Uday Bhosale and Korinna Pilafidis-Williams have extensive experience of teaching Iyengar yoga to children. In this workshop they will share their approaches to making classes engaging, fun and safe for young students.
Friday 27 September 3.00-5.00pm Members £30 / Non-member £36
This workshop is for qualified Iyengar yoga teachers and trainees.
Uday Bhosale spent fifteen years studying, assisting and teaching at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune with the Iyengar family. He taught the Childrens, Beginners and Intermediate classes at RIMYI and assisted in Geeta Iyengar’s medical classes.
Korinna Pilafidis-Williams has been practising Iyengar yoga since 1983 and started teaching at IYMV in 1995. She is part of the remedial and teacher training teams at IYMV. As well as teaching adults, she has been teaching children and teenagers for nearly 25 years and teaches one of the longest running children’s classes in the country.
Are you, or do you know an Iyengar yoga teacher who would like to teach classes to vulnerable or disadvantaged adults?
IYMV has established 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.
Following the success of our workshops with Garth McLean we have launched a regular class for students with multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions. The classes are based on the teachings of BKS Iyengar with specific input from Garth McLean.
12 September to 17 October (6 sessions) Thursdays 12.00-1.30 pm Members £69 / Non-members £84
**Please note there will be no class on 24 October.**
31 October to 12 December (7 sessions) Thursdays 12.00-1.30pm Members £69 / Non-members £84
Places are by application only and fees are paid half-termly in advance.
Come to class in t-shirt & leggings or shorts so that the teachers can observe how your body is working.
Classes are led by Korinna Pilafidis-Williams with assistance from other teachers. Korinna has been practising Iyengar yoga since 1983 and started teaching at IYMV in 1995. She is a Junior Intermediate teacher and is part of the remedial and teacher training teams at IYMV.
This interview with Uday Bhosale was recorded during the 2019 Belgian National Iyengar Yoga Convention. He explains how the Iyengar system encompasses brings benefits for students at each stage of life from childhood through to older age.
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 is now based in the UK and teaches regular classes and workshops.
We are delighted to welcome Uday back to Maida Vale this autumn when he will be teaching a weekend of workshops.
Intermediate Class This is a drop in class no need to book. Wednesday 7 August 2.00-4.00pm £14 Members / £17 Non-members
General Level Workshop with Uday Bhosale Saturday 21 September 10.15-1.15pm £36 Members / £39 Non-members
Intermediate Level Workshop with Uday Bhosale Sunday 22 September 11.15-2.15pm £36 Members / £39 Non-members
Teaching Children’s Yoga : A workshop for teachers and teacher trainees
Uday and Korinna Pilafidis-Williams have extensive experience of teaching Iyengar yoga to children. In this workshop they will share approaches for making classes engaging, fun and safe for young students.
Friday 27 September 3.00-5.00pm £30 Members / £36 Non-members
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.
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.
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 →
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.
This is an edited version of an article is by Dr Suzanne Newcombe, Lecturer in Religious Studies at the Open University where she researches modern yoga from a sociological and social historical perspective. It first appeared in the Iyengar Yoga Maida Vale journal, Dipika, for the 21st Anniversary issue in May 2005. Continue reading →
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.
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 →
Following on from the popularity of our Sunday afternoon Pop-up Intermediate classes we have scheduled classes for the New Year. These are all drop-in classes so no need to book in advance. Just note the dates, come along and enjoy. Continue reading →
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 yogapostures and practice to the treatment of health conditions. We are delighted to host Stephanie at IYIMV. Continue reading →
Following on from the popularity of our Sunday afternoon Pop-up Intermediate classes we have scheduled classes this autumn. These are all drop-in classes so no need to book in advance. Just note the dates, come along and enjoy. Continue reading →
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7624 3080 to volunteer.
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 →
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 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 →
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 →
Amparo Rodriguez has been teaching our Wednesday 7am Beginners/General level class at Maida Vale for ten years. Here she shares her perspective on the joys and benefits of early morning yoga practice. Continue reading →
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.
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 →
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 →
At 92 years of age BKS Iyengar continued to practise yoga for several hours each day. Here he describes how his practice changed with age and offers advice to students on yoga in later life.Continue reading →
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.
If you can’t listen live just click on the image below to listen on iPlayer.Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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.
Ainhoa Acosta has been a student at Maida Vale for many years and recently passed her Introductory Level 2 Iyengar yoga teaching assessment. Well done Ainhoa! She tells us about her experience of taking Iyengar yoga assessment.
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.
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 →
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.
Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher and trainer, Alaric Newcombe, has taught at Maida Vale since 1991. He holds an annual retreat for teachers, trainees and experienced practitioners. The daily routine includes an hour and a half of pranayama, a three hour asana class and two to three hours of self practice, overseen by Alaric, where students work though the Asanas for Emotional Stability from BKS Iyengar’s book Light On Life.
The Asanas for Emotional Stability are a sequence of fifteen supported asana presented with detailed instructions and illustrations on use of props and timings. Here Alaric shares his thoughts about teaching this sequence to his students and trainees.
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.
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