Festival Offers & Promotions
An exclusive selection of offers to take advantage of during the Festival weekend, from discounted subscriptions and memberships to deals on books, yoga retreats and more.
We are excited to announce that the London Yoga Festival has partnered with Penguin Classics to offer every festival attendee a copy of ROOTS OF YOGA by Mark Singleton and James Mallinson.
Annual subscription to Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine for £30, reduced from £35.
Resurgence & Ecologist magazine is dedicated to publishing positive, informed and original perspectives on environmental issues, activism, social justice, arts and ethical living. It has been in publication since 1966, and is now celebrating 52 years at the forefront of environmental media. Satish Kumar, speaker at this year's London Yoga Festival, took up post of editor in 1973, making him the UK’s longest-serving editor of the same magazine.
10% discount off Retreats with David Sye.
yogabeats kissamos retreat in crete: 28 august - 4 September 2018
New Year Retreat in Fuerteventura: 29 December 2018 - 4 january 2019
Rock in the New Year or celebrate the Summer with David Sye and his own special brand of yoga, healing and wisdom. David is not only a well known and loved yoga elder, who has studied with many gurus and even met with the Dalai Lama, but he is also one of the most authentic yogis in the world. An open, friendly and caring soul who will bring amazing vibrant energy to the mat and inspire the very best from your practice, whatever your level of experience.
The London Yoga Festival has partnered with Penguin Classics to offer every full weekend festival attendee a copy of Roots of Yoga by Mark Singleton and James Mallinson, included in the ticket price.
There are over 2.5 million practitioners of yoga in Britain alone, but surprisingly little knowledge of yoga’s roots amongst its practitioners. Full of postures and breathing practices, but also tales of extreme devotion and imagination, Roots of Yoga is a first stop for anyone curious to learn more than they are told at their yoga class, and an indispensable resource for serious yoga practitioners and teachers.
This book collects together, for the first time, the core teachings of yoga in the words of their authors, rather than in the secondary versions of modern interpreters. Among the 100 original texts from 12 different languages are key passages from the Upanishads, the Buddhist and Jaina traditions, the Indian Tantras, and many other texts that are being translated for the first time. Colourful characters and their stories abound: from Puran Puri, who spent the second half of the 18th century travelling with his arms in the air as far as Malaysia, Tibet, Moscow and the Gulf (pp.119-121); to Hari Das, who in 1837 was buried alive in front of the Maharaja and various British officials, and exhumed, still living, 40 days later, having remained in the highest state of yoga (pp. 343-5); via the famous philosopher, Shankaracharya, who used his yogic power to enter and reanimate the body of a recently dead king and make love with the king’s wives (pp.424-5).
10% discount - Retreats with Ruby Reed and Christabel Reed, Advaya Initiative.
Deep Nature Retreat • poundon house, oxfordshire, 21-23 september 2018
wild coastal retreat and pilgrimage • North cornwall, 16-21 october 2018
See What Else is Happening in the Festival's Teaching Community:
Peace Inside: A Prisoner's Guide to Meditation, ed. Sam Settle.
In this inspiring true story of how inner strength and kindness can overcome adversity, prisoners share how meditation changed their lives. With intimate letters between prisoners and charity workers from the Prison Phoenix Trust, it is beautifully illustrated and includes a simple beginner's guide to meditation. All royalties go directly to the Prison Phoenix Trust. Edited by Sam Settle. Foreword by Benjamin Zephaniah, illustrated by Pollyanna Morgan
Many people not familiar with prisons or with our work say that it has really helped them understand the power of silent breath-based meditation, the inner lives of people in prison, and indeed the work of the Prison Phoenix Trust. -- Sam Settle
The Prison Phoenix Trust: Yoga Teacher Training.
We run a 5-day residential module every other year, accredited by the BWY: “Teaching Yoga in Prison”. This year’s course is fully booked, but we will run it again in 2020.
7 week online course
A History of Yoga: the Latest Research. With Ruth Westoby, Mark Singleton, James Mallinson and more.
In this course pioneers in the world of yoga studies will share their ground-breaking knowledge over 7 weeks, through lectures, images and interactive elements. You will explore the most contemporary thinking in yoga, as well as less widely studied areas of yoga’s history in an accessible and fun way. Discover the earliest known depiction of a headstand, some esoteric tantric practices, and who is considered the ‘original’ long-haired ascetic. As well as providing a thorough overview of the history of yoga accessible to all, the course also provides an ideal framework for yoga teachers and trainee teachers looking to deepen their knowledge of contemporary studies of yoga history and/or explore specific aspects of that history in greater depth.
Andrea is an Advanced Jivamukti certified teacher. She also teaches Yin yoga and Restorative yoga. Andrea is known for her deep philosophical message in her class, interweaving the teachings from the scriptures and making them practical for everyday living. She lives and teaches in Cambridge and runs retreats and workshops in the UK and abroad.
550 Hour Professional Certificate in Yoga Therapy with the Minded Institute
There is a revolution in healthcare where mind-body practices are increasingly recognised for their ability to compliment medical treatments, and it certain situations even used as an alternative. Our 500-hour yoga teacher-training course will prepare you to become part of this exciting and profound transformation. Our training course is accredited by the Association of Physical & Natural Therapists (APNT) and we are currently completing accreditation with the British Council for Yoga Therapy (BCYT) and Yoga Alliance US.
Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness to Children, with Special Yoga
London, October-december 2018
Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children will give you an extensive set of tools to help children navigate the challenges of life and highlight their natural joy and peace. This is one of the most comprehensive courses of its kind in the UK. The strategies taught will prepare you to inspire children, with or without special needs, to independently integrate the holistic benefits of yoga and meditation into their lifestyle.
courses & workshops
Summer at Stillpoint Yoga
Workshops with David Keil, Manju Jois, Kia Naddermier, Philippa Asher & Prison Yoga Project.
Prison Phoenix Trust: An Introduction to Teaching Yoga in Prison.
Sunday 14th October, 2018, Wytham Village Hall, Oxford – £35
Is it possible to give unconditional support, affirmation and encouragement through yoga and meditation in a highly regulated, stressful setting like prison? Come find out more on this day, when we will explore the challenges and rich rewards of sharing yoga and meditation with prisoners, ex-prisoners and staff. Open to teachers interested in finding out more, and to those already working in secure settings.
Well Woman On Land And In Water, Part 1. With Françoise Freedman.
Italy, 26 November - 2 December 2018
A rare opportunity to start your Well Woman teacher training journey combining Well Woman Yoga Part 1 and Well Woman Aqua Yoga Part 1 in one course. Well Woman yoga complements perinatal yoga to benefit women with special requirements that cannot be met fully in general classes. The positive effects of Well Woman yoga are inseparably physiological and psychological in a holistic perspective. Through their reproductive years and beyond, many women suffer from ailments that compromise their quality of life, whether they are medically treated or not, short-term or chronic. Birthlight Well Woman yoga draws on insights from anatomy and physiology, on Ayurveda, on inter-disciplinary research and on a long experience of teaching yoga in women’s circles to enhance healthy energy flows in the pelvic region, overall hormonal balance and enjoyment of life.
Yoga for Mental Health, by Heather Mason & Kelly Birch
An industry reference guide for how and why yoga therapy can be used as an adjunct treatment in mental health. The first two chapters detail yoga's history as a mental health intervention and the underlying physiological mechanisms, while following chapters look in depth at different mental health conditions from both a yoga and clinical perspective exploring the use of yoga in therapeutic practice.
Yoga4Health 10-week yoga programme commissioned by the West London Clinical Commissioning Group, for patients registered at a GP in West London.
Designed by members of the Yoga in Health Alliance, The yoga4health Programme was uniquely created to lower stress and improve relaxation skills (thus improving mental health), and help people with prediabetes or at risk of heart disease. Yoga4Health fuses ancient practices with modern medical science. The programme was created by Paul Fox (Chair of the British Wheel of Yoga), Dr. Robin Monro founder of the Yoga Biomedical Trust, Heather Mason Founder of the Minded Institute, Dr. Ned Hartfiel of Bangor University and Emily Brett Founder of Ourmala. This ensures that the Yoga4Health programme is of the highest standard and sensitive to patient needs.
Special Yoga for Special Children, with Special Yoga
London, 9th–15th June 2018
We believe that all children are special and that all children deserve to experience inner peace, joy, comfort and fulfilment of their potential and purpose. Special Yoga for Special Children training provides what is needed to help those caring for and working with children with special needs to support the development of their potential. As a participant, you will be guided through highly effective and accessible strategies for integrating the remedial advantages of the Special Yoga methodology into the lives of children with special and additional needs.
courses & workshops
Deepen Your Practice with London Yoga Teacher Training Group (LYTTG)
5 dates from april to october (minimum requirement: 3 days)
A five day course for experienced yoga students and teachers to develop and deepen yoga practice, inspired by the approach of Vanda Scaravelli and Mary Stewart. The course is run by Sarah Linsey and Bridget Thornborrow and includes visiting tutors Peter Blackaby, Chloe Fremantle and Lisa McRory. Internationally renowned Canadian teacher Monica Voss is joining us for the first time in September 2018.