Monthly Archives: December 2011

Raffle Winners





Uday drew the Christmas raffle for us on December 18th.

1st prize of a Yogacard-6 goes to Sabine Klepsch
2nd prize of 3 free classes goes to Alan Cooper
3rd prize of 4 Yogawest mugs goes to Helena Thompson.

There are some runner-up prizes of Yogavests: please look at the list up at Yogawest and claim your prize from reception.

Puja on Sat 17th December

On the Saturday of Uday’s December workshops, we held a puja to breathe life into the statue of Patanjali that Jess bought for us in Pune earlier in the year. For some who came, it was their first experience of a puja.

Many thanks to Uday, Chaitanya and Andrea for creating such a beautiful atmosphere and guiding us through the ceremony.

What is a Puja?

Essentially it’s a ceremony of respect or adoration. We held it to breathe life into the statue of Patanjali which has recently come to Yogawest from Pune in India. A puja is a beautiful ceremony using ancient Hindu traditions and is a wonderful way of experiencing the more spiritual side of yoga.

Who is Patanjali?

Often called the “father of yoga,” Patanjali was an Indian doctor and sage living around 2000 years ago who systemised his thoughts and knowledge of yoga in The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. In this work, Patanjali compiled 196 sutras that are a blueprint for living a better life. The heart of Patanjali’s teachings is the eightfold path of yoga. It is also called the eight limbs of Patanjali, because they intertwine like the branches of a tree in the forest. These are Patanjali’s suggestions for living a better life through yoga and we still base our practice on his teachings today.

Xmas eve classes

Classes run as usual up to and including 24th December.

On Saturday 24th Diana is teaching the 9.30 Intermediate 1 and 11.30 Beginners class (Annette is celebrating her Christmas as per European tradition on the 24th).

We’d love you to stay for a mince pie and a herbal tea after class if you can spare a few more minutes.

The following class will be on Wednesday 28th Dec at 10am.


Happy Birthday Mr Iyengar

Many thank to all of you who donated to the IYDF fund last week. We are just totalling it up, and will let you know how much we raised.

What did I miss?

BKS Iyengar was 93 years old on 14th December.
To mark his birthday, the Iyengar Yoga Association (IYA), to which all our teachers are members, are taking donations for the Iyengar Yoga Development Fund (IYDF). This fund supports teachers in the UK who work with vulnerable members of our community: people with learning difficulties, deaf students, prisoners, children not coping in school, carers etc.
Yogawest is donating the money we earned on Wednesday 14th and we also had a donations box at reception for any of our students who wanted to contribute to this very good cause.

Yoga protects the brain from depression

Practising yoga really does relax your mind as well as your body more than other types of exercise, a new study claims.

Read more here.

Children’s yoga courses in January



New children’s yoga courses start again in January.

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 has 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. Read more here.



Foundation Course Starts 2nd Jan

Spaces Available!

Frances is teaching the next Foundation Course

We have spaces available for the next Foundation Course which starts on Monday 2nd January, 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, do 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 2nd Jan; download form here: YW_F_Course_2Jan
More Info: email

Christmas Gift Idea

Looking for an imaginative gift that will be appreciated? Have a look at our Foundation Courses (next one starts 2nd Jan) at £45 and Yogacards. Buy a Yogacard-6 for someone who hasn’t yet been to Yogawest and get 10% off the £51, so you pay only £45.90. We can giftwrap and post them for you too.





Cecily Blondel has made us some beautiful Yoga Angels which look sensational hanging from a tree and her gorgeous yoga plaques are still in stock.










And we have beautiful handmade and painted yoga plates by one of our students, potter Morag Macinnes in the shop, but don’t hang around – they are getting lots of attention.





And we have lovely mats, blankets, blocks, belts and eye bags which make for a well received present to a yogi.

Christmas Opening Times

Yogawest is closed on Dec 25th, 26th and 27th
and on Jan 1st.

This year we are running a nearly full timetable
in-between Christmas and New Year. Updated timetable info will be on the website, so you can check your class is running before you come (or call us to check on 924 3330). Download timetable YW-XMAS-opening-times-2011.


Yuletide at Yogawest






Yogawest is getting into the swing of the festive season. We have just finalised the Christmas timetable and are pleased to tell you that this year we have plenty of classes happening in the period between Christmas and New Year. See Christmas Timetable.

On the present front we can offer you some unusual gift ideas: Cecily’s gorgeous yoga plaques are still in stock and she has made us some beautiful Yoga Angels which look great hanging from a tree! And if you are looking for a creative and useful gift you can buy a Yogacard-6 for a new-to-Yogawest student for 10% off the usual £51 price. Call in or phone us on 924 3330 to purchase. We can package it up and post it for you too – just ask. And we love our beautiful yoga plates made be Morag Macinnes. See gift page.






As The Temperature Drops Outside

We’ve turned the radiators up inside and are running them for longer periods to keep the studio warm. We have some ‘community slippers’  on the shelves for you to use between the studio and the changing rooms if you get cold feet.