Yoga Classes

Yoga Classes

Yoga Workshops


Yoga workshops are a chance to work more deeply on your practice. They are usually longer than regular classes so you have time to explore postures in more detail and focus on specific teaching points.

Please note that our yoga workshops are generally unsuitable if you’re menstruating. If you have an injury or medical condition, please consult the office or the yoga workshop teacher before booking.

Yoga Philosophy workshop with Sallie Sullivan

This Yoga Philosophy workshop will include practical explorations of philosophical principles through chanting, recuperative practice and pranayama.  It is suitable for General level students and above. This means two years or regular Iyengar yoga practice or more. 

Sallie began practising Iyengar yoga in 1980. She was awarded her Senior Intermediate 3 certificate in 2004. She has been a dozen times to study with the Iyengars in Pune where she assisted in the medical classes, and attended many events with Guruji, Gita, Abhijata and visiting teachers from India. She is registered for Yoga Therapy with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.  Sallie ran the Introductory Teacher Training course at the Institute from many years.

Saturday 25 January
Members £36/ Non-members £39

Intermediate Workshop with Marco Cannavo

Marco has been practising Iyengar yoga since 1993 and teaching since 1998. He holds a Senior Intermediate level 2 teaching certificate and has visited Pune several times. He has also been a member of the IYMV’s Teaching Committee.

Sunday 2 February
Members £36 / Non-members £39

Moving Up from Beginners to General Workshop with Amparo Rodriguez

In a Beginners class the emphasis is on the standing poses which increase steadiness, strength and stamina. It gives a foundation for you to start the exploration of alignment. You are introduced to the poses on the Introductory syllabus and you learn how to do shoulder stand gradually to build up your strength so that you can hold the pose for longer.

At General level the poses will be taken from the Introductory and Intermediate syllabuses. The Introductory poses will be held for longer and explored in more detail. The Intermediate poses will help you understand and perform the Beginner poses better. Inverted poses such as headstand will be introduced. You will be taught to stay in shoulderstand and headstand for some minutes but always within your capability. With the introduction of additional postures and a greater emphasis on moving deeper into each posture these classes help you go further on your yoga journey. There is also a chance to learn the restorative poses and an introduction to some basic pranayama techniques both of which are essential for wellbeing.

The question of whether you are ready to move up to a General class may have occurred to you, but perhaps you are not clear about what General level might be like. If you are regularly attending Beginners classes, this workshop is an ideal opportunity to try General level practice.

Sunday 9 February
Members £33 / Non-members £36

General/Intermediate Workshops with Alaric Newcombe

Alaric has been teaching at Iyengar Yoga Maida Vale  since 1991 and has been practising yoga since 1983. He has attended classes in Pune and holds the Senior Intermediate certificate. Alaric is a teacher trainer at Introductory and Junior Intermediate Levels.

These workshops are suitable for practitioners with 3 or more years’ experience.

Friday 20 March
Members £25, non-members £27.50

Friday 26 June
Members £25, non-members £27.50

Friday 21 August
Members £25, non-members £27.50

BeginnersJumping into SpringWorkshop with Hazel Sainsbury

Would you like to know how to jump through some of the sequences you practise in class? Sometimes teachers give the option to jump or to step but, without clear how-to guidance, jumping can feel daunting. This workshop will help build confidence in jumping as a fun and energising technique. Plus, learn small sequences that incorporate jumping for your home practice.

Hazel Sainsbury began practising Iyengar yoga in 1995. She spent a year studying with and assisting the Chanchanis (senior teachers)  in North India before beginning her training to teach in 2003, back in the UK. She has made several trips since then to both the Chanchanis and the Iyengars in Pune. 

Sunday 22 March
Members £24 / Non-members £26

2020 Workshops & Pop-up Classes

Booking opens two months before scheduled events. Pop-up classes are drop-in classes so no need to book.

Saturday 11 JanuaryPenny Chaplin
Sunday 2 FebruaryMarco Cannavo
Sunday 9 FeburaryAmparo Rodriguez
Saturday 7 March Richard Agar Ward
Sunday 8 March Richard Agar Ward
Friday 20 MarchAlaric Newcombe
Sunday 22 MarchHazel Sainsbury
Friday 3 April Christian Pisano
Saturday 4 April Christian Pisano
Sunday 5 AprilChristian Pisano
Tuesday 28 April Lois Steinberg
Saturday 2 MayUday Bhosale
Sunday 3 May Uday Bhosale
Saturday 16 May PDD - Richard Agar Ward
Tuesday 19 MayJawahar Banghera
Wednesday 20 May Jawahar Banghera
Thursday 21 May Jawahar Banghera
Tuesday 16 JunePixie Lillas
Wednesday 17 JunePixie Lillas
Thursday 18 JunePixie Lillas
Friday 19 JunePixie Lillas
Saturday 20 JunePixie Lillas
Sunday 21 JunePixie Lillas
Friday 26 JuneAlaric Newcombe
Saturday 4 July Elise Browning Miller
Sunday 5 July Elise Browning Miller
Friday 21 AugustAlaric Newcombe
Friday 4 SeptemberMary Obendorfer & Eddy Marks
Saturday 5 SeptemberMary Obendorfer & Eddy Marks
Sunday 20 SeptemberPDD - Judy Sweeting
Friday 30 OctoberGarth McLean
Saturday 31 October Garth McLean
Sunday 1 November Garth McLean