Monthly Archives: December 2018

Giftcards from Yogawest

Giftcards for Christmas, Birthday and Thankyous

We are offering 10% off Foundation Courses or a Yogacard-6 (6 yoga classes) when buying them as a gift this December.

Yogacard-6s are usually £60, so with 10% off will be £54.

Foundation courses are usually £49, and with the discount will be £44.

Giftcards must be purchased before 31 December to claim the 10% discount.

Call us on 0117 924 3330 to purchase (or drop in to reception).

Course Start Dates

Courses running at Yogawest January 2019

The following specialist classes run as courses and as numbers are limited, must be pre-booked to secure your place. Click on the links below to read more and to book your place, or call us on 0117 924 3330.

Drop-in may be possible for some courses once they are confirmed as running (check with us), but please note that Yogacards are not valid for courses, and a drop-in fee is charged.


Beginners Course 11.15, 7/1 – 11/2
Gentle 2pm; course 7/1–11/2
Teenagers 4.15pm; course 7/1–11/2
Young Adults 5.10pm; course 7/1–11/2

Early 7am; course 8/112/2
Gentle 11.15am; course 8/1-12/2
Pregnancy 12.30pm; course 8/1–12/2
Baby Massage 1.45pm; course 15/112/2
Children’s yoga  4.15pm; course 8/1–12/2
Children’s yoga  5pm; course 8/1–12/2
Foundation 6pm; 5-week course starts 8/1

Foundation 8.15pm; 5-week course starts 16/1

Teenagers 4.15pm; course 17/1–14/2
Teenagers 5.10pm; course 17/1–14/2
Foundation Plus  7.45pm: course 10/1–7/2

Foundation 2.30pm; 4-week course starts 26/1


Geeta Iyengar 7 Dec 1944 – 16 Dec 2018

It is with sadness that we heard this morning that Geeta Iyengar has died.

Geeta S. Iyengar was the eldest daughter of Yogacharya BKS Iyengar and an authority on yoga. She mastered the art of yoga at a very young age by observing her father in practice.

At age ten, having already suffered many childhood illnesses, Geeta became seriously sick again. When she came home from the hospital, her father refused to buy the long list of medications that doctors had prescribed. He bravely gave her the option to choose between the illness, which might mean her death, or beginning yoga practice…which saved her life!

Geetaji faced a great challenge at a young age and found the power within to survive and thrive. She has since devoted her entire life to yoga, becoming one of the foremost teachers of the Iyengar Method of Yoga, which was founded by her father.

Geeta Iyengar is the author of following books:

  • Yoga: A Gem for Women
  • Yoga in Action – Preliminary Course






Every yoga teacher at Yogawest is trained in the Iyengar tradition and we owe the Iyengar family a great debt of gratitude.

Tribute to Geeta Iyengar

We met at Yogawest on Sunday evening to remember Geetaji with chanting and candles. Lizzie had just arrived back from 2 weeks at the centenary celebration in Pune and talked about spending such precious time in Geeta’s presence and her last teachings during the event.

Tribute to Geeta Iyengar at Yogawest

Articles about Geeta Iyengar

Ojai Iyengar Yoga Centre biography of Geeta Iyengar quoted above and link to videos of Geetaji teaching here

The Hindu Newspaper here:

Dr. Iyengar’s sudden death comes barely two days after the conclusion of the birth centenary celebrations of ‘Yogacharya’ Iyengar held at the city’s Balewadi sports complex.

Described in the world press as the world’s “leading female yoga exponent” and a “pioneer” who blazed a trail for women in Yoga, she carved out a niche in adapting yogic principles for women.

Her book ‘Yoga: A gem for women’ became the primer for women across the world and was translated in half-a-dozen European languages.

Ms. Iyengar, who jointly directed the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) along with her brother  Prashant, began imbibing the precepts of yoga from her father at a tender age.

Already a recognized teacher by the age of 16, she began instructing in the early 1960s. With a doctorate in Ayurveda, she melded her knowledge of the medicinal system with the principles of yoga.

Adhering closely to her father’s emphasis on classical sources and ritual practices of yoga, she soon emerged out of the Yogacharya’s shadow to spread the ‘Iyengar brand’ in countries across the globe.

She believed that the aim of yoga was ultimately to reach the core of eternal truth, which involved a long process of transformation.

Maintaining a punishing schedule till her last breath, Ms. Iyengar kept instructing and touring the country’s hinterland extensively for the past year in anticipation of the 10-day exposition (which began on December 3) and the birth centenary celebrations of Yogacharya Iyengar, which concluded on December 14 last week.

“Geetaji’s death comes as a shock to all of us…she was an extremely vibrant person and was the moving force behind the 10-day practical yoga exposition to mark the Yogacharya’s birth centenary. She even took classes on the occasion,” said Shael Sharma, one of Yogacharya’s disciples.

Like her father, she was a noted expounder of Patanjali’s ‘Yoga Sutra’, which she held was the foundation of the art and science of yoga.

Touring the globe extensively, she held inspirational retreats and conventions in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and South Africa among other places in the world.

Her retreats blended rigorous instruction with humour and compassion. They aimed at a unity of the body and the mind and often transcended the asanas, the pranayama and mere remedial teaching to include chanting and Sanskrit pronunciation.

“Yoga,” she once said in a 2011 interview, “was like an elixir of life to me.” Yet, like her father, Geeta Iyengar kept ill-health through much of her childhood.

At the age of nine, she suffered from nephritis (kidney inflammation) and had to be hospitalized as a result.

This caused her father great consternation, as he was not able to afford the high cost of medication; he instead recommended that she practice asanas to improve her health, spurring her lifelong devotion to Yoga.

She is survived by her brother Prashant and her four sisters.

Wikipedia entry here


Free Yoga Class for beginners 19 January

Introduction to Iyengar Yoga for Newcomers


Are you interested in finding out more about yoga?

We invite you to come to this free 60 minute class at Yogawest, as part of the National Iyengar Yoga Day.

Joanna Lambe will guide you through this introductory class. You will learn a few foundation yoga poses, and get a sense of what to expect in a yoga class. Joanna will explain along the way how yoga can benefit you, and there will be a chance to ask questions at the end.

All equipment provided, wear clothing that you can move in, leggings and T-shirt ideal; yoga is a bare foot activity! 

Time 2.30–3.30pm

Level Suitable for all newcomers

Cost Free

Book your place Call us on 0117 924 3330 or email to book your place. Extra places may be available on the day; pre-booking will secure your place!

Many congratulations to Lizzie and Jess

Both Lizzie and Jess passed Senior exams in November 2018. Lizzie passed her Senior Level Two, and Jess passed her Senior Level One. These are amazing achievements and we are very lucky to have both these marvellous teachers at Yogawest.

Lizzie’s Thursday morning Ladies class were very happy to mark the occasion with some tea and cake (thanks Annemarie).

We also congratulate our friends Tamara Hockey and Sarah Constantinides for their success in passing Senior 1 this Autumn.