Since the pandemic we had to relocate and cease our London free classes and events. In 2020 we attempted a strictly socially distant annual yoga retreat which took a toll on our operation capability. 2021 was almost an entire write off with the occasional Gong and restorative sessions offered at local venues or independent festivals.
2022 is already proving to be another year filled with adaptation and innovation, and we are yet to decide as trustees if the charity will have the means to continue in this increasingly virtual society.
At any rate we wish you all a good or good enough transition into the new year.
May all beings be happy, healthy and free.
CityYogiUK is a small charity which provided free yoga classes and low cost events to workers and commuters of the City of London and surrounding areas. We believed then City Yogi UK bridged the gap on wellbeing by enabling students, affected by the rising costs of living, to commit to their yoga practice.
This initiative started in 2016, reaching hundreds of students ranging from single mums, City folk and plus 50s, most of whom otherwise would not have had an affordable option to invest in their wellbeing.
For our teachers, it was fulfilling to see the progress of students as the free format allowed one to commit; this concept of commitment had somewhat disappeared from studios, where often students came and went depending on their cashflow. City Yogi brought this commitment back into an accessible format.
In 2019 we had one of our first students from the free community classes start her teacher training and have fostered new teachers by providing fulfilling volunteering and teaching opportunities.
‘…in London after the move it was the only thing I could and loved to do for the first 2 months, I would’ve not been able to afford the peace of mind the Free Yoga in Angel classes provided, when I look back I couldn’t have made it through that transition phase without it.’ Latitia, London
‘…I haven’t been able to stretch my body properly since the accident, the Free Yoga in Angel classes changed that, I’ve learned how to move better giving me confidence besides being affordable and inclusive.’ Retired MoD staff, London
‘…thank you so much for the amazing Weekend Retreat with yoga classes, long walks… I feel so relaxed.’ Camille, London
Thank you to the following companies and people for donating their products or time to our affordable yoga initiatives.
Goodies Bags: Rituals, Spritz Wellness, Shlurple
Guest teachers and assistants during public events: Jonelle Lewis, Lucy, Alison Coles, Ilaria.
Wellbeing professionals donating their time at our pop-up events:
Sabrina Piergrossi – allergy clearing meditation, reiki and group sessions