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What is Iyengar Yoga?

Gav Tilstone teaching Iyengar Yoga to his students
Yoga is a traditional Indian discipline of great value for people today. The practice of Yoga Asanas (postures) and Pranayama (breathing techniques) has a very beneficial effect on the whole body. The joints and muscles are toned and strengthened. The circulation, digestion and breathing systems are stimulated, which improves their functions and assists the whole body to eliminate toxins. Energy levels are increased and the ability of the immune system to resist illness improves. Yoga is a holistic approach to good health, which encompasses mind, body and spirit. With the practice of yoga, negative feelings of doubt, fear and selfishness are naturally replaced by positive attitudes such as courage, faith and compassion.

The benefits of Iyengar yoga include:


A sense of well-being

Increased flexibility

Enhanced concentration

Improved posture



Mental calm

Spiritual direction

Who is B.k.s Iyengar

BKS Iyengar was born in Bellur, South India in 1918 and started practicing yoga at the age of 16 under the guidance of his Yoga Master, Prof. T. Krishnamacharya. Through his discoveries and innovations, BKS Iyengar quickly established himself as the definitive authority on yoga, and today Iyengar Yoga has become the world’s most practiced method. It is renowned for its clarity, systematic approach and accessibility through which Mr. Iyengar devised the use of everyday objects such as chairs, belts, walls and wooden blocks as props in the postures, to enable every type and level of practitioner to attain the correct and beneficial effects of yoga. BKS Iyengar has taught in all five continents and today Iyengar Yoga is practiced world wide. Over 1300 Iyengar Yoga centres have been established globally. His book Light on Yoga has sold over a million copies and is translated into 18 languages. Mr Iyengar has been awarded numerous titles for his practice and knowledge of yoga and has been honored with two doctorates. He is credited as being one of the 100 most influential people in the world. His influence in the world of Yoga continues to be unparalleled in modern times and he is widely accepted as the world’s foremost authority on Yoga.
portrait of B.K.S Iyengar
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Gav Tilstone being taught Yoga
Gav Tilstone being taught Yoga

Teachers of Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar Yoga Teachers are qualified to a high standard and certified by the Iyengar Institute of Pune, India. They are experienced practitioners of yoga, who have successfully completed rigorous assessments of their own practice and teaching. Iyengar Yoga is a hallmark of quality. Gavin trained with Judi Sweeting at the Cirencester Institute, Jayne Orton at the Birmingham Institute and Richard Ward at the Bath Insititute:


Proceeds from the classes are donated to local and national charities. The charity is often nominated by students. Donations have been made to: Children with Cancer UK, RNLI, The Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association, Jeremiah's Journey, Cirencester Housing For Young People, Tenovus Cancer Care, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Banana Tree Project, Plymouth Twelves Company, Shekinah Mission (Plymouth) Limited, Banana Tree Project, St Luke's Hospice, Plymouth & District Mind Association, Friends and Families of Special Children Ltd., Prostate Cancer UK, Brain Tumour Research UK, The Salvation Army, Compton (Cancer) Care.

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