About our Iyengar Yoga Teachers

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stephane began to practice yoga in 1973. He spent several years in various Vipassana meditation centres and Yoga ashrams before dedicating himself to the Iyengar method in 1985.
After studying osteopathy, he started teaching yoga in Marseille in 1989 and he founded the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Marseille  in 1996. He has been certified as an “Advanced J. III” teacher by B.K.S. Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar at the RIMYI institute in Pune , India, where he has been going to study for several months each year since 1989.

Stephane has trained teachers since 2007 and is regularly invited to teach workshops in France and abroad. He teaches in both French and English. His teaches from his deep knowledge and love for the subject with wisdom and humour.

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 started attending Iyengar yoga classes in London in 1997 and was instantly drawn to it. It helped to give him freedom from a long-standing back problem and he also enjoyed the calming effects on the mind that yoga practice brings. He completed the Iyengar two-year introductory teacher-training programme in 2006, and curerntly holds a Junior Intermediate level 3 certification.

Aidan has been lucky enough to study over long periods with some very experienced teachers in the UK including Glenys Shephard’s, Sophie Carrington, Ros Bell and Sheila Haswell. He has also been to India twice to study with teachers there and continues to study with teachers visiting Heliotrope Yoga Holidays.

Aidan hopes to share the benefits of yoga with those he teaches. He believes that yoga can help everyone to realise their potential and live more balanced and fulfilled lives. His experience is that practicing yoga is a profound way of learning to rise to the challenges of our bodies and the stresses of life. He has an established Pranayama and meditation practice and likes to weave these aspects as well as yoga philosophy into classes.

Aidan moved to Istanbul in 2009 and has been teaching at various studios there since moving there. He continues his other work as a musician/producer and also as a director of Heliotrope Yoga Holidays.

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.

Sine started general yoga classes about 25 years ago and soon after she was introduced to Iyengar yoga and never looked back. She attended Glenys Shephard’s classes in the Iyengar Yoga Institute of South London. She felt that practising Iyengar yoga improved her concentration and calmed her mind. She was intrinsically drawn to the idea of ‘uniting body & mind’. She felt that Iyengar yoga gave her the opportunity to experience this unique feeling from time to time!

B.K.S. Iyengar says ‘the first 12 years you are a beginner’ and this humbling idea captivated her and she decided to become an Iyengar teacher when she was traveling (and dancing tango!) in Buenos Aires approximately 10 years after she started Iyengar yoga. She studied with Sheila Haswell to train as a teacher and attended intermediate Iyengar Yoga classes with Sophie Carrington regularly. She currently holds an Intermediate Junior 2 certification.

She recently completed her 2-year intensive study of Ayurvedic philosophy and medicine at the European Institute of Vedic Studies. Sine believes yoga practice is a must for everyone regardless of age, gender and level of flexibility.

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!

Hazel Sainsbury began practising Iyengar yoga in 1995 whilst at university. She was immediately taken with the mix of bodywork and philosophy that Iyengar yoga offers. She spent a year studying with and assisting the Chanchanis (senior teachers) in North India before beginning her training to teach with Alaric Newcombe (London, 2003).

She has been inspired by Iyengar yoga throughout many stages of her life - and that enthusiasm is translated into her teaching. Her teaching style is warm but rigorous and one of the things she enjoys about the method is the joy and humour it offers. She is committed to recognising the individuals needs and adapting the practice accordingly.

She has made several trips to both the Chanchanis and the Iyengars in Pune and continues to work with Senior teachers in the UK. She teaches at the Iyengar institute in Maida Vale.

I went to my first Iyengar class as an art student in 1982,  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 have some wonderful senior and advanced teachers across the UK. I was fortunate to be able to attend the Billingsgate convention with Geeta in 2009 and many subsequent conventions including those taught by Zubin, Abhijata, Jawahar, Raya, the group pf advanced UK teachers and most recently Nawaz. I  travelled to Pune in December for Geeta's Birthday Celebration intensive and again in 2017 for a month at RIMYI.  I completed my Junior Intermediate 3 training in 2012, and continue 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 feel better coming out than they did on the way in!
I teach mostly in my home studio and around South London but also for corporate groups in central London.
When I'm not teaching yoga, I work as a Children's book designer and author.

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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