Monthly Archives: August 2012

Timetable update advance info

We are nearly ready to publish the new Autumn timetable, but thought you may like some advance info…

New Classes

There’s a new Thursday evening general class with Lizzie at 7pm, a new Intermediate class with Andrea on Sundays at 11.45, a Friday lunchtime class with Andrea at 12.30, and a new beginners class with Frances on Monday evening at 7.15. (Tamara will still teach her very popular Monday 8pm class which will become a general class).

And following the success of the pranayama course in the summer, we have added a regular pranayama course to the timetable on Wednesday evenings.

Time Changes

The early evening classes will now start at 6.15 (instead of 6.10), except on Friday which stays at 6pm.

Tamara’s Wednesday evening beginners class will start 15 mins earlier at 7.45 (until 9.15).

By popular demand Annette’s Saturday morning Intermediate class will start 15 mins later at 9.45 (until 11.15).

The Wednesday evening pregnancy class will at 6.15 until 7.30 and will now run as a course: you can book for 6 weeks in advance, although drop-in is still possible.

The Wednesday early morning class stays at it’s new time of 7.30 and is bookable as a course: we need 5 bookings to secure it will run.

Class level changes

Janet’s Monday 10.30 class and Diana’s Wednesday 10am class will become general classes. Beginners are very welcome of course: the change of name simply reflects the fact that many people in the class have been coming for a long time and are no longer beginners. Janet and Diana will continue to teach an appropriate level of yoga for the students who come and will look after new beginners.

Class name changes

At Intermediate level, instead of having Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2, we will now have Intermediate and Experienced.

Intermediate classes are suitable for students who have been coming regularly to beginner or general classes and are ready to learn asanas at a more detailed level, and to add new asanas to their practice. Your teacher can advise you if you are ready to try an Intermediate class.

Experienced classes are for students, teachers and trainees who have regularly attended Iyengar classes for more than 2 years, and are confident in maintaining a stable Sirsasana for 5 minutes and Sarvangasana for 8 minutes.

Moving on from Foundation

If you have recently finished a foundation course and would like to start coming to beginners classes, here are some suggestions:

Frances is teaching a new 75-min Beginners Class on Monday evenings at 7.15. This is an ideal class to start with.

Or if you are free in the daytime:
Jess teaches a Wednesday morning Beginners class at 9.15am;

Other Beginners Classes

Tamara teaches a Wednesday evening Beginners class at 7.45pm;
Annette teaches a Saturday morning class at 11am;
and Jacob teaches on Tuesday evening at 6.15pm.

You can also come to any general class on the timetable: just let the teacher know you have recently completed the foundation course.

Changes in September

We have a new timetable coming out in September with some tweaks to current classes and some new classes too. Details will be published shortly: look out for the link in “What’s New” on the home page. For some advance info, look here.

For those of you that have recently completed foundation courses, don’t forget that you get a 10% discount of your first Yogacard-6 which makes it £45.90 and is valid for 3 calendar months. If you haven’t yet bought yours, email Andy with the date you started your foundation course (or day of the week if you can’t remember) and he will send you confirmation of your discount. Valid for cards bought before end September. If you’d like some help with choosing a suitable class, look here.

Many of you have now met Andy who has been learning the ropes at Yogawest in recent weeks. Andy will continue to help us with administration and reception duties in the Autumn. You can contact him at

The re-fit begins!


Yogawest is now closed for our long-awaited ceiling re-fit in both studios. The “Glam Rock Builders” have moved in and are full steam ahead until we re-open on Monday September 3rd.

While the builders are busy in the studios, we are washing the mats, planning some exciting upcoming workshops through the year, and putting the final touches to the new timetable, which will be published shortly. We are looking forward to Kirsten’s Friday morning class for teachers and experienced students, and are pleased to tell you that Richard will still teach occasional Friday classes and workshops here too.

Sheila Haswell is here for 2 days at the end of September: she will teach a general yoga day on Saturday 29th and a teachers/experienced students day on Friday 28th. We are taking bookings now and there is a discount if you pay before Sept 14th.











Kirsten to teach on Friday mornings

We are pleased to announce that Kirsten Agar Ward will be the lead teacher for the Friday morning Experienced-level class (10-12), suitable for teachers, trainees and experienced students. The first class is on Friday September 7th.

We will have regular guest teachers from around the UK (often when they are coming to teach a weekend workshop for us). Richard Agar Ward will teach the class occasionally and run a teacher’s workshop on the same afternoon (upcoming dates for your diary are Nov 2nd and Dec 14th).

Yogawest re-opens on Mon Sept 3rd

Following our 3-week re-fit, Yogawest resumes with a full timetable on Monday September 3rd.

Janet’s general class at 10.30 is the first class. Keep an eye on the website for the new timetable: some classes have changed.

Sheila Haswell Workshop Sept 28, 29th

For our very first workshop of the new Yoga year, we are thrilled that Sheila Haswell is coming to Yogawest on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September.

Sheila Haswell is an extremely popular and highly experienced Senior teacher from High Wycombe, where she runs the Sarva centre. She has a wonderful teaching style: always insightful and warm, with a lovely sense of humour.

Sheila will teach experienced students on Friday 28th, and a General Yoga Day for all levels on Saturday 29th.

See full details and download the booking form here

Yogawest is Closed for 3 weeks!

We are replacing the tired ceilings in both studios over the next 3 weeks, so no classes are running.

We re-open with a full timetable (to be published shortly) on Monday September 3rd at 10.30am with Janet’s class.

Open Afternoon Sept 15th 1.30-5.30pm

Yoga and Cakes at Yogawest

We are celebrating the new-look Yogawest with an open afternoon on Saturday 15 September 2012.

Yogawest is open to all from 1.30 pm until 5 pm. There will be free classes and taster sessions as well as tea and cakes.
All are welcome: current students, new students and anyone curious to see our lovely building.
The afternoon will start with a 55 minute Yoga class at 1.30 pm taught by Diana, and there will be shorter taster classes throughout the afternoon.

Regulars can enjoy spending a lovely afternoon in the Yogawest garden with people they know and practice with.For newcomers, there will be an opportunity to meet and talk to the Yogawest team and find out more about the benefits of a regular yoga practice.

There will be home-made cakes and refreshments including fresh mint tea from the garden, apple pies and chocolate brownies.

If you do not know Yogawest yet Mike and Diana encourage you to give the New Yogawest a try: a warm welcome awaits!