Welcome to Yogafest Totnes!

yogafestotnes@gmail.com // 07894 444 506

The next YOGAFEST will be 8th October 2016


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

It promises to be a day of nurturing and recharging your body and soul, and meeting new friends and like-minded people.

Tickets are on sale from September 2016.

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Maite & Nancy

October 8th 2016 Schedule

9 - 10 am Ashtanga Yoga Dru Yoga Scaravelli Yoga
10.30 - 11.30 Shakti Yoga Dance Yin Yoga Gong Meditation
12 - 1pm Kundalini Yoga Laughter Yoga Yoga Nidra
1 - 2 pm LUNCH
2 - 3 pm Ashtanga Yoga Dru Yoga Laughter Yoga
3.30 - 4.30 Shakti Yoga Dance Kundalini yoga Gong Meditation
5 - 6 pm Scaravelli Yoga Yin Yoga Yoga Nidra
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 from September.

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

Yoga Nidra 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.

Yoga Nidra, also known as yogic sleep or conscious deep sleep is a powerful technique which enables us to learn to relax consciously and deeply – a systematic method for inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation.

When we practice Yoga Nidra, we are in a state of dynamic sleep, and our consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness.

This simple, compassionate practice teaches us how to release fears, anxieties and phobias, as well as muscular tension. It is totally safe, environmentally friendly, drug and cost free, and almost anyone, regardless of age, can learn how to do it.

Regular practice can be both curative and preventative. It is a highly effective way to reduce stress, panic attacks, grief, anxiety, depression, insomnia, high blood pressure - all manner of conditions and their consequences.

Benefits are both immediate and cumulative. We can re-wire our ingrained responses and habitual reactions if we commit to relaxing deeply and consciously on a regular basis. Yoga Nidra doesn’t ask us to change anything, it teaches us to observe our habitual tendency to want to change things into something other than they are, so we can experience deep peace.

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...

Stephen Harding

Ashtanga Yoga with Stephen

Stephen is accredited as a ‘Senior Yoga Teacher’ (SYT) by Yoga Alliance UK and in 1999 gained a BA (Hons.) degree in Visual Performance from Dartington College of Art.

His yoga teaching practice started in 1994 and he has run regular classes for adults and children since then.

He specializes in Ashtanga yoga but also teaches gentle yoga, hatha yoga and meditation classes. These classes are in Totnes, Kingsbridge, Dartmouth, Ivybridge, Brixton and Chillington.

Stephen’s teaching draws on the knowledge and inspiration of teachers that have taught him, including BNS Iyengar and Danny Paradise.

Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic form of yoga in which asanas are linked in a flowing sequence through careful synchronization of deep, regular breathing that uses the whole lung capacity.

The standing asanas particularly focus the practitioner’s awareness on balancing weight equally on both legs, extending the spine and opening out the chest. This in turn encourages the practitioner to breathe more fully and to release tension in the neck.

Emphasis is paid to the gaze, or dristi, and so in each posture the gaze rests softly on a particular point. This encourages focused attention and a quiet mind. Finally practitioners are encouraged to apply internal locks, or bandhas, the most important of which is the mool bandha.

Here the muscles of the perineum are subtly drawn upwards, thus sealing the energy within the body and guarding against injury of the lower back and groin. The bandhas, ujjayi breath and flowing sequence of asanas combine to create considerable internal heat which increases physical flexibility and facilitates internal purification through the sweating out of toxins.

Contact Stephen 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...

Nikki Chambers

Dru Yoga with Nikki

Nikki has been studying yoga and meditation since the 1980s. She studied Hatha and Iyengar yoga until she discovered Dru Yoga and fell in love with its graceful flowing style, its heart centered approach, and its use of imagery from nature. Dru is gentle and suitable for all.

Nikki has since developed Dru into ‘Earth Sky Yoga’ to connect with nature, work with the elements and learn how to tap into the energies around us, honouring earth, fire, water, and air in our body prayer, and now adds Uma Dinsmore-Tulli’s Womb Yoga to this potent mix. She is resident Yoga teacher at Sura Detox Reteats,

For local classes and ‘Moon Sisters Dru and Womb Yoga with 'Conscious Menstruation’ Course, contact Nikki here...

Natalie Austin

Yin Yoga with Natalie Austin

Natalie is from the Shetland Isles and has been a student of yoga for 20 years. After leaving the UK to travel the world in 2006, she found the beautiful island of Koh Lanta, Thailand where she found her yoga teacher and mentor. Natalie fell in love with, trained and taught in both Vinyasa and Yin styles of yoga and lived on the paradise island for 7 years, teaching daily classes and holding yoga retreats and workshops. She has been a Holistic Therapist for the 15 years, specializing in deep tissue therapeutic massage and yoga therapy. Natalie teaches Yin and Vinyasa classes at Chapel House Studios, Totnes and offers a freelance massage therapy service.

Yin yoga is a gentle, passive practice which is practiced in a seated position on your mat. By holding the poses for longer and focusing on the breath, Yin becomes a deeply meditative practise. Combining traditional yoga with Chinese meridian theory, Yin massages acupuncture points in the body, leaving you feeling rested, extremely relaxed and yoga blissed out! It is like treating your body to an internal massage, physically, mentally and energetically.

Contact Natalie here...


Laughter Yoga with Sophie

Sophie lives in Slapton with her family and dog. She is a former secondary school teacher, and has been teaching fitness and wellbeing classes, including hula hooping and laughter yoga, for 9 years.

Laughter yoga encourages participants to relax and engage their playful side. The practice involves prolonged voluntary laughter and playfulness. Voluntary laughter provides the same physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter. It is a unique concept, where anyone can laugh, for no reason. We don't need to rely on jokes or comedy.

Laughter yoga is practiced in groups, with eye contact and playfulness between participants. Forced laughter soon turns into real and contagious laughter. Laughing produces endorphins, which help us to de-stress. The reason it's called laughter yoga is because we combine laughter exercises with deep breathing techniques from yoga, which brings more oxygen to our body and brain. People leave a class feeling uplifted, happier and energised.

I'm really looking forward to laughing with you soon.

Contact Sophie 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)