Workshops

Moving into Winter: A Women’s Yoga Workshop

with Kate Lovellkate-lovell-2
Sunday, Dec 11th,  2-4.30pm
 
Cost: £35
This one’s for the ladies. And why? Because despite the vast number of women practicing yoga, there aren’t many classes that focus purely on the female form, taking into account the constantly changing nature of our bodies and the need to amend our practice according to our monthly cycle to reduce stress.

“I practiced yoga for many years before discovering my first book on yoga and women (at the bottom of a bargain basement pile of books).  The only time I heard anyone address the menstrual cycle in a class before that was when teachers excused ‘those on their periods’ from headstands and other inversions.  Surely there was more to it?

Over the years, and as I developed deeper awareness of my own internal rhythms and changes, I researched the topic more and soon discovered that I didn’t need to adjust my body to yoga, my yoga needed to adapt to suit me!  And not just by eliminating certain poses, but by building a practice that appealed to the feminine energy within me and encouraged me to slow down and listen.

During this workshop, I’d like to share with other women the beauty in taking ownership of your yoga practice to heal yourself and learn more about your body.   We’ll look at calming, restorative sequences to practice when menstruating (or when you just need a break!), and explore ways of moving in a more dynamic practice that encourage balancing our hormones and honouring our cycles.  We’ll also look at ways of using yoga and meditation to build a healthy and happy body-image that focuses more on what’s happening inside to help you look radiant on the outside.
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 recently completed a Womb Yoga training with Uma Dinsmore Tulli specifically focused on yoga for women at different stages of their lives.
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Journey Through the Chakras

with Swami SaradanandaSwami_Saradananda

Sun, 4 December, 2:30-5:30pm

Cost: £35 

Restore and enhance the smooth flow of your vital energy. Gain insights into healthier behavioural patterns and a more-rewarding life-style.
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.

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”.

Please call us on 0333 405 8888 or email us at reception@yotopia.co.uk to book this workshop

The Reset

with Dirish Shaktidasdirish-workshop-3

15 January, 2.30-4.30pm

Cost: £25

Enjoy the “re-set” Allow it to be filled with focus and intension making it an elevating experience filling your body with fresh prana (life force). This workshop will energise the body, mind and spirit. You will work your entire spine and all of your energy centres along it (the Chakras) through Yin yoga.

You will also experience the Gong bath and meditation that will rebalance and harmonise your systems and your wellbeing. All levels are welcome.

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Winter Beginners Course

with Kate LovellKate Lovell 1
5 Weeks:  9-10.30am; from 21 January to 18 February 2017
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 (http://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)
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)
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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Improvers Course

with Kate LovellKate Lovell 1
4 weeks: 9.15-10.30am;  25 February – 18 March 2017 inclusive
Cost: £75
This 4-week ‘Improvers’ course with Kate Lovell will help you grow stronger and more confident in your yoga practice.  It is designed for those who have some experience of yoga practice or have recently completed a beginners course and would like a little extra guidance as they start to delve deeper into regular yoga classes and experiment with more challenging yoga postures.  This series of four classes will explore themes across yoga asana practice, as well as yoga philosophy, deepening your understanding of different yoga postures and their benefits, as well as introducing more breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to help you reduce stress and build a meditation practice.  It will help you continue to grow your practice safely as you increase your strength and flexibility, play with more challenging poses (and learn how to modify them for your body/level), and cultivate patience and persistence.
About the Teacher:
The course is led by Kate Lovell (http://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.
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