Moving up from Beginners to General level


BKS Iyengar and his daughter, Geeta, were always clear about the stages of progression of practice and how poses link with each other like building blocks. Each syllabus has a clear list of poses which create the basis of practice at whatever stage you are at.

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BKS Iyengar’s Demonstration at the Barbican in London, 1984


21 May, 1984 was a momentous occasion in the history of Iyengar yoga and for the Iyengar Yoga studios in Maida Vale. BKS Iyengar gave a talk and demonstration before an audience of 2,000 at the Barbican Centre in London. He talked about Patanjali and the eight limbs of yoga and he gave a demonstration of pranayama and asanas. The occasion also included a performance by some of his close students that had been rehearsed at Maida Vale. Guruji generously donated the entire income from the evening to the Maida Vale building fund. 

One of his students who took part was our Senior teacher, Penny Chaplin. Here she remembers this special evening.

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How do you feel after an Iyengar yoga class?

You may have asked yourself why you keep returning to your yoga class. When we start yoga most of us don’t really know what to expect and the first class may come as a bit of a shock. Maybe we expect to be sitting cross-legged or tied up in knots or even standing on our head, but in the Iyengar yoga method you are put through rigorous standing poses in the very first class.  The hamstrings sing, the arms tire from holding them up for so long and our concentration is demanded at every moment.  Continue reading →

Six Part Yoga Therapy Training Course for Teachers with Stephanie Quirk

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 have been informed by Stephanie that, for personal reasons, she will not be travelling to Europe during 2019. Consequently, the courses planned for October and November 2019 will not now take place.

For those teachers who attended in 2017 and/or 2018, we will be sending further information as soon as it becomes available.

There are currently no further vacancies on this course.

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IYIMV Yoga Outreach Programme – A teacher’s story


As a charity, one of Iyengar Maida Vale’s objectives is to support the uptake of Iyengar yoga inside and outside of our Maida Vale site. In 2017 the IYIMV trustees launched a pilot outreach programme to help subsidise Iyengar yoga classes for vulnerable and disadvantaged adults. Iyengar yoga teachers were invited to apply for a six month grant to help run classes in the community providing access to people who may not otherwise be able to attend classes. Kristyan Robinson qualified as an Iyengar teacher after doing teacher training with Steve Richardson and Sallie Sullivan at IYIMV and was one of the first teachers to run a class on the scheme. She shares her experience of teaching at the West Hampstead Women’s Centre here.

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Iyengar Yoga Sequence for Colds

During the winter months, when the immune system is compromised, we recommend a restorative and recuperative practice to do at home. Coming to class with an infectious cold will make you feel worse as strong poses like standing poses, backbends and twists can increase your symptoms. It is the perfect time to practise supported supine poses and inversions at home.

We suggest the following sequence specifically provided by BKS Iyengar in The Path to Holistic Health. We hope you will feel inspired to try a self-practice at home, even if you are not ill, to support your immune system. If you have a cold, try it. It works! Continue reading →

Teaching therapeutic yoga by Stephanie Quirk


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 Outreach Programme – Open for applications

Are you, or do you know an Iyengar yoga teacher who would like to teach classes to vulnerable or disadvantaged adults?

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.


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Pick up your copy of the IYIMV Journal – Dipika

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!



Volunteers for Introductory Assessments 2017

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: office@iyi.org.uk or call 020 7624 3080 to volunteer.



NEW! One hour Sunday morning beginners class

Sundays from 28 May – 23 July
9.00-10.00 am

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 →

Moving up from Beginners to General level Iyengar yoga class

Barbara Norvell has been teaching Iyengar yoga since 1999. Here she shares her thoughts on how to decide when to move up from a Beginners Level class to General Level. At IYMV we ask that students go to Beginners classes regularly for two years before moving up to a General class. Some students are keen to move up quickly while for others the prospect can be a little daunting. We hope this will help you decide when the right time is for you. Continue reading →

Wednesday 7am class – A student’s perspective

‘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 →

2 April – Tribute to Silvia Prescott (1922-2016)


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 →

An Interview 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.

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Sunday Intermediate pop-up class


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 →

Scoliosis and Iyengar Yoga

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 →

RADIO 4 – ON AIR THIS WEEK! The Secret History of Yoga

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.

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Archive images – BKS Iyengar at Maida Vale opening, May 1994

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 →

Yehudi Menuhin and BKS Iyengar’s transformative friendship

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, their enduring 50 year friendship was transformative for each of them.  Continue reading →

Yoga for Teens – Still Places available after half term!

Mondays 5.00pm – 5.55pm

with Harshini Wikramanayake

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 office@iyi.org.uk or or call  us on 020 7624 3080

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Minggu maka hamba sudah bersarung tulisan tentanghal tata cara bertingkah judi saudagar dominoQQ, dan pada aplusan bolehjadi ini saya tentu sekali enak larat membelah risalah tentanghal ragam karcis khas judi online bagi integral player yang ingin megetahui lebih bernas seakan-akan apa banjar karcis istimewa yang pandai ajak yurisdiksi banglas bagi masing-masing player ceme. Jadi bermula tulisan ini diri bakal menguraikan satu per satu ragam apa bernilai berbunga karcis unik judi online yang banter dipercaya oleh para player di internet.
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karcis tersendiri gala ini masyhur atas bunyi qiu qiu alias misal diartikan padat angka yakni bilyet menurut angka 9 yang maksudnya ialah kelompok karcis sehubungan nomor teratas. bagi menyenggau bilyet 9 ini lalu grup berpokok dua karcis yang dibagikan terdapat angka 9, gambaran 6 + 3, 5 + 4, 7 + 2 dan sejenisnya. atas karcis dominoQQ ini lalu daulat hendak suntuk lebih super pecah agunan yang kamu pasang. kamu bakal elu ganjaran 2 manatahu bekuk bermula tengkulak berlandaskan terlihat bilyet ini, asalkan semisal saudagar dan player sama-sama terlihat karcis 9 alkisah kekuasaan tampak pada pemilikmodal. umpama agan meneban 1000 rupiah dan menyenggau suratberharga 9 alkisah sahutan yang hendak agan dapat sejumlah 1.970. jadi andaikata pasang 1 juta kamu sukses 1.970.000, super bukan ?

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barulah karcis distingtif bermula pertunjukan takhta domino99 yang paling acap didapatan oleh lazimnya player merupakan pertunjukan judi bilyet kudus anom dan selesa, aliansi bilyet ini banter didapatkan para player yang bersandiwara di meja 8 orang. Jadi bagi keunggulan yang didapatkan cuma 50 ribu aja sehubungan pembelian jackpot sejumlah 1000 rupiah masing-masing pusingan tontonan. buat mendapatkan apakah suratberharga agan suci junior namalain lebar silahkan ikuti baik-baik. suratberharga bersih belia diindikasi atas dua karcis yang ada nomor 1 – 9. gambaran bilyet agan 2 + gembong 4 = 6, lalu tinggal tertulis suci muda. sementaraitu suratberharga kudus lebar karcis kamu berjumlah 20 dan biang hanya 20. apabila agan enggak mesti berkarut bagi membacanya, menurut selagi kalian bermegah-megah selaku kodrati kodeetik bakal mengetahui apakah bilyet pemilikmodal dan player tampak jackpot.

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berikut suratberharga tersendiri bermutu pementasan judi domino yang enggak kandas atraktif yaitu karcis kayu yang menjalani angka yurisdiksi tua lebih hana ialah maksimum Rp.200.000 bagi pembelian jackpot sebanyak Rp.1000 rupiah aja, suratberharga batang ini yaitu suratberharga dempet yang mana kedua suratberharga kalian ada asosiasi laksana ( 2 + 2 ) dan ( 4 + 4 ), apabila enggak tentu absah umpama pemilikuang bukan tampak bilyet rapat. banget balik apabila jackpot cukup bakal berlangsung andai pemilikuang dan player terlihat suratberharga khusus.

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kian tulisan pecah informasi tentanghal kelas-kelas bilyet unik berat tontonan judi ceme online. Terimakasih.

Assessments update – Congratulations to our teachers!

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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How Yoga Transformed Me by BKS Iyengar

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. 

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Christophe Singh writes about his yogic journey

I have congenital right-sided hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy. Specifically, my right hand and foot are completely paralysed with limited movement in my right shoulder, arm and leg. Coping with pain from neuromuscular spasticity is one of the most debilitating facets of my disability in daily life. Various physiotherapy treatments since childhood have been ineffective and very painful with little relief.  Continue reading →

Are you ready to move up from General Level classes to Intermediate?

It can be hard to tell when you are ready to move up a level from General classes to Intermediate. Our guidelines at Maida Vale are that you need two years of experience for General and four years for Intermediate classes. But, we know it can be daunting to think you might be expected to perform perfect, advanced postures and it can feel safer to stick with your regular class. So, if you’ve been considering moving up this quick guide will help you decide whether now is the right time for you.

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Iyengar Yoga and the Menopause

Judi Sweeting is a Senior Iyengar yoga teacher and runs the Cotswold Iyengar Yoga Centre in Cirencester.  Here she recounts her experience of the menopause followed by the accounts of two other longstanding practitioners. These stories show how the experience of menopause varies from woman to woman and how Iyengar yoga played an important part during this important transition in their lives.

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BKS Iyengar on the eight limbs of yoga – November 1997

This talk was given by Mr BKS Iyengar on Saturday 15th November, 1997 at the official opening of the new Iyengar Yoga Institute building at Maida Vale. Here he expresses his hopes for the first London Institute and talks through the eight limbs of yoga as outlined in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

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