"The practice of yogasana for the sake of health, to keep fit, or to maintain flexibility is the external practice of yoga. While this is a legitimate place to begin, it is not the end … Even in simple asanas, one is experiencing the three levels of quest: the external quest, which brings firmness of the body; the internal quest, which brings steadiness of intelligence; and the innermost quest, which brings benevolence of spirit." B.K.S. Iyengar.
Our beautiful studio is fully equipped for yoga and offers a range of classes suitable for absolute beginners through to experienced practitioners.
We teach traditional yoga in a safe, supportive and non-competitive environment with a strong emphasis on learning through practice.
All our teachers are Iyengar certified (or officially training) and are highly experienced practitioners, who aim to encourage and nurture each student through their own yoga process. The practice of Iyengar yoga is renowned for its ability to aid recovery from injury and correct imbalances while improving and optimising overall function of the physical body.
Yoga is a path of self transformation, available to all regardless of age, fitness or flexibility. Iyengar yoga is suitable for everybody! New students are welcome. Just scroll down to our timetable page, choose a class time that suits, and begin …
New students: If you are a beginner, or are new to Iyengar Yoga, you can start with any of the classes other than Level 2 and 2/3 classes which are for experienced Iyengar yoga students.
Bookings are required for our *courses, but for all our other classes, just turn up.
*See below for the start dates of our courses and detailed descriptions of our classes.
All students new to Iyengar yoga.
We start at the beginning. The preliminary postures, or asanas, are taught in a way that develops a foundational understanding of the method of Iyengar yoga and its use of props.
Even if you have practiced other “styles” of yoga before, start at level 1 and we can place you from there. If it is your first class please arrive ten minutes early so the teacher can ask about any specific injuries or medical conditions you may have.
Every student progresses at their own pace, depending on consistency, but on average you will spend up to a year as a Level 1 student.
For more experienced students.
In level 2 classes we start to work with more subtlety, precision, and longer timings within the postures. A wider range of asanas are introduced, including the inversions.
Regular attendance ensures steady progress.
For students who have an ongoing commitment to their practice and have already spent some time attending level 2 classes.
Here we work to refine our skill in action, and develop greater depth of perception in the practice. Sirsasana and Sarvangasana should already be established (unless contraindicated).
To get the most from these classes, regular attendance is expected.
General (weekday classes)
Suitable for all students.
General classes are taught in the same progression as above, but all students are mixed in together. Beginners therefore also benefit from working in with, and observing, more experienced students. New students will be given alternative postures when more experienced students are practicing inversions and other asanas not suitable for beginners.
Restorative Class (R)
BKS Iyengar originally developed not just the use of props in yoga, but he also developed restorative yoga as a practice in itself, which is now very popular and widely appreciated for its therapeutic benefits.
The restorative classes are slower in pace with an emphasis on quietening physically, emotionally and mentally. These classes are especially helpful to relieve stress, tension, anxiety and to balance and soothe the central nervous system. Restorative practice is especially helpful to maintain a healthy immune system.
Quite simply, restorative yoga makes you feel better!
The Sunday night Restorative session is the perfect way to rejuvenate at the end of your week.
Led Class: First Sunday of the Month
In this class Jo will guide you through a general sequence of asana. The asana name will be given and Jo will do the asana so you will have a visual cue. Other than that, there will be little or no verbal instruction.
This is a more reflective yoga experience than a regular class. It helps to grow a sense of ownership of your practice and can be a way to develop your personal practice.
You will have the benefit of the energy and motivation of a group, along with the space, props and time within the studio.
This class will be suitable for regular Level 2 and Level 3 students. The led class is the first Sunday of every month from 8.00 — 9.30am.
The Iyengar Yoga Certification and Assessment process as set out by B.K.S. Iyengar is world renowned for its thoroughness and rigour. The training process spans years, and once the candidate successfully passes assessment and becomes certified, they continue their training with senior teachers, and work to further develop their practice-based understanding and skill as teachers.
Tessa has been practising Iyengar yoga for 27 years. In 1998 she started teaching classes at the Aro Valley Community Hall and has been teaching ever since. At the start of 2007, Tessa opened the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Wellington.
Tessa is an intuitive, empathetic and observant teacher. She is dedicated to teaching yoga in a way that enables students to understand for themselves, so that their practice will engage and support them mentally, emotionally and physically throughout their lives.
In the class situation, Tessa teaches to the individual and encourages students to develop their depth of perception within the practice.
Tessa has studied with Geeta Iyengar at conventions in Auckland (2003), Australia (2010) and Yoganusasanam Pune (2015) and has also studied with the Iyengars at the RIMYI, India.
Tessa is a JI 3 certified Iyengar teacher and is on the Assessment and Teacher Training Committee for the Iyengar Yoga Association of New Zealand.
Tessa has been studying under the guidance of her teacher, Peter Thomson, for 20 years, and is immensely grateful to Peter for the teachings and inspiration.
Tessa teaches all the evening classes other than Wednesday night Level 1, she also teaches the Thursday and Saturday morning classes, workshops and retreats.
Jo started Iyengar yoga in 1996 and was quickly captivated by the practice of yoga, finding it both challenging and inspiring. She commenced teaching in 2001.
Jo creates a warm, supportive environment for students. She is interested in how asana can be transformative not only on a physical level but also on an emotional and energetic level.
Jo studies regularly with senior Iyengar yoga teachers including her teacher, Peter Thomson, and she has visited Pune, India to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute two times (July 2010 and July 2018). Jo is Iyengar certified at JI 3 level and is on the Executive Committee for the Iyengar Yoga New Zealand.
Jo has degrees in Political Science and Sport Science, she has worked in recruitment advertising and in communications.
Jo teaches the Tuesday and Sunday 10am classes and she also teaches the monthly Sunday Led Class and workshops.
Agata was first introduced to yoga in 2000 at one of Poland’s oldest Iyengar yoga studios. However, it wasn’t until 2006 that she fully committed and started to practice daily. When she moved to Wellington in 2010 she started attending Tessa’s classes, which greatly helped her to take her practice to a new, deeper level.
In early 2014 Agata began her training towards a teaching certificate with Peter Thomson. In May 2018 she passed her Introductory Level 2 assessment and is now a fully certified Iyengar yoga teacher. Agata sees teaching as a natural extension of her practice, and finds it to be a deeply fulfilling experience. She hopes her teaching will assist others on their own yoga path.
Agata teaches the Wednesday 7.15pm Level 1 class.
Gina started Iyengar yoga in 2004 when she was expecting her first daughter. She found yoga immensely beneficial during pregnancy and after that a welcome respite when her children were young.
She started attending Tessa’s classes in 2011 and is now a certified Iyengar teacher. Through her teaching she hopes to share the Iyengar values of inclusiveness and persistence and strives to remember that yoga is a discipline learnt and practiced over a lifetime.
Gina has an honours degree in English and, after working as a book editor for almost twenty years, now writes books of her own.
Gina teaches the Beginner Courses, Monday and Wednesday 10am classes, and the Level 1 on Sunday at 11.45am as well as regularly filling in for other teachers.
Penny started her first journey into Iyengar yoga in 1997 under the teaching of Louisa Potter, at that time in Nelson at the Nelson Yoga Centre. After a few years she traveled to India to develop her practice and understanding. She studied under Sharat Arora, in Dharamsala learning the art of asana sequencing and yoga therapy. She then stayed in India for a year travelling and studying as much as she could before returning back to New Zealand.
After a few years starting a family Penny completed her teacher training in 2007 with Susie Lever and she holds an Introductory Level 2 certification. Penny likes to create yoga sequences that challenge, nourish and deepen the practice allowing organically the body time to open or release within the asanas. Her classes will be light but challenging focusing on alignment.
After a couple of years break Penny is returning to teaching. Penny has a Bachelor in Sport and Recreation and works in the events and visits industry nationally. Penny teaches the early morning Friday class.
Rosie began practicing Iyengar yoga in 2005 as a way to maintain general health and learn to touch her toes. After traveling and experimenting with other styles of yoga, she was drawn back to the discipline and methodology of Iyengar yoga — she realised yoga is not about touching her toes but rather the cultivation of self-study and awareness through a regular yoga practice.
Rosie is an energetic and encouraging teacher who loves to share her enthusiasm for the practice with her students. She believes that yoga is for every body, for every type of body and enjoys making yoga accessible to all.
Rosie began teacher training while living in Melbourne, Australia and holds a Junior Intermediate I certificate. She continues to train with her teachers Peter and Sue Scott and has studied with the Iyengars in China (2011) and at the RIMYI, India, (2012 and 2016). In addition to yoga studies, she has degrees in film and design.
Outside of teaching, Rosie works as a UX designer and likes to rock climb. Rosie regularly fills in for other teachers.
“Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union – the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.” B.K.S. Iyengar.
B.K.S. Iyengar 14.Dec.1918 - 20.Aug.2014
B.K.S Iyengar was an influential yoga master born in southern India in 1918, and is widely credited with bringing yoga to the west. From a young age he dedicated his life to the practice, and to sharing his wisdom and passion for the art, science and philosophy of yoga. The teachings of B.K.S Iyengar are deeply grounded in the ancient Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
B.K.S Iyengar wrote many books on yoga including the modern classic, Light on Yoga, first published in 1966, and more recently the inspirational gift of a book, Light on Life.
Up until only weeks before his passing, he still practised daily at his institute, RIMYI, in Pune, India, where he lived and worked with his son and daughter, Prashant and Geeta, who are also highly esteemed teachers and authors of yoga.
Iyengar yoga (a term coined by his students) is a practical and holistic approach to the vast subject of yoga, made accessible to all, and is practised by millions of people worldwide. Iyengar Yoga is distinguished by its innovative use of props, its precision and detail to alignment within the asanas, and is renowned for its healing and therapeutic capabilities.
Please try to arrive and be ready by the class start time. Shoes off at the door and cell phones off for the duration of the class.
It is better not to eat 2-3 hours before class. No water bottles … It is better to drink before and after practising, not during.
Wear comfortable clothing, preferably that fits around the knees, or so the knees can be seen. This is so the teacher can check the alignment of the knee joint, especially if you have knee issues.
Please refrain from wearing perfumes or strong deodorants.
Remember, yoga is non-competitive … Do not be concerned with how others do, you are practising for your own yoga process.
All prices include GST.
Eftpos available (not credit).
No refunds or transfers.
Our studio is in The Bakehouse, a beautiful historic brick building from 1912. Swan Lane is a walkway between Floriditas on Cuba St and Marion St. The entrance is on the side of the "The Bakehouse", through the stainless steel door, upstairs and to the left. (Above Noble Rot Wine Bar.)
Iyengar Yoga Centre
6 Swan Lane