Melting Into Gaia

with Josephine McGrail

15 October 3-5pmJosephine Yin workshop

Cost: £30

“The Firmer the Roots, the Higher You Can Fly”
Join us on this 2hour Yin and Mindfulness workshop connecting us back to Mother Earth through Pranayama (breath work), Mudras and Restorative Asanas. Allowing us to melt away the armour that is usually protecting us in everyday life.
Come to explore your (inner) self, revisit that place of space and peace that was once a given but that for most of us is now long forgotten. Practise the beautiful state of simply “Being”, surrendering deep down into the heart of the Earth from where we can then, once our feet are firmly rooted, grow tall and strong.
No experience necessary just an open mind and a willingness to (re)discover your mind, body and spirit.
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Beginner’s Yoga Course

with Kate LovellKate Lovell 1

When: Every Saturday from 9-10.30am, for 5 weeks from 29 October until 26 Novemebr 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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Mudras for Modern Life

with Swami SaradanandaSwami_Saradananda

Sun, 30 Oct, 2:30-5:30pm

Cost: £35 

Mudras (yoga hand gestures) work at the physical, subtle, psychological and spiritual levels. Most are easy to do; yet are so powerful that regular practice can transform your life. They can help you to create inner peace and deep strength, eliminate fatigue and anxiety, protect your physical and emotional health, transcend stress and depression, reduce your guilt and anger, calm your mind, sharpen your intuition and promote happiness.

This workshop is of particular interest to anyone who works on a computer, i.e. the general population. Swami Saradananda will introduce you to practices that can help to prevent such problems as repetitive stress injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome and bursitis. The class will include hand exercises that will not only enable you to better practice mudras, but also help you to release tension in their fingers, hands, arms and shoulders.

Swami Saradananda is an internationally-renowned yoga and meditation teacher who inspires you to want to practise. Her classes are practical as well as theoretical in nature – and always enlightening! She has authored a number of books, including “Yoga Mind and Body“, “Relax and Unwind with Yoga“, “Chakra Meditation“, “The Power of Breath“, “The Essential Guide to Chakras” and her latest book “Mudras for Modern Life”.

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Bodies in Flux

with Anastasia Zarafonitianastasia-workshop

6 November, 4.30-6.30 p.m.

Cost: £30

A practice of listening through movement; open to all levels.

In this workshop we dive into the deepest layers of our tissue with special yoga sequences, release breathing techniques, zero point meditation and a profound musical experience as we explore the frequencies inside us – our Soul song
and the frequencies around us – our Sound environment.

Every living system has frequencies, music and energy. Working consciously with sound is the most ancient, gentle and profound way to heal and expand.
The most important aspect of a healthy system is the smooth flow of music and energy in the system.  Everything is vibration – cells, organs, emotions, thoughts, food, and spirit. And during this eternal jam we are invited to speak from our cells about who we are and to listen to the answers.

As you become aware of your own personal soundscape, you notice how the vibrations around you are affecting you. You then have a choice to harmonize or create change.

Our practice is based on the biodynamic  approach, thus experiencing how pure intention and choice creates a different energetic map on the body than the one made by control.

In this introductory journey to the ‘bodies in flux’, by moving, breathing, surrendering to stillness through the filtering systems of the self, we experience all the layers of listening, of allowing, of reflecting.

The goal is to perceive everything as sound and music. And to physically feel how the world is passing through us all, as we are constantly readjusting our inner reality and our relationship patterns.

Anastasia is a dedicated movement facilitator and craniosacral therapist inspiring for a conscious, healthy living, adults and children all around the globe. With a background in International Studies, and in humanitarian work, believes that personal responsibility is the shortcut to a better world.  She has been exploring many years her own psychosomatic maps through artistic and energetic practices and has been trained in various forms of yoga, dance, martial arts, healing, philosophy and natural health science but her teaching style is strongly intuitive and difficult to name. Her main objective is to motivate people develop a safe, meditative, non- dogmatic practice and natural way of living by cultivating holistic approaches to movement, nutrition, self-inquiry, social awareness and personal growth that can be authentically experienced in the year around retreats, workshops and trainings that Anastasia offers at some of the worlds highest vibrational places.

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AcroYoga Thai and Fly

with Jaqui WanJaqui Acro Yoga

13 November 2-5pm

Cost: £30

An afternoon’s introduction to Thai massage and flying therapeutics with Jaqui Wan.
 We will introduce a basic supine leg massage sequence that will help cultivate deep listening, compassionate touch and the roles of giving and receiving.
We will introduce suspended therapeutics, involving a base and flyer. The base grounds and suspends the flyer with their hands and feet to create the potential to release tension and muscular holding patterns.
The passive nature of the flyer enables the base to sculpt the flyer into a variety of shapes that stretches and opens the flyers upper body.
Open to all and especially those interested in massage or other forms of body work.
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Back to Balance: Yin Yoga and Gong Meditation

with Dirish Shaktidasdirish
27 November, 2-4pm
Cost: £25

Find untapped inner strength, balance and peace of mind with this calming, yin Yoga workshop. Learn the poses that target the meridians of the body that are directly related to stress, frustration, and decision-making; through the practice, by connecting to your breath and giving over to gravity and the state of “effortless effort,” create greater reserves to cope with the stresses of everyday and replace frustration with patience and peace of mind. Replenish, revive, balance and recharge. Explore your inner emotional landscape with this mind-body “un-workout.” With the Yin practice of long-held, deeply relaxing “stretching” poses that open and energise the “meridians,” or energy pathways of the body, we restore youthful joint mobility as we quietly collect and gather chi, our life force and we come to experience a multitude of benefits.

Time records itself in the deeper connective tissue of the body. Unlock chronic holding patterns or pain in the body, leaving you with a feeling of deep peace and lightness.

Recharge your inner batteries in this soothing and spirit-liberating Yin Yoga workshop! All levels welcome

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