Posts Tagged ‘London’

London: May 7 – 8, 2019

August 8, 2019

Workshop at Oakside Yoga Studios

Adho Mukha Svanasana. The blocks under the elbows support and correct a carrying angle. The belt holds stubborn elbows in.

Here is Dave Dayes (who runs this studio from his home) with a belt below his elbows and just his head supported which quiets the brain. It also gives him another point of contact with the solid ground from which he can better sweep the sides of his hips up and back.

Adho Mukha Svanasana. The belts are organized in such a way as to strengthen the lower back spinal muscles.

Urdhva Dhanurasana from a Chair gives tremendous upper body expansion, and space through the shoulder joints.

Urdhva Dhanurasana from a chair and a half-round block. Push up from a chair (and develop your pushing power) if pushing up from the floor seems like it’s a long way off.

If pushing up from the floor with stiff or weak wrists is painfull then try pushing up into Urdhva Dhanurasana with a slant board under the heels of the hands. Next time this student practices this pose, if she first observes this picture, she she will see that she needs to move her shoulders forward to eventually align them above her wrists. The foam block gives us a reference point: do not turn the toes out! Touch the block with the entire inner edge of the feet.

Similarly, Urdhva Dhanurasana with a (widthwise) block between the feet, and a rolled blanket under the hands. Move the arms toward the wall. Push the heels and hands down, roll the outer knees to the inner knees and lift the tailbone and shoulders.

Urdhva Dhanurasana. To open up the space behind the knees, move the backs of the thighs toward the buttock crease. You are looking to get the forearm bones and shinbones parallel to each other. Another instruction for this super flexible student: ” Maintain good resistance in your joints: roll your upper arms in toward your head; fix your deltoids back onto your shoulder girdle”.

Once you can push up from the floor in Urdhva Dhanurasana, you are ready to drop back to the wall and then walk down. Coil your front body around your back body as much as you can (not forgetting to raise you back ribs) before taking the arms over.

Here’s Dave, flipping up and over from the chair support to the floor.

Dropping back from Tadasana to Urdhva Dhanurasana. Just before your hands touch the floor, move them back toward your feet.

I’m not sure that the belt around his hands was such a good idea…

We helped this student lift her shoulders and chest so she could straighten her arms.


©2019 Bobby Clennell.

London: April 7 – 8, 2018

June 9, 2018

Workshop at Oakside Yoga Studios, London.

Adho Mukha Virasana: rest the sides of your torso on the inner thighs. If you are stiff, take the thighs wider.

Push the floor away with the hands. Press up through the inner edges of the soles of the feet, especially at the base of the big toe. Roll the outer edges of the feet down.

Move the head of the shoulder blades forward (away from the wall), and the bottom of the shouder blades back to the wall.

Savasana with your bolster accross the thighs quiets and softens the pelvic area.

Photos by Dave Dayes.

© 2018 Bobby Clennell.

London: May 2

August 11, 2016

Workshop at The Iyengar Yoga Studio, East Finchley.


Uttitha Hasta Padangustasana 1 on The Ropes. We help her roll her outer thigh down while moving her standing leg thigh back to the wall. She presses her standing leg foot down, and raises her spine and chest.


Uttitha Trikonasana on the ropes. Anchoring your back foot to the wall, and holding the rope will help give you the momentum needed to extend your torso away from the wall.


Ardha Chandrasana on the ropes. Turn your head back, move your dorsal spine and tailbone forward.


Rope Sirsasana. Secure the upper arm bones into the sockets — overlap the triceps onto the deltoids, and the deltoids onto the shoulder-blades.


Rope Urdhva Mukha Svanasana. Similarly, maintain the connection of your upper arms and shoulders.


Viparita Dandasana. Firm your shoulder-blades onto your upper back ribs. Walk your hands along the belt toward the wall.


I always enjoy teaching for Patsy Sparksman at her studio in East Finchley, London,

© 2016 Bobby Clennell.

Geneva & London; April, 2015

August 2, 2015

Book Signings

Signing books at YOGALAC in Geneva, Switzerland.



Book signing, English style, with biscuits and tea at Oakside Yoga Studios in South London.


I go back a very long way with my old friends Barbara Hicks and Dave Dayes, who run Oakside Yoga Studios in South London, UK.

Workshop at North East London Iyengar Yoga Institute, a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to assist and support the development and provision of Iyengar yoga, and to provide a focus for those studying Iyengar yoga in the local area (north and north-east London).

Getting those trapezium muscles down.


You need a long belt for this. Drop the ends of the belt over your shoulders.


Take a hold of the belt and pull the crossed ends down at the back. Anchor the diagphramatic band to the lumber: “Docking the boat”  (which means, don’t make a back bend).


Sit in Virasana. Prepare for Pariangasana over a tall block, by lifting the chest and extending the spine.


Confidently maintaining your extension, sentivily lower the spine over the block, which should be positioned on the thoracic spine, directly behind the breast bone.



Curve over the block without tipping it. Press the sit bones straight down (no tucking!). The arms can be straight or folded. Some students may feel the need to support their head.

© 2015 Bobby Clennell.

Spring workshops 2013

June 26, 2013

It’s been a very busy spring.


I began in upstate New York at Clear Yoga, a flourishing Iyengar Yoga studio  in Rhinebeck. This place is much appreciated by the Iyengar yoga community in the area.


Ustrasana (Camel Pose). When practicing this pose without help, focus on your breath: inhale from the lower abdomen; exhale from the upper abdomen.

Manchester, UK

The Manchester and District Iyengar Yoga Institute (MDIIY) was founded in 1972 by Jeanne Maslen. I felt a tremendous sense of history, camaraderie and commitment to community at this, the first established Iyengar Yoga Institute in the world.


Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose). Press down through the outer heels.


Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose). Forming a square with your right lower leg and thigh, coil your right buttock under; press your right back ribs forward and slide your right shoulder-blade in toward your spine. Revolve your chest to the left.


Preparation for Parsvottanasa (Extended Side Stretch Pose). Revolve you hips and torso to the right, line up the center of your chest and pelvis with the inner edge of your right leg. Press down through your outer left heel.


I taught four classes on the Elements and the Koshas at the Iyengar Studio in London. I love teaching at this studio and I love coming back to London, the city of my birth.


Bristol, UK

Bristol — the birthplace of Cary Grant, Banksy, and the home of Yogawest: the Heart of Iyengar Yoga in Bristol.


Demonstrating Parivrttaikapada Sirsasana (Revolved Split-Legged Headstand). When turning to the right, lift both inner upper arms and shoulders; scoop up the right shoulder blade and press it forward toward the right lung.


I taught inversions to this very strong group of Iyengar Yoga teachers. Mukta Hasta Sirsasna (Free-handed Headstand). Your head, neck and back need to be very strong, and you need to be steady on your head before you can do this pose independent of the wall.


Demonstrating Uttana Padasana (Extended Leg Pose). Use your inner eye to align yourself, making your arms and legs parallel. After this we brought our hands together.


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Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana over a raised chair with three bolsters. Keep your knees low to insure that the dorsal spine opens up over the support.

Göteborg, Sweden

On to Göteborgs Yoga Centrum. Here I taught a wall-to-wall, three day women’s Intensive. As in other countries I have taught this subject, it seems that women are not taking enough time to rest after the birth of their babies. In the Iyengar method, yoga practice is built up slowly and systematically after delivery. This protects the health and energy of the mother. It also helps the child, as it ensures a healthy supply of breast milk. Iyengar Post- partum yoga, when practiced according to Iyengar guidelines, leaves a healthy imprint throughout a woman’s life.

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With my host Leela Grethe Hansen, founder of Yoga Centrum.

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This drive-in multi-story parking vessel is moored along the quayside in Göteborg.

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Helping a student in Triang Mukaika Pada Paschimottanasana (Half-Hero in Seated Forward Bend Pose). It is important for breast health when sitting, standing, but particularly when bending forward where the front chest tends to get compressed, to open up and lengthen the ribs that are just below the breasts.

Tuscany, Italy


With my host, translator and assistant Vicki Vollmer, preparing for Parsvottanasana (Extended Side Stretch Pose). Stretch your arms back, place your fingers on the wall bringing an even pressure through both hands, and lift up through the spine.


Parsvottanasana (Extended Side Stretch Pose). Extend the trunk forward over the front leg; lift your front leg foot and kneecap; maintaining the length of the shinbone, carefully place the ball of the foot back on the floor (keep your front leg toes light!).


Pada Hastasana (Hands to Feet Pose). Stamp on your hands and draw the forearm bones up to open up your wrists. This is particularly helpful for those who experience wrist pain.


Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend Pose) with the heels lower than the sole of the foot. Press your heels to the floor. Make sure that your hips are over your feet to really open up your hamstrings.

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Here is Viki Vollmer with Simone and Vispo seeing me off at Pisa airport. I had a wonderful time teaching a workshop for her in Pietrasanta, Tuscany.

Spring 2012

May 12, 2012

In early March I taught a Workshop for Shaaron Honeycutt at
 Allied Yoga, in 
Charlottesville, VA. It was a joy to meet the teaching team there. Sara Pope Agelasto came and recorded the workshop for her website iHanuman. These recordings will be available for download soon. I am currently making drawings of the poses I taught that weekend. Practicing along with the sound is made so much easier when you have some visuals to refer to. When you download any of these classes you will be able to print out a copy of my drawings. Recordings from a workshop I taught for Studio Bamboo in Virginia Beach are still available from iHanuman.

Lifting through the groins: preparing for pinchamyorasana.

Lifting through the groins with the feet raised: adho mukha svanasana.

Marichyasana III.

Virabhadrasana I.

Signing a copy of “The Women’s Yoga Book”.

Here are some pictures from my spring 2012 teaching tour.

The first workshop was in Edinburgh, Scotland where I taught for Yoga Stable. I enjoyed being with my host, Annamaria Sacco and happy to re-connect with senior teacher, Elaine Pigeon who also helped organize part of the event. I am really looking forward to teaching in Edinburgh in the spring 2013.

Urdhva baddangullyasana in utitha padangustasana

Urdhva baddangully asana in utitha padangustasana.

Urdhva hasta padasana.

Parvritta trikonasana.

Sarva, High Wycombe, pehaps the largest Iyengar yoga studio in the UK was my next port of call. It is a beautiful space. Sheila Haswell, the daughter of my fellow teacher Lillian Biggs, who passed away recently, was my host. Along with her friend and mine, senior teacher, Jean Maslen, Lillian was responsible for establishing the strong Iyengar yoga community in Manchester.

Next was a return trip to Dublin, one of my most favorite places. Eileen Cameron presided over the event with charm, humor and calm guiding. I am invited to teach at the Dublin Iyengar Yoga Institute again in the spring 2013.

Ekapada adho mukha svanasana.

Ekapada adho mukha svanasana.


Urdhva dhanurasana.


In Denmark I asked my host, Kirsten Dalsgaard, of Studie Yoga, to model for the drawings that will accompany the iHanuman, Allied Yoga sound recordings. Here is one of those photos. Stayed tuned, I am about to get started on these drawings any minute now!


The studio was situated in Allerod, a “township” about half an hours drive from Copenhagen. Bike lanes are tunneled into the landscape, so that the local children are never at risk from traffic.

Bike lane.

Supta baddhakonasana/paryankasana.

Preparing for urdhva dhanurasana.

Next, a trip up to London, the city of my birth. On a beautiful sunny day I taught a workshop at The Iyengar Yoga Studio, East Finchley. Mostly teachers attended. The room holds twenty, but somehow twenty-four showed up. Twenty-four Iyengar yoga teachers however, know how to take care of themselves in a tight space, stay out of trouble and still enjoy the class!

Patsy Sparksman had this beautiful Patanjali made in Pune especially for her studio.

One of a kind statue of Patanjali.

Last but not least, I made a return trip to the pine forests of Northern Sweden to teach for Kristina Berglund at Iyengar Yogaskolan, Pitea. I was so happy to reconnect with the students I met and taught last year. Stay tuned for photos.

© 2012 Bobby Clennell.