The Stables Yoga Centre York | Yoga Workshops

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Christmas Extravaganza!

Friday 13th December | 7 – 9:30pm | £20 | BOOK NOW

The Stables team will teach a lighthearted, fun class including flow, partner and yin yoga and a delicious yoga nidra with sound bath, with mulled wine and mince pies afterwards for a Christmas mingle. All money raised will go to Shelter and York MIND.


Family Yoga

£12 for 1 adult and 1 child (use discount code 1CHILD when booking) | £15 for 1 adult and 2 kids (use discount code 2KIDS when booking), £18 for 2 adults and up to 3 kids
Saturday 21st December | 1:30 – 3pm |  BOOK NOW

Get connected! Family yoga is the perfect way to unite and create bonds and memories with your tribe – it’s also huge amounts of fun!

Family Yoga is a fabulous combination of yoga, movement, storytelling and imagination. This is a great opportunity to learn calming breathing techniques for kids, relaxation exercises involving the whole family and yoga sequences you can take home to play with.

All ages are welcome.


Sunrise Yoga

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 3rd January – 31st January | 7-8am | £100 | BOOK NOW

A whole month of early morning yoga in January with 2 of our best-loved teachers – Chloe and Sophie. You’ll be amazed at what regular early morning practice will do for you – this REALLY will keep you energised and balanced for the whole month. Starting the day with yoga influences how we feel mentally and physically, helping us feel grounded and open all day. You’ll be guided through a one-hour dynamic flow helping to awaken your body, focus your mind and open your heart. We strongly encourage you to keep with the course, but we do offer the chance for you to make-up a couple of missed mornings by coming to one of our regular drop-in classes (EXCEPT Saturday 9am Dynamic Flow and Thursday 7:45pm Vinyasa Flow. No refunds – commit to the whole month! Not suitable for complete beginners.


Beginners Courses

Mondays Beginners Level 1: 6th January – 10th February | 7.45-9.00pm | £51 | BOOK NOW
Thursdays Beginners Level 1: 9th January – 13th February | 6.00-7.15pm |  £51 | 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, breathwork, 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 8th January – 12th February | 7:45 – 9pm | £51 |  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 our Level 2 classes. Expect more alignment instructions, slightly more ‘strong’ stuff, perhaps some Yin Yoga and a wonderful restorative relaxation.


Relax & Find Calm Within

Wednesday 8th January – 12th February | NEW TIME 7.15-9pm | 6 weeks | £100 | BOOK NOW

A six-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.”


Flow and Reset Mini Workshop

Sunday, 12th January | 3 – 5pm | £20 | BOOK NOW

Join Zoe for this mini-workshop combining her speciality energizing vinyasa flow with a relaxing restorative yoga practice.

Zoe will guide you through some breath work (pranayama) followed by an invigorating and dynamic vinyasa flow practice working on both strength and mobility. Following this, we will move into a calming and relaxing restorative practice to wind down and we’ll finish off with a deep relaxation. The best of both worlds and the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon in early January! All are welcome, but not suitable for complete beginners.


Yoga Oasis

Sunday 19th January |9:30am – 4:00pm| £50 | BOOK NOW

With Sophie Carr & Fran Windsor

Want a full day of yoga? Here’s your chance to explore some inspiring yoga practices that will leave you feeling challenged, energised, rested and restored – all in one day.

Enjoy a harmonious blend of yoga, meditation, breathwork and relaxation in our light-filled studio. Deepen your practice and take time out to treat yourself. We’ll give you one-to-one attention and there will be some pampering extras.

Suitable for all levels.


Yoga for Blokes

Last Friday of the Month
31st January | 28th February | 27th March | 24th April
7 – 8:30pm | £40 for the series – or – £15 per class (booking essential)

With Chloe McKay

Chloe will guide you through vigorous and restful sequences aimed at encouraging integration and mobility in order to relieve tight muscles from cycling, football, running, climbing, or just from sitting at a desk. This is an accessible introduction to yoga and you will learn key postures and techniques for better health and mental equilibrium.

“It was with great trepidation that I signed up to a yoga class. I have been practicing tai chi on and off for 20 years but, as with a lot of things as you get older, my knees were finding it tough. Plus I had reached a point where I needed to find that quiet space inside. What with a hectic job and two small kids, I was in dire need of some ‘me time’.

My wife handed me a flyer for Yoga for Blokes and it piqued my interest. I had been thinking about a yoga class but had no idea where to start. I felt this workshop could provide the ideal opportunity to ‘dip the toe’ and I would be with other blokes, so the potential embarrassment levels could be greatly reduced!

The evening (Friday) arrived and it was welcome. I had had a tough meeting in the midlands and it had taken nearly five hours to get home, so I was tired and stressed. Also apprehensive about what to expect but excited to try something new.

I arrived and was met by Chloe McKay, the teacher, at the door. Instantly, I was reassured with a smile and advice on where to go, what to do with my coat and shoes. Now feeling more relaxed I made my way upstairs to the studio. The mats were already laid out and I sat down. Now some of the apprehension returned. Thoughts, like “what do I do if I have to put my leg behind my head?” “What if I trump??” “Could I sneak out if it’s going badly?” Etc, etc…

I didn’t need to worry, Chloe instantly calmed my thoughts, with her gentle words and instructions. The session was run at an easy pace, where you could practice the posture and not feel like an uncoordinated baby giraffe. Chloe would approach and ask if it was ok to help you into a position or offer advice. For me, I now felt like this was something achievable. Something not too daunting. Something that I wouldn’t embarrass myself with, which is pretty important!!

I was really enjoying it but, as they say, all good things have to end and it did with the relaxation section. Wow! This just rounded out the session. I felt so calm and relaxed… and happy too! I was over the moon that I had had such a great experience.”
-Stuart Green


Gratitude for Life Yoga Nidra Sound Bath Journey with Emma Leaf

Friday 7th February | 7 – 8:30pm | £15 | BOOK NOW

A very special evening of Yoga Nidra and Sound Healing, to plant seeds of intention with gratitude for the Spring season ahead.

This is always such a love-filled night of connection for ourselves and connection with our community, to shine out our light to our hearts and the whole world.

Give yourself the pure treat of deep rest, nourishing healing, recharging, and wellbeing throughout 2020.

We begin with breathwork to clear any old stagnant energy, reset and recharge your whole self. Then we plant seeds of intention by creating your own personal sankalpa (intention).

Then Yoga Nidra enables you to relax fully and consciously in a short period of time. It will leave you fully rested, rejuvenated, calm and free of stress.

And finally, experience a deeply relaxing, fully immersive sound bath with healing tones, vibrations and sensations. Emma plays a fascinating mixture of crystal singing bowls, gongs, chimes, shamanic instruments and drums.

“Emma’s sound baths are very healing, allowing you to go even deeper into your Nidra meditation practice as a fully felt experience. You relax at a profound level, your body finds a natural balance while creating space for insights and exploration.”

All mats, blankets and props are provided although you are most welcome to bring your own if you like.

Please book in advance as spaces limited.

We will also enjoy a chocolate (vegan) meditation at the end to ground and integrate your practice


Energising Vinyasa Flow

Sundays Starting 9th February | 6 – 7:15pm | £68 for 8 weeks | BOOK NOW

Zoe will guide you through a creative, flowing Asana sequence aimed at building strength and stability, aligning movement with breath.

An ideal class for improvers, 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.


Energising Vinyasa Flow

Sundays Starting 19th April  | 6 – 7:15pm | £51 for 6 weeks | BOOK NOW

Zoe will guide you through a creative, flowing Asana sequence aimed at building strength and stability, aligning movement with breath.

An ideal class for improvers, 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.



Energising Vinyasa Flow

Sundays Starting 31st May  | 6 – 7:15pm | £51 for 6 weeks | BOOK NOW

Zoe will guide you through a creative, flowing Asana sequence aimed at building strength and stability, aligning movement with breath.

An ideal class for improvers, 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.


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