Iyengar Yoga Teacher's Profile

  • John Ferrabee

  • Level 3(2020), Senior Intermediate level 1(2019), Junior Intermediate level 3(2007), Junior Intermediate level 2(2004), Junior Intermediate level 1(1901), Introductory level 2(1997)
  • 07876194942

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Mixed Ability Class

Teacher's Name: John Ferrabee

Day of the week: Monday

Time: 09:30


Description: Yoga Classes in Cheltenham


Classes are held at my studio in 9 Suffolk Square, Cheltenham, GL50 2DR
and in the function room at The Wheatsheaf Pub, 283 Old Bath Road, Cheltenham, GL53 9AJ

All mats and equipment is supplied.

The sessions would involve:

• Safe and effective stretching
  for hamstrings
• A complete shoulder
  movement program
• How to deal with back ache
• Working with painful knees
• Yoga Cardio work outs
• Strengthening and flexing all
  groups of muscles
• Working with tight hips
• Postural assessment


For further details please contact

John Ferrabee

Studio: Cheltenham Yoga Classes
9 Suffolk Square
GL50 2DR

T : 01242 222356
M: 07876 194942

Updated 10/09/2015
Day/Time Fee Location
  09.30 to 11.00 £12 Studio
  18:00 to 19.00 £4.50 Wheatsheaf New
  19:30 to 20.30 £4.50 Wheatsheaf New
  09.30 to 11.00 £12 Studio
  19.00 to 20.30 £12 Studio
  09.30 to 10.30 £7 Studio
  11.00 to 12.00 £7 Studio
  18.00 to 19.30 £12 Studio
  18:00 to 19.00 £4.50 Wheatsheaf
  19:30 to 20.30 £4.50 Wheatsheaf
  14.00 to 16.00 £20 Studio
  Bookable in Advance
New 15 Week Term Begins
(Half term THU 22 OCT - 01 NOV)

The postures are very precise and you will be guided through them by an experienced teacher, who is fully trained to make appropriate adjustments for different physiques and for people with specific problems. The classes can be hard work, as the poses involve intense stretching; however you will leave the class feeling lighter and calmer. The immediate benefits of yoga are greater flexibility, strength, and better physical health. As you continue with your practice, psychological and spiritual benefits begin to appear.

The Iyengar method of yoga is named after our teacher, Yogacharya Sri B.K.S. Iyengar. The teaching helps you focus on correct alignment of the body in poses ensuring you are working safely, with maximum benefit to your flexibility, strength and wellbeing.

Classes generally start with simple poses and gradually move towards more advanced, ending with a period of relaxation and sometimes incorporating breathing techniques.

Props, such as blocks and belts are occasionally used in class to allow those with less strength or flexibility to work correctly and achieve their full potential.


“Words cannot convey the value of yoga.
It has to be experienced” - B.K.S Iyengar


Physical Benefits

• Eases back pain
• Corrects balance and posture
• Strengthens the spine
• Improves flexibility and helps
build muscle tissue
• Increases stamina

Medical Benefits

• Boosts immune responses
• Improves heart conditions
• Decreases cholesterol and
blood sugar levels
• Encourages weight loss
• Improves breathing ailments

Mental Benefits

• Relieves stress patterns
• Relaxes and calms the mind




What is the difference between Iyengar and other forms of yoga?
Iyengar yoga tends to focus more on the quality of the postures (or asanas) being undertaken rather than on the quantity achieved in one class. It is therefore essential to attend classes with a fully qualified teacher who can ensure you get the maximum benefit to your body.

I’m not flexible, will I still be OK to try yoga?
It’s a myth that you have to be flexible to do yoga. The way Iyengar yoga is taught with the aid of props, means that all students can quickly make progress and feel the benefits.

How can I get the most out of a class?
Listen to your teacher and always ask if you are unsure about any instruction. Your teacher will be keen for you to understand as much as possible about what you are doing and won’t mind being interrupted. Practicing at home will also speed your progress.

My friend leaves for yoga with a bag of foam blocks, belts and wooden bricks. Do I need these and what are they for?
All the kit you need will be provided. These props are used in Iyengar yoga to aid students at different levels of ability and to make sure they don’t ‘over-do’ or ‘under-do’ a certain pose.

I was given a yoga video for Christmas. Why do I need to go to a class?
The positions are complex and you are unlikely to be able to achieve the correct postures at home alone. Indeed, by trying to copy a video you might actually end up doing more harm than good.

I’ve got a long-standing back injury, how can yoga help aid my recover?
Yoga can help bad backs in many ways. It strengthens, supports, realigns, nurtures and nourishes all parts of your body. So it won’t just help you back, it will also ensure all your muscle groups are exercised and conditioned too.

I’m interested in giving yoga a try. Will I be able to keep up in a class even though I have never done it before?
Yes. Classes are designed to cater for all levels of ability, but it would be best to come to an introductory class before progressing to the beginners’ course.

I can only attend class once a week. Will I still see some benefits?
Yes you will see immediate results, although yoga is a discipline that does require commitment. As with most types of exercise, you really do get out what you put in.

Is it OK to eat before attending a yoga class?
Students should allow at least four hours after a heavy meal or two hours after a light meal before practicing yoga. Easily digestible drinks and snacks can be consumed closer to the start of a class.

How long before I can wrap my legs around the back of my head?
It is never more true than in yoga, that you get out what you put in!

I enjoy challenging physical exercise. Will I find Iyengar yoga too tame?
Yoga is not, as some people believe, lying around on the floor deep breathing. The postures in Iyengar yoga are extremely challenging to achieve and many will raise your heartbeat even though you are completely stationary.


About our teachers

Iyengar Yoga is taught in over 70 countries worldwide, and in the UK alone we have over 1000 registered teachers. 

All teachers are trained to rigorously high standards.  After training regularly with a qualified teacher for a minimum of three consecutive years, candidates undertake a two year teacher training programme followed by the Introductory Level 2 assessment.  Once qualified, teachers must continue training regularly and complete professional development training each year in order to maintain their membership of the Association.  In this way the care and precision that characterises Iyengar yoga is maintained.

These high teaching standards are part of the reason Iyengar Yoga is the most widely performed method of Yoga worldwide.  Our Certification Mark is the guarantee of this quality.


John Ferrabee is a fully registered and insured teacher of the Iyengar® Yoga Association. He is one of just a couple of hundred people in the UK, qualified and registered to teach this demanding but satisfying discipline.

His classes cover introductory levels 1 and 2, and intermediate levels 1,2 and 3 with classes for all levels of ability from raw beginners to experienced practitioners.

He also has an honorary contract with the National Health Service teaching yoga to sufferers of chronic lower back pain for whom conventional medicine has no answers.

John, who is a talented sportsman – he swam for the county and played rugby to a high level – came to yoga in 1988 whilst recovering from a serious car accident, which broke his legs, arms and ribs and punctured his lung. Yoga aided his recovery in a way drugs and physiotherapy did not and made him determined to pass on its benefits to others.

He then undertook a rigorous five year training programme, part of it at Pune in India the headquarters of the Iyengar Yoga Association, before gaining his teaching certificate in 1995.
John believes that anyone of any age and any level of fitness can benefit from yoga but especially sportsmen and women for whom it provides additional muscle strength and flexibility.

"Yoga is untainted by our modern way of life. It is an organic process that can help people cope with all aspects of modern living. Your joints, your spine, even your internal organs will be energised by the positions that yoga teaches,” he says.

For further details please contact
John Ferrabee Studio: Yoga Classes Cheltenham
9 Suffolk Square
GL50 2DR
T:   01242 222356
M:   07876 194942

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