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.

THE SHAMAN IN STILETTOS' COMPLETE SPRING DETOX

with Anna Hunt

Saturday, April 30th
1.30-4.30pm

Practice yoga regularly but still searching for your zen? Feeling stressed, overwhelmed by mental chatter and unable to meditate? Wanting to tangibly boost your physical, emotional and mental health by deeply – and lastingly – detoxing the thoughts and emotions that are holding you back?

Then this is the workshop for you!

Bespoke visualisation enables you to deeply relax and tap into the innate wisdom of your inner guru, creatively drawing images from your intuition to understand and boost your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Easy, accessible and fun, this process works for ANYONE and is ideal if you struggle with meditation, but want to let go. The insights will be profound and useful long after this workshop.

Following the visualisation, you will be lead through a deeply aesthetic, relaxing and powerful shamanic sound ceremony, enabling you to relax deeper, effortlessly connect with your body and let go of troubling emotions, mental chatter and physical dis-ease.

You will leave the workshop feeling rebooted, reconnected with confidence and calm and with a clarity about yourself and your health, going forward.

Aged 27, Anna Hunt was a Cambridge graduate working as a senior editor at The Mail On Sunday. Burn out led her to a sabbatical in Peru, during which she met a shaman, who cured her health challenges, and offered her the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become his apprentice and study the ancient healing arts passed down orally in strict secrecy from shaman to shaman for over 20,000 years. 13 years later, Anna is the ‘face of the new shamanism’ (Stylist) working with executives, celebrities and an international portfolio of corporate and private clients. The Shaman In Stilettos is Anna’s memoir – signed copies available at reception.

£60

VIBRANT HEART

with Kristi Rodelli (Johnson)

Sunday, May 1st
1.30-4.30pm
To be vibrant means to be spirited, lively, energetic, vital, passionate and enthusiastic.

This Forrest Yoga Workshop will guide you through an enlivening backbend sequence to stimulate the spine, uplift the heart, and explore the full spectrum of vibrations that arise when working deeply and truthfully into the body.

Core exercises, partner work, and inversions will also be thrown into the mix to build strength, restore, and feed your spirit, leaving you feeling VIBRANT.

£35

KIRTAN AND YOGA NIDRA

with Craig Norris

Sunday, May 1st
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’. Join us for an unmissable evening that will leave you refreshed, relaxed and ready for the week ahead!
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. Sanskrit is a vibrational language so just by uttering these words they will have a profound healing effect on our physical mental and emotional state! Drawing on his background in Forrest Yoga, Craig will also lead you through some North American Indian chants.

He will then move you into the practice of yoga nidra. Yoga nidra or “yogic sleep” is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. 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.

This state of consciousness (yoga nidra) is different to meditation in which concentration on a single focus is required. 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

SLOW DOWN FRIDAY

with Norman Blair

Friday, May 6th
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

PILATES WORKSHOP

with Antonia Ptohides

Saturday, May 7th
2.30-4.30pm
“The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is gaining the mastery of your mind over the complete control over your body.” (J.P)
Join Antonia in her Pilates workshop and get your mind in tune with your body! Jam-packed with a variety of exercises, this fun-filled workshop will improve your body awareness, muscle and posture control, leading you into graceful, agile and flowing movement. You will become acutely aware of how your body works, how it feels and what it needs as you move with concentration and precision. Antonia will help you understand the Pilates technique and use it to your benefit.
Pilates is well known in promoting better posture and balance by teaching realignment and stability. It helps develop a strong core by activating the deep abdominal muscles and muscles closest to the spine creating a stronger body. It improves lumbar and pelvic alignment and corrects certain postural imbalances.
It will help you improve muscle activity and coordination and increase flexibility and stamina. Pilates can recover muscle elasticity and joint mobility and creates a sleek, toned body with longer, stronger, limber muscles that are less susceptible to strain and sprain.
Our playful and popular Pilates teacher, Antonia, brings you another fun and challenging workshop. Packed with energetic instruction, laughter and invigorating exercises, this workshop will leave your stomach aching with joy! An absolute must, that is open to all levels of practitioners!
£30

THE ANATOMY, PSYCHOLOGY & SPIRIT OF BACKBENDING

with Naomi Absalom

Sunday, May 8th
1.30-4.30pm
*SOLD OUT*
There are a multitude of ways to look at a backbend. Primarily the body has to be safe – alignment is key – but what is the alignment of backbending and at what point does backbending turn into ‘heart opening’? More to the point if we practice backbends with good alignment does it mean our hearts will open? If so how exactly will they open? What if we’re not ready for the heart to open – does it mean we can’t practice backbending?

It’s all a little confusing right? No wonder many practitioners feel fear when contemplating such postures particularly those which require us to lean back into something we can’t necessarily always see.

Physically, energetically, emotionally there can be so much information to be processed in often just a few short moments and it can feel very overwhelming to do this when we are at our most open and vulnerable.

This workshop will break apart the many elements of a backbend. We will look at different theories of alignment and practice certain postures in ways which help us to experience safely the energy of heart opening. From Bhujangasana, to Ustrasana and on towards the mighty drop back – ultimately this workshop will help you individually to transform the way you approach and experience backbending.

Authentic and kind, Naomi is an inspiring teacher. Her dynamic classes express her love for playfulness and creativity within movement, her passion for music as well as her interest in form and alignment. She focuses on strong, controlled and mindful transitions so that every moment is felt and processed. 17 years of self-practice, a decade of teaching, as well as training in Thai Yoga massage inform her intuitive hands on adjustments.

£35

New Moon Guided Journey and Sound Bath to Realise your Vision

with Kristina Evans

Sunday, May 8th
7-8.30pm

A call out to all who would like more focus, strong intention and the impetus to make it happen; this energy work session is for you.

These New Moon events are timed to coincide with the most auspicious time of the month to create and make intention manifest.

We offer you a safe and empowered space to journey inwards, aligning your inner resonance with what you want to create.

When the mind is still and the heart is open, we all have the potential for alchemy to occur and for you to create gold in your life.

Working with the elements of breath, sound and visualisation, your awareness can journey to the quiet and infinite space within, the space where you are able to do the inner work allowing your outer reality to shift to a more empowered path.

Sound vibration from the crystal singing bowls weave another element of energy to the mix resulting in an expanded and heightened state of being, enhancing your ability to gain inner clarity and determination.

£20

Splits, Hips and Hamstrings: A Three Week Course

with Nathalie Mukusheva

Sunday, May 8th - 22nd
10-11.30am

Master the splits with Nathalie’s three week course which is suitable for the super-stiff and super-flexy and will prepare the hamstrings and hips Hanumanasna and Samakonasana (front and middle splits). These areas of the body are a common source of frustration for yogis, so by addressing the tension or instability found here, this course will allow you to sink deeper into your practice (no pun intended!).
Splits require strength, surrender and refined sensitivity as well as patience. If you are stiff you may struggle to allow gravity to passively release the weight of body into these poses. If you are bendy you may focus on and sink into the flexible leg, eventually leading to potentially harmful unevenness in the pelvis and spine. For both breeds of yogi, learning to square the hips and properly align the pelvis in these poses will open, strengthen and balance the body, improving not only your splits but backbends, forward folds and inversions, strengthening your practice and body as a whole!

Natalie has been practicing yoga for over the 15 years. She imbues her dynamic classes with the intelligent alignment and strengthening techniques she has learnt through extensive training in Iyengar Yoga, Contortion training, Ballet, Gymnastics and Floor-Barre, making her teaching transformative, invigorating and informative. Natalie’s classes are rooted in the classical Yoga tradition but infused with a contemporary feel and her wonderful sense of humour. She finds that the more she studies anatomy and the vehicle of the human body, the more she appreciates the perfect and complete system that yoga provides to release tension and to discover your truth. She has always considered it her complete privilege to share her knowledge with students of all abilities and experience.

£70 for 3 weeks

PREGNANCY YOGA

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Thursdays, May 10th - 31st
7.15-8.45pm

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 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.

£70 for 4 weeks

HEADSTAND COURSE

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Thursdays, May 12th - 26th
7.45-9pm

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. We will integrate, discuss, practice and apply alignment principles to deepen your understanding and ability to perform this beautiful and important posture. 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.

Filled with an abundance of information on the mechanisms needed to achieve and support Sirsasana in a super-safe and fun way making it suitable for complete novices, those too timid to try and those who are still mastering this challenging posture.

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

EMPOWERED ANATOMY WORKSHOPS

with Karen Breneman

Friday-Saturday, May 13th and 14th
Various Times
FRIDAY, MAY 13TH, 2-5pm
EMPOWERED ANATOMY: JOURNEY INTO THE BACK AND SHOULDERS
The Friday Yin Anatomy Workshop will introduce the concepts of:
• Tensegrity (tensional integrity or floating compressiontensional integrity or floating compression)
• Relating the Lunge to the Shoulder
• Anatomy of the Axial Skeleton (the spine in context)
• Limiting factors in the Shoulder
And how all this applies to Backbending!
The Weekend is approximately 50% theory and 50% practice, so be prepared to move and shift forms as we discuss and engage with fellow practitioners.
Discover the beauty of human anatomy in practice through a variety of innovative training techniques to engage every learning style. Suitable for all levels. Especially perfect for previously qualified 200 Hour Yoga Teachers as this counts for 16 Hours of CPD, Certificate of completion provided.
SATURDAY, MAY 14TH, 1.30-4.30pm
BREATH-POWERED BACKBENDS
On Saturday, prepare to become fully immersed in a range of techniques to address all your “stuck” zones, including the infamous thoracic region. Building on the learning achieved in the previous workshop, we will build techniques for leveraging the shoulders safely for deeper back extension. You’ll be surprised how delicious back bending can become!

The Weekend is approximately 50% theory and 50% practice, so be prepared to move and sweat as well as discuss and engage with fellow practitioners.

Discover the beauty of human anatomy in practice through a variety of innovative training techniques to engage every learning style.All materials provided. Suitable for all levels. Especially perfect for previously qualified 200 Hour Yoga Teachers as this counts for 16 Hours of CPD, Certificate of completion provided.

Karen Kirkness (Breneman) is American by birth and now based in Scotland with her husband, Simon. She attributes her life of adventure and making things to a continuously adapting Yoga practice. After moving to Edinburgh from Florida to complete a master’s degree from the Edinburgh college of art, Karen pursued an art career before finally settling in Edinburgh with some hard-won perspective.
After 15 years of Yoga practice, Karen spent a year in the dissection lab learning about human anatomy at the University of Edinburgh as part of her second Masters degree. Her fascination with anatomy and subtle body concepts are fuel for a varied artistic practice including life drawing and 3D printing anatomical models. In addition to her ever-deepening appreciation of Ashtanga Yoga, Karen attends ISCAA (International Symposium for Clinical and Applied Anatomy) annual meetings and writes articles centred on anatomy concepts, art, and the creative process.
£40 each

PROTECTING THE KNEES & OPENING THE HIPS

with Jessica Puglie

Sunday, May 15th-June 5th
(excludes May 22nd)
12.30-2pm
EXCLUDING SUNDAY 22ND MAY.
Protect your knees, open & strengthen hips and have fun!

With Jessica’s 3 week course you will master safe hip opening poses, protecting your knees but still experiencing the benefits and good feeling of a playful practice.

This workshop is suitable for anyone with tight or flexible hips or for those that have injured the knees or want to prevent injuring them in the process of working with hip opening asanas.
You will stabilise your knee joint through dynamic, static exercises and sensible alignment, followed by various hip opening postures with variations for any level of practice.

Knee and hip pain are most commonly caused by wear and tear, which can be further irritated by the subtlest asymmetry. Imbalances in the hips can disturb the alignment of the knees, and vice versa. Limited mobility or hypermobility in any of the movements of the hip can contort and damage the knee. The hips can also store a lot of emotional tension or struggle from our life experience and give us a sense of holding back or instability, that can prevent us to fully enjoy a playful and safe practice in seated, standing or arm balancing poses. So come and have fun and express yourself.

Jessica teaches with great kindness and finds genuine joy in helping her students on their journey through yoga. As an ex-dancer, she has a deeply intuitive understanding of the body and movement. With great insight she recognises the unique patterns held in each individual’s body, enabling them to take their practice deeper: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Jessica offers variations throughout her classes, making them accessible to all who are looking to advance their practice. A firm believer in the incredible power of the body, she feels yoga deepens embodied awareness, bringing peace and consciousness to the mind and greater presence to your life on and off the mat.
After leaving Rome and the world of contemporary dance in 1998, Jessica moved to London where her body and mind was reawakened through yoga. She trained as a Bikram teacher in 2006 before becoming a senior Dharma Yoga teacher in 2010. Deeply thoughtful, Jessica is always looking to develop her teaching and practice of yoga.

£70

ALAN DOLAN: TRANSFORMATIONAL BREATHING WORKSHOP

with Alan Dolan

Sunday, May 15th
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

GONG BATH

with Leo Cosendai

Sunday, May 15th
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.Leo’s meditations are held in a way that you are given the space to peacefully go inward and stay in total harmony with your body. The goal being that you start to once again speak and understand the language of your body.

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.

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 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.

A Gong bath meditation is a holistic and yogic practice which helps to explore limbs of Yoga such as pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and kevala samadhi.

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

YOGA BASICS COURSE

with Leela Miller

Every Monday, May 16th-June27th
excludes May 30th
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.

£160 for 6 weeks

HANDSTAND WITH SAINAA

with Sainaa Janchivdorj

Friday, May 20th
2-5pm
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

CACAO CIRCLE

with Kristina Evans

Sunday, May 22nd
12.30-3.30pm
Cacao – the medicine of the Gods – can expand your heart and lead you into a journey of deep meditation, increasing your clarity.
You are warmly invited to join us for this circle, an empowering and uplifting experience that will release discord and welcome more positive energy into your life.
Cacao is a beautiful plant medicine which can gently support you to enter a more expansive state of being. We will drink Cacao together and you will be held in a safe and deeply nurturing space. You will be guided through a heart opening meditation, be bathed in crystalline sound vibration and then journey with the beat of the medicine drum.
£45

A GENERAL IYENGAR WORKSHOP

with Simon Turner

Sunday, May 22nd
1.30-4.30pm
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.
Simon 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.
If you have an injury or medical condition, please contact Indaba before booking.Simon teaches Iyengar with precision, intelligence and humour. A highly experienced and knowledgable teacher, he is currently studying for his Senior Intermediate assessment.
Simon first studied with the Iyengar family in Pune in 1993 and attended regular classes and workshops with Corinne and Faeq Biria whilst living in Paris. He began his Introductory Teacher Training with Alaric Newcombe in 2003 and passed the Level 3 Junior Intermediate assessment in 2010.
£35

PREGNANCY YOGA

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Every Thursday, May 26th - June 16th
6.15-7.30pm
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 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.
£70 for 4 weeks

THE EIGHT LIMBS OF YOGA: REALISE YOUR POTENTIAL

with Amanda Denton

Sunday, May 28th
1.30-4.30pm
Moving beyond the asana.
The process of Pratyhara….sowing the seeds of change.
The workshop will begin with an intense vinyasa practise, facilitating transformation through the fiery self-discipline of the tapas, the internal flame that burns brightly and motivates us on the path to self discovery.
Through discipline and purification we can burn off our negativity, creating space and clarity to realise our full potential.
We will then continue to withdraw from the external senses ‘pratyahara’ by practising yoga nidra, sowing the seeds of change by setting a ‘Sankalpa’ a resolution or an intention.
When the mind is clear, it allows the sankalpa to grow and flourish. Clearing the head to allow manifestation of thoughts and wants to begin.
Amanda’s classes are a moving mediation, enriched by her compassion, kindness and wisdom. She worked as an independent artist, writing, performing and painting, before discovering yoga in the late 1990s. Having explored many styles including Iyengar, Astanga and Kundalini, she travelled to India where she trained as a Sivananda teacher with Yogi Siromani. Her popular and vigorous classes will challenge you but leave you feeling serene and fulfilled.
£35

SHOULDER, DORSAL SPINE AND UPPER CHEST COURSE

with Nathalie Mukusheva

Sundays April 29th-May 12th
10-11.30am

A Three Week course focusing on the Shoulders, Dorsal Spine and Upper Chest.
Now you are on your way to having mastered the splits it’s time to bring the focus above the waist! Once you have established a firm stable foundation through the feet legs and pelvis you can bring that same clarity and awareness to the upper body. This will enable you to free up the spine and shoulder girdle to move safely towards backbends and inversions.
This course is the perfect accompaniment to the splits course. Bringing the same detailed attention and awareness to every body part and how to connect them all together this course will give you helpful tools to sustain and support your practice in the long term.

£70 for 3 weeks

STRONG YOGI

with Koya Webb

Sunday, May 29th
1.30-4.30pm
A quick and strong flow that begins with unique sun salutations featuring fun strength challenges strategically placed in between flows to quickly build heat, flexibility and strength in a short amount of time. Great for when you need a fast and efficient total body flow.

Koya Webb is an internationally recognized holistic health and wellness coach, author, motivational speaker, and professional fitness model who is helping revolutionize raw/vegan cuisine, yoga and the holistic living landscape.Koya is know as a “transformational specialist” when it comes to helping people reach their goals. Her life changing 3-10 day mind and body detox retreats, inspiring fitness and nutrition plans, and book “Koya’s Kuisine: Foods You Love That Love You Back!” help people make positive lifestyle changes that maximize their ability to cultivate self love, lose weight, increase energy, reverse life-threatening conditions and experience optimal health through a holistic and active lifestyle.

£40

THE LONDON RETREAT WORKSHOP

with Clare Connolly

Saturday, June 4th
1.30-4.30pm

Ahhhhh the busy city, how we love it; the buzz the excitement the endless things to do. But when it all becomes quite frantic sometimes its nice to escape. Spare just 3 hours of your time and truly retreat for an afternoon at Indaba on June 4th. Breathe fully and completely with Pranayama, release tension, stretch and have fun in Asana and rest and restore the body fully and completely in Relaxation and Yoga Nidra.

This workshop will begin by focusing and connecting to breath through Pranayama techniques. Pranayama is the ancient practice of regulating or controlling the breath in order to increase “prana” (life-force/energy) in the body and creating greater mental clarity and focus in the mind. The specifically chosen pranayama techniques will aim to open up the lung cavity, clear the mind chatter, and bring bags of energy to the body in preparation for the…

Breath focused Asana practice. Inspired by the Dharma Mittra method and open to all levels, you will have to time to play, explore, have fun and delve deeper into a complete practice incorporating forward folds, side stretching, back bending, inversions, twists and balances. Lots of variations will be offered so students can either choose to hold back or advance their practice depending on their personal needs. Close to 2 hours of asana will mean your body and mind will feel completely worked, stretched, cleansed and totally ready for…

Yoga Nidra which translates to Yogic sleep, is a deep guided relaxation through the body in the state of conciseness between, waking and sleeping. A cosmic mediation you’ll feel the body dissolve and the magic of your practice will emulate deep so that you can take the effects and the peace with you back into your life in the city.

“Peace, it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” (unknown)

£35

ARM BALANCES, INVERSIONS AND THEIR TRANSITIONS: POTIONS TO ADVANCE YOUR PRACTICE

with Carmen Aguilar

Sunday, June 5th
1.30-4.30pm

In this challenging and smartly sequenced class we’ll warm up the upper body, limber up the spine and loosen the hips to explore a number of arm balances. We’ll be linking them with some inversions, to find an organic and interesting flow as we stop and deconstruct asanas a bit more thoroughly. This workshop is a perfect opportunity to take your practice a step further, grab pointers, challenge your mind and have fun in a safe and laid back environment.

When Carmen (@cyogalab) found yoga, she left behind her Masters in Engineering. Devoting 3 hours a day, 7 days a week to her practice, she studied with every teacher she could find and completed 5 different Teacher Trainings. Carmen has been teaching yoga for more than 16 years and during that time she’s developed a unique teaching style, cYoga, intended to make her students achieve their best both physically and mentally. In her own words: cYoga came from a craving for an intense practice: my mind wanted to try things my body couldn”t follow but pretty soon I realised how much sequencing and warming up properly affected the outcome, so I wouldn’t injure and could practice easily on a daily basis. An intense asana practice is not only cleansing and rejuvenating, but it can also change our beliefs and the way we’re wired. Our body is the most tangible vehicle to access our very own essence. Stepping on our mat is an amazing and precious experience every single time!

£40

MADHYA YOGA WORKSHOPS

with Konstantinos Charantiniotis

Saturday - Sunday, June 11th and 12th
Various Times

Saturday, June 11th, 2-5pm

Skilfully work and realise the power of your centre through a practice of arm balancing postures and inversions. You will learn new ways on how to use the power of the physical body to access deeper layers of your being. At the end you will enter a sweet meditative state where you will realise the peaceful flow of consciousness in Madhya nadi.

The Madhya, is the centre, or still point of awareness, from which all desire, action, and knowledge arises. In this workshop we will explore the pulsation of consciousness by diving deep into the centre of our innermost experience and pulling out dynamic postures from a place of effortless effort.Join Konstantinos to practice and work deeper on a variety of asanas where you will discover their emergence from the place of stillness and peace.

Sunday, June 12th, 1.30-4.30pm

For creative and artful expansion the centre or “Madhya” has to be realised and experienced first. This is the place from where all expansion originates as the ancient Tantric texts describe. We will bring philosophy in life through a practice focused on a full spectrum of back-bending asanas. You will be guided to access these poses easier, in a strong yet deep and meditative way. Our goal is Bliss which naturally occurs from the expansion of the centre.

The Madhya, is the centre, or still point of awareness, from which all desire, action, and knowledge arises. In this workshop we will explore the pulsation of consciousness by diving deep into the centre of our innermost experience and pulling out dynamic postures from a place of effortless effort.Join Konstantinos to practice and work deeper on a variety of asanas where you will discover their emergence from the place of stillness and peace.

Konstantinos has studied world Philosophy and religion History for 26 years. His studies on physical education, Ayurveda, and psychology allow him to access Yoga in a way that make this practice deep and accessible for his students to cultivate a better mind body connection. His classes encourage people to work deeply, yet safely, while awakening them to the possibility of deep emotional change through the understanding of the nature of the mind. He lives and teaches in Athens, Greece and is the founder of Bhavana Yoga Center. He also travels and teaches internationally workshops and teacher trainings inspiring people to live their lives to the fullest. HIs highest goal in life is to work every day to create a better world where all people can live in peace with love for one another and share the beauty and gifts of planet Earth.

£40 for each one workshop
£75 for both workshops

YIN YOGA WORKSHOP WEEKEND

with Biff Mithoefer

Friday, June 17th - Saturday, June 18th
Various Times

YIN YOGA AND THE PATH OF THE WARRIOR
Friday, June 17th, 2-5pm

The Warrior archetype is associated with the direction of the North, the season of winter, and the element of air. The way of the warrior is not about force or power as we often think of it in our western cultures, but true Warriorhood is our willingness to show up and be present with what is true in our lives. It is about our ability to remain flexible and able to learn. In this class we’ll talk about the attributes of Warriorhood and how we can bring those attributes to our practice and our lives.

YIN YOGA AND THE PATH OF THE HEALER
Saturday, June 18th, 1.30-4.30pm

The Healer archetype is associated with the direction of the south, the season of Spring, and the element of air. The path of the healer is the path of compassion and loving kindness. In order to be fully open hearted and compassionate we must first practice acceptance, for it is only through acceptance that equanimity and compassion can grow. In this class we will talk about how we can bring our healing nature into our lives and how Yin yoga can help us to be more accepting towards ourselves and the world.

In the Taoist view of the cosmos, all that has been manifested is made up of the apparent dualistic relationship of Yin and Yang. In the indigenous cultures of the world, this relationship is often expanded and seen in terms of our relationship with the 4 directions, the seasons, the elements, and our four inherent natures: Warrior, Healer, Teacher and Visionary.
In this two day workshop we will look at our Yin practice through the archetypes of Warrior and Healer. We will talk about how we can bring balance to our lives and practice. Each session will finish with a quiet Yin practice.
This workshop is suitable for Yogi’s and teachers with any level of experience. It is suggested that participants attend both sessions, but it is not required.
Biff Mithoefer teaches Yin Yoga Teacher trainings and workshops in the U.S and Internationally.
He is a 500-E Yoga Alliance registered teacher and has trained and taught extensively with Don & Amba Stapleton, and has studied Yin Yoga and anatomy with Paul Grilley.
He has studied shamanism with teachers of the Shapibo tradition of Eastern Peru, and is a student of cross-cultural shamanism, as taught by Angeles Arrien. Biff is the author of The Yin Yoga Kit and co-author of The Therapertic Yoga Kit.

£45 each

THE DRAGON SERIES WEEKEND

with Jambo Truong

Friday, June 24th - 26th
Various Times
DEEPEN YOUR PRACTICE
FRIDAY, JUNE 24TH, 2-5pm
This practise session is for Yoga Teachers & practitioners who wish to go deeper with their Forrest Yoga practise. You will be invited into Jambo’s personal sequence. This method of training has been the way he has conducted training for his team members.
Long opening warm up poses serve the foundations for a little my abdominal session that enlivens the core in a way that prepares us for inversions. The heating effect of Vignettes combined with wall poses that are inversions as well as shoulder healers and hip openers being about mobility liberation that only a wall can offer!
£40
£108 for full weekend
 
WRIST REHABILITATING & STRENGHTENING
SATURDAY, JUNE 25TH, 1.30-4.30pm
With the yoga world going crazy for chaturangas, handstands and arm balances, the number of wrist complaints has gone through the ceiling! Whenever there are a series of handstand workshops in town you can expect Jambo’s clinic diary to be overbooked. This workshop takes us through a quick inversion practise to get our blood moving before explore how practitioners can self-manage their own wrist issues as well as help others work with theirs.
There will be some elements of Functional Anatomy, Myofascial Release & techniques from Meridian based systems of complementary care such as Thai massage and acupressure. This fool proof approach has helped Jambo move 80% of his clients through wrist pain caused by repetitive movements and strain from heavy loads.
£40
£108 for full weekend
 
SEDUCE YOURSELF TO PRACTICE
SUNDAY, JUNE 26TH, 1.30-4.30pm
This workshop of standing poses has been inspired from those days when we just feel too tired to practise. Combining some additional movements from Jambo’s most recent work, Functional Mobility, practitioners can access a new way of working that provides enough intensity to feel we are doing yoga but not enough to wipe us out or put us off practising.
This sequence has will inspire you to do poses no matter how tired or low your energy levels are!
£40
£108 for full weekend
 
Jambo is a Forrest Yoga Guardian and travelling assistant to Ana Forrest. Researcher & TED speaker, Jambo creates workshopss that are fun-filled and informative, challenging yet therapeutic. Having explored how yoga can help with trauma and chronic pain, Jambo will open your eyes to the immense healing powers of yoga and encourage you to explore your practice, body and mind more deeply. Jambo travels the globe teaching his take on the Anatomy of Functional Mobility. He has apprenticed with several shamans (from Native American & Taoist traditions) and brings their teachings into his yoga ceremonies. He loves reason and has a lot of room for magick.

WEEKEND OF WORKSHOPS

with Dylan Werner

Thursday, June 30th - July 3rd
Various Times

BEYOND BALANCE VINYASA CLASS
THURSDAY JUNE 30TH, 3-5PM
A strong all level flow class designed to challenge you through creative sequencing and some tricky transitions that will take your practice to the next level. This fun and vigorous class has plenty of opportunities for inversions and arm balances as well as deep stretches to leave you feeling strong and balanced.
£40
£160 for full weekend

FLEXIBILITY FUNDAMENTALS
FRIDAY JULY 1ST, 2-5PM
This workshop is designed for anyone working on becoming more flexible, especially if you are not a naturally flexible person or a very inflexible person. We explore several different ways stretch, to include dynamic stretching, PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) and Yin style stretching. We will also talk about how and why the body responds to stretching from an anatomical viewpoint and how to safely bypass these restrictions.
£50
£160 for full weekend

INVERSIONS AND TRANSITIONS
SATURDAY JULY 2ND, 1.30-4.30PM
Take your handstand to the next level. This class is designed to teach you how to move, flow and transition handstands and arm balances into your practice. You will learn techniques on how to float on your mat. You’ll learn more proficient ways on entry into handstand. How to lift and lower into handstands and arm balances and advance your inversion practice.
£50
£160 for full weekend

INVERTING THE BACKBEND
SUNDAY JULY 3RD, 5-8PM
Take your backbend inverted. First understand how to safely and effectively deepen your backend by exploring new backbend techniques and tools for the practice. You will learn how to open and strengthen the body while deepening our backbends into several different inversions. Exploring scorpion, forearm scorpion, hollowbacks, forearm hollowbacks and all their variations.
£50
£160 for full weekend

Dylan Werner is an inversion and arm balance master and is renowned for yoga strength training and body weight movement. Dylan is a diverse teacher, able to bring the most advanced concepts of yoga and movement to anyone at any level. With a background in wrestling, rock climbing, martial arts, health and fitness, Dylan found yoga to be a culmination of everything he loves. He was first introduced to yoga through his martial arts training. Dylan started teaching yoga in 2011 after 10 years of advanced movement training. While his practice appears very physical, he believes it’s only a tool to discover yourself, find clarity, peace, presence and meditation.

WEEKEND OF MASTERCLASSES

with Julie Martin

Thursday-Sunday, July 21st-24th
Various TImes

Julie will take you on a journey of spirals, waves, pulses, expansion and contraction, breath and awareness, moving and stillness. We will move through a juicy warm up allowing the body to find its own way and then begin layering the depths of strength and length as we work through beau-tifully choreographed rounds of sequences.Julie’s style of Vinyasa integrates using the bodys’ natural intelligence and breath to find a lyrical, moving meditation that unveils the true yoga within us. Yoga is a process of unfolding, letting go of layers and remain-ing curious to all the possibilities. In these classes we will explore how our structure really wants to move and

enhance our strength and stability without limitations. In the relationship between movement and stillness we can learn to be powerful without strain and mobile without injury. We can learn to breathe with grace.

Julie will explore a different theme each day during the weekend. Some yoga experience preferred.

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

Julie Martin, Director of Brahmani Yoga is an internationally recognised teacher of Vinyasa Flow. She has been teaching for over 20 years and running highly respected teacher training programmes for the last 13. Julie infuses her classes with grace and fluidity and the process of discovery guided by the continual emergence of anatomical information applied to this modern asana practice. The question is always “how does it feel to be in this body now?” Through encouraging play, curiosity and awareness, each class becomes a journey through body and mind, fusing the qualities of traditional yoga with personal discovery and self expression. Julie’s aim is to guide students towards awareness and inspire presence, to find freedom in movement, and move towards stillness, to our true practice, our true selves.

£35 for each workshop

YOGA WORKSHOPS

with Kerri Verna aka Beach Yoga Girl

Friday, August 5th - Sunday, August 7th
Various Times

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5TH, 2-5PM
KERRI VERNA: STRONG AND BENDY

Do you want to gain strength and flexibility in your practice? In this workshop, Kerri will teach you her training drills and the flexibility and strength secrets that she uses – beyond the scope of her yoga practice – to help you gain strength and flexibility in your entire body. You will learn simple, unique, & effective exercises that will make you stronger and more flexible for difficult postures such as backbends, forward bends & inversions. Learn to be strong & flexible! This workshop is for all levels of practitioners. Materials required: Pencil and notepad.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5TH, 2-5PM
STRONG AND BENDY
Do you want to gain strength and flexibility in your practice? In this workshop, Kerri will teach you her training drills and the flexibility and strength secrets that she uses – beyond the scope of her yoga practice – to help you gain strength and flexibility in your entire body. You will learn simple, unique, & effective exercises that will make you stronger and more flexible for difficult postures such as backbends, forward bends & inversions. Learn to be strong & flexible! This workshop is for all levels of practitioners. Materials required: Pencil and notepad.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH, 1.30-4.30PM
KERRI VERNA: CORE VALUES – LEARN TO INVERT

In this workshop, Kerri will teach you her tips and tricks of how to strengthen and engage the core in your yoga practice. She will share secrets to unlocking your core strength for all types of inversions, including: headstand, forearm balance, and handstands. Kerri’s light-hearted approach to advanced asana postures will inspire you to try things you thought you would never do. This workshop is for all levels of practitioners. Materials required: Pencil and notepad.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH, 1.30-4.30PM
KERRI VERNA: FACE YOUR FEARS – HANDSTANDS FOR EVERYONE

In this workshop Kerri invites you to explore the process of learning to handstand, even if you have never been on your hands before. The workshop focuses on core and arm strength in a safe, fun, and interactive way. Kerri will guide you through drills that will get your heart pumping and challenge the way you may be approaching your handstand practice. This class is taught for all levels of practitioners. Materials required: Pencil and notepad.

Kerri Verna is an accomplished yoga instructor, photographer, entrepreneur, social media expert, Wife and Mother of two boys that currently lives in Royal Palm Beach, Florida. Kerri has been teaching yoga and fitness for over 14 years and believes that everyone has the power to change their life. Her life’s mission is to share that passion with the world through practice of yoga. With over 1 million social media followers, Kerri’s reach is impactful and diverse. From amazing handstand photos taken at sunrise on the beach she shares on Instagram, to sold-out classes and workshops all over the world; Kerri is a powerful messenger of a life in balance though the path of yoga. Kerri’s background includes 200 hour RYT as well as certifications in Stand-up Paddle-board Yoga, Pilates, Indoor Cycle, Kickboxing, and AFAA Personal Trainer.

£40 each
£108 for all three

WEEKEND OF WORKSHOPS

with Fit Queen Irene

Friday, September 2nd - Sunday, September 4th
Various Times
Friday, 2nd September, 2-4pm
Beginning with pranayama and meditation, the majority of this class will be a dynamic vinyasa flow blending different styles together in a fun and playful way. Modifications will be offered for those in the beginning of their yoga journey, and amplifications offered for more advanced practitioners. The last part of class will be for slower hip and hamstring opening, allowing you to relax and dissolve into restorative stretches and finishing with yoga Nidra. All levels welcome, but being familiar with basic poses will help you get the most out of this practice.
£35
£108 for Full Weekend

 

Saturday, 3rd September, 1.30-4.30pm

Join Irene for this three hour workshop to bend, twist, fold, and strengthen your body so that you can understand and free the movement of your spine in every direction.

Beginning with a short discussion, pranayama, and meditation, you will be guided through Irene’s best tips to break down different elements of backbends, forward bends, and side bends according to your own body mechanics. There will be a special focus on hip and shoulder flexibility and building spine strength to support and allow deeper flexibility. All levels welcome with an open mind.

£45
£108 for Full Weekend

Sunday, 4th September, 1.30-4.30pm

This three hour workshop is focused on balancing flexibility, strength, and a calm mind to create the foundation of effortless inversions. Irene will take you through the stepping stones of a graceful inversion practice, starting at the basics with breath and sun salutations and working up to more advanced techniques. Expect to see poses like headstand, forearm stand, and handstand and a variety of ways to enter and exit them. This workshop is for all levels, but some familiarity with crow pose will help you make the most of it.
Irene’s love for yoga is contagious. She began practicing in 2012 and immediately knew she had found her path. When she did her first 200 hour teacher training she did not intend to teach right away, but she soon realized that sharing yoga with others was her purpose.

As a lover of movement, Irene is passionate about her practice. She practices many different styles of yoga from Ashtanga and Bikram to Rocket and Vinyasa, as she enjoys both a traditional practice as well as a spontaneous one. Not only does she practice yoga but she studies with hand balancers, circus performers, and contortionists to expand her own knowledge and explore the capabilities of her body.

After experiencing a life changing wrist injury last year Irene has redefined her yoga practice in many ways, placing more emphasis on a strong foundation and finding gratitude for her body with or without advanced asana. She still enjoys intense practice but has learned to value meditation and pranayama even more, and focuses on sharing this part of her journey with her students.

£45
£108 for Full Weekend

 

 

FORREST YOGA & MYOFASCIAL BODYWORK WEEKEND

with Brian Campbell

Saturday and Sunday, October 29th-30th
1.30-4.30pm
Saturday, October 29th
The neck and shoulders are major trouble spots that store and hold lots of tension. The first part of this workshop is a 75 minute Forrest Yoga class sequenced to address neck and shoulder issues. The second part of the workshop will be focused on MyoFascial Bodywork, a hands-on form of therapeutic deep-tissue massage.
We will have a demonstration of techniques and a handout on the common pain syndromes associated with the neck and shoulders, it’s structural anatomy, and how to support it back to finer functioning with Yoga and Bodywork.
Sunday, October 30th
The hips and low back are one of the most common trouble spots for yogis and non-yogi’s alike. The first part of this workshop is a 75 minute class sequenced to address low back and hip issues. The second part of the workshop will be focused on MyoFascial Bodywork, a hands-on form of therapeutic deep-tissue massage.
We will have a demonstration of techniques and a handout on the common pain syndromes associated with the low back and hips, it’s structural anatomy, and how to support them back to finer functioning with Yoga and Bodywork.

Bring a friend with you so you can learn new ways to connect and feel really good at the same time. You can also come alone, you will be partnered up at the class.

Brian is a senior Guardian Teacher in the Forrest Yoga system from Los Angeles, Califonia. He is also a Bodyworker and seasoned teacher of Anatomy and Hands-on MyoFascial Release Bodywork for 15 years. Brian leads training in Pain Specific MyoFascial Bodywork and Forrest Yoga world-wide. He currently has teaching groups in China, Singapore, South Korea, Qatar, UK, the U.S., and coming soon to Germany. Brian is a passionate teacher who’s electrifying enthusiasm aids students in their absorption of new understanding about their body.

£40