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’.


introduction to Iyengar yoga

BEGINNERS workshop

This 90-minute class prepares students who are new to Iyengar yoga for

participation in our Slow Paced and Foundation classes. 

When: Week 1, 5 & 9 of each term. 

Time: Saturday 12.00-1.15pm

Cost: $25.00/$20.00 Concession or use your Welcome Pass

Studio attendance only

A basic practice kit will be provided for use in this class. Students will be required to purchase their own Personal Practice Kit if they wish to continue.


Our next Beginners Workshop is scheduled for:

Saturday 28 May with Alan

Saturday 25 June with Sabrina

Go to the timetable to make your booking.


PRACTICE KITS​ & slipcovers

Students attending classes will need to bring their own equipment.

A Practice Kit including a mat, 2 blocks, 2 blankets and a belt is recommended.

Communal bolsters and cushions may only be used if students

have their own slipcovers. 

Slipcovers can be purchased through the Mindbody Shop and

collected when you attend you first class.

To purchase practice kits and other equipment we recommend iyoga props.

class PASSES

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.

Class Passes can be used to attend any of our VIRTUAL &/or STUDIO classes, including Pranayama.

For a description of all our levels click here.

Purchase a pass then go to the TIMETABLE tab at the top of the page

and follow the steps to make your booking.




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 our Beginners Workshop.

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 our Beginners Workshop.

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 classes will require some basic equipment a mat, belt, two blocks and two blankets. Personal Practice Kits are available for purchase from our website and can be collected when you attend your first class. For all other equipment needs we recommend iYoga Props.

Online access

All classes have both STUDIO (face to face) and VIRTUAL (online) attendance. 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.