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Andrew Benfield

Andrew joins the team of Iyengar yoga teachers at Maitri Studio

Andrew joined Maitri Studio after moving to Belfast from London, where he has practised Iyengar yoga for over 20 years. He first attended a class in his twenties, a stressed and unfit office worker, and was struck by the calm he felt after practising. He was drawn back by the inclusivity and depth of understanding in the Iyengar method. Having a very stiff body, it was a relief to try yoga where poses are adapted and props used to allow those with less flexibility to join in. He went on to complete the 2-year Iyengar teacher training course, becoming a teacher in 2005 and progressing to Junior Intermediate level 1 in 2008.

After balancing yoga with a young family and professional career for the last ten years, Andrew is aware of the challenges of fitting regular yoga into a busy lifestyle. After working in an office all day it can be hard to stand up straight and focus your mind, let alone listen to yoga instructions while putting your body into odd poses! He is keen to encourage more men to try yoga and show how the Iyengar method can help anyone lacking natural flexibility to enjoy the health benefits of a regular yoga practice.

Andrew's classes

Active Iyengar Yoga beginners Tuesdays 6-7.15pm.

This is a great opportunity to try Iyengar yoga, or to get back into the swing of practice if you've been away for a while. It is great for people who are active, perhaps by running, cycling or other sports, and who would like to develop body and mind through yoga too.

SPECIAL OFFER: 6 week beginners course starting 7 January £48 - read more and book here!

Yoga general, Tuesdays 7.30-9pm

Andrew sometimes teaches this class, alternating with Claire


Andrew runs monthly 2.5hr asana workshops - the next one is 16 February 2020.

Andrew's classes are included in the Iyengar class pass system, which can be booked through the calendar or classes page. You can read more about all Iyengar classes and finding the best level for you on Claire's page and in this feature article.

Andrew's Timetable

Studio Calendar

Contact Us

Maitri Studio Limited
4 The Mount, Belfast, BT5 4NA

Tel: +44 (0)28 9099 2428

Company number: NI635546