Classes are suspended at the moment, due to Coronovirus restrictions. Please check our timetable for a new schedule of live broadcast classes – coming soon!
We are currently trialing live broadcast classes using zoom. These are interactive classes, where you can see the teacher, but the teacher can also see you and give you individual assistance, as we would in a usual class.
To join a live broadcast class, sign in to your account on this website and register for the class (you will need credits to do that). You will then have access to the ‘view broadcast’ button for that class. Join us 10 minutes before the start time, so we can make sure we can see and hear each other.
Pranayama classes with KATIE RUTHERFORD,
Sunday April 26th, 10.30 – 1pm
Sunday May 31st, 10.30 – 1pm
Sunday June 28th, 10.30 – 1pm
Sunday July 26th, 10.30 – 1pm 2020.
Pranayama is the fourth limb of yoga. It means ‘regulation of the breath’ and regular practice brings tremendous benefits to the mind and body. Our breath is possibly our best tool for integrating body and mind with our sense of self. We usually begin the class by creating space and openness in the body, in supported backbends and inversions. Supported poses permit the mind to quieten and allow the body to be receptive to the breath. These classes are suitable for those who have been practicing asana for at least 18 months and are genuinely interested in deepening their pranayama practice.
“Pranayama is the regulation of the incoming and outgoing flow of breath with retention. It is to be practiced only after perfection in asana is attained.”
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, II.49
We are so delighted that Katie has agreed to teach these classes – she has studied for many years with Rajiv and Swati Chanchani in Yog-Ganga in Dehradun and with Firooza Ali Rajvi at her retreats in Fife, as well as with Guruji, Geeta and Prashant in Pune. She has learnt from the very best!
book a place by selecting the class you wish to attend on the online timetable
Cost £20 per class
Inversions with Katie Rutherford
Saturday 7th March, 12.30 – 3pm. £30.
Inversions – Sirsasana (headstand) and Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulder stand) – are known as the king and queen of asana, such is their importance. In class we don’t have time to look at them in a lot of detail so this class is an opportunity to do just that.
Many people have issues with inversions but when you take the time to learn them correctly they are very rewarding. In this class, we can look at common problems and, if you want help or to ask questions about, eg, position of hands in Sirsasana, then this will be a chance for us to do this. We will look at balancing in the centre of the room in Sirsasana if this is a bit of a challenge for you and getting up into arm balance.
Book your place by selecting the class on the Timetable (sign in to your account first if you can!)
Family class with Izabela Bysiak
Sunday 15th March, 4 – 5pm, £10 per adult and up to 2 children.
This class is suitable for children age 7+ and their accompanying adult. No previous experience is necessary. Each adult can bring 1 or 2 children with them on their £10 ticket.
We will look at practicing yoga together (compromises will be necessary!) and having fun.
Usually, in the Iyengar tradition of yoga, adults and children are taught separately. There are good reasons for this – we need very different things from our practice. Iyengar yoga teaches those in the class what they need to learn to improve their practice and this becomes harder when the group is very mixed in terms of what they need to learn and how they need to learn it.
However, in this session, we hope to show parents how the children practice and give them a taste of what they can do together in their practice. It is our hope to offer a children’s class in the future.
Book your place by selecting the class on the Timetable and following the instructions.
Led Practice sessions with Al Reid (and others)
more dates tbc.
Do you find it hard to practice at home? We want to help!
Yoga gets better the more you do it; it’s a practice and should be done regularly. We all know this but it can be hard to get in to the habit. So come along to these practice sessions to help you get started.
We provide the equipment, the space, the practice sequence and the company! One of our experienced teachers will guide you through the sequence, calling out the poses and doing them with you, so you can see what to do. We do not teach you however – you need to do the practice yourself. You get to experience each pose in near silence, being in the pose, undisturbed but not on your own. You get to keep the sequence so you can keep practicing it at home.
These sessions have been popular with those attending and we hope that in the not too distant future, we will be able to add Open Practice Sessions, where you come to do your own practice (whatever you choose) in the studio, like at RIMYI in Pune.
Pay at the studio, £5 per session.
Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking – refunds cannot be given for workshops
Developing your Practice – with Izabela Bysiak
Saturday February 15th, 2 – 5pm
Saturday March 21st, 2 – 5pm
Saturday April 25th, 2 – 5pm
Saturday May 23rd, 2-5pm
Saturday June 27th, 2-5pm 2020.
These regular, monthly workshops are an opportunity to sample the workshop environment – where we have the time to delve a little deeper into our practice, making connections and understanding how to take our practice to a new level.
These workshops are suitable for people attending Level 1, Introductory, Beginners or General classes and also for more experienced students who want to look at the Introductory level asanas in more depth. They are also helpful for those considering moving up to the next level of classes – they will help you build the confidence to make the leap!
There is usually time to socialise afterwards and if you are lucky, Izabela may bring a cake!
Please reserve your place online, timetable . £30. Payment is directly to Izabela.
Workshop with Dr. Rajlaxmi
Saturday 9th May, 10 – 1pm and 2.30 – 4.30pm and
Sunday 10th May, 10 – 1pm and 2.30 – 4.30pm 2020.
Saturday or Sunday only, £55 (subject to availability).
We are VERY excited to have Dr. Rajlaxmi coming to Edinburgh – we have been trying to get her to come for several years but she is very much in demand. Her classes are very popular.
She is a familiar face to anyone who has been to Pune – she has taught regular classes at the Institute for 20 years, having been taught by Guruji himself for many years. As well as being a medical doctor – she has a doctorate in Ayurvedic medicine, with a practice in gynaecology – she assists in the medical classes in Pune, often with the most complex cases.
This workshop is open to any student of Iyengar Yoga with 2 or more years’ experience. You should be able to practice Sirsasana for 3 – 5 minutes (with or without the wall support) and Sarvangasana for 5 – 10 minutes, or know how to adapt the poses for your own needs.
Priority is given to those booking for the whole weekend. Booking for individual days will open in April, subject to availability. To secure your place, it is better if you can find someone to share the weekend booking with and let me know (email@example.com).
This workshop is now fully booked. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waiting list.
If you book from the timetable, please note, the system will only register you for the day you click on, even after you have paid for the weekend. You will then need to select the other day, by clicking on “register” on that day.
Rajiv Chanchani – The Three Gunas in Philosophy and Practice
Friday 4th September, 18:00 – 20:00
Saturday 5th September 10:00 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:30
Sunday 6th September 09:30 – 12:00 and 13:30 – 16:00
Class times to be confirmed
Booking for individual classes to be announced later
We are delighted to be welcoming Rajiv back to Edinburgh at the end of the summer. He is steeped in lifelong learning of the art and science of yoga, having studied with Yogacharya BKS Iyengar and his family for 40 years. His sincerity, learning and devotion to Prashant Iyengar is clear for all to see and hear, so fluent and articulate is he in communicating insights and knowledge from the field of yoga.
He and his wife, Swati, have been running the Yog-Ganga Centre in Dehradun for 30 years, teaching a series of yoga intensives each year to students from every corner of the globe. This is a great opportunity for students wanting to deepen their understanding of yoga through asana, pranayama and discourses on philosophy. Suitable for teachers and experienced Iyengar yoga students with at least 18 months of regular class attendance.
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Please note that refunds are not usually available for workshops as the finances need to be confirmed in advance.