Meet our Morning Yoga instructors

Our yoga instructors Martin and Toby share why they love yoga and what you can expect from their classes.

  Toby and his dog Lennie

Toby and his dog Lennie

What got you into yoga and what does it mean to you?

Toby: I started yoga 16 years ago; after a shoulder injury, my osteopath recommended it as a gentler form of exercise. I fell in love when I realised the changes it was making to me, physically and mentally. Now I want to share those benefits with other people.

Martin: I’d been experiencing severe social anxiety and got into yoga after researching its benefits for mental health. It has completely transformed my life – to the point where I am today where I can lead a class of people.

  Martin and Lorna

Martin and Lorna

What benefits does yoga have for those affected by an incurable illness?

Toby: Yoga helps to release physical aches and pains, but also the stress and anxiety that builds on top of that. Yoga gives you practical steps to take, such as breathing techniques and movements, but it’s also about calming your mind and focusing on the time we have now.

Martin: When people think of yoga, they may think of the poses, but actually the breathing techniques are the most important part – it’s about using your breath to bring yourself to a calm and centred state.


What are your classes at Clifford House like?

Toby: My classes are all about gentle, flowing sequences and releasing tension from the body. If you feel uncomfortable, that’s your body saying “don’t do that,” so it’s really about finding a safe and relaxing way for each individual to practise.

Martin: My classes are very gentle – you never have to do something that you don’t want to do. I congratulate people when they come out of a pose, because it’s so much more empowering than forcing yourself into something that doesn’t feel right for your body.

See our full list of health and wellbeing activities in our latest What’s On, or visit Eventbrite.

Gupshup friends adds warmth to the autumn chill

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Our Clifford House Gupshup Club is bringing a little extra warmth to the chill of autumn.

Clifford House is the St Luke’s facility offering support to people living with life limiting illnesses.

One of its most successful activities has been the regular Gupshup Club, which was launched by our Community Engagement Officer Naureen Khan, specifically to introduce Sheffield’s BME community to the facilities and services available for free to all.

The weekly mix of conversation and cultural interchange between many differing cultures has proved a hit with visitors who enjoy the relaxed opportunity to simply chat and make new friends.

And to mark the start of autumn, with its cooler days and darker nights, the group decided to host a special morning of seasonal foods, conversation and entertainment.

“In the autumn and winter people are less likely to get out because it becomes so dark and cold, which can lead to feelings of depression and isolation,” said Naureen.

“Our clients like to be able to come to Clifford House to meet and chat with other people and to join in activities and we felt that a special autumn celebration would be a great reminder that the change of season doesn’t mean that should change.”

Among the treats that had been prepared were dishes made from oranges, parsnips and pine nuts.

“Along with some delicious food we also had a mixture of discussions, singing, music and poetry,” Naureen added.

“We even had one guest came from London with a friend and she was so impressed that she wants to set up a similar group back home!”

Would you like to join us?

Gupshup Club takes place every Wednesday 10am-12pm in the Clifford House lounge. To book, simply click the button below or call us on 0114 235 7650.

Celebrating Clifford House's first anniversary

It’s been one year since Clifford House opened its doors to the public. In that time we’ve hosted dozens of different activities and welcomed hundreds of people through our doors.

This week we celebrated our anniversary with cake and cocktails at Clifford House, and were pleased to see so many of our friends join us — clients, volunteers, activity leaders and staff.

Take a look at some of our photos below…

A special invitation to our clients...

A special invitation to our clients...

On Wednesday 12 September, it will have been one year since our first ever Welcome Day at Clifford House.

We're inviting all of our clients along with their families to join us for our anniversary celebrations and share their fondest memories of the past year over cake and cocktails. 

This event must be booked and spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so please reserve your spot through the button below.