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Traditional Ashtanga Yoga – Courses & Workshops
Ashtanga Yoga School is a space for learning, personal development & empowerment.
Ashtanga Yoga School has been set up by Mysore (Sharath Jois) Authorised Level 2 teachers Matt Ryan and Donna Southwell. Our aim is to support your Ashtanga Yoga Journey both on and off the mat.
Yoga as a practice and a philosophy is infinite, and one can dedicate a lifetime to its boundless endlessly rewarding study. The Ashtanga Yoga School philosophy is to help you create your own foundation of a strong and sturdy personal practice which is the bedrock of the journey of the yogi.
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Join Yoga Manchester’s chief Yogi Matt Ryan online at his daily live Yoga and Meditation sessions. The 45 minute classes are every weekday – Monday to Friday at 7pm prompt and Saturday mornings 10-10.45am. The sessions are open to ALL levels. The classes will have an Ashtanga Vinyasa base but with lots of variations given.
Our online on demand video library is full of Yoga sequences perfect to practice along to at home. The sessions are compiled into three separate lengths of 15 , 30 and 45 minutes and are open to ALL levels of practice.
Rising Appalachia and Ocean Wisdom around the house – polar opposites but both lyrical genius.
In the car I’m between an old Gatecrasher mix that I found in a box at my Mom’s (which includes As The Rush Comes and Spin Spin Sugar – invoking memories of sweaty dancefloors and trying to literally mount the speaker in the early 2000s) and Rage Against The Machine (alas, Know Your Enemy doesn’t quite have the same impact coming out of a rusty civic going 20mph around Fallowfield).
Class will always have a solid mix of Glitterbox, Hip Hop and Hippy. Current fave is Lloyd Carner – polished with a bit of rough, perfect to iron out the creases in Sun Sals.
Right, either Sunset Strip in the 80’s so I could live my Motley Crue glam rock dream (very thankful that yoga pants come in shiny materials so I can pretend they’re leather and that I’m in a band) or Paris in the 1920s, as Lost Generation literature is my favourite and I definitely would have given Hemingway something to write about.
I invest in Yoga pants because I live in them (Sweaty Betty unitards are my fave, Lulu and Liquido for high waists although I’ve got a mega long body so you’ll always see my belly button). Souvenir t-shirts from holidays, training and gigs. Non-yoga things are pretty much anything with sequins, on wherever that may come from. I do a lot of clothes swapping with friends which is pretty sweet as I’m trying not to be so throw-away with regard to what I wear.
A regular practice is something that honours how you’re feeling and meets you where you are to explore that – it is not about punishment or atoning for the sins of a heavy weekend or a slice of pizza. For me it always starts with the body. I take a led class twice a week and do my own thing over 4 days. This isn’t necessarily asana; I take dance classes, I run and weight lift. In my opinion the body holds the secrets of the mind and movement can help you explore all these cool little caverns you never knew you had. I’ve been dancing since I was child and it is just in my nature to make shapes; it’s how I communicate with others and how I check my internal weather.
My daily pranayama practice is super important to me. We really do underestimate the power of the breath and I am the first to admit that I did for the first few years of practice I hated the ‘breathy bit’. Now I do an exercise daily, only for about 10 minutes, and I find it so profound. I’m hoping to do some training later this year with my teacher as I’d love to share more of this in class.
And of course – one full rest day, whatever rest looks like for you. For me it’s a big old steam and sauna or bath if one doesn’t want to leave the house – lovely stuff.
Come along and have a go, and then do it again with someone else, and someone else and someone else etc… I think it’s so important to find a class you really vibe with as that’s what will keep you coming back and help you build a habit.
Rome was not built in a day – you don’t run a marathon on your first light jog, so don’t expect to nail every posture in class on day 1. It is a practice, the clue is in the name. The more you do, the better it will feel. Coz ultimately it’s not what it looks like, it’s what it feels like. Oh and you are so allowed to enjoy it!
Right now (and probably most other times) I am listening to the new love in my life AKA Julia Jacklin. I can’t help but get lost in the deep and beautiful lyrics this fabulous Aussie girl has managed to create. She expresses so much through her words and I feel honoured to get to enjoy them.
Anytime between the 1920s-1940s for the sole reason of getting to dance in a swing club with a live jazz band💃🏻💃🏻
I have to admit I do have a guilty pleasure for the vintage/ second hand shops on Oldham street in city centre…. but generally if I’m going to buy myself something new or something I’ve wanted for a while, I first off double check I don’t have it already (which a lot of the time I do ha!) and then secondly I save over a set period of time for it, scrimping on a few luxuries and then reward myself with it. Aside from that, I mostly just wait around for my gorgeous friends Molly or Aine to have a wardrobe clear out…. one man’s trash is another man’s treasure after all…
I usually do most of my practice after I’ve just taught a class. I find that my practice usually reflects the energy of the preceding class. I do also wake up extra early at least 3 mornings of the week to squeeze in a nice easy mobility/ free flow/ restorative flow- I just follow what my body is telling me it wants on that particular morning.
Don’t be afraid of not being ‘flexible’ and not wanting to look inexperienced in a class- to be honest we all look silly sometimes anyway so who cares!! Go to a class where you feel at ease and supported and try to member yoga is supposed to be fun, it doesn’t have to be so serious all the time!
Only a few days left to go until Santa arrives and just in case you need a couple of stocking fillers we’ve come up with 12 different ideas for the perfect Yoga gift for friends and family.
We all know a Yogi with sore knees – Matt Ryan’s genius invention – nee-ji – the knee guru will provide the perfect support for the knees during yoga & meditation. Info and purchases here.
Who needs to detox after the excesses of the festive season! I’m sure there’s a few hands in the air to this question ( my own too!!)Book onto our New Year New Body New Mind detox programme for 2020 – more details here.
KINO ! Miss Kino MacGregor – one of the world’s leading lights in Yoga will be in Manchester for a 3 day bank holiday bonanza workshop August 2020 – click here for bookings and info.
As a regular yoga student it’s always hard to convince our friends and family just how good yoga can make you feel , so we are making things a little easier for you by allowing you to bring them along to try a class for FREE. More details on our Friends come Free scheme here.
For all the Manchester City Centre Yogis who either live or work (or both) in the middle of town a 5&10 class pass to our Yoga Express classes would be the perfect gift! Info here.
A ticket to experience the genius of Anatomy Guru Leslie Kaminoff at his workshop in Manchester in May 2020 will bring the biggest smile to all Yoga folk. Info and bookings here.
What self-respecting Yoga teacher could be without the best guide to setting up a Yoga class. Purchase Matt Ryan’s witty irreverent but extremely useful ‘The Idiots guide to setting up a yoga class’ book here.
Need something for a super cool yoga dude / dudette ? The LA Ganesha Ashtanga Crew tee is the perfect fit ( excuse the pun!) Profits from the sales of this tee ( and vest) will go to the Operation-Shanti charity. Info here.
A year long class pass to Yoga Manchester and Yoga Express classes. We are doing very , very special deals for students wanting to buy an annual pass. Contact us for more details.
A Christmas gift for your office perhaps.? We now provide a corporate class scheme for one of our teachers to come into your place of work to lead a lunchtime /post or pre work yoga session. Details here.
My Spotify weekly is usually pretty banging. Trevor Hall is always on and a guy i love called Sir Was! His abum blew me away. Also small talk-fout tet remix. And a tune called Alfa by Mop Mop, I love a hang drum! At the moment tho mainly my own voice as I’m editing my audio book. This is a dry experience but it should sound great when it’s done.
Probably to a different dimension so I could chill with crazy aliens see how more advanced species live and how there societies work. On earth Om Beach near Gokarna in India. Its paradise. I want to spend more time there.
Mainly charity shops I also like a couple of Oz brands called Afends and Ghanda. My favourite piece of clothing is a typical Munich Ladies Walking jacket. It has a scene embroidered on the side of a man outside his cabin chopping wood. The roof of the house is made with red velvet and people love to stroke it when I’m out and about.
Wake up shake and warm my body then either the Sivananda sequence, the 5 Tibetian Rites or the Jiva Magic 10. I let my body tell me what it wants. Then meditate and a shower where the last 2 minutes are cold to wake me up and make me alert for the day.
Dont be a fanny keep coming back, seek out teacher who resonate with you and poke at the uncomfortable parts of you. Dont go to teacher who make you feel good but ones that make you want to be better!!!!
Born and raised in Wolverhampton (part of the Black Country), lived in Hereford, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and Manchester. I moved to Manchester in 1988 and have lived here ever since so on the basis I have lived in Manchester longer than I lived in Wolverhampton
I am an honorary Manc. Three children and three stepchildren all of whom live away. Two in Sheffield, one in Leeds, one in Australia, one in Edinburgh and one in Manchester. Living with me is the family pet Heidi the mongrel who I inherited from my youngest. She’s Seventeen years old! Hobbies include gardening, cycling, motorcycling, reading and making theatre with the Royal Exchange Elders company. And of course looking after an elderly dog. Retired after working in the NHS for 40+ years as a microbiologist. Black belt Kendo.
Spotify: Thea Gilmore – Small World Turning; Richard Thompson- Acoustic Classics; Sean Stibe – softLOUD; Frank Turner – No Man’s Land; Rosalia – El Mal Querer; Dudu Tassa – El Hajar; Sleater-Kinney – The Centre Won’t Hold; Stile Antico – In a Strange Land; Rhiannon Giddens (with Francesco Turrisi) – there is no Other.
Favourite Musicians too many to list but Richard Thompson has been a constant companion since the early ’80’s both on vinyl, CD, streaming and live. Last seen at Gawsworth Hall August 2019.
This is the hard bit. Ursula, my first wife was in remission following extensive chemo and radiotherapy and wanted to return to some sort of fitness and normality when she spotted a notice saying there was a yoga class in Heaton Moor in the hall next to the GP surgery. Feeling self-conscious she asked me to go along with her. I enjoyed it so much, thank you Matt for the nickname, I carried on going. Ursula loved it but after three years in remission the cancer returned. She carried on during more chemo and radiotherapy until the night she rolled up from her mat and left a large clump of hair behind. She died eighteen months later. Finding yoga gave me peace from the anxiety of grief and I continued regular practise with weekends in the Lake District, Wales and mysore practice in the Studio. Through Match.com I met Susan and we married a year later. For a variety of reasons my attendance at regular classes fell away until I had stopped going altogether. Then history repeated itself. Susan was diagnosed with cancer and died at home January 2019. A few months later a friend asked me to come with her to yoga at the church hall in Withington, why? that’s her story. So here I am practising regularly three times a week less flexible than I was(two knee operations to correct motorcycle injuries from when I was younger mean postures involving the knees are almost impossible). How has my practise changed? I guess it’s now more about my breathing than striving for the posture.
Superpower – Definitely breathing. Really good at savasana and enjoy the journey getting there.
Spiderman – comics from my teenage years. Who wouldn’t want to be a web slinging, wise cracking, villain thwarting superhero.
Heaven is any Bank’s pub in the Black Country circa 1972 (this is the rose tinted spectacle effect). The Royal Exchange and the original Indian Tiffin rooms in Cheadle.
If I could go back in time I would change nothing but I would quite liked to seen the Sex Pistols gig in Wolverhampton. We had queued up after finding out they were on only to be told the venue was full just three THREE from the door.
My name is Yasmine and I’m from a village in Norfolk called Ormesby, I grew up surrounded by fields and spent my childhood loving nature, playing in straw bales, picking fresh peas and coming home when the sun went down.
I now live in Didsbury and have two beautiful daughters Isabel (15) and Penelope (3) and a hairy son Simon (3) the Cocker Spaniel.
I am a Florist but due to having another baby and so having much less time I am continuing with my Career in Property Management currently working at Philip James on Burton Road in Didsbury.
My personal interests/hobbies are Environmental matters, Animal welfare, Yoga, Quality time with my family meaning Simon too, Floristry, Gardening, Travelling, Music and 1930/1940 Musicals.
Ha well in my car at the minute I have a random mixture;
Suzanne Vega, The Police, Stevie Wonder, Childrens French (which I’m learning with Penny) KT Tunstall, New Order and a Meditation CD.
My other half is a Guitarist for Peter Hook and the light which I really enjoy as I have always love Joy Division and go to see them play whenever possible.
Fleetwood Mac, Suzanne Vega, The Vere, The Police are some of my favourites that have kept me company since I was in high School.
I have been practicing Yoga on and off for 17 years.
My first taste of Yoga was actually a DVD by Penelope who used to be on breakfast TV, I remember feeling such a sense of calm for once that I became addicted to the DVD and used the same one for a few years. My first actual class was around 3 years later and it was in a cold damp room in a church in Salford I only went a handful of times as it didn’t quite fit with me.
My main Yoga practice over the years has been at home and I started to use a different DVD Jane Middleton which I again became addicted to and it worked well for me.
I then Stumbled upon Paul Jones at Withington Church around 6 years ago and I can honestly say it changed me both physically and mentally for the better. After Paul left I went back to my trusted DVD’s but then tried a class at Cavendish School which was taught my Ethna and again I was blown away and literally wanted to cry during the first class as she is just so good and welcoming, sadly she left and again I felt like the search was on again and then as if by magic a friend through the class advised she was going to a class by Paul at Withington Church, when I realised it was Paul Jones I returned and can’t express how please I am to have such a great Instructor back into my life!
I practised Pregnancy Yoga with Janine at Chorlton Irish Club for my entire second pregnancy and can honestly say I do not know how I would have got through without it! Not to mention what an amazing teach Janine is, I have her to thank for some amazing new friends for both me and Penny and through using meditation I had Penny with no drugs and refused being induced and actually went home to walk my lovely dog as I had belief in me and Penny that I was strong enough and that she was healthy enough to come when she was ready. I’m going on a bit here but just to add my waters broke to Break Out by Swing Out Sister! Ha!
I would say I found yoga because in my early 20’s I just felt like there was not enough meaning to well anything really and being in love with nature I just needed a deeper connection to everything and to be able to allow myself head space to relax and to get to know my body.
At the moment I would say my only super power is ensuring I arrive and push myself at each class!
Marie Anntoinette from the film Marie Anntoinette in 2006
Why, well I feel she was misunderstood in reality as she was young and unaware of the damage she caused but then also an amazing mum who just wanted the simple things in life.
I have visited her private estate in Versailles which is the most beautiful country cottage and surrounding out houses for her chickens etc… that still has the orginal walls so you can envision how quaint it once was. Marie chose to live in her own separate modest farm on the outskirts of the Palace grounds to try and live simply and peacefully with her daughter.
I have a great love for Paris.
Marie Anntoinettes Estate in Versailles
I would want to change inhumane farming and testing on all animals.
Thanks for reading and asking!
Hi I’m Amie,
I live in Manchester but grew up in Cheshire where my parents still live. I’m an actor and writer, but also work at the Lowry, teach writing classes at Oldham Coliseum and do various other jobs here and there too!
My hobbies mostly involve art, drama and music. I’m currently learning to play the flute and practice aerial hoop.
I have a cat called Murphy, after Murphy’s Law — where ‘anything that can go wrong will go wrong’! He’s 4 and incredibly friendly and loyal to me.
I’m enjoying the new Vampire Weekend album, but have been reminiscing recently and got in to Spotify’s 90’s playlists.
I don’t remember my first yoga class because my mum introduced me to yoga when I was little. She was a yoga teacher and trained with BKS Iyengar so yoga has always been part of my life and is used as a tool in my acting career.
At the end of 2017 I challenged myself to do some yoga everyday. I did this for a whole year and found the mindfulness aspects were most beneficial.
At the start of this year I felt a bit lost and decided to visit a teacher training open day. I found it fascinating and applied for the course there and then. I started at the beginning of March. Since then I’ve tried to step up and visit more classes each week.
I really like a good Trikonasana!
I enjoy this posture because it stretches the sides of my body. I started doing this type of stretch as an actor because I’m sure it improves the quality of my voice.
Easy! I would be Marty McFly from Back to the Future so that I could have a very cool car and go back in time and have adventures!
Ideally my heaven needs to have sun, sea and sand but if I just wanted to get away from everything to relax and find some peace I’d go to my parents and spend some time in their garden.
In Manchester, any indiscriminate beer garden when the sun is out will do…
I’d go back to the Dark Ages to see the Druids and Vikings, mostly to check out the jewellery.
I wouldn’t change anything because I don’t want to mess with history and risk not existing anymore!
I don’t have a 5 year plan right now. I’ve recently made some changes in my life, undertaking yoga teacher training being one of them, so any plans are out the window and I’m just seeing where life takes me. Maybe ask me again in 5 years…