Activities for Adults



Wednesday 6.30 – 9pm

​Founded by Morihei Ueshiba, Aikido is a martial art which focuses on the art of self-defence.  Aikido is often translated to ‘The way of unifying life’s energy’ showing the philosophical side of the art. The goal of Aikido is to use your opponent’s momentum to neutralise their attack. An interesting aspect of Aikido is that it does not solely use hand techniques. Aikido uses both Aiki-Ken (Wooden Sword) and Aiki-Jo (Wooden Staff) which are harder to use that traditional weapons showing the principle of extension, centring, and focus.

To inquire about this group contact Steff at (

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Alba Luna Belly Dance

Monday 8.-9pm

Wednesday 7.30-9pm

Nici is currently teaching fusion Belly Dance in Edinburgh, catering
for all levels. Nici always aims to provide fun and safe class where
women can let their hair down, meet like minded people and most
importantly build on their self esteem and confidence. 

Over the last decade Nici has studied several belly dance styles,
predominantly Egyptian, American Tribal, Improvised Tribal and Datura.
In doing so, Nici has studied with several internationally renowned
belly dancers including Rachel Brice and Jill Parker. Nici is currently
working through the Eight Elements programme and has almost completed
her Datura style teaching certificate, which will be awarded
by Rachel Brice in Portland, Oregon. Nici is also _working towards a
Diploma in Egyptian Belly dance through JWAAD, having passed the History
and Culture of Belly Dance and the Safe Delivery of Belly Dance Teaching
modules so far

Facebook page: Alba Luna Belly Dance

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Andy's mAN cLUB

Mondays: 7pm

ANDYSMANCLUB started off as one group in the small, northern town of Halifax. That first night 9 men turned up and spoke. There was a magic in that room that everyone knew had to be shared.

We knew other guys across the country needed this same experience. We have worked tirelessly through Andys memory to
grow our clubs. We now have 28 groups, and still growing, across the UK.

We could tell you how amazing we believe it is to see guys still with us and improving their life. We think though, you will hear it best from the horse’s mouth…

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Baby Massage

Mondays: 7pm


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Tuesday 6.30 – 7:30pm

Barre is a new, up and coming, fitness class! It is a high intensity, low impact work out. It's gentle on the joints but works up a sweat. Throughout the class you will use movements inspired by Pilates, ballet and yoga targeting muscle groups in your arms, abdominals, glutes and legs. Don't be afraid of the burn! Barre helps you to build long, lean, dancer like muscles, improves posture, and is an awesome way to improve mental health. Classes are accessible for all ages, abilities and genders!

Contact Ellie at, or @barrelliefitness on instagram.

Booking may also be made at









Capoeira is a unique Brazilian cultural art incorporating diverse movements, music and physical conditioning.  As well as being an amazingly interesting, rewarding and fun activity, the practice of Capoeira can also develop excellent fitness, increased flexibility, improved coordination and balance as well as knowledge of another culture.

For more information contact:

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19.00 - 21.00


19.00 - 21.00


11.00 - 13.00


13.15 - 15.15

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is for everyone. It's a ground fighting, grappling based martial art that is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. Whether you want to get fit, learn self-defence, increase your confidence, compete in competitions or just spend some time with like-minded friendly people, our BJJ classes at Checkmat Edinburgh are ideal. Learn these new skills in a relaxed, safe and respectful environment where you will receive all the support you need to get the most out of your training.

For booking please visit: (6) Checkmat Edinburgh | Facebook

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Dogs trust

Thursday 6-9pm

Sunday 9am-2.00pm

(additional classes by arrangement)

Using positive reinforcement we work on strengthening the basics and teach new tricks which are interesting and enjoyable for both owner and dog.

Classes will be run by Julie Morrison a highly experienced trainer who has been working with the Dogs Trust as their Trainer Behaviour Advisor since July 2007.  Julie has a thorough knowledge of dog behaviour and extensive experience of running classes for dogs at a variety of stages.

Please email

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Freddie's Bootcamp

Mondays: 18.30 - 20.00

Tuesdays: 10.30 - 12.00


FREDDIES BOOTCAMP CLUB is a health and wellbeing bootcamp focussing on general wellbeing, nutrition, mindset, and activity. It involves activity/exercise, wellness talk (covering nutrition, mindset and activity), and wellness one on one checkin. PLUS a weekly virtual get together and a bootcamp in Harrison Park.


For more information please contact Freddie on or alternatively check out the web page please book via messaging Freddie. 


 Limited spaces to ensure greater attention, must book in advance.

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Age Group


Thursdays: 14.00 - 16.00





The Golden Age Group is a meeting which runs here at the club every Thursday from 2-4pm. 

The group is focused on giving elders the chance to meet up and have a chat complimented with tea/coffee from Café 48. 

If you know anyone who would like to come along to this group or you yourself would be interested don't hesitate to come along to North Merchiston Club!

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Hula Hoop

Wednesdays 6.15-7.15pm

Think Circus Intermediate Hula Hoop Classes

Hula hoop is one of the best ways to awake your inner playful,
creative child, learning a new skill, making new connections and
bringing you into your physical self. These classes are taught in 5
week blocks and are for anyone who can hula hoop on their waist and
hands already. If you would like to learn the foundation skills of
hula hoop, we teach beginners classes at another venue in Edinburgh.

You can can book and find more information here: [1]

Our hoop students say:

"Learning to hoop is such a brilliant combination of an activity
that's both really joyous but also quite physically challenging.
Learning a new skill and having so much fun was something I really
looked forward to each week. We got active, had a laugh and also got a
chance to get creative with some moves. What more could you ask for! I
wouldn't hesitate to recommend."

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Insanity with Emma

8 - 9pm

Its time to rise above the excuses. Step outside your comfort zone. and make the shift from "I can't" to "I will". Because if you want results you have to work hard for them. Leave whatever is holding you back outside class and master Athletic Training Drills, Cardio Conditioning and Strength Training to reach your personal best, no matter where you starting from.

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iyengar Yoga with Leyla kerlaff

Friday: 9.15 - 10.30

This class is suitable or anyone starting yoga for the first time, or who already has some experience of yoga. Iyengar yoga takes a safe and structured approach to teaching yoga, allowing students to progress from simpler poses to more challenging ones over time. Class sizes are limited to allow the teacher to give each student individual attention.

The idea of meditation in action is a keynote of the Iyengar system. Being totally aware and absorbed in the poses as they are being done is meditation: body and mind communicate at a subtle level and are harmonized. The Iyengar method is not just a sophisticated form of physical exercise and deep breathing. It is a spiritual practice aimed at integrating mind, body and inner self.

Leyla has been practicing yoga since 1996, is fully qualified and insured as an Iyengar yoga teacher.

To book a place, please contact:

T: 07814 851 303

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Jog Scotland

Monday        Meet at 6.00pm

Wednesday    Meet at 10.00am



JogScotland has been urging the people of Scotland to don their trainers and adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle since 2002. Since then, over 25,000 people have taken up jogging through local community and workplace groups by using simple, gentle walk/jog/run programmes to encourage everyone to get out and be active.

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Wednesdays 7.30-8.30pm

Saturdays 11am-12pm

Restart Date TBC

Karate is a fitness based class only. Please note: at this time there is NO CONTACT at all. 


Learn new skills, build confidence and have fun with Karate Ashihara. Our classes are designed around you and what you want to achieve. Whether you’re looking to keep fit or master a martial art our instructors are on hand to make sure you get the best out of every class. Our children’s classes are designed so that kids enjoy themselves and learn at the same time. With its own junior grading system kids can work their way through a series of belt colours. You don’t have to be young to join in though, even if you’re an adult beginner Karate Ashihara can teach you the basics and help you to develop into a Martial Arts Master. Whoever you are, whatever age you are Karate Ashihara will help you reach your potential.Metin 077189 56230



Saturday 12.15-1.15pm

Kickboxing is a fitness based class only. Please note: at this time there is NO CONTACT at all. 


Kickboxing is a group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching, historically developed from Karate, Muay Thai, and Western boxing. Kickboxing is practiced for self-defense, general fitness, or as a contact sport.


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Krav maga

Tuesdays 6.30-9pm

Rencounter is a self-defence school in Edinburgh, Scotland. We are affiliated with Krav Maga Global.

Krav Maga is a self-defence system based on instinctive reactions and natural movements. It is suitable for everyone, regardless of background, age, gender, and level of fitness. We focus on how to get yourself out of a dangerous situation in the most efficient and safest way possible.

With Rencounter Krav Maga you can develop your fitness while having fun and learning effective, realistic self-defence that works for everyone!

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Rise and shine yoga

Wednesdays 9.30 -10.45am

Start your day well! Time and space just for you. Leave feeling strong, peaceful and bright!

The 75 min class includes: a physical practice of gentle and dynamic flowing postures, deep relaxation, beautiful words, energising breathing practices, accessible meditation, gorgeous music and dreamy aromas.


To contact or to find our more details please visit:

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Rainbow recovery

Monday 10.30-11.30am

We believe that addiction is a family disease. The substance may only affect those addicted, but the addiction affects the entire family unit. ​

Scotland is becoming ACE Aware. ACE refers to Adverse Childhood Experiences. When children are exposed to adverse and stressful experiences, it can have a long-lasting impact on their ability to think, interact with others and on their learning. It is not a foregone conclusion that those with a higher ACE score will have a problematic adult life, but it identifies a need to build resilience in those who have. That’s why family recovery is just as important as recovery from the addiction itself, even if the addicted person doesn’t seek recovery, the family need to get support to allow them to build that resilience. ​

Scotland has just outlined it’s new Alcohol & Drugs Strategy entitled Rights, Respect and Recovery which recognises the valuable role that the family can have in recovery as well as identifying that addicts and families in equal measure, have the right to a life free of alcohol and drugs.



Thursdays: 8-9pm


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Shorinji Kempo

Thursday 19:00 – 21:00

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Self Defence.

Shorinji Kempo is a martial art which focuses on self-defence and spiritual development. It was founded in Japan shortly after world war two. We take inspiration from the philosophies of Japanese and Chinese martial arts as well as Zen Buddhism. Classes typically start with a group warmup and revision of basic techniques, followed by training in pairs. Shorinji Kempo has three groups of technique: Goho (hard technique) involves a wide variety of strikes, blocks, etc., whilst Juho (soft technique) involves joint reversals, releases, restraints, takedowns and throws. Seiho (correcting technique) uses acupressure manipulation of joints and muscles to relieve tension and reduce injury. We also practice seated meditation and practical philosophy. Everyone is welcome to join us, and no martial arts experience is necessary.

For more information, please email, or visit


Slimming World

Tuesdays 2-7pm

Would you love to lose weight, in 3 easy steps  without having to count calories , feel deprived of food or feel hungry?

Then Slimming World is here
for you , with over 50 years experience in weight loss our fully trained consultant is waiting to welcome you to group .

We meet every Tuesday in the North Merchiston Sports Club and booking is essential 😄

For more details contact Anne (


Tap Dancing

Tuesday 6.30pm-7.30pm

Hooray! We're back to tap! Dust off those tap shoes and jump in. If you can shuffle and do some basic time steps, then this is for you. Friendly, fun and relaxed, you'll enjoy building on your repertoire of techniques and putting them together in mini routines. Don't worry if you haven't tapped for a while. It will all come flooding back. Pre-booking essential per 4-week block, costing £20/£16 concessions. Please email if you are interested in joining this course.

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Turn'd up fitness

Tuesday 6.30pm-7.30pm

Turn’d Up is way more than a fitness class. It’s teaching women to feel powerful and confident about their bodies. It’s teaching women to empower other women.
It’s good energy, great vibes and amazing tunes. Come dance with us!

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Vinyasa Yoga

Tuesdays: 18.30-19.30

Energising whilst calming and nourishing at the same time, in this class we build strength and flexibility for the mind and body.  Within each class is a breathing practice, yoga movement and guided meditation.   Beginners are welcome and the class has a steady pace.

For more information please contact Fay at: 

To book please visit (Adults) :

or (Concessions) :


Yee's hung ga 

Monday 8-9pm


The Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy offers the complete martial system of Hung Ga Kung Fu, an authentic martial art that can be traced back to the Shaolin Temple in Southern China.

Regular training includes self-defence, fitness, hand formsweapon formslion danceqi gong, and body conditioning.

Although known for its devastating and powerful close-range techniques, and its utilization of the 5 animals and 5 elements of traditional Shaolin philosophy, this system offers mental and spiritual growth achieved through rigorous internal and external training, proven life management philosophies and silent introspection.