Monthly Archives: October 2011

Uday Bhosale’s here on 18th Nov

Uday comes to Yogawest

Uday has been a student at the Iyengar Institute (RIMYI) in Pune for over 12 years and has been teaching there since 2001. In Pune, he teaches children’s classes, beginner’s classes and medical classes. Over the last 9 years Uday has taught yoga to over 2,000 students including captains of industry, ex-army officers, medics, sportspeople, corporate workshops and an intensive workshop at the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Singapore. We are lucky that Uday is in the UK for a few months and has kindly agreed to teach some classes and workshops at Yogawest.

Uday Bhosale will teach his first class for Yogawest on the morning of 18th November (Intermediate 1, 10>12) and his first workshop on the same afternoon from 2>5pm.

The morning class is suitable for intermediate and above students. The cost is as per the timetable (£15 drop-in or cheaper for concessions or if you buy a Yogacard-8). Booking advisable.

Workshop 2>5pm
This is a wonderful opportunity to experience being taught by a teacher from Pune and to explore your practice in more depth. The workshop is open to all abilities and experience. The workshop is the first in a series.
Workshop Cost £25
(or 3 stamps on a Yogacard-6 or 12, or 2 stamps on a Yogacard-8, or £21 for AIYI members)
Open to all. Booking essential.
Download booking form here  YW_UB_reg_18Nov

Upcoming Dates that Uday will be at Yogawest
Dec 17th and 18th
Feb 17th, 18th, 19th
Mar 30th, 31st, April 1st
See workshop pages for more info

More About Uday Bhosale

Uday demonstrates asanas in Asta Dala Yoga Mala Vols 5 & 6, Yoga for Cricketers and Yoga Path to Holistic Health. He has also participated in lecture-demonstrations in schools, colleges and at RIMYI in Pune.

Since being in the UK, Uday has taught workshops at Bath Iyengar Yoga Centre, at the North East London Iyengar Yoga Institute, East Finchley, at the North East London Iyengar Yoga institute, East Finchley, and at the Manchester and District Institute of Iyengar Yoga in Manchester. He is currently teaching regular classes at Sarva in High Wycombe and at the Quaker Meeting Rooms in Reading.

Outside of his yoga life, Uday lectures at the MCA Central Study Center at Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth in Pune, India and holds a black belt in Tae-Kwon-do.



Patanjali’s journey to Bristol

Jess, one of our teachers, left for Pune at the beginning of October for a month of study with the Iyengar family. We asked her to look out for a statue of Patanjali for us while she was there.

Jess and Melroy outside the Institute in Pune

Jess and Melroy (a Yogawest student) found a lovely statue and emailed us a photo of him. The astonishing thing was that he was made of stone, weighed 28kgs and would cost £200 to send here. There the adventure began…

By chance, Andrea, a friend of ours who works for BA, was to be in Bombay for 18 hours on a trip 2 days later, and it seemed too good an opportunity to pass up. There started an extraordinary relay race against time. I rang Suveer, a friend I’d met in India last year who I thought lived in Pune, but in fact had moved back to Bombay. He assured me he’d arrange it all. He rang Huzefa, a pal in Pune, and set things in motion.

Yogawest's Patanjali

Jess and Melroy bought the statue on Monday afternoon, and had it packed and ready for a long journey. Huzefa went to pick it up later in the day, and hotfooted it with the rather large box to the bus to Bombay. A long bus journey later, he arrived in Bombay to be met by our man Suveer. What possessed Huzefa to be so wonderfully helpful to us, we don’t know, but we are incredibly grateful! We are still awaiting a photo of him to add to this story.

In the morning, Suveer jumped in a Rickshaw and went as fast as Bombay traffic would allow to the ITC Maratha hotel and deposited Patanjali with the Bellboy there ready for Andrea’s arrival. Andrea took safe delivery (having luckily brought an extra large bag with her) and after a few hours shut-eye, made her way to the airport for her return trip to Heathrow. As you might imagine, emails were flying merrily between all interested parties at this stage and there was a certain amount of anxiety generated at the Bristol end: could this possibly work?

Andrea in a Rickshaw

And yes: it could and it did! Andrea arrived back the following morning, and took the precious package back to her house in West London. By another fortuitous chance, Mike was driving back from London to Bristol that afternoon, and collected Patanjali on his way past.



Patanjali emerges from the box

Patanjali in his new place










So… by 10 O’Clock  that evening, a mere 47 hours after he left Pune, Patanjali was safely sitting on his new shelf in Studio 1 at Yogawest in Bristol. Phew!

A huge thanks to the whole team: we owe you (more than) one. And if you haven’t yet met him, do pop in to Studio 1 and pay your respects soon.






New class on Tues eve

Jacob teaches 2 classes for us on a Tuesday evening

Jacob is building up the numbers in his new Intermediate 1 class on Tuesday evenings at 8pm. Jacob has taught at Yogawest since qualifying and has a loyal following in his long-established beginner’s class. If you haven’t been yet, consider trying this lovely new class. And if you’ve been coming to a Beginner level class for a while, you might like to try this in order to move your yoga practice on a little.
Drop-in is fine at the moment – there’s plenty of room!

Children’s Yoga classes at Yogawest

Yogawest children’s classes are back!

Children really enjoy doing yoga and it’s a lovely discipline to learn when young. It is taught in a different way from adult yoga, so we run 6-week courses after school for 2 different age groups. After the age of 14, teenagers are welcome to come with their parents to adult classes, but they may prefer to come to children’s classes up until they are 16.

10 to 16s

Mondays, 4.30 til 5.30
An hour of yoga designed for older children. Children will learn a variety of yoga poses to help them with balance, focus and concentration. The course is taught by Jess Wallwork who is recently back from the Institute in India and had 2 children.
6-week course £35.
Next course starts: January 2nd x 6 weeks. Download form here: YW_Ch_Course_0201.

7 to 12s

Tuesdays, 4.15 til 5pm
45 minutes of yoga designed for younger children. The course will be an enjoyable series of classes suitable for growing bodies, taught by Claire Redwood: an experienced Iyengar teacher with primary age children.
6-week course £30.
Next course starts: Jan 3rd x 6 weeks. Download form here YW_Ch_Course_0301

Chidrens classes run as courses and need to pre-paid when confirming your place.  Email Diana to book. Numbers are limited so we advise early booking.

Try a Class

There is a taster class on December 6th so your child can try it out. If you might like to come, please Email Diana.

Parent/teenager yoga

Teenagers can really benefit from yoga: as well as flexibility and calmness, it helps with focus and concentration, particularly at times of stress. We find that some teenagers really enjoy doing a class with a parent (and we are big fans of multi-generational classes). For mature 14s and above, there are a couple of classes that are particularly suitable: Fridays at 6pm (an end of week restorative class), Sundays at 10am (general class) and Wednesday at 8pm (Beginners) would be good to try. While adjusting to an adult class, some teenagers may prefer to leave after an hour: please talk to the teacher about this so they can plan the class accordingly.

Family Class

We’ve had a request to add a Sunday family class from 11.45 to 12.30 and are hoping to put this on the timetable soon. In Iyengar yoga we don’t teach under 7s, so the class will be for 7s and up. You will be able to use your Yogacard-6 or 12, or drop-in will be adults (14 and up): £10 (£8 concession), children (7 to 13): £4 each.

We are hoping to extend this in the future so that the whole family would be welcome to come to the class and the under-7s could play while the older children and adults do the class.

If you are interested in coming to this class, email us and ask us to let you know when it starts.

Friday evening class

Say goodbye to the busy week with Andrea!

Andrea is teaching a wonderful end-of-week class at 6pm on Fridays. At the moment the numbers are small so you will get lots of attention, but we do expect this class to get busier, so suggest you catch it early!

This is a slower-paced class to help you leave the busy week behind and promote more balance and serenity for the weekend. The class explores the relationship between body, breath and mind. Supported poses are used to bring ease to the body and allow the breath to become more present and the mind quieter.

This class would be suitable to bring an older teenager to. All welcome.


The Makeover at Yogawest

5… 4… 3… 2… 1…

We’ve had a busy time recently at Yogawest (and that is perhaps something of an understatement.)

After moving in on 2nd September, Mike and I spent the next 8 days watching the mini re-fit take shape (and occasionally trying to help without getting in the way too much). We were really lucky to have an amazing team of builders, painters, electricians, garden designers, signage companies to name but a few, many working 12 hour days to achieve what Mike had planned to do in the week between getting the keys and re-opening the doors. And on the whole, they were remarkably tolerant of Mike’s ambitious plans and the taxing timescale.

A typical view from the front door during re-fit week at Yogawest

I couldn’t quite believe what was on the To-do List (Mike is used to re-fitting hospital wards and clearly thought he’d test his project management skills to the limit on this project!). It really was an extraordinary experience to watch the building transform. Every time I walked into a room it was full of people beetling away, and every time I turned around there was something else to see. Far from being stressful (although there were some moments!) it was really exciting and thrilling. Some friends called in during the re-fit and suggested we should have made a fly-on-the-wall programme about it, and it did at times feel as though we were in an extreme version of 60-minute makeover. But I don’t think we could have fitted anyone else in the building!

One of the main changes involved building a ‘box’ within Studio 1 in order to create a lobby area at the front door, meaning that Studio 1 is now a private space (students used to travel through it to get to Studio 2). And the Gents now have a brand new changing room with access off the reception area, meaning they don’t need to disturb a class to get there. The Women’s changing room has now doubled in size and they now have their very own shower!

We have also opened up the reception area to create a shop and tea bar: students can make themselves tea after class and drink it over a chat on the new deck, beautifully crafted by Claire’s husband Nigel and his brother Gary.

Perhaps the most exciting bit of all was seeing people’s faces on the Open Weekend as they absorbed the changes!

art directors on the photoshoot



photoshoot in progress

The teachers were amazing: we asked them to come in on the Friday afternoon for a photoshoot for the website (which we launched without photography). I was somewhat distracted and Bob took control of the art direction with Oliver the photographer and Wayne our designer, and between them they created a fantastic set of images which Wayne and Andy uploaded to the site the following week.

At 6.45pm, we were still clearing rubble and the lovely Lou was whizzing round with her hoover as guests began to arrive for the Launch party. It was lovely to meet everyone (some for the first time, and some old friends) and there was a great feeling of excitement at the studios re-opening after a summer break.

On the Saturday Annette taught 2 well-attended classes in the morning and the building was open for exploration in the afternoon.

If you haven’t seen it yet, do pop down and take a look.

The next chapter has begun!

We’ve had an amazing few weeks at Yogawest. After a few months of dreaming, planning, wondering, hoping and intensive graphic designing, Mike and I got the keys on 2nd September.

We spent the next week watching the re-fit take shape. We had a wonderful team putting in long days to get it all done. Read more in our Studio Makeover story.

Yogawest is now fully up and running with a growing timetable of classes in both studios. Keep an eye on our timetable as it expands. We are thrilled to retain all the teachers who taught here for Lynda and Gerry and have brought in some wonderful new (and returning) teachers too. We will feature specific classes in upcoming newsletters.

Foundation course starts 10 Oct

Spaces Available!

Frances teaches the Monday 6pm Foundation course

We have a few spaces available for the next Foundation Course which starts next Monday (10th October), taught by Frances, an experienced teacher who really enjoys introducing new students to the pleasures of Iyengar yoga. If you know anyone who may like to start doing yoga, so please let them know.

This is a 6-week course for complete beginners or people wanting to revisit the basics. The courses are designed to introduce you to the fundamental poses and principles of yoga practice. Courses start regularly throughout the year and must be pre-booked. Classes are one hour. If you want to start classes before the next course begins, you can come to beginners classes in the meantime.

Cost: £45
Dates: Mondays 6-7pm from 10 Oct (no class on 24th Oct); download form here: YW_FoundationCourse_10Oct
More Info: email

Pranayama this Friday

Guest Teacher: Prabhakara.

On the first Friday of the month we offer a pranayama class at 8.30 to 9.30 am. Taught by one of the teachers associated with Yogawest on a rotational basis, the class is suitable for those who already have experience of pranayama, or who have done a few months of classes and would like to learn more.

Cost £7 if you have a current Yogawest card, £10 without.

Upcoming dates: Nov 4th, Dec 2nd, Jan 6th, Feb 3rd, Mar 2nd, Apr 6th.


Bob’s Back

Bob Phillips

Bob Phillips, a yoga legend in Bristol (you may know him as Yoga Bob), used to teach at Yogawest many years ago and is back teaching 2 classes for us on a Tuesday morning.

Bob teaches a “Pregnancy Plus” class from 10.30 til 12. This is open to all who are pregnant, would like to be pregnant, have ever been pregnant or are supporting their pregnant friend/partner.

And Bob has just added a General class (all welcome) from 9.10 to 10.25, also on Tuesday morning. We expect this to be very popular, so if the numbers get too large, we may put a booking system in place. But for now, you can just drop in.

See Bob’s profile here.