Ashtanga Yoga

  • Ashtanga is a dynamically linked yoga which keeps the body moving in coordination with the breath.
  • The asanas have been sequenced together in such a way that each posture prepares the practitioner for the next pose.
  • Ashtanga is a moving meditation, it brings calmness and inner peace.
  • It's also a fantastic way to build strength and flexibility, while also calming the mind.
  • Our beginners class is opn to men and women of all ages - you do not have to be young, fit or bendy to start practising yoga!

Yoga Teacher:

All classes are taught by Nicola Harpin.

About Nicola

Nicola is currently the only teacher in South Yorkshire authorised to teach by the KPJAYI in India.

She 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.

About the classes:

  • The practice can be modified to make it accessible to all who wish to take part.
  • Monday's class is a general level class for those with some experience.
  • 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.

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

What people say:

“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.”

Please note:

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 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


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.


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.