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National Iyengar Yoga Day 2020

Saturday 18 January 2020

The fifth National Iyengar Yoga Day took place on Saturday 18 January and was our biggest yet. More than 85 free taster classes, demonstrations, film screenings and other events were organised around the UK and Ireland, bringing the Iyengar yoga community together and welcoming hundreds of people new to Iyengar yoga. And of course, much tea and cake was enjoyed!

Lucy Brownhall, Edinburgh

We ran a free taster class here at Yoga Now in Edinburgh in the afternoon. We had 19 people in the class, three of which were existing students who had brought a friend, which seems to be a good way to introduce people to Iyengar yoga. I let people do this at the end of term, if they have extra class credits left. They bring a friend with them and a few of my regulars started this way. The class was open to anyone so there was quite a wide range of experience in it. One person was sampling Iyengar yoga while training to be a Forrest yoga teacher. It was nice to have four men in the class. Several people had done yoga before but mostly not Iyengar and many not for a few years. After the class some stayed for a cup of tea, snacks and chat and the feedback about the class was positive. One person commented that it was helpful to get so much instruction for each āsana. Others said they felt great after the class. Gilly Dennis from ESIY and her husband James Carter set up the projector and some of the class stayed for a screening of BKS Iyengar: Uniting Through Yoga. We were also joined by ESIY members and it was a nice gathering.

Gilly Dennis – teachers Jane Walker, Anne Kilgour; Lucy Brownhall, Edinburgh

Our National Iyengar Yoga Day event was promoted on Eventbrite. Twenty students who had never attended a yoga class, or were new to Iyengar Yoga, attended the event held at our Iyengar Yoga Centre, which is a community benefit society, owned and run by Iyengar yoga students, in Bruntsfield, Edinburgh. Jane Walker

taught a one hour class, with Anne Kilgour supporting and helping students with some small adjustments, the aim of the class being to give students an idea of the Iyengar approach to teaching yoga, and to promote Iyengar yoga as suitable for everyone regardless of age, gender or flexibility. Many students stayed to ask questions and discuss which classes might be suitable for them to attend, either at the centre in Bruntsfield or at Yoga Now or Yoga Stable, the two other yoga centres in the city. We hope we will see some of the students coming to classes in the future. There was also a Taster session at Yoga Now which was attended by 19 people new to yoga or Iyengar, taught by Lucy Brownhall and much enjoyed by everyone. There was a screening of BKS Iyengar, Uniting Through Yoga afterwards attended by 20 people, which everyone found inspirational.

Published in IYN Autumn 2020

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