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 YogaSunday Morning Astanga Vinyasa with Andrea DurantGong Immersion & Sound Meditation with Paula Bowen-SmithRest and Restore with Mel SkinnerTRE Workshop with Jo HamiltonPelvic Activation & Seductive Stillness with Friedel FinkWomen's Sacred Cacao Ceremony with Tania Rose FoxIyengar Yoga Workshop Day with Isabelle LuterbacherYoga Workshop For Happy Hearts with Jill HurleyMindful Yoga, Mindful Meditation Workshop with Jo HamiltonYoga Nidra with Julie BladonPlanting Seeds For Self-Practice with Tania Rose FoxWomen's Sacred Cacao Ceremony with Tania Rose FoxMeditation Morning Retreat with Jackie Dorrian and Julie BladonHolistic Ashtanga & Yoga Nidra with Tania Rose FoxRest and Restore with Mel SkinnerEmbodying Love with Zoe FosterWomen's Sacred Cacao Ceremony with Tania Rose Fox

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!


 

 

Sunday Morning Astanga Vinyasa  ~  with Andrea Durant

Sunday 6 January  ~  7.30am to 9.30am  ~  £15 per session
Also on 3 February, 10 March, 7 April, 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

 

 

Gong Immersion & Sound Meditation ~ with Paula Bowen-Smith

Sunday 6 January  ~  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 to
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 12 January  ~  10am to 1pm  ~  £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

 

 

Shake It Off Naturally! TRE Workshop ~ with Jo Hamilton

Saturday 12 January  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £35 (Booking essential)

Trauma and Tension Releasing Exercises

Come and learn how to release deeply held tension, safely comfortably and with ease.

~ Healing Trauma
~ Both Physical and Emotional (without having to talk about it!)
~ Releasing Stress
~ Reclaiming Health

Learn how to reactivate your instinctive tremor mechanism and feel the release!
…not just for a day but every day.

Jo will be introducing you to TRE through simple easy to do exercises that re-activate our instinctive tremor mechanism. This is natural, accurate and deeply restorative. When we activate the tremors in this relaxed calm way, it makes our journey to balance and emotional release enjoyable and relaxing. It is typically described a pleasurable relaxing, some say meditative experience as we trust in our bodies deeper visceral intelligence to restore us...and it will.

We will complete the afternoon melting into a nourishing guided relaxation in the form of Yoga Nidra.

For further information or to book your place contact Jo on 07714 253992
email jopureyoga@gmail.com or visit www.itsallaboutfeelingbetter.co.uk/TRE

 

 

Yin meets Yang~ Pelvic Activation & Seductive Stillness ~ with Friedel Fink

Saturday 19 January  ~  10am to 1pm  ~  £35 (Earlybird £30 until 19 Dec)
Sisterpack, bring a friend and only pay £55 for the two of you
Concessions available for students

Make your pelvis sigh and smile

In life we need to be able to be active but we also need to relax so our bodies, minds and nervous systems can rest and rejuvenate. This workshop is a perfect opportunity to practice this dance of activation and total relaxation to bring along nourishment and healing to parts of us that are out of balance.

Experience the dance of Yin and Yang: activation and relaxation focused on the powerhouse of the female reproductive anatomy: THE PELVIS (hosting uterus, ovaries, etc).

A blend of Breathe- supported physical Yoga practice, Daoist-based meditation techniques and Yoga Nidra are part of this journey.

Suitable for everyone with female reproductive anatomy! Not suitable for people who are currently pregnant, but perfect for the postnatal phase.

Facilitated by Friedel Fink, certified 800+ hs YAI Yoga and Meditation Teacher and Cycle Coach

For further information or to book your place contact Friedel at friedel@peace-patterns.com or visit www.peace-patterns.com

 

 

New Year Women's Sacred Cacao Ceremony ~ with Tania Rose Fox

Saturday 19 January  ~  2pm to 5.30pm  ~  £30 (Earlybird until 24 Dec / £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!

Join Tania for this special New Year cacao ceremony to make a fresh start and welcome in 2019. 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 deepest intuition assisted by the powerful 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 cacaoistas 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

 

 

Iyengar Yoga Workshop Day  ~  with Isabelle Luterbacher

Sunday 20 January  ~  10am to 4pm  ~  £40 (Payment must be made when booking)
Also on 17 Feb, 17 March, 14 April, 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

 

 

Yoga Workshop For Happy Hearts ~ with Jill Hurley
(British Wheel of Yoga)

Saturday 9 February  ~  10am to 1pm  ~  £28 (Booking essential)

Flow into february...
Opening gently into a back bending (heart opening) practice.

A balance of flowing hatha yoga, gentle restorative postures and deep relaxation sequences to recharge, revitalize and nourish you.

For further information or to book your place contact Jill on 01392 461804 / 07807 917369
email hurley1@btinternet.com or visit www.exeteryoga.org





 

 

Mindful Yoga, Mindful Meditation Workshop ~ with Jo Hamilton

Saturday 9 February  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £30 (Booking essential)

In order to balance our never ending 'to do's'
Let's turn towards our 'to be' list

This workshop explores the space of 'being presence' in each moment. I invite you to meet and experiennce yourself and yoga in this place of minful presence. We will meet stillness, movement and meditation through the gentle lens of mindfulness.

For further information or to book your place contact Jo on 07714 253992
email jopureyoga@gmail.com or visit www.itsallaboutfeelingbetter.co.uk







 

 

Yoga Sleep Workshop  ~  Yoga Nidra ~ with Julie Bladon

Saturday 23 February ~ 10.30am - 12.30pm  ~  £25
Also on 23 March (2-4pm), 27 April, 8 June, 28 Sept, 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

 

 

Planting Seeds For Self-Practice  ~ with Tania Rose Fox

Saturday 23 February ~ 2pm - 5pm  ~  £30 (Booking essential)

Cultivating healthy habits and a home yoga practice for healing, releasing and energising

Do you wish you had the discipline and confidence to do some yoga at home on your own? Do you like the idea of not being so dependent on getting to a yoga class or seeing your favourite yoga teacher in order to keep your yoga practice going? Would you like to deepen your personal home yoga practice and freshen things up with new inspiration for ways to vary, adapt and tailor the practice to suit your inner mood and outer seasons?

​Join Tania for this very inclusive, accessible, inspiring and confidence-boosting approach to creating a self-practice habit. Learn how to design your own routine (using a framework inspired by the structure of the Ashtanga Vinyasa style), adapt it to suit your own body and your own needs: the focus is not on perfecting spectacular postures but on finding (and varying) a personal yoga routine you can enjoy and benefit from on all levels. The intention is to feel good in your body: stronger, more open and free of tension and pain, energised and grounded; and through this, to experience greater personal harmony and wellbeing on all levels. These physical practices, when done mindfully and with sensitivity and a deepening awareness of our own needs, can bring profound benefits to the more subtle, emotional and psychological levels of our being.

During the session Tania will also share lots of tips for how to cultivate a healthy attitude to your practice, how to cultivate healthy habits, and how to make it fun not a chore!​ Full handouts will be provided so you will have material to refer to for doing your home practice afterwards.

All levels of experience welcome.

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

 

 

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

Saturday 16 March  ~  2pm to 5.30pm  ~  £30 (Earlybird until 1 March/ £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!

Join Tania for an intimate and deep springtime heart-awakening cacao ceremony, an opportunity to experience heart-opening and emotional release, and access more intuitive states of awareness.

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Rest & Restore  ~  with Mel Skinner

Saturday 1 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

 

 

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