Category Archives: Workshop

First Aid Course 20th January 2019

first aid signFirst Aid Course on Sunday 20th January 2019 at Yogawest

 

Taught by First Aid Facts, this day is designed to equip you with the knowledge and certification you need to administer first aid in an exercise/yoga class setting. Aimed at yoga teachers, this is also suitable for anyone teaching mat-based classes, or anyone who’d like to get a first aid certificate.

The qualification is Emergency First Aid at Work Basic HSE requirement and your certificate is valid for 3 years.

Read more here

Turkey Holidays in 2018

Two Turkey Holidays in 2018!

Diana and Indira are returning to the wonderful Onuncu Koy hotel in Adrasan, Turkey for two holidays for Heliotrope in 2018.

This is the 6th year of teaching here and each time we go, students insist we re-book the slot for next year. Adrasan is an astonishingly beautiful, largely unspoilt area of Turkey, offering a stunning location, warm and welcoming small hotel, lovely walks and views.

If you haven’t yet been on a Heliotrope yoga holiday, we can’t recommend them enough: the week is beautifully constructed with 2 yoga classes a day, a gorgeous brunch with time to enjoy the beach and locality in the afternoons.

Dates

1. May 27–June 3 2018 HALF TERM!
Many teachers and term-bound parents have asked us to offer a half term holiday, so here it is! Turkey is a gorgeous place to be at the end of May: the wild flowers abound and summer is just starting.

See http://www.heliotrope-yoga-holidays.com

2. September 16–23 2018 – WOMEN’s WEEK!
Following an ‘accidental’ women week last September, many participants wanted to do it all again this year, and to keep it as a women’s week. This is a general yoga week, not particularly focusing on women’s issues, but providing a female space in which to practise together.

See http://www.heliotrope-yoga-holidays.com

See photos from previous Turkey holidays: 

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Easter Weekend Workshop at Yogawest

Easter Weekend at Yogawest, April 14–16th

edgarlydia_3925We are delighted to announce that Edgar Stringer and Lydia Holmes are teaching on all 3 days of the Easter Weekend: Edgar on Friday (10am and 12.15 classes plus the afternoon workshop), Lydia on Saturday (9.15am and 11am classes) and Sunday (10am and 11.45 classes). We expect some students will come to all six classes plus the Afternoon workshop and Edgar and Lydia will plan their classes accordingly – it’ll be like a mini yoga holiday with plenty of time to enjoy the joys of the Gloucester Road along the way!
The classes are drop-in and cost the usual class fee, appropriate Yogacards are valid. The afternoon workshop costs £30 and is bookable here.

 

About Edgar and Lydia

SONY DSCLydia and Edgar have both been learning Iyengar Yoga since 1991 and are Intermediate Senior Level 3 Teachers. Both have been frequent visitors to the Iyengar’s Institute in Pune. They are Assessors for the IY UK and are currently ‘shadowing’ Sheila Haswell on her teacher training programme at Yogawest.

Coming to Bristol

YOGAWEST_059Many people travel from far and wide to come to to workshops at Yogawest, and it’s remarkably easy to get here from:

Wales just across the bridge!
Somerset, Devon and Cornwall just up the road
London 90 mins from Paddington
Scotland, Newcastle, Amsterdam, Malaga, Rome, Marseilles, France, Spain, Italy and rest of Europe (Easyjet and Ryanair to Bristol Airport)

Accommodation
There are some brilliant and low cost AirBnbs really close to us.
Find out more about getting to Yogawest here

Yogawest 5 year anniversary

Anniversary Class and Party, December 2016

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What a Party!

Although Yogawest (aka The Bristol Iyengar Yoga Centre) has been giving yoga classes in this building for over 30 years, we felt that we’d like to celebrate our five years at the helm.

The Party

SONY DSCSo we offered a class taught by seven of our finest teachers (and were sorry that the full set couldn’t make it). Led by Lizzie Biggin, it was a marvellous 2-hours of fun, frivolity and exciting asanas and sequences. A huge thank you to Lizzie, Jacob, Annemarie, Jess, Claire, Frances, Zoë H and Zoë R: a truly magnificent afternoon.

SONY DSCA special thanks to Anna Argiros for her beautiful ‘cello playing as the class gathered. Anna is off to Sweden for 6 months, we wish her well and look forward to her return in the summer.

 

 

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The Party

SONY DSCStudio 2 was the perfect place for eating, drinking and making merry after the class. Many thanks to our resident DJ Annabel.

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Sirsasana demo

SONY DSCWe were treated to a demonstration of Sirsasana and variations in a beautifully choreographed session during the party.

 

 

Thanks to Ellen who showed the pregnancy variation: working in the corner with 2 walls as security and guidance!

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Julian Trust donations

A sincere thank you to all of you that donated to the Julian Trust on the day. We raised a very impressive £285 for this most worthy local homeless charity.

Yogawest Raffle

SONY DSCMadeleine and Morgan drew the 2016 Yogacard raffle at the party and allocated prices to over 10 lucky winners. The top prize was a monthly yoga card worth £100, and various other Yogawest prizes, including Yogacards gift vouchers were won.

To thank those that came to the anniversary class, and to make sure that everyone got a prize, we handed out free class passes for January 2017 to all-comers to the class.

Well done to all that won!

Photos

See more photos from the day here:

 

Portugal Holiday Jun 3–10

Yoga Holiday at Brejo Fundeiro with Diana Penny and Indira Lopez-Bassols

Diana and Indira have taught yoga holidays for Aidan and Sine at Heliotrope for five years and are delighted to be on the programme for their brand new venue in Portugal in June 2017.

Brejo Fundeiro is a one hundred year old, 3-storey manor house set in its own valley in a very quiet area of central Portugal that is an ideal location for a yoga retreat with the lake of Castelo de Bode nearby.

The swimming pool uses a salt water electrolysis cell system which results in very low levels of salt and chlorine.

Travel to Lisbon from Bristol, Gatwick and many other UK airports is easy, and there are beautiful places to explore in the area.

Costs start at £650.

Read full details and book your place on the Heliotrope website.

Download the flyer here.

Note: By popular request, Diana and Indira are also teaching a week at the wonderful Onuncu Koy hotel in Adrasan, Turkey from September 17-24th 2017.

 

Writing a Letter to Your Breath

Free Life of Breath workshop at Yogawest

Saturday January 28th 3.30–5.30pm

writinglettertobreathimage_260This free workshop is led by Elspeth Penny, an arts and health specialist, writer, director and actor. Elspeth invites you to explore your relationship to your breath using a collection of unusual inks and materials. Elspeth is collaborating with Dr Alice Malpass, as part of the Life of Breath Welcome Trust Project. The workshop is suitable for those with some experience of their breath through yoga, meditation or similar practice of awareness.

Follow the eventbrite link for more information and to book a ticket, or contact Elspeth here.

More information on the Life of Breath project here.

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Christmas Timetable 2016

Opening Times over the Festive Season

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

Download the Christmas reduced timetable here

The full Yogawest timetable resumes on Tuesday January 3rd 2017.

Which classes are running?

Many of our usual classes are still running over the festive period, but as teachers are fewer on the ground, some classes are not on. To make things simpler, and to include everyone in our plans, many of the class are billed as general level – this means that ALL are welcome, whatever your experience or ability and the teacher will adapt the class accordingly.

Lizzie’s popular 2-hour class on Thursday morning is open to all levels of students and although it’s usually a ladies class, men are welcome and encouraged (especially if they wear pink) during the reduced timetable period. It is taught at intermediate level, but beginners are very welcome to come and see what an intermediate class involves – Lizzie/Zoë will look after you!

The Friday morning experienced class on December 23rd is being taught by Bob and is open to intermediate level students: a good way to try this class out!

On December 30th Edgar and Lydia are teaching a special holiday ‘Back to the Mat’ Yoga Day – all welcome and encouraged to restore and revitalise your yoga practice after Christmas, and prepare for the New Year in yoga style. Full details here.

Who is teaching?

Some of our usual teachers are taking a well-earned break over Christmas, and recharging their batteries for the New Year. Most classes are being taught by Yogawest teachers, and they are joined by Melroy Mukwaya who covers classes for us when she can.

Timetable for your fridge

Download the 2016 Christmas timetable here or pick up a copy at reception.

Chakra workshop Nov 13

Workshop 5  Sunday November 13th, 2–5pm: Akasha, the space element & Visuddi Chakra

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This is the last in the series of Chakra workshops taught by Edgar and can be attended on it’s own or by those who have come to previous ones.

Suitable for intermediate and experienced students. At least a year of experience recommended; a good indicator will be that you are able to hold independent Sirsasana for 5 minutes (if appropriate of course!).

Cost

£30

Read more here

 

 

 

Chakra workshop Sept 18

Workshop 4  Sunday September 18, 2–5pm: Vayu, the Air element & the Anahata Chakra

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These workshops are suitable for intermediate and experienced students. At least a year of experience recommended; a good indicator will be that you are able to hold independent Sirsasana for 5 minutes (if appropriate of course!).

 

Cost

£30/workshop
or £25 per workshop if booking more than one at a time (so x2 workshops would be £50 if booked together).

Read more here

 

 

 

Getting to Yogawest

Coming to Bristol

YOGAWEST_059Many people travel from far and wide to come to to workshops and classes at Yogawest, and it’s remarkably easy to get here from:

Wales just across the bridge!
Somerset, Devon and Cornwall just up the road
London 90 mins from Paddington
Scotland, Newcastle, Amsterdam, Malaga, Rome, Marseilles, France, Spain, Italy and rest of Europe (Easyjet and Ryanair to Bristol Airport)

Accommodation
There are some brilliant and low cost AirBnbs really close to us.
We also have a list of generous Yogawest students who open their spare rooms to visiting yogis for a low cost – ask us for the list once you’ve booked your place.

Find out more about getting to Yogawest here

Yogawest Newsletter

yogawestnewsletterMay16Keep up to date with upcoming events at Yogawest by subscribing to our monthly newsletter where we publish news of teachers booked as soon as we know.
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