Our Centre offers a warm, clean and peaceful haven in which you can embark on your yogic journey.
Bath Iyengar Yoga Centre was established by husband and wife team Richard and Kirsten Agar Ward. It has gone from strength to strength and has developed into a vibrant centre for excellence in yoga in the south west.
We offer courses in asana (posture) and pranayama (breath & energy control), weekend workshops, intensives and teacher training at the Centre. You can also join us on our yoga retreats in the Yorkshire Dales. We even have a shop selling yoga props, clothing and books.
The Centre has two fully equipped yoga studios so there is no need to bring your equipment (though you are welcome to bring your own mat if you prefer).
To book classes you need first to register as a user of the website. Click on the link below or padlock icon above and fill in your name, email ID & choose a password. You will then be able to access the booking area for foundation courses & special events.
To have full access to the booking area including regular weekly classes you will also need to join as a member of the Centre. You will then be allocated a level which will enable you to access the booking for all classes of that level and below.
Whether you’re new to yoga or an advanced practitioner, we have classes to suit your needs. To facilitate your learning classes are organised as courses. Regular classes are graded into different levels:
- Foundation for complete beginners and those who wish to revisit their basis skills.
- Level 1 for those who have completed an IYENGAR® Yoga foundation course.
- Level 2 for those who have regularly practised IYENGAR® method for at least one year.
- Level 3 for those who have regularly practised IYENGAR® method for at least three years and who can maintain a steady. sirsasana (head balance) for at least 5 minutes.
- Level 4 for teachers and other very committed practitioners who can maintain a steady sirsasana for at least 8 minutes.
- Pranayama breath & energy control for those who have regularly practised IYENGAR® method for at least two years.
- Therapy for those with significant medical issues whose needs cannot be met in regular class. You must first attend a 1:1 class to assess you needs and work out and individualised programme.
Visit the Booking Area to enrol on a course.
Membership of the Centre is required for all levels except foundation.
Classes are offered on a pre-booked termly or half termly basis. This means we can keep class sizes small and offer you personal attention. It also helps your learning as classes follow a thread over the weeks and can be tailored to the needs of those attending. You won’t be held back because new people come each week; nor will you be left behind because the pace is too fast for you.
Scroll down to the bottom of the timetable page for class prices.
Iyengar Yoga practitioners who are visiting Bath are very welcome to join classes. If you are a short-term visitor you must still pre-book classes but you can book fewer classes than a half term or term.
What to expect
Classes tend to follow the pattern of BKS Iyengar’s Institute in Pune (RIMYI) with level 2 and beyond being taught pranayama (breath and energy control) approximately every four to five weeks.
As at RIMYI all classes commence with a short, quiet period of sitting during which we chant invocations to Patanjali and to the Guru. It is not compulsory to join in but we do ask that you respect this important part of the class by arriving in good time and sitting quietly. All classes end with savasana (relaxation).
Yoga Therapy for those whose needs cannot be met in regular class. One to one or small group basis.
One-to-Ones in the Centre or your home for those who prefer it or who cannot make our scheduled classes.
Corporate We can also teach in your workplace, one-offs or regular classes.
We also offer workshops, yoga days & intensives at the Centre and events elsewhere such as retreats and yoga holidays. Participating in these is away to deepen your understanding and practice. If you are a visitor to Bath there are many places to stay for all budgets. Here are a few ideas BathAccommodation17
Book Study Group & Gatherings
We have a yoga book group which meets every half term to discuss a yoga text. We also offer half termly gatherings where we show a yoga film, have talks, social gatherings etc.
We stock a wide range of quality yoga equipment inspired by BKS Iyengar, yoga books and yoga clothing. Available at the Centre and by mail-order.