Workshops

 Gong Bath

with Leo Cosendai

Sunday 7th January 3-5pm

Cost: £25

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.

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Women’s Yoga Workshop

with Kate Lovell

Sunday 21st January

2.30-4.30pm

This workshop is for the ladies only. Why? Because despite the vast number of women practicing yoga, there aren’t many classes that focus purely on the female experience, taking into account the constantly changing nature of our bodies and the different flows of energy that accompany the stages of our monthly cycles.

In this workshop Kate hopes to help other women take ownership of their yoga practice in a way the promotes deep healing and nurturing of their bodies. We’ll look at calming, restorative sequences to practice when menstruating (or when life feels overwhelming and you need to slow down), and explore ways of moving in a more dynamic practice that honours our wombs and helps to balance our hormones. We’ll also look at ways of using breathing, meditation and chanting to celebrate the changing nature of our bodies and re-connect with the divine feminine energy within. This afternoon will be about carving out me-time and practicing in a safe and supported environment. A relaxing and rejuvenating treat for yourself and maybe a friend that will give you tools to take home and practice to feel empowered. Suggestion: wear comfortable loose, clothing and bring a light blanket or scarf.

About Kate

Kate is a regular Yotopia teacher known for her gentle yet invigorating vinyasa-flow yoga classes and welcoming style of teaching. She leads the Beginners Courses and loves introducing people to the practice that changed her life by helping her to love her body, reduce stress and access her movement centre. Inspired to use yoga to heal her body and lessen the symptoms of PMT, she has completed a Womb Yoga training and Pregnancy Teacher training with Uma Dinsmore Tulli specifically focused on teaching yoga to women at different stages of their lives.

£35

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Winter Beginners Course

with Kate Lovell

Sat 27th January – Saturday 24th February

9-10.30am

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

 This 5 week 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 (www.thekateway.com), 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 thekateway@gmail.com.

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) 

Course Dates

 Saturday 27th January 9-10.30am

Saturday 3rd February 9.10.30am

Saturday 10th February 9.10.30am

Saturday 17th February 9.10.30am

Saturday 24th February 9.10.30am

If you have to miss one of the dates, follow-up notes are provided in between sessions.

Cost: £100

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The Power of Breath

with Swami Saradananda

Sunday 28th January, 2.30-5.30pm

Cost: £35

In this fascinating workshop, Swami Saradananda introduces you to the revitalizing and regenerating effects that breathing exercises can have on your body, mind and yoga practice.

You will be presented with powerful tools that enable you to make more efficient use of your breath, strengthening the link between your physical and mental capacities. Swami Saradananda will guide you in the use of techniques that enable you to open yourself up to intuitive inspiration You will gain new insights into healthier breathing patterns

The workshop is for inspired beginners as well as for dedicated yogis. It will also prove helpful for workshop facilitators who would like to integrate pranayama into their programmes.

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 Essential Guide toChakras” “The Power of Breath” and “Mudras for Modern Life”.

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YO-MU: Dynamic open level vinyasa flow class with live cello and electronic beats class

with  Lucy & Pepe

Friday 2nd February, 2-3.30pm

A Yoga Flow and Live music workshop that aims to get you out of your head and into your body. This merging of two disciplines, each one guiding and inspiring the other results in a sequence that begins with the breathe, dives deep into the body through a dynamic flow of postures and culminates in deep relaxation to the vibrations of live cello. Throughout the session, Pepe plays cello, electronic loops and beats and uses his voice to challenge and propel the body forward, to inspire presence, and get you back to the breathe. The emphasis in this workshop is the joy of practicing, becoming more you and releasing any rules and pre conceptions. Let it go, breathe and never give up.

About YO-MU

‘Since both music and yoga can induce a transcendent state of mind, it’s only natural that combining the two will maximise your bliss ‘ Created by British dancer and yogini Lucy Beckwith and Chilean Cellist & composer Pepe Arias YO-MU is a project born from a desire to open the world of Yoga to the healing and energising elements of live music. Lucy and Pepe step outside of the boundaries of a traditional Yoga practice by combining deep and playful asana with skillfully crafted composition. Pepe composes cello sounds, live looped beats and vocals spontaneously to the flow of Lucy’s vinyasa sequence which guides the breath and empowers the body, amplifying the benefits of your practice. Resident at the Hidden Factory loft Barcelona, YO-MU offers daily classesand has begun touring yoga studios and festivals internationally.

Cost: £25

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An Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita

with Chidananda

Sunday 4th February, 2.30 – 5.30pm

Cost: £35

Thousands of years before self-help books and psychotherapists the secret of how to attain inner peace has been shown in an ancient teaching called the Bhagavad Gita.

The world that we live in is driven by desire. The desire for money, power, fame which are never ending and once we acquire what we want, our happiness is short lived, and inevitably we want more.

The purpose of the Gita is to show us the right mindset that will enable us to find inner peace, which is not here one day and gone the next but stays with us for the rest of our lives.

About the Course

The Gita introduction course gives participants an understanding of the core teachings contained in the Bhagavad Gita, and how they can be applied to this day and age.

By attending the course, one can expect a range of benefits including:

1. Confidence in one’s self – gain a deeper realisation of one’s true identity by understanding the eternal nature of the soul.

2. Work/life balance – reach a higher potential materially or spiritually by applying the teachings of detachment from one’s actions.

3. Clear & positive mind – learn to effectively comprehend and articulate thoughts and actions by understanding the psychology of the “Ego.”

4. A new perspective on life – by inwardly reflecting on the teachings, attain a higher level of self-confidence and peace.

About the Teacher

The course is led by Chidananda, an internationally respected teacher and Monk; who has given talks around the world on the Bhagavad Gita and its applications for the modern day world.

He has spent the latter part of his life studying the teachings of the Gita from the Vedic traditions of India. Gaining deep insight into its hidden meaning and timeless practices that are particularly relevant in the current world we live in.

Before becoming a monk, He worked in one of the top investment banks, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. Due to his experiences in the business world, he can take the ancient teachings and skillfully apply it to the working environment in a way that is relatable to all participants.

Find out more at www.gitayogi.com

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Exploring Arm Balances & Inversions

with Jaqui Wan

Sunday 11th February 2018, 2.30pm – 5.30pm

The first instalment of a three workshop offering with Jaqui Wan. Expect to delve into the the world of inversions and arm balances; explore the art of human counter balances and discover the randomness of chance and unfolding play with an L Basing compendium.

This is a journey of foundation, connection, calibration, collaboration and play.

The three workshops are: 

  1. Exploring Arm Balances & Inversions – Sunday 11th February 2018, 2.30pm – 5.30pm
  2. Two’s Company: the art of counter balances – Sunday 18th March 2018, 2.30pm – 5.30pm
  3. Bodhitrix presents an AcroYoga Play Session – Sunday 29th April, 2.30pm – 5.30pm

Exploring Arm Balances & Inversions

Challenge your yoga asana practice and explore the world of balancing on your hands. We will give you the opportunity to explore the mechanics of both inversions and arm balances.
This workshop is ideal for those with regular yoga asana practice and or form of body awareness tradition; and who are keen to discover their hands and arm balancing potential.  Students will learn the alignment techniques, strength elements, embodiment to inversions and taking weight on their arms and hands. We will build it up progressively working on upper body stamina, core conditioning and wrist awareness.The session will begin with an asana practice and will progress to working in pairs or in small groups to explore the variety and range of inversions and thereafter delve into the abundant diversity of arm balance poses.  Its your to challenge yourself and get creative in our asana practice, what better way to do this than by balancing or your arms and hands?

Pricing

All three workshops £100 (to be booked in person or over the phone directly with the studio)

All three workshops for couples £180 (to be booked in person or over the phone directly with the studio)

Per workshop £35 (can be booked on-line)

For individual bookings click here

For multiple and partner bookings call 0333 405 8888


 Shamanic Flow 

with Josephine McGrail

Sunday 18th Feb, 3-5pm

In the first part we will flow in and out of the asanas allowing them to work as gateways, portals to bring us back to our inner, open nature and especially to Mother Earth. Through the five elements of: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space we will explore new ways of moving: in spirals, up high and down low. During the workshop we will learn how to utilise and relate the quality of the elements to our bodies and later on, in the more philosophical part, to our every day living.

No experience necessary! Just bring an open mind and a willingness to explore new possibilities. The rest is the past. The present is NOW and the future is what you make it.

Cost: £30

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Developing a Meditation Practice

with Swami Saradananda

Sunday 25th February, 2.30-5.30pm

Cost: £35

If you are inspired to meditate, but are not as dedicated as you would like to be, this is the workshop for you. Swami Saradananda has created this programme in the spirit of mentoring, to introduce you to the theory of meditation, enable you to master its basic techniques, and begin to feel the joy of stillness arising within your being.

Meditation frees your mind from distracting emotions, thoughts and desires. It develops the capacity of the mind to focus. You begin to experience reduced levels of anxiety and stress – increased patience, intuition and empathy

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 Essential Guide to Chakras” “The Power of Breath” and “Mudras for Modern Life”.

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Journey through the Chakras

with Swami Saradananda

Sunday 11th March, 2.30-5.30pm

Cost: £35

This workshop offers you pragmatic tools to integrate chakra work into your daily life, including simple, powerful techniques to develop inner poise and keep your life in balance. How smoothly your chakras function influences how fully you inhabit your physical body, the success of your relationships, and how much inner peace you enjoy. Each chakra corresponds to emotional and spiritual challenges that you may face in life.

Swami Saradananda presents you a down-to-earth approach to inner peace. Many of the exercises and meditations are aimed at eliminating negative emotions associated with each of the chakras.

The programme is also of particular interest to yoga teachers, therapists and workshop facilitators who would like to incorporate chakra work into their classes and trainings.

 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 Essential Guide toChakras” “The Power of Breath” and “Mudras for Modern Life”.

Click here to book


Two’s Company: the art of counter balances

with Jaqui Wan

Sunday 18th March 2018, 2.30pm – 5.30pm

The second instalment of a trilogy of workshops  with Jaqui Wan. Expect to delve into the the world of inversions and arm balances; explore the art of human counter balances and discover the randomness of chance and unfolding play with an L Basing compendium.

This is a journey of foundation, connection, calibration, collaboration and play.

The three workshops are: 

  1. Exploring Arm Balances & Inversions – Sunday 11th February 2018, 2.30pm – 5.30pm
  2. Two’s Company: the art of counter balances – Sunday 18th March 2018, 2.30pm – 5.30pm
  3. Bodhitrix presents an AcroYoga Play Session – Sunday 29th April, 2.30pm – 5.30pm

Two’s Company: the art of counter balances

Counter balances is when weight is used as a lever to reduce the effort of lifting loads, thereby enabling the balance of another weight.  We will look at how this can be applied to individuals working together as a pair and what potential balances can be created.

We will up look into the push-pull nuances of balance; the engagement and release that allows stability in both symmetrical and asymmetric structures and how to safely build interesting shapes and poses.  

We will work progressively beginning with and asana practice for individual body awareness;  there after explore the sensitivity required in working as a pair.  No partner necessary, we will get to mix and match with everyone in the room. 

Explore the wonders of human counter balances, delve into your creative potential.  

Pricing

All three workshops £100 (to be booked in person or over the phone directly with the studio)

All three workshops for couples £180 (to be booked in person or over the phone directly with the studio)

Per workshop £35 (can be booked on-line)

For individual bookings click here

For multiple and partner bookings call 0333 405 8888


Creative Vinyasa Flow; a Fascia Friendly Approach for Teachers

with Caroline Tautz

Thursday 29th March

2.30-5.30pm 

In this 3-hour workshop specifically for teachers, Caroline Tautz will be sharing her knowledge of fascia and the anatomy trains approach in the context of teaching creative vinyasa flow. The workshop will touch on how to connect sequences and incorporate a logical progression of opening the whole body, how to structure a class by starting from the ground, the benefits of mixing things up; including both variety and repetition, how to play with shapes and bring in your own creativity as a teacher and the importance of pace and flow; finding a balance of slow deep and quick efficient.

Caroline’s last workshop for teachers ‘A Teacher’s Guide to Artful Assisting’ sold out several weeks before the workshop took place. Here’s what one attendee had to say about the session:

“Caroline taught the assists workshop with a humble and calm approach. The three-hour class was full of insightful ways that teachers can assist with sensitivity and intelligence, passing on her wealth of expert knowledge in this area. I’d highly advise any wellness teacher to attend one of Caroline’s sessions as I learned so much in such a short space of time. I can already see a difference in the way I approach assists with my students, and I’ll take on this invaluable knowledge into all my future classes.” (Lara, November 2017)

This workshop is in collaboration with Gather & Grow, a circle for Yoga Teachers looking to connect, collaborate and share with other teachers in and around London. Gather & Grow was founded by London-based yoga teacher Clare Waters. If you’d like to find out more about the community and how to become part of it visit www.andbreatheyoga.com/gather-grow/

About Caroline

Caroline Tautz is a yoga teacher and body worker with over 20 years of teaching experience. Originally a student of John Scott and in India, Sri K Pattabhi Jois, Caroline first came to the practice with a background in dance and Fine Art.

Training in diverse techniques over the years, her teaching and approach is inter-disciplinary, integrating Feldenkrais and somatic movement with playful, creative flowing sequences, to open the body and bring in awareness of sensation. Caroline is also a meditation teacher (through Swami Saradananda), and weaves the language of mindfulness into the physical experience.

Cost: £40

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Bodhitrix presents an AcroYoga Play Session

with Jaqui Wan

Sunday 29th April 2018, 2.30pm – 5.30pm

The third instalment of a trilogy of workshops  with Jaqui Wan. Expect to delve into the the world of inversions and arm balances; explore the art of human counter balances and discover the randomness of chance and unfolding play with an L Basing compendium.

This is a journey of foundation, connection, calibration, collaboration and play.

The three workshops are: 

  1. Exploring Arm Balances & Inversions – Sunday 11th February 2018, 2.30pm – 5.30pm
  2. Two’s Company: the art of counter balances – Sunday 18th March 2018, 2.30pm – 5.30pm
  3. Bodhitrix presents an AcroYoga Play Session – Sunday 29th April, 2.30pm – 5.30pm

Bodhitrix presents an AcroYoga Play Session

We will present Bodhtrix’s Acro App and the L Basing compendium. This workshop will present creative challenges that allows the experienced acroyogi to think on the spot and create new

sequences, flows and potentially washing machines.

Some AcroYoga experience is necessary, particularly transitions.  No partner is necessary as we will mix and match and work with everyone in the room.  

We will begin the class with an appropriate warm up to get you comfortable in your body and calibrated with others.  We will work in a safe and supportive environment that will empower the whole room to believe in the randomness of unfolding play!

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Plato 

Pricing

All three workshops £100 (to be booked in person or over the phone directly with the studio)

All three workshops for couples £180 (to be booked in person or over the phone directly with the studio)

Per workshop £35 (can be booked on-line)

For individual bookings click here

For multiple and partner bookings call 0333 405 8888


Gong Bath

with Leo Cosendai

Sunday 15th April 3-5pm

Cost: £25

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.

Click here to book.