Workshops

With workshops and courses in a wide range of yoga styles and therapeutic approaches, Indaba hosts both local and international teachers.
Workshops are the perfect environment in which to ask questions and explore postures and principles in more detail. Gather with other like-minded people and take your physical or spiritual practice to the next level.

LEARN TO HANDSTAND

with Sainaa Janchivdorj

Friday, March 24th
2-5pm

The workshop will begin with a fairly intense warm up, including a lot of conditioning and flexibility drills specific to handstands. You will be given explanations of what to do with your body to get a perfectly straight handstand. Numerous exercises will be practiced to help you understand the shape of the posture, both on the floor and on your hands. You’ll also be working with a partner so you can learn how to spot and correct someone else’s technique.

This workshop will not be suitable for total beginners but as long as you’re used to holding weight in your arms (against the wall with good form for 30-60 seconds) you’ll be fine. You don’t need to have a perfect handstand – that’s what you are here to learn!

Sainaa trained as an elite gymnast, winning the national championship two years running, he retired from competitive gymnastics at age 18. For the next ten years he worked as a multi-skilled circus performer touring with many world famous circuses.

In the early 2000s his career lead him to teaching. It is likely that every leading handbalancer in the UK has been taught by Sainaa at some stage in their career. The perfect handstand is the holy grail and most discover Sainaa’s techniques are the best route to getting there!

£40

Embracing Stillness - An Extended Unwind and Release practice

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Saturday, 25th March
1.30 - 4:30pm

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

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

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

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

*Not suitable for pregnant women.

£35

COURSE ONE: TWISTS, HIPS AND HAMSTRINGS

with Nathalie Mukusheva

Sundays, March 26th-9th April
10-11.30am

The spine is the first part of the human body to develop in utero. It is the structure that holds us upright and is the distinguishing factor of our species. A strong and flexible spine will benefit everything you do from walking and sitting as well as giving you greater mobility and range of motion in your yoga practice. These three courses have been carefully crafted to run together to give you a detailed look at the building blocks of every aspect of the physical practice and how to integrate the whole body into each posture.

The first three week course will focus on a range of twists to release the lower back, elongate the spine and open up space between the vertebrae. The hamstrings are also intimately connected to the health of the lower back and pelvis. We will explore in depth specific actions in yoga poses that will help make progress in elongating and lengthening the hamstrings to relive lower back pain and open the hips for greater ease in forward folds.

Nathalie is renowned for her precise teaching method, detailed alignment cues and making seemingly difficult postures accessible to each individuals level.

£70

ASANA: A VINYASA PERSPECTIVE - A SPACE AND FLOW WORKSHOP

with Raphan Laye Kebe

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

GONG BATH

with Leo Cosendai

Sunday, March 26th
7-8.30

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

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

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

£20

THE FIVE AFFLICTIONS OF YOGA

with Stewart Gilchrist

Saturday, April 1st
1.30-4.30pm

An afternoon of asana, breathing , meditation, philosophy and primarily an overview focusing on the cognitive and motivational psychology of the obstacles on our internal journey to ananda and yog.
These troubles are ” the root of the karmic deposit.” Patanjali 2.12
The Kleshas have numerous interpretations in Buddhism and yoga with interesting comparisons to be made by the neophyte!!

£35

CONSCIOUS CONNECTED BREATHING WORKSHOP

with Alan Dolan

Sunday, April 2nd
1.30-4.30 pm

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

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

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

£55

YOGA BASICS COURSE

with Leela Miller

Mondays, April 3rd-15th May
7-8.30pm

We offer beginners courses for those embarking on their yoga journey. With only 8 students enrolled on each course, this an intimate learning environment, perfect for asking questions and building confidence.

Our 4 week beginners courses focuses on building a basic knowledge of the yoga postures while improving body awareness and breath control. Each week new postures and principles will be introduced, while strengthening your body, increasing mobility and opening your mind. Expect to leave both energized and at ease in body and mind.
1 week – Standing Poses
2 week – Forward Folds
3 week – Back Extensions
4 week – Inversions

Leela is one of London’s most experienced teachers, having completed the Sivananda teacher training program in 1986. Her breadth of knowledge allows her to provide beautifully balanced classes and precise instructions. She encouarges steady, grounded and mindful movement.
Leela loves the beauty, power and serenity of merging alignment, movement and breath. She weaves the precision of Iyengar alignment, the energetics of Shadow Yoga and the spiritual commitment of Sivananda into her love of Ashtanga. She truly believes in the healing power of yoga and in the transformative effects it can have on people’s bodies, minds, lives and relationships. As well as teaching yoga privately and internationally, Leela is a practicing biodynamic craniosacral therapist and studies Yoga Nidra as taught by Swami Satyananda.

*No class on April 17th

£120 for 6 weeks

LEARN TO HANDSTAND

with Saina Janchivdorj

Friday, April 7th
2-5pm

The workshop will begin with a fairly intense warm up, including a lot of conditioning and flexibility drills specific to handstands. You will be given explanations of what to do with your body to get a perfectly straight handstand. Numerous exercises will be practiced to help you understand the shape of the posture, both on the floor and on your hands. You’ll also be working with a partner so you can learn how to spot and correct someone else’s technique.
This workshop will not be suitable for total beginners but as long as you’re used to holding weight in your arms (against the wall with good form for 30-60 seconds) you’ll be fine. You don’t need to have a perfect handstand – that’s what you are here to learn!

Sainaa trained as an elite gymnast, winning the national championship two years running, he retired from competitive gymnastics at age 18. For the next ten years he worked as a multi-skilled circus performer touring many world famous circuses.
In the early 2000s his career led him to teaching. It is likely that every leading handbalancer in the UK has been taught by Sainaa at some stage in their career. His typical student is either a circus performer or a yogi. Both types of students want to be flexible and love being upside down. The perfect handstand is the holy grail and most discover Sainaa’s techniques are the best route to getting there!

£40 for 3hrs

CORE BODY YOGA

with Elisa Devlin

Saturday, April 8th
1.30-3.30pm

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

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

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

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

 

£25

PILATES BOOTCAMP

with Antonia Ptohides

Sunday, April 9th
1.30-3.30pm

Want to gain a strong, lean and happier body? Then join Antonia in a 2 hour Pilates Boot Camp! The technique and high intensity of the exercises explored in this workshop will help you discover your own strength and understand the functionality of your body.
Pilates is based on six ruling principles: Breathing, Control Centering, Precision, Concentration, Flow, Balance and Coordination. The aim of this Boot Camp is to strengthen the muscles and correct posture, giving adherence to core stability and body awareness. Unlike weight training the movements are fluid rather than jerky, stretching muscles to create sleekness rather than bulk. The beauty of the Pilates Method is that it lends itself to all levels of physical fitness and to all ages.
Antonia came to Pilates through her training as a professional dancer. Graduating from the State School of Athens as a professional Dancer and Dance Teacher in 2009, Antonia earned a scholarship to study for an MA in Movement Studies at London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. From here she went on to become a certified instructor (Level 3), specialising in rehabilitation, equipment and mat work.

£30

CACAO BLUE LOTUS SOUND CEREMONY

with Susan Rozo

Friday, April 14th
2-5pm

Through this ceremony you are invited to explore the Blue Lotus through heart-opening Cacao. Susan is passionate about re-building our relationship with plants and understanding the medicinal gifts they offer us.
Blue Lotus is our name for the ancient Egyptian Blue Water Lily, which was seen in ancient Egyptian culture as the flower of birth and re-birth. Also honoured traditionally in South America as the flower of transcendence and universal divine beauty, this elixir will support Susan working with the blue-lilac rays of the upper, etheric, magical worlds and the silver-yellow rays of the physical realm.

This workshop will take you on a restorative journey to explore the layers of inner self in a subtly profound way, stimulating the capacity to inhabit deep awareness, presence and tranquility.

The gentle dreamy effect of Blue Lotus will be interwoven with soundscapes from ancient traditions – prepare for a journey into divine wisdom and nourishment, moving towards alignment on all levels of your being, in universal beauty and perfect symmetry.

£35

A GENERAL IYENGAR WORKSHOP

with Khaled Kendsi

Saturday, April 15th
1.30-4.30pm

This workshop is an opportunity to develop your practice with an intensive focus on the general level asanas and an introduction to some intermediate poses. Khaled will start by looking at standing poses in detail, allowing you to experience directionality of shape and alignment. He will then introduce some intermediate poses including inversions. With the use of props to support the body this will allow you to experience the postures safely.

This workshop is open to all, but if you’re menstruating you will not be able to take part in the inverted or twist postures. If you have an injury or medical condition, please contact Indaba yoga studio before booking.

Khaled is a certified Junior Intermediate 1 Iyengar Yoga Teacher and has visited RIMYI in Pune several times where he has studied under the direct guidance of the Iyengar family.

£35

ANCESTRAL HEALING COURSE

with Susan Rozo

Sundays, April 16th - 30th
12-2pm

DRAWING OUT FROM ANCIENT TRADITIONS, USING SOUND AND LIGHT WE COME TO UNDERSTAND AND TRANSFORM OUR ANCESTRAL PATTERNING.

Join us on this explorative workshop through sound & colour light frequencies.
Each cell in the body communicates and participates in the vibrational orchestra that co-creates every level of one’s being. By connecting at a cellular level Susan allows breath sound and colour to align your being in a universal rhythms of optimum healing, bringing you into a state of flow that facilitates deep healing in a profound way that can be gently integrated.

As part of her therapeutic approach on this workshop, Susan particularly focuses on ancestral healing to look at past wounds, whether physical, emotional, mental or etheric. Fear, phobia, grief and distorted ego identification are some of the limiting factors that prevent living fully and freely in the present and form patterns of deep attachment through lifetimes, passing on to us from our ancestors through cellular memory. Susan’s approach to healing can subtly allow a loosening of this patterning. Somewhat Contemporary shamanic in style this treatment takes a holistic view that helps tackle anything from Chronic aches and pains to specific physical, energetic, emotional, etheric or mental conditions that are attached to cellular memories.

This is a 3 week course with a limit of 10 students.

£120

SLOW DOWN FRIDAY

with Norman Blair

Friday, April 21st
2-4.30pm

Cherish this precious chance to slow down and to soften with an extended Yin yoga practice led by Norman Blair, one of the most experienced Yin teachers in UK.
Many of us lead demanding and difficult lives. We can seem like graceful water birds: gliding serenely on the surface but in fact paddling frantically below to stay afloat. Often what we require most is space where we can rest and release the tensions that we all carry.
The Yin yoga practice is centred around floor-based postures, which are held for several minutes using props as supports. Doing this practice for 2.5 hours, mindfully bending and gently moving, can be remarkably rejuvenating for our body-mind-heart.

Norman has been practicing yoga since the early 1990s and started teaching in 2001. He has years of experience in teaching yin yoga and weaves into this wonderful practice his own background of ashtanga and buddha-dharma meditation to be create a potent mix that is soothing, grounding and inspiring. He sees yoga as a beautiful way of being that will enhance your life, welcome you back to your body, release habitual tension and encourage a greater focus and quality of mind. He has trained with teachers such as Hamish Hendry, Judith Lasater, Richard Freeman, Alaric Newcombe and Sarah Powers.

£30

HANDSTAND FOCUS COURSE LEVEL ONE

with Hortense Suleyman

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

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

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

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

£70

YIN YOGA FOR YANG YOGIS

with Marcus Veda

Saturday, April 22nd,
1.30-4.30pm

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

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

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

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

£35

COURSE TWO: SHOULDERS & BACKBENDS

with Nathalie Mukusheva

Sundays, April 23rd-7th May,
10-11.30am

The spine is the first part of the human body to develop in utero. It is the structure that holds us upright and is the distinguishing factor of our species. A strong and flexible spine will benefit everything you do from walking and sitting as well as giving you greater mobility and range of motion in your yoga practice. These three courses have been carefully crafted to run together to give you a detailed look at the building blocks of every aspect of the physical practice and how to integrate the whole body into each posture.

Following on from the first course the next three weeks will focus on opening the shoulders and upper chest from the stability of the pelvis and legs. Taking the backbend out of the lumbar and neck and working to lengthen the front body we will start to explore backbends like cobra, camel and wheel.

Nathalie is renowned for her precise teaching method, detailed alignment cues and making seemingly difficult postures accessible to each individuals level.

£70

MASTERING THE SPLITS

with Nathalie Mukusheva

Friday, April 28th,
2-5pm

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

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

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

£35

INTIMATE PRAYERS: AWAKENING SELF LOVE

with Leila Sadeghee

Saturday, April 29th
1.30-4.30pm

What if prayer isn’t about what we don’t have – but about all that we do have? True prayer is a deep surrender to life that opens up unexpected potency and releases locked stores of wisdom. True Prayer is a great act of self-love.

Prayers have gotten a bad rep in our age of secular individualism, but we are all praying whether we are owning it or not. Wishing, wanting, and yearning are all ways that each of us pray on a daily basis. Taking our prayers into our own hands, claiming our desires fully, letting ourselves hear what we are really saying inside – this is the how we make those small, intimately murmured prayers we can barely acknowledge into a full, wild expression of self love.

Join healer, teacher, and spiritual mentor Leila Sadeghee for a deep dive into the celebratory and intimate dimensions of prayer. We’ll recognise the body as the vessel, and move through a luscious sequence of flowing movement to put the prana everywhere. We’ll discover our own unique language of prayer, whether it be movement or word or song or something else, strategising for activating prayer for your daily life. We’ll come together for an electric yoga ritual, sharing the prayer space together to resonate at the vibration of loving fulfillment. From that space – anything is possible. And Self Love triumphs over boredom, agitation, self-deprecation, and pain.

£35

THE WARRIOR WITHIN: A VINYASA KRAMA JOURNEY

with Lizzie Reumont

Sunday, April 30th
1.30-4.30pm

People come to yoga from all walks of life, each with their own battles. Most of the time, underneath the details of the suffering there is a will to be happy, to have less stress. We focus on all kind of external factors – longing for the perfect job, house, yoga pose or partner – thinking that these things will make us happier. What many people don’t realise is that underneath these desires is the true answer to the longing, which is to know the self. In this workshop, the yoga mat becomes your battlefield as we explore the notion of finding happiness – happiness within.

This three hour journey will explore the roots of a transformative yoga practice through the lens of the Bhagavad Gītā, the epic poem about a dialogue between a warrior and his charioteer, Krishna. Breath and movement become tools used to establish a mindful foundation through a fluid asana sequence with the goal of doing less, being more present and equanimous in moving through space and time. We will investigate the concept of skilful action as we deepen into the core space, opening hips, front, back, sides and refined spinal movement.

We each face the daily battle of life. Shri Brahmananda Saraswati said “You have no choice to be a warrior or not, you have to fight. The one choice you have is what kind of warrior you want to be. Either you can be a warrior on the outer level, or you can be a warrior on the inner level.”

The yogi is interested in the inner journey. This workshop will teach you how to fall in love with the journey.

 

£35

PREGNANCY YOGA COURSE

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Thursdays, May 4th-June 8th,
6-7.15pm
*SOLD OUT*

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

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

£105 for 6 weeks

TRANSFORMATIONAL BREATH AND GONG BATH

with Rebecca Dennis and Leo Cosendai

Friday, May 5th
2-5pm
Rebecca Dennis will lead you on a 3 hour journey with this powerful breath technique.

You will learn and experience the deep healing benefits of Transformational Breath and practice this progressive self healing breath work. This can help you let go of any unhealthy breathing habits, such as breath holding, shallow breathing and over breathing and release both physical and emotional tension from the body. This can dramatically shift the way you feel in your body and bring higher states of awareness to the mind.

Following this full experience of deepening and expanding your breath, Sound Healer and Therapist, Leo Cosendai will lead you through a deep healing and relaxing sound bath, using the ancient healing sounds of The Bronze Gong. This powerful instrument releases tone resonance and complex harmonics that will wash through you and can act 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 tones add and subtract from each other, giving you the chance to re-stimulate both our pituitary and pineal gland giving you a deep connected sense of relaxation and a heightening of the senses

£55

LIBERATE YOUR LUMBAR - INTEGRATION OF BACKBENDS

with Nathalie Mukusheva

Sunday, May 7th
1.30-4.30pm

The beauty of yoga asana is when the practitioner is fully integrated into the posture and presenting the asana rather than themselves.

This workshop will look in depth at four of the most iconic backbends in yoga – Raja Kapotasana – Pigeon Pose, Natarajasana – Dancer Pose, Padangustasana Dhanurasana – Full Bow and Kapatosana – Advanced Pigeon Pose.

We will break down the base of the postures, the feet pelvis and legs and how to stabilise though proper placement and technique. Once the base of the posture is established you can safely start to open and lengthen the hip flexors using the core muscles without over working the glutes or lumbar therefore completely avoiding any pinchy nervy pain in the lower back.

Only when these two actions are applied can you safely start to work towards these poses. If you introduce the backbend to quickly the body will compensate elsewhere usually in the lower back as this bends more easily that the thoracic.

Even though these are considered advanced poses this workshop is open to all levels as with the use of props these postures can be adapted for any practitioner.

Nathalie is renowned for her precise teaching method, detailed alignment cues and and making seemingly difficult postures accessible to each individuals level.

£35

GONG BATH

with Leo Cosendai

Sunday, May 7th
7-8.30pm

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

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

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

£20

YOGA BASICS COURSE

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Tuesdays, May 9th-June 13th,
7.15-8.45pm
We offer beginners courses for those embarking on their yoga journey. With only 8 students enrolled on each course, this an intimate learning environment, perfect for asking questions and building confidence.

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

Shimmy’s teaching is gentle and kind, encouraging and nurturing. With a smile and love for teaching, she seeks to instil a sense of lightness and ease in students, whilst helping them to connect with their bodies and minds. She creates sequences that suit the energy and level of each class, whilst challenging and inspiring students to honour their abilities and presence on and off the mat. She believes that in both life and teaching one should be grounded but light, dedicated, mindful, aware and understanding of personal limitations that are inherent in each individual.

£120

ASSISTS MENTORING

with Lizzie Reumont

Wednesdays, May 10th-21st June
3.30-5.30

This six week course enables teachers to deepen their understanding of how to aid students in clarifying their experience of yoga asana practice. We explore levels of touch, energetic directionality and the tools needed to build a hands-on relationship with students in the classroom setting. Special consideration is given to language, appropriate body use and prioritisation for assisting students.
Testimonials:
“From the moment you enter a studio with Lizzie it’s abundantly clear that she possesses a vast wealth of knowledge with regard to all aspects of Yoga and the body. But what is perhaps more amazing is how willing she is to share her experience and expertise…Never forcing a flow of information or dictating what it is you ‘must’ learn – more stimulating your appetite with inquisitive questions, thoughtful insights and intelligent assists. She creates a safe environment to learn, share and play”
“I really enjoyed myself on the Assists Course. It is clear that Lizzie’s dynamic teaching style comes from years of inquiry and not being afraid to make mistakes, which is what she asks of the students. A great learning environment!”

£225

*Please note, there will be no class on the 31st May

HEADSTAND COURSE

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Thursdays, May 11th-25th
7.30-8.45pm
Shimmy’s fun & relaxed Headstand Course is designed for students new to inversions and those looking to broaden their experience of the joys being inverted!
In this 3 weeks you will explore the mechanics of a headstand & maybe a forearm balance or two. We will integrate, discuss, practice and apply alignment principles to deepen your understanding and ability to perform this beautiful and important posture. Learn to stabilise your base, strengthen and engage the shoulder girdle, access your core to gain confidence thus freeing yourself from the fear of being upside down and balancing on your head!Inverted poses have deep healing properties and strengthen mind/body connection. Facing our fears on the mat can offer us the gift of empowerment and clarity.Filled with an abundance of information on the mechanisms needed to achieve and support Sirsasana in a super-safe and fun way making it suitable for complete novices, those too timid to try and those who are still mastering this challenging posture.Shimmy’s teaching is gentle and kind, encouraging and nurturing. With a smile and love for teaching, she seeks to instil a sense of lightness and ease in students, whilst helping them to connect with their bodies and minds.She believes that in both life and teaching one should be grounded but light, dedicated, mindful, aware and understanding of personal limitations that are inherent in each individual.£60 for 3 weeks

SLOW DOWN FRIDAY

with Norman Blair

Friday, May 12TH
2-4.30pm

Cherish this precious chance to slow down and to soften with an extended Yin yoga practice led by Norman Blair, one of the most experienced Yin teachers in UK.
Many of us lead demanding and difficult lives. We can seem like graceful water birds: gliding serenely on the surface but in fact paddling frantically below to stay afloat. Often what we require most is space where we can rest and release the tensions that we all carry.
The Yin yoga practice is centred around floor-based postures, which are held for several minutes using props as supports. Doing this practice for 2.5 hours, mindfully bending and gently moving, can be remarkably rejuvenating for our body-mind-heart.

Norman has been practicing yoga since the early 1990s and started teaching in 2001. He has years of experience in teaching yin yoga and weaves into this wonderful practice his own background of ashtanga and buddha-dharma meditation to be create a potent mix that is soothing, grounding and inspiring. He sees yoga as a beautiful way of being that will enhance your life, welcome you back to your body, release habitual tension and encourage a greater focus and quality of mind. He has trained with teachers such as Hamish Hendry, Judith Lasater, Richard Freeman, Alaric Newcombe and Sarah Powers.

£30

HANDSTANDS & HIPS

with Hortense Suleyman

Saturday, May 13th
1.30-4.30 pm
H & H with H
Handstands (because that’s what you all want)
Expect to fly….
Starting with fingers & wrist strengthening, core awakening and shoulders stretching we will be exploring being upside down – using the wall, with partners and eventually free standing.

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Hips (because that’s what I want)
To bring us down to earth we will unravel the hips mysteries with a juicy, floor based, Forrest inspired sequence.
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With H (because that’s how most call me despite not being given permission)

All levels welcome!
£35

LEARN TO HANDSTAND

with Sainaa Janchivdorj

Friday, May 19th
2-5pm
The workshop will begin with a fairly intense warm up, including a lot of conditioning and flexibility drills specific to handstands. You will be given explanations of what to do with your body to get a perfectly straight handstand. Numerous exercises will be practiced to help you understand the shape of the posture, both on the floor and on your hands. You’ll also be working with a partner so you can learn how to spot and correct someone else’s technique.
This workshop will not be suitable for total beginners but as long as you’re used to holding weight in your arms (against the wall with good form for 30-60 seconds) you’ll be fine. You don’t need to have a perfect handstand – that’s what you are here to learn!
Sainaa trained as an elite gymnast, winning the national championship two years running, he retired from competitive gymnastics at age 18. For the next ten years he worked as a multi-skilled circus performer touring with many world famous circuses.
In the early 2000s his career lead him to teaching. It is likely that every leading handbalancer in the UK has been taught by Sainaa at some stage in their career. The perfect handstand is the holy grail and most discover Sainaa’s techniques are the best route to getting there!
£40

FORREST YOGA WORKSHOP: STAND IN YOUR CORE

with Kristi Rodelli

Saturday, May 20th
1.30-4.30pm

In this workshop we will take a journey into the core with a strong, grounding and illuminating Forrest Yoga asana practice, honouring and embodying the Four Pillars of Forrest Yoga; Strength, Breath, Integrity and Spirit.
You will find all the things you love about the practice in here; the Pranayama work, the unravelling of the neck and shoulders, the juicy core work, the hip love, and maybe even a sneaky Dolphin on the Wall.
Once we have worked through and opened the body physically, energetically and emotionally we will weave everything together with a Chakra meditation process that will involve copious amounts of Bramhari Breath, and some writing.
We will conclude with a long delicious Savasana, allowing plenty of time to digest, integrate, and recalibrate.
This workshop is available to anyone who is open and enthusiastic about going on a journey. Please bring a notebook or paper and pen for the meditation process.

£35

COURSE THREE: SPLITS AND BACKBENDS

with Nathalie Mukusheva

Sundays, May 14th - May 28th
10-11.30am

The third course will focus on some of the most iconic yoga postures in the back bending series.- Eka Pada Raja Kapatosana, Natarjasana and Full Dhanurasana
These poses can seem intimidating at first glance but are more accessible than you might think. Releasing tension in the front body – the psoas, hip flexors and quadriceps through slow detailed resistance and passive stretching allows you to relax and breathe more into the back body.
Once you shift awareness into the back the front brain releases allowing you to soften any gripping and tension which is often what stops us moving deeper into backbends.
During this three week course you will learn to bring clarity and awareness to each body part and how to bring everything together in a sustained manner which will radiate through your entire practice.

Nathalie is renowned for her precise teaching method, detailed alignment cues and making seemingly difficult postures accessible to each individuals level.

£70

CONSCIOUS CONNECTED BREATHING WORKSHOP

with Alan Dolan

Sunday,May 21st
1.30-4.30

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

A ROCKET WEEKEND

with Ambra Vallo

Saturday and Sunday, May 27th - 28th
1.30-4.30pm

The Rocket Fuel 

Saturday, May 27th

This workshop combines all the best bits of the famous Rocket routine, so be ready to bend, flex and invert….a lot!

We’ll break down the key poses of the Rocket series, adding modifications to make certain postures more accessible to newcomers, and at the same time playing with unusual transitions to add some extra challenges for those ready to play harder.

With plenty of core and upper body strengthening drills, inversions, arm balancing, back bending and spinal twists you will leave invigorated and awakened.

If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask which one, hands down and bums up, just get on!

Float Forward, Back and Glide through . . .Yes My Arms Are Long Enough!!!

Sunday, May 28th  

In this workshop we will break down the various stages of jump forward, jump back and jump through. We will demystify the technique of those “seemingly unachievable” transitional movements to make them accessible to all. Find greater ease and lightness in your practice, no matter at which stage you are. Let’s make the impossible possible! It even says “I’M POSSIBLE!”

We will learn to find the correct alignment, coordinate core and upper arm strength, shift the weight into the hands, and use the breath and bandhas to assist you in the lift off. Understanding the mechanics of flight, patience, faith and constant practice are the key to success.

£35 each

WAX, WANE, INHALE, EXHALE

with Rebecca Dennis and Kirsty Gallagher

Friday, June 9th
2-5pm

Introduction to Transformational Breath with Rebecca Dennis and special guest speaker Kirsty Gallagher

Join Rebecca Dennis and guest speaker Kirsty Gallagher for a powerful journey of release through Transformational Breath under the magic of the full moon.

We’ve all no doubt heard about the magic of the moon and how it affects our emotions, sleep patterns and even our yoga practice, but how can we use it in our day to day lives? The moon, just like the breath, moves in a cycle with a time of growth, creating and a peak before release, letting go and creating space for something new to come in. The workshop will begin with a talk by Kirsty Gallagher where she will let you into the secret wisdom of the moon and how you can work with the different phases to bring real magic in your life. This workshop is perfectly timed to coincide with a full moon, the time of the month where the energy cycle is at it’s peak and perfectly poised to help us to release to achieve completion.

Rebecca Dennis will then take you on a powerful journey with your breath. You will learn and experience the deep healing benefits of this technique and practice this cutting edge self-healing breathwork. This can held you let go of unhealthy breathing habits, such as shallow breathing, have a deeper understanding of breath patterns and release both physical and emotional tension from the body. This can dramatically shift the way you feel in your body and bring higher states of awareness.

Rebecca Dennis, author and leading UK breath coach is the founder ofwww.breathingtree.co.uk. She studied Transformational Breath with founder Judith Kravitz in Mexico and US. Featured on BBC Radio, Tatler, The Telegraph, Grazia and Psychologies. Her clients come with many various issues including breathing issues, stress, anxiety, addiction, abuse, depression, ME, respiratory problems, trauma, sleeping patterns, focus, lack of energy, physical problems and low self esteem.
Kirsty Gallagher is a London based internationally recognised yoga teacher with a passion for the practice, life, the magic of the moon and womens wellness. You can find her at www.kirstygallagher.com

£55

PREGNANCY YOGA COURSE

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Thursdays, June 15th - 20th July
6-7.15pm

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

Shimmy’s teaching is gentle and kind, encouraging and nurturing. With a smile and love for teaching, she seeks to instil a sense of lightness and ease in students, whilst helping them to connect with their bodies and minds. She creates sequences that suit the energy and level of each class, whilst challenging and inspiring students to honour their abilities and presence on and off the mat. She believes that in both life and teaching one should be grounded but light, dedicated, mindful, aware and understanding of personal limitations that are inherent in each individual.

£105 for 6 weeks

HANDSTAND FOCUS COURSE LEVEL TWO

with Hortense Suleyman

Saturdays, June 10th-24th,
9.45-11.15am
This 3 weeks course is for the more advanced student who can already balance a little on their own. Requirement – able to hold a 30 seconds handstand against the wall & fearless to kick in the middle of the room.

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

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

Hortense will help each student to build confidence in the wonders of standing upside down!

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

£70

LEARN TO HANDSTAND

with Sainaa Janchivdorj

Saturday, May 5th
1.30-4.30pm

The workshop will begin with a fairly intense warm up, including a lot of conditioning and flexibility drills specific to handstands. You will be given explanations of what to do with your body to get a perfectly straight handstand. Numerous exercises will be practiced to help you understand the shape of the posture, both on the floor and on your hands. You’ll also be working with a partner so you can learn how to spot and correct someone else’s technique.
This workshop will not be suitable for total beginners but as long as you’re used to holding weight in your arms (against the wall with good form for 30-60 seconds) you’ll be fine. You don’t need to have a perfect handstand – that’s what you are here to learn!

Sainaa trained as an elite gymnast, winning the national championship two years running, he retired from competitive gymnastics at age 18. For the next ten years he worked as a multi-skilled circus performer touring many world famous circuses.
In the early 2000s his career led him to teaching. It is likely that every leading handbalancer in the UK has been taught by Sainaa at some stage in their career. His typical student is either a circus performer or a yogi. Both types of students want to be flexible and love being upside down. The perfect handstand is the holy grail and most discover Sainaa’s techniques are the best route to getting there!

£40 for 3hrs

SLOW DOWN FRIDAY

with Norman Blair

Friday, June 16th
2-4.30pm

Cherish this precious chance to slow down and to soften with an extended Yin yoga practice led by Norman Blair, one of the most experienced Yin teachers in UK.
Many of us lead demanding and difficult lives. We can seem like graceful water birds: gliding serenely on the surface but in fact paddling frantically below to stay afloat. Often what we require most is space where we can rest and release the tensions that we all carry.
The Yin yoga practice is centred around floor-based postures, which are held for several minutes using props as supports. Doing this practice for 2.5 hours, mindfully bending and gently moving, can be remarkably rejuvenating for our body-mind-heart.

Norman has been practicing yoga since the early 1990s and started teaching in 2001. He has years of experience in teaching yin yoga and weaves into this wonderful practice his own background of ashtanga and buddha-dharma meditation to be create a potent mix that is soothing, grounding and inspiring. He sees yoga as a beautiful way of being that will enhance your life, welcome you back to your body, release habitual tension and encourage a greater focus and quality of mind. He has trained with teachers such as Hamish Hendry, Judith Lasater, Richard Freeman, Alaric Newcombe and Sarah Powers.

£30

PREGNANCY YOGA COURSE

with Shimmy Levy-Riley

Thursdays, June 15th-20th July
6-7.15

A TRIDIMENSIONAL PERSPECTIVE ON BACKBENDS

with Jessica Puglie

Saturday, July15th
1.30-4.30pm
In this workshop we will explore the movement of the spine from a tridimensional perspective, with an emphasis on backbending poses.
 
As in life everything that moves and interacts can be approached from a different angles and perspectives, nothing is flat or unidimensional, everything is connected and multidimensional.
The spine is an example of the representation of this concept.
 
Even the physical structure – made of vertebrae, disks, ligaments and nerves reaches its full potential range of motion with the help of the muscles, fascia, shoulder structure, arms and even hips and legs, creating an integrated team on a circular Tridimensional level. It is all connected.
 
Sometimes this organic motion can be interrupted by the interference of our mind in giving priority to the shape instead of the actions and feelings, interfering with the spontaneous simplicity of the intelligent intuition the body and us already have.
 
Is the intrusion of the mind and the infrequent use of backbends in everyday life perhaps one of the reasons why some of us find backbending very emotional? We will find out.
 
The 3 hours will start with some breathing exercises followed by a flowing warm-up, dynamic stretching with arch-curve motions and a variety of poses that wake up the multiple actions required in beckbending. We will have some fun playfully exploring optional inverted variations of these poses. This informative and experimental practice will finish with a short meditation and a resting savasana.
Join us in creating more expansive and easeful Backbends.
 
Suitable for all levels.
£35