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Ros Bell has been studying and practising yoga since the 1970s, when she was a psychology student at Oxford University. There, she was fortunate in finding her teacher, Kofi Busia; one class was enough to show Ros that this was the yoga for her. In 1977, she went to RIMYI in Pune, for classes with BKS Iyengar, after which she received his personal encouragement to teach.
Since then, Ros has delighted in developing her own practice, and teaching yoga, initially in Oxford, then in London, where she lives now. She has made return trips to Pune to study with the Iyengar family and other senior teachers there, as well as taking classes with several inspiring teachers closer to home. Learning never stops!
Ros holds a Senior Intermediate level 3 teaching certificate, and has written an introductory book on Iyengar yoga (Simple Yoga Techniques). She has been assessing, training and mentoring teachers since 1994, and has served in several committees of the UK's national Iyengar Yoga association. Ros has taught yoga on national television and on workshops around the world, but still loves teaching students of all ages and experience in her local community. During the pandemic, she took comfortably to teaching online, and likes how it has helped students to connect their yoga practice with their own home environment.
As well as yoga, Ros teaches management and business studies, and makes things (mostly with textiles). She sings lots, and loves doing outdoorsy activities, like walking up a mountain or swimming in a lake.
List of Ros’s Sessions
Laying the Foundations of Āsana Practice (1) with simplicity and independence
Sat Brahma Mild
This is a short class of introductory āsana, suitable for beginners and anyone who wants to be reminded of the important basic principles of Iyengar yogāsana practice, while actively engaged in a range of different types of āsana (including plenty of standing poses).
Most of these āsanas can be done straightforwardly, as presented in Light on Yoga, with little or no extra equipment. The design of these wonderful āsanas is such that they lead our mental understanding and our bodies in the right direction (as long as we don’t interfere with that evolving process).
This session should be delightfully refreshing and re-enthusing for Iyengar yoga ‘old hands’.
This session is suitable for anyone with a fair level of health and fitness (no serious health conditions or injuries—consider joining the ‘with props and support’ session instead if you have such restrictions), even those who are out of shape or completely new to yoga.
Laying the Foundations of Āsana Practice (2) with the intelligent use of props and support
Sat Brahma Mild
This is a class of introductory āsana, suitable for beginners and anyone who wants to be reminded of the basic principles of Iyengar yogāsana practice, while actively engaged in a range of different types of āsana (including plenty of standing poses).
While most of these āsanas can be done with no extra equipment, as shown in Light on Yoga, this session is all about using props, with intelligence and sensitivity, to help us to get into (and stay in) these postures with more ease or accuracy. Using supports, as BKS Iyengar has taught us, allows weaker or injured bodies to find ways of experiencing a¯sana which might otherwise be unavailable. It can also help us to recognise important principles and directions of action and release in the postures.
We will cover most of the same āsanas as in Class 1, but it will take longer because of the practicalities of working with supports.
This session is suitable for anyone, beginners or experienced practitioners, including people with health issues or injuries (but not the most serious, please—we can‘t do a medical class at a distance!).
We will cover here most of the same āsanas as in Class 1, but it will take longer because of the practicalities of working with supports.
It would be great if participants have a selection of yoga props, but a range of household furnishings will do for most things … Iyengar’s yoga is creative!
Yama and Niyama in Āsana
Chit Visnu Middling
The eight limbs of yoga start with addressing how we think, speak and behave—sets of ethical restraints and positive observances for the yogi to live by, both off and on the practice mat.
In this session, we’ll do a range of āsana (and some prānāyāma), thinking about each of the yamas and niyamas; and how these ethical guidelines can be expressed in our āsana practice.
(Please be sure to peruse the Participant Notes).
This is a session of philosophy in action.
Plenty of instruction will be offered to inform each āsana … but this class is intended for people who already have a solid grounding in Iyengar yoga practice, so that we can focus on this part of yoga philosophy, and make it something with real meaning.