About

What is Yogadham? ‘Dham’ means ‘abode’ so Yoga+dham is the home of yoga. Yogadham was founded by Judith Richards back in the year 2000 when she set up her Iyengar yoga studio. It is now a cohort of Iyengar Yoga teachers based primarily in and around London and Surrey. We run online classes, and when COVID restrictions allow, we will resume our classes in local gyms, village halls, school halls and dedicated yoga studios. 

Classes

Here is our current class timetable. All classes are on line at the moment until face to face classes can resume. Please contact the teacher for joining details.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
  9:00 – 10:30
General Level 1
Janette Browne
10:00 – 11:00
Beginners Level 1
Janette Brown
9:00 – 10:30
General Level 1
Janette Browne
9:30 – 10:30
Beginners Level 2
Pauline Ronksley
9:00 – 10:15
General Level 1
Anna Holmes
 
18:00 – 19:00
General Level 1
Charlotte Palmer
9:15 – 10:45
General Level 1
Charlotte Palmer
10:00 – 11:30
Beginners Level 2
Sarah Donnelly
9:15 – 10:45
General Level 1 Charlotte Palmer
19:00 – 20:30
Beginners Level 2
Amina Kassam-Bunce
9:00 – 10:30
General Level 1
Janette Browne

 

19:00 – 20:30
Beginners Level 2
Amina Kassam-Bunce
17:15 – 19:15 General Level 2 Judith Richards 10:30 – 11:30
Beginners Level 2
Amina Kassam-Bunce
10:00 – 11:30
Beginners  Level 2
Sarah Donnelly
 

 

 

 

19:30 – 21:00
General Level 1
Jane Howard
12:30 – 14:00
General Level 1
Judith Richards
20:00 – 21:30
Beginners Level 1
Terence Tofield

 

 

 

    17:30 – 18:30
Beginners Level 1
Janette Browne
       
 
19:00 – 20:15
General 1
Anna Holmes

 

 

 

Click here for class levels explained and click here for teachers information.
 

Class Levels

Beginners Level 1 Introductory work geared towards newcomers to Iyengar Yoga and those wishing to go ‘back to basics’.
Beginners Level 2 These classes are structured to allow beginners to work alongside more experienced students. The programme and the instructions given by the tutor are planned to allow beginners to learn a new discipline in a safe and supportive environment, and for more experienced students to progress or maintain their practice.
General level 1 For students with more than 1 year’s regular practice who are familiar with shoulder stand (unless for medical reasons). Expected to have full set of yoga equipment.
General level 2 For students with more than 3 years' regular practice who are proficient in headstand (unless for medical reasons).
Pregnancy If you have practised yoga before and are in good health, you may join our general classes. Special pregnancy classes may be offered if numbers permit.

Prices

Prices vary according to the class and are payable to the teacher (or venue) where you are attending. Please contact the teacher of the class you wish to attend for information about the class fees.

 

Teachers

  • Judith Richards

    Tel: 07761 078251

    Email: yogadham223@gmail.com


    Level 3 teacher. Qualified Level 1 1986,
    Level 2 1999, Level 3 2002

    On line classes:
    Tues 17:15 – 19:15,  General level 2,
    Wed 12:30 – 14:00, General level 1

  • Anna Holmes

    Tel: 07528 848474

    Email: annaholmes1955@gmail.com


    Level 1 teacher, qualified 2008
    Online classes:
    Wed 19:00 – 20:15, General Level 1
    Sat 9:00- 10:15am, General Level 1

  • Jane Howard

    Tel: 07768 023213

    Email: janehoward111@hotmail.com


    Level 1 teacher, qualified 2002
    On line classes:
    Tues 7:30-9pm, General Level 1

  • Janette Browne

    Website: http://www.yogaloka.com

    Email: janette22@tiscali.co.uk


    Level 2 teacher, qualified Level 1 1994,
    Level 2 2008

    On line classes:
      General Level 1- Tues, Thur,
    Sat mornings 9am - 10:30.
    £11 or £80 package of 8
    Beginners Level 1– Wed 10am – 11am  and Wed eve 5:30-6:30 ‘pay what you want’ or £7

    Face to face classes will resume as soon as allowed.

  • Sharon Kipps

    Tel: 07530 135738

    Email: yoga@easyemail.org


    Level 1 teacher, qualified 2005
    No current on line classes
    Face to face classes will resume
    as soon as allowed.

  • Charlotte Palmer

    Email: lottebythesea@yahoo.co.uk


    Level 2 teacher
    On line classes:
    Mon 18:00-19:3,  General Level 1,
    Tues & Thurs 9:15-10:45 General Level 1

    These classes are online with Surrey adult education, enrolment is for the term time only, no drop in and can be made via Elmbridge Adult Education website. These classes are ideally for students with at least 1 year’s experience.

  • Sarah Donnelly

    Email: sarah@tealyoga.co.uk


    Level 1 teacher, qualified 2013
    On line classes:
    Wed 10-11:3,  Beginners Level 2
    Thurs 10-11:30 Beginners Level 2

  • Amina Kassam-Bunce

    Tel: 07787 985215

    Email: info@aminadesigns.co.uk


    Level 1 teacher
    On line classes:
    Mon 19:00- 20:30, Beginners Level 2,
    Wed 10:30 – 11:30, Beginners Level 2
      Fri 19:00 – 20:30, Beginners Level 2

  • Pauline Ronksley

    Email: paulineronksley@gmail.com


    Level 1 teacher, qualified 2019
    On line classes
    Fri 9:30-10:30a, Beginners Level 2

    Face to face classes will resume
    as soon as allowed

  • Fiona Hill

    Email: fionadhill@hotmail.com


    Level 1 teacher
    No current on line classes.
    Available for class cover.

  • Terence Tofield

    Tel: 07857 003983

    Email: terencet50@hotmail.com


    Level 1 teacher, qualified 2018
    On line classes:
    Thursday evenings 8-9:30pm on line,
    Beginners Level 1.

     

    Contact Terence directly for private lessons with small groups and for other details.

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What is Iyengar Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient discipline which promotes mental and physical health and well being. You will learn movements to discover strength, suppleness and poise and to become at ease with your body and yourself. No special abilities are needed to start; many minor tensions, aches and pains will disappear.

The practice of Yoga has been around for about 6,000 years in India. The word 'Yoga' means union. It has the same root as the English word, yoke. The union referred to is the union of one's true self with the universal - in modern language - "to be at one with the world".

Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar yoga is the method of practising yoga developed by Mr BKS Iyengar. It is charactarised by precision and attention to detail. All aspects of yoga are incorporated into the way postures are performed, so that the student comes to his or her practice from a life of treating themselves and others well; in the correct alignment of each pose the natural breathing is enhanced and the student can become absorbed in the action so that a quiet, meditative state of mind is achieved. As in music, the richness, subtlety and depth of understanding which is possible in the study of Iyengar Yoga reveals itself through years of practice.

Yoga as therapy

There is a long tradition in India of using yoga to cure or alleviate illness or injury. The body can be supported in positions which improve blood supply to organs, enhance the actions of nerves and glands, and put bones in the optimum position for healing. If you are unwell or in pain, don’t stop coming, but ask your teacher how to modify your practice to enhance your recovery.

BKS Iyengar 1918 -2014

BKS IyengarBKS Iyengar was born in India in 1918. Today his method is the most widely practised in the world. More that fifty countries have national Iyengar Yoga Associations to teach and promote his method and maintain his rigorous standards. IY(UK) is the oldest association in the world and has over a thousand teachers.

BKS Iyengar developed in himself an unsurpassed ability to observe the fine changes that are brought about by movements and the subtle mental and physical effects of each pose and each adjustment in each pose. He showed that the mental and spiritual effects which are the fruits of yoga can be attained by attending to the body and its actions.

Certified teachers of Iyengar yoga are required to maintain contact with Iyengar’s institute in Pune, Maharashtra, India, named after his late wife – the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) – and his senior teachers. They have an understanding of the body and posture work which is unequalled in other schools. All the teachers at Yogadham are fully qualified and certificated teachers of Iyengar Yoga.

Teacher training

Mr Iyengar said ‘If you are going to use my name, you must use my method’. In the UK it is the organisation known as Iyengar Yoga (UK) Ltd - IY(UK) for short - (www.iyengaryoga.org.uk) who make sure that all Iyengar teachers are properly trained in the Iyengar method. Only teachers holding an Iyengar Yoga teaching certificate are licensed to use the Iyengar name and call themselves Iyengar yoga teachers.

If, after studying and practising Iyengar Yoga with a qualified teacher (Level 1 and above) for at least three years, you are interested in becoming a teacher, first talk to your regular teacher about being mentored. If your regular teacher is qualified (Level 2 teacher and above) and willing to be your mentor, she or he will guide you, over the next three years (or as long as it takes for you to be ready) in the art of teaching and in the knowledge of asana, pranayama and philosophy.

If your regular teacher is not qualified or able to mentor you then you, with the help of your regular teacher, must seek a mentor who is able and willing. You should, where possible, attend classes with this mentor. This can be in addition to continuing to attend classes with your existing teacher who ideally is in close contact with the mentor.

Your training will take place in your regular classes, along with some tutorials and specialist workshops. You will ned to be a member of IY(UK) and, with your mentor, register as a trainee when you start.


Contact

For class enquiries please contact the class teacher, or contact us via Sharon at yoga@easy.com or via Janette on 07774 796022