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yoga for beginners

make this your year of change with our beginners yoga course

3rd Oct – 19th Dec 2023 | Tuesdays 6.30 – 7.30pm | Woodthorpe Yoga Studio

How would you like to feel by Christmas? Do you want to be stronger, fitter and more mindful?

You’re in control of your health – and a regular yoga practice is proven to build strength, increase flexibility and relax your mind. Our beginners yoga course in York is the perfect place to start, whether you are a novice or returning after a break.

If you’ve been thinking about taking up yoga for a while, this is the time to commit. Our 12-week beginners course will give you an introduction and step-by-step guide to this incredibly transformational form of fitness. You’ll finish the year on a high if you sign up now.

Over the 12 weeks, you will learn:

the yoga fundamentals of breath, flow, posture & alignment
Sun salutations
why sun salutations are the ideal way to prepare your body for the day
Breath control
how to control your breath (pranayama) to energise your body & calm your mind
why moving through & honouring the seasons enhances your yoga practice
the endless benefits of incorporating mindfulness into your life
Shoulder Stand
how to perform a shoulder stand to improve circulation & prepare for holding your first inversion
relaxation techniques you can use on & off the mat
how to develop a personal practice that you can take anywhere
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what you can expect…

Since 2007, our founder Lilley has offered a beginners yoga course. By listening to what our students want from their practice, it is now one of the most sought-after and complete beginners programmes in York.

We teach hatha yoga in our beginners classes. In your weekly session, you’ll enjoy flowing sequences that stretch and strengthen your body and mind.

Excited to get started? Here is a 30-minute beginners online session with Lilley that you can do right now.

Interested in experiencing Peacock Tree for yourself? Come along to a complimentary class.

costs and timings…

Our beginners yoga course runs three times a year in January, at Easter and from September. Classes are on Monday evenings from 6.30 – 7.30pm at our Woodthorpe Yoga Studio. Our next group of students will be starting on 3rd October 2023, with the course finishing on 19th December 2023. We’d love to see you on the mat!

We’d encourage you to give it a proper shot and complete the full 12 weeks to truly feel all the benefits. If you sign up after the start date, you can still join and pay for the remainder of the programme. We want you to start quickly, so you strike while the iron is hot.

The course costs £120 and is an investment in your health. On top of your weekly beginners yoga class, you can access our live and pre-recorded online sessions at no extra cost to help you establish a daily practice.

Once you complete the programme, that is the perfect time to commit to membership. This will keep the momentum you’ve built going, so you stay on track and reach your goals. You can continue to progress with the beginners classes or move up to an improvers class. Your teacher will be there to guide you, so that your next step feels right for you.

What our students say

“first time I’ve touched my toes in 35 years”


First time I’ve touched my toes in 35 years!

Ian Woods, 56, Consultant Anaesthetist



“I needed to look no further”


When I moved York, I tried 4 different classes – when I started Peacock Tree Yoga’s Gentle Hatha class I knew I needed to look no further!

Pat Hender, 74, Counsellor



“I was a bit skeptical”


As a bloke, I was a bit skeptical to try yoga, but after my first lesson those thoughts vanished. It’s brilliant.

Ryan Hoey, 20, Student



“I lost over a stone”


I lost over a stone in a year and the only thing I did differently was Peacock Tree yoga. I love it.


Sue Coe, 45, Customer Service Representative


“I feel so different after a class”


Thank you very much for allowing me to join you,  I do  enjoy it soooo much both mentally and physically… I feel so different after I’ve done a class, it’s wonderful.

 Paula Longbone



“sharing your knowledge”


I had a great experience on Thursday night.  Thank you for sharing your knowledge, your beautiful voice, calmness and devotion.

Ming Wang – HGH Accountants



“wonderful uplifting energy”

  Thanks for a beautiful class this eve. It felt very special. And a huge thank you for your positive energy. Even when doing so much day to day you still bring the most wonderful uplifting energy.

Lauren Barry



“an hour’s pleasure”


For me, each Monday you bring an hour’s pleasure (and much needed  exercise) and such a ray of Sunshine too!

Jack Marchbank


“a sense of community”

  I always love the insight and knowledge you share.  You have a joyful and patient perspective in a very confusing daily routine for me. The thing above all that Peacock Tree yoga has given me is a sense of community, knowing that I gain insights from you and being able to connect to others in the world outside of my family and immediate friends.

Debs Whitwell


“stepping out of the maelstrom”


Doing yoga with you is like stepping out of the maelstrom and having some tranquillity, not having to think about it all for an hour. It’s refreshing and revitalising.

Heather Walsh


see you on the mat!

Ready to get started? The next course starts on 3rd October. Book a free class and see if it is for you.