Manchester’s Yogathon is back at Great Northern Warehouse

The events are free, and donations from the event will be passed onto local mental health charity, Manchester Mind

The Yogathon is an annual highlight at Manchester’s Great Northern, but sadly had to be cancelled in 2020 due to safety regulations at the height of the global pandemic.

But this International Yoga Day, you can practice your Sun Salutations and celebrate the potential end of lockdown restrictions a little differently, with the return of the free outdoor classes for all abilities.

Its return is an exciting sign of normality – plus a great way to enjoy a much-needed exercise in mindfulness and destressing after the most tumultuous 18th months most Mancunians will have ever known, as well as, of course, a physical workout in a group setting. 

Held in the centre of the Great Northern’s amphitheatre, world-class yoga teachers from The Life Centre will be running three sessions throughout the day for people of all ages and abilities on 21st June 2021 at 7.30am, 12.30pm and 5.15pm to celebrate this international calendar day.

Kickstart your day by performing 108 Sun Salutations, under the supervision of accomplished yogis, as the sun rises over the city. Then enjoy classes that are tailored to suit all ages including fun functional flow and classical vinyasa yoga.

The events are free, and donations from the day’s event will be passed onto local mental health charity, Manchester Mind.

“We are thrilled to be bringing the Yogathon back again this year after a prolonged break,” said Mark Schofield, centre director for The Great Northern.

“The Great Northern is an inclusive destination for families across Manchester, so we are looking forward to welcoming everybody to these fun sessions that celebrate International Yoga Day again this year in association with the brilliant team at The Life Centre in aid of local mental health charity, Manchester Mind.”

Joanna Huddart at Manchester Mind added: “We are thrilled to know this inspired annual event will be taking place, as the benefits of physical exercise and mindfulness for positive mental health cannot be under-estimated, and we’re so grateful for the kind support shown by GNW and The Life Centre through these changing times.”

Ruth Allan, business manager at The Life Centre, commented: “We have designed these classes to work with everyday life, hopefully providing a breath of fresh air after more than a year confined almost entirely to home workouts.

“What’s more, the day also demonstrates that yoga can be done by anybody at any time.”

Classes will run from 7:30am on 21st June , mats are provided and booking is recommended although there will be plenty of space for people to drop in on the day. Please visit the studio’s Eventbrite page to secure your space.


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