IY (UK) Annual Convention with Jawahar Bangera
27th – 29th May 2017
Birmingham International Convention Centre

We are delighted to announce that our 2017 yoga convention will be taught by Jawahar Bangera, and held at the International Convention Centre, in the centre of Birmingham’s historic and vibrant cultural quarter.

Jawahar Bangera
It is an honour to welcome Jawahar to teach our 2017 convention, whose years of dedicated practice and study have helped make him a teacher who inspires us to move deeper into our understanding of Iyengar yoga.

Jawahar is well known for his precision, dedication and his ability to make everyone feel included. He was originally introduced to yoga by his parents, who were pupils of Yogacharya BKS Iyengar, then practised yoga directly under Guruji’s from 1969. He began teaching in 1980 and accompanied Guruji to many conventions over the years, and has taught many classes throughout the world, including 3 very successful conventions for us here in the UK: Crystal Palace 1999, Manchester 2006 and Glasgow 2011. Jawahar teaches classes in Mumbai where he is a director of the Iyengar Institute Yogashraya which was inaugurated by BKS Iyengar in 2002. He is also a trustee and driving force behind the Light on Yoga Research Trust (LOYRT), formed more than 35 years ago to promote the learning and practice of Yoga in the Iyengar method, including the publication of RIMIYI journal Yoga Rahasya.

Join us for a special convention with Jawahar in Birmingham, an opportunity for all of us to experience Guruji’s teachings directly from one of Guruji’s most senior teachers.

Birmingham International Convention Centre (ICC)
This year we have chosen the well-appointed ICC for our convention. ICC is situated in centenary square, a lovely wide pedestrian space, next door to Europe’s biggest new Library, with its striking architecture,  relaxing herb roof garden, and housing the remarkable Shakespeare Memorial Room. ICC is a few minutes walk from Birmingham’s landmark museum, and 20 minutes walk from the recently transformed New Street Station, taking 1.5 hours by train from London, Manchester, & Bristol makes Birmingham one of the best connected cities in the UK and a wonderful location for our 2017 convention.


Accommodation in central Birmingham will be mainly in larger hotels, so we have appointed an accommodation agent to manage the bookings for us. The link to their website is www.reservation-highway.co.uk/yoga17 or if you prefer, their reservations line is +44 (0)1423 525577.  We expect that some of the cheaper hotels will book up quickly, so please book soon.

IY(UK) Convention Timetable
The convention will take place over three days (Saturday morning until Monday early afternoon) and works as a developmental teaching 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 teachers and students. The whole weekend will count as specialised training for teachers.

Saturday 27th May
Sunday 28th May
Monday 29th May
11am-2pm: class 10.00am-1.00pm: class 10.00am-2.00pm: class
5pm-7pm: class 3.00-4.00pm IY(UK)AGM  
7.00-10.00pm: meal/film


Vegetarian curry and film social evening

We’re delighted to be able to offer a social event on the Sunday evening of the Convention. We will be offering an Indian vegetarian meal and showing the film Leap of Faith, converting our yoga hall into a small cinema/restaurant for the evening! Leap of Faith spans 9 decades of Gurujui’s life and 70 years of his practice and teaching. It shows him as Guru, Teacher, Husband, Father and Shishya.  The film helps to reveal the simple man behind such a complex and towering personality; it is an endeavour to capture the essence of the man behind the phenomenon.

All classes over 3 days: £195

Social evening: £22.50

Convention t-shirt: £15

Join the IY (UK) Birmingham Convention Marketplace
As usual we plan to organise a lively Market Place, a great meeting place, and opportunity to support small yoga related businesses. The marketplace continues to add to the friendly atmosphere of the convention with a wide range of related goods, exhibitions and services. We will be expecting between 500 – 600 yoga participants in Birmingham, and will be providing space to include more stalls, so if you have yoga related items, hand made things, art works, ethical products, or anything that would be of interest to yoga enthusiasts then why not consider joining us by running a stall. For more information please get in touch with Jess at jess@iyengaryoga.org.uk.

Level of Practice 
As a guideline, students of minimum two years practice are welcome to attend the Convention. Ideally, you should be able to hold Sirsasana in the centre of the room or at the wall for five minutes, and Sarvangasana for five to ten minutes, or have knowledge of how to adapt the poses for your needs.

The teacher will require you to take responsibility for your own physical and mental health and will not be able to give you help for individual problems. You are expected to manage these using your own knowledge and experience. If you are unsure whether you should attend with a certain condition you should consult your teacher or contact the Events Committee conventions@iyengaryoga.org.uk.