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Assessment Volunteers Needed


Assessment Volunteers Needed

Introductory Assessments are being held in June. The venues hosting the assessments would welcome volunteers to be the students for the teaching part of the assessments. This is a great opportunity to learn more about how our teachers are assessed. Please contact the venues direct (contact details below) to volunteer.

To volunteer for Introductory Assessments, you should have at least a year’s attendance at classes and already perform Sirsasana and Sarvangasana. You should be willing to be helped up into Sirsasana (head balance) at the wall and Sarvangasana (shoulder stand) and must not be a remedial student or injured (stiffness is fine but no injuries). Teachers may not act as volunteers but we can take Introductory Level 1 trainees and trainees just starting their second year of training.

MDIY, Manchester are hosting Introductory Assessments on Sat 8, Sat 15 and Sat 22 June. Volunteers are required from 12.30-4 pm approx. For further details and to volunteer, contact: Clare Tunstall, clare@mdiiy.org.uk

Iyengar Yoga Institute Maida Vale are hosting Introductory Assessments on 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 29 & 30 June. Volunteers are required from approx. 1.30-5 pm on Saturdays and approx. 2-5.30 pm on Sundays. For further details and to volunteer, contact: Mary Newton, mary@iyi.org.uk

iYoga Dublin are hosting an Introductory Assessment on Sat 22 June. Volunteers are required from approx. 12-3.30 pm. For further details and to volunteer, contact: Margaret Cashman, margaret.cashman@gmail.com

Win tickets to the World Yoga Festival (closes 10 May)


From 18-21 July in Reading the World Yoga Festival will include teaching from various Iyengar yoga teachers, including Garth McClean.  The organisers of the festival have kindly offered two free tickets to the event to our members.  To be entered into the prize draw all you need to do is answer a simple question by midnight on 10 May here (you will need to be signed in as a member): https://iyengaryoga.org.uk/prize-draw-2019/

The winner will be announced on 13 May on this page.  For more information about the World Yoga Festival, see their website: http://www.yogafestival.world/ 

Abhijata Iyengar: Opening Speech from the IYNAUS Convention 2019



Watch Abhijata’s opening speech from the recent IYNAUS Convention:

For more videos from this Convention visit the IYNAUS website

Manouso Manos



We would like to make you aware of the following development in the Iyengar Yoga community in the USA:

IYNAUS have reported the results of the independent investigation of allegations that Manouso Manos had engaged in inappropriate touching of students in his classes. The investigation has concluded that this was the case between 2005 and the present.IYNAUS provided Prashant Iyengar and Abhijata Iyengar with the Report and Executive Summary, and they have confirmed that the conduct of which Manouso was accused is improper in Iyengar Yoga.

Prashant and Abhijata have informed IYNAUS and  Manouso that he must now cease using the Iyengar Yoga name and the Iyengar Yoga certification mark both in the name of his studio and in connection with his teaching.

The implication for us in the UK and Ireland is that Manouso Manos cannot be invited to teach in any affiliated centre or by any member group.  You will find the full statement by the US association here:


Benefits of Yoga Discussed in House of Lords


Benefits of Yoga Discussed in the House of Lords

Yoga was on the agenda in the House of Lords on Thursday, with various peers discussing the benefits it can bring.  The government was asked how yoga can be included in healthcare, with requests that ministers meet with peers to draft clear plans.

Click here to read the exchanges


Image: Mark Burley

Iyengar Yoga News: Spring 2019




Iyengar Yoga News: Issue 34 out now

The Spring issue of our biannual members’ magazine, Iyengar Yoga News, is out now. 

Contents include tributes to Geeta S. Iyengar; an article on pranayama by BKS Iyengar; this Virabhadrasana I article by Arti Mehta; reflections on the 2018 Convention, and more.

If you’d like to sign up or renew your membership to receive a copy, click here


Jeanne Maslen 30th April 1934 – 2nd March 2019



We are very sorry to announce the death of Jeanne Maslen on 2nd March 2019.

Jeanne was one of BKS Iyengar’s first students in the UK and was instrumental in setting up the Manchester and District Institute of Iyengar Yoga, as well as our national teacher training and assessment system. Jeanne was a leading figure in the BKS Iyengar Yoga Teachers’ Association for many years, and was very close to Guruji. She did so much to promote Iyengar Yoga in the UK and around the world, and will be remembered and missed by thousands of Iyengar yoga students.
Our condolences to Jeanne’s family.

Please email clare(at)mdiiy.org.uk ( email link here ) to request details of the funeral.

Iyengar Yoga (UK)





Applications for Intermediate Junior Level 1, 2 & 3 Assessments may be made 1-31 March 2019. The assessments will take place in October 2019. To access the application form, log on to the website with your username and password, go to the Members’ Dashboard and there is a link on the right side of the page under the “Teachers’ Notifications” heading.

Try a free class on National Iyengar Yoga Day, Saturday 19 January




       Try a Free Class on National Iyengar Yoga Day

On Saturday 19th January 2019, certified Iyengar yoga teachers across the UK and Ireland will be offering free classes and holding events to celebrate National Iyengar Yoga Day. Named after BKS Iyengar, one of the key figures credited with bringing yoga to the West, Iyengar yoga is the world’s most widely practised method of yoga. National Iyengar Yoga Day is an opportunity for people of all ages and levels of fitness to discover the benefits of Iyengar yoga for themselves.

About BKS Iyengar and Iyengar Yoga
BKS Iyengar (14th December 1918 – 20th August 2014) was a visionary Indian teacher who recognised the benefits of yoga and determined to make it widely accessible. His international bestseller ‘Light On Yoga’, published in 1966, is still considered an essential guide to yoga postures today. BKS Iyengar’s legacy is Iyengar yoga, an internationally standardised method of teaching popular with students everywhere from Rejkjavik and Rio to Beijing and Boston. Characterised by precision, teachers of Iyengar yoga practice and study for a minimum of five years before they can instruct students. This rigorous training has made Iyengar yoga one of the most trusted and widely practised forms of yoga in the world. Come and try it for yourself on National Iyengar Yoga Day, Saturday 19th January 2019!

In the words of the Chair of the Iyengar Yoga Association (UK), Jill Johnson, “On National Iyengar Yoga Day we will celebrate the life’s work of one of the most influential world figures of recent times as he would have wanted us to – by practising yoga!”

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Geeta Iyengar: Obituary




Here are two obituaries that have been written to celebrate Geeta’s life and work.

A book of condolence will be compiled and if you wish to email secretary@iyengaryoga.org.uk your messages will be included; please let Charlotte know which Member Group or region you belong to.

Obituary from the Times of India: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/geeta-iyengar-renowned-yoga-exponent-passes-away-at-74/articleshow/67119933.cms

IY (UK) Obituary: https://iyengaryoga.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Geetaji-Obituary.pdf