NEW CLASS: Thursdays 1130 - 1300 at Eastern Yoga, Bristol. ‘Improvers’ Iyengar class - open to all who want to move along in their practice. 

Depending on the level of students attending asanas will range from basic, taught to an Intermediate level to a range of more advanced poses. This class will be taught by Lynda Purvis from this week (March 19) until further notice.

FIRST AID - need to bring your certificate up to date?

Don't miss this opportunity to renew your Emergency First Aid certificate!  We are running a training course this Sunday 22nd March, 9.30am - 4.30pm. 

T​his ​First Aid Training ​will ​provid​e ​you with the mandatory and accredited First Aid requirements for teaching yoga.

We have 5 places to fill so if you know anyone else who needs to get/renew their certificate, please pass this on.

We're lucky to have the excellent Alison Hawthorn, yoga teacher and experienced First Aid Instructor, teaching the day.

It's £75 which is a bargain for the attention and quality of teaching you'll get!

You can book online here: 

The content of this course provides basic life-saving first aid, covering the following:

  • What is first aid?
  • Managing an incident
  • The priorities of first aid
  • Treatment of an unconscious casualty
  • Resuscitation
  • Shock
  • Choking
  • Seizures
  • Bleeding
  • Burns
  • Common workplace injuries
  • First Aid Kits
  • Recording and reporting


Alison has been practising yoga for two decades and teaching since 2001. Classes are limited to 10 people and will provide you with the mandatory First Aid requirements for teaching yoga as set out by the Health and Safety Executive. With ongoing assessment throughout the day you will gain a certificate valid for 3 years and a first aid manual. The course is interactive and informal, equipping one with a mental map of how to deal with a first aid emergency. 

CONTACT: Bristol City Yoga

16 Backfields Lane

Bristol BS2 8QW

 0117 924 4414

Yoga Holidays:

Heliotrope are offering a £40 discount for a Yoga holiday in Turkey in the May half term. This holiday is being taught by Edgar Stringer & Lydia Holmes of YOGATREE.  Both are very experienced, patient and empathetic teachers, each with their own style. They have studied in Pune and teach in the Bristol/Bath/Wiltshire area.

Eastwest Yoga are offering a yoga retreat in Portugal 

Saturday 6 – 13 June 2015

With Gerry Chambers and Lynda Purvis.

Lynda and Gerry have been my teachers for many years and are well-known and respected throughout the Iyengar community.  They have studied in Pune for at least two decades and you are guaranteed a safe environment in which to explore your yoga practice.

Richard Ward and Kirsten Agar-Ward of the Bath Iyengar Yoga Centre  also offer yoga holidays in exotic Bermuda.  Details here.

NEW LINK:  Bobby Clennell puts up a fully explained 'pose of the month' on her website.  Bobby is based in the US - a very experienced and Pune-seasoned teacher.


The Times of India (and most of the world’s news media) report the departure of BKS Iyengar from his earthly body.  Follow the link for a picture essay of Guruji’s life.  There are many features, personal experiences of Guruji’s teaching and videos on the web.  Just Google BKS Iyengar.



Please take a look - and ‘like’ it if you do.  The more visitors, the more likes, the more motivation to keep it up.

Why YOGA?  If you’re reading this page you probably already know.  Maybe it’s enough to say that around the same time as Windows 95 launched, I decided it was really time to set my feet on the yoga path and follow it to see where it lead. I am still following it and expecting to do so for the rest of my life. Although it may not feel like it to begin with, there are infinite adventures and explorations to be had on the small oblong island that is your own yoga mat.

In 1997 I attended the celebrations for Guruji (B.K.S. Iyengar)’s 80th birthday in Pune, India.  If I had had any doubts, this experience would have quelled them completely.

There are plenty websites to tell you more about Guruji and ‘Iyengar’ yoga; I am now a qualified teacher, and take regular classes myself.  There is a great deal of exchange of knowledge in the Iyengar community, and if you have taken Iyengar classes in any part of the world, my teaching methods will be familiar.  The important thing is the yoga, and not the particular teacher.  All 'teachers' are first and foremost students of yoga.

Why THE SEA?  Historical reasons – I liked the idea of the Sea as an open, fluid place where things could happen, routes could be sailed, ideas floated or explored, so I took it as my domain name, way back in the early Iron Age of the Internet, aka the era of Windows 95 (I had already lived through the Late Stone Age of DOS and the Pre-Cambrian Era of even more obscure not to say obsolete computer languages.)  And the sea is ever-changing, appealing to my own need for change, variety and travel.


More about Iyengar Yoga

My teachers – Lynda Purvis, Gerry Chambers

I teach a regular class at Eastern Yoga.

I sometimes teach at Bristol University Staff Club (you need to be a member of staff or otherwise associated with the University to take classes, but there is a useful reading list and some more links here.

Yoga equipment from YOGAMATTERS


© Jenny Jones 2012