Pregnancy Yoga at Yogawest

yogawest-banner5Yoga is a beneficial and enjoyable activity to do when pregnant. It prepares your body and mind for birth, keeps you moving and is a lovely way to meet other Mums-to-be in the area. Midwives and Doulas recognise the benefits of regular yoga when pregnant and we are always delighted when they come to class themselves.

We have two termtime pregnancy classes at Yogawest.

Out of termtime you may be able to attend regular classes at Yogawest, but this is at the discretion of the class teacher, and if you are not already practicing yoga will be after 13 weeks and assumes there are no medical complications:

Coming to Regular Classes When Pregnant

Students can usually continue attending their usual class(es) once they become pregnant, but it’s important that the teacher is aware (email us so we can let the teacher know you are coming, or arrive 15 mins before class). You may prefer to wait until 13 weeks when you can join the pregnancy class which is suitable for existing practitioners and complete beginners. During weeks 10-13 of the pregnancy you can’t come to regular classes but, if you are an existing Iyengar practitioner, you may be able to come to the restorative class on a Friday evening with advance permission (email us to check, confirming you have no complications). NB: we do not accept new pregnant students to regular classes until after 13 weeks, and then it is with permission of the class teacher.

Course Start Dates

Courses at Yogawest in 2017

The following classes run as courses and must be pre-booked: click on the links below to read more and to book your place, or call us on 0117 924 3330.

Once courses are underway, you may be able to join part way through: call us to enquire.

Gentle 2pm; course runs Sept 4 – Oct 16
Teenagers 4.15pm; course runs Sept 11 – Oct 16
Young Adults 17.10pm; course runs Sept 11 – Oct 16

Gentle 11.15am; course runs Sept 5 – Oct 17
Pregnancy 13.45pm; course runs Sept 12–Oct 17
Postnatal 15.00pm; course runs Sept 12–Oct 17
Baby Massage 13.45pm; course runs Sept 12 -Oct 17
Children’s yoga 4pm and 4.45pm; course runs Sept 12 – Oct 17
Foundation 6pm; course runs Sept 12 – Oct 10

Early Morning 7am; course runs July 26 – Aug 30
Foundation 8pm; course runs Sept 20 – Oct 18

Teenagers 16.15pm; course runs Sept 14 – Oct 19
Teenagers 17.10pm; course runs Sept 14 – Oct 19

Pregnancy 12.45pm; course runs Sept 9–Oct 14


Baby Massage Course Dates




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New Baby Massage Dates and Times for September


Times Tuesday afternoons, 13.45–14.45

Course Dates Sept 12, 29, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17

Read more here

Pregnancy and Postnatal classes

mother & babyPregnancy and Postnatal classes will return in September with new times:

Tuesday 13.45 – 14.45 pregnancy course read more here

Tuesday 15.00 – 16.00 Postnatal Course read more here

Saturday 12.45 – 16.00 Pregnancy Course read more here

Congratulations to our new teachers

We are celebrating…

A brilliant set of exam successes this Summer!

congratsscrollMany congratulations to six newly qualified Yogawest teachers for passing their Introductory Iyengar exams this summer. This qualifies them to teach at Yogawest (and wherever else they like!).

As most of us know, it is no mean feat studying for and passing this exam. For the record, we’d just like to say that it’s no failure not to pass first time: it just means that some roads are a little longer than others. Those who were accepted onto the course in the first place, and entered into the exam were seen to have the potential to be teachers, and we look forward to supporting all our future teachers towards next year’s exam.

SONY DSCWe can’t thank the wonderful Sheila Haswell enough for her incredible hard work and dedication in training this first Yogawest teacher training gang. Sheila has rushed up and down the M4 for many a long hard weekend at the yoga grindstone. Sheila should be very proud indeed of her outstanding pass rate this year; we are all in for a treat to have so many Sheila-trained teachers in the building.

A big thanks also to Lydia Holmes and Edgar Stringer who have loyally supported Sheila throughout the last 2 years, and continue to do so for the current teacher training group.

And a heartfelt thanks to the marvellous Yogawest students who indulged the trainees along their way with supportive comments in class.

Our new teachers

Joining the Yogawest team fresh from our first teacher training course this September are:
Andrew Lux, Lucy Payne, George Healy, Naomi Maggs and Joanna Lambe. Emma Pugh would have loved to take on a class, but lives too far away, so we hope she will cover classes here (or move to Bristol!). We are also pleased to welcome Harriet St Leger onto our team.

Look out for the new Autumn timetable to be published in August, with some newly created classes for our new teachers.


Foundation Courses in September


YOGAWEST_023_lrFoundation Course in September

A 5-week foundation course for complete beginners or people wanting to revisit the basics. The course is designed to introduce you to the fundamental poses and principles of yoga practice.

Tuesdays 6-7pm

Course Dates September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10 (5 weeks)

Wednesday 8-9PM

Course Dates September 20, 27 October 4, 11, 18 (5 weeks)

Read more here

First Aid Course Sept 10

first aid signFirst Aid Course on Sunday September 10th at Yogawest


Taught by First Aid Facts, this day is designed to equip you with the knowledge and certification you need to administer first aid in an exercise/yoga class setting. Aimed at yoga teachers, this is also suitable for anyone teaching mat-based classes, or anyone who’d like to get a first aid certificate.

The qualification is Emergency First Aid at Work Basic HSE requirement and your certificate is valid for 3 years.

Read more here

Summer Reduced Timetable

Reduced Timetable Summer 2017

Monday July 24th to Friday Sept 1st

Microsoft Word - Reduced Timetable Summer 2017 DP 2017.docxWhile some teachers take a well-earned break over the school holiday period, Yogawest is running a reduced timetable with classes running throughout. As always, do check the online timetable in case of any last minute adjustments.

Download the reduced summer timetable here



Summer Early Morning Class

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We are running the Early morning class over the summer weeks, Bob will teaching and joined by Naomi.

7am – 8am Wed

read more here


Good luck to the teacher trainees!

ywTrainees2017_9275_260Our fabulous first ‘batch’ of teacher trainees are taking their exams in June. This is a long awaited opportunity to show the IY(UK) that they are ready to teach. Many thanks to all the Yogawest teachers and students who have supported the trainees on their journey. Some of the group joined many hundreds of Iyengar teachers at the Iyengar convention in Birmingham last weekend: they look like they had a marvellous time… take those beaming smiles with you on the day and you’ll be fine!