New website for our Centre

Dear Students

We have created a new domain/website for our Centre.  It provides easy access to all relevant information being offered by our teacher David and events at the Centre.

To view this new site please visit:

The blogs will continue to be up-dated.

Our new email address is as follows:


Welcome to the BKS Iyengar Yoga Centre, Schoemanshoek, Oudtshoorn

Welcome to the BKS Iyengar Yoga Centre, Schoemanshoek, Oudtshoorn


Our Yoga Centre nestles in the beautiful and tranquil Schoemanshoek valley on the way to the famous Cango caves, surrounded by the majestic Swartberg Mountains, the BKS Iyengar Yoga Centre offers the complete yoga experience.  Our fully equipped Centre is designed to give you, the yoga practitioner, the opportunity to experience quality yoga tuition in this peaceful and pristine setting. The Schoemanshoek valley offers a variety of suitable accommodation to complete the experience.

Explore your yoga and its subtleties with the skill and guidance of a Senior Iyengar teacher.  Transform your practice in a truly inspirational and relaxed atmosphere

This blog is designed to give you information about us, the teachers at the new Iyengar Yoga Centre, as well as all the workshops David will be teaching - at the Centre or at other venues around the country.

Further down the blog you will see details of the immediate workshops, such as venue, registration details and schedule of the workshop. There is a section of comments by students, sharing their experiences of workshops they have attended.

There is a separate blog setting out all details and information pertaining to the 6-day & 3-day retreats -!retreats/chy6

For the dedicated for the home practitioner there is a blog dedicated to all our practice sequences

With effect from 2014 we will be offering a 2-semester residential teachers training program .  More information on!teachers-training/c15kq

There is also a picture gallery and a link for more photos of workshops and for a compilation with photos of workshops over the years you can visit

To book for workshops, or get more information send mail to or call me Jürgen on 082-886-7568

Oudtshoorn is the largest town in the Klein Karoo area, which is known as an unique, ecological hotspot, where three distinct biomes meet. This quaint, sunny town is nestled in a beautiful valley between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains, South Africa's most recent world heritage site. The climate is perfect any time of the year with mild winters and hot summers. The air is remarkably clear and and lying stargazing on a warm evening will keep you captivated as you watch the galaxy in perfect clarity.
Oh, and don't put your head in the sand, because nor does the ostrich - it's just a myth!

Schoemanshoek is located about 12kms outside Oudtshoorn, in a fertile valley half-way en-route to the Cango Caves. The Centre is located just out of sight in this beautiful valley. For more specific directions, please write to me and I will send it to you.

For more information about this part of the R328 route, please visit this website for details of location of the Centre (31), as well as accommodation or more about the area

About David Jacobs

     An Iyengar Yoga teacher (Senior Intermediate III, certification by B.K.S.Iyengar, (one of only 5 senior certified teachers in South Africa) with a diploma in physical education, David Jacobs has dedicated his life to studying the art and science of yoga. David has been practicing for yoga for 25 years and teaching for 22 years . He has travelled to Pune, India to study under BKS Iyengar and his daughter Geeta, first in 1994 and then several annual visits thereafter. These were the first yoga classes where he saw where the technique was able to embody the philosophy.
     David is the founder of and runs the BKS Iyengar Yoga Centre, Schoemanshoek, Oudtshoorn, Klein Karoo, South Africa. This the only one of its kind on the African continent and we are proud to dedicate our Centre to our Teacher, BKS Iyengar.  
    David no longer teaches public classes, in order to focus more deeply on his own practice. This allows him time to teach workshops around Southern Africa as well as Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Holland, Austria, Norway and Switzerland, as well as 3-day and 6-day retreats at the Centre. David is also part of the BKS Iyengar Institute's teachers training programme.
    David has experience in teaching classes for those with injuries and medical conditions, beginner’s courses, general and experience level classes. He teaches teachers and conducts workshops for teachers. 
   He is passionately involved with the practice of yoga and its applications to daily life. His understanding of and insights into Iyengar Yoga are conveyed with authenticity and precision.

Iyengar yoga is taught and named after Yoga-master B.K.S.Iyengar, who is one of the world's most influential yoga teachers. Iyengar yoga is not meant for the casual practitioner. It is an incredibly demanding practice, that will require a serious level of involvement, both physical and emotional. Iyengar yoga can be practiced by anyone and is particularly good for beginners, because of the emphasis on proper alignment. This sets the foundation for all other postures. All classes and workshops at the Centre, are taught in the Iyengar method of hatha yoga. This rigorous approach emphasizes a balance between strength and flexibility, builds endurance and develops self-awareness. Iyengar yoga, even as an exercise form, offers what no other form of exercise can offer. The method of study is orderly and progressive and the postures are adjusted to meet the physical conditions and needs of each student.

   Firmly based in the ancient Indian tradition of yoga as defined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Iyengar Yoga teaches strength and stamina, flexibility and balance, concentration and meditation.

In Iyengar Yoga, the search for complete consciousness begins with physical awareness. In each posture, every part of the body is connected to every other part with intent and precision. But Iyengar Yoga goes beyond the physical to embrace emotional and spiritual growth. As students learn to extend consciousness to each part of their bodies, they begin to explore the limitless potential of the mind and the soul. The two quests are not separate, but parts of a complementary approach to self-realization and enlightenment.

Yoga in the Light of the teachings of Sri BKS Iyengar

Iyengar Yoga Practice

Yoga in the Light of the teachings of Sri BKS Iyengar

More information about our teaching schedule and workshops/ retreats please visit our website:

for bookings as well as further information about accommodation in the area,
 please contact Jürgen 082-886-7568

"Yoga is like a deep well; one can draw water from its surface and quench one's thirst, or one can, with effort, break the surface of the water and plunge into its depth where the cool waters are constantly fed from an inexhaustible stream of distilled knowledge that can come only from one who has totally immersed himself in the ocean of wisdom." BKS Iyengar

Information of workshops and retreats

Oudtshoorn 2014
 The new BKS Iyengar Yoga Centre, Schoemanshoek, Oudtshoorn

If you would like to attend a specific workshop or retreat at the Centre in Oudtshoorn, all you need to do is to send me an email to or call 082-886-7568 to book a space. 
 I will send you more detailed information, such as cost of the workshops, 
a schedule of the day, as well as location of the venue etc.

For more workshop/retreat information contact Jürgen on 082 886 7568

yoga sutras

"With prayers for Divine Blessings, now begins an exposition of the sacred art of Yoga"    BKS Iyengar

South Africa welcomed Dr. Geeta S. Iyengar to South Africa
6th - 11th May 2011

Residential Teachers Training 2014

A "residential"teachers training at our Centre from 2014

Sutra I.21
The more intense the faith and the effort, the closer the goal

For anyone considering training as a yoga teacher, the bottom line is – Will this course give me a sound, thorough, and safe foundation to teach the skills I wish to offer students?  Sometimes training programs offer popularity by association, but do not offer sound training.  You need to reflect honestly about your own intension in pursuing your study and act accordingly. (“Teaching yoga” Donna Farhi)

Residential teachers Training Oudtshoorn 2014

Practical training requirements for residential (country student teachers)
Qualifying requirements:

In order to be accepted as a student teacher at the Introductory level, the applicant must have met with the following requirements:
   1.)  Hold a current, paid-up membership of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute of Southern Arica;
   2.)  Have practiced Iyengar yoga with a qualified Iyengar yoga teacher for at least 3 years, prior to the application of this course;
   3.)   Pass the readiness test set by the regional training group;
   4.)  Have submitted a completed application form and supplied any supplementary information requested together wit the course fees, and the signed questionnaire from his/her certified Iyengar yoga teacher of at least five (5) years standing;
   5.)   Commit to attain a valid C.P. training certificate during year one and maintain the validity of this certificate

During each year of the three year residential course (country) student teachers are required to:

1.)    Attend at least 30 hours of general classes with an approved, certified teacher in a Centre chosen by the student;
2.)    Attend approved teacher training with a qualified Iyengar yoga teacher trainer, including Pranayama for a minimum of 36 hours per annum (two semesters residential teachers training);
3.)    Attend an observation class in a chose Centre at the end of year one;
4.)    Attend a full preliminary assessment at the end of second and third years in a greed venue;
5.)    Record in the provided log-book details of all personal practice undertaken – not less than 300 hour per year;

Format for residential teachers training program

The format would comprise of modules 1 – 4 in May, thereafter Modules 5 – 7 in September of each year.  

Semester 1 – 17th - 20th May 2014  ~ Modules 1 - 4 

Day 1 – Saturday workshop
Day 2 – Sunday Module 1
Day 3 – Monday Module 2
Day 4 – Tuesday Module 3
Day 5 – Wednesday Module 4

Module daily times:

09h00 – 12h00         Teaching practical (pranayama & asana)
12h00 – 13h00         Break
13h00 – 16h30         Teaching practical  (asana)
16h30 – 17h00         Notices, homework discussion, sign log books
17h00 –                     departures

Semester 2 –  16th - 18th August 2014  ~ Modules 5 - 7

Day 1 – Saturday workshop
Day 2 – Sunday Module 5
Day 3 – Monday Module 6
Day 4 – Tuesday Module 7

Module daily times:

07h00 – 12h00         Teaching practical      (pranayama & asana)
12h00 – 13h00         Break
13h00 – 16h30         Teaching practical (asana)
16h30 – 17h00         Notices, homework discussion, sign log books
17h00 –                     departures

Photo Gallery

The building of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Centre, Oudtshoorn has begun
March 2011

In the Beginning, there was dust..... doesn't look like much - but wait and see!!

Look - walls appear!!

and now the house has a roof!!

inside the studio......

Studio in background with house in front (April 2011)

Now they both have a roof and windows - May 2011

inside the studio a few weeks later!

Progress - 1st June 2011

Location -Location - Location!!!

Studio - moving forward

The house and studio middle of July 2011

and here we are all finished September 2011
~Below some photos of David at other venues around the country~

August 2007

Last class at the B.K.S.Iyengar Yoga Centre, Camps Bay, South Africa

all smiles before the Chair Salabhasana

 Virasana with arm action

Viparita Dandasana in chair
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