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 YogaYoga Sleep Workshop Yoga Nidra with Julie BladonShakti Yoga, The Yoga of Dance with Maite AlonsoYoga For Self-Love Workshop ~ with Natasha GerolimatosAnatomy & Physiology Workshop for Yoga with with Keith BellissBirthing Partners Workshop with Alice ChapmanSivananda and Yin Masterclass with Nikki CassapNeurogenic Yoga Workshop with Jo HamiltonChakra Workshop with Nikki DarlingAstanga Vinyasa Yoga Series ~ with Andrea DurantYin Fascial Yoga with Dominique PrestonIyengar Yoga Workshop Day with Isabelle LuterbacherYoga Therapy Course with Devon School of YogaAnother look at Mindfulness with Andrea DurantWinter Wellness with Jill HurleyYoga Nidra with Julie Bladon

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!



Yoga Sleep Workshop  ~  Yoga Nidra with Julie Bladon

Saturday 30 September ~ 10.30am to 12.30pm  ~  £25
Saturday 14 Oct, Saturday 25 Nov and Saturday 9 Dec

Join me for this deeply relaxing workshop.

You will enjoy a relaxing and calming meditative yoga practice before embarking on a Yoga Nidra (yoga sleep) journey. Yoga Nidra is an ancient tantric method where the mind and body is in deep relaxation. A single hour of Yoga Nidra is as restful as four hours of conventional sleep.

The practice of Yoga Nidra releases all types of muscular, emotional and mental tension. You not only enjoy complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation, but also get to explore the tremendous powers hidden in the deeper layers of subconscious mind.

This workshop is for anyone interested in relaxation and meditation, whether you are brand new or experienced in meditation. You will be fully guided.

To book go to Julie's online shop at, email
or call 07754 983498



Shakti Yoga, The Yoga of Dance  ~  with Maite Alonso

Saturday 30 September  ~  2pm - 5pm  ~  £25

The discipline of Shakti Dance has its roots in the teachings of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan (Master of Kundalini Yoga). It offers a joyful, graceful and healthy yogic path through the practice of dance. Shakti Dance shares the view of Kundalini Yoga of embracing and affirming the physical body as a portal to a path leading back to Self Realisation. It employs physical techniques as tools in a carefully combined way in order to raise the consciousness.

Shakti Dance opens and rebalances the energy channels in the body using a harmonious fusion of flowing asanas, different dance styles, breathing techniques and rhythmic coordination, together with mental focus and mantras.

Flowing, waving……Heart’s poetry dancing

~ Heightens vitality and sensitivity
~ Reduces stress and tension by freeing and unblocking physical and mental tensions.
~ Stimulates and expands the life force (prana)
~ Brings a meditative and expansive sense of lightness
~ Increases body awareness and expands consciousness
~ A new found inner balance and sense of deep peace
~ A deeper sense of groundedness and stability
~ Enhances physical flexibility and improves circulation
~ Induces a state of inner harmony
~ Increases coordination, grace and fluidity in movement
~ Reconnects with our inner source of joy and wisdom

Suitable for everyone including beginners!

For further information or to book your place contact Maite at
or visit



Yoga For Self-Love Workshop ~ with Natasha Gerolimatos

Sunday 1 October  ~  10am to 1pm  ~  £30 (Includes workshop and refreshments)

This workshop will focus on using yoga as a tool to cultivate love, compassion and kindness towards ourselves. We will use a fusion of Kundalini, Vinyasa and Yin yoga, along with meditation, pranayama and self-reflection / jouralling. The practice will incorporate affirmations, intentions and mantra, with the focus on cultivating a deep sense of love and appreciation for yourself, exactly as you are.

Tea, cake and fruit to follow.

Pre-booking is required. Cash, cheque or bank transfer accepted. Limited places available, don't delay booking!

For further information or to book your place contact Natasha on 07741 470052
or email



Anatomy & Physiology Workshop for Yoga ~ with Keith Belliss

Sunday 1 October  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £25

For yoga / bodywork teachers and student teachers

In this workshop we will explore the physiology of stretching, breathing, movement and the physiology of stress. There will be appropriate body work and plenty of time to ask questions and tailor workshop to individual requirements.

Keith teaches anatomy and physiology. He first trained in Sports Science and has been working at a Physical Rehabilitation Centre since 1990. As a Shiatsu Therapist he works at The Nuffield Hospital, Exeter where he is keen to bring orthodox and complementary medicine together. He has great enthusiasm for anatomy and is also currently teaching the subject at Devon School of Yoga
and Exeter College.

For further information or to book your place contact Jax on 07989 409284
or email




Birthing Partners Workshop ~ with Alice Chapman

Saturday 7 October  ~  10am to 1pm  ~  £30 per couple

Breathing techniques for relaxation, labour and beyond.

Asana and movement for active birth and information on hormones and the bith process as well as advice on the postnatal period or 'baby moon'.

Deep relaxation and positive visualisation.

For further information or to book your place contact Alice at
or visit






Sivananda and Yin Masterclass  ~  with Nikki Cassap

Sunday 8 October  ~  10am to 12.30pm  ~  £20 (booking necessary)

Sivananda Yoga is a meditative, mindful practice of chanting, pranayama, asana and relaxation with a focus to physical and spiritual awakening in the body. Throughout the physical practice the body is given time to rest between sequences allowing the physical body to restore and the nervous system to balance.

Alongside Sivananda we will dive into some deeper held yin poses that inspire patience and gratitude for the body we have. There are many similarities in both these practises that put together will open us up to many possibilities on and off our mats.

Great music and positive vibes only x OM

For further information or to book your place contact Nikki at
or visit   ~   yogavidashop



Neurogenic Yoga Workshop ~ with Jo Hamilton

Saturday 14 October  ~  2.30 to 5.30pm  ~  £35

Neurogenic yoga workshop for deep delicious stress release followed by yoga nidra

Accessible to all levels Neurogenic Yoga™ is a revolutionary technique in trauma healing and stress reduction.

This simple, gentle and profound practice that facilities the lengthening and relaxation of the psoas muscle and the release of physical and emotional stress and tension. During a Neurogenic Yoga practice, we safely self induce therapeutic vibration using yoga postures and breath. Often vibration begins in the legs and may spread throughout the entire body. This method is based on Dr. David Berceli’s technique of Trauma Releasing Exercises® (TRE®). This shaking response in humans, much the same as the instinctual shaking in animals, is the nervous system’s way of discharging long-held tension and trauma,whether emotional or physical, in order to restore the body to wholeness.

Jo will lead you through a gentle practice, awakening your instinctive tremor release which is often described as a pleasurable, comforting, some say meditative experience. We will then complete the afternoon melting into a guided relaxation in the form of yoga nidra.

For further information or to book your place contact Jo on 07714 253992
or email



Chakra Workshop ~ with Nikki Darling

Saturday 21 October  ~  10am to 1pm  ~  £25

Chakras are energy centres in the body with different psychological, physical and psychic aspects. With a deeper understanding of the chakra system we can start to identify recurrent problems in our lives and develop the tools to heal ourselves.

Through asana, pranayama, mudra, mantra and meditation we will explore our own relationship with the chakras.

In this workshop you will
~ Become familiar with the qualities of each chakra
~ Learn practices to connect with the chakras
~ Flow through a chakra balancing asana sequence
~ Learn bija mantras (vibratory seed sounds) and mudra (energetic seals) relevant to each chakra
~ Understand the link between physical, psychological, and psychic aspects of your life
~ Practice pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation and deep relaxation

For further information or to book your place contact Nikki at
or visit



A Playful Practice of the Intermediate Astanga Vinyasa Yoga Series
(Nadhi Shodhana) ~ with Andrea Durant

Saturday 21 October  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £25

A dynamic practice, maintaining respect for the sequencing and style, but adapting the postures and pace to suit all present. Not suitable for beginners.

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
or email




Yin Fascial Yoga ~ Shoulders, neck and back ~ with Dominique Preston

Saturday 28 October  ~  10am to 1pm  ~  £25

Come and join me for my next Yin Fascial Yoga Workshop ~ Shoulders, Neck and Back!

The Shoulder Complex:

In this workshop we'll be working through a practice that will access all areas of this complex structure that forms the shoulder and surrounding areas, including the neck and upper back.

Combining Yin Yoga and Myofascial Release we'll be working to help release tension and tightness held in and around the upper body.... this area is often overworked, accumulating tension through daily tasks such as computer work, driving and repetitive daily movements and is typically the area where most of us hold emotional and mental stress....

Come and join the yin tribe as we unravel and unwind in this great Saturday morning workshop
Get in touch to book!

For further information or to book your place contact Dominique at or visit




Iyengar Yoga Workshop Day  ~  with Isabelle Luterbacher

Sunday 29 October  ~  10am - 4pm  ~  £40
Sunday 26 November and Sunday 17 December
(To guarantee a place, payment must be made when booking)

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 or visit



Yoga Therapy Course ~ with Devon School of Yoga

October 2018 to May 2020
Open Day 10 March 2018 ~ Contact the Devon School of Yoga to register your interest

"A hazard to health is judgement without experimentation and knowledge without understanding" - Dr. B.P. Pillai


Empowering the Confidence and Spirit of the Yoga Teacher through:
Yoga therapy
Developing teaching skills
Deepening spiritual practice

Transformative and inspiring, this holistic and eclectic course offers a broad and deep base of academic, practical and experiential studies. Qualified, self-motivated yoga teachers from any tradition, who want to evolve and integrate the diversity of their life experience into a therapeutic practice are invited to apply. This 250 hour yoga registered course includes 170 taught hours held over 26 days (12 weekends 2 of which are Thursday to Sunday long weekend residentials which are included in the course fee) plus home study and practice.

Areas of study include:

* Yoga as a spiritual practice
* Yoga therapy techniques
* Developing one to one assessment and teaching skills
* Developing professionalism and the therapeutic relationship
* Hands on bodywork using Ayurvedic, Shiatsu and DSY yoga bodywork skills
* Supportive anatomy, physiology and pathology related to specific health conditions
* Study of mental/emotional health and illness to understand emotions
* Study of pain and pain management
* Reproductive health
* Study and practical use of subtle energetic models
* Developing intuition and deepening personal practice
* Kriyas, Pranayama, Meditation and Mantra Yoga
* Comprehensive course manual provided

Course Fees

Total course fee: £2595. This includes the deposit to confirm a place which is £795. The breakdown of the £2595 is as follows: Tuition £2055 and residentials £540.

The residential fee includes 6 nights full board accommodation over two Thursdsay to Sunday weekends and includes all meals and drinks from arrival to departure on each weekend.

On successful completion of the course, including practical and theoretical course work, the DSY Yoga Therapy qualification is awarded. The qualification is recognised by The Independent Yoga Network and The Yoga Register with full insurance available to work as a yoga therapist.:

Contact the Devon School of Yoga office for your invitation at
or call 01392 420573



Where are you now? Another look at Mindfulness ~ with Andrea Durant

Sunday 19 November  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £18

Keeping it simple, interweaving practice with theory and inquiry

Mindfulness is awareness that emerges through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally, to the unfolding of experience moment by moment. Jon Kabat-Zinn 1990

The conclusion of Andrea Durant's career in Dance coincided with dramatic changes in her personal life, so along with physiological therapy she explored psychological therapies, qualifying as a counsellor in 1983. More recently, alongside her Yoga, she has been working on a Masters degree on Mindfulness at Exeter University and enabling young adults with learning difficulties to live independently within the community.

For further information or to book your place contact Andrea on 07894 301019
or email






Winter Wellness ~ with Jill Hurley

Saturday 2 December ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £25

A restorative, nourishing and warming practice for the season

Jill has been practicing yoga for over forty years. She is a member of The British Wheel of Yoga and a qualified BWY teacher. She teaches holistically, using movement, breath and awareness to bring about benefits for the bodymind: the combined physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of the individual.

Yoga is about learning to come back to yourself. It’s about expanding your boundaries, finding your limits and being able to truly relax and be yourself. It’s about taking time to remember who you are but have forgotten while being caught up in the whirlwind of a fast paced life.

For further information or to book your place contact Jill on 01392 461804 / 07807 917369
email or visit





Yoga Sleep Workshop  ~  Yoga Nidra with Julie Bladon

Saturday 13 January 2018 ~ 10.30am to 12.30pm  ~  £25
Sat 3 Feb, Sat 3 March, Sat 21 April, Sat 12 May (2-4pm), Sat 9 June, Sat 21 July, Sat 15 Sept, Sat 13 Oct, Sat 24 Nov, Sat8 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.

Come and try it for yourself!

To book go to Julie's online shop at, email
or call 07754 983498

Lotus Loft Yoga Studio