We are overjoyed to have been sharing yoga with the Sheffield community since 2004!
Jo and Ben warmly welcome you to Yoga Nature. Jo taught her first class in October 2004, though the business was then known as Soul Shine Yoga. A few years later we became Yoga Nature, and you can scroll down for an explanation of why we chose that name. Since then we have continued to grow and now deliver six regular adult classes and four to six kids classes per week, plus many one to ones and workshops. We are also proud to have created Sheffield's first and only Bhakti yoga festival called Ganapati Groove. It's been a wonderful journey and we thank you all for your continued support!
At Yoga Nature Sheffield our philosophy is to educate people that yoga is not just something we do for an hour to two hours in a room, it is not just about exercise with the word “yoga” attached to it. What we offer are classes, workshops and events which explore a wide variety of authentic yoga practices which guide us to the depths of our being where we begin to realise our “true nature” which is also in harmony with “nature” - Mother Earth or Gaia - herself. We are not separate anymore, we become whole, expanded and integrated, we are yoga. Through this integration or expanded awareness we begin to realise and become sensitive that when we harm Gaia we are harming ourselves and we may find ourselves quite naturally beginning to change our lifestyles. This is why our guiding principle at Yoga Nature is based on ahimsa or non-harming or even better creating harmony.
Ben and Jo the founders of Yoga Nature Sheffield are passionate that people find their true nature whilst treading lightly and in harmony with nature itself. Leading by example Ben and Jo live “yoga”. Every moment is an opportunity to be yoga. Ahimsa guides their way… neither of them have ever owned a car, bought a TV, or settee, most of their house is furnished through things they have found in skips, upcycled and recycled or friends and family have given to them. All their cleaning products and grooming products are eco and ethically friendly. They try to support small businesses, to buy as organically and ethically as they can and they recycle as much as they can. Jo and Ben would be the first to put their hands up and say that there is still room for much improvement but they try to navigate and orientate their life as best they can towards loving our planet deeply, towards making yoga their true nature not just in a yoga class room but throughout all of their lives.
Our values are pretty much guided by the ethical observances described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras called the yamas (how we relate to the world) and niyamas (how we relate to ourselves).
Ahimsa (non-harming): This means not doing harm to other sentient and non-sentient beings and ensuring that our thoughts, words and actions are acts of kindness and compassion to both ourselves and other beings. We often focus on this quality in Yoga Nature classes.
Satya (truthfulness): This means living a truthful life that does not harm others.
Asteya (non-stealing): Not taking anything that has not been freely given. This includes both the material and non-material. For example, not stealing people’s ideas or sharing information that has been given to you in confidence.
Brahmacharya (sense control): Literally celibacy, but we can read this to mean more generally moderation of the senses, that is, avoiding over-stimulation and over consumption of any kind.
Aparigraha (living a life free from greed): Taking only what is necessary, not being over possessive and not exploiting others. Living a simple life within our means.
Sauca (cleanliness): Keeping both the body and one’s environment clean. Through practicing yoga, pranayama and meditation both the mind and the body are kept pure and clean.
Santosha (contentment): Being happy with what we have and our lifestyle even when things are difficult.
Tapas (austerity): Literally means to heat the body and therefore keep the body cleansed and fit. Forms of tapas include watching what we think, say, eat, breathing patterns and body posture.
Svadhyaya (self-study): getting to know yourself through a combination of study of scripture along with self-reflection or self-examination.
Isvarapranidhama (devotion): Surrender of the fruits of our practice to something higher than ourselves, however we may conceive that.
What We Teach
At Yoga Nature Sheffield we leave our competitive egos at the door. We aim to provide a nourishing and nurturing environment in which you and your yoga practice will bloom. Through practice we learn to accept our unique bodies and work within our own abilities and aim to cultivate a thoughtful, respectful and understanding yoga practice. Through a joint understanding, trust and empathy you will find that our classes, workshops and yoga walks are enjoyable, revitalising and relaxing.
In classes, we teach a mix of flowing Dru Yoga, Satyananda Yoga, Mandala Yoga, along with occasional elements of Vinyasa, Yin and other styles we have discovered on our yoga journeys. We also teach Meditation and Yoga Nidra. At Yoga Nature we also know that yoga goes far beyond what we practice on the mat. We also aim to cultivate the paths of Bhakti yoga (the yoga of devotion), Karma yoga (the yoga of selfless action) and Jnana yoga (the yoga of wisdom) through our Kirtans, Mantra Groove workshops and Satsangs. We look forward to guiding you on your yoga journey, wherever it may take you!
What's In a Name: Why Yoga Nature?
Yoga: In non-dual traditions of yoga, yoga means 'union', and describes that state in which one merges individual awareness with universal awareness and fully realises the unity of all reality.
Nature: The word nature is derived from the Latin word natura or 'essential qualities, innate disposition' and in ancient times literally meant birth.
Yoga Nature: At Yoga Nature we cultivate and encourage a sense of unity and connection, within our selves, with our community and with the wider world. Truly aiming to 'make yoga our nature'.