IY(UK) Blog

Celebrating 100 Years




Today is the 100th birth anniversary of a remarkable yoga master, our dear teacher B.K.S. Iyengar.

As the yoga community marks this special day we are full of gratitude for everything he gave in his life, and his message that “Yoga is for all.” His teaching has had a profound impact on so many people, and continues to do so through his devoted family, Iyengar yoga teachers and students around the world.

Find out more about the life of this great man using our timeline here:

Here are some of the tributes from teachers and students whose lives he touched:

Thank you, Guruji


Iyengar Yoga at the RNCM




The Royal Northern College of music has become the first conservatoire to appoint a lecturer in musicians’ health and wellbeing, the Guardian reports.  In addition, they are offering yoga classes to students to help prevent injury.

Iyengar Yoga (UK) teacher Maureen Wray is currently employed by the College’s wind and brass department to teach yoga to their students.  Maureen, a trained violinist herself, explains how she came to teach Iyengar yoga:

“I stumbled upon Iyengar yoga around sixteen years ago on the recommendation of a friend. I had been through a challenging time in my life and was feeling the effects of stress. As a very keen runner I wasn’t at all sure that yoga would be for me. After a few sessions I really began to enjoy the way that I felt after the class. My body felt as though it had been physically challenged and yet I felt this wonderful release of tension. My mood always felt very positive.

“I slowly became more committed to regular class attendance and the practice of yoga then became a integral part of my life. After many years of working as a professional violinist I decided to train as an Iyengar teacher, qualifying in 2010. Yoga quite literally changed my life! I now feel privileged to have the opportunity to introduce others to the experience of Iyengar yoga through teaching my own classes.”


Maureen Wray

Royal Northern College of Music

The Circle – Film Screening 17th December 2018




In honour of BKS Iyengar for the Centenary celebrations, on 17 December there will be a screening of The Circle by Iyengar yoga teacher Philippa Frisby.  The event is in Wantage, Oxfordshire; there will also be a screening at the IY (UK) Convention in May

The Circle is a documentary film about the transformational power of yoga in treating drug addiction in the street children of Mumbai. The film focuses on the centre in Dharavi, which finds and takes in some of the most vulnerable members of society, ultimately reforming their lives.

See here for full details: http://beaconwantage.co.uk/whats-on/thecircle


IY (UK) no longer permitted to use the word ‘Institute’

IY (UK) no longer permitted to use the word ‘Institute’.

We have recently heard from Companies House that ‘Institute’ is a protected word and cannot be used without permission. We have accordingly changed ‘Member Institutes’ to ‘Member Groups’; the Member Groups themselves have also had to take the word ‘Institute’ out of their names. This is a shame as the term ‘Institute’ has a long history in the Iyengar community and is a reflection of the title of RIMYI, our mother institute in Pune (whose name we are still allowed to use). However, we must comply with UK law, which is why we are having to make these changes.

Centenary Year 2018: Tributes to Guruji

B.K.S. Iyengar Centenary Year 2018: Your tributes

In celebration of the hundredth year since the birth of B.K.S. Iyengar, each month we’ll be posting a selection of your tributes.  Click on a name to open or close their contribution.


Look out for more tributes in Iyengar Yoga News, our biannual members’ magazine (click here to join and receive your copy)


Complaint of Misconduct against Yoga Teacher in the USA





Complaint of Misconduct against Yoga Teacher in the USA

You may have heard that there has recently been a serious complaint of sexual misconduct made against a senior Iyengar teacher in the USA, and that the Iyengar National Association of the US (IYNAUS) is dealing with this. We are not currently dealing with any such complaints in the UK and Ireland, but this is not an issue that we should be complacent about; IY (UK) must have a zero-tolerance attitude to all forms of discrimination, bullying, harassment and abuse. Sexual harassment and abuse need to be challenged wherever they occur.


Manual adjustments have always been an element of the Iyengar method; If you do not wish to be physically adjusted by your teacher for any reason, please tell them. If you feel that you have any cause for complaint against your teacher, we would encourage you to follow this up. We are currently looking at our complaints procedures to see if they need updating. Challenging the teacher yourself is one way of trying to deal with it but that may not be appropriate.  If you would like to complain about your teacher, or you have any questions, then the first step is to contact Jill Johnson(chair@iyengaryoga.org.uk) or Gerry Chambers (yogagerry@gmail.com) Chair of Ethics, or email us at complaints@iyengaryoga.org.uk. We will respect your confidentiality and will not take any further steps without your approval. If you are concerned that any illegal actions may have taken place we suggest that you contact your local police for advice, and also inform us. 




National Iyengar Yoga Day: 19 January 2019




National Iyengar Yoga Day in the UK and Ireland returns on Saturday 19th January 2019.

Don’t miss this fantastic chance to discover Iyengar yoga in your area! Certified Iyengar yoga teachers will be offering free taster classes, demonstrations and events.

If you are a member and wish to organise an event in your are, please contact us


New play in Pune tells the life story of B.K.S. Iyengar


A new play about the life of B.K.S. Iyengar by Radhika Deshpande opened in Pune, India last week. Find out more here: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/the-life-of-a-yoga-guru-unfolds-on-stage/articleshow/65291010.cms

Garth McLean at Edinburgh Fringe



Iyengar yoga teacher Garth McLean is debuting his show Looking For Lightning at this Year’s Edinburgh Fringe festival.


“Looking For Lightning is a personal story of perseverance and overcoming seemingly unsurmountable obstacles when faced with a life altering event. Even though Lightning is a show about my personal journey with MS, it offers a more universal message to summon the strength in order to face the challenges of an uncertain future.”


Read an interview with Garth here:

International Day of Yoga – 21 June



The fourth International Day of Yoga will be celebrated on Thursday 21 June.

The day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, its midsummer date having been suggested by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

How will you be celebrating? Share your pictures with us on our social channels! Instagram @iyengaryoga_uk / Facebook @iyengaryogauk / Twitter @UKIYENGARYOGA

Or email us your photos and tell us about your event for the chance to be featured in the next issue of IYN, our members’ magazine.

IY (UK) teacher Jayesh Mistry will be teaching at this large event in Bradford: