Golden Milk

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Be the Best You Can Be

If you’ve visited our Hornbeam studio in Harrogate you will have noticed this beautiful quote from the Dalai Lama on the wall. The quote goes on to say:

…I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.

Never has there been a better time to wake up each day and be thankful that we are alive. We can embrace each moment and do the best with the life we have been given. In a time of understandable fear and uncertainty, it is a great gift to live a life that is open to opportunity and hopeful for the future.

Go Studios

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Do you have a million things to think about? Maybe work is crazy, the kids are sitting exams, the dog is poorly and your parents are moving house. The more demands you have on your time, the more important it is to carve out some moments just for you. If you’re doing well, everyone who relies on you will do well too.

To help with the logistics of getting that little bit of me-time, we’ve created the Go Studios page. It’s a one-stop portal for all things Go Yoga and Go Revolution – our sister company that looks after your cardio, muscle building and fat burning requirements and gives you lots of fun along the way.

Go Studios gives you quick access to our apps, social & web, so you will always know when the next class is and what we’ve got planned. Use it to keep your life simple and let us help to take care of you.

Harrogate’s Yoga Girl

When you think Harrogate you don’t naturally think Yoga. It’s a long way from the simple lifestyle of ancient India or the blue skies and free thinking of California. You would be forgiven for thinking that this Yorkshire town is not the most natural place to start a dedicated yoga studio but that’s just what Sophie did.

sophieBrought up in Harrogate, Sophie Bickerdike was influenced by the teaching of Jiddu Krishnamurti from an early age, a philosopher followed by her Grandmother. His holistic outlook, free from all prejudice, had a major impact on Sophie’s thinking. As she went on to pursue a career in acting, she followed the Meisner acting technique of learning to live in the moment. She soon discovered the key to this mindfulness was yoga and began practicing regularly at London yoga studios alongside other actors. Sophie became fascinated by transferring this connection with the moment in to our everyday lives and so began her journey as a yoga teacher.

Back in Harrogate, Sophie taught at various venues around the town but was always aware that there is so much more to yoga than simply attending a class. Go Yoga was born out of this – creating a community that teachers could feel part of and extend to others who wanted to practice yoga with them; a welcoming, nurturing and clean environment to learn and belong.

So Harrogate’s first yoga studio was born. Four years on it is now a multi-site studio offering a full range of yoga classes, retreats and also pilates, barre, HIIT and mindfulness. Yoga is enjoyed, practiced and taught by hundreds of people each week at Go Yoga and thanks to Sophie’s vision and perseverance, Harrogate has found a place on the yoga map of the world.

How we hot yoga at GO!

31094424_3feead49d4_oThere are many styles of hot yoga, Bikram is the first word that springs to mind when we use the words together… hot and yoga.

At Go Yoga we began with the Bikram style but it then evolved. Now after four years of practise our practise is pretty far removed from 26 basic yoga postures in a heated room. We work on different levels, you come to a beginner’s class and get used to the terms and postures and then you step into an open Hot Yoga or Vinyasa class.

Many of our classes are flow, many are with music, some are slower than others, some are funnier than others. They all have one thing in common, they are all different, inspiring and we never teach the same class twice. There is no repeated script, there is no monotony and yet you are still practising yoga and going into the moment.

So you get all the benefits of hot yoga, you get to stretch, detoxify, relieve stress, tone, and heal chronic pain such as arthritis, joint aches, knee injuries, back problems, and more. You get the benefit of warming your bones and relaxing the mind and body.

Our floors are soft, our mats are plenty.


The heat -If you feel dizzy, sit down and focus on trying to override the discomfort by using your breath -Trust that you can recover in less than one minute by simply closing your mouth and breathing through your nose.”

Water – You can drink in class, but aim to keep hydrated before and after and drink 2 litres of water minimum a day. Don’t eat too much before class either, you are advised to not eat anything up to two hours beforehand.

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Arrive – 15 minutes beforehand to sign your medical form, get your spot and prepare.

Wear – Light comfortable clothing, nothing too thick, vest tops are a really good idea.

Pain – Watch your body, there is a big difference between discomfort and pain..”

Be ready – be open and come and join the yoga tribe!


PLAN YOUR RETURN – the second class is always SOOO much easier!
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“You won’t believe it but the second class is always great!” says Sophie, one of our senior teachers. ” I see such a difference from the first to the second class, it’s often quite unbelievable!”

So, what you waiting for, come find us, book into a Beginner’s Class and join the party!  

Or if you aren’t local to Harrogate, Yorkshire, come online with us!

Running and Mantra


It is often said that yoga clears the mind and can be considered a moving meditation. It is for many an addiction. There are many parallels between yoga and running. Some yogis report not being able to “go without their yoga class”, runners feel the same.

So to combine the two becomes even more powerful. Adding cardio to your routine alongside yoga is an amazing way to stay fit in mind and body. Plus if you add mantra you can get even more benefits into your run. So here are some of the benefits of mantra and the significance of the amount of times you repeat the mantra.

Mantras have a positive effect on the brain. They can reset neural pathways in your mind and jump start you past your negative beliefs and into a more positive way of thinking and being.

Simple mantras like:”om shanti”, are good ways to start a pattern of calming the mind.

“Om shanti” simply means “peace”.  If you repeat this 108 times whilst running, you will feel calmer and be more ‘at peace’.

Repeating a mantra 108 times is said to have spiritual importance. Traditionally malas, or garlands or prayers beads come as a string of 108 beads plus one for the guru bead. You count the beads as you repeat your mantra like a Catholic rosary.

Mathematicians in the Vedic culture viewed 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence. It is viewed to connect the sun, moon and earth. The distance between the Earth and Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Sun. The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance between the Earth and Moon is 108 times the diameter of the Moon.

108 is everywhere -There are apparently 108 pittas or sacred sites thoroughout India. There are 108 Upanishads and 108 Marma points or sacred places in the body. The Buddhism tradition talks about the 108 earthly desires in mortals, 108 lies humans tell and 108 human delusions. The list of 108 significant facts is endless and you can easily google and discover a myriad of reasons to use the number 108.

In yoga, especially at the times of the Equinox, 108 Sun Salutations in yoga practice is often used to honour change. At a time of tragedy it is used to bring peace, respect, and understanding. If one can be so calm in meditation practicing pranayama to have only 108 breaths a day it is said that enlightenment will come.

So given that 108 is such a significant number, let’s practise mantra 108 times and see what happens. It is said that if you repeat a mantra 108 times for 40 days it permanently changes you. If you repeat “peace” for 40 days, that is what you receive. If you repeat “om shree mahlakshmiyai namaha“, you receive abundance, wealth and riches. What a great way to combine your exercise with life enhancing coaching! You can practise it sitting still or whilst you run.

Mantra has long held powerful results. Try repeating Ek Ong Kar for 40 days and see what happens. It may make you permanently happy! (If that’s what you want that is!)

Bring about some serious mind body cardio!

Check out one of our yoga for runners workshop: next one is Sunday 25th September  7.30pm £15 – or mail us for further details.




What is yoga really?

In this age of instagram and ever more difficult yoga poses being shown online, I feel compelled to write about my own take on yoga. When faced with feats that appeared impossible to me on yoga teacher training, I thought I could never teach. I did not understand at that point, that giving a show in yoga poses was not being a yoga teacher. Nor would it be my yoga journey.  I can do a few poses, but I can’t do everything and guess what?….. that doesn’t matter.

Yes it is possible to go into the splits and feel splendid, but does that mean all olympic gymnasts are enlightened?

Yoga itself, isn’t a pose or a move. A move without the mind means the focus is simply a move, a gymnastics move, which is all well and good, but align a move, a stance with the mind and the breath, release all thought, enter that zone and you have…. yoga.

Getting a new mat brings your practise to a more comfortable place and allows you to practise with deeper intention, but the intention is always there with or even without a mat. Learning a new pose, challenging the body, the mind and the breath is everything. When you set your mind to something you can achieve anything and once you can achieve a pose, you can also maybe achieve much more. One step at a time.

Some people come to class unable to touch their knees let alone their toes, so an achievement is touching their shins to them, the outcome isn’t necessarily the end pose.

Yoga is a smile! A kind thought, a mention, it’s looking at the good not the bad in people. It’s discovering your own happy inner voice and being thankful for everything you have, you are alive, you are on this planet, you are a survivor. Yoga is the energy that fills you with life and the flow it sends you on. It’s not a scary thought or fear, mistrust or worry. In the Sutras is says:- “rejoice in the lovely, be compassionate with the sad, ignore the wicked.”

The “wicked” is the anxious part of yourself, the little voice that can easily just get too much attention. Discovering your own happy voice, your own Sat Nam, your inner truth is the journey. Bi-passing the wicked discovering the beautiful loving part of yourself, this is the message yoga brings. That part of you that hates…. some call it ‘it’, that voice in your head which can put you and others down, ignore it, send it home…..

Find your space. Bring that space to your practise.


And then take that space away with you, out of the door and into the world, with a clear mind and a kind resolve, at your work desk, at your home. You can add it to your daily list.

To do:-

  1. live
  2. work
  3. breathe

In those moments, where there is space, inbetween our breath. Those little spaces we experience throughout the day, inside of the daily continuous stream of trivia, media, advertising, questions, to-do lists, news items, newspapers, jobs – in those moments of space – there comes clarity and this is where we can find our selves hidden.

And that self is the one thing you can take with you anywhere. Whatever situation you are in, you always have well yourself,  you always have what is. Change a room, a house, a country a job, yourself will always be present throughout it all.

That saying:- “It is what it is,” is so powerful and yet so simple. And by simply discovering what is, inside of yourself you become infinite and present. Many things are promised in ancient texts to those who find their “spiritual selves”, let’s not dwell on whether we are going to fly here or even be able to control all our bodily functions! The very basic thing we can all achieve with this is peace of mind, calmness in stressful situations and clarity of thought, that’s enough for me!