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Weather Impact on Classes (March 2nd & 3rd)

The heating is on 24/7 and classes are running!

This page last updated at 5.30pm on March 2nd 2018

STOP PRESS: all weekend classes running as per online timetable.

Yogawest is currently fully open, with all classes running as per the online timetable, which is where we will post any updates: check the comments box next to your class for latest info, or call us to check on 0117 924 3330.

The heating is on permanently and so far the studios are coping well with the cold snap, but you may want to wear an extra layer and a pair of grippy socks in class!

And because Denmark Place is unlikely to be gritted, please be careful on your way in.

Teacher Training this weekend

The training weekend (March 2–4) is going ahead. Some participants have already travelled from afar, and many others are local (snow boots on!), so we are not cancelling it at this stage.

However, we would advise you to make your own decision as to whether it is sensible and safe to travel to us, and completely understand if you cannot make it.

We will email all trainees as soon as (and if) the situation changes.


Congratulations to our new teachers

We are celebrating…

A brilliant set of exam successes this Summer!

congratsscrollMany congratulations to six newly qualified Yogawest teachers for passing their Introductory Iyengar exams this summer. This qualifies them to teach at Yogawest (and wherever else they like!).

As most of us know, it is no mean feat studying for and passing this exam. For the record, we’d just like to say that it’s no failure not to pass first time: it just means that some roads are a little longer than others. Those who were accepted onto the course in the first place, and entered into the exam were seen to have the potential to be teachers, and we look forward to supporting all our future teachers towards next year’s exam.

SONY DSCWe can’t thank the wonderful Sheila Haswell enough for her incredible hard work and dedication in training this first Yogawest teacher training gang. Sheila has rushed up and down the M4 for many a long hard weekend at the yoga grindstone. Sheila should be very proud indeed of her outstanding pass rate this year; we are all in for a treat to have so many Sheila-trained teachers in the building.

A big thanks also to Lydia Holmes and Edgar Stringer who have loyally supported Sheila throughout the last 2 years, and continue to do so for the current teacher training group.

And a heartfelt thanks to the marvellous Yogawest students who indulged the trainees along their way with supportive comments in class.

Our new teachers

Joining the Yogawest team fresh from our first teacher training course this September are:
Andrew Lux, Lucy Payne, George Healy, Naomi Maggs and Joanna Lambe. Emma Pugh would have loved to take on a class, but lives too far away, so we hope she will cover classes here (or move to Bristol!). We are also pleased to welcome Harriet St Leger onto our team.

Look out for the new Autumn timetable to be published in August, with some newly created classes for our new teachers.


Good luck to the teacher trainees!

ywTrainees2017_9275_260Our fabulous first ‘batch’ of teacher trainees are taking their exams in June. This is a long awaited opportunity to show the IY(UK) that they are ready to teach. Many thanks to all the Yogawest teachers and students who have supported the trainees on their journey. Some of the group joined many hundreds of Iyengar teachers at the Iyengar convention in Birmingham last weekend: they look like they had a marvellous time… take those beaming smiles with you on the day and you’ll be fine! 

Easter Weekend Workshop at Yogawest

Easter Weekend at Yogawest, April 14–16th

edgarlydia_3925We are delighted to announce that Edgar Stringer and Lydia Holmes are teaching on all 3 days of the Easter Weekend: Edgar on Friday (10am and 12.15 classes plus the afternoon workshop), Lydia on Saturday (9.15am and 11am classes) and Sunday (10am and 11.45 classes). We expect some students will come to all six classes plus the Afternoon workshop and Edgar and Lydia will plan their classes accordingly – it’ll be like a mini yoga holiday with plenty of time to enjoy the joys of the Gloucester Road along the way!
The classes are drop-in and cost the usual class fee, appropriate Yogacards are valid. The afternoon workshop costs £30 and is bookable here.


About Edgar and Lydia

SONY DSCLydia and Edgar have both been learning Iyengar Yoga since 1991 and are Intermediate Senior Level 3 Teachers. Both have been frequent visitors to the Iyengar’s Institute in Pune. They are Assessors for the IY UK and are currently ‘shadowing’ Sheila Haswell on her teacher training programme at Yogawest.

Coming to Bristol

YOGAWEST_059Many people travel from far and wide to come to to workshops at Yogawest, and it’s remarkably easy to get here from:

Wales just across the bridge!
Somerset, Devon and Cornwall just up the road
London 90 mins from Paddington
Scotland, Newcastle, Amsterdam, Malaga, Rome, Marseilles, France, Spain, Italy and rest of Europe (Easyjet and Ryanair to Bristol Airport)

There are some brilliant and low cost AirBnbs really close to us.
Find out more about getting to Yogawest 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.

Teacher Training Selection Day May 7

Sheila H full size Oct 2014

A two-year course designed to prepare you for the assessment to become an Iyengar yoga teacher.

Taught by Sheila Haswell who comes to Yogawest from High Wycombe by popular demand to run our first training programme.




Selection Day May 7

Times 9am til 11am followed by a chance to join the current years students in class till lunchtime

Cost £45 for the selection day



More details are here

Sheila Haswell workshop

Sheila H full size Oct 2014

Students of all levels are welcome to come and spend a day revisiting the basic poses; ask those seemingly simple questions (that many people also want to know the answer to), chat about how to start and develop your own practice and most importantly be inspired by Sheila’s marvellous teaching.

Suitable for beginners, long term students of all abilities, teachers and prospective trainees, we expect this day to very popular read more here


Teacher Training Selection Day Apr 26

Sheila H full size Oct 2014Sheila Haswell will be taking the Teacher Training Selection Day on Apr 26.

To find out more about becoming a yoga teacher click here

Teacher Training Selection Day

Sheila HaswellSheila Haswell is coming to Yogawest on Sunday April 26th to hold a selection session for those interested in training to be an Iyengar teacher.


April 26th

Email Jon to find out more.

Teacher Training Evening

Feb 27 6pm till 9pm – update

The evening will have a practical element as Sheila will go through some of the basic asanas to get a understanding of how important the basics are. So come expecting an asana class.
Learn more about the application and qualification requirements, what will be expected of you and what you can expect from the course.
The session will provide an opportunity for anyone to learn more about the teacher training process even if they are not ready to sign up to the course this year.
There will be time for questions and answers during the evening.
Find out more here