Welcome to Yogafest Totnes!

yogafestotnes@gmail.com // 07894 444 506

The next YOGAFEST will be 14th MAY 2016


At Yogafest totnes, we offer a diversity of Yoga styles with local teachers for you to explore and enjoy.

Tickets are on sale from April 2016.

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Maite & Nancy

May 14th 2016 Schedule

9 - 10 am Kundalini Yoga Dru Yoga Scaravelli Yoga
10.30 - 11.30 Partner Yoga Vinyasa Flow Gong Meditation
12 - 1pm Shakti Yoga Dance Restorative Yoga Talk on Nutrition
1 - 2 pm LUNCH
2 - 3 pm Dru Yoga Talk on Nutrition Gong Meditation
3.30 - 4.30 Shakti Yoga Dance Restorative yoga Kundalini Yoga
5 - 6 pm Vinyasa Flow Partner Yoga Scaravelli Yoga
6.30 - 8 pm Kirtan (Chanting)

Location and Time

Yogafest takes place in Birdwood House (TQ9 5NP), on the front corner of Totnes town square, and at Bogan House just across the road.

Please come to Birdwood House to register.

You'll find the café downstairs here. Classes take place in the two first floor rooms in Birdwood House, and the downstairs room in Bogan House.

Each class will run for one hour, and day-ticket holders can take as many classes as they like.

We start at 9am and will be finishing at 6pm. There will be an hour lunch break from 1 to 2 pm.

From 6.30pm until 8 pm we gather in Birdwood House for kirtan (chanting), a beautiful, uplifting end to the day.

Investment & Booking

Tickets are £35 (£30 low waged) for the whole day and evening, including a free chai.

They can be purchased by BACS or sending a cheque from April 12th.

Kirtan alone £3.

Drop-in tickets can be purchased on the day for £6 per class, where space allows.

Please contact yogafestotnes@gmail.com or ring 07894 444 506 to book your space.

There are 35 day tickets available. You will be able to choose your preferred classes on the day. People with day tickets have priority over drop-ins with regards to space. Unfortunately you cannot book in advance for a specific class. Our choice for this venue, with small rooms and central location in totnes, gives the festival a cosy, safe and home-made feeling. Please be mindful that the rooms get filled easily and not everyone can always take a class at the time one wants. Most classes happen twice during the day, giving you the option to get into a later class.

Once your payment has been made the ticket will be kept aside for you to collect when you register on arrival. You can use it to collect your free chai.

If cancelled, minimum one week before the event, we will refund 50%. No refund will be given if cancelled within one week of the event. It is possible in either case to find another person to take your place and pass the ticket on. Finding a replacement and letting us know will be your responsibiity.



Virginia and Debby bring you the Yoga Kitchen Cafe at Yoga fest!

Virginia teaches Yoga locally and leads retreats. Debby practices Yoga and is currently completing her teacher training. Both have been fortunate to assist some accomplished cooks on retreats and have a passion for whole, nutritious, and delicious food.

All food is mindfully prepared, locally sourced and free from pesticides. This way of preparing cooking and eating is inspired by Ayurvedic principles and always free from harm to any living being.

For more info visit them here...


Please bring your own yoga mat & blanket; A bottle of water is a good idea.

During classes, please take care of your own body - nobody knows it like you do ! Please tell the teacher anything she/ he needs to know about any health issues.

Feedback from Yogafest

"Thank you so much for organising this event. I enjoyed every single class. The teaching was excellent. The breaks in between were very useful and needed. I look forward to the next event"

"Fantastic day - thank you all. Very professional, inspiring teachers you all are. I feel very safe and in good hands with you. Bless you all."

"Thank you ! What a wonderful day I had, again... I really enoyed the additional Yoga styles, but at the same time was very pleased to 'have my fix' with some of the familiar Yoga sessions too. Namaste"

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my first Yogafest ! Thank you so much. There was a fantastic choice of classes, and I think the structure of the day was just right... The food was amazing and reasonably priced. I really enjoyed the chai too. Loved the venues, although some classes got rather full ! I am looking forward to coming again, thank you."

"Very good mixture of Yoga styles, efficient organisation, good venue, very good food. Please do another Yogafest."

"Very nice positive day. Great environment, appreciated gaps between classes, but rooms could have been a bit bigger to accommodate the number of people."

"Yet again it was a great event with lots of variety, and a really wonderful atmosphere. It really enhances my own teaching, so good to touch base and share with other teachers... Thanks for all your hard work."

"Great - please include discussions about Yoga - different styles and philosophy. Thank you..."

Yoga Styles at Yogafest

Nancy Swinnen

Kundalini Yoga with Nancy Karamroop Kaur

Nancy trained with Amrit Nam Sarovar school in the UK and France and has been teaching since 2010. The Kundalini Yoga practice she shares is as taught by Yogi Bhajan. In 2012, she also finished the Starchild Yoga training based on Kundalini Yoga to teach children from 3 years old.

Nancy loves sharing the teachings of Yogi Bhajan with all who like to access the power within so they can live a happy, truthful and healthy life. See more here...

Kundalini Yoga, also known as the Yoga of Awareness, works directly on our total energy using breathing techniques, postures, meditation and mantra. It is practical and also very powerful and the best part is, one does not need any previous experience in Yoga to achieve results with the very first class. It works quickly to give grace, balance, and most of all the ability to remain calm, centred and clear through life’s challenges.

Kundalini Yoga is spiritual but not religious and people of all faiths or no particular faith will benefit from practicing it.

Maite Alonso

Shakti Dance, the Yoga of Dance with Maite Alonso

Maite Alonso is Spanish and has been resident in the UK since 1995. In 2009 she finished her training in Shakti Dance, the Yoga of Dance in the UK. She has been teaching since then, mainly in Totnes. Shakti Dance brought her great passion for Yoga, dance, meditation, music and healing together into one practice. She enjoys sharing this beautiful practice with people. She also finished the Kundalini Yoga teacher training with Amrit Nam Sarovar School in 2012 and works as a complementary therapist offering Indian Head Massage, Reflexology and Reiki in different centers around Totnes.

Contact Maite here...

Shakti dance is rooted in Kundalini Yoga and combines flowing yoga, dance movements and breath awareness with mantric music, reconnecting us with our inner source of harmony and joy. A Shakti Dance class is woven around a compilation of mantric music of different styles and tempos. A class starts with an opening mantra and builds through floor stretches to standing exercises and into free dance. Flowing asanas (yoga positions) gently stretch and deeply relax the body before leading into rhythmic, breath-coordinated standing movements and dance steps that induce high-energy states. The free dance is followed by a deep relaxation and the class rounds off with a moving meditation, accompanied by a mantra.

If you like Yoga, if you enjoy dancing and like a meditative approach to it, you will love it!

Jane Mackarness

Partner Yoga with Jane Mackarness

Jane has been studying and practicing yoga for 39 years, teaching since 1979, and training teachers since 1997. She offers classes and teacher training workshops and courses in Devon and elsewhere.

Classical hatha yoga is the style Jane favours, practices and teaches; her first teacher, the late, great Kevin Kingsland, was a highly experienced and respected teacher of classical yoga. She has tried several other styles, but has always found that classical integral yoga works best, and includes postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), meditation (dhyana) and deep relaxation (savasana and yoga nidra) in each class. Stillness and silence are great teachers.

Partner Yoga

Unlike partner-assisted yoga, where only one person is doing a pose, partner yoga engages both participants, mirroring each other in the majority of poses. All postures work on concentration and alignment; some also challenge balance, strength, flexibility and synchronised breathing.

Synergy - simply defined, it means that the whole is greater than the individual parts; pair work allows us to go more deeply and smoothly into postures and become more than our individual parts.

Pair work is fun - it promotes relaxation, concentration and balance. Like children playing, totally absorbed in the moment, pair work can help us to release the grip on our ‘stuff’ in ways we may not achieve individually.

Union is the definition of yoga, and what we all seek, consciously or unconsciously. Pair work takes us out of our heads, and our preoccupation with ourselves, into the space between us. It is in this space that union can be found and felt.

Yoga in pairs encourages us to listen to ourselves and to listen to someone else; the heart of the practice is feeling, without mental interference. More information on her website

Justin Dalton

Scaravelli Yoga with Justin Dalton

Justin has been practicing Yoga for many years. When he moved to Totnes in 2001 he started practicing with Bill wood and also with Diane Long. He found that Scaravelli inspired practice made deep sense to body and mind, in a way that was deeply nourishing. He completed a 2 year teacher training with Bill Wood in 2009.

Creatively releasing both tension and effort, we open to a more spacious, responsive relationship with the body.

We can further refine and deepen a sensitivity to the more subtle interior connections enlivening the soft centre of the fluid body and finding a deep restorative calm through cultivating a breath-sensitive embodied stillness.

Contact Justin here...


Restorative Yoga with Poornam

Poornam has been teaching in the yoga tradition since 1993. She has a deeply felt, lived and underlying vision of yoga as a way of life.

After 10 years of extensive training and immersion in many aspects of teaching at Satyananda ashrams in India and at SYC London, Poornam became Director of Teaching at PadmaSamBhava in Llandeilo under the guidance of Swami Niranjanananda. She helped run all aspects of the centre and taught a wide spectrum of yoga and meditation techniques and practices for 15 years. She has a particular expertise in mantra, raja, and nada yogas.

Restorative yoga is intended to take the mindfulness that is found in all disciplines of yoga to the next level. It’s still and slow, and it’s as much (or more) about the mind as it is the body. It is the centering of your breath and body - aligning the physical and mental by practicing stillness or gentle movement for extended periods of time.

The deep nourishment of restorative yoga’s longer hold in poses give the body the time and support to let go. It feels therapeutic and relaxing but that doesn’t mean it was easy though.

With skilful guidance and the support of props you can consciously and fully relax, moving into a state of peaceful surrender.

Contact Poornam here...


Gong Meditation with Hilary Bee

Hilary is a Kundalini Yoga teacher and Gong player who trained in both these modalities in the USA. She has taught in the UK, the USA and Canada. She has had the privilege of offering Gong Meditations for large and small groups in these countries since 2009.

For those who have not yet experienced a Gong Meditation, gongs are an ancient technology used to heal, uplift and expand consciousness. Gongs are seen as sacred teachers, with their own consciousness and presence, which respond to those who come to hear them. During a Gong Meditation, we lie on the floor and allow the vibrations of the gong to work with every aspect of our being to heal and uplift us.

Come for a deeply relaxing and healing inner journey.

The class includes Meditation and Mantra from the Kundalini Yoga tradition.

Contact Hillary here...

Cathy Jefferson

Dru Yoga with Cathy

Cathy is a Dru yoga teacher and teaches regular classes in Plymouth.

She has also trained in Beginners Iyengar Yoga and Research on Yoga in Education- RYE UK and has completed teacher training in Dru Yoga for Kids and Teens.

Cathy is a teacher of Primary children, a singer/songwriter and Art/Drama teacher at Secondary level.

The word dru means 'still point'. Dru is a soft, flowing style, which aims to take you to that place of peace within yourself.

We learn to access that still place and how to carry it with us as we move – stillness in motion or moving meditation.

Classes are often accompanied by music and usually consist of warm ups, Dru’s unique 'energy block release' sequences, asana or postures, and a relaxation. Pranayama and meditation may also be taught.

Dru is a heart-centered practice and is also known as the Yoga of the Heart. It is accessible to all levels of fitness and experience and can be adapted to suit anyone. Dru meditation involves finding a comfortable seat, a series of guided visualizations and coming to the still point of Dru.

For more information, contact Cathy here...


Vinyasa Flow with Natalie Austin

Vinyasa is a dynamic, active, flow style of yoga that focuses on uniting movement and breath. I focus on correct alignment to enable you to move freely and safely through a series of asanas (poses).

The essential quality of Vinyasa is the synchronization of body, breath and mind.

This style of yoga will improve postural alignment, increase stamina and fitness, build strength, stretch and tone your muscles, increase joint mobility and increase blood flow to every part of your body..

Contact Natalie here...

Oliver Cowmeadow

'Eating for balance, strength & flexibility' with Oliver

Oliver will be looking at the physical and energetic affects of foods and cooking styles on our body and mind, using his extensive understanding of Oriental medicine.

Firstly looking at how to deeply nourish our bodies, and build fundamental Chi for stamina and strength in the body and mind, without weighing the body down with excessively ‘heavy’ foods.

Secondly looking at how to dissolve tension and increase flexibility in the body using daily food and particular practices. In Oriental medicine the flexibility of muscles is particularly controlled by the Liver and Gall Bladder energies, so we will look at how to enhance the flow of Liver and Gall Bladder Chi in the body to clear tension and blocks in muscles and joints.

Thirdly how to eat to quieten your mind, grow your inner sense of peace, wholeness, and the spiritual nature of everything, and deepen your meditation.

Contact Oliver here...

Donations to charity

Guru Ram Das project

The Yogafest day will donate the kirtan contributions and 10% of the ticket sale profit to the Guru Ram Das project.

The Guru Ram Das Project was created in 2003 and is a charity dedicated to delivering a range of holistic services to people and groups who are in need of support – whatever their faith or background. The GRDP client groups include the homeless, people recovering from drug and alcohol addictions, domestic violence sufferers, young people with behavioral health additional needs, older people, those living with HIV/AIDS and immune deficiency conditions and mental health clients.

Their work includes the practice of Kundalini Yoga & meditation, the provision of complementary healthcare, developing an attitude of service towards others, encouraging high standards of personal conduct and building a sense of community. Registered charity number 1098682 (www.grdp.co.uk)