Yoga is a practice that incorporates breathing exercises, meditation and poses – there are over 100 different styles.
Maintaining a regular yoga practice promotes a number of physical health benefits including increased flexibility, increased muscle strength/tone and weight reduction – to name just a few.
Yoga is also extremely effective at improving mental well-being. Regular practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns; centres attention and sharpens concentration. The positive impact it can have on our lives really is astonishing.
If you’re interested in yoga but have never given it a go, we’ve put together a list of the top yoga practises in and around the Smithfield area to help you decide.
Ananda Yoga Kula
Located just a 10 minute drive from Smithfield is a small yoga studio, Ananda Yoga Kula. This centre keeps yoga true to its roots, offering a variety of different styles including Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Children’s Yoga.
The studio’s teachers are all qualified to at least 200 hours of training, and run friendly and relaxed classes for all levels. Ananda Yoga Kula also run regular workshops, monthly donation classes for charity, meditation, mantra, sound healing and a yoga philosophy group. Ananda Yoga Kula is very much a yoga studio for the community and has received great reviews on their Facebook.
For class schedules, prices, bookings and all the extra info, check out their Facebook below.
Location: 13 Glebe Street, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 1HL
Maxine Thomas Yoga
Maxine Thomas is a yoga instructor with a wealth of experience. She has taught Hatha Yoga since 2004, with an emphasis on mindfully moving the body through the breath (as opposed to the sweaty, faster paced Vinyasa Flow workout). Maxine is qualified with the Comprehensive Yoga Fellowship and the British Wheel of Yoga.
Maxine offers classes for all: beginners, mixed ability and experienced Yogis. These classes run out of a variety of locations around the Stoke-on-Trent area – none are more than a 15 minute drive from Smithfield.
Maxine also runs online zoom classes as well as offering one-to-one yoga teaching from the comfort of your own home. Those suffering with non specific recurring/chronic lower back pain can also contact her for details of the Yoga For Healthy Lower Backs course.
Maxine has received great reviews from her students, as seen on her website. With such flexibility and expertise, you’re sure to find a class at a location and time that suits you.
For more info on Maxine, yoga and for bookings, check out her website or Facebook below.
- Bradeley Community Centre, Chell Heath Road, Bradeley, ST6 7RA
- Biddulph Valley Leisure Centre Thames Drive, Biddulph, ST8 7HL
- Maple West, Turnhurst Road, Chell, ST6 6SB
Facebook: Yoga with Maxine | Facebook
Love & Light Yoga with Natalie
Love & Light Yoga with Natalie was born in 2012, when she qualified as a yoga teacher with the Comprehensive Yoga Fellowship. She has a strong belief that yoga can have a positive life changing effect.
Natalie’s expertise spans a range of styles including Hatha Yoga, outdoor yoga and meditation. Also, having two sons inspired her to deepen her practice by qualifying in Pregnancy, Postnatal and Children’s Yoga, and Baby Massage – she offers classes for all of these styles.
In her classes, Natalie offers lots of alternative positions, so there is something for all abilities. Once more, her classes receive excellent reviews, as can be seen on her Facebook page.
Natalie’s classes take place about a 15 minute drive from Smithfield and run from Monday-Friday with times varying. Zoom classes are also available. To learn more about Natalie and for all booking inquiries, check out her website or Facebook below.
Location: Werrington Village Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, ST9 0JS
Ready to become a Yogi?
There you have it, Stokies… our top 3 recommendations for places to do yoga in and around the Smithfield area. With such a wide selection of styles and abilities of classes available, there is something for everyone here. So, what are you waiting for? Get in contact with these wonderful studios and instructors and begin your journey to the new you.