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 YogaWomen’s Mini Retreat with PoornamIntroduction to Mindfulness With Andrea DurantThe Art of Deep Self Care with Sian AlcockEmBody & Mind with Dominique PrestonYoga Sleep Workshop Yoga Nidra with Julie BladonIntroduction to Mindfulness with Amander TylerChakra Blancing Workshop with Bev AldersonAn arm balance workshop with Tina JefferySummer Symmetry with With Jill HurleyYoga Nidra Workshop For Lower Backs, Hips & Core with Tania FoxIyengar Yoga Workshop Day with Isabelle LuterbacherAnatomy & Physiology Workshop for Yoga with with Keith BellissYoga Therapy Course with Devon School of Yoga

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!



Time to nourish yourself? ~ Women’s Mini Retreat with Poornam

Saturday 1 July  ~  10am to 2pm  ~  £30 (Full payment required to reserve your place)

Enjoy 4 hours of self-nurturing through gentle restorative postures, breath work, meditation and extended yoga nidra.

Poornam has been teaching yoga for over 24 years.

For further information or to book your place contact Poornam on 07789 322305




Introduction to Mindfulness  ~  with Andrea Durant

Saturday 1 July  ~  2.30 to 4.30pm  ~  £18 (wear comfortable clothing)

Mindfulness based stress reduction

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




The Art of Deep Self Care ~ with Sian Alcock

Sunday 2 July  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £30 Suitable for all levels

Yoga ~ Music ~ Movement ~ Healing ~ Life Coaching ~ Meditation

Do you need some space, time, energy, nurturing?

Blending our Yoga Practices (Pranayama, Asanas, Yoga Nidra, Self-Massage, Meditation) with Life Coaching, Healing, Free Movement and Music in a safe, loving and nurturing environment, this workshop aims to support you in exploring, creating and sustaining true well-being in your life.

Sian Alcock has been travelling the Globe on her Spiritual Journey for over 30 years. Her deep love of the Science, Art & Beauty of Yoga led her to dedicate her life to its exploration. As a Yogic Nun she ran numerous educational projects to nurture well-being in communities around the World from the Americas and Europe, India and the Far East to Africa and the Caribbean

Her unique experiences in life encompass many facets including Yoga, Meditation, Healing, Life coaching, Songwriting and Dancing and she is dedicated to helping people create the lives that they truly love. Sian has recently returned from her many travels to her Island Home of Portland in Dorset and has been working in the Community with Adults, Children and Older people, running Yoga classes, Retreats and Workshops.

For further information or to book your place contact Sian on 07527 052273
email or visit




EmBODY & MIND ~ with Dominique Preston

Saturday 15 July  ~  2pm to 5.30pm  ~  £35

Through Yoga, embodied movement and mindfulness we will explore the mind-body connection and how this relates to and influences ouremotions, eating habits and body image.

Do you currently experience problems with eating, or perhaps experienced problems in the past? Maybe you notice that your eating habits vary depending on how you feel emotionally and you would like to understand this better?

This workshop is for anyone who would like to enquire into the relationship with their sense of self, body-image, emotions and eating. No yoga experience necessary.

Due to the nature of this workshop I am limiting spaces to eight.

For further information or to book your place contact Dominique on 07971 206491
or email dominique or visit facebook Yoga & Bodywork




Yoga Sleep Workshop  ~  Yoga Nidra with Julie Bladon

Saturday 22 July ~ 10.30am to 12.30pm  ~  £25
Sat 30 Sept, Sat 14 Oct, Sat 25 Nov and Sat 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



Introduction to Mindfulness ~ with Amanda Tyler

Sunday 23 July  ~  10am to 12pm  ~  £15 (concessions available)

A proven method for managing stress, pain and anxiety

Mindfulness involves learning to direct our attention to our experience as it unfolds, moment by moment, with open-minded curiosity and acceptance. Rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen, it trains us to respond skilfully to whatever is happening right now, be that good or bad.

Research indicates that mindfulness
~ is a useful tool for supporting our emotional wellbeing and is shown to reduce stress and increase feelings of well-being
~ is as effective as medication for reoccurring depression, and is effective for managing anxiety and chronic pain

Comments from participants on a recent introductory session include
“It was useful to experience practices and reflect on how it made me feel”
“I have learnt how easy it is for my thoughts to run away with me”
“Amanda is obviously a practitioner as she spoke from the heart and emanated calm”

This 2 hour session will provide an opportunity to practice a variety of simple mindfulness techniques.
All are welcome.

Amanda has an established mindfulness practice and has completed intensive mindfulness teacher training with Exeter University. Amanda follows the good practice guidelines for teaching mindfulness. Amanda works as an educational psychologist, she enjoys teaching mindfulness to children, young people and adults. Amanda is registered with the HCPC.

For further information or to book your place contact Amanda on 07342 958900
email or visit



Chakra Balancing Workshop ~ with Bev Alderson

Saturday 29 July  ~  10am to 1pm  ~  £25

Get in balance this summer with chakra balancing insights, yoga and meditation

Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means ‘wheel or disk’. Traditionally there are 7 main chakras, each of which is an energetic intersection and storage place that is believed to handle certain aspects of life.

These should be flowing freely but if one of our chakras is blocked, this might show up as either a physical or emotional blockage.

In this session you will first learn about each of the 7 chakras. We will look at where each chakra lives in the body, what aspects of life they are associated with, recognising imbalance and ideas on how to balance them.

In the second part of this session, we will complete a physical yoga practice and short meditation that is focussed on balancing each of the chakras.

Workshop Inclusions
~ An introduction to the 3 principle Nadis (energy channels)
~ An overview of the 7 Chakras with handout
~ A handout on the Mudra (gesture) for each Chakra
~ Ideas on how to work with the Chakras
~ A Chakra balancing Yoga and Meditation practice

Suitable for mixed abilities ~ Payment is due in full prior to the workshop to secure your place

For further information or to book your place contact Bev on 07823 583499
email or visit



The Journey to Koundiyasana  ~  An arm balance workshop
~ with Tina Jeffery

Saturday 29 July  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £25

This workshop is for those who want to explore the journey to arm balances physically and mentally, designed to give you a better understanding of how your skeletal system is designed so you can move with ease into arm balances. Along the journey you will also explore your own personal relationship to challenge and how you can use the tools of yoga to keep you calm, grounded and confident!

We will be warming up the body through a vinyasa flow practice which will focus on moving from the skeletal system, to open new pathways in the body, so that we can move into various arm balances, including Koundinyasana with ease.  Some yoga experience required but don't think you have to be advanced or be able to already glide into arm balances, just turn up with an open mind and a smile on your face!

For further information or to book your place contact Tina on 07505 131261
email or visit



Summer Symmetry ~ with Jill Hurley (British Wheel of Yoga)

Saturday 5 August  ~  10am to 1pm  ~  £25

A cooling, flowing, practice to balance our energy during the holiday season.

Includes Asana, Pranayama and Deep Relaxation

Suitable for all abilities.

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.

For further information or to book your place contact Jill on 07807 917369
or visit



Yoga for Lower Backs, Hips & Core + Yoga Nidra ~ with Tania Fox

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

A combination of restorative and more flowing hatha yoga poses and simple exercises to release tension in lower back and hip areas, relieve pain and also build strength in your core (a weak core is often a factor in lower back pain). There will be hip opening postures, hamstring stretches, twists, gentle backbends and a variety of supine/prone/seated/kneeling/standing postures. We will take a look at some western anatomy to help understand the mechanics of what's sometimes at work when we experience these pains and how yoga can help, and also consider some eastern subtle body theories too.

​I've been running variations on this popular workshop for several years now: based on my own personal experiences of using yoga to heal my own chronic lower back and hip issues and strengthen my core, and drawing on my ongoing studies and experiences and explorations. I will provide detailed handouts so you'll come away with plenty of material you can use at home!

​This workshop is for you if you suffer from lower back pain or issues with your hips, especially if the problem is to do with general muscle tension around lumbar/hip area and weakness around the core - often this is the kind of lower back pain that conventional medical approaches struggle to explain or treat, but which I've found yoga to be the very best thing for! It may also be helpful for people with a destabilised SI joint or those recovering from a prolapsed disc but please contact me if you have any particular issues in those areas, to check whether this session would be appropriate for you.

It may also be of interest for new yoga teachers wanting to develop their understanding of these issues and ways to use yoga to heal these areas. Or just come along to enjoy a morning of holistic yoga which will leave you feeling grounded and strong.

All levels welcome including absolute beginners. Advance booking required. This workshop tends to get fully booked so please book ahead if you know you want to come!

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



Iyengar Yoga Workshop Day  ~  with Isabelle Luterbacher

Sunday 20 Aug  ~  10am - 4pm  ~  £40
Sun 24 Sept, Sun 28 Oct, Sun 26 Nov and Sun 17 Dec
(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



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




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


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