Conventions

IY(UK) holds a Convention every year with different guest teachers from around the world. Our aim is to bring together as many yoga practitioners as possible into one place, so that the bonds of the Iyengar community are strengthened, old friends are met, new ones are made, and all can learn together.


2022 Iyengar Yoga (UK) Convention Programme Announcement

We are very excited to announce our Annual Iyengar Yoga (UK) Convention programme for 2022.

By popular demand we will continue to offer online conventions with Indian senior teachers, and are honoured to welcome Rajvi Mehta to lead our Virtual Convention in January 2022. Then in Spring 2022 we’ll be extending a very warm welcome back to our community with our first face-to-face convention in three years! A not-to-be-missed opportunity to practise and socialise together again, in one of our favourite convention locations: Harrogate.

Our Spring 2022 Convention will be led by one of our most senior teachers, Margaret Austin, who as one of the early pioneers studying directly under Guruji has dedicated her life to the practice and teaching of Iyengar yoga.

Margaret will guide us back into the beautiful art of teaching face-to-face Iyengar yoga, with her incisive observation, instruction, adjustment, and inspirational demonstration, to take us into that state of total absorption that we know is only really experienced in a live class situation. This convention will reach and challenge everyone in the room from relative beginners to advanced teachers, as Margaret’s nurturing practice and teaching bring us renewal of energy, strength, mobility, and community, as well as emotional and physical wellbeing.


2022 – save the dates!

January 15 and 16

Virtual Convention with Rajvi Mehta

Daily class and Q&A


May 28, 29 and 30

Face to Face 3 day Convention with Margaret Austin

Harrogate Convention Centre



October

4 day Online Convention

Daily classes. Details coming soon….


Past Conventions

IY(UK) Annual Convention 2021: 30th April – 3rd May with Abhijata Iyengar

We were honoured to welcome Abhijata Iyengar, granddaughter of BKS Iyengar, and co-director of our mother institute RIMYI in Pune, India, as our headline teacher for the 2021 virtual convention.

Abhijata is an inspiring and dynamic teacher who taught a daily live class on four consecutive mornings, offering us her deep insight into the art, science and philosophy of Iyengar yoga.

2021 Virtual Convention highlights
• Lead teacher Abhijata Iyengar
• 4 days of live classes
• Convention access for students with one year’s yoga experience
• Opportunity to attend in Zoom webinar mode or as a ‘seen’ student
• 21 day access to recordings
• Convention bursary programme available to enable access

2021 Iyengar Yoga (UK) Convention Bursary Fund

We announced the launch of the Iyengar Yoga (UK) Convention Bursary Fund. This fund is for any UK practitioner with a minimum of 18 months’ Iyengar yoga practice, who may be experiencing financial hardship, due to Covid-19 or another situation. The fund was launched to help remove financial barriers to participation, at this time of uncertainty, for anyone who would otherwise not be able to attend Abhijata’s convention.

The fund has been made possible with donations from Iyengar yoga teachers and practitioners across the UK and we were able to offer more than 40 free places to Abhijata’s Convention this year.

If you’d like to donate to the Bursary Fund for future events you can do so here

“Don’t be exclusive, be inclusive not only in Āsana but every walk of life”

– BKS Iyengar

A programme of talks open to all: available FREE

In addition to Abhijata’s teaching, we ran a programme of talks led by inspirational contributors, bringing their lived experience and professional expertise to explore yoga and anti-racism, diversity, inclusion and social justice. 


Thanks to all who attended our Virtual Convention on 20 and 21 June! Read about the event here


See pictures from all past Conventions on our Flickr account


Previous IY(UK) Conventions:

2021: Abhijata Iyengar

2020: Online: Navaz Kamdin, Edwin Bryant, Jayne Orton, Julie Brown
2019: Navaz Kamdin
2018: Margaret Austin, Tricia Booth, Julie Brown, Jayne Orton
2017: Jawahar Bangera
2016: Raya Uma Datta
2015: Birjoo Mehta
2014: Abhijata Sridhar Iyengar
2013: Rajvi Mehta
2012: Zubin Zarthoshtimanesh
2011: Jawahar Bangera
2010: Zubin Zarthoshtimanesh
2009: Geeta Iyengar
2008: Birjoo Mehta
2007: Dr Rajlaxmi and Devki Desai
2006: Jawahar Bangera
2005: Rajiv and Swati Chanchani
2004: Rajvi and Birjoo Mehta
2003: Jawahar Bangera
2002: Geeta Iyengar
2001: Birjoo Mehta
2000: Rajiv and Swati Chanchani