A resource for the yoga community in Oxford
Why We Built This Site
This site has been developed as a resource for the yoga community in Oxford. Visitors to Oxford and those new to yoga are able to find the classes they will enjoy. Teachers can promote their classes, workshops and holidays.
If you are new to yoga, the best place to start is the descriptions of styles of yoga available and then look for the teachers who practice the style you prefer.
Information for the site is provided by teachers and we are unable to guarantee its accuracy or whether it is up to date. We suggest that you confirm details with the teacher before joining a class.
Yoga in Schools
Join our team and shape our development!
Yoga in Schools was started in September 2016 by Laura Sewell and Netia Mayman. The response has been more positive than we could have imagined. We need qualified yoga teachers to help us move to the next stage.
We started with the school staff… We thought we could slowly build a yoga culture in each school, now we teach sessions for students as well. Come and help, we are already running out of capacity.
If, like us, you believe the benefits of yoga are life-changing and cannot begin too early, we’d like to hear from you. We are learning all the time and will learn from you, even from an initial enquiry.
What’s happening now?
• Teaching in four mainstream secondary schools and one special school in Oxfordshire.
• Weekly after school classes for teachers.
• ‘Clear mind, healthy body’, events for classes and whole year groups.
• Targeted small group teaching for teenagers experiencing anxiety and depression.
• Our Bhagavad Gita unit for special schools.
• ‘School’s Out! Yoga’, our community class for teens in Oxford.
• Work with the Nuffield Trust on a school well-being project.
• Our first successful funding bid.
What’s happening soon?
• Incorporation as a Community Interest Company.
• Our website.
• Teaching yoga in Key Stage 4 core PE.
• External funding for hard-to-reach groups.
• ‘Clear mind, healthy body’ exam preparation support.
What could happen if you joined us?
• After school classes for students.
• Teaching yoga in RE, music, PE and art.
• Yoga as an essential feature of revision preparation and part of the core PSHE and SMSC curriculum
• Yoga in primary schools.
• Bursaries for teachers to do Yoga Teacher Training.
• Free holiday yoga workshops for teachers to improve their own practice.
• Local week long training events so that teachers can start to introduce yoga into their teaching.
• Family yoga events for primary/secondary transition.
• Working with research organisations and universities.
The work will be shaped by the adults and young people we work with. If you join us, you will influence the direction we take and we will learn together.
We will ensure that you find work well-matched to your practice and your talents. We will support you and ensure you benefit from the development of the Community Interest Company.
• 200 hours YTT or more. No specific yoga style required.
• A willingness to be flexible and to work freelance, usually for a flat fee.
• A passion for learning and for the creative life of young people and/or a genuine interest in working with school staff as a professional group.
• A driving licence (or ability to get 32 yoga mats on a bike) and willingness to travel around Oxfordshire and/or the surrounding area.
• Indemnity insurance that covers yoga teaching.
• Commitment to your own yoga practice and to continuing your development as a yoga teacher.
• Experience of working in secondary or primary schools as a teacher or teaching assistant.
• Specialist training and/or experience of teaching yoga to children and young people.
• Experience of working with vulnerable young people.
• DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service, formerly CRB) checks if you want to work with students as well as staff.
A bit about us
Both of us were trained by teachers in the lineage of Swami Sivananda. We teach and experience yoga as a holistic practice. Guided by the Sivananda teaching ‘adapt, adjust, accommodate’ we design projects to meet the needs of individual schools. We welcome yogis trained in all traditions to come and work with us.
Laura trained in Swami Satchidananda’s Integral Yoga in 2015 after many years of practice. She is a Naked Voice facilitator and regularly runs yoga and voice workshops for adults. Eleven years of working with young people in the UK and abroad have given her extensive specialist experience engaging vulnerable young people, especially with the arts. She is the project co-ordinator for VIP+, an Oxfordshire charity dedicated to activities for sick and excluded young people and for those in the care system.
Netia took her first Sivananda yoga class in 1987. Since then she has practised other yoga styles and trained with the Sivananda organisation in June 2016. She was a secondary English, media and drama teacher for many years and has done a range of other education-related jobs, including being an Ofsted inspector (still more karma yoga to be done to pay back that one) and headteacher of The Virtual School for Looked after Children. She is also a leadership coach, specialising in working in schools and arts organisations.
Find out more
Please ring Netia on 01865 437307 or 07477 458 380 for a chat, or email her to schedule a discussion firstname.lastname@example.org
We are holding meetings for yoga teachers who are interested in joining us at 15 St Mary’s Road, Oxford OX4 1PX at the following times:
6.30 pm Wednesday 23 November
11.00 am Friday 9 December
6.15 pm Monday 16 January
University of westminster, BIG UK YOGA SURVEY (BUYS)
Would you like to take part in yoga research? -University of Westminster
Have you practised yoga or attended yoga classes in the past year? If so, we need your help. Researchers from the University of Westminster are carrying out a survey of yoga in the UK. We know that more and more people are taking up yoga in the UK and the United Nations General Assembly recognised the potential of yoga by declaring an annual International Yoga Day in 2014. While there have been surveys in other countries including Australia and the USA, there has not been an in-depth survey in the UK.
Now we are aiming to find out why people practice yoga, how they practice and how they feel it affects their health and well-being. The results of the Big UK Yoga Survey will be very important as they will suggest where yoga might be most beneficial and what research is needed in the future.
We are hoping for as many people in the UK as possible to complete the survey so that the information we collect is as complete as possible.
What do I need to do?
The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous, unless you choose to provide your email so we can keep you informed about our results and any future research. We will also keep all the information that you provide confidential.
Thank you for your interest in the Big UK Yoga Survey, we really appreciate your time. Your responses will help us to understand more about who is practising yoga in the UK today and guide our research in the future.
You are eligible to take part in the survey if you: live in the UK, have practised yoga in the past 12 months and are at least 18 years of age.
Click here for the survey