In celebration of 100 years since BKS Iyengar’s birth and his close relationship with the United Kingdom we are delighted to announce that our 2018 yoga convention will be taught by some of our most senior UK teachers, and we will be returning to one of our favourite venues; Harrogate Convention Centre.
As always, the aim for our convention is to bring together the UK Iyengar Yoga community in one place so that the bonds of the Iyengar community are strengthened, old friends are met and new ones made as we all learn together. This year, to open the celebrations as widely as possible, we would like to encourage people who have never been to a convention to come along, so the minimum requirement for practising Iyengar Yoga is reduced to 18 months. We look forward to welcoming relative beginners, long-standing students and teachers alike to what is certain to be a true celebration of Guruji’s life and work.
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These four lead teachers have each been teaching for over 35 years, and some more than 40. Each of their individual experience of and dedication to Iyengar Yoga is remarkable, and together they represent an amazing amount of knowledge and understanding. Margaret Austin, Tricia Booth and Penny Chaplin and Elaine Pidgeon were named by BKS Iyengar as The Most Senior Teachers of the UK, and Julie Brown and Jayne Orton have been awarded Advanced Junior teaching certificates (unfortunately Penny and Elaine are unable to teach at this Convention). As longstanding teachers and teacher trainers, they have visited Pune and worked with Guruji many times, and are all high up in the UK “Iyengar Yoga family tree” connecting us all. They have all given, and continue to give, significantly to the work of IY(UK), including chairing and taking part in committees, moderating teacher assessments, and of course spreading their love of Iyengar Yoga. We look forward to welcoming them to celebrate with us and to share their knowledge.
In addition to our asana classes, we are delighted to offer attendees additional special interest sessions, run by experienced senior teachers over the convention weekend.
Special Interest Sessions
These will run throughout the weekend and will be led by other UK senior teachers, offering insight into the many facets of Iyengar teaching and experience in our community. All attendees will have the opportunity to attend, further information will be added to our web pages about the special interest sessions and you will be contacted closer to the convention date about picking which sessions you wish to attend. Please note the programme is subject to change. Here’s the current list of sessions on offer:
Richard and Kirsten Agar Ward – ‘The role of breath in learning Yoga’
Brenda Booth – ‘Learning How to Develop Your Daily Practice’
Gerry Chambers and Lynda Purvis – ‘Yoga Sutra Study & Chanting Group’
Sheila Haswell ‘Explore the mother and father of all asanas – teachings from Geeta-ji’s teaching in Pune, Nov 2016’
Trish James & Alicia Lester – ‘Yoga for adults with learning and physical disabilities’
Marion Kilburn – “Yoga and Dancing’: ‘Movement is Life’ – The link”
Sallie Sullivan – ‘Asana as described in historic texts’
Judi Sweeting and Tig Whattler – ‘Iyengar Yoga For Lower Back Pain’
Harrogate Convention Centre has hosted a number of our conventions, and we’re really excited to be heading back there. The Centre is located within walking distance of all that Harrogate has to offer. Harrogate is a beautiful northern spa town, with wide leafy avenues, abundant flower baskets, beautiful architecture, wonderful restaurants, excellent shopping, a wide range of accommodation and their famous Edwardian Spa, all within walking distance of our venue. Join our community of yoga practitioners for three days of yoga in Harrogate – a place full of grace, history and character.
Getting to Harrogate by:
Air: At 12 miles (20 minutes) the closest airport to Harrogate Convention Centre is Leeds/Bradford International (LBA). British Airways run daily flights between LBA and Heathrow (1 hour), and there are regular flights from many connections worldwide, including Paris (1 hour 30 minutes), Amsterdam (1 hour 10 mins), Dublin (1 hour) and Scandinavia. If you are travelling from a destination without direct flights to LBA, consider a connection from Schiphol, Amsterdam.
Car: Harrogate is located 20 minutes off the A1 (linked to the M1), so is easily accessible from the motorway network. There are car parks close to the convention centre: https://www.harrogateconventioncentre.co.uk/visitors/parking
Train: Harrogate is linked to all major cities in the UK via Leeds (34 mins) and York (33 mins), commuting time from London can be as little as 2 hrs 43 mins (including a change at York) and 3 hours on a direct daily service. Discounts of up to 25% are available for attendees to events at Harrogate Convention Centre for passengers using LNER: https://www.lner.co.uk/hcc25
We believe Harrogate is the perfect location to get away from the hustle and bustle and for our convention in 2018.
Accommodation in Harrogate is available in hotels from the large to the boutique, there are also numerous bed and breakfasts, and we hope to offer a range to suit everyone’s budget. We have appointed an accommodation agent – Reservations Highways to manage the bookings for us. Click here to view the accommodation booking page: www.reservation-highway.co.uk/yoga18, or if you prefer, their reservations line is +44 (0) 1423 525577. As with all busy convention places, good accommodation books up quickly, and as there are several events in Harrogate at this time it will be particularly true. We advise early bookings to avoid disappointment and escalating rates closer to the dates.
The convention will take place over three days (Saturday morning until Monday early afternoon) and works as a developmental experience; so we are not offering the opportunity to book individual days. Our event is designed to include all students and teachers together rather than separating out. The whole weekend will count as specialist training for teachers.
Provisional timetable is as follows:
10.30am – 12.30pm: Class One
2pm – 2.45pm: IY (UK) Extraordinary General Meeting
3.30pm – 5pm: Special Interest Session 1
5.30pm – 7pm: Special Interest Session 2
9am – 9.45am: Chanting
10am – 12pm: Class Two
2pm – 3.30pm: Special Interest Session 3
4pm – 6pm: Class Three
7pm – 10.30pm: Evening event (food, music & dancing!)
9am – 10.30am: Special Interest Session 4
11am – 2pm: Class Four and Final Q and A Panel
An evening of food, music and dancing
Following on from the success of last year’s film and food evening, we will be organising a lively social evening offering attendees a chance to relax and enjoy an Indian vegetarian meal, along with live music and dancing! Tickets can be booked at the same time as your convention booking.
In addition to our programme of classes, we like to offer our attendees a lively marketplace in which they can explore a range of stalls in a vibrant and friendly setting. Yoga equipment hire will also be available.
Do you have a business selling items that would be of interest to convention attendees? We are especially interested in increasing the variety of stalls this year to include a wide-range of India/yoga related items, including: Books, women’s and men’s clothing, instruments, Fair Trade goods, cushions, rugs, music, pottery, herbs & spices, food items, teas and more!
Would you like to take a stall in the convention marketplace? Contact Catherine to discuss your booking. Terms and conditions do apply. Marketplace tables and extra floor spaces cost £15 each; these are member only prices, non-member prices are available on application.
All classes over three days £195. An optional evening event will also be organised, with places reserved at an additional cost. T shirts will also be available to order at an additional cost.