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.

YOGA BASICS COURSE

with Leela Miller

Mondays, February 20th-March 27th,
7-8.30pm
We offer beginners courses for those embarking on their yoga journey. With only 8 students enrolled on each course, this an intimate learning environment, perfect for asking questions and building confidence.
This 6 week basics course focuses on building a basic knowledge of the yoga postures while improving body awareness and breath control. You will learn about meditation and Yoga Nidra as well get introduced to dynamic yoga and learn to use various props to improve alignment. Expect to leave both energized and at ease in body and mind.
Leela is one of London’s most experienced teachers, having completed the Sivananda teacher training program in 1986. Her breadth of knowledge allows her to provide beautifully balanced classes and precise instructions. She encouarges steady, grounded and mindful movement. Leela loves the beauty, power and serenity of merging alignment, movement and breath.
She weaves the precision of Iyengar alignment, the energetics of Shadow Yoga and the spiritual commitment of Sivananda into her love of Ashtanga. She truly believes in the healing power of yoga and in the transformative effects it can have on people’s bodies, minds, lives and relationships. As well as teaching yoga privately and internationally, Leela is a practicing biodynamic craniosacral therapist and studies Yoga Nidra as taught by Swami Satyananda.
8 people maximum.
Booking is required.
£120 for 6 weeks

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

PANCHAKOSHA - THE FIVE LAYERS OF EXISTENCE WORKSHOP

with Stewart Gilchrist

Saturday, February 25th,
1.30-4.30pm

An introduction to the five sheaths of the yogic practice.

To bring balance and harmony to the practitioner this introduction to the casings of the yogic self will explore differing yogic technologies that one can use to attain such presence.

From the food we eat to our blissfull self this is an oft ignored essence of yoga philosophy and practice and is taught here by illustrating how to use and apply: asana, pranayama, dhyana, svadyaya and samadhi.

£35

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

GONG BATH

with Leo Cosendai

Sunday, February 26th,
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

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, 12.30am-1.30pm
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

MASTER SADHANA

with Yoshio Hama

Monday, March 6th
2-4pm

One of the joys of Master Practice is exploring variations of advanced postures you may not encounter anywhere else in the world of today.

Brace yourselves for an incredibly challenging yet graceful practice, steeped in 50 years of the legendary Sri Dharma Mittra’s experience of classical yoga. With detailed instruction in the techniques necessary to acquire these postures, Master yogi, Yoshio Hama will guide you through a myriad of awe-inspiring asanas – a fusion of inversions, backbends twists and hip-openers, all woven together with masterful transitions to create this seamless practice.

The class will conclude with a deep healing relaxation session to cultivate the settling of the mind through invaluable and profound sacred teachings on the Ethical Rules (Yama) and the Yogic Observances (Niyama).

Highly recommended for regular practitioners and yoga teachers. Do not miss out!

£25

HEADSTAND COURSE

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Thursdays, March 9th-23rd,
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

THE NECK AND UPPER LIMB: BIOMECHANICS, INJURIES AND REHABILITATION WORKSHOP

with Tim Goullet

Sunday, March 11th,
1.30-4.30pm

This workshop is aimed at Yoga and Pilates teachers and practitioners, body workers and exercise professionals.What will be covered –

The anatomy, biomechanics and relationships between the neck and upper limb.

Postural analysis and connection between the neck, shoulder girdle and arm.

The importance of the eyes and jaw in use of the neck.

Injuries to these structures and how to treat them and how to prevent them.

Common asanas which involve these areas of the body – problem solving by adapting postures to suit your individual body.

How to rehabilitate using exercises to strengthen, stabilise or stretch. How to simplify exercise to create the right effect for an injury.

£35

HEALTHY HAMSTRINGS AND FORWARD FOLDS WORKSHOP

with Nathalie Mukusheva

Sunday, March 12th,
1.30-4.30pm
Hamstrings are a common source of frustration for many yoga practitioners. In this workshop the focus will be on why the hamstrings are so important to a fulfilling yoga practice and exploring tips and tricks for healthy hamstring stretches.
The hamstrings are intimately connected to the health of the lower back and pelvis. Many back injuries and lower back pain issues are directly related to the hamstrings. Often the urge to go deeper into forward folds means we tend to ‘pull’ on the hamstrings to go deeper which can cause stress to the connective tissue in the lower back.

Tension in the lower body, particularly the soles of the feet, the calves and the hamstrings translates up the whole body leading to tightness in the lower back, the neck and even tension around the head that is related to tension headaches. So lengthening the hamstrings is not just for the benefit of the legs, it’s really for the benefit of the whole body.

Open to all levels of practitioners, this workshop will particularly benefit those who feel tight hamstrings hamper their practice and those who have hyper extension in the legs.

£35

GONG BATH

with Leo Cosendai

Sunday, March 12th
7 - 8.30pm

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

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

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

 

£20

SLOW DOWN FRIDAY

with Norman Blair

Friday, March 17th
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

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

YOGA SEQUENCING COURSE

with Lizzie Reumont

Wednesdays, March 22nd - May 5th
3.30-5.30pm
Explore the building blocks for creating a well-balanced and intelligent structure for an asana class. Over the course we will explore the basic components and ideology behind sequencing, then evolve this into a class format and address how to pace and group asana together, develop a bespoke sequence, and finally, assess, refine and address unique body-types, variations, special needs, and props.
This is a unique opportunity to explore your personal journey, questions and challenges as a teacher and student. In this intimate environment you will gain the support that new teachers often feel they lack at the beginning of their careers.
*please note that this is a 6 week course, there will be no class on April 12th
 £175

LEARN TO HANDSTAND

with Sainaa Janchivdorj

Friday, March 24th
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 with 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

Embracing Stillness - An Extended Unwind and Release practice

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Saturday, 25th March
1.30 - 4:30pm

U&R is a unique blend of postures inspired by Yin & Restorative Yoga where the focus is directed to slowing down, occupying your body and being with your breath.

The practice works to access stagnant areas of the body that are often left unexplored in fast moving classes/practices. These all seated or reclined postures  are held for a period of time to allow for body & breath to slow down promoting rebalancing to the nervous system & encouraging healing of the mind and deep relaxation of the body.

Join Shimmy for a luxurious 3 hours of resting, reflecting & rejuvenating your mind and your body while enjoying passive, yet deep stretches through the support of gravity and props. It’s said to be like a holiday for the brain!

Encouraging a non-judgemental, supportive & nourishing environment for all levels of practitioners, this longer practice will provide time and space for the mind to find a deeper sense of stillness and ease, nurturing compassion and kindness.

*Not suitable for pregnant women.

£35

ASANA: A VINYASA PERSPECTIVE - A SPACE AND FLOW WORKSHOP

with Raphan Laye Kebe

Sunday, March 26th,
1.30-4.30pm
Looking at the practice of asanas through the lens of Space and Flow’s first rule – The primary quality of an asana is to be found in the travel to it.
This workshop will offer a way into shapes that are action-based, as opposed to picture-based, and which do not rely on aesthetics nor ‘straight-line alignment’ theories.
We will work on making the distinction between ‘from inside out’ and ‘outside in’ whilst discussing the kinaesthetic and learning strategies open to us when we listen and follow.
This session is an Open Level workshop that will only require an interest in asking better questions with and within the body and having an open mind to the possibility of being lost in space.
£35

CONSCIOUS CONNECTED BREATHING WORKSHOP

with Alan Dolan

Sunday, April 2nd
1.30-4.30 pm

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

LEARN TO HANDSTAND

with Saina Janchivdorj

Friday, April 7th
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 led him to teaching. It is likely that every leading handbalancer in the UK has been taught by Sainaa at some stage in their career. His typical student is either a circus performer or a yogi. Both types of students want to be flexible and love being upside down. The perfect handstand is the holy grail and most discover Sainaa’s techniques are the best route to getting there!

£40 for 3hrs

CORE BODY YOGA

with Elisa Devlin

Saturday, April 8th
1.30-3.30pm

Come and enjoy two glorious hours of core body training with Elisa Devlin. Guaranteed to leave you feeling uplifted, deeply engaged and stronger.

Prepare for some dynamic sequencing, drills, abdominal toning and deep muscular action. Learn to engage your legs up into your core and arms into your torso. Each muscle connects to the next, expand your muscle chain awareness for more efficient training and greater support.

Pre requisite – you need to be ok with plank pose, weight bearing on the hands and forearms.

Incorporating a sound knowledge of anatomy and drawing upon her BA in Maharishi Vedic Science and over 9,000 hours teaching experience, Elisa provides a challenging and safe class environment for all levels.

 

£25

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

YIN YOGA FOR YANG YOGIS

with Marcus Veda

Saturday, April 22nd,
1.30-4.30pm

In Yin yoga we use long held postures to release blockages in prana (or qi) in the body. We work deep into the fascia and connective tissue in the body to a place your regular dynamic yoga practice won’t access. We will open up the energy channels (nadis/meridians) and try to move this energy through the body, releasing tension, stress, tightness but also emotions, thoughts and vrittis (fluctuations of the mind). Working from the Anamaya Kosha to the Pranamaya Kosha (The physical to the energetic sheath).

Increasingly, experienced vinyasa yoga practitioners find the slow passive release of yin is a much needed complement to their regular dynamic “yang” practice. It will be challenging physically and mentally but in a more unexpected way for those who think that Yin is about “doing nothing”. It is the Andrex of Yoga, soft and strong. We will work through traditional yin yoga postures and some that may be new to all with a specially mixed soundtrack to take you deeper.

“See your thoughts, don’t be your thoughts.”

Marcus trained in Yin with the Yoga People, students of Paul Grilley.

£35

MASTERING THE SPLITS

with Nathalie Mukusheva

Friday, April 28th,
2-5pm

These iconic poses require strength, surrender and refined sensitivity as well as patience. The tendency to sink into the flexible joints to avoid working the stiffness of the muscles means we can get ‘stuck’ into our point of resistance and find it difficult to feel we can ever move past this.

Learning how to stabilise the legs through the proper placement of the feet and ankles will allow the hips bones to square without sinking into the lumbar and collapsing the pelvis. Once the hip bones are properly aligned it becomes possible to lift the pelvis by gripping the outer hips, releasing the groins and broadening the sit bones so you can move deeper towards the pose with breath and awareness rather than brute force.

This workshop is suitable for the super stiff and super flexible as the principles applied are the same for both. These postures will open strength and balance the body improving not only your standing poses but also your backbends, forward folds and inversions giving your whole practice a new found awareness and freedom.

£35

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

HANDSTAND FOCUS COURSE LEVEL TWO

with Hortense Suleyman

Saturdays, June 3rd-17th,
9.45-11.15am
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 will help each student to build confidence in the wonders of standing upside down!

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