Workshops

Winter Beginners Course

with Kate Lovell
Kate 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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The Power of Breath and Meditation

with Swami SaradanandaSwami_Saradananda
22 January 2.30-5.30pm
Cost: £35
In this fascinating workshop, Swami Saradananda introduces you to the powerful revitalizing and regenerating effects that breathing exercises and meditation can have on your body, mind and yoga practice.
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 enable you to master the theory and basic techniques of meditation, and begin to feel the joy of stillness arising within your being.
You will be presented with powerful tools that will enable you to begin 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 techniques that will 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 and meditation into their programmes.
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Mudras for Modern Life

with Swami SaradanandaMudras with Saradananda
12 February 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.
 Cost: £35
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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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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Journey Thru The Chakras

with Swami SaradanandaSwami Chakra
12 March 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.
cost:£35
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” and “Mudras for Modern Life”. The third edition of her innovate book “The Power of Breath” is being released in Jan 2017
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YO-MU Restorative Yoga Flow, Live Cello & Soothing Beats Workshop

with Lucy and Pepe Ariasyo-mu

Sunday 9 July 3-4.30pm

Cost: £20

‘’Since both music and yoga can induce a transcendent state of mind, it’s only natural that combining the two will maximize your bliss’’

Based in Barcelona, Spain, for over two years Lucy, (London Contemporary Dance school graduate & Yoga teacher) and Pepe Arias (Cellist & electronic composer from Chile), have been developing their project YO-MU to offer a unique Yoga Flow and Live music workshop that aims to get you out of your head and into your body. This is an integration of music and yoga asana that aims to heal you from the inside out. The cello has the same tonal vibrations as the body and is used extensively in music therapy, combined with yoga asana the tones of the cello are easily digested into the body and helps to lead us back to our breathe. In this workshop we will move from deep breathing relaxation into gentle yoga postures to stretch and release the layers of the day accompanied by soothing guitar and voice melodies. The session culminates with a deep relaxation to the cello and head massage. A perfect introduction to yoga asana, or for those who want to take it slow, this session is open to all levels and music lovers alike.

For more information www.yo-mu.com

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