Workshops

Gong Bath

with Leo Cosendai

Sunday 1st October 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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The Power of Breath

with Swami Saradananda

Sunday 17th September, 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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Mandala Vinyasa – Earth Element

with Saori Funawatari

Sunday 24th September, 2.30-5.30pm

Cost: £30

Mandala Vinyasa is demanding and challenging dynamic flow that incorporates fun inversions. You can expect to strengthen muscles you have never known existed and leave feeling like you’ve really worked your body. As well as helping to release toxins this style of yoga can help to increase flexibility and improve the circulation of blood, water and energy.

Earth element Mandala practice is associated with Autumn/Winter. This is the time of the year we feel rather sluggish, stiff and low energy, day light is getting shorter and chilly air hitting the skin. To follow the nature and it is ok to slow down and grounding more to harvest our energy in body and mind in this season, however modern yang life style, it is not easy to slow down and business carry on as usual. Need more energy and lightness?

This workshop can help is focused on helping to increase inner strength, security and peace and to energise. This workshop is perfect if you are working to increase flexibility on your hamstring, back of your body.

Mandala Vinaysa yoga is demanding and challenging Asana practice and Earth element will focus on the 1st and 2nd Chakras. There will be lots of work on Hamstring & Groin flexibility and strength. The Practice will take around 2 hours starting and ending with Yin Asana (hold the pose for 5-20 minutes with stillness).  We will break down at some complicated poses and explore recommended techniques.

The three hours of Yoga afternoon will cover, Asana (poses), Pranayama (breath technique & cleansing), Yoga Philosophy and theory, and it is an opportunity to learn some Sanskrit (Yoga language) to get familiar with numbers and Asana names in Sanskrit.

About Muladhara and Svadisthana Chakra

Muladhara chakra (Root chakra) – Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded. Ability to stand up for oneself and security issue. When imbalance, Anemia, fatigue, lower back pain, sciatica, depression, frequent colds or cold hand and cold feet.

Svadhishthana (Sacral chakra) – Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences. Ability to social and intimacy issues. When imbalance, eating disorder, alcohol and drug abuse, depression, lower back pain, asthma or allergies, candida & yeast infections, urinary problems, sensuality issues as well as impotency and frigidity.

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Yin Yoga Magic! Pranayama, Mantra & Gong Session

with Dirish Shaktidas

Sunday 8th October, 2.30-4.30pm

Cost: £25

‘Yoga is not just repetition of few postures – it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life’. – Amit Ray.

The theme of this workshop is ‘yoga magic’. Using pranayama, yogic mantras to that will get the brain producing feel good chemicals that leave you feeling a little buzzy and a lot zen when you step off the mat. Yin Yoga poses like fish, bridge and rabbit. With all that oxytocin, gaba, serotonin and dopamine flowing through you, you will literally float!

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Developing a Meditation Practice

with Swami Saradananda

Sunday 15th October, 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 toChakras” “The Power of Breath” and “Mudras for Modern Life”.

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Autumn Beginners Course – 5 Weeks

with Kate Lovell

21 October – 18 November 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)

Course Details Summary

Duration: Saturday mornings from 9-10:30AM for 5 weeks

Course commences on Saturday, 21st of October until November 18th inclusive, from 9:00-10:30AM.

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

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Be Water: Exploring the Liquid State

with Dan Peppiatt 

Sunday 29th October 2.30-5pm

Cost: £35

‘Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it’ -Lao Tzu

Join Dan Peppiatt of Yoga Like Water as we explore what it means to flow effortlessly through our life and how this can begin by learning to be intuitive and organic in our practice of yoga. 

Do you listen to your body or do you push on through?

Do you feel your practice or think it? 

How do you know if you are progressing and does it even matter?

What happens if Im move away from the ‘traditional’ teachings of yoga? Am I still a yogi?

This workshop is for everyone from beginner students to teachers, anyone wanting to practice or deliver their own version of yoga in the most honest way possible. 

A mixture of movement, discussion and quiet sitting, we will guide the liquid body and mind into unfamiliar shapes and places to see what it rally means to be formless, shapeless, like water and how this can liberate the concepts of right and wrong, good and bad that we often carry onto our mats. 

An explorational class of freeform yoga asana for all abilities, leading naturally into a guided yoga nidra with a watery theme.

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Gong Bath

with Leo Cosendai

Sunday 5th November 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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Journey through the Chakras

with Swami Saradananda

Sunday 12th November, 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”.

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Mudras for Modern Life

with Swami Saradananda

Sunday 19th November, 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. 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 Essential Guide toChakras” “The Power of Breath” and “Mudras for Modern Life”.

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Relight Your Fire: Journey in The Chakras with Yin Yoga & Gong Bath

with Dirish Shaktidas

Sunday 26th November, 2.30-4.30pm

Cost: £25

Connect and explore the into this energy centre where you may be holding back from expressing yourself and reunite with your Fire element. With guided Chakra meditations, yin yoga and Gong Meditation. Open to all levels no meditation experience necessary.

We will be working with stretching sequences to open the channels in our body and building Fire energy. Discover your potential of what you can set light to.

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Mastering the Handstand – The Art of Flying 

with Andrew Abaria
Sunday 3rd December, 2.30-5pm
Cost: £30

Do you secretly want to learn how to do a handstand, but have fear of falling?  Or maybe you’re eager to try, but confused and don’t know where to start?  If this sounds like you, then this workshop is the solution to your anti-inversion dilemma!

Andrew will lead students through a workshop type flow class where we will learn what it truly takes to safely and fearlessly go upside down.  We will review the basic component parts needed to successfully invert, as well as key techniques to help sustain the balance.  We will also discover how the mastery of simple standing poses ultimately leads to the mastery of all inversions.  At the end of the workshop, you are guaranteed to leave with a step by step asana guide that will undoubtedly help you as you continue to fearlessly practice the mastery of your handstand.

Bio: 

Andrew is a third series Ashtanga practitioner and international yoga teacher who was trained by Annie Carpenter in Los Angeles and by Raghunath in New York. Known for his methodological yet inspiring teaching style, Andrew has helped thousands of yogis all over the world to unlock their full potential and achieve health and career successes on and off the mat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27r9oa-T0_8

www.andrewabaria.com

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An Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita

with Chidananda

Sunday 10th December, 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.

The Gita Intro is also a perfect preparatory course for those interested in taking part in the Gita Lite or Gita Extensive courses offered by Gita Insights which go deeper into the teachings.

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.gitainsights.com

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