What is an Iyengar yoga class like?

A class will cover a variety of poses that works the whole body including the internal organs, hormonal system and nervous systems. A class will may follow a particular theme and will include standing, seated, twisting, forward, backward, and inverted asanas and will conclude with recovery poses.

Can I do Iyengar yoga if I’m pregnant?

Iyengar yoga is suitable in pregnancy for existing Iyengar Yoga students. Classes can commence at 12 weeks (second trimester).

If you are new to Iyengar Yoga please join us 6 weeks after you’ve had your baby, if your medical practitioner says it is safe to do so.

Is Iyengar yoga just another fad?

Iyengar yoga is authentic, Indian yoga based on a tradition that goes back thousands of years. BKS Iyengar was a student and teacher of yoga for over 80 years and wanted to share its secrets with the world. His study, understanding and mastery of yoga are unrivalled in modern times. He won worldwide respect and recognition for his achievements and made yoga accessible and relevant to people everywhere, no matter their ability. He set the standard for his teachers and students while his textbooks on yoga have become classics.

Why haven’t I heard of Iyengar Yoga before?

Iyengar yoga is the most widely taught method around the world being taught in over 40 countries. However, because it takes so long to train to teach authentic Indian yoga, there are very few teachers compared with teachers who have trained with other associations you may have heard of.

What sort of yoga is it?

Iyengar Yoga is Hatha Yoga but with extra care and attention to alignment and detail. Mr Iyengar didn’t call it Iyengar yoga – to him it was just ‘yoga’. However, over the years his insight, teaching skills and mastery were so unique that people started to call it ‘Iyengar’ yoga.

What should I wear?

Please wear something comfortable but not baggy. Iyengar yoga is always taught in bare feet to be able to work the feet correctly as well as for safety reasons.

What sort of yoga mat is best?

We have mats and other props for you to use. However, if you prefer to bring your own mat we recommend a thin, ‘sticky’ mat so you can balance more easily and execute the poses (asanas) safely.

Food and Drink

Iyengar yoga is best done on an empty stomach, so please leave a gap of four hours after a heavy meal or two hours after a lighter meal. It is also best not to eat straight afterwards but to wait between 30 minutes and an hour.

We do not allow drinks or food into our classes, so please come to class fully hydrated.

How do I know my teacher is qualified?

All Iyengar yoga teachers follow a rigorous three-year training programme followed by a two-day exam. Once qualified, they must continue weekly classes with a Senior teacher to ensure that their learning and practice deepens further. Only teachers with this level of commitment are entitled to use the Iyengar Yoga Certification symbol as a sign of the quality of teaching they offer. Our teachers have a combined total of over 40 years’ teaching experience.

What are the teaching levels?

Level 1 is the first level qualification and allows teachers to teach those beginning Iyengar yoga.

Levels 2, 3 and 4 are awarded to teachers who have passed an exam to teach more complex poses to more experienced students. Teachers must have at least 18 months’ teaching experience before applying to take a higher level exam. We are fortunate to have teachers of Levels 1, 2 and 3 on our team. Our teacher and mentor, Jayne Orton, is one of only a handful of teachers worldwide with Level 4 certification, awarded to her by BKS Iyengar himself at the RIMY Institute in Pune, India.

I have a question – who should I contact?

Please email iyengar.yoga@yahoo.co.uk or contact our teachers directly:
Di Harris 07917 861939 or dianaharris650@gmail.com or Sarah Orchard 07835 457867 longman.sarah@googlemail.com


I went to my first iyengar yoga class on a whim, to keep a friend company. I was in my mid-40s, fairly fit and assumed it would be a doddle. I spent most of the class falling over, and discovered that yoga is harder than it looks! But makes your body satisfyingly stronger. My friend gave up. I carried on and found it hugely helpful for my mental health while caring for elderly relatives and working full-time. It was my 90 minutes a week of calm. I had lower back surgery about 20 years ago and yoga is great for keeping me mobile. I used 'yoga breathing' when having an MRI. We are all different and everyone has a pose that they find easy, as well as some that are a challenge. It's part of my routine now. The minute I retire I am booking in for more classes.


I originally started coming to yoga because I thought it would improve my running. And while it certainly did improve my running speed and reduced the aches and pains I was getting in my legs; what I wasn’t expecting was the positive effect it would have on my mental health. I have a busy life with primary school aged children to care for and a demanding job, and I often find it difficult to switch off my brain. Small worries and anxieties play on my mind. However I found that while I was practicing yoga all those worries melted away. It takes me out of myself and once the sessions are over I feel rejuvenated and ready to face the world again.


I started going to yoga classes many years ago to strengthen my dodgy back in pregnancy. Ever since, I have found Iyengar yoga to be the most accessible form of exercise that can be practiced around children, households, partners, jobs: all one needs is floorspace for a mat and a few props. Its physical benefits are particularly obvious now I’m in my late 60’s: sustained mobility, flexibility and energy. But I equally value its neurological effect: it keeps me calmer, more patient, less highly strung than my natural tendencies would allow.

Over the years I have attended classes with many of the Warwickshire Iyengar Yoga teachers. While their individual styles of teaching vary, their thorough understanding of human physiology, shared commitment to consistency and precision, and their sheer enthusiasm for the practice has been a constant inspiration.


Encouraged by my wife, and coming towards the end of my rugby and athletic life, I decided to try Iyengar yoga. After a few weeks, I realised how beneficial it would have been for my rugby if I had started much earlier. Yoga has helped me to focus on posture and attitude outside of the classroom but to me, the key issue is the quality of Iyengar teachers and the structured way in which they teach. Now, at the age of 84, I still enjoy my classes and daily practice.


I developed backache, as well as the usual morning aches and pains, in my mid-40s. I'd been doing various yoga classes but they weren't enjoyable and didn't help. Thank goodness I discovered Iyengar Yoga at the age of 48. My aches and pains disappeared almost overnight and ten years on I am still free of pain and have more flexibility, stamina and strength than I had in my 30s. Regular practice has also helped me maintain a sense of objectivity and mental resilience to the fluctuations of life and has been especially helpful in helping me to cope with a recent bereavement.


I have been going to Iyengar classes now for 7 years and they are great. We work hard … but we also laugh and laugh. The teacher is brilliant if you have an injury and is intuitive and inventive in getting the stiffest body into asanas. It is always uplifting to have completed her class.


When recovering from an operation, returning to yoga. I felt very safe in the teacher’s knowledgeable and kind hands. I was anxious but the teacher listened, reassured, and responded to my body and mind's needs. It has been a healing and restorative experience which has been invaluable. I have renewed confidence in myself

Sophia H

Yoga with Sarah is a joy! She is patient and kind, always willing to answer my questions and gently challenging my fears, helping me to know and understand my body and find my balance within.


I started yoga to try and keep some flexibility. It has given me so much more than that. The best thing about yoga is how you feel after doing it when you didn’t feel like doing it!


I encountered Iyengar yoga by chance during a time when I was lacking direction following the completion of a degree and trying to pursue a career in a competitive and taxing industry. Initially a sanctuary and source of relief from the everyday pressures of struggling to thrive in a busy metropolis, it soon evolved into a physical and philosophical foundation for all areas of life. Providing me with mental clarity, emotional stability and suppleness and strength that I could never have imagined.