Testimonials

Please view our testimonials below.

My shorts arrived today  and they fit really well. Many thanks, I love them.

Julie, Italy

Thank you for last night’s class – I nearly didn’t come because I was so tired, but coming was exactly the right thing to do.

E, Keynsham
 I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful foundation course with Kirsten. I really enjoyed learning more about Iyengar Yoga technique. Thank you very much, Hannah
Hannah, Bath

Two great classes!

Hi Kirsten,

I meant to drop you a quick mail last week and just didn’t get to it and then this week’s lesson was also so good it gave me a boot in the backside to contact you.

Last week I really enjoyed the work with the backs of the thighs and you also zeroed in on one of my bad habits.. It has renewed my awareness of this sloppy bad habit so thank you for that.

Then this week, the supported standing forward bends were great – I’m a bit in denial but think I’m entering the peri-menopausal state which I had just put down to trying life circumstances …… so those supported Adho Mukha Svanasana and Prasarita Padottanasana  and Uttanasana practices followed by that lovely pranayama practice was fab. After the viloma practice I had a glimpse of deep healing peace. Could do with a bit more of that in my life to counteract the plate spinning of work, failing health parents and teenager doing ‘A’ levels!

So thank you so much for your teaching and whilst I will miss your lessons, I hope you have a wonderful time in India with Richard and return refreshed and renewed and with yet more wonderful yoga insights to share with us!

With grateful thanks and very best wishes

Caroline, Bath
Dear Kirsten,
Thank you soo much for your inspired BACKBENDS (level2) yoga class last Tuesday – it is my best 70th-birthday present, 2 months in advance!!! It has shown me that there is life and room for improvement at or after 69.
Two days afterwards I was able, as a result of your class, to achieve palpable improvement in at least two asanas, these being Tadasana Gomukhasana and Setubandha Sarvangasana. In the latter I was able to fit an upright wooden block under my sacrum – something I had not managed in all my years of yoga so far: what a delight!!!!!
It would be great if you could fit in an Intensive focusing on backbends at some stage in your busy schedule – maybe some time before next Christmas???! I’d be the first on your doorstep.
Thanks again for my best 70th-birthday present!!
SH, Bath

Hi Kirsten – you asked us to report back on how we felt after last night’s class – I have to say I feel great, no pain or stiffness in either my back or hip (and I usually would feel pain in my hip after a back bend class), plus normally by now in the working day I would be feeling tired in my upper back from being at a desk all day, but I’m not feeling that today.

ED, Keynsham
Just a big thank you from me for hosting Christian. It was a superb weekend. The teaching, the venue and organisation were excellent. I do hope you invite him back!!
Debbie, Manchester

Dear Kirsten
Thank you for a very enjoyable back bends class today. I never thought I would write those words!

Morag, Bath

Hi
I started the foundation class today with Kirsten and just wanted to say how much I loved it. I feel uplifted even on this dreary January day. See you next week.

Lyndsay, Bath

Zoe is a superb yoga teacher in my humble opinion.

Jane, Bath
Thank you so much for this years, it has been a great learning both in yoga, and life in general (I guess there is no such difference).
With deep gratitude
Edgar
(teacher training)
Edgar, Spain
Thank you for your guidance and pertinent instruction at the weekend, gratefully received.
And on behalf of the SWIYI, thanks again for coming.
Jane, Cornwall

Just wanted to thank you and express how amazing I found the yoga course with Christian.. I loved practising with you guys too.. it was all around a great experience that will stay with me for life.

Hannah, Bath
Just wanted to say a HUGE Thank You! for a fabulous day on Saturday in Arnside …
It was our first visit to that venue, and the first time we’d had the chance to benefit from your teaching, and we were massively delighted with our day out!
D says she got some very useful tips from you re. how to access the wide-leg poses with less groin pain, and has deepened her understanding quite tangibly in that regard; so obviously we’re both rather excited about that !
Although Bath is a bit far for us to travel) we very much hope to practice with you again as & when our paths should cross.
Many kind regards  x
Laurie, Sunderland

Thanks for putting on great workshop with Cristian last weekend

Mx

Mary, Sussex
I also wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Pranayama session at the end of the last class. I found it deeply restorative and it was just what I needed.
Caroline, Bath
Richard:
Thank you for your travelling thousands [of miles] to teach us.
I like your class,as a child eager to listen the parents telling stories. Listening your “stories”,roaming in your “stories”,absorbing the nutrients in your “stories”.
I enjoyed “listening” in your class,likewise in Pranshantji’s.
In this yoga education,“How to do Asana”is not the purpose of the study. The purport of asana and Yog are more important. It’s hard for me using the words to discribe the benefits in this five days,but really can feel something happen within.
I’m hoping you to come continuely and as a beacon of hope for me forward.
See you next year.😊
Cissy, China
Dear Richard thank you for such a great time in Dent. I enjoyed last year, but this year was even better, such fantastic teaching.
Sharon, Yorkshire

Many thanks Richard for an excellent w/e….Am looking forward now to your return Kirsten for the Arnside day. Many thanks again, helps so much keep my feet on the ground with lots to cope with around me.

Carol, South Lakes

Being from the UK, my husband and I knew of Kirsten Agar Ward by her strong reputation as teacher before we began practicing Iyengar yoga with her in Bermuda. She is a gifted teacher; bringing precision, determination, focus, unflinching patience and kindness to her classes. To practice yoga under Kirsten’s guidance has both challenged and remade our understanding of what yoga is.

Dr BS Ashim & Dr L Gray, Bermuda

Kirsten is an awesome instructor, very patient, gentle and yet firm in her teachings, which is what I expect from a yoga teacher. It has helped balance my yoga practice given I go to two different teachers. She will definitely be missed, I wish her the very best of luck in the future.

 

 

 

NG, Bermuda

I have only been practicing yoga for a few years and as an inflexible 49 year old I am sincerely grateful that I had the opportunity to have Kirsten mentor me to set a proper foundation for my practice to develop and flourish, and to reconnect with my body, breath and self awareness. This has come late in life but at a critical juncture before entering middle age. Kirsten taught me so much in a short time that in practically every pose I can recall her instructions or a pointer or tip that she shared to find the intelligence and ease in the pose, to calm my mind and body and to perform the pose in alignment and safely.
Kirsten impressed me with her calm, measured and precise approach to instruction as well as her reverence and compassion.
I am sad that Kirsten is returning to the UK because it was evident that she intended to build the yoga community at a time when Bermuda desperately is in need of community builders and highly skilled health and wellness practitioners.
Sincerely

David

David, Bermuda

Kirsten is one of the best yoga teachers I have ever had and I am truly sorry to see her go. In my years of learning yoga from various instructors, it’s Kirsten who finally made me realize that yoga is not just a practice of asanas, but a way of life. I very often think of her words and find myself incorporating her teachings in my daily life. I also had the privilege of learning from Richard for a few weeks, and he is also an exceptional teacher.

I will really miss learning from Kirsten, and I really hope that our paths cross again.

Jaya, Bermuda

Kirsten creates a nurturing environment for students to learn Iyengar yoga. She is open to questions and comments and is mindful of students’ issues, including energy levels! She encourages students to practise at home providing suggestions with necessary adjustments to first enable, and then deepen the asanas. She will be missed as our teacher in Bermuda!

Sarah, Bermuda regular student

Classes with Kirsten were thoroughly enjoyable. Kirsten’s style of teaching is respectful and approachable, I always felt comfortable to ask questions. I learned a lot and appreciate the respect she showed her students. I will truly miss my classes with Kirsten.

K, Bermuda

I am heartbroken that you will be leaving Kirsten. It has been a true joy and inspiration studying under you.

Thank you for all you’ve done to grow the Bermuda Iyengar Community. You will be sorely missed.

Erin, Bermuda Iyengar Yoga teacher & regular student

I & other students are very disappointed at hearing that Kirsten is leaving us here in Bermuda. She has been a great teacher & friend to all of us, we will greatly miss her knowledge & wisdom. Namaste

George, Bermuda

You have made a big impact on a lot of us here and you will be greatly missed

Elisa, Bermuda

‘The yoga was majestic & profound as always with Richard – I hope your students realise how blessed they are ! ‘

Sue, Buxton
Hello Richard
Thank you for a profound yoga weekend – & thank you for the adjustments
Have a good day tomorrow with your family – the delights of Roma !
I hope there will be a repeat of this next year
Sue, Buxton

Well I am now 10 days into my trip and I wanted to send my thanks to you. Prashants teaching is both fresh and exciting but somehow deeply familiar and that is because of your faithful and profound understanding of his thoughts and philosophies.

Karen, Cornwall
It’s been a fab yoga filled week – intense – with some good progress. Thanks to you both for fab.knowledgeable teaching.
Lindsey, Bath
Thank you both once again for a superb weekend of yoga, company and food, not to mention the glorious setting. I think maybe next time I won’t add in the 5 mile, 1000 feet climb up Cautley Spout waterfall on the Saturday afternoon, although it was spectacular. [Dent Retreat]
Val, Cheltenham

Dear Kirsten and Richard,
Thank you so much for your kindness, wisdom & skilful teaching.
The retreat was much more than I’d hoped for and I feel so inspired. I feel that I have learned so much.

Esther, London
I really enjoyed the foundation course, it was amazing how much benefit I felt after just five lessons.
 
I learned more with you than with all the years of dabbling with books and dvds.
 
I would like to make yoga a regular part of my life and will sign up again as soon as I am able.
 
Linda, Somerset

As a student and teacher of Iyengar Yoga I feel blessed to have the Bath Iyengar Yoga Centre so available to me.  A mere 180 miles away it is more than worth the trip down from Manchester to Richard’s Intermediate and Senior Teacher Training classes.  And those that fly in for yoga classes from as far afield as Sweden, Norway and Italy make me feel like I’m a Bath “local”!

Louise, Cheshire Teacher Training

Just wanted to jot you a line to say that this weekend was both really enjoyable and rich in learning.
It was a lovely ending and I felt very nourished.

Zoe, Bristol

As teachers, Richard and Kirsten show heightened awareness, sensitivity, and dedication to their students. As members of the Iyengar Yoga community, they exemplify a genuine and courageous devotion to a yogic path that is inspiring. I am blessed to have the BIYC as my yoga home away from home!

Cara, Bournemouth

I have been a student of Richard’s for over 20 years, and it’s been a pleasure to see him develop into one of the foremost practitioners and teachers of Iyengar yoga in the UK.  In recent years, his teaching has been in demand in the Americas and Europe as his skills have become more widely recognised.  Many years of personal practice and regular trips to Pune have led him to develop a keen understanding of asana and pranayama, and an eye for any problems his students may encounter.  He generously shares this knowledge with his students, demonstrating and exploring with them how the use of props and other asanas can enable them to improve their practice.  In addition, his teacher training classes encourage observation of the poses of others and provide further insights into helping students develop their yoga.

 

The Bath Iyengar Yoga Centre, owned by Richard and his wife Kirsten, form the base for their activities.  The Centre is very welcoming, and contains three cosy well-equipped studios, changing room, office/shop, with all the facilities necessary to carry out their teaching activities.

Martin, Scotland Teacher training

At Bath Iyengar Yoga Centre you are guided in making the transition from being a student learning to learn, to one that also learns how to teach. Teaching is an art. It comes from your own practice not from a book. We are encouraged to be studious in our personal observations, to enquire and explore; to be knowledgeable in body, mind and spirit.

The philosophy of the subject is woven through the training and now in my second year, I have the opportunity to observe and adjust in Richard’s beginners class. An incredibly valuable and enjoyable experience. Quiet inspiration.

Zoe, Bristol Teacher training
The ITT is being a very fruitfull experience,  beyond to learn the art of teaching, this course  is helping me to go deeper in Iyengar’s teachings, in the real meaning of yoga practice. And consequently, I am improving my personal practice and also my willing of help others to learn this wonderful path.
Edgar, Spain Teacher training

I’ve been taught yoga at 4 different establishments. This one tops them all. Yoga here is taken seriously and executed incredibly well by all the teachers, who are well qualified. Out of the dozen or so teachers I’ve come across this is the place to learn REAL Iyengar yoga. I’d advise anyone to go – its suitable for all ages and it will benefit your life in every way possible.

Celine, Cirencester

ITT at Bath Iyengar Yoga Centre is expertly taught by Richard and Kirsten – their teaching and guidance and the content of the course goes well above and beyond training you as an Iyengar Yoga Teacher and offers an ‘education for life’ as a Yoga Practitioner.

Katy, Bristol Teacher Training
I have visited Bath on a number of occasions for training and workshops, including for visiting teachers such as Christian Pisano. These events are always supremely well run and organised. It is testimony to Kirsten and Richard’s organisational skills that teachers appear to enjoy them as much as students do.
The new centre is a delight, a beautiful and sympathetic conversion of a wonderful building. It is well equipped, light airy and welcoming. 
Karen, Cornwall

I first attended one of Richard’s classes in 2003 when he was visiting Cornwall. What struck me instantly was the depth of his knowledge, his calm, measured teaching style and his obvious love of Iyengar Yoga. I took so much away from that first session that I have seen him somewhere at least once a year ever since.

Karen, Cornwall

Well worth the travel to be taught by such knowledgeable teachers,  always thought provoking always a pleasure.

Lucy, Cornwall

Wonderful ambassadors for Iyengar Yoga – The Bath Iyengar Yoga Centre radiates years of experience, professionalism and a friendly atmosphere. Thank you Richard for the pearls of wisdom, I really enjoyed attending the senior workshops

Lin, Kent

Kirsten and Richard prepare you beyond the syllabus for teaching and ITT assessments.  Kirsten has fantastic attention to detail and is always thoughtful and clear in what she is teaching and Richard teaches and can see and understand what is happening on a deeper level.  They teach you not just the technical understanding of the asanas, but the whole philosophy of yoga.  I felt I got a deeper understanding of what yoga is, not only from them, but how they encourage you to search within yourself for understanding.  Their dedication to Iyengar Yoga is an inspiration.  Annemarie

Annemarie, Bristol Teacher Training

I find the classes at the Bath Iyengar Yoga Centre are very rewarding as they challenge and help me to continually develop my asana (postures) and yoga practice. We are very fortunate in Bath to have Richard and Kirsten to share their considerable experience and knowledge gained over many years of study directly with B.K.S. Iyengar.

Jim, Bath Regular

Discovering Iyengar yoga with Kirsten and Richard has transformed my life, pushed back the aches and pains of mid-life, given new strength and a sense of calm

Kathryn, Bath Regular

I have been a student of the Bath Iyengar Yoga Centre for many years. During that time I have been fortunate to be tutored by Richard and Kirsten Agar Ward. They are highly experienced and knowledgeable. Their approach is rigorous and well structured and they are recognised locally, nationally and internationally for the quality of their Iyengar yoga provision.  I have attended group and individual sessions, receiving excellent tuition in both. In the individual sessions I  was supported with a customised programme of asanas which helped me both to recover from a prolonged period of illness and to take a positive approach to an ongoing health issue. I would recommend the Bath Iyengar Yoga Centre for those who wish to begin, develop and improve their yoga practice.

Dr JH, Bath regular

The Iyengar yoga community is extremely fortunate to have someone like Kirsten flying the flag for Iyengar yoga in the UK. Kirsten, an Intermediate Senior level 3 teacher, is an inspiring and dedicated practitioner and teacher. She regularly attends classes at the RIMYI in Pune, which is apparent in her teaching and lifestyle. Kirsten and her husband Richard do an amazing job running their beautiful centre in Bath, along with juggling other commitments for the Iyengar yoga community and their families.

Jacky, Manchester Occasional

I’ve been taught yoga at 4 different establishments. This one tops them all. Yoga here is taken seriously and executed incredibly well by all the teachers, who are well qualified. Out of the dozen or so teachers I’ve come across this is the place to learn REAL Iyengar yoga. I’d advise anyone to go – its suitable for all ages and it will benefit your life in every way possible.

Celine, Cirencester Regular

It is a real privilege to train to teach with Kirsten and Richard. The training sessions have been clearly structured, very informative, practice; and enjoyable. The course has been life-changing and I would strongly recommend it!

Kate, Cornwall Teacher Training

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