Photograph: Sally Childs

Events

2018 

Professional Development (PD) Day for teachers, Sunday 28 January 2018, 11 am - 5 pm, Iyengar yoga Studio (Tooting), Trident Business Centre, London SW17 9SH

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First Aid Day, Saturday 24th February 2018 1 – 7pm, Iyengar Yoga Studio, Tooting, London SW17 9SH


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General weekend workshop with Uday Bhosale - Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4 March 2018, The Bhavan, West Kensington

Details to follow later in the year

To find out about other events please visit SWLSIYI's neighbouring Institutes and IY UK Affiliated Centres below:

South West:(SWIYI)
http://www.swiyengaryoga.org.uk/

Dorset and Hampshire (DHIYI)
http://www.dhiyi.co.uk/

Kent (KIYI)
http://kentyoga.org.uk/

North East London (NELIYI)
http://www.neliyi.org.uk/

Oxford and Region (ORIYI)
http://www.oriyi.org.uk/

Sussex (IIYS)
http://www.iiys.org.uk/

IY Yoga Studio Tooting
www.iyyoga.com

Iyengar Yoga Insitute Maida Vale
www.iyi.org.uk

SWLSIYI cancellation policy:

No refunds will be given on the day of the event.

For cancellations within two weeks of the event a refund is possible, if the place can be filled, less a £5 administration fee. No refund can be given if the space cannot be filled within two weeks of the event.

For cancellations more than two weeks before the event, a refund will be given, less a £5 administration fee.


Past Events

2017

Intermediate all day workshop with Lynda Purvis, Sunday 15 October 2017

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General all day workshop with Jayne Orton, Saturday 5 August 2017

Jayne's wisdom and years of experience shone in her lively and energised teaching. She skillfully brought a new perspective to those poses well known to participants and linked them to the more challenging ones, making it accessible to all abilities.  

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Annual General Meeting - Sunday 7 May 2017, 1 - 5 pm, 1st East Putney Scout Group, 42 Oxford Road, Putney SW15

The AGM was well attended, including by some new SWLSIYI members. Afterwards attendees were treated with the delights of a free workshop with visiting teacher Lin Craddock, Senior Intermediate level 3 teacher from Maidstone.  Lin's sincere warmth, wisdom, knowledge and dedication to her subject shone through in her in depth teaching, accessible to all abilities.

Workshop/AGM participants, with Lin Craddock back row centre (in white)


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First Aid Training Day, with Garry Harvey of E-magination (formerly Silver Cloud Academy), Saturday 25 March 2017, 10 am - 4 pm, St Christopher's Church, Hinchley Wood, Surrey. Bookings open to non-SWLSIYI members on 25th January.

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General workshop with Annie Rossi - Saturday 4 February 2017, 10.30 am - 4 pm, The Bhavan, West Kensington.

Annie taught an inspiring workshop to an enthusiastic group of 21 participants. By demonstrating the links between the asanas, Annie enabled students to gain a better understanding of familiar poses and laid the foundation for our attempts at more challenging poses.

Annie also shared some yoga philosophy; by drawing on the Yoga Sutras, she explained how the values and tenets recorded at the time of Patanjali are relevant to our practice today. Participants were further treated to a musical interlude, courtesy of Sanjai Sankar on tabla and Giorgio Curcetti who played the oud. Set in an Indian cultural centre - with the sounds and sights of music and dance - together with Annie's wonderful teaching, made it a very special day.

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National Iyengar Yoga Day Saturday 14 January 2017.

On Saturday 14 January the second annual National Iyengar Yoga Day (NIYD) took place in the UK and Ireland to celebrate the teachings of Guruji, B.K.S. Iyengar, and to promote the Iyengar yoga nationally. Events included free taster classes and celebrations of Guruji's life in institutes and centres throughout the country.

Whatever the activities to mark the day in South West London and Surrey, SWLSIYI would be interested in any photos of the day, including simple class photos, so that we can share these with the IY UK and among our members and social media.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with our institute’s NIYD co-ordinator Tehira Taylor at swlsiyi@gmail.com

2016

Intermediate Workshop with Penny Chaplin, Saturday 24 September 2016, 12 - 3 pm, Balham Library Hall, Ramsden Road, SW12 8QY

Students worked for three hours with an intensity and precision few achieve when left to their own devices; their efforts leavened by Penny’s wit and humour. Huge gratitude to Penny for her generosity with her time and knowledge.

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Professional Development Day for teachers with Sallie Sullivan, Sunday 3 July 2016, 11 - 5 pm, IY Yoga Studio, Tooting

SWLSIYI were very grateful to Sallie Sullivan who kindly stepped in at short notice to run the day. Sallie, a senior teacher based in Sussex, also an assessment moderator and teacher trainer, delivered a very productive training day focusing on adjustments for inversions and variations and adjustments for back bends, followed by Pranayama.

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First Aid Training Day, with Garry Harvey of Silver Cloud Academy, Saturday 11 June 2016, 11 am - 5 pm, IY Yoga Studio, Tooting

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SWLSIYI AGM and workshop for members with Sophie Carrington, Sunday 10 April 2016, 1 - 5 pm, IY Yoga Studio, Tooting

A positive coming together of dedicated yoga enthusiasts, the annual meeting was well attended with over 25 members, including the committee. The afternoon also comprised of a challenging workshop taught by senior teacher, Sophie Carrington, followed by an informal social gathering with refreshments.

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The committee urgently needs new members to input in the ongoing work of SWLSIYI, big or small. It's a friendly group of individuals, also with busy lives. The more members involved the less work overall. We'd love to hear from you. Contact: swlsiyi@gmail.com

Workshop with Uday Bhosale - Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 January 2016, The Bhavan, West Kensington

Uday Bhosale taught an inspiring and energising two-day workshop at the Bhavan, attended by over forty participants. Uday's attention to detail, humour and strong teaching skills helped students gain greater depth and understanding in the asanas, whatever their level and experience.

Participants' comments:

"Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed attending the workshop on Saturday. Uday is a fantastic teacher and I can already see how his pointers are going to help my practice. Thank you very much for organising it. I really look forward to attending another workshop very soon." A Mishra

"Thanks for organising the weekend workshop. I really enjoyed it and learned so much - looking forward to the next one!" T Manning

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2015

First Aid Training Day, Sunday 20 September 2015, 9.30 am to 4 pm, IY Yoga Studio, Tooting

Garry Harvey from Silver Cloud delivered a hands on and informative first aid training day; for many teachers this was a refresher course. Garry's wealth and years of experience as a paramedic and teacher, together with his energy and wit made the training a very positive experience.

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SWLSIYI 5th Anniversary Yoga Day with Jayne Orton - 8 August 2015, 10.30 am - 4 pm, Samaj Hall, Tooting

A truly inclusive workshop which was accessible to all levels, delivered with humour, encouragement and a depth of knowledge that comes from such a long standing commitment and dedication to Iyengar yoga. Brilliant! Thanks too to the SWLSIYI team who made the day possible. P Boylan.

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Professional Development Day for teachers - 4 July 2015, IY Yoga Studio, Tooting

Julie Brown came to Tooting from Manchester and District Institute of Iyengar Yoga to lead an invaluable PD Day focusing on Pranayama

General Workshop with Julie Brown - 5 July 2015, 10.30 am - 1.30 pm, IY Yoga Studio, Tooting

Following the PD Day Julie delivered a successful morning workshop, open to all students.

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International Day of Yoga - 21 June 2015

In December 2014, 21 June was declared International Day of Yoga by the UN General Assembly.

BKS Iyengar had alluded to the concept in Bangalore two years earlier and in September 2014 it was formally requested by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, where he stated:

"Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day."

A total of 175 nations co-sponsored the resolution,

The first celebration of the International Day of Yoga this year was observed by millions worldwide. Over 35,000 people, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and dignitaries from 84 nations, performed 21 asanas for 35 minutes at Rajpath in New Delhi.

The Iyengar Yoga Assocation (IYA) organised events in Exeter, during the annual convention over the weekend. Throughout the UK events were organised by institutes, centres and individuals of which Iyengar yoga had a significant presence.

In South West London The Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan hosted a free open day on Sunday 21st involving the resident yoga teachers (who include SWLSIYI Iyengar teachers) and students. It proved very successful with well over a hundred visitors, embracing Patantali's yoga and all yoga practices, including Iyengar. A representative from the Indian High Commission was the guest speaker of the event which opened in the Mountbatten Hall with talks and asana demonstrations, followed by popular taster classes throughout the day, of which the High Commission representative himself was a student!

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Furzedown Festival, Tooting - Saturday 13 June 2015

SWLSIYI ran a successful stall with Iyengar yoga demonstrations. A big thank you to everyone who helped support the event.

SWLSIYI AGM and workshop for members with Jacky Taylor - 12 April 2015, 1 - 5 pm, IY Yoga Studio, Tooting

SWLSIYI were delighted to welcome Jacky from the Manchester and District Institute of Iyengar Yoga back to South West London. She led a beautiful and inspiring workshop, with references to Dharana (concentration) and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.

It was also an opportunity to join others and members of the SWLSIYI committee for the AGM and an open forum on the future of Iyengar Yoga in South West London.

SWLSIYI workshop with Suzanne Gribble & John Shirbon - 11 January 2015, 10.30am to 1.30pm,The Bhavan, London W14

22 participants attended the workshop in the Bhavan's spacious, bright gallery which Suzanne and John tailored to students new to workshops as well as those with experience.

For more information on this workshop click here ...

2014

First Aid Day for teachers and trainees - 7 December 2014, St Christopher's Church Hall, Hinchley Wood, Surrey

9.30 - 5 pm, facilitated by Silver Cloud Academy

Professional Development Day for teachers - 8 November 2014, IY Yoga Studio, Tooting.

Teachers benefited from a constructive and inspiring day, sharing knowledge under the guidance and wisdom of moderator and senior teacher Brenda Booth from Kent.

SWLSIYI residential weekend - 3 - 5 October 2014, Oxon Hoath, Kent

A most successful weekend attended by 35 students with excellent teaching of Barabara Novell, Kiran Chote and John Shirbon. Set in the characterful manor house of Oxon Hoath, with beautiful views of the gardens and surrounding Kent countryside, the weekend included restorative classes on Friday evening, Pranayama classes on both mornings and both general and intermediate classes to accommodate levels. John also taught an introductory class to Pranayama. Home cooked vegetarian food, much of the produce supplied from the walled garden within the grounds, as well as live piano performed by residents, made it all the more memorable and special!

SWLSIYI AGM and workshop with Barbara Novell - Sunday 6 April 2014, 1pm-5pm, IY Yoga studio, Tooting.

“Have your say” session and SWLSIYI AGM, followed by a workshop (free for SWLSIYI members) with Barbara, a very experienced and popular teacher who has been to Pune regularly over the years.

As well as enjoying top class yoga, participants had the opportunity to hear about the Institutes’ plans from its committee members as well as contribute ideas.

SWLSIYI workshop with Jacky Taylor - 11-12 January 2014, 10.30am to 4.00pm,The Bhavan, London W14 9HE

Jacky Taylor gained her Intermediate Junior level 3 teaching certificate in March 2010. She is currently the Chair of the Manchester and District Institute of Iyengar Yoga (MDIIY) Executive Committee. Jacky teaches and continues to study at the MDIIY.

For more information on this workshop click here.

2013

Yoga Workshop with Kiran Chothe on Sunday 7th July 2013 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm

Kiran has studied in Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India since 1991, that being the city of his birth. He has been living and teaching in Budapest for the last 5 years and we are pleased to welcome him to teach for our Institute following his relocation to London. He holds an Intermediate Junior - Level 3 certificate.

This was a unique opportunity to work in the ‘Pune’ style direct from India

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SWLSIYI Workshop with Julie Hodges - Sun 13th January 2013, 10.00am to 1.00pm.
At The Putney Iyengar Yoga Centre, Hotham Primary School Site, Charlwood Road SW15 1PN

Julie has over 25 years experience of teaching Iyengar Yoga. She is a highly respected Senior teacher and has her own Iyengar Yoga Centre in Putney South West London. Julie is also a Teacher Trainer and an Assessor for IY UK. The opportunity to practice, learn and challenge yourself deeply in the Asanas through Julies style of teaching is one not to be missed... a must for serious practitioners! For full details click here.

2012

SWLSIYI Workshop with Jayne Orton - Sat 10th & Sun 11th November 2012, 10.30am to 4.00pm.
At The Bhavan, London W14 9HE

Jayne is the director of the Iyengar yoga institute of Birmingham.She started practising Iyengar Yoga in 1975 and has been visting India regularly to study with B.K.S Iyengar, his son Prashant and daughter Geeta since 1982. She was awarded a senior level certificate in 200 and is the central region's most experienced teacher of the Iyengar method. In 2011 she became one of a very select group of Senior teachers to be a give a special advanced certificate by the Master himself. Jayne taught a hugely popular day as part of the inaugural celebrations fo the institute in May 2012. We were delighted and honoured to welcome her back. For more information on this workshop click here.

SWLSIYI Workshop with Uday Bhosale - Sat 21st & Sun 22nd July 2012, 10.30am to 4.00pm.
At The Bhavan, London W14 9HE

Uday has been a disciple of yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune for the past 12 years and has been teaching there since 2001. At RIMYI he teaches the children’s classes as well as beginners and medical classes. He also has a wealth of experience teaching elsewhere - children, industrialists, doctors, sportspersons, corporate workshops and has taught an intensive at the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Singapore. For more information on this workshop click here.

Judith Richards' Workshop - A Students Experience

I recently attended a course at Yog-Ganga with the Chanchani's where we were asked the question, “What is the purpose of every single asana that we do?”

A few muttered replies came from the floor, from those who were brave enough: “To strengthen the body ... to become more flexible ... to quieten the mind ... to cure (this that and the other).”

The reply came: “Wrong! Those are bonuses, but every asana that we do is to strengthen the spine so that we can sit for pranayama.”

What better way to drive this message home than SWLSIYI's workshop with Judith Richards in April this year?

We gathered for a civilised 10am start in a sunny and airy hall in Long Ditton, sat on our mats and waited for what was in store - and it was a treat. We spent the morning deconstructing and reconstructing back-bends - which I think I should now call back extensions. The deconstruction involved an analogy of the structure of a back extension. Judith compared the spine to bricks cemented in place to build an archway. As we paid attention to each vertebra being held in place, the spine therefore being strengthened, rather than just dropping back, we were able to go deeper into the poses, appreciating the extension and the strength in equal measure.

What better way to drive this message home than SWLSIYI's workshop with Judith Richards in April this year?

I remember well the first time I realised that backbends involved hard work for the front thighs - and this workshop held a similar surprised as we focused on the back of the thighs extending up to meet the Para spinal muscles. Judith also gave a beautiful analogy as we extended our spines, quoting Geetaji, of the “sternum as a leg for the head”. Starting with uttanasana, followed by parsvottanasana, we progressed through to ustrasana and a fair few invigorating urdhva danurasana's before a break for lunch.

When we resumed Judith took a good look around the room and clearly thought that we still had a lot more work to do before our spines were strong enough to sit for pranayama. She let us off the hook and we enjoyed two hours more of restorative poses and pranayama - supine! The whole day was a treat and we were very lucky to receive individual attention and expert tuition. A very big thank you to Judith from us all.

SWLSIYI Workshop with Judith Richards and AGM - Sat 14th April 2012, at 10.00am

SWLSIYI's most senior teacher, Judith Richards, first started practising yoga in the Iyengar method in 1970 and started teaching in 1976. Judith finds that learning yoga is a lifelong process and brings to her teaching a wealth of knowledge and experience balanced with humour and warmth.

Our AGM took place on the same day.

A Students Experience article

2011

Margaret Austin workshop - Sunday 20th November 2011, at 10.00am

We were delighted to have secured Margaret Austin, one of the most popular senior Iyengar teachers in the north of England, for a workshop in Thames Ditton, Surrey. Margaret has been teaching Iyengar yoga since the late 1970's and regularly travels to Pune to study with the Iyengar family. For more information on this workshop, click here.

Brenda Booth workshop and AGM - Saturday 9th April 2011, at 10.30am

We were pleased to welcome Brenda Booth, senior Iyengar teacher in Kent, for a workshop in Tooting, SW London. Brenda has amazing depth of knowledge of the postures, remedial work, sequencing and the philosophy of yoga, making her classes fun and challenging. For full details, click here.