Classes are taught by Advanced, Senior, Intermediate and Introductory teachers. All the teachers at Iyengar Yoga Birmingham are qualified, current members of the IYA(UK).
“Yoga transforms lives. It offers a means by which you can look at yourself in a holistic way and improve your health, well-being, character and awareness. It gives great strength and confidence.
It has made such a difference to my life and I have a passion about sharing what I have learned with others.
Yoga offers so much. This is why I teach.”
Jayne Orton is the Director of The Iyengar Yoga Institute of Birmingham (the name was suggested by BKS Iyengar himself ) when it opened in 2002 with his full blessings. She is an Advanced level Iyengar teacher. She was a direct student of ‘Guruji’ since first meeting him in Oxford in a Master Class when she was only a teenager – a pivotal moment that completely changed her life…..Jayne subsequently made annual trips to Pune to study with him and the rest of the family. Since the early 1980s she made over 25 trips to the Institute. In 2010 BKS Iyengar awarded Jayne an Advanced level certification which only a few teachers worldwide received from Guruji in the last few years of his life. Jayne likes to think that the Institute she opened in Birmingham is unique in that it is the only privately owned building of its kind in the Midlands dedicated solely to the teachings of her beloved Guru.
In Jayne’s own extensive teaching career of over 40 years she has taught all around the globe including intensives at many Iyengar Yoga Institutes in Europe and the US and Canada. She has taught the main conventions in Scandanavia and trained many of the teachers there too and in other parts of Europe. She is honoured to teach Iyengar Yoga including particularly her own regular local students in Birmingham many of whom have been with her for decades. Over the years she has taught all kinds of classes from childrens, teenagers, pregnancy classes to sessions for severely disabled students. She has also taught many famous people too who went on to practice Iyengar yoga long term – including film stars, rockstars, top sports teams including the England Cricket team, football teams, amateur and professional golfers and professional ice hockey players. She has a particular interest in Indian Philosophy and leads ‘The Core of the Sutras’ study group the last Thursday of the month. She also runs the medical class at the Institute and trains other Iyengar teachers in Therapy Work. More recently she has embraced Online teaching too.
For many years Jayne has been the teacher to the first team at Birmingham City Football Club where she teaches at the training ground at Wasthills, Birmingham on a weekly basis alongside the physiotherapy team and backroom staff and assists the players with specific injuries on the recommendation of the team doctor.
Apart from being a lifelong BCFC fan, her interests also include Indian Philosophy, reading and writing poetry and walking in nature with her beloved Jack Russell – Sparky (aka ‘Spark of Divinity’)