Yoga Days Info

Healing & Transcending Blockages

7th November  10.00 – 1.00pm

Sheffield Yoga School, South Road, S6 3TA



In this workshop, we will use sound to go deeper into personal therapy with a view to transcending

blockages that may be holding you back in life.


Sound Therapy is not a ‘talking’ therapy and you do not have to share anything with the group unless you are

happy to do so. We will be using Reflection Techniques that you can answer in your own head to bring about

personal insight and awareness.


For this workshop it would be helpful if you could think about something you would like to change about

your life, be it a physical condition, an emotion, an attitude, thoughts, a behaviour pattern or something that

block your ‘flow’ and creativity.


This idea is for this workshop to be a ‘healing journey’.

from Yoga Days Info, posted July 2017

Yoga Weekend – February 2018

The Power of Stillness

23rd – 25th February 2018 with Hannah Penn & Chris Noon


“In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention, and in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still”.                   Pico Iyer


Our annual Yoga weekends at Wortley Hall continue next year with a luxurious opportunity to explore the power of stillness!

As always, this will be a full weekend of Yoga practice including asana / posture work, Pranayama, relaxation, kirtan, meditation and much more.

In the posture work sessions we will use dynamic, flowing sequences to prepare for finding stillness in Yoga asanas.

Pranayama (breathing) practice will lead into Kevala Kumbhaka, effortlessly extending the spaces between the breaths where the body, the breath and the mind come to stillness. In the quietness of these spaces we find deeper aspects of ourselves, reconnecting with the profound peace which is within us.

Our main meditation practice will be Kaya Sthairyam (literally ‘body stillness’) and we will progress through stages of this wonderful techniqueover the course of the weekend. We will also work through practices from Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, the techniques from this ancient text are simple, practical and as relevant & useful today as they were centuries ago.

As usual there will be time for other Yoga practices, including Mudra, Mantra, Kirtan and, of course, the blissful stillness of Yoga Nidra!

Hannah Penn & Chris Noon both trained initially with the British Wheel of Yoga before qualifying as Satyananda Yoga teachers in 2007. Together they run Sheffield Yoga School, providing a wide range of Yoga classes, workshops, weekends and courses.

The weekend is held in Wortley Hall; with it’s beautiful gardens, comfortable rooms and delicious vegetarian food Wortley Hall has proven to be a perfect location for a weekend Yoga retreat.


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16th September : The Myth of Ageing

with Amanda Franklin & David Fleming

16th September    10.00 – 4.00pm


Gentle Somatic Yoga® (GSY) is an innovative blend of Hatha Yoga, Hanna Somatic Education, Pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation, created by James Kight (

It is a unique brain-to-muscle re-education that combines traditional yoga postures, Hanna Somatic Education, breathing techniques and healing visualizations. GSY incorporates slow, mindful movements which raise body awareness to heal old tension-based patterns in the body. This method is ideal for overcoming bodily aches and pains and dramatically increasing flexibility.

Thomas Hanna coined the phrase ‘myth of aging‘ in his book ‘Somatics- Reawakening the Mind’s Control of Movement, Flexibility & Health‘ putting forward the idea that the body degenerating as we age is a myth, and that it is really due to lack of movement and loss of brain-to-muscle connection.

Our bodies regularly respond to stress with natural (automatic) reflex patterns. If we get stuck in these patterns our bodies can develop pain and dysfunction (Sensory Motor Amnesia – SMA). With Somatics you use your brain to “reprogram” your muscles so they can relax to their natural resting length. As you reduce the sensory-motor amnesia in the system, your brain also regains better sensation and control of your muscles, so you can move with more ease and grace, fluidly, and ultimately pain free.

In this workshop you will be introduced to the original 8 movement patterns presented by Thomas Hanna, and learn how they connect to Hatha Yoga.

The only requirement for attending the workshop is the ability to get down & up from the ground and to be able to lie on your front, back and sides for a short period of time.

The teachers :

Amanda and David initially trained in The Nia Technique, completing Black Belt Training in 2014. They have also trained in Nia 5 Stages and Aerial Yoga.

From their love of Nia, and its somatic approach to movement, they went on to train with Martha Peterson of Essential Somatics to become Somatic Exercise Coaches, and more recently with James Knight to become a Gentle Somatic Yoga teachers.

David is additionally training as a Clinical Somatic Practitioner, offering 1-2-1 work.

Alongside Aerial Yoga classes, workshops, and Teacher Trainings, they regularly teach Hanna Somatics and Gentle Somatic Yoga workshops around the country, as well as regular workshops in Leeds.

All of the classes, workshops and trainings offered by David and Amanda are influenced by Hanna Somatic principles, as they are both committed to educating people to move more freely.

Venue : Grenoside Community Hall, Sheffield S35 8PR

Cost : £35.00

Click here for bookings

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Shiva Shakti – The Path to Peace

with Helena Turner

20th January 10.00 – 4.00pm

Grenoside Community Hall, Sheffield S35 8PR


Our natural state is one of calm and balance but for many of us that is not so easy to come by. Making changes to our lives and to ourselves takes a lot of work, time, practice, failed attempts, redirects, and, hopefully, eventual victories.

Yoga helps us to break down old ways of thinking & doing which don’t serve us very well, and this paves the way for the more productive stuff. This two-part process is beautifully represented in the ancient concepts of Shiva and Shakti. They embody the ideas of psychological change and growth in our practice.

SHIVA symbolises consciousness, the masculine principle.

SHAKTI symbolises the feminine principle, the activating power and energy.

Shiva & Shakti are bound together as two essential aspects of the One. Only when Shiva and Shakti (Consciousness & Energy) combine, can action, movement and creation arise.

The destructive energy of Shiva breaks down the old to create space for the new. The creative energy of Shakti helps purify aspects of ourselves leading to healthier body, balanced emotions and mental clarity. They are said to dance together for eternity and their dance creates the physical universe and then destroys it.Bringing these concepts into our practice helps break down old ways & habits and bring in new ones.

The focus of this day will explore these energies within us, through a variety of yoga practices drawn from the tantric tradition.

The day invites us to be present in all aspects of life, to flow with the sacred pulse of nature’s power (Shakti) and to expand our awareness of our union with Consciousness (Shiva).

It is all about every-day living and how we bring wonder and passion into our lives as an expression of an unfolding awareness of our own power and a sense of delight in the here-and-now. The practices will focus on their energetic & symbolic qualities, inspiring us to bring forth the positive changes we want to create for the year ahead as well as adding depth and meaning to our practice, together we can explore this vast wealth and history of yoga we practice.


The teacher : Helena Turner

Helena originally trained with Yoga Alliance and then completed a Satyananda Yoga Teacher Training course. She teaches yoga full time and also gives Thai Yoga Massage.

In her spare time Helena paints beautiful Mandalas and Yantras. She loves chanting & Kirtan, to connect and open up the heart space.

“Yoga has so much to offer and has been a great support for me over the years, helping me through the ups and downs of life, giving new depth and meaning to my life. I have discovered I can do much more than I ever thought I was capable of. I believe yoga is a vehicle for transformation, self- discovery and self- improvement, opening us up to our full potential…..and I believe that Yoga offers something for everybody…..That’s why I teach”. (Helena Turner)

  • Days are 10am – 4pm. Cost £35.00.
  • For lunch, please bring a vegetarian dish to share.
  • Venue : Grenoside Community Hall, Sheffield, S35 8PR


from Yoga Days Info, posted July 2017

First Aid Training for Yoga Teachers : Extra session – 8th October


We have arranged a second First Aid training day for Yoga teachers to take place on Sunday 8th October.

Participants will receive an Emergency First Aid Manual and a First Aid Certificate valid for 3 years.

The training will be led by Gilly Loukes who is the British Wheel of Yoga First Aid Officer for Yorkshire & Humberside.

The day will cover all aspects of First Aid but will be of particular relevance to Yoga teachers.

The training will be 10.00am – 5.00pm and the venue is Sheffield Yoga School, South Road, S6 3TA.

The fee for the day is £65.00.

Places are limited to 12 participants and early booking is recommended.

We will be running this first aid training day in October every year so you can be sure to keep your First Aid Certificate up to date.

from Yoga Days Info, posted July 2017

Swami Gyan Dharma – 2 days in October

  • Saturday 28th October : A Day of Awareness

  • Sunday 29th October : Nada Yoga


We are very pleased to welcome Swami Gyan Dharma back to Sheffield in October.

Swami Gyan Dharma is an internationally recognised and respected Yoga teacher. His workshops are very popular and early booking is recommended.


28th October : A Day of Awareness : 10.00 – 4.00pm


Venue : Grenoside Community Hall, S35 8PR
Cost : £35.00


This Day of Awareness is an opportunity and a moment where we can engage with both life and ourselves in a more open and conscious way.
We often find it difficult to be in the present moment , and all to easily find ourselves swept away by the old habitual mind.
Come and join us for a day of being where you are, for a day of being who you are, and just for a moment step into to the present NOW, that place in all of us that is free from Fear and Expectations, at ease with it self, and at ease with the life around it.


29th October : Nada Yoga : 10.00 – 1.00pm


Venue : Sheffield Yoga School, South Road, S6 3TA
Cost : £30.00

Discover the power of sound, and the capacity it has to focus the mind and develop ‘one-pointedness’ in the mind.

Nada Yoga is the Yogic discipline where we utilize the naturally harmonizing effects of sound and music for a meditative purpose.

Come and join us in this this little morning introduction to Nada Yoga, where we experiment with sound and music as a different  pathway to the meditative experience.


Swami Gyan Dharma has been travelling, practising and teaching yoga for almost 40 years. Trained in India, his life and actions are rooted in a meditative connection with his inner being. The depth of his wisdom is conveyed through his teachings. (Text from Mandala Yoga Ashram website)

from Yoga Days Info, posted July 2017

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