficient and effective method.

LEARN A SIMPLE TECHNIQUE TO:
• Feel completely energised
• Let go of emotional baggage
• Release anxiety and alleviate depression
• Move beyond whatever is standing between you and you’re your happiness
• Become aware of emotions halting your personal growth
• Develop a new dimension to your yoga practice
• Experience deeply nourishing relaxation
• Understand the nature of spirit
• Open your breath and expand your life

Alan has helped many students realise their full potential through his work. We are delighted to have him back at Indaba!

£55 for 3 hours

Friday, May 15th, 2.00-5.00pm

HANDSTANDS

with SAINAA (Sainbayar Janchivdorj)

The workshop will begin with a fairly intense warm up, including a lot of conditioning and flexibility drills specific to handstands. You will be given explanations of what to do with your body to get a perfectly straight handstand. Numerous exercises will be practiced to help you understand the shape of the posture, both on the floor and on your hands. You’ll also be working with a partner so you can learn how to spot and correct someone else’s technique. This workshop will not be suitable for total beginners but as long as you’re used to holding weight in your arms (against the wall with good form for 30-60 seconds) you’ll be fine. You don’t need to have a perfect handstand – that’s what you are here to learn! Sainaa trained as an elite gymnast, winning the national championship two years running, he retired from competitive gymnastics at age 18. For the next ten years he worked as a multi-skilled circus performer touring world many famous circuses. In the early 2000s his career led him to teaching. It is likely that every leading handbalancer in the UK has been taught by Sainaa at some stage in their career. His typical student is either a circus performer or a yogi. Both types of students want to be flexible and love being upside down. The perfect handstand is the holly grail and most discover Sainaa’s techniques are the best route to getting there!

£40 for 3 hours

Saturday, May 16th, 1.30-4.30pm

A HEART OPENING LIGHT GRIDS WORKSHOP – OPEN UP TO LOVE, LIFE AND DEEPER RELATIONSHIPS

with JODY SHIELD

This therapeutic workshop will focus on the heart, love and relationships. We are imprinted with past relationships and love experiences from partners, lovers and parents. This unprocessed information is stored in our energy field, clogging up our cells, emotional and physical bodies. 

Light Grids will support you to release, process and transform these old emotions, trauma, memories, and limiting beliefs about love and self-worth. We will focus on gently opening the heart, which is a powerful intuitive brain, a mighty energy centre, a place of truth, authenticity and pure emotion. We will aim to move more into the heart, to live a life of purpose, truth and love. Moving into the heart raises our vibration so we attract more love, joy and abundance in. 

You will feel completely supported and safe throughout the workshop and be able to:
- Release emotional baggage and trauma
- Clear your partnership ‘seat’
- Release old beliefs about love
- Release genetic information about love and relationships 
- Deepen your self-love and connection to you
- Awaken the power of your heart
- Open the layers of your heart
- Clear blockages in your chakras
- Tune into love and joy
However you feel about love and relationships this workshop will be perfect for you.
Light Grids offers huge benefits and noticeable results, and you’ll feel yourself change during the session. You take back your power, your responsibility and your potential to create your best relationships.
Read more about Jody and Light Grids here http://indabayoga.com/therapies/jody-shield/

£45 for 3 hours of life-changing work.

Friday - Sunday, May 22nd - 24th, various times

WEEKEND OF WORKSHOPS

with LAUREN RUDICK

Friday, May 22nd, 2.00-5.00pm
FRIGHT OR FLIGHT
All about arm balances. Face your fears, learn proper alignment, then fly. This workshop is guaranteed to get the core working and the adrenaline pumping. Join Lauren for an exuberant adventure into arm balances.

Saturday, May 23rd, 1.30-4.30pm
EXPLORE YOUR CORE
This class is all about fun transitions that ask the yogi to learn what and where the bandhas are and how to use them. We will move through fun and challenging transitions that demand we get centered, pull in through the midline, stay grounded and get to the core of the body.

Sunday, May 24th, 1.30-4.30pm
BACKBENDS FOR THE NON-BENDY
A “bend don’t break class”. Expand into advancing the practice rather than just heat up so much that the backbends come more easily. In this workshop we bend not just the bodies but also our thought process so that challenges do not break us. Lean to use yoga to physically and internally open the heart.

Lauren Rudick has been teaching and practicing yoga for a decade. She has solid roots in traditional Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa and Power Yoga with continued education in Ashtanga, Yin, and Anusara. Lauren’s dynamic and upbeat classes are infused with humour, positivity and joy helping her students build confidence on and off the mat.

£40 for one workshop/£108 for all 3 workshops

Every Sunday, May 24th - June 7th, 2.00-3.30pm

GRAVITY SURFING COURSE: A FOCUS ON INVERSIONS

with HORTENSE SULEYMAN

Salamba Sirsasana to Parsva Bakasana, Eka Hasta Bhujasana to Astavakrasana, Ado Mukha Vrksasana in Padmasana, Eka Pada Galavasana and Eka Pada Koundinyasana, Vrschikasana…. Sound complicated and foreign? Let’s demystify.  In this 3 weeks course, Hortense will will translate transitions by using clever sequencing so you can build up to these poses. You will lay the foundation of advanced asana by exploring the use of bandhas and breath. By making every posture accessible through exploration of parallel postures, you will build strength and open the body preparing you will to fly! Hortense has been practicing and studying many styles of yoga both here and abroad and still travels all over London to get her ‘fix’. Her teaching is relaxed yet firm and she trusts that yoga benefits are both mental and physical. This course is for the more experienced and adventurous student.

7 people  maximum.
Booking is required.
£60 for 3 weeks

Sunday, May 31st, 1.30-4.30pm

HOOPURBIA YOGA WORKSHOP

with REBECCA HALLS

Join Rebecca Halls in her fun-packed workshop that will lead you through vinyasa yoga sequences, hula hooping tricks, contemporary dance, breathing exercises as well as performance and improvisation exercises! Sink into the rhythm of your breath and be guided through a playful, dynamic dance­like series of fun asana. Get hula hoop happy as Rebecca leads you through methodically chosen sequences that will open your body and mind. This yoga choreography has been tried and tested by Rebecca since she developed the Hoopurbia Method in 2008. It is specially structured to bring you into balance, developing your strength, sense of humor and flexibility. Be prepared to sweat, laugh, fall and get back up again. No previous experience is required and everyone is welcome! Hoops will be provided!

Rebecca Halls is an international yoga teacher, professional dancer and hula hoop artist from Canada. Her yoga teaching journey began 2007 with a hybrid Ashtanga­Iyengar year long Teacher Training Certification. With continuing education in Iyengar, Acro Yoga, Anusara, Jivamukti and Vinyasa Flow, Rebecca has developed a teaching style that is truly her own. Her classes are a dynamic tapestry, inspired by the structure and intelligence of Ashtanga, the wisdom and alignment of Iyengar and the creativity and playfulness of Anusara. Alongside yoga, Rebecca works a choreographer and dancer, and is a certified GYROTONIC® instructor. Rebecca revolutionizes the international dance and music scene introducing Hula Hoop as a hybrid contemporary art form with her groundbreaking hula hoop dance festival: Hoopurbia.

£35

Sunday, June 7th, 1.30-4.30pm

THE POWER OF TRANSFORMATION: A FORREST YOGA WORKSHOP

with SANDRA HEIDER

Sandra Heider’s Forrest Yoga workshop will explore the transformative power of asana, focusing on converting stuck energy in the hips and pelvis into aliveness and vitality. This workshop will be centered on a strong asana practice, which will create the necessary fire for transformation. As we create space within the tense areas of our bodies, we unlock energy that is bound up in the repression of our shadow side. If we choose to name our issues honestly and have the courage to stay present with our conflicts and discomfort, the these obstacles can be seen as opportunities to grow and evolve, as well as to create wisdom, love and freedom in our body and life.
Forrest Yoga is renowned as an intensely physical and internally focused practice that teaches us how to carry a transformative experience off the mat and into daily life. It is an inspiring, grounding and healing yoga practice that challenges students to access their whole being and to use cleanse the emotional and mental blocks that dictate and limit their lives.

Sandra Heider has been practising yoga since 1999 and is a certified Forrest Yoga Teacher and Mentor. She has been teaching since 2005 and assisting Ana Forrest at her workshops and teacher trainings throughout Europe since 2009. Forrest Yoga and Psychotherapy has helped Sandra deal with eating disorders and feelings of not belonging and of not being good enough. She looks to find integration between spirituality, psychotherapy and physical practices. At the heart of her teachings lies the assumption that we need to return to our bodies and to our feelings in order to experience peace, acceptance and self-love, and to lay the foundations for genuine relationships with other people. Sandra MA is the founder of Equilibrium Yoga and Well-Being Centres in Peteborough and Huntingdon (UK) and recently completed her 5 year studies in body psychotherapy at CBPC in Cambridge (UK).

£35 for 3 hours

Saturday and Sunday, June 13th and 14th, 1.30-4.30pm

YOGA WEEKEND

with SARAH EZRIN

Saturday, June 13th, 1.30-4.30pm
MOON OVER MY HAMMIES: HAMSTRING OPENING WORKSHOP
In this workshop, we will open and explore this infamous muscle group. By understanding the anatomy of the sitting bone-hamstring connection, one will be able to properly move the pelvis in forward bends gaining more length and stability. For those with previous injuries or very supple hamstrings, learn to safely stretch from the belly of the muscle. We will then play with advanced postures that require hamstring openness, such as deep forward bends and arm balances.  When we are able to create space physically, we create space mentally and energetically. Happy hamstrings equal a healthy mind!

Sunday, June 14th, 1.30-4.30pm
THE ROYAL FAMILY OF YOGA: HEADSTAND & SHOULDERSTAND WORKSHOP
Classically referred to as the king and queen, head balance and shoulderstand are two of the most beneficial postures in yoga. The physical benefits of these poses are innumerable from opening the upper back and shoulders to deeper effects such as balancing the endocrine system, which regulates hormones, metabolism, and mood. On a psychological level, inversions are fun! They teach concentration, and literally shift our perspective as we explore our edge. But sometimes these noble poses are challenging and even risky if practiced incorrectly. In this workshop, we will look at the anatomy of the shoulder girdle and upper regions of the spine to understand optimal alignment. We will learn modifications and how to prop-erly (pun intended!) use props so that anybody can benefit from these powerful poses. We will also play with advanced variations. It is said that Mr. Iyengar practiced headstand thirty minutes a day until his mid-90’s! Tap into your inner King and Queen!

Sarah Ezrin, E-RYT-500, is an energetic and humorous yoga teacher and writer based in Los Angeles. With a profound love of travel, Sarah runs around the globe leading teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats. She is a regular contributor for many publications including Mantra Magazine. A background in psychology and life coaching infuse her classes, which are dynamic and alignment-based. For Sarah, yoga is beyond the postures; it is about connecting to one’s brightest and most authentic Self. Life should be spent laughing with those we love and doing the things we most enjoy, like yoga! For more information on Sarah please visit her website or connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

£35 for each workshop

Wednesday, July 8th, 2.00-5.00pm

TAKE FLIGHT

with PATRICK BEACH

Get ready for take off with Patrick Beach in a fun filling exploration of flying high and hovering low. We will approach a number of inversion postures in a way that is both accessible and engaging for all levels of students! Class will be set to a playlist that inspires you to take flight and unearth new awareness in your practice.

Patrick’s own yoga journey started from a bet with his dad about learning to do a handstand. That fateful wager led Patrick to find the invigorating freedom and joy of balancing upside-down, and has kept him coming back to his mat each day. Now sharing that discovery with his students, he teaches a fluid power vinyasa yoga that emphasizes strength, flexibility and a constant sense of play and adventure. Patrick believes yoga is an exploration of personal enlightenment and loves being a guide for students taking their own unique journey.
Usually finding a spot to float wherever and whenever, Patrick takes his teaching on the road for workshops. Patrick and his trusty handstand have been featured in both Yoga Journal and Origin Magazine and the engaging content he creates on YouTube, Instagram and tumblr. His stomping grounds of Seattle give him (and kittens Zelda and Opie) time to catch-up on Game of Thrones, read comics, enjoy the vibrant indie music scene, and of course, to focus on his own dedicated yoga practice.
£40

Friday - Sunday, July 10th - 12th, various times

WEEKEND OF YOGA WORKSHOPS

with DYLAN WERNER

Friday, July 10th, 2-5pm
STRENGTH, BALANCE & CORE STABILIZATION WORKSHOP
This workshop is a great precursor to an inversion/arm balance workshop. We will go over how to properly engage the core to stabilize the body and provide support in all poses. Learn how to develop SASS (straight arm scapular strength) essential for all arm balances, handstands and strength poses. We will go over different ways to develop proprioception needed for all balance poses, refining our inner drishti. Finally we will find ourselves transitioning and flowing through basic to more complex movements, tying it all together.

Saturday, July 11th, 1.30-4.30pm
INVERSIONS AND ARM BALANCES
We will build from the ground up! Starting with the hands. Everything you need to know to hold, develop and understand sustained handstands, headstands and forearm stands, even moving into hollow back handstands and forearm stands. Different techniques on how to enter the pose, hold the pose, build confidence, overcome fear and fly! We will learn how to incorporate all of this into our daily yoga flow.

Sunday, July 12th, 1.30-4.30pm
INTRODUCTION TO ACRO YOGA
We will cover how to properly spot, base a flyer and fly. You will learn basic beginning acro poses with a partner, working in close contact, gaining trust and overcoming fear. We will cover flying therapeutics, using partner poses to lengthen the spine and rejuvenate the body. We work in groups of three or four, so no partner is necessary but if you have one you want to work with, we’ll keep you together.

Dylan was born and raised in the mountains of Southern California. Having a passion for healthy living and an active lifestyle, he dedicated his life to pursuing this way of living. With a background in wrestling, rock climbing, martial arts and health and fitness, Dylan found yoga to be a culmination of everything he loves. He was first introduced to yoga through his martial arts training in 2001. Dylan started teaching yoga in 2011 after 10 years of advanced movement training. He has since lead teacher trainings and workshops all over the world and is a globally recognized yoga instructor. Dylan looks to bring awareness through motion and balance, to find strength in flexibility and bring union between the body and soul. His style is fun, energetic and challenging. He believes that strength, balance, flexibility and health are achieved every time we step on the mat and it’s the beauty of yoga that helps us translate that to our everyday lives.

£45 for each workshop
£115 for all three

Sunday, July 26th, 1.30-4.30pm

EMBODIED PRESENCE: A YIN-YOGA WORKSHOP

with NORMAN BLAIR

So much of the time we are living somewhere else and we are disconnected from our bodies. In this workshop, there will be a time to rest and recharge, for pausing and reflection. There will be space for us to listen to the heart’s wisdom and deepen our connection to the practices of yoga.

In yin yoga, we stay in the poses for significant periods of time and practice meditation and pranayama. All apart from absolute beginners are welcome.

£35/(£30 before July 12th)

Friday - Sunday, July 17th-19th, various times

A WEEKEND OF WORKSHOPS

with KAREN BRANEMAN

Friday, July 17th, 2.00-5.00pm
THE THORACIC SPINE: HOW TO GO FROM FIXED TO FLUID
This is a restorative workshop rooted in relaxation and methodical use of blocks, bolsters, and other props to approach the opening process thoroughly yet gently. This workshop is perfect for all levels, especially those who wish to build their back bending practice.
Working with a variety of postures to warm-up and build anatomical awareness, you will begin to investigate your natural range of motion. Slowly, you will be encouraged to work deeper into that range, opening your shoulders and building the core strength required to support new flexibility.

Saturday, July 18th, 1.30-4.30pm
BREATH-POWERED BACKBENDS
A workshop to bring out the backbender in all of us! Working from the extremities to understand shoulder mobility and the importance of psoas-awareness, we will start flexing inward to the core of the matter: the spine
Journeying our way up from the floor, practitioners will be guided through a series of back-opening asanas which are initiated through deep-breathing. The workshop will culminate in Urdhva Danurasana variations, followed by forward bending and a gentle closing sequence.
Suitable for all levels, especially for people who are flummoxed by backbending and are looking for a new approach.

Sunday, July 19th, 1.30-4.30pm
APPROACHING INVERSIONS
An adventure into flying on the mat! This workshop will open with strong, guided Vinyasa sequences and progress into a creative, energising range of arm balances and inversions. Amidst the flow, we will pause to breakdown the mechanics of inversions: preparation, entry, the full expression of the asana and variations.
This workshop is best suited for experienced yoga students and teachers. It is not for beginners but you students don’t need to be advanced either; just willing to have fun and experiment with balance and gravity!

Karen first went to India to study Yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in 2003, and regularly journeys to KPJAYI in Mysore as a committed Ashtangi. She is currently undertaking full time study on the MSc in Human Anatomy at the University of Edinburgh in the School of Biomedical Sciences. Karen has recovered from numerous sports-related injuries through conscientious health practices, which she has learned from key teachers and friends.
American by birth, Karen moved to the UK in 2003 and has been teaching and practicing Yoga continuously since then. She practices with enormous gratitude for the influence of Western teachers, particularly David Keil and Sarah Durney Hatcher.

£40 for one workshop/£108 for all 3 workshops

Thursday - Sunday, August 20th - 23rd, various times

JULIE MARTIN’S MASTER CLASSES

Exploring a different theme each day, Julie Martin’s beautifully choreographed workshops use the natural intelligence of the body and breath to find a lyrical, moving meditation that unveils the true yoga within us. Yoga is a process of unfolding, letting go of layers and remaining curious to all the possibilities. In these workshops you will explore how your structure really wants to move and how to enhance your strength and stability without limitations. In the relationship between movement and stillness we can learn to be powerful without strain and mobile without injury. We can learn to breathe with grace.
Through encouraging play, curiosity and awareness, each workshop becomes a journey through body and mind, fusing the qualities of traditional yoga with personal discovery and self-expression. Julie’s aim is to guide students towards awareness and inspire presence, to find freedom in movement, and move towards stillness, to our true practice, our true selves.
Julie’s vinyasa sequences will take you on a journey of spirals, waves, pulses, expansion and contraction, breath and awareness, moving and stillness. Each class will also include 30 minutes of pranayama, a 20 minute guided meditation and a joyous 15-20 minute savasanahhhhhhh!

“The practice is not in the asana, it’s in the awareness” – Julie Martin

Julie Martin, Director of Brahmani Yoga is an internationally recognized teacher of Vinyasa Flow. She has been teaching for over 18 years and running highly respected teacher training programmes for past 11 years. A former professional dancer, Julie imbues her classes with grace and fluidity. Yoga is a process of unfolding, letting go of layers and remaining curious to all the possibilities. Julie teaches yoga as a process of discovery, guided by the application of anatomical information to this modern asana practice.

£35 for each workshop

Friday - Sunday, August 28th - 30th, various times

A WEEKEND OF YOGA WORKSHOPS

with BEACH YOGA GIRL aka KERRI VERNA

Friday, August 28th, 2.00-5.00pm
HANDSTAND WORKSHOP
In this workshop, Kerri Verna invites us to explore and approach handstands in a playful manner. We will be focusing on core and arm strength in a fun and interactive way. We will be on our hands balancing learning to be a kid again. Kerri’s handstand drills will get your heart pumping and her tips for success will change the way you may be approaching your handstand practice. This class is taught for all levels of practitioners.

Saturday, August 29th, 1.30-4.30pm
CORE PLUS INVERSIONS
In this workshop Kerri will teach you how to have fun while working your core. She will share all her tips and tricks to unlocking the strength of the core while learning how to balance upside-down! Kerri’s light hearted approach to advanced asana inspire you to try things you thought you would never do. For ALL levels of practitioners.

Sunday, August 30th, 1.30-4.30pm
POWER UP YOUR ASANA
In this workshop Kerri will teach you how to have fun while working your core. She will share all her tips and tricks to unlocking the strength of the core while learning how to balance upside-down! Kerri’s light hearted approach to advanced asana inspire you to try things you thought you would never do. For ALL levels of practitioners.
Kerri Verna is best known as @beachyogagirl on Instagram where over 665k follow her daily yoga inspiration. Kerri has taught Yoga and Pilates past 12 years online and at her home beach in Lake Worth, Florida. Her training includes a background in many forms of fitness including Tai Chi, Yoga, Stand-up Paddle-board Yoga, Pilates, Indoor Cycle, Kickboxing, and Personal Training. Along with being an international Yoga teacher, photographer & inspirational speaker, she is a wife and mother of two young boys.
£40 for each workshop/£108 for full weekend

Friday - Sunday, September 4th - 6th, various times

A WEEKEND OF TANTRIC VINYASA YOGA

with JIM BENNITT

Friday, September 4th, 2.00-5.00pm
SPLITS, LOTUS AND OTHER HIP-OPENERS
Some of the more advanced poses (which are also some of the most beneficial) require full range of motion in the hip joints. If we attempt to move into some of these advanced asanas without full mobility in the hips, we risk injury to our knees and ankles. In this workshop, we will first look at the anatomy of the hips and then systematically work our way back to the mat to explore hero pose, variations of pigeon, full splits, lotus, and a few secret gems that are not taught very often in general classes.

Saturday, September 5th, 1.30-4.30pm
BALANCING POSES: POWER AND GRACE
When we practice postures on one foot or the hands, we find the perfect balance of power and grace. These postures also give the mind the ability to focus deeply and to become one-pointed. In this workshop, we will explore some of the more complicated postures and learn a few “tricks of the trade” to make very difficult poses seem simple and fun. We will also practice more subtle techniques to balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Open to all levels.

Sunday, September 6th, 1.30-4.30pm
TWISTING: GET CENTERED
Twisting postures help us to unwind tension along the spine, gently “wring out” the abdominal organs and increase the energy the moves toward the center called samana in Sanskrit. When this vayu is strong, we are capable of proper digestion and assimilation on physical and mental levels. We also feel very “centered”. When this energy is weak, we can feel scattered and suffer from poor digestion. This workshop will consist of postures, breathwork and meditation to help facilitate strong digestion/assimilation. Open to all levels.

Jim Bennitt teaches Tantric Vinyasa Yoga: an authentic, comprehensive practice influenced by Rod Styker’s ParaYoga, the Himalayan Institute and the Krishnamacharya lineage. Having began his studies in Yoga, Tantra and Ayurveda in 1997, Jim’s inspired teachings and demos are now sought after at many conferences and studios across the world. He is based in Chicago and co-founder of Tejas Yoga Studio.

£40 for one workshop
£108 for full weekend

Saturday and Sunday, October 3rd and 4th, 1.30-4.30pm

WEEKEND OF WORKSHOPS

with MICHAEL STEWART

Saturday, October 3rd, 1.30-4.30pm
TANTRIC HATHA YOGA: CHAKRA SADHANA
Yoga is the science and art of self-transformation and self-realization. In Michael Stewart’s Tantric Hatha Yoga workshop, we are given a sadhana that will allow us to access the totality of our being. We will be led through a dynamic yoga practice using all the elements of Hatha Yoga; Asana, Pranayama, Bandas and exploring components from Tantric sadhana; Mantra and Mudras. In this Chakra Sadhana, we will be taken on a journey from annamaya kosha (food body) to anandamaya kosha (bliss body) while invigorating the chakras with pulsations of divine bliss. Using precise sequencing of asana, pranayama, mudras and bija mantras, Michael infuses his classes with practical philosophy, devotion and play. Come and experience a practice that will leave you wanting more. Jai Shri Ma!

Sunday, October 4th, 1.30-4.30pm
UPSIDE DOWN!
In this workshop, Michael Stewart will explore a variety of access points into a wide range of fun and challenging arm balances. As we delve into specific anatomical and bio-dynamic movement methodology for arm balances, we will explore our fears and apprehensions. This in essence is how Yoga asana can give you the courage to live life to its’ fullest potential. Ever wonder why we go upside down in Yoga? We are not gymnasts so why balance on our hands? When we were kids we all played with cartwheels and handsprings without much “fear”. As we develop into adult hood, our sense of self begins to define how we express ourselves and we may become more courageous at expressing ourselves or less. This is evident in many aspects of our lives, and certainly our notions of play and boundaries seem to be effected by how we view ourselves. Once the ego begins to develop we certainly are more careful of looking bad at doing something, or expressing ourselves in ways that we consider not good enough. What changed? If you have these questions and more, this workshop is certainly suited for you.

Michael J. Stewart is a Hatha Yoga teacher with a varied background. Michael’s Yoga journey has taken him from the Jivamukti studio in New York City to study with Iyengar teachers Sharat Arora and Rajiv Chenchani in India. He has also studied with Sri Dharma Mittra, and is currently studying Rajanaka Yoga with Dr. Douglas Brooks. Michael is deeply moved by the the practice of mantras and kirtan. This allows him the opportunity to combine his love for African music and his connection to traditional Sanskrit mantras. His teaching is inspired by the spirituality of Swami Sivananda and the deep insight of Patanjali. He is also known internationally as a Movement facilitator, African Drumming teacher, Choreographer and Theatre director.

£40 for one workshop/£75 for both workshops

Friday - Sunday, October 9th - 11th, various times

YOGA WEEKEND

with DOUG SWENSON

Friday, October 9th, 2.00-5.00pm
FLUID POWER: SADHANA CHI
A very powerful arrangement of soft form Yoga asanas, connected together with cool and hot vinyasa. You will sweat plenty, achieve new poses and get the ultimate workout. When finished, drift into a blissful deep relaxation followed by a guided meditation.
All levels welcome.

Saturday, October 10th, 1.30-4.30pm
INVERSIONS AND BALANCING
In this class the students will experience a delightful, holistic flow of asana – focused around handstands, inversions and balancing. With many tips on how to avoid and overcome injury.

Sunday, October 11th, 1.30-4.30pm
ASTANGA WITH EXTRA SPICE
This class will follow the order of asanas for 1st level Ashtanga, with the addition of some poses from 2nd and 3rd blended in at appropriate places in your routine. This class includes hands on adjustments and personal suggestions on how to enhance your practice. Class ends with pranayama, and deep relaxation.
For intermediate and advanced level practitioners.

Doug Swenson began his study of yoga in 1969. He has had the fortune of studying with many great teachers including Dr. Ernest Wood, K. Pattabhi Jois, Ramanand Patel and others. Doug is a master yoga practitioner, philosopher, poet and dedicated health advocate. He has incorporated influences from several different yoga systems along with his passion for nutrition and the environment to develop his unique approach. Over the years he has authored several books; “Yoga Helps”, “The Diet That Loves You Most”, “Power Yoga for Dummies”  and “Mastering The Secrets of Yoga Flow”. He travels extensively offering workshops, retreats and teacher training courses around the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to study with one of the world’s top instructors. Doug’s classes are always invigorating and inspirational and his supportive style of teaching and keen sense of humor send his students home with a smile on their face and a softness within their heart.

£40 for each workshop
£108 for all three

Corporate workshops

We also provide Corporate Workshops in yoga or pilates that can be tailored to your requirements. For more information please phone us at 020 7724 9994, or send us an email