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5-day Iyengar Yoga Residential

Asana & Pranayama Practice







An exploration of the legendary asanas, pranayama and universal principles of B.K.S.Iyengar


Course Dates 2020

The first course is based on

Iyengar Yoga - Basic Foundation - Introductory Asanas


Course No 1 - AUTUMN

Thursday 23rd April 2020 - Monday 27th April 2020 

                                     **BOOKINGS OPEN**



Course No 2 - SPRING



Class schedule for the 5days

08h00 – 12h00     Asana practice

12h00 – 14h00     Break

14h00 – 17h00     Asana practice


*50% Deposit (R3,000) due ON or BEFORE 31st FEBRUARY 2020


** Balance of course fees due ON or BEFORE 31st MARCH 2020




For information about accommodation please visit the retreat page

for a list of recommended guesthouses and B&B's   (link below)



Please note that we do not offer accommodation or food !!











Iyengar Yoga – Universal Principles


  • Pose and repose – learn to pause after action

  • Do your actions on the exhalation – there are exceptions

  • Observation, action and reflection – be mindful of how you move

  • Foundation or base first – start from the ground up

  • Increase awareness as your practice evolves

  • Balance stability and mobility in every pose or action

  • Move your awareness from the periphery to the core, then from the core to the periphery

  • Centralize and decentralize – change your base to make it wider or narrower to help bring greater freedom and stability to your experience with yoga

  • Oppositional forces and opposing actions also being stability

  • Sequencing, timing, intricacies are key – pay attention to these as they can have a powerful effect on your experience

  • Focus on your center of gravity and sense of direction as you practice

  • The weak part is the source of the action – use yoga to strengthen areas and to relax tense ones

  • Observe cause and effect – ask yourself  “what if”, “what if I did it this way?”  “what if I tried it that way?”  “what am I doing?” and  “why am I doing it?”

An exploration of the legendary asanas

 and principles of BKS Iyengar 

in a fun – playful – and creative way



  • Explore the practice of possibility and cultivating variability in your practice 

  • Show yourself what sometimes we think is not possible – is possible

  • If we think about it in a different way – we practice it in a different way

  • Exploring variations of poses – we don’t get stuck in stabilizing in one joint configuration or have one way to do the pose

  • Life is unpredictable – life has unexpected things happen

  • Your practice, especially if we have a playful practice, exploring variability helps us to become more resilient

  • Resilience is your ability, your capacity to adapt and absorb the various stresses and strains from living life

  • It’s often the unexpected ones that really throw us, but if we are practising things differently, exploring possibilities within ourselves, then we are better able to handle the unpredictable as it happens in life – rest assured it probably will

  • We hope you will continue this exploration, stay curious and playful in your practice

  • Give yourself the opportunity to practice the poses in different ways, to vary your focus 

  • Do different types of practices  

  • Sometimes you stay low on the ground and it's exploratory. 

  • Other times you may go outside and practice in a totally new environment and see how that changes your experience.

  • Open yourself up to the practice of possibility and maybe, hopefully, cultivate deep resilience in your heart body and mind

How much more is there to learn?


  • The more we study, the more we develop a deeper passion and appreciation for yoga as an evolutionary practice.

  • Understand that all bodies are unique and the practice must take this into consideration

  • When the group of students and teachers is like-minded - the study will refine and deepen your own yoga practice.

  • Hopefully, you will gain a thorough and practical understanding of the basic asanas, including their alignment principles based on anatomy, as well as adaptations, variations, modifications with the use of props enabling you to practice with more clarity and confidence. 

  • Experience anatomical realities  - experiment to understand how the body moves, stabilizes and how this affects the asana, or how the incorrect actions of the asanas affect the body. 

10-day Iyengar Yoga Residential

Asana & Pranayama Practice II





An further exploration of the legendary asanas, pranayama and universal principles of B.K.S.Iyengar

Course Dates 2020

The second course is based on Iyengar Yoga -Basic Foundation - Intermediate Asanas

Course No 2 - SPRING

April 2020 

Course No 2 - AUTUMN

September 2020 

  Relaxed Body -

Relaxed Mind©


Restorative yoga

teachers training program 

About this program


Geeta Iyengar says that Yoga is meant for everyone and no one should be excluded from it, however, we have to practice according to our mental, spiritual and physical capacity.  Yoga is meant to give us a way to discover or rediscover ourselves.  


Modern-day life tends to dictate the way we live our lives.  Hard work and little or no time for sleep.  We hardly ever rest or take time to consciously recover to regain our spent energy.

Unlike sleep during restorative yoga, the body is consciously and actively relaxed, the organs and overall body is rejuvenated. Regular blood pressure is restored, our immune systems improved, digestion, elimination and metabolism regulated. Restoring the body during restful and conscious relaxation, our energy levels are replenished; we overcome muscle tension,  fatigue and decrease stress. With the use of various props, we can both stimulate and relax the whole body and return balance.


A well constructed restorative yoga sequence should contain amongst others gentle backbends, supported forward bends and modified inversions to calm the nerves and recharge the body’s energy.  The rewards go beyond the physical. Practice a soothing and balanced restorative practice at the end of a long day, in the middle of a stressful week or whenever you want to restore balance in your life. It uses conscious breathing – the direct link between our body and our mind – to move us into deeper levels of concentration and relaxation. The is not to become perfect but to become whole again. As the body lets go of stress and the mind quiets its constant dialogue, you come closer to understanding who you truly are and connect with your true Self.


This 5-day training program will provide you with some of the practical, essential tools, as well as hands-on training to enable you to effectively adjust students in the asanas.

You will also learn to construct restorative sequences, as well as being able to adapt the asanas for specific needs such as pregnancy, menstruation and menopause. The emotional and physical benefits of restorative yoga will become evident in their specially designed sequences.


A prerequisite to be accepted into the program is the basic study of our guide "Relaxed Body - Relaxed Mind" which is available on our website. Confirmation of attendance will be given after the completion of all training days.



Date:          t.b.c.


Cost:          R 10,000* per student *(includes the rental of all props)

                  Bookings essential



Venue:        BKS Iyengar Yoga Centre, South Africa

                    Schoemanshoek, Oudtshoorn


Bookings:   Jürgen Meusel 082-886-7568

                    or email info@iyengaryogawithdavid.com     


Training Times (all 5-days)


 07h00 – 12h00     Practical 

 12h00  – 14h00     Break

 14h00  – 17h00     Practical (continued)