300 hrs BWYQ Certificate in Teaching Yoga

We are going to offer our next Yoga Teacher Training Course, from March 2021 until April 2022.

new time table book your session below.

We are back with face to face sessions and keeping online sessions as well.

Weekly Pregnancy Yoga live-streamed online

Helps to support the body and prepares for labour and birth.


Tune in with the unique constitution of your body, learn how to live and eat to stay healthy.


Hi there, welcome

I am Katja Patel, founder of Zest for Yoga.

Are you looking to practice Hatha Yoga, Pregnancy and Mum and Baby, Children or Restorative Yoga? Then you have arrived at the right place. My sessions are held in the Ickenham and Uxbridge area.

As a fully trained Ayurvedic Massage Therapist, I am offering Ayurvedic Full Body Massages for women at all stages of their life, including during pregnancy and after giving birth.

Upcoming events & workshops


**** New Yoga Teacher Training Course ****

Coming up January 2021: 300 hrs BWYQ Certificate Course for Teaching Yoga

Do You Love Yoga? Would you like to learn how to teach it?

 March 2021 I am going to start a new Certificate Course, with my lovely colleague Laura LeFeuvre. The course will be held in Ickenham.

We are offering  a Free Information Session, Sunday November 22nd to introduce the course and ourselves.

A Taster Day will be held January 17th 2021.

If you are interested, please click on the link to get an idea about the course, the  dates and venue. 



Few words of wisdom from my clients

Her classes are varied and tailored according to the level of ability of the class.

I have been practising yoga with Katja regularly for over 8 years. Her classes are varied and tailored according to the level of ability of the class. She explains the physical and mental benefits of each posture and gives alternatives to make them easier or more challenging. She is both patient and encouraging. I always look forward to her Monday morning class which puts me in a good frame of mind for the week ahead.


I benefited greatly from attending her pregnancy yoga, and was lucky enough to also bring my girls’ along to her post-natal classes.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Katja, through her yoga classes in Ickenham for the last 8 years. I thoroughly enjoy attending Katja’s Hatha yoga classes, as it’s the form of yoga which I particularly benefit from, with the breathing and yoga postures combined to provide a real experience of the benefits from a regular yoga practice. Katja is very knowledgeable with regards to answering any questions, and helps makes your yoga practice a lifestyle choice rather then just a weekly session.

Also, the extended yoga sessions, held on weekends which Katja runs occasionally I have really enjoyed. In particular the meditation course that was offered last autumn was very good. Others include the yearly Sanklap yoga workshop.

Katja’s yoga is well known in the Ickenham community, as she also teaches at the local school which my children attend, we are very lucky to have a great yoga teacher on our door step !

Sarita Bahri

I first started to attend Katja’s yoga classes eight years ago.

I was an absolute beginner then but thanks to Katja I improved a lot and really appreciate the benefits of yoga. She is a very good instructor, always keeps in mind our personal abilities and makes sure our postures are correct. And she always adds a bit of extra to the lessons with her positive, friendly attitude.


She is incredibly knowledgable and has seen me through the birth of my two children.

I have enjoyed coming to Katja’s yoga for many years and love her approach to exercise, meditation and relaxation. I always take something new from the session, be it physical or emotional and that is why I keep coming back. The way she teaches has evolved with her own development and ours, so that it is always fresh.

Katja also does the best massage. She has great technique and a calm, positive manner.

Katja has also offered me, and many other people, lots of practical advice in Ayurvedic workshops, antenatal and postnatal yoga. She is incredibly knowledgable and has seen me through the birth of my two children. Little did I know when I started antenatal yoga 8 years ago that I would get so much more out of it than some stretching and flexibility!


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Few Suggested Healthy Recipes

Winter porridge

This is for the dedicated ones:) I bought an ayurvedic cook book from Germany and found this recipe which I am now eating quite a lot. Read the recipe: 1 handful of pearl barley 2 handful of pumpkin seeds (or any other seeds that suit you) 1/2 handful of porridge oats...

Dhal soup with vegetables

1 1/2 cups split yellow mung dhal or split red lentils or mixed 8 cups of water 2 teaspoons of peanut or sunflower oil 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds½ teaspoon of methi seeds1/8 teaspoon of hing½ teaspoon of turmeric½ teaspoon of red chilli powderfresh, grated ginger1/2...

Toasted Pumpkin and Sunflower seeds

Put 1 cup of sunflower seeds and a pan and toast till slightly brown and giving of a nutty smell. Put 1 cup of pumpkin seeds in a pan and toast slightly till starting to pop, add ¼ teaspoon Turmerik and 2 teaspoons of jeera/dhania mixture Mix both seeds together and...

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