Salute the rising sun!

This week, we’ll start Early Bird classes on Wednesdays and Fridays. The early hours of the day are often seen as an auspicious time to do your yoga practice. Plus, it is great to get your yoga done before anything else – at least you know you can cross the most important thing off your to-do list first. And start your day with a fresh and focused mind instead of browsing the depressing corners of the internet before breakfast. So… set your alarms, get your yoga fix and be in time for work or play!

Never too young or too old!

In the Iyengar yoga community, getting older is not something to despair about – there is a multitude of examples of teachers that are well into their 60′s and 70′s and combine youthfulness and wisdom. Of course mr. Iyengar practiced regularly and vigorously until weeks before his death at 96 (see picture on the right by Andy Richter). But if you think this is unobtainable for the ordinary person, just read this letter from John Schumacher with his perspective on turning 70. It might surprise you!

Research shows that yoga can improve the quality of life, especially in seniors. It can help the gait, decrease risk of falling, generally improve cognitive function, mood and the general sense of health and well-being. See also this video for a great example of the effects of a yoga program for the elderly student.

Iyengar yoga is excellent at any age, since the props will help you find a modification of any pose that works for you. If you are in doubt if yoga classes are suitable for you, you can always try one of our Special Needs classes to see how you can adapt poses to suit your physical capabilities.

But, also the very young can benefit from yoga postures. Doing yoga with your baby will stimulate their digestion and take their bodies through a full range of motion, help you find techniques to soothe them, but you will get to move and relax too! Starting february 18, Elisa will teach a 5 week Baby Yoga course. Try it out and set the foundation for a life-long practice for your youngsters.

Bring your friends to yoga!

Have you always wanted to get your roommate, husband/wife, colleague or neighbour to try yoga? Between January 10th and February 20th they can come with you for a free trial class!

Small print: for new-to-iYoga students only.

Happy 2016!

… and a merry christmas too!

As we near the closing of our second year as iYoga Utrecht, we want to extend a sincere thank you to all of you! Thank you for adding your presence and making the studio a welcoming place. We are open throughout the Christmas Holidays – special Christmas classes on December 25th and 26th from 10.00-12.00, as well as our traditional New Years Yoga on January 1st from 12.00-14.00. We hope to see you soon!

Garth McLean workshop

LA-based Iyengar Yoga teacher Garth McLean visited iYoga Utrecht in 2014 and 2015 and taught a well-received workshop both times. He will be back in 2016!

Garth is a senior Iyengar yoga teacher who is committed to helping others on the path of yoga. He travels to share his personal experiences of the benefits of the practice of Iyengar Yoga for MS and related neurological conditions. But he is also an inspiring and creative teacher of yoga who has much to offer all students in how to intelligently approach and develop practice. We loved having him over – we had full classes and both people dealing with diseases and the lucky ones with good health alike had something to learn, and experienced the joy of practicing yoga.

Early morning class on Saturday

Saturday morning community class from 9.00-10.15: start your weekend right and give what you can or use your iYoga Unlimited subscription! The classes will be taught by one of the teachers in training: Elisa, Dorthe, Leen, Masja, Nadia or Willem. Not such an early bird? You can also join Hiske from 10.30-12.00!

New teachers & new classes

We are proud to announce that Nanda Peek will start teaching regular classes starting June 1st. With almost 4 decades of experience, Nanda is one of the most senior Iyengar Yoga teachers in the Netherlands. She has studied with BKS Iyengar in Pune numerous times. So come to her classes on Tuesday evenings:

  • 15.00-17.00 | Special Needs (with Hiske, Claas & assistents)
  • 18.15-19.45 | Level 2-3 
  • 20.00-21.15 | Level 1

Also new on the schedule: a Sunday morning early bird class at 9.00 with Tatiana Ronzhina. And finally, we have added 2 possibilities for self-practice on our schedule: Monday and Wednesday from 10.45-12.30. You are most welcome! 

Fresh faces in February!

We are ready to go: studying for a month at the Iyengar institute in Pune, India. And we will leave you with great replacements for all our classes. Here they are, the people you will see this month. You can see who teaches when in the up-to-date schedule. And us? We’re back in March! But we’ll keep you updated via Facebook and this spot…

First of all: the familiar people. Of course you all know Tally – a familiar face at iYoga. She will teach several classes and be around to help with administration issues and pick up the studio phone… and do the most important job: look after Toby! And you can come for self-practice with her on Thursday mornings at 7.

Kerry is also a regular teacher and of course he teaches his Thursday evening class (at 19.00 now! Check it out!). This month we are happy that he will take good care of all of the ‘special needs’ remedial classes.

Daniela will be teaching the pregnancy classes, but you can also enjoy her teaching in the Friday evening classes. She will give you balance between a good challenge and the rest you need to recover.

And then, from top to bottom in the right column, the new faces you will see this February.

With Anna‘s background as a professional dancer and experience in many more movement techniques, we are sure she can give you some fresh perspective!

After sailing the world, Nancy started looking for some of that oceanic peace while on land, and found it in yoga. Curious? Check her out on Saturdays!

Tanya started practicing yoga in Russia. On Monday evenings she will help you to understand your bodies to build strength and mobility.

Jon is expecting to graduate this year. For her, Iyengar yoga is it. It is limitlessly fascinating to her. Also, she likes to bring a laugh or two in her class. See her on Wednesday mornings from 9.30!

Yoga brought Paula from Portugal to Amsterdam. She loves to share what made her life brighter! You will see her in several classes as well as in the Special Needs classes on Tuesdays.

And last but not least, we are super grateful to our last-minute subs Sally and Annabel, who filled the last gaps in the schedule!