Philosophy Course

About the Course

Iyengar Yoga is firmly rooted in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (an Indian sage who is believed to have lived around 200 bc). He wrote down the Yoga Sutras which had previously been passed on from Guru to teacher for thousands of years. These Yoga Sutras hold the teaching for finding a right way of living, leading towards peace and enlightenment. They are as relevant today as ever and during this course we will study the meanings of the Yoga Sutras and how we apply them to our lives.

This International course, run over two years, will guide you through the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali to bring understanding and meaning to this work. It is designed for teachers and students who are ready to explore these texts, with the aim of bringing philosophy into the yoga practice for all round development, as was originally intended. The course will also help in preparation for the philosophical aspects required in the Iyengar Yoga teaching system at all levels of assessment.

Each module will consist of philosophy lectures with Gitte Bechsgaard together with asana and pranayama practice with Sheila Haswell. For more detailed information about the content of the modules please follow this link.

  • There are four modules to the course, each over a period of five days, normally one evening, three full days, and a final shorter day
  • The modules must be studied in sequential order
  • The fee is £300 for each module
  • To secure a place make a payment of £50 as a deposit and e-mail the details to Sheila. The balance of £250 is due four weeks before the start of the module
  • For more information contact Sheila

Course beginning August 2016
Module 1: took place in August 2016
Module 2: took place in January 2017
Module 3: took place in August 2017

Module 4: 5th to 9th January 2018 (times shown below to be confirmed)

  • Fri 5th 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Sat 6th 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Sun 7th 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Mon 8th 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Tue 9th 8:30am to 12:30pm


Previous Course
Module 1: took place in May 2015
Module 2: took place in September 2015
Module 3: took place in January 2016
Module 4: took place in April 2016