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Dorset and Hampshire (DHIY)
North East London (NELIY)
Oxford and Region (ORIY)
IY Yoga Studio Tooting
Iyengar Yoga Maida Vale
No refunds will be given on the day of the event.
For cancellations within two weeks of the event a refund is possible, if the place can be filled, less a £5 administration fee. No refund can be given if the space cannot be filled within two weeks of the event.
For cancellations more than two weeks before the event, a refund will be given, less a £5 administration fee.
SWLSIY’s 10th AGM took place on 10 May, and was successfully held on Zoom! Thank you to all who attended. After eight years in the role, Peter Kosasih stood down as Chair, as well as Treasurer for the last few years. The SWLSIY Committee representing all SWLSIY members, is immensely grateful to his dedication, support and leadership. SWLSIY are delighted that Peter will remain involved in the Committee. New Committee members were elected: Anita Phillips as Chair and Marton Vass as Treasurer; Elaine Morrison was re-elected as IY (UK) Representative for another term.
A workshop for members will be scheduled for later in the year.
"Jayne put us through our paces and included all groups of asanas; beginning with Tadasana through to back bends, moving to Urdhva Dhanurasana, also including Astavakrasana. The workshop concluded with restorative asanas and pranayama, guiding us through pratyahara. Although not everyone was able to get to the destination it's all about the journey and Jayne has a gift of simplifying concepts making them accessible to all". Pauline Ronksley, participant.
Over twenty teachers were lucky to receive the teaching and guidance from Mary for this year's Professional Development Day on Pregnancy. Her warmth and clarity made it all the more enjoyable by all participants all who benefited from the day which addressed cautions and the beneficial and necessary poses for an expecting student in all stages of her pregnancy.
Huge thanks and gratitude to Uday Bhosale for another incredible workshop. Skilfully leading us from standing poses to back bends, seated poses and inversions and finishing with blissful pranayama, taught with his usual good humour, enormous knowledge and dedication to the Iyengar Yoga practice. We are already looking forward to the next one!
“Another wonderful afternoon of friends and yoga at the SWLSIY AGM event in Wimbledon! Thanks to the hard work of our 'superstar' committee members we were treated to a perfect venue, amazing yoga teaching and well deserved tea and cake. Cath Barnes-Holt brought SWLSIY together, her skilful teaching accommodating us all as she shared her experiences of the Iyengar family. Exciting times for SWLSIY, can't wait for the next event and thanks to everyone for a perfect day.”
Sharon Kipps, SWLSIY member
MGM Training highly recommended as very knowledgeable about yoga practice which made it very relevant to teachers.
The workshop taught by Edgar Stringer and Lydia Holmes received excellent feedback from participants: the teachers were 'fantastic' and their teaching superb, detailed and challenging with the benefit of having one teacher help while the other taught. Other comments were that it was a great venue and lovely atmosphere, there was lots to absorb and perfect for a November Sunday!
A special cake was presented to mark the centenary of Guruji's birth
Following the workshop a general workshop was taught by Peter Kosasih
Participants with a wide range of experience and ability benefited greatly from Uday's in depth teaching. His thorough approach and his instructions to 'do it again' were always said encouragingly and with humour. Participating in a day long workshop can be challenging, so after the break most were grateful for the restorative poses and focus on the breath. We look forward to welcoming Uday back again (and again!).Full details attached
Participants enjoyed another well-paced training day with Garry Harvey of E-magination Training; his quirky sense of humour is like the spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down.
Thank you to everyone who participated in Lynda Purvis's full day intermediate level workshop with us in Esher. It was an all-women affair, mainly teachers and trainees, and feedback was very positive praising Lynda's teaching, overall atmosphere, venue and location.
One satisfied attendee's email sums up the day very well. "Thank you for organising the workshop. I loved it. Just right for an intermediate workshop....so as strenuous as it should be. I would have brought more props like another mat and bolsters if I’d thought about it. Well done, we love Lynda’s teaching".
SWLSIY are now planning our next full day intermediate level workshop for Autumn 2018, so watch this space!
Jayne's wisdom and years of experience shone in her lively and energised teaching. She skillfully brought a new perspective to those poses well known to participants and linked them to the more challenging ones, making it accessible to all abilities.
The AGM was well attended, including by some new SWLSIY members. Afterwards attendees were treated with the delights of a free workshop with visiting teacher Lin Craddock, Senior Intermediate level 3 teacher from Maidstone. Lin's sincere warmth, wisdom, knowledge and dedication to her subject shone through in her in depth teaching, accessible to all abilities.
Annie taught an inspiring workshop to an enthusiastic group of 21 participants. By demonstrating the links between the asanas, Annie enabled students to gain a better understanding of familiar poses and laid the foundation for our attempts at more challenging poses.
Annie also shared some yoga philosophy; by drawing on the Yoga Sutras, she explained how the values and tenets recorded at the time of Patanjali are relevant to our practice today. Participants were further treated to a musical interlude, courtesy of Sanjai Sankar on tabla and Giorgio Curcetti who played the oud. Set in an Indian cultural centre - with the sounds and sights of music and dance - together with Annie's wonderful teaching, made it a very special day.
On Saturday 14 January the second annual National Iyengar Yoga Day (NIYD) took place in the UK and Ireland to celebrate the teachings of Guruji, B.K.S. Iyengar, and to promote the Iyengar yoga nationally. Events included free taster classes and celebrations of Guruji's life in centres throughout the country.
Whatever the activities to mark the day in South West London and Surrey, SWLSIY would be interested in any photos of the day, including simple class photos, so that we can share these with IY UK and among our members and social media.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with NIYD co-ordinator Tehira Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students worked for three hours with an intensity and precision few achieve when left to their own devices; their efforts leavened by Penny’s wit and humour. Huge gratitude to Penny for her generosity with her time and knowledge.
SWLSIY were very grateful to Sallie Sullivan who kindly stepped in at short notice to run the day. Sallie, a senior teacher based in Sussex, also an assessment moderator and teacher trainer, delivered a very productive training day focusing on adjustments for inversions and variations and adjustments for back bends, followed by Pranayama.
A positive coming together of dedicated yoga enthusiasts, the annual meeting was well attended with over 25 members, including the committee. The afternoon also comprised of a challenging workshop taught by senior teacher, Sophie Carrington, followed by an informal social gathering with refreshments.
The committee urgently needs new members to input in the ongoing work of SWLSIY, big or small. It's a friendly group of individuals, also with busy lives. The more members involved the less work overall. We'd love to hear from you. Contact: email@example.com
Uday Bhosale taught an inspiring and energising two-day workshop at the Bhavan, attended by over forty participants. Uday's attention to detail, humour and strong teaching skills helped students gain greater depth and understanding in the asanas, whatever their level and experience.
"Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed attending the workshop on Saturday. Uday is a fantastic teacher and I can already see how his pointers are going to help my practice. Thank you very much for organising it. I really look forward to attending another workshop very soon." A Mishra
"Thanks for organising the weekend workshop. I really enjoyed it and learned so much - looking forward to the next one!" T Manning
Garry Harvey from Silver Cloud delivered a hands on and informative first aid training day; for many teachers this was a refresher course. Garry's wealth and years of experience as a paramedic and teacher, together with his energy and wit made the training a very positive experience.
A truly inclusive workshop which was accessible to all levels, delivered with humour, encouragement and a depth of knowledge that comes from such a long standing commitment and dedication to Iyengar yoga. Brilliant! Thanks too to the SWLSIY team who made the day possible. P Boylan.
Julie Brown came to Tooting from Manchester and District Iyengar Yoga to lead an invaluable PD Day focusing on Pranayama
Following the PD Day Julie delivered a successful morning workshop, open to all students.
In December 2014, 21 June was declared International Day of Yoga by the UN General Assembly.
BKS Iyengar had alluded to the concept in Bangalore two years earlier and in September 2014 it was formally requested by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, where he stated:
"Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day."
A total of 175 nations co-sponsored the resolution,
The first celebration of the International Day of Yoga this year was observed by millions worldwide. Over 35,000 people, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and dignitaries from 84 nations, performed 21 asanas for 35 minutes at Rajpath in New Delhi.
The Iyengar Yoga Assocation (IYA) organised events in Exeter, during the annual convention over the weekend. Throughout the UK events were organised by centres and individuals of which Iyengar yoga had a significant presence.
In South West London The Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan hosted a free open day on Sunday 21st involving the resident yoga teachers (who include SWLSIY Iyengar teachers) and students. It proved very successful with well over a hundred visitors, embracing Patantali's yoga and all yoga practices, including Iyengar. A representative from the Indian High Commission was the guest speaker of the event which opened in the Mountbatten Hall with talks and asana demonstrations, followed by popular taster classes throughout the day, of which the High Commission representative himself was a student!
SWLSIY ran a successful stall with Iyengar yoga demonstrations. A big thank you to everyone who helped support the event.
SWLSIY were delighted to welcome Jacky from Manchester and District Iyengar Yoga back to South West London. She led a beautiful and inspiring workshop, with references to Dharana (concentration) and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.
It was also an opportunity to join others and members of the SWLSIY committee for the AGM and an open forum on the future of Iyengar Yoga in South West London.
22 participants attended the workshop in the Bhavan's spacious, bright gallery which Suzanne and John tailored to students new to workshops as well as those with experience.
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9.30 - 5 pm, facilitated by Silver Cloud Academy
Teachers benefited from a constructive and inspiring day, sharing knowledge under the guidance and wisdom of moderator and senior teacher Brenda Booth from Kent.
A most successful weekend attended by 35 students with excellent teaching of Barabara Novell, Kiran Chothe and John Shirbon. Set in the characterful manor house of Oxon Hoath, with beautiful views of the gardens and surrounding Kent countryside, the weekend included restorative classes on Friday evening, Pranayama classes on both mornings and both general and intermediate classes to accommodate all levels. John also taught an introductory Pranayama class. Home cooked vegetarian food, much of the produce supplied from the walled garden within the grounds, as well as live piano performed by residents, made it all the more memorable and special!
“Have your say” session and SWLSIY AGM, followed by a workshop (free for SWLSIY members) with Barbara, a very experienced and popular teacher who has been to Pune regularly over the years.
As well as enjoying top class yoga, participants had the opportunity to hear about SWLSIY's plans from its committee members as well as contribute ideas.
Jacky Taylor gained her Intermediate Junior level 3 teaching certificate in March 2010. She is currently the Chair of Manchester and District Iyengar Yoga (MDIY) Executive Committee. Jacky teaches and continues to study at the MDIY.
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Kiran has studied at theRamamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India since 1991, that being the city of his birth. He has been living and teaching in Budapest for the last 5 years and we are pleased to welcome him to teach for our Institute following his relocation to London. He holds an Intermediate Junior - Level 3 certificate.
This was a unique opportunity to work in the ‘Pune’ style direct from India
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Julie has over 25 years experience of teaching Iyengar Yoga. She is a highly respected Senior teacher and has her own Iyengar Yoga Centre in Putney South West London. Julie is also a Teacher Trainer and an Assessor for IY UK. The opportunity to practice, learn and challenge yourself deeply in the Asanas through Julie's style of teaching is one not to be missed... a must for serious practitioners! For full details click here.
Jayne is the director of Iyengar Yoga Birmingham. She started practising Iyengar Yoga in 1975 and has been visting India regularly to study with B.K.S Iyengar, his son Prashant and daughter Geeta since 1982. She was awarded a senior level certificate in 2000 and is the central region's most experienced teacher of the Iyengar method. In 2011 she became one of a very select group of Senior teachers to be a give a special Advanced certificate by the Master himself. Jayne taught a hugely popular day as part of the inaugural celebrations for SWLSIY in May 2012. We were delighted and honoured to welcome her back. For more information on this workshop click here.
Uday has been a disciple of yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune for the past 12 years and has been teaching there since 2001. At RIMYI he teaches the children’s classes as well as beginners and medical classes. He also has a wealth of experience teaching elsewhere - children, industrialists, doctors, sportspersons, corporate workshops and has taught an intensive at the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Singapore. For more information on this workshop click here.
I recently attended a course at Yog-Ganga with the Chanchani's where we were asked the question, “What is the purpose of every single asana that we do?”
A few muttered replies came from the floor, from those who were brave enough: “To strengthen the body ... to become more flexible ... to quieten the mind ... to cure (this that and the other).”
The reply came: “Wrong! Those are bonuses, but every asana that we do is to strengthen the spine so that we can sit for pranayama.”
What better way to drive this message home than SWLSIY's workshop with Judith Richards in April this year?
We gathered for a civilised 10am start in a sunny and airy hall in Long Ditton, sat on our mats and waited for what was in store - and it was a treat. We spent the morning deconstructing and reconstructing back-bends - which I think I should now call back extensions. The deconstruction involved an analogy of the structure of a back extension. Judith compared the spine to bricks cemented in place to build an archway. As we paid attention to each vertebra being held in place, the spine therefore being strengthened, rather than just dropping back, we were able to go deeper into the poses, appreciating the extension and the strength in equal measure.
What better way to drive this message home than SWLSIY's workshop with Judith Richards in April this year?
I remember well the first time I realised that backbends involved hard work for the front thighs - and this workshop held a similar surprise as we focused on the back of the thighs extending up to meet the paraspinal muscles. Judith also gave a beautiful analogy as we extended our spines, quoting Geetaji, of the “sternum as a leg for the head”. Starting with uttanasana, followed by parsvottanasana, we progressed through to ustrasana and a fair few invigorating urdhva danurasana's before a break for lunch.
When we resumed Judith took a good look around the room and clearly thought that we still had a lot more work to do before our spines were strong enough to sit for pranayama. She let us off the hook and we enjoyed two hours more of restorative poses and pranayama - supine! The whole day was a treat and we were very lucky to receive individual attention and expert tuition. A very big thank you to Judith from us all.
SWLSIY's most senior teacher, Judith Richards, first started practising yoga in the Iyengar method in 1970 and started teaching in 1976. Judith finds that learning yoga is a lifelong process and brings to her teaching a wealth of knowledge and experience balanced with humour and warmth.
Our AGM took place on the same day.
We were delighted to have secured Margaret Austin, one of the most popular senior Iyengar teachers in the north of England, for a workshop in Thames Ditton, Surrey. Margaret has been teaching Iyengar yoga since the late 1970's and regularly travels to Pune to study with the Iyengar family. For more information on this workshop, click here.
We were pleased to welcome Brenda Booth, senior Iyengar teacher in Kent, for a workshop in Tooting, SW London. Brenda has amazing depth of knowledge of the postures, remedial work, sequencing and the philosophy of yoga, making her classes fun and challenging. For full details, click here.