Yoga Days Info

Yoga and Ayurveda

Jayadhara (Jane Cluley)

Sunday 19th May, 10.00 – 4.00pm

Grenoside Community Hall, S35 8PR



Yoga and Ayurveda nourish each other, they are sister sciences. The workshop will use Ayurveda Yoga Therapy Vinyasas (asana sequences), pranayama and Deep Restorative Relaxation to balance the three doshas of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. It will be informed by the teaching of Mukunda Stiles and will explore how yoga practice has the potential to bring about lasting change in health, lifestyle and outlook on life.


In the afternoon, we will consider routines and dietary changes from an Ayurvedic viewpoint that support a healthy gut and digestive system. Recent scientific research is showing the importance of healthy gut microbiome for well-being which has been a central understanding from Ayurveda since ancient times albeit expressed in different terms.


Please bring the following props with you if possible: Bolster (or cushions to use instead), three blankets, 2” and 1” block, eye pillow.


The Teacher

Jayadhara (Jane Cluley) began practising yoga at university, trained as a yoga teacher with British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) and has been teaching since 1988, she is a BWY Foundation and BWYQ Diploma Course tutor. After living and studying at Bihar School of Yoga in India for several years she gained an MA in yoga philosophy.

She has a particular interest in making ancient philosophy accessible to everyone, yoga for mental health and in the benefits of adopting Ayurvedic routines and diet.

This will be a very uplifting and informative day of yoga with a tutor who has a wealth of knowledge, believes in sharing from her own experience and has a talent for expressing her teaching clearly and enjoyably.

from Yoga Days Info, posted January 2019

Being Spacious Through Meditation & Mindfulness

Swami Krishnapremananda

Sunday 14th April, 10.00 – 1.00pm, £30.00

Sheffield Yoga School, South Road, S6 3TA

We live in a fast changing, busy and uncertain, world. Searching outside of ourselves in the transient phenomena of daily life for genuine fulfillment and joy often just leads to frustration, restlessness and a sense of something which is ‘missing’.

Yet periodically we can hear or sense an inner calling, which reminds us that our sense of self is innately more spacious; naturally and easefully connected to the Whole of Life around us. This natural spaciousness allows the heart to breathe more easily, and the mind to feel more expansive.

This morning seminar will share simple practices that can expand our inner horizons and put us in touch with deeper levels of our embodied self.

They will be accessible practices, such as meditation, bandha, yoga nidra and asana, that you can continue in your own home and daily life. They are designed to remind us of that inner timeless source which is always present through all the changing vicissitudes of life.

Open to all!


Swami Krishnapremananda

Swami Krishnapremananda is a highly respected Yogi and Yoga teacher. He has been a resident of Mandala Yoga Ashram since 1997, studying, serving and practicing in that uniquely focused yoga environment.

During his years in the ashram, his understanding, practice and teaching have gradually matured, as he has endeavoured to live the understanding of yoga in daily life.

In 2007 he completed a year-long Vedanta training course with Swami Anubhavananda in India. He regularly teaches both in the ashram and in various parts of the country, and he also helps direct the Ashram’s Yoga Teacher Training Courses.

from Yoga Days Info, posted January 2019

Humanist Course with Peter Blackaby

  • March – June 2020

  • Sheffield Yoga School, S6 3TA


“Yoga is a broad church, spanning many styles and belief systems. The approach I am working with at the moment has its roots in a humanistic philosophy. To understand as clearly as one can the rationale for yoga practice, and then to encourage practice with attentive curiosity. So that practice becomes your own, and you grow to be your own teacher.”                                                      Peter Blackaby


Humanist Course : Themes

28th March : Yoga is not exercise
29th March : Theories of movement

25th April : Restoring normal function
26th April : Bottom up & top down processing; mapping the body

16th May : Yoga & the mereological fallacy (sensation and response)
17th May : What’s so special about breathing?

6th June : Pain theory in yoga
7th June : Secularism, belief, religion, spirituality & God a discussion

There will be time set aside for practice, where it feels like a class rather than a workshop, so that we will get a feel for how to apply the principles and ideas covered during the course.


The Tutor : Peter Blackaby

Peter Blackaby is a very interesting and thought provoking teacher. This course will give us time to explore his ideas in depth.

Pete’s humanistic approach to yoga is firmly rooted in the here and now, underpinned by scientific research.

Rather than approaching yoga as an exercise system, he sees it as a tool for self-exploration. By paying attention to our bodily responses, we are more able to react appropriately and are less likely to meet discomfort and pain in life. As we become better at this, life slowly takes an easier turn. We learn to act usefully, and sooner rather than later. We age more gracefully, and we adapt to change with less rancour.


Who this course is for

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in deepening their understanding of the practice of Yoga.

The course will be equally beneficial to Yoga teachers / student teachers and practitioners.



The fee for this course is £640.00.

To reserve a place, please fill in the booking form overleaf and return it with either the full payment or a deposit of £150.00.

  • Cheques are payable to ‘SYS Courses’
  • Send to : 16 Robertson Drive, Sheffield. S6 5DY
  • Contact us if you prefer to pay by bank transfer.

Please return the booking form and deposit as soon as possible.
Places are limited and this is likely to be a popular course.


  • Venue : Sheffield Yoga School, South Rd, Sheffield S6 3TA
  • Saturdays 10.00am – 5.00pm. Sundays 10.00am – 4.00pm


Click here to download a Course Outline.

from Yoga Days Info, posted January 2019

Principles of Nada Yoga

with Rachael / Shivapriya, Pete & Stratton Barrett

Saturday 2nd February


Sheffield Yoga School, South Road, S6 3TA


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

The use of sound has always been central to Yoga practice; over the last few years its potential has become more widely recognised in the West.

Working with sound can be a powerful therapeutic tool, it is particularly useful in the management of anxiety. Sound has a unique capacity to focus the mind and develop ‘one-pointedness’ of mind.


This workshop will consist of:

  • A theoretical and practical exploration of the Principles of Nada Yoga
  • Connecting the Voice & Body in Asana Practice
  • Working with the Beeja Mantras
  • Finding Your Rhythm!
  • Mantra and Bhajans


The Teachers

Rachael Shivapriya is a Yoga teacher and kirtanist.

Pete and Stratton are professional musicians and Kirtan hosts. Pete has been teaching Nada Yoga for over a decade and runs retreats in Wales & Portugal.

from Yoga Days Info, posted December 2018

The Progressive Stages of Pranayama

8 Day Training Module

with Maarten Vermaase

March – November 2019

at Sheffield Yoga School, South Road, S6 3TA


This course will introduce Pranayama & related practices in a structured progression, enabling students to practise Pranayama safely & under guidance.

It aims to deepen our understanding and experience of the practice of Asana, Pranayama & Meditation and will be mostly practical.

The course is designed for serious, experienced Yoga students who have a thorough grounding in Asana and basic breath work and who wish to commit to regular Pranayama practice.


The Tutor


Maarten Vermaase is a highly respected teacher of Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation.

He studied Hatha Yoga with the late Robert Van Heeckeren, and Tibetan Buddhist Yoga, Meditation and Healing Exercises with Lamas and teachers from the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

Maarten is a retired DCT for the British Wheel of Yoga specialising in Pranayama and meditation, and has been teaching in Oxford and London since 1979.


Click here for a full Course Outline.


Click here for information & booking form.


from Yoga Days Info, posted December 2018

A Fine balance : Approaching Tattwas & Chakras

27th – 29th September 2019

Swami Shraddhamurti & Swami Chetanmurti

Residential Weekend, Peak District National Park

Cost : £200.00


About the Course

In this course we will be applying some of the formidable techniques from our Yoga Toolbox to edge closer to seeing and using those hidden dimensions of ourselves and our being.

We will focus on Chakras (energy centres) and Tattwas (elements) in particular; when we start looking we might find that these more subtle aspects of our being are actually right in front of us!

This will be a weekend of exploration and rethinking. Central to the teaching will be making the practices & the philosophy relevant to daily life.

These weekends offer an ashram-like environment in which we make the time and space necessary for going deeper into our Yoga practice. We are well away from the distractions of modern life (no internet, no mobile signal), and that in itself is a blessing. The peace and quiet we find in nature reflects the harmony we find in Yoga.

Swami Shraddhamurti & Swami Chetanmurti

We have two great teachers for this weekend. They taught a fantastic weekend for us a few years ago and we are so pleased to have them back.

Swami Shraddhamurti & Swami Chetanmurti spent time in the Scandinavian Yoga School before being initiated by Swami Satyananda in India in 1982. Together they founded the Galway Yoga & Meditation Centre, running classes, residential courses and Satyananda Teacher Training courses.

This is a rare chance to work in the UK with these very highly respected and experienced teachers.


Click here for info & booking form

from Yoga Days Info, posted November 2018

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