Unfortunately this means all our bodywork classes are cancelled until further notice. Please contact us if you need more information.

Yoga, Tai Chi and Chi Kung

The Sheffield Buddhist Centre’s Great Hall is an ideal space for relaxing yet invigorating bodywork. Currently we have four styles available, please choose from below.

The hall has underfloor heating so it’s suitable for classes all year round. We provide yoga mats, blocks and belts or bring your own if you wish. Please wear comfortable clothes.

Please let the instructor know of any current or prior medical condition you may have. If you are in any doubt in this regard please consult your doctor.

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga is a dynamically linked yoga which keeps the body moving in coordination with the breath, offering a moving meditation.

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ashtanga Yoga Teacher

Nicola Harpin

All classes are taught by Nicola Harpin, who is currently the only teacher in South Yorkshire authorised to teach by the KPJAYI in India.
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The primary series of Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamically linked series of hatha yoga asanas.  The asanas have been sequenced together in such a way that each posture prepares the practitioner for the next pose. There are 7 series in total each with their own unique intention.

All of the series keep the body moving in coordination with the breath, offering a moving meditation but also bringing calmness and inner peace. The practice can be modified to make it accessible to all who wish to take part.

Ashtanga is a fantastic way to build strength and flexibility, while also calming the mind.

Monday’s class is a general level class for those with some experience. You can attend this class at a drop-in rate of £12 per class.

Thursday’s Beginners’ course is for both beginners and anyone practising other styles of yoga. The course prepares students to move on to our led ashtanga classes. The course is open to all: men and women of all ages – you do not have to be young, fit or bendy to start practising yoga! This course is now in progress; keep checking back for new dates.

During the course we aim to teach you:

  • the basics of the practice including breath, bandhas, dristi and vinyasa
  • the sun salutations and fundamental standing poses
  • the seated poses of the ashtanga vinyasa Primary Series
  • basic back bending and the finishing sequence

If you’re not sure whether this class is right for you, you can come at the drop-in rate of £12 per class. If you then decide to join the course, we’ll deduct the cost of your drop-in from the balance.

The fee for these courses is non-refundable, and non-transferable except for reasons of ill-health. If you need to drop out of the course due to injury or ill-health, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing us on info@sheffieldbuddhistcentre.org. We may be able to consider a refund or credit for the classes that you will
miss after you’ve notified us.

*** Please do not park in our car park unless you have mobility problems. You can park in a side street. If in doubt, please email us to check

Nicola Harpin

Nicola has been practicing for over 20 years and began her yoga life with a Barbara Currie DVD’s in her bedroom, with a desire to learn more she began to attend classes.

In South London, she soon met Kamal Paul and Lesley Sheridan who mentored Nicola in Sivananda, Ashtanga, Hatha and Iyengar yoga. In 2005 Nicola travelled to Portugal to undertake her initial Ashtanga yoga training with Brian Cooper and Nawajoyti of Union Yoga, Edinburgh.

She continued her yoga training with the British Wheel of Yoga and become a qualified Hatha teacher in 2008. Having firmly got the yoga bug, Nicola continued her Ashtanga training with Kino MacGregor and Tim Feldmann at The Miami Life Centre and was fortunate enough to attend one of their second series immersions in the USA.

Nicola travels annually to Mysore to study with Sharath Jois. She has studied with Sharath on his European tours, considers herself one of his students and is dedicated to his ways of teaching. Nicola is currently Sheffield’s only KPJAYI Authorised teacher having gained Sharath’s blessing to teach in 2018.

With her love of ashtanga aside, Nicola also considers herself to be a teacher of women’s yoga and has been heavily influenced by her teacher Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, who she has been lucky enough to study with extensively.

Nicola is qualified in: Pregnancy Yoga,Thai Massage, Post Natal Yoga,Baby Yoga & Early Years Yoga, Infant Massage,Yoga Therapy specialising in women’s health, Toddlers Yoga, Pregnancy Massage, Restorative Yoga.

Nicola previously taught in London and has been teaching in Sheffield for a number of years.

“My students are my greatest inspiration and I am thankful to them for their continued enthusiasm.”

Testimonials

“Having tried a few yoga classes of different styles, I was pleased to find Nicola’s Ashtanga class at the Buddhist centre. Nicola is a warm and welcoming teacher who is enthusiastic to share this style of yoga. She is very astute in remembering the progress of individuals in her classes and taking time to circulate to offer adjustments as we work as a class through the sequence. I started as a beginner to the Ashtanga style and soon picked up the sequence. I particularly like practising yoga at the buddhist centre because of the calming atmosphere and space. We also see familiar faces at the classes (some of us having been coming for years); it is so nice to feel part of a community of yogis here.”

“We have been coming to Nicola’s classes at the Buddhist Centre for over 10 years and would not consider going anywhere else. Nicola’s classes are comprehensive and inclusive, and she is a kind and generous teacher. Having such a peaceful space to practice in makes it easier to shake off then stresses of the day and relax into the practice. It’s always exactly what we need to reduce our stress levels and reset. ” – Kay and Ed

“I’ve been coming to Nicola’s ashtanga classes at the Buddhist Centre for about ten years. The instruction is very good and precise, but with good humour. The classes are friendly and inclusive with a wide variety of experiences and abilities attending. The main hall at the Buddhist Centre itself is an ideal peaceful setting  to practice yoga. I’d definately recommend the classes.”

“Great friendly ashtanga classes in a peaceful setting in the buddist centre.”

“I’ve been practising ashtanga with Nicola at the Buddhist Centre for over 10 years and will hopefully continue to do so for the next 10. It’s a wonderful space to practise in with a really lively vibe and Nicola is an incredible teacher.”

Tai Chi (Tàijíquán)

Tai Chi, or Tàijíquán (depending on the translation) is sometimes referred to as simply “Taiji” or ‘Taichi’; now a popular system of exercise for improving health, body alignment and co-ordination. Also, through regular practice the student can learn to relax and ‘let go’ unnecessary tension in the body and mind.

This class is intended for existing students of Sthirananda. 

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Tai Chi Teacher

Sthirananda

“The only requirements for Tai Chi are practice, patience and perseverance.”

Tai Chi, or Tàijíquán (depending on the translation) is sometimes referred to as simply “Taiji” or ‘Taichi’; now a popular system of exercise for improving health, body alignment and co-ordination. Also, through regular practice the student can learn to relax and ‘let go’ unnecessary tension in the body and mind.

The only requirements for Tai Chi are practice, patience and perseverance. It is equally suitable for young and old; men and women. Loose clothing is advised and light weight indoor shoes (preferably without a raised heel) can be worn. Some students prefer to train in socks or bare feet, whichever you find most comfortable. Please let the instructor know of any current or prior medical condition you may have. If you are in any doubt in this regard please consult your doctor.

Sthiranada (aka Pete Fletcher)

The course will be taught by Pete Fletcher (a.k.a. Sthirananda), who is a senior instructor with the Taiji School of Central Equilibrium and also a student of Wee Kee Jin (and the Huang Sheng-Shyan system of Tai Chi). He has been both teacher and practitioner for over 30 years

Testimonials

 

Chi Kung

Qigong, also known as Chi Kung, is a sequence of exercises for health and relaxation that has been practiced by Chinese people for hundreds of years. Chi Kung has since become very popular with people in the West. There are many types of Chi Kung. The sequence that we will be learning on this course is the Tai Chi Chi Kung 18 Movements, or ‘Shibashi’, for short, and is an excellent introduction to enable you to join the ongoing Tai Chi class.

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Chi Kung Teacher

Sthirananda

Chi Kung Class

Qigong, also known as Chi Kung, is a sequence of exercises for health and relaxation that has been practiced by Chinese people for hundreds of years. Chi Kung has since become very popular with people in the West. There are many types of Chi Kung. The sequence that we will be learning on this course is the Tai Chi Chi Kung 18 Movements, or ‘Shibashi’, for short. We will be learning Tai Chi principles in order to fully benefit from the exercises. This should also provide a good foundation for those students who might wish to learn traditional Tai Chi movements later on, and join the ongoing Tai Chi class on Thursdays.

Sthiranada (aka Pete Fletcher)

The course will be taught by Pete Fletcher (a.k.a. Sthirananda), who is a senior instructor with the Taiji School of Central Equilibrium and also a student of Wee Kee Jin (and the Huang Sheng-Shyan system of Tai Chi). He has been both teacher and practitioner for over 30 years.

Testimonials

Jordana

I first became interested in Buddhism as a teenager from a chance encounter with a book found in my school library. I was immediately struck by how Buddhism taught that I could change how I experience the world and that I could grow as a person. However, it wasn’t until many years later at the Sheffield Buddhist centre, that I began to commit myself fully to Buddhist practice as I saw that practicing Buddhist teachings was having a very positive impact on my life and on the lives of others.

I was delighted to join the Still Learning Team in November 2018. My previous work has been as a teacher and as an artist and I feel privileged to be able to bring those skills together with my passion for Buddhism in order to teach children and young people about Buddhism.

Aryadasa

I first came into contact with Buddhism in my final year of university when I attended an introductory course at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre. I was instantly captivated by the revolutionary yet practical nature of the Dharma (teachings of the Buddha).

I began to meditate and apply Buddhism into my daily life and found that it actually worked! I had started to view the world differently and in a way that made me happier. I gained great confidence by this and became a committed Buddhist practitioner soon afterwards.

I enjoy sharing with others what I have learnt and how Buddhism has transformed me so I was delighted to join the Still Learning team in October 2013.

Buddhist Artefacts

Suitable for all Key Stages A fun activity for all ages. Explore a range of traditional Buddhist artefacts. Can you guess what they might be used for? Pupils and teachers love the hands-on approach of this game.

Ethics and Kamra

We have a range of exercises and activities, depending on ages and ability levels, exploring Buddhist ethics and their implications for how we might live as Buddhists.  

  • What are the five precepts?
  • How do they affect how we live?
  • Do you agree with the Buddha that living like this will make someone happier?
  • What is karma?

The Life of the Buddha

How did the Buddha become the Buddha? Who was he before? What is enlightenment?

An understanding of the Buddha’s life story is an indispensable introduction to the religion. We draw out the key aspects using a beautiful painting that depicts the different events from the story.

The Three Jewels

We often theme our tours and visits around the Three Jewels of Buddhism, the Buddha, the Dhamra and the Sangha. Find out why the Three Jewels are common and central to all schools of Buddhism.

  • The Buddha, representing the ultimate potential for human growth,
  • The Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha.
  • The Sangha, the Buddhist community.

Stilling Activity

Very popular with both students and teachers, this exercise will give you a taste of what it’s like to meditate.
  • You will be amazed how still and quiet your pupils can be!
  • Learn some techniques from experienced Buddhist meditators that you can use every day to stay calm, grounded and positive.
  • It is not a specifically Buddhist exercise and is therefore suitable for people of all religions. It can be easily adapted to suit all ages.