Birmingham Yoga & Vegan Festival

EVENT INFORMATION


Online ticket sales for classes in Room A &B are now closed but you can buy tickets on the door for £5 per class - kindly pay in cash. There is free entry for children. Ticket titled 'Entry to Stalls+Talks+Free Sessions' can still be bought online for £3 but is £5 if you pay on the door. Better to buy online 


Join the unique of Yoga and Vegan festival in Birmingham at the lovely campus of Bordesley Green School. All classes and talks will take place indoors. Participate in all-day Yoga & meditation sessions, enjoy yummy vegan and raw vegan food, shop for vegan products and attend talks.

Help us make this a #zerowaste festival by bring your own cutlery. All food stalls will give discounts to those who bring their own. 

Ticket price: from £3 (online); £5 (on the door). Read below:


               ******Please bring your own Yoga mats*****


 Entry fee starts from only £4 (plus booking fee). We will schedule  Yoga/meditation classes in two halls 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. Free entry for children 

The £4 (per session) ticket also gives you access to our stalls, talks, free indoor sessions 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. 

Rent a Yoga Mat

Yogific has teamed up with the lovely team of Chakra Project to offer you the possibility of renting the mat for use at the festival. You can book a mat to rent for only £5 from our ticket page. Collect the mat from Chakra Project's stall for a fully refundable cash deposit of £10. Return the mat and get the deposit back. Please note that there is a limited number of Yoga mats that can be rented, so book soon to avoid disappointment. For all queries related to this, contact Chakra Project on chakraprojectuk@gmail.com 

Not interested in classes?

If you are not interested in Yoga classes and only want to come to enjoy the stalls area, talks and free sessions, you can buy a  £3 ticket titled 'Entry to Stalls+Talks+Free Sessions'. So, there is something for everyone at our festival. You don't have to be a Yogi or vegan to have fun at the festival. We are planning to have 50 vegan stalls at the festival :) 


Yoga for Kids

All children below the age of 14 years will get free entry to the festival. There will be some sessions exclusively for children. Children can also attend the normal Yoga classes with adults. We request you to not leave your children unattended at any time.We encourage you to bring your children along. There will be some Yoga classes exclusively for them and they can also join you for adults classes. Some adults meditation classes may not be suitable for children. 


The  £3 Ticket

You can now buy tickets titled 'Entry to Stalls+Talks+Free Sessions. It costs only  £3 and you get the following:

  • Access to the Stall Area
  • Access to all talks
  • Access to all free sessions (Yoga, meditation, tai chi, qi gong, workshops etc)


Timetable of Talks and Free Sessions will be released soon. 


Booking Individual Yoga Classes

You can now pick and mix the classes that you want to attend at the festival. You will get a guaranteed place in the class that you book. 


Room A; Class 1 @ 10am: Flowing with the Breath via Vinyasa Yoga with Michela

An energising, dynamic vinyasa flow yoga class, incorporating breath work for connection with mind, body and soul. This style of yoga is characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath. In vinyasa yoga, each movement is synchronized to a breath. The breath is given primacy, acting as an anchor as you move from one pose to the next.

The variable nature of Vinyasa Yoga helps to develop a more balanced body as well as prevent repetitive motion injuries that can happen if you are always doing the same thing every day.

This class taught by a lovely Yoga teacher, Michela, will leave you buzzing happily throughout the day


Room A; Class 2 @ 11am: Invoking the Balariddhi: Yoga for Strengthening Body and Mind with Reg

The Sanskrit word, ‘Bala’ means strength, so Balariddhi refers to “extraordinary strength of mind and body. There is no limit to what your body can achieve, if you put your mind to it. This class will focus on enhancing the core strength (bala).In this workshop, you will learn the right breathing technique, posture and props that are needed to stand on your elbows, head and hand.

This class is led by a vegan Yoga teacher, Reg, who is coming from Ireland to show you how to use the strength in your body and mind to do challenging Yoga postures.


Room A; Class 3 @ 12pm: Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Nora

 

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 an experienced Yoga teacher, Nora. 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 finishing. Sweat stretch and feel goooood….


Room A; Class 4 @ 1pm: 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 5 @ 2pm: Kundalini Yoga and Gong Bath with Manjit

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

This class will be taught by Manjit, a well-known Kundalini teacher in Birmingham area. The practice ends with a Gong Bath for a unique sound experience.


Room A; Class 6 @ 3pm: Martial Flow with Rach Cox

This dynamic Yoga class combines Yoga, martial arts and meditation. 

The class is suitable for beginners.


Room A; Class 7 @ 4pm: Muladhara: A Yoga practice for grounding and opening the lower body with Karine

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 teacher, Karine, will help you open the blockages in the Muladhara chakra thus helping you develop flexibility in your hips, hamstrings and all other parts of the lower body. 


Room A; Class 8 @ 5pm: Panchatattva Yoga with Reg: Vinyasa Flow for Connecting with Five Elements

According to Ayurveda, everything in the universe is made up of the five great elementsWe all have them within.Referred to in Sanskrit as the pancha mahabhutas: bhūmi (earth), ap or jala (water), tejas or agni (fire), marut, vayu or pavan (air or wind) and vyom or shunya (space or zero) or akash (aether or void). Each of these elements offers unique qualities to our experience of living, yet together they create connection with everything around us. The system believes one should keep all five elements in balance, otherwise violence, stress, destruction and confusion can take over when the elements are out of balance.

On the mat we can include all of these elements to make our practice deeper and more powerful. When applying the five elements to our yoga practice, we have the ability to not only better connect with nature, but to also engage the meaningful characteristics of each within yourself.  The teacher, Reg, will guide you through a sequence of Vinyasa flow postures that focus on enhancing the balance of the energy flow of the 5 elements within your body to establish and keep the balance in your life.

The class is suitable for beginners as well as for long term practitioners.


Room A; Class 9 @ 6pm: Zen Thai Shiatsu Yoga for Relaxation and Stress Relief with Marie


Tap into the peaceful and fluid transitioning of water as we dive into exploring the winter water element with an intuitive vinyasa based flow with Marie. 

Marie is a yoga and meditation teacher based in Wolverhampton passionate about yoga, travel and uplifting others. Her classes interweave asana, pranyama and meditation in a spacious, fluid style and she aims to make her teachings joyful, relevant and accessible to all. For Birmingham Vegan Yoga Festival Marie will teach a Zen Thai Shiatsu Workshop exploring intuitive flow and the winter water element, combining solo and group asana & Qi Gong. 


Room B; Class 1 @ 10am: AshVinyasa Flow for Opening & Strengthening the Back 


AshVinyasa is a combination of Ashtanga Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga.  This class will focus on Yoga postures that can help improve one of the most vulnerable areas in your body. The diverse set of postures in this flow 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.


Room B; Class 2 @ 11am: Authentic Indian Hatha Yoga with Pranayama (Yogic Breathing) with Ewelina


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 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 3 @ 12pm: Sound Healing & Tibetan Singing Bowls with Becky


Imagine lying in an uber relaxed state on your mats as your mind and body get treated to the sound of Tibetan singing bowls. Yes! You can experience this absolute bliss in this class led by Becky.

This class will make you submerge yourself in the pure sounds of the music of alchemy Singing bowls. These rare and beautiful instruments give you the opportunity to direct your healing intentions to whatever sphere you need : emotional, physical, spiritual. Effortlessly mixing this clear resonance with body and intention can produce very deep levels of relaxation and healing. Tibetan sound bowl healing is highly recommended for those experience the stress of daily life, and also those who are experiencing the results of serious illness.


Room B; Class 4 @ 1pm: The Introspection Meditation with Nora

Meditation technique focussing on breathing and cultivating self awareness. Could be beneficial as a tool for stress management.

Works best when practiced! Join us and see it for yourself


Room B; Class 5 @ 2pm: Simplifying Yogic Lifts and Inversions: The Journey from Crow to Handstand with Reg

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 that perfect handstand you always wanted. 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. 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 B; Class 6 @ 3pm: The Inner Goddess Vinyasa Flow with Sandra and Sofia


Come connect to the gifts of the feminine& honour your inner Shakti, through juicy, nourishing movement, woven together with positive affirmations, guided meditations, beautiful visualisation's & empowering mantra's, working with the magic of the breath & mudra's (energy seals). Together we will journey through the chakra's, & what each energy centre represents in our flow through life. Creating a revitalising & empowering experience, culminating with a deep relaxation & soothing sound bath using lavender eye pillows. Suitable for all


Room B; Class 7 @ 4pm: Chakra Meditation with Rach

Chakra meditation is a form of meditation that consists of a set of relaxation techniques focused on bringing balance, relaxation and well-being to the chakras. “Chakra” is an ancient Sanskrit word that means vortex or wheel that can be traced back to India.

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.

In this class, the teacher, Rach, will teach you how to remove blockages of all 7 chakras and how to bring them in perfect harmony.


Room B; Class 8 @ 5pm: Gong Bath with Tom Shanti


Gong Baths are one of the most soothing, body detoxing holistic rejuvenating vibrational ancient tools. The Gong produces 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 soundmassage for the body and mind (great for those of you who like the idea of a massage, but don't like to be touched).

The gong is a sacred and ancient instrument of healing, rejuvenation and transformation.On a physical level, the gong 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 the Gong master, Tom Shanti, the session will aim to purify and relax the mental, emotional and spiritual bodies



Room B; Class 9 @ 6pm: Slow Flow Yoga & Meditation with Karina

Treat your mind, body and soul to this relaxing gentle yoga class. Taught by Karina, this class will include a sequence of very simple yoga poses done slowly, a guided sound meditation with singing bowls. Perfect way to put yourself in a zen-line state and create a strong sense of inner peace. This class is suitable for beginners

Free Sessions in Talk Room and Room C

If you have bought any paid class or ticket titled 'entry to talks+stalls+ free sessions', you are free to attend these sessions. No booking needed. Entry on first-come basis. Please note that these sessions are subjected to change. More sessions will be added. 




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Restrictions

Please bring this ticket with you to the event. This single ticket is valid for your whole order. Personal details such as your email may be used for verification on entry

How to reach the venue
Please note that the venue postcode is B9 4TR. There is free parking available at the venue for a few cars. There is also an option to park on the street. We suggest that you either carpool or use public transport to reduce your carbon footprint. The venue is well-connected by buses. Nearby public carparks can be found on www.parkopedia.com.

Yoga mats
Please remember to bring your own Yoga mats or book yoga mat rental from Chakra Project's stall. Yoga mats can be booked for renting via this ticketing page only. ou can book a mat to rent for only £5 from our ticket page. Collect the mat from Chakra Project's stall for a fully refundable cash deposit of £10. Return the mat and get the deposit back

Children
There is no entry fee for children (under 14 years) if accompanied by a paying adult.We have many exciting classes and activities planned especially for children, so do bring your kids along.

Zerowaste
Please help us reduce waste by bringing your own reusable cups, plates, cutlery etc.

Water
There will be drinking water taps at the venue but it's a good idea to bring your own water bottle along to stay hydrated

Class Etiquette
We request you to kindly vacate the room after the class to make place for new participants. You may join the queue again if you wish to attend consecutive classes.

Non-refundable
Once purchased, the ticket is non-refundable but can be transferred. In an unlikely situation where the event is canceled or changed significantly, full refund will be given by the organizer.

Read our terms & conditions
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Waiver

The tickets are non-refundable.
Bring your own yoga mats.
Free entry for children under 14.