FAQS

1. What is SWLSIYI?

SWLSIYI stands for South West London and Surrey Iyengar Yoga Institute. It is a ‘member institute’ of Iyengar Yoga (UK) or IY (UK).

The SWLSIYI constitution states that the purpose of the Institute is

to:

(a) To promote public understanding of the principles of Yoga established by Yogacharya B. K. S. Iyengar (Iyengar yoga).

(b) To co-ordinate, throughout the area, classes for the instruction and training of the public in the principles of Iyengar Yoga, and to arrange and provide for the holding of demonstrations, meetings, lectures and classes.

(c) To register all persons subscribing to the Institute, to Iyengar Yoga (UK) and to pay Iyengar Yoga (UK) membership fee on behalf of such persons.

(d) To publicize its activities.

(e) To maintain links with other Iyengar Yoga Institutes and to send a representative to Iyengar Yoga (UK) meetings.

(f) To foster a friendly community spirit and encourage harmony and unity amongst members

2. Is SWLSIYI associated with IY (UK)?

Yes, SWLSIYI is a Member Institute of Iyengar Yoga (UK) or IY (UK) for short. This means that any member of SWLSIYI is automatically also a member of IY UK. As long as SWLSIYI has over 50 members we can send a representative to IY (UK) meetings.

3. What is IY (UK)?

IY (UK) provides a network of information about Iyengar Yoga and Yoga events in the United Kingdom. Many groups of members have formed "Institutes" or local groups which themselves spread information and hold events on a local scale; others remain as Individual members. All members receive a twice-yearly news letter called the Iyengar Yoga News.

IY (UK) is responsible for maintaining standards of teaching of Iyengar yoga, and undertakes regular assessments and certification of those wishing to teach from Introductory up to Senior levels. It also co-ordinates Professional Development Days throughout the United Kingdom, to enable teachers to remain up-to-date and to help maintain the validity of their teaching certificates. In addition IY (UK) provides insurance cover for teacher members. An Iyengar Yoga Convention is held each year in a different place throughout the United Kingdom, during which one or more senior guest teachers from the United Kingdom or abroad takes classes over a weekend. The Annual General Meeting is held each year at one of the Conventions.

4. What is a member institute of IY (UK)?

Member Institutes are a non profit-making membership organisations committed to promoting the practice and philosophy of Iyengar yoga in their areas. They offer a wide range of classes and workshops led by qualified teachers with years of experience.When you join IY (UK) you can join as an Individual Member (that is, not taking out membership of your chosen regional member institute) or you can join your local Member Institute, such as SWLSIYI, at the same time.

As a member of both your Member institute and IY (UK) you are entitled to all the benefits of both:

  • Newsflashes of local Iyengar yoga events, workshops, new classes, weekends
  • Free copies of Iyengar Yoga News published twice a year by IY (UK)
  • Local events and classes at reduced prices
  • Information about national IY (UK) conventions
  • Regular updates by e-mail on all up and coming Iyengar Yoga events, workshops, conventions, holidays etc in the UK, Ireland and overseas.
  • The opportunity to network with other Iyengar yoga practitioners.
  • It most cases (different institutes have different membership rates) it is cheaper to join a Member Institute and IY (UK) together than to join just IY (UK) as an Individual Member without joining a member institute.

5. Who can join SWLSIYI?

Anyone who is interested in Iyengar Yoga can join SWLSIYI. Students and teachers of Iyengar yoga can join, and you do not even have to live in or near South West London or Surrey to join.

6. I don’t live in South West London or Surrey – can I join?

Yes - anyone who is interested in Iyengar Yoga can join SWLSIYI. Students and teachers of Iyengar yoga can join, and you do not have to live in South West London or Surrey to join.

7. If I join SWLSIYI do I also have to join IY UK?

By joining SWLSIYI you will automatically become a member of IY (UK). You do not have to join IY (UK) separately. You are encouraged to join via the IY (UK) website, though if you join via the SWLSIYI website you will automatically be enrolled as a member of IY (UK) too.Teachers should join and renew via the IY (UK) website so you can pay your insurance and other fees excluding membership direct to IY (UK). You will have an opportunity when you do to indicate that you are joining or renewing your SWLSIYI membership at the same time.

8. Is SWLSIYI a charity?

No. It is a non-profit making membership organization.

9. Where is SWLSIYI?

SWLS does not its own dedicated building. Events and meetings take place at different venues in the area. The registered address is 127a St Johns Avenue, Putney, SW15 6AL

10. I have only just started Iyengar yoga – can I join SWLSIYI?

Yes - anyone who is interested in Iyengar Yoga can join SWLSIYI.

11. How do I join or renew membership?

You can join or renew membership via the Iyengar Yoga (UK) website. If you prefer, non-teachers can join via the SWLSIYI website - fill in a membership form (under Join Here) and make your payment.

12. How much does it cost to join?

Membership rates change each year – check the Iyengar Yoga (UK) website under Membership and Joining, or the SWLSIYI website under Join Here for the current fee.

13. Does it cost more to join SWLSIYI than to join IY (UK)?

No, the cost to you will always be the same or even less, plus you get the benefit of joining your local institute as well as the national organization. IY (UK) encourages membership of Member Institutes such as the SWLSIYI and so they charge a reduced membership fee for people who join Member Institutes compared with people who join directly.

14. What are the benefits of membership?

As a member of both your Member institute and IY (UK) you are entitled to:

  • News updates on local Iyengar yoga special events
  • Free copies of Iyengar Yoga News published twice a year by IY (UK)
  • Priority booking on SWLSIYI events and workshops, including those with guest teachers from other regions
  • Local events and classes at reduced prices
  • Information about national IY (UK) conventions
  • Regular updates by e-mail on all up and coming Iyengar Yoga events, workshops, conventions, holidays etc in the UK, Ireland and overseas.
  • The opportunity to network with other Iyengar yoga practitioners.
  • Access to ‘members only’ areas of the IY (UK) website
  • SWLSIYI will help teacher members find cover for classes by contacting other teacher members on your behalf

15. What happens to surplus funds?

In no circumstances can any profit be distributed to members, but any assets accumulated shall be re-invested in the Institute or used to further the aims and objectives of the Institute.

16. How long does my membership last?

The SWLSIYI membership year is aligned with the IY (UK) membership year and runs from 1st April to 30 March. You can join at any time during the year.

17. How do I renew my membership?

IY (UK) will send you a reminder every year.

18. If I join part-way through the year is it cheaper?

The membership year is 1st April to 30 March but you can join at any time. The fee is the same no matter what point during the year you join, and renewal is always 1st April.

19. How do I find out more about SWLSIYI?

How do I find out about yoga events in the area? How can I get involved? Check our website – www.swlsiyi.org.uk, or you can contact us via email on SWLSIYI@gmail.com

20. I already joined IY (UK) this year – can I join SWLSIYI?

Yes, if you have joined IY (UK) directly this year, you can still join SWLSIYI. You should complete the SWLSIYI Membership form and forward it to SWLSIYI with your membership fee.

21. I am already a member of another Member institute – can I also join SWLSIYI?

Yes, you can join SWLSIYI even if you are already a member of another member institute. The institute you join first is your Primary institute, and SWLSIYI would be your Secondary institute. There is a reduced fee in this case – please email swlsiyi@gmail.com to ask for this year’s rate.

22. I have lost/forgotten my Membership number - can you help?

Your IY (UK) membership number is visible in the top right hand corner of the Home page when you log in to the IY (UK) website.

23. Can I cancel my membership?

Sorry, it is not possible to cancel your membership for the current year once you have joined.