About the Inner Yoga Trust

Founded in 1993 by Jenny Beeken, Pauline Sawyer and Jane Malcomson, the Inner Yoga Trust is a registered UK charity initially set up to advance education and relieve disease through the teaching of yoga postures, breathing, relaxation, meditation and to advance the public education and health through the provision of teacher training courses, bursaries and research. Today, the IYT's focus has changed to a membership organisation that aims to continue the sharing of yoga through its regular member events.

The Inner Yoga Trust has its roots in the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli, Diane Long and Sophy Hoare. Vanda Scaravelli was inspired to move and change the Western posture in a way that brought us more into an awareness of the spine and its connection to the limbs.

The term ‘Scaravelli inspired yoga’ was originally suggested by Diane Long, a student of Vanda’s for 25 years, as being a more appropriate way of describing her own teaching. The focus of this way of movement is based on the movement of the spine and the movement of the hips and shoulders.

IYT Members Committee

We have a vibrant and thriving membership committee team who regularly meet to plan and create our exciting program of events.


About our Members

Many of the active members of the Trust are teaching members who are currently offering classes and workshops throughout the UK.

We welcome new members to our vibrant and supportive community of yoga practitioners, teachers and students. If you attend regular classes or workshops, are already a yoga teacher or are studying to teach, membership offers you many benefits, including discounts on many of our yoga events. We hope you'll join us soon!

IYT Board of Trustees

The trustees are extremely proud to be the entrusted custodians of the organisation and work closely with the membership committee to ensure that the Inner Yoga Trust’s membership benefits as many people as possible and is effectively shared through its like-minded community.

Kate Rowland (Chair)

David Goddard IYT Trustee

David Goddard (Treasurer and Secretary)

Vicky Watson

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