Yamuna Body Rolling- Shoulders and Upper Back

Yamuna® Body Rolling is a fresh approach to opening and strengthening your body. YBR will give your body correct alignment and free its energy, all while giving you a complete workout that increases your core strength and tones your muscles. As a nonimpact technique to achieve both fitness and wellness, the concept of Body Rolling is quite simple: your body weight sinks into the ball as your body elongates this creates traction that allows a deep release giving you the benefits of a full body fitness workout, yoga, massage and healing — all rolled into one. In this particular workshop we focus on the upper back and shoulders as this is often a problematic area for most people both in day to day movement and in their yoga practice. Realign your shoulders and create space in the upper back, shoulder girdle and torso. Nichi will go through anatomy of the shoulders and give you simple sequences that you can do anytime. Equipment will be provided on the day and balls are available to purchase after the workshop.

Nichi Green

Yamuna Body rolling was developed by yoga teacher Yamuna Zake and Nichi is one of only a handful of practitioners in the U.K. Since first rolling over 5 years ago Nichi has found that it has informed both her teaching and her practice considerably giving the same deep relaxed and calm feeling that yoga imparts but often with much quicker results. Nichi has been teaching yoga for 19 years and is director of The Yoga Space in Leeds- www.theyogaspace.co.uk. She runs retreats and workshops in U.K, Europe and Sri Lanka.

Join Eleanor for a quiet afternoon of exploring practical methods to manage depression through a blend of yoga poses, breathing techniques and guided meditation to help you rediscover balance and peace. Depression is not something to be ignored – it is on the rise within our society. In England alone, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week (mind.org). Though yoga in of itself is not a cure, mental health issues such as depression or anxiety could benefit greatly from using a holistic approach to their management. In this workshop Eleanor will share some simple practical solutions that she herself has found invaluable in her own daily life when finding herself entering into an anxious or stressful state. The Yin Yoga style is one that offers a slow, deep practice helping you dig into the connective tissues that surround the joints and help release unnecessary and unconscious tension. For this release to occur, the poses in Yin Yoga are held for a few minutes at a time as you are encouraged to approach things slowly and gently to observe the correlation between mind and body. This workshop will also blend some supported standing poses to help lift moods, find strength and draw confidence in standing tall. All levels of practitioners, from any school of yoga are welcome to join in the workshop to help restore balance and equanimity in their life. Please notify me should you have any injuries/medical conditions that will affect your practice upon booking.
Join Eleanor for a whole afternoon of exploring practical methods to relieve your mind and body of stress and anxiety. Throughout the workshop you will be gently guided through a blend yoga poses, breathing techniques and guided meditation to help you rediscover comfort and calm. Anxiety and stress affects most people at some point in their lives – and for some it can stay for a prolonged period of time which can eventually take its toll on energy levels and general wellbeing. Though yoga in of itself is not a cure, it could be wise to use it as part of a holistic approach to managing stress and anxiety; yoga can offer some simple solutions that can be adapted in “real-life” situations when you find yourself entering into an anxious state. Yin yoga is a slow, deep practice helping you dig into the connective tissues that surround the joints and help release tension here. For this release to occur, the poses in Yin Yoga are held for a few minutes at a time as you are encouraged to approach things slowly and gently. Through this release, emotional energies that may have accumulated can be identified and so help you understand where stress and anxiety stems from or how they are affecting you physiologically. This workshop will draw upon Eleanor’s years of teaching experience to guide you through your practice, with props and individual variations available to support you in practice. All levels of practitioners, from any school of yoga, are welcome to join in the workshop to find balance and equanimity in their life. Saturday 25th November 11.30am-3pm Heaton Mersey Community Centre
An Experimental workshop using Ashtanga Yoga & Zen Meditation with Matt Ryan.
'Yoga and Meditation are synonymous '
- David Williams Using the practices of Ashtanga and Zazen (Zen meditation)  Yoga Manchester's yogi in chief Matt Ryan will be teaching students how to allow both practices to 'inform' each other to create a much deeper more focused on the mat experience. That on the mat experience can in turn help to create a more present encounter of the expression of life - the microcosm of the macrocosm. From Matt...
'I have been practicing Ashtanga now for nearly 20 years and it was only when I introduced Zazen as part of my daily routine around 5 years ago that I started to fully internalise and make sense of Ashtanga. They (Ashtanga and Zazen) became 2 sides of the same coin. It's so easy to get lost in the physical aesthetic of Ashtanga that the more subtle internal practice gets lost in the noise - using Zazen has helped me to quieten down the crazy mind and embrace the quality of a true practice.  I have discovered through Zazen how the mind component of Ashtanga Yoga is integral to the whole foundation of the practice and to the complete understanding of the external physical form.

About the workshop

Matt will be breaking down the Ashtanga Yoga primary series into different sections ; Sun Salutes , Standing Postures , Seated Postures etc there will also  be an extended back-bending sequence . In between each section there will be a period of zazen. The length of time in each period of Zazen will increase during the workshop- leading up to an extended period of sitting at the end of the sequence. Green tea and workshop discussion at the end of the practice.
This 3.5 hour Ashtanga Yoga intensive will be led by Mysore authorised teacher Matt Ryan. Matt will kick off the first portion of the workshop by leading students through the traditional Ashtanga Yoga pranayama sequence - offering advice and variations of the practice. In the larger section of this intensive Matt will be guiding students through the Primary Series using the  'Full Vinyasa' system. In the Full Vinyasa method the student comes back to standing after each sequence of the seated postures - the method is continued right through into the finishing sequence. Matt will also be including his intense back bending practice which enables students to explore deeper levels of their backbend.
Join teachers Charlene McAuley and Dr Christoph Seiland on a 3 hour journey into mastering handstand. During the session, Charlene and Christoph will share the following techniques: Wrist and hand preparation Activating the correct muscles Using the wall to help - not hinder - your handstand Knowing the difference between gymnastic and yoga handstand Progressing to One Minute handstand Correct counter movements and postures You definitely do not have to be able to do handstand to attend. This workshop is ideal for anyone wanting to learn more about the mechanics of handstand, preparation, and individual tips to begin the path to getting up and staying up!   Saturday 15th April 11.30am - 3pm      

'Oh Yogi, do not do asana without Vinyasa'

The Sage Vamana

The practice of Ashtanga Yoga is built around the key concept of Vinyasa - or 'moving breathing system'.

Yoga Manchester's chief Yogi Matt Ryan will be looking at the integral components of the Vinyasa system, breaking down the composite parts to give students a deeper understanding of it's practice which in turn will allow for a more focused internal experience of Ashtanga Yoga.

Matt will be using methods from other mind & body practices including Pranayama & Tai Chi  to highlight the mechanics of Vinyasa, he will also be adding in his usual doses of wit and wisdom to make the workshop both fun and challenging.

The workshop will finish with a talk through of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series using the traditional counted Vinyasa method.

Using the foundational building blocks set up in the Level One Beginners workshop, the Level Two course will help take the students' practice to the next level. Taught by Yoga Manchester’s Marie Harris, the course will enable students to adapt the postures within the Primary Series to their own body and understand how to abridge the sequence for a shorter practice. Built upon the themes of Hip Opening, Shoulder Stability, Core Strength, and Back Bending, students will be taught how to progressively improve their capacity in each of these areas, whilst also being encouraged to think independently about crafting a practice that suits their needs. With regular practise, students can expect to move safely towards postures including Padmasana, Supta Kurmasana, Headstand, and Urdhva Danurasana to name but a few.

What's included

To encourage an independent practise, students will be given : Copies of the sequences featured A one day Mysore-style Yoga class pass worth £12.00 The workshop will be an intensive day, however, everyone will leave with the resources and confidence to get to grips with the 'crazy' postures in the Primary Series.


Heaton Mersey Community Centre St Johns Road Heaton Mersey Stockport SK4 3BR. The venue is situated to the right of St John’s Church as you approach & next door to Stella Maris Primary School.


20th February 2016 || 11.30am - 3:00pm (includes 30 minute break)


£40 / £35 concessions
Yoga is the ultimate practice for mind and body. Physically it helps to build strength flexibility and balance. Mentally it helps to promote a calm and peaceful mind.  This one day course is perfect for men and women of all ages with little or no experience of Yoga. The course taught by Yoga Manchester's Marie Harris will establish a perfect foundation in Yoga for students to take into a regular weekly class.


On booking onto the course each student will receive:
  • A free Yoga Manchester Yoga Mat worth £25
  • A foundation in the fundamentals of Yoga – posture, breathing, balance, strength and flexibility.
  • Tuition in how to adapt the practice to suit your body
  • A simple practice of how to relax properly
  • A five class pass to any Yoga Manchester class (worth £32.50) . Once you’ve completed the course you will be able to join any Yoga Manchester weekly class and to help you on your way we will give you your first five classes for FREE.


The course runs from 11:30am - 4:00pm with two 15-min breaks and 45-mins for lunch.


Heaton Mersey Community Centre St Johns Road Heaton Mersey Stockport SK4 3BR The venue is situated to the right of St John’s Church as you approach & next door to Stella Maris Primary School.  


Please contact us to organise payment by bank transfer - or via the green book now button on the left hand side of the page.


Having tried yoga classes previously, I was always left unsure as to whether I was doing it 'right'. The class helped me to learn about the yoga moves and about how much my body could do at this stage whilst allowing me to feel confident that I would improve over time. I liked the way it was explained that there is no one correct position, but stages of progress in positions. The day was hard work and I ached next day but in a good way! It was a good day. Imelda Carr, Manchester   I had a fantastic day doing the Beginner Workshop with Yoga Manchester. Charlene's calm presence and clarity of instruction created a warm environment for learning and exploring, encouraging us to push ourselves without stress or strain. Since the workshop, I've been practicing at home and in class, and can really feel the difference in my body and mood. Many thanks! Karen Quigley, Manchester

Please note that this class will begin again from Saturday 8th January 2022

Class info

It’s get up and go time with our online Saturday morning class. Re-energise from the week and feel revitalised for the weekend ahead. This class will help you to create a calm, focused and centred mind, so begin your journey here. Although the class is perfect for beginners, it’s also great for those looking for a slow and mindful back to basics class, a great way to get back into yoga. So, whether you are a complete beginner, or have tried yoga in the past, there’s no need to be wary if you have not tried yoga before. The yoga practice is inspired by the Ashtanga Yoga sequence giving you total body mobility. Allow tension and tiredness to seep away, leaving you feeling renewed with energy from movements that stretch your body. The class will come to a close with a moment of relaxation, allowing the body to be still and reflect, leaving you feeling invigorated for your day ahead.   Payment can be made on the day ( cash only) or you can buy a 5 class pass via the link below.  

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