Iyengar Yoga Staff Club


Uplifting IYENGAR YOGA to strengthen and nourish body and mind.


Welcome all new members! Contact the club for a free trial class. 



Classes are taught by certified Iyengar Yoga teachers Jess Wallwork and Sarah-Louise 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 and those with experience.

Classes are sold in blocks of approx 6 weeks, corresponding to Bristol state school terms.

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

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For insurance purposes before attending your first classes you must fill out this short health questionnaire: Yoga Group Medical Form (Office document, 34kB) . Return it to the relevant teacher (Jess on jess@iyengaryoga.org.uk or Sarah-Louise on staff-social-yoga-group@bristol.ac.uk).  You must update the teacher on any subsequent or worsening 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 jess@iyengaryoga.org.uk or Sarah-Louise on staff-social-yoga-group@bristol.ac.uk

Bookings and payment

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

If you are ever unable to attend your regular class one week, you have the option to switch into another class that week, space permitting. Please contact the teacher first.

November-December 2021

Description and Dates


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Mondays 7:30am with Jess 

Online. 1 hour.

7 weeks: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov, 6, 13 Dec 2021



Occasional drop-in Monday 1-2pm with Sarah-Louise in Augustine's Courtyard

In person Augustine's Courtyard. 1 hour.

Ad-hoc dates. Limited spaces. Equipment provided.

Contact sarah-louise.dietz@bristol.ac.uk for dates and information


£7 per class

Tuesdays 1:00pm with Sarah-Louise

Online. 1 hour.

7 weeks: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov, 7, 14 Dec 2021



Wednesdays 4:45pm with Jess / swap for 2 weeks

Online. 1 hour

N.B. Jess is away Wed 24 Nov and Wed 1 Dec therefore we offer the alternatives below:

5 online classes on Wed 3, 10, 17 Nov, 8, 15 Dec 2021 plus two additional online classes on your choice of Monday 7:30am or Tuesday 1pm on any given week, plus access to a recording of Jess's online Monday morning class on 22, 29 Nov.



Thursdays 1:00pm with Sarah-Louise

In person. Limited spaces.

Multifaith Chaplaincy, The Grange, 1 Woodland Road BS8 1AU

7 weeks: 4, 11, 18, 25 Nov, 2, 9, 16 Dec 2021

All equipment provided or bring your own if preferred.

If you can arrive 5-10 mins early to help move furniture your help will be greatly appreciated.

Class will be taught by Jess on 11 Nov when Sarah-Louise is away.


All classes are 1 hour duration. For online clases, you will receive an email with your Zoom class link the day before your first class. This will go to your PayPal email address, which may or may not be the same as the email you used to sign up to the mailing list. If you need comms to go to a specific email address please contact the club by email.

Practical considerations

Yoga Kit at home

In our campus classes, all equipment is provided.  However, for online classe 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 staff-social-yoga-group@bristol.ac.uk

Iyengar Yoga

The Iyengar method of yoga is named after our teacher Yogacharya Shri B.K.S. Iyengar. Iyengar yoga teaching helps you focus on correct alignment of the body, ensuring that you work 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-Louise started the UoB Iyengar Yoga Staff Club in 2007, employing Iyengar yoga teachers to deliver classes at the University. In 2019 she qualified as a Certified Iyengar teacher herself. 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-Louise are both dedicated to sharing Iyengar yoga with the staff at the University, and believe everyone can experience the profound benefits of yoga.

Mailing list

Sign up to the Yoga Group mailing list for information about future classes by visiting https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?SUBED1=UOB-STAFF-YOGA&A=1

If you have any problems subscribing/unsubscribing, contact staff-social-yoga-group@bristol.ac.uk