An exploration of movement that invites us into the recognition of a total honesty and openness with what is.  Its a dance, a love affair, an intimacy that melts you from the inside.  A celebration, a learning, an integration and a perfection remembered.

Rowan from Integral Yoga & Colourfest


Swami Asokananda ( Director of Integral Yoga )

Swami Asokananda is one of our most senior presenters. A monk for over 30 years, he has the look of an ascetic, but the twinkle in his eye and his quick, down-to-earth wit show his New York City roots and his three decades of study with the great Yoga master Sri Swami Satchidananda. Asokananda was for several years the President of Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, the headquarters for all the Integral Yoga Institutes and Integral Yoga International. He is now the director of the New York Integral Yoga Institute. An excellent Hatha Yogi, he has been one of our main Teacher Training instructors for over 25 years. He helped to develop and facilitates our Intermediate and Advanced Integral Yoga Hatha Teacher Training programs, which he has taught to students in many parts of the world.

With his unique humor and enormous depth of wisdom, Swami Asokananda is a master in presenting the great teachings of Yoga in ways that are deeply relevant to key issues in modern life: for example, his teachings on self-esteem issues have inspired hundreds of students to have more confidence in themselves.

He is also a scholar of the Bhagavad Gita. His popular classes and workshops on this great Indian scripture make it accessible and useful to modern spiritual seekers.

Both practical and mystical, Swami Asokananda is one of the most requested and beloved speakers in the Integral Yoga Institutes. He has presented his popular programs worldwide including presentations at Yoga conferences for Yoga Journal and the Omega Institute.


Kirtan Yoga

Re – Membering. A Soma Yoga Practice with Nicole

In order to travel well through life, we must remember. We must become ancestors of the future. When we are distracted by the mind and senses we become ignorant of our own vastness. Our highest human ability is to know our journeys. Our cognitive memories outlive the body at each birth. They attach to our subtle body after death and are transferred to the ahamkara (spiritual ego) of a new body at each rebirth. Even future lives and yet to become memories live there in the form of cosmic or universal memory. Our cognitive memory is our personal wisdom, it is our true nature. When we guide our mind and senses through the flow of their natural functioning then we see ourselves reflected perfectly in life. When we are open and awake in our Yoga practice, then we can access this powerful ability of ours to remember. A Soma Yoga practice to cultivate our intuitive mind and purify our subconscious.


Nicole – Soma is the name for my work and is the seed of my Journey and School. The Hummingbird is my symbol for this journey. I am a teacher trained in Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Shadow Yoga, Tripsichore Yoga and Kundalini Yoga, among others. All of these perspectives are woven into the cloth that is Soma. I am a dancer and poet, am trained in Herbal Medicine, Ayurveda, Shamanism and much more……. you will meet all of this magic along the way….. You are Welcome…


Kimba Bridgeman

Spiritual teacher, Shamanic Healing and Movement Medicine

I am here in service to the Truth, Mother Earth and all beings.  As people- in this human form- we have profound capacity for love, creativity, compassion and sharing. By being this Light that we are and in balance with all of Nature, we become the peace and healing in this world.

I have been a teacher of movement and and offering healing for 23 years…my message is simple…that you are Nature and your body is a gift in this lifetime. This is your time to come into your heart and create the peace and beauty within.  Your health and happiness rests gently upon your gratitude for your Self and your body.

I dance in the realms of the merged body and spirit. Movement, expression, Nature and Spirit are the medicines I use.  I am here to help you reconnect with your light through honouring your form as a sacred vessel.  And to return to your natural connection to Mother Earth and the abundance of life that is here.

I welcome you to celebrate the joy that comes when you allow your presence and essence to be expressed and shared into the world.


White Shell Yoga

White Shell Yoga is a shamanic yoga practice that comes forth in the form of kriyas. It carries at its core the intention to help us return to our bodies as sacred vessels with powers and beauty that are not often celebrated and known in today’s current culture.  In doing this, it brings us back home in our reverence and deep appreciation to Mother Earth and all life here.


Partner Yoga with Lioba & Lara

Partner Yoga 

This is a beautiful practice of dropping deeply into our bodies and sharing with another person. It is nourishing, playful, joyful and gives you a whole different experience of practising yoga. We will also be sharing simple bodywork techniques to leave you feeling totally divine! No yoga experience is necessary and you are free to come alone or with someone else. 

This practice is about communication, connection, awareness, and exploration in pairs. 
Lioba has been teaching yoga for quite a few years now in Bristol and was exposed to meditation and Buddhism from an early age. She recently completed another Yoga & Tantra teacher training with the Yogasara school in Bristol. She loves to share the many aspects of yoga through her teaching and in her life and is also a shiatsu therapist, nutritional therapist and masseuse.

Lara currently teaches yin yoga in Bristol and has been practising for many years. She is also an experienced bodyworker and loves to share her passion for both yoga and Thai yoga massage.
Lioba and Lara have run partner yoga and Thai Yoga massage workshops in Bristol for many years now and have found it to be a very nourishing and profound as well as creative practise to share.



The Wishing Tree.  A Soma Yoga Practice with Nicole

We will journey through Soma Yoga, Soma Nidra and Shamanic Practices to the Temple Garden of the Heart to meet

The Mystical Tree of Life is the medicine tree of all peoples and beings. The cosmic tree gives life as prana because it is the greatest giver. It is a lush wish fulfilling tree that lives in the Temple Garden of the heart. The Tree of life embodies completion and perfection. When you are perfect and complete, your journey begins. As you enter the portal of dreams you can discover so much about yourself and the world around you. You can discover the wish that brought you here…..
Through breath work, energy work, flowing Soma Yoga, Soma Nidra and Shamanic journeying you will begin to discover the power of making journeys in your yoga practice.

I am sacred, I am Spiritual purpose. I am a living Sankalpa, a Magical Wish.

Nicole – Soma is the name for my work and is the seed of my Journey and School. The Hummingbird is my symbol for this journey. I am a teacher trained in Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Shadow Yoga, Tripsichore Yoga and Kundalini Yoga, among others. All of these perspectives are woven into the cloth that is Soma. I am a dancer and poet, am trained in Herbal Medicine, Ayurveda, Shamanism and much more……. you will meet all of this magic along the way….. You are Welcome…


Louise Cook


INTEGRATIVE YOGA (Scaravelli inspired)

This work/play/exploration is for anyone and everyone with a spine and at least one limb! There is a focus on undoing, letting go of preconceived ideas of posture, style, image, control and achievement. It is deeply individual and non-competitive. We will be looking to connect with our inner creature, hoping to explore with a childlike innocence our own unique organic form, with the mind of a beginner. There are no advanced students in this form of yoga, in each moment we begin again.

In this practice we will be awakening the spine, connecting more deeply with gravity and our breath, using core muscles and awareness to find inner strength and integration.
With ease and playfulness can we let go of control and mind-based systems? Can we deepen our compassion and love for ourselves as we explore what feel like our physical boundaries and limitations? Can we keep it very simple and listen?

My own journey with yoga began as a teenager and carried on through my time as a mature student at Krishnamurti’s Brockwood Park, but it wasn’t until I was about 35 that I had my first taste of Scaravelli Inspired yoga. It was at the Big Green Gathering and when I walked out of the tent/shala I felt like the world had opened up, all the colours were brighter and my body and mind felt so at ease and somehow put back together. I felt like I’d come home to myself in some profound way that I couldn’t really explain.

Vanda Scaravelli trained under Iyengar alongside Jiddu Krishnamurti, whose teachings influenced her own. She never wished for a style of yoga to be named after her, preferring that her students should keep the lines of enquiry open and find their own truth and integrity in what they do. As a result there are many teachers around the world all interpreting her teachings in different ways. This is probably just how Vanda would have wished it, opposed to dogma as she was!

I have since attended many different Scaravelli inspired workshops with teachers such as Marc Woolford, Catherine Annis, Christine Borg, John Stirk and Gary Carter. My Hatha based training with the YHM was also Scaravelli Inspired. I teach several local classes in West Wales and offer one to one sessions.
I am also an experienced massage therapist, offering both aromatherapy and swedish treatments. I used to run an organic cafe and outside catering business and have a lifelong interest in good food and nutrition. I am mother to 3 beautiful children, all in their 20’s now, and a grandmother to Dylan who will be 3 this Summer!


Good Morning Hatha Flow with Scott Parsons

Good Morning Hatha Flow

This session has a therapeutic approach which entails an intelligent ordering of asanas to wake up the body slowly bringing balance, strength and flexibility with flowing sequences, guided by breath.

The postures of the sequence will be taught steadily one by one flowing from one posture to the next, often stoping for while to enjoy, breathe and explore each asana and its benefits both physically and mentally.

During the class you will build heat internally using breath and movement, leaving you feeling both balanced and refreshed to set you up and start your day’s activities.

This class is suitable for all levels of practitioner.

Scott Parsons

I have been teaching Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga in Bournemouth & Poole since 2008. My yoga journey started in 2005 when, being very overweight and inflexible, I went to my first class looking for an escape from my extremely unhealthy music and DJ career. I found myself wanting to go again and again, not quite able to work out if I loved yoga or hated it. After a few more weeks of attending classes, I realised that I loved it and was going as often as possible.

In March 2006 I first studied with the late Shri K Pattabhi Jois and his grandson R. Sharath Jois when they visited the UK.

Soon after this I handed in my notice at work and decided to go to Mysore, where I first visited the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute. Over the next couple of years I continued to venture to India to develop my practice and further my knowledge of yoga. Several visits later I had the desire to deepen my understanding of Ashtanga Yoga and completed a teacher training course with Ajay Kumar in Mysore.

In 2008 I also began to study for a Degree in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine, which has hugely facilitated my understanding of the anatomy of the body, complimenting my yoga teaching and my own practise.

In the last 10 years I have been lucky enough to visit India almost every year, furthering my knowledge of the remarkable health system of yoga. I’ve had the privilege of practising with Sharath at KPJAYI in Mysore, as well as other traditional and authoritative teachers in Mysore.

My approach to teaching yoga is very much how I learnt it myself, through years of self study and also using the knowledge I have acquired through studying with some of the best yoga teachers in the world. I pride myself on teaching authentic and traditional yoga the way I have continued to be taught in India, using no gimmicks and encouraging yoga for the mind and body.

In 2017 I was awarded the Senior Yoga Teacher certification by Yoga Alliance Professionals.

Elahn & Radhe Kirtan
Kirtan Yoga

Kirtan Bhakti Flow Yoga
with Nicole Aarons (Soma Yoga) with live kirtan by Elahn & Radhe from Shekinashram and David Oliver on percussion.

A heart expanding journey with both a deep slow flow of contemplative yoga asanas and dynamic sequences and free movement with the accompaniment of live kirtan (devotional music with Sanskrit mantras).   Participants will be guided on a deep internal journey, an inner pilgrimage to the essence of Yoga through body and breath awareness utilising both flowing and held postures and conscious breathing.
Nicole Aarons
Truth has many paths that flow as rivers into an ocean. The one Truth carries itself in everything. Being a yoga teacher is like being an adventure guide leading a challenging journey to a beautiful, secluded, magical place of transformation. The art of teaching yoga is Divine Love.It is intelligence, supported by direct experience that guides me and lights my way along the Yoga path. I am a wanderer along this path and I am deeply grateful for all the incredible people that have assisted me in the cultivation of this intelligence. I began Yoga at an early age, studied for over 20 years Iyengar Yoga and qualified as a Teacher of this discipline, found my way to the door of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga of Pattabhi Jois and again qualified as a Teacher. I expanded this intelligence by studying and training in Desikachar’s Yoga, Tripsichore Yoga and Shadow Yoga of Shandor Remete (Natanaga Zhander). I am also qualified as a Teacher of Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Soma Yoga is the space that holds all of these paths. The technology of each path may differ slightly in content but the experience available is the same. Soma represents the culmination of everything I have experienced, studied and practiced. Soma Yoga is a cloth woven from many threads and its intention is to open the body and mind to the energetic principles of yoga practice and to cultivate power. Drinkingdeep of Soma will nourish the seeds of your becoming, seeds held deep within the human form, waiting to unfold for you. In developing Soma as a practice I encourage students along the direct path to Spirit.Yoga facilitates experience that is universal in nature but which must be discovered and rediscovered by each of us. The technology gives us the thread and the pattern is universal but our woven cloth is personal. Soma Yoga is the practical guide to experience ecstasy and freedom.
My teaching and practice is informed by study and experience in a wide range of natural healing methods especially Shamanism. I am a qualified Master Herbalist, hold a degree in botany, am an iridologist, thai masseur, and Ayurvedic therapist.  I studied Ayurveda with Dr David Frawley, Dr Robert Svoboda, the College of Ayurveda,Thames Valley University (Mayur) and most recently with Dr Deepa Apté of Ayurveda Pura.  I have studied oriental medicine and osteopathy, lectured at the Bristol University Botanic Garden and assisted in a research project on the use of vegetable oils in the treatment of prostate cancer sponsored by Tenovus. I am a student of 1astrology and numerologyy, vastu and Inka Shamanism. My journey of expansion continues as long as I breathe.

The Beat Goes Ohm    With Scott Parson’s and Natalie Cresswell

This 2 hour workshop will offer a dynamic Vinyasa flow and guided relaxation. Rather than using a set playlist the class will be accompanied with a live DJ set to keep it flowing with a beautiful and exciting interaction between student, teacher and DJ.

Natalie and Scott have worked and studied together for many years both coming from and Ashtanga background and teaching both Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow. Scott will start the class with a gentle work to open up the body and get you ready to move before taking to the decks leaving Natalie to take you through a 1 hour Vinyasa flow before gently bringing you into a state of complete relaxation through yoga Nidra.

Scott came to yoga after a career in the music industry and is now back behind the decks creating a vibe that will match the flow and tempo of the class helping to build the energy room as well as bring it back down to find the deeper calm of yoga Nidra.

As the two work together this creative fusion of sound and movement will enable you to feel connected through vibrations of the class and be fully immersed in your practice.

My journey with Yoga started 15 years ago. Over this time I have had many amazing experiences and transformations. In 2006, I attended my first Ashtanga Yoga class and discovered a practice that is now a massive part of my life.


I have studied with many truly inspirational teachers in both India and the UK including Ajay Kumar, Sri K Patthabhi Jois and Helen McCabe. I regularly travel to Mysore, India (the spiritual home of Ashtanga) to study with Sharath Rangaswamy at KPJAYI.

Having recently had a baby I am easing my way back into teaching in Bournemouth, Poole and Lythett Matravers


Lunari Vinyasa Yoga with Imogen Rose


Vibrant Vinyasa based within the intelligent Ashtanga tradition encompassing other potent yogic techniques to shed the layers and move with grace in union with your truest form.

Breath with movement, healing flow that connects body with soul. Strong postures that take you out of the mind and into the now. Heat inducing for cleansing and renewing. With emphasis on finding healthy alignment and inner guiding. Ease tension and stress as you build strength and stability to carry you through life with more ease and flow.


Suited to all levels, each class is tuned to the energy of the day, and the seasonal and elemental factors that affect us and the way we feel. Morning classes will be most dynamic, opening the body and awakening the Pranic flow aiding in healthy digestion, raised energy levels, boosted immunity and circulation. Setting a positive intention for the day and increasing metabolism. Afternoon classes bring you back into focus, lifting the mood and energy level. Evening classes work on cleansing and restoring the body after the days events. The pace is slowed slightly with more depth and soul. Work on deep openings within the body and flush the internal organs with fresh oxygenated blood. Challenging yet nourishing, preparing the body to sleep and dream in ultimate wellness.


Imogen practiced at home for six years before going to India and studying to teach. She then furthered her training a year later with renowned Ashtangi David Swenson in London and since then continues to practice daily whilst teaching and studying a 500hr Soma Medicine Yoga teacher training in Bristol. She spends part of the summer at UK and Eurpean festivals teaching and offering therapies.

Imogen is the founder of the Lunari Yoga Centre. An eco Yoga studio and treatment centre based on a serene smallholding at the edge of Exmoor National Park. Imogen offers weekly Yoga classes, workshop days, retreats, and therapautic treatments from both Bristol and North Devon. She is also studying a diploma in Organic skincare formulation.



Kundalini Yoga with Shakti Sundari

Kundalini Yoga is a powerful practice for personal transformation, inner harmony and mind-body-spirit wellbeing. Each class blends mudra, mantra, breath and posture in a sequence designed to activate energy and awareness.

From the moment we tune in, to the moment we tune out, the entire experience is a meditation, in which the neutral mind meets the embodied self.

That doesn’t mean our practice is always soft or slow: some postures are full-on and all out.  Some even seem a little bonkers !  And we love to practice to music.
Heart-opening, awakening and enlivening, Kundalini Yoga is unique in that we practice with our eyes closed and there are no hands-on adjustments.
Whatever your level, you are welcome to join us.  Expect to be challenged, yet guided and uplifted as you unlock your potential.
Sex to Spirit
Kundalini is another word for sexual energy.  This energy is the most powerful force for spiritual awakening available to us.
Not to be confused with having sex or being sexual, Kundalini is actually the energy of awareness.  When we activate this energy, through yoga (or indeed other techniques to which I will also refer int his workshop), two things happen:
1) our bodies begin to open to the experience of all as life as blissfully orgasmic AND
2) our subconscious patterns rise to the surface to be seen.
In this class, I will talk about the power of your sexual energy, the connection between Kundalini Yoga, tantra and other ecstatic awakening practices, and guide you through a Kriya and Meditation, so that you may experience your own unique connection between Sex and Spirit.
Living from the Heart
Everybody speaks of the importance of living from the heart, but how do we get there?
Kundalini Yoga offers us a comprehensive framework for understanding and experiencing this as a reality.
When we bring both our upper and lower triangle (the higher and lower chakras) into alignment with truth, it is possible to orient ourselves from the conscious, radiant heart.
Until we have mastered our shadows around both our instinctual self (survival, sex, power) and cerebral self (voice, insight, universal mind) and integrated these aspects of our being into one, we cannot sustain heart-centred living.
This, in fact, is the ultimate divine union: the inner marriage of masculine and feminine.
In this class, I will expand on this understanding, then guide you through a Kriya and Meditation, designed to cultivate the energy of your radiant heart.




Sam Ahern

I’ve been practising yoga for over fifteen years and during this time I’ve explored many styles in many different countries, teaching within communities in New Zealand and South East Asia.  After returning to the UK in 2013, I completed my 500hr IYN Teaching Diploma with the Devon School of Yoga and followed a strong calling to develop my skills as a healer, becoming a Reiki Master and Shamanic Practitioner.  Since then I’ve founded ‘Devon Mala Tree’ ( and been guided to combine my work, taking people on a journey back to their truth and connecting them with Mother Earth in my ‘Shamanic Yoga’ workshops.  I totally believe that now is the time for re-discovering our true nature, living our soul purpose and coming together as the awesome global community we are!



She Coombes: Yoga from the Inside Out

‘And I said to my body softly ‘I want to be your friend’……     It took a long breath and replied: ‘I have been waiting my whole life for this’.

This quote from Nayyirah Waheed inspires my work as a yoga tutor and therapist, working one-to-one and in small groups with people who arrive on the mat with a physical pain, a troubled mind or a deep longing for spiritual connection.

Few of us are truly ‘kind’ to our body. We expect it to behave to order all day, every day regardless of what we do with and to it.   Repetitive movement, be it seated in front of a computer or standing over a garden fork, misaligns the spine and puts tension into major joints (hips and shoulders) with resulting pain and restriction. Repetitive thoughts create stress in the mind driving us constantly to reach for the next thing….and the next….. A promise of satisfaction that lies always just out of reach. In addition, there is often the memory of past trauma held deep within the body which needs to be brought to the surface and released.

I shall be offering 2hr sessions of a deeply personal style of yoga developed over many years of study and practise. The group will be small – for a festival that is (fifteen max) – and we shall be practising in a comfortable indoor space. What we shall actually ‘do’ will depend on the needs of the group. I don’t have a set routine of postures. I prefer to think on my mat and be spontaneous. Most likely I shall ask everyone at the start of the session to throw something into the yoga melting pot, and I’ll mix it and cook it up into a delicious practise

I have taught yoga since the late ‘seventies, training initially with the Bihar school (India) and later with Paul Harvey who brought the teachings of Krisnamacharya to UK under the name of ‘Viniyoga’. My lifelong passion is in health and wellbeing which has led me to study Ayurveda and to learn various massage and healing therapies. I have recently added Neurogenic Tremor Release to my list of skills.

In addition to my yogatherapy work, I run teacher training courses in classical Hatha Yoga accredited by Friends of Yoga (Int) a member of Yoga Alliance.

Between 1990-2000 I trained in Yogatherapy; Indian Head Massage; Thai Yoga Massage; Reiki and Reflexology.           I have also studied Ayurveda and     apply the principles of individual       constitution, diet and lifestyle in my therapy work. More recently I have added Neurogenic Tremor Release to my list of skills.



Pranayama The Deep Healer – Dive into abundance through breath with Sangeeta

‘When a rose bud emits its fragrance, for those few days that is when the rose is prosperous’ – Yogi Bhajan

We have advanced in the modern world, mostly in the external realm of life. The ancient world is far more sophisticated in the exploration of the inner world, where reality begins ..

There is only one consciousness. There is only one supreme Self. There is only one essential You! The nature of the soul is a living prosperity.   You are the most beautiful and powerful thing that’s been created.

Why did you come to the earth at this time in this particular body? What did you do here? Did you complete the mission you came here to fulfill? What will be the quality of prana of our final breathe. This is the yogi’s ultimate meditation.

The diet of the soul is prana. Activating prana strengthens the presence of the supreme self, to activate the essential consciousness and crystallise the mind. Then the Supreme You, the bright presence of the infinite who is vibrating in the centre of your being can emerge. Then all the resources necessary for you to continue on your destined path will be drawn to you magnetically

What is it that your heart knows is possible but you haven’t yet dared dream into being?

Let us unite within our hearts and minds in the ambrosial hours. We will tap into the source of all life, the divine prosperity of each breath. Where there is a type of contentment and happiness that doesn’t wax and wane with external circumstances.

Will you join the dance of the molecules to create with the joy and abundance of being? At what point are you going to activate this in your life. If not now then when?

… From that reality is where all human fulfilment comes.

Pranayama is all inclusive and has no levels or restrictions. All are most welcome



Scarvelli Inspired Yoga with Amba

Amba has been exploring yoga since 2000 and qualified with Integral Yoga in 2004.  From a place of love, passion and curiosity, Amba has taken numerous trainings and has taught yoga for all ages in various settings, having qualified in mum baby yoga, pregnancy yoga, yoga for children, yoga for mental health and more recently in Yoga and integrative movement (a Scaravelli inspired approach). Amba currently draws inspiration from mentors who have worked with Vanda Scaravelli or her long term students, her ongoing study of anatomy from a fascial perspective with Joanne Avison and her interest in the natural movement world and other movement forms. Amba is delighted to be teaching at Colourfest again this year. Her workshops will focus both on intuitive movement and yoga, using awareness, feeling and breath as our guides to find our embodied connection to gravity, grounding and the spine within the postures in order to help bring a felt sense of aliveness and connection into the practice. The asanas will be a playground in which to explore moving from formlessness to form and back, not as an aim in themselves and with the guidance of Sthira sukham asanam – comfort and steadiness.

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