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.
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 and therapeutic massage to schools and groups in need in Hackney.
Yogahome has recently embarked on a new phase of its charitable work with Hackney’s communities, funded by National Lottery.
We have resumed our work with special education schools and from June 2021 we are offering 150 one-hour yoga sessions to SEN pupils in five local primary schools. Working in small groups, our expert teacher is using specialised and tailored yoga techniques to reduce stress and help minimise disruptive behaviour. We are delighted to return to schools we have worked with for four years prior to Covid, and bring the transformative power of yoga to this under-provided- for community.
The second strand of our current work is opening the doors of our studios to people who wouldn’t consider or can’t afford attending our regular classes. In the past we have gone to community centre to support harder-to-reach communities, so it’s great to be able to welcome them to our home. This phase is targeting people who are dealing with the impact of isolation, mental health conditions, chronic pain and chronic fatigue, as well as people who are battling with the impact of Long Covid.
We are working in partnership with Social Prescribing Hackney and local Health and Wellbing Coordinators to refer participants to us for an 8-week course of weekly sessions. These include gentle movement, breathing exercises and guided rest techniques, all geared to strengthen the body and help handle symptoms with more resilience.
“The residents always look forward to [the massage therapist] coming and ask about her… It calms them down and helps them feel emotions they may not otherwise be able to in a safe way.”
“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
Ashley Court N16
Benabo Court E8
Thirlmere House N16
Morel Court E2
Adelaide Court E9
Limetree Court E5
Plumpton Lodge E5
Cohen Lodge E5
Evering Road Playgroup E5
Pearson Street Adventure Playground E2
Orchard Primary School E9
Young Hackney E8
Shoreditch Park Primary School N1
“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
The Garden School N16
IMECE women’s community centre N1
Day-Mer community centre 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
Claudia Jones Organisation N16
Round Chapel Families Project E5
Birth Companions N5
Open Doors Project (Homerton University Hospital) E9
U3A (Stamford Hill) N16
MIND N19 (Mothers group, and Women’s Day group)
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