Find the Lotus Loft

2nd Floor, 25 Southernhay East
Exeter EX1 1QP
On the corner of Barnfield Road and
Southernhay East, near the Barnfield Theatre,
above Winkworth Properties

British Wheel of Yoga and Devon School of YogaIyengar Yoga Workshop Day with Isabelle LuterbacherYoga Nidra with Julie BladonYin Flow Yoga Workshop with Cicely ChanYin Fascial Yoga Workshop with Dominique PrestonSunday Morning Astanga Vinyasa with Andrea DurantGong Immersion & Sound Meditation with Paula Bowen-SmithWomen's Sacred Cacao Ceremony with Tania Rose FoxAn Exploratory, Playful & Dynamic Yoga Practice with Andrea DurantAwakening the Spine with Helen Barnett

Workshops ~ Events ~ Teacher Training

Booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Please contact the workshop teacher directly for further information or reserve your space.

We are delighted to share our space with two Schools of Yoga who offer courses to suit everyone

The British Wheel of Yoga
500 hour Yoga Teaching Diploma Courses led by Angela Ashwin. Next course - end of 2021. All enrolments are taken by Angela directly, if you would like further information email
info@angela-ashwin.co.uk or call 01395 224605. There are other teachers in the South West who offer British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Training Courses, more information can be found on the British Wheel of Yoga website so you may be able to find a course starting sooner. www.bwy.org.uk/training

The Devon School of Yoga
offer Yoga Foundation and Post Graduate Yoga Therapy Courses at the Lotus Loft.
If you are interested in deepening your practice, would like further information on all of the Devon School of Yoga Courses please visit www.devonyoga.com email info@devonyoga.com
or call 01392 420573

 


Iyengar Yoga Workshop Day  ~  with Isabelle Luterbacher

Sunday 22 September ~  10am to 4pm  ~  £40 (Payment must be made when booking)
Also on 20 October, 24 November and 15 December

This is a workshop for those with some yoga experience who would like to deepen their practice and understanding of Iyengar yoga.

During the workshop we will explore pranayama (breathing techniques) using different prop supports to encourage openess, followed by asana practice (postures) focussing on techniques to establish greater alignment, depth and understanding of the asanas.

Through the asanas we will seek to find better ways to manage the mind. Practicing with conscious awareness and a focus on alignment not only facilitates the sustaining of the posture but holds the practitioner present within the practice. This depth prompts mental focus, self-enquiry and opens the practitioner to the experience of yoga beyond its bountiful health benefits, so it becomes a practical philosophy that can support us in daily life.

There will be a break between the morning and afternoon session.

Since completing her Yoga Teacher Training in 2003. Isabelle has trained intensively with senior Iyengar teacher Glenn Ceresoli, in London, Switzerland, Italy, Norway and Germany and she has also completed his Level 1 Iyengar Teacher Training in Australia and Level 2 Teacher Training in India.

For further information or to book your place contact Isabelle on 01626 867322
email i_luterbacher@hotmail.com or visit www.gaiatreeyoga.com

 

 

Yoga Sleep Workshop  ~  Yoga Nidra ~ with Julie Bladon

Saturday 28 September ~ 10.30am to 12.30pm  ~  £25
Also on 26 Oct, 23 Nov and 7 Dec

Are you looking for a friendly relaxation class?

Are you looking for ways to de-stress and sleep better?

Are you new to yoga and wish to find an easy way into your practice?

Do you have an established yoga practice and are looking to dive deeper into your practice?

Yoga Nidra is the deepest form of relaxation. The yogic state of Nidra is beyond the waking state, past the dreaming state and is a form of sleep state where you are actually awake. The stillness of this practice brings incredible calmness, clarity of mind and deep nourishing rest.

In this 2 hour workshop you will enjoy a calming meditative yoga practice before embarking on a Yoga Nidra journey. You will be fully guided during the session. All levels welcome including beginners.

You will leave the workshop feeling renewed, energised, fully rested as if you have had a conventional sleep for a much longer period. You will enjoy complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation.

When Yoga Nidra is practiced regularly, it brings a deep state of calm which transcends into everyday life. Even strenuous mental and physical activities will not feel as stressful when you have achieved this state of calm.

Remember to book early as these workshops do fill up and quite often have a waiting list.

Come and try it for yourself!

To book go to Julie's online shop at www.juliebladon.com, email info@juliebladon.com
or call 07754 983498

 

 

Gentle Yin Flow Yoga Workshop  ~  with Cicely Chan

Saturday 5 October  ~  10am to 1pm  ~  £35
(Payment is due in full prior to the workshop to secure your place and is non-refundable)

Generate prana through this ecstatic flow that whirls and twirls, but always make its way back to centre. Warm your way up through the chakra system with a sequence of Kundalini inspired exercises. You will find greater freedom of movement and brightest of being.

Meaningful transitions through gentle flow, the space between the events of our lives can teach us so much. The same goes for the shapes between the asanas we both visit and strive for every day. This 3 hour workshop explores fun and meaningful transitions, designed to take you safely and simply into more space and freedom in your body and the ability to soften up and forgive.

For the closing practice simply stretch, relax and let go. Enjoy a stretchy, yummy practice to open up the body, mind, heart and wringing out all the deep-seated tensions.

For further information or to book your place contact Cicily on 07598 195377
email cicelysbeauty@gmail.com or visit cicelysbeauty.co.uk

 

 

Roll and Release Yin Fascial Yoga Workshop  ~  with Dominique Preston

Saturday 5 October  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £30
(Payment is due in full prior to the workshop to secure your place and is non-refundable)

This workshop has a deliciously soft, slow and luxurious feel to it... as much a restorative, restful practice as it is a yin and myofascial release workshop... Similar to a traditional yin yoga
practice we'll be gently stretching and accessing the deeper parts of the body with long held yin and restorative postures, as well as working with self myofascia release techniques and some lovely undulating, spiralling and free, fluid movement to help encourage the unravelling of tension and tightness in the muscle and fascia throughout the body.

This will be a slow and mindful practice with the intention of staying connected to breath and body; a complete practice that will leave you feeling mentally and physically relaxed, rested and ready for the week ahead.

I'm looking forward to see you all in October. Dominique x

For further information or to book your place contact Dominique on 07971 206491
or email dominique_100@hotmail.com

 

 

Sunday Morning Astanga Vinyasa  ~  with Andrea Durant

Sunday 6 October  ~  7.30am to 9.30am  ~  £15 per session
Also on 3 November

A playful Sunday morning practice of the intermediate Astanga Vinyasa yoga series
~ Nadhi Shodhana

A guided dynamic practice for those with an established practice. Not suitable for beginners.

We will maintain respect for the sequencing and style, but adapt the postures and pace to suit all present.

For further information or to book your place contact Andrea on 07894 301019
or email andreaclairdurant@gmail.com

 

 

Gong Immersion & Sound Meditation  ~  with Paula Bowen-Smith

Sunday 6 October  ~  10.30am (for prompt 10.45 start) to 12pm ~ £20

During the session you will experience an amazing sound journey with the sacred sounds of the Gongs and other complementary instruments.

Come and be immersed in the powerful sound waves created by the gongs, enabling the mind and body to relax and release any stress and tension. The Gong experience can have an incredible effect both physically and mentally and can help to relieve discomfort in mind and body.

All you need to do is lie down (fully clothed) and let the Gongs do their work. Mats and blankets are provided but you might like to bring something to support your head, an eye mask, some warm socks
and some bottled water.

Doors will open at 10.30am to allow time to arrive, have a cup of herbal tea or water, find your space
and get settled. We will start at 10.45am with a mindfulness exercise and some focussed breathing to prepare us for the Gong Bath. The Gong Bath will be an hour long then you are welcome to join us for a cup of tea and a chat afterwards.

Due to the nature of the experience, we cannot accept latecomers. Spaces are limited so please book to guarantee your space. If following booking, you are unable to attend, please let me know so that your place can be offered to someone else.

For further information or to book your place contact Paula on 07956 028631
or email paula-bs@hotmail.co.uk






 

 

Hunter's Moon Women's Sacred Cacao Ceremony ~ with Tania Rose Fox

Saturday 12 October ~  2pm to 5.30pm  ~  £30 (Earlybird until 28 Sept / £35 full price)

The transition from summer to autumn and towards winter can be challenging, so call on the loving energy of sacred cacao to help you let go of the joyful expansiveness of summer with a warm open heart, and gently ease your way into a season whose energy is all about letting go and turning inwards. Join Tania for an intimate and deep autumn cacao ceremony on the afternoon of the Full Hunter’s Moon, an opportunity to let go, experience heart-opening and emotional release, and access more intuitive states of awareness.

Please note this is not a yoga workshop but if you are a woman in need of heart opening and if you enjoy yoga nidras and guided meditations you will love this!

A sacred cacao ceremony is a powerful and beautiful opportunity to experience heart-opening and emotional release in a different way to a yoga class. Joining together as women in a circle, in sacred ceremony, is a powerful, beautiful and precious experience - for a few hours, we step into a sacred space in which the focus is on opening our hearts, learning to tune into our intuitive wisdom, and sharing in a safe, nurturing, compassionate and supportive space. Using this surprisingly potent heart-opening plant (which we drink together) to assist us on the journey, we will dive deep and tap into the higher levels of awareness we all have available to us.

We come to the ceremony with willingness to open up, to let go, to see more clearly whatever might be holding us back, getting out of the egoic mind and accessing more intuitive states of awareness and receive new insights. As a powerful heart-opening plant medicine, cacao can help you to release all sorts of emotional blockages and old stories, and dissolve and any stale energy you are ready to let goof: past and present pain, heartbreak, anger and self-limiting fears...
It is often a deeply self-validating and liberating, inspiring experience!

In addition to being an experienced yoga teacher, Tania is one of only a handful of trained cacao ceremonialists working in the UK, experienced in holding safe, compassionate space; she loves sharing this amazing yet gentle and loving plant medicine with curious-hearted, open-minded souls as another pathway to experiencing greater wholeness. A cacao ceremony is a wonderful complement to your yogic journey and the path of ongoing self-exploration, healing and spirituality.

Feedback from previous participants
"What a powerful and enriching experience! Feel very blessed to have been there...The ceremony was an extremely nurturing and powerful process within a safe, beautiful group of women. You held and supported us as a group with such grace, it was a truly empowering and life-changing experience"
- Sarah

" Big thank you for an amazing experience. So rewarding to have a safe place to share honestly without judgement. Good to have time to reflect...It felt very positive and gave clarity to thoughts. Personally I feel I gained a great deal from Saturday's cacao ceremony" - Rachel

For further information or to book your place contact Tania at tania@holisticashtanga.com or visit www.holisticashtanga.com

 

 

 

 

An Exploratory, Playful & Dynamic Yoga Practice, Leaving Time For
Pranayama & Meditation  ~  with Andrea Durant

Saturday 19 October  ~  10am to 1pm  ~  £25

Andrea began her career as a classical dancer progressing through the Royal Ballet School to the Royal Ballet Company aged 18, to Principal Dancer at Scottish Ballet.

Andrea cites her main influences as Shandor Ramete (Iyengar), Swami Vedantananda (Satyananda), Guru Dharam (Kundalini), David Swenson and John Scott (Ashtanga Vinyasa), Clive Sheridan (An independent yogi with special awareness), James Seddon (who was a remarkable man and her mentor), Anna Le Gallois (a remarkable woman and faith healer), and Godfrey Devereaux, for whom she taught Ashtanga Yoga at the Life Centre, (now known as Yoga Campus), in
London. Andrea was one of the original teachers on their teacher training courses and she currently instructs on the Devon School of Yoga teacher trainings and runs her own Foundation Courses through the BWY.

For further information or to book your place contact Andrea on 07894 301019
email andreaclairdurant@gmail.com

 

 

Yoga Workshop ‘Awakening the Spine’  ~  with Helen Barnett

Saturday 19 October  ~  2.30pm to 5pm  ~  £25 (Places limited - booking essential)

A deeply relaxing workshop aiming to create space and suppleness in the spinal column.

Helen returns from training and working abroad, with fresh insights to share in this new workshop.
The workshop is for everyone (those with little or no Yoga experience and those with long-standing
practice!), and especially designed for anybody who feels pain, tension or rigidity in the back, neck, shoulders or spine.

During the workshop you will have the opportunity to:

~ Enjoy the stillness of supported restorative postures, and the gentle movement of Asana
(physical practices).

~ Allow the body to soften and the spine to become more spacious, creating a stable and aligned base from which to build strength.

~ Encourage improved mobility in the spine, and better function of the nervous system.

~ Complete the session with a long guided relaxation (Yoga nidra).

Includes time at the end for a cup of tea, and healthy homemade snack (provided!).

For further information or to book your place contact Helen on 07967 433242
email devonholistichealthcare@gmail.com or visit www.helenbarnett.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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