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Iyengar Yoga courses, Helsinki

This page has been updated on 28th July 2021

Autumn Semester 2021

The Autumn season begins on August 15th and continues till December 16th 2021.

The course activities follow the official recommendations by the State Council, THL, HUS and the City of Helsinki, and the guidelines of the premises.

The autumn season is organized according to the regulations either as a live (face-to-face with distances) or online (streaming) teaching, or as a combination of the two (hybrid classes). Changes to the way the courses are implemented is quite possible during autumn 2021 and the information will be updated as needed. By enrolling you accept the possible changes.  The full information is in Finnish in other sections of this page and one should either use a translator program or ask for more details. This page is an abbreviation of the information.

If the close contact teaching will be put on hold due to the pandemic, the classes will be held on Zoom platform. Also if the teacher is put on quarantine and it is not possible to arrange a substitute teacher, classes will be held on Zoom.

One has to enroll in the course in advance, either for the whole semester of for 10 times. In the beginnning of the semester, in August, one can attend on a drop-in trial basis. 


Tuesdays 5.30–7 PM – levels 1–2

This group is structured according to the skill level of the participants and is best suited for those familiar with Iyengar yoga. Beginners of Iyengar yoga are required to have either an otherwise physical activity or yoga background in this streaming class. Participants are required to keep the camera on and follow instructions, as in close contact teaching.

Minimum props: yoga blocks, yoga belt, blankets, shoulder stand pads, or equipment replacing these yoga props.

Recording is made of this course, which can be utilized for compensating classes or for the recording service (for a extra fee).

Studio Yama

In this location the classes are organized either in close contact, streaming or hybrid teaching (3 students required both in the studio and online).

Wednesdays 7.15–8.45 PM – levels 1–2

This class is built on the experience level of the participants. In the beginning of the season more basics are covered if needed.

Thursdays 6.25–7.55 PM – levels 2–3/ experienced  

This course is best suited for students with at least 2–3 years of experience in Iyengar yoga practice. The student should be able to go up to headstand independently (with or without the wall) and stay for 5 minutes comfortably + know how to build up a shoulder stand set up independently and stay for 8-10 minutes comfortably. Participants in this course have a secure attitude towards their own practice.

Location: Studio Yama, Alexander Theater, top floor, Bulevardi 27 – a fully equipped yoga studio

Munkkivuori Youth Center

In this location teaching is organized either in close contact OR streaming teaching.

Sundays 6.30–8 PM – levels 2-3/ all levels 

This course is best suited for students who are already familiar with Iyengar yoga

Location: Raumantie 5, Munkkivuori – bring your own mat (+ other yoga props if you have)!! In this hall, there are no mats and basic props only for about 8 students.

Compensation of missed classes.

Missed classes can be compensated in other courses of the semester, during the semester.  Please bear in mind, that the basic idea for the small group teachins is that you commit to the course you enroll in. 

During the covid times compensation by attending a streaming class is priority. Enrolled students will be informed during the semester about the details, whether one can compensate also in the other close contact teaching courses as well.

The course fee

  • the course fee is 260 €, the due date is about 7 days before the season begins.
  • 10 times card 180 €, valid for the whole season
  • very low income discount: full season course fee 240 €, 10 times card 160 € for people with very low income: students, pensioners, etc (eligible for KELA support) – this discount is granted by shortly explaining your situation while enrolling
  • Two courses, 1 person: course fee 450 €
  • the course fee includes VAT 10%.
  • the invoice is sent by email within 1–5 days after enrolling
  • Enrollment due date 9.8.2021 after which you can ask whether there is still room in the course.

Recording service

  • 30 € for class compensation expansion, use of recording for 3 day of a streamed class during the missed week (Tuesday, or one’s own class if it is streamed)
  •  270 € participation in a course by recordings, use of recording for 7 days of a weekly class (Tuesday) – please note, the teaching will be in Finnish if no one of the streaming students are English speaking
  • the recording fee includes VAT 24 %. 


Please enroll well in advance by sending an email: jooga[at]

Please let me know if you have any health or other issues that might affect your practice.

Please bear in mind that the enrollments are binding: if you cancel your enrollment after the due date of enrollment you will need to pay 50% of the course fee.

The course fees/ 10 times cards are personal. In the case of a long term illness or moving to another city the possibility of transferring the course fee for next semester etc. can be discussed individually.  Should such need arise, inform about the situation as soon as possible. For medical reasons the medical certificate is required.

Unfortunately absense from classes due to covid-19 infection and quarantine/ isolation cannot be compensated outside the semester. The Zoom classes are provided to enable practising at home.

Drop-in Classes/ other yoga schools and organization

For these classes, the payments and enrollments go according to the organization itself. Unfortunately, compensation for missed classes in my courses is not possible in these classes.

Tuesdays 5.15–6.10 PM – in Topelia court yard, all levels – University sports, Unisport

_MG_3202 ccopyMy name is Lauha Halonen and I am a certified Iyengar yoga teacher (level 3/ Junior Intermediate 3), mentor and assessor. I have strong interest in the therapeutical applications of Iyengar yoga and continue my studies in Iyengar yoga with some of the most experienced teachers in the West, the Iyengars and senior teachers of RIMYI .

I started practicing yoga 18 years ago and found Iyengar yoga while studying yoga for four months in Bangalore, India, 2005 for my studies in anthropology. I have been teaching for 13 years, and have been quite determined to study further in order to have a bigger and wider toolbox for my students. Over the years I have worked with a wide range of people: from absolute beginners to teachers, from young and fit to elderly, and people dealing with different issues.

Yoga is about self-study and integration, and the yogic techniques are a tool for this purpose. I enjoy tremendously sharing yoga, what I have been taught and what I have learnt. As a teacher, I both encourage and challenge the students to go further in their practice. Typical to Iyengar Yoga, my teaching style is clear, precise and intense. I teach bilingually when there are international students.

By education I am social- and cultural anthropologist and wrote my master’s thesis about yoga.

All information and registrations by email to jooga[at]

I teach also private classes and corporate groups. Ask for more information if interested.