Oxford 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. 


Join the second edition of Oxford Yoga & Vegan Festival at the lovely campus of The Oxford Academy. 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. 


               ******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 Brite

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, Brite, who is coming all the way from Estonia to teach at the festival, will leave you buzzing happily throughout the day


Room A; Class 2 @ 11am: Yoga for Balancing Chakras with Tara Yoga

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.

This class will combine the elements of 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.

Suitable for absolute beginners. 


Room A; Class 3 @ 12pm: Panchatattva Yoga with Daria: 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, Daria, who is also well-versed in Ayurveda, 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 4 @ 1pm: Mindfulness Meditation with Louise

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’re 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.

Taught by an experienced meditation teacher, Louise, this class will offer you techniques to deal with the difficulties of everyday life in a more helpful way, as well as a set of practical stress-management tools. Through mindfulness you will moreover learn how to efficiently handle day-to-day stress, deal with pressing thoughts and worries, and appreciate and enjoy life.


Room A; Class 5 @ 2pm:   Yin-Yang Yoga with Lisa: Blending the Stabilizing and Dynamic Powers Within

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 led by one Oxfordshire's most popular teacher, Lisa, will improve your energy and fitness while promoting relaxation and healing. What a wonderful combination!


Room A; Class 6 @ 3pm: Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with Ro


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 Ro, a well-known Kundalini teacher in Oxfordshire, and is suitable for beginners. 


Room A; Class 7 @ 4pm: Yin Yoga for Myofascial Release and Ultimate Relaxation with Tim

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, Tim, this class will make you feel super relaxed.


Room A; Class 8 @ 5pm: Time to Breathe Workshop with Adele: Pranayama (Yogific Breathing) and Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep) 


Prana means life force/vital or breath sustaining the body; Ayama translates as “to extend or draw out.” Together two mean breath extension or control. The aim of Pranayama is expand the vital force that makes us alive. It is the

Daily stress, tensions and physical habits can create physical and energetic obstacles in our bodies. Without even noticing it our breathing can become gradually more shallow or stilted, we develop unconscious breathing patterns restricting the flow of breath and prana.

In this class, you will learn the breathing technique, and will be working on letting the life energy flow through the body. Breathing will be followed by Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep) and deep meditation. This class is suitable for beginners as the experienced Yoga teacher, Adele, will take all the precautions for your safety.


Room A; Class 9 @ 6pm: Restorative Slow Flow with Sound (Gong) Bath for Stress Relief with Anna


Treat your mind, body and soul to this relaxing gentle yoga class. Taught by Anna Oldfield, 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


Room B; Class 2 @ 11am: Hatha Yoga Flow + Pranayama (Yogic Breathing) with Annabel


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.

This  class is a contemporary take on traditional Hatha Yoga. It  includes Pranayama breathing techniques , asana (core Yoga postures) practice and meditation. This authentic yoga class, taught by Annabel, 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: From Crow to Handstand: Strong Vinyasa for Core Strength and Arm Balances

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 be guided to a strong Vinyasa flow practice that will help you improve your core strength needed to master arm balances including handstands.  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, Sasha, 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 4 @ 1pm: Vinyasa Power Flow: Yoga for Strength with Sarah


Power Vinyasa Yoga is a powerful, energetic form of yoga where students fluidly move from one pose to the next while connecting their breathing to their movements. It incorporates strength, flexibility, balance, cardio and physical and mental stamina in one session.

The class will end with a relaxing meditation which will make you feel at peace both physically and mentally.

Taught by the experienced Yoga teacher, Sarah, this class promises to be the perfect total mind-body workout that you need


Room B; Class 5 @ 2pm: 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 B; 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 B; Class 7 @ 4pm: Unblocking Muladhara Chakra: Yoga for Opening Tight Hips and Hamstrings

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 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.


Room B; Class 8 @ 5pmHatha Yoga for the Spine with Rachel- Working on Your Back's Vulnerable Areas 

 

Taught by one of Oxford's most renowned Hatha Yoga Teachers, Rachel, this class will focus on the anatomy of the spine and safe movement of the vertebral column. In this session, there will be Yoga postures that illustrate the four 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.



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 changes. Final timetable of Talk Room and Room C will be displayed at the venue on the day of the festival


vegan
yoga
kids
food
festival

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 OX4 6JZ. 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. 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

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
By purchasing a ticket to any of Yogific's events, you are bound by its terms & conditions. Please carefully read our geneal terms & conditions: www.yogific.org/tandc

Waiver

The tickets are non-refundable.
Bring your own yoga mats or rent from Chakra Project's stall for £5
Free entry for children under 14.