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Public Classes

​Teachers Mentoring Program

Teacher's Training

The Biomechanics of Beliefs™

Regardless of your age or fitness level, you can enjoy the benefits of yoga safely, thanks to the teachings of BKS Iyengar.

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The art of Alignment 

The method I use to teach Yoga is deeply rooted in Iyengar Yoga. It is renowned for its focus on precise alignment and the use of props

In my classes, you can expect in-depth instructions, detailed demonstration of the poses and adjustments to help students deepen their understanding of the postures and develop an overall awareness of body and self.


You will also be encouraged to work at your own capacity, and adjust your practice to injuries or conditions you may be working with.

“I do not call my teachings  "Iyengar Yoga" even though my training  is fundamentally rooted in this method. The only thing I want to do is to bring the quality of presence, so that my students learn how to listen to their body,  feel safe in their practice, strengthen their physical and psychological health and really enjoy the experience.  What I do is pure, authentic Yoga. 

About Your Teacher

I have been practicing and teaching yoga for over 35 years, having trained in the traditional Iyengar Method in Sydney and at the BKS Iyengar Institute in Pune (India). I had the honour of being a student of Guruji BKS Iyengar and his daughter Dr Geeta Iyengar. I have taught in various studios, organized workshops and retreats in Australia and overseas, and trained and mentored many yoga teachers.

After severe spinal injuries, (see details here), I shifted my focus to healing and became a therapist and a chronic back pain expert. I have worked in Sydney and Overseas for many years.


Today I see patients in Edgecliff - Sydney. And I am happy to say that I have decided to teach again - the public and Yoga teachers . Namaste (Program below)

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Whenever we find stiffness in the body, our mind should be especially supple. It is never the stiffness in our bodies that limits our practice, it is always the stiffness of our mind.

— Geeta Iyengar

Sylviane James Yoga Programs


35 years dedicated to serving Yoga Students and their Teachers, to helping them heal chronic physical and mental conditions,  has paved the way to creating this mentoring program for yoga Teachers who wish to expand their knowledge in Teaching, Yoga Therapy and the Business of Yoga

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Once monthly 

2 hours ++

The Gunyah

 335 Old South Head Rd,

Watsons Bay NSW 2030

Easy Parking, Cafes, Beach, Parks, Ferry

(Tentative Schedule: August 2024

Day to be determined (see form)


$170 casual

6 months $800 (Renewable)

"A sought-after Teacher is one that can support students in their moments of strength and in their moments of vulnerability. Teachers need  to develop the skills to support students with chronic injuries and pains! After all they are sent to us by doctors and physical Therapists...we need to rise to the occasion " Sylviane James

A one of a kind Training for Yoga Teachers who want to become expert in
chronic musculo-skeletal pain 

         10 days Retreat + 6 months online
              Waiting list  for 2025 is now open


"In my class you will learn the foundations of the Iyengar approach, and begin to experience how supportive of your strengths and respectful of your limitations it is"

Traditional Yoga and in particular

the Iyengar method of teaching

Yoga offers enormous physical, mental and spiritual benefits. With the use of props, working in pairs, using the wall etc... this form of yoga helps to correct postural problems, improve balance, stability, flexibility and strength.

Bringing the body into alignment improves coordination and creates equanimity which then helps to nourish the nervous system and build physical and mental resilience and emotional wellbeing


The Gunyah

 335 Old South Head Rd, Watsons Bay NSW 2030

Every Friday 

9.30am to 11.00am

Starting Friday 28 June 2024

(classes will be added progressively, in accordance to the demand)

Bring your own mat

Casual classes


10 class Pass

$300 (valid for 3 months)

Payment at the venue

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