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

Devon School of YogaIyengar Yoga Workshop Day with Isabelle LuterbacherYoga Nidra Workshops with Julie BladonYoga for Menopause with Zoë HarrisSacred Cacao Medicine CircleFundamentals of Meditation WorkshopSacred Cacao Medicine CircleRoll and Release with Dominique PrestonWinter Heart-Warming YogaAlchemy of Sound Workshop Nick GentTeacher Training Diploma with Nikki CassapDevon School of Yoga

Workshops ~ Events ~ Teacher Training

If you are interested in any of the following workshops please contact the teacher directly for further information, if you register your interest, it will be more likely that the event will go ahead. We will endeavour to update the website frequently so check here regularly.

For your own safety, your teacher may suggest you bring your own equipment such as a strap or blanket as we are continuing to limit shared use of props for a little longer, thank you for your understanding. We have mats available and mat wipes which you are welcome to use at no extra charge.


 

 

Iyengar Yoga Workshop  ~  with Isabelle Luterbacher

Sunday 28 August  ~  10am to 4pm  ~  £40
Also on Sept 25, Oct 23, Nov 20 and Dec 11

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 openness, 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.

Please bring a mat, blanket, strap, blocks and any other equipment you will need.

For further information or to book your place contact Isabelle on 07403 374722
email i_luterbacher@hotmail.com or visit www.gaiatreeyoga.com

 

 

Yoga Nidra Workshop  ~  with Julie Bladon

Saturday 17 September  ~  2pm to 4pm  ~  £25
Also on Saturday 8 October 10.30 to 12.30 and Sunday 6 November 10.30 to 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?

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!

For further information, online link and payment details contact Julie on 07754 983498
or email at info@juliebladon.com

 

 

Yoga for the Stages of Menopause  ~  with Zoë Harris

Saturday 8 October  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £35

For better sleep,more energy, reduced hot flushes, less brain fog and a calmer mind

Yoga’s holistic approach is wonderful for alleviating menopause symptoms, because it has a beneficial effect on so many of the body’s systems. Breathing practices, restorative poses and simple meditation soothe our hormones and nervous system, aid our digestion, and help keep our bones and heart healthy. This makes it ideal to practice from perimenopause through to post menopause.

At this relaxing, supportive, and informative workshop you’ll learn what’s happening to your hormones and how to recognise the symptoms and different stages of menopause. I’ll explain why it’s
important to look after your liver and the importance of rest and stress management during this transformative time.

This workshop will equip you with a toolbox of simple holistic techniques to alleviate symptoms like hot flushes, anxiety, poor sleep, and bloating. All the practices are quick and easy to do, so can be
slotted conveniently into a busy day. These techniques can be used on their own or alongside HRT or
alternative therapies to help make your menopause easier. The workshop is suitable for complete beginners, so you don’t need any yoga experience to take part.

For further information or to book your place contact Zoë
on hello@zogayoga.co.uk or visit www.zogayoga.co.uk

For further information, online link and payment details contact Zoë at hello@zogayoga
or visit www.zogayoga.co.uk

 

 

Full Hunter’s Moon Women's Sacred Cacao Medicine Circle*
~  with Tania Rose Fox

Sunday 9 October  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £35 (Earlybird until 25 Sept/ £40 full price)

Advance booking essential - spaces limited and advance preparation required

*As Tania has been deepening her cacao studies with indigenous Mayan spiritual guides and
learning more about authentic cacao traditions and practices, she is no longer calling these offerings "cacao ceremonies" – but these circles are essentially the same!

If you are a woman who’s interested in exploring heart-opening and spiritual connection to nature; if you wish to develop your ability to tune into your own intuitive wisdom; or if you are curious about exploring gentle plant medicine ritual practices for inner journeying, come and be guided on a deep inner journey with the assistance of an ancient sacred Mayan medicine – you will love this experience! If you enjoy the practice of Yoga Nidra you will find similarities also in the subtly but naturally altered state of deeply relaxed, expansive consciousness invoked during these inner journeys.

Cacao has a special power to help us unblock our hearts, to release emotional burdens – to let go of any “stones” you may be carrying in your inner bowl…So if you feel your spirit is in need of unburdening, cacao’s loving medicine can be a gentle yet potent ally! Tania shares cacao from a particularly deep, introspective, meditative approach, rooted in both indigenous Mayan wisdom and cacao traditions, as well as traditional plant spirit medicine techniques. Her circles are intimate, safe, gentle, compassionate gatherings for small groups, and she shares this sacred medicine with love and gratitude. In recent years, interest in cacao has exploded in the west, and contemporary western
cacao offerings can take many forms. A highly trained, experienced, insured cacao practitioner since 2018, Tania's work with cacao has always been rooted in both the earth-honouring spiritual traditions and wisdom of indigenous peoples, and the personal healing potential offered by communing with a gentle plant medicine.

Tania first connected with cacao strongly in ceremony in 2017, and undertook her apprenticeship training and initiation early the following year. She began sharing this medicine in ceremonies around Devon in 2018, drawing also on her experience of holding safe healing space for women as a yoga teacher since 2012. In early 2022 she embarked upon an in-depth training with indigenous Mayan teachers, to deepen the connection to cacao's ancestral traditions and Mayan culture, and to allow her to continue to share this medicine with integrity, respect for and the permission of these wise, humble and generous indigenous peoples who hold the true ancestral connection to sacred cacao.

Feedback from recent participants

"Thank you again for the ceremony. I always feel the deep nourishment of your cacao
ceremonies reverberating within for days, often weeks and months afterwards. This one was also transformative for me. I fell into a most blissful sleep on Saturday night. I am grateful"

"Thank you so much for a truly magical experience. I don’t have sufficient words to describe the depth of the experience!"

"This ceremony has been really, really powerful. I feel different. Once again, gratitude to you for holding these beautiful spaces that help so many women like myself"

"Thank you again for the most gently powerful experience I’ve had in a long time"

For further information or to book your place contact Tania at tirosefox@gmail.com
or visit www.tirosefox.com/cacao

 

 

Fundamentals of Meditation Workshop  ~  with Adam and Sabina

Saturday 29 October ~ 10am to 4.30pm (including lunch break) ~ £45 or £30 for low income

Join us for a full day workshop in Exeter specifically designed to teach you all the necessary tools to start your own meditation practice

This workshop will be interactive, practical and thought provoking! Ideal for complete beginners and also experienced meditators who want to expand and develop their meditation practice.

Our daily meditation practice is at the very core of our lives. It is a constant anchor back to presence, which is absolutely critical in today’s busy world. In our experience, a daily meditation practice is by far the most effective tool to realise the incredible potentiality of meditation and to really start to taste the depth of this practice.

You will receive comprehensive materials so you can continue your learning and practice at home.

You will learn
Why we meditate. We will explore the deeper reasons for why so many meditative traditions have developed and what the true purpose of meditation is.

Meditation postures
Learn how to sit correctly (very important if we have a daily practice, and especially if we want to sit for longer periods of time). We will learn a mix of classical and modern meditation postures, as well as hand mudras.

Practical tips and hints
Establishing a daily meditation practice isn’t always the easiest. We will share practical tips gained from experience. This will include the use of aids and exercises that can make sitting more comfortable.

Different techniques from a range of spiritual traditions
We will explore meditations from a range of spiritual traditions including Kashmir Shaivism (an offset of Hinduism), and a meditation inspired by Advaita Vedanta (non-duality) and the teachings of Ramana Maharshi, a non-dual sage from the 19th century.

For further information or to book your place contact Adam and Sabina
at www.kalyanyoga.com

 

 

Full Freezing Moon Women's Sacred Cacao Medicine Circle*
~  with Tania Rose Fox

Saturday 5 November  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £35 (Earlybird until 22 Oct/ £40 full price)

Advance booking essential - spaces limited and advance preparation required

*As Tania has been deepening her cacao studies with indigenous Mayan spiritual guides and
learning more about authentic cacao traditions and practices, she is no longer calling these offerings "cacao ceremonies" – but these circles are essentially the same!

If you are a woman who’s interested in exploring heart-opening and spiritual connection to nature; if you wish to develop your ability to tune into your own intuitive wisdom; or if you are curious about exploring gentle plant medicine ritual practices for inner journeying…come and be guided on a deep inner journey with the assistance of an ancient sacred Mayan medicine – you will love this experience! If you enjoy the practice of Yoga Nidra you will find similarities also in the subtly but naturally altered state of deeply relaxed, expansive consciousness invoked during these inner journeys. This particular cacao circle arrives just after Samhain/Halloween and the Mesoamerican “Day of the Dead”, all festivals honouring the departed and a time when the veil between the worlds is understood to dissolve, enabling not only remembrance but connection. Additionally, this particular date will coincide with the day “Kame” in the Mayan cholq’ij’ sacred calendar; Kame is the sacred energy of the great cycle of death and rebirth, and the underlying harmony expressed in this cycle. In
nature, we have now passed the midpoint between the autumn equinox and winter solstice, and the energy of the Sun is perceived as dying…So the timing of this particular cacao medicine circle may be helpful for those wishing to reflect on, heal, or work with any of these in their personal intentions for the journey.

Cacao has a special power to help us unblock our hearts, to release emotional burdens – to let go of any “stones” you may be carrying in your inner bowl…So if you feel your spirit is in need of unburdening, cacao’s loving medicine can be a gentle yet potent ally! Tania shares cacao from a particularly deep, introspective, meditative approach, rooted in both indigenous Mayan wisdom and cacao traditions, as well as traditional plant spirit medicine techniques. Her circles are intimate, safe, gentle, compassionate gatherings for small groups, and she shares this sacred medicine with love and gratitude.

In recent years, interest in cacao has exploded in the west, and contemporary western cacao offerings can take many forms. A highly trained, experienced, insured cacao practitioner, Tania's work with cacao has always been rooted in both the earth-honouring spiritual traditions and wisdom of indigenous peoples, and the personal healing potential offered by communing with a gentle plant medicine.

Tania first connected with cacao strongly in ceremony in 2017, and undertook her apprenticeship training and initiation early the following year. She began sharing this medicine in ceremonies around Devon in 2018, drawing also on her experience of holding safe healing space for women as a yoga teacher since 2012. In early 2022 she embarked upon an in-depth training with indigenous Mayan teachers, to deepen the connection to cacao's ancestral traditions and Mayan culture, and to allow her to continue to share this medicine with integrity, respect for and the permission of these wise, humble and generous indigenous peoples who hold the true ancestral connection to sacred cacao.

Feedback from recent participants

"Thank you again for the ceremony. I always feel the deep nourishment of your cacao
ceremonies reverberating within for days, often weeks and months afterwards. This one was also transformative for me. I fell into a most blissful sleep on Saturday night. I am grateful"

"Thank you so much for a truly magical experience. I don’t have sufficient words to describe the depth of the experience!"

"This ceremony has been really, really powerful. I feel different. Once again, gratitude to you for holding these beautiful spaces that help so many women like myself"

"Thank you again for the most gently powerful experience I’ve had in a long time"

For further information or to book your place contact Tania at tirosefox@gmail.com
or visit www.tirosefox.com/cacao

 

 

Roll and Release  ~  Shoulders, Neck & Back  ~  with Dominique Preston

Saturday November 19  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £35

Do you hold a lot of tension in your neck and upper body?

Would you like to learn easy techniques to help relieve tightness and tension held in the shoulders, neck and back? If so, this is going to be for you. This workshop is going to be a soft and slow morning of myofascial release, restorative and yin yoga with specific focus on relieving tension and stress held around the shoulders, neck and back.

Fascia is a network of connective tissue that holds and binds us together, when healthy it gives us our bounce and rebound and keeps us feeling mobile and buoyant, but due to every day stresses and strains the fascia network can often become knotty, rigid and brittle, causing pain and restricted movement. In this workshop, we'll use techniques of direct myofascia release including gentle pressure, gliding and rolling to help rehydrate and replenish this wonderfully springy, fluid and buoyant body wide web.

We'll get the body moving, with some free, fluid intuitive movement; softening and moving our bodies in new ways, releasing restrictive patterns of movement and repetitive strain in the body. There will be soft yin to gently tease open the tissues and plenty of stillness and time in restorative positions to fully absorb and soak up all the goodness from this deeply nourishing and replenishing practice.

For further information or to book your place contact Dominique on 07971 206491

 

 

Winter Heart-Warming Yoga Cacao Nidra  ~  with Tania Rose Fox

Sunday 4 December  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £30 (Earlybird until 20 Nov/ £35 full price)

Advance booking essential
All levels of Yoga experience welcome including beginners

An uplifting, nurturing and delicious heart-oriented afternoon to cultivate some inner light as we head towards the darkest days of the year! Join Tania for this mini-retreat, combining some Lunar
Vinyasa Yoga (a nourishing fusion of Moon Salutes and holistic Hatha Yoga), indigenous wisdom from Mayan and Hawaiian traditions, a small serving of pure ceremonial-grade heart-opening cacao (the purest form of what becomes chocolate), and a deep guided blissful relaxation with a specially- written Yoga Nidra to transport you to a place of deep serenity and replenishment.

Besides being a relaxing and heart-oriented Yoga workshop, Yoga Cacao Nidras offer you a gentle, unintimidating introduction to cacao as a sacred plant medicine. Tania is a highly trained and experienced cacao practitioner (since 2018) and Yoga teacher (since 2012); sharing cacao with the permission of and respect for her Mayan teachers and their traditions. This Yoga Cacao Nidra session is different to Tania’s women’s sacred cacao medicine circles (which she continues to offer as well), but if you would like to enjoy an afternoon of heart energy and cacao this is a lovely opportunity and no Yoga or cacao experience is required!

For further information or to book your place contact Tania at tirosefox@gmail.com
or visit www.tirosefox.com/workshops


 

 

Alchemy of Sound Practical Workshop  ~   with Nick Gent

Saturday 10 December  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £35
Advance booking essential, max. 10 places

This is a hands-on practical workshop for learning and exploring the rich tapestry and alchemically transformative world of sacred sound. You will likely experience deep states of relaxation and healing during the session, but this workshop is not a sound bath as we will be learning how to use mantras and mudras practicing them together and delving deeply into potent visualisation and energy healing techniques.

Your teacher Nick Gent is a fully qualified and trained sound healer with many years of experience teaching to groups and individuals Internationally both in person and online as well as a lifelong musician and producer. Nick is also a druid and vajrayana practitioner having studied and practiced mantra from the age of 14 in this life and many previous ones before it.

Would you like to find new ways to connect with your spiritual path? or have a curiosity about sound healing ? Then please join us for the Alchemy of Sound workshop, and learn ancient techniques that have been shown to bring lasting results and profound personal development. During this workshop, you'll learn how to use sound as a tool for growth, balance and harmony. The aim is for you to be able to leave the class with a toolkit of techniques that can complement your existing practices or perhaps inspire new ones for your path of blossoming that you can simply and directly integrate into your everyday life.

All participants will be provided with handouts for the session and access to free downloadable audio tracks of the mantras and video demonstrations, plus discounts for any interested in 1:1 training and sessions.

For further information or to book your place contact Nick on 07447 451503
email themindorchestra@gmail.com or visit www.themindorchestra.com

 

 

200 hr Yoga Teacher Training Diploma ~ with Nikki Cassap

With over 20 years teaching experience and 600 hours attended teacher training I am thrilled to share this globally recognised qualification. The diploma will give the student the ability, confidence and knowledge to teach anywhere around the world, to sequence classes in a fun, creative and dynamic way that is individual to them.

Affiliated with Yoga Alliance International and Yoga Alliance Professionals, the student will have insurance cover and membership to help them get started on this life changing journey throughout the course, which will also be there to support them as they make their way to being a yoga teacher.
With over 200 contact hours and mentoring throughout, you will have a truly personal teacher training experience on your teacher training journey, here in Devon.

Starting in January 2023
This 200hr Teacher Training program will run over 10 months, with the first weekend starting
Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 January 2023

The course modules will consist of
~ Learning the 8 groups of asana; how to teach, sanskrit, benefits, modification, progressions, contraindications
~ Pranayama, mudra, kriya, bandha techniques, methods and benefits
~ Students will learn a variety of chants
~ Yoga history and philosophy included in sacred yogic texts
~ Anatomy and physiology of yoga
~ Sequencing in classes, being a yoga teacher and the business of yoga
~ Approximately 200 hours of teacher student contact, mentoring throughout and support after
qualification

At the end of the course the newly qualified teachers will be able to teach hatha yoga and vinyasa flow yoga classes in creative, fun, safe and practical way. They will be able to use their knowledge of
pranayama, mudra, chants and meditation to teach individual classes of any of the above so they have a wide repertoire of yoga class offerings. They will have the confidence to design their own sequences in asana and be creative in their style of class.

Pricing and Registration
£500 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your place
Early bird price of £2,300 if booked by end of September 2022
Full cost of course £2,500 plus a special gift to those who book onto the course

Course dates 2023
14 - 15 January, 18 - 19 February, 18 - 19 March, 15 - 16 April, 20 - 21 May, 24 - 25 June,
15- 16 July, 29 - 30 July, 2 - 3 September, 23 - 24 September, 14 - 15 October

Please visit www.yogavida.co.uk for further information and full terms and conditions

 

 

Devon School of Yoga Foundation Course starting February 2023

This is a carefully curated course designed for yoga students who wish to deepen their knowledge, experience and personal practice of yoga. It includes 70 taught hours and two comprehensive course manuals. This ten day Yoga Foundation Course is taught over five monthly weekends one of which is a Friday to Sunday full board residential which is also included in the course fee. It is also a prerequisite to our 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course (if other requirements are not met)

For further information please contact our office on 01392 420573 or email us at info@devonyoga.com

 

 

Teacher Training, Foundation and Post Graduate Yoga Therapy Courses starting September 2023

We are delighted to host Foundation Courses and Post Graduate Yoga Therapy Courses with the Devon School of Yoga.

Please see below for contact details to register your interest or request further information

Post Graduate Yoga Therapy Courses with the Devon School of Yoga starting
September 2023

This Yoga Therapy Course is a holistic approach for postgraduate teachers who wish to further develop their understanding of yoga as a method of therapy. The physical and mental benefits of yoga are widely recognised and this course explores the potential of yoga to improve health holistically.

For further information please contact our office on 01392 420573 or email us at info@devonyoga.com

 

 

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