Our charitable work

As a registered charity (reg no. 1119260), Yogahome offers yoga classes and therapeutic massage to a range of community groups and schools in Hackney. These classes are funded entirely by Yogahome and are free to the receiving organisation.

The proceeds from our studio, including classes, therapies and space hire fund and facilitate our charitable work.

Mission statement

Yogahome’s purpose is two-fold. In our leafy studio in Stoke Newington, we strive to maintain an uplifting and welcoming space for our Yogahome community to practice yoga, pilates and meditation. We believe these disciplines should be accessible to all, which is why we keep our prices affordable and offer a wide range or classes for all levels.

In addition to group studio classes, we offer therapies and private sessions, run workshops, a cafe and co-working space, as well as an online studio and video library. The proceeds of all of these ventures on site at Yogahome fund and aid our charitable work, providing free yoga, Pilates, movement and therapeutic massage to schools and groups in need in Hackney.

2023 update on our charitable outreach:

Yogahome has been a safe haven in Hackney (Hackney Social Prescriber). Over the last two years Yogahome has continued to support Hackney’s diverse communities.


Partnership with Social Prescribing Hackney
For the first time, we open our studios to people who wouldn’t consider or can’t afford attending our regular classes. In the past we have gone to community centres to support harder-to-reach communities, so it’s great to be able to welcome participants into our home. We are targeting people who are dealing with the impact of isolation, mental health conditions, chronic pain and chronic fatigue who are referred to us by Social Prescribing Hackney and local Health and Wellbeing Coordinators. They come to the studio for a weekly session of gentle movement, breathing exercises and guided rest techniques accompanied by sound healing, all geared to strengthen the body and help handle symptoms with more resilience. So far we have reached
approx 70 people and have delivered over 100 sessions since 2021. This work continues, and is now funded solely by Yogahome.

“When other doors to services have been closed for some patients, Yogahome has always been open. Some of our most complex patients, who struggle to access services for long-term support, find that Yogahome provides them with a moment to pause and reflect when life around them feels out of control”. – Hackney Social prescriber

Partnership with St Paul’s Church West Hackney

Since February 2023, we have been working with St Paul’s Church West Hackney, targeting their over 60’s communities. We run a weekly of combined modalities including: chair yoga with light weights for strength and agility followed by a short relaxation and breathing techniques and closing with some tea and a chat. All geared to reduce isolation and strengthen the body and mind to ensure participants can live independently for longer. This strand is funded solely by Yogahome with space and refreshments offered in-kind by the Church.

Special Educational Needs
We have worked with SEN schools in the borough for over 5 years. In 2021/22 we held 150 yoga sessions with 50 SEN pupils in five local primary schools, funded by National Lottery Awards for All. Bringing the transformative power of yoga to this under-provided-for community, we worked in small groups of 3-5 children, using specialised and tailored yoga techniques to reduce stress and help minimise disruptive behaviour. Teachers have attested to the efficacy of this personalised approach, and said that “anxious children have become significantly less anxious and willing to engage in the sessions”. Another teacher said that: “we witnessed children with high profile behavioural and self-esteem issues really settling. This year so far I haven’t had to deal with family or staff regarding behaviour”.
We are now in the process of setting up new classes for this target group, to commence in the last term of 2022/23.

Women survivors of violence
We are now in the process of setting up a programme working with women who have survived domestic violence.

Future work
We are setting up a boxing programme with a Hackney school for young people with SEMH, ADHD and Autism, likely to start in the final term of 2022/23.

If you would like to partner with Yogahome to bring the benefits of yoga to people in need in Hackney, or you know an individual who would benefit from our activities, please contact Shira Hess.

Our charitable projects HAVE includeD:

Yoga and massage for the elderly at

  • Ashley Court N16
  • Benabo Court E8
  • Thirlmere House N16
  • Morel Court E2
  • Adelaide Court E9
  • Limetree Court E5
  • Plumpton Lodge E5
  • Cohen Lodge E5

“The yoga classes have been good in improving the quality of the life of our residents. It gives the residents something to look forward to. It has reduced loneliness which is one of the problems of old age, not to mention the physiological benefits of the classes. I have on several occasions been part of the yoga classes and I can see that it lifts the mood of the residents.”
– Hanover Estate manager

Yoga for children with special educational needs at

  • Evering Road Playgroup E5
  • Pearson Street Adventure Playground E2
  • Orchard Primary School E9
  • Young Hackney E8
  • Shoreditch Park Primary School N1

Yoga and massage for parents and carers of children affected by special needs, medical conditions or illness at

  • The Garden School N16
  • Stroke Association

“It is so important for us parents to get help to relax, feel better, as our lives can be hard. Thanks very much for your dedication and commitment.”

– Barbara Reissner

Yoga for Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriot women at

  • IMECE women’s community centre N1
  • Day-Mer community centre N16

Massage for elderly and mothers’ groups of African Caribbean heritage at

  • Claudia Jones Organisation N16

“The sessions have helped most of our women experiencing difficult life situations with their mental health and well being. Women report that these session improve their feeling of having time for themselves and this impacts on their positive self esteem. Some of the women report greater bodily flexibility in their movements and joints and improved sleep… Thank you so much.”

– Claudia Phillips

Massage for single parent families and hostel families at

  • Round Chapel Families Project E5

Massage for women experiencing severe disadvantage during pregnancy, birth and early parenting at

  • Birth Companions N5

Massage for women working in the sex industry at

  • Open Doors Project (Homerton University Hospital) E9

Pilates and fall prevention for older people​ at

  • U3A (Stamford Hill) N16

Yoga and martial arts for migrant families​ at

  • Akwaaba N16

Yoga for women affected by mental health issues​​ at

  • MIND N19 (Mothers group, and Women’s Day group)

Yoga for women affected by abuse and violence​​ at

  • Solace N7

Yoga for schools at

  • Petchey Academy E8
  • Our Lady and St Joseph’s
  • RC Primary N1
  • Clapton Girls Academy E5
  • Baden Powell Primary School E5
  • Holmleigh Primary School N16
  • Grazebrook Primary School N16
  • Woodberry Down Primary School and Nursery N4
  • Shacklewell Primary School E8
  • William Patten Primary School N16