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.

LEARN TO HANDSTAND

with Sainaa Janchivdorj

Friday, January 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 many world 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. The perfect handstand is the holy grail and most discover Sainaa’s techniques are the best route to getting there!
£40

POWERFUL PRACTICES FOR A CREATIVE AND VIBRANT YEAR

with Naomi Absalom

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

Saturday, January 21st, 1.30-4.30pm

UNLOCK THE PRANA

As we move into another year, it’s time to reflect on the previous one, shake off any doubts, dissolve some assumptions and not be afraid to ask the right questions which serve to keep us aligned, anchored and deeply in touch with ourselves.
This workshop will encourage you to locate the part of you that resonates with the universe and rekindle and reaffirm that connection. We will move through a potent combination of asanas, while applying bandhas, mantra and breath work to unlock the force of the spirit.
This will be a dynamic full spectrum practice for all levels, with an emphasis on long pranayama sequences to awaken the energetic body and spirit ready for transformation. We will end on a cloud of radiance!
THE HIGHEST POSSIBILITY
Sunday, January 22nd, 1.30-4.30pm
This practice will take off where the previous workshop left you and move you into much deeper layers so that you can
focus on creating a foundation for magnetising a new life, a new project, a new relationship, a new year. Physically and energetically we’ll focus on the solar plexus, the third chakra to light a bit of fire and get the party started.
Expect a lot more pranayama, a challenging but meaningful asana practice with a focus on long holds, twists and arm balances. We will close with an extended meditation and some beautiful chanting to get our spirits properly soaring.
£35 each

BALANCING WORKSHOP

with Stewart Gilchrist

Saturday, January 28th,
1.30-4.30pm

Do you walk before you can crawl? How do you fall in postures? What causes you to fall? How do you stop yourself falling?
Our limitations and weaknesses become apparent in a very present way. In this workshop we look at traditional hatha asanas and how stillness and balance is a divine state.
“The body is mortal. It is subject to death. Yet it is the resting place of the immortal, incorporeal self. ”
Chandogya upanishad

£35

CONSCIOUS CONNECTED BREATHING WORKSHOP

with Alan Dolan

Sunday, January 29th,
1.30-4.30pm
Conscious Connected 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.
£55

GONG BATH

with Leo Cosendai

Sunday, January 29th,
7-8.30pm

So much more than just an old musical instrument, the Gong produces harmonic and dissonant tones which give the individual the opportunity to experience altered states of consciousness, where the mind is totally aligned with the body. This helps one to burn up emotional history and karmic blockages.From a physical point of view, a gong “bath” as we call it, is ideal for clearing nerve-endings and for reestablishing a healthy relationship between the parasympathetic (ruled by sound) and sympathetic nervous system (ruled by vision). The gong also enables the brain to become efficient in producing Theta and Delta waves, which are produced by the brain during deep sleep and trance-like states.

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

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

£20

ASSISTING COURSE

with Kristi Rodelli (Johnson)

Wednesdays, February 1st-March 8th
3-5pm
“One of the most exciting and inspiring aspects of being a teacher is to witness a student unravel, open and find their strength and freedom.”
In this course we will explore both the technical and intuitive side of assisting, with less focus on “fixing” and more emphasis on seeing, feeling and responding to what is being presented.
There will be plenty of partner assists, group work, feedback, and seeing exercises, that will equip you with the tools needed to assist your students in a way that enhances their experience of the practice.
We will focus mainly on the poses found in the Forrest Yoga practice, but this course is perfect for any yoga teacher who would like improve level their assisting skills and find more confidence.
£150

FLY AND FLOW WORKSHOP

with Hortense Suleyman

Saturday, February 4th,
1.30-4.30pm

With a self explanatory title you will FLY & FLOW….

Starting with a severe core strengthening warm up, preparing you to take flight. Then after breaking down the usual suspects – the inevitable handstand and all its cousins – we shall embark on a storytelling through creative sequencing and arm balancing. Smoothly (and quietly) transitioning from linear to circular, front to back, upside down to inside out.
Voilà!

When it comes to yoga Hortense doesn’t believe in monogamy, she is attracted to a myriad of styles. Having started her training with Dharma Mittra and Ana Forrest, she continues to travel all over London to get her yoga fix.

£35

COURSE TWO - SHOULDERS, UPPER CHEST AND BACKBENDS

with Nathalie Mukusheva

Sundays, February 5th-19th,
10-11.30am
The spine is the first part of the human body to develop in utero. It is the structure that holds us upright and is the distinguishing factor of our species. A strong and flexible spine will benefit everything you do from walking and sitting as well as giving you greater mobility and range of motion in your yoga practice. These three courses have been carefully crafted to run together to give you a detailed look at the building blocks of every aspect of the physical practice and how to integrate the whole body into each posture.
Following on from the first course the next three weeks will focus on opening the shoulders and upper chest from the stability of the pelvis and legs. Taking the backbend out of the lumbar and neck and working to lengthen the front body we will start to explore backbends like cobra, camel and wheel.
Nathalie is renowned for her precise teaching method, detailed alignment cues and making seemingly difficult postures accessible to each individuals level.
£70

INTRODUCTION TO TRANSFORMATIONAL BREATH AND MOVEMENT

with Rebecca Dennis and Jess Horn

Sunday, February 5th
1.30-4.30pm
Rebecca Dennis, author and leading UK breath coach is the founder of www.breathingtree.co.uk. She studied Transformational Breath with founder Judith Kravitz in Mexico and US. Featured on BBC Radio, Tatler, The Telegraph, Grazia and Psychologies. Her clients come with many various issues including breathing issues, stress, anxiety, addiction, abuse, depression, ME, respiratory problems, trauma, sleeping patterns, focus, lack of energy, physical problems and low self esteem. Rebecca Dennis will take you on a powerful journey with your breath.
You will learn and experience the deep healing benefits of this technique and practice this cutting edge self-healing breathwork. This can help you let go of unhealthy breathing habits, such as shallow breathing, have a deeper understanding of breath patterns and release both physical and emotional tension from the body. This can dramatically shift the way you feel in your body and bring higher states of awareness.
Benefits of improving your breathing:
• Feel energised
• Let go of old emotional baggage and gain a sense of freedom
• Release anxiety and alleviate stress and depression
• Move beyond whatever is standing between you and your happiness
• Become aware of emotions halting your personal growth
• Develop a new dimension to your yoga, running and other practices
• Experience deeply nourishing relaxation
• Open your breath and expand your life
The workshop will begin with movement being lead by Jess Horn who will lead you through a carefully designed sequence to help open up the body and the energetic pathways preparing us for the breathwork. We will explore the Chakras – our emotional energy centres and how the physical and emotional bodies are so inextricably interconnected. Jess qualified as a yoga teacher 8 years ago and has been practicing for nearly 20. During this time her love for yoga has led her to study traditional Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Vinyasa the influences of which can be found in her teaching. We will end with a mediation to leave us feeling happy, grounded and peaceful.
£55

A 30 HOUR INVERSIONS TEACHER TRAINING

with Patrick Beach and Carling Harps

Tuesday-Sunday, February 7th-12th,
Various Times
A guided and open ended journey into the flying side of the Yoga practice. All of the why’s, why nots and how to’s necessary for an inversion practice. In this training you will not only build a new level of comfort in your own inversion practice, but walk away with the tools needed to safely share the joy of going upside down with your students. We will explore two paths in this training – the path of liberating your own practice through the physical efforts needed to build your inversion practice and a path of manifestation – a study of the ideas, alignment, safety techniques, communication skills, and developing a keen eye for looking at bodies to share this knowledge with others. This training will create a shift in your body, mind, and spirit. Let’s Fly!

In this training you will explore & learn:

How to effectively prepare students for inversions using sequencing & targeted strengthening
The physical alignment of inversions
Addressing the role of fear and breaking away from preconceived limitations
Readings, lecture & discussion on varying inversion alignment principals & theories
How to prevent injuries and keep your inverted students safe in a classroom setting
How to assess readiness for an inversion practice in your students
Benefits & modifications of inversions for all bodies

SCHEDULE

Tuesday: 1.30-7.00pm

Wednesday: 1.30-5.30pm

Thursday:1.30-5.30pm

Friday: 5.30-8.30pm

Saturday: 5.30-8.30pm

Sunday: 5.30-8.30pm

*Students will be required to attend Fridays workshop (Complete Practice) and one of the weekend workshops (Saturday or Sunday) to complete the YTTC. These two workshops will be included in the YTTC price.

* Please notify us by email which weekend workshops you will be attending.

£500

ADVANCE YOUR ACROYOGA PRACTICE COURSE

with Eugene Butcher and Pip Elysium

Tuesdays, February 7th-March 14th
3.30-5.30pm
Eugene Butcher & Pip Elysium will challenge and inspire you. We will provide you with an environment where you can learn and develop a strong foundation and technique for AcroYoga.

Please note that you will need to know the basics of AcroYoga e.g Star, Bird, Straddle Throne for this course. 30 sec handstand at the wall is also a benefit to this course but not essential. Please contact us if unsure but welcome people with a strong Yoga practice. Come either as a pair (AcroYogaDuo), or as an individual. If coming as an individual, please expect to learn both roles.

We strongly believe that coming back and revisiting AcroYoga with familiar people will develop you as an AcroYogi. Repetition is the mother of skill which will enable you to feel the movement and automatically respond to your partner with fluidity and grace.

£180

HEADSTAND COURSE

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Thursdays, February 9th-23th
7.30-8.45pm

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

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

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

£60 for 3 weeks

WEEKEND OF WORKSHOPS

with Patrick Beach

Friday-Sunday, February 10th-12th,
Various Times

Friday, February 10th, 2-5pm

A COMPLETE PRACTICE

Join Patrick for a well rounded yoga practice moving through asana, pranayama and meditation that will work to create a true connection between body and mind. Explore the moment as we centre the mind, move the body, and dig into the rhythm of your breath. This all levels practice is a great way to open up the body, embrace new opportunities and challenges while still providing plenty of time to stay grounded in your comfort zone.
Saturday, February 11th, 1.30-4.30pm
CORE CONTROL: FLOATING THROUGH ARM BALANCES AND INVERSIONS
Learn to glide through your practice with lightness as we break down how to activate midline of your body in flow. Using efficient alignment principles and newly found core awareness we will play with a variety of arm balances and handstands. All levels are welcome to this fun exploration of the practice. Join in as we ignite a fire in your core, allowing you to take the reins and move your practice anywhere!
Sunday, February 12th, 1.30-4.30pm
BACKBENDING WITH EASE
Together we will focus on a number of heart opening postures and take them to unexpected places of movement and freedom in our bodies. So often we find ourselves caught up on just one path or swirling the same old circles, with the same old narratives. Use this expansive, expectation shattering practice to break out of old habits and start moving in new directions! Learn to safely move your spine through its full range of motion with grace and ease. Expect to leave class with a new sense of space and a lighthearted mindset.
Patrick Beach teaches vigorous and fluid vinyasa yoga that builds strength, creates flexibility and inspires play. Patrick’s teaching goes beyond intelligent alignment; moving any willing student to an introspective, holistic experience that cultivates mind-body awareness.
£45 for each workshop
£120 for full weekend

HANDSTAND FOCUS COURSE LEVEL TWO

with Hortense Suleyman

Saturdays, February 11th-25th,
9.45-11.15am

*SOLD OUT*
This 3 weeks course is for the more advanced student who can already balance a little on their own. Requirement – able to hold a 30 seconds handstand against the wall & fearless to kick in the middle of the room.

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

We will break down how to efficiently tuck, straddle & pike, whether you’re working on your handstand, forearm stand or headstand. And for the most adventurous how to begin the process of pressing up.

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

£70

YOGA PHILOSOPHY, SANSKRIT AND CHANTING COURSE

with Lizzie Reumont

Thursdays, February 16th-March 9th,
3.30-5.30pm

These four, two hour sessions will look at the key sutras and mantras from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. We will investigate sanskrit pronunciation and models for chanting and learn basic harmonium skills. Additionally we will review how to integrate the yoga philosophy and ideology into the classroom setting and applying it in daily life.

£150

PREGNANCY YOGA

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Thursdays, 16th February- March 23rd
6-7.15pm
Practising yoga throughout your pregnancy is a wonderful gift for both yourself and your unborn baby. Prenatal yoga will help you be in the best possible mental and physical shape for birth and beyond! Before commencing, consult your doctor, especially if you have had any complications in your pregnancy, including a history of miscarriage. Recommended from week 13 until birth.
In this nurturing four week course, you will be led through asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), positions for labour and relaxation techniques. Troublesome ailments such as back pain will be addressed. This course will relieve tension, increase your strength, stamina and flexibility, while also helping you deal with stress and anxiety. Treasure this quiet time set aside for your practice as a sanctuary for you to connect with the baby growing inside you.Shimmy’s teaching is gentle and kind, encouraging and nurturing. With a smile and love for teaching, she seeks to instil a sense of lightness and ease in students, whilst helping them to connect with their bodies and minds. She 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.£105 for 6 weeks

INDABA BASICS COURSE

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Tuesdays, 21st February-28th March
7.15-8.45pm

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.
Our 6 week beginners courses focuses on building a basic knowledge of the yoga postures while improving body awareness and breath control. Each week new postures and principles will be introduced, while strengthening your body, increasing mobility and opening your mind. Expect to leave both energized and at ease in body and mind.

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.

£120

SLOW DOWN FRIDAY

with Norman Blair

Friday, February 24th,
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

COURSE THREE - SPLITS AND BACKBENDS

with Nathalie Mukusheva

Sundays, February 26th-March 12th,
10-11.30am
The third course will build on everything you worked on in the first two to focus on some of the most iconic yoga postures in the back bending series.- Eka Pada Raja Kapatosana, Natarjasana and Full Dhanurasana
These poses can seem intimidating at first glance but are more accessible than you might think. Releasing tension in the front body – the psoas, hip flexors and quadriceps through slow detailed resistance and passive stretching allows you to relax and breathe more into the back body.
Once you shift awareness into the back the front brain releases allowing you to soften any gripping and tension which is often what stops us moving deeper into backbends.
During this three week course you will learn to bring clarity and awareness to each body part and how to bring everything together in a sustained manner which will radiate through your entire practice.
Nathalie is renowned for her precise teaching method, detailed alignment cues and making seemingly difficult postures accessible to each individuals level.
£70

RESTORATIVE WORKSHOP FOR INVERSION JUNKIES AND HANDSTAND ADDICTS

with Ambra Vallo

Sunday, Febuary 26th,
1.30-4.30pm
In this workshop we will learn how to warm up, condition and release tension in the wrists, forearms, neck, back and shoulders. Perfect for seasoned inversion junkies or anyone who is working on their ‘upside-down’ perspective.

We will implement strengthening techniques to counterbalance weaknesses and increase shoulder and wrist flexibility to help alleviate and prevent injuries. With plenty of alignment cues, partner drills, restorative work, and more, you will gain the right tools to keep progressing into your inversions practice.

Open to ALL LEVELS, beginners welcome!

£35

DHARMA YOGA WEEKEND

with Sri Dharma Mittra

Friday-Sunday, March 3rd-5th,
Various Times
Indaba is delighted to welcome back the world renowned and much-loved Sri Dharma Mittra to London this Spring. 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.
Friday, March 3rd, 6.30-8.30pm
DHARMA YOGA BASICS: Asana, Pranayama, Yama and Yoga Nidra
Saturday, March 4th, 9.30-11.30am
MASTER CLASS: Advanced Charging Practice
Saturday, March 4th, 11.30am-12.30pm
DHARMA YOGA NIDRA
Saturday, March 4th, 3-6pm
MAHA SADHANA: The Great Practice of Dharma Yoga
Sunday, March 5th, 10am-12pm
CHARGING PRACTICE with Inverted Posture Focus
Sunday, March 5th, 2-4pm
CHARGING PRACTICE with Enhanced Pranayama
Sunday, March 5th, 4.30-6pm
Self Knowledge Satsang and Kirtan
£55 for one workshop
£75 for Maha Sadhana
£25 for Yoga Nidra
£10 for Kirtan
£250 for Full Weekend
Please note, Yoga Nidra and Kirtan and separate from the Full Weekend package.

GET HIGH ON YOUR OWN SUPPLY

with Rebecca Dennis and Marcus Veda

Saturday, March 4th,
1.30-4.30pm
Rebecca Dennis will take you on a powerful journey with your breath to a soundtrack mixed live by Marcus Veda to enhance the ride and open your mind. You will learn and experience the deep healing benefits of this technique and practice this cutting edge self-healing breathwork. This can help you let go of unhealthy breathing habits, such as shallow breathing, have a deeper understanding of breath patterns and release both physical and emotional tension from the body. This can dramatically shift the way you feel in your body and bring higher states of awareness. Rebecca Dennis, author and leading UK breath coach is the founder of www.breathingtree.co.uk. She studied Transformational Breath with founder Judith Kravitz in Mexico and US.
Marcus Veda teaches Rocket and Yin Yoga, but before he discovered the power of the breath he was an international DJ playing clubs and festivals around the world from NYC to Glastonbury. Over the years he has many people try many ways to reach higher states of consciousness but it wasn’t until a Transformational Breath workshop with Rebecca that he experienced a euphoric intensity lying down that many people would dance all night long to achieve. Now the aim is to get there by breath and beats alone.
£55

HANDSTAND FOCUS COURSE LEVEL ONE

with Hortense Suleyman

Saturdays, March 4th-18th
10-11.30am

*SOLD OUT*

Opening with some serious warm up & conditioning based on flexibility and mobility you will learn ways to efficiently strengthen the wrists, shoulders and core.We will break down how to efficiently use the wall in creative ways to build the confidence for eventually kick in the middle of the room.

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

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

£70

TRADITIONAL VINYASA KRAMA WEEKEND

with Whit Hornsberger

Friday, March 10th - Sunday, March 12th
Various Times

Friday, March 10th, 2-5pm

VINYASA KRAMA – THE ART OF SLOWING DOWN

The traditional movement and sequence methodology of Vinyasa Krama honours the breath as our ultimate teacher and source of wisdom. The teachings as passed down by the father of modern yoga, Sri T. Krishnamacharya remind us that this ancient tradition is one of slowing down, quieting the mind and cultivating the art of concentration.

Through the application of mindful breath coordinated movements, powerfully deliberate transi-tions (vinyasas) and intelligent sequencing (krama), Vinyasa Krama, the art of slowing down, offers refuge from the quickening pace of life, integrating the mind and body into unparalleled states of transformative union.This class will explore the history, methodology and practice of Vinyasa Krama and is suitable for all levels of practitioners.

Saturday, March 11th, 1.30-4.30pm

ASANA MASTERS – BALANCE, BREATH & BIO-MECHANICS

The development of prowess in our posture practice is available to each of us every time we step onto the mat, regardless of experience.

In a world obsessed with body image and a contemporary yoga culture that worships the exter-nal image of the asana, accomplishment in asana (asana siddhi) has very little to do with what the posture looks like on the outside.

Traditionally, proficiency or mastery of asana (asana siddhi) is not determined by the degree of flexibility, strength displayed or physical depth reached within the posture. Rather, mastery of asana is resolutely about the balance of effort and the disposition of the breath and nervous system within.

Combining the wisdom of Patañjali’s Yoga-Sūtras, traditional perspectives of the practice and Western anatomical and bio-mechanical principles we will experientially learn how all of us can develop asana siddhi and become asana masters.

Sunday, March 12th, 1.30-4.30pm

THE PATH TO STILLNESS – UNCOVERING TRUE NATURE OF BEING

The ancient tradition of Yoga is a path of contemplation, a meditative trek designed to remove the obstacles which obscure the true essence of who we are. The teachings expound that we are in fact infinitely more than meets the eye and it is this mis-identification (avidya) that is the cause of the suffering we experience in this life.

The journey, however, is no walk in the park and certainly fraught with obstacles we must over-come. Impeding the path to self-inquiry are the primordial energies of rajas and tamas (gunas). The preparatory practices of asana and pranayama (breathwork) are applied to ease their influ-ence, support the development of stillness and clarity (sattva) and condition the vessel of the human body and mind for the internal contemplative practice of meditation.Our time together will focus upon the Yoga-Sūtras and its philosophy of the true self as pure awareness (purusa) and how rajas and tamas affect our ability to quiet the mind and connect with the infinite potential residing within.

This workshop will include heavy doses of asana, pranayama and meditation.

A former athlete, Whit found the path as a result of a career ending knee injury and the subsequent emotional and mental suffering inherent in losing one’s (supposed) self-identity and self-worth. His daily practice and teaching methods stem from the traditional practices of Vinyasa Krama (Krishnamacharya) and Theravada Buddhism (Mahasi Sa-yadaw). A passionate advocate of traditional teachings, Whit expounds the ancient wis-dom of these lineages in a relevant manner, making them readily accessible to students at every stage of the path.

Lovers of surf, travel and nature, Whit and his wife Nicole reside on Galiano Island, a small island off the coast of Vancouver, operating Soul Arch Yoga, a yoga project offer-ing international workshops, retreats and online practices of embodied well-being.

£40 for each

£108 for full weekend.

 

A FORREST YOGA WEEKEND

with Kristi Rodelli and Sandra Robinson

Saturday and Sunday, March 18th-19th,
1.30-4.30pm

Saturday, March 18th, 1.30-4.30pm

CENTRING: CONNECTING TO THE CORE

Centring is the ability and skill to connect to the core. Even though there are different definitions of where that place in the body is, the workshops will focus on the area in front of the 4th and 5th lumbar vertebrae. This is the body’s balancing point, as well as a fascial junction. Connection to the core gives an internal reference from which one can engage with the world – standing in one’s own power and beauty.The workshop will explore what it is like to be centred by using a carefully crafted and intense Forrest Yoga hip and inversions sequence.

Sunday, March 19th, 1.30-4.30pm

GROUNDING: CONNECTING TO THE EARTH

The workshop will focus on the body’s connection to the ground. It will explore the energy moving downwards from the body into the earth and the energy moving upwards into the body from the ground. The session will enquire into what it feels like to connect to the ground and what effects it has not just on a physical, but also on an emotional level.The workshop will use a strong Forrest Yoga Standing Pose Series to explore the foot-ground connection and inversions to explore the contact between hands and Earth.

£35 each

HANDSTAND FOCUS COURSE LEVEL ONE

with Hortense Suleyman

Saturdays, April 22nd-May 6th,
9.45-11.15am
Opening with some serious warm up & conditioning based on flexibility and mobility you will learn ways to efficiently strengthen the wrists, shoulders and core.

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

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

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

£70

PREGNANCY YOGA COURSE

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Thursdays, May 4th-June 8th,
6-7.15pm

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

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

£105 for 6 weeks

YOGA BASICS COURSE

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Tuesdays, May 9th-June 13th,
7.15-8.45pm
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.

Our 6 week beginners courses focuses on building a basic knowledge of the yoga postures while improving body awareness and breath control. Each week new postures and principles will be introduced, while strengthening your body, increasing mobility and opening your mind. Expect to leave both energized and at ease in body and mind.

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.

£120