Indaba Yoga

Workshops

The opportunity to focus on specific postures and have plenty of time to ask questions, make workshops the perfect environment to take your practice to the next level. For more information on any event, please phone the studio. To secure your place click on the book button. We are delighted to host the following events…

Saturday, August 2nd, 1.30-4.30pm

GENERAL IYENGAR WORKSHOP

with Khaled Kendsi

This workshop is an opportunity to develop your practice with an intensive focus on general level asanas. With the use of props to support the body this will allow you to experience postures safely.

You will have the opportunity to explore extensively to find length, space and alignment. A certified Iyengar yoga teacher, Khaled visited Ramamani Iyengar yoga institute in Pune India again recently in 2013. Studying under the direct guidance of the Iyengar family Khaled will be sharing some of the knowledge he gained during this time.

This workshop is a must opportunity for anyone interested in beginning or developing an Iyengar yoga practice. If you have an injury or medical condition, please contact the teacher or Indaba before booking. This workshop is open to all, but unsuitable if you’re menstruating due to inclusion of inversions.

£30

Saturday, August 9th, 1.30-4.30pm

YOGA ASSIST WORKSHOP

with Emma Henry

Saturday, August 9th, 1.30-4.30pm

FORWARD BENDING, HIP OPENING AND INVERSION SERIES

Yoga practitioners receive tremendous benefit from effective assist from a good yoga teacher. This workshop is for both teachers and practitioners who would like to deepen their understanding of asana, focusing on the basic techniques of applying safe and practical hands-on assists as well as verbal and energetic assistance. Through partner work and the exploration of asana we learn how to assist and support others while improving our own practice in the process.

Outline of Assists Workshop:
Why do we give an assist in the first place?
What makes a good assist?
Know what it is you want to achieve before you touch: where do they need length or space in their body by observing breath, skin colour and quality.
Learn to use the variety of tools/props that you have available.
Use your own weight, good body mechanics to both feel and keep you safe.
Emma was introduced to yoga in the mid 90s and has been teaching since 1998. Her yogic path has led her to Mysore, practicing astanga with Sri K Pattabhi Jois, advanced certification in the Jivamukti method with Sharon Gannon and David Life and to her own daily practice of alignment based Iyengar yoga.

£35

 

Every Tuesday, August 12th - September 2nd, 6.00-7.15pm (excluding Tuesday 26th August)

YOGA FOR PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Practising yoga throughout your pregnancy is a wonderful gift for both yourself and your unborn baby. Prenatal yoga will help you be in the best possible mental & physical shape for birth and beyond!
Benefits can be felt on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. A regular practice will help increase strength, stamina and flexibility. You may also find that yoga helps you deal more effectively with stress and anxiety, and you will treasure the quiet time set aside for your practice as a sanctuary for you to connect with the baby growing inside you.
This Yoga for Pregnancy and Childbirth course will focus on Asana (postures),
Pranayama (breathing techniques), positions for Labour, Birth and Relaxations whilst working through troublesome ailments such as back pain and water retention that come from being pregnant!

Shimmy’s approach to teaching is somewhat similar to her approach in life: being light but grounded, dedicated, mindful, aware, and understanding personal limitations that are inherent to each and every individual. With a smile and love for teaching, seeking to instill a sense of lightness and ease to students, whilst assisting in that discovery of oneself, inevitably connecting mind and body in subtle ways.

Shimmy’s Yoga for Pregnancy & Childbirth course is recommended from week 14 until birth. Before commencing any Prenatal class it is important to consult your doctor, especially if you have had any complications in your pregnancy, including a history of miscarriage.

£45 for 3 weeks

 

Every Tuesday, August 12th - September 2nd, 7.30-9.00pm (excluding Tuesday 26th August)

INDABA BASICS COURSE

with Shimmy Levy- Riley

Designed with those brand new to yoga in mind, this four week course focuses on breath and body awareness. Each week new principles and postures of yoga will be integrated into a well balanced class which will leave the student feeling both energized and at ease in body and mind.

The course is designed to give you a basic knowledge of postural names and alignment, breath control, and conscious movement. Asking questions is encouraged in this unique environment! Following the course, the adventurous at heart will be ready to join a level one or two class; or those still interested in the foundations of yoga will be ready to step into a beginner’s class to build strength and deepen their overall knowledge of the practice.

Shimmy’s approach to teaching is somewhat similar to her approach in life: being light but grounded, dedicated, mindful, aware, and understanding personal limitations that are inherent to each and every individual. With a smile and love for teaching, seeking to instill a sense of lightness and ease to students, whilst assisting in that discovery of oneself, inevitably connecting mind and body in subtle ways.

£50 for 3 weekly 90 min classes with only six students

 

 

Sunday, August 10th, 1.30-4.30pm

POWER AND FLEXIBILITY COMBINED: ACHIEVING HANUMANASANA AND SAMOKONASANA

with Nathalie Mukusheva

Go beyond what you think is possible. Both of these poses require tremendous will power, patience and surrender, unwavering strength and refined sensitivity. In both asanas the presence of gravity lends itself to the pose: the weight of the body itself deepens the actions, however the body is not just passively releasing into gravity.

In this workshop we will work slowly, deeply and with close attention and props to lengthen muscles and mobilize joints – micro movements can safely distribute the force and stabilize you in the pose. This workshop is for all levels from the super flexy to the super stiff. Achieving splits is not Instant karma; when the work is done in a gradual way great progress can be made.

Nathalie found her yoga practice after studying ballet and rhythmic gymnastics from early childhood and later branching out into other disciplines including Aerial Hoop, Floor-Barre® and Contortion training, her initial attraction to yoga was to regain the flexibility and freedom of movement she had enjoyed so much when she was younger. Her teacher, Olof Kuijt, whose knowledge of asana and anatomy is beyond inspiring, encouraged her to go to New York to study with Dharma Mittra who imparts all of the traditional teachings of Yoga with true devotion, compassion and patience. It has always been her complete honour and privilege to share every bit of knowledge she has about yoga, anatomy, movement, alignment and dance with every single student no matter what their age or level of experience.

£35 for 3 hours

Saturday, August 16th, 1.30-4.30pm

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE: YOGA AND CHANTING TO CELEBRATE 40 YEARS ON THE PLANET

with Leila Sadeghee and Vaishnavi Pikka Brassey

You are cordially invited to join inspirational teacher Leila Sadeghee on the occasion of her 40th birthday for an afternoon of uplifting yoga, empowering kirtan, and utter reverence for LIFE itself! We will spend the first part of the workshop in a delicious, uplifting, bio-mechanically savvy asana practice: a full-spectrum, sweat-inducing flow, including pranayama practice, to open the four corners of the body and have a play with poses for inspirational and therapeutic benefit. All the while, we’ll hold open the space of the yoga room for deepest devotional reverence for life.
This is a celebration of gratitude – gratitude for the extraordinary/ordinary grace current that flows through our lives – that power that transforms challenges into boons, that ignites miracles of forgiveness, ease, and delight in our lives, that power at the core of life itself that gives rise to the whole crazy mess of it, the delicious, sacred, mundane, amazing, profane, chaotic, and delicately ordered beautiful mess of it. Then we will be led by the stunning vocalist Vaishnavi Brassey, in a chant of the Sri Lalita Sahasranama -  the Thousand Names of the Divine Mother. This potent practice is an outpouring of loving devotion to life, and a profound invocation of life’s beauty and wonders. Come with your intention to open to new levels of power and love in your life, as this chant is transformative and life-enhancing.  A percentage of the proceeds of this event will be donated to Amma’s Global Charities.

Leila Sadeghee is a healer, therapeutic bodyworker, mentor, and yoga teacher with well over a decade’s experience in guiding people to greater freedom. Known for her knowledgeable approach to the body, her personal style and her uplifting teaching presence, time in the yoga room with Leila guarantees an up-shift in your perspective.

Vaishnavi Pikka Brassey offers her voice as a healing connection with the Divine – and those who listen are transported into a deep stillness. Since 2000 she has been a guide, connecting people to the resonant power of life and love present in the human voice. In addition to being a gifted kirtan leader, Vaishnavi is an energy healer and a Kundalini yoga teacher.

£35 for 3 hours

 

Sunday, August 17th, 1.30-4.30pm

UNSHIELDING THE BACK OF THE HEART

with Kristi Johnson

In this workshop we will explore the 4th Chakra, the Heart Chakra, located within the area of the bottom tips of shoulder blades, to the base of the neck, from the mid ribcage, up to the collarbone. The 4th Chakra is the communication between the physical and spiritual body, and the centre connecting the upper and lower chakras. Energy moving through 4th Chakra increases vitality in the lower lungs, blood, and blood circulation, the skin and the immune system.
Through a strong and steady Forrest Yoga sequence of Pranayama, Core Work, Shoulder Work, Standing Poses and Inversions, we will mindfully unlock habitual tension in the neck, shoulders, and upper back, by accessing more feeling and moving aliveness through these areas. The sequence will build strength and openness, while offering the tools to work honestly with your fears, struggles, and breakthroughs in a caring way.
Prepare to sweat, challenge yourself, and leave feeling freedom and vitality overall.
Forrest Yoga is a dynamic practice built on the pillars of Breath, Strength, Integrity and Spirit. The unique sequencing in Forrest Yoga is brilliant for building strength, stability and flexibility, with a strong focus on breath, generating energy in the core, and unwinding the neck, shoulders and hips. Poses are held longer to give the physical body an opportunity to release on a physical, energetic and emotional level. The sequencing in the Forrest Yoga practice is designed to suit modern day bodies and is effective for creating healing around physical and emotional injuries. This practice is suitable for all levels and modifications will be offered.

Kristi first discovered yoga in her native country of New Zealand. She traveled to Hong Kong and China in 2003 where she explored more deeply the physical, emotional and spiritual practice of yoga. It is through Forrest Yoga that Kristi found healing, and discovered the true power; and beauty that had unfolded in her own life.
She believes in working hard, but working mindfully, and offers modifications for different levels and injuries, sharing compassionate hands on assists.

£35 for 3 hours (£30 before August 3rd)

Saturday and Sunday, August 23d and 24th, 2.00-4.00pm

BANK HOLIDAY YOGA WEEKEND

with Candace Moore

SPONSORED BY OUR FRIENDS AT WELLICIOUS!

Saturday, August 23d, 2.00-4.00pm
TRUST: A BLINDFOLD YOGA WORKSHOP

This two hour transformative workshop begins in silence with breath work and a short guided
meditation, exploring what it feels like to practice blindfolded. When we remove our vision, we
remove self-judgement, and open ourselves up to our infinite potential. Gentle music will begin, and we’ll move through a powerful vinyasa flow. With our eyes covered, there is no choice but to look inward. For our physical practice, this means learning to trust ourselves, learning to acknowledge our fears and reactions and let them go. Mentally, this is an opportunity to go a bit deeper, and sift through the emotions that naturally pop up. Come with an open mind and open heart. Please bring a blindfold (sleep mask, scarf, etc).

Sunday, August 24th, 2.00-4.00pm
BALANCE: A POWER AND YOGA NIDRA WORKSHOP

Things feeling out of control? Need a little balance in your life? This two hour workshop blends the best of both worlds – a powerful flow practice fueled by our breath and a deep guided yoga nidra meditation. It’s an opportunity to find balance in your life by incorporating two very different yoga practices in one workshop. We’ll begin with a power yoga flow with a focus on balancing, where you’ll be lovingly encouraged to allow yourself to be vulnerable and lighthearted in your practice. Then, we’ll slow it down and come to complete stillness for a thirty minute guided yoga nidra meditation. You’ll “awake” from the yoga nidra feeling an energized buzz through your body.
The combination of the two, the power and the yoga nidra, promotes a sense of balance and quiet calm that has the power to carry into your life off of the yoga mat.

Candace is an international yoga instructor and the writer behind the popular healthy living blog www.yogabycandace.com. As an instructor, she encourages students to turn inward to experience a meditation in motion and be an observer of their bodies. That being said, she also likes to
reate classes with playful sequencing, and approach the class with a sense of humor and honesty. She intends to cater to the physical needs of her students while making sure to deliver classes that unify the body, mind and soul.

£25 for each workshop

Friday and Sunday, August 29th and 31st, various times

BEACH YOGA GIRL WORKSHOPS

with Kerri Verna aka Beach Yoga Girl (check out her Instagram @beachyogagirl!)

Co-hosted with our friends from Liforme!

Friday, August 29th, 6.30-9.00pm
HANDSTAND WORKSHOP
In this class Kerri Verna invites us to explore handstands in a fun playful way.  We will be focusing on core and arm strength in a fun and interactive way.  We will be on our hands balancing learning to be a kid again. Kerri’s handstand drills will get your heart pumping and make you feel great.  This class is taught for all levels of practitioners.

Sunday, August 31st, 2.00-4.30pm
CORE PLUS MORE
In this workshop we will explore non-traditional ways to work the core.  We will explore inversions, arm balances and core activating postures.  Kerri’s background in personal training and Pilates will be woven into her flowing movements that will inspire and teach you new ways to work your core. Discover your powerhouse! For all levels of practioners.

Most known for her Instagram account @beachyogagirl, she has gathered about 500,000 people that find inspiration, encouragement, and wisdom through Kerri’s photos and words.

£40 for one workshop

Every Sunday, August 31st - September 14th, 5.00-6.30pm

INDABA BASIC COURSE

Designed with those brand new to yoga in mind, this three week course focuses on breath and body awareness. Each week new principles and postures of yoga will be integrated into a well balanced class which will leave you feeling both energized and at ease in body and mind. The course is designed to give you a basic knowledge of postural names and alignment, breath control, and conscious movement. Everyone has to start somewhere, and this small group setting allows you to feel comfortable with learning the postures of yoga and how to modify them to your body.

Bryony loves to teach beginners as it the best time to explore the basics and evaluate which style of yoga will be best for you. Bryony teaches with compassion, humour and relaxed shoulders.

She was first introduced to Yoga during her teens by her Mother. Since then she has deepened her own practice through studying with many teachers and being open to all styles and systems. This exploration has allowed her to engage with her body and most importantly get to know herself.

Bryony undertook teacher training in order to further her understanding of yoga and found sharing her knowledge and communicating with students was a natural progression.  She continues to be inspired all forms of yoga, being particularly intrigued by the subtle details of alignment, different body types and the energetical body.

This course is open to six students only, booking is required

£50 for three weekly 90 min classes

Sundays, September 7th, October 5th, November 2nd, 1.30-4.30pm

THE ARCHITECTURE OF ASANA: A THREE PART SERIES

with Lizzie Reumont

Our bodies were designed by a master architect to house the most precious creation: our soul! Nonetheless, life can be complicated mentally and physically, and too often we end up living without an awareness of what it means to be in the body, without knowing how to use the resources that we have to enrich our day to day existence and to deepen our asana practice. This three – part workshop, which will include plenty of dynamic asana practice, aims to shine a light on the segmented body’s function and potential so that we may re-integrate the parts in a meaningful way. After all, a yogi is an embodied being: aware, confident and purposeful. That is/will be You!

Sunday, September 7th, 1.30-4.30pm
FINDING FOUNDATION
Finding Foundation: the feet. The structure of one’s physical architecture is rooted in the feet and connects via the legs to the spine. This 3 hour workshop will explore the anatomical phenomenon of the feet and how it relates to the legs, hips and spine in asana practice. We will look at the ankles, knees and hip joints in particular as they relate to standing postures.

Sunday, October 5th, 1.30-4.30pm
THE CENTRE COLUMN
The Centre Column: the viscera and spine. The core body not only has a boney casing of spine on the back and rib cage in the front, but it has top and bottom boney landmarks in the girdles of the shoulders and hips. These hard surfaces offer containment for the vast and oceanic underlying visceral world. In this 3 hour workshop we will explore the dimensionality of the spine in conjunction with opening of the lateral body to create space. Asanas will include side-bending, twisting and back bending (front extensions).

Sunday, November 2nd, 1.30-4.30pm
THE CUPOLA
The Cupola: the neck and head. An awareness of the head, jaw and neck in asana practice is crucial to being balanced in body and mind; after all, it houses all of the nerves that help us to function physically and mentally. This three hour workshop will focus on the cranium and neck and their relationship in key asanas and pranayama. We will also explore techniques for releasing tension and emotional holding patterns.

Lizzie was first drawn to yoga as a philosophy student over 15 years ago as a way of deepening her understanding of the relationship between the body and the mind. As she increasingly integrated the practices of yoga into her daily life, the healing benefits transpired and yoga eventually took over as her fulltime occupation. She has intently studied with a variety of internationally renowned teachers and schools including Iyengar, Sivananda and Ashtanga, and most notably, the Jivamukti method which she has been teaching since 2007. She is also certified as a thai yoga masseur and a craniosacral therapist.

Having recently undergone a liver transplant, the philosophical, anatomical and experiential knowledge of yoga has helped her to overcome the challenges of a chronic illness and of the physical changes one goes through during this type of invasive surgery. During this time she has also been studying Rolfing at the British Academy for Rolfing and Structural Integration, both of which have made a tremendous impact on her life and yoga practice.

£35 for 3 hours
£100 for all 3 workshops

Friday September 5th, 7.00-9.30pm

SYNCHRONICITY FLOW: PRACTICE LABS

with Tara Judelle

Yogaglo’s Tara Judelle returns this year to Indaba for three uplifting, elegant, revelatory practices that will change the way you practice yoga.

Tara’s theme of 2014 is based on the confluence of seeming incongruous events brought together in significant ways. Carl Jung coined the phrase when two or more seemingly unrelated events came together in a provocative and significant insight. This is where he saw the hand of a universal connective force- he called it Synchronicity. Join Tara in a practice which is a meeting of minds, rich with the possibility of seemingly unrelated occurrences, where we can witness the inherent conspiracy of universe to create interconnectivity between all things.

Each practice is designed to establish the remembrance of ease in movement by looking into the feeling sense of the support structures of the human body. It is a comprehensive introduction to open or offer deeper exploration into the portals to the inner landscape: our organs, our glands, our muscles, our bones.

Practicing with Tara is truly like nothing else; these classes represent a profound opportunity to up-level your sensate frame of reference in a radical new way.

This is open to all levels, and strongly recommended for those who have a consistent yoga practice in any style. It’s a game changer, and a true delight.

£35 for one workshop

Friday and Saturday, November 21st and 22nd

YOGA WORKSHOPS

with Christina Sell

Friday, November 21st, 2.00-5.00pm
FLIP YOUR DOG: EXPLORING CREATIVE TRANSITIONS ON AND OFF THE MAT

This master class is perfect for experienced flow students who want to learn techniques to practice and teach transitions with clarity and confidence. Newer students will learn how to approach sometimes challenging postures in a progressive way. This class will break down common postural transitions into component parts and then give you chances to put them back together and practice the skills necessary to advance your practice. Expect demonstrations, explanations and time to work and to play. We will work with how to flip your dog, how to go from side angle to side plank, how to link arm balances together, how to go from full wheel to camel and MORE. This class will have a strong vinyasa warm-up but will also start and stop for explanations and exploration. Be ready for a full-spectrum experience of movement and learning on all levels.

Saturday, November 22nd, 1.30-4.30pm
BREAKTHROUGH, DON’T BREAK DOWN: ADVANCING YOUR PRACTICE WITH INTELLIGENCE

This session is designed to help the experienced practitioner explore and progress their practice intelligently, systematically and safely. Advancing one’s asana practice is a combination of self-acceptance, will, technique, individual capacity and repetition that, when fused with meaning and devotion, can open up the body, integrate the emotions, challenge the mind and set the stage for the spirit to soar. Come ready to work and play.

Christina Sell has been practicing asana since 1991 and teaching since 1998. Known for her passion, clarity and creativity, Christina’s teaching style is a dynamic and challenging blend of inspiration, humor and hard work. Masterful at synthesis, Christina’s ability to harvest and transmit the unique contributions of various of yoga methods is unparalled. Christina believes that yoga practice can help anyone access their inner wisdom, authentic spirituality and clarify their highest personal expression. Christina is the author of Yoga From the Inside Out: Making Peace with Your Body Through Yoga and My Body is a Temple: Yoga as a Path to Wholeness. Christina has as BA in Counseling and Education and an MA in Integrative Education and Curriculum Design. Christina is the founder and director The San Marcos School of Yoga and Christina Sell Yoga Programs and Trainings. Christina draws inspiration from many master teachers in Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Anusara Yoga and Bikram Yoga. Christina Sell maintains an active teaching schedule presenting seminars locally, nationally and internationally. She is a devoted student of Western Baul master, Lee Lozowick, and credits his Influence as the spiritual inspiration behind her life and work.

Christina resides in Austin, TX with her husband, a retired greyhound and two cats. She enjoys practicing yoga, writing, reading, cooking, hiking, mountain biking and whitewater kayaking.

£40 for one workshop

£75 for both workshops

Friday-Sunday, December 5th-7th, various times

THE ULTIMATE YOGA WEEKEND

with Doug Swenson

Friday, December 5th, 6.30-9.30pm
CROSS TRAINING YOGA: BALANCING STRENGTH AND SOFTNESS
A delightful blend of Ashtanga and Soft form Yoga. Class starts with Doug’s completely unique approach to powerful Ashtanga Yoga, and then shifts gears into a challenging, yet, soft form Yoga format. Followed by, Pranayama and deep relaxation.
All levels welcome.

Saturday, December 6th, 1.30-4.30pm
ASTANGA WITH EXTRA SPICE
This class will follow the order of asanas for 1st level Ashtanga, with the addition of some poses from 2nd and 3rd blended in at appropriate places in your routine. This class includes hands on adjustments and personal suggestions on how to enhance your practice. Class ends with pranayama, and deep relaxation.
For intermediate and advanced level practitioners.

Sunday, December 7th, 1.30-4.30pm
FLUID POWER:SADHANA CHI
A very powerful arrangement of soft form Yoga asanas, connected together with cool and hot vinyasa. You will sweat plenty, achieve new poses and get the ultimate workout. When finished, drift into a blissful deep relaxation followed by a guided meditation.
All levels welcome.

Doug Swenson began his study of yoga in 1969. He has had the fortune of studying with many great teachers including Dr. Ernest Wood, K. Pattabhi Jois, Ramanand Patel and others. Doug is a master yoga practitioner, philosopher, poet and dedicated health advocate. He has incorporated influences from several different yoga systems along with his passion for nutrition and the environment to develop his unique approach. Over the years he has authored several books; “Yoga Helps”, “The Diet That Loves You Most”, “Power Yoga for Dummies”  and “Mastering The Secrets of Yoga Flow”. He travels extensively offering workshops, retreats and teacher training courses around the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to study with one of the world’s top instructors. Doug’s classes are always invigorating and inspirational and his supportive style of teaching and keen sense of humor send his students home with a smile on their face and a softness within their heart.

£40 for each workshop
£108 for all three

Corporate workshops

We also provide Corporate Workshops in yoga or pilates that can be tailored to your requirements. For more information please phone us at 020 7724 9994, or send us an email