Iyengar Yoga Teachers

All Iyengar yoga teachers are trained to rigorously high standards.  After training regularly with a qualified teacher for a minimum of six consecutive years, candidates undertake a three year teacher training program followed by the Introductory assessment.  Once qualified, Iyengar yoga teachers must continue training regularly and complete professional development training each year in order to maintain their membership in the Association.  In this way, the care and precision that characterises Iyengar yoga is maintained.

These high teaching standards are part of the reason Iyengar Yoga is the most widely performed method of yoga worldwide.  Our Certification Mark is the guarantee of this quality.  Iyengar Yoga National Association of the UK. 

Monica Bejarano Cortes

Monica Bejarano originally from Spain, moved back to the UK in 2010 from Auckland, New Zealand. Four years on, she moved her classes to her own Yoga studio in the thriving Harland Works, John St in the heart of Sheffield, ‘Zagyoga’ Iyengar Yoga Studio. She has taught an extensive variety of people, ages and abilities […]


Helen Clay

Helen has over 20 years of teaching experience as a qualified Iyengar yoga teacher, in the UK and in Hungary. She holds the Intermediate Junior certificate level 3 and has taught a wide range of students, from beginners to intermediate, including people with chronic health problems such as recurring back pain. Her ultimate intention is for […]


Laura Curtis

Laura has been regularly practising Iyengar yoga since 2012. She first discovered Iyengar Yoga at a time of change in her life and found it provided her with a sense of space, balance and strength. As her practice developed it became more central to her life,  the sense of well-being this brought motivated her to share with others and to train to teach. 
Laura teaches with warmth and humour, creating a welcoming, enjoyable and encouraging atmosphere in the class. 

Laura teaches the Women’s only class on Thursdays ay 6.30 pm.
I have not been blessed with a supple or flexible body but with continued regular practice have experienced some changes and transformations as more space and movement has been created. I love that I can move more and do Asanas in my 50’s that I couldn’t do in my 40’s! I had heard teachers say that stiffness is a blessing and although hard to see at first I have come to understand this. It has taught me in many ways including focus, perseverance, kindness to self, patience, and then when things do move and change there is the joy. 
I am a social worker for people with learning disabilities, I enjoy my job and am lucky to work in a great team, however, at times it can be stressful due to the responsibility and volume of work. I practice yoga as soon as I get home, giving myself physical and mental space before I get on with doing mum things. How I feel after my day often decides and prescribes what I practice, so if I’m really in my head and have had a challenging day I will practice mostly standing poses to ground me, or if I feel I need replenishing I will practice restorative Asana and Pranayama, backbends to invigorate, twists if I feel stuck.
I love Iyengar Yoga for many reasons but I think the main ones are the clarity and passion of instruction which focuses the mind, deepens the practice, and makes it less injurious, and the social worker in me values how the clever use of props makes poses accessible. I look forward to sharing my love and respect of Iyengar Yoga to students at Zagyoga. 

We would like to welcome Emma as a regular teacher at Zagyoga Iyengar Studio from January 2023.

Emma has been teaching Iyengar yoga for the last 15 years, first at Sheffield Yoga Centre and more recently via a private online class and 1-to-1 classes. She has covered classes at ZagYoga in recent years for Helen and occasionally for Monica. She incorporates principles of yoga philosophy into her teaching of asana and pranayama and welcomes students with specific needs in her classes.

She will be teaching a new General class from January 2023 on Mondays from 10 am to 11.15 am. This is open to students who have done some Iyengar yoga before, but also to new students.