Margaret first started practising Iyengar Yoga in 1968, started teaching in 1983 and gained a Senior Teaching Certificate in 1996. In 2006 she got permission from Mr BKS Iyengar to open a centre in Knutsford - dedicated to the teaching of Iyengar Yoga.
Margaret attended her first yoga class with a friend not really knowing what to expect. She was `hooked` immediately – she loved the precision, the emphasis on correct alignment in the postures and the feeling of wellbeing after the class.
Susie really enjoys teaching at the centre, where she also attends classes twice a week. This has helped to strengthen her practice, and she now holds a Junior Intermediate Level 3 certificate.
‘There is a wonderful atmosphere here.The clean, well equipped room enhances our yoga practice,
and seems to bring out the best in everyone.’ Her enthusiasm for yoga has been reinforced by a recent visit to India to study at the Iyengar Institute in Pune and she will enjoy sharing her experiences with students and colleagues.
Jill first practised yoga in her late 30s realising that cardiovascular exercise alone did not bring the physical and mental benefits that a yoga class did. She gets most satisfaction from her teaching of Iyengar yoga by witnessing the benefits that the sequencing of the poses can bring to students, many of whom have remarked that attending yoga classes has brought a significant improvement to the quality of their lives.
Jill is qualified to Intermediate Senior Level 3, and has been to the Iyengar Institute in Pune in three occasions, and attends regular workshops both in the U.K. and Europe. As the current Chair of IY UK Jill is very involved in helping all teachers and students to enjoy their yoga.
Lindsay has practised yoga for over 30 years and has been teaching for nine of them. She went to her first class after babysitting for a friend who invited her to a class and she ended up years later teaching her granddaughter.
Keeping her body and mind healthy is what attracts Lindsay to yoga and in her teaching she loves to see the effect the practice has on others – often students arrive at class tense and anxious and it gives Lindsay pleasure to see their ease and relaxation as they leave.
Jules has been studying Iyengar yoga for fifteen years and qualified to teach in 2010. It was a desire to learn more about yoga which prompted her to embark on Iyengar yoga teacher training after dismissing the idea for years because she could not master headstand, which is a prerequisite.
It was not until she came to Knutsford, and Margaret, that all her obstacles were removed and now she is delighted to be actually teaching at this wonderful yoga centre. Having introduced her 8-year-old daughter and ** year-old (!) mother to the joys of KIY, Jules is looking forward to spreading the benefits of Iyengar yoga to old and young alike.
Over 10 years ago a Physiotherapist recommended that Cath take up Yoga or Pilates after injuring her back whilst pregnant with her third child. She found a local Yoga class which happened to be Iyengar Yoga.
She fell in love with Yoga, attended class every week and found that not only did her back benefit but so did the rest of her body. She found the Iyengar method of learning and progressing very logical (although, at that stage, she didn’t know what or who an Iyengar was!).
What she loves the most is that, unlike most other physical activities where age tends to impair, slow you
down or stop you joining in, you can get better and better at yoga, you’re always learning, you’re never too old to start and you get to do things you’ve not done since you were a child like handstands and “the crab” (back arch) or in her case couldn’t do as a child. It might take a few years but “never say never”. Cath qualified as an Iyengar Teacher in 2011 and wants to pass on her enthusiasm for Iyengar Yoga to her students.
Tanja has pursued yoga since 1999 when she stumbled on an Iyengar Yoga class in the local leisure centre. She has always enjoyed exercise, but found that nothing made her feel as lovely outside and especially inside as yoga did. It felt like all the inner organs had been realigned. Initially, following classes weekly, she kept returning to yoga loving the detail and discipline that is inherent within the Iyengar method. It was when she changed to the Knutsford Iyengar Yoga Centre, where she experienced a more varied and inspiring style of teaching, that she came to think about doing the teacher training, initially to further her
own practice and then to develop a deeper understanding of the Iyengar method.
For Tanja it was a lifestyle choice that would not only benefit herself, but also her family. She found the teacher training challenging, but knew she had taken the right path. She sees herself very much at the beginning of this experience.
Teaching the Iyengar method now for Tanja is more a sharing and communication of the knowledge she has gained. She enjoys witnessing her students’ growing enthusiasm and feeling the benefits that this extremely safe method of yoga brings. She believes that the Iyengar method is truly for everyone and that you are never too old to benefit from this ancient practice.
11 Branden Drive, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8EJ
It is Iyengar yoga's attention to the details
that helps us develop strength as well as flexibility allowing us to experience the wonderful feeling of the mind, body and spirit being supported and
nourished. I love that everyone no matter their age,
shape, size or ability can benefit from Iyengar yoga.
Teaching here at Knutsford, where I also attend classes, is just the best.
The atmosphere here really lends itself to the
practice of yoga. We have all the equipment to ensure everyone can get the best out of their practice
and the building itself, no matter the weather,
is like a warm hug encouraging and supporting us along our way.
Rebecca enjoys practising as well as teaching yoga. She has played squash and taught children squash and knows that at a certain age one has to stop playing such sports whereas with yoga one can carry on to a ripe old age! She likes to think that maybe with practice she can improve with age - which is generally the opposite to lots of other physical activities – and continue practising for the rest of her life.
She feels constantly humbled by the depth and breadth of yoga as a subject and hopes to pass on what she knows to her students. Yoga can be very helpful during the stressful times in life (she has three children) and practising yoga can improve the quality of life.
Her interest and love of the subject has grown steadily over the years.
She continues to develop her own practice and regularly attends workshops and intensive courses. She has made a number of visits abroad to further her knowledge and experience as well as attending classes with the Iyengar family at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in India. She feels she has been very fortunate to have been able to attend classes taught by Mr Iyengar himself.
For many years she was a Committee Member of the Manchester and District Institute of Iyengar Yoga as well as being a member of the National Iyengar Yoga Association (UK) Executive Council. As a member of the Executive Council she held the post of Treasurer and then became the Vice Chair as well as being one of the main organisers of the Association`s Annual Conventions.
Margaret still enjoys teaching classes for complete beginners as well as teaching at a higher level for more experienced students.
Karen began practising Iyengar Yoga in 2007 when she was lucky enough to find the Knutsford Iyengar Yoga Centre.
She started classes with Margaret Carter and immediately felt not only the physical benefit from the classes but the quietening and calming effect of the mind. She loves the precision and detail in the teaching of Iyengar Yoga and attends as many workshops at the Centre to help further and deepen her practice. The Centre is an ideal place to be a student and has a wonderful atmosphere that is conducive to the practice of yoga.
Karen qualified as an Introductory Level Iyengar Yoga Teacher in 2016 and is delighted to be a part of the dedicated team of teachers at the Centre and is really looking forward to sharing her passion for Iyengar Yoga with others.
First and foremost, Richard is a dedicated student of Iyengar Yoga. He is very committed to his yoga practise because of it’s wholistic teaching. The whole system of Iyengar Yoga brings him benefits physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Richard commenced Iyengar Yoga in January 2012 and qualified as an Introductory Iyengar Yoga teacher in June 2017. He teaches the subject with a drive and passion to share what he has learned. Richard strives in his teaching to share the wholistic benefits of Iyengar Yoga.