Workshops

With workshops and courses in a wide range of yoga styles and therapeutic approaches, Indaba hosts both local and international teachers.
Workshops are the perfect environment in which to ask questions and explore postures and principles in more detail. Gather with other like-minded people and take your physical or spiritual practice to the next level.

SLOW DOWN FRIDAY

with Norman Blair

Friday, August 26th,
2-4.30pm
Cherish this precious chance to slow down and to soften with an extended Yin yoga practice led by Norman Blair, one of the most experienced Yin teachers in UK.
Many of us lead demanding and difficult lives. We can seem like graceful water birds: gliding serenely on the surface but in fact paddling frantically below to stay afloat. Often what we require most is space where we can rest and release the tensions that we all carry.
The Yin yoga practice is centred around floor-based postures, which are held for several minutes using props as supports. Doing this practice for 2.5 hours, mindfully bending and gently moving, can be remarkably rejuvenating for our body-mind-heart.
Norman has been practicing yoga since the early 1990s and started teaching in 2001. He has years of experience in teaching yin yoga and weaves into this wonderful practice his own background of ashtanga and buddha-dharma meditation to be create a potent mix that is soothing, grounding and inspiring. He sees yoga as a beautiful way of being that will enhance your life, welcome you back to your body, release habitual tension and encourage a greater focus and quality of mind. He has trained with teachers such as Hamish Hendry, Judith Lasater, Richard Freeman, Alaric Newcombe and Sarah Powers.
£30

AHIMSA: YOGIS ARE VEGAN TOO WORKSHOP

with Stewart Gilchrist

Saturday, August 27th,
1.30-4.30pm
The foundation of most modern yoga is based upon Patanjali’s Yoga aphorisms. The asana practice has its foundation in the Yamas of the 8 limbed path that Patanjali prescribes for the achievement of yoga.The first of these is AHIMSA – non harming to all sentient beings.
Following the current popularity of the vegan diet and lifestyle and paying homage to Sharon Gannon’s ground breaking “Yoga and Vegetarianism”, Stewart, a long time vegan and animal right activist, explores yoga’s close connection to the welfare of animals and the importance of a plant based vegetarian diet.This workshop will include:
1. An asana class using ujjjayi breath and vinyasa krama.
2. An introduction to the philosophy of ahimsa and discusssion on its application by the yogi in the important areas of: human rights, animal rights, vegan nutrition and textiles/clothing
3. A meditation practice
4. A good laugh हास HASAStewart is known throughout London for his popular, fast-paced and fiery classes. He infuses his high energy and challenging teachings with yogic knowledge, banging beats, as well as his unique charisma, humour and gift of the gab! His classes include an emphasis on breath, a steady stream of verbal suggestions and strong physical adjustments. Stewjuri applies the ancient teachings of yoga to the modern world to create a thought-provoking class.£35

HANDSTAND WITH SAINAA WORKSHOP

with Sainaa Janchivdorj

Sunday, August 28th,
1.30-4.30pm
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 lead 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 holy grail and most discover Sainaa’s techniques are the best route to getting there!
£40 for 3 hours

GONG BATH

with Leo Cosendai

Sunday, August 28th,
7.-8.30pm

So much more than just an old musical instrument, the Gong produces harmonic and dissonent tones which give the individual the opportunity to experience altered states of consciousness, where the mind is totally aligned with the body. This helps one to burn up emotional history and karmic blockages.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 produced by the brain during deep sleep and trance-like states.

Before you get to hear the way of the gong, Leo will often lead you through a deep body awareness relaxation or a series of kriyas which focus on bringing the crown energies down to the very base of the spine. One can expect to experience re-youthing and re-programming during this one and a half hour practice.

Leo is a Prana Kriya Yoga teacher, sound healer, therapist, and a composer born in Switzerland in 1989. He has trained with Grand Gong master Don Conreaux and Yogi Ashokananda.

£20

PREGNANCY YOGA COURSE

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Thursdays, September 1st-22nd
6-7.15pm

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 and physical shape for birth and beyond! Before commencing, consult your doctor, especially if you have had any complications in your pregnancy, including a history of miscarriage. Recommended from week 13 until birth.In this nurturing four week course, you will be led through asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), positions for labour and relaxation techniques. Troublesome ailments such as back pain will be addressed. This course will relieve tension, increase your strength, stamina and flexibility, while also helping you deal with stress and anxiety. Treasure this quiet time set aside for your practice as a sanctuary for you to connect with the baby growing inside you.

Shimmy’s teaching is gentle and kind, encouraging and nurturing. With a smile and love for teaching, she seeks to instil a sense of lightness and ease in students, whilst helping them to connect with their bodies and minds. She believes that in both life and teaching one should be grounded but light, dedicated, mindful, aware and understanding of personal limitations that are inherent in each individual.

£70 for 4 weeks

PRANA KRIYA YOGA WORKSHOP

with Leo Cosendai

Saturday, September 3rd,
2.30-4.30pm
Derived from Hatha Yoga, Prana Kriya Yoga is a unique practice which has long been regarded among many great masters in India to hold the key to slowing down the ageing process. The kryias help to harmonise and unite the flow of the physical movement in our bodies with its energetic power. The blood is recharged with oxygen and simultaneously decarbonised, and the brain and spinal centres are rejuvenated. The pre-mature decaying of tissues in the body can be stopped that way.

This form of yoga helps you to bring your actions in line with your mental and emotional state. It is a strong preparation for the opening of the shushumna vayu and the awakening of kundalini energy within you.
At the end of the practice, there will be a Gong bath in order to process all the work done.

This workshop is open to beginners. It will be challenging for everyone regardless of experience on the mat.

Within each of his sound healing sessions, Leo’s gentle and open nature allows him to hold a space in which you can ease into a state of peace, joy and stillness. As a Prana Kriya Yoga teacher and keen reader of essays on yogic literature, he believes in the ancient Sanskrit and Vedic traditions which state that Sound is the beginning and the cause of the universe, the essence of life.

£25

ACROYOGA: TRANSITIONS AND SEQUENCES WORKSHOP

with Eugene Butcher and Pip Elysium

Saturday, September 3rd,
5-8pm
We love bringing the most beautiful and elegant transitions to evolve into stunning sequences which eventually will feel like a dance. We want to give you the tools to walk away feeling confident in what to practice. Repetition is the mother of skill which will enable you to feel the movement and automatically respond to your partner with fluidity and grace.

The goal is that a sequence eventually becomes a performance that feels beautiful to perform. If it feels beautiful to perform it might also look beautiful and bring joy to those who watch it.

Eugene & Pip are inspirational, certified AcroYoga teachers, Eugene a Level 2 teacher. They bring a wealth of teaching experience.

Before AcroYoga, Eugene taught martial arts & yoga for almost 20 years. Pip is a trained ballerina and taught dance and pilates to a high level. They both took naturally to AcroYoga, have immersed themselves in it as form of movement, art and expression. They are UK’s leading teaching AcroYoga duo and are ‘Teachers of 2016’ quoted by Yoga Magazine. They also perform and are the founders of AcroYogaDance.

£35

INTENSIVE HANDSTAND COURSE

with Sainaa Janchivdorj

Monday-Friday, September 5th-9th,
1.45-4.45pm
This open level intensive course is designed for people looking to improve their hand-balancing skills.

The main focus will be on a perfectly aligned two arm handstand to start with, progressing into kick up, straddle up, tuck up, pike up and press up to handstands.

You’ll be working with a partner so you will also learn how to spot and correct someone else’s handstand.The course also include a lot of conditioning and flexibility exercises-specific to handstands.

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.

£400

INDABA BASICS COURSE

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Tuesdays, September 6th-27th,
7.15-8.30pm
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.£80

HEADSTAND COURSE

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Thursdays, September 8th-22nd,
7.30-8.45pm

Shimmy’s fun & relaxed Headstand Course is designed for students new to inversions and those looking to broaden their experience of the joys being inverted!In this 3 weeks you will explore the mechanics of a headstand & maybe a forearm balance or two. Learn to stabilise your base, strengthen and engage the shoulder girdle, access your core to gain confidence thus freeing yourself from the fear of being upside down and balancing on your head!

Inverted poses have deep healing properties and strengthen mind/body connection. Facing our fears on the mat can offer us the gift of empowerment and clarity.

Shimmy’s teaching is gentle and kind, encouraging and nurturing. With a smile and love for teaching, she seeks to instil a sense of lightness and ease in students, whilst helping them to connect with their bodies and minds.She believes that in both life and teaching one should be grounded but light, dedicated, mindful, aware and understanding of personal limitations that are inherent in each individual.
£60 for 3 weeks

YINYANG: AN UNWIND AND RELEASE WORKSHOP

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Saturday, September 10th,
1.30-4.30pm

Enhance your dynamic yoga practice with this deep tissue release workshop. You’ll use your time to connect with your breath to ease into slow release stretches to soothe hard working bodies (and minds!). Focusing on tight areas of the body that often get left out in faster paced classes, this practice, if done regularly in tandem with a dynamic asana practice, will help enhance flexibility, increase your range of movement and allow your body to build greater strength.This workshop is perfect for those who over-use their body in physical exercise or for those whose bodies are under-used and desk-bound. This practice can be adapted to create the required level of physical release using deep dynamic stretching or more restorative variations of the poses using props.

Supporting, all levels of practitioners, this practice will allow the mind to find a deeper sense of stillness and ease by gently stretching deeper muscles, joints and fascia.

Shimmy’s teaching is gentle and kind, encouraging and nurturing. With a smile and love for teaching, she seeks to instil a sense of lightness and ease in students, whilst helping them to connect with their bodies and minds. She creates sequences that suit the energy and level of each class, whilst challenging and inspiring students to honour their abilities and presence on and off the mat. She believes that in both life and teaching one should be grounded but light, dedicated, mindful, aware and understanding of personal limitations that are inherent in each individual.

£35

BACKBEND EXPRESS COURSE

with Elisa Devlin

Sundays, September 11th-25th,
10.30am-12pm

Our spines are strong and flexible structures, which become stiff and restricted over time. Only movement will loosen you up. Prepare to sweat and work hard as you are led through intelligent backbend sequencing and targeted techniques to open and release areas of tension. Elisa Devlin has a no nonsense approach, with over 7,000 hours teaching experience you are in good hands.

Show up for yourself and you’re halfway there. By the end of the course you will experience greater range of movement and increased knowledge of your individual practice. Suitable for those with at least one years regular Yoga practice.

£70

TRANSFORMATIONAL BREATHING WORKSHOP

with Alan Dolan

Sunday, September 11th,
1.30-4.30pm
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

YOGA BASICS COURSE

with Leela Miller

Mondays, September 12th-October 17th,
7-8.30pm
We offer beginners courses for those embarking on their yoga journey. With only 8 students enrolled on each course, this an intimate learning environment, perfect for asking questions and building confidence.
This 6 week basics course focuses on building a basic knowledge of the yoga postures while improving body awareness and breath control. You will learn about meditation and Yoga Nidra as well get introduced to dynamic yoga and learn to use various props to improve alignment. Expect to leave both energized and at ease in body and mind.
Leela is one of London’s most experienced teachers, having completed the Sivananda teacher training program in 1986. Her breadth of knowledge allows her to provide beautifully balanced classes and precise instructions. She encouarges steady, grounded and mindful movement. Leela loves the beauty, power and serenity of merging alignment, movement and breath.
She weaves the precision of Iyengar alignment, the energetics of Shadow Yoga and the spiritual commitment of Sivananda into her love of Ashtanga. She truly believes in the healing power of yoga and in the transformative effects it can have on people’s bodies, minds, lives and relationships. As well as teaching yoga privately and internationally, Leela is a practicing biodynamic craniosacral therapist and studies Yoga Nidra as taught by Swami Satyananda.
8 people maximum.
Booking is required.
£120 for 6 weeks

YOGA SEQUENCING COURSE

with Lizzie reumont

Tuesdays, September 13th-October 4th,
3.30-5.30pm
Lizzie Reumont’s Mentoring Courses are designed to deepen your practice and help you become a more confident, skilled and knowledgeable teacher.Teaching Skills Courses
This programme consists of three 4-week Teaching Skills courses:1) Assists: Anatomy, energetics and execution
2) Sequencing and teaching techniques
3) Philosophy, Sanskrit, Chanting and it’s relevance to a modern day class.Each module can be taken as a stand alone course or you can choose to sign up to all three modules over the upcoming months.Follow-up Mentoring Courses
To further develop the knowledge, skills and understanding gained through each module, each course will be followed by a 4-week Small Group Mentoring course. This will focus on the topics explored in the preceding Teaching Skills course. With just 7 people enrolled in each of these follow-up courses, this is a unique opportunity to explore your personal journey, questions and challenges as a teacher and student. In this intimate environment you will gain the support that new teachers often feel they lack at the beginning of their careers.
It is not compulsory to attend a follow-up Mentoring course. But if you wish to join a Mentoring course, you must have attended the relevant Teaching Skills course (Assists/Sequencing/Philosophy) beforehand.
Explore the building blocks for creating a well-balanced and intelligent structure for an asana class. Over the course you explore the basic components and ideology behind sequencing, then evolve this into a class format and address how to pace and group asana together, develop your own sequence, and finally assess, refine and address unique body-types, variations and improvising.
£150

YOGA SEQUENCING: SMALL MENTORING GROUP COURSE

with Lizzie reumont

Tuesdays, October 11th-8th,
3.30-5.30pm
To further develop the knowledge, skills and understanding gained through each module, each course will be followed by a 4-week Small Group Mentoring course. This will focus on the topics explored in the preceding Teaching Skills course. With just 7 people enrolled in each of these follow-up courses, this is a unique opportunity to explore your personal journey, questions and challenges as a teacher and student. In this intimate environment you will gain the support that new teachers often feel they lack at the beginning of their careers.
It is not compulsory to attend a follow-up Mentoring course. But if you wish to join a Mentoring course, you must have attended the relevant Teaching Skills course (Assists/Sequencing/Philosophy) beforehand.Explore the building blocks for creating a well-balanced and intelligent structure for an asana class. Over the course you explore the basic components and ideology behind sequencing, then evolve this into a class format and address how to pace and group asana together, develop your own sequence, and finally assess, refine and address unique body-types, variations and improvising.To attend this Course you must have first attended the YOGA SEQUENCING COURSE (running 13/9-4/10)£150

YOGA PHILOSOPHY, SANSKRIT AND CHANTING COURSE

with Lizzie Reumont

Thursdays, September 15th-October 6th,
3.30-5.30pm
Lizzie Reumont’s Mentoring Courses are designed to deepen your practice and help you become a more confident, skilled and knowledgeable teacher.Teaching Skills Courses
This programme consists of three 4-week Teaching Skills courses:1) Assists: Anatomy, energetics and execution
2) Sequencing and teaching techniques
3) Philosophy, Sanskrit, Chanting and it’s relevance to a modern day class.Each module can be taken as a stand alone course or you can choose to sign up to all three modules over the upcoming months.Follow-up Mentoring Courses
To further develop the knowledge, skills and understanding gained through each module, each course will be followed by a 4-week Small Group Mentoring course. This will focus on the topics explored in the preceding Teaching Skills course. With just 7 people enrolled in each of these follow-up courses, this is a unique opportunity to explore your personal journey, questions and challenges as a teacher and student. In this intimate environment you will gain the support that new teachers often feel they lack at the beginning of their careers.
It is not compulsory to attend a follow-up Mentoring course. But if you wish to join a Mentoring course, you must have attended the relevant Teaching Skills course (Assists/Sequencing/Philosophy) beforehand.Explore how to integrate basic yoga philosophy and ideology into an asana class and into daily life. Study the key sutras and slokas from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita. Investigate sanskrit pronunciation and models for chanting, learn basic harmonium skills and how to lead a class with a mantra.
£150

YOGA PHILOSOPHY: SMALL GROUP MENTORING COURSE

with Lizzie Reumont

Thursdays, October 13th-November 3rd,
3.30-5.30pm
To further develop the knowledge, skills and understanding gained through each module, each course will be followed by a 4-week Small Group Mentoring course. This will focus on the topics explored in the preceding Teaching Skills course. With just 7 people enrolled in each of these follow-up courses, this is a unique opportunity to explore your personal journey, questions and challenges as a teacher and student. In this intimate environment you will gain the support that new teachers often feel they lack at the beginning of their careers.
It is not compulsory to attend a follow-up Mentoring course. But if you wish to join a Mentoring course, you must have attended the relevant Teaching Skills course (Assists/Sequencing/Philosophy) beforehand.Explore the building blocks for creating a well-balanced and intelligent structure for an asana class. Over the course you explore the basic components and ideology behind sequencing, then evolve this into a class format and address how to pace and group asana together, develop your own sequence, and finally assess, refine and address unique body-types, variations and improvising.To attend this course you must have first attended the YOGA PHILOSOPHY AND SANSKRIT COURSE (running 15/9-6/10)£150

TURNING INWARD: A YIN YOGA WORKSHOP

with Norman Blair

Friday, September 18th
1.30-4.30pm

This is an opportunity for lessening of striving and focus on feeling. Too often too much we are trying to get somewhere. This Yin yoga workshop gives us a chance to slow down and to stay in shapes for several minutes. The postures are all floor-based and we will use equipment where necessary to support practising. This is a practice where time is more important than intensity.

Norman has been practicing yoga since the early 1990s and started teaching in 2001. He has years of experience in teaching yin yoga and weaves into this wonderful practice his own background of ashtanga and buddha-dharma meditation to be create a potent mix that is soothing, grounding and inspiring. He sees yoga as a beautiful way of being that will enhance your life, welcome you back to your body, release habitual tension and encourage a greater focus and quality of mind.

£35

AN ASSISTING WORKSHOP: TOUCHING, FEELING, RESPONDING & ENHANCING

with Kristi Rodelli (Johnson)

Sunday, October 25th,
1.30-4.30pm

Many teachers wish to assist more in their classes but lack the confidence or training.
There are many benefits to hands-on adjustment. It can prevent injury, support those working with injuries and encourage students to work with safe and supportive alignment. Hands-on adjustment can move physical, energetic or emotional blockages students may face during class, and create space around areas of the body that feel compressed or restricted. Skilful assists can can help take students deeper into poses and enhance their experience of the practice. Not to mention, because of the lack of physical touch we receive in daily life, being assisted in class, if done with honour and intent, feels divine!

No body is the same so in the workshop we will explore skilful adjustments through partner work and group work. This will be woven into a 3 hour Forrest Yoga practice of pranayama, core work,standing poses, hip openers and inversions.
We will also address modifications for injuries and different levels.

For teachers and advanced students only.

Kristi’s classes reflect her grounded, nurturing, insightful and inspiring nature! Her authentic teaching comes from the heart. With great integrity and presence, Kristi holds a supportive space in which you can inquire into yourself and deepen your journey into yoga, transformation and healing. Her intuitive understanding of the body is evident in her intelligent and remedial sequencing and hands-on assists. Her strong yet therapeutic classes emphasise the importance of deep breathing and core work, enabling you to connect with the great strength and softness that lies within you. Kristi offers modifications for injuries and differing levels of ability, making these strong alignment-based flow classes open to all.

£35

KIRTAN AND YOGA NIDRA

with Craig Norris

Sunday, October 25th
6.45-8.45pm
Gather together with Craig for an evening of blissful and uplifting chanting that will set your heart afire! Having led you through the practice of Kirtan, you will melt into a deep relaxation and meditation as your explore the powerful effects of Yoga Nidra or ‘Yogic sleep’.
Kirtan (call and response chanting) is a very powerful and joyous practice. For both complete beginners and more experienced chanters, this practice will leave you with a feeling of openness and with a connection to yourself and others around you. You will explore traditional chants from ancient yoga scriptures.

He will then move you into the practice of yoga nidra. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of (audio) instructions.

In yoga nidra the practitioner remains in a state of light pratyahara with four of their senses internalised and only the hearing still connects to the instructions. 30 mins of this practice is the equivalent to 3 hours sleep.

£20

YOGA WORKSHOPS

with Laruga Glaser

September 30th - October 2nd
Various Times
Friday, September 30th, 2-5pm
LED PRIMARY SERIES
Led Primary series is traditionally counted (in Sanskrit) in a rhythmic fashion to invoke a sense of flow and concentration as we breathe and move in a unified manner. This will be a Full Led Primary Series class from start to finish in celebration and honour of the immeasurable lineage of Ashtanga yoga. Time will also be taken afterward for discussion and Q&A.
Saturday, October 1st, 1.30-4.30pm
DYNAMIC TRANSITIONS
Learn the dynamics of flight. In this class experience helpful techniques accessing the sometimes-daunting part of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system, the jump-back and jump-through. Though challenging, need not be elusive to the practice, and believe it or not, the primary series prepares one to do so. Time will be taken to break down the parts and give useful tools to build inner strength and allow vinyasas to naturally become fluid and graceful. Building upon the jump through we will also experiment with jumping into and exiting out of postures such as bhujapidasana, bakasana, tittibahasana, astavakrasana, and vrksasana for example. Open to all who enjoy a little challenge and fun experimentation!
Sunday, October 2nd, 1.30-4.30pm
HANDSTAND DECONSTRUCTION
Handstands seems to intrigue most, and for some elicit fear and/or trepidation. It is no secret that inversions send an exhilarating energy throughout the entire body, and handstands are no different. However, the main criteria is the culmination of both balance and strength as you are turned upside down. In this workshop learn to sit on the edge of the unknown, delving into a series of progressive exercises and points of attention as we deconstruct what it takes to balance on your own two hands.

Since a young age, Laruga has been fascinated with mind/body connections and spiritual philosophy which later attracted her to the practice of yoga in early 1996 after a sincere connection and study of yoga philosophy. It wasnʼt until she stumbled upon Ashtanga Yoga when she fully immersed herself into a devoted practice a few years later in 1998.Since then, she has continued to draw inspiration from her daily visit to the mat, along with long term studies with her teachers, the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and now his grandson R. Sharath Jois, of Mysore India. An advanced level practitioner and student of yoga, as well as, a Level 2 Authorized Teacher from KPJAYI of Mysore, India, Laruga entered into teaching after many years of sustained practice and brings with her over 20 years total experience instructing body movement. In turn, she is dedicated to teaching the method of Ashtanga yoga to its fullest capacity, cultivating transparency to the tradition, and the deeply rich lineage the practice originates, otherwise known as parampara.

£40 for each

£120 for full weekend

HANDSTAND FOCUS COURSE LEVEL ONE

with Hortense Suleyman

Saturday, October 1st - 15th,
10-11.30am

Opening with some serious warm up & conditioning based on flexibility and mobility you will learn ways to efficiently strengthen wrists, shoulders and core.

Hortense will help each student to build confidence in the wonders of standing upside down.

We will break down how to efficiently use the wall in creative ways to build the confidence for eventually kick in the middle of the room.

This 3 weeks course is specifically designed for students who are embarking in the world of inversions. A minimum 6 months practice & being able to hold a plank for 30 seconds is the only prerequisite. (If unsure please talk to Hortense).

Hortense’s playful, creative and humorous classes are inspired by her interest in a myriad of different styles of yoga. Having discovered her passion for the practice on a trip to India in the mid 90s, she has since travelled the globe to get her ‘fix’ both as a teacher and student. Her teaching is relaxed yet firm and she trusts that the benefits of yoga are both mental and physical. Inspired by movement, Hortense also practices acrobatics and flying trapeze!

£70

A WEEKEND OF STORYTELLING AND SONGS

with James and Elizabeth Boag

Saturday, October 1st - Sunday, October 2nd
7-9pm

Saturday, October 1st, 7-9pm
YOGA AND THE STORIES OF A HUMAN LIFE: AN EVENING OF LIVE STORYTELLING AND ACOUSTIC SONG
Be moved, entertained and stimulated during this unique evening of storytelling and song. Audience participation will be encouraged as we explore ancient yet timeless fresh stories from the Indian yoga tradition, bringing it vividly into the context of our lives today.

James Boag is a student of Sanskrit and teaches applied yoga philosophy and mythology around the world. Drawing on his background in languages and scriptural teaching, he brings the practical essence of traditional Indian teachings into the vivid context of our human lives today. His soulful and intoxicating voice invites us into a welcoming space of warm, healing and uplifting sound.
Elizabeth Boag is a stage and screen actress who has recently returned from New York where she performed principal roles in Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s highly acclaimed productions of “Confusions” and “Hero’s Welcome”. She trained in music theatre originally and is thrilled to combine her singing voice with her brother’s for this unique event.

Sunday, October 2nd, 7-9pm
YOGA, THE GATHERING: A SPECIAL THEMED TALK
Drawing on timeless, practical teachings from the heart of the yoga tradition, and with particular reference to Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra-s and the Bhagavad Gītā, this talk will explore yoga as ‘the gathering’, and as the integration of the miraculous gifts with which we are endowed as sentient human beings. James will distil essential yoga teachings into a refreshing tonic, easy to imbibe, agreeable to digest, and, if you choose, readily applicable into all aspects of your life and all your work with various yoga techniques.

If you’ve ever wondered what yoga philosophy has to do with the ‘yoga’ you do on a mat, or any other technique, how this yoga can help us in the challenges of our lives today, and why this ‘traditional’ teaching is still alive and evolving even after thousands of years, this talk is for you, and everyone you know.

£25 for each
£40 for both

HIPS, HAMSTRINGS AND BACKBENDING COURSE

with Nathalie Mukusheva

Sunday, October 2nd-23rd
10-11.30am
This course will focus on some of the most iconic yoga postures in the back bending series.- Eka Pada Raja Kapatosana, Natarjasana, Anjaneyasana and Full Dhanurasana
These poses can seem intimidating at first glance but are more accessible than you might think. Releasing tension in the front body – the psoas, hip flexors and quadriceps through slow detailed resistance and passive stretching allows you to relax and breathe more into the back body.
Once you shift awareness into the back the front brain releases allowing you to soften any gripping and tension which is often what stops us moving deeper into backbends.
During this four week course you will learn to bring clarity and awareness to each body part and how to bring everything together in a sustained manner which will radiate through your entire practice.
Nathalie is renowned for her precise teaching method, detailed alignment cues and making seemingly difficult postures accessible to each individual’s level.
8 people maximum
£80

PREGNANCY YOGA

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Tuesdays, October 4th - 25th
7.15-8.30pm

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 and physical shape for birth and beyond! Before commencing, consult your doctor, especially if you have had any complications in your pregnancy, including a history of miscarriage. Recommended from week 13 until birth.In this nurturing four week course, you will be led through asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), positions for labour and relaxation techniques. Troublesome ailments such as back pain will be addressed. This course will relieve tension, increase your strength, stamina and flexibility, while also helping you deal with stress and anxiety. Treasure this quiet time set aside for your practice as a sanctuary for you to connect with the baby growing inside you.

Shimmy’s teaching is gentle and kind, encouraging and nurturing. With a smile and love for teaching, she seeks to instil a sense of lightness and ease in students, whilst helping them to connect with their bodies and minds. She believes that in both life and teaching one should be grounded but light, dedicated, mindful, aware and understanding of personal limitations that are inherent in each individual.

£70 for 4 weeks

PREGNANCY YOGA

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Thursdays, October 6th - 27th
6-7.15 pm

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 and physical shape for birth and beyond! Before commencing, consult your doctor, especially if you have had any complications in your pregnancy, including a history of miscarriage. Recommended from week 13 until birth.In this nurturing four week course, you will be led through asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), positions for labour and relaxation techniques. Troublesome ailments such as back pain will be addressed. This course will relieve tension, increase your strength, stamina and flexibility, while also helping you deal with stress and anxiety. Treasure this quiet time set aside for your practice as a sanctuary for you to connect with the baby growing inside you.

Shimmy’s teaching is gentle and kind, encouraging and nurturing. With a smile and love for teaching, she seeks to instil a sense of lightness and ease in students, whilst helping them to connect with their bodies and minds. She believes that in both life and teaching one should be grounded but light, dedicated, mindful, aware and understanding of personal limitations that are inherent in each individual.

£70 for 4 weeks

A WEEKEND OF WORKSHOPS

with Doug Swenson

Saturday, October 8th-9th
1.30 - 4.30pm

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. He travels extensively offering workshops, retreats and teacher training courses around the world. 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.

Saturday, October 8th
Vinyasa Power Yoga
In this class the students will test their body and mind – with longer posture holds, some difficult sequences and challenging vinyasa. This sequence will be woven together with a beautiful flow and end with pranayama and a wonderful deep relaxation. (Intermediate to Advanced level)

Sunday, October 9th
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 achieve new poses and refine your practice.

£40 for each workshop

HEADSTAND COURSE

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Thursdays, October 13th - 27th, 7.30 - 8.45pm

Shimmy’s fun & relaxed Headstand Course is designed for students new to inversions and those looking to broaden their experience of the joys being inverted!In this 3 weeks you will explore the mechanics of a headstand & maybe a forearm balance or two. Learn to stabilise your base, strengthen and engage the shoulder girdle, access your core to gain confidence thus freeing yourself from the fear of being upside down and balancing on your head!

Inverted poses have deep healing properties and strengthen mind/body connection. Facing our fears on the mat can offer us the gift of empowerment and clarity.

Shimmy’s teaching is gentle and kind, encouraging and nurturing. With a smile and love for teaching, she seeks to instil a sense of lightness and ease in students, whilst helping them to connect with their bodies and minds.She believes that in both life and teaching one should be grounded but light, dedicated, mindful, aware and understanding of personal limitations that are inherent in each individual.
£60 for 3 weeks