Welcome to Yogafest Totnes !

yogafestotnes@gmail.com // 07977 511 075

The next YOGAFEST will be 13th April 2019

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At Yogafest totnes, we offer a diversity of Yoga styles with local teachers for you to explore and enjoy.

It promises to be a day of nurturing and recharging your body and soul, and meeting new friends and like-minded people.

Tickets are on sale from March 15th 2019.

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Namaste

Maite

April 13th 2019 Schedule

9 - 10 am Ashtanga Yoga Therapeutic Yoga Mindfullness Meditation
10.30 - 11.30 Shakti Dance Kundalini Yoga Restorative Yoga
12 - 1pm Acro Yoga ViniYoga Sound Journey
1 - 2 pm LUNCH
2 - 3 pm Shakti Dance Therapeutic Yoga Mindfullness Meditation
3.30 - 4.30 Ashtanga Yoga ViniYoga Sound Journey
5 - 6 pm Acro Yoga Kundalini Yoga Restorative Yoga
6.30 - 8 pm Kirtan (Chanting)

Location and Time

Yogafest takes place in Birdwood House (TQ9 5NP), on the front corner of Totnes town square, and at Bogan House just across the road.

Please come to Birdwood House to register.

You'll find the café downstairs here. Classes take place in the two first floor rooms in Birdwood House, and the downstairs room in Bogan House.

Each class will run for one hour, and day-ticket holders can take as many classes as they like.

We start at 9am and will be finishing at 6pm. There will be an hour lunch break from 1 to 2 pm.

From 6.30pm until 8 pm we gather in Birdwood House for kirtan (chanting), a beautiful, uplifting end to the day.

Investment & Booking

Tickets are £40 for the whole day and evening.

They can be purchased by BACS from March 15h.

Kirtan alone £3.

Drop-in tickets can be purchased on the day for £7 per class, where space allows.

Please contact yogafestotnes@gmail.com or ring 07977 511 075 to book your space.

There are 35 day tickets available. You will be able to choose your preferred classes on the day. People with day tickets have priority over drop-ins with regards to space. Unfortunately you cannot book in advance for a specific class. Our choice for this venue, with small rooms and central location in totnes, gives the festival a cosy, safe and home-made feeling. Please be mindful that the rooms get filled easily and not everyone can always take a class at the time one wants. Most classes happen twice during the day, giving you the option to get into a later class.

Once your payment has been made the ticket will be kept aside for you to collect when you register on arrival.

Refund Policy

If cancelled, minimum one week before the event, we will refund 50%. No refund will be given if cancelled within one week of the event. It is possible in either case to find another person to take your place and pass the ticket on. Finding a replacement and letting us know will be your responsibiity.

Cafe Cafe

Cafe

This year, we will be gorgeously cattered to by The Wild Fig Cafe.

Delicious, Seasonal, Homemade.

At YogaFest we will providing some nourishing soups and salads, alongside some comforting hot drinks and raw cake, all Vegan and Gluten Free.

Shop Shop

Shop

I shall have a stall selling yoga clothing, accessories such as bolsters, mats, bags and blocks, as well as some jewellery and health & wellbeing items.

On the day I will be offering 20% off any purchase for those taking part in the YogaFest.

Practicalities

Please bring your own yoga mat & blanket; A bottle of water is a good idea.

During classes, please take care of your own body - nobody knows it like you do ! Please tell the teacher anything she/ he needs to know about any health issues.

Yoga Styles at Yogafest

Maite Alonso

Shakti Dance, the Yoga of Dance with Maite Alonso

Maite Alonso is Spanish and has been resident in the UK since 1995. In 2009 she finished her training in Shakti Dance, the Yoga of Dance in the UK. She has been teaching since then, mainly in Totnes. Shakti Dance brought her great passion for Yoga, dance, meditation, music and healing together into one practice. She enjoys sharing this beautiful practice with people. She also finished the Kundalini Yoga teacher training with Amrit Nam Sarovar School in 2012 and works as a complementary therapist offering Indian Head Massage, Reflexology and Reiki in different centers around Totnes.

Contact Maite here...

Shakti dance is rooted in Kundalini Yoga and combines flowing yoga, dance movements and breath awareness with mantric music, reconnecting us with our inner source of harmony and joy. A Shakti Dance class is woven around a compilation of mantric music of different styles and tempos. A class starts with an opening mantra and builds through floor stretches to standing exercises and into free dance. Flowing asanas (yoga positions) gently stretch and deeply relax the body before leading into rhythmic, breath-coordinated standing movements and dance steps that induce high-energy states. The free dance is followed by a deep relaxation and the class rounds off with a moving meditation, accompanied by a mantra.

If you like Yoga, if you enjoy dancing and like a meditative approach to it, you will love it!

Maria Linton-Panther

Vini Yoga with Maria

Yoga has been in my life for 21 years and teaching for 10 years. I've been practicing Vini Yoga for most of my yogic years and have now found my own flow.

My classes focus on silence stillness breath control with movement. Mindful of yin and yang energy of our being.

My style of yoga is movement with breath awareness throughout the whole practice.

Focus of yin and yang energy of our being. Passive dynamic with sound of singing bowls.

Email Maria here...

Ollie Frame

Mindfullness Meditation with Ollie Frame

Ollie Frame works as a Mindfulness retreat leader with the Sharpham Trust and as an integrative therapist in private practice. Trained in Mindfulness-based approaches with the University of Exeter, he runs 8-week courses for the general public, for teachers and students in schools and colleges, and for various other client groups on behalf of Devon County Council.

As an Integrative counsellor, Ollie has a particular interest in Psychosynthesis, depth psychology and inner journeying. Within the world of mindfulness, he is especially enthusiastic about self compassion, metta meditation and other heart-based approaches. He has completed additional training to teach the Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) course.

Theoretically, mindfulness already involves paying attention in a way that is characterised by friendliness, patience and kindness. However, for both experienced meditators and beginners alike, it is all too easy to slip into observing our experience by way of a kind of cold, detached stare, and to get frustrated because we feel we are not “getting anywhere” or we are doing it wrong. In Ollie's heart-based approach, the qualities of the heart are given particular emphasis, so that rather than only being a tool to sharpen concentration, practice becomes a powerful way to cultivate patience, compassion, kindness and acceptance, both towards ourself and others.

More on Ollie here...

Steph

Kundalini with Steph

Steph Bailey has a background in the performing arts and a lifelong passion for yoga. In 2012, during a time of intense personal breakdown, she re-discovered yoga through the lineage of Yogi Bhajan’s Kundalini Yoga.

The ancient yogic science of Kundalini Yoga uses mantra, pranayama, mudra and meditation plus rhythmic and static asana to balance body chemistry and promote self-healing. This session is ‘open' level; each student works within their own range. Expect a funky, mantric playlist to accompany the session.

Using these ancient but simple techniques she began to access her body’s power of self healing and since then it has been her mission to share these amazingly powerful practices with others.

See more on Steph here...

Poornam

Restorative Yoga with Poornam

Poornam brings over 30 years of practice to her yoga and meditation teaching. She expresses a deeply felt, lived and underlying vision of yoga as a way of life. She is known for her down to earth and authentic approach. Her teaching is influenced by her Satyananda and Montessori training.

The restorative yoga Poornam teaches is a blend of the pawanmuktasana three group series (joint movements, abdominal and pelvic postures) and restorative postures which are held for a longer period, breathing practices, yoga nidra and meditation techniques.

It could easily be called “mindful yoga “due to the expanded awareness of self and body that comes through the practice. It’s about slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching and conscious breathing. Slower movements, integrated breathing and longer held poses give the body-mind the time it needs to assimilate. The overall calming effect on the parasympathetic nervous system comforts your mind and body down to the cellular level.

Contact Poornam here...

Stephen Harding

Ashtanga Yoga with Stephen

Stephen is accredited as a ‘Senior Yoga Teacher’ (SYT) by Yoga Alliance UK and in 1999 gained a BA (Hons.) degree in Visual Performance from Dartington College of Art.

His yoga teaching practice started in 1994 and he has run regular classes for adults and children since then.

He specializes in Ashtanga yoga but also teaches gentle yoga, hatha yoga and meditation classes. These classes are in Totnes, Kingsbridge, Dartmouth, Ivybridge, Brixton and Chillington.

Stephen’s teaching draws on the knowledge and inspiration of teachers that have taught him, including BNS Iyengar and Danny Paradise.

Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic form of yoga in which asanas are linked in a flowing sequence through careful synchronization of deep, regular breathing that uses the whole lung capacity.

The standing asanas particularly focus the practitioner’s awareness on balancing weight equally on both legs, extending the spine and opening out the chest. This in turn encourages the practitioner to breathe more fully and to release tension in the neck.

Emphasis is paid to the gaze, or dristi, and so in each posture the gaze rests softly on a particular point. This encourages focused attention and a quiet mind. Finally practitioners are encouraged to apply internal locks, or bandhas, the most important of which is the mool bandha.

Here the muscles of the perineum are subtly drawn upwards, thus sealing the energy within the body and guarding against injury of the lower back and groin. The bandhas, ujjayi breath and flowing sequence of asanas combine to create considerable internal heat which increases physical flexibility and facilitates internal purification through the sweating out of toxins.

Contact Stephen here...

Belen and Rik

Sound Journey with Belén & Rikk

Rikk is a musician and Native American flute maker. Over the years while traveling around the world he has shared music with many different cultures. Taking from what he has experienced he is now creating sound journeys. The intention of these journeys is to help us all to heal ourselves and reconnect with Mother Earth through the power of sound, energy and an ancient collective wisdom that we all share. More on Rikk here

Belén, from Spain, is a certified sound therapist (Harmonic Sounds School) and a Native American flute teacher. Having always a strong connection with nature, her background is Environmental Biology and Ecotourism. She started to play the Native American flute in 2008 and for years she has played while travelling the world. Currently she spends much of her time giving flute workshops and sound therapy sessions, especially sound journeys. More on Belén here

Together they joined forces to create shamanic sound journeys. Sound journeying is a way to find deep relaxation, learning, healing and connection with oneself and the greater Universe. This is done through the sound and vibration of very special musical instruments from around the world. All the instruments are played live as participants relax comfortably in a sacred, safe and protected space. You will be guided by your senses through the sounds, aromas and vibrations of the shamanic realms to a place within yourself. Here it is possible to awaken and connect with many emotions and knowledge. Living in a modern society our minds, bodies and souls build up defences to protect ourselves from many potentially damaging influences that are around us. Through the process of journeying we can learn to see and feel through these layers to our inner self where we can be once again reunited with our true essence. From this place sounds and vibrations can help us to remember a collective ancestral past that we all share and the knowledge that exists there.

Natalie & Joshua

Acroyoga with Natalia & Joshua

Both Natalia & Joshua have spent their time together travelling the globe learning the practice of AcroYoga from a variety of world renowned teachers such as: Devon French, Slava Goloubov, Mélanie Beaudette (Ladybase), Andrea Macia, Erica Montes, to name a few. They were the first ever participants of the Ladybase Private Teacher Training, Indonesia, in April of 2018 and completed the VanCityAcro Teacher Training, Bordeaux, in July of 2018.

Acroyoga is a fusion of yoga, partner acrobatics, gymnastics and dance. Our community members have diverse backgrounds of movement including martial arts, contemporary dance, ballet, running, climbing and bouldering. We believe acro is accessible to anyone whether they are a mover or not. It is very playful and will make you stronger, more flexible and give you more body awareness, and you learn about yourself. While playing you will have plenty of opportunities to notice how you approach fear, trust, control and failure. All changes to grow as an individual within a supportive community.

Contact Natalia & Joshua here...

Uma

Therapeutic Yoga with Uma Yogini Radford

Uma has been practising, studying and teaching Yoga for thirteen years, initially training in Integral Yoga in the UK & Europe with Swami Asokananda. Over the last 8 years Uma has been specialising in Structural and Ayurvedic Yoga therapy, yoga and the early years including Mum & baby Yoga, Childrens & Pregnancy yoga.

She has had the great privilege to study with the renowned International Yoga Mentor, Mukunda Stiles, from whom she received Shaktipat and her name Yogini. She trained with him over several years and qualified as a Structural Yoga Therapist and continues to receive his mentorship through studies in Europe and India in Ayurvedic & Tantric Yoga therapy.

Therapeutic yoga – a balanced approach to mobility and strength comprising of gentle Joint Freeing exercises, working systematically through the body, Ayurvedic Vinyasas,  flowing sequences working with the subtle energies within, Breath awareness, increasing Prana and Relaxation to deepen our self awareness. These practices improve our  vitality in body, breath & mind, to increase overall wellbeing, deepening awareness of subtlety in our practice to guide us to our true nature of serenity, radiance and bliss within.

Contact Uma here...

Feedback from Yogafest

"Thank you so much for organising this event. I enjoyed every single class. The teaching was excellent. The breaks in between were very useful and needed. I look forward to the next event"

"Fantastic day - thank you all. Very professional, inspiring teachers you all are. I feel very safe and in good hands with you. Bless you all."

"Thank you ! What a wonderful day I had, again... I really enoyed the additional Yoga styles, but at the same time was very pleased to 'have my fix' with some of the familiar Yoga sessions too. Namaste"

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my first Yogafest ! Thank you so much. There was a fantastic choice of classes, and I think the structure of the day was just right... The food was amazing and reasonably priced. I really enjoyed the chai too. Loved the venues, although some classes got rather full ! I am looking forward to coming again, thank you."

"Very good mixture of Yoga styles, efficient organisation, good venue, very good food. Please do another Yogafest."

"Very nice positive day. Great environment, appreciated gaps between classes, but rooms could have been a bit bigger to accommodate the number of people."

"Yet again it was a great event with lots of variety, and a really wonderful atmosphere. It really enhances my own teaching, so good to touch base and share with other teachers... Thanks for all your hard work."

"Great - please include discussions about Yoga - different styles and philosophy. Thank you..."

Donations to charity

The Yogafest day will donate the kirtan contributions and 10% of the ticket sale profit to a different charity each year.

Come join us! Looking forward to seeing you.
Maite and the team