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…

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
This workshop is for people who are looking to learn Kerri’s tips and tricks to advanced asanas such as headstand, handstands, & arm balances. Kerri blends partner yoga, strength drills and core work to teach you new and exciting ways to further your yoga practice. Her inspirational style and fun approach to learning postures that may seem intimidating will leave you sweating, laughing and feeling inspired. Discover the powerhouse inside you! 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

Every Tuesday, September 8th - 29th, 6.15-7.30pm

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 Yoga for Pregnancy and Childbirth 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 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.

Shimmy’s Yoga for Pregnancy & Childbirth course is recommended from week 14 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.

£70 for 4 weeks

 

Saturday and Sunday, Sept 12th and 13th, 1.30-4.30pm

A DHARMA MITTRA WEEKEND

with REBECCA KOVACS

Saturday, September 12th 1.30-4.30pm
THE ART OF TRANSITION
In a world of constant change it takes a strong central nervous system and a balanced glandular system to adapt with grace and ease. As the word “vinyasa” suggests, we can take our movements can be “placed in a special way” so as to create seamless and effortless transitions. In this workshop, Rebecca Kovacs will focus on challenging and creative ways to do just that! Your everyday flow will turn into an artful expression of moving meditation. This is progressive approach and modifications will be offered when practising arm balances and inversion so all levels are welcome. Pranayama, Prayer and Play included!

Sunday, September 13th, 1.30-4.30pm
HEALTHY HEART AND HAPPY VIBES
Energize, invigorate, and enliven your heart with backbends. The heart is a muscular organ that functions as the body’s circulatory pump. Using breath, sound and movement we will tap into the framework surrounding the heart to create symmetry in the spine for safe and healthy backbends, improving proper distribution of oxygen and nutrients through the blood to the body. By working therapeutically we can unlock energetic blockages that keep us from perceiving the world through the lens of love. Explore basic to advanced and inverted variations of backbends. Pranayama, Prayer and Play included!

Rebecca has been living as a traveling yogini for over a decade. She had long since realized her passion for travel but in realizing her dharma, sharing spiritual knowledge through the Yoga Arts and Science, she merged the two and found herself globetrotting, with a mission to spread the teachings of her beloved teacher, Sri Dharma Mittra. Rebecca’s primary focus is to uplift the hearts of humans through her playful and grounded practice and transmission of these Classical Hatha/Raj Yoga techniques. Rebecca will celebrate you where you are in your practice and encourage you to soften into the possibility of something new. Her workshops are informative and foster expansion of awareness, compassion and potential. She inspires others to find and follow their dharma.

£40 each

Sunday, September 13th, 7-8.30pm

GONG BATH

with LEO COSENDAI

A gong bath, or gong meditation, is a holistic practice which is designed, just like yoga, to help one burn up their emotional history and karmic blockages. So much more than just an old musical instrument, it has been considered to be the most powerful Guru that has ever lived by many yogis, for no human mind can resist its 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.

Before you get to hear the way of the gong, Leo will lead you through a series of exercises which focus on breath, meridian Chi flow, and the release of endocrine hormones. One can expect to experience re-youthing and re-programming during this one and a half hour practice.

Leo is a sound healer, therapist, and a composer born in Switzerland in 1989. He has trained with Grand Gong master Don Conreaux (one of the 5 original Kundalini teachers designated by Yogi Bhajan in the late ’60s), and is still learning to this day, through the practice of a combination of Kinesiology and Kundalini.

£20

Friday, September 18th, 6.00-9.00pm

FROM FEAR TO FREE

with STEPH CROCHET and LAURA CONLEY

Discover your personal path of passion and connect to your intuition, through an inspiring vinyasa flow class that will include moments to reflect in meditation and put pen to paper.

Whether you’ve found your purpose but don’t how to go about getting it, or have no clue what the heck you are supposed to do with your life, this workshop will give you clarity, piece of mind and leave you ready to go get your dreams!

Yoga revealed itself as Laura’s dharma (Sanskrit decoded: life purpose, one’s calling) ten years ago. This led her to complete her teacher training at YogaWorks with her mentor and guru, Kia Miller, and to transform yoga into her way of life. She is passionate, playful, feisty and spiritual, and hopes that her teaching will inspire her students to find balance in their lives, happiness in their hearts, and ultimately their dharma.

Stephanie also trained with Kia Miller. Her Vinyasa flow classes create a positive, challenging and encouraging environment where students can thrive. Her style is influenced by the trainings of her mentor and her love of pranayama, otherwise known as breath work or life force. Her goal is to help students understand the importance of linking movement to breath. This helps calm the nervous system and taps into a more spacious, stress free, and compassionate way of life. She does so while providing intelligent alignment points and focusing on where to send breath while in each posture.

£40

September 19th, 1.30 - 4.30pm, £35

THE BALANCING OF OPPOSITES: DWANDAS AND NEED TO BE FREE OF GUNAS

with Stewart Gilchrist

Life is filled with opposites and at times it can feel as though we are on a rollercoaster of ups and downs. But as the Bhagavad Gita emphasises, yoga allows us to find equanimity or samatva in the way we face the dvandvas or opposing psychological pulls that affect us all: joy and sorrow, victory and defeat, praise and blame, success and failure. Stew’s asana-based workshop will be the perfect training ground in your quest for grace and equanimity.

Jump aboard this fun-filled rollercoaster that will be packed with the best kind of ups and downs as we vin-ya-asana through vigorous sun-salutations. Despite the sweat that Stew’s dynamic Yogasana will create, we will seek that neutral space between effort and rest, finding a balance between the opposing forces working on the body. When the posture becomes ‘steady, comfortable and grounded in joy’ (Sutra 2.46), we will become familiar with how this neutral position feels within our bodies and minds. We can then bring this sense of equanimity into our daily lives and learn to be unaffected by the pull of opposites and dvandvas.

The Bhagavad Gita encourages us to to find this equal-mindedness so that we can free ourselves from the binds of the Gunas: sattva (goodness, constructive, harmonious), rajas (passion, active, confused), and tamas (darkness, destructive, chaotic). These are the three qualities of nature that exist in all beings to varying degrees, thereby determining our characteristics.

If we obtain samatva and equanimity, transcending even our satvic nature, we will no longer be affected by the dwandwas and opposites of life: desirable or undesirable, friend or foe, rags or riches. We will connect with our Supreme Self and no longer be affected by the desires and attachments of life. Dreamy!

£35

Sunday, September 20th, 1.30-4.30pm

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

 

Sunday, September 20th, 7.15-8.30pm

AN EVENING OF UPLIFTING KIRTAN

with SULEKH RUPARELL 

Join Sulekh and Andrew Simmons in this celebration of music, song and community! Come find your inner voice and inner peace in an energising evening of chanting, mantra and devotion!
Kirtan is an ancient practice and an important part of Yoga for it helps still the fluctuations of the mind as you focus on the rhythms and melodies of the Tabla and Guitar. In this call and response chanting, there is no need to know the words or mantras. Just follow Sulekh as he leads you line-by-line on a musical journey that will open not only your vocal chords but also your heart and mind! Union is created within a Kirtan as each individual’s voice blends with that of those around them and with sound of the instruments – so there is no need to be shy! Everyone is welcome!

You will chant in the ancient language of Sanskrit, which holds powerful healing effects in the vibrations of its syllables which in turn brings you peace on a physical and mental level as well as emotionally and spiritually. Chanting in this manner will also help lead to clearer and more confident self-expression.

When you gather for Kirtan you practice Nada Yoga – the yoga of deep inner-listening. You will tune in to the sounds of the world around you and to subtle and sacred sounds that emanate from inside you. This gives you a greater connection to your inner-self and helps you to live with more authenticity.

Sharing this space with others in the name of sound and song is an amazing way to connect with the infinite energy that is a part of you, enabling you to move into the week ahead stress-free. You’ll become aware of the good vibrations the whole week through!

Sulekh is a dedicated professional in the field of Indian music with over 20 years of performance experience. He specialises in vocal, Harmonium and Tabla and has always been inspired by the traditional folk sounds of northern India as well as classical Raga. He will be supported by Andrew Simmons on Guitar and Dariush on Tabla. The infinite number of musical sounds that can be created from the process of playing an instrument has taught him to appreciate the endless possibilities that life holds. Join him for this joyous evening!

£15

Saturday, September 26th, 1.30-4.30pm

A GENERAL IYENGAR WORKSHOP

with KHALED KENDSI

This workshop is an opportunity to develop your practice with an intensive focus on the general level asanas and an introduction to some intermediate poses.
Khaled will start by looking at standing poses in detail, allowing you to experience directionality of shape and alignment. He will then introduce some intermediate poses including inversions.With the use of props to support the body this will allow you to experience the postures safely.
This workshop is open to all, but if you’re menstruating you will not be able to take part in the inverted or twist postures. If you have an injury or medical condition, please contact Indaba before booking.

Khaled is a certified Intermediate Iyengar Yoga Teacher and has visited RIMYI in Pune several times where he has studied under the direct guidance of the Iyengar family.

£35/(£30 before September 12th)

Sunday, September 27th, 1.30-4.30pm

RELEASING FEAR ON AND OFF THE MAT

with NAOMI ABSALOM

A workshop to help you understand & release fear based thinking on & off the mat.

We all deal with feelings of fear, uncertainty, and vulnerability at some point in our lives and unfortunately most of us let those feelings dictate our actions somehow. On the mat this can manifest just about anywhere – going upside down, falling out of an inversion, entering a backbend or sitting in a deep hip opener. We’ve all felt it and it is the most liberating feeling when we’re able to chip away at and overcome the things that hold us back.

Allowing thoughts of fear to continue to have power over us keeps us firmly locked in the cycle of fear, anxiety, low self esteem and so on. The simple decision to actually try to do something about it coupled with some good technique is often enough to break certain patterns…but sometimes it is more complicated than that and we don’t know why we are afraid, where it comes from and what to do about it?

This workshop will help you break apart unhealthy and limiting patterns of fear based thinking which may have become reoccurring themes in your practice and life. You will learn safe and practical ‘exit strategies’ to take you away from the wall for postures such as handstand, forearm balance and headstand.

We will also look at how fear as an emotion can manifest itself in more unusual ways in the body resulting in both physical and emotional tension. Therefore part of this workshop will focus on diaphragmatic breathing and the physical and energetic release of the psoas for optimum back bending, hip opening and greater well being.

Be prepared to work playfully but also very deeply and right at your edge, You are guaranteed to leave this workshop feeling a greater sense of liberation & inner peace…and of course…as less of a scaredy cat.

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

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

Sundays, October 4th-25th (excluding 18th October), 2.30-4.00pm

A FORREST YOGA INSPIRE HIP-(H)OP-ENING COURSE

with HORTENSE SULEYMAN

The activities and stresses of our daily lives can often lead to tightness and discomfort in our hips. Our vital body functions, including digestion, can be greatly compromised by sitting in chairs all day. Lack of mobility in the hips can also cause problems with the lower back and knee joints, and can move up the torso to the shoulders and neck. Eek!
This Forrest Inspired 3 week course will focus on ways to ease some of that tension by encouraging flexibility while strengthening the muscles that enable you to take it even deeper. We will delve into deep hip opening, seated and supine postures to increase your range of motion in all directions. Expect to be challenged! Hortense will incoroporate postures unique to Forrest Yoga that are designed to help you unravel neck tension, stretch and bring awareness to your hands and feet, unlock stiff shoulders, and decompress your lower back.

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 believes that the benefits of yoga are both mental and physical.

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

Every Tuesday, October 6th - 27th, 7.45-9.15pm

BASICS COURSE

Designed with those brand new to yoga in mind, this four 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 for 4 weeks

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

Saturday, October 17th, 2.00-4.30pm

FLUID AND FLEXIBLE SPINE

with ELISA DEVLIN

Come and enjoy more space and freedom in your spine. Do you ever feel like you could go further in your Yoga practice but not sure how? Learn how to safely link the muscle chains in your body for greater ease and range of motion.

We will collectively investigate free flow through the whole body – freeing up the legs and arms and linking them back to the central channel; the backbone. This will be a challenging series of mini dynamic flows incorporating twists, backbends and linking to the inner supporting muscles – mula banda and udiyana banda.

Elisa is an experienced teacher with a BA Degree in Vedic Science. She will guide you towards greater connection between body and mind so you can experience more freedom in your Yoga practice. She believes that body awareness is the key to progress. Suitable for all levels, just bring your stamina and a courageous heart. It doesn’t matter how flexible you are or where you’re starting from, you will leave with greater freedom and space!

£30 for 2.5 hours

Sunday, October 18th, 1.30-4.30pm

A GENERAL IYENGAR YOGA WORKSHOP

with SUE DARLING

This three hour workshop will  introduce the principles of alignment of the most basic postures of the Iyengar yoga syllabus.

Offering an opportunity to grasp insights to stability and endurance without strain or injury.. Everyone is welcome from beginners to seasoned yogis who are seeking a more in depth understanding of alignment as an essential tool to help develop a deeper sense of the postures. 

This workshop will offer ideas on

. Alignment in geometric poses to gain stability and control

. Alignment to awaken whole body action

. Alignment to soothe the nerves and energise the body and mind

Please join Iyengar teacher Sue Darling for this exciting event…everyone is welcome

£35 for 3 hours/ £30 (before October 4th)

Saturday, October 24th, 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

Saturday, October 25th, 1.30-4.30pm

SPACE TO SOFTEN AND ROOM TO RELAX – A YIN YOGA WORKSHOP

with NORMAN BLAIR

This practice will be a gentle rebalancing of body and mind through the forms of Yin Yoga (where the postures, all seated, are held for several minutes), pranayama and sitting meditation. We are continually given the choice between contraction and expansion, between closing and opening, between fear and love. Come along to this practice to expand, to open, to love. Norman has been teaching yoga since 2001 and is one of the leading Yin Yoga teachers in this country. His approach is about enabling accessibility, encouraging acceptance and deepening awareness.

£35/(£30 before October 11th)

Saturday and Sunday, November 28th and 29th, 1.30-4.30pm

DON’T SLAY YOUR DRAGON: A WEEKEND OF FORREST YOGA WORKSHOPS

Saturday, November 28th, 1.30-4.30pm
DON’T SLAY YOUR DRAGON PART 1: THE ART OF NOT STRIVING SO MUCH
The dragon is a symbol of ancient knowledge, wisdom and connection to the elements. It is important that we are able to connect with our own dragon energy, our deeper knowing and understanding of the interconnectedness of being. But often this energy is severed because we strive so much and spend so much of our time living in our heads.
Through a strong and mindful Forrest Yoga sequence of pranayama, core work, standing poses and back bends, Sandra and Kristi will help you explore the feeling of working, fighting and struggling less. You will open your heart to the possibility of spending more time simply being rather than having to achieve in order to prove your self-worth, in your practice and ultimately in your life.

Sunday, November 29th, 1.30-4.30pm
DON’T SLAY YOUR DRAGON PART 2: THE ART OF EMBRACING YOUR MAGIC
The dragon is also a symbol of a magic we all carry inside of us. We rationalize our lives instead of tolerating the mystery that resides inside of us. To embrace our magic we need to stay in the space of “I don’t know” and develop the patience to wait.
Through a deep Forrest Yoga hip opening sequence, Sandra and Kristi will take you on a journey though the murkiness and into the mystery, where you will learn to create the space for things to unfold organically.

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. At the heart of Sandra’s 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.

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. She believes in working hard, but working mindfully, and offers modifications for different levels and injuries, sharing compassionate hands on assists.

£40 for one workshop
£75 for both workshops

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

DHARMA YOGA WEEKEND

with SRI DHARMA MITTRA

Indaba is delighted to welcome the world renowned and much-loved Sri Dharma Mittra to London this Winter. His inspiring weekend of workshops will bring together Yogic blend of practices guaranteed to yield instant psychic energy. Divinely selected Yogic techniques practiced under the guidance of an expert teacher will lead to incredible physical, mental and spiritual results.
In each of Sri Dharma Mittra’s workshops, the practitioner will experience a broad selection of the best and most efficient of the breathing techniques (Pranayama), mantras, postures (Asana), Bhakti (devotion), meditation, deep relaxation and esoteric Yogic knowledge.

Friday, December 4th, 6.30pm-8.30pm
MAHA SHAKTI FOR PSYCHIC ENERGY
50% Asana; 20% meditation; 10% Pranayama; 10% Chanting; 10% Lecture
Maha Shakti Practice For Psychic Energy will open with the chanting of Divine mantras including the greatest of all mantras, the Om. Esoteric wisdom will then be shared to help set the right vibration for practice and help you make swift progress on the spiritual path. A deep of Asana will follow including the most efficient and best of all the postures. After a brief period of relaxation, Nadi Sodhana Pranayama – the most efficient nerve purifying Pranayama will be taught and practiced. The workshop will conclude with a rich and sacred meditation in Shavasana.
£50

Saturday, December 5th, 10am-12pm
MAHA SADHANA: THE GREAT PRACTICE OF DHARMA YOGA
60% Asana; 10% meditation; 10% Pranayama; 10% Chanting; 10% Lecture
Maha Sadhana Practice will open with the chanting of Divine mantras including the greatest of all mantras, the Om. Esoteric wisdom will then be shared to help set the right vibration for practice and help you make swift progress on the spiritual path. A deep of Asana will follow including the most efficient and best of all the postures. After a brief period of relaxation, Nadi Sodhana Pranayama – the most efficient nerve purifying Pranayama will be taught and practiced. The workshop will conclude with a rich and sacred meditation in Shavasana and culminate in a joyous offering and demonstration of Yogic postures known as an Asana Jam.
£50

Saturday, December 5th, 2pm-5pm
MAHA SHAKTI FOR WISDOM AND ENERGY AND DHARMA YOGA NIDRA
50% Asana; 30% meditation; 5% Pranayama; 5% Chanting; 10% Lecture and 100% Guided Meditation (Yoga Nidra)
“There is no other thing in this world that would please me more than to, with all my love, share this Divine Knowledge with you.” (Sri Dharma Mittra)
This expertly sequenced Hatha-Raja Yoga practice for the body, mind and soul is designed to exercise, rejuvenate and energize the entire system. Divine knowledge will slowly purify the mind by removing doubts. This instantly triggers inner peace and spiritual bliss, leads to the end of pain and delusion, and creates a thirst for life!
Postures designed to elevate the state of consciousness and to promote radiant health and energy will be practiced. Divine breath control will gradually purify the nerves and bring Prana and Apana (Kundalini) up spine and to the head, resulting in Divine Perception. By controlling the breath, the mind also will be controlled.
The chanting of Maha Mantras (sacred sounds) will affect the body, mind and touch the soul. They will purify the intellect, trigger spiritual bliss and stimulate the Chakras. During meditation in Shavasana, body and material sensation will gradually disappear and even the mind will set into silence. Constant practice leads to success.
Dharma Yoga Nidra provides instant, pure energy that is not found in food or drinks, and this energy is completely natural. One session of this Yoga Nidra is equal to between one and three hours of deep sleep, one hour of meditation or two hours of Yogic exercises (Asana), but is superior to them all. Soon, you will go beyond ordinary consciousness to where your thoughts become powerful and creative. The after effects of this practice are similar to those one experiences after a good, deep sleep. One feels really energized and positive. Deep Psychic Purification or Yoga Nidra is for the person of the future who gets his or her energy from within, rather than from outside. After practicing, there is no need for food, because the mind is calm and you feel energized and happy. Regular practice will allow you to tap into the boundless joy that is already within.
£70

Sunday, December 6th, 10am – 12pm
BODY, MIND AND SOUL ENERGIZING MASTER CLASS
60% Asana; 20% meditation; 5% Pranayama; 5% Chanting; 10% Lecture
This expertly sequenced Hatha-Raja Yoga practice for the body, mind and soul is designed to exercise, rejuvenate and energize the entire system. Divine knowledge will slowly purify the mind by removing doubts. This instantly triggers inner peace and spiritual bliss, leads to the end of pain and delusion, and creates a thirst for life!
Postures designed to elevate the state of consciousness and to promote radiant health and energy will be practiced. Divine breath control will gradually purify the nerves and bring Prana and Apana (Kundalini) up spine and to the head, resulting in Divine Perception. By controlling the breath, the mind also will be controlled.
The chanting of Maha Mantras (sacred sounds) will affect the body, mind and touch the soul. They will purify the intellect, trigger spiritual bliss and stimulate the Chakras. During meditation in Shavasana, body and material sensation will gradually disappear and even the mind will set into silence. Constant practice leads to success.
£50

Sunday, December 6th, 2pm-4pm
MAHA SHAKTI FOR PSYCHIC ENERGY
50% Asana; 20% meditation; 10% Pranayama; 10% Chanting; 10% Lecture
Maha Shakti Practice For Psychic Energy will open with the chanting of Divine mantras including the greatest of all mantras, the Om. Esoteric wisdom will then be shared to help set the right vibration for practice and help you make swift progress on the spiritual path. A deep experience of Asana will follow including the most efficient and best of all the postures.
After a brief period of relaxation, Nadi Sodhana Pranayama – the most efficient nerve purifying Pranayama will be taught and practiced.
The workshop will conclude with a rich and sacred meditation in Shavasana.
£50

FULL WEEEKEND £240

Sunday, December 6th, 5.30-7pm
KIRTAN AND Q&A
Dharma Mittra’s weekend of Yoga workshops will conclude with an evening of Kirtan and a Q&A session
Join Dharma Mittra in a celebration of music, mantra, chanting, community and devotion! Feel free to bring your own musical instruments  and join in this union of sound.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity join Sri Dharma Mittra in a Q&A session where you will get to share in the wisdom and knowledge of one of the world’s most respected and experienced Yoga teachers of our time.
£10 
(Not included in the price of the full weekend)

Legendary yoga teacher, Sri Dharma Mittra, first encountered yoga as a teenager before meeting his Guru in 1964 and beginning his training in earnest. Sri Dharma founded one of the early independent schools of yoga in New York City in 1975 and since then, he has taught hundreds of thousands of yogis all over the world. Sri Dharma is the model and creator of the “Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures”, the author of ‘ASANAS: 608 Yoga Poses’, has released two DVD’s to date “Maha Sadhana” Levels I and II, and recently captured classes are available for streaming on YogaVibes.com. Sri Dharma continues to disseminate the complete traditional science of yoga through daily classes, workshops and his Life of a Yogi Teacher Trainings at the Dharma Yoga New York Center and around the world. For more information on all things Dharma Yoga, please visit: www.dharmayogacenter.com.

Dharma’s workshops will take place at Lord’s Cricket Ground, Saint John’s Wood Road, London NW8 8QN

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