Welcome to the BDIYI
The virtual home of Bradford & District Iyengar Yoga
Committed to promoting the practice and philosophy of Iyengar yoga in Yorkshire and Lancashire
Iyengar Yoga Classes & Workshops
The BDIYI also holds events with guest teachers from overseas and elsewhere in the United Kingdom.
Iyengar Yoga in Yorkshire & Lancashire
Bradford & District Iyengar Yoga holds a lively program of events that are always well attended
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With your membership you will also receive membership to the Iyengar Yoga Association UK
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Frequently Asked Questions


Answers to our most frequently asked questions can be revealed by clicking on each question. Can’t find the answer to your question? Please contact us and we will get back to you.

Why choose Iyengar yoga?

One of the most respected methods in the world today, considered unique for its approach it focuses on the correct precision and alignment of the body. Teachers spend many years working to rigorously high standards to ensure their own practice and teaching ability meet the exacting requirements of the Iyengar method.

What are the benefits of yoga?

Through the practice of postures (asanas) the body is taught to open, extend and lengthen. This helps to improve breathing, circulation and bodily functions. Through regular attendance students find that they gain strength and agility as well as enhancing both physical and mental well being.

What should I expect?

At the beginning of each class there is a settling time, the class will then proceed through a combination of demonstration and instruction. Our teachers are experienced and fully qualified to help students with their progress. They may verbally instruct or give physical adjustments with the use of props such as blankets, bolsters, belts or chairs.

I’m pregnant. Can I still practice yoga?

Yes, but if you are beginner (less than 5 year’s Iyengar yoga experience) you are advised to take a break between your 8th and 14th week. Inform your yoga teacher immediately you become pregnant. 

Do I need my own mat?

For most classes, you will need to bring your mat, some teachers may provide equipment, contact the teacher direct. 

What should I wear?

Wear clothes that allow you to move freely. Avoid anything baggy or too long: it’s important you and the yoga teacher can see your knees and feet. Most people wear shorts or leggings and a T-shirt. Yoga is always practised in bare feet.

Can I eat and drink before yoga classes?

Yoga should be practised on an empty stomach, so leave at least four hours after a main meal, or two hours after a snack. It is recommended that you don’t drink water during the class. Yoga does not create a great thirst while practising better to drink plenty before and after the class.

I have an injury, a bad back, or other health problems. Can yoga help?

Many students start practising with back pain, or other common ailments, and they find yoga helps. Tell your yoga teacher about any injuries or health problems before the class starts. For more serious conditions, our specialised Yoga Therapy Class maybe appropriate. The class takes place on Thursday from 16:00 – 17:30 at Keighley Leisure Centre. Booking is essential. 
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The BDIYI holds a programme of special events throughout the year with national and international Iyengar yoga teachers.

Check out our events page for the latest info and on how to book.

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Join the  BDIYI and receive membership to the Iyengar Yoga Association UK as well as: local newsletters, reduced ticket prices to events and a free copy of the IYA UK magazine

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