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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

Pranayama Class

Class is on Oct 19th

Pranayama is running on October 19th at 8.30-9.30am.

pranayamaimageEdgar teaches a monthly pranayama class at Yogawest on a Friday morning. Suitable for all levels. Please arrive on time for this class.

Read more here


pranayamaimageDates for Pranayama in 2016

Jul 8
Aug 5 (during the summer holidays)
Sept 2
Oct 7
Nov 4
Dec 2

Read more about Pranayama here


Yoga Day with Edgar Oct 25


Alignment and stability in asana and pranayama


A day with Edgar looking at how the understanding of the introductory asanas provides the key to a clear pranayama practice.

In the morning session we will work on important actions to prepare the body for pranayama and look at the functions of breath in asana. 

After the break we will relax and focus the mind in supine poses to refine the techniques of Ujjayi and Viloma in Savasana and seated. 
The workshop will be mostly introductory level asanas and will include inverted poses Sirsasana and Sarvangasana. (If inversions cannot be practised some alternative poses can be done.)




Sunday October 25


10.30am–4.30pm including a break in the middle of day.


This day is suitable for those with at least a year of experience of Iyengar Yoga.



Concessions A limited number of concession places are available on a ‘fair-play’ basis, reserved for those who couldn’t afford to come otherwise:
cost £40.

Read more here



Swati Chanchani’s visit next weekend…

Swati Chanchani is on her way!

Swati_2014Swati tells us she has now left Delhi and is on her way to Bristol!

We thought you might like to know in advance that Swati has let us know a few more details about the upcoming weekend. In particular, she has prepared a talk for us on the history of yoga (entitled Strange & Wondrous) which we think will be excellent.


The timings for both days will be as follows:

10am–12:15pm  asana & pranayama

Two hours break

2:15pm–2:45pm  presentation
STRANGE and WONDROUS:  An Illustrated of History of Yoga from Alexander to Iyengar.

2:45–5pm  asana & pranayama

Don’t miss this weekend…

There are still places available for this event, and we’d love to have a few more of you there. Swati is a brilliant teacher, and whether you are a teacher, an experienced student or more general level practitioner*, Swati will ensure a marvellous weekend for all that attend.

* Two years recommended


Whole weekend £140, single days £80.
It will be most beneficial to attend both days with Swati if you can.

Note: we are happy for you to use your Yogacard stamps towards this workshop if you wish.

Concession offer

A few of you have told us you’d love to come to the weekend with Swati but feel the cost is prohibitive. It’s true: this is more expensive than some of our weekends, and the reason is – apart from the fact that she is a world-renowned teacher! – that we are flying Swati to Bristol from India especially for this weekend. We think she is worth it (and are sure you will agree).

However, if you can’t afford to come otherwise, we are offering a few places at a concessionary rate of 20% off. This makes the weekend cost £112 and a single day would be £64. Email Jon or call him on 0117 924 3330 to arrange your place at this lower cost.


Book here or call us on 0117 924 3330 to secure your place.

A word from Zoë

Zoë Reason, who has been teaching at Yogawest over the summer while she’s been in Bristol, is a long term student of Swati’s. We asked her to say a few things about Swati’s teaching:

” I first worked with Swati in 2003 – and I had just one class with her and I remember she taught trikonasana and I can still manifest the feeling of how she adjusted me in it. But it wasn’t till 2007 that I started working regularly with her.

She structures these seemingly incredibly simple classes – and, at the time, they feel straightforward and accessible.  Yes you work hard for her – but it never feels like you’re being overly challenged (until the following day).  And then you come to write your notes and you realise how many layers of teaching she’s introduced you to.  And then you practice a class she’s taught and you realise the layers are in your body and your psyche and at some very deep cellular level.  She teaches principles in asana work – unlike some teachers where there’s a new technique or trick to something – so you come away with an understanding that can be applied across all asanas – from the simple poses to the complicated ones. So she really inspires and feeds one’s personal practice.

She has extraordinarily strong group skills (all those years of teaching school children) and she works fast but profoundly.  I often come away from her classes so impressed with her cleverness – in the way she sequences or gets me to understand the links between one asana and another.  The thing that I have come to appreciate more and more about her is how she weaves really subtle philosophical teaching into the straightforwardness of her asana teaching.

One of the things that I first loved about her is how often she would start a class with a story.  And the stories contextualise the why of doing yoga. In the last year many of her stories have been about BKS Iyengar – she was very young when she first met him and she became a dedicated student very quickly.  And in her stories about him I can hear not just how very very sad she is that he’s not with us anymore, but more importantly how much joy there is in that she had such gifts from him over such an extended amount of time.  In her telling of the stories what I think she does it to connect you to your own story about why it is that you do yoga and what yoga really could be about.  She’s an emotional teacher – not in the sense that she behaves emotionally – but because she sees yoga as being an emotional endeavour.  So her teaching is full of heart. “

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Pranayama 1st May

pranayamaimageNext pranayama is on Friday 1st of May

8.45-9.45am (please arrive at 8.30 ready to start at 8.45 promptly).

Suitable for all levels, if you are new to the practice, please let Edgar know when you come.

Find out more here


yogawestEdgarEaster14_230Edgar teaches a regular monthly pranayama class at Yogawest on a Friday morning. Suitable for all levels.

Next class Friday March 6 – 8.45am read more here

Friday class news

Edgar’s on his way back from India

Edgar tells us he’s had a truly marvellous month at the Institute in Pune and is keen to share his learnings with us. He is travelling to the UK this weekend and will be back at Yogawest again on Friday Nov 7th to teach the pranayama (8.45am), experienced (10am) and general (12.15) classes. His Friday classes now run through until Christmas.

Many thanks to Lydia and Prabhakara for covering the classes while Edgar has been away.

Philosophy workshop this weekend

We’ve had great reports from Sarva about how wonderful the Sutra weekend was last weekend.

Gitte Bechsgaard and Sheila Haswell are at Yogawest on Friday June 27, Sat 28 and Sun 29th.

Here’s a quote from Cath who went last weekend:

I’ve just had the most inspiring weekend of yoga teaching from Gitte Bechsgaard and Sheila Haswell. Sheila’s asana teaching is incredible with her depth of knowledge and amazing eye for detail, she has such a  great skill for helping all levels of student understand the poses and take them into your body. Gitte has a beautiful, calming energy and gave us some wonderful philosophy talks – she really knows how to explain the yoga sutras so that you can relate them to your own life and yoga practice. Her blissful chanting voice added to the whole experience. Definitely not to be missed!

Full details here.

Easter workshop pics

You can see the photos from Edgar’s Easter workshops here