SOUTH WEST IYENGAR YOGA

SWIY is a non-profit-making membership organisation committed to promoting the practice and philosophy of Iyengar yoga.
We organise events & workshops from visiting senior teachers from all over the UK.
On our website you will also find regular classes & events.
Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar Yoga is characterized by great attention to detail and precise focus on body alignment. B.K.S Iyengar pioneered the use of "props" such as cushions, benches, blocks, belts, and even sand bags, which function as aids allowing beginners to experience asanas more easily and fully than might otherwise be possible without several years of practice. Props also allow tired or ill students to enjoy the benefits of many asanas via fully "supported" methods requiring less muscular effort.

Standing poses are emphasized for beginners in Iyengar Yoga. They build strong legs, increase general vitality, and improve circulation, coordination and balance, ensuring a strong foundation for study of more advanced poses. Inversions are also very important & taught in the Iyengar system.

Unlike more experiential approaches where students are encouraged to independently "find their way" to the asanas by imitating the teacher, an Iyengar Yoga class is highly verbal and didactic, with misalignments and errors actively corrected. B.K.S Iyengar has trained thousands of teachers, who complete 3-5 years of rigorous training for the introductory level of certification (higher-level certification may take a decade or more).

Learn more at the IYAUK website

Who is B.K.S Iyengar?

The world’s most widely practised method of yoga is that taught by Yogacharya Sri B.K.S. Iyengar of Pune, India. Born on December 14, 1918, in Bellur, India, he studied and practised yoga continuously for over 85 years. B.K.S. Iyengar is universally acknowledged as the world’s greatest yoga teacher.

Mr Iyengar’s thorough study, understanding and mastery of yoga are unrivalled in modern times. Having taught for over 75 years in all five continents, he won worldwide respect and recognition for his achievements and made yoga accessible and relevant to people everywhere, no matter what their physical or mental ability. He set the standard for his teachers and students while his textbooks on yoga have become classics. He set up the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India, where his daughter Smt. Geeta and son Sri Prashant Iyengar are directors.

Triumphing over poverty and serious childhood illness, B. K. S. Iyengar began his study of yoga at a young age with his guru, T. Krishnamacharya. Practicing hour after hour, year after year, he acquired the encyclopedic knowledge, which fired his teaching.

Yogacharya Sri B.K.S. Iyengar brought yoga to the west with his pioneering teaching in the 70s, the beginning of today’s explosive growth in yoga. His seminal manual Light on Yoga, called “the bible of yoga” and continuously in print since 1966, has been the source book for generations of yoga students.

B.K.S Iyengar
His invention of yoga props — now ubiquitous in yoga studios of all styles — revolutionized the art. Blankets, belts and other devices allow students of all skill levels to work safely in the classical yoga asanas (postures). Mr. Iyengar also revolutionized the therapeutic applications of yoga, gaining recognition for yoga as treatment for serious medical conditions.

Mr. Iyengar continued his daily practice at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India, until shortly before his death at the age of 95 on August 20, 2014. Named for Mr. Iyengar’s late wife, who died shortly before it was completed, RIMYI is where Mr. Iyengar’s daughter, Geeta, and son, Prashant, now the chief teachers of his method, carry on his work. His granddaughter, Abhijata Sridhar Iyengar, also teaches at RIMYI.

Mr. Iyengar’s daughter, Geeta S. Iyengar, is the author of Yoga: A Gem for Women, the pioneering work on yoga for every stage of a woman’s life. His son, Prashant S. Iyengar, has also written extensively about yoga. Mr. Iyengar’s other influential works include Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras, The Tree of Yoga and Light on Life.

Mr. Iyengar has also transformed his ancestral village of Bellur, in southern India, with a visionary series of projects including a hospital, a water treatment plant, educational opportunities including those for the girls of the village, and India’s first temple dedicated to Patanjali.

What is the SWIY?

The South West Iyengar Yoga is a registered charity group of Iyengar Yoga students & teachers from south west UK. We cover mainly the Devon & Cornwall area. We have a committee of teachers & students who volunteer their time to plan all our events, do the accounts, advertise, host visiting teachers & support each other. We hope we are like a family with our connection to the Iyengar yoga system.

The SWIY organises events & workshops from visiting senior teachers from all over the UK. Most workshops are held in Cornwall at the Zshed Falmouth, Yogaloft Troon, YogaspacePZ & Yogahut Falmouth. Anyone from any area is welcome to attend our events. SWIY members pay a yearly fee & this gives them a small discount for events/workshops. On our website you will find regular classes & events.

Join SWIY

Lucy Aldridge

Lucy Aldridge

Summer early morning classes
These have not yet started, please email me for more info.
Private beach sessions available.
1 hour early classes every Thursday at 7.30 am and Sunday at 8 a.m. on top of Porthmeor West, Porthmeor Beach, St. Ives.
Please bring your own equipment.
NOTE: These classes are outdoors and as such are weather dependent, so if in doubt, please contact Lucy first or check the Facebook page for updates

Tuesday 9.30-11.00 Carbis Bay Memorial Hall Classes cost £10 to drop in or £40 for 5 sessions (to be used within 6 weeks)
Tuesday 17.45-18.45 Carbis Bay Memorial Hall (£7 drop in only)
Tuesday 19.00-20.30 Carbis Bay Memorial Hall Classes cost £10 to drop in or £40 for 5 sessions (to be used within 6 weeks)
Friday 9.30-11.00 Carbis Bay Memorial Hall Classes cost £10 to drop in or £40 for 5 sessions (to be used within 6 weeks)
Wednesday 19.00-20.30 YogaspacePZ, Clarence House, Penzance Classes cost £10 to drop in or £40 for 5 sessions (to be used within 6 weeks)
Saturday 8.30 – 9.30 YogaspacePZ, Clarence House, Penzance Classes cost £7
Saturday 10.00-11.00 YogaspacePZ, Clarence House, Penzance Classes cost £7
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Hannah Benham

General classes run throughout the year. £9 per class or £45 for 6 classes to be taken within 7 weeks. Intermediate classes run during term time only. £9 per class.

Tuesday 10.00-11.30am The Institute, Praze-an-Beeble Intermediate class
Tuesday 7.00-8.30pm The Institute, Praze-an-Beeble General class
Friday 9.30-11.00am The Institute, Praze-an-Beeble General class
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Rachel Bohadana

Monday 11.30-12.30 Inner Space, Newlyn Over 50s
Monday 18:00-19:30 YogaspacePZ, Clarence House, Penzance Mixed ability
Wednesday 09:30-11:00 YogaspacePZ, Clarence House, Penzance Mixed ability
Wednesday 11:30-12:30 YogaspacePZ, Clarence House, Penzance Over 50's
Thursday 15.30-16.30 Inner Space, Newlyn Over 50's
Friday 11:15-12:15 YogaspacePZ, Clarence House, Penzance Over 50's
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Anita Butcher

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Deborah Cadby

Beginners classes are for all new students or those with less than two years' experience of Iyengar yoga. Basic yoga postures (asanas) are taught to develop strength, stamina and flexibility, and they’re suitable for any age group.

General classes are suitable for all levels, including beginners. You’ll be introduced to a wider variety of asanas.

Intermediate classes are for students with at least four years’ training in Iyengar yoga, who can maintain a stable Sirsasana and Sarvangasana. Work will be more demanding than at General level and asanas are studied in more detail. Please contact for more information.

Prices
Drop-in £10 | 1hr 30mins
Please contact me before attending your first class.

Monday 19:30 - 21:00 Appledown Iyengar Yoga Studio, Bude General Class
Thursday 10:00 - 11:30 Appledown Iyengar Yoga Studio, Bude Beginners/General Class
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Karen Calder

Monday 10.30-12.00 Loft Studio, King Edward Mine, Troon. Over 50's
Monday 18.15-19.15 Loft Studio, King Edward Mine, Troon. Runners
Tuesday 9.30-11.00 Loft Studio, King Edward Mine, Troon. General
Tuesday 11.15-12.15 Loft Studio, King Edward Mine, Troon. Beginners/Restorative
Tuesday 18.30-20.00 Loft Studio, King Edward Mine, Troon. General
Wednesday 10.45-12.15 Loft Studio, King Edward Mine, Troon. Intermediate
Thursday 9.30-11.00 Loft Studio, King Edward Mine, Troon. General
Thursday 11.15-12.15 Loft Studio, King Edward Mine, Troon. Beginners/Restorative
Thursday 18.30-20.00 Loft Studio, King Edward Mine, Troon. General
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Gerry Chambers

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Sukie Gladstone

No classes running at the moment but available for class cover from April 2020.

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Gill Hayhurst

Friday 11.15-12.45 Carnon Downs Village Hall Beginners/General
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Gillian Kamali

Tuesday 09:30-11:00 YogaspacePZ, Clarence House, Penzance Mixed ability
Wednesday 09:30-11:00 The Gilbert Hall, Nancledra General level
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Wendy Kennan

Wednesday 16:00-17:30 YogaspacePZ, Clarence House, Penzance Mixed ability
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Jean PHILLIPS

All classes can be drop in or pay for the term. Classes run during term time, each term is 10 weeks with generally a week off in the middle.

Tuesday 17.30-19.00 Knowledge Spa Treliske (for hospital staff) General
Wednesday 9.15-11.15 ZedShed, Penryn General
Thursday 18.15-20.15 Village Hall Carnon Downs General
Friday 09.25-10.55 Village Hall Carnon Downs For the less able
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Jane Lane

From Jan 13th 2020.
Darel Turney will be covering all classes until further notice, see Darel’s listing for further details.

Monday 9.30 -11.00 Yoga Hut, Falmouth All levels
Monday 13.30-15.00 Yoga Hut, Falmouth Over 50's
Monday 18.30-20.00 Yoga Hut, Falmouth All levels
Tuesday 9.30-11.00 Yoga Hut, Falmouth All levels
Tuesday 18.30-19.30 Yoga Hut, Falmouth 10 week complete beginners
Thursday 9.30-11.00 Yoga Hut, Falmouth All levels
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Janice Longstaff

Monday 19.00-21.00 St. Mary's School, Truro. General. Enrole with Truro College.
Tuesday 18.00-19.30 Blue Lotus Therapy center, Scorrier Estate. 01209 822400 General
Tuesday 19.30-21.00 Blue Lotus Therapy center, Scorrier Estate. 01209 822400 General
Wednesday 10.00-12.00 St.Mary's Church Hall, Portreath. 07972480910 General
Thursday 10.30-11.30 Bosvigo Children's Center, Truro. 07972480910 Women's class.
Friday 16.00-17.00 Helston Health center, Helston. General
Friday 17.00-18.00 Helston Health center, Helston. General
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Kate Lowe

Monday 19.00 - 20.00 Ocean Sports, Carbis Bay Beach £7.50, pre-booking required.
Tuesday 9.30-11.00am Una Resort, Carbis Bay £8 drop in.
Wednesday 18.30-19.30 Carbis Bay Hotel £7 drop in.
Thursday 15.45-16.15 Children’s Yoga. Una Resort, Carbis Bay. £15 for 5 week blocks or £4 drop in.
Thursday 16.45-17.45 Tate Gallery. £35 for 6 week blocks. Pre-booking required.
Maxine Lunn

Maxine Lunn

Please check my website for weekly changes as I often cover for other Iyengar teachers.

Wednesday 18.00 - 19.00 Marazion School Over 50s
(mixed level, suitable for beginners & experienced students)
Friday 16.00 - 17.15 YogaspacePZ, Clarence House, Penzance Progressive
(general 2, not suitable for beginners)
* restarting Jan 2020
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Ann Nicol

Monday 09.15 - 10.45 St Ives Library / Tourist Information in Gabriel St, St Ives All levels welcome.
Wednesday 09.15 - 10.45 St Ives Library / Tourist Information in Gabriel St, St Ives All levels welcome.
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Lynda Purvis

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Sue Read

Monday 19.00 - 20.30 Budleigh Health & Wellbeing Hub, 3 Budleigh Rd, Budleigh, Salterton EX7 6HF Mixed ability
Thursday 09.30 - 10.30 Stowford Community Centre, Chambers Close, Sidmouth EX10 9YL Beginners
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Kirsty Reps

Monday 17.30 - 18.30 Helston Cattle Market Gym
Monday 18.30 - 19.30 Helston Cattle Market Gym
Tuesday 17.00 - 18.30 Carleen Village Hall General
Tuesday 18.30 - 20.00 Carleen Village Hall General
Wednesday 18.30 - 20.00 Porthleven School 10wk course - Book through Helston Adult Ed
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Anita Robinson

Monday 18:00-19:15 Haxey Church Hall Beginners/General level. Everyone is welcome.
Tuesday 10:30-11:30 Axholme North Leisure Centre Everyone is welcome.
Thursday 17:30-18:30 Axholme North Leisure Centre Everyone is welcome.
Thursday 18:30-19:30 Axholme North Leisure Centre xxxEveryone is welcome.xx
Friday 09:30-10:30 Haxey Church Hall, Church Street, Haxey. A gentle, slower paced class with the use of chairs.
Saturday 10:15-11:30 Bawtry New Hall, Station Road, Bawtry For Beginners and those with some experience.
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Laura Ruffoni

Wednesday 19:30-20.50 Space To Move Ltd, 2 Charles Darwin Rd, Plymouth PL1 4GU, UK General class suitable for all levels, including beginners
Friday 10:40-12:10 St Annes Hall, Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 3TJ, UK General class suitable for all levels, including beginners
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Nick Thomson

Monday 10.40-12.10 Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Pool, Redruth Everyone welcome
Thursday 17.30-18.30 YogaspacePZ, Clarence House, Penzance Everyone welcome
Thursday 19.00-20.30 YogaspacePZ, Clarence House, Penzance General
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Gavin Tilsone

Wednesday 19:30 - 21:30 Tavy Scout Lodge, Mutley, Plymouth
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Alison Trewhela

Alison teaches one-to-one therapeutic yoga sessions at Walsingham Clinic in Truro - bookings through Alison. Alison also teaches various workshops for yoga students, medical school students and yoga teachers in Cornwall and throughout the UK.

Tuesday 17.45 - 19.15 ZedShed, Penryn Yoga Classes - General
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Darel Turney

From Jan 13th 2020.

Monday 9.30 -11.00 Yoga Hut, Falmouth All levels
Monday 13.30-15.00 Yoga Hut, Falmouth Over 50's
Monday 18.30-20.00 Yoga Hut, Falmouth All levels
Tuesday 9.30-11.00 Yoga Hut, Falmouth All levels
Tuesday 18.30-19.30 Yoga Hut, Falmouth 10 week complete beginners
Thursday 9.30-11.00 Yoga Hut, Falmouth All levels
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Judith Van Dop

Teacher/trainee in depth sessions every other month. One to One Tuition available.

Monday 9.30 - 11.00 YogaspacePZ, Clarence House, Penzance Beginners/improvers
Monday 11.15 - 12.15 YogaspacePZ, Clarence House, Penzance Restorative
Monday 13.00 - 15.00 YogaspacePZ, Clarence House, Penzance General
Tuesday 13.30 - 15.00 YogaspacePZ, Clarence House, Penzance Mixed ability
Tuesday 19.00 - 20.30 YogaspacePZ, Clarence House, Penzance Mixed ability
Thursday 14.00 - 15.15 YogaspacePZ, Clarence House, Penzance Therapy/low back pain
Friday 9.30 - 10.45 YogaspacePZ, Clarence House, Penzance Restorative
Friday 13.00 - 15.00 YogaspacePZ, Clarence House, Penzance Intermediate
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Tracey Wearne

Thursday 09:45-11:00 YogaspacePZ, Clarence House, Penzance Mixed ability

Events & Workshops

Marios Agiros
April 25th-26th 2020
Zed Shed Penryn

SWIY will be hosting Marios at the Zed Shed in Penryn on April 25th and 26th 2020. 11-5pm on both days.

Uday Bhosale
July 11th-12th 2020
Zed Shed Penryn

SWIY will be hosting Uday at the Zed Shed in Penryn. 11-5pm on both days.

June Whittaker
September 19th-20th 2020
Zed Shed Penryn

SWIY will be hosting June at the Zed Shed in Penryn. 11-5pm on both days.

For any events on this page please check with Karen Calder for confirmation of dates, venues, times and availability of places:
E-mail Karen or phone her on 07795 034310