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Easter Holiday Timetable

7 April 2022|

The Studio will be closed on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 April for maintenance work to be carried out. Livestream classes will take place, but there may be substitutions. The studio will reopen for classes on Saturday 16 April. The IYMV team wishes you a very Happy Easter! Please see the timetable to book a class. FULL TIMETABLE STUDIO CLASSES LIVESTREAM CLASSES     

14 December – Guruji’s Birth Anniversary Class

2 December 2021|

Join us on 14 December at 6pm for a two hour Livestream General class with Marco Cannavo in honour of Guruji’s birth anniversary. There will be readings and the class will be an opportunity to mark this auspicious day together with gratitude and dedicated practice. […]

NEW Yoga Gift Cards

9 November 2021|

Introducing three Iyengar Yoga London Gift Cards! Iyengar Yoga London gift cards are available in an online version, which is delivered to the recipient by email, as well as printed cards which can be purchased at the studio. Online gift cards give you the option to add a personal message and pick the day of delivery. […]

Congratulations Aparecida!

10 October 2021|

Aparecida Earl has been a member at Iyengar Yoga London since 2015 and is a volunteer at The Listening Place, a pioneering London charity that provides free, face-to-face ongoing support for those who feel that life is no longer worth living. […]

Introducing the Studio and Livestream Hybrid Class

9 October 2021|

What is a hybrid class? A hybrid yoga class is taught from Iyengar Yoga London’s Maida Vale studios and simultaneously streamed online to students at home. They allow our teachers to reach as many students as possible while we have restricted numbers in the studio and many of our members are keen to keep up with their regular classes from home. […]

Starting 3 October: Pregnancy Yoga Class

21 September 2021|

No prior yoga experience is needed to join our pregnancy yoga classes. The Iyengar method is unique in using a variety of props so that both mother and baby get maximum benefit without any strain. The postures exercise the spinal column relieving lower back pain and stengthening the pelvic floor while alleviating tiredness and tension. […]

Birjoo Mehta livestream classes

6 September 2021|

We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting two livestream classes with Birjoo Mehta. Please note that these classes can only be booked by Iyengar Yoga London Members. Membership is available from £10 here > Birjoo Mehta started learning yoga with Guruji in 1974 in Mumbai and began assisting Guruji in the Mumbai classes in 1981. He accompanied Guruji as an assistant in many of his multi national tours and conventions in the US, Europe and UK in 1984, 1987, 1990 and 1993. He also traveled with Guruji to Australia, New Zealand, Japan [...]

19 July – Covid Safety Update

19 July 2021|

Despite the lifting of restrictions we continue to take the risk of Covid transmission seriously and are taking steps to keep the studios safe. If you are planning to visit the studios please note that: We are retaining the reception desk screens and continuing to provide hand and equipment sanitisers. We request that students continue to wear masks when moving through the building. Studio class sizes will continue to be limited. Pre-booking for all studio classes will continue. We encourage students to minimise use of changing and showering facilities. All studio equipment will be available, although students can bring their own if [...]

Dipika, Issue No. 53 of the Iyengar Yoga London Journal

13 July 2021|

Welcome to another online edition of Dipika. We have been through frightening and depressing times but there are things that may have changed for the better. Zoom has kept us connected to our weekly classes. There are two articles which demonstrate that our regular classes not only keep us flexible and sane, but keep us connected to our teachers and fellow students as well (p.2 and p.12). For many who have embraced this online learning, it has even increased the frequency and intensity of practice. Those of us who follow the path of yoga know that it is not [...]

21 June – International Day of Yoga Sequence

17 June 2021|

21 June will be the UN International Day of Yoga, which has been celebrated around the world each year since 2015 following a suggestion by Guruji in 2012. Below is the sequence Geetaji shared for students to practice on the day. Wishing students and teachers around the world a happy International Day of Yoga! In 2015 Geetaji wrote: “We are all yoga sādhakās and sādhanā is our very breath, our prāna. The United Nations has declared 21st June as the International Yoga Day, which will be celebrated all over the world. For us every day [...]

Iyengar Yoga London Annual General Meeting

10 June 2021|

Members are reminded that the Annual General Meeting will take place online at 2.30 pm on Sunday 27 June. All of our Annual Members are welcome to attend and vote at the AGM. There will be a review of the financial performance from the last year and plans for the upcoming year will be discussed. This is an opportunity for our members to feedback. All comments from attendees will be gathered and recorded then fed into the Board of Trustees’ meetings. A link to join the meeting will be circulated to all members in advance of the date. Please note [...]

COVID-19 Safety Measures for Studio Classes

6 May 2021|

In order to provide face-to-face classes we have carried out a risk assessment and have worked to ensure that the centre is ‘COVID-secure’. We have taken all reasonable steps to minimise the risks to those who attend the building. […]

COVID-19 Crisis In India Charities

2 May 2021|

We are sharing information below that has been circulated by the UK Iyengar Yoga Association. There is a catastrophe unfolding in India, and the situation is particularly bad in Maharashtra. The healthcare system is unable to cope; there are serious shortages of staff, beds and oxygen. India’s crisis is a crisis for us all. A number of you have asked how you can help. Here is a list of some of the leading charities that are working to help the situation in India. Click on the name of a charity to go to their donation page. [...]

Yoga for MS & other Neurological Issues

21 April 2021|

The class for MS & other neurological conditions is run by Korinna Pilafidis-Williams. It was held at the Maida Vale studios until the first lockdown of 2020 when it was moved online and taught as a weekly livestream class. The class is by application, please email office@iyengaryogalondon.co.uk […]

NEW CLASS – Pranayama with Richard Agar Ward

7 April 2021|

We are excited to be adding a new livestream class to our timetable. Richard Agar Ward will be teaching an hour long pranayama class every week starting from Monday 12 April. Join Richard for a grounding start to the week and the chance to build your pranayama skills. This class is suitable for students with two years or more of regular Iyengar yoga experience and costs £6. Please note that livestream classes can only be booked by Iyengar Yoga London members. Membership starts from £10 - find out more.

Board Vacancies

31 March 2021|

We’re always looking for Annual Members to put themselves forward for trustee/director vacancies on the Board as and when they arise. If you have expertise you think could help to guide the charity, then please feel free to contact us with details of your experience and interest. We will get in touch to answer any questions you may have and hold your details on file until there is a vacancy. Please email office@iyengaryogalondon.co.uk Board members must be annual members of Iyengar Yoga London of at least one year’s standing. Once a name is put forward, the proposed trustee/director must [...]

NEW Livestream Yogacards

3 March 2021|

We have introduced a new way way to purchase livestream classes for Iyengar Yoga London members. The Livestream Yogacard and Concessions Livestream Yogacard are 11 pre-purchased livestream 90 minute classes for the price of 10. Livestream Yogacard £90 11 x 90 minute livestream clases for the price of 10 Valid for 6 months from first use Booking classes online is quicker and easier Please note that you will need to log into your account to purchase. Concessions Livestream Yogacard £50 The concessionary Livestream Yoga Card is 11 livestream 90 minute classes for the price of 10. [...]

Jawahar Bangera Pranayama Classes

28 January 2021|

We are delighted to let you know that we will be hosting two livestreamed Pranayama classes with Jawahar Bangera for Iyengar Yoga London members this February. Not an Iyengar Yoga London Member? You can join us for as little as £10 with our 1 Month Membership which includes a free livestream class. Find out more > The classes are suitable for general level students and above who have been practising Iyengar yoga regularly for at least two years. Saturday 27 February LIVESTREAM Pranayama Class 1.30-3.30 pm Sunday 28 February LIVESTREAM Pranayama Class 1.30-3.30 pm Price £30 Please note that [...]

9th & 10th January – Extended General Classes with Gulnaaz Dashti

4 January 2021|

We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting two General level livestream classes with Gulnaaz Dashti for Iyengar Yoga London Members this January. You can take out or renew your membership here > Gulnaaz started Yoga at the Pune Institute (RIMYI) under the guidance of B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar in 1990, when Ali Dashti, her brother, insisted that she should join. Gulnaaz lives in Pune, India - and has been teaching all levels at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute for over 20 years. In 1998 Gulnaaz was granted a teaching position by B.K.S. [...]

Livestream Classes

5 November 2020|

We offer a timetable of livestream classes for all levels delivered via Zoom. Livestream classes are available exclusively to Iyengar Yoga London members with the exception of our Introduction Class for students who are new to Iyengar yoga. Our 1-month membership includes a free livestream class and costs £10. If you take regular classes the most cost effective option is our annual membership for £55. We also offer 3 month membership for £25. You can take out membership here > Browse and book classes on our Live Timetable > CLASS PRICES Classes Members Concessions Visitors Yogacard (11 [...]

16 October Covid Update – Studio classes continue with safety measures

16 October 2020|

The Covid alert level for London is Tier 2, the high alert level from midnight on Friday 16 October until further notice. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what-you-need-to-know We will continue to provide studio classes as permitted by the regulations. Many students have asked how the Rule of 6 will affect yoga classes. Principally, the rule is about limiting social contact among groups of 6 or more people, but the regulations also state: "Organised indoor sport or exercise classes can also take place in larger numbers, provided groups of more than 6 do not mix". You must wear a face covering in all indoor areas [...]

The Pune Shoulder Jacket – try it to counteract hunched shoulders

7 July 2020|

Have you tried The Pune Shoulder Jacket? Our remedial teacher Korinna Pilafidis-Williams demonstrates how to put the Pune 'shoulder jacket' on. This is a great method to counterbalance your shoulder girdle when you've been hunched forward over a computer all day. If you don't have a yoga belt at home and you would like to try this technique, you can find a belt similar to the ones we use at Maida Vale here >

Members online class booking

28 January 2020|

Occasionally classes at Iyengar Yoga London get so busy that Members have been turned away. While not a regular occurrence, this is particularly frustrating for Members who travel from outside and across London to get to class. Online booking already works effectively for Workshops and Pregnancy Classes at Maida Vale. So, we are introducing class booking to our Members so they have priority access to busy classes. A limited number of class places are available to book online. Every class also has drop-in spaces available so you can choose whether to book or not. How it works Visit the [...]

New teachers for Tuesday mornings

25 June 2019|

From 2 July the Tuesday morning General class will be taught by Megan Inglesent and the Beginners class will be taught by Jackie McCaul. 9.30 - 11.00am General - Megan Inglesent 11.15 - 12.45pm Beginners - Jackie McCaul After 18 years of dedicated teaching at Maida Vale, Ofra Graham has stepped down from her regular classes. Her students will be glad to hear that Ofra will continue to provide cover for classes and will return to give workshops.

NEW Friday early morning class

3 June 2019|

This summer we are running a second early morning Beginners/General class with Amparo Rodriguez on Fridays. Join us to make the most of the bright mornings and start your day right! Our early morning classes are 75 minutes long so you have time to practice before you get on with your day. The new Friday class starts on 14 June and will run until the clocks go back. The last class of the season will be Friday 25 October. Wednesdays 7.00-8.15am Fridays 7.00-8.15am   Members £8.50 / Non-members £11    

Centenary events funds raised – thank you!

7 January 2019|

Thanks to all of you who joined us to make the Centenary events on the 14th & 15th December such a success! The 100 Asana led practice and the evening of entertainment provided by our talented teachers and students were a lot of fun and very well attended. A big thanks also to Judy and Marco.A total of just under £2,250 was raised and will be split equally among: The Bellur Trust, Mind and Crisis. […]

BKS Iyengar practising at RIMYI – photographs by Silvia Prescott

3 November 2017|

Silvia Prescott was one of the teachers who played a key role in finding a site to found an Iyengar yoga centre in Maida Vale. She was also one of those who helped raise the money to make it possible. She was a teacher to many of the teachers currently teaching at Iyengar Yoga London and was a talented photographer, documenting her trips to Pune and the yoga conferences she attended. […]

Charity Workshop – £500 raised!

20 February 2017|

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.   […]

Sunday 19 Feb – Charity Fundraiser Workshop

10 January 2017|

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         

Silvia Prescott

4 November 2016|

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. Read Silvia's memories of her teacher BKS Iyengar in The Guardian See Silvia's photographs of BKS Iyengar's practice

Iyengar yoga teacher training – An awakening

10 May 2016|

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. […]

Assessments update – Congratulations to our teachers!

30 November 2015|

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. […]

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