News and Announcements

NELIYI Committee - hello and goodbye in the workshops team

Posted by Ros Bell, Wednesday, 21st January 2015 @ 12:28pm

  • As the new year gets underway, our Committee says a grateful farewell to Judith Simo, who is stepping down after over two years with us on the Committee's workshops team. Late last year, we also said goodbye to Sev Kanay, who has worked hard for NELIYI in several roles, not only organising our workshops, but Chairing NELIYI. A warm thank you to both of these valued teacher members.

    Back in the workshop team is our Secretary, Nancy Clarke, who once more will act as organiser for the teachers' Professional Development Day - thank you, Nancy. And we are delighted to welcome Naomi Braybrooke onto the Committee, taking on the role of Workshops organiser. Events will soon be appearing on this website!

    Happy new year.

Guruji's birthday, and also Geetaji's

Posted by Ros Bell, Sunday, 14th December 2014 @ 3:15pm

  • On 14 December 2014 BKS Iyengar would have been 96 years old. Although he died four months ago, we still celebrate his birthday and his memory. His life and teaching will continue to inspire us for the years to come.

    We are fortunate in having members of the Iyengar family and other fine teachers to guide us still, and so we delight too in marking Geeta Iyengar's 70th birthday (a week ago). Geeta celebrated by holding a special course of teaching in Pune this month, which a few NELIYI teacher members were privileged to attend.

    As the year draws to a close, NELIYI is getting ready for a busy year ahead, commemorating Guruji in our ongoing practice, and supporting the teaching of Iyengar yoga in our local area.

Renewing your NELIYI membership

Posted by Ros Bell, Wednesday, 1st October 2014 @ 12:45am

  • 1st October is the start of NELIYI's membership year, so most of our members have received renewal notices and renewed - thank you very much. If you haven't yet renewed, now is an excellent time to do it: just click on the  Joining NELIYI  tab above, and you'll find the updated 2014-15 subscription form for convenient and secure online payment.

    We understand that a few people received a renewal reminder from us even though they had already renewed; we apologise for any confusion caused by this. If you are not sure whether you have renewed or not, send our membership secretary, Norma, an email, and she'll let you know. (


  • Saturday, 15th November 2014 at 2pm - 5pm
    Location: East Finchley Yoga Studio, Leicester Rd., London N2 9EA

    We are looking forward to Jacky Taylor's workshop on 15 November 2014. 

    Jacky began her…


  • Sunday, 19th October 2014 at 10am - 1pm
    Location: Harringay Club, 50 Tottenham Lane, London N8 7EE

    We are delighted to welcome back John Shirbon for another workshop.

    John has over…


  • Saturday, 4th October 2014 at 2pm - 5pm
    Location: Iyengar Yoga Studio, Leicester Rd, East Finchley N2 9EA

    We are very pleased to welcome Anna Macedo for a General Workshop.

    This will be a…

Guruji BKS Iyengar passes from this life, 14 August 2014

Posted by Ros Bell, Wednesday, 20th August 2014 @ 1:09pm

  • It is with great sadness that we record the death of our much loved and respected Guruji. He passed away early this morning in Pune, after a short period of failing health. The thread of yoga which he has woven us into will continue strong, as we celebrate his life in our own, and in our practice.

This week's class at Earl Haig Hall (Thursday 12.30), Crouch End

Posted by Ros Bell, Wednesday, 13th August 2014 @ 5:34pm

  • On 14 August at Earl Haig Hall, our regular weekly class (now on Thursdays) is taught by Louise Leonard. Louise has supported this class with her great teaching since it started last year, but the switch to Thursdays will mean she is rarely able to come and teach it for NELIYI. So this week's session might be her last one for us for the time being - do come along and enjoy Louise's teaching. Next week it'll be Agnieszka, then Nancy on 28th August.
    More details on the NELIYI website (

Regular weekly yoga class in Crouch End, Thursdays 12.30

  • Thursday, 7th August 2014 at 12:30pm - 2pm, Thursday, 14th August 2014 at 12:30pm - 2pm, Thursday, 21st August 2014 at 12:30pm - 2pm, Thursday, 28th August 2014 at 12:30pm - 2pm
    Location: Earl Haig Hall, Elder Avenue, Crouch End, N8 9TH

    This weekly class in the heart of Crouch End is taught by experienced, qualified Iyengar Yoga…

Weekly yoga class in Crouch End now on Thursday

Posted by Ros Bell, Wednesday, 6th August 2014 @ 11:47am

  • NELIYI's regular weekly class in Crouch End has been held on Wednesdays, but we now run the class on Thursdays, at the same time (12.30-2pm) and place (Earl Haig Hall, Elder Avenue, N8 9TH). We have shifted from the bar hall into the next-door hall (bigger and quieter). You can just turn up - it's a drop-in general class - or ring Ros for details on 07941 062321.


  • Saturday, 28th June 2014 at 2pm - 5pm
    Location: Iyengar Yoga Studio, Leicester Rd, East Finchley N2 9EA

    We are delighted to welcome Amparo Rodriguez for our next workshop. 

    Amparo started…

NELIYI Annual General Meeting

  • Sunday, 27th April 2014 at 1pm - 2:30pm
    Location: Harringay Club, 50 Tottenham Lane, N8 7EE

    All current members of NELIYI are welcome to attend and participate in our AGM (non-members may…

IY(UK) Professional Development Day (Iyengar Yoga Teachers only)

  • Sunday, 15th June 2014 at 10am - 4pm
    Location: The Gym, Ashmole Academy

    The NELIYI PD Day will be held on 15 June 2014. This day is for Iyengar Yoga teachers only. 

    • 12 people attended

Workshop with Louise Leonard (followed by NELIYI AGM)

  • Sunday, 27th April 2014 at 10am - 1pm
    Location: Harringay Club, 50 Tottenham Lane, London N8 7EE

    Louise is passionate about yoga. She has been practising Iyengar yoga since 1995 when she…

    • 10 people attended


  • Saturday, 29th March 2014 at 2pm - 5pm
    Location: Iyengar Yoga Studio, Leicester Rd, East Finchley N2 9EA

    We are very pleased to welcome Sharon Klaff for a General Workshop.

    Sharon has been an…

    • 15 people attended

Happy 95th birthday, revered Guruji

Posted by Ros Bell, Saturday, 14th December 2013 @ 5:50pm

  • Today is our much loved Yogacharya BKS Iyengar's 95th birthday.
    We are privileged to have enjoyed so many years of his teaching and wisdom, and are delighted to be celebrating this special birthday.
    Warm and humble wishes from all members of NELIYI to Guruji on this day.

Pranayama Workshop with John Shirbon

  • Saturday, 1st February 2014 at 2pm - 5pm
    Location: East Finchley Yoga Studio, Leicester Rd., London N2 9EA

    We are delighted to welcome back John Shirbon for another Pranayama Workshop.


NELIYI starts Wednesday class in N8

Posted by Ros Bell, Thursday, 31st October 2013 @ 10:32pm

  • This really is big news: NELIYI is starting a weekly class in Crouch End, taught by excellent local teachers. It's on Wednesdays, 12.30-2pm, in the Earl Haig Hall, Elder Avenue, Crouch End, N8 9TH, and is a general class, open to all, costing only £7 for NELIYI members (£6 concessionary rate for NELIYI members on a low income), and £8 for non-members.
    Earl Haig Hall is newly (re-)opened as a social club, and has been exceptionally generous to NELIYI in letting us use this lovely old hall.
    Our long-standing supporter (and quite possibly best yoga stuff supplier in the world), YogaMatters, has very kindly provided the class with mats and equipment - so all you have to do is turn up ready to practise.
    If you are new to yoga, come with an empty stomach, non-restrictive clothing, and be prepared to work in bare feet. If you have been doing yoga for years, you are also welcome - these five teachers have many decades of teaching experience between them.
    The first class is on 6th November, taught by Ros Bell. Subsequent classes will be taught by Ros, Nancy Clarke, Fran Nixon, Louise Leonard and Agnieszka Golec de Zavala (not necessarily in that order). If you have any queries about the class, you can email us via the contact button on our homepage, or ask one of these teachers.


  • Saturday, 14th December 2013 at 2pm - 5pm
    Location: East Finchley Yoga Studio, Leicester Rd., London N2 9EA

    Join us for a celebration of Guruji’s birthday with a General workshop taught by Kiran Chothe,…

NELIYI membership renewal (once is enough :-)

Posted by Ros Bell, Monday, 21st October 2013 @ 10:54am

  • Thanks to all who have renewed NELIYI membership (was due on 1st October).

    A few days ago, we emailed a reminder renewal notice, and inadvertently sent it to all recent members, instead of just those who had not yet renewed. Apologies for any confusion; if you did pay a second time, Pam will contact you to arrange a refund.

    And if you needed reminding, please renew now; you can do this online (via 'Joining NELIYI' tab).

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