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 a mixture of face-to-face classes in dedicated yoga studios, local gyms, village halls and school halls; hybrid classes (where you may join face-to-face or on line); and online only classes.

Classes

Here is our current class timetable. We run online, face to face, and hybrid (mix of online and f2f) classes. Please contact the teacher for joining details. Contact details are under ‘Teachers’ section.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
  10:00 – 11:00
General Level 1
Amina Kassam-Bunce
Hybrid
Jiva Health, Wimbledon. 
10:00 – 11:30
Beginners Level 2
Sarah Donnelly
Face to face
Bramley Road, Cheam
10:00 – 11:30
Beginners  Level 2
Sarah Donnelly
Online
     
  11:00 – 12:15
General Level 1 Pauline Ronksley
Face to Face Teddington Pool & Fitness Centre
    9:30 – 10:30
Beginners Level 2
Pauline Ronksley
Online
9:00 – 10:30
General Level 1
Anna Holmes
hybrid Class
Raeburn Ave, Surbiton
 
13:15 – 14:45
Beginners Level 1
Charlotte Palmer Face to Face Henrietta Parker Building
13:15 – 14:45
General Level 1
(Not running summer 2022)
Charlotte Palmer
Face to Face
Henrietta Parker Building
12:30 – 14:00
General Level 1
Judith Richards
Alternating weeks online/face to face
Face to Face weeks at Long Ditton Village Hall
  12:30 – 13:30
Beginners Level 2
Sarah Donnelly
Online
11:30 – 12:30
General Level 1
Amina Kassam-Bunce Face to Face Better Gym Teddington

 

    19:00 – 20:30
General Level 1 and Beginners
Amina Kassam-Bunce
Face to Face
Long Ditton Village Hall
       
18:00 – 19:15
General Level 1
Amina Kassam-Bunce
Face to Face
West Horsley Village Hall
17:30- 19:00
General Level 2
Judith Richards
Hybrid Long
Ditton Village Hall
19:00 – 20:30
General 1
Anna Holmes
hybrid Class
Raeburn Ave, Surbiton
17:00 – 18:15
General 1
Anna Holmes
Hybrid Class,
Raeburn Ave, Surbiton
 

 

 

 

19:15 – 20:45
General Level 1
Jane Howard
Alternating weeks online/face to face Long Ditton Village Hall
19:15 – 20:15
General Level 1
Fiona Hill
Face to Face
Teddington Pool & Fitness Centre


 

 

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.

 

Venues

Make sure you come a few minutes early to introduce yourself to the teacher and discuss your previous experience and any injuries or medical conditions. You can download a registration form to fill in and bring with you to your first class.

18 Raeburn Ave, Surbiton, KT5 9DP
Better Gym, 20-28 Broad Street, Teddington, TW11 8QZ
Bramley Road, Cheam, Surrey, SM2 7LR
Henrietta Parker Centre, Ray Road, Molesey KT8 2LG
Jiva Health, 19A Wimbledon Bridge, Wimbledon, SW19 7NH
Long Ditton Village Hall, 2 Ewell Road, KT6 5LE
Teddington Pools and Fitness Centre, Vicarage Road, Teddington, TW11 8EZ
West Horsley Village Hall 99 The Street  West Horsley  Leatherhead  KT24 6DD

Teachers

  • Judith Richards

    Tel: 07761 078251

    Email: yogadham223@gmail.com


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

    Alternating Online and face to face classes:
    Wed 12:30 – 14:00, General level 1
    Hybrid classes:
    Tues 17:30 – 19:00, General Level 2 

  • Anna Holmes

    Tel: 07528 848474

    Email: annaholmes1955@gmail.com


    Level 1 teacher, qualified 2008
    hybrid classes:
    Wed 19:00 – 20:30, General Level 1
    Sat 9:00 – 10:30am, General Level 1
    Thurs 17:00 – 18:15 General Level 1

  • Jane Howard

    Tel: 07768 023213

    Email: janehoward111@hotmail.com


    Level 1 teacher, qualified 2002
    Alternating Online and face to face classes:
    Tues 19:15 – 20:45pm, General Level 1

  • Charlotte Palmer

    Email: lottebythesea@yahoo.co.uk


    Level 2 teacher
    Face to face classes:
    Mon 13:15 – 14:45 and Tues 13:15 – 14:45:
    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
    Online classes:
    Thurs 10 - 11:30 Beginners Level 2
    Fri 12:30 – 13:30 Beginners Level 2
    Face to face classes:
    Wed 10 - 11:3,  Beginners Level 2

  • Amina Kassam-Bunce

    Tel: 07787 985215

    Email: info@aminadesigns.co.uk


    Level 1 teacher
    Hybrid classes:
    Tues 10:00 - 11:00, General Level 1

    Face to face classes:
    Sat 11:30 - 12:30, Beginners Level 2
    Wed 19:00 – 20:30, Beginners Level 2 and General Level 1

    Mon 18:00 – 19:15 General Level 1

     

  • Pauline Ronksley

    Email: paulineronksley@gmail.com


    Level 1 teacher, qualified 2019
    Online classes:
    Fri 9:30 - 10:30a, Beginners Level 2
    Face to face classes:
    Tues 11:00 - 12:15

  • Fiona Hill

    Email: fionadhill@hotmail.com


    Level 1 teacher
    Face to face classes:

    Wed 19:15 - 20:15

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What is 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 Sri 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

Training to teach Iyengar yoga is through a mentoring scheme. If you have been practising for at least three years and you and your regular teacher think you are ready, you can find a teacher to be your mentor and then register with IY(UK) (www.iyengaryoga.org.uk) as a trainee. Your mentor can be your regular teacher or your teacher can help you find a suitable teacher to mentor you in addition to themselves. Training takes place over a minimum of three years and includes the philosophy underpinning yoga, and anatomy, as well as teaching skills. When you and your mentor(s) think you are ready, you will have a formal assessment to qualify you to teach.

Contact

For class enquiries please contact the class teacher (see Teachers for contact details) or contact us via Amina at info@aminadesigns.co.uk or via Jane on 07768 023213.