"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…
10 - 11.30 G
10 - 11.30 G
10 - 11.30 G
10 - 11.30 G
6.45 - 8 G
10 - 11.30 L2
12.10 - 1 G
11.45 – 1 *BYB
12.10 - 1 G
11 - 12.30 L1
5.30 - 7 L1
4.15 – 5.30 *TY
6 - 7.45 L2/3
5.30 - 7 L2
6 - 7.30 L2
6 - 7.30 L2
6 - 7.30 R2
7.15 - 8.45 L2
7.15 - 8.45 L1
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.
"Words cannot convey the value of yoga. It has to be experienced." B.K.S. Iyengar.
Iyengar Yoga has a methodology which allows for a balanced, supportive, and safe progression of learning...
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 it’s 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.
*Beginner Courses (BC)
Regular 6 week courses:
Tuesday nights 8–9.15pm Start Dates:
This course is ideal for new students and includes six specific beginners classes.
Students start as beginners together and the course will develop confidence while starting a yoga practice.
The beginner classes are progressive, and the course is designed to build a fundamental understanding of the method of Iyengar Yoga, and its use of props.
Our courses are taught in a way that is encouraging for beginner students and will help you get started with a practice that can support you throughout your life.
This class provides a unique bonding experience that lays a firm foundation for health & well-being.
We will work with opening and restoring tired bodies to leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised.
This class has a slow and steady pace so you can stop anytime to feed or settle your baby. The babies can sleep, watch or join in, depending on their mood.
This is a wonderful way to meet other new parents while enjoying taking time to bond with your baby and to balance yourself physically, emotionally and mentally. Practising yoga after giving birth will help to gently rebuild strength and stamina and knit muscles back together.
Classes are for mothers new to yoga or returning to their practice after giving birth, and babies who are not yet too mobile. It is best to wait six weeks or more after giving birth (or three months after a caesarean). Fathers are welcome too.
Ten-week courses, running with school term. Can be joined pro rata part way through.
Wednesdays 11.45am – 1pm
2017 start dates:
Term 1: 15 Feb
Term 2: 3 May
Term 3: 26 July
Term 4: 18 Oct
This class is specialised and specific for runners, cyclists and other sportspeople!
Iyengar Yoga can be very useful in identifying and correcting faulty patterns of movement, which we all have and which with time can lead to strains and sprains. The class will focus on patterns particularly common among those who love running, cycling, climbing, hiking or playing sports. More than just increasing flexibility, this (often hard!) work can help to prevent injuries, improve speed and endurance and deepen awareness and sensitivity. Agata will teach this class.
Suitable for beginners and those with some previous yoga experience.
*Teen Yoga (TY)
Gain flexibility and strength, improve your posture and relieve stress while having fun.
Designed specifically for teens, this class is a little faster in pace but still allows time to restore and recuperate.
The class is a perfect way to work on your posture and establish healthy patterns of movement when the body is still very malleable.
During the course, yoga poses are explained and the understanding of how to practise gradually builds up. In every class the teacher modifies the poses and props as required so that the asana taught are safe and accessible to everyone.
You do not need to be flexible or strong to do yoga but these, and many more benefits, will come with practice. Held in a non-competitive and inclusive environment. Suitable for ages thirteen to eighteen.
10-week courses, running with school term. Can be joined pro rata part way through.
Thursday 4.15 – 5.30pm
2017 start dates:
Term 2: 4 May
Term 3: 27 July
Term 4: 19 Oct
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!
Restorative 1 (R1)
The new, Restorative 1 class is a great way to ease your way into this practice if you are newer to the studio. Also suitable for complete beginners (you can start with this class).
Restorative 2 (R2)
The Restorative 2 class is suitable for students who have been attending the studio’s classes regularly for a year or so and already have some understanding of Iyengar Yoga and use of props.
The Sunday night Restorative session is the perfect way to rejuvenate at the end of your week.
If you are unsure which class is right for you please contact Agata
Workshops and Retreats
In addition to the regular timetable we offer 3 hour "Yoga Sundays" with a specific focus, weekend workshops and retreats. Check the notices on our timetable page for details.
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 25 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 has been studying under the guidance of her teacher, Peter Thomson, for 18 years, and is immensely grateful to Peter for the teachings and inspiration.
Tessa teaches all the evening classes from Monday to Thursday (other than Wednesday night Level 1). Tessa 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 in July 2010 she visited Pune, India to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute.
Jo has degrees in Political Science and Sport Science, she has worked in recruitment advertising and in communications. She is married with three sons.
Jo teaches the Tuesday and Sunday 10am classes, and the Thursday lunchtime 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 completed her teacher training while living in Melbourne, Australia and holds an Introductory Level 2 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 & 2016). In addition to yoga studies, she has degrees in film and design.
Rosie teaches the Monday morning 10am and Friday night 6pm class.
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.
For Agata yoga is an essential part of life. She feels that practice sustains her on physical, mental, emotional and existential levels. Over the years, apart from being a remedy for any possible ailment, yoga has also become a journey for its own sake.
Agata is currently in training towards introductory level teaching certificate with Peter Thomson. She 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.
When not on the mat Agata is most likely to be found reading, writing or discussing philosophy as she is about to submit her PhD thesis in this subject.
Agata teaches the Wednesday 10am and 5.30pm Level 1. She also teaches the Teen class, Runners & Cyclists, the Sunday evening Restorative Classes and the Beginner Courses.
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 very young.
She started attending Tessa’s classes in 2011 and is currently training towards introductory level teaching certificate with Peter Thomson. 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 children’s book editor for a decade, has a book of her own coming out early in 2017. When she isn’t teaching or writing she can be found sewing and stuffing yoga bolsters.
Gina teaches the Tuesday lunchtime class and the Bring Your Baby class and regularly fills in for other teachers.
Amanda took her first yoga class almost 25 years ago, however it wasn't until she moved to Singapore in 2008 that she really discovered what yoga would mean in her life. Initially Amanda practiced Hatha yoga and undertook teacher training in this discipline to deepen her understanding and practice. On returning to New Zealand in 2010 she was searching for a practice that would in some way fulfill the rich, deep experiences Singapore provided. She found it in Iyengar yoga with Loris Mills in Queenstown and under her guidance became inspired toward the path of teaching Iyengar yoga. Amanda was introduced to workshops with Peter Thomson in 2013 and was very grateful that her move to Wellington still enabled her to practice under teachers of the same lineage. Amanda is currently studying towards the introductory level teachers certificate.
The patience and compassion that is evident in Amanda's teaching comes from her sincere approach to both yoga and life. Integrity takes her to the mat but it is the exploration and joy that keeps her there.
To quote Rumi "When you find a peaceful joy that is where you are near your truth." She hopes that she can help others find their "peaceful joy" in this sometimes chaotic world.
Amanda has a Diploma in Hotel Management and now owns Esque Fine Chocolate which provides her an outlet for her creativity. She is married with 3 children.
Amanda takes the 6.45am Friday class and 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.
Expiry dates are set, but cards can be topped up before expiry (excludes the 1 year card). Otherwise there are no extensions on the card, so please choose your card carefully.
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 Post Office. The entrance is on the side of the ’The Bakehouse', through the stainless steel door, upstairs and to the left.
Iyengar Yoga Centre
6 Swan Lane