Breathing Techniques

Deep breathing helps to still the mind

Pregnancy Yoga

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


 BWY Foundation Course – November 2019 – May 2020

Do You Love Yoga? Would you like to learn more about it?

 Coming November I am going to run my 6th BWY Foundation Course. If you think of deepening your practice and more importantly your understanding of Yoga, this 60 hrs course is allowing you to delve deeper into the different aspects of Yoga.  For more information please click here.


Next Mum & Baby Yoga course, Mondays, Oct 28th – Nov 25th, 11.15 – 12.30

Mum & Baby Yoga is a great way for new mums to do something for themselves, such as getting back their strength, increasing their energy level through deeper breathing, bonding with their baby and meeting other new mums.


Ayurveda in the Autumn – Oct 20th, 10.00 – 13.00

Learn how to transition from one season to the other, which spices and vegetables to use in the Autumn to keep your body healthy and your Energy high.




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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