About

AGNI Manchester CIC is a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Manchester. Our mission is to improve mental wellbeing through yoga and mindful craft.

We create handmade ceramics to enhance yoga and meditation practice. We use our profits to fund candle making workshops and traineeships for people experiencing mental health problems.

Who are we?

Founders

Jess Cronshaw: founder and AGNI yoga teacher

I started making candles in 2017 as a hobby, to fill ceramic pots that my husband Matt would have otherwise thrown away. As someone that has experienced generalised anxiety for as long as I can remember, candle making was perfect for me and I instantly started to see the benefits. It was enough activity to settle my mind and having a tangible product at the end of the process was very satisfying and began to boost my self-esteem.

Up until then my mental health self-care practice mainly involved yoga and mindfulness meditation. I started to see that mindful craft, such as candle making, had a lot of similar benefits. It doesn’t matter to me whether I am crafting, candle-making, climbing, walking, swimming, cycling, dancing, sitting, resting, meditating. If it slows down my mind and brings me into the present moment – then that is yoga to me.

“Yoga Chitta Vritti Nirodhah” – yoga is the stilling of the whirlpools of the mind

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Nothing is better than discovering the zone where the present moment is the only thing that matters. I am totally focussed on; what I am doing, who I am with and where I am. And everything else disappears. I discover this space through yoga, mindfulness meditation and mindful crafting.

Matt Cronshaw: founder and AGNI ceramicist

Owner of Little Torch Ceramics, finalist on The Great Pottery Throw Down 2020 and co-founder of the Manchester Ceramics Collective.

I spent my twenties travelling around the World as a professional cyclist. Dedicating my life to cycling, I scrutinised every detail of my performance in the pursuit of being the best cyclist I could be.

My cycling career ended suddenly and I experienced a period of depression, ceramics quickly became a respite for me. I found the peaceful nature of throwing pots at the wheel a great contrast and balance to my outgoing and busy lifestyle cycling. I quickly found an intense pleasure in throwing.

Matt Cronshaw finalist of the great pottery throw down 2020 and owner of Little Torch Ceramics in Manchester

What do we do?

  • Candle-making traineeships
  • Candle-making workshops
  • Yoga for stress and burnout workshops
  • 1:1 and group yoga classes
  • Handmade ceramic candles and incense holders
  • Corporate wellbeing classes
  • Private workshops, parties and events

How can we help you?

Free candle-making workshops

AGNIs free candle-making workshops are prioritised for Manchester residents with no or low income, with current or a history of mental health issues find out more here.

Traineeships

Learn how to make AGNI container candles and assist with making and packaging candle orders on our paid candle-making traineeships. When opportunities are available, they will be advertised here

Private workshops, parties and events

We do virtual workshops and face-to-face wellbeing corporate workshops, parties and events. Drop us a message in the contact form below if you’d like to find out more.

Wholesale candles

AGNIs ceramic candles are handmade in small batches in Manchester. If you are interested in stocking AGNI candles in your store or on your website please contact us using the form below.

Contact us

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions using the contact form below:

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