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Beginners Welcome

Places available to start in September


Sheffield Yoga School will have places available to join our beginner Yoga classes in September.

Our beginner classes offer a structured training in a wide range of Yoga practices including posture work, breathing practices, relaxation and meditation.

Our teachers are trained to the highest standards and have a wealth of experience between them.

We have a break in our classes over August and the new term begins Monday 3rd September.

If you would like to join one of our beginner classes please contact us.


Yoga is often seen as an exercise routine nowadays, but really it is much more than that. At its best, Yoga is a truly holistic system which benefits every aspect of our lives.

It is the combination of Yoga postures with breathing, relaxation and meditation which makes Yoga such an effective system for promoting health and well-being.

At Sheffield Yoga School we teach a comprehensive range of Yoga practices; there really is something for everyone!



from Class Information, posted July 2018

First Aid Training Days : 6th October & 7th October


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.


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

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.


Please Note : We are running this training day on Saturday 6th October and also Sunday 7th October. These are separate days – you don’t need to do both!


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 2018

Attending and Responding

2 day course with Peter Blackaby

9th & 10th March 2019     £95.00

Grenoside Community Hall, Sheffield


When we practice yoga we are paying attention to ourselves on many levels. We may be noticing levels of comfort and discomfort, we may be noticing our sense of grounding, or the ease / difficulty with which we move.

This is the first part of the process, once we have noticed the question becomes ‘what shall I do about what I have noticed?’

This weekend will explore this theme through the practice of asana.


The tutor : Peter Blackaby


Peter Blackaby is a very interesting and thought provoking teacher. This 2 day course will give us time to explore his ideas in depth.

Peter takes a humanistic approach to yoga, firmly rooted in the here and now and underpinned by scientific research.
In his most recent work he seeks to distance himself further from the biomechanical view of the body, revealing instead his more integrative perspective, focused on the neurological basis for movement and on the relationships between things.

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.


Click here for information & booking form.



from Yoga Days Info, posted July 2018

Ajapa Japa : Channelling the Transforming Power of Prana

with Brahmananda

17th & 18th November     £95.00

at Grenoside Community Hall, Sheffield, S35 8PR


Ajapa Japa is a complete sadhana (practice) taking the practitioner from the ground level of body and environmental awareness to the deepest states of meditation.

This course will systematically introduce the participants to the ancient meditation technique of Ajapa Japa.

It will involve several sessions of sitting ajapa japa practice as we develop the technique, as well as asana (posture work) and pranayama (breathing) sessions, mantra, discussions and questions.

After the weekend participants can expect to have a systematic practice of Ajapa Japa to continue with.


The teacher : Brahmananda

Brahmananda is a teacher of great quality. His approach is clear and down to earth; his skill is in bringing light to the more profound and transformative aspects of Yoga.




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from Yoga Days Info, posted July 2018

Heart Space Yoga

with Hannah Penn

at Calderdale Yoga Centre, Hebden Bridge

Saturday 3rd November, 10.00 – 4.00pm, £35.00


“The wise, realizing through meditation

The timeless Self, beyond all perception,

Hidden in the cave of the heart,

Leave pain and pleasure far behind.

Those who know they are neither body nor mind

But the immemorial Self, the divine principle of existence,

Find the source of all joy and live in joy abiding.”

                                                                                      (from Katha Upanishad)

Many philosophies, yoga included, have the concept of an inner spirit / light which resides at the heart space. According to the Upanishads the purpose of life is to re-connect with this inner light.

When we begin to connect with and identify with this inner light, we become free from fear and worry and we learn to feel at one with our fellow beings and with the universe.

We can have an intellectual understanding off this idea but how do we live it and bring it into our daily lives? The Upanishads tells us that this can only be done through experience.

This will therefore be a practical day designed to develop awareness of the heart space through yoga practice.

The morning session will include asanas designed to ‘open’ the heart space; there will be flowing sequences, dynamic asana as well as stillness.
We will then use Pranayama, Mudra and Mantra techniques to work deeper. This will be followed by Yoga Nidra with visualisation of Hridrayakasha (the Heart space).

In the afternoon we will look at how the ideas from the Upanishads can be used in our daily routines and relationships.
This will be followed with chanting some of the Shanti mantras which are used as introductory chants to some of the Upanishads. The Shanti Mantras beautifully and poetically condense the message of the Upanishads.

The day will close with a Heart Space meditation to let your light shine and share it with others.


The Teacher :

Hannah is a highly trained and experienced Yoga teacher. She has been teaching for over 20 years. This will be an interesting, informative and nurturing day of Yoga.


Venue :

This workshop will be held in Calderdale Yoga Centre, Hebden Bridge, Hx7 7DD

from Yoga Days Info, posted June 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 June 2018

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