The Yoga Weekender 2017. A Yoga Holiday with a (big) Difference

It seems like everyone and their dog, cat and goat are doing yoga these days. Yes, I kid you not, there is such a thing as Goat Yoga.

You just don’t think you would like a yoga holiday though. Even though you feel pretty stressed with work at the moment, and your lower back is really hurting. Your neck is all scrunched up from that 60 hour week you just pulled. You’re shattered from looking after the kids that all got sick as soon as they went back to school. You’ve suddenly got sciatica out of nowhere and it means you can’t go out on your favourite weekend run.

But an urban yoga holiday? Really?

The music is all tinkly pan pipes isn’t it? A yoga holiday? Won’t it be all spinach juice and spiralised raw carrot?

Scratch that.

Not this yoga holiday. This is The Yoga Weekender.The Yoga Weekender, 10 - 12 March 2017, Leeds. A yoga holiday with a big difference. The Yoga Weekender is a weekend city break that handpicks the tastiest street food, the best craft beer spots, the most unique accommodation, in the heart of one of the best cities in the UK.

And yes, there’s yoga, but this is yoga with carefully crafted playlists featuring the best of Leeds’ DIY music scene – from Hookworms to Galaxians to Quack Quack. Paired with classics like Donna Summer, Nina Simone, The Fall, Nina Cherry, The Rolling Stones… Relaxation comes courtesy of Brian Eno, The Orb and Ludovico Einaudi – not a whale noise in earshot.

Good music. Good food

The food at The Yoga Weekender is going to be something really special. We’ve got long, leisurely brunches at The Tetley Bar & Kitchen and The Grub & Grog Shop, an ‘everything off the menu’ banquet at Michelin Guide listed Bundobust Leeds, a Yorkshire inspired feast at The Brunswick and some treats from our favourite independent food shops as early-evening snacks!

We’ve checked out that all the food venues can offer something gluten free, vegetarian or vegan. So don’t worry if you need something a bit different, we’ll make sure you still get great food.

The Yoga Weekender: Friday 10 – Sunday 12 March 2017

A brand-new type of yoga retreat: a Yoga Weekender of Dru Yoga, fabulous food and contemporary art in the heart of Leeds city centre.

The Art Hostel Leeds, accommodation for the Lucyoga Yoga Weekender yoga holiday

Image © Art Hostel

At the heart of the weekend is Leeds’ new Art Hostel, where you are serenaded in the shower by David Bowie and tucked up at night amongst the art works in your room. From there you will set out to explore the DIY heart of Leeds, which has made it an art, music, beer and gastro destination of choice.

Yoga in unexpected places

The yoga, led by Lucy Bannister of Lucyoga, will take place in different venues around the city. Since establishing Rooftop Yoga Peckham – a yoga studio on the roof of a multi-story carpark, complete with a sculpture park and a Campari bar and stunning views across London – Lucy has become known for running yoga sessions in places where you least expect them.

For the Yoga Weekender Lucy will be using spaces which range from a converted warehouse to a wood-lined boardroom. These somewhat unexpected yoga ‘studios’ also give an insight into the working history of Leeds.

Dru Yoga class at Rooftop Yoga Peckham, run by Lucyoga at Bold Tendencies. Photo by Holly Whittaker

Image: Holly Whittaker

Avoid burnout

The focus of the yoga sessions will be on helping you to find balance and equanimity in yourself so that you can enjoy life without hitting burnout.

Whether you work too much, are trying to juggle family, work and personal life, or you have stress or health issues that hold you back, these yoga sessions will help you put yourself in better order!

This is yoga that is suitable for total beginners, for all body types and levels of fitness. And for those with more yoga experience this is a chance to try a new style of yoga, one that focuses on your mental and emotional wellbeing.

Lucyoga class doing Tree pose on a rooftop in Peckham, London

Choose your price…

The Yoga Weekender takes place in Leeds, from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 March. There are different packages available, with prices dependent on whether you want to stay at the Art Hostel, or at your own home.

Prices start at £180 and you get to choose which of the unique, artist designed rooms at the Art Hostel you wish to stay in.

Something for locals

If you live in Leeds, or nearby, they you can take part but still sleep in your own bed! Join in with the weekend by buying a non-residential package. 

And other than the yoga…?

We’ve got prosecco and canapés (organic, fresh and local of course!) and award-winning Indian street food and craft beer, just to get started. There’ll be long, slow brunches (we are big fans of ‘second breakfast’ at Lucyoga), art gallery tours, time to mooch, shop (Leeds does shopping very well), sleep…

Sound like your cup of (Yorkshire) tea? Read more and found out how to book.

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