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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. Findings are used to inform, publish and raise awareness of the significant complementary, educational and beneficial value of yoga and related therapies or sport to health care at community, regional and national levels.

Meet the Team

Monica Uden

Monica Uden

Chair

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.

John Jewitt

John Jewitt

Trustee

John’s career spanned 30 years in sales and marketing management with a major international chemical company. In 2000 John took early retirement on medical grounds, before joining the board of Yorkshire Yoga in 2016. John is also a trustee with two other local charities including  14 years as chairman of a Yorkshire based community transport operator.

Rachel Simpson

Rachel Simpson

Trustee

Rachel is a Knaresborough resident who brings the charity in-depth knowledge of local communities and skills from a 20-year career in the NHS (both Primary and Secondary Care). Her work here included innovative, senior management and development roles in hospitals and GP practices.  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 student of mindfulness with the  Mindfulness Association.  Rachel joined the board in 2017 and brings a passion to see the centre thrive.

Cara Clarkson

Cara Clarkson

Administrative Assistant

Cara initially came to Yorkshire Yoga in 2010 as part of the Future Jobs scheme.  We were very pleased when she decided to join the staff permanently.  Cara works in the office handling, among other things, student inquiries and bookings.  She is the first point of call for students coming to the centre.  For the past few years Cara has also been a volunteer in our Able and Enabled class, supporting students during their yoga