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…

Every Monday, April 7th - April 28th (excl. April 21), 10.30-12.00

YOGA FOR PREGNANCY & 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 Sunday, April 13th-May 4th (ex. April 20th), 10.30-12.00pm

INDABA BASIC COURSE

with Emi Tull

Designed with those brand new to yoga in mind, this three week course focuses on breath and body awareness. The course is designed to give you a basic knowledge of postural names and alignment, breath control, and conscious movement. A gentle yet powerful series of balancing, stretching, back bending, twisting and mild inverted postures will follow. This practice ends with deep relaxation, breathing exercises, and concentration /meditation to remove impurities and bring a sense of well-being to the body and radiant peace to the mind which will recharge and renew.

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.

Maximum 6 people.

£50 for 3 weekly 90 min sessions

Monday, April 21st, 2.00-4.00pm

EASTER WORKSHOP

In this workshop Stew will begin with a lengthy vinyasa practice to  stimulate the flow of energy throughout your body.
Moving through basic pranayama techniques you will progress to rechaka and kumbhaka enhancing the function of your nervous and  glandular system.
Moving on to the pactice of mudras you will learn to unite the basic  opposite life-energies prana and apana to create agni (fire in the belly), awakening kundalini in muladhara-chakra sending it up your smiling  sushumna.
Stewart is one of London’s most popular teachers. His charisma will carry you through the most challenging of classes, which are filled with loads of laughter and years of insight into the practice!

Open to all: some experience of dynamic yoga advisable.

£25 for 2 hours

Saturday and Sunday, April 26th and 27th, 1.30-4.30pm

YOGA WORKSHOPS

with Suzanne Slocum-Gori

Saturday, April 26th, 1.30-4.30pm
RHYMING THE RHYTHMS: THERAPEUTICS

All-level(s) therapeutic workshop. Promote your inner rhythms to align with a universal meter and order. Tap into the individual and collective tempos and patterns. Suzanne will introduce various biomechanical and energetic approaches that facilitate in healing injuries as well as supporting mental and emotional health. The session will focus on the shoulders, back and pelvis within an asana practice including assisted therapeutic components.

Sunday, April 27th, 1.30-4.30pm
THE ECSTASY OF FORTITUDE: INTERMEDIATE BACKBENDING

The boldness, constancy and braveness that take refuge within fortitude provide pathways to a space of enchantment. Submerge yourself into the raw & wild, refine the same actions in different forms and ascend into new thresholds. Through fortitude we may remove the armor that prevents us from experiencing life’s fullest expression. Taste a full-flavoured series of symmetrical and asymmetrical back-bends. Nurture your inner flame with pranayama. Harmonize the soul with mantra.

Suzanne’s teachings encourage students to dissolve barriers, to dance & move through a resourceful practice in order to cultivate more intimacy with breath, body, mind and most importantly to each other. Her classes are devotional, dynamic and diverse…bold, mighty and introspective, weaving progressive sequencing, anchored in ancient teachings, and woven to attune to modern duty. As a former certified Yoga Works ™ Instructor, Suzanne dove into the reverent and integral offerings from the Iyengar and Ashtanga lineages with her teachers while living in Los Angeles. Suzanne also bountifully studied Anusara Yoga with Founder John Friend and several exceptional Anusara instructors since 2006. Suzanne is Co-Founder & Co-Owner of One Yoga for the People in Vancouver and holds a doctorate within Educational and Counselling Psychology. She teaches 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Trainings as the founder of Bindu Yoga School. She conducts teacher mentorship programs and international retreats & workshops. She is a primary faculty member for Yoga Therapy International and One Yoga Teacher Trainings. Suzanne is also the founder of The SARA Foundation, a charity organization aimed at yoga for cancer prevention & management.
Suzanne was born into a family of devotion and has led a life of ritual and sadhana practices ever since she was a young girl. Suzanne stepped into her yogic journey as a way to deepen her training as a marathon runner and triathlete. She traveled to southeast Asia in 1999 and participated in a teacher training in Thailand before exploring Cambodia, Vietnam and Loas where she participated in Vipassana retreats. She completed certifications in Thai Massage and Reiki. Her studies in graduate school slowly led her into researching complementary and alternative medicine and psychospiritual approaches within mental health. During this time she was incredibly fortunate to study in an intimate setting with Anodea Judith and Sufi teacher Kabir Helminski. Suzanne’s tours of India led her to various ashrams and intensive studies with the Iyengar and Sivananda lineages. Her travels to Nepal led her to Tibetan Buddhist teacher Thrangu Rinpoche, and she has studied in his monastries throughout North America, India and Nepal. Suzanne is deeply honoured to have studied with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness the 17th Karmapa while in Dharamsala, India. After doctoral studies Suzanne received federal funding from Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) as Principal Investigator to examine the impact of yoga therapy on breast cancer survivors. Out of her research and practical experience with clients, Suzanne created the SARA Foundation.

£35 for 3 hours

£65 for the weekend

 

 

Every Saturday, April 26th - May 10th, 9.30-11.00am

SPACE AND FLOW BASIC COURSE

with Raphan Kebe

Space and Flow Basics course will cater for those interested in both the little details and the big principles that make up the ‘physical vocabulary’ of Space’n’Flow Yoga. While breaking down a couple of movement patterns always present in the practice we will look at their relevance towards greater joint mobility, muscular length (flexibility) and strength. This basic course  will introduce the basic protocols of the Space and Flow physical practice, including:

- ‘One Bent, One Straight’..
- ‘Push Down to Reach Up’ ..
- ‘The Big 3’s: the Ground, the Spine and the Breath’
- flexion and extension of the spine and bending in relation to the ground and the pelvis.
- various Cat Stretches, including Rolling Waves

After having trained with various yoga schools Raphan cam up with his own methodology called The Space and Flow Method. Space and Flow is both a movement modality and a teaching methodology that emphasises spinal and joint integrity while understanding the role of the nervous system in growth, physical potential and ultimately health.
Raphan is currently training as a Feldenkrais practitioner and is influenced by Contemporary Dance choreographers such as Lin Hwai-Min, Structural Integration (or Rolfing), having trained with Tom Myers in Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI), and by Zen Buddhism.

6 people maximum
Booking is required.

£60 for 3 weeks

Every Tuesday, April 29th - May 13th, 7.30-9.00pm

INDABA BASIC 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.

Booking is required.

FOR  BEGINNERS

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

 

Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd and 4th, 1.30-4.30pm

WORKSHOPS WITH FIT QUEEN IRENE

with Irene Pappas

Saturday, May 3rd, 1.30-4.30pm
ROCKET YOGA WORKSHOP

Join Irene as she leads us through a creative interpretation of the Rocket Yoga sequence with specific focus on building strength and flexibility for arm balances and inversions. Based on the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa method, Rocket yoga allows all levels of practitioners to experiment with more advanced asana and playful variations. Beginning with pranayama and sun salutations to warm the body, we will learn how to link breath and movement in order to flow effortlessly. This workshop will incorporate inversions like headstand, forearm stand, and handstand, and integrate these poses as transitions in the sequence. We will also explore how to “take it up” from traditional poses into arm balances. Ample time will be spent deepening flexibility and mobility in order to access strength more easily. Prepare to sweat, laugh, and fly in this playful and dynamic workshop.

Sunday, May 4th, 1.30-4.30pm
FLOATING/INVERSIONS CLINIC

This workshop will be focused on building strength and flexibility to float or press-up into inversions like headstand, forearm stand, and ultimately, handstand. Using different conditioning drills to build strength and body awareness, we will work from the ground up to create correct alignment and a strong foundation. Starting with pranayama, we will learn how to activate the bandhas in order lock and lift the energy needed to float on the mat. We will spend time breaking down each individual inversion as well as learning how to weightlessly transition to and from the pose. This workshop will focus on how to balance in a free standing handstand, as well as how to use your core to enter the pose in a variety of different ways. Appropriate for the advanced beginner and beyond, all that is required is a playful attitude and the desire to sweat!

Irene’s love for yoga is contagious. She began practicing in 2012 and immediately knew she had found her path. When she did her first 200 hour teacher training she did not intend to teach right away, but she soon realized that sharing yoga with others was her purpose. Currently she is based in Washington, DC but she travels often to teach and practice.

Irene practices both Ashtanga and Rocket yoga, as she enjoys a traditional practice as well as a playful and spontaneous one. As a lover of movement, Irene’s teaching style combines dynamic flexibility and mobility work with more traditional yoga sequencing. Irene encourages students to seek balance between strength and flexibility in both mind and body. Her classes are challenging but leave you feeling excited and alive, with a new respect for the abilities of your body.

£40 for one workshop
£70 for both workshops

Saturday, May 10th, July 5th, August 9th, 1.30-4.30pm

THREE PART YOGA ASSIST WORKSHOP

with Emma Henry

Saturday, May 10th, 1.30-4.30pm
SURYA NAMASKAR AND WARRIOR SERIES

Saturday, July 5th, 1.30-4.30pm
BACKBENDING AND TWISTING SERIES

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 for one workshop
£95 for all three

Saturday, June 7th, 1.30-4.30pm

IYENGAR WORKSHOP

with Simon Turner

This 3 hour Iyengar workshop is a great opportunity for yoga practitioners of all traditions who are interested in developing their practice and deepening their understanding of the Iyengar method.
Iyengar yoga is renowned and respected worldwide for its vigour and sophisticated understanding of physical and mental movement, balancing strength, flexibility and endurance.
Simon first studied with the Iyengar family in Pune in 1993 and attended regular classes and workshops with Corinne and Faeq Biria whilst living in Paris. He is currently working towards his Senior Intermediate assessment.
Simon teaches with precision, intelligence and humor.
If you have an injury or medical condition, please contact Indaba before booking.

£35 / £30 (before May 10th)

Sunday, May 11th, 1.30-4.30pm

STRENGTH FROM THE GROUND UP, FLEXIBILITY FROM STRENGTH: SPACE N FLOW WORKSHOP

with Raphan Kebe

This workshop will look at how muscular strength alongside joint mobility can lead us into greater range of motion and a flexibility that is both functional and healthy. We will use simple movement patterns, with increasing range of motion and demands for physical adaptation, which will make up a Vinyasa practice leading us into the practice of long-hold asanas customized to fit the context of the day: Strength into Flexibility…

This workshop is open to anyone wanting to push and pull a little further and who’s not afraid of challenging commonly held thoughts and beliefs on what constitute ‘safe’ and ‘normal’ by actually doing what can be shown to be healthy. After having trained with various yoga schools Raphan cam up with his own methodology called The Space and Flow Method. Space and Flow is both a movement modality and a teaching methodology that emphasises spinal and joint integrity while understanding the role of the nervous system in growth, physical potential and ultimately health.

Raphan is currently training as a Feldenkrais practitioner and is happily influenced by Contemporary Dance choreographers such as Lin Hwai-Min, Structural Integration (or Rolfing), having trained with Tom Myers in Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI), and by Zen Buddhism.

£35 for 3 hours

Friday, May 16th, June 13th, September 5th, 7.30-9pm

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 3 hours

£90 for full weekend

Sunday, May 18th, 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, May 24th and Sunday, May 25th, 1.30-4.30pm

DHARMA MITTRA WORKSHOPS

with Yannis Andritsos

Saturday May 24th, 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, May 25th, 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

Sundays, June 8th, July 6th, September 7th, 1.30-4.30pm

THE STRUCTURE 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 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, June 8th, 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, July 6th, 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, September 7th, 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

Saturday, June 21st, 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/£25 (before May 31st)

Saturday, June 28th, 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. www.leilasadeghee.com

£35 for 3 hours

 

 

Friday-Sunday, July 11th-13th, various times

THE PHILOSOPHY OF MOVEMENT

with Julie Martin

Friday, July 11th 2.00-5.00pm
Saturday,12th, 1.30-4.30pm
Sunday, 13th, 1.30-4.30pm

Exploring the body, breath and biomechanics to discover our true practice.
“The practice is not in the asana, it is in the awareness.” Julie Martin
A journey towards discovering the evolution of your own practice and true alignment, combining anatomy, breath work, yoga history, philosophy and explorative movement to arrive into a true practice for each individual.

Current asana practices are very new in terms of the yoga world. What we practice is very modern and has very little resemblance to ancient yoga. However this is often overlooked by many teachers and styles. We attempt to contort our bodies into shapes that are not designed for everyone and we have no measure of the long term effects of this kind of practice. The current rise in yoga injuries is evidence that something is missing in our understanding. During this weekend we will look at the history of yoga and the asana practice itself and delve into the most up to date information from the anatomy world on what we are REALLY doing to ourselves. We will also investigate the relationship of the nervous system, the breath, the reaction of the mind and how these elements are integral in finding our true practice that encompasses yoga as a whole.

By looking at the natural anatomy of each individual we allow ourselves to understand the true rhythm of our bodies and breath and listening to what is needed, where to go. Explore our possibilities instead of limiting ourselves based on what we have been told the pose should look like. We need to pull apart structure and form in order to deepen our understanding and experience where movement comes from in order to return fully present into stillness.

This entire weekend will be about exploring possibilities within yourself. Each day will include an asana practice and theory. Come with an open mind and a desire for new freedom in your asana practice, your breath and your true self.

Julie Martin, Director of Brahmani Yoga in Goa, India, is an internationally recognized teacher of both Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga Yoga. Born in Los Angeles but based in Brighton, UK for 14 years, she moved to Goa in 2003, and set up Brahmani Yoga – now one of the leading yoga centres in Asia. Julie has been teaching worldwide for over 16 years and has run highly respected training programmes at Brahmani for the last 9 years.
A former professional dancer Julie imbues her classes with the grace and rhythm of dance, encouraging play and discovery in her students. Each class becomes a choreographed journey through the body and mind, fusing the qualities of traditional yoga with personal discovery and self expression.
With emphasis always on awareness, Julie is continually inspired by the workings of the body and uses alignment, breath and foundation alongside playfulness to unlock freedom in our movement, find our true practice, our true selves.

£35 for 3 hours

£100 for the weekend

Sunday, July 20th, 1.30-4.30pm

BEING COOL: A YIN YOGA WORKSHOP

with Norman Blair

We are often drowning in a deluge of demands. There can be overheating and a too great stimulating of senses – we become worn down: exhausted and depleted. A possible path to dilute this drowning is the slow motion and stillness of yin yoga where we are staying for prolonged periods of time in floor-based postures.There might be experiences of spaciousness, development of patience and cultivating of acceptance: a becoming cooler. Come along to find out ways of encouraging ease of being…all are welcome.
Norman Blair has been practicing yoga since the early 1990s and started teaching in 2001. He is one of the most experienced yin yoga teachers in the UK and weaves this wonderful practice with his own background of ashtanga and meditation to be creating a potent mix. He has been a long-term student with teachers such as Sarah Powers, Hamish Hendry, Judith Lasater and Alaric Newcombe.

£30 / £25 (before June 28th)

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 /£25 (before July 2nd)

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