About Us

About Us



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

iyi_agar_richard_wardRichard has been practising Iyengar yoga since 1975 and teaching since 1977. He has attended classes at RIMYI, Pune on 20 visits, and is a Senior Intermediate 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

marco_150Marco was born in Italy, but learned yoga in London. He has been practising since 1993 and teaching since 1998.

He holds a Senior Intermediate level 2 teaching certificate and has visited Pune 4 times. He has also been a  member of the Institute’s Teaching Committee.


Penny Chaplin


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


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 six 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 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 30 years ago at the Institute. She is now in her 70s 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


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.

Johanna Heckmann-Mohan

iyi_johanna_mohan_heckmannJohanna has practised Iyengar yoga since 1980 and taught since 1984. Her teaching is deeply rooted in the Iyengar tradition and her studies with the Iyengar family.

She has made numerous visits to Pune, studying under the guidance of the Iyengars, where she keeps her knowledge up-to-date and through studying with other senior teachers.

She lived and taught for many years in France. She has taught at the Institute since 2000 and has served as a trustee and Chair of the Teaching Committee.

She is an experienced teacher and enjoys teaching her Pregnancy, General and Intermediate classes.

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 serves the Institute as a trustee and is also Chair of the Teaching Committee.

Indira Lopez-Bassols

iyi-indira-lopez-bassolsIndira has been practising Iyengar yoga since 1996 and started teaching in 2002 in her home country of Mexico. She holds a Junior Intermediate level 3 teaching certificate, has attended the Institute in Pune twice and has taught in several countries.

Her passion for yoga grew over the course of her three pregnancies. She found her practice invaluable for aligning body, mind and heart during pregnancy, in birth and through the post natal transition. She complements her yoga teaching as a Birth Doula and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Judy Lynn


Judy has been practising yoga since 1989, when she was still a solicitor, and teaching since 1995. She holds a Junior Intermediate 3 certificate. She practises yoga to be well, and her teaching style is marked by clarity, simplicity and humour. She has previously been one of the Institute’s trustees and a member of the Teaching Committee. She has visited Pune three times.

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

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. For the past 19 years, 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.

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


Korinna has been practising Iyengar yoga since 1983 and started teaching at the Institute in 1995. She is a Junior Intermediate teacher and is especially interested in remedial yoga as well as teaching children and teenagers. She visits the Institute in Pune regularly. After having held the teaching portfolio as one of the Institute’s trustees for many years, she is currently the editor of Dipika, the Institute’s magazine.

Kate Rathod

150krKate started her yoga practice with a foundation 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 her career in graphic design to pursue her passion for her yoga practice and to teach yoga. She has visited Pune twice to study with the Iyengar family and continues to study with senior Iyengar yoga teachers in the UK and India.

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 runs 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


Judy has been teaching for over 20 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


Patsy has been practising Iyengar yoga since 1979 and teaching since 1993. She holds a Junior Intermediate certificate and visits Pune regularly. She was a member of the Institute’s Board of Trustees and Teaching Committee for 3 years and a member of the executive council of IY(UK) for many years. She is now actively involved in the events committee which runs the conventions of the IY(UK).

She is also an assessor for the association and has a particular interest in the therapeutic affects of Iyengar yoga. 

Sallie Sullivan

iyi_sallie_sullivanSallie started practising Iyengar yoga in 1980. She completed her Introductory teacher training with Joan Oliver in Devon in 1986 and in 2004 completed Senior Intermediate training with Jeanne Maslen. She has been 9 times to Pune and has spent a total of 12 months learning at RIMYI.

Sallie runs the Introductory Teacher Training course at the Institute with Stephen Richardson. She is the senior teacher of the Institute of Iyengar Yoga Sussex.

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. Her own learning continues, including a month every second year at the Institute in Pune.


Harshini Wikramanayake


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.