Iyengar Yoga is a huge part of my life and I'm thrilled that my passion for this traditional practice has led me to take over the running of the IYISL.
Glenys Shepherd, who had created and grown the Institute, decided to retire from managing the Institute after 22 years and hand it on to someone new. Although Glenys will no longer be running the Institute, her legacy will remain - not least as Glenys will continue to be welcomed as a guest teacher. I have learnt much from Glenys over the years and I continue to be inspired by her approach and her passion, focus and the principled approach to Iyengar Yoga teaching. I too have utmost respect for the foundations of Iyengar Yoga and I am proud to teach under the auspices of the late B.K.S. Iyengar.
When I was invited to take over as manager of the Institute, I immediately started to think about what changes I might make to open it up to more students. A new website, a refreshed timetable, new faces to the teaching community, widening our appeal to a new audience?
After careful deliberation, all of these changes are in motion. Over the coming months, you’ll see new classes and a diverse range of teachers joining us at the Institute.
I wanted to give the Institute a fresh start, but I also started to think more deeply about what makes it special as there are many things I don’t think should change.
If you join our community at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of South London, you’ll find that our yoga asks for focus, reflection and patience as well as plain hard work! Nothing will change in this respect because of the benefits that come from this type of practice.
At 90 minutes or longer, our classes are not at all your typical express exercise class, but I believe this time is necessary for focused learning and reflection. Our classes are challenging, but you won’t necessarily break a sweat. You will find a holistic experience for the body and mind.
Beyond classes we are also a community of students and teachers that quietly support one another. Outside the focus of classes there is a friendly feel and a shared connection.
Authentic Iyengar Yoga is important to me and our style and approach to teaching will always stay true to the principles of Iyengar Yoga. I hope many new students will join our community to share our passion and appreciate the benefits of true Iyengar Yoga.