Yoga & the Institute

Located in central Canberra, Yoga Mandir was established by Alan Goode in January 2005. Reflecting the growth and development of its programs, Yoga Mandir became an Institute in 2011 with the blessing of BKS Iyengar.

The Institute has established learning pathways for students of Yoga who have different levels of experience. The ongoing review and development of Institute programs is supported through teacher access to a well established research library and ongoing research work. The Institute also contributes significantly to the teacher assessment and strategic planning activities of Iyengar Yoga Australia.

Alan has trained all of the teachers in the school and has ongoing responsibility for all of the programs and projects undertaken within the Institute. The Institute has evolved through the commitment and dedication of its teachers and students and especially those students who on the journey to becoming teachers also established and held/hold portfolios of responsibility around office management, training administration and research. This continues to be a theme of the Institute where a student’s own growing commitment to the practice of Yoga, and their interest in sharing it with others, leads them to take on one of the paid positions as staff.

The Institute has the icon of the Ashok chakra to represent its work. This symbol dates back to Buddhism and was used by Gandhi in his quest for freedom for India. For the Institute this icon represents the wheel of life: the hub at the centre stands for practice; the 24 spokes depict time. We learn from practice to understand ourselves ‘at a point in time’ and to let go of definitions of ourselves based on past memories or thoughts of the future.

The People

Teachers of the Institute are people from a diversity of backgrounds who share a commitment to Yoga. The teaching staff includes people qualified and experienced in the trades, social work, the law, psychology, business, information technology and environmental management; and current trainees include people from the military, academia, consulting, full time parenting, agriculture, environmental science, school teaching and the public service.

Terms and Conditions

Look here to find our cancellation policy, refunds, deferments, along with details for makeup classes, Led practice discounts and our policy on personal belongings. Click on the read more link to read the full list of terms and conditions

About Yoga

Yoga requires the development of a practice. This is the most challenging aspect of Yoga. B.K.S. Iyengar says,

“the great advantage of Yoga is that it can be practised by anyone, irrespective of age, sex and physical condition".

Whilst anyone can practice Yoga, learning how to practice and how to sustain and develop a practice, is where guidance and support is essential.

Yogic knowledge

Yoga is not concerned with the acquisition of information and points of detail about asanas nor the cultivation of the intellect. What yoga seeks is direct, clear perception. The ability to see things as they are, without taint, precondition or prejudice.