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 YogaIyengar Yoga Workshop Day with Isabelle LuterbacherNew Moon Women's Sacred Cacao CeremonyYoga Sleep Workshops with Julie BladonYin Fascial Yoga with Dominique PrestonPrana & Pranayama with Angela AshwinWinter Sun with Jill HurleyHeartwarming Yoga Cacao Nidrasd

Workshops ~ Events ~ Teacher Training

Because the Covid-19 situation is ever evolving, 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 and guarantee your safety will be our priority so some of the events will be held online, please see below.

 

 

 


 

Iyengar Yoga Workshop  ~  with Isabelle Luterbacher

Sunday 31 October ~  10am to 4pm  ~  £40
Also on 28 November and 12 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 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


 

 

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

Saturday 6 November  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £35 (Earlybird until 23 Oct / £40 full price)

Advance booking essential - spaces limited (max 10 spaces) and booking closes 48hrs before each ceremony

Please note this is not a yoga workshop (though there are elements of yoga nidra and guided meditation involved), but if you are a woman seeking heart-opening to unburden your spirit, or wishing to tap into more intuitive states, or simply curious about exploring spiritual connection through gentle plant medicine, you will love this!

This ceremony takes place two days after the New Moon, and 6 days after Samhain, the start of a new lunar cycle and also the ancient Pagan new year - a potent time to reflect on what we wish to cultivate in this new cycle, and what we may wish to let go of in order to make space for new growth.

Contemporary western cacao ceremonies can take many forms; as an experienced, trained, insured cacao practitioner, Tania's ceremonies offer a particularly deep, introspective, meditative approach, rooted in traditional techniques for inner journeying. Such subtle techniques work beautifully with the gentle medicine of cacao, an ancient sacred plant of the Americas. Within the ceremonial space, we drink cacao together, and you are then guided to journey within and unburden your heart of any inner “stones”, assisted by the loving feminine energy of the plant.

Tania first connected with cacao strongly in ceremony in 2017, and undertook her apprenticeship training early the following year. She has been sharing this medicine in ceremonies around Devon since 2018, drawing also on her experience of holding safe healing space for women as a yoga teacher since 2012.

Feedback from previous participants

"I just wanted to say thank you for hosting and guiding me through an amazing experience...It was truly the most spiritual experience I've ever had and I feel I've had an awakening"

"Thank you so much...I slept so well and today my heart has really been singing and my
whole being very buoyant! The experience has left me very inspired"

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


 

 

Yoga Sleep Workshops  ~  with Julie Bladon

Saturday 13 November ~ 10.30am to 12.30pm ~ £25

Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment

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

 

 

​Yin Fascial Yoga: REST & Release  ~  with Dominique Preston

Saturday 13 November  ~  2pm to 5pm  ~  £35

I am delighted to be back at the Lotus Loft with an afternoon of Yin Fascial Yoga.

Please join me for a relaxing Saturday afternoon of yin yoga, restorative yoga, and lots of self myofascial release.

We'll be targeting those typical knotty spots around the shoulders, the back and the hips; we'll use lots of self myofascial release to help unravel layers of tension and tightness held within the body...we'll use techniques of gentle pressure, rolling and releasing to plump up the tissues, squeeze out and replenish this wonderfully springy, fluid and buoyant body wide web.

We'll get the body moving with some fluid intuitive movement; softening and moving our bodies in new ways, releasing restrictive patterns of movement and repetitive strains. 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.

Come and give your body and your nervous system a total reboot. This is a practice for every body and no prior yoga experience is necessary... it is a complete practice that will leave you feeling mentally, physically and heart fully relaxed, rejuvenated and ready for the week ahead. I look forward to seeing some of you in November.

I will provide tennis balls but please feel free to bring your own.

For further information or to book your place contact Dominique at dominique_100@hotmail.com

 

 

Yoga day in the Lotus Loft on Prana & Pranayama  ~  with Angela Ashwin

Saturday 27 November ~ 10am to 4.30pm ~ £50 in the studio, £40 on zoom

A further training day for Yoga teachers and interested students with prior pranayama knowledge.

What is prana, what is pranayama?

There are so many misconceptions about this topic and breathing is taught in yoga classes with little understanding of the traditional concepts. Yoga students are taught to increase their lung capacity, whilst the yoga tradition states that the aim of pranayama is to stop breathing. Students are taught to associate prana with the air they breathe, whilst the old tradition tells us that prana is the life that enters each being with birth and leaves at death. Yoga students are taught to replenish bodily energies by breathing, whilst prana is experienced by the yogis as an auto-energetic (does not need to be replenished) force, which no scientist has an explanation for. We just need to unblock and then prana will move.

Yoga students are taught that pranayama improves their respiratory health and well-being, whilst the old tradition teaches pranayama for a transformation, to reach an altered state with higher insight and connection. In Hatha texts like the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Patanjali we can find a phenomenon described, that does not fit to the Western world view. We can’t understand prana, we can’t prove prana right or wrong, but by following the old Yogis instructions and we can practice and then an inner subtler reality reveals itself and we know what prana is and how to expand it, pranayama.

Do join me interpreting and practicing the old messages for deeper insight.

For further information or to book your place contact Angela at info@angela-ashwin.co.uk or visitwww.angela-ashwin.co.uk







 

 

Winter Sun  ~  with Jill Hurley

Saturday 4 December  ~  10am to 1pm  ~  £35 (Advance booking essential, limited spaces)

​A balance of warming, revitalising yoga flow and nurturing yin style postures.

Guided meditations to welcome sunshine and light into December days.

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





 

 

Heartwarming Yoga Cacao Nidra  ~  with Tania Rose Fox

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

Advance booking essential ~ limited spaces (max 10 - Booking closes 12 noon Fri 3 Dec)

​An uplifting and delicious heart-oriented, feminine yoga workshop to warm your heart as we head towards winter. The afternoon begins with a led practice of flowing Lunar Vinyasa (Tania's nourishing fusion of Moon Salutes, holistic Hatha Yoga and other practices), guided meditations and pranayama (breathing practices) suitable for all levels of Yoga experience. After a short relaxation, enjoy a small serving of pure ceremonial-grade Peruvian criollo cacao (the most pure form of what becomes chocolate), a heart-stimulating true superfood and sacred plant, spiced in the traditional way, and learn more about cacao before lying down and enjoying a blissful, immersive guided relaxation with a specially-written Yoga Nidra to transport you to across a sacred lake and deep into the cave of your heart- space...Ending with a little homemade raw chocolate to bring you back into your body, sweetly nourished.

Please note this is a Yoga workshop, not a cacao ceremony (although Tania is a trained experienced cacaoista and also regularly offers full ceremonies at the Lotus Loft). However, this session can also serve as a gentle, unintimidating introduction to cacao as a plant medicine, providing a beautiful and gentle bridge, as well as being a nourishing and sweet Yoga workshop for anyone in need of that!

All levels of yoga experience welcome for this very nurturing afternoon

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

 

 

Teacher Training, Foundation and Post Graduate Yoga Therapy Courses at the Lotus Loft

We are delighted to host Yoga Teaching Diploma Courses through the British Wheel of Yoga and 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


The British Wheel of Yoga Level 4 OFQAL Teacher Training Diploma starting January 2022
Angela Ashwin, BWY DCT
Patanjali 2, 46-47: “When the yoga practice is performed in its right spirit then an inner infinite core is
discovered and the whole universe ceases to be perceived in opposites.
Angela not only teaches the BWY diploma, but she also specialises in teaching the spiritual meaning of yoga, as it is 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.
info@angela-ashwin.co.uk  01395 224605

Post Graduate Yoga Therapy Courses with the Devon School of Yoga starting January 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.
www.devonyoga.com  info@devonyoga.com  01392 430573

Foundation Course with the Devon School of Yoga starting February 2022
This carefully curated Yoga Foundation Course has been designed for yoga students who want to deepen their knowledge, experience and personal practice of yoga.
The course offers a broad base of practices enabling yoga students to enrich and develop their yoga skills. Our ten day course is taught over five monthly weekends, sixty taught hours and two comprehensive manuals are provided.
www.devonyoga.com  info@devonyoga.com  01392 430573

 

 

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