Iyengar yoga,
Human anatomy and physiology
Online classes, led practices and private sessions
Online Iyengar yoga sessions
Bookings essential; see below
1¼ hr sessions
Minimal props are needed for these sessions: a mat, a yoga belt/strap or substitute, a yoga brick or similarly sized book, and a chair of some sort. There is no headstand or shoulder stand. Wednesday 10–11:15am
General & Experienced+ sessions
General level: You will have attended Iyengar yoga classes for some time and have suitable props at home. You're able to do Sarvangasana. Monday 10–11:30am

Experienced+ level: You have a solid practice, which includes Sirsasana and Sarvangasana. Tuesday 4–5:30pm
Led practices
You will have attended Iyengar classes for some time, are familiar with asana names and have suitable props at home. You're able to do Sarvangasana. Wednesday 7–8:30am
Private sessions
Receive one-on-one, personal attention, learn how to practice effectively and mindfully, and deepen your yoga. Also ideal for people with recent injuries or ongoing limitations.
Anatomy and physiology
for health professionals and trainees
Using high-quality medical model and real materials, we study the theory, and then bring the knowledge to the yoga mat, to build a foundation on which to base a yoga, massage or other body-work teaching and practice. 36 hours.

Course runs over 3 weekends.
2020 course cancelled due to Covid-19.

Contact me for details about next course

About me
I've been a qualified Iyengar yoga teacher since the 1990s, and hold a Junior Intermediate Level 2 certificate. Recently, I completed a 3-year Iyengar Yoga Therapy course, and have studied at RIMYI in Pune, India.

My yoga is nourished by workshops, retreats and classes run by senior Iyengar yoga teachers – Geeta Iyengar, Pixie Lilas, Glenn Ceresoli, Gulnaaz Dashti and our NZ teachers.

My expertise in human anatomy and physiology traces to years of teaching nursing students, as well as graduates, at polytechnics. I hold a Certificate in Adult Teaching, as well as a BSc and a PhD in biology.

The human mind and body fascinate me, and I'm grateful to be able to share the learning journey.
About me
I've been a qualified Iyengar yoga teacher since the 1990s, and hold a Junior Intermediate Level 2 certificate. Recently, I completed a 3-year Iyengar Yoga Therapy course, and have studied at RIMYI in Pune, India.

My yoga is nourished by workshops, retreats and classes run by senior Iyengar Yoga teachers – Geeta Iyengar, Pixie Lilas, Glenn Ceresoli, Gulnaaz Dashti and our NZ teachers.

My expertise in human anatomy and physiology traces to years of teaching nursing students, as well as graduates, at polytechnics. I hold a Certificate in Adult Teaching, as well as a BSc and a PhD in biology.

The human mind and body fascinate me, and I'm grateful to be able to share the learning journey.
Iyengar Yoga
Yogacharya Sri B.K.S. Iyengar was born in Bellur, India in 1918. A student of Krishnamacharya, he went on to develop a style of hatha yoga that emphasises precision and alignment. Simple props are used to maximise the opening and awareness of the body, providing support to the less flexible and extra extension to more advanced students. Instructions adhere to a world-wide standard, and teachers undergo rigorous assessment to earn their qualifications.

As more and more people adopted Iyengar yoga, BKS wrote numerous books to record the evolving teachings, beginning with the classic Light on Yoga.
Iyengar Yoga is now the most practiced form of yoga in the world.

See our NZ community's website for more about Iyengar yoga: http://iyengar-yoga.org.nz/.
Why learn Iyengar Yoga?
[In one study comparing brand-new yogis and seasoned walkers after 3 months], beginning [Iyengar] yogis experienced major rises in [GABA], … a neurotransmitter that tends to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety, along with improved moods and lessened anxiety …
better than the [effects observed in] the walkers.
Yoga Alliance endorses a category of training that requires … about 3 months … [but Iyengar] requires candidates for teacher training to have studied the style for a minimum of 3 years, and then trains them for a minimum of 2 years and administers [Introductory teacher] examinations … It is the Iyengar people who have redesigned some of yoga's most dangerous poses. Teacher training puts much emphasis on how to lessen the risks.
The Science of Yoga: the risks and rewards, by William J Broad

[one of] the most suitable options for people with orthopedic and musculoskeletal problems… [The outcomes of] clinical trials … showed that a well-designed yoga program not only decreased the perceived intensity of back pain, but also improved people's ability to accomplish their daily tasks.
… to become an Iyengar instructor [requires] lengthy teacher-training programs… about 5 years before aspiring Iyengar teachers [are] allowed to call themselves instructors …[and] reaching junior instructor level [can] take a decade of work and testing.
Crooked: Outwitting the back pain industry and getting on the road
to recovery
, by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin


Ramin [author of Crooked, above], who suffered from chronic lower-back pain for years, credits her recovery to a series of "back whisperers". They include personal trainers, Iyengar yoga teachers … Iyengar yoga is 'a purely orthopaedic style of yoga'.
—There's good news for sufferers of chronic lower-back pain, by Ruth Nichol in The Listener.
See https://www.noted.co.nz


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Prices
Online General & Experienced+ sessions
Gen: Monday 10–11:30am
Exp+: Tuesday 4–5:30pm
$15
Online 1¼ hr sessions
Wednesday 10–11:15am
$12
Online Private sessions
Contact me to book your session
$80 per hour
Online Led practices
Wednesday 7–8:30am
$12
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