Baby Massage Course Dates

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New Baby Massage Dates and Times for November/December


Times Tuesday afternoons, 13.45–14.45

Course Dates Nov 21, 28, Dec 5, 12, 19

Read more here

Practice Leaflets for Charity

Practice Sequences

Sam_charityleaflets2_734Sam Xenofou is offering a set of beautifully produced practice sequences for sale at Yogawest. These have been printed in conjunction with her Iyengar-teacher colleague from Athens Katerina Pylava. Donations are being collected for Doctors Without Borders, an organisation working with refugees in her home country of Greece.

The sequences presented in the leaflets are based on the Iyengar system and they are structured in such a way that each asana prepares the body for the next one, with each sequence being beneficial for the nervous system.

The leaflets are on display at Yogawest with a donation box nearby. Sam requests a minimum donation of £5.00 per leaflet.

Money collected from the practice leaflets will support refugees who arrive in Greece having fled their countries in the Middle East and Africa. The contribution to the Doctors Without Borders organisation will help towards this worthy cause.

Sam and Katerina feel very passionate about the cause and are very grateful for your support.

If you don’t live in Bristol and would like to order a set of the sequences (4 in total) for £25, email us to find out how to order.



Half term classes at Yogawest

October 2017 Half Term

halftermimageHalf term runs from Saturday October 21st–Sunday October 29th. Most classes are running as usual, termtime classes and courses are not on.

See the full schedule below, download the pdf here and check your favourite class details on the online timetable.

Half Term October 2017



Course Start Dates

Courses running at Yogawest

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 Oct 30 – Dec 11
Teenagers 4.15pm; course runs Oct 30 – Dec 11
Young Adults 5.10pm; course runs Oct 30 – Dec 11

Early Morning 7am; course runs Oct 31 – Dec 12
Gentle 11.15am; course runs Oct 31 – Dec 12
Pregnancy 1.45pm; course runs Oct 31 – Dec 12
Postnatal 3.00pm; course runs Oct 31 – Dec 12
Baby Massage 1.45pm; course runs Nov 21 – Dec 19
Children’s yoga (4-7) 4pm; course runs Oct 31 – Dec 12
Children’s yoga (7-11) 4.45pm; course runs Oct 31 – Dec 12
Foundation 6pm; course runs Nov 14 – Dec 12

Foundation 8pm; course runs Nov 8 – Dec 6

Teenagers 4.15pm; course runs Nov 2 – Dec 14
Teenagers 5.10pm; course runs  Nov 2 – Dec 14

Pregnancy 12.45pm; course runs Nov 4 – Dec 9


Lunchtime Yoga Class


New Lunchtime Class Mondays 12.30 – 13.30


Lucy is taking a new Lunchtime class at Yogawest, this one hour class is open to all, drop in, or a stamp on your yoga card, all levels are welcome.

Open Day October 14th

Free Classes, Tea & Cakes and Meet the Teachers

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As part of the Bristol Yoga Trail 2017, Yogawest are opening our doors and offering free classes all day long. We invite you to come along, take a tour of our beautiful building, chat to some teachers and try a taster class or two.

Come at least 10 minutes before the start time so you can register with us and secure your place. Some classes may be busy, and some may fill up before the start time, so do arrive in good time!

Donations to OTR

OTRlogoAlthough all Open Day classes are free, we are collecting donations for OTR – Off The Record, a marvellous Bristol Charity offering mental health support to young people.
Read more about OTR here.


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Timetable of Free classes
at Yogawest

9.30–10.45 Beginners
11–12.30 General
12.45–1.30 Family (all ages welcome)
2–2.45 Introduction to Yoga: talk and demo
3–4 Newcomers: a class for complete newbies
4–5.15 Restorative class: restful poses focusing on good breathing
5.30–6 Pranayama: an introduction to yogic breathing







We look forward to seeing you then!

New Intermediate Class on Thursday

Thursday Evening Intermediate class

Version 3Launched in September 2017 and taught by Annemarie, this class offers a great chance to move up to Intermediate level classes.

The class will take a little time to build up numbers: so get in early to get some personal attention from this popular teacher.

Self Practice at Yogawest Friday afternoons

Practice Session, occasional Friday afternoons 3–4.45pm

ZoeReason_170x170Zoë Reason is in attendance on occasional Friday afternoons to enable Yogawest students to practice.

Upcoming dates are listed on the online timetable.

Zoë has written some notes about this session below:

What is a Self Practice session?

Iyengar Yoga is broad – seldom do we do the same thing in a class from week to week. That’s great because we don’t get bored but it does mean that understanding (and having the confidence) to start a home practice can be more of a challenge.

And practice is really where the learning we do in class starts to be applied and yoga starts happening in the shapes that we explore.

It wasn’t until I had begun my introductory teacher training that I really began to see what practice is all about; until then my home practice had all been out of books or just repeating what I’d done in class (which is a good enough way to start). And then I found myself at a yoga centre in India where in-between the two classes a day an afternoon practice session was scheduled. Why do I need to do a three hour practice in addition to doing four hours of classes I wondered?  And, I have to tell you, I didn’t start off with three hours of practice but I did start going in for just half an hour or so. And the significant thing that had changed after that first trip to India was that when I came back the nature of my home practice was radically different – instead of it being a slightly guilt-filled exploration in determination and inadequacy, my practice time had become playful, exploratory, open ended. And obviously the teaching had something to do with that, but it was largely a product of spending every afternoon in a yoga studio with other like minded souls.

What happens in a practice session?

One or more people share the space to do their own practice. The atmosphere is quiet, focused, diligent – but not necessarily silent. Each individual is in their own space exploring their own practice. Nothing is led. Sometimes there may be a very quiet question asked (nobody wants to disturb or interrupt anyone else’s practice). But the conversation is brief, soft and specific.

If I’m struggling with alignment on something I may wait for someone to pause in their practice and ask for them to have a quick look at what I’m doing.  Sometimes two or more people may be exploring the same thing or the same sequence, but they do this in such a way that it doesn’t disturb the other people in the room.

What does it cost?

– There is no cost to Yogawest students for this session. It is offered to those who come to Yogawest classes regularly to help them to enhance their practice.

Why is a practice session helpful?

– Working with other people is really helpful: focus can flicker if practicing alone.

– Coming out ‘to practice’ sets a certain time aside that then gets devoted to the practice.

– Yogawest is a wonderful building. People have been practising in here for 30 years – and you can feel it!  Let all the people who’ve left a patina of practice in the floors and on the walls of the building help you.

– Yogawest is fully equipped: not all of us have backbenders and ropes and setubhanda benches at home!

– Seeing other people practice is very helpful: I see things that I wouldn’t have thought possible and I see levels of concentration that are inspiring. And sometimes its also really good to see other people trying and failing and keeping on at it.

– It reminds me of the breadth and the range of this thing we call ‘Iyengar Yoga’.

Dos & Don’ts in a Practice Session

– Be respectful and don’t interrupt other people’s space or time or quiet.

– You need to take responsibility for yourself and your own safety.

– Don’t use equipment you’re unfamiliar with (there’s nothing more alarming for a teacher than seeing someone on the other side of the room doing something dangerous because they don’t know how to do it). Err on the side of caution.  Only use the equipment you are confident with, especially with the ropes. You need to find out how to use equipment in classes or 1:1s, not during practice sessions.

– Do practice what you’ve been learning in class.  Its fine if you don’t remember it: just play and explore and see what happens.

– Do feel free to look at what other people are doing. Be inspired.

– Don’t be afraid to do things ‘wrong’: one of the reasons there’s a teacher there is they’ll be keeping half an eye out to stop you doing anything dangerous. Most of the stuff we need to explore isn’t life threatening!  BUT if someone tells you to stop doing something STOP. I’m sure they’ll be happy to explain after the practice session has finished.

– If you need to have a conversation about something then do it outside the studio room.

– Do give yourself time for a savasana at the end of the practice.

– Be generous but remember this is your practice time:  if someone asks for help then give it freely (to the best of your ability) but don’t forget this time is about you finding out about you.

– You don’t need to turn up ‘on time’, but you do need to finish by the published time. If the door is locked please ring the doorbell.

– Make sure all equipment is put away by the end of the session.

What’s the teacher there for?

To unlock the door.

To make sure that in the event of a fire everyone gets out of the building.

To ensure you work safely.

Welcome to the new Yogawest Teachers

In September 2017 Yogawest is adding several new classes and teachers to the timetable.

LydiaHolmes_7077_170wrWe are delighted to have persuaded the marvellous Lydia Holmes to teach 2 classes for us on a Wednesday night: a General at 5.30pm and an Intermediate class at 7.15pm. They will start at 90 minutes each, and we hope that the Intermediate class will change to 2-hour class before too long. Perhaps some of you will do both the classes! Many of you know Lydia as she has regularly covered classes at Yogawest, and she also assists Sheila Haswell on the teacher training course.

Naomi_ParsvakonasanaHRWe have asked all our newly qualified Iyengar teachers to take on classes: we hope you will come and try them and find out what marvellous new talent there is in the building. Both Naomi and Joanna have been teaching classes over the summer and we are getting great feedback – well done to both of you! It can be quite daunting when you start teaching, but those trained at Yogawest by Sheila Haswell are well prepared for taking on classes with confidence and a solid knowledge.

Our new teachers

Lucy Payne (Monday 12.30 General)
George Healy (Monday 8pm Beginners)
Naomi Maggs (Wednesday 5pm Beginners)
Harriet St Leger (Wednesday 6.30pm Beginners)
Andrew Lux (Friday 8am Beginners)
Joanna Lambe (Saturday 9.30am Beginners)
Luhia Shakti (Saturday 4pm Beginners)

Snapshot of other changes

Frances is taking over the Monday evening Intermediate class (now 6–7.30pm);
Zoë Hope is taking on a Monday evening General class at 6.15pm, and her dynamic class now starts at 8pm;
Jess’ early morning class moves to Tuesday at 7am, followed by a 9am Beginners class, and an additional Gentle class at 11.15;
Katy is taking over the Tuesday 9.30 General class;
Zoë Hope is taking over the Wednesday 10am General class;
Luke’s Thursday 6.15pm Beginners class now ends 15 minutes earlier at 7.30 and Lizzie’s Thursday evening General class starts 15 minutes earlier at 6.45pm;
Annemarie is launching a new Thursday evening Intermediate class at 7.45pm;
Zoë Reason is starting a new Friday afternoon occasional Self Practice session, followed by a weekly Friday 5pm Beginners class;
Lizzie is taking over teaching the Friday 6pm Restorative class;
Jess is teaching a new pregnancy course on Saturdays at 12.45;
Zoë Reason is taking over the Sunday 6pm General class.


New timetable starts September 2nd

Yogawest-Timetable-Sep17-fcThe new Yogawest class timetable starts on September 2nd

Download the new timetable here: with more classes and more teachers we are looking forward to an exciting Autumn term at Yogawest.