Category Archives: Charity

Bristol Yoga Trail 2018

We had a great day last Saturday (13th October) with our Open Day, as part of the Bristol Yoga Trail, giving free classes (and cakes!) all day and collecting money for Off The Record.

the cakes (and teachers!) arrive

Very many thanks to the teachers and admin staff that gave up their time to teach, help and make cakes on the day – your efforts were very much appreciate

A huge thank you to those that came on the day and donated to OTR. The total donations to ITR is an amazing £943.59 between the 5 participating studios.

Bristol247 wrote a lovely article about the trail: read it here

and we had BBC Bristol come to the trail in the morning to see what was happening: listen to the interviews, first here:

and second here:

Here are a couple of highlights of the day:

Martin Evans from the BBC interviewing Diana

Joanna kicking off the free classes

Amber putting the teenager taster class through their paces

Open Day 13th October 2018

Free Classes, Tea & Cakes and Meet the Teachers

As part of the Bristol Yoga Trail 2018, Yogawest are opening our doors and offering free classes all day long. We invite you to come along, take a tour of our beautiful building, chat to some teachers and try a taster class or two.

Come at least 10 minutes before the start time so you can register with us and secure your place. Some classes may be busy, and some may fill up before the start time, so do arrive in good time!

Donations to OTR

Although all Open Day classes are free, we are collecting donations for OTR – Off The Record, a marvellous Bristol Charity offering mental health support to young people.
Read more about OTR here.

Timetable of free classes at Yogawest

9.30–10.45 Beginners class
11–12.30 General class
12.45–1.45 Family (all ages welcome)
2–3 Newcomers: a class for complete newbies
3–3.45 Teenager taster class for ages 11-18
4–5.15 Beginners class
4.30–5.45 Restorative class: restful poses focusing on good breathing






We look forward to seeing you then!

Practice Leaflets for Charity

Practice Sequences

Sam_charityleaflets2_734Sam Xenofou is offering a set of beautifully produced practice sequences for sale at Yogawest. These have been printed in conjunction with her Iyengar-teacher colleague from Athens Katerina Pylava. Donations are being collected for Doctors Without Borders, an organisation working with refugees in her home country of Greece.

The sequences presented in the leaflets are based on the Iyengar system and they are structured in such a way that each asana prepares the body for the next one, with each sequence being beneficial for the nervous system.

The leaflets are on display at Yogawest with a donation box nearby. Sam requests a minimum donation of £5.00 per leaflet.

Money collected from the practice leaflets will support refugees who arrive in Greece having fled their countries in the Middle East and Africa. The contribution to the Doctors Without Borders organisation will help towards this worthy cause.

Sam and Katerina feel very passionate about the cause and are very grateful for your support.

If you don’t live in Bristol and would like to order a set of the sequences (4 in total) for £25, email us to find out how to order.



Bristol Yoga Trail

yogatrail2016_bannerSaturday 1st of October 2016 – Bristol Yoga Trail

A day of FREE yoga classes in Bristol and fundraiser for the Julian Trust

Yogawest joins other studios in Bristol providing free classes on Saturday. No need to book in advance just turn up on the day (it’s first come first served so arrive early!)

At Yogawest we are running the following free classes:

9.30 – 10.45am Beginners
11.30 – 1pm General
2 – 2.45pm Family
3 – 4pm Newcomers
4.30 to 5.30pm Restorative, followed by
5.45 to 6.15 Pranayama

For regulars, make sure you arrive early to secure your place and expect the classes to be much busier than usual! NB The 9.15 Intermediate class is not part of the trail and runs as usual.

Throughout the day we will be serving tea and cake; newcomers have a chance to come and have look around, try a class, ask questions or just enjoy a cuppa.

Fundraising for Julian Trust

We are raising money for the Julian Trust an amazing local homeless charity. Donations on the day will be very gratefully received.

We hope to see you then.

Yoga for Alzheimer’s June 19

Sunday 19th June at 3:00pm

Venue: Colston Hall, Colston St, Bristol BS1 5AR

yoga-logo-full-colourEntry costs £15 (via online registration) per person and by asking friends and family for sponsorship, you can be part of the fightback.



What is Yoga for Alzheimer’s?

  • One to three hours of yoga led by experienced yoga teachers
  • Open to all – beginners or experts
  • Welcome participants of all levels and ages, including those living with dementia
  • No training is needed, everyone will be made to feel comfortable and can rest at any time during the events
  • All you need is to wear comfortable, loose clothing and have a bottle of water by your side
  • Take part as an individual or rally a group of friends, colleagues or family together to take part.

Find out more and book your place

£320 Charity cheque to FORWARD

Following the marvellous workshop that Lizzie taught for International Women’s Day in March 2015, Lizzie delivered a cheque for £320 to FORWARD.

Thank you to all of that came to the workshop and the talk and tea & cakes event and donated so generously.


Lizzie hands over the money collected for FORWARD from the generous students at Yogawest


See photos from the event here

Womens Day workshop March 8








To celebrate International Women’s Day Lizzie Biggin is teaching a workshop on Sunday 8th March.

The workshop is for women only.

This is a charity event and £5 per participant will go to the Forward charity.

After the workshop there’s a bring and buy cake sale all proceeds going to the charity.

Find out more here

International Women’s Day March 8

To celebrate International Women’s Day Lizzie Biggin will teach a workshop on Sunday 8th March.

Lizzie_BigginThe workshop will be for women only.

This is a charity event and £5 per participant will go to the Forward charity.

After the workshop tea and cakes will be available.


Find out more here

Movember at Yogawest


Mike’s 2013 Movember moustache

We are challenging all Yogawest students (and teachers!) to support the Movember challenge by growing a moustache during the month of November in order to raise awareness for men’s health issues such as testicular and prostate cancer and mental health.

Not a man? No problem – we will have a variety of Kohl pencils at reception and you can ‘grow’ your moustache each week.

You can officially register to raise money for Movember here but whether or not you register, you can still take part at Yogawest. We will take a group photo of all the moustaches at the end of the month and prizes will be awarded!

Email us to register your hirsute pursuit.

Watch this space for updates and photos as they happen.

Movember 2014

mikesmovembermoustacheCROPHave you noticed Mike’s rather wonderful moustache growing throughout November?

He’s in practice for next year’s Movember for which we will be inviting Yogawest men to join us to raise money for men’s charities. We’ll also have some great ideas and suggestions so women can join in too!

Well done to those of you who have been involved this year. We cannot wait to join in next time.