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About Yorkshire Yoga & Therapy Centre

Yorkshire Yoga was founded in 2005 to provide a welcoming and inclusive venue in which all of the community could experience the benefits of yoga. It became a charity a few years later.

We are an approved centre and training venue for the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY). BWY is recognised by Sport England and The Sport and Recreation Alliance as the National Governing Body for Yoga in England.

The yoga centre provides group exercise classes taught by qualified instructors in Yoga, Pilates, Nordic Walking as well as well-being and natural stress relief techniques.  There is also the option of individual classes.

We believe that everyone should be able to participate in yoga, which is why we offer a range of classes suitable for different levels of ability and health.

The charitable aims include not only assisting in the treatment and care of adults and children of all ages suffering from physical and or mental disabilities, but also to research, develop and advance the study of yoga, related therapies or sport as a means of improving the physical, mental and spiritual health of the community.

You can support our charitable activity through our Local Giving page here…

Meet our Team…

Chris Cox

Chris joined Yorkshire Yoga as Centre Manager in the summer of 2018.  He has a background in community sports management and is passionate about bringing yoga to all in the North Yorkshire community.

Rachel Clark
Ambassador and Tutor

Rachel is a Knaresborough resident with knowledge of local health and wellbeing communities and skills from a 20-year career in the NHS. Her NHS career included innovative, senior management and development roles in Primary and Secondary Care.

Rachel cares passionately about health and well-being.  A past student of Pilates she now lives with chronic illness and uses yoga and mindfulness to improve her wellbeing. She is a Mindfulness Practitioner, training and qualifying with the Mindfulness Association.

She brings a passion to see the centre thrive and to share the benefits of mindful living with students.

Monica Uden

Monica spent 40 years working in special education, the last 21 as a headteacher of three special schools. Since retiring she has run her own consultancy business advising special schools.

She has become involved with a number of charities and is the trustee of a national charity delivering research into children’s speech and language difficulties.  Monica is interested in health and fitness and has attended Yorkshire Yoga’s classes for many years.

Charles Dzvairo

Charles joined Yorkshire Yoga as a Trustee in the Winter of 2019.  His background is in Finance and Financial Accounting and he brings his dedication and conscientiousness to the Centre.

Lou Moore
Programme Development Coordinator/Assistant Manager

Lou joined Yorkshire Yoga as a tutor in 2019, and has since spent time in a voluntary role and on the board before taking on this position.

Lou has been teaching Yoga and Meditation since 2007 whilst raising a family and providing personal support for an elderly family member.  Her own children attended Yorkshire Yoga as babies and young children so she has always had a sentimental affiliation and fond memories of time spent here.

She is an advocate for all things wellbeing, with a firm belief that such activities should be accessible to all, regardless of any physical, mental or financial barriers.

Sarah Smith

Sarah joined Yorkshire Yoga as a trustee and board member in the summer of 2020. 

Her background is in law and, having been a partner and Director at several law firms (most recently Berwins, Harrogate), Sarah brings her legal and managerial experience to this role.  Sarah has a strong interest in wellbeing and mindfulness, of which yoga has formed a part for many years now.

Sarah accepted the invitation to join the board to help the charity meet the increased appetite for all these things post-pandemic and support a beacon in our local community. 

Susanna Lewis

Susanna joined as a trustee in the summer of 2020. As a trained aromatherapist and having a life long interest in all aspects of wellbeing, Susanna is passionate about promoting the Centre as a wellness hub for all the community.

Susanna works as a therapeutic writing teacher, providing workshops, courses and events, inspiring others to use writing and journaling to improve wellbeing.

She is the owner of Knaresborough Online, the community, business and visitor website for Knaresborough.

In her spare time Susanna enjoys writing, yoga, Qigong, meditation, mindfulness, spending time in nature and walking with her dog George.