Wednesdays 18:30 - 19:45
£76 per term (9 classes, £8.44/class)
Tuesdays 18:30 - 20:00
£100 per term (10 classes, £10/class)
Iyengar yoga is named after BKS Iyengar (Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar 1918 – 2018) who was instrumental in bringing yoga to the West. His family in Pune, India, continue to lead yoga teachers and practitioners worldwide. BKS Iyengar drew on the ancient techniques and philosophy of yoga as outlined by Patanjali, sometime between 500BC and 200BC, when he wrote the ‘yoga sutras’, 196 concise aphorisms which are still relevant today.
Iyengar yoga is a form of hatha yoga which is accessible to all ages and levels of fitness. Teachers are trained to a high standard, allowing students to progress in their practice within the limits of their own capabilities, using supports or ‘props’ as developed by BKS Iyengar.
With an emphasis on precision, alignment, extension and attention to detail, the system of teaching is methodical and progressive with classes focusing on asanas (postures) and breath control (pranayama). Certified teachers are required to maintain contact with the Iyengar family through senior teachers and professional development days, where they are supported in learning from their own practice to develop a detailed understanding of the body and posture work which sets Iyengar yoga apart.
Suzanne has been practising Iyengar yoga since the early 90s and qualified to teach in 2009, teaching near her home in Ealing as well as at the Bhavan, where she had been a student for several years before qualifying. Adhering to the principles of Iyengar, she embraces the challenges and benefits of yoga and shares them with her students. Suzanne teaches the Tuesday class and is a Level 3 teacher.
Elaine has been practising Iyengar yoga since the mid-1980s and was lucky enough to be present when BKS Iyengar taught at the Bhavan in the late 1980s. She later spent many years attending the Bhavan’s regular classes and has been teaching the Wednesday class since qualifying as a teacher in 2012. Elaine is a Level 2 teacher.
Both Suzanne and Elaine continue to study with senior teachers in the UK, regularly attending workshops and conventions, and both have been taught by members of the Iyengar family and senior teachers from Pune, in India as well as in the UK.