Make Your Asana Fly: A Summer of Workshops
July 28, August 11th & 25th, September 8th

Join Handstand Queen Nicki Ratcliffe in this four-part workshop that explores how the magic of bandhas — when combined with the energy of gymnastics drills — can take your asana practice to the next level.


You can take one, two, three or all four of these workshops that are designed to help you understand:


  • How bandhas start as muscular locks but grow into energetic gateways that serve to deepen your flow.
  • How bandhas can unleash the more complex and adventurous postures.
  • How gymnastics drills can develop a strong core that plays a vital role in optimising biomechanics.
  • How gymnastics principles, when applied to an asana practice, can keep you safe as you move up, down, forwards and backwards.


All levels are welcome to join, though we recommend some experience in practising yoga.


Full Course – £90

2 x Bandhas workshops – £55

2 x Drills workshops – £55

Single workshops – £35


Workshop 1 – July 28, 15:00 – 17:00

Welcome to Ashwini bandha and Surya bandha; get ready to deepen your backbends safely, with engagement and awareness.


Workshop 2 – August 11, 15:00 – 17:00

Lock down your Amsa Bandha and Svadhistana bandha – transitions, forward folds and arm balances as you’ve maybe never thought about them before.


Workshop 3 – August 25, 15:00 – 17:00

Do core like a gymnast! Get the Epsom Salts ready as we borrow drills from the strongest athletes. You will learn the meaning of core strength and how it’s as important in an asana practice as it is on the parallel bars.


Workshop 4 – September 8, 15:00 – 17:00

Compression strength – want to float instead of jump? Compression is key in order to elegantly lift to handstand.

Your Teacher

Nicki Ratcliffe

Upside down is how Nicki has spent a lot of her life, first as a child gymnast, later as a gymnastics coach, and now as a yogini. Handstand is her happy place, and her goal is to make it yours, too. Nicki has trained with Ambra Vallo, Mark Kan and David Kyle, and now specialises in teaching inversions generally, and handstands in particular. She knows how to make the impossible possible, and – just as importantly – how to have fun in the process.