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 YogaSpring into Summer ~ A Nature-Inspired Yoga WorkshopAsana, Pranayama & Meditation with Andrea DurantDe-Stress and Relax with Yoga with Bev AldersonIyengar Yoga Workshop Day with Isabelle LuterbacherHawaiian Heart Flow Yoga & Nidra with Tania Rose FoxYoga Nidra with Julie BladonThe Yoga Of Dance with Maite AlonsoSunday Morning Astanga Vinyasa with Andrea DurantExtended Gong Immersion & Sound Meditation with Paula Bowen-ScottAn Exploration of Breathing and the Physiology of PranayamaAsana, Pranayama & Meditation with Andrea DurantSummer Serenity Yoga Workshop with Jill HurleyYoga Nidra with Tania Rose FoxHeartwarming Yoga, Cacao & Yoga Nidra with Tania Rose FoxWhat is the real Ha-Tha Yoga? with Angela Ashwin

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!


 

 

Spring into Summer  ~  A Nature-Inspired Yoga Workshop
with Tamsin Evans

Saturday 19 May ~ 10am to 1pm ~ £25 (All levels welcome, limited places, booking required)

Cleansing, Up-Lifting, Grounding, Nurturing

As spring blossoms into summer, this seasonal workshop will playfully explore our connection to nature and the elements, through a yoga and meditation practice which is soothing, renewing and grounding.

This season of growth and abundance is the perfect time for an inner ‘spring clean’ for the body, mind and soul, a chance to clear out what isn’t serving you, and create space to cultivate what nurtures you and allows you to flourish.

Inspired by the elements of water, fire, air and earth, this creative flow practice will explore our potential for fluidity, release, expansiveness, and steadiness.

A yoga journey which should leaving you feeling cleansed, balanced and radiant.

For further information or to book your place contact Tamsin on 01884 840978 / 07749548411
or email tamsinlucyevans@gmail.com or visit YogawithTamsin

 

 

Asana, Pranayama & Meditation  ~  with Andrea Durant

Saturday 19 May  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £25 ~ Workshop suitable for everyone

A dynamic Asana practice followed by guided Pranayama, focusing on the foundations of practice and holistic development in order to prepare the body/mind complex for Meditation.

Our bodies get great benefit from movement, our minds from stillness, but it is our breath that is the ‘bridge’ between the two.

“Freedom is not given to us by anyone: we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice.”
~
Thic Nhat Hanh

“You do not need to seek freedom in some distant land, for it exists within your own body, heart, mind and soul.” ~ BKS Iyengar

“No-one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh.

For further information or to book your place contact Andrea on 07894 301019
or email andreaclairdurant@gmail.com

 

 

De-Stress and Relax with Yoga  ~  with Bev Alderson

Saturday 26 May  ~  10am to 1pm  ~  £25 ~ (places limited and pre-booking required)

Many of us come to yoga to de-stress, relax or perhaps even get some respite from daily life but do you know how and why it works?

This 3 hour workshop will give you an understanding of the aspects of yoga that help to dissolve stress and elicit relaxation and how you can use these both in your practice and in your daily life.

During the workshop, we will explore:
~ How yoga can elicit the aspect of the nervous system known as the relaxation response which is essentially the opposite to the stress response
~ How to approach your yoga practice to achieve this, whatever style of yoga you prefer!
~ Postures that can help to alleviate stress that you can practice at home
~ Breathing and tension busting exercises that you can use in daily life
~ Experience a hatha yoga and meditation practice that aims to dissolve stress and anxiety and leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated

Perfect for those who have either commenced yoga or have a regular practice and would like to gain more from yoga on and off the mat. Not suitable for complete beginners.

Bev Alderson is a Yoga, Mindfulness and Stress Management Teacher who provides individual, group and workplace events through her business Practically Balanced. Having come from a background of a having a high stress job and lifestyle, Bev understands first-hand the impacts this can have on both emotional and physical wellbeing. "Learning to balance our inner and outer worlds is, I believe, key in optimising health and this is essentially what I teach through the practical classes, workshops and programmes I provide"

For further information or to book your place contact Bev on 07823 583499
email bevalderson@practicallybalanced.com or visit www.practicallybalanced.com

 

 

Iyengar Yoga Workshop Day  ~  with Isabelle Luterbacher

Sunday 27 May  ~  10am to 4pm  ~  £40 (Payment must be made when booking)
Aug 12, Sept 23, Oct 28, Nov 11, Dec 9

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

 

 

Hawaiian Heart Flow Yoga & Nidra  ~ with Tania Rose Fox

Saturday 2 June  ~  10am to 1pm  ~  £25(limited places, advance booking required)

A Blissful Journey To A State Of Aloha!

A morning of heart-opening yoga practices, enjoyably challenging vinyasas, beautiful Hawaiian spirituality and liberating Shakti energy to lead you on a journey into blissful embodiment, ending with a Yoga Nidra to transport you to a state of aloha, followed by some tasty tropical treats to return you to your earthly body!

This workshop draws deeply on Tania’s transformative experiences on the Hawaiian island of Maui in 2015 - including both the style of Wisdom Flow Yoga she discovered there and her own liberating, empowering journey of opening to the wisdom of the heart, the beauty of living in aloha and a more joyful, feminine and delicious approach to yoga!

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






 

 

Yoga Sleep Workshop  ~  Yoga Nidra with Julie Bladon

Saturday 9 June ~ 10.30am - 12.30pm  ~  £25
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 www.juliebladon.com, email info@juliebladon.com
or call 07754 983498

 

 

Shakti Yoga ~ The Yoga Of Dance  ~  with Maite Alonso

Saturday 9 June ~ 2pm to 5pm  ~  £25 Suitable for everyone including beginners!

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.

The graceful and fluid movements characteristic of Shakti Dance are mostly based on the dynamics and the interior angles and triangles known to Kundalini Yoga and further refined to accentuate wave-forms, spiral movements and figure-of-eight motion, thus releasing the pranic flow in a gentle and deeply meditative way. Much of the music and mantras used in Shakti Dance are from the world of Kundalini Yoga – although, unlike KY, many Hindu mantras are also used. The Shakti Dance phase of ‘Mantric Choreographies’, creating meaningful dance movements and mudras to express mantras, is also inspired by an aspect of the Kundalini Yoga Teachings known as “Celestial Communications” – moving to mantras with the arms and mudras.

~ 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

Flowing, waving... Heart’s poetry dancing!

For further information or to book your place contact Maite at maite.shakti@gmail.com
or visit www.shaktisoul.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Morning Astanga Vinyasa  ~  with Andrea Durant

Sunday 10 June  ~  7.30am to 9.30am  ~  £15 per session (Drop in class or all 4 dates for £53) 19 August, 7 October and 4 November

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

 

 

Extended Gong Immersion & Sound Meditation  ~  with Paula Bowen-Scott

Sunday 10 June  ~  10am to 1pm  ~  £25

I’m delighted to be offering this rare opportunity to receive an extended
Gong Bath and Sound Meditation.

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 10am 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 extended Gong Bath.

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








 

 

An Exploration of Breathing and the Physiology of Pranayama
~  with Keith Belliss

Saturday 30 June  ~  10am to 1pm  ~  £25
(Spaces are limited so payment required to secure your place)

A workshop for Yoga or Bodywork teachers and student teachers

In this workshop we will explore the anatomy and physiology of breathing and the effects certain breathing practices have in Pranayama.

There will be appropriate body work and plenty of time to ask questions and tailor the workshop to individual requirements.

This workshop is perfect for those wishing to continue their personal development or refresh their knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

Keith 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 for The Devon School of Yoga and Exeter College.

For further information or to book your place contact Jax atl yogawithjax@gmail.com

 

 

Asana, Pranayama & Meditation  ~  with Andrea Durant

Saturday 30 June  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £25 ~ Not suitable for beginners

A dynamic Asana practice followed by guided Pranayama, focusing on the foundations of practice and holistic development in order to prepare the body/mind complex for Meditation.

Our bodies get great benefit from movement, our minds from stillness, but it is our breath that is the ‘bridge’ between the two.

“You are the sky. Everything else is the weather.” ~ Pema Chondron

“You do not need to seek freedom in some distant land, for it exists within your own body, heart, mind and soul.” ~ BKS Iyengar

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh.

For further information or to book your place contact Andrea on 07894 301019
or email andreaclairdurant@gmail.com

 

 

Summer Serenity Yoga Workshop ~ with Jill Hurley

Saturday 11 August  ~  10am to 1pm  ~  £28

A balance of cooling flowing Hatha Yoga sequences, nurturing Yin Yoga postures, re-energising Pranayama and deep relaxation.

Booking essential ~ Suitable for all levels.

For further information or to book your place contact Jill (British Wheel of Yoga)
on 07807 917369 / 01392 461804 or visit www.exeteryoga.org





 

 

Yoga For Lower Backs, Hips & Core & Yoga Nidra ~ with Tania Rose Fox

Saturday 11 August  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £25 (limited places, advance booking required)

This very practical workshop will give you plenty of exercises and techniques you can use to help release and relieve pain and tension in your lower back/hips, as well as learn how to build strength and stability in these often vulnerable areas. Since a weak core is often a factor, we'll also include some practices to create more strength there, as part of an integrated, balanced yoga practice. The first part of the session will focus on gentle yet powerful exercises and postures for releasing and strengthening these areas; followed by a more dynamic flow through some yoga asanas; and we'll end with a Yoga Nidra: a guided, deep relaxation to leave you feeling nourished, relaxed and blissful.

There will be a little theory along the way, mostly focusing on anatomy (western and also a bit about the subtle body - the lower energy centres), but most of this workshop will be led practices, suitable for all levels of experience including those with no previous yoga experience. Trainee and newly qualified yoga teachers have also found this workshop informative in the past, since there's lots of info about different types of issues relating to lower back and hips.

This workshop draws on Tania’s own personal experience of using yoga to heal her own chronic, repeated bouts of crippling lower back and hip pain in the past. What she shares in this workshop is based on what she knows has worked for her and can help others and detailed handouts of all the exercises and postures covered will be provided at the end so you can go home and continue working with these yourself.

Tania been running this workshop for several years in Exeter, and it always sells out so please
contact her well in advance if you'd like to secure a place! This is the only time she will be
running it this year. Investment: £25.

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

 

 

Heartwarming Yoga, Cacao & Yoga Nidra ~ with Tania Rose Fox

Saturday 15 September  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £25 (limited places, advance booking required)

A Delicious and Nourishing Yoga Journey

The shift from summer’s energy into autumn can be a challenging, so give yourself a boost with this cosy, heartwarming afternoon workshop! Yoga and cacao make a beautiful, heart- opening combination, and this workshop brings together all the nourishing power and sweetness of both, culminating in a special Yoga Nidra journey.

​The first part of the workshop will lead you through a range of gently energising, nurturing, heartwarming and restorative yoga practices, before we meet the power of cacao: superfood
for the body, medicine for the heart!

​After the physical yoga practices, we'll break for a delicious drink of traditional cacao (raw chocolate) potion mixed with various warming and sweet spices before you lie down for an hour of deep relaxation in Yoga Nidra and a guided journey, through the beautiful cacao forest and deep into the cave of the heart. Afterwards, as you return to your earthly body (!), share some delicious homemade organic raw chocolate. (And yes, Tania will share the recipe with all who come along!)

Tania has run this workshop several times around Exeter and it always sells out so please contact her sooner rather than later to secure your place!

Cacao is noted for its uplifting, heart-opening properties, so this workshop will include plenty to unblock and activate anahata chakra - the heart centre, the seat of love, warmth and compassion!

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

 

 

 

 

What is the real Ha-Tha Yoga? ~ with Angela Ashwin

Sunday 30 September  ~  10am to 4pm  ~  £45 (refreshments provided)

A workshop designed for Yoga Teachers, Trainee Teachers and those wishing to deepen and develop their practice

The term Hatha Yoga is frequently used when no other description fits. People practice Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa Flow or Restorative Yoga but other practices are often referred to as Hatha. The term Ha (=sun) tha (=moon) traditionally refers to clearing and balancing two major energy channels, ida and pingala, so that an opening into the dormant inner potential, sushumna, is achieved and life force, aliveness, prana spreads through the inner being.

~ What happens when our dormant inner potential awakens?
~ How do we know when or if it happens?
~ Can we feel prana moving?

This day will allow you to explore and experience those inner processes you may previously have only theoretical knowledge of. We will put ourselves in the shoes of the old Hatha Yogis to get a glimpse of what they felt when they formulated the teachings of: prana, nadis, vayus, chakras, granthis, kundalini and more.

Angela teaches British Wheel of Yoga Foundation and also the Teaching Diploma Courses. She
specialises in the spiritual meaning of yoga, as portrayed in the original texts. Students will learn, through the practice of yoga, to experience the body, spirit and the whole universe in a more meaningful way, and learn to share this with others.

This workshop contributes to continued professional development.

Spaces are limited so payment is required at time of booking. Please contact Jax at yogawithjax@gmail.com or 07989 409284 for more information about the day, booking terms and conditions or to book your space.

 

 

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