Monthly Archives: November 2012

Celebrate BKS Iyengar’s 94th birthday on Dec 15

The Avon Iyengar Yoga Institute invite you to:

Celebrate BKS Iyengar’s Ninety Fourth birthday with a class in his honour

15 December 2.30 – 4 pm

Featuring pose 94 from “The Light on Yoga” by BKS Iyengar

Parsva Halasana

The class will be taught by Edgar Stringer

and is suitable for all levels of Iyengar yoga practitioners

Cost: pay what you want (suggested donation of £5 minimum)

The proceeds from the workshop will be donated to The Bellur Trust – a charitable Trust formed by Mr Iyengar to support reform of the village of Bellur.

Where: Yogawest, Denmark Place, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8NW, tel: 0117 924 3330. Email:

The Bellur Trust
The Bellur Krishnamachar & Seshamma Smaraka Niddhi Trust (BKSSNT) aims at establishing Bellur as a model Indian village through improving educational, medical, social and cultural facilities. It is also focused on improving the general quality of life and supporting a better start for the young people in the community. From this firm foundation, including teaching yoga at schools, a permanent social and economic reform can be achieved.

More information about the Bellur Trust can be found on Mr Iyengar’s and the Iyengar Yoga Association of The United Kingdom website:

Edgar Stringer
Edgar has been teaching Iyengar Yoga for 15 years and holds the Senior Intermediate level 2 Certificate. His Yoga teaching style is lively and creative; he also has a talent for clearly explaining the asanas benefiting his students with deeper understanding of their own practice.

Christmas 2012 Opening Hours

We are open as usual until Dec 23rd and the last class is the 10am Sunday class (no 11.45 class).

No classes will be taking place from 24 Dec until Dec 29th. However, we are hosting a 3 day workshop on Dec 27, 28, 29th with Lynda Purvis and Gerry Chambers.

On Sunday Dec 30th the 10am class is on: all welcome!

Yogawest is closed on Dec 31st and Jan 1st, re-opening on Wednesday Jan 2nd with classes running as per the online timetable, some classes are not on, so please check the online timetable for full information.

Download pdf here XMAS-opening-times-2012

Christmas Gift Idea

Looking for an imaginative gift that will be appreciated?

Have a look at our Foundation Courses (next one starts 7th Jan) at £39 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 excellent quality mats, blankets, blocks, belts and eye bags which make for a well received present to a yogi.

Gerry & Lynda Winter Intensive Dec 27,28,29

Places Available!

This winter intensive workshop takes place at Yogawest between Christmas and New Year and will have as its theme the idea of Absorption (Samadhi) as expressed in the teachings of Patanjali and its practical expression and application in asana and pranayama as taught by BKS Iyengar.

Workshop timings:
Thursday 27 December 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Friday 28 December 10am to 3.00pm
Saturday 29 December 10.00am to 1.00pm

Some time will be taken to explain the meaning of dharana, dhyana and samadhi as first described in the Yoga Sutra but the focus will be on the application of these terms in the technology of the asanas and pranayamas so that a practical experience of the conditioning purposes of yoga is made available.

Cost: £105 with a £5 discount for AIYI members.
Individual workshops: £30/£55/£30

Booking form can be downloaded here.


Nov 10th Yoga Day: Special Offer!

Sarvabhauma: a Yoga Day for all with Cathy Rogers Evans

Cathy returns to Yogawest this Saturday, Nov 10th to teach another yoga day for us. Cathy has recently relocated back to the UK following many years living and teaching in the States.

Sarvabhauma is from Patanjali’s yoga sutras and means ‘for all’. Cathy is passionate about welcoming all students to her workshops, regardless of experience or background.

Open to all levels and practitioners; beginners welcome.

Yoga Day 10–5

Usual cost £60 (see below for special offer)
* £5 discount for AIYI members 
(Morning or afternoon session only
£30 each.)

Special Offer for bookings made between Nov 5th and 9th

Buy one place and get another for 50% off; this means you pay only £45 each!
We are also able to offer 5 concession places at £45 each.
Just amend your booking form (downloadable below) to reflect this special offer with the code word fireworks


An opportunity to deepen your understanding of your yoga practice and enjoy a day of top quality teaching.

Cathy Rogers Evans has practiced and taught Iyengar yoga for over 35 years in the UK, USA, Ireland and Mexico. She has studied with Sri B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta S. Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar, and works tirelessly to maintain the purity of their teaching in her classes. She is a Senior Intermediate Level III teacher (since 2000), and an Assessor and Teacher Trainer for teachers of Iyengar Yoga since 1996 (currently in USA and Mexico). Cathy has taught at many national conventions in England, US and in Mexico. 

Download booking form here.