Uplifting IYENGAR yoga to strengthen and nourish body and mind.

*** NEW!! Online video classes via Zoom.  All you need is a laptop/smartphone/tablet with webcam, and a small space in your house.  ***



Classes are taught by certified Iyengar Yoga teachers Jess Wallwork and Sarah Dietz. The classes are designed to help you develop strength, stamina, steadiness and flexibility. Regular practice of yoga can help you maintain physical health and mental well-being, promoting more balance and harmony in your mind, body and life.

Our classes are suitable for complete beginners or those with experience.  We can provide discounted yoga kit for you to use at home.

Normally classes are held in two central on-campus locations but during the pandemic, we are teaching online via Zoom videolink.

The club is run on a voluntary basis by Dr Matt Dietz (Engineering) and Dr Sarah Dietz (Human Resources).

How to join

The group is open to everyone who is eligible to use the Staff Social facilities (current staff and research postgrads). 

To join, simply sign up to one of the courses of classes below and send us your completed health form (Yoga Group Medical Form (Office document, 30kB))

Free trial class - contact for details.

To be notified when tickets for the next course go on sale, sign up to our mailing list.  

Bookings and payment

Please note: Fees are non-refundable except where a medical condition prevents you from continuing. 

April-May 2021 - ONLINE YOGA

All classes are 1 hour duration. After signing up and before the first class you will receive an email with your Zoom class link and other details. Please note this will go to the email address you have registered with PayPal, and this may or may not be the same as your work or mailing list email address. If you need comms to go to a specific email address please contact the club by email.

Description and Dates


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Mondays 7:30am with Jess 

6-week block of online classes 1 hour

19, 26 April, 3, 10, 17, 24 May 2021



Tuesdays 1:00pm with Sarah

6-week block of online classes 1 hour

20, 27 April, 4, 11, 18, 25 May 20211



Wednesdays 4:45pm with Jess

6-week block of online classes  1 hour

21, 28 April, 5, 12, 19, 26 May 2021



Thursdays 1:00pm with Sarah

6-week block of online classes 1 hour

22, 28 April, 6, 13, 20, 27 May 20211





For insurance purposes before attending your first classes you must fill out this short health questionnaire: Yoga Group Medical Form (Office document, 30kB) and send it to the relevant teacher (Jess on or Sarah on  You must update the teacher on any further health issues or injuries.

If you have any questions about your suitability for the classes or health issues you need to discuss - in particular if you have recently had surgery, a severe illness or other medical condition or injury (especially spine or neck related) - please contact the relevant teacher before the classes begins, by emailing Jess on or Sarah on

Practical considerations

Online class disclaimer:

Yoga Kit at home

In our campus classes, all equipment is provided.  However, during coronavirus shutdown you will need to use whatever equipment you have at home: a sticky yoga mat and common household items like blankets, towels, kitchen chairs and long belts/ropes. However, specially designed equipment can make your practice safer and more enjoyable. With this in mind UoB Staff Yoga Club can arrange quality equipment to be delivered direct to your door from our supplier at reduced prices. Minimum basic kit is: yoga mat, yoga belt, 4 foam yoga blocks, 1 yoga blanket, 2 cork bricks. For more info and a price list, contact

Iyengar Yoga

The Iyengar method of yoga is named after our teacher Yogacharya Shri B.K.S. Iyengar. The teaching helps you focus on correct alignment of the body in poses ensuring you’re working safely, with maximum benefit to your flexibility, strength and wellbeing.

The postures are very precise and you will be guided through them by experienced teachers who are trained to make appropriate adjustments for different physiques and for people with specific problems. The classes can be hard work, as the poses involve intense stretching; however, you will leave the class feeling lighter and calmer. The immediate benefits of Yoga are greater flexibility and strength, and better physical health. As you continue with your practice, psychological and spiritual benefits begin to appear.

Be sure to tell your teacher if there is anything they should know about, such as a bad back, stiff shoulders, sore knees etc. All poses can be modified for these conditions and may well help relieve them.

The Iyengar Yoga Certification Mark is a guarantee of excellence, clarity and depth of understanding.

Our teachers

Sarah set up the UoB Staff Yoga Club in 2007, employing yoga teachers to deliver classes at the University. In 2019 Sarah qualified as a Certified Iyengar teacher herself and is delighted now to be able to teach for the club as well as running it. Jess is a Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher with over 15 years' teaching experience, including 10 years with the University Staff Yoga Club. Jess and Sarah are both passionately committed to bringing Iyengar yoga to the University and believe everyone can experience the profound benefits of yoga regardless of their personal circumstances.

Mailing list

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