Indaba Yoga

Workshops

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

Friday, October 31st, 3.30-5.00pm

GONG BATH

with Leo Cosendai

A gong bath, or gong meditation, is a holistic practice which is designed, just like yoga, to help one burn up their emotional history and karmic blockages. So much more than just an old musical instrument, it has been considered to be the most powerful Guru that has ever lived by many yogis, for no human mind can resist its tones. The gong acts as an accelerator of altered states of consciousness. It creates a space in which there is both a coming together of the senses and a union of the real with the unreal. It feeds its surroundings through an acoustic space, in which harmonic and dissonent tones add and subtract from each other, giving us the chance to re-stimulate both our pituitary and pineal gland.  A gong bath is ideal for clearing nerve-endings and for re-establishing the healthy relationship between the parasympathetic (ruled by sound) and sympathetic nervous system (ruled by vision). It also enables the brain to become efficient in producing Theta and Delta waves (freq. range of 3-9Hz), whilst decreasing cortisone levels. Something that infants and children do very well. Just like the tones it produces, the experience it induces is different every time.
Before we all get to hear the way of the gong, the class will go through a series of exercises which focus on breath, meridian Chi flow, and the release of endocrine hormones.  One can expect to experience re-youthing and re-programming during this one and a half hour practice.

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

£20

Saturday, November 1st, 1.30pm - 4.30pm

FREEING THE DESK-BOUND BODY (AND EVERY OTHER BODY TOO): A BODY ROLLING WORKSHOP

with Leila Sadeghee

Leila is delighted to bring to Indaba, for the first time, a deep and delicious unwinding of tension, stress, and chronic holding patterns for the whole body.

It’s amazing how much body trouble you can ease in just one session on the ball. Disc herniations, chronic tension patterns, plantar fasciitis, bunions, stiff neck, frozen shoulder, fertility issues – the list of common complaints the ball addresses goes on and on. Athletes and dancer-types love how the ball improves performance and creates freedom from pain. For yogis – it’s super smart preventative medicine. (And Body Rolling puts the foam roller to shame. It just gets into those stuck places more effectively.)
Yamuna Body Rolling is one of the finest structural self-therapeutic modalities in the world today. It is profoundly intelligent self-care. Using a small ball, we roll the body out, creating space in all the joints and toned length in all of the muscles. The result is a total de-compression of the body – people walk away taller and with greater range of movement in all the joints. In this workshop, we will unwind and recalibrate the whole body – feet, knees, hips, shoulders, spine, ribcage, and neck. On top of all that easy movement – you’ll get high. Super, duper high. The Body Rolling work produces a superb natural high.
Warning: Body Rolling can be addictive!

Leila is a healer, yoga teacher, mentor, and therapeutic bodyworker with well over a decade’s experience in guiding people to physical, mental, and emotional freedom. Known for her uplifting presence, her creative personal style, and the safe space she holds for her students, Leila’s classes are inspirational, bio-mechanically savvy, supremely fun, and driven by commitment to support people in opening to their highest potential, both on and off the mat. Leila is co-creator of The Practices ofFreedom and Wellbeing Immersion, a course that teaches clear and useful pose alignment, eating for optimal health, and how to allow your yoga practice to up-shift every aspect of your life. Leila offers magical retreats, workshops, and yoga teacher training.

£40 for 3 hours

Sunday, November 2nd, 1.30-4.30pm

THE ARCHITECTURE OF ASANA

with Lizzie Reumont

Our bodies were designed by a master architect to house the most precious creation. 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.

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

Saturday, November 8th, 1.30-4.30pm

HANDSTANDS!

with Sainaa (Sainbayar Janchivdorj)

The workshop will begin with a fairly intense warm up, including a lot of conditioning and flexibility drills specific to handstands. You will be given explanations of what to do with your body to get a perfectly straight handstand. Numerous exercises will be practiced to help you understand the shape of the posture, both on the floor and on your hands. You’ll also be working with a partner so you can learn how to spot and correct someone else’s technique.
This workshop will not be suitable for total beginners but as long as you’re used to holding weight in your arms (against the wall with good form for 30-60 seconds) you’ll be fine. You don’t need to have a perfect handstand – that’s what you are here to learn!
Sainaa trained as an elite gymnast, winning the national championship two years running, he retired from competitive gymnastics at age 18. For the next ten years he worked as a multi-skilled circus performer touring world many famous circuses.
In the early 2000s his career led him to teaching. It is likely that every leading handbalancer in the UK has been taught by Sainaa at some stage in their career. His typical student is either a circus performer or a yogi. Both types of students want to be flexible and love being upside down. The perfect handstand is the holly grail and most discover Sainaa’s techniques are the best route to getting there!

£40 for 3 hours

 

Sunday, November 9th, 1.30-4.30pm

TRANSFORMATIONAL BREATHING WORKSHOP

with Alan Dolan

Transformational Breathing is a gentle, simple technique that helps people to open up the full potential of their breathing system for better physical and emotional well being. It teaches a pattern of conscious breathing that is natural, safe and healthy which has been demonstrated to have many benefits almost universally, including increased energy, better immune response and increased ability to deal with stress in a healthy way. It was developed by Dr Judith Kravitz and incorporates her knowledge of conscious breathing techniques as well as various other healing and spiritual principles which are combined to make Transformational Breathing a highly efficient and effective method.

LEARN A SIMPLE TECHNIQUE TO:
• Feel completely energised
• Let go of emotional baggage
• Release anxiety and alleviate depression
• Move beyond whatever is standing between you and you’re your happiness
• Become aware of emotions halting your personal growth
• Develop a new dimension to your yoga practice
• Experience deeply nourishing relaxation
• Understand the nature of spirit
• Open your breath and expand your life

Alan has helped many students realise their full potential through his work. We are delighted to have him back at Indaba!

£55 for 3 hours

Saturday, November 15th, 1.30-4.30pm

VINYASA KRAMA WORKSHOP: AN INTEGRATED PRACTICE

with Anthony Grim Hall

This workshop will be an exploration of Vinyasa Krama, the approach to yoga that Krishnamacharya taught to Pattabhi Jois, BKS Iyengar, TKV Desikachar and AG Mohan. Vinyasa Krama is an integrated practice and includes full body mudras, a few cycles of pranayama, a simple pratyahara (sense withdrawal) exercise and a short meditation practice.
The Vinyasa Krama approach allows us to take a key asana and explore postures that lead up to that asana and might be employed as preparation. It also allows us to modify our practice, giving us a ‘tool-box’ of poses and options.
In this open-level workshop, we will focus on asymmetric seated postures, where each leg is in a different position. The sequence includes several sub-routines that move from beginner to intermediate and even to advanced. Once we get to an asana we find challenging, we can choose to explore the breath more fully in that posture, staying in the pose for longer, slowing the breath or introducing short retentions.
Anthony Grim Hall started practicing Ashtanga in March 2007. In 2008, he started a blog – Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga at Home – where he explored his obsession with achieving the “jump back” (and later drop backs, kapotasana, karandavasana, advanced series, etc). He has published ‘Vinyasa Yoga at Home Practice Book’ through Amazon that lays out Ramaswami’s sequences along with hints, tips and suggestions for each sub-routine.

£35 for 3 hours

Sunday, November 16th, 1.30-4.30pm

UNRAVELING HABITUAL TENSION IN THE HIPS: A FORREST YOGA WORKSHOP

with Kristi Johnson

A lot of the struggle and inflexibility we find around our yoga practice and life in general is very much governed by our habitual thoughts, actions and attitudes, and the way that we approach things. We limit ourselves by holding onto belief patterns, and behaviors that keep us locked up in the same place mentally and physically.The body holds a huge amount of emotional memory. The hips in particular store a fascinating amount of memory based on our earlier experiences in life. What we ‘chose’ to store or hold onto here very much effects how we react physically, energetically and emotionally to our physical world without even being aware of it.

Through a steady Forrest yoga sequence of Pranayama, Core Work, Standing Poses, and Inversions, we are going to dig that little bit deeper into the mysteries of the hips and begin to unravel those habitual patterns that keep us stuck in our old, inflexible ways. We will work to generate an energy that grounds, sparks creativity and most importantly begins to unravel this habitual tension in the hips.

A certified Forrest Yoga Teacher, Kristi’s classes are strong, grounded and inspiring, based on the four pillars of Forrest Yoga – strength, breath, integrity, and spirit. 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 November 2nd)

Every Saturday, November 22nd - December 6th, 10.00-12.00pm

LIGHT GRIDS TRANSFORMATIONAL SESSIONS

with JODY SHIELD

Lost your spark?
Bored of the status quo?
Why struggle on?!
Come and relight with Light Grids and upgrade to your Best Self! You are imprinted with your past. Every type of trauma (car accident, death, mistake, first love), every memory, every emotion. We have masses of unprocessed information, clogging up our cells and energy field, creating issues for us now e.g. anxiety, depression, illness, pain, limiting beliefs.
Now you can easily release it through Light Grids, a new technique of clearing old emotions, memories, energies and beliefs from the body, mind and soul. With huge benefits and noticeable results, you’ll feel yourself instantly transform during the session.

Jody is a highly intuitive practitioner using transformational healing techniques, practical life-changing coaching and psychological insight. She can quickly tap into the deep-seated and often deeply hidden issues and pains of the past, both physical and emotional.
She works with you on many different conditions including: physical pain, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, family trauma, eating disorders, financial struggles, or simply feeling directionless.

Booking is required.
Open to 6 people maximum.

£75 for 3 weekly 90 min sessions

Friday and Saturday, November 21st and 22nd, various times

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

Saturday and Sunday, November 29th and 30th, 1.30-4.30pm

A WEEKEND OF FORREST WORKSHOPS

with Jambo Truong

Saturday, November 29th, 1.30-4.30pm
THE ANATOMY OF STANDING POSES FOR EFFECTIVE HIP OPENING
The key muscles that require effective hip opening for poses such as pigeon and head to ankle related poses are some of the biggest muscles in the legs. This workshop experientially guides practitioners of all levels to understand which one of these key muscles are restricting further hip opening. This workshop is particularly special because it helped Jambo heal from 2 hip surgeries. This steady methodical hip opening series enabled him to experience a pain-free existence and a hip that is now confident in practise and in life.

Sunday, November 30th, 1.30-4.30pm
INVERTED BACKBENDS
This mixed level workshop is suitable for practitioners who want to get comfortable being in backbends whilst upside down.
Learn the functional foundations to stabilise the upper torso to make your arms feel the stability of legs and hands as active as feet! Appreciate how lunges create the lightness in legs to deeper into backbends.
Like all of Jambo’s workshops there will be a lot of spotting and breaking down of poses.

Jambo Truong is a consultant of Integrated Health & Forrest Yoga Guardian in training. He is passionate about proving why things in the yoga world work. Researcher, travelling assistant to Ana Forrest & TED speaker, his teaching style is ”loud” and focuses on experiential functional anatomy which makes learning and remembering easy!

£35 for each workshop

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. Check out his Teacher Training in Cornwall this November!

£40 for each workshop
£108 for all three

Every Tuesday, December 16th - January 6th (excl. December 23rd), 6.00-7.15pm

PREGNANCY YOGA

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

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

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

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

£45 for 3 weeks

 

Sunday, December 14th, 1.30-4.30pm

GET OFF YOUR COUCH AND SIT ON YOUR ‘CHIT’: A JIVAMUKTI HIP OPENING WORKSHOP

with Emma Henry

The activities and stresses of our daily lives can often lead to tightness and discomfort in our hips. When the hips are closed or stuck, vital body systems cannot function properly, including digestion and elimination. Lack of mobility in the hips can also cause problems with the lower back and knees joints.Daily sitting results in compression of the psoas – the muscles that join your upper body to your lower body..

Hip opening postures can release stress and negative emotional memories, which may be stored in your hips on an energetic level (Svadisthana and Muladhara Chakras).

By focusing deeply and turning your attention inwards we can begin to truly listen to the body on an energetic and emotional level as well as on a physical level.
This workshop will focus on ways to ease some of that tension and bring about space and mobility making us less chair shaped!

£35/£30 (before December 1st)

Saturday, December 20th, 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.

£35/ £30 (before December 6th)

Saturday and Sunday, January 10th and 11th, 1.30-4.30pm

THE GARDEN OF THE MIND: A WEEKEND OF ANUSARA WORKSHOPS

with Konstantinos Charantinitotis

The mind is the most fertile ground. Whatever seeds you plant, that is what will grow.

As we enter the New Year, let’s plant new ideas and connect with our intentions. It’s a good opportunity to reset and “clean” the body and mind. To Detox and Recharge!

With the guidance of Konstantinos and the tools of asana, pranayama, visualisation and journaling, you will cultivate the fertile ground of your mind to see your heart’s desire blossoming. Discover ways to connect with your intention every day. Detox from old patterns and open the space to plant new ideas. This detoxifying yoga practice will help you to be present and rid yourself of anything that holds you back! This is the perfect practice for you to regain your power and start the New Year.

Saturday, Janurary 10th, 1.30-4.30pm
DEEP INTO YOUR GROUND
A sweet flow of asana practice which will focus on arm balances and hip openers in order tone and detox the internal organs. Pranayama, visualisation and meditation will be used to help you feel more present and connected with your intentions and your own fertile ground and potential. This practice will leave you with a fresh and grounding feeling.

Sunday, January 11th, 1.30-4.30pm
OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW!
A detox flow to clean the old patterns of both body and mind. This dynamicpractice will lead you progressively through a variety of asanas into your deep backbends. Discover what nourishes, empowers and opens your heart, setting your goal for the new year. We will finish with contemplation and journaling to set our path towards success!

Konstantinos has been teaching for 16 years and is known for his informed and impassioned communication as well for his playful manner. He encourages students of all levels to work deeply, yet safely, while awakening them to the possibility of deep emotional change that can be created through the understanding of the mind-body connection. He incorporates yogic philosophy into his teaching, helping students to see that yoga moves deeper than the mat and is an opportunity to develop an internal awareness that can truly transform. Konstantinos lives and teaches in Athens, Greece and is the founder of the Bhavana Yoga Centre. He also travels and teaches internationally, inspiring people to live their lives to fullest, exploring and learning the art of Yoga.

£40 for each one workshop
£75 for both workshops

Saturday, January 17th, 1.30-4.30pm

YOGA 101: ESTABLISH YOUR FOUNDATION

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Shimmy’s fun & relaxed introductory YOGA 101 workshop is designed for students who are new to yoga and for those who are looking to gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental philosophy and foundational poses that yoga is built upon. Combining practice, demonstration and discussions, YOGA 101 will introduce you to yoga practice at a leisurely pace, with more in-depth alignment instructions than in most regular yoga classes.

We will dive into basic techniques such as breathing (Pranayama), gazing points (Dristi), root locks (Bandhas) and postures (Asana) with an opportunity to ask questions.
To seal the class, we will combine all the key elements through several flowing Sun Salutations, basic standing & seated asana, before preparing for Savasana (conscious relaxation) through a gentle backbend and inversion.
You will leave with a better understanding of how to use the breath to enter, be in and exit postures using sound alignment, which will support your body in the long run.

£30 for 3 hours

Every Sunday, January 18th - February 1st, 2.30-4.00pm

GRAVITY SURFING COURSE: A FOCUS ON INVERSIONS

with Hortense Suleyman

Salamba Sirsasana to Parsva Bakasana, Eka Hasta Bhujasana to Astavakrasana, Ado Mukha Vrksasana in Padmasana, Eka Pada Galavasana and Eka Pada Koundinyasana, Vrschikasana…. Sound complicated and foreign? Let’s demystify.  In this 3 weeks course, Hortense will will translate transitions by using clever sequencing so you can build up to these poses. You will lay the foundation of advanced asana by exploring the use of bandhas and breath. By making every posture accessible through exploration of parallel postures, you will build strength and open the body preparing you will to fly!

Hortense has been practicing and studying many styles of yoga both here and abroad and still travels all over London to get her ‘fix’. Her teaching is relaxed yet firm and she trusts that yoga benefits are both mental and physical.

This course is for the more experienced and adventurous student.
6 people  maximum.
Booking is required.

£50

Every Tuesday, January 13th - February 3rd (excl. January 27th), 7.30-9.00pm

INDABA BASICS COURSE!

with Shimmy Levy- Riley

Created 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 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 weeks

Friday - Sunday, January 23rd - 25th, various times

WEEKEND OF WORKSHOPS

with PATRICK BEACH

Friday, January 23rd 2.00-5.00pm
CORE CONTROL
Learn to glide through your practice with lightness as we break down how to activate the midsection of your body! 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 Patrick as we ignite a fire in your core, allowing you to take the reigns and move your practice anywhere!

Saturday, January 24th 1.30-4.30pm
THE ART OF INVERSIONS: PART 1
Going upside down can be tricky business. Learn how to properly prepare your body for liftoff in handstand, headstand, and forearm balance. This workshop will give you the tools you need to build a strong home practice, helping you gain the confidence to move into these poses anywhere!

Sunday, January 25th 1.30-4.30pm
THE ART OF INVERSIONS: PART 2
All levels are welcome and will benefit from this workshop. Join Patrick as we skillfully breakdown these postures together, cultivating ease and lightness in your body.

Patrick’s own yoga journey started from a bet with his dad about learning to do a handstand. That fateful wager led Patrick to find the invigorating freedom and joy of balancing upside-down, and has kept him coming back to his mat each day. Now sharing that discovery with his students, he teaches a fluid power vinyasa yoga that emphasizes strength, flexibility and a constant sense of play and adventure. Patrick believes yoga is an exploration of personal enlightenment and loves being a guide for students taking their own unique journey.
Usually finding a spot to float wherever and whenever, Patrick takes his teaching on the road for workshops. Patrick and his trusty handstand have been featured in both Yoga Journal and Origin Magazine and the engaging content he creates on YouTube, Instagram and tumblr. His stomping grounds of Seattle give him (and kittens Zelda and Opie) time to catch-up on Game of Thrones, read comics, enjoy the vibrant indie music scene, and of course, to focus on his own dedicated yoga practice.

£40 for each workshop
£108 for all 3 workshops

 

Friday, January 30th, 2-5pm

A GENERAL IYENGAR YOGA WORKSHOP

with Sue Darling

This general level Iyengar workshop with Sue Darling will inspire everyone to consider the importance of alignment and precision in yoga practice. Whether you like to move slowly or quickly we all need to be well informed about how to achieve stability and balance. “It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence.” – B.K.S. Iyengar

Embrace the wisdom of yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar and find
. More stability in many of the most popular postures
. Increased self awareness in practice.
. Outer strength and inner calm.

In 1988 Sue Darling took her first yoga class and has never looked back. Inspired to find health and well being after a devastating motor bike accident, Sue quickly recognized the profundity of the yogic path. In 1990 Sue found her greatest inspiration, when she met BKS Iyengar for the first time. She became a certified Iyengar teacher in 1998 in Los Angeles. Sue brings passion for yoga, love of life and much joyful effort to her classes.

Saturday and Sunday, February 7th and 8th, various times

TRADITIONAL ASHTANGA YOGA

with KRISTINA KARITINOU

Saturday, February 7th, 1.30- 4.30pm
LED PRIMARY AND INTRO TO INTERMEDIATE SERIES
This workshop is designed for students interested in experiencing a traditional led class as practiced in Mysore as well as exploring the more advanced asanas of the intermediate series.

Sunday, February 8th, 1.30- 4.30pm
MYSORE SELF-PRACTICE, PRANAYAMA & CHANTING
“Each one of us bears a personal responsibility to discover the different parts of ourselves and experience life through entelechy so that we can progress to mentally and physically healthy cells of this planet and offer useful elements to our environment through our existence….”
This workshop is designed for students who have some knowledge of the Mysore self practice system and want to be observed and assisted by an experienced and knowledgeable teacher. The workshop will conclude with pranayama and chanting as taught under the Ashtanga Vinyasa system.

Kristina is a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher, and has been teaching through the tradition of Sri K Pattabhi Jois since 1991.
She was qualified as an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher by Derek Ireland and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in 2002 and has studied extensively under the lineage of Manju Jois and R.Sharath Jois.

Kristina’s work is a continuation of Derek Ireland’s teaching principles and techniques. Derek Ireland was one of the first students of Sri K Pattabhi Jois and is considered one of the most important yoga teachers of our era, succeeding in spreading the Ashtanga method in Europe. Kristina’s work is dedicated to him.
She teaches Primary, Intermediate and Third series and offers Mysore classes, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings all year round in Greece, Europe and Asia.

£40 for each workshop

Saturday and Sunday, February 14th and 15th, 1.30-4.30pm

DHARMA MITTRA WORKSHOPS

with Yannis Andritsos

Saturday February 14th,  1.30-4.30pm
BACKBENDING MASTER CLASS
Back bending postures are an invaluable aid in maintaining full mobility and flexibility of the spine, shoulders, chest and back. They restore youthfulness to the body helping one feel young. You will learn the fundamental tools needed to practice back bending with precision and confidence.
Purification Sequence of Pranayama and Meditation will include ancient pranayama (breathing), visualization and concentration techniques. Pranayama uses the breath and the entire respiratory system to purify and strengthen the nerves, which leads to greater control of the senses and calmer and clearer mind; purifies the physical body and the subtle body of toxic impurities.
The workshop will finish with Yoga Nidra – Deep Healing Relaxation, which  is the best antidote for all impurities, it dispels tension and fatigue in the physical body; relieves depression, anxiety, craving; rejuvenates and energizes all systems – physical and subtle – bolstering the human’s natural healing capacity, leading to integral purification of all aspects of human being (physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual).
For all levels of practitioners.

Sunday, February 15th, 1.30-4.30pm
INVERSIONS MASTER CLASS
Come and learn all the special tricks of the Inversions. Learn how they help to increase the flexibility and health of the spine and stimulate the spinal chakras. These postures bring pure oxygenated blood to the brain, heart pituitary and thyroid glands. They strengthen the shoulders, arms and wrists, and bring balance and poise to the body, as well as increase mental power and clarity, sharpness and confidence. Personal attention will be given throughout. This sequence will also include ancient pranayama (breathing), concentration techniques, directed visualizations, and powerful mantras to establish perfect psychic rhythm to mental patterns which puts power behind your thoughts making it easier to achieve your goals in life. These ancient techniques have only been passed down by word of mouth from teacher to disciple and continue to be taught in this way. This class culminates in a final meditation to manifest your soul’s longings into the world.
For all levels of practitioners.

Yiannis has been a dedicated teacher for over six years, with a specialty in Dharma Yoga, which is a Hatha-Raja Yoga passed in authentic tradition by Sri Dharma Mittra. He is an avid student of Bhakti yoga, Karma yoga, Sanskrit, meditation and pranayama (sacred breathing practices).Yiannis met the great yoga master Sri Dharma Mittra, with whom he has been studying and practicing full time since 2002.
Inspired and awed by the way that yoga has transformed his life, Yiannis teaches so others may also experience the many amazing benefits of yoga to the body, mind and soul. He feels incredibly grateful and blessed to be able to share all that yoga has to offer in a positive and inspiring way.  Yiannis’s yoga is deeply focused, but also fun, spontaneous, and appropriate for all levels of practitioners, as various options and variations of each pose are always offered.  Coordinating movement with breath allows for the detoxification of energy channels, deeper concentration and meditation, and works to elevate and balance his students’ energy.

£35 for one workshop/£65 for both workshops

Friday - Sunday, May 22nd - 24th, various times

WEEKEND OF WORKSHOPS

with Lauren Rudick

Friday, May 22nd, 2.00-5.00pm
FRIGHT OR FLIGHT
All about arm balances. Face your fears, learn proper alignment, then fly. This workshop is guaranteed to get the core working and the adrenaline pumping. Join Lauren for an exuberant adventure into arm balances.

Saturday, May 23rd, 1.30-4.30pm
EXPLORE YOUR CORE
This class is all about fun transitions that ask the yogi to learn what and where the bandhas are and how to use them. We will move through fun and challenging transitions that demand we get centered, pull in through the midline, stay grounded and get to the core of the body.

Sunday, May 24th, 1.30-4.30pm
BACKBENDS FOR THE NON-BENDY
A “bend don’t break class”. Expand into advancing the practice rather than just heat up so much that the backbends come more easily. In this workshop we bend not just the bodies but also our thought process so that challenges do not break us. Lean to use yoga to physically and internally open the heart.

Lauren Rudick has been teaching and practicing yoga for a decade. She has solid roots in traditional Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa and Power Yoga with continued education in Ashtanga, Yin, and Anusara. Lauren’s dynamic and upbeat classes are infused with humour, positivity and joy helping her students build confidence on and off the mat.

£40 for one workshop/£108 for all 3 workshops

Saturday and Sunday, June 13th and 14th, 1.30-4.30pm

YOGA WEEKEND

with SARAH EZRIN

Saturday, June 13th, 1.30-4.30pm
MOON OVER MY HAMMIES: HAMSTRING OPENING WORKSHOP
In this workshop, we will open and explore this infamous muscle group. By understanding the anatomy of the sitting bone-hamstring connection, one will be able to properly move the pelvis in forward bends gaining more length and stability. For those with previous injuries or very supple hamstrings, learn to safely stretch from the belly of the muscle. We will then play with advanced postures that require hamstring openness, such as deep forward bends and arm balances.  When we are able to create space physically, we create space mentally and energetically. Happy hamstrings equal a healthy mind!

Sunday, June 14th, 1.30-4.30pm
THE ROYAL FAMILY OF YOGA: HEADSTAND & SHOULDERSTAND WORKSHOP
Classically referred to as the king and queen, head balance and shoulderstand are two of the most beneficial postures in yoga. The physical benefits of these poses are innumerable from opening the upper back and shoulders to deeper effects such as balancing the endocrine system, which regulates hormones, metabolism, and mood. On a psychological level, inversions are fun! They teach concentration, and literally shift our perspective as we explore our edge. But sometimes these noble poses are challenging and even risky if practiced incorrectly. In this workshop, we will look at the anatomy of the shoulder girdle and upper regions of the spine to understand optimal alignment. We will learn modifications and how to prop-erly (pun intended!) use props so that anybody can benefit from these powerful poses. We will also play with advanced variations. It is said that Mr. Iyengar practiced headstand thirty minutes a day until his mid-90’s! Tap into your inner King and Queen!

Sarah Ezrin, E-RYT-500, is an energetic and humorous yoga teacher and writer based in Los Angeles. With a profound love of travel, Sarah runs around the globe leading teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats. She is a regular contributor for many publications including Mantra Magazine. A background in psychology and life coaching infuse her classes, which are dynamic and alignment-based. For Sarah, yoga is beyond the postures; it is about connecting to one’s brightest and most authentic Self. Life should be spent laughing with those we love and doing the things we most enjoy, like yoga! For more information on Sarah please visit her website or connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

£35 for each workshop

Friday - Sunday, July 17th-19th, various times

A WEEKEND OF WORKSHOPS

with Karen Branemen

Friday, July 17th, 2-5pm
THE THORACIC SPINE: HOW TO GO FROM FIXED TO FLUID
This is a restorative workshop rooted in relaxation and methodical use of blocks, bolsters, and other props to approach the opening process thoroughly yet gently. This workshop is perfect for all levels, especially those who wish to build their back bending practice.
Working with a variety of postures to warm-up and build anatomical awareness, you will begin to investigate your natural range of motion. Slowly, you will be encouraged to work deeper into that range, opening your shoulders and building the core strength required to support new flexibility.

Saturday, July 18th, 1.30-4.30pm
BREATH-POWERED BACKBENDS
A workshop to bring out the backbender in all of us! Working from the extremities to understand shoulder mobility and the importance of psoas-awareness, we will start flexing inward to the core of the matter: the spine
Journeying our way up from the floor, practitioners will be guided through a series of back-opening asanas which are initiated through deep-breathing. The workshop will culminate in Urdhva Danurasana variations, followed by forward bending and a gentle closing sequence.
Suitable for all levels, especially for people who are flummoxed by backbending and are looking for a new approach.

Sunday, July 19th, 1.30-4.30pm
APPROACHING INVERSIONS
An adventure into flying on the mat! This workshop will open with strong, guided Vinyasa sequences and progress into a creative, energising range of arm balances and inversions. Amidst the flow, we will pause to breakdown the mechanics of inversions: preparation, entry, the full expression of the asana and variations.
This workshop is best suited for experienced yoga students and teachers. It is not for beginners but you students don’t need to be advanced either; just willing to have fun and experiment with balance and gravity!

Karen first went to India to study Yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in 2003, and regularly journeys to KPJAYI in Mysore as a committed Ashtangi. She is currently undertaking full time study on the MSc in Human Anatomy at the University of Edinburgh in the School of Biomedical Sciences. Karen has recovered from numerous sports-related injuries through conscientious health practices, which she has learned from key teachers and friends.
American by birth, Karen moved to the UK in 2003 and has been teaching and practicing Yoga continuously since then. She practices with enormous gratitude for the influence of Western teachers, particularly David Keil and Sarah Durney Hatcher.

£40 for one workshop/£108 for all 3 workshops

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