Community at our Core


At the core of Yoga on the Edge is the community we build. We want our studio space to act as a retreat from the outside world as well as a place to connect to those within it. We believe in ‘Karma Yoga’, the yoga of unselfish action. Karma Yoga encourages acts of service. Our charity endeavours allow us to humbly serve those in our community, and beyond. We forge meaningful connections and listen to the experience of others.

Our ‘Community Class’ Sundays 12:30 – 13:30 is one of our cornerstone classes. It’s a Restorative Yoga class, in association with the Hannah Whitley Foundation. It’s open to those affected by trauma, grief, or for those associated with any of our affiliated charities.
It’s free, but of course we gratefully accept donations which are directed to the foundation itself.
The community classes then fund the classes that we also hold at ‘Maggies’. Maggie’s Manchester is based at the Christie Hospital.
These sessions are for anyone affected by cancer – patients, family, extended family or friends of the patient.
Hannah Whitley, who lost her life aged 23, loved Yoga. Her mother Nicki began The Hannah Whitley Foundation as a way to channel her daughter’s love of yoga into positive action. A cause close to our hearts… 

 “Through The Hannah Whitley Foundation we want to help improve the health of those suffering mental and emotional distress by offering them the chance to practice yoga for free as a new coping mechanism that may help them through their loss, grief or other sufferings. 

“Hannah was a very spiritual person, she loved yoga and meditation and through this love we will ensure her spirit lives on to help others.” – Nicki Simmons, Hannah’s mum


Hear from some of our attendees:

Rebuild Trust in Your Own Body

“When you get cancer you lose trust in your own body, confidence and getting back on track. Finding Clare at Yoga On The Edge through The Hannah Whitley Foundation opened a big door.  Through small yoga moves, you can start to rebuild that strength in mind and body.

Joining the Hannah Whitley group every Sunday morning has become my special yoga church
 Clare – the teacher – does a lot of fundraising for The Christie and Maggie’s Centres. She cares and understands.  The group is a caring, positive vibe with restorative moves and tea and chat. Thanks to Nicky for starting the Hannah Whitley foundation. Yoga can help you heal!”
Sunday Safe Haven

“I have recently been introduced to this safe haven every Sunday 12:30 via The Hannah Whitley foundation. What a welcome I received and I so look forward to it each week. All little angels helping each other cope in one way or another, after loss or trauma going on in their lives. The archangels – founder Nicki who wants to give back and help others. Our very elegant teacher Clare giving up her own time, and also not forgetting the lovely Janet on hand to help. The peace, tranquility and love in that room is a beautiful space to be in. If anyone needs support or help in difficult times this is the only place you need to be to gain strength, support and relaxation with kind and caring people.”

Favourite Hour of the Week

“I was recommended to The Hannah Whitney Yoga by a close friend as a safe place to come and relax, switch off and connect with my emotions. I have taken great comfort from Clare and her restorative yoga and from sharing my personal experience with like-minded people who are on their own personal journey. It’s my favourite hour of the week!”

Relaxing and Secure Environment

“The restorative yoga session on a Sunday morning is the highlight of my week. I’ve benefited so much from the practice, delivered by the wonderful Clare in the most relaxing and secure environment. Whether we are mid-flow doing yoga or having a relaxing tea at the end, Clare empathises with all of us – listening to our often traumatic stories and mopping up our tears! It’s a very non-competitive yoga class where we feel a great affinity with each other. Hannah would be so proud of her lovely mum, Nikki, who set up the charity and to which we gladly donate. I’m so grateful to both her and Clare for what they so generously offer.”

Book Now
If you feel this class would benefit you, or someone you know… Get in touch to book a place – Sundays 12:30 – 13:30 at Yoga on the Edge.

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