more than just a Yoga class …

Recent Reflections

  • Love, Tears & Ginger Beer

    “Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.” Joan Didion wrote this in her book, “The Year of Magical Thinking”, when her husband of forty years suddenly died and this month of October sees the first anniversary of the death of my beloved
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  • The Birth of “Elvis the Pelvis”: Reflections on Sex & Sexuality

    On June 5th 1956 a young relatively unknown singer named Elvis Presley appeared on ‘The Milton Berle Show’ at NBC’s Hollywood studio. This wasn’t his first appearance on TV, but his performance would become legendary. During this appearance he sang, ‘I Want You, I Need You, I Love You’ before slowing the tempo down for
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  • Dusty Springfield & The Buddha

    There are some singers who possess a voice we fall in love with. For me, Dusty Springfield is one such singer. Her rich, soulful voice makes her arguably one of Britain’s greatest female vocalists.  Her run of classic 60’s singles such as the 1963 hit ‘I Only Want to Be With You’ and ‘Am I
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  • Come Waltz with Me

    I recently travelled to teach on a yoga and meditation retreat at Dhanakosa in Scotland and at the beginning of my journey I took a taxi to Manchester Piccadilly station. As I got into the taxi I was greeted by a friendly driver who reminded me of my Croatian father and we struck up a
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  • Alexander & the Yogi

    Ancient Greek history contains many tragedies but it also has many teachings as the following story shows… King Philip II was an ambitious man who wanted to raise an army combining both Macedonia and Greece which would then attack and conquer Persia.  King Philip was assassinated before he could carry out his plan, but his
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Challenging and engaging, stimulating yet relaxing, invigorating yet calming; I always leave Manjunaga’s classes feeling that I have experienced yoga on more than just a physical level.

— Kate Anderton

Inner Peace – Outer Strength – Great Fun

Imagine a calmer life, less stressful. A balanced life, a life of clarity, self-acceptance and contentment. Imagine a more supple, stronger, flexible body – better health.

The benefits of yoga are many. A creative response to life’s challenges, a guide to meaningful understanding and positive engagement with yourself and the world around you.

It’s also great fun and a fantastic way to make new friends.

If you’ve already explored yoga then you’ll understand – the inner calm, the physical strength and enjoyment that it offers. You’ll also know how the style of instruction plays a defining role in helping you achieve those benefits. Choosing the right teacher really matters.

Thank you for your beautiful yoga this morning at Buddhafield. I had forgotten why I loved yoga so much, now I know again.

— Agnese Kruzenberga

Yin & Yang Yoga – More Than Just a Yoga Class

My name is Manjunaga, (‘Manjunaga is a Buddhist name given to me, it means ‘kind ‘wisdom’). I teach Yin & Yang yoga.

I’ve studied yoga and Buddhist meditation for more than 20 years and was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2005. A fully accredited yoga teacher I’ve taught yoga in Manchester full time since completing my yoga training with Simon Low’s Yoga Academy in 2008.

I am a sixty year old rock climber and started attending yoga classes to gain more flexibility. Practising with Manjunaga has certainly improved my flexibility, however he has also shown me that there is more to yoga than that. His classes have helped me improve my physical and mental strength which I am successfully applying to rock climbing and everyday life.

— Mike Watson

Yin & Yang Yoga – A Unique, Balanced Approach to Yoga

Whilst other classes offer a more regimented style I choose to bring deeper, more subtle, personal qualities to my classes. working with the physical body, as well as the subtle energetic, mental, emotional aspects of our being. I engage with my students on a holistic, human level.

I encourage you to explore a deeper experience, a heightened awareness of what it is to be alive, to be human. It’s a rare approach, but a technique that my students clearly benefit from in many ways.

An Open Mind, an Open Heart and an Open Invitation

As kind and complimentary as student testimonials are, the only way to truly appreciate how yoga can improve your life is to experience it for yourself.

You’ve plenty of opportunity – I run classes and workshops in Didsbury, Chorlton and Manchester. I host yoga and meditation weekends in the Lake District and retreats in Scotland. I also offer private tuition.

Do please check the Classes page for times and locations or feel free to call me on 07914 304402 or contact me via the website. I’d be more than happy to explain the many ways that my yoga classes can give you a healthier, happier and more fulfilled life.


Manjunaga creates a welcoming and relaxed environment in each of his classes that fosters not only the challenges of physical yoga practice, but also the exploration of self-acceptance and love.

— Kathryn Starnes

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