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National Iyengar Yoga Day 2019

Saturday 19 January 2019

Saturday 19 January 2019 was the fourth National Iyengar Yoga Day, with more than 75 events around the UK and Ireland organised by IY(UK) teachers, Member Groups and Affiliated Centres. Free taster classes and demonstrations gave people the chance to experience Iyengar yoga for the first time. The theme this year in Edinburgh and Glasgow was BKS Iyengar’s centenary.

Edinburgh: 100 asanas to celebrate 100 years of Guruji

We invited people to attend a session of 100 asanas held in a central hall in Edinburgh from 10-1pm. 10 teachers each taught 10 asanas and an alternative was given for beginners in a programme we coordinated beforehand, but with only one meeting to discuss. We had helpers around to support with getting equipment etc. for beginners. Our programme took about 2.5 hours and people stayed behind at the end for a drink and chat. 72 people attended and feedback was very positive: Students liking the different teachers’ personalities and accents and the range of poses. It was very successful and we will definitely do it again. We raised some money through donations which will go towards our outreach work.

iYoga Glasgow

iYoga Glasgow hired a large hall and invited four experienced teachers to teach 25 asanas each over three hours. Other teachers demonstrated the asanas in the further reaches of the hall, and helped the participants to get into poses and to avoid injuring themselves. They made eye-bags with logos, and asked for contributions to Bellur Trust, collecting more than £230. There were nearly 70 participants including more than a dozen teachers.

Published in IYN Autumn 2019

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