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Ex-Hacienda DJ whose clients include Russell Brand launches yoga studio in Manchester

His clients have also included members of The Stone Roses

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 17th February 2023

A former Hacienda DJ has launched a very different business venture in Manchester, opening a new yoga studio.

Matt Ryan, whose clients have included famous faces like Russell Brand, members of The Stone Roses and English Premier League footballers, has taken up a space on Duke Street.

Matt has previously taught yoga all over the globe and opened studios in London and LA, and is now bringing his ‘yoga for everyone’ style to his home city.

He hung up his Hacienda headphones back in the 2000s after years behind the decks at the Hacienda and Home nightclubs.

Matt then spent months immersed in the world of Ashtanga yoga in Mysore in India, and is now holds an Astanga yoga level 2 qualification.


YogaMCR has taken shape in a new studio space on Duke Street, just of Deansgate.

It promises to focus on the basics of yoga, helping its members to build both strength and flexibility, either with an accessible stretch session or more advanced yoga practices.


Classes will take place daily with morning, lunchtime and evening workshops which are suited to all levels.

Matt said: “Having travelled the world for 20 years teaching Ashtanga Yoga to people of all walks of life, I felt it only right to come back to where my yoga journey initially began.

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“Returning to Manchester is something I’ve always wanted to do, and I can’t wait to teach Mancs that yoga can be for everyone, it doesn’t have to be just for people looking to find themselves within but for anyone wanting to be fitter, more flexible and stronger in mind and body.


“Come and stretch out, you’ll definitely feel better for it, that I can guarantee.”

Yoga Manchester will open on Monday 20 February at Space at the Mill, Wellington Mill, Duke Street, Manchester, M3 4NF. 

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