Monthly Archives: January 2015

José María Vigar March workshop

In March 2015 José María Vigar returns to Yogawest to teach a workshop.

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José María Vigar is a senior teacher from Malaga and returns to Yogawest by popular demand.

Friday March 27, 10 – 2pm

The Friday workshop is for teachers and experienced students, entitled Pranayama Bandhas, it will include a theoretical explanation of the subject, a sequence of asanas to learn the physical actions of the bandhas and a sequence of pranayama to practice them.

Sat March 28, 10 – 4.30pm / Sun March 29, 10 – 2pm

The theme of the weekend is Apana Vayu: the importance of the legs and the core of the pelvis in our asana practice. The weekend is suitable for those with at least 6 months of experience.

Find out more here

Quieter classes


Some of our classes are very popular, and get quite busy. Which makes for a great atmosphere in class: our studios are big enough to still have plenty of room and many Yogawest regulars enjoy larger classes.

However, there are some classes on the timetable that are smaller which suit some students better, especially if you’d like more personal attention.

If you’d like to find a quieter class, here are some ideas:


Monday 2>3pm, Gentle
Monday 8>9.30pm, General
Tuesday 7.15>8.30pm, Beginner
Tuesday 8>9.30pm, Intermediate
Wednesday 9.15>10.30pm, Beginner
Wednesday 11.45>1.15am, General
Wednesday 6.15>7.45pm, Intermediate
Thursday 9.30>11am, General
Friday 12.15>1.45, General
Saturday 10>11.15am, Beginner
Sunday 11.45am>1.15pm, Intermediate
Sunday 6>7.30pm, General




New Dates for Courses

spread-the-wordAfter half-term we will be running some courses, dates and details can be found below:

Baby Massage
Teens & Children’s

An exciting line up of workshops will be running and details can be see here.

Valentine Yoga Gift

February Love Yoga Offer

SONY DSCWe all know how good yoga is for the heart, and to celebrate the month of love, we invite you to give a free yoga class to someone you love who hasn’t yet been to Yogawest: perhaps a family member, neighbour or friend. Your nominated friend can choose to come to a class (between Feb 14th and Mar 14th), or have a £15 discount off a 5-week foundation course (to be booked before Mar 31st and started before end April).

How to Get A Free Class Voucher

Email Yogawest and give us the name and email address of the person you’d like to give a Valentine Yoga Gift to. We will email them a voucher which can be redeemed at reception (no booking required for drop-in classes).

Or if you prefer the tangible, we can make you a gift voucher – ask us to leave one for you at reception to collect.

How to Redeem Your Voucher

heart-mandala4webThe free class is valid between February 14th and March 14th and is for any beginner or general class on the timetable: email us to book your place (quote your voucher number LOVE+Vxx or LOVE+EVxx ), or just turn up 10 minutes early with your voucher to register. Please bring your voucher with you when you come.

Alternatively you can use your voucher as a £15 discount off any foundation course starting before end April 2015 (must be booked before March 31st). 

Which Class is Good to Come To?

All our classes are listed here and you can drop in to most of them without booking (except foundation courses). We would recommend attending a beginner class for the first visit, (one of the quieter classes is on Wednesday at 9.15am). If you are quite fit you could also come to a general class (one of the quieter ones is Friday 12.30pm). Either way, do let the teacher know you are new. Find out more about Yogawest and read FAQs here.

Thank you to our teenager class for the wonderful heart images.



Yoga Day with Edgar Feb 8



Edgar Stringer is a Senior level teacher and has been teaching here at Yogawest for many years. He spent last October in Pune learning from the Iyengars.

Edgar will be teaching a yoga day on the 8th Feb 2015. The day will focus on some of the pivotal asanas which will bring stability and open the body.
The day is suitable for those with 6 months or more practice.

Find out more and get booking details here

Teacher Training – preliminary session

Sheila HaswellSheila Haswell is coming to Yogawest on Friday evening February 27th to hold a preliminary session for those interested in training to be an Iyengar teacher.


Feb 27th – 6 till 9pm

Find out more here

Website restored

Issues with the website have now been solved and it is back up and running. Sorry for any inconvenience caused during this time.

International Women’s Day March 8

To celebrate International Women’s Day Lizzie Biggin will teach a workshop on Sunday 8th March.

Lizzie_BigginThe workshop will be for women only.

This is a charity event and £5 per participant will go to the Forward charity.

After the workshop tea and cakes will be available.


Find out more here

New Year

Yogawest welcomes in 2015

The new year begins with the return to work and school and some challenging weather but also some great opportunities to keep those New Year’s resolutions.

We have some wonderful new classes up and coming and an exciting schedule of workshops and events planned for the new year.

Although Diana is in India this month, and having a lovely time studying with the Iyengar family, she’s sent us this photo to say she’s thinking of home!

Lizzie’s Wed morning class

By popular demand Lizzie Biggin is teaching a new general class this term on Wednesday mornings at 11.45am til 1.15 pm.

Start Date

14th Jan 2015 – runs every week just drop in.

Lizzie-yogaposeLizzie would like to welcome those who cannot get to evening classes at Yogawest, and may have done yoga before, but not in a fully equipped studiouse the equipment to enhance their practice, to gain quality and control in the asanas, and when to use, and when not to use props! This is a general class available to all students available on a drop-in basis.


The cost is £10 or a stamp on your yogacard.

Lizzie Biggin

Lizzie has been practising yoga for over 20 years, and teaching for 9.  She trained initially with Kathy Welham and subsequently studied her Intermediate Junior levels with Sheila Haswell. She has held the Junior Intermediate Level 3 certificate since 2010. In January 2011 Lizzie attended the Institute in Pune. She enjoys taking classes of mixed abilities, and also takes personal classes for people with injuries or physical difficulties. Her studies continue with Sheila on the Senior syllabus, and Stephanie Quirk to broaden her knowledge of the use of yoga for a myriad of problems.