Alan Brown
Senior Intermediate Level 3 Iyengar Yoga Teacher

I started practising Iyengar Yoga in 1979 and gained my Introductory teaching certificate in 1987.   I left my job in computing and become a full time Iyengar Yoga teacher in 1990 after the first of many visits to the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute in India for a 3 week intensive with BKS Iyengar.

I live in a small village in the Yorkshire Pennines where I am fortunate to have an equipped yoga studio in my house. I teach regular classes and workshops there as well as in the surrounding area, including a weekly yoga therapy class for students with health problems which make it difficult for them to cope in an ordinary class. I am often invited to teach workshops and courses in other regions of the UK and abroad.  

An Iyengar Yoga teacher trainer since 2000, I run training courses for the Introductory Iyengar Yoga teaching certificate.  I also run regular training workshops for those preparing for Junior Intermediate assessments.

As an active member of the Iyengar Yoga Association of the UK I have worked on the Assessment and Teacher Training Committee of the IYA(UK) and acted as Chair of that committee from 2006 until 2010.  I have contributed to the work of the IYA(UK) in other ways.

I have been a member of the Bradford and District Iyengar Yoga Institute since it began and am currently the chair of that organisation.  The BDIYI has one of the largest memberships of UK associations, including over 50 active teacher members teaching classes over a large part of Yorkshire and Lancashire. Details of these classes and regular events featuring visiting teachers can be found on the BDIYI website.

Recently I have been spending much of my time in the Department of the Aude in the South of France where I teach yoga classes to both French and English students. Every year in the month of September I organise a yoga holiday in this beautiful area. Accommodation is in a converted country farmhouse with attached yoga studio and vegetarian, organic home cooked food.

artwork courtesy of Alan Pergusey