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!

1 year old!

Yay! iYoga Utrecht is one year old on January 1, 2015. We are so happy to share what we love with such an amazing crowd. Thank you all!

We even got a little birthday ‘cake’ this morning and had a nice class with lots of people starting their year with 2 hours of yoga. Happy new year everybody!

Live happily, die majestically

Today, on August 20, 2014, Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaya Iyengar – Guruji – passed away. His life and teaching have inspired many and made this world a more beautiful, more compassionate place. We are forever grateful for his lessons and hope to carry his flame a little bit further, along with the global community of his students.

Do not think of yourself as a small, compressed, suffering thing. Think of yourself as graceful and expanding, no matter how unlikely it may seem at the time.
(from BKS Iyengar – Light on Life, chapter 2)

BKS swing


A few weeks ago, Claas and I taught a workshop at YogaJoga in Prague - the beautiful studio our dear friend Helena Kubrychtova Bartova built. We had great fun leading a group of yogis through their practice, and the fact that the weather over there was not at all great probably helped a bit to enjoy things inside more.

We ended the workshop in Bhishmacharyasana – a pose named after a super-hero from the Mahabharata. Bhishma was a sage and great warrior who fought in the war that features in the center of the Mahabharata (one of the major epics that features at the center of Hindu mythology). At some point he was shot by arrows in his back, and decided to use his yogic powers to lay down and wait for the most auspicious time for his death. As he was laying on his death bed-of-arrows, the sight of him humbled even the gods, and he gave the great warriors that surrounded him lengthy advice on how to obtain freedom from all sorrows. This advice was written down in the form of the Vishnu sahasranama.

I am told that BKS Iyengar explains the length of Bhishma’s death bed because the arrows were placed in crucial positions like behind the sacrum, the sternum and the back of the head – like acupuncture needles… or the blocks we use in Iyengar yoga. 

As we practice this pose named after Bhishma, stretched out on our own bed of arrows and suspended in our place in space, we have to surrender to the moment, at the same time completely supported yet also completely free. One of the students in Prague commented that she felt completely weightless, as if she lost her body. For me personally, it is the closest thing to actual levitation. 

Do you want to feel like you’re floating? Try this pose! All you need is 5 blocks to place behind the sacrum, between the shoulder blades, under the head and under each heel, and some support like a bolster or thickly folded blanket for the lower arms. And if you want to learn more about Bhishma in Hindu mythology, watch the video on the right or any of the other fantastic ‘Bollywood’ movies in which he stars. 

Yay! More press!

In addition to As We Speak, Liselotte from the website Liefs uit Utrecht also came by to take a class and wrote about us. Check out her site: lots of cool things to do in Utrecht (in Dutch).

Do you know more blogs/online magazines/cool facebook pages that should write about us? Let us know!

Interview with Claas and Hiske

We’re very happy to be featured on As We Speak Utrecht, an online magazine about innovation in Utrecht. You can read about their experience at iYoga Utrecht here (in Dutch). They also write about lots of other interesting things to do in the city, definitely worth checking out!

Who are these guys?

The ‘goals’ of yoga seem pretty lofty. Stillness of the fluctuations of the mind, bliss, ultimate freedom… they can seem to be quite far-fetched from a modern perspective. However, we think that our students can indeed experience freedom when they learn yoga. Whether that be the freedom from pain through more strength or flexibility, or the kind of freedom you feel when you’re finally able to come up into handstand, or the freedom you experience when you alleviate stress, anxiety or depression through relaxing or uplifting poses. The ‘ordinary’, daily life kind of freedom. And that is not a less meaningful experience than any of the ones mentioned in the ancient yoga texts.

This is why we worked together with Studio Airport to create the cartoon characters you see on our home page, and soon in more ways of communicating. FlexiFloortje. EnergyErik. Wouter Warrior. Betty Balans. Harry Handstand. Krachtige Katie. They are the people next to you on the yoga mat. In their daily life, they may be accountant, mother, artist or web shop owner, student or gardener. Ordinary people – who just have a little more awareness of their inner power.

Like Clark Kent has his inner Superman, everybody has a core of greatness. Namaste.