All of our teachers are experienced, Iyengar yoga teachers. To qualify as an Iyengar yoga teacher requires many years of study and stringent examination. We also hand-pick teachers who we think are particularly good and the feedback we receive from our customers backs up our choices. We are confident you that you will be leaving us in good spirits, relaxed and rejuvenated.
Ros Bell started attending yoga classes in Oxford, then visited India in 1977 to study with B.K.S. Iyengar. Ever since then, she has studied and taught Iyengar yoga, and has made return visits to India to study with the Iyengars.
She holds a Senior Intermediate Level 3 certificate and is one of the Uk's most experienced Iyengar yoga teacher trainers and assessors.
As well as running regular classes in London, Ros teaches at workshops and courses in the UK and overseas. She has published a popular book, Simple Yoga Techniques. Despite having taught for over thirty years, Ros loves teaching beginners as much as advanced students or yoga teachers.
Her classes reflect her knowledgeable and creative approach, with plenty of attention paid to the different needs of individuals. Besides teaching yoga, she works in management education and training, specialising in creativity and innovation. You can find out more on her facebook page.
Uday Bhosale has been a resident teacher at RIMYI in Pune for over a decade. He has recently moved to the U.K. and is based out of Reading.
A former Taekowondo enthusiast, Uday was introduced to the Iyengar method by his martial arts teacher. He began learning directly with Guruji, Geetaji and Prashantji in 1999 and continues to do so.
Over his many years at the Institute, Uday conducted classes for children (7-15years), beginner and intermediate students. Uday was also a regular assistant in the medical (therapeutic) classes at RIMYI, held thrice a week. In 2015 Uday was a guest teacher at the 21st French Iyengar Yoga National Convention, Rezé, Nantes, France.
Uday’s teaching is warm, enjoyable and accessible to all. Having had so much experience in teaching in a wide range of situations, to many different types of student, he has honed his skills in teaching groups of mixed abilities – everyone who comes will learn to deepen their practice.
Gulnaaz Dashti joins us from Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India, where she teaches and assists classes. Gulnaaz currently assists Geeta Iyengar at the Institute as well as running her own Yoga Centre called 'Yoganjali' in Pune.
Gulnaaz is a dedicated practitioner and a passionate teacher. She was granted a teaching position by Guruji to teach beginner classes in 1998, currently Gulnaaz is a senior teacher. Since 2003 Gulnaaz has regularly been teaching in Iran as well as Switzerland, Dubai and the USA.
Dave came to yoga as a means to regain health after a major operation in 1997. His wife, Barbara Hicks - also a teacher, then introduced Dave to her advanced level teacher Maxine Tobias who managed to light the fire which now burns very strong.
A third teacher Glennys Shepherd poured more fuel on this fire and pushed Dave to begin teacher training in 2002 culminating in a visit to Pune in 2004 where Geeta and BKS Iyengar added a further charge to this fire.
Having the influence of Barbara, Dave developed a style where he tries to take his students to the edge of their ability, but also with a softness that coaxes out a sense of adventure in their practice.
With his wife Barbara, who sadly died last year, Dave has been a regular teacher at Heliotrope combining the experience of Barbara (40+ years) with his enthusiasm to create an atmosphere of playful work.
Dave Teaches in London from his home studio and at classes in and around the City and is currently studying with Sheila Haswell at intermediate senior level 1.
Karen is a complete yoga enthusiast and an Iyengar devotee. This comes over in her teaching and in the way she shares the knowledge she has gained from studying regularly with some of the most senior teachers in the UK. Karen is committed to her own professional development and has recently passed her Level 3 of the Junior Intermediate Iyengar Certificate.
In 2008 she spent a month at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India and also participated in an intensive week with Geeta Iyengar in London in 2009.
Karen has a bubbly personality and your reward for working in her classes is to leave feeling well stretched, mentally quiet and having some of her passion for the subject rub off on you.
Kate has been practising Iyengar Yoga for over 20 years, and has been teaching for nine. She has recently passed her Senior Intermediate level 1. She studied with the Iyengars in Pune in 2012.
Kate lives in Battersea with her partner and two children. She has a background in Art and also likes to be creative in her teaching. She is passionate about Yoga and the benefits and joy it can bring to her and her students. She believes Yoga has enhanced her life both physically and mentally, bringing her more confidence, self-esteem and ability to cope with life’s challenges.
Kate’s classes are fluid, challenging, exciting and fun. Visit her
‘Kate seems to successfully pitch sessions to embrace different ability levels. Her lessons are intense and accessible without being overwhelming or intimidating.’
Sheila has been teaching Iyengar Yoga for over 35 years. During that time she has visited the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune many times, the most recent being in 2016, and has attended classes with BKS Iyengar in London and Paris, and Geeta Iyengar’s visits to the US & UK .
Sheila is a senior teacher with a wealth of knowledge to give. She has been training teachers since 1996 and has been a moderator and assessor for many years in the UK - and increasingly in other countries now as well.
Sheila is based in High Wycombe where she has her own centre called the Iyengar Yoga Shala. She travels a great deal giving workshops, training and generally spreading her boundless enthusiasm and energy for the improvements of people's lives through yoga. Sheila’s compassionate teaching style, depth of understanding and encouraging approach make her yoga events not-to-be-missed experiences.
Eve has been practicing Iyengar yoga for 20 years. Introduced to it as an actor, and grateful for the relief from chronic back pain, she began teaching at theatre companies in 2001. Since then, she earned certification at Junior Intermediate 1 level, and founded The Nerve of Expression, a community project offering yoga to artists with multiple sclerosis. She teaches at The Iyengar Institute of New York, Yoga Union Center for Backcare and Scoliosis, and Yogasana Center.
Eve individualizes her approach for each student and makes special adjustments for various body types and conditions. She strives to communicate the possibility of being effortful without aggression, embodying the depth of our selves without strain. She views the practice of yoga as an opportunity to see ourselves truthfully, discover what is important to us, and weave that insight into the way we live our lives.
Since 2006, Eve has made three extended trips to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family and assist in the medical classes there. She also continues her studies in New York with James Murphy, Lara Warren, Kevin Gardiner, and for many years, senior teacher Mary Dunn, whom she also assisted.
Edgar and Lydia discovered Iyengar Yoga 22 years ago at Manchester University. Since then they have practised and studied yoga continuously in the UK and India, including visits to the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune. They have been teaching for 15 years and are both Senior level 2 qualified teachers.
Together they run Yogatree providing weekly classes, workshops and special events in N. Wiltshire. With young children and work as carers they find yoga the best way to maintain good health and balance in their family life.
Lydia and Edgar enjoy teaching and learning yoga. Their enthusiasm is reflected in their classes, which are lively, focused and rejuvenating. Yogatree students say they find Edgar and Lydia’s teaching styles distinct, yet complimentary. Their teaching experience enables them to respond appropriately to the needs of individuals in each group.
Indira started her yoga pilgrimage 21 years ago in London. She went back to her home country Mexico where she played a pivotal role in establishing the Mexican Iyengar yoga community. She holds a Junior Intermediate 3 certificate and has been teaching consecutively for the past 15 years in several countries. She has also completed a 3 years Iyengar Yoga Remedial/Therapy Training. She feels truly privileged for having studied twice with the Iyengar family at the Institute in Pune, India.
Her teaching style is precise, warm and supportive and she is dedicated to helping people reach their full potential through the practice and study of yoga.
She teaches monthly workshops, yoga weekends and international yoga holidays. Please visit her Website here.
Aidan Love has been practising Iyengar yoga since 1997. He was drawn to it primarily as it was the first thing he had found to offer relief from a spine disease that had affected him since adolescence. He also became fascinated with the incredible depth of understanding of the human body and mind contained within Iyengar's teachings.
Aidan feels blessed to have had the opportunity to study with many great teachers along his yoga journey including some of the most senior teachers in the UK. He travelled to India last summer to study with the Chanchani's in the Himalayas and has also benefitted from studying with Indian teachers such as Jawahar Bangera and Gulnaaz Dashti. He passed his introductory teaching certification in 2006 and started teaching in London soon after and then, on moving to Istanbul in 2009, has been teaching in several of Istanbul's premier yoga studios since then. In 2012 he passed his Intermediate Junior level 1 assessment and in 2015 level 2.
Aubrey has been practising Iyengar yoga for over 20 years and has been teaching for ten years. He holds a Junior Intermediate Level 3 teachers certificate. He is member of the teaching committee at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in London.
He has been to the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute, Pune on a number of occasions to study with the Iyengar family, most recently in 2010. He attended many intensive yoga workshops with Geeta Iyengar including those on her trip to Johannesburg, South Africa in 2011. He studies regularly with senior teachers in the UK and visiting international teachers to maintain his professional development.
Aubrey has a wonderful personality, warm, with a lovely sense of humour. His teaching is clear and vibrant. He gives commitment and attention to every student in the room. He enjoys working with beginners as well as more experienced students. You will leave his classes feeling energised, challenged yet calm.
Aubrey also works as a freelance facilitator and trainer in management development and diversity.
Larissa McGoldrick Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) Lac. MBAcC is an American Iyengar Yoga teacher and Licensed Acupuncturist living in the UK.
She has been a Certifed Iyengar Yoga teacher since 1995 and holds a Junior Intermediate Level Three certification.
From 1989-1995 she was a professional dancer and teacher with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in New York City. It was during her dance career that she discovered Iyengar yoga and acupuncture, having experienced their healing powers first hand after sustaining a dance injury. After deciding to leave the New York dance world she changed her career and became a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and Acupuncturist. She was the main teacher of the Iyengar Yoga Department at Columbia University in New York City and taught at the New York City Iyengar Yoga Institute for many years.
She has studied directly with Shri BKS Iyengar and his children Dr Geeta Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar in Pune India, the USA and the UK as well as with many renowned Iyengar Yoga teachers including her first teacher and mentor; the late Mary Dunn. She has taught people of all ages and abilities throughout the years from children as young as three to people as old as 95. She has helped musicians, dancers, professional athletes and people of all abilities. In 2009, 2011 and 2014 she studied at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute and while there volunteered at Father Joe Pereira's Kripa Foundation giving acupuncture to the men and women in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Her website is here.
Diana began practicing Iyengar yoga in 2000, and it has become an important support in her life over the years in many different ways: physically, emotionally and socially. Inspired by her teachers and the older and more experienced practitioners she met at conventions, Diana decided the best way of ensuring yoga continued to be a regular part of her life was to become a teacher. Diana trained with Ursula Schoonraad in South London and qualified as an Introductory teacher in 2007. She took a sabbatical to India in 2010 and furthered her practice working with some wonderful Iyengar teachers.
Diana particularly enjoys teaching mixed ability groups, and her warm personality and sense of humour are always present in class and appreciated by students. After many years in London, Diana and her husband Mike bought Yogawest in Bristol in 2011 and are enjoying their new life running this famous Iyengar yoga centre. As well as daily classes, Yogawest has hosted some amazing visiting teachers in the last year. See their website When not at Yogawest, Diana enjoys camping in Pumpkin the campervan, outdoor swimming and holidays in Turkey: she went on a Heliotrope holiday in 2009 and can't wait to be back!
I went to my first Iyengar class with a couple of friends in 1982 as an art student. After that I was hooked.
I love the flexibility, strength and general feeling of well-being yoga has given me and, wanting to share this with others, I finally took the plunge to train as a teacher, qualifying in 2005.
Over the years I have been lucky to attend classes and workshops with some wonderful senior teachers across the UK. I attended the Billingsgate convention with Geeta, The 2012 with Zubin Zarthoshtimanesh, and most recently the 2014 Harrogate convention with Abhijata. I am very much looking forward to travelling to Pune in December for Geeta's Birthday Celebration classes. I completed my Junior Intermediate 3 training in 2012, and am continuing to study.
My classes are good fun and cater for people of all ages and levels of flexibility. Beginners are guided with clear instructions, and more experienced students are challenged to improve their postures. Attendees tell me they always feel better coming out than they did on the way in! I teach in South London, and in several companies in central London. When I'm not teaching yoga, I work as a Children's book designer and author.
Judy has been practising Iyengar Yoga since 1992 and teaching since 2005. She passed her Junior Intermediate Level 3 in 2017. Yoga has been central in her life after helping her
to recover from a back injury, and she found that it helps to calm a
busy mind. She attends classes regularly with inspiring senior teachers
and enjoys bringing new insights to her classes. She has attended month
long retreats in India with the Chanchanis and with the Iyengars in Pune
in 2009 and 2012.
Judy’s style of teaching is encouraging and enthusiastic, and tailored to each individual's needs and abilities. She has a background in Art Psychotherapy and has observed in herself and others how yoga has an empowering effect on one’s emotional and mental state.
Her yoga practice has helped her to face life’s challenges by bringing body and mind to a place of calm and quiet. The yoga mat can be like a magic carpet bringing one to greater levels of self discovery, harmony and joy.
See Judy's website for more information.
Olga has been a dedicated student of Iyengar yoga since 1999. She has held a Intermediate Senior 1 certificate since 2013. She has taught Iyengar yoga since 2003 and, since 2011, has conducted teacher training courses in Russia and Bulgaria. Olga has studied anually at RIMYI in Pune since 2005 with B.K.S.Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar. She is now a well known and well traveled teacher having taught in many countries including Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Turkey, Indonesia, India and Nepal.
She draws her inspiration for practice and teaching from the systematic approach to the health of the body, the deep understanding of ancient philosophy, and the methodical techniques to bring about quietness of the mind that the Iyengar method embodies.
Her calm, friendly yet demanding approach to sharing the subject of yoga is a joy to behold.
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