About Us

About Us

Teachers

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Only certified teachers teach genuine Iyengar yoga. All of ours hold the Iyengar Yoga Teachers Certification Mark, a sign of excellence, clarity and depth of understanding. To use this logo, they have to be properly trained and maintain their development.

 

Richard Agar Ward

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Richard has been practising Iyengar yoga since 1975 and teaching since 1977. He has attended classes at RIMYI, Pune on 25 visits, and is a Senior Intermediate Level 3 teacher.

He and his wife, Kirsten, are the directors of the Bath Iyengar Yoga Centre. He is a moderator and assessor for the IYA(UK).


Marco Cannavo


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Marco was born in Italy. After a career as a professional dancer he came to London where he learned yoga. He has been practising since 1993 and teaching since 1998.

He holds a Senior Intermediate level 2 teaching certificate and has visited Pune several times. He has also been a member of the Institute’s Teaching Committee.

 

 


Penny Chaplin

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Penny is one of seven of the Most Senior Leading Teachers of the UK, a special designation awarded to them by B.K.S. Iyengar in 2009.

She started teaching herself yoga from a book and first met B.K.S. Iyengar in 1971 when he was teaching in London. As his direct student, she visits Pune yearly. She has been teaching since 1974. She teaches the Teachers’ Class, General and Beginners classes and runs the Senior Intermediate workshops at the Institute.

She was a founder member of the Institute and is currently a trustee of the Institute. For many years she was actively involved in the national Teachers’ Association and currently sits on the Ethics Committee and Assessment & Training Committee of the IYA(UK).


Rosemary da Silva

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Rosemary has been teaching since 1999 and holds the full Junior Intermediate certificate. After qualifying at Introductory level she travelled to Pune where she spent three months studying with the Iyengar family, in both the regular & remedial classes. She completed her first visit to Pune by attending the Institute’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in 2000, where BKS Iyengar taught a four day intensive attended by international teacher’s from all over the world.

On her return to London she began teaching at the Iyengar Yoga Institute Maida Vale, and over the last 12 years has taught across various slots on the timetable; foundation courses, beginners, general level, as well as therapeutic Yoga in the remedial & back pain classes.

She has made an additional seven trips to Pune to continue her studies with the Iyengar family and has also attended various intensives with Geeta Iyengar in London, South Africa and Australia .

These study periods help refresh both her personal practice and her teaching. When she can’t get to India she continues her studies with visiting Indian and senior European teachers . She considers herself privileged to have studied with some of the finest teachers within the Iyengar tradition.

Rosemary has taught various residential weekends in the UK as well as week long retreats in Spain, France, Turkey, Croatia and Greece. She combines enthusiasm with humour as a teacher, and particularly enjoys introducing beginners to the possibilities of Yoga


Joyce Furrer

iyi_joyce_furrerJoyce started Iyengar yoga over 30 years ago at the Institute. She is now in her 80s and enjoying her yoga life which includes teaching, going to classes and her own practice. This keeps her fit and healthy and very happy.


Ofra Graham

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Ofra was born and raised on a kibbutz in Israel and took her first yoga classes when she was 40 after years doing sports and running. She did her teacher training with Silvia Prescott and started teaching in 2000.

She has been to Pune on nine occasions to study with the Iyengar family and holds the Senior Intermediate Level 2 teaching certificate.


Megan Inglesent

iyi_megan_inglesentMegan was a freelance radio reporter for the BBC when she started practising Iyengar yoga in 1994.

In 1999 she qualified and started teaching full-time. In August 2010 she went to India to study with the Iyengar family at the Institute in Pune. She holds a Junior Intermediate level 3 certificate. She has previously served the Institute as a trustee and Chair of the Teaching Committee.


Judy Lynn

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Judy has been practising yoga since 1989, when she was still a solicitor, and teaching since 1996. She is a Junior Intermediate teacher and teaches classes at all levels from Introductory to Intermediate. She practises yoga to be well and her teaching style is marked by clarity, simplicity and humour. She has visited Pune three times. She is currently an Institute trustee and a member of the Teaching Committee.

She is the current Vice Chair of the IY(UK)’s Assessments & Teacher Training Committee (ATC).


Aubrey Maasdorp

iyi_aubrey_maasdorpAubrey was introduced to Iyengar yoga in 1989 in South Africa. He has been teaching since 2002 and achieved his Junior Intermediate Level 3 certificate in March 2012. Since moving to London, he has been attending regular classes and developing his own practice.


Stuart Miller

iyi_stuart_millerAn Institute teacher since 1989, Stuart began his Iyengar yoga practice in 1978. He is a Junior Intermediate teacher and has visited Pune on four occasions for study with the Iyengar family. He has taught a variety of classes from Beginners to Intermediate level.

A Chartered Physiotherapist since 2003, Stuart complements his yoga teaching by working in health care


Alaric Newcombe

iyi_alaric_newcombeAlaric has been teaching at the Maida Vale Institute since 1991 and has been practising yoga since 1983. He has attended classes in Pune and holds the Senior Intermediate certificate. Alaric is a teacher trainer at Introductory and Junior Intermediate Levels.


Barbara Norvell

barbara_norvell2Barbara Norvell is a Senior Intermediate I teacher who has a special interest in teaching pregnancy classes. She continues to develop her own practice by regularly attending workshops with senior teachers and visiting the Iyengar Institute in Pune. She has been teaching since 1999 and her teaching style combines warmth, humour and clear instruction.


Korinna Pilafidis-Williams

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Korinna has been practising Iyengar yoga since 1983 and started teaching at the Institute in 1995. She is a Junior Intermediate teacher. She is part of the remedial and teacher training teams at the Institute.  As well as teaching adults, she teaches one of the longest running children’s classes in the country. She visits Pune regularly. She is the editor of Dipika, IYIMV’s magazine. Currently she is a member of the teaching committee and a trustee of the Institute.


Kate Rathod

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Kate started her yoga practice with an Introductory course at the Institute in 1996, where she also undertook her teacher training. She achieved her Senior Intermediate level I certificate in November 2015.

She gave up a career in graphic design to pursue her passion for her yoga practice and has been teaching since 2003. She has attended classes in Pune and continues to study with senior Iyengar yoga teachers.


Stephen Richardson

iyi_stephen_richardsonStephen has been teaching at the Institute since 1986. He has taught classes ranging from Beginners to Intermediate, as well as Pranayama and Remedial. He currently teaches Intermediate classes and assists in the Introductory Teacher Training course with Sallie Sullivan. He has been to the Institute in Pune twice.


Amparo Rodriguez

iyi_amparoAmparo was born in Bogota, Colombia and came to Britain in 1974. She started practising Iyengar yoga in the 1980s and has been teaching since 1998. She has visited Pune and attended conventions taught by the Iyengars in Germany, Russia and the UK. She holds the Junior Intermediate certificate.


Hazel Sainsbury

Hazel Sainsbury began practising Iyengar yoga in 1995. She spent a year studying with and assisting the Chanchanis (senior teachers)  in North India before beginning her training to teach in 2003, back in the UK. She has made several trips since then to both the Chanchanis and the Iyengars in Pune. She feels privileged to have had the opportunity to work with senior teachers here in Maida Vale, around the UK and in India.


Judy Smith

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Judy has been teaching for over 30 years at the Institute where she teaches General and and Remedial classes. She regularly visits Pune and often attends workshops with visiting senior teachers. Judy is author of the book “Iyengar Yoga: Classic Yoga Postures for Mind, Body & Spirit” which was published in 2004.


Patsy Sparksman

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Patsy has been practising yoga since 1979 and started teaching in 1993 when she first started teaching at the institute.
She holds a Junior intermediate certificate, is an assessor for the association, and visits Pune regularly.
Her particular interest is in the therapeutic affect of yoga.


Sallie Sullivan

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Sallie started practising Iyengar yoga in 1980. She gained her Introductory certificate in 1986, Junior Intermediate 3 in 1990 and Senior Intermediate 3 in 2004. She has been a dozen times to study with the Iyengars in Pune where she has also assisted in the medical classes, and has attended many events with Guruji, Gita, Abhijata and visiting teachers from India. She is registered for Yoga Therapy with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.  

Sallie runs the Introductory Teacher Training course at the Institute assisted by Korinna Pilafidis Williams and Stephen Richardson


Elisabeth Wengersky

iyi_elisabeth_wengerskyElisabeth started yoga and teacher training with Silvia Prescott in 1978. Her first yoga intensive was in Pune in 1981, taught by B.K.S. Iyengar. Since receiving her Junior Intermediate certificate in 1992, she has been teaching General, 60+ and Remedial classes at Maida Vale. She visited the Institute in Pune every second year until 2013 and her learning continues by attending regular classes with senior teachers.

 


Harshini Wikramanayake

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Harshini grew up in Colombo, Sri Lanka and since leaving in her late teens has lived, worked and studied in Toronto, New York and London. She started
practicing Iyengar yoga almost twenty years ago and started her Teacher Training at the Institute in Maida Vale gaining her Introductory Certificate in 2006 and Junior Intermediate Level 3 in 2015.

Harshini has studied with the Iyengar family on three occasions in Pune, India and continues to attend weekly classes with Senior Teachers. In addition to her yoga teaching vocation, Harshini has trained as an Ayurvedic Medical Practitioner. Harshini has MSc and BSc degrees in Ayurvedic Medicine to complement her MBA and Honours Business Administration degrees.