Thursday 14 December marks what would have been BKS Iyengar’s 99th birthday. Penny Chaplin’s General class on the day will be dedicated to Guruji. After class there will be a memorial plaque placed in the courtyard. Everyone attending the class will receive a small print of BKS Iyengar by photographer Coni Hörler to mark the day.
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 →
It is one year since the death of Silvia Prescott. Silvia was one of the teachers who played a key role in finding a site for the Iyengar Yoga Institute to and helped raise the money to make it possible. She was a teacher to many of the teachers currently teaching at the Institute and was a talented photographer, documenting her trips to Pune and the yoga conferences she attended.
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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Beginners with Kristyan Robinson
Good news for weekend yoga fans – we have extended the series of one hour Sunday morning classes for an extra four weeks.
Members £7.50/Non-members £9.50.
Sunday 20 August 2017 marks the third anniversary of Guruji’s death. Marco will be teaching a pop-up General Level class to mark the occasion.
Members £14 / Non-members £17
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!
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We are pleased to announce that we now offer registered nurses a special half price rate of £7 on all Beginners classes.
You will find Beginners classes held daily at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Maida Vale.
There’s no need to book. Simply drop in 15 minutes before the class starts with proof of status to receive the nurses rate. No Membership needed.
|Monday||10 – 11:30 am||Amparo Rodriguez|
|Tuesday||11.15 am –12.45 pm||Ofra Graham|
|6.15 – 7.45 pm||Barbara Norvell|
|Wednesday||11.45 am – 1.15 pm||Judy Lynn|
|6.15 – 7.45 pm||Aubrey Maasdorp|
|7.45 - 9.15 pm||Hazel Sainsbury|
|Thursday||9.30 – 11.00 am||Korinna Pilafidis-Williams|
|4.00 – 5.30 pm||Patsy Sparksman|
|6.30 – 8.00 pm||Megan Inglesent|
|Friday||10.00 – 11.30 am||Marco Cannavo|
|Saturday||8.15 – 9.45 am||Amparo Rodriguez|
|5.00 – 6.30 pm||Megan Inglesent|
|Sunday||9.30 – 11.00 am||Rosemary da Silva|
|5.00 – 6.30 pm||Kate Rathod|
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 →
Following on from the popularity of our Sunday afternoon Pop-up Intermediate classes we have scheduled classes in over spring and summer. 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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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 →
Thank you to everyone who attended the Charity Fundraiser Workshop last weekend. We are delighted to let you know that we raised £500 for our two nominated charities this year, The Brain Tumour Charity and Age UK. Continue reading →
Stephanie Quirk has taught many six-part training workshops on therapeutics. She regularly shares her knowledge and expertise with Iyengar yoga teachers around the world. We are delighted that Stephanie will be providing yoga therapy training at IYIMV during November 2017 and in each successive year until 2022.
Saturday 18th February 2017
10.00am – 1.00pm
Students with three or more years of regular Iyengar yoga practice who are considering training as an Iyengar yoga teacher are invited to attend a free open taster session facilitated by Sallie Sullivan and Stephen Richardson.
The purpose of the Introductory Teacher Training course is to build a firm foundation in the teaching of B. K. S. Iyengar’s work. The course lasts for two years and comprises of 17 training days each year on Saturdays. Please let us know if you wish to attend ITT Open Session on 020 7624 3080 or email us at email@example.com
See full details of the requirements for the course and application forms here >
Assessments are conducted by the Iyengar Yoga Association(UK) Students accepted on the course must join IYIMV & IY(UK).
IYIMV is setting up an outreach programme to bring Iyengar yoga to those who cannot access regular classes at the Institute. We are inviting teachers to suggest an organisation to work with to offer classes to people who could benefit from regular yoga classes. Successful applicants will receive funding to teach a weekly class at their proposed organisation for 6 months.
Charity Fundraiser Workshop with Rosemary da Silva & Barbara Norvell
Sunday 19th February 2017
11.30am – 2.00pm
This year our Charity Fundraiser Workshop will support Age UK and The Brain Tumour Charity. The workshop will focus on restorative practice and is open to all members with a minimum of 18 months of regular practice.
Numbers will be limited to 16, so please reserve your place in advance on reception and pay in cash on the day. We suggest a minimum donation of £25.
Reserve your place on 020 7624 3080
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.
One of our most senior and respected teachers, Silvia Prescott, died peacefully at home on Thursday 3 November.
Silvia was one of BKS Iyengar’s first British students, having practised Iyengar yoga since 1970, and taught at Maida Vale for many years.
The funeral will take place at Golder’s Green Crematorium on Thursday 17 November at 1.00pm
No flowers by request. Donations to Age UK or Shelter will be welcomed.
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 →
We hold two Beginners classes which are open to students on Jobseeker’s Allowance at the discounted rate of £2.50. These are suitable for students who are new to yoga and there’s no need to book. 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 →
Alaric will be giving a celebratory program that will include recuperative pranayama, readings from Guruji’s writings, and led chanting on Saturday 20th August to mark the two year anniversary of Guruji’s death. 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 →
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’re a visiting Iyengar yogi or an IYIMV student with yoga friends visiting from out of town this summer, our 7 Day Summer Visitor Pass is for you. It’s a great value way for non-members to attend classes. Continue reading →
Susan Collins studied for her Introductory Level Iyengar Yoga Teaching Certificate here at Maida Vale. Below she shares some of her reflections and experiences after completing her first year as a teacher.
Find details of our Bank Holiday Weekend timetable below. 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 →
Make like these spring chicks and join us in class over the Easter weekend!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Ainhoa Acosta has been a student at Maida Vale for many years and recently passed her Introductory Level 2 Iyengar yoga teaching assessment. Well done Ainhoa! She tells us about her experience of taking Iyengar yoga assessment.
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.
Mondays 5.00pm – 5.55pm
with Korinna Pilafidis-Williams.
We have a few places available for the second half term of our course for children. Taught by experienced children’s teacher Korinna, this course if great fun and a brilliant way for children to improve their health and concentration. Continue reading →