Workshops

Beginners Workshop with Kate Lovell 

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

Dates: 

Saturday, March 9th

Saturday, March 16th

Saturday, March 23rd

Saturday, March 30th

Saturday, April 6th

 

Time: 9 – 10:30am

Cost: £100

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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 Kate:

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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Massage + Flying Therapeutics with Jaqui Wan

Date: Sunday 07 April

Time: 2:30 – 5:30pm 
Cost: £35

A chance to explore the lunar side of AcroYoga, allowing us to slow down and cultivate listening and conscious touch. This workshop will present Thai massage techniques; the use of gravity, body weight, touch and harmonics to realign and release.

We will cover the foundations to flying therapeutics that involves a base and flyer. The base acts as a solid structure that enables the flyer to be suspended in an aerial inversion so that the base can work on the back and shoulders.

Open to all and especially those with an interest in massage techniques. No partner necessary. You will be working in pairs or in some cases in groups of three.

‘Massage is not just a luxury it’s a way to a happier and healthier life.’ Anon

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Tune Up Your Chakras & Gong Meditation

Date: Sunday 5 May
Time: 3pm – 5:30pm
Cost: £30

 Yin Yoga will invite you to hold seated postures on the floor with relaxed muscles lending to the opening of the deep connective tissues of the hips, spine and shoulders. Yin is an introspective and passive yoga practice offering an opportunity to bring peace and harmony to busy lives and active yoga practices.

Chakras are subtle centers in the brain and spine that regulate the physical, emotional and psychic flows of energy through the body. The premise of Yoga is that these energies are brought into ones awareness then the mind is calmed and the authentic Self revealed. You will learn the Chakras physical location, organs they control, emotions they express, and mental characteristics they embody along with the how and whys of Chakra meditation.

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Chakras Meditation with Swami Saradananda

Date: Sun, 12th May, 2:45-5:45pm

Cost: £40
In this workshop, Swami Saradananda 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. This is 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.
Restore and enhance the smooth flow of your vital energy.
Gain insights into healthier behavioural patterns and a more-rewarding life-style.
Find how each chakra corresponds to emotional and spiritual challenges that you may face in life.

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 to Chakras” “The Power of Breath”, “Mudras for Modern Life” and “The Cleansing Power of Yoga”.
In addition to teaching and writing, Swami Saradananda has spent extensive time doing personal practice in the Himalayas. She is currently completing an MA degree in ‘Traditions of Yoga and Meditation’ at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London

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Counter Balances + Trio Tricks Jaqui Wan

Date: Sunday 02 June

Time: 2:30 – 5:30pm

Cost: £35

AcroYoga aims to encourage you to move, connect and play. This is a solar offering that delves into the fire of acrobatics. Once we have got you comfortable in your personal body awareness and engaged in your acrobatic bodies we will focus on two themes counter balances and trio tricks.

Counter balances explore the push-pull nuances of partner balancing; the engagement and mutual calibration that allows the creation of symmetrical and asymmetric structures, shapes and poses.

Trio tricks explores the creative refinements of working as a group. There is an added dimension to working as a three; the ability to listen and absorb in order to collaborate are some of the key qualities to successful trio balancing.

Come with an open mind and willingness to play. No partner needed. You will learn how to build progressively and be supported in the process.

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

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Yoga Teachers Guide to the Chakras with Swami Saradananda

 

Date: Sunday 9th June: 2:45-6:45pm

Cost: £55
Learn to Introduce your students to the concept of chakras and how they relate to their yoga practice. Simultaneously deepen your own understanding of these swirling vortexes of psychic energy. In this innovative 4-hour workshop for yoga teachers, Swami Saradananda shares the knowledge she has gained from years of study and personal practice, much of which is embodied in her books.

 

What will teachers get out of this workshop?

A deep understanding of the nature and functions of the chakras.
The ability to create chakra-related sequences that are designed to get results for all levels of students. This is a valuable asset for all yoga teachers.
The capacity to adapt your yoga practice to move energy upward to higher consciousness.
A uniquely practical as well as theoretical approach to chakras.
Ways that you, and your students, can use the chakras to manifest your ideas and dreams into more creative embodiments.
A more meditative approach to asana practice and teaching.
Through a combination of pranayama, chanting, meditation and small group discussion, this workshop equips you with the knowledge and skills to take your teaching and personal practice to a deeper level.
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 to Chakras” “The Power of Breath”, “Mudras for Modern Life” and “The Cleansing Power of Yoga”.
In addition to teaching and writing, Swami Saradananda has spent extensive time doing personal practice in the Himalayas. She is currently completing an MA degree in ‘Traditions of Yoga and Meditation’ at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London.

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