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 Solo Properties

British Wheel of Yoga and Devon School of YogaMeditation Morning Retreat with Jackie Dorrian and Julie BladonYoga Nidra with Julie BladonWomen's Health Session with Friedel FinkSunday Morning Astanga Vinyasa with Andrea DurantIyengar Yoga Workshop Day with Isabelle LuterbacherHolistic Ashtanga & Yoga Nidra with Tania Rose FoxGong Immersion & Sound Meditation with Paula Bowen-SmithRest and Restore with Mel SkinnerEmbodying Love with Zoe FosterWomen's Sacred Cacao Ceremony with Tania Rose FoxYoga Cacao Nidra with Tania Rose Foxsdsd

Workshops ~ Events ~ Teacher Training

Foundation‎ and Yoga Therapy Courses at the Lotus Loft
Booking essential ~ Please book early to avoid disappointment

Please contact the workshop teacher to book your space
We are delighted to share our space with the British Wheel of Yoga and the Devon School of Yoga, both offer a range of training courses to suit everyone. If you are interested in deepening your practice and would like more information contact us!


 

 

Meditation Morning Retreat  ~  with Jackie Dorrian & Julie Bladon

Saturday 23 March  ~  10am to 1pm  ~  £35

“Meditation takes us just as we are, with our confusion and our sanity. This complete acceptance of ourselves as we are is a simple, direct relationship with our being. We call this maitri, loving-kindness toward ourselves and others.” ~ Pema Chödrön

Meditation is the art of cultivating present moment awareness. We can make the choice to be fully here, fully present in the moment. Sitting based meditation practice can enable us to experience deep stillness. The Meditation Morning Retreat will comprise of extended seated meditations and an atmosphere of silence.

In this morning retreat, we will have the opportunity to experience an extended Kundalini meditation and a guided meditation with a journaling exercise. The session will include periods of sitting, guidance on meditation and the opportunity to ask questions.

“When you don’t go within, you go without” ~ Yogi Bhajan

This workshop will be led by Jackie Dorrian and Julie Bladon. Suitable for all abilities, beginners are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. We ask if all students could arrive 15 minutes beforehand, as the workshop will start promptly.

“Meditation and concentration are the way to a life of serenity” ~ Baba Ram Dass

Why not make it a day of yoga and also sign up for our Yoga Nidra Workshop, 2-4pm, £25. Book the two workshops for £50, saving £10!

For further information or to book your place contact Julie at info@juliebladon.com
or visit www.juliebladon.com/events

 

 

Yoga Sleep Workshop  ~  Yoga Nidra ~ with Julie Bladon

Saturday 23 March ~ 2pm to 4 pm  ~  £25
Also on 27 April, 8 June, 28 Sept, 26 Oct, 23 Nov and 7 Dec
(10.30 - 12.30)

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

 

 

Sprouting Spring Ceremony ~ Women's Health Session ~ with Friedel Fink

Sunday 31 March  ~  9.30am to 12.30pm  ~  £35 (Booking essential)
Sisterpack: bring a friend and only pay £55 for the two of you, bring 2 friends and pay £90
Concessions available for students

GentleYoga. Vibrant Food. Spring Energetics.

Would you like to learn some new ways to connect to the season of spring- inside and outside and use your energy in this season more wisely? Or strenghten the connection with your own body/mind and self-acceptance?

In this workshop we‘ll

~ Learn the principles of Elemental Hatha Yoga and Pranayama for the spring season
~ Eat and learn about mindful vibrant food that supports this season
~ Explore the inner spring of the female body
~ Cultivate body- mind awareness & self-acceptance through meditations

We‘ll intentionally welcome a new season in a safe environment always moving with gentleness and curiosity. Come into the circle!

Suitable for everyone with female reproductive anatomy

Please mention on booking any dietary restrictions!

For further information or to book your place contact Friedel on 07714 0147760 email friedel.kunze@gmx.de or visit www.peace-patters.com

 

 

Sunday Morning Astanga Vinyasa  ~  with Andrea Durant

Sunday 7 April  ~  7.30am to 9.30am  ~  £15 per session
Also on 12 May and 2 June

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

 

 

Iyengar Yoga Workshop Day  ~  with Isabelle Luterbacher

Sunday 14 April  ~  10am to 4pm  ~  £40 (Payment must be made when booking)
Also on 19 May, 9 June, 11 Aug, 22 Sept, 20 Oct, 24 Nov and 15 Dec

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 867057
email i_luterbacher@hotmail.com or visit www.gaiatreeyoga.com

 

 

Laid-Back Holistic Ashtanga & Yoga Nidra  ~ with Tania Rose Fox

Saturday 18 May ~ 10am - 1pm  ~  £30 (Booking essential)

Balancing strength, grounding, release and deep relaxation

Spring is in full-flourishing form and summer is just around the corner! Join Tania for a fun, inclusive, non-competitive flow through the sequence of the Ashtanga Primary Series, adapted to emphasize the grounding, energising and therapeutic aspects of the practice - you will be encouraged to adapt/modify the poses to suit your own body, and work at your own chosen degree of intensity or gentleness, so that you can experience the full benefits of this intelligent sequence in the best way for you, individually.

In the course of her ongoing Ashtanga explorations, Tania sought out some of the most experienced teachers/practitioners in the world such as David Williams, Nancy Gilgoff and Doug Swenson, as well as some of the most experienced local teachers, including Andrea Durant, and realised this system has never been as fixed as some might believe! Tania takes a gentler, freer approach to the style, emphasizing personal needs over strictness – it continues to be an important foundation for both her personal practice and her teaching.

This is an opportunity to experience a liberating, free-spirited approach to Ashtanga Vinyasa
and come away energized and inspired! Ashtanga is also a great gateway to developing your
own home yoga practice. This will be a fairly dynamic workshop, so perhaps not suitable for total newcomers to yoga unless you’re fairly fit and energetic, but it will be a much gentler approach than you will find in a typical Ashtanga class, and you are always free to rest if you need to! If you're a more experienced practitioner, you'll have plenty of opportunity to challenge yourself if you choose to, but you are equally welcome to go easy on yourself!

We will end with a Yoga Nidra/guided relaxation to leave you deeply nourished as well as
energised. If you are stiff, Ashtanga will increase your flexibility; if you need to build strength, Ashtanga will certainly increase your strength! Tania will enourage you to adapt the practice to suit
your own needs.

Suitable for those with some yoga experience who are reasonably fit (this workshop won't be as dynamic as a typical Ashtanga class, but it will be more challenging than a beginners' level class)

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

 

 

Gong Immersion & Sound Meditation  ~  with Paula Bowen-Smith

Sunday 2 June  ~  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 10.30am 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

 

 



 

 

Rest & Restore  ~  with Mel Skinner

Saturday 8 June  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £30 (Booking essential)

Discover the self-care tools of restorative yoga with yoga nidra

When combined, these two forms of yoga practice offer the opportunity to find deep and nourishing rest. By reducing physical tension in the body, creating space for the breath and slowing ourselves down, we are able to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, and leave feeling truly restored.

This workshop will quietly re-energise and soothe your nervous system, boost immunity and calm your mind. This does not require any muscular strength or flexibility - rather we create emotional strength and resilience to support you with whatever life has to throw at you.

“The workshop on Sunday was so, so lovely. I can't put into words how wonderful it was so I won't ramble, but it really was the most lovely and cosy and nourishing three hours ever.” Leanne

Mel is an experienced Bristol-based yoga teacher, teaching classes, workshops and retreats to groups and individuals, focusing often around issues like anxiety, PTSD, depression, stress, low self-esteem, menstrual difficulties and more. Mel has specialised her training in restorative yoga, yoga nidra and yoga for women’s wellbeing (although she loves to practice all forms of yoga) and she is fascinated by the body’s capacity to heal itself, and the mind’s potential for expansion.

Suitable for all, including beginners.

For further information or to book your place contact Mel on 07786 787593
email mel@melskinneryoga.com or visit www.melskinneryoga.com

 

 

Embodying Love ~ with Zoe Foster

Saturday 6 July ~ 10.30am - 12.30pm  ~  £15

Two hour workshop including paper handouts and light refreshments

Flow easily into the energy of Autumn with Zoe, as we gather to explore the visceral embodiment of
self-love and compassion (and what that even means!) in a wholly nourishing, vibration raising, Hatha yoga session. Suitable for all levels and abilities.

Drawing on her cognitive science background and personal development teachings, Zoe gives you an
inspiring and educated context to your personal exploration on the theme of Embodying Love and what that really means for you in your life right now. Zoe holds energetic space for this and ensure everyone feels supported, safe and nourished.

We close our session with powerful pranayama, deep guided meditations and a long, blissful relaxation. Afterwards we come together to enjoy tea, nibbles and a chat.

To book your space or to discuss the workshop contact Zoe;

zoe@lifeenergyalchemy.com

For further information or to book your place contact Zoe at zoe@lifeenergyalchemy.com

 

 

Women's Sacred Summer Cacao Ceremony ~ with Tania Rose Fox

Saturday 6 July  ~  2pm to 5.30pm  ~  £30 (Earlybird until 15 June/ £35 full price)

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!

An intimate sacred cacao ceremony to open our hearts fully in tune with the summer.

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. After setting intentions for your ceremony and drinking a “shamanic” dose of ceremonial-grade cacao from Peru, you will be lead on a guided meditative journey to dive deep and connect with your intuitive mind assisted by the powerfully heart-opening energy of the cacao plant: get your ego chatter out of the way and tune in more deeply to hear the whispering of your heart, and find the clarity and insight to see and let go of whatever is blocking your heart from being fully open, joyful, bold and brave, so you can move forward in your life.

In addition to being an experienced yoga teacher, Tania is one of only a handful of trained cacao ceremonialists working in the UK, and 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 and healing.

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

 

 

Hawaiian Heart Yoga Cacao Nidra ~ with Tania Rose Fox

Saturday 10 August  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £30 (Advance booking required)

A delicious heart-warming yoga journey, including pure cacao and a deep guided blissful relaxation to transport you to tropical shores!

If you haven’t previously experienced one of Tania’s Yoga Cacao Nidra workshops you’re in for a nourishing treat! Especially as this particular Yoga Cacao Nidra will have a distinctly Hawaiian flavour… The first part of this nurturing afternoon is a heart-oriented flowing yoga practice drawing inspiration from Tania’s transformative experiences on Maui, also weaving in aspects of beautiful Hawaiian indigenous spirituality.

Following this, share a little taster of purest raw cacao tonic before lying down for an hour of delicious, deep guided relaxation and visualisation to transport you to tropical shores and beyond to a deep meditation on the beauty of nature in all her forms. To bring you back blissfully to your Earthly body, we will share some tropical treats at the end.

This is a yoga workshop not a cacao ceremony, so if you are not sure about cacao ceremonies be reassured! (And if you are not able to consume cacao for whatever reason, you can still participate fully, the cacao is just a little tonic in this workshop.) But also, Yoga Cacao Nidra often serves as a lovely introduction to pure raw cacao, a true superfood and the deep, trancelike state of relaxation we work with in both yoga nidra and cacao journeying.

All levels of yoga experience welcome for this very nurturing practice.

At the end, we'll share some delicious and very healthy homemade raw chocolate - and yes, Tania will share the recipe with all who come!

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

 

 

Corn / Harvest Moon Women's Sacred Cacao Ceremony
~ with Tania Rose Fox

Saturday 14 September  ~  2pm to 5.30pm  ~  £30 (Earlybird until 1Sept / £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 Corn Moon (also known as the Harvest 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

 

 

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

 

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