Watford Yoga & Vegan Festival

EVENT INFORMATION

Join Watford's first-ever Yoga & Vegan festival at the lovely campus of Westfield 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. 

Tickets from £3 (online) and £5 (on-the-door); free for children. Read below to know the details


               ******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 sessions in Room C

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 Juliana 

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 will leave you buzzing happily throughout the day


Room A; Class 2 @ 11am: Kundalini Yoga to De-Stress with Priya

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

Traditionally, Kundalini Yoga was a secret practice only passed from teacher to the deserving few students. It was brought in its currently practiced avatar by Yogi Bhajan. This class taught by Watford's popular Kundalini teacher, Priya Sawhney. The class will comprise of Yoga poses, seated meditation and gong bath. It promises to leave you awakened and more conscious of the potential of your body and mind. The class is suitable for everyone


Room A; Class 3 @ 12pm: Challenging Power Vinyasa Yoga Flow with Sandra: Decoding Arm-balances (including handstands for beginners)

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 master arm balances and develop the strength to do handstand like 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, Sandra is a vegan Yoga teacher. He 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 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: Dynamic Vinyasa Yoga to Balance Chakras with Nikesh

Get in touch with your energy centers and channel more creativity, confidence and joy into your life. This class will be a dynamic flow class where you will smoothly flow from one posture to the other  with the aim to balancing  the energies - 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.

This class will be led by Nikesh Shah, who is trained in both Ashtanya and Vinyasa styles of Yoga. This class is suitable for beginners.


Room A; Class 6 @ 3pm: Yin-Yang Yoga with Sandra: 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 will improve your energy and fitness while promoting relaxation and healing. What a wonderful combination!



Room A; Class 7 @ 4pm: Unblocking Muladhara: Ashtanga Yoga for Opening Tight Hips & 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, Watford's well-known Ashtanga teacher, Andrea, 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. Keep following the practice and eventually you will be able to slide into full splits. She is going to combine a dynamic strong Asthanga based sequence followed by meditative yin style hip-opening stretches. Be ready to dive deeper inside. Beginners are welcome.




Room A; Class 8 @ 5pm: Yin Yoga for Ultimate Relaxation & Stress Relief with Sebnem

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. This class taught by a certified Yin Yoga teacher, Sebnem, will make you feel super relaxed.


Room B; Class 9 @ 6pm: Gong Bath & Deep Kundalini Meditation with Anna


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, Anna - Amrit Jiwan Kaur, the session will include a guided Kundalini meditation and aim to purify and relax the mental, emotional and spiritual bodies


Room B; Class 3 @ 12pm: Buddhist Tonglen Meditation with Meryl: For Compassion & Overcoming Negativity


Tonglen is a Tibetan word consisted of terms:

 Tong = letting go

 Len = accepting. 

Tonglen means to let go and to accept. According to some records this traditional buddist meditation practice started around 11th century and was originally brought from India. It was used to deal with suffering and fear by invoking kindness inside of oneself to help the self and others. 

This seated meditation class is taught by Meryl, one of the most renowned meditation teachers in Watford, will focus on opening the heart to take and receive unconditional love. You will also learn how to use the negative energy and channelize into something positive. This class is highly recommended for people who deal with stress, anxiety and low self-esteem. 



Room B; Class 4 @ 1pm: Yoga Nidra and Meditation with Uma

Yoga nidra (Sanskrit: योग निद्रा) or yogic sleep) is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the "going-to-sleep" stage. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions.

You start with sensing the body and breathing in specific ways in order to trigger the relaxation response. The relaxation response balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, and balances the left and right brain. In the process, your brain shifts from beta, an awakened state with lots of brain activity, to alpha, a more relaxed state. In alpha, the mood-regulating hormone serotonin gets released, and this calms you down. This class doesn't involve any Yoga postures. Suitable for beginners.


Room B; Class 5 @ 2pm: Hatha Yoga for the Back with Isabelle

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 will focus on Hatha Yoga postures that can help improve one of the most vulnerable areas in your body. 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.


Room B; Class 6 @ 3pm: 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 7 @ 4pm: Panchatatva Yoga with Rina: Vinyasa Flow for Connecting with the 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, Rina, 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 8 @ 5pm: Slow Flow with Pam: Gentle Yoga & Relaxation with Tibetan Singing Bowls

Treat your mind, body and soul to this relaxing gentle yoga class. Taught by Pam, 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 minor changes. More sessions will be added. Final timetable of Talk Room and Room C will be displayed at the venue on the day of the festival




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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

Please note that the venue postcode is WD18 6NS. 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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

The organisers reserve the right to change the subject or the teacher of any class without a notice. This may happen in case the teacher of the scheduled class does not show up due to unfortunate circumstances.

Waiver

By participating in Yogific events, you are bound by the terms and conditions listed here: www.yogific.org/tandc