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 Sunday, May 24th - June 7th, 2.00-3.30pm

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.

7 people  maximum.
Booking is required.
£60 for 3 weeks

Sunday, May 24th, 7.00 - 8.30pm

GONG BATH

with Leo Cosendai

The Gong is so much more than an old musical instrument. Indeed, throughout the centuries it has been considered to be the most powerful Guru, for no human mind can resist its holistic tones. The gong can lead to altered state of consciousness, which can be anything from a simple yet powerful deep delta sleep, to the eighth limb of yoga known as samadhi, all the way through to astral travelling. 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 known to be produced in mass by infants and young children. Just like the tones it produces, the experience it induces is different every time.
Leo is a sound healer, therapist, and a composer born in Switzerland. He has trained with Grand Gong master Don Conreaux (one of the 5 original Kundalini teachers designated by Yogi Bhajan in the late ’60s). Leo continues to learn to this day, through the practices of Kinesiology and Kundalini exercises.
£20

Friday and Saturday, May 29th and 30th, various times

KNOW THYSELF: A WEEKEND OF WORKSHOPS with KONSTANTINOS CHARANTINIOTIS

“This is true knowledge, to seek the Self as the true end of wisdom always. To seek anything else is ignorance.”
- Bhagavad Gita

The Essence of Knowledge ‘Know Thyself’ was written on the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo at the oracle of Delphi in ancient Greece. It is still there reminding us that man’s quest for self-knowledge is timeless. All civilizations throughout the millennia understood that the essence of wisdom is self-knowledge. From Socrates to Carl Jung; philosophers, mystics and seekers identified ‘Knowing Thyself’ as the underlying current of human experience. This workshop is an elementary door in pursuit of this wisdom. Join Konstantinos in this special yoga event where you will get to practice Asana, Pranayama, Meditation and Visualization. In this two day workshop you will access your Yoga practice from a philosophical point of view as well as physical, to bring more light to unseen areas of your self. Most of all you will be able to leave back old patterns that don’t serve you anymore to detox both your body and your mind. Knowing your body and its function is a very good place to start knowing your self better.

Friday, May 29th, 2-5pm
THE ART OF ATTENTION AND THE POWER OF PRECISION: ARM BALANCES & HIP OPENERS WORKSHOP
Precision and good alignment with right muscle activation will help you to find balance and confidence in challenging arm balances poses. Deep hip-openers will help you access a deeper sate of mind in your meditation to ”Know thyself”. We suggest to bring a journal/notebook with you for your contemplations.

Saturday, May 30th, 1:30-4:30pm
CONNECTION – THE CORE OF KNOWLEDGE: BACKBENDS AND INVERSIONS WORKSHOP
There are parts of our bodies that if we bring more “light” and awareness, will get stronger to access poses with ease and grace. The core and back body are “unseen” areas where we will build body awareness necessary for deeper backbends and inversions.

Konstantinos is studying world Philosophy and religion History for 26 years. His studies on physical education, Ayurveda and psychology allow him to access Yoga in a way that make this practice deep and accessible for his students to cultivate a better mind body connection. His classes encourage people to work deeply, yet safely, while awakening them to the possibility of deep emotional change through the understanding of the nature of the mind. He lives and teaches in Athens, Greece and is the founder of Bhavana Yoga Center. He also travels and teaches internationally workshops and teacher trainings inspiring people to live their lives to the fullest. His highest goal in life is to work every day to create a better world where all people can live in peace with love for one another and share the beauty and gifts of planet Earth.

£40 for each one workshop
£75 for both workshops

Sunday, May 31st, 1.30-4.30pm

HOOPURBIA YOGA WORKSHOP

with REBECCA HALLS

Join Rebecca Halls in her fun-packed workshop that will lead you through vinyasa yoga sequences, hula hooping tricks, contemporary dance, breathing exercises as well as performance and improvisation exercises! Sink into the rhythm of your breath and be guided through a playful, dynamic dance­like series of fun asana. Get hula hoop happy as Rebecca leads you through methodically chosen sequences that will open your body and mind. This yoga choreography has been tried and tested by Rebecca since she developed the Hoopurbia Method in 2008. It is specially structured to bring you into balance, developing your strength, sense of humor and flexibility. Be prepared to sweat, laugh, fall and get back up again. No previous experience is required and everyone is welcome! Hoops will be provided!

Rebecca Halls is an international yoga teacher, professional dancer and hula hoop artist from Canada. Her yoga teaching journey began 2007 with a hybrid Ashtanga­Iyengar year long Teacher Training Certification. With continuing education in Iyengar, Acro Yoga, Anusara, Jivamukti and Vinyasa Flow, Rebecca has developed a teaching style that is truly her own. Her classes are a dynamic tapestry, inspired by the structure and intelligence of Ashtanga, the wisdom and alignment of Iyengar and the creativity and playfulness of Anusara. Alongside yoga, Rebecca works a choreographer and dancer, and is a certified GYROTONIC® instructor. Rebecca revolutionizes the international dance and music scene introducing Hula Hoop as a hybrid contemporary art form with her groundbreaking hula hoop dance festival: Hoopurbia.

£35

Every Tuesday, June 2nd - 16th, 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.

£50 for 3 weeks

 

Every Tuesday, June 2nd - 16th 7.30-9.00pm

BASICS COURSE

with Shimmy Levy- Riley

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

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

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

£60 for 3 weeks

Friday, June 5th, 4.00-6.00pm

PILATES BOOT CAMP

with ANTONIA PTOHIDES

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.

‘’Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness’’
Joseph Pilates

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 has been teaching Pilates for almost 4 years. After graduating as a Professional Dancer and Dance Teacher in Greece 2009, she competed her MA in Movement Studies here in the UK in 2010. Antonia was intrigued by the beauty of Pilates and the way in which it has historically helped to rehabilitate injuries. Today she wants to share the importance of core strength, flexibility and awareness in order to promote spinal alignment and freedom in movement. Her busy classes are energising and fun!!!

£30

Sunday, June 7th, 1.30-4.30pm

THE POWER OF TRANSFORMATION: A FORREST YOGA WORKSHOP

with SANDRA HEIDER

Sandra Heider’s Forrest Yoga workshop will explore the transformative power of asana, focusing on converting stuck energy in the hips and pelvis into aliveness and vitality. This workshop will be centered on a strong asana practice, which will create the necessary fire for transformation. As we create space within the tense areas of our bodies, we unlock energy that is bound up in the repression of our shadow side. If we choose to name our issues honestly and have the courage to stay present with our conflicts and discomfort, the these obstacles can be seen as opportunities to grow and evolve, as well as to create wisdom, love and freedom in our body and life.
Forrest Yoga is renowned as an intensely physical and internally focused practice that teaches us how to carry a transformative experience off the mat and into daily life. It is an inspiring, grounding and healing yoga practice that challenges students to access their whole being and to use cleanse the emotional and mental blocks that dictate and limit their lives.

Sandra Heider has been practising yoga since 1999 and is a certified Forrest Yoga Teacher and Mentor. She has been teaching since 2005 and assisting Ana Forrest at her workshops and teacher trainings throughout Europe since 2009. Forrest Yoga and Psychotherapy has helped Sandra deal with eating disorders and feelings of not belonging and of not being good enough. She looks to find integration between spirituality, psychotherapy and physical practices. At the heart of her teachings lies the assumption that we need to return to our bodies and to our feelings in order to experience peace, acceptance and self-love, and to lay the foundations for genuine relationships with other people. Sandra MA is the founder of Equilibrium Yoga and Well-Being Centres in Peteborough and Huntingdon (UK) and recently completed her 5 year studies in body psychotherapy at CBPC in Cambridge (UK).

£35 for 3 hours

Every Sunday, June 7th - 21st, 5.00-6.15pm

HEADSTAND COURSE

with BRYONY BIRD

Want to confidently practice headstand at the end of a yoga class? Join Bryony on this 3 week course where you will learn techniques to prepare for, practice and hold Sirsasana. In order to execute Sirsasana without a wall, you need to strengthen your deep core muscles in order to find balance and alignment.
On this course you will learn how to stabilise your base, engage the shoulder girdle, access your core and be free from fear. These muscles groups will allow you to hold headstand for an extended period of time without feeling any pressure in the neck.
By reversing the flow of gravity you will feel refreshed, find balance and gain more confidence in your inversion practice. Plus it is a great party trick! This course is suitable for complete novices, triers and fallers as well as those too fearful to try.

Bryony was first introduced to yoga in her teens by her mother. They would attend classes together, giggling in the back row. Since then she has deepened her own practice through studying with many teachers and being open to all styles before committing to the Ashtanga yoga system. She continues to be inspired by all the limbs of yoga and is particularly intrigued by the subtle details of alignment, different body types and the energetic body. Her classes include variations for all levels, sensitive hands-on adjustments, a focus on correct breathing and most importantly a lot of smiling.

Bryony is eternally grateful to Melanie and Emil for bringing her back to Ashtanga and can currently be found practicing under the guidance, support and limb tying of Hamish Hendry or daydreaming of being back in Mysore studying at KPJAYI with Sharath Jois. Bryony has made multiple trips to Mysore, India to study with R. Sharath Jois at KPJAYI. In 2015 Bryony received Sharathji’s blessing to teach the Ashtanga method.

£60 for 3 weeks

 

Every Thursday, June 11th - 25th, 6.00-7.30pm

INDABA BASIC COURSE

with BRYONY BIRD

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

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

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

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

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

£60 for 3 weeks

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

Saturday, June 20th, 2-4.30pm

STRONG TO THE CORE: FINDING MORE STRENGTH IN YOUR ASANA

with ELISA DEVLIN

We are all on top of the world when operating from our highest place; when we feel empowered and energetic with lots to give, but how do we achieve and maintain this state on a more permanent basis? How to stay connected and strong during challenging times.

In this dynamic asana practice, we will explore the esoteric idea of ‘inner strength’ and give it a material reality by strengthening the physical body. We will work systematically to link the central external muscles – abdominals, obliques and spinal erectors – to the deeper central muscles – psoas and pelvic floor, otherwise know as mula bhanda. Then we will work outwards to the extremities of the body, making sure the arms and legs are connected to the core.

This will be a strong and flowing asana practice. Open to all levels, the only requirement is a willingness to learn and work hard. Come and enjoy a core body yoga workout! Connect deeply to your inner self and strengthen the home of the self, the physical body.

£30 for 2.5hours

Sunday, June 21st, 1.30-4.30pm

IT’S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE…IT’S ROCKET YOGA SCIENCE: AN INVERSIONS WORKSHOP: FIND STRENGTH, GRACE AND PRECISION

with AMBRA VALLO

Whether you’re taking your first tentative step towards the launch pad or you’ve made plenty of successful flights, now’s the time to take your practice to the next level and jump on the Rocket ship to fly through this fast-paced, playful sequence of poses combined from the primary, second and third series of Ashtanga Vinyasa.

We will break down all the major poses that make the Rocket sequence so rewarding with a particular focus on inversions and arm balances such as ‘pincha’ and handstand. So, if you’re stuck at tentative kicks or fearful of committing to heading upside down, this safe, fun environment will help you break through these barriers. Don’t forget, you’re doing an inversion every time you do downward facing dog!

Ambra will use her years of experience as a Prima Ballerina to help you build the control, precision and body awareness needed to lift you into inversions. Not only are these poses amazing fun, there are also lots of health benefits; reversing the flow of blood, increasing circulation, improving the immune system, sending blood to the brain and stimulating the mind. They also help to increase core and upper body strength, boost energy and lift the spirit!! 

The inversions in the Rocket sequence are accessible to everyone as Larry Schultz, the Founder, developed modifications to prove “you’re stronger than you think!” Whether you’re at the stage of kick-ups, want to master the pike, or float your crow to handstand (the Rocket signature), this workshop is suitable for everyone! There’s no judgement; it’s all about fun!

£35 for 3 hours

Saturday, June 27th, 1.30-4.30pm

YOGA – THE ART OF SELF-DISCIPLINE

Yoga is a discipline of body and mind; a practice of sustained effort that you are sure to need as Stew leads you through a powerful asana practice. While you breathe your way through a rigorous vinyasa flow, you will test your ability to find contentment (santosha) when faced with the challenges and chaturangas that are presented to you through the practice of Stewurji’s Yoga asana. Whilst an internal heat builds, you will connect with the fiery passion (tapas) that burns off the impurities of body and mind and keeps you united with your self-discipline.
As you sweat and twist, not only will you purify the body, but you will also find a cleanliness (saucha) in the mind, moving into a state of harmony. Look past your current state and beating heart, to feel your connection with the divine (svadhyaya). And with the dedication, devotion and discipline that Stew always encourages in his students, surrender the fruits of your practice to a higher power, before falling into a heavenly and well-deserved shavasana!

£35

Sunday, June 28th, 1.30-4.30pm

EXPLORING SOFTNESS WITHIN STRENGTH: A FORREST YOGA WORKSHOP

with KRISTI JOHNSON

In a bustling city like London it is easy to get caught up in the tide of doing, doing, doing. Where technology is meant to make life easier for us, it is stressful, distracting and all consuming. To survive this pace we find our ‘strength’ by pushing more, hardening and struggling. None of us are immune. When we give our energy away unconsciously or from a sense of deficiency, we don’t in fact get stronger. We harden, stiffen and get depleted. Rigidity and struggle create more tension and stress, and disconnect us from feeling, listening and receiving.

Through a strong and steady Forrest Yoga sequence of core work, standing poses, inversions, arm balances and backbends, this workshop will offer you the tools to find and utilise your strength, while exploring and embracing the action of truly softening. When we learn to use our energy positively and intentionally we grow stronger and more power-full. Prepare yourself for insights and energy on and off the mat!

£35/(£30 before June 14th)

Saturday, July 4th, 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

Wednesday, July 8th, 2.00-5.00pm

TAKE FLIGHT

with PATRICK BEACH

Get ready for take off with Patrick Beach in a fun filling exploration of flying high and hovering low. We will approach a number of inversion postures in a way that is both accessible and engaging for all levels of students! Class will be set to a playlist that inspires you to take flight and unearth new awareness in your practice.

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

Friday - Sunday, July 10th - 12th, various times

WEEKEND OF YOGA WORKSHOPS

with DYLAN WERNER

Friday, July 10th, 2-5pm
STRENGTH, BALANCE & CORE STABILIZATION WORKSHOP
This workshop is a great precursor to an inversion/arm balance workshop. We will go over how to properly engage the core to stabilize the body and provide support in all poses. Learn how to develop SASS (straight arm scapular strength) essential for all arm balances, handstands and strength poses. We will go over different ways to develop proprioception needed for all balance poses, refining our inner drishti. Finally we will find ourselves transitioning and flowing through basic to more complex movements, tying it all together.

Saturday, July 11th, 1.30-4.30pm
INVERSIONS AND ARM BALANCES
We will build from the ground up! Starting with the hands. Everything you need to know to hold, develop and understand sustained handstands, headstands and forearm stands, even moving into hollow back handstands and forearm stands. Different techniques on how to enter the pose, hold the pose, build confidence, overcome fear and fly! We will learn how to incorporate all of this into our daily yoga flow.

Sunday, July 12th, 1.30-4.30pm
INTRODUCTION TO ACRO YOGA
We will cover how to properly spot, base a flyer and fly. You will learn basic beginning acro poses with a partner, working in close contact, gaining trust and overcoming fear. We will cover flying therapeutics, using partner poses to lengthen the spine and rejuvenate the body. We work in groups of three or four, so no partner is necessary but if you have one you want to work with, we’ll keep you together.

Dylan was born and raised in the mountains of Southern California. Having a passion for healthy living and an active lifestyle, he dedicated his life to pursuing this way of living. With a background in wrestling, rock climbing, martial arts and health and fitness, Dylan found yoga to be a culmination of everything he loves. He was first introduced to yoga through his martial arts training in 2001. Dylan started teaching yoga in 2011 after 10 years of advanced movement training. He has since lead teacher trainings and workshops all over the world and is a globally recognized yoga instructor. Dylan looks to bring awareness through motion and balance, to find strength in flexibility and bring union between the body and soul. His style is fun, energetic and challenging. He believes that strength, balance, flexibility and health are achieved every time we step on the mat and it’s the beauty of yoga that helps us translate that to our everyday lives.

£45 for each workshop
£115 for all three

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

A WEEKEND OF WORKSHOPS

with KAREN BRENEMAN

Friday, July 17th, 2.00-5.00pm
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

Saturday, July 18th, 5-8pm

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

Sunday, July 26th, 1.30-4.30pm

EMBODIED PRESENCE: A YIN-YOGA WORKSHOP

with NORMAN BLAIR

So much of the time we are living somewhere else and we are disconnected from our bodies. In this workshop, there will be a time to rest and recharge, for pausing and reflection. There will be space for us to listen to the heart’s wisdom and deepen our connection to the practices of yoga.

In yin yoga, we stay in the poses for significant periods of time and practice meditation and pranayama. All apart from absolute beginners are welcome.

£35/(£30 before July 12th)

Friday - Sunday, August 14th - 16th, various times

A ROCKET YOGA WEEKEND

with CARSON CLAY CALHOUN

Friday, August 14th, 2-5pm
ROCKET YOGA MASTER CLASS
Rocket Yoga is a dynamic and challenging sequence, combining poses and transitions from Ashtanga’s Primary, Second, and Third Series. In this class, you can expect a little bit of everything: arm balances, backbends, deep twists, and of course, inversions. Be ready to work hard and play hard.

Saturday, August 15th, 1.30-4.30pm
ARM BALANCES AND TRANSITIONS WORKSHOP
Whether you’re new to arm balances, or if you’ve been gravity surfing for years, this workshop is for you. We’ll start by building a solid foundation, learning how to be lighter and float through sun salutations. From there, it’s on to the arm balances. We’ll tackle crow pose and all of its cousins. Students will learn to safely enter, exit, and transition from pose to pose, and will certainly learn a new trick or two.

Sunday, August 16th, 1.30-4.30pm
HANDSTANDS AND INVERSIONS WORKSHOP
In this workshop, we will explore a variety of ways to get upside-down. Headstands, Forearmstands, Handstands, and everything in between. Students will learn alignment drills on and off the wall, and with partners, to help grow their practice beyond this workshop.

A self-described “Handstand-Up Comedian”, Carson combines his love for being upside-down with his natural ability to make people laugh. His classes encourage students to push their limits and explore their edge, all with a playful attitude. In every class, you can be sure to break a sweat, learn something new, and leave with a smile on your face.

£40 for each workshop
£108 for all three workshops

Thursday - Sunday, August 20th - 23rd, various times

JULIE MARTIN’S MASTER CLASSES

Exploring a different theme each day, Julie Martin’s beautifully choreographed workshops use the natural intelligence of the body and breath to find a lyrical, moving meditation that unveils the true yoga within us. Yoga is a process of unfolding, letting go of layers and remaining curious to all the possibilities. In these workshops you will explore how your structure really wants to move and how to enhance your strength and stability without limitations. In the relationship between movement and stillness we can learn to be powerful without strain and mobile without injury. We can learn to breathe with grace.
Through encouraging play, curiosity and awareness, each workshop becomes a journey through body and mind, fusing the qualities of traditional yoga with personal discovery and self-expression. Julie’s aim is to guide students towards awareness and inspire presence, to find freedom in movement, and move towards stillness, to our true practice, our true selves.
Julie’s vinyasa sequences will take you on a journey of spirals, waves, pulses, expansion and contraction, breath and awareness, moving and stillness. Each class will also include 30 minutes of pranayama, a 20 minute guided meditation and a joyous 15-20 minute savasanahhhhhhh!

“The practice is not in the asana, it’s in the awareness” – Julie Martin

Julie Martin, Director of Brahmani Yoga is an internationally recognized teacher of Vinyasa Flow. She has been teaching for over 18 years and running highly respected teacher training programmes for past 11 years. A former professional dancer, Julie imbues her classes with grace and fluidity. Yoga is a process of unfolding, letting go of layers and remaining curious to all the possibilities. Julie teaches yoga as a process of discovery, guided by the application of anatomical information to this modern asana practice.

£35 for each workshop

Friday - Sunday, August 28th - 30th, various times

A WEEKEND OF YOGA WORKSHOPS

with BEACH YOGA GIRL aka KERRI VERNA

Friday, August 28th, 2.00-5.00pm
HANDSTAND WORKSHOP
In this workshop, Kerri Verna invites us to explore and approach handstands in a playful manner. We will be focusing on core and arm strength in a fun and interactive way. We will be on our hands balancing learning to be a kid again. Kerri’s handstand drills will get your heart pumping and her tips for success will change the way you may be approaching your handstand practice. This class is taught for all levels of practitioners.

Saturday, August 29th, 1.30-4.30pm
CORE PLUS INVERSIONS
In this workshop Kerri will teach you how to have fun while working your core. She will share all her tips and tricks to unlocking the strength of the core while learning how to balance upside-down! Kerri’s light hearted approach to advanced asana inspire you to try things you thought you would never do. For ALL levels of practitioners.

Sunday, August 30th, 1.30-4.30pm
POWER UP YOUR ASANA
In this workshop Kerri will teach you how to have fun while working your core. She will share all her tips and tricks to unlocking the strength of the core while learning how to balance upside-down! Kerri’s light hearted approach to advanced asana inspire you to try things you thought you would never do. For ALL levels of practitioners.
Kerri Verna is best known as @beachyogagirl on Instagram where over 665k follow her daily yoga inspiration. Kerri has taught Yoga and Pilates past 12 years online and at her home beach in Lake Worth, Florida. Her training includes a background in many forms of fitness including Tai Chi, Yoga, Stand-up Paddle-board Yoga, Pilates, Indoor Cycle, Kickboxing, and Personal Training. Along with being an international Yoga teacher, photographer & inspirational speaker, she is a wife and mother of two young boys.
£40 for each workshop/£108 for full weekend

Friday - Sunday, September 4th - 6th, various times

A WEEKEND OF TANTRIC VINYASA YOGA

with JIM BENNITT

Friday, September 4th, 2.00-5.00pm
SPLITS, LOTUS AND OTHER HIP-OPENERS
Some of the more advanced poses (which are also some of the most beneficial) require full range of motion in the hip joints. If we attempt to move into some of these advanced asanas without full mobility in the hips, we risk injury to our knees and ankles. In this workshop, we will first look at the anatomy of the hips and then systematically work our way back to the mat to explore hero pose, variations of pigeon, full splits, lotus, and a few secret gems that are not taught very often in general classes.

Saturday, September 5th, 1.30-4.30pm
BALANCING POSES: POWER AND GRACE
When we practice postures on one foot or the hands, we find the perfect balance of power and grace. These postures also give the mind the ability to focus deeply and to become one-pointed. In this workshop, we will explore some of the more complicated postures and learn a few “tricks of the trade” to make very difficult poses seem simple and fun. We will also practice more subtle techniques to balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Open to all levels.

Sunday, September 6th, 1.30-4.30pm
TWISTING: GET CENTERED
Twisting postures help us to unwind tension along the spine, gently “wring out” the abdominal organs and increase the energy the moves toward the center called samana in Sanskrit. When this vayu is strong, we are capable of proper digestion and assimilation on physical and mental levels. We also feel very “centered”. When this energy is weak, we can feel scattered and suffer from poor digestion. This workshop will consist of postures, breathwork and meditation to help facilitate strong digestion/assimilation. Open to all levels.

Jim Bennitt teaches Tantric Vinyasa Yoga: an authentic, comprehensive practice influenced by Rod Styker’s ParaYoga, the Himalayan Institute and the Krishnamacharya lineage. Having began his studies in Yoga, Tantra and Ayurveda in 1997, Jim’s inspired teachings and demos are now sought after at many conferences and studios across the world. He is based in Chicago and co-founder of Tejas Yoga Studio.

£40 for one workshop
£108 for full weekend

Friday, September 18th, 6.00-9.00pm

FROM FEAR TO FREE

with STEPH CROCHET and LAURA CONLEY

Discover your personal path of passion and connect to your intuition, through an inspiring vinyasa flow class that will include moments to reflect in meditation and put pen to paper.

Whether you’ve found your purpose but don’t how to go about getting it, or have no clue what the heck you are supposed to do with your life, this workshop will give you clarity, piece of mind and leave you ready to go get your dreams!

Yoga revealed itself as Laura’s dharma (Sanskrit decoded: life purpose, one’s calling) ten years ago. This led her to complete her teacher training at YogaWorks with her mentor and guru, Kia Miller, and to transform yoga into her way of life. She is passionate, playful, feisty and spiritual, and hopes that her teaching will inspire her students to find balance in their lives, happiness in their hearts, and ultimately their dharma.

Stephanie also trained with Kia Miller. Her Vinyasa flow classes create a positive, challenging and encouraging environment where students can thrive. Her style is influenced by the trainings of her mentor and her love of pranayama, otherwise known as breath work or life force. Her goal is to help students understand the importance of linking movement to breath. This helps calm the nervous system and taps into a more spacious, stress free, and compassionate way of life. She does so while providing intelligent alignment points and focusing on where to send breath while in each posture.

£40

Saturday, September 26th, 1.30-4.30pm

A GENERAL IYENGAR WORKSHOP

with KHALED KENDSI

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 before booking.

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

£35/(£30 before September 12th)

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

WEEKEND OF WORKSHOPS

with MICHAEL STEWART

Saturday, October 3rd, 1.30-4.30pm
TANTRIC HATHA YOGA: CHAKRA SADHANA
Yoga is the science and art of self-transformation and self-realization. In Michael Stewart’s Tantric Hatha Yoga workshop, we are given a sadhana that will allow us to access the totality of our being. We will be led through a dynamic yoga practice using all the elements of Hatha Yoga; Asana, Pranayama, Bandas and exploring components from Tantric sadhana; Mantra and Mudras. In this Chakra Sadhana, we will be taken on a journey from annamaya kosha (food body) to anandamaya kosha (bliss body) while invigorating the chakras with pulsations of divine bliss. Using precise sequencing of asana, pranayama, mudras and bija mantras, Michael infuses his classes with practical philosophy, devotion and play. Come and experience a practice that will leave you wanting more. Jai Shri Ma!

Sunday, October 4th, 1.30-4.30pm
UPSIDE DOWN!
In this workshop, Michael Stewart will explore a variety of access points into a wide range of fun and challenging arm balances. As we delve into specific anatomical and bio-dynamic movement methodology for arm balances, we will explore our fears and apprehensions. This in essence is how Yoga asana can give you the courage to live life to its’ fullest potential. Ever wonder why we go upside down in Yoga? We are not gymnasts so why balance on our hands? When we were kids we all played with cartwheels and handsprings without much “fear”. As we develop into adult hood, our sense of self begins to define how we express ourselves and we may become more courageous at expressing ourselves or less. This is evident in many aspects of our lives, and certainly our notions of play and boundaries seem to be effected by how we view ourselves. Once the ego begins to develop we certainly are more careful of looking bad at doing something, or expressing ourselves in ways that we consider not good enough. What changed? If you have these questions and more, this workshop is certainly suited for you.

Michael J. Stewart is a Hatha Yoga teacher with a varied background. Michael’s Yoga journey has taken him from the Jivamukti studio in New York City to study with Iyengar teachers Sharat Arora and Rajiv Chenchani in India. He has also studied with Sri Dharma Mittra, and is currently studying Rajanaka Yoga with Dr. Douglas Brooks. Michael is deeply moved by the the practice of mantras and kirtan. This allows him the opportunity to combine his love for African music and his connection to traditional Sanskrit mantras. His teaching is inspired by the spirituality of Swami Sivananda and the deep insight of Patanjali. He is also known internationally as a Movement facilitator, African Drumming teacher, Choreographer and Theatre director.

£40 for one workshop/£75 for both workshops

Friday - Sunday, October 9th - 11th, various times

YOGA WEEKEND

with DOUG SWENSON

Friday, October 9th, 2.00-5.00pm
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.

Saturday, October 10th, 1.30-4.30pm
INVERSIONS AND BALANCING
In this class the students will experience a delightful, holistic flow of asana – focused around handstands, inversions and balancing. With many tips on how to avoid and overcome injury.

Sunday, October 11th, 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.

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

£40 for each workshop
£108 for all three

Saturday and Sunday, November 28th and 29th, 1.30-4.30pm

DON’T SLAY YOUR DRAGON: A WEEKEND OF FORREST YOGA WORKSHOPS

with KRISTI JOHNSON AND SANDRA HEIDER

Saturday, November 28th, 1.30-4.30pm
DON’T SLAY YOUR DRAGON PART 1: THE ART OF NOT STRIVING SO MUCH
The dragon is a symbol of ancient knowledge, wisdom and connection to the elements. It is important that we are able to connect with our own dragon energy, our deeper knowing and understanding of the interconnectedness of being. But often this energy is severed because we strive so much and spend so much of our time living in our heads.
Through a strong and mindful Forrest Yoga sequence of pranayama, core work, standing poses and back bends, Sandra and Kristi will help you explore the feeling of working, fighting and struggling less. You will open your heart to the possibility of spending more time simply being rather than having to achieve in order to prove your self-worth, in your practice and ultimately in your life.

Sunday, November 29th, 1.30-4.30pm
DON’T SLAY YOUR DRAGON PART 2: THE ART OF EMBRACING YOUR MAGIC
The dragon is also a symbol of a magic we all carry inside of us. We rationalize our lives instead of tolerating the mystery that resides inside of us. To embrace our magic we need to stay in the space of “I don’t know” and develop the patience to wait.
Through a deep Forrest Yoga hip opening sequence, Sandra and Kristi will take you on a journey though the murkiness and into the mystery, where you will learn to create the space for things to unfold organically.

Sandra Heider has been practising yoga since 1999 and is a certified Forrest Yoga Teacher and Mentor. She has been teaching since 2005 and assisting Ana Forrest at her workshops and teacher trainings throughout Europe since 2009. At the heart of Sandra’s teachings lies the assumption that we need to return to our bodies and to our feelings in order to experience peace, acceptance and self-love, and to lay the foundations for genuine relationships with other people.

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. She believes in working hard, but working mindfully, and offers modifications for different levels and injuries, sharing compassionate hands on assists.

£40 for one workshop
£75 for both 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