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


This 75-minute class prepares students who are new to Iyengar yoga for participation in our Slow Paced, Foundation and Asana classes. 

Cost: $30.00/$27.00 Concession or use your Welcome Pass

Studio attendance only

A basic practice kit will be provided for use in this class. 


Our next Beginners Basics are scheduled for:

Saturday 25 May 12:00- 1:15pm

Saturday 22 June 12:00- 1:15pm

Saturday 27 July 12:00- 1:15pm

Go to the timetable to make your booking

Yoga Mandir Shop

Yoga Sadhana Study Booklet

This downloadable PDF booklet is provided as a comprehensive reference document for maturing Yoga practitioners (sadhakas) who have a firm grounding in asana techniques and are seeking to strengthen their home practice.

It outlines the key philosophical concepts that underpin the practice of Yoga, whilst also providing guidance on how to go about establishing and deepening a home practice over time.

To purchase slipcovers and 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.


Other Classes

To view details of our other classes including Private Consultation, Therapy and One-on-One classes. 

Click here



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.


We recommend students bring their own mat to classes where possible. While all equipment is available for borrowing from the studio, it is advisable students acquire their own equipment including 2 blocks, 2 blankets and a belt to support a home practice.

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 almost 50 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"

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.

Meet our Teachers

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