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Starting 3 October: Pregnancy Yoga Class

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.

The Iyengar approach creates space within the uterus ensuring proper blood circulation and adequate room for the baby to move. Pranayama breathing exercises open the chest, improve the circulation of oxygen to the blood in both mother and baby and calm the nerves. These classes are suitable for post-natal as well as ante-natal students.

Pregnancy Yoga with Harshini 

Sundays from 3 October
3.45 – 5.15pm

£15.00 for members / £17 for non-members.

 

 


Pregnancy Yoga FAQ

Is it safe to carry on my yoga practice as usual during my pregnancy?
Until your tenth week of pregnancy you can attend regular yoga classes but you must inform your teacher as some poses should be avoided. Between 10 and 15 weeks, you should not attend classes even if you are an experienced Iyengar yoga practitioner.

At what stage in my pregnancy can I attend this class?
You must be at least 16 weeks into your pregnancy to attend this class.

Do I need prior experience?
No, you do not need to have practised yoga before.

What else should I bear in mind?
Students with any existing medical condition (knee pain, neck pain, high blood pressure etc) should consult their doctor before enrolling. If you have a health problem, come 5-10 minutes early to talk to the teacher before class. If your baby is in an unusual position, you must inform the teacher.

What should I wear to class?
You should wear comfortable loose clothing that allows teachers to see your body, including your feet and legs. Most students wear leggings or shorts.

What can I expect in the pregnancy yoga class?
Pregnancy yoga classes are designed to help you throughout pregnancy to enjoy a state of wellbeing and to prepare you for birth. Iyengar yoga is very precise and safe. You will learn how to work with supports to get the maximum benefit from each yoga pose.

When should I stop practising?
Most women can practise up to the last week of their pregnancy.

What about the classes I have left on an existing course or a yoga card?
You can take them later, after you have had your baby.

How long should I wait before returning to class?
You can come to pregnancy yoga classes after six weeks if your birth was normal, or wait 10 to 12 weeks if you had a C-section or other complications. When you return to any class, you must inform your teacher that you have had a baby.

 


 

Harshini Wikramanayake

Harshini grew up in Colombo, Sri Lanka and since leaving in her late teens has lived, worked and studied in Toronto, New York and London. She started practising Iyengar yoga in 1997 and began her Teacher Training at IYMV, gaining her Introductory Certificate in 2006 and Level 3 in 2015.

Harshini has studied with the Iyengar family on four occasions in Pune, and continues to attend weekly classes with Senior Teachers. In addition to her yoga teaching vocation, Harshini has trained as an Ayurvedic Medical Practitioner. Harshini has MSc and BSc degrees in Ayurvedic Medicine to complement her MBA and Honours Business Administration degrees.

 

Pregnancy yoga class

VIDEO – Yoga Asana Through the Ages

In this fascinating talk senior Iyengar yoga teacher and teacher trainer, Sallie Sullivan, looks at how yoga postures have been represented on paper and in stone through the millennia and compares the instructions in ancient text to BKS Iyengar’s Light On Yoga. Continue reading →

COVID-19 Crisis In India Charities

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.

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NEW CLASS – Pranayama with Richard Agar Ward

 

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.

 

 

 

The IYMV Outreach Programme – A Lockdown Update

One of Iyengar Yoga Maida Vale’s objectives is to make yoga as accessible as possible to people in our local area. In 2017, IYMV launched an 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. Continue reading →

Sunday Pregnancy Class – New Time

Please note that the Pregnancy Class will now start at 3.30pm. The time change is in effect from Sunday 8th March.

Pregnancy Class
Sundays
3.30 – 5.00pm

Iyengar yoga classes for MS and neurological conditions


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.  


Please apply by completing the form below and emailing to office@iyi.org.uk

APPLICATION FORM >

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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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.

 

 

Alaric Newcombe on BKS Iyengar’s ‘Asanas for Emotional Stability’

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.

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20th August Commemorations

On Thursday 20th August it will be one year since Guruji’s death. Teachers will be marking the day in their classes. If you’d like to pay your respects with a personal practice please feel free to come and use the studio between 1-6pm. Continue reading →