Tucked away in Roath, a stone’s throw from the centre of Cardiff is a magnificent mural of Ganesha welcoming you to Om Studio. As you step into the hall, with its bright saffron walls, you’re immediately transported to India. The ever- present incense adds to the atmosphere, as do the sculptures and mementos that decorate the space – collected from numerous trips overseas. The studio looks out onto a garden space filled with birdsong, flowers and trees; these sights and sounds further enhance a feeling of peace in this city getaway.
Om Studio was created by Yogacharini Kalavathi Devi in 2013 as her own personal teaching space. Her love of India, Hindu culture and yoga is evident throughout the studio. Kalavathi trained in South India in 1999 where she completed the six-month residential Teacher Training Course at Swami Gitananda’s Ashram, the International Centre of Yoga Education and Research. In 2010, Kalavathi was awarded the title Yoga Chemmal for her dedication to yoga and in 2015, the Advanced Year Teaching Certificate.
At the studio you will find a range of workshops, classes and retreats, which include drop-in, pregnancy, mother and baby, and private classes. Since 2001, Kalavathi has taught a Yoga Foundation course, written by Swami Gitananda, which gives a thorough grounding in Rishi culture Ashtanga yoga as codified by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras.
Om Studio runs a year-long Teacher Training course endorsed by Ananda Ashram (ICYER). Participants receive rigorous, but fun, training at monthly weekend meetings, and are given a detailed programme of daily practice for development at home. Students undergo a process of personal transformation, which gives them the skills required to enable them to teach from their own experience. Students from all over the UK have completed the Teacher Training course and are now running their own independent yoga classes.
Om Studio Partridge Lane Cardiff