Monthly Archives: December 2015

Mexican yoga holiday Feb 2017

Might you come to Mexico with us?

2241284-Hotel-Na-Balam-Beach-Isla-Mujeres-Hotel-Exterior-1-RTSFollowing many requests for a Mexican yoga holiday, Indira has made enquiries to a number of venues in her beautiful homeland. This yoga holiday will be co-taught by Indira Lopez-Bassols and Diana Penny.

mexico rope studio ILB4-nrcrop600The yoga holiday week will be the half term in February 2017 (around 11th-18th). The hotel Indira has found is set in an astonishing location, serves gourmet vegetarian cuisine, and the rooms are amazing: more like individual bungalows set in beautiful gardens. And the best thing is that they have a fully equipped yoga studio with ropes!

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Likely costs

mexico rope studio garden ILB5Venues this amazing don’t come cheap: final costs will depend on the venue we secure and the likely numbers coming. To be announced following response to this information…

Sharing with two others will work out at about £850
Sharing with one other will be about £950
Single rooms will be around £1050

These prices include full board and yoga but not flights.

The teachers

Indira-Diana-navasanaIndira Lopez-Bassols and Diana Penny have taught yoga holidays and workshops together for a few years and enjoy it more each event they do!

They teach a week in Turkey for Heliotrope every May, and regular weekends and yoga days at Yogawest, and are now venturing further afield.

Before and after

mexico rope studio ILB2-nrcrop600Many of you will want to come early or stay on afterwards to explore Mexico a little: it’s a shame to go so far and not take advantage of being in an amazing country. We will give some suggestions of what you may like to do.


Let us know

We’d like to know if you are considering coming on this adventure with us: this will help us put the actual costs of the holiday together. Please email Diana or Indira and let us know.

Until then, Indira and Diana wish you a healthy 2016 and happy dreaming!


Childrens’ Christmas parties

Key Stage 1 and 2

Many thanks to Alex for supporting the younger children this term to produce their end of term yoga events. The littlies performed a yoga version of the Twelve Days of Christmas and the older ones devised and performed a Christmas yoga story.

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Teenagers Party

SONY DSCThe teenagers also had an end of term yoga party and this year were challenged to model or draw a number of yoga poses. The tricky bit was getting the Play Dough to stay upright!




Yogawest Staff Christmas party

Although there are around 16 of us working and teaching at Yogawest, we don’t get together very often. So we like to bring as many teachers and support staff together in December and usually plan an activity.

2014 party

SONY DSCLast year we had great fun decorating mini Christmas cakes at Cake in Gloucester Road.


2015 party

SONY DSCThis year the brilliant Jennifer Bell came to run a singing workshop for us. After some hilarious warm-up exercises, we had a crack at Jen’s adaptation of Silent Night. You can listen to the final version below, which for a 90 minute session of the hitherto untrained but enthusiastic Yogawest choir, we think is pretty good!

Upcycled yoga mats by Katcha Bilek

Now in the Yogawest Shop!

SONY DSCHave you seen the amazing new range of phone and tablet covers made from old Yogawest mats by the brilliant Katcha Bilek, just down the road in Stokes Croft?

Katcha was quick off the mark when we replaced our Studio 1 mats recently and had a great idea as to how to re-use them… and now they are here!

katcha1Diana popped in to Katcha’s studio recently to see the prototypes and order the first set. Let us know what you think, or if you’ve got a suggestion for what Katcha should make next.




New classes in January

Extra classes in the New Year

750005_88451749We are adding a couple of new classes to the timetable for 2016. They are likely to be quieter classes to start with, so a good opportunity for you to get some extra attention in class. It’s always good to come to a new class, as the teacher will often take the group of students through the levels together – a good journey to share!

Tuesday 11.15–12.30

KatyHinchliffe_headshot_1621_170x170A 75 minute beginners class suitable for those recently started or returning to yoga, or those who want to revisit the basics. Taught by Katy it runs during termtime: check dates online.

Cost £10 drop-in (or £8 with a Yogacard-12).

No need to book: just come!

Friday 9.30–10.45

By popular demand, a new Friday morning class. This 75 minute beginners class is suitable for those recently started or returning to yoga, or those who want to revisit the basics. Taught by Zoë.

Cost £10 drop-in (or £8 with a Yogacard-12).

No need to book: just come!

And there’s also Annemarie’s recently launched class:

Monday 9.30–11

AnnemarieCaracciolo170x170Monday mornings can get quite busy at Yogawest, so we added a new class in Studio 2 taught by Annemarie. This class is a general level, and beginners are very welcome. This runs during termtimes, so keep an eye on the timetable for dates. (The online timetable will list the dates when the class is not running).

Cost £10 drop-in (or £8 with a Yogacard-12).






Yogawest receptionists – Andy

Yogawest-AndyBollandAndy has been working for Yogawest for a couple of years and is a big hit with the Thursday morning ladies!

As well as reception duties, Andy runs the admin on the termtime courses and deals with teacher admin too.


Yogawest receptionists – Rose

SONY DSCRose (who you may know from the Thursday classes) is doing some receptionist work for Yogawest: if you see her here, be kind while she learns the ropes.

Yogawest receptionists – Eula

SONY DSCEula has worked at Yogawest for many weeks now and is very popular for her gentle and welcoming manner.

A trained nurse, Eula has an encouraging and efficient manner behind the reception desk.

And in case you’ve been wondering, the delicate and beautiful flower arrangements are Eula’s specialism!

2015 Arts Trail at Yogawest

Four Artists at Yogawest

SONY DSCDespite some truly dreadful weather, we hosted a marvellous set of artists at the North Bristol Arts Trail last weekend.

Four artists showed their wares in Studio 2, and a steady stream of visitors came throughout the weekend, sporting classy white overshoes, or socks to save the yoga floors from the dramatic weather outside.

And a big thank you to Jon for all his hard work in setting the exhibition up from start to finish.

Studio 2 makes a lovely art studio!

Studio 2 makes a lovely art studio!


Linda Brogan (comes to Janet’s Monday morning class) with her beautiful yoga cats






the yoga cat family

the yoga cat family


Simon Farrell


Jonty Cutting and Amanda Bennett


Jonty’s work


Amanda’s work






Thank you to Linda, Jonty, Amanda and Simon for a great weekend.






Christmas Timetable 2015

Christmas Opening Times

Cxmastreepose-150x150lasses are running every day throughout the holiday period except on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

The Full Yogawest timetable resumes on Saturday January 2nd 2016.

Guest Teachers

Some of our teachers are taking a well-earned break over Christmas, and recharging their batteries for the New Year. In their absence we are lucky to have some guest teachers on the timetable.

Melroy Mukwaya
Melroy has recently retired from her ‘day’ job and we’ve made the most of her availability to cover classes at Yogawest this Autumn. When she’s ready, we hope to have Melroy on the timetable on a more permanent basis.

Zoë Hope
Since qualifying as a teacher in the Autumn, Zoe has been covering classes at Yogawest, and we are hoping she will be teaching her own class at Yogawest soon. Zoë has spent many years in the Iyengar world and has studied extensively in India with the Chanchanis, consequently her teaching is mature and knowledgeable.

Paul Reilly
PaulReilly_0781_250Many of you know Paul as he used to teach in Bristol before moving to France to run retreats with his wife and family. We are pleased that he can teach four classes for us over the holiday period.
NB the 2-hour class on Thursday 31st is open to all levels and men too (during termtime it’s a women’s class).

Timetable for your fridge

xmas hols timetable 2015 WORD FINALDownload the 2015 Christmas timetable here or click on the image to the left to enlarge it.