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Christmas Timetable 2018

Classes running over the Festive Season

17 December–2 January

Cxmastreepose-150x150lasses are running every day throughout the holiday period at Yogawest, except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Download the Christmas 2018 timetable here

The updated Yogawest timetable resumes on Thursday 3rd January 2019, printed copies will be available to download from the timetable webpage from mid December.
NOTE Check course and termtime start dates online as they may differ: 
Termtime class dates are listed here
Course start dates are listed here

Which classes are running?

Many of our usual classes are still running over the festive period, but as teachers are fewer on the ground, some classes are not on.

Which classes are suitable?

To make things simpler, and to include everyone in our plans, many classes are billed as general level – this means that ALL are welcome, whatever your experience or ability (the teacher will adapt the class accordingly). Beginners are encouraged to general classes: just let the teacher know you are new and they will look after you.

Lizzie’s popular 2-hour class on Thursday morning is open to all levels of students and although it’s usually a ladies class, men are welcome and encouraged during the reduced timetable period. It is taught at intermediate level, but beginners are very welcome to come and see what an intermediate class involves – Lizzie will welcome you!

Who is teaching?

Some of our usual teachers are taking a well-earned break over Christmas, and recharging their batteries for the New Year. All classes are being taught by fully trained Yogawest Iyengar teachers.

Timetable for your fridge

Download the reduced Christmas timetable 2018 here

Full Timetable from 1st September

The Autumn timetable at Yogawest

The updated full timetable begins on Saturday 1st September and is published here

NB Some termtime and courses start later: check termtime classes dates and course dates

There are some additions and updates this Autumn, with highlights as follows:

Lydia’s Wednesday evening classes

Lydia has extended her Intermediate class on Wednesday evening to 2-hours, which means that her General class starts at the new time of 5pm, and the Intermediate class runs from 6.45–8.45pm.

And a heads up for fans of Lydia: we will be announcing some Junior Intermediate workshop days shortly!

NEW beginner courses

These courses are for those who like to come to the same class every week; you will be guided through a series of classes over several weeks focusing on the introductory syllabus poses. Suitable for new or long term beginner level students, including those who have completed a foundation course and those who are returning to yoga after a break. More info here

1:1 classes

Yogawest offers one-to-one classes for people who want a little more attention, perhaps because of a particular injury, or those who are unable to attend group classes. Classes are by arrangement, and are usually an hour long. More info here

Improvers class: prepare for Intermediate classes

This class, on Thursday evenings is taught by Annemarie. For those who have been going to beginner or general classes and want to build confidence and levels of understanding and maturity in asanas before attending intermediate classes.
It’s a safe place to ask, try and experiment. More info here

Friday evening Beginner Class, NEW time 4.30pm

Joanna’s Friday beginner class is now scheduled at 4.30pm on Friday: a great choice for those coming after a school day, and particularly suitable for parents and teenagers to attend together.

Early Morning class now drop-in!

The early morning class runs during termtimes, plus some reduced timetable periods and is a one hour general level class (suitable for all), taught by Jess Wallwork in term times and by others during holidays.

Designed to help you start your working day well, this class is now running year-round and is a drop-in class so you can use your Yogacard. More info and dates listed here

Quieter Classes Available

Autumn is a busy time at Yogawest and some classes can get quite full: this makes for a great atmosphere – seasoned yoga practitioners usually enjoy busy classes. However, some people prefer quieter classes and we regularly update our list of current quiet classes here

Reduced Timetable Summer 2018

Monday 23rd July – Friday 31st August

While some teachers take a well-earned break over the school holiday period, Yogawest is running a reduced timetable with classes running throughout. As always, do check the online timetable in case of any last minute adjustments.

Download the reduced summer timetable here or pick up your copy at Yogawest.

The full timetable resumes on Saturday 1st September.

Who is Teaching the Class?

Many classes are being taught by the usual teacher for that time slot. Some classes are being covered by Yogawest teachers or other fully qualified Iyengar teachers familiar to (and approved by!) Yogawest students.

Many of you have asked for details of who is teaching: you can view or download the summer teaching schedule which lists who is due to teach which class (last minute changes may not be shown).

Having a different teacher is a great opportunity to experience new instructions and learn something else about your yoga. Yogawest is confident that all students will be well cared for by all of the Iyengar teachers who teach here. As always, please tell the teacher at the beginning of class of anything they should be aware of.

Full timetable resumes 1st September

The updated timetable begins on Saturday 1st September and is published here

NB Some termtime and courses start later: check termtime classes dates and course dates

 

Easter weekend classes at Yogawest

Classes March 30th–April 2nd

While the schools are on holiday, the termtime classes and courses at Yogawest take a break, but other classes run as usual.

Over the Easter weekend, March 30th–April 2nd, there is a slightly reduced timetable, however there are classes on every day.

See the list of Easter weekend classes below and as usual check your favourite class details on the online timetable.

Classes running

Friday March 30th, Good Friday
9.30–11           General             Joanna
10–12              Experienced      Edgar
12.15–13.45    General             Edgar
18.00–19.30    Restorative        Lizzie

Saturday March 31st
9.15–10.45      Intermediate     Lizzie
9.30–10.45      Beginners         Joanna
11–12.30         General             Zoe R

Sunday April 1st
10–11.30         General             Lydia
11.45–13.15    Intermediate     Lydia
18.00–19.30    General             Zöe R

Monday April 2nd
10–11.30         General             Melroy
18.00–19.30    Intermediate     Annemarie
19.45–21.15    General             George

Turkey Holidays in 2018

Two Turkey Holidays in 2018!

Diana and Indira are returning to the wonderful Onuncu Koy hotel in Adrasan, Turkey for two holidays for Heliotrope in 2018.

This is the 6th year of teaching here and each time we go, students insist we re-book the slot for next year. Adrasan is an astonishingly beautiful, largely unspoilt area of Turkey, offering a stunning location, warm and welcoming small hotel, lovely walks and views.

If you haven’t yet been on a Heliotrope yoga holiday, we can’t recommend them enough: the week is beautifully constructed with 2 yoga classes a day, a gorgeous brunch with time to enjoy the beach and locality in the afternoons.

Dates

1. May 27–June 3 2018 HALF TERM!
Many teachers and term-bound parents have asked us to offer a half term holiday, so here it is! Turkey is a gorgeous place to be at the end of May: the wild flowers abound and summer is just starting.

See http://www.heliotrope-yoga-holidays.com

2. September 16–23 2018 – WOMEN’s WEEK!
Following an ‘accidental’ women week last September, many participants wanted to do it all again this year, and to keep it as a women’s week. This is a general yoga week, not particularly focusing on women’s issues, but providing a female space in which to practise together.

See http://www.heliotrope-yoga-holidays.com

See photos from previous Turkey holidays: 

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Christmas Timetable 2017

Opening Times over the Festive Season

Cxmastreepose-150x150lasses are running every day throughout the holiday period at Yogawest, except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Download the Christmas 2017 reduced timetable here

The Full Yogawest timetable resumes on Tuesday 2nd January 2017.
Termtime classes start up again on 3rd January – check your start dates here.
Course start dates are listed on their webpage:
gentle; pregnancy; postnatal; foundation; early morning; children; teenagers; young adults

Which classes are running?

Many of our usual classes are still running over the festive period, but as teachers are fewer on the ground, some classes are not on. To make things simpler, and to include everyone in our plans, some classes are billed as general level – this means that ALL are welcome, whatever your experience or ability and the teacher will adapt the class accordingly.

Lizzie’s popular 2-hour class on Thursday morning is open to all levels of students and although it’s usually a ladies class, men are welcome and encouraged during the reduced timetable period. It is taught at intermediate level, but beginners are very welcome to come and see what an intermediate class involves – Lizzie/Diana will look after you!

Who is teaching?

Some of our usual teachers are taking a well-earned break over Christmas, and recharging their batteries for the New Year. Most classes are being taught by Yogawest teachers, and they are joined by Melroy Mukwaya who covers classes for us when she can.

Timetable for your fridge

Download the 2017 Christmas timetable here or pick up a copy at reception.

Self Practice at Yogawest Friday afternoons

Practice Session, occasional Friday afternoons 3–4.45pm

ZoeReason_170x170Zoë Reason is in attendance on occasional Friday afternoons to enable Yogawest students to practice.

Upcoming dates are listed on the online timetable.

Zoë has written some notes about this session below:

What is a Self Practice session?

Iyengar Yoga is broad – seldom do we do the same thing in a class from week to week. That’s great because we don’t get bored but it does mean that understanding (and having the confidence) to start a home practice can be more of a challenge.

And practice is really where the learning we do in class starts to be applied and yoga starts happening in the shapes that we explore.

It wasn’t until I had begun my introductory teacher training that I really began to see what practice is all about; until then my home practice had all been out of books or just repeating what I’d done in class (which is a good enough way to start). And then I found myself at a yoga centre in India where in-between the two classes a day an afternoon practice session was scheduled. Why do I need to do a three hour practice in addition to doing four hours of classes I wondered?  And, I have to tell you, I didn’t start off with three hours of practice but I did start going in for just half an hour or so. And the significant thing that had changed after that first trip to India was that when I came back the nature of my home practice was radically different – instead of it being a slightly guilt-filled exploration in determination and inadequacy, my practice time had become playful, exploratory, open ended. And obviously the teaching had something to do with that, but it was largely a product of spending every afternoon in a yoga studio with other like minded souls.

What happens in a practice session?

One or more people share the space to do their own practice. The atmosphere is quiet, focused, diligent – but not necessarily silent. Each individual is in their own space exploring their own practice. Nothing is led. Sometimes there may be a very quiet question asked (nobody wants to disturb or interrupt anyone else’s practice). But the conversation is brief, soft and specific.

If I’m struggling with alignment on something I may wait for someone to pause in their practice and ask for them to have a quick look at what I’m doing.  Sometimes two or more people may be exploring the same thing or the same sequence, but they do this in such a way that it doesn’t disturb the other people in the room.

What does it cost?

– There is no cost to Yogawest students for this session. It is offered to those who come to Yogawest classes regularly to help them to enhance their practice.

Why is a practice session helpful?

– Working with other people is really helpful: focus can flicker if practicing alone.

– Coming out ‘to practice’ sets a certain time aside that then gets devoted to the practice.

– Yogawest is a wonderful building. People have been practising in here for 30 years – and you can feel it!  Let all the people who’ve left a patina of practice in the floors and on the walls of the building help you.

– Yogawest is fully equipped: not all of us have backbenders and ropes and setubhanda benches at home!

– Seeing other people practice is very helpful: I see things that I wouldn’t have thought possible and I see levels of concentration that are inspiring. And sometimes its also really good to see other people trying and failing and keeping on at it.

– It reminds me of the breadth and the range of this thing we call ‘Iyengar Yoga’.

Dos & Don’ts in a Practice Session

– Be respectful and don’t interrupt other people’s space or time or quiet.

– You need to take responsibility for yourself and your own safety.

– Don’t use equipment you’re unfamiliar with (there’s nothing more alarming for a teacher than seeing someone on the other side of the room doing something dangerous because they don’t know how to do it). Err on the side of caution.  Only use the equipment you are confident with, especially with the ropes. You need to find out how to use equipment in classes or 1:1s, not during practice sessions.

– Do practice what you’ve been learning in class.  Its fine if you don’t remember it: just play and explore and see what happens.

– Do feel free to look at what other people are doing. Be inspired.

– Don’t be afraid to do things ‘wrong’: one of the reasons there’s a teacher there is they’ll be keeping half an eye out to stop you doing anything dangerous. Most of the stuff we need to explore isn’t life threatening!  BUT if someone tells you to stop doing something STOP. I’m sure they’ll be happy to explain after the practice session has finished.

– If you need to have a conversation about something then do it outside the studio room.

– Do give yourself time for a savasana at the end of the practice.

– Be generous but remember this is your practice time:  if someone asks for help then give it freely (to the best of your ability) but don’t forget this time is about you finding out about you.

– You don’t need to turn up ‘on time’, but you do need to finish by the published time. If the door is locked please ring the doorbell.

– Make sure all equipment is put away by the end of the session.

What’s the teacher there for?

To unlock the door.

To make sure that in the event of a fire everyone gets out of the building.

To ensure you work safely.

Welcome to the new Yogawest Teachers

In September 2017 Yogawest is adding several new classes and teachers to the timetable.

LydiaHolmes_7077_170wrWe are delighted to have persuaded the marvellous Lydia Holmes to teach 2 classes for us on a Wednesday night: a General at 5.30pm and an Intermediate class at 7.15pm. They will start at 90 minutes each, and we hope that the Intermediate class will change to 2-hour class before too long. Perhaps some of you will do both the classes! Many of you know Lydia as she has regularly covered classes at Yogawest, and she also assists Sheila Haswell on the teacher training course.

Naomi_ParsvakonasanaHRWe have asked all our newly qualified Iyengar teachers to take on classes: we hope you will come and try them and find out what marvellous new talent there is in the building. Both Naomi and Joanna have been teaching classes over the summer and we are getting great feedback – well done to both of you! It can be quite daunting when you start teaching, but those trained at Yogawest by Sheila Haswell are well prepared for taking on classes with confidence and a solid knowledge.

Our new teachers

Lucy Payne (Monday 12.30 General)
George Healy (Monday 8pm Beginners)
Naomi Maggs (Wednesday 5pm Beginners)
Harriet St Leger (Wednesday 6.30pm Beginners)
Andrew Lux (Friday 8am Beginners)
Joanna Lambe (Saturday 9.30am Beginners)
Luhia Shakti (Saturday 4pm Beginners)

Snapshot of other changes

Frances is taking over the Monday evening Intermediate class (now 6–7.30pm);
Zoë Hope is taking on a Monday evening General class at 6.15pm, and her dynamic class now starts at 8pm;
Jess’ early morning class moves to Tuesday at 7am, followed by a 9am Beginners class, and an additional Gentle class at 11.15;
Katy is taking over the Tuesday 9.30 General class;
Zoë Hope is taking over the Wednesday 10am General class;
Luke’s Thursday 6.15pm Beginners class now ends 15 minutes earlier at 7.30 and Lizzie’s Thursday evening General class starts 15 minutes earlier at 6.45pm;
Annemarie is launching a new Thursday evening Intermediate class at 7.45pm;
Zoë Reason is starting a new Friday afternoon occasional Self Practice session, followed by a weekly Friday 5pm Beginners class;
Lizzie is taking over teaching the Friday 6pm Restorative class;
Jess is teaching a new pregnancy course on Saturdays at 12.45;
Zoë Reason is taking over the Sunday 6pm General class.

 

Easter Classes 2017

Classes over Easter

EASTER_DUCKS_4130_lrYogawest is open every day during Easter weekend; there are a couple of classes not running, so do check the arrangements for your class below and refer to the online timetable which is updated every week.

 

Friday April 14 (Good Friday)
Most classes as normal: 9.30 Beginners; 10.00 Experienced; 12.15 General; 14.30pm Afternoon workshop; 18.00 Restorative
Saturday April 15
All classes as normal: 9.15 Intermediate; 9.30 Beginners, 11.00 General
Sunday April 16 (Easter Sunday)
Morning classes as usual: 10.00 General; 11.45 Intermediate; 18.00 General
Monday April 17 (Bank holiday)
9.30 Beginners; 10.00 General; 18.00 Intermediate; 18.45 Beginners;  20.15 General; 20.15 Dynamic

Our termtime-only classes and courses take a break from April 10 til April 21. Check the termtime dates here

Teacher Training Course 2017–19 Intake Selection Day

Iyengar Teacher Training Course at Yogawest

Course Intake July 2017 – June 2019

This two-year course is designed to prepare you for the assessment to become an Iyengar yoga teacher. To qualify for this course you must have a minimum of 3 years regular Iyengar practice.

Applications to be made in March 2017 with a Selection Day on March 25th. If you can’t make this day it may be possible to make alternative arrangements.

The course starts in July 2017.

Sheila HaswellThis course is led by Sheila Haswell, a Senior teacher with many years of experience of training Iyengar teachers. Sheila kindly comes to us from her studio in High Wycombe to train teachers in Bristol. Sheila is supported by Lydia Holmes and Edgar Stringer who regularly teach at Yogawest and once they’ve finished their training will take over teaching this course at Yogawest.

Likely Training Dates

Training dates are listed here

Selection Day March 25th

Times 9am til 11.30am followed by a chance to join the current years students for an insight into how training works.

Cost £45

Find Out More

Read more details about training and find the application forms here.