Workshops & Retreats
Workshops & Retreats
Upcoming Workshops and Retreats
Ali Dashti visited Yoga on Tay again! Friday 24 June - Sunday 26 June 2022
We were so happy to host Ali Dashti again at Yoga on Tay. We had a wonderful weekend full of enjoying yoga with Ali's wonderful teaching. Find out more.
Ali is a Senior teacher based in Bern, Switzerland and Pune, India. He trained directly as an apprentice of B.K.S. Iyengar and was an instructor at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute since 1986.
Ali is known for his sharp eye, gentle manner and vast depth of knowledge all of which make his workshops and Zoom classes very popular with students and teachers around the world - not to mention the fact that learning wit Ali is fun! At the request of Abhijata Iyengar he also offers a mentoring programme for teacher training.
Ali can be seen in numerous books and videos such as "Yoga: the Path to Holistic Health", and "Understanding Yoga through Body Knowledge". He has also released his own books "The Art of Sequencing " and "Yoga-My Love" for Iyengar yoga teachers. These books have been translated into French, Chinese, Spanish and Persian.
Richard Agar-Ward, Saturday 26 March 2022, Larick Centre, Tayport
We were delighted to be able to host one of the UK's most senior Iyengar yoga teachers, Richard Agar-Ward.
On previous visits to Scotland Richard has taught workshops in Edinburgh so we feel very privileged to be able to host him here in Fife, at the beautiful Larick Centre in Tayport.
Richard has a vast knowledge of the teachings of Guruji which he shares in a very considered manner making this a great opportunity to learn and practice. Richard has been a student of Iyengar Yoga for over 40 years and has visited India for classes with the Iyengars many many times.
Read more about Richard here:
There were two sessions on Saturday 26 March:
10am-12pm: General session, suitable for anyone who has at least a current attendance at Level 1 classes for a minimum of 6 months, and is familar with shoulder balance.
1pm-4pm: Intermediate session, suitable for anyone who has a current attendance at Level 2 or above for a minimum of 2 years, is able to do shoulder balance and is working towards an independent head balance.
2022 Winter Workshop Series :Twists, Backbends and Forward bends
In this workshop series each workshop focuses on a particular ‘family’ of poses. You will de-construct selected poses and re-construct them to help understand some of the basic connections in your regular yoga practice. Students find this sort of focussed work really fascinating as they begin to understand better why Iyengar yoga is quite particular about the alignment, extension and sequencing of poses and how that in turn can make you feel good.
Workshop 1 : FOCUS ON TWISTS
Twisting asanas are more than just a revolved action of the spine. There are many more elements of spiralling and rotation to be discovered in poses that may surprise you.
Workshop 2 : FOCUS ON BASIC BACKBENDS
This workshop is not just about BIG backbends, it includes preparations to assist the basic forming of posterior extension that leads us towards backbend.
Workshop 3 : FOCUS ON FORWARD BENDS
How to work intelligently to access this family of poses without strain on the hamstrings or lower back.
Festive Yoga 2021-2022 : Relax and Renew Series
Festive Workshops offer something for everyone to dip in to over the break should you suffer from yoga withdrawal. There are options for both relaxing sessions and renewing an active practice, both of which help to calm and energise you. They are just different ways of connecting with your body in yoga.
Festive Workshop 1 : Restorative and Pranayama
Festive Workshop 2: Ropes Workshop
Festive Workshop 3: Sound Experience
Festive Workshop 4: Sound Asana Work
Full Anatomy and Asana Workshop series - Autumn 2021
A series of 4 workshops open to all students with an interest in yoga and keen to learn more about the concepts of alignment and how that helps define a more subtle state of balance within.
We look in more detail at theory associated with anatomy, physiology and function of the body in relation to yoga as a practical subject. Aiming to create balance in the physical body in order to experience the potential implications of this alignment extending to the deeper nature of the mind and consciousness. There will also be plenty asana work to appreciate the subtleties of alignment in action.
The ‘tools’ gathered in these workshops can help develop a wisdom of aligned body consciousness. This may be experienced in many different ways but most simply from further improved posture.
“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” ― B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life
Ali Dashti workshop, February 2020
In February 2020, Senior Iyengar Teacher Ali Dashti visited us for a 3-day workshop weekend including a wonderful Pranayama session at Yoga on Tay, General level workshop in Newport and an advanced level workshop in Linlithgow.
In exploring connections of asana and pranayama with yogic philosophy, this annual retreat offers active poses through to restorative yoga and pranayama. Yoga, good vegetarian food and peace can offer a renewed sense of wellbeing for you to take away.