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, Pilates Reformer and Personal Training classes, we offer therapies and private sessions, run workshops, a cafe as well as an online studio and a video library. The proceeds of all of these ventures on site at Yogahome fund and aid our charitable work, providing free yoga, Pilates, and movement to schools and a variety of groups in need in Hackney.

2024 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

Since June 2021 we have been working with Social Prescribers, Wellbeing Co-ordinators and mental health practitioners in Hackney to offer this free weekly session. They refer to us people who are dealing with the impact of isolation, mental health conditions, chronic pain and chronic fatigue. We have developed a mixed modality format that includes specifically designed gentle movement and stretching exercises, breathing techniques and guided rest accompanied by sound healing. This unique mix is geared towards strengthening the body and helping participants handle symptoms with more resilience to ultimately improve wellbeing and encourage living more joyfully. So far we have reached around 100 people and delivered over 130 sessions. We are now also contributing to an evaluation project with Social Prescribers Hackney and University of East London to measure the impact of wellbeing provision on this target group. 

“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 session of combined modalities including: chair yoga for strength and agility followed by a short meditation and breathing exercises 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 by Yogahome with space and refreshments offered in-kind by the Church.

Carers of children with special education needs 

This year we have also returned to work with the neighbouring Garden School and other Hackney Schools with SEN provision. 

We offer carers and parents with children with additional needs a free weekly session to give a little respite and relief, as well as a good stretch! Working on both strengthening and relaxing, one of the participants said that going to Yogahome gives me something to look forward to. It helps me understand my body, especially with the breathing exercises, which I use everyday in my stressful life”.

Boxing in Leaways School

Over the past year we have delivered a boxing programme at a Hackney school for young people with SEMH, ADHD and Autism. Often taken with members of staff, this high energy session strengthens connections between staff and pupils and offers a space to release tension and bond as well as significantly increase participants’ confidence.

“The boxing sessions have had a great impact on the children’s levels of happiness, confidence and work ethic and provide way more than health benefits! They enable children with additional needs to access an environment and experience they would usually not be able to” – The School’s Pastoral & Designated Safeguarding Lead

Shoreditch Trust 

We offer a free monthly session of yoga for their Mums and Bumps group of refugee and new arrival clients. Often delivered with the children, this is a joyous session to stretch, relax and strengthen giving the mums a rare opportunity to take some time for themselves. 

Turning Point 

This is a new partnership with an addiction recovery centre in Hackney. We are trialling yoga sessions for their client base beginning in April 2024. 

Women survivors of violence

This year we have worked with Hestia and the Latin American Women Aid to offer a number of free sessions for their clients. Aimed to strength and reclaim a sense of independence, these sessions used our mixed modality format including a range of techniques to support healing and wellbeing of both body and mind. 

If you would like to partner with Yogahome to bring the benefits of our activities to people in need in Hackney, or you know an organisation who would, 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