Membership

'Patanjali’s yoga framework is exceptionally clear, consistent, and complete.
It organises body-mind practices based on ethics, emotions, thoughts,
body sensations and movements, breath sensations and movements,
sensory changes, visualisations, meditation and mindfulness.'
AG Mohan

Membership

'Patanjali’s yoga framework is exceptionally clear, consistent, and complete.
It organises body-mind practices based on ethics, emotions, thoughts,
body sensations and movements, breath sensations and movements,
sensory changes, visualisations, meditation and mindfulness.'
AG Mohan

Membership of aYs

aYs is a welcoming and supportive Yoga community for anyone interested in learning more about the Yoga tradition, inspired by the work of Śri T Krishnamacharya and his son, TKV Desikachar.

Membership offers a guarantee of quality: 

  • Our teachers are highly trained and qualified and demonstrate commitment to continued learning and teaching within this tradition. 
  • Our students become valuable members of a community of those wishing to deepen their connection with Yoga.

Membership of aYs brings with it
the following benefits:

Friends

Benefits of joining aYs
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Teachers

Benefits of joining aYs
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Meet our team

aYs is a company limited by guarantee – aYs Ltd.
We are registered with the charity commission as having charitable status.
Our team of volunteers dedicate a significant amount of their time and expertise to make aYs the successful organisation that it has become.

Jose Kirby – Chair *
Eleanor Dawson – Special Projects (includes liaison with TSYP) *
Debbie Kerr-Nesbitt – Convention Organiser *
Duncan Baldwin  – Secretary *
Sue Chudley – Designer and Liaison with BCYT *
Melissa Lomas – Administrator and CPD
Debbie Charlett – Treasurer
Jan Cumming – Website Administrator
Lesley Muir – Communications Co-ordinator
Amanda Oakes – Special Projects

NB * designates a Trustee

The aYs Honorary membership scheme recognises and thanks exceptional and experienced teachers who have provided support to the aYs over the years.
Our current honorary members are Sriram and Navtej Johar.
Both have been long term students of TKV Desikachar, and plenary teachers at our annual convention.

Friends

Membership of aYs brings with it the following benefits:

  • Belong to a network of like-minded people with an interest in Yoga.
  • Join a regional community Yoga group (sangha) to study and practise with other members regularly.
  • Receive regular e-newsletters and our aYs journal.
  • Access student members’ resources on the aYs website – a treasure-trove of information.
  • Attend our annual convention at a discounted rate.
  • Enjoy members’ discounts at events advertised via our website.
  • Friends membership is open to anyone wishing to join the aYs community. We welcome people from all backgrounds with an interest in Yoga, regardless of your level of knowledge or experience. We are all students, learning together.

Annual cost: £20

Teachers

Teacher membership of aYs reflects a high level of qualification in teaching group classes in the tradition of T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar. Some aYs members are additionally recognised as being qualified to teach in an individual context, both therapeutically and developmentally.

Our standards are high and our teachers are expected to have appropriate knowledge and experience of this approach to Yoga.
For details of the training organisations we recognise as providing the required level of training:

If you have trained as a Yoga teacher in another tradition or have not followed a course recognised by the aYs, we would like to welcome you to join us. Please see details of our teacher recognition process here.

Membership of aYs offers:

  • All the benefits offered to student members, plus:
  • Access to teachers’ resources on the aYs website.
  • Access to events exclusive to aYs teacher members.
  • The right to advertise your events via the aYs website and our
    e-newsletters.
  • Discounted insurance via the aYs block scheme

Annual cost: £40
Student teacher: £25