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, December 20th, 1.30-4.30pm

GENERAL IYENGAR WORKSHOP

with Khaled Kendsi

This workshop is an opportunity to develop your practice with an intensive focus on general level asanas. With the use of props to support the body this will allow you to experience postures safely.

You will have the opportunity to explore extensively to find length, space and alignment. A certified Iyengar yoga teacher, Khaled visited Ramamani Iyengar yoga institute in Pune India again recently in 2013. Studying under the direct guidance of the Iyengar family Khaled will be sharing some of the knowledge he gained during this time.

This workshop is a must opportunity for anyone interested in beginning or developing an Iyengar yoga practice. If you have an injury or medical condition, please contact the teacher or Indaba before booking. This workshop is open to all, but unsuitable if you’re menstruating due to inclusion of inversions.

£35/ £30 (before December 6th)

Sunday, December 21st, 2.00-4.00pm

SETTING INTENTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR WITH KIRTAN AND MANTRA CHANTING

with Craig Norris

Use the power of music and mantra to set intentions for the New Year during this exciting afternoon of uplifting and energizing chanting and Kirtan.

In this workshop, you will explore various ways of including mantra in your chanting, to help bring your goals and intentions into manifestation. At this time of year when things can seem crazy and hectic, the practice of mantra can instantly change your mood and bring your focus on to what is really important to you, creating clarity and joy as you set intentions. By bringing meditation into your chanting, you will bring more energy and strength to the power of the mantra. You will chant in the ancient language of Sanskrit, which holds powerful healing effects in the vibrations of its syllables, allowing you to leave behind all that no longer serves you as you enter a new year.

All are welcome, whether or not you have chanted before and regardless of whether you believe yourself to be a good singer! Come with an open mind and heart and be ready to set powerful intentions for the New Year!

£20 for 2 hours

Saturday, January 3rd, 3.00-4.30pm

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, January 9th, 2.00-5.00pm

NEW YEAR DETOX CEREMONY

with Jambo Truong

Forrest Yoga is inspired by the indigenous people of America. Drawing on their traditions, this workshop will welcome the New Year with ceremony and celebration. It will clear the way for new adventures with cleansing twists and detoxifying sweating! Expect to make more room inside for a happier dwelling for your spirit as we embrace 2015.
The workshop with begin with an Opening Ceremony and Chanting, before focusing on unravelling and releasing the wounds of the core. The workshop will draw to a close with a spot of soothing Yoga Nidra, helping you to embody your Wiser Self.

This detoxifying workshop focuses on releasing the responsibilities hidden within tight shoulders and the energetic hooks that continue to hold their stories within our core. Expect deep twists as well as abdominal massage. This sequence will create a feeling of lightness as it enables you to become who you choose to be by letting go of what you no longer choose to hold onto.

Jambo has practised yoga for 16 years and taught for 10. He is a worldwide assistant to Ana Forrest and holds advisory seats for Yoga Alliance UK (Yoga Therapy) & Drug Support Unit (Newcastle City Council). His primary focus is using yoga and complementary therapies as a means to create sustainability for health and wellbeing in a world faced with financial cuts, poverty and dis-empowered health. His workshops are informative, encouraging and inspiring. His teaching style is based on practical approaches to a reality that can be often disengaged from body and spirit.

£35 for 3 hours

Saturday and Sunday, January 10th and 11th, 1.30-4.30pm

THE GARDEN OF THE MIND: A WEEKEND OF ANUSARA WORKSHOPS

with Konstantinos Charantiniotis

The mind is the most fertile ground. Whatever seeds you plant, that is what will grow.

As we enter the New Year, let’s plant new ideas and connect with our intentions. It’s a good opportunity to reset and “clean” the body and mind. To Detox and Recharge!

With the guidance of Konstantinos and the tools of asana, pranayama, visualisation and journaling, you will cultivate the fertile ground of your mind to see your heart’s desire blossoming. Discover ways to connect with your intention every day. Detox from old patterns and open the space to plant new ideas. This detoxifying yoga practice will help you to be present and rid yourself of anything that holds you back! This is the perfect practice for you to regain your power and start the New Year.

Saturday, Janurary 10th, 1.30-4.30pm
DEEP INTO YOUR GROUND
A sweet flow of asana practice which will focus on arm balances and hip openers in order tone and detox the internal organs. Pranayama, visualisation and meditation will be used to help you feel more present and connected with your intentions and your own fertile ground and potential. This practice will leave you with a fresh and grounding feeling.

Sunday, January 11th, 1.30-4.30pm
OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW!
A detox flow to clean the old patterns of both body and mind. This dynamicpractice will lead you progressively through a variety of asanas into your deep backbends. Discover what nourishes, empowers and opens your heart, setting your goal for the new year. We will finish with contemplation and journaling to set our path towards success!

Konstantinos has been teaching for 16 years and is known for his informed and impassioned communication as well for his playful manner. He encourages students of all levels to work deeply, yet safely, while awakening them to the possibility of deep emotional change that can be created through the understanding of the mind-body connection. He incorporates yogic philosophy into his teaching, helping students to see that yoga moves deeper than the mat and is an opportunity to develop an internal awareness that can truly transform. Konstantinos lives and teaches in Athens, Greece and is the founder of the Bhavana Yoga Centre. He also travels and teaches internationally, inspiring people to live their lives to fullest, exploring and learning the art of Yoga.

£40 for each one workshop
£75 for both workshops

Every Tuesday, January 13th - February 3rd (excl. January 27th), 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.

£50 for 3 weeks

Friday, January 16th, 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, January 17th, 1.30-4.30pm

YOGA 101: ESTABLISH YOUR FOUNDATION

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Shimmy’s fun & relaxed introductory YOGA 101 workshop is designed for students who are new to yoga and for those who are looking to gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental philosophy and foundational poses that yoga is built upon. Combining practice, demonstration and discussions, YOGA 101 will introduce you to yoga practice at a leisurely pace, with more in-depth alignment instructions than in most regular yoga classes.

We will dive into basic techniques such as breathing (Pranayama), gazing points (Dristi), root locks (Bandhas) and postures (Asana) with an opportunity to ask questions.
To seal the class, we will combine all the key elements through several flowing Sun Salutations, basic standing & seated asana, before preparing for Savasana (conscious relaxation) through a gentle backbend and inversion.
You will leave with a better understanding of how to use the breath to enter, be in and exit postures using sound alignment, which will support your body in the long run.

£30 for 3 hours

Sunday, January 18th, 1.30-4.30pm

ASANA LAB AND YOGA ASSIST WORKSHOP

with Emma Henry

Can’t get up into Headstand? Shoulders hurt in Chaturanga? This interactive asana problem-solving laboratory will explore practical ways to achieve more flexibility, balance, safety and freedom in your practice. Through partner work and the exploration of asana you learn how to assist and support others while improving your own practice in the process.
 The workshop will begin with key principles of yoga assists followed by a problem solving laboratory. This workshop is both for teachers and practitioners who would like to deepen their understanding of asana, focusing on the basic techniques of applying safe and practical hands-on assists as well as verbal and energetic assistance.

Emma Henry was introduced to yoga in the mid 90s and has been teaching since 1998. Her background in dance and martial arts is evident in her dynamic, innovative and playful choreography and understanding of anatomy and the subtle body.
 Emma’s yogic path has led her to Mysore from practicing Astanga with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and to advanced certification in the Jivamukti method with Sharon Gannon and David Life.

£35/(£30 before January 4th)

Every Sunday, January 18th - February 1st, 2.30-4.00pm

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.
6 people  maximum.
Booking is required.

£50

Friday - Sunday, January 23rd - 25th, various times

WEEKEND OF WORKSHOPS

with PATRICK BEACH

Friday, January 23rd 2.00-5.00pm
CORE CONTROL
Learn to glide through your practice with lightness as we break down how to activate the midsection of your body! Using efficient alignment principles and newly found core awareness we will play with a variety of arm balances and handstands. All levels are welcome to this fun exploration of the practice. Join Patrick as we ignite a fire in your core, allowing you to take the reigns and move your practice anywhere!

Saturday, January 24th 1.30-4.30pm
THE ART OF INVERSIONS: PART 1
Going upside down can be tricky business. Learn how to properly prepare your body for liftoff in handstand, headstand, and forearm balance. This workshop will give you the tools you need to build a strong home practice, helping you gain the confidence to move into these poses anywhere!

Sunday, January 25th 1.30-4.30pm
THE ART OF INVERSIONS: PART 2
All levels are welcome and will benefit from this workshop. Join Patrick as we skillfully breakdown these postures together, cultivating ease and lightness in your body.

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 for each workshop
£108 for all 3 workshops

 

Friday, January 30th, 2.00-5.00pm

A GENERAL IYENGAR YOGA WORKSHOP

with Sue Darling

This general level Iyengar workshop with Sue Darling will inspire everyone to consider the importance of alignment and precision in yoga practice. Whether you like to move slowly or quickly we all need to be well informed about how to achieve stability and balance. “It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence.” – B.K.S. Iyengar

Embrace the wisdom of yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar and find
. More stability in many of the most popular postures
. Increased self awareness in practice.
. Outer strength and inner calm.

In 1988 Sue Darling took her first yoga class and has never looked back. Inspired to find health and well being after a devastating motor bike accident, Sue quickly recognized the profundity of the yogic path. In 1990 Sue found her greatest inspiration, when she met BKS Iyengar for the first time. She became a certified Iyengar teacher in 1998 in Los Angeles. Sue brings passion for yoga, love of life and much joyful effort to her classes.

£35 for 3 hours/ £30 (before January  13th)

Sunday, February 1st, 1.30-4.30pm

TRANSFORMATIONAL BREATHING WORKSHOP

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, February 6th, 2.00-5.00pm

HANG OUT AND HANG BACK: A HOLLOWBACK WORKSHOP TO OPEN THE SHOULDERS AND UPPER BACK


with NATHALIE MUKUSHEVA

As the practice of Yoga continues to evolve and grow its only natural that new poses will eventually find their way into the vocabulary of asana. Until a few years ago I had never heard of Wild Thing, Road Kill and Fallen Angel – now these are as familiar as Half Moon, Wheel and Crow.

I first encountered the Hollowback pose in a Dharma Mittra Class in New York – he refers to it as Charging Scorpion and performs it in the middle of the room without the use of a wall (very signature Dharma!) I have been experimenting with this pose in many variations over the years and now it is without doubt one of my favourites. There are only a few Asanas in which both the hands and feet are on the mat and equally supporting the spine. (Adho Mukha Svanasana of course and also Urdhva Dhanurasana). When we are able to engage both Hasta Bandha and Pada Bandha we are able to feel how the outer arms and outer legs contain and support the spine. This is particularly important when working in deep backbends.The connection of the heels pressing away from the wall draws the legs deeply into the pelvis, engages the quadriceps and moves the backbend out of the lumbar and more into the upper spine. By pressing out of the wrists and drawing the outer shoulders back into the body and away from the ears we avoid collapsing the weight onto the wrists. This pose performed at the wall provides a wonderfully safe environment in which to explore this interplay,

In this three hour workshop we will prepare the body first with a warm up sequence unique to Dharma Yoga that strengthens and opens up the whole body incorporating lunges, twists, hip and shoulder openers to prepare us for this work.

For those newer to this pose you will be supported at the wall and welcome to stay there working on the many variations of this posture. Those with more experience will start to prepare for Tick Tocks (Jumping back from Wheel and Forearm Balance) with one leg or both. As this posture can only be experienced from a Handstand or Forearm Balance to get the most out of this Workshop it is recommended that you are able to hold these supported inversion for up to a minute.

£35 for 3 hours

Saturday and Sunday, February 7th and 8th, various times

TRADITIONAL ASHTANGA YOGA

with KRISTINA KARITINOU

Saturday, February 7th, 1.30- 4.30pm
LED PRIMARY AND INTRO TO INTERMEDIATE SERIES
This workshop is designed for students interested in experiencing a traditional led class as practiced in Mysore as well as exploring the more advanced asanas of the intermediate series.

Sunday, February 8th, 1.30- 4.30pm
MYSORE SELF-PRACTICE, PRANAYAMA & CHANTING
“Each one of us bears a personal responsibility to discover the different parts of ourselves and experience life through entelechy so that we can progress to mentally and physically healthy cells of this planet and offer useful elements to our environment through our existence….”
This workshop is designed for students who have some knowledge of the Mysore self practice system and want to be observed and assisted by an experienced and knowledgeable teacher. The workshop will conclude with pranayama and chanting as taught under the Ashtanga Vinyasa system.

Kristina is a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher, and has been teaching through the tradition of Sri K Pattabhi Jois since 1991.
She was qualified as an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher by Derek Ireland and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in 2002 and has studied extensively under the lineage of Manju Jois and R.Sharath Jois.

Kristina’s work is a continuation of Derek Ireland’s teaching principles and techniques. Derek Ireland was one of the first students of Sri K Pattabhi Jois and is considered one of the most important yoga teachers of our era, succeeding in spreading the Ashtanga method in Europe. Kristina’s work is dedicated to him.
She teaches Primary, Intermediate and Third series and offers Mysore classes, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings all year round in Greece, Europe and Asia.

£40 for each workshop

Every Sunday, February 8th - 22nd, 2.30-4.00pm

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

Every Wednesday, February 11th-25th, 7.30-9.00pm

DEVELOPING YOUR TRANSFORMATIONAL BREATHING PRACTICE

Transformational Breathing course facilitated by Rebecca Dennis.

Discover the natural healing qualities of a full breath and learn how this powerful breathing technique can help improve your wellbeing. Learn the individual qualities of your unique breathing pattern and be encouraged to develop a regular Transformational Breath practice.

Each week there will be a short yet informative talk followed by a full 75 minute practical.
Week One- Grounding: The Diaphragmatic Breath
Week Two – Expression & Heart Opening – Letting go and clearing unwanted emotions
Week Three – Developing a Transformational Breath practice at home

Transformational Breath®, is a self-healing technique that helps people to access the full potential of their breathing system for better physical, emotional and mental well-being. The connected pattern of conscious breathing is a natural, safe and easy –to-learn technique, which has proven to have many benefits.
Rebecca first studied holistic massage, physiology and anatomy in 2006.  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.

£70 for three weekly 90 min classes with only six students.

 

 

 

Every Thursday, February 12th - February 26th, 6.00-7.30pm

INDABA BASIC COURSE!

Designed 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 you 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. Everyone has to start somewhere, and this small group setting allows you to feel comfortable with learning the postures of yoga and how to modify them to your body.

Bryony loves to teach beginners as it the best time to explore the basics and evaluate which style of yoga will be best for you. Bryony teaches with compassion, humour and relaxed shoulders.

She was first introduced to Yoga during her teens by her Mother. Since then she has deepened her own practice through studying with many teachers and being open to all styles and systems. This exploration has allowed her to engage with her body and most importantly get to know herself.

Bryony undertook teacher training in order to further her understanding of yoga and found sharing her knowledge and communicating with students was a natural progression.  She continues to be inspired all forms of yoga, being particularly intrigued by the subtle details of alignment, different body types and the energetical body.

This course is open to six students only, booking is required

£50 for three weekly 90 min classes

Saturday and Sunday, February 14th and 15th, 1.30-4.30pm

DHARMA MITTRA WORKSHOPS

with Yannis Andritsos

Saturday February 14th,  1.30-4.30pm
BACKBENDING MASTER CLASS
Back bending postures are an invaluable aid in maintaining full mobility and flexibility of the spine, shoulders, chest and back. They restore youthfulness to the body helping one feel young. You will learn the fundamental tools needed to practice back bending with precision and confidence.
Purification Sequence of Pranayama and Meditation will include ancient pranayama (breathing), visualization and concentration techniques. Pranayama uses the breath and the entire respiratory system to purify and strengthen the nerves, which leads to greater control of the senses and calmer and clearer mind; purifies the physical body and the subtle body of toxic impurities.
The workshop will finish with Yoga Nidra – Deep Healing Relaxation, which  is the best antidote for all impurities, it dispels tension and fatigue in the physical body; relieves depression, anxiety, craving; rejuvenates and energizes all systems – physical and subtle – bolstering the human’s natural healing capacity, leading to integral purification of all aspects of human being (physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual).
For all levels of practitioners.

Sunday, February 15th, 1.30-4.30pm
INVERSIONS MASTER CLASS
Come and learn all the special tricks of the Inversions. Learn how they help to increase the flexibility and health of the spine and stimulate the spinal chakras. These postures bring pure oxygenated blood to the brain, heart pituitary and thyroid glands. They strengthen the shoulders, arms and wrists, and bring balance and poise to the body, as well as increase mental power and clarity, sharpness and confidence. Personal attention will be given throughout. This sequence will also include ancient pranayama (breathing), concentration techniques, directed visualizations, and powerful mantras to establish perfect psychic rhythm to mental patterns which puts power behind your thoughts making it easier to achieve your goals in life. These ancient techniques have only been passed down by word of mouth from teacher to disciple and continue to be taught in this way. This class culminates in a final meditation to manifest your soul’s longings into the world.
For all levels of practitioners.

Yiannis has been a dedicated teacher for over six years, with a specialty in Dharma Yoga, which is a Hatha-Raja Yoga passed in authentic tradition by Sri Dharma Mittra. He is an avid student of Bhakti yoga, Karma yoga, Sanskrit, meditation and pranayama (sacred breathing practices).Yiannis met the great yoga master Sri Dharma Mittra, with whom he has been studying and practicing full time since 2002.
Inspired and awed by the way that yoga has transformed his life, Yiannis teaches so others may also experience the many amazing benefits of yoga to the body, mind and soul. He feels incredibly grateful and blessed to be able to share all that yoga has to offer in a positive and inspiring way.  Yiannis’s yoga is deeply focused, but also fun, spontaneous, and appropriate for all levels of practitioners, as various options and variations of each pose are always offered.  Coordinating movement with breath allows for the detoxification of energy channels, deeper concentration and meditation, and works to elevate and balance his students’ energy.

£35 for one workshop/£65 for both workshops

Saturday and Sunday, February, 21st and 22nd, 1.30-4.30pm

ROCK YOUR ASANA

with NICO LUCE

Saturday, February 21st, 1.30-4.30pm
Sunday, February, 22nd, 1.30-4.30pm

Take your asana practice to the next level by incorporating key biomechanical principles that will lead you into a deeper sense of stability in the pose and greater freedom in the movement. Whether you have a home practice or attend studio classes, cultivating deeper understanding of alignment of the bones and action of the muscles will empower you to radically transform your yoga.

These workshops centered around effective alignment and precise action will give you the tools to build a solid foundation, a powerful core integration and easeful expression in every pose.

Nico Luce has been practicing and teaching yoga for over a decade and has trained in various lineages such as Power Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Anusara, Yin and Pilates. He is also a devoted student of eastern philosophy and spirituality. Nico’s classes combine inspiring themes with a dynamic physical practice focused on refinement while cultivating presence in the moment.
Nico lives in Lausanne, Switzerland with his wife Chloe and their two children and travels internationally offering workshops, retreats and teacher trainings. He also produces instructional yoga videos for GAIAM TV/MyYoga.

£40 for each workshop
£75 for both workshops

Sunday, March 22nd, 1.30-4.30pm

FINDING YOUR WINGS: FLOATING, FLYING AND SURFING GRAVITY

with Kristi Johnson

Through a strong and playful Forrest Yoga sequence of Pranayama, Core Work, Shoulder Work, Arm Balances, Inversions and Partner Work, we will play with finding the stability and lightness we need in order to float, fly and surf gravity with grace.The sequence will shed light on the mechanics of floating and flying, while building strength and connection in the muscles surrounding the shoulders and the core – the essential ingredients for bringing ease into an Inversion and Arm Balancing practice.We will be jumping, going upside down and gravity surfing from one pose to the next, so be prepared to sweat, challenge yourself and work honestly with your fears, struggles, anxieties and breakthroughs. Whether you are a frequent flyer and want to expand your repertoire, or you are early on in your journey of flying, this workshop will hit the spot!

This workshop is open to all levels, provided you can kick up into a handstand on the wall or assisted. Modifications will be offered where required.

Forrest Yoga is a dynamic practice, brilliant for building strength, stability and flexibility. This practice has a strong focus on the breathing and is a powerful way to generate energy in the core and unwind the neck, shoulders and hips. Poses are held for longer to give the body an opportunity to release on a physical, energetic and emotional level. The sequencing in the Forrest Yoga practice is designed to suit modern day bodies and is effective for creating healing around physical and emotional injuries.

A certified Forrest Yoga Teacher, Kristi’s classes are strong, grounded and inspiring, based on the four pillars of Forrest Yoga – strength, breath, integrity, and spirit. It is through Forrest Yoga that Kristi found healing and discovered the true power and beauty that has unfolded in her own life. She believes in working hard, but working mindfully, and offers modifications for different levels and injuries, sharing compassionate hands on assists.

£35/(£30 before March 8th)

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

FIT QUEEN IRENE’S WEEKEND OF WORKSHOPS

with IRENE PAPPAS

Friday, April 17th, 2.00-5.00pm
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 - 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

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

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

A WEEKEND OF WORKSHOPS

with Karen Branemen

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

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