Yoga Classes

Yoga Classes

Yoga Workshops

This year the yoga community is celebrating 100 years since B.K.S. Iyengar’s birth. We have special events and workshops scheduled across the year.

Yoga workshops are a chance to work more deeply on your practice. They are usually longer than regular classes so you have time to explore postures in more detail and focus on specific teaching points.

Please note that our yoga workshops are generally unsuitable if you’re menstruating. If you have an injury or medical condition, please consult the office or the yoga workshop teacher before booking.

In addition to workshops held at Maida Vale you can find information about Iyengar events across the South East here >

 

 

 


 

Guruji Commemoration with Penny Chaplin

This will be General Level event for students with two or more years of regular Iyengar yoga practice led by Penny Chaplin. Penny first met BKS Iyengar in 1971 when he was teaching in London and became one of his direct students. In the official obituary she wrote for him she noted that ‘throughout history there have been individuals whose achievements leave a positive mark across the entire world. B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014) was such a person.’

 

Sunday 19 August
11.15-2.15pm
Members only £30

 

Book your place on 020 7624 3080

 


 

General and Intermediate Workshops with Uday Bhosale

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.

 

General Level Workshop  
Saturday 1 September
10.15-1.15pm
£36 Members / £39 Non-members

Intermediate Level Workshop  
Sunday 2 September
11.15-2.15pm
£36 Members / £39 Non-members

 

Book your place on 020 7624 3080

 


 

Intermediate Workshop with Manouso Manos

Tuesday 4 September
2.00 – 5.00pm
Members £40 / Non-members £44

“For me, it’s no doubt, that one of my oldest students Manouso, has devoted, I think all his life the moment he accepted yoga as a subject – he honestly, sincerely, and totally, gave his life… I have high regard for him, as I consider him as one of the best students of many best students of all. No doubt!” BKS Iyengar in a message to Manouso on his 60th birthday

Manouso Manos began his studies with BKS Iyengar in 1976 and is one of only two teachers worldwide to hold the Advanced Senior certificate. He served as chairperson of the first international Iyengar yoga convention in 1984 and has almost forty years of personal practice. He is based in San Francisco at The Abode of Iyengar Yoga.

Book your place on 020 7624 3080

 


 

General Workshop with Kate Rathod

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.

 

Friday 14 September
2.00-5.00pm
Members £30 / Non-members £33

 

Book your place on 020 7624 3080

 


 

Sutras Workshop with Sallie Sullivan

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.

Sunday 14 October
11.15-2.15pm
Members £30 / Non-members £33

Booking opens 14 August

 


 

MS Workshops with Garth McLean

We are delighted to welcome Garth McLean back for a weekend of workshops.

​Upon diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 1996, Garth immediately took up a daily practice of Iyengar yoga and has been able to stabilise his condition. He teaches yoga intensives in his home base of Los Angeles and across the world including workshops on the positive effects of yoga on MS and other neurological conditions. You can read more about Garth’s story here >

​​Garth maintains that the practice can be adapted to suit whatever condition the student may be dealing with at whatever level.He is a founding member of the Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics group, an LA-based not for profit dedicated to helping people manage diseases and conditions through the therapeutic applications of yoga. Garth studies annually with the Iyengar family in Pune. He holds an ​Intermediate Senior III teaching certificate.​

 

Workshop for Students with MS
For students with MS, teachers, care givers, and students with other neurological conditions including novice students who haven’t studied with Garth before

Saturday 27 October
10.15-12.15 / 1.15-3.15pm
Members £48/ Non-members £52

 

Workshop for Students with MS
For ​continuing students with MS or other neurological conditions, teachers, caregivers, and interested students. Previous workshop attendance with Garth preferred.

Sunday 28 October
11.15-1.15 / 2.00-4.00pm (Including a 45 minute break)
Members £48 / Non-members £52

Booking opens 14 August

 


 

General / Intermediate Workshop with Gerry Chambers

Gerry Chambers qualified as an Iyengar yoga teacher in 1980. Originally from Scotland he became interested in yoga in his mid 20’s when he lived in Canada. At York University in Toronto he completed a postgraduate degree with a thesis on Zen. He has completed further postgrad studies in Indian Religions at Trinity St Davids University, Wales.  Gerry moved to Bristol from London in 1999 to set up Yogawest, an Iyengar yoga centre, with his partner Lynda. He now lives in the beautiful county of Devon and travels to India regularly to learn from the Iyengar family.

Sunday 18 November
11.15 – 2.15pm

This asana workshop will explore the idea of Samyama as outlined in chapter three of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Samyama can loosely be translated as ‘integration’. It describes the process of mental absorption that can occur through the simultaneous practice of Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (union).

Members £36 / Non-members £39

Booking opens 18 September

 


 

Geetaji’s Birthday General Workshop with Judy Smith

This workshop marks Geeta Iyengar’s birthday. BKS Iyengar’s eldest daughter began practising yoga from a young age and after leaving school would teach in her father’s place when he was away on international teaching tours. A master teacher, Geetaji is a pioneer for application of yoga for women’s health. Her books Yoga A Gem for Women, and Iyengar Yoga for Motherhood are guides on practice for the different stages of a woman’s life. Geeta is co-director of the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) with her brother Prashant.

Friday 7 December
2.00 – 5.00pm
Members £30/ Non-members £33

Booking opens 2 October

 


 

Guruji Centenary 100 Asana Practice

Join Maida Vale teachers on the day that would have been Guruji’s 100th birthday for a celebratory led practice.

Friday 14 December
10.00-1.00pm
Open to All

Free for Members

Booking opens 2 October


 

Guruji Centenary Celebration Evening

Details TBC

Saturday 15 December
Afternoon/Evening
Times and details coming soon

Free for Members

Booking opens 2 October


 

General Workshops with Penny Chaplin 

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

She started teaching herself from a book and first met BKS 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, Intermediate and General classes and runs the Senior and Intermediate workshops at the Institute. She is a Moderator and Teacher Trainer for IY(UK).

She was a founder member of the Institute and for many years was actively involved in The National Teachers Association and currently sits on the Assessment & Teacher Training Committee of IY(UK).

Thursday 27 December
10.00 – 1.00pm
Members £30 / Non-members £33

Friday 28 December
10.00 – 1.00pm
Members £30 / Non-members £33

Booking opens 2 October