Beginner’s Yoga Course

with Kate LovellKate Lovell 1

When: Every Saturday from 9-10.30am, for 5 weeks from 7 May until 4 June inclusive 

Cost: £100

(For continuing beginners, those absolutely new to yoga or those wanting to deepen their practice)

This course will give you the opportunity to develop a solid and safe foundation from which to build a consistent yoga practice and choose the right style of yoga and the best yoga classes at Yotopia for you.

Each Saturday morning session will give you a chance to get individual attention to help you feel more confident and progress faster, while learning how to develop a practice that is best suited to your body, your needs and your personal goals.

The 5-week programme is appropriate for absolute beginners or those who have been attending classes regularly but want to deepen their understanding of the benefits of yoga, breathing techniques, postural alignment, key yoga postures, vinyasa flow sequences, meditation and the philosophy behind yoga.

No two courses are ever completely alike and repetition is good in the early days of your practice so feel free to join even if you’ve already participated in a Beginners course before.

About the Teacher: The course is led by Kate Lovell (, who has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and teaching at Yotopia since its opening.  She believes yoga is an essential tool for true health and wellness in the body and mind. Kate’s style is playful and exploratory, energizing and fun. Her passion is in helping her students find pleasure and meaning in their practice so that yoga becomes not only an activity to exercise the body, but also a tool to reduce stress, quiet the mind and live a more balanced and fulfilling life. Her regular classes at Yotopia meet on Wednesday nights (Gentle Hot Yoga Flow and meditation) and Saturday mornings (Level 1 Hot Yoga Flow). You can email her for more information at

Here’s what previous attendees have said about the course:

I worried that I wasn’t flexible enough and could injure myself by not getting enough guidance in big classes or at home about how to do basic poses (down dog, etc) correctly.  This course helped a lot in relieving that fear…I really enjoyed this course and feel much better prepared to progress in my yoga practice in the future. 

(Leigh, Assistant Professor, February 2014)

If you want to learn the basics of yoga in a fun and relaxed way, together with an amazing teacher you must try this course. My yoga journey has finally started…

(Maria, Charity Worker, February 2014)

I had never done yoga before nor did I know much about it except that it was supposed to be good for rest and relaxation. In truth, I wasn’t sure it was for me, but after reading the blurb on the beginners’ workshop with Kate Lovell at Yotopia I decided to give it a try… After 6 lessons I know that was a good decision…I felt good; fresher of mind and stronger in body.

(Neville, May 2013)

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The Art of Mindful Inverting

with Dan PeppiattDan Peppiatt

Date: Sunday 15 May  2:30-5:30pm

Cost: £35

A workshop for all abilities from beginner to teacher, delving deep into the alignment, physical and mental elements of headstand, handstand & forearm stand.

So you can balance to some extent on your arms and maybe on your hands, but do you actually know how you are doing it, or are you just trusting to luck?
This workshop is not about transferring knowledge and facts, instead it will help you to develop a real understanding of just how you are balancing; how to analyse your own practice and how to make it better!
Find out why you can’t hold headstand for long; why you have to kick up twenty times to do one handstand and why your wrists are often aching after practice!
Learn the tips and tricks of balancing and going upside down in progressive poses such as handstand & forearm stand as well as looking at the solid basics of poses such as headstand and why these can teach us so much about more advanced poses. Don’t worry if you can’t do any of these…that’s what the workshop is for. And if you are already busting out your inversions and balances I have endless variations to play with!

This is the second in a series of workshops that Dan delivers, the first one is on the 10th April

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The Art of Occupying Space

with Marc WoolfordMark Woolford

29 May 2.15-5.15pm

Cost: £35

Most bodily complications are sourced in our habitual reactions to life… When there is a moment of outward push or an inward retraction in defence from the world around us, the body and breathing engage with this imbalance. When this relationship becomes habitual, this conflict becomes our normal modus operandi.
Changing our relationship to the space we occupy is a profound thing to do.
Open Workshop Series for Teachers and enthusiasts on ‘Creating the Conditions’ in Practice including an Injury Clinic and specific asana help
These workshops examine in more experiential depth and direct understanding some of the principles behind the ‘Scaravelli inspired’ approach to yoga. Acquaviva yoga, created by Marc Woolford and inspired by Vanda Scaravelli, is a deeply enriching process for anyone interested in exploring the unity of mind & body and it’s potential for an ever expanding quality of life..
In addition, each workshop will address queries and lines of investigation brought by students on the day.
Workshops will benefit anyone with a reasonably flexible mind, and of course they are invaluable to those that may be interested in the AcquaViva Yoga foundation or yoga development & teacher training programs. These days count as the ‘Introductory Workshop’ requirement of the modular version of the training course based both in Stirling & Brighton starting September 2016 and March 2017, which offers the best possible start to An Authentic and Inspiring teaching practice.
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Breath It Out

With Teresa RichardTeresa

5 June 2-5pm

Cost: £30

Do you realize how much your breath reveals about your mind and emotional state? Do you know how much you can benefit by changing your old breathing habits?

Find out by joining this practical and down to earth workshop.

Identify unwanted patterns and acquire the abilities that you can realistically integrate in your daily life to change them at your own pace.

Learn how to deeply relax your body using your breath as an effective tool and make peace with your restless mind.

Easy exercises and practical tips to reunite the body, mind and emotions; allowing you to reconnect with yourself, restore your balance and release your inner power.

TERESA RICHARD (Kshama Yoga): Extensive training in Yoga and other holistic disciplines in India and Europe provides me with both an Eastern and Western perspective that I use in classes and workshops all over the world. I’m passionately committed to share with others how improving the breath and yoga techniques help restore the lost connection between our exhausted bodies, minds and hearts.

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Yogadance – The Marriage Of The Divine Feminine And The Divine Masculine

with Josephine McGrailJosephine 4

Date: 12 June 3-5pm

Cost: £30 or £35 on the day

We all consist of both male and female energy constantly directing our life. Most of the time we are not aware which energy is driving the car & at where it is taking us. In this workshop we will broaden our awareness by exploring how these two energies come through whilst using asanas that specifically promotes either the Yin (feminine) energy or the Yang (masculine) energy. Working our way up through the body from the root we will start to build momentum which we will then utilise to balance both energies, resulting in a beautiful Yoga (union) Dance (an artistic form of nonverbal communication) of both fire and water, sun and moon…

NO dance or yoga experience necessary!! Just an open mind and a desire to explore are the only guidelines here.

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Two Hours to Handstand

with Dan PeppiattDan Peppiatt 2

24th July, 2:30-4:30  

Cost £30  

This workshop is for everyone from handstand experts wanting to understand exactly what is going on, as well as for those just coming to the practice.

“The yoga handstand or Adho Mukha Vrksasana is one of my favourite postures with good reason-it requires total concentration, commitment and complete body engagement; the breath is your only companion and awareness is your only intention.” We need to overcome the fear of falling and failing, but we are well rewarded if we can push through these mental barriers and flip our worlds upside down.

In this workshop we approach handstands from a very yogic point of view, not two hours of acrobatic drills or 90 minutes of flow yoga to prepare – we don’t need a huge build up to handstand.

We will look at:

  • our motivation for wanting to handstand;
  • the physical and mental obstacles that hold people back from progressing;
  • understand the muscles that we really need to engage and the alignment we need
  • the important difference between getting into handstand and then holding the position.
  • use of props and partner work as training aids to correct alignment and lack of stability.

By the end of the workshop expect to be seeing the world from an entirely new angle!

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