YOGA CLASS INFORMATION

There is a large range of yoga and meditation classes running throughout the festival, aiming to provide yoga for everyone.  Classes and their descriptions are listed in running order through the week, below.

NB: STUDIO CLASSES WILL BE OPEN FOR BOOKING FROM FRIDAY 30th MARCH

10 May 2018

17:30 - 19:00 at Serenity Cafe

A Celebration of Yoga in All Its Forms with Dawn & Jacob

Celebrate your practice, celebrate yourself!

 

Let's take a moment and be thankful for this practice which has the power to transform.  Pay tribute to yourself for coming on to a mat, taking a deep breath, and let the good times roll!

 

Loosely described as a yin/yang flow, connect to yourself, connect to the practice and connect to the community that gathers, with the powerful energy of Dawn and Jacob guiding you.  Suitable for all levels, although some familiarity of yoga would be helpful, but a willingness to go at your own pace is more helpful. Mindful movement, breath and meditation.

10 May 2018

18:30 - 22:00 at Serenity Cafe

Festival Party

Join us for the annual Edinburgh Yoga festival party.  Everyone is welcome! There will be live music from the amazing Martha Gilespie, free seated shiatsu sessions with the super talented Jenny White , nutritious, delicious food, chai tea and treats from our hosts Serenity Cafe, talks on 'yoga in our time' and dancing and chants with the fabulous Kirtan Scotland. All for just ten pounds! Join us and celebrate yoga in our city together. 

11 May 2018

10:00 - 11:30 at Serenity Cafe

An Introduction to Forrest Yoga with Janet & Brian

A Yoga practice for our times, Forrest Yoga has been created by Ana Forrest to “inspire people to clear through the stuff that hardens them and sickens their bodies so they can walk freely and lightly on the earth in a healing way.” 

Forrest Yoga teaches us to connect in feeling and build the strength and resilience necessary to navigate our contemporary lifestyles.

 

Janet will introduce you to a few of the Forrest Yoga basic moves as the foundation for a deeply embodied practice.  You will be guided in a meditation that connects you to your own heart desires.

 

You will learn to breathe deeply and explore tools to support you as you walk towards a more fulfilling life.

11 May 2018

11:45 - 13:15 at Serenity Cafe

Hip to be Square: A Workshop for Men of All Abilities with Mick & John

A Yoga practice to open the hips, lungs and mind to relax and move beyond the herd. 

Hip to be square is a fun workshop with no pretensions by a couple of working class guys who love yoga and like to laugh. 

We guarantee ye'll feel better for doing it or money back!

11 May 2018

13:30 - 14:45 at Serenity Cafe

Find Your Wild Heart with Sharon & Mary

This dynamic and playful practice will open our bodies and hearts - finding bravery and vulnerability, discovering strength as well as softness. 

Sharon and Mary will guide you through a practice that requires your intense focus, yet gentle playfulness. You will be taken on a journey through your own body exploring the rich terrain on your own mat, whilst feeling and leaning into the support of community around you. You will be guided through a practice that acknowledges the space between us, but also the necessity of coming together in connected movement. 

11 May 2018

15:00 - 16:30 at Serenity Cafe

Jivamukta Yoga Themes with Angie & Evelyn

Evelyn Hurtado & Angie Lake will bring their Vibrant & Uplifting energy to lead a joyful Jivamukti Vinyasa Flow class.. They will guide you through a high energy, dynamic, fun class which will include music, creative dance like sequences, chanting, intention, a strong focus and a well deserved Savasana.. Prepare to let go & let Love in!

11 May 2018

16.45 - 18:15 at Serenity Cafe

Deep River Flow with Sarah & Amy

Your body will feel like liquid after this deep flow practice. We will explore the energy of the river Goddesses Ganga and Saraswati by shifting between currents of Yin, strong, deep Flow and Pranayama in one long fluid practice.

11 May 2018

18:30 - 20:00 azt Serenity Cafe

Mandala Yoga with Mudra

Mandala is a method of yoga, a dynamic vinyasa practice cushioned between Yin Yoga to both challenge and nourish you. 

Each sequence is determined by the element we are working with, and follows the lines of meridians determined by that element. 

We will move in a mandala, a full 360 degree flow around the mat. Its fun and freeing and empowering! 

11 May 2018

20:15 - 21:45 at Serenity Cafe

Rest Nest: Restorative and Nidra Fusion with Bev & Kat

In our nourishing Rest Nest, we will deeply relax and unwind, recharging our inner battery as we explore the regenerative benefits of the fusion of Restorative Yoga with Yoga Nidra - a subtle, yet powerful, guided meditation journey.  As well as facilitating deep, conscious rest, this combined journey invites us to come home to the true essence of ourselves... a resting in the space of the heart. 

The Rest Nest provides relief from stress, tension and fatigue, promoting health and healing on all levels as we practise the art of being kind and gentle with ourselves. Beginning with Restorative Yoga – a conscious yet deep relaxation practice that provides healing for the body and the mind with a help of props - we are able to re-set the nervous system while deepening into practices which help us to accept support in the physical body, inviting a sense of balance and comfort through our whole being.

After unwinding body and the mind, we will settle into a luxury form of savasansa to receive a creative and heart-centred form of Yoga Nidra - an ancient yogic practice which translates as "conscious sleep”,with numerous therapeutic uses, such as supporting healing, relieving stress and enhancing creativity. Through guided deep rest in the sub-conscious space between dreaming and wakefulness, with the body asleep yet the mind alert, we can connect with our deepest nature and find peace, authenticity, and ease.

12 May 2018

10:00 - 11:30 at Serenity Cafe

108 Sun Salutations with Stacey

A fun, challenging, group experience. Stacey will lead a counted 108 sun salutations, with everyone in the class taking their 108 sun salutations together, creating a shared breath and shared high energy in the room, energising for all who take part. Stacey will explain an ashtanga sun salutation and give sun salutation variations to make the event as fun and open to everyone as possible. Completing 108 Sun Salutations is an achievement of both physical and mental dedication and focus and you will be left energised and euphoric! 

12 May 2018

11:45 - 13:15 at Serenity Cafe

Embracing the Light with Lena & Tessa

Tess will lead a flowing sequence celebrating the spirit of the sun.

 

Lena will then lead a series of longer holds, exploring the 12 Animals of the Chinese Zodiac. 

 

This one off workshop will also include the healing touch of massage. 

12 May 2018

13:30 - 14:45 at Serenity Cafe

Celebrating the vital layer of our being: Pranayama with Bijam

The pranamaya kosha or energy sheath is the “energy department” of our system, the link between body, mind/emotions and spirit.  Prana is life; and pranayama is the control and expansion of prana.  Following the popular 4-seminar programme “Progressive Pranayama” led by Bijam in 2017, in this 75-minute session she will begin to look at how we can use asana practice not only for its structural benefits but also in the service of pranayama.  The breath work in asanas can bring us to a deeper, more inwardly focused place to facilitate pranayama practice; and pranayama can lead us to mantra and ultimately to meditation.  This journey is likely to be the central theme of “Progressive Pranayama 2”.  

12 May 2018

15:00 - 16:30 at Serenity Cafe

Space to Be Still: Yin and Nidra with Caroline & Penny

Join us in our safe, welcoming space for a nourishing and joyful combination of yin yoga and yoga nidra. 
Caroline will lead you through a quiet and grounding practice of yin yoga encouraging the mind and body towards a contented stillness and connection with the present. 
Penny will then guide you through a nurturing and uplifting yoga nidra, allowing your whole being to experience and benefit from positive deep relaxation, 

12 May 2018

16:45 - 18:15 at Serenity Cafe

Breathpod: Transformational Breath Intro Workshop

Increase performance, productivity, communication, confidence,­ focus and alleviate stress, anxiety, fatigue and negative emotions such as anger, fear, frustration and depression with one of the worlds leading techniques for personal healing and change; Transformational Breath™. During this powerful workshop we will identify any ineffective or restrictive breathing patterns indicating where any physical, mental & emotional blocks may be held. We will then use acupressure, sound, movement and coaching to optimise your full breathing mechanism. Like a meditation hack on steroids this practice will energise, detoxify and release any emotional repression so that you feel feel light, happy, healthy, strong and vibrationally intune."

12 May 2018

18:00 - 19:00 at Sunshine Yoga

Meeting Our Manipur with Rachel

In this one hour class with Rachel we will be "Meeting our Manipur", the Sacral or Navel Chakra that we hold within the core of our spine located near the centre of the digestive tract. This chakra is also referred to as our second brain as it is what we use when we 'listen to our gut'. Through this practice we will learn the benefits of connecting and opening this chakra, how we can digest any blockages here, allowing ourselves to create and diffuse energy to the entire physical body, releasing anger, increasing self confidence and internal wisdom. This is an all levels class so come, bring your internal fire to this introduction to meet your own Manipur. 

12 May 2018

19:00 - 20:30 at Tribe Leith

Spin and Yin

This class brings you the best of both worlds. You will start with a 40 minute energising and empowering cycle class, after which you will be guided through a 40 minute Yin yoga class. The Yin practice will target areas of the body that you have worked hard in the cycle class. End your week in the best possible way, with the benefits of two classes in the space of one.  

13 May 2018

19:00 - 20:00 at Tribe Quartermile

Yoga Sculpt with Georgie

A total body workout, the Tribe Yoga Sculpt classes are set to energizing music and designed to tone and sculpt every major muscle group. This class complements your regular yoga practice, while boosting your metabolism and pushing your strength and flexibility to new heights. Free weights are added to the class sequence, creating resistance and intensifying each pose. Strength-training exercises such as squats, lunges, bicep curls and tricep curls are incorporated to build lean muscle mass. You will see visible results in your body. Practiced at 32 degrees.

14 May 2018

18:30 - 19:30 at Edinburgh Community Yoga

Vinyasa Flow with Laura

Developing strength and flexibility through a flowing vinyasa style approach to yoga where the breath is used to develop a sense of connection between body and mind encouraging deep relaxation and centring. The class will include elements of meditation, pranayama (breath work), flowing standing postures, balances, seated asana, backbends and inversions, with a strong focus on alignment to ensure a safe and satisfying flow class leading to a long and well-deserving savasana.

14 May 2018

19:30 - 20:30 at Hot Yoga Edinburgh

Hot Vinyasa with Heini

A dynamic flowing sequence of poses with the option of taking a Vinyasa Flow in between poses (a short sequence of poses including Planks and Downward Dog).  This class is suitable for all levels, the teacher gives clear instructions and offers modifications to poses to allow each student to find their own maximum stretch.  This class focusses on building strength and stamina as well as flexibility.

15 May 2018

12:30 - 13:30 and 17:30 - 18:30 at Edinburgh Community Yoga

Gentle Flow with Sarah

Suitable for absolute beginners, this class concentrates on the fundamentals of a yoga practice. Focus is on connecting breath and movement, alignment and building a steady foundation as well as promoting deep relaxation. The class includes meditation, pranayama (breathing exercises) asana (postures) and savasana (deep relaxation).

15 May 2018

18:00 - 19:00 at Calm on Canning Street

Hot Yoga Flow with Katy

A class where we flow and let go. It's suitable for all levels and takes place in heat around 30 degrees. Expect to get sweaty and detoxify!

15 May 2018

19:30 - 20:30 at Calm on Canning Street

Hatha Flow with Katy

A class for all levels where we move, breath and feel energised in body, mind and spirit.

16 May 2018

15:30 - 16:30 at Meadowlark

Spring Flow with Angie

Angie will take you through a dynamic Spring Clean vinyasa flow, which will begin with some energising breath work, followed by a juicy, twisty flow, to rid the body & mind of any residual tension. During Savasana, you'll receive a short, relaxing adjustment & shoulder massage using uplifting essential oils.

16 May 2018

18:00 - 19:00 - at Edinburgh Community Yoga

Vinyasa Flow with Amy

Developing strength and flexibility through a flowing vinyasa style approach to yoga where the breath is used to develop a sense of connection between body and mind encouraging deep relaxation and centring. The class will include elements of meditation, pranayama (breath work), flowing standing postures, balances, seated asana, backbends and inversions, with a strong focus on alignment to ensure a safe and satisfying flow class leading to a long and well-deserving savasana.

17 May 2018

10:30 - 11:30 at Tribe New Town

Yin Yang Yoga with Tessa

Our Yin Yang Yoga class combines the slow-paced Yin Yoga postures, that are held for longer periods of time, with an invigorating full-body Flow Yoga sequence (the Yang in Yin Yang) that will work your muscles through movement and breath at a moderate, but intuitive pace.

17 May 2018

17:30 - 18:30 at Santosa

Friday Feelgood Flow with Sharon

Let go of your week and get set for the weekend with a feelgood flow designed to open up and release.

We will move with fluidity and breath in this playful flow designed to help the body unwind after a long week.

Suitable for all levels.

18 May 2018

10:00 - 12:00 at Knot Stressed

Post Natal Workshop with Penny

This workshop provides a haven of calm and 'me -time' for new and not so new mums aiming to strengthen and stretch the postnatal body and also promote deep relaxation and emotional well being. The workshop combines postnatal yoga movement with breathing techniques, restorative postures and deep relaxation. There will also be an opportunity to connect with other mums to share experiences and smiles.This workshop is suitable for mums from 12 weeks post partum onwards. No previous experience of yoga is necessary. For practicing yogis, this session will complement general yoga classes, by focusing only on key postnatal issues.

Please note this workshop is for mums only.

18 May 2018

10:30 - 11:30 at Sunshine Yoga

Grounded in Gratitude with Kat

This gentle and slow-paced class is open to anyone interested in learning the foundations of a yoga practice, including mild stretching, breath-work and mindfulness. An accessible and relaxed atmosphere allows time and space to decompress from a busy week, and enjoy a deeper connection between mind and body. We will focus on the concept of gratitude - for community, for our unique selves, for all that ECY provide, and for the yoga practice itself. 

18 May 2018

13:30 - 14:30 at Soulshine Yoga

Gentle Flow with Nina

In this class we will recharge with a soft and gentle flow, nourishing ourselves through slow and mindful movement and finding space and freedom in the body. Grounded in yoga philosophy and topped with a light sprinkle of playful challenges, this class is a space for you to connect to yourself, move authentically and unwind. All levels of experience are welcome!

18 May 2018

14:45 - 15:45 at Soulshine Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga with Alexis

A dynamic and creative practice focused on connecting movement and breath. Students will move through a sequence that incorporates strength, flexibility and concentration while bringing greater awareness to the physical body and mental state. This class is suitable for all levels.

18 May 2018

16:00 - 17:00 at Soulshine Yoga

Yin Yang Flow with Kat

We'll begin by slowly warming the body with a gradually deepening breath, before progressing into a more dynamic flow designed to leave you feeling strong and empowered. To counterbalance the body and lead us to the end of practice, we will hold a number of more restorative poses long enough for your body to truly absorb the benefits of your yoga practice. We'll close with a meditation and savasana to ensure the energy from your mat leaves with you into your daily life.

This class is open to yogis of all experiences, and there will always be a number of options and alternatives to ensure the class is accessible to all.

18 May 2018

18:30 - 19:30 at Soulshine Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga with Abi

A radiant, dynamic and energetic vinyasa flow class with emphasis on focus, breath and continuous movement, leaving you feeling energised for whatever you have planned next. Open to all levels. 

18 May 2018

17:15 - 18:15 at Soulshine Yoga

Flow Yoga with Sade

Flow Yoga

18 May 2018

19:45 - 20:45 at Soulshine Yoga

Yin Yoga with Kirsty

This smooth Yin style class is aimed to leave you feeling rested and open. It is a wonderful way to rest the mind while opening and restoring the body. Poses are held for between 2-5 minutes and  props such as bolsters are used to help emphasise each asana. It's truly a wonderful style of yoga to learn and a joy to teach also.

19 May 2018

16:00 - 17:30 at Sacred Heart Centre

Warm Flow with Rose

A warm vinyasa yoga class with temperature up to approximately 25C. Flowing sequences linking breath and movement. Please come hydrated and with water and a towel - be prepared to sweat. Brilliant for relaxing yet strengthening the muscles, increasing flexibility and increased tone.

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