Iyengar Yoga New Year Retreat

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Fri 07Jan
Sun 09Jan

Start the year with your feet on the ground and your heart uplifted

Facilitator: Jenny May-While

A nourishing retreat for those with some experience who are interested in developing a balanced and meaningful yoga practice.

Enjoy a combination of asana class, pranayama, philosophy and contemplative practices, with time for rest and walks. The experience will challenge, rejuvenate and revitalise, inspiring participants to make their own ongoing exploration of the relationships between body, mind and breath as taught in the tradition of BKS Iyengar.

Please note new dates Friday 7 – Sunday 9 January 2022


Event time: Fri 7th Jan 2022 at 11:30am - Sun 9th Jan 2022 at 4:00pm

 At a glance

  • Morning pranayama and asana to open and prepare the body and mind.
  • Philosophy discussions and afternoon asana to inspire and energise.
  • In-depth teaching of inversions (head-stand, shoulder-stand or alternatives) and two daily sessions of deep guided relaxation to enable a sustainable reduction of stress.
  • Good food, rest and fresh air to ensure a sense of contentment

Participants will gain

  • Expert tuition in asana and pranayama, and an introduction to yoga philosophy
  • Individual attention to specific needs and personal support
  • Practical guidance on how to establish and sustain a regular home-practice
  • A profound sense of wellbeing; when what you want, what you have and what you need are all aligned

Yoga practice has been proven to have a multitude of benefits, not limited to the physical ones of increased strength, flexibility and health. It teaches tools that help us rediscover the integration of the body and the mind, and ultimately leads the practitioner towards spiritual wisdom

This short course is planned around a skilful distribution of energies. There will be three main areas of practical study:

Asana (yogic posture)

The Iyengar approach to the practice of asana offers a stable framework through which to explore potentials of growth, movement and stillness.

Pranayama (extension and prolongation of breath)

Introduction to some preliminary pranayama techniques, reaching towards the subtle manifestations of consciousness expressed through the breath.


Discussion of some of the basic precepts of yoga philosophy and their practical application in everyday life.

About Iyengar Yoga

BKS Iyengar was one of the first teachers to bring yoga to the West in the 1950s. Iyengar’s teaching concentrates on correct alignment and precision in the yogasanas (poses), and logical sequencing, to provide a balanced, safe and progressive practice suited to students of all types and abilities. Often misunderstood as a purely physical approach to yoga, Iyengar used the tangible (the physical body) to reach towards the intangible (the soul). He said ‘My body is my bow, the asanas are my arrows, to hit the target, my soul’.

You are warmly invited to come and explore the dance of embodied consciousness. You will leave feeling invigorated, peaceful and strong – in body, mind and spirit.

Price Options

£400 Single Room
£360 Shared Room
£300 Non-Residential


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Practical Information

Retreat begins on Friday with registration from 11.30am and lunch at 1.00pm. The event ends with afternoon tea at 4.00pm on Sunday.A minimum 6 months of regular attendance at yoga classes required, as this course is not for complete beginners.

Health problems accommodated for- please contact us with health details so that we can plan appropriately and bring any extra equipment that may be needed.

Iyengar yoga kit preferred: 1 mat, 2 belts, 2 blankets, 2 bricks, 4 foam blocks, 1 bolster (optional). If this is not possible, we may have some for hire. Please enquire.
Please bring slippers or indoor shoes, loose comfortable clothing and layers. Bring outdoor clothing and footwear to enjoy the gardens and woodlands.

Jenny May-While

Jenny-May has been practicing yoga since 1997. She has since studied with advanced teachers in India, Europe and the UK and has been teaching professionally since 2011. She is a student of Jayne Orton, Faeq Biria and Gitte Bechsgaard.
In 2014 she founded Hereford Yoga CIC, a not-for-profit social enterprise with the aim of making Iyengar yoga more widely recognised and practised, especially amongst hard to reach groups. She is Managing Director of Hereford Yoga Centre.
Jenny-May’s classes are up-beat and down-to-earth. Her creative approach is designed to promote a serious exploration of the subject in a friendly and inclusive environment.

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