Yoga classes 2017
Up to three yoga classes can be pre-booked per person at the time of booking at a cost of £10 per class. Please note only ONE green highlighted class can be pre-booked per person. Additional classes can be booked on the day, subject to availability.
Yoga talks cost £5pp, there is no need to pre-book.
Kirtan with Nikki Slade at 5.45pm is included in the cost of your ticket. There is no need to pre-book.
Bridget Woods Kramer – Anusara Yoga
Lexie Williamson – Yoga for Sport
Clive Fogelman – Morning Meditation in Movement & Stillness
Mollie Mcclelland Morris - Franklin Method Inspired Yoga
Gary Carter - Letting the Ground do the Work
Kirsty Norton – Decompression
Andy Nathan – Jivamukti Yoga
Mandy Penalver – Mindfulness Meditation
TALK– Gill Lloyd – The Life and Teachings of TKV Desikachar
Simon Low - Yin and Yang Yoga - FULLY BOOKED
Gill Lloyd – An Introduction to Vedic Chant
Tracie Storey –Sound Harmonisation and Sound Meditation
Ruth McNeil – Yoga Flow
TALK - Zephyr Wildman - Yoga and it's Power for Healing
Catherine Annis – Scaravelli Inspired Yoga
Francoise Freedman – Wellwoman Yoga - FULLY BOOKED
Nahid de Belgeonne – Path of Least Resistance - Hatha Flow
Colin Dunsmuir – Yoga and Healing
TALK - Ben Wolff - Breath for Life
Tanya Mickwitz – Mythical Yoga Flow
Graham Burns – Yoga-in and for-Balance
Adelene Cheong – Restorative Yoga
Emma Turnbull – Yoga and Ayurveda
Zephyr Wildman - The Prana Vayus
Ben Wolff and Vikki Stevenson – Yoga Nidra
Choi Kok - Restorative Yoga - Mudita - Finding Joy Through an Open Heart
Joo Teoh - Qigong
TALK - Graham Burns - How many Limbs are There?
Kirtan with Nikki Slade on the Stream Lawn - open for all
(schedule is subject to change)
About the Teachers:
Simon Low, BWY, SYT & Yoga Alliance US (E-RYT 500) teacher is a patron of the Hope Foundation, the Principal of the Yoga Academy offering foundational and continuing education to yoga teachers and students in the UK and internationally. Simon was a founder and the original director of yoga at London’s Triyoga. His teachings reflect his ongoing studies in many forms of yoga, traditional Chinese and eastern medicine, Chi Kung, ancient and contemporary healing methodologies, centred-movement, psychology, macrobiotics and physical therapy. Over the years, Simon has developed a unique and personal teaching style and now practices and teaches a broad spectrum approach he loosely labels Yin and Yang Yoga, offering fresh vitality to yoga practice, innovative and intelligent asana, kindness and respect to the human form, transformative breathing practices, and for the mind - the space for peace and tranquility.
For information about Simon’s workshops, holidays and teacher training courses, his DVD ‘Yin and Yang Yoga’ and Simon's ‘Yin Yoga App’ for iPhone, please visit: www.simonlow.com & www.theyogaacademy.org
Yin and Yang Yoga
At this year’s Yoga Garden Party Simon will offer a 60-minute class equally divided into yin and yang inspired asana, alongside teachings infused with yoga’s wisdom.
Bridget Woods Kramer
Internationally renowned yoga teacher Bridget Woods Kramer commenced her yoga practices in India in 1975 embarking on an intense program of study and self practice to become a senior teacher. She has concentrated on teaching yoga since 1988. A leading light in the fitness industry for over two decades, Bridget is credited with introduction of the aerobics phenomenon in the UK. As a visionary in the fitness market she has authored numerous articles and books. Recently released, she designed and demonstrated the Yoga practice in Triyoga’s most recent publication ‘Everyone try Yoga’. Instructing & presenting the included practice DVD. She is known for her sense of humour, dynamic style of teaching and close attention to alignment detail. Bridget teaches regular Anusara® classes in Cornwall and London at Triyoga the UK’s ground breaking Yoga Studio with workshops, teacher trainings, immersions and retreats all over the world.
Gill has practised, taught and studied Yoga for over 40 years. She has taught both here and in Israel, India and Pakistan as well as many countries in Europe. She has followed the teaching of TKV Desikachar throughout this time and became a personal student of his. Currently she teaches Yoga 1-1, runs Yoga philosophy and Vedic chant workshops.
She is part of the Yoga Academy training faculty teaching Yoga history and philosophy.
An introduction to Vedic Chanting
In this session Gill will offer a brief history of Vedic Chanting and introduce some of its basic principles.
She will focus the practice on two chants; one to the sun and the other to the moon. These are from the Veda and some of the oldest chants known to man but still widely used today, the Gayatri Mantra and the Candranamaskrtya Mantra. They will be taught step by step: no previous experience or singing skills required
Mandy took her first meditation class at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta centre in London twenty five years ago, and completed her Sivananda training in 2001. True Rest is a deeply relaxing guided meditation that has evolved from her own direct experience and the many different styles of meditation she has practiced over the years. She is passionate about sharing what she has learnt with others and is a co-founder of Rest & Be, a website and mobile app offering guided meditations online. http://www.restandbe.com/
In this class we will look at the difference between 'being present' and Presence. We will experience this distinction in a session of True Rest, a deeply relaxing guided meditation which incorporates mindfulness as a gateway to Presence.
Catherine Annis teaches yoga inspired by Vanda Scaravelli. She is a member of the teacher training faculty at Triyoga and is well known for her imaginative and practical approach to yoga. Originally a professional dancer, she discovered yoga as a teenager, and has been practicing for more than 30 years. Having explored Sivananda, Iyengar, Ashtanga and various forms of Hatha yoga, she eventually gravitated to the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli.
Catherine’s daily yoga practice and teaching focuses on deepening physical awareness and alignment to reveal and release the natural freedom of the body, particularly the spine. She holds a Masters degree in ballet studies and is a qualified Thai massage practitioner, and it is this interest in the body which informs and inspires her teaching. For more information, visit her website: www.relaxandrelease.co.uk
Influenced deeply by the work of Vanda Scaravelli, Gary Carter brings over 25 years of experience of Movement Anatomy, Chi Kung, Personal Training, Structural & Movement Integration to create a deeper understanding of the practice, cultivating the conditions that give rise to the combined freeing of the Spine in conjunction with the pull of Gravity and the overall ‘felt sense’ of the breath.
By learning to follow the nature of our structure, our internal shapes, we end up going with the body and not against it! We ultimately find fluid movement and lightness with the potential to have free range of movement, restriction free, generating economy of body use…which after all.. is our birthright!
Founder and Director of Birthlight, Françoise Barbira Freedman is a medical anthropologist at the University of Cambridge, where she does research and teaches as an affiliated lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology.
After spending long periods of fieldwork in the Peruvian Amazon, including two pregnancies and stays with her young family, she was inspired to share the gentle approach to parenting of her Amazonian hosts with friends in the UK. As a trained yoga teacher and therapist, Françoise used the idiom of yoga to create an original programme of micro-movements, which are beneficial to all.
An expert in her field, Françoise is a speaker at International Conferences. Françoise’s books have now been translated into 11 languages, she has also written articles for numerous yoga journals and pregnancy / baby magazines.
Well Woman Yoga draws on the ancient Indian health system of Ayurveda and offers selected yoga resources to promote mental and physical balance and a feeling of calm vitality. This is the key to a stress free and healthy new you.
Through its known effects on the neuroendocrine system yoga helps stabilise hormonal levels and creates new foundations for emotional stability besides physical benefits including improved blood circulation, postural alignment. muscle tone and balance. Practices are easy to follow for women (or men!) of all ages, from beginners to the most experienced yoga practitioners. All classes include relaxation and cultivate calm, balanced energy and vitality, detoxify the body and promote a sense of inner peace.
Nikki Slade is a leading pioneer in the field of chanting, core voice and sound work in the UK. Nikki has inspired thousands of individuals to chant and has led chanting workshops for many corporations including M&C Saatchi, Deutcshe Bank and Cisco. She has also taken her cutting edge approach to working with the voice into Wandsworth men’s prison and she is the resident voice facilitator at the Priory hospital in North London where she has impacted the recovery of hundreds of addicts over the past 13 years.
Nikki has recorded four highly popular chanting Cd’s: Nectarine, Monsoon, Soundscape and her latest double album Epiphany. She is the resident Kirtan (Chanting) leader at Triyoga in London and has travelled the world with her work to places including California, Singapore, NYC, Europe and Melbourne, Australia.
Graham has taught yoga for over 15 years, teaching regular classes at The Life Centre and Triyoga in London as well as being a board and faculty member of the Yogacampus Yoga Teacher Training Diploma courses in London, Manchester and Yorkshire. His main yoga teaching influences over the years have been Richard Freeman, Rod Stryker and Simon Low. Graham has a MA in Indian Religions from SOAS, University of London, where he has also lectured on the MA course in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation and is currently completing his PhD.
Colin is a practitioner of yoga based in South West London who is known for his experience, knowledge, caring and passion. He represents the fullness of the rich and influential lineage of Professor T. Krishnamacharya through the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation (KHYF) as a Yoga Teacher Trainer and has completed four years of intensive Yoga Therapy Training. As such he has spent considerable time practicing, studying and teaching at the world famous Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India where he regularly returns.
Colin is very open in his approach and has considerable clarity, focus and substantial experience of Yoga as both an evolutionary practice and also as a complimentary therapy. He also supports this with ongoing study of Ayurveda in the same tradition. He is registered with Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council in the UK as a Yoga Therapist and is also a British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma Course Tutor.
Adelene is a registered SYT with Yoga Alliance Professional. This accreditation demonstrates excellent standards as set by Yoga Alliance Professional.
A practitioner, a student, a teacher and trainer of yoga… Adelene felt blessed to be on this journey with many who seek love, peace and truth. Through yoga, Adelene reconnects to being truly integrated in life and all it has to offer.
For over a decade, she has been and still is a long-time student apprentice to Judith Hanson Lasater (Senior Assistant) and Donna Farhi (Senior Associate), whom she continues to study and assist. She has deep gratitude towards all her teachers past and present who has supported her journey, and finds inspiration in serving and sharing yoga through teaching.
Adelene believes in supporting and guiding her students to unveil their fullest potential, through embodiment and experiential exploration. She is particularly interested in the therapeutic applications of yoga. As a leading Restorative Yoga Trainer, she is absolutely committed to a balance of both active asana and restorative practices.
Based in London, Adelene teaches internationally, with a special interest in Yoga for Scoliosis / Backcare, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra and mentoring.
Lexie Williamson is a fitness writer, Yoga Sports Science® and British Wheel of Yoga instructor and the author of Yoga for Cyclists, Yoga for Runners and The Stretching Bible (Bloomsbury). She works both 1/2/1 with runners, cyclists, triathletes, rugby players, tennis players and more, and directly with clubs including the London Dynamos, Kent Velo Ladies and Elmbridge Road Runners. Lexie has been a regular contributor to the fitness pages of Cycling Weekly and written for media including The Guardian, Runner’s World, Women’s Fitness and Outdoor Fitness. Lexie has tried running and triathlon but settled on road cycling and is a ride leader with The Viceroys Triathlon Club. She is studying part-time for an Exercise & Sports Science BSc (Hons) degree.
Yoga for Sport
Oil the machine with this midsummer maintenance session designed to ease movement and reduce stiffness through dynamic and deep static stretches. This practical session is designed for endurance athletes such as runners, cyclists or triathletes but will aim to cater for any sportsperson present. The session will focus on loosening three major tight spots: the hips, lower back and shoulders. All levels of flexibility welcome; no yoga experience necessary.
Ruth is a long time yoga practitioner and an experienced British Wheel of Yoga accredited teacher and one of the organisers of the Yoga Garden Party. Ruth trained at the Yoga Academy and in addition has studied restorative and yin yoga intensively with Simon Low and holds the Judith Hanson Lasater Relax and Renew restorative yoga teaching qualification. Pilates has become integral to her own practice and she is a qualified mat-work teacher with the leaders in intelligent movement and rehabilitation, Polestar Pilates UK.
Ruth teaches vinyasa flow, Pilates and restorative yoga in London and Surrey as well as internationally on yoga retreats and holidays and is passionate about sharing these holistic movement modalities with you. It has been Ruth’s experience that these practices develop our ability to experience life fully, with strength, ease, gratitude, joy and compassion.
Vikki has been practising yoga for almost twenty years and teaching for seven after training with The Yoga Academy. Vikki now teaches full time in Essex as well as offering retreats worldwide, she is also one of the organisers of The Yoga Garden Party. Vikki specialises in pregnancy and postnatal yoga as well as yoga therapy for women’s health. She is passionate about the therapeutic side of yoga, offering yoga for those affected by cancer and specialist intensive courses for those who suffer from sleep disorders; in particular using the benefits of the practice of yoga nidra.
Ben is part of the teaching faculty alongside Uma Dunsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli on The Total Yoga Nidra teacher training course in London. He is passionate about the gift of yoga nidra.
Yoga nidra is a great treasure, a potent meditative resource for healing, insight, and empowerment. It's a state of consciousness in which we are invited to re-encounter the essential truth of who we really are. Yoga nidra provides us with the opportunity to experience deep freedom. It welcomes us all home to ourselves.
Nahid de Belgeonne
Nahid de Belgeonne is the Director and Founder of Good Vibes Studios in central London. Nahid is a British Wheel of Yoga accredited teacher with a passion for sharing the healing benefits of yoga. She has been practising for 17 years and trained with Simon Low at The Yoga Academy in 2010.
She teaches Hatha flow with an emphasis on intelligent movement, as well as teaching restorative yoga, meditation and yoga nidra. She has undertaken intensive yin study with Simon Low, is an advanced Relax and Renew restorative yoga teacher, trained by Judith Hanson Lasater and continues her advanced studies with Gary Carter and Michael Stone. As well as running the Good Vibes studio in London, Nahid is the Yoga expert for Aveda UK.
The Path of Least Resistance – Hatha Flow
Come and unravel your practice a little, unwind a linear practice of hard poses and learn how to soften and move from the inner body. Nahid teaches a hatha flow that takes the path of least resistance, working along fascial lines and surrendering to gravity. The less you struggle the easier it will all be, you’ll leave feeling easy in your skin.
Zephyr has been teaching Yoga since 2002 in London, trained via the very first Yoga Campus Intake and has been a Teacher and a Mentor on their yoga training program since 2005. She teaches at The Life Centre, Yoga Centres around London, private tuition, and at The Recovery Centre (treatment centre for addiction, depression and other dependency problems). Her teachings focus on combining the elements of creative movement, flow and dynamic sequencing, focusing on alignment, prana vayus and kinesiology. Zephyr also has experience in practicing Deep Tissue Massage Therapy since 1991, which compliments Yoga Teaching. As well as the physical side to Yoga Asana, she has a great interest in integrating psychology, yogic philosophy, and the attraction of self study within her practice, teaching and life style. Zephyr continues studying with Rod Stryker, Richard Freeman, and Doug Keller. Her teachers inspire her to share the courage, strength and blessings found in Tantra, Ayurveda, and the art of energetically sequencing, bespoking therapeutic practices for students of all different abilities. She is registered with Yoga Alliance US & UK as a Senior Yoga Teacher.
The Prana Vayus
Prana: Life-force, Vayu: Winds. The 5 movements of shaping the breath to manage our Life-force for optimum health and vitality.
These Prana Vayus govern different areas of the body as well as their physical and subtle functions. This class will offer the application of the 5 stages of working with Prana to draw our attention to the 5 Prana Vayus in a practice. This practical application of:
* sensitising our awareness in how Prana moves within us,
* experiencing the creation of alchemy in asana, pranayama and bandhas
* and finally awakening and intensifying our Prana
culminating into a concentration of Prana which then directs us to higher states of consciousness in our meditation practices.A class focussing on the 5 Prana Vayus and an applied practice using Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Kriya and Meditation.
Known for her authentic voice and speaking from the heart Tanja weaves yogic principles and life understanding into a journey of creative flow and intelligently progressed asana. Her Soulful Vinyasa classes serve as an inspiration and support for life, with asana as the playground and metaphor. Tanja creates a nurturing space for exploration of the internal landscape and inner growth whilst challenging the physical edge with a safely led dynamic practice. Tanja is also an engaging storyteller and teaches regular Mythical Flow classes where she weaves in the Indian deities, their stories and symbolism into the practice.
In addition to being one of the senior teachers at The Life Centre, Tanja is also a mentor and teacher trainer with Yogacampus. Tanja has completed advanced teacher training in Rasa Yoga and continues to be guided and inspired by Sianna Sherman in her studies and teaching. She has also studied with Para Yoga founder Yogarupa Rod Stryker since 2005. Tanja is registered E-RYT 200 & RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance US and registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance UK.
Love a good story? Love a good vinyasa? Then this is for you! Mythical Flow is Tanja Mickwitz's unique and much-loved signature class incorporating storytelling into asana practice. Come along and immerse yourself in the magical world of Indian myths, Gods, Goddesses and (of course) demons whilst enjoying moving your body with creative vinyasa flow. These classes form a full journey through mythology, yoga, mantra and mudra which will take you into a deeper understanding of yoga as well as yourself. The stories act as a mirror reflecting back at us how we choose to act within the stories of our own lives. The symbolism of the myths is really about what happens within ourselves and connecting to different deity energies allows us to reflect over how these different aspects of ourselves shape our behaviour and who we are in the world. Through the tools of practice we can invoke exactly what we need to act more skilfully and live more fully. And in addition to being a great tool for reflection these stories provide great fun as a backdrop to practice!
Tracie Storey’s full spectrum approach to Sound and Vibrational healing has spanned a comprehensive 20 years. Her approaches include Tama-Do Vibrational Sound Therapy, Kototama Sound Meditation and Colour Therapy. These elements are all key nodes in her practice. As a practitioner her sessions are instinctively tuned into the individual client ensuring that the most suitable healing modalities are offered. As a lecturer and workshop lead her skills stretch beyond the treatment room to include Qigong Classes, immersive group sound harmonisations and meditation classes.
Tracie’s foundation was established in the 90s exploring the transformative power of dance culture as a Dj and producer. She travelled extensively throughout Europe, America, Asia & Australia as the UK’s leading Lady of Breaks and then carved her niche in her own style of deep electronica. These experiences offered insight into the healing power of sound and technology inspiring her to embrace Sound and Vibrational healing as a life calling by searching out new teachers, mentors and training.
Finding Tama Do was evolutionary to her musical journey and in July 2014 Tracie qualified as a Tama Do practitioner and a year later as a Qi Gong Teacher. This form of vibrational therapy transformed her way of working and through the work & research of Fabien Maman, she learned about the profound healing power of sound and colour, the teachings of Kototama, Chinese Medicine and Astrology. Tama-do has been the primary inspiration behind her company Elemental Resonance which offers one to one sessions, group harmonisation sessions and retreat workshops.
Kirsty is a yoga passionista and teaches people how to live life to the fullest through yoga, meditation and energy practices. Listening to the language of the mind, body and breath creates balance. Through simple and effective use of breath, movement, meditation and relaxation you have a whole host of allies to use to manage the daily pressures of life.
She teaches for Movement for Modern Life - the online yoga website and has filmed a sequence of health videos for Healthista. She writes for Teach.Yoga, Elephant Journal and Yoga Magazine. In 2015 she set up Yoga Luxe, a yoga gift site that gives back to charities in India.
This class will decompress your mind and body to release the build up of day to day pressure that happens naturally for us human beings . First we will become aware of our state of being by sitting with what is and feeling all the sensations that are present. Then we'll move into practices to release and transform those sensations to enable the life force to flow to promote vitality and lightness.
Joo Chye Teoh
Joo is the founder of Five Phase Space, a centre for healing the ailments of modern life. He is an acupuncturist and yoga teacher working in the U.K.
Joo started teaching in 2007. He still studies yoga with Matthew Raymond Cohen, Judith Hanson Lasater and Max Strom. His classes integrate yoga sequences with qi gong, allowing students to benefit from anatomical alignment and awareness of the more subtle energetic body.
Born in Malaysia, Joo has spent the last 40 years living, working and studying in Beijing, Shanghai, New York and London. He has now found home in Sandridge, a small village outside St Albans, with his husband and their two dogs. www.fivephase.space
Qigong is a form of gentle, mindful movement which awakens the flow of energy in our bodies. In this class we will practise an energising sequence woven together from several different qigong traditions. The movements will be grouped into a flow that follows the five elements of nature in Daoist medicine: water, wood, fire, earth and metal.
Clive has a creative and open-minded approach to yoga, influenced by his therapeutic work and sporting background. He helps people cultivate intuition within their bodies, mindful that all individuals are different and continually evolving. His classes emphasise breath and directing attention inwards to become more aware of each moment. Drawing on the parallels between yoga and life, the mat becomes a playground for exploration and transformation.
Clive teaches a range of yoga styles including; Vinyasa Flow, Restorative and Yin Yoga offering variations for all levels. He also created the Life Sequence, a unique experience which takes people on a journey from birth to death combining yoga, meditation, creative expression, embodiment and guided visualisations. Clive is also co-founder of the Fair Yoga Institute, an organisation that is dedicated to providing support and care to yoga teachers.
Morning Meditation in Movement & Stillness
In this session we will explore mindful movement to awaken the body, while harmonising our movement with breath. We will also connect with some gentle breathing techniques and meditations to support stillness and create quiet time for reflection and awareness. This is a self-care practice to harness clarity, create inner calm and deeply nurture ourselves.
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Mollie Mcclelland Morris
For years, I was a dancer. I studied yoga out of a fascination for prayer and devotion through the body. I studied in India and Japan, both artistic and devotional movement forms. Since 2001, I have found teaching to be a deep calling, and that through teaching I have better understood myself and the body, my emotions, my life path. After years of teaching, I created Grace and Presence Yoga Teacher Training and Mentoring Courses, to share the journey of awareness and becoming. I have studied and teach Franklin Method because it has given me a new set of tools for deeper awareness, embodiment and healthy movement.
These are the principles that guide my life. Honesty. Authenticity. Sensitivity and study of this extraordinary human body. To whatever arises in the body and mind. To be with it as it is. I am awed by our capacity for creativity. Everyone is creative; we generate and build. And we are given vision of our own life path through intuition, gut feelings, emotions and recurring thought patterns. We create our lives by clarifying that vision, believing it, and opening up to those visions becoming real. We shape our lives by how we approach and experience what happens. By cultivating pleasure, gratitude and joy. By feeling and expressing honestly. Our artistry appears in our words, movements and actions. Yoga cultivates peacefulness, empathy, abundance and joy. I believe that a rising tide raises all boats, and so I believe in sharing knowledge, resources, perspectives. Let us together make yoga and yoga teaching an expression of human excellence. Let us share freely and abundantly so that we all rise up.
Franklin Method in Yoga Asana - Fluid Spine, Fluid Back Bends
Pain free and strain free backbends are possible! In this slowly flowing practice, we will embody some of the movements of the sacrum, spine and breath, using techniques from Franklin Method, to find more ease and greater range of movement in backbends.
Choi has practiced yoga for over 20 years and is a BWY Accredited Teacher (qualifying with The Yoga Academy). She has practised Vipassana meditation for 15 years and within that time attended many silent Vipassana retreats. She believes that yoga can benefit and be practiced by all; alignment cues with modifications/variations are continually offered so that classes are inclusive and taught within a compassionate environment.
Choi teaches an enriching practice encouraging body/mind to be linked with breath; helping still the fluctuations of the mind and to be more present in the unfolding of each moment.
Mudita: finding joy through an open heart
By staying receptive to all physical and mental phenomena we allow ourselves space to stay with what is in the 'this very moment', to live fully in 'this very life'. We will end with a meditation to cultivate mudita (sympathetic/vicarious joy)
Andy is a 300 hour certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher who began practising yoga over 7 years ago. His classes have a strong, playful dynamic with an ethos to create a safe space for you to let go of the busyness and stresses of your life - without judgement. These practices enable you to open up, express yourself, enjoy happiness, be yourself and achieve what you want.
Andy teaches regular classes in his hometown of Saffron Walden, Thaxted, Cambridge and across the UK, as well as leadings workshops, online courses and kirtans.
Andy's class at the Yoga Garden Party will re-connect you to the good stuff; inspirational chanting, love, unity, laughter, magical hands on assists learned from his beloved teachers, a playlist to uplift your soul and powerful vinyasa plugged directly into the life-giving energy of the present moment. Jivamukti Yoga is a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. All beings everywhere. We are one.
Emma Turnbull is a BWY teacher, BWY Foundation Course tutor and also an Ayurvedic Practitioner. Emma trained with the BWY in 2005 and has special interest in teaching Yoga for Women and has trained with both Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Franscoise Freedman. Emma had the privilege completing a Yoga Nidra Teacher's Training course given by Swami Pragyamurti of the London Satyananda Centre– a teacher who has greatly influenced her teaching and practice. Emma’s classes combine over a decades experience of teaching yoga with the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda – so that each offering is seasonally appropriate and aimed at balancing the excess of the season, Emma draws on lunar cycles, seasonal cycles and the natural world to inform her practice and teaching, she believes that by combining Yogic and Ayurvedic wisdom, through simple daily practices, life can be lived to the fullest by each of us.
Ayurveda, The Science of Life, teaches that with the changing of the seasons, comes the changing of our habits.In this workshop, you will be introduced to a yoga sequence specifically designed to pacify the Pitta dosha of the summer season. You will learn breathing techniques and a simple meditation to help you stay cool as the weather heats up!
Gill Lloyd - the Life and Teaching of TKV Desikachar.
Gill will talk about his life as a student of his father Prof. T. Krishnamacharya and how he took that teaching out to a wider audience around the world. We will look at how his input has influenced the world of yoga today. Also she will offer some personal reflections of sitting at his side whilst he taught 1-1 in India and of his extraordinary wealth of knowledge.
Zephyr Wildman– Yoga and it's Power for Healing
The definition of Yoga has roots firmly grounded in a focus on self-understanding. The more we understand ourselves, our habits and our suffering the more we have choices to align ourselves with the true path and the state of balanced flow. The equilibrium and harmony of a balanced life takes in to account the spiritual, the mental and the physical. Yoga, at its fundamental core is an exercise in developing and refining a strong and balanced state for all three. Yoga puts the same amount of emphasis on, and gives an equal importance to, the emotional health as it does physical health. Through using Yoga as a therapeutic tool we increase our potential to heal on many levels. I look forward in sharing the key concepts that bring a layer of potential healing to our asana practice.
Ben Wolff - Breath For Life
You are how you breathe, literally. Current neuroscience states:
1) Breath has direct and immediate impact on our physiological and mental health;
2) Many common illnesses are at least partly attributable to poor breathing
3) We can heal many of these conditions by simply taking control of the breath.
Yet most of us are completely unaware of our breathing patterns and do not realise that we are in fact breathing two or three times faster than the optimal rate of 5 breaths a minute. Indeed the average is now an astonishing 18 breaths per minute.
Inspired by Ben's personal recovery from serious illness, we will be sharing an accessible and experiential exploration of the latest findings in neuroscience on the breath's healing capacity, including breaths that you can use immediately.
Evidence based, but with influence from ancient wisdom traditions this talk is relevant for all who would like to feel healthier and happier.
Ben is the co-founder of Breathing School teacher trainings, held through Yoga Campus and runs Breath For Life workshops held monthly at The Shala, West Norwood and around the country.
Graham Burns- How Many Limbs ARE There?
In the Bṛhadāṇyaka Upaniṣad, Śākalya asks Yājñavalkya, ‘How many gods are there?’ Yājñavalkya’s first non-scripted answer – 33 – seems quite conservative when we consider the proliferation of forms of the deity which we find in Indian religion. But Śākalya presses Yājñavalkya through a series of further questions, until Yājñavalkya eventually concedes that really there is only one god.
In the yoga world, we can have a similar debate about the aṅgas – the ‘limbs’ or components of yoga. The ‘scripted’ answer might be ‘eight’ – but that just happens to be the number taught in certain texts, notably in Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra and its commentary. Other important yoga texts teach four, five, six, seven or even 15 aṅgas, and there is little consistency between the numerous lists.
So how many limbs ARE there? Does the number of ‘limbs’ actually matter? Or, like Yājñavalkya’s gods, is there ultimately only one yoga?
Join Graham Burns for a discussion of how many limbs there REALLY are. Graham has taught yoga for over 15 years, teaching regular classes at The Life Centre and Triyoga in London as well as being a board and faculty member of the Yogacampus Yoga Teacher Training Diploma courses in London, Manchester and Yorkshire. His main yoga teaching influences over the years have been Richard Freeman, Rod Stryker and Simon Low. Graham has a MA in Indian Religions from SOAS, University of London, where he has also lectured on the MA course in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation and is currently completing his PhD.
Yoga class FAQs
Please do bring a yoga mat with you if you have one, there will be some available but not enough for everyone
What should I wear to Yoga?
Comfortable clothes that you can move in. Yoga is practiced barefoot. Layers are advisable as you may warm up and cool down again.
Is it OK to eat before the class?
Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach so try and leave about three hours after a meal and one hour after a light snack. Refreshments will be available afterwards!
Is Yoga religious?
No. Yoga supports and complements all spiritual beliefs. Yoga is a personal practice and a journey of self-discovery.
Can my child attend the classes?
Unfortunately we are unable to accomodate children under 16 in the classes. We kindly request that you supervise your children at all times