Join us at the third edition of Greenwich Yoga and Vegan festival at the lovely campus of The Halley Academy. Participate in all-day Yoga & meditation sessions, enjoy yummy vegan and raw vegan food, shop for vegan products and attend talks. Outdoor Yoga and live entertainment if it does not rain.
Help us reduce waste at this festival by bring your own cutlery.
The £3 Ticket
If you are not interested in classes in Room A and B, you can buy the £3 ticket titled 'Entry to stalls+talks+sessions in Room C'. This type of ticket lets you access all other areas of the festival. Don't buy this ticket if you have already bought any single class in Room A and B because it's included in the £4 ticket.
The 50% Discount on £3 Ticket Courtesy Yogapp
Get 50% discount on tickets by downloading the coolest Yoga class booking app, Yogapp. Just download the app and email email@example.com to get your tickets. Please note that 50% discount only applicable on 'Entry to Stalls+Talks+Sessions in Room C' ticket type. So, this ticket will cost you only £1.50!
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Tickets in Room A and B
We will schedule Yoga/meditation classes in Room A and B at the festival. Each session will be 45 minutes long and will cost £4. You can book the sessions in advance and pay only for the sessions that you want to do. The £4 (per session) ticket also gives you access to our stall, talks, all sessions in Room C and outdoor area as well. You can stay for as long or as little as you like. If you want to attend more than one sessions, you are welcome to do that – you just need to buy more tickets as every session has a ticket of its own. Everything can be booked online and you will be guaranteed a space in the class of your choice.
Children: Please note that there is no fee of any kind for children. There is a room especially for kids where family yoga sessions will take place.
Room A; Class 1 @ 10 am: Flowing with the Breath via Vinyasa Yoga with Rach
The concepts of Yin and Yang originate from China in the ancient Taoists texts. Yin is a feminine, passive, cooling energy. On the other hand, Yang is the masculine, dynamic, warming energy.
It is believed that Yin and Yang complement and balance each other. This class aims to combine the static nature of Yin Yoga and dynamic Vinyasa flow (bringing out the Yang) to provide you with both physical and spiritual practice.
The carefully selected postures in the class will warm the body, stretch and strengthen the muscles, lengthen the connective tissue (fascia) and encourage a balanced chi (energy) flow. The session will improve your energy and fitness while promoting relaxation and healing. What a wonderful combination!
This class is led by Rach Cox, who has over a decade long Yoga practice and is also the organizer of UK’s famous camping-style Yoga festival, Om and Bass
Room A; Class 2 @ 11 am: Om & Bass Yoga Rave with Rach
Om & Bass draws upon the discipline of traditional yoga and combines it effortlessly with modern music. It rejuvenates your energy centres (or chakras), starting gently with ambient music and moving through various genres building up to an energetic “Drum & Bass” climax. It’s OM… and BASS.
Less common in yoga and dance workshops, Om and Bass features an incredibly good teacher, Rach. Rach is both qualified in yoga and dance, with a background in freestyle and hip-hop dance. Om & Bass encourages the participants to “feel” their way through the experience without feeling exposed or intimidated.
Room A; Class 3 @ 12 am: Meditation for Creating Inner Peace Sanctuary
Do you wake up in the morning and lie on the bed feeling unsure about how the day is going to go? Would you like to know the best way to start the day? If yes, then attend this meditation workshop where experienced meditation, Dhriti, will teach you how you can set an easy daily meditation practice.
She will show you how you can create an inner energy sanctuary so that that your inner peace is not disturbed by what’s happening around you.
Room A; Class 4 @ 1 pm:Movement Psychotherapy Yoga Flow with Delice
This unique class will combine the principles of Movement Psychotherapy with the traditional Yoga poses. Movement Psychotherapy uses the body, movement and dance as a way of expressing oneself and findings ways of exploring and addressing psychological problems or difficulties.
You will be flowing from one posture to the other and using breath, yoga posture and embodiment to explore the journey of inner connectivity and self discovery. This class is excellent for increasing the overall physical and mental mobility, flexibility and gaining strength.
The class will be taught by a brilliant Yoga teacher, Delice, who is also a trainee Movement Psychotherapist
Room A; Class 5 @ 2 pm: Challenging Vinyasa Flow: Decoding Arm-balances with Kasia
Feet are not the only parts of body that you need in order to stand. You can stand on your hands, head, elbows too! How? Join this class to know the answer. In this workshop, you will learn the right techniques and posture and props that are needed to get those arm balancing postures you always wanted to try. There is no limit to what your body can achieve, if you put your mind to it.
This class will show you how to use the strength in your body and mind (with some assistance) to do challenging arm balances. The teacher will also tell you about the secret to falling safely so that you are not afraid of trying it over and over again at home in your own time. The practice is the key to unlock your potential here.
Some level of experience in crow/crane poses, headstand or good core strength will be helpful for the class.
Room A : Class 6 @ 3 pm: Yoga for Healthy Spine: Opening the Back
This class will focus on the anatomy of the spine and safe movement of the vertebral column and help you understand Yogic backbends.
In this session, there will be Yoga postures that illustrate main functions of the spine and how to avoid stress in the vulnerable areas. This will also involve strengthening the core muscles that support the spine in its variable range of movement. The diverse set of postures in the sequence will work on all areas of your back. You’ll learn how to stretch it, strengthen it, relieve lower back pain, and soothe your spine.
This workshop will explore the best way to improve your back bend and explain how and why it works, and why, sometimes, it doesn’t. The workshop also includes pranayama and relaxation. Suitable for all ages and abilities.
**Room A : Class 7 @ 4 pm: Mindfulness Breathing Meditation and Sound Healing with Mela
Mindfulness, a concept derived from Buddhist meditation, means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. When you are mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future.
This class, lead by Reiki healer and meditation teacher, Mela Garcia, will combine the mindfulness breathing meditation with sound healing using tibetan singing bowls. Doesn't it sound absolutely divine!
Room A : Class 8 @ 5 pm Yoga & Meditation for Balancing Chakras (Energies)
Chakras are the human body’s seven main energy centers with each one corresponding to individual glands that govern our specific body parts plus various areas of the psyche. They are located next to a hormonal gland along the human spinal column.
This class will combine the elements of Vinyasa Flow Yoga with the aim to balancing Chakras. Each posture in the class will focus on a chakra. Some of the postures will be held and some will be dynamic – the perfect combination of holding on and letting go.
Room B : Class 3 @ 12 pm: Hatha Yoga with Pranayama
Hatha yoga is the oldest branch of yoga. The Sanskrit word haṭha literally means “force” and thus alludes to a system of physical techniques. The Hatha Yoga Pradīpikā is a classic fifteenth-century Sanskrit manual on hatha yoga, written by Svāmi Svātmārāma, is among the most influential surviving texts on hatha yoga.
A class on traditional Hatha Yoga, as taught in India, including Pranayama breathing techniques (Pranayama), asana (core Yoga postures) practice and meditation. This authentic yoga class taught by Ravi will also have a focus on connecting breath with movement to bring harmony to body and mind. Breathe, stretch, relax… Suitable for all- beginners and intermediate.
Room B : Class 4 @ 1pm Ashtanga Yoga Fundamentals for All with Anais
The Ashtanga method of asana practice originated in 1900s in the city of Mysore in India, and was developed by T. Krishnamacharya, who is considered as the father of modern Yoga. In Ashtanga Yoga, the order of asanas is entirely predefined, which distinguishes it from most other types of yoga. A practice consists of four parts: opening series, a main series, a back-bending sequence and a finishing sequence.
This class is led by Anais, she trained in Mysore, India, where Ashtanga Yoga was born. She is going to teach a dynamic, strong class, going through the fundamental asanas of Primary series. Beginning by connecting with the ujayii breath, students will move through the key asanas of primary series – sun salutations, standing, balances, seated, hip-openers, back bends and end with a well deserved relaxation. All levels welcome.
Room B : Class 5 @ 2 pm: Iyengar Yoga with Rossane
Iyengar Yoga, named after and developed by B. K. S. Iyengar, is a form of Hatha Yoga that has an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of posture (asana) and breath control (pranayama). The development of strength, mobility and stability is gained through the asanas.
What distinguishes Iyengar yoga from other Yoga styles is the very high degree of attention paid to alignment. This helps prevent injury and overuse and makes the practice therapeutic in nature.
This class will be lead by one of Blackheath’s most well-known Iyengar Yoga instructor, Rosana, who has been practising Yoga for over a decade.
Room B : Class 6 @ 3 pm: Kundalini Yoga and Gong Bath with Anna
Kundalini Yoga is one of the most comprehensive styles of Yoga. It encompasses Bhakti Yoga (the yogic practice of devotion and chanting), Raja Yoga (the practice of mediation/mental and physical control) and Shakti Yoga, (for the expression of power and energy). The Kundalini energy is a poetic metaphor which describes the potential energy that exists within each of us. The Kundalini energy is considered to be located in the energetic body at the base of the spine. With the practice of Yoga, the Kundalini energy expands upwards awakening our potential to connect with our higher selves
In this class, Kamal, a well-known Kundalini teacher, Amrit Kaur (Anna). The practice ends with a Gong Bath for a unique sound experience.
The Kundalini Kriya Yoga practice consists of one breathing technique, two mudras and specific Sanskrit mantras* to cleanse and energise the chakras leaving one feeling calm and refreshed. These mantras are always present in the universe. Yogis in deep meditation experience these energetic sound vibrations in a subtle form and impart them to their students.
This Kundalini Kriya Yoga practice can be practised at home as a short (15mins) or longer (up to 60 mins) session. The practice will bring your mind and emotions in a calm, uplifting and positive state in a very short time.
Room B : Class 7 @ 4 pm: Unblocking Muladhara: Yoga for Opening Tight Hips & Hamstrings with Sandra
According to the Yoga philosophy, the seven chakras or energy centers comprise their model of the energetic or subtle body. Each chakra is located along the spine, starting at the base and running upwards to the crown of the head. Just like Pituitary Gland, Pineal Gland etc make up our physical body, the chakras constitute our subtle body.
The word Muladhara is a combination of two Sanskrit words.: “Mula,” which means “root” and “Adhara,” which means “support” or “base.”The seven chakras are all important and interconnected. However, the root chakra is especially important, as it is the base of our whole chakra system. It is the most instinctual of all chakras, the very basis of our survival center. Our “fight-or-flight” response is initiated here.
On an emotional level, the root chakra is associated with grounding, vitality, and stability. But on a physical level, it regulates the lower part of the body – legs, inner thighs, hips and hamstrings. So, in this class, the Yoga guru, Tara, will help you open the blockages in the Muladhara chakra thus helping you develop flexibility in your legs. Keep following the practice and eventually, you will be able to slide into full splits.
The teacher, Sandra, will combine a dynamic Yoga sequence followed by yogic breathing and meditative yin style hip-opening stretches. Be ready to dive deeper inside. Beginners are welcome.
This class is extremely beneficial for runners or if you are into any physical sports.
Room B; Class 8 @ 5pm: Yin Yoga for Ultimate Relaxation and Stress Relief with Amira
Yin Yoga is one of the most relaxing and static style of Yoga that allows you to make a deep connection with your body and release hidden tension. A passive practice, Yin Yoga involves variations of seated and supine poses typically held, accessing deeper layers of fascia.
If you struggle with too many racing thoughts and crave for calm, Yin Yoga is perfect for you. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang. Led by Yoga teacher, Amira, this class will make you feel super relaxed.
Room B; Class 9 @ 6pm: Relaxing Sound Healing with Kalie
Sound Baths are one of the most soothing, body detoxing holistic rejuvenating vibrational Tibetan singing bowls. The bowls produce a strong sound wave, almost tangible to the touch, which stimulates the physical body by influencing the surface of the skin and every cell. It feels like a sound massage for the body and mind (great for those of you who like the idea of a massage, but don’t like to be touched).
On a physical level, the sound bath releases tension and blocks in the body, it stimulates a higher functioning of the glandular and nervous system, it increases prana, our vital life force and improves circulation.
Led by the well-known Yoga teacher, Kalie, the session will aim to purify and relax the mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. Kalie will guide you into the experience with the bowls and help you to relax before the sound bath begins.
10.50-11.30 Yogic principles for Happiness in the couple relationship
11.40-12.20 Mental Stillness for Mental Health
12.30-13.10 Eating Vegan: How to Get All Nutrients on a Plant-based Diet
13.20-14.10 How I Survived My Stage 4 Cancer with Love and Nutrition
14.20-15.00 10 Steps to a Zerowaste Lifestyle
15.10-15.40 Inner Engineering: Developing Mental & Emotional Wellbeing
15.50-16.20 Healthy Eating for Busy Bees: Vegan Meal Prep Ideas
16.40-17.10 "Yoga beyond mats and poses: The philosophy of Yoga
Lil Yogi Room
10.30-11.15 Pregnancy Yoga
11.30-12.00 Family Yoga
12.15-12.45 Fun Flow: Family Yoga (Children + Parents)
13.15-13.45 Fun Flow: Family Yoga (Children + Parents)/Laughter Yoga
14.15-14.45 Fun Flow: Family Yoga (Children + Parents)
15.15-15.45 Workshop: Meditation for Children