Dear Nilaya House friends,

In his book the Science of Enlightenment, How Meditation Works, Shinzen Young writes there are three key ways to engage with your spiritual practice.

A formal daily practice, moments of present awareness throughout the day, and annual or bi-annual periods of dedicated practice. The idea being to maintain a consistent practice, boosted by periods of intensity that serve to reboot and reinvigorate.

This October, I invite interested students to participate in our Navratri Sadhana, as a reboot period.

Starting Thursday October 7 and running til Friday October 15, the sadhana will involve meeting in the shala at 5:15am for a chanting practice, followed by Ashtanga Yoga practice (7:45am on Friday/Saturday). Those unable to make it in are welcome to join online.

Please email me at [email protected] if you would like to join.

Read on for details of the Sri Joyti Chakra Mandala, also in celebration of Navratri.

Yours in Yoga,

Nea Ferrier, Nilaya House Founder & Teacher

Sri Joyti Chakra Mandala

Friday October 8



In celebration of Navratri, join Payal Barua for an introduction to Sri Vidya by creating a beautiful chakra mandala for inner and outer abundance and prosperity.

The session will include a short talk in the symbolism of the mandala, chanting and meditation.

Open to all – pre-booking essential as spots are limited.


Four-week Pranayama Course
with Purva Kaushal

Wednesdays 10:30am or 7:45pm (in shala or online)

AED380, Starts September 13

  • Week One: Roots of Pranayama, Types of Prana and Practical
  • Week Two: Types of Pranayama, Preparation for Pranayama (asanas and breathings) and practical on Pranayama technique.
  • Week Three: Sequencing of Pranayama, their benefits and contraindications with practical learning
  • Week Four : Pranayama for meditation with bandhas (locks) and how to apply them

Note: The Course will consist of a 30 minute theory lecture followed by 30 minute of practical Pranayama techniques.

Recordings are available if you miss a session. There is the option for joining mornings or evenings or online.



Intro to Ashtanga Yoga (3-week course)
with Zainab Hafiziji
Mondays & Wednesdays 6:15-7:15pm

Starts October 11

Over these six sessions you will be introduced to the foundational postures of Ashtanga Yoga as well as the method for practice. You will learn correct breathing, surya namaskar, standing postures, closing postures and relaxation.

This course is the ideal preparation for attending self-practice classes (Mysore-style) on a regular basis.

This course is for:

  • beginners to yoga
  • those new to the Ashtanga method
  • returning students wanting a refresh
  • students wanting to prepare for attending Mysore classes.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: We are currently offering free trial sessions of the Mysore class on Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday mornings 7:30am, and Monday and Wednesday evenings 6:15pm for beginner students or those new to the Mysore method. Email [email protected] to register. 

Radical Self Love
with Willow
Saturday October 16, 7:30-9:30pm

Radical Self Love is a journey to cultivate conscious authentic relationship with self to witness the internal diatribe of not “enough-ness” without being draw into it. Making apologies for the space we take, silencing our feelings, making excuses, or playing it small are not serving our higher purpose.

About Willow MA

Willow is a master scholar of Women’s Spirituality, a Menstruation Mentor, Wise Woman, Healing Guide, Purveyor of Womb Wisdom, and Keeper of Women’s Mysteries. She has been facilitating women’s circles, ceremonies, rites of passage, and workshops for over two decades.



Yoga for Menopause
with Mylene Pezzoti
Friday October 29, 11:00-2:00pm

Created for peri, menopausal and post-menopause, Menopause Yoga aims to support women through a unique combination of yoga poses, breathing techniques and mindful meditation practices that have been specially adapted to help women manage the main symptoms of menopause.

There are just 8 places available for this three-hour workshop into postures, breathwork and meditations. To attend you must be experiencing symptoms of peri, menopause or post menopause.

No yoga experience is required.


Starting October 9

Saturdays 10:15am – Dharma Yoga with Sara Otto

Dharma Yoga is based on Sri Dharma Mittra’s almost fifty years of practice of classical yoga.

This challenging yet playful practice includes balances, twists, stretches, backbends and inversions.

Dharma Yoga classes also include pranayama (breathing techniques), kriyas (purification techniques), mudras (hand gestures) and meditation.



Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Course with Joanne Smallwood (YACEP)

January 25 – 29, 2022

Weekdays 12:00-5:00pm, Weekends 10:00-5:00pm

EARLY BIRD pricing til November 30.