By Patrick Marmion
By Patrick Marmion
Good news for morning yoga devotees – we have extended the series of one hour Sunday morning classes and Ainhoa Acosta will be back to teach for six weeks.
Sunday 15 April – 27 May
Beginners with Ainhoa Acosta
During the winter months, when the immune system is compromised, we recommend a restorative and recuperative practice to do at home. Coming to class with an infectious cold will make you feel worse as strong poses like standing poses, backbends and twists can increase your symptoms. It is the perfect time to practise supported supine poses and inversions at home.
We suggest the following sequence specifically provided by BKS Iyengar in The Path to Holistic Health. We hope you will feel inspired to try a self-practice at home, even if you are not ill, to support your immune system. If you have a cold, try it. It works! Continue reading →
At 92 years of age BKS Iyengar continued to practise yoga for several hours each day. Here he describes how his practice changed with age and offers advice to students on yoga in later life. Continue reading →
Following on from the popularity of our Sunday afternoon Pop-up Intermediate classes we have scheduled classes for the New Year. These are all drop-in classes so no need to book in advance. Just note the dates, come along and enjoy.
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This is an edited version of an article is by Dr Suzanne Newcombe, Lecturer in Religious Studies at the Open University where she researches modern yoga from a sociological and social historical perspective. It first appeared in the Iyengar Yoga Institute magazine, Dipika, for the 21st Anniversary issue in May 2005. Continue reading →
Stephanie Quirk spent over twenty years living in Pune immersing herself in the teaching and work of BKS Iyengar and his family. She now shares her knowledge with Iyengar teachers across the world running specialised training courses with a particular emphasis on therapeutic yoga – the application of yoga postures and practice to the treatment of health conditions. We are delighted to host Stephanie at IYIMV. Continue reading →
IYIMV is setting up an outreach programme to bring Iyengar yoga to those who might not have access to regular yoga classes. We are inviting teachers to suggest a London based organisation to work with such as a community project, women’s refuge or centre, prison, special needs school or recovery project that does not already have funding.
Successful applicants will receive funding to teach a weekly class at their proposed organisation for an initial period of 6 months.
We are sad to announce the death of Eugenie (Genie) Laura Hammond on 26 September 2017. She was born in Islington, North London on 18 March 1929. Continue reading →
Following on from the popularity of our Sunday afternoon Pop-up Intermediate classes we have scheduled classes this autumn. These are all drop-in classes so no need to book in advance. Just note the dates, come along and enjoy.
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The latest edition of Dipika, number 49, is now available at reception. It is free to all of our members so don’t forget to pick up your copy.
We’re sure you’ll agree that Dipika editor Korinna Pilafidis-Williams has done another fantastic job with the latest issue. The theme of home or ‘self-practice’ is covered from several angles including a fascinating personal account on the evolution of practice by senior teacher Pixie Lillas. Plus find an extract of Mark Tully’s insightful interview with Geeta Iyengar.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to design, content and production of Dipika!
This year’s Introductory assessments will take place on 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25 June at IYI Maida Vale.
We need volunteers to be students for the teaching part of the assessments. Each assessment should have 7 – 8 volunteers.
Volunteers should have at least a year’s attendance at classes and already be performing Sirsasana and Sarvangasana. They should be willing to be helped up into Sirsasana (head balance) at the wall and Sarvangasana (shoulder stand), and should not be remedial students or injured – stiffness is fine but no injuries.
Volunteers will need to be on their mats ready to start at 1.45pm (Saturdays) or 2.15 (Sundays), and the session should finish by 5.00 or 5.30pm respectively. Teachers may not act as volunteers but we can take Introductory Level 1 trainees and trainees just starting their second year of training. However trainees should not volunteer for a session in which candidates from their own course are being assessed.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7624 3080 to volunteer.
This new shorter class is ideal for complete beginners, students who have completed the Introduction to Iyengar Yoga Course and any practitioner in their first three years of practice. It will be a fast-paced class for students who like to practise and still have the whole of Sunday free! Continue reading →
Barbara Norvell has been teaching at the Iyengar Yoga Institute Maida Vale since 1999. She currently teaches a General level class on Tuesday evenings 7.45-9.15pm. At IYIMV we ask that students go to Beginners classes regularly for two years before moving up to a General class. Here Barbara considers what moving up from Beginners to General level Iyengar yoga classes means and how your teacher can help you make the progression. Continue reading →
‘Wednesday morning at seven o’clock as the day begins …’ (with apologies to The Beatles)
Tony Morris has been a member of IYIMV since 2000 and served as a trustee of the Institute between 2002-2005. He is a regular at Amparo Rodriguez’s Wednesday class. Here he explains why he resists hitting the snooze button and takes out his yoga mat instead. Continue reading →
On 2 April we will celebrate Silvia Prescott’s contribution to Iyengar yoga and to the Iyengar Yoga Institute Maida Vale. Silvia was a highly respected teacher who will always be remembered by the many people who were fortunate to have attended her classes. Continue reading →
Amparo Rodriguez has been teaching our Wednesday 7am Beginners/General level class at Maida Vale for ten years. Here she shares her perspective on the joys and benefits of early morning yoga practice. Continue reading →
Uday Bhosale spent fifteen years studying, assisting and teaching at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune with the Iyengar family. In addition to teaching the Childrens, Beginners and Intermediate classes at RIMYI, he assisted in Geeta Iyengar’s medical classes. He recently moved to the UK and teaches regular classes and workshops.
Starting from 31st October, Rosemary Da Silva will be teaching a new Gentle Yoga Class from 12.00-1.30pm. Continue reading →
This winter we are offering a series of Sunday afternoon Intermediate classes. These are all drop-in classes so no need to book in advance. Schedule them in to your weekend and keep your practice on point over the chilly months. Continue reading →
Naomi Gorta-Slight shares her experience of using a programme of remedial Iyengar yoga during adolescence to reduce her scoliosis and avoid surgery.
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine to one side, with the spine bending either to the left or to the right. The skeleton of Richard III showed that the king had a severe degree of scoliosis. Richard would have benefited from hanging off the ropes at the Institute as part of a royal remedial programme. Continue reading →
This Friday 17 June at 11.00am Radio 4 is airing a programme on The Secret History of Yoga. It promises to be a fascinating listen and features leading academics in the field of yoga history including Dr Suzanne Newcombe.
If you can’t listen live just click on the image below to listen on iPlayer. Continue reading →
If you can see past the breeze blocks and timber you may recognise the room below as our much-loved Studio 1. It was 14th May, 1994 and the official celebration of our new, purpose-built studios, ten years after the inauguration of the Institute at the Maida Vale site. The old building, which had served as a makeshift home for Iyengar yoga in London, was taken down and replaced by the unique and beautiful Institute we enjoy today. Continue reading →
Rarely has there been a more unusual friendship than that between Jewish-American virtuoso violinist Yehudi Menuhin and BKS Iyengar. When they first met, Menuhin was 36 years old and had developed from a child prodigy in his native New York to an internationally recognised musical talent. BKS Iyengar was 34 and, after a gruelling apprecticeship with his brother-in-law and guru Sri Tirumalai Krishnamarharya in Mysore, had established himself as a highly respected teacher in Pune but was yet to travel outside of India. Both masters in their chosen fields, this enduring 50 year friendship was to be transformative to each of them. Continue reading →
We’re delighted to welcome Sheila Haswell back to Maida Vale for a Professional Development Day for qualified Iyengar Yoga teachers.
22 February – 21 March
We have a few places available for the second half term of our course for teens. These fun, active classes are tailored specifically for ages fourteen and above.
To reserve a place email email@example.com or or call us on 020 7624 3080
As Iyengar yoga students and teachers around the world celebrate what would have been his 97th birthday, Google has made its own tribute to BKS Iyengar with a celebratory Google Doodle. Continue reading →
BKS Iyengar observed that ‘a good teacher helps you explore to the maximum’ and this description will ring true to anyone who has found themselves leaving a class feeling inspired and restored. It is through dedication to their own development that Iyengar yoga teachers are able to guide their students courageously and safely.
We are lucky to have an exceptional group of teachers at Maida Vale and we’re proud to announce that Marco Cannavo, Ofra Graham, Barbara Norvell and Kate Rathod have all recently passed senior assessments.
In this personal article, from a booklet published in January 1975 to commemorate the opening of the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, BKS Iyengar describes the extraordinary highs and lows of his yoga practice. It is reproduced here from a selection of typewritten manuscripts held in the Iyengar Yoga Institute Maida Vale archives.
I have congenital right-sided hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy. Specifically, my right hand and foot are completely paralysed with limited movement in my right shoulder, arm and leg. Coping with pain from neuromuscular spasticity is one of the most debilitating facets of my disability in daily life. Various physiotherapy treatments since childhood have been ineffective and very painful with little relief. Continue reading →
These fun, active classes are tailored specifically for ages fourteen and above. Continue reading →
It can be hard to tell when you are ready to move up a level from General classes to Intermediate. Our guidelines at Maida Vale are that you need two years of experience for General and four years for Intermediate classes. But, we know it can be daunting to think you might be expected to perform perfect, advanced postures and it can feel safer to stick with your regular class. So, if you’ve been considering moving up this quick guide will help you decide whether now is the right time for you.
Judi Sweeting is a Senior Iyengar yoga teacher and runs the Cotswold Iyengar Yoga Centre in Cirencester. Here she recounts her experience of the menopause followed by the accounts of two other longstanding practitioners. These stories show how the experience of menopause varies from woman to woman and how Iyengar yoga played an important part during this important transition in their lives.
This talk was given by Mr BKS Iyengar on Saturday 15th November, 1994 at the official opening of the new Iyengar Yoga Institute building at Maida Vale. Here he expresses his hopes for the first London Institute and clarifies confusion around the term ‘Ashtanga’ yoga.
Pranayama with Johanna Heckmann-Mohan