New Students

Yoga … a still point in a turning world

Yoga is for everybody, regardless of age and level of fitness. The yoga practiced at Yoga Mandir focuses on precision, alignment, sequencing, timing and the use of props, and as a regular practitioner, you can expect to improve your overall strength, posture, mobility and wellbeing.

While the practice of yoga is physical, the benefits are not just physical. When life’s pressures build, practicing yoga brings release from tension, steadiness of mind and clarity of heart. Yoga is a place of stillness and refuge. It takes us inwards beyond our thoughts. Ask any sportsperson about the link between the body and mind. The beauty of yoga is that it uses the body, coordinates the breath and frees the mind from its own restlessness.

As BKS Iyengar says: ‘Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life’.


If you are new to Yoga Mandir you will need to register.
As a first-time visitor you can purchase one of the following passes.
Due to government restrictions surrounding COVID-19, all classes are now being streamed in real-time. Please visit our online class timetable page for our brand new schedule.



Unlimited Yoga

(first time students only)

The one time only Welcome Pass gives you access to unlimited classes and can be used at any level. If you’re new to Iyengar Yoga we recommend starting with Foundation or Slow Paced classes.

For a description of all our levels click here.

Welcome pass


10 Classes

(first time students only)

This one time only Welcome Pass has 10 classes and can be used at any level. If you’re new to Iyengar Yoga we recommend starting with Foundation or Slow Paced classes.

For a description of all our levels click here.

Things to know


Wear comfortable clothes. T-shirt and shorts or leggings are common. Bare feet are best to avoid slipping.


Our classes are not heated beyond normal so there’s no need to drink whilst you practice, but do drink before and after class. Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach.


Our online classes will require some basic equipment a mat, belt, two blocks and blankets. To purchase your own equipment go to

Online access

All online classes are delivered via ZOOM. When you book in for a class you will receive an email confirming your booking. Just before the class begins, you will receive another email with a link so that you can join the class. This link will be sent 15 minutes prior to the class.

Why Yoga MANDIR?

Located in Canberra, Yoga Mandir is one of Australia’s premier yoga studios. Director Alan Goode is passionately involved with the practice of yoga and its application to daily life for over 40 years. Alan conducts workshops and runs professional support and development programs including training teachers. Through his writing he unravels the themes of the yoga sutras and demonstrates their link to our daily practice. Alan has also developed an extensive resource library and engages in ongoing research work to support teacher development.

"Your body lives in the past your mind in the future. They come together in the present when you practice yoga"

BKS Iyengar

The work of Yoga Mandir is represented by the icon of the Ashok chakra, a symbol dating back to Buddhism and used by Gandhi in his quest for freedom for India. It represents the wheel of life: the hub at the centre stands for practice and the 24 spokes depict time. From practice, we learn to understand ourselves ‘at a point in time’ and to let go of definitions based on past memories or thoughts of the future.