Sheila Haswell

Sheila HaswellI have been teaching Iyengar Yoga for over 40 years. During that time I have visited the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune on several occasions, the most recent being in 2019. When possible I attended classes with BKS Iyengar in London and Paris and with Geeta Iyengar in the UK and the US.

I qualified as a Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher in 2000 and I have given most of my working life to studying and teaching both in the UK and abroad.

I began my yoga experience whilst at university. My mum Lilian Biggs (also my teacher until her death in 2005), sent me a copy of ‘Light on Yoga’ by BKS Iyengar. She had just come across this form of yoga and was sure I would also be interested. I learnt and practised from the book for two years before I was able to find a class to attend, but the seed was sown deep and I have continued with the practice which has become a part of who I am.

Sheila and her Mum with BKS Iyengar (Pune 1994)

Sheila and her Mum with BKS Iyengar (Pune 1994)

I qualified to teach Iyengar Yoga in 1980 but have now taught without a break since 1987, after the birth of my third child. I continued to upgrade my teaching certificate with further study, qualifying at Intermediate Junior level in 1991 and Intermediate Senior level in 2000. I am an approved Iyengar Yoga Teacher Trainer and have been training teachers since 1996. I am also a Moderator and Assessor for IY(UK) – the Iyengar Yoga association of the UK.

I was the senior teacher and co-director of Sarva Iyengar Yoga Institute for 12 years but when that came to an end in 2014 because the lease expired, I was determined to find a new yoga space in which to continue my teaching. The Iyengar Yoga Shala (High Wycombe) is that space.

Sheila’s practice for senior assessments (summer 2000)