Workshops

Autumn Beginners Course with Kate Lovell

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

Dates: Saturdays, 9:00-10:30AM on

3 November

10 November

17 November

24 November

1 December

Cost: £100

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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Two’s Company – Delving into a Partner Practice with Jaqui Wan

Date: Sunday 11th November 2018
Time: 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Cost: £35

We will cover a spectrum of partner practices ranging from partner yoga and partner stretches, to partner balancing and counterbalances. This includes not only the giving and receiving of each others weight but the push-pull nuances of balance, but the engagement and mutual calibration that allows the foundation and stability to create symmetrical and asymmetric structure, shapes and poses.

Explore the wonders of partner collaboration and delve into your creative potential.

A regular body awareness practice would be good advantage. Come or your own or as a pair; we will get to mix and match with everyone in the room.

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far go together (African Proverb).

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Jaqui is a supportive yet challenging teacher. She has yoga practice spanning 20 years and acrobatic practice of more than 10 years. She is an experienced and creative teacher that is both inclusive and encouraging, allowing students to believe in their potential. Her practice is both powerful and dynamic and her ethos is to advocate for playful collaboration and connection.

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The Power of Breath

with Swami Saradananda

Sun, 18th Nov, 2:45 – 5:45pm

Cost:£40

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

The workshop is for inspired beginners as well as for dedicated yogis. You will be presented with potent tools to enable you to make more efficient use of your breath to strengthen the link between your physical and mental capacities. Swami Saradananda will guide you in the use of pranayama (yoga breathing) techniques that will enable you to open up to intuitive inspiration You will gain new insights into healthier breathing patterns

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 the books “Yoga Mind and Body“, “Relax and Unwind with Yoga“, “Chakra Meditation“, “The Essential Guide toChakras” “The Power of Breath” and “Mudras for Modern Life”. Her latest book “The Cleansing Power of Yoga” will be published in Nov 2018.

In addition to teaching and writing, Swami Saradananda has spent extensive time doing personal practice in the Himalayas. She is currently pursuing an MA degree in ‘Traditions of Yoga and Meditation’ at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London

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Yoga Teachers Guide to teaching Pranayama

with Swami Saradananda

25 Nov, 2:45 – 6:45pm

Cost:£55

Learn to introduce your students to yoga breath-work and the ways in which these vital exercises can enhance their practice. Simultaneously deepen your own understanding of prana and pranayama.

In this 4-hour workshop for yoga teachers, Swami Saradananda introduces the powerful revitalizing and regenerating effects that breathing exercises can have on your body and mind. It promises to be unique in its simple, yet in-depth approach to the yoga practice of pranayama.

What will teachers get out of this workshop?

  • A working understanding of the physical structure and function of the breathing mechanisms.
  • The ability introduce pranayama and related breathing exercises to all levels of students. This is a valuable asset for all yoga teachers.
  • Powerful tools to enable them to make more efficient use of their breath and vital energies, including helping students with issues related to stress.
  • Ways that you, and your students, can use the power of your breath to manifest your ideas.
  • A more breath-centred and meditative approach to asana practice and teaching.

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 the books “Yoga Mind and Body“, “Relax and Unwind with Yoga“, “Chakra Meditation“, “The Essential Guide toChakras” “The Power of Breath” and “Mudras for Modern Life”. Her latest book “The Cleansing Power of Yoga” will be published in Nov 2018.

In addition to teaching and writing, Swami Saradananda has spent extensive time doing personal practice in the Himalayas. She is currently pursuing an MA degree in ‘Traditions of Yoga and Meditation’ at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London

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The Cleansing Power of Yoga: yoga kriyas and other holistic detox techniques for health and wellbeing

with Swami Saradananda

2 Dec: 2:45 – 5:45pm

Cost:£40

In this innovative workshop, Swami Saradananda offers you a variety of ways to detox your life. Removing stuck energy and toxic material can have far-reaching physical benefits, as well as life-changing mental, emotional and spiritual advantages. You will be presented with expert comprehensive guidance on how to achieve this level of cleansing through yoga cleansing exercises (known as ‘kriyas’) and a wide range of powerful holistic tools, such as yoga poses (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), meditations, mudras, mantras, and more…

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 the books “Yoga Mind and Body“, “Relax and Unwind with Yoga“, “Chakra Meditation“, “The Essential Guide toChakras” “The Power of Breath” and “Mudras for Modern Life”. Her latest book “The Cleansing Power of Yoga” will be published in Nov 2018.

In addition to teaching and writing, Swami Saradananda has spent extensive time doing personal practice in the Himalayas. She is currently pursuing an MA degree in ‘Traditions of Yoga and Meditation’ at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London.

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AcroYoga Lunar – The Art of Flying Therapeutics with Jaqui Wan

Date: Sunday 9th December 2018
Time: 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Cost: £35

The Lunar side of AcroYoga allows us to slow down and cultivate the art of deep listening, conscious touch and the capacity of giving and receiving.

This workshop will introduce you to Thai massage techniques; the use of gravity, body weight, touch and harmonics to realign and release. We will cover the foundations to flying therapeutics involving a base and flyer; the base embodies a solid structure for the flyer to experience inverted aerial passive balances that are blended with therapeutic massage techniques.

Open to all and especially those interested in massage or other forms of bodywork. You will be working in pairs or in small groups.

Massage is not just a luxury its a way to a happier and healthier life.

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Jaqui is a supportive yet challenging teacher. She has yoga practice spanning 20 years and acrobatic practice of more than 10 years. She is an experienced and creative teacher that is both inclusive and encouraging, allowing students to believe in their potential. Her practice is both powerful and dynamic and her ethos is to advocate for playful collaboration and connection.

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Women’s Yoga Workshop

Date: Sunday, December 16th

Time: 2:30-5:00PM
Cost: £35

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.

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New Year Gong Bath with Leo Consendai

Date: Sunday 06 Jan
Time: 14:45 – 16:15 
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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