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.



Well what could be a better way to kick off the new year (and decade)  than with a 10 or 20 class pass for all Yoga Manchester and Yoga Express classes . Click here to purchase.


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 very special treat – a private one on one Yoga session with any of the Yoga Manchester teachers. Contact us to organise.


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.

Fresh out of ideas what to buy your best friend , family member or partner for Christmas ? Well look no further then our Yoga Manchester Christmas list below – something for everyone !

1.Yoga Manchester 10 / 20 class pass
The perfect gift we think to help encourage someone to get to class for the first time -with the Yoga Manchester 10 / 20 class pass they’ll have no excuses ! Buy here.

2.Yoga on Demand
Should you decide that getting your guy or gal physically to class is too big a hurdle then barra bing barra boom -bring the Yoga class to their front room with Yoga Manchester’s unique Yoga On Demand service. 45 minute classes in the comfort of their own home – full details here.

3. A relaxing Yoga weekend in the Lake District
Turn up, tune in and stretch out with one of our famous weekend workshops in the Lake District. Set on a beautiful farm in Grasmere, our yoga weekend is thoughtfully designed to give you a good dose of energising yoga practice and enough ‘me’ time so you leave the weekend feeling inspired and rested. Full details here.

4. A Wonderful Yoga mat.
The highly durable Wonderful yoga mat is for students committed to a regular yoga practice. The mat is 180 cm x 60 cm and 4mm thick. A mat of this quality usually retails for over £60 , but we are making this mat available to Yoga Manchester students for just £40. Get one quick before they sell out here.

5. David Swenson Yoga weekend workshop
The western Godfather of Ashtanga Yoga comes to Manchester in June 2016. A weekend with David would be a very , very special gift indeed. Details here.

6. David Swenson Yoga Teacher Training
Has your chosen one ever wanted to become a Yoga teacher ? Well now is the time to give them the gift of a lifetime with David Swenson’s 40 hour Yoga teacher training programme. ( We at Yoga Manchester think this gift might have to be a Christmas and birthday present combined!) Check out the details here.

7. Yoga Express Manchester 10 class pass
Does your friend work in city centre Manchester? Then treat them to lunchtime Yoga sessions with our unique 45 minute compact classes for people on the go ‘Yoga Express’ sessions in the City’s Northern Quarter area.                Click here to find out more.

8. One day Meditation for beginners workshop
Have a friend who is super stressed ? Well this January workshop is the ultimate in chillaxation! Meditation can help to cultivate a sense of well-being as well as significantly reduce stress. Details here.

9. The Yoga Nee-ji
The Yoga Nee-ji is the safe knee support for Yoga & Meditation. Invented by Yoga Manchester’s very own Matt Ryan, this amazing yoga prop will give aching knees that extra varra voom ! Buy some on this link.

10. Power up your backbends for the new year !
We’ve all got a friend with  a sore aching back. So treat them to a 2 hour workshop in January to breath and stretch new life in to those aching muscles. Click this link for info.

11. Yoga Motion Workshop
Yoga Motion is a two-pronged workshop in February with one purpose: to uncover hidden aspects of our movement and breathing potential in order to be empowered to further develop our physical dexterity and mental application.It would be rude not too ! Details here.

12. Awaken your Yoga senses workshop
This sensory workshop in March has been created to transform your yoga practice by using blindfolds. At the workshop we will delve deep within the inner body and mind- giving you a better understanding of the conscious connection between yourself, the breath and your mat. Wow ! Click here for information.






In December’s Yoga Manchester People feature, Marta Buszko recalls her most memorable yoga moment which so happens to be Christmas-themed! Enjoy the read and feel all festive inside.

Unexpected festive treat

When Matt asked me to write something for Manchester yogis about my yoga experience in Poland (where I come from) and how it compares to yoga in England, I thought it would be difficult as these two experiences don’t differ too much. With this in mind, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share with you my most memorable yoga experience which so happened to be in Poland.

For many years I used to practise yoga in a lovely studio in Warsaw. I especially enjoyed going to the early morning Saturday classes to give my weekend a really good start. One of the teachers who led the Saturday class was a charming lady; beside being a yoga teacher she was also a musician.

One morning after the whole group lay down in Savasana she announced she would sing. Instead of letting us lie down in silence or giving us some tips about breath and posture, as she usually did, she sang for us. It was a beautiful crisp December morning, through the windows I could see branches of the trees covered with the frost and the sun rays shining through making the trees look as if they were sprinkled with diamonds. And the calming voice of the teacher singing some old Christmas carols. How amazing was that!

For me it is the most treasured memory from all my yoga experiences. Even when I did my first hand stand or lotus I wasn’t more pleased. It was the most memorable moment not only because it was so picturesque but also because it made me realize why I enjoy yoga so much. I love going to yoga classes because this 90 minutes I spend on my yoga matt is like a gift given to myself. It’s valuable time when I can truly be with myself, focus on my needs and just be honest with myself.

It would be interesting to hear about your favourite moments in yoga. I looking forward to reading your comments.