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 Winkworth Properties

British Wheel of Yoga and Devon School of YogaAn Exploratory, Playful & Dynamic Yoga Practice with Andrea DurantAwakening the Spine with Helen BarnettIyengar Yoga Workshop Day with Isabelle LuterbacherYoga Nidra with Julie BladonAyurvedic yoga massage with Saghar AmozgarSunday Morning Astanga Vinyasa with Andrea DurantdfsdfgSacred Cacao Ceremony with Tania Rose FoxRadical Rest with Roberta HutchinsWinter Sun Workshop with Jill HurleyHolistic Wellness with Virginia Compton

Workshops ~ Events ~ Teacher Training

Booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Please contact the workshop teacher directly for further information or reserve your space.

We are delighted to share our space with two Schools of Yoga who offer courses to suit everyone

The British Wheel of Yoga
500 hour Yoga Teaching Diploma Courses led by Angela Ashwin. Next course - end of 2021. All enrolments are taken by Angela directly, if you would like further information email
info@angela-ashwin.co.uk or call 01395 224605. There are other teachers in the South West who offer British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Training Courses, more information can be found on the British Wheel of Yoga website so you may be able to find a course starting sooner. www.bwy.org.uk/training

The Devon School of Yoga
offer Yoga Foundation and Post Graduate Yoga Therapy Courses at the Lotus Loft.
If you are interested in deepening your practice, would like further information on all of the Devon School of Yoga Courses please visit www.devonyoga.com email info@devonyoga.com
or call 01392 420573

 

 

An Exploratory, Playful & Dynamic Yoga Practice, Leaving Time For
Pranayama & Meditation  ~  with Andrea Durant

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

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
email andreaclairdurant@gmail.com

 

 

Yoga Workshop ‘Awakening the Spine’  ~  with Helen Barnett

Saturday 19 October  ~  2.30pm to 5pm  ~  £25 (Places limited - booking essential)

A deeply relaxing workshop aiming to create space and suppleness in the spinal column.

Helen returns from training and working abroad, with fresh insights to share in this new workshop.
The workshop is for everyone (those with little or no Yoga experience and those with long-standing
practice!), and especially designed for anybody who feels pain, tension or rigidity in the back, neck, shoulders or spine.

During the workshop you will have the opportunity to:

~ Enjoy the stillness of supported restorative postures, and the gentle movement of Asana
(physical practices).

~ Allow the body to soften and the spine to become more spacious, creating a stable and aligned base from which to build strength.

~ Encourage improved mobility in the spine, and better function of the nervous system.

~ Complete the session with a long guided relaxation (Yoga nidra).

Includes time at the end for a cup of tea, and healthy homemade snack (provided!).

For further information or to book your place contact Helen on 07967 433242
email devonholistichealthcare@gmail.com or visit www.helenbarnett.co.uk

 

 

Iyengar Yoga Workshop Day  ~  with Isabelle Luterbacher

Sunday 20 October  ~  10am to 4pm  ~  £40 (Payment must be made when booking)
Also on 24 November and 15 December

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 867322
email i_luterbacher@hotmail.com or visit www.gaiatreeyoga.com

 

 

Yoga Sleep Workshop  ~  Yoga Nidra ~ with Julie Bladon

Saturday 26 October  ~  10.30am to 12.30pm  ~  £25
Also on 23 November and 7 December

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

 

 

Ayurvedic yoga massage workshop  ~  with Saghar Amozgar

Saturday 26 October  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  Single £30 / Couples £50

Come and learn the basic skills of this ancient technique

Not only will you receive a deep tissue massage and feel de-stressed but also you will learn the skills which you will be able to help your family and friends. Suitable for practitioners and beginners alike.

You can bring a partner or a friend and enjoy an interactive day!

For further information or to book your place contact Saghar on 07974 470610
email ayurvedicyoga@yahoo.com or visit www.ayurvedicyogamassage.org.uk










 

 

Sunday Morning Astanga Vinyasa  ~  with Andrea Durant

Sunday 3 November ~  7.30am to 9.30am  ~  £15 per session
Then note new time  ~  7.15am to 9.15am  ~  Also on 1 Dec, 2 Feb, 8 Mar, 5 April, 3 May

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-Scott

Sunday 3 November ~  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 10.45am 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 so 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 9 November ~  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.

Suitable for all, including beginners.

“The workshop on Sunday was 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.

www.melskinneryoga.com / 07786 787 593 / mel@melskinneryoga.com

For further information or to book your place contact Mel on 07786 787593
email mel@melskinneryoga.com or visit www.melskinneryoga.com

 

 

TRE  ~  Shake It Off Naturally!  ~  with Jo Hamilton

Saturday 9 November ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £35.00 (Booking Essential)

TRE Trauma and Tension releasing exercises workshop

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 more information www.itsallaboutfeelingbetter.co.uk/TRE

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

 

 

Winter Nurturing Women's Sacred Cacao Ceremony
~ with Tania Rose Fox

Saturday 30 November  ~  2pm to 5.30pm  ~  £30 (Earlybird until 15 Nov/ £35 full price)

Join Tania for the last Lotus Loft ceremony of 2019, an intimate and deeply nurturing candlelit cacao ceremony as winter approaches, working with ancient cacao plant medicine to assist us on this sacred journey.

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!

A cacao ceremony is a beautiful opportunity to experience heart-opening and emotional release in a different way to a yoga class. Joining together as women in a ceremonial circle is a powerful and precious experience in itself: for a few hours, we step into a sacred space in which the focus is on caring for ourselves, taking stock of our own needs and honouring the call of our hearts. Using this surprisingly potent heart-opening plant (which we drink together) to assist us on the journey, we will dive deep and tap into the higher levels of awareness, wisdom and loving compassion we all have available to us.

We come to the ceremony with willingness to open up, to let go, to see more clearly whatever might be holding us back, getting out of the egoic mind and accessing more intuitive states of awareness and receive new insights. As a powerful heart-opening plant medicine, cacao can help you to release all sorts of emotional blockages and old stories, and dissolve any stale energy you are ready to let go of: past and present pain, heartbreak, anger and self-limiting fears.
It is often a deeply self-validating and liberating, inspiring experience!

In addition to being an experienced yoga teacher, Tania is one of only a handful of trained cacao ceremonialists working in the UK; she works with cacao in a particularly deep, spiritual, meditative way, drawing on a respectful honouring relationship which facilitates profound inner journeying in an intimate, safely held compassionate space. Tania 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, healing and spirituality.

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

 

 

Radical Rest  ~  with Roberta Hutchins

Saturday 14 December  ~  10am to 1pm  ~  Early Bird £30 (before 30 Nov) Regular Price £35

Find Your Calm Before Christmas

Our actions and decisions today will shape the way we will be living in the future.

A deeply nourishing and restful workshop with Roberta Hutchins

~ gentle and restorative yoga and somatics practice ~

~ iRest Yoga Nidra (guided meditation) ~

~ tea and tasty ayurvedic treat over a chat to integrate your practice ~

Suitable for all levels of experience

(Booking is essential as there are only 10 places)

For further information or to book your place contact Roberta on 07747 030629
email roberta@bewelldevon.co.uk or visit www.bewelldevon.co.uk

 

 

Winter Sun Workshop  ~  with Jill Hurley

Saturday 7 December  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £30 (booking essential)

Practices to bring light, warmth and energy Hatha yoga flow to revitalise.
Restorative postures and deep relaxation to nourish.

Suitable for all levels including beginners.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holistic Wellness With Yoga And Ayurveda  ~  with Virginia Compton

Saturday 4 April 2020  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £25 (booking essential)

Afternoon workshop: 3 hours, Introduction to Ayurveda, the Science of Life
Everyone attending will give a dosha questionnaire to complete on arrival.

The workshop will include
Basics of Samkhya philosophy, specifically focusing on the Gunas and Doshas
Discussion on examples of the different energies and how they see them in daily life, to include
how different foods, lifestyle choices, routines and Yoga practices and how all of this can all alter
the energy balance.

~ The Ayurvedic daily clock and yearly cycles
~ Spring detox information
~ Talk about doshas and answer individual questions
(also time at end of workshop for more private discussion if required)
~ Yoga and Pranayama practice for maintaining balance and equilibrium
~ Meditation on the elements and energy body

For further information or to book your place contact Virginia at virginiasyoga@icloud.com or visit www.virginiacompton.com

 

 

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