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School’s Out! Family Yoga

Wednesday 24th July | 1.30-3pm | £15 for 1 adult & max. 2 children |BOOK HERE

School’s out for the Summer! So why not kick start your  family time with a Family Yoga session? Join Vikki for a fun filled yoga session using traditional yoga practices, creativity and mindfulness. Build connections and make a positive start to your Summer, and maybe take some ideas to try out at home too.

With Vikki O’Brien.

July Early Morning Intensive

July 8th-12th  7.15am – 8.15am,  £42.50 BOOK NOW

Warmer days are coming and this 5 Day Intensive is a great way to enjoy the lighter mornings with some delicious early morning yoga.
Starting at 7.15am each morning you’ll be guided through a one-hour dynamic flow helping to awaken your body, focus your mind and open your heart. All welcome, although not recommended for complete beginners.

With Chloe McKay.

August Early Morning Intensive

August 5th-9th  7.15am – 8.15am,  £42.50 BOOK NOW

Warmer days are here and this 5 Day Intensive is a great way to enjoy the lighter mornings with some delicious early morning yoga.
Starting at 7.15am each morning you’ll be guided through a one-hour dynamic flow helping to awaken your body, focus your mind and open your heart. All welcome, although not recommended for complete beginners.

With Chloe McKay.

Yin & Kirtan

Friday 9th August  7-9pm £18 BOOK NOW
Yin is one of the most delicious forms of yoga you can experience. It is a passive, non-ambitious practice, with long-held floor poses and a deep attention to mindfulness and mindful breathing. It targets connective tissue and joints rather than muscles, gently encouraging a quiet internalised approach. We emerge from a yin practice feeling centred, balanced, whole and relaxed.
Chloe McKay is one of our most loved teachers, skilled in yin, mindfulness, yoga therapy and more dynamic styles too.
Chanting is the use of sound to affect consciousness. Happiness or sorrow, joy or regret are vibratory frequencies in the mind. When we chant a mantra we are choosing to invoke the positive power contained in short repetitive phrases. It’s blissful and very easy!
You don’t need to be able to sing. (Sophie can’t and she LOVES chanting.)
Nam Prakash will guide you through an hour of chanting mantras from several traditions – Sanskrit, Gurmukhi (from the tradition of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan) and even some English ones.
Nam Prakash Kaur has been teaching Kundalini Yoga in York since 2009 and assists on the Level 1 teacher training (where there’s a lot of chanting!).She chants every day, and is looking forwards immensely to sharing this peaceful, uplifting experience with you all.

Midsummers Wild Garden Nidra and Sound Bath.

Friday 28th June  7.00-8.30pm £15  *FULL*
Emma Leaf is our Yoga Nidra teacher. She leads our regular Friday evening candlelit sessions to nourish your whole body, mind and heart.

Deeply relax, recharge and revive during this special midsummer evening. Come and rest totally as you lay down and let Emma guide you through a meditation journey of sound and healing. Visualising a vibrant wild garden, buzzing with honey bees, beautiful butterflies, colourful fragrant flowers and soft green grass.

Experience a powerful way to achieve total relaxation and interconnectedness. During Emma’s crystal singing bowl, gong & shamanic sound bath journey we effortlessly align ourselves into a state of quantum healing, peace, inner guidance and profound expansion. During and after many people report great relief from pain, stress and anxiety, allowing the body’s self healing to operate effortlessly and switch on to continue long after.

We will so be exploring breathwork with breath of bliss and several techniques of Pranayama and mantra to add extra va va voom for fully shining heart, mind, body and spirit.

Open to all. No experience necessary


Energising Vinyasa Flow

Sunday 21st July – 11th August | 6pm-7.15pm | £34 for 4 weeks |BOOK HERE
Sunday 1st September-20th October | 6pm-7.15pm | £68 for 8 weeks |BOOK HERE

An ideal class for improvers moving on from beginners classes, this class is taught to music and will work through breath awareness, limbering the body and working towards a dynamic asana sequence which you can explore at your own level in a nurturing and playful environment. The class will finish with a short meditation leaving you rejuvenated, peaceful and inspired.

With Zoe Speekenbrink.


Beginners Courses

Mondays Beginners Level 1: 2nd September – 21st October,  7.45-9.00pm,  £68,  BOOK NOW
Thursdays Beginners Level 1: 5th September – 24th October, 6.00-7.15pm,  £68,  BOOK NOW

We might  try yoga for many reasons: to cure a bad back, to manage our stress, to heal a broken heart, to inspire our running, or simply because we’ve heard it’s good for us. Yoga can fulfil all these promises and more, because its fundamental premise is that we all possess the potential for a happy, harmonious and healthy life. Yoga is an intelligent, multi-dimensional body-based practice which improves our strength and flexibility, our digestion and circulation, and our endocrine and immune systems. It has a direct impact on our breathing and nervous system, stimulating the relaxation response, and its focus on mindful attention to our inner landscape of thoughts and emotions leads to psychological wellbeing.

Our beginners courses will get you started  in a flow style of yoga. You’ll gain confidence in basic postures, sun salutations, breath work, deep relaxation and mindfulness. Suitable for all, regardless of age, fitness and flexibility. Come and try!

If you are new to yoga we recommend a beginners course, or come and try one of our regular ‘All Levels’ classes.


Beginners Level 2 Course

Wednesdays Beginners Level 2:  4th September – 23rd October, £68  BOOK NOW

This course is for those of you who have done our beginners course and want to explore postures, breathwork and mindfulness a little deeper, or for anyone who’s done yoga in the past, feels a bit rusty and wants to get back into it. The course is a great stepping stone into out Level 2 classes. Expect more alignment instructions, slightly more ‘strong’ stuff, perhaps some Yin Yoga and a wonderful restorative relaxation.


A Day of Mindfulness with Sophie Carr

TBA  10.00am – 4.00pm | £50  (one work-exchange place available) |Email to book

What exactly is mindfulness? And why is it so popular? What’s the evidence for its usefulness? How do you actually ‘do’ it? How can we lead more mindful and meaningful lives? Is it really possible to be less exhausted, less reactive, more resilient? Can mindfulness make us more calm and relaxed? In this day-long workshop we will answer all these questions and more. We’ll unpack the ‘foundations’ of mindfulness – breath awareness, embodied presence, mindfulness of emotions and mindfulness of thoughts. We’ll explore mindful communication, and look at techniques we can use in our daily lives, such as the 3-minute breathing space, mindful walking, and even mindful queueing! There will be meditation, relaxation and informal discussion. The workshop will be a fun, down-to-earth, thorough instruction in the basics of mindfulness, and is suitable for everyone regardless of age, experience or lifestyle. Sophie Carr is senior teacher and co-owner of the Stables. She is qualified and registered with the Mindfulness Training Institute.

For more details please email


Relax & Find Calm Within

Wednesday 5th June – 10th July | 7.30-9pm | 6 weeks | £100 FULL

Relax and Find Calm Within – a 6 week course with Sophie Carr

Yin yoga, restorative yoga and mindfulness.

Suitable for all.

Are you tired, stressed, burnt out, in need of recharge? Is your mind busy, are you running to catch up all the time?

Come and unwind deeply held tensions in the body, and foster a pervading sense of calm and spaciousness using these quieter styles of yoga. Each week we will explore aspects of mindfulness while lying in restful postures. We will also develop our capacity for mindful communication, experiment with mindful walking and learn other techniques to use in everyday situations or times of stress. There will be relaxed discussions and opportunities to support one another in our practice.

  • train your attention and focus with mindfulness of the breath
  • be present and embodied through mindfulness of the body
  • learn the 3-minute breathing space
  • develop a loving, grateful heart with compassion practice
  • explore emotions and develop more emotional intelligence
  • be aware of thought-patterns and diminish self-judgment
  • learn how to quieten the ‘inner critic’
  • reduce our tendency to be over-reactive
  • explore techniques to use in times of stress and anxiety

To truly benefit from this course, you will need to commit to about 20 minutes daily home practice.

**After booking, please email – we would like you to complete a simple questionnaire, and will send you more details about the course**

Please note, there are no refunds given if you withdraw from the course once it has started.

Sophie Carr is co-owner of the Stables and is a yoga and mindfulness teacher with many years experience. She is a qualified and registered member of the Mindfulness Training Institute.

“Sophie is a gifted teacher. Her classes are always fun and engaging, her teaching technique clear and practical. I highly recommend this course!”

“Sophie is so open and warm, she is brilliant at making people feel at ease. Her explanations are clear and personal. I have benefited from the course in many areas of my life and really enjoyed it.”

“Thank you, Sophie. A game-changing experience! I have learnt so much about how I experience emotions and the present moment.”

“I found the course interesting, informative, and very inspiring. Sophie was an excellent teacher. I looked forward to each session with enthusiasm, it was a lovely space to work in and a special group to work with. I benefited and continue to do so, on many different levels.”

“Sophie’s class was warm, genuine and nurturing – much better than other more corporate offerings.”

Birth Prep

Sunday 15th September 2019 9.30am – 4pm  BOOK HERE
Sunday 8th December 2019 9.30am – 4pm  BOOK HERE
 £65 per couple

The class is suitable for couples who want to birth their babies naturally, whether in hospital, at a midwife-led birth centre, or at home.
With Sophie Carr, yoga teacher and doula.


Further information:

Birth Prep

‘It was absolutely essential, miles better than the NCT and hospital preparation classes – fantastic, thank you.’

Stay in control of your birth. Birthing women know what is right for them. They instinctively know who they want with them, where they want to birth, and how. If this is respected, birth is empowering and pleasurable. But the power of birth is often unconsciously surrendered to others which can lead to complicated birth experiences. We learn how to stay in control, while letting our body do its job of birthing.

The characteristics of a natural birth. Hormones play an essential role in childbirth, stimulating the uterus to contract and natural painkillers to be released. In order for the efficient and sustained production of these hormones, a woman needs space to move, darkness and privacy. To birth naturally, she needs to be undisturbed, instinctive, and feel safe and protected. Given the right conditions only one in ten births will be
complicated. We discuss ways of achieving the environment essential for a normal birth in hospital, at a midwife-led birth unit, and at home. We concentrate on the need to trust the process of birth (whether short or very long) and avoid unnecessary interventions.
Active birth. We discuss the benefits of an upright, active birth. We look at positions for the 1st , 2nd and 3rd stages of labour, how to support the birthing mother, and note how our own conditioning can inhibit our trust in our bodies. Women’s bodies are designed to give birth, but fear is a major inhibitor of the birthing hormones—so how can we integrate that knowledge so we are not afraid?
Mindfulness, breathing and relaxation. Yoga breathing is the essential tool for childbirth. We look at how useful it is for dealing with the pain of contractions, and how mindfulness reduces feelings of anxiety and fear. We learn how the birth partner can help the mother stay steady and strong during even the lengthiest labour.
Getting the best from the NHS. We have many choices in birth, many more than we think. We discuss your birth preferences and how to have the birth you want while being supported by the NHS. We also discuss other care providers, and the role of doulas.
‘My partner felt for the first time that he had an important role to play and felt very positive after the day. An excellent and informative class – it left us both enthusiastic and inspired.’
‘Empowering! Sophie and Alison have a gift for getting the partners involved. The best preparation, both physically and psychologically, we have had.’

“The class was really engaging and Howard appreciated the ‘man time’ chat and how involved he felt in the session. We both got a lot out of it and it was very helpful indeed.”

Home Birth Support Group

Meeting on the first Sunday every month  10.30am – 12.30pm

For Couples, Doulas, Midwives – payment by donation (£3-£5) to cover costs, more information here