“I love coming to Iriness, because there is nothing like that in Horsham. The way we learn and the way we develop here enables us to self-practise at home. Mysore style or self-practice is a fascinating journey. I like the way we learn, we practise, we evolve and we fully understand the practice we are going into, taking it step by step. It feels like a journey and it is a very satisfying one. After the class at Iriness, I always feel fantastic, I feel relaxed, calm, and I feel like I have challenged myself as well. More I learn about yoga, more I want to find out about it…I have given up all other yoga classes to come here because I like it so much.” – Sam, Horsham
“Iriness is really a welcoming place. People of ages, all backgrounds and Irina is the best teacher 😊! It’s a safe space, where I can practise without judgement. There is a collective will for betting ourselves. Its nice to feel part of it.
I have attended the Yoga beginners’ course and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It allowed Ashtanga vinyasa yoga to be broken down into parts, for us to have an in-depth look into it as a whole and gain greater appreciation and understanding of how it came to be and why it is done in the way it is.
Since starting yoga I definitely noted positive impact on my body, especially my physical strength and flexibility. And awareness of my body and breath, how it can be useful in grounding myself and bringing myself into each and every moment. It is also given me a greater stability in my mental wellbeing. Yoga has given me the tools to recognise, when I am carrying tension in my body, where before I would have been caught in thoughts.
I especially like self-practice Mysore style of Ashtanga, because there is less pressure to keep up with the class and you focus on how you feel on a day and how much you want to do on this day. You just go in your own pace. It’s about you and not about the class, so you are able to focus on yourself more, instead of going into the next posture, because the class has moved on.
Everyone has something to learn here at Iriness. Practising yoga will bring about a greater change that you did not know you need, but it will 😊.” – Tegan, Horsham
“The philosophy behind Iriness is that we are taught to self-practise and Irina guides each of us individually in our personal yoga journeys. It helps creates a deeper understanding of ourselves, of yoga and creates great friendships among the students. Iriness is truly a vibrant and happy yoga space.
I am an athlete, and find that Ashtanga yoga strengthens my upper body, supporting my swimming. It also gives me the suppleness in my hips for running and cycling and lessens the injuries.
I am really enjoying my classes at Iriness. I have also been inspired by Irina, her kindness, knowledge and humour in terms of how she leads the classes, to enrol into the teacher training programme with Gregor Maehle.” – Irma, Horsham
“Thank you for all your efforts in keeping the community together. I am home alone all week with my children, the classes are my protected time to breathe, move and stay healthy. It’s a lifeline for me at the moment of Covid-19 lockdown.” – Debbie, Horsham
“Thank you so much for a great online workshop, Irina. You are a super teacher and you can see you were taught by one of the best – Gregor Maehle.” – Luma, Surrey
“It was really really welcoming when I first came here. What I find fantastic is, that I can go at my own speed. Irina is serious, very informed, has so much knowledge but it also real fun, even if its tough. Iriness feels like a family and you really gain friendships here. I don’t think I have ever left Iriness not feeling better from when I walked in, however I walked in, – always feeling a better person when I walked out.” – Lisa, West Sussex
“When I walked in here and I met Irina and her husband Patrick, I had this very warm welcome. I just felt – this is where I want to be. I am elderly and its not easy to find the right practice for 80+. But yoga here is very adapted to my needs. Irina is very patient with me and helps me progress.
After many years of having a guided class and having a teacher standing in front of me and telling me what to do, – now I am learning to do self-practice, which is much deeper experience. Yoga requires wonderful concentration, which is good for the mind, and it is different, it is more challenging.
This warmth that comes to you from Irina, that is what motivates you. She is a very lovely teacher. She dedicates so much time and patience to us all that I can only recommend her very much.
I’d like to congratulate Irina with her successful yoga studio and tireless dedication. Irina’s knowledge and patience make her a wonderful teacher! I want to thank her for always welcoming smile and helpful ease into a different kind of yoga practice adapted to my age.” – Inge, Horsham
“I attended Irina’s classes lightly 2 years ago pre-baby and knew I would return! Having just finished the beginners’ course, I feel a greater understanding for yogic practice as a whole… Having tried many classes in the area, I now realise how lucky Horsham is to have such an amazing teacher and school. I already feel the difference mentally and physically… mental wellbeing has improved immensely and the prospect of further knowledge and improvement is SO exciting! I definitely recommend anyone, who wishes to learn an amazing practice, to sign on to the beginners. course and allow the journey to begin!” – Zey-Nyo, Horsham
“Irina is a fabulous yoga teacher. She so knows her stuff yet is able to adapt postures to your body. It’s not just the case of ‘follow me’ rather start to learn the postures, know your own body and then start to learn even more. It’s not always easy, but it’s rewarding and enriching. I always leave feeling better in body and mind. It’s certainly developed my flexibility and stamina, plus it sparked even more of an interest in yoga. Thank you.” – Claire, Horsham
“I joined the yoga beginners’ course and found the practice so much fun and beneficial! Really enjoyable learning a new skill to help posture, breathing and wellbeing. The classes I’ve attended with Irina & Charlotte have been amazing – they have both been very attentive to someone so new to yoga. Highly recommend to anyone thinking about signing up to give it a go 😊!” – Simon, Horsham
“I started practising yoga 15 years ago. I am much less anxious and much more able to deal with stressful situations. I feel much more capable living happy and fulfilled life. I have 3-year-old daughter, I work full time and it’s the yoga, that really helped me to manage all of those requirements. I finally start finding balance in life.
There is a big difference practising at Iriness and other places around Horsham. Irina is really teaching us to understand how to undertake yoga ourselves, how to move through the sequences by ourselves. How to understand our own bodies and minds. Irina is really an attentive teacher, but she will also really encourages us to learn and practise by ourselves, so we become independent in our yoga practice.
Irina empowered me to develop a class and become a teacher (I have completed my yoga teacher training many years ago but never taught). I feel, that I am becoming stronger as a teacher and it helps me a lot in stressful situations in life. I have to present a lot at work to large groups of people, to operate under pressure – and the fact, that I am teaching at Iriness, is really building my confidence as a person.
I love connecting with great group of people here at Iriness. My practice makes me feel strong, well and calm. At Iriness you’ll find beginners’ classes, more experienced classes, breathing pranayama classes, and different courses and workshops. There is absolutely something for everybody here.” – Charlotte, Horsham
“As a complete novice I found the yoga beginners course to be a perfect introduction to Ashtanga yoga. Irina is a brilliant teacher, warm and encouraging and I’m looking forward to continuing with her classes. Thank you x.” – Louise, Horsham
“I have got MS since 2011 and its quite debilitating condition. After a short period of practising yoga with Irina, I have seen my neurologist, who could not believe that I was walking without a stick and also that my posture improved so much. Yoga helped stretch and relax muscles the way, that I don’t need to take as much pain relief as I did. Yoga definitely benefits physically and mentally for my condition.
In the guided classes of Irina and Charlotte we learn various aspects of yoga, postures, breathing, relaxation, philosophy. During the self-practice Mysore style Ashtanga vinyasa classes, Irina supports and assists each of us individually. She gives you a personalised programme, that you work on yourself. Irina comes and does 1-2-1 with you throughout the class, since everyone is in a different stage. It’s quite nice, because you can work on your own practice, everyone else is working on theirs. If you have a problem, Irina is there, giving individual support.
Coming to yoga beginners’ course and classes helped me learn how to practise more intelligently. I also love breathing classes. It’s fascinating to learn how to breathe properly.
Iriness is a lovely environment. Irina supports us all the way; she is very complimentary. But she also knows when to encourage you to take a step forward. You get a nice balance with Irina.” – Jane, Horsham
“I found yoga with Irina very useful for my day to day life. On the physical side, I had to use muscles I have never used before, improving my body’s strength and flexibility. On the mental level, yoga teaches me to concentrate better. It helps so much to focus and relax. And this affects my personal life, at work and home. I feel less tired, stressed, less worried. I enjoy my yoga a lot!” – Gean-Mario, Horsham
“It’s such a lovely feeling to Iriness community! We have all kinds of people, of all ages and abilities. Some were gymnasts and dancers; others are very stiff like me 😊. But everyone is welcoming and supportive. I love my yoga practice here. I can have any type of day and I will always go away feeling great and relaxed afterwards. I feel much stronger in my posture.
The self-practice, or Mysore style Ashtanga vinyasa yoga, means that Irina can go around and tweak things for individual. Everyone is of different ability, so self-practice with Irina makes you feel, that you keep on developing in your own pace, you feel safe and supported. You get a sense of moving forward, developing in your own yoga journey. Each month after we look back, we can see a little change in ourselves for better. It’s an opportunity to learn yoga, where you can be individually helped. I really enjoy the journey of change and development for my mind and body and the way Irina works with us individually.
Iriness’ Yoga beginners; course gave me a good grounding. It was great to actually understand, that yoga is not only about postures, but breathing, meditation, relaxation, and profound philosophy. It was a great experience to begin with.
Yoga has changed my body physically, I am stronger and more flexible – little journey to go yet, but I can see changes. Yoga makes my mind calmer not only after the class but generally in life.
Iriness is a lovely environment to practise yoga. I enjoy Irina’s dedication to yoga, who also teaches us yoga philosophy – I never thought I would be interested, but I am 😊! Learning breathing and meditation as well. This all makes a huge difference in my life!” – Jenny Coombes, Horsham
“Practising with Irina has been a transformative experience for me, even after many years of practising Ashtanga. Almost starting again. What Irina brings is her own passion, which is quite infectious. And her very caring and nurturing way of teaching.” – Helen, Horsham
“Irina is a gentle and humble Ashtanga Yoga teacher and has made a lovely place to practise – rare find! Lucky Horsham! A big thank you for creating a beautiful place to practise in an authentic and safe way.” – Ginny, Brighton
“I decided to join Iriness, because I felt from the website that it was an authentic yoga studio. I found Yoga beginners course really awesome, as it entailed many pillars of yoga, such as pranayama, meditation, asana, philosophy. After the course I realised I could not stop my yoga 😊 so here I still am.
Since I started practising yoga with Irina, I feel stronger and more in connection with myself from the physical and mental standpoints. Every time I join the class, I feel better, no matter which kind of day I had. Yoga tools help me with day to day life, giving one step at a time approach. Some things in yoga seem absolutely impossible to do at first, but then you suddenly achieve them, one step at a time. So I take this approach to my daily life too.
I enjoy coming to Iriness every time, because of the community of people here and of the passion and dedication that Irina puts in each class. And, mostly, because of the tailored approach Irina has with every student. I am always looking forward to the next class. It’s a beautiful way to start your yoga journey at Iriness, every day you’ll discover yourself a little bit more.” – Laura, Horsham
“For the short time I was coming along to Iriness I definitely felt an improvement, not just in my practice, but in my body as a whole, with some of the aches and pains gradually dissipating, so thank you so much. And thank you for teaching me to self-practise Ashtanga yoga. Now I am moving to Reading and will continue my practice, as you have taught me. Thank you again!” – Sam, Reading
“I have been practising Ashtanga for many years. My practice has improved enormously here with Irina. I am very grateful for that. Irina’s knowledge is immense in all aspects of yoga. Thank you so much.” – Clare, Horsham
“Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed today… took me back to the purity and brilliance of the Ashtanga healing methodology. Your adjustments were just brilliant and I can sense your joy in the room. You make it less heavy, more light.” – Claire, West Sussex
“Thank you, Irina, for creating and sharing such a warm and nurturing space, where we can come and grow in body and mind!” – Carol, Horsham, UK
“Dear Irina, thank you so much for everything you have done for me over the past year. You have been a wonderful, warm, funny and inspiring teacher and you have created a beautiful community around you. I look forward to yoga every day – it is the highlight of my week. Many congratulations on the success of the past, first year of Iriness. I am looking forward to being part of Iriness’ continuing success. With love, Kate.” – Kate T, Horsham, UK
“The Love & Energy you give during our practice is appreciated by us all. Thank you, Irina.” – Andrew, West Sussex
“Wow! What a difference 4 weeks can make! I joined the Yoga Beginners Course at Iriness having done some yoga previously, but I can certainly say it’s already changing my life. I have mild scoliosis and have suffered with back issues for many years. Having done just 4 weeks of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga with Irina, my physiotherapist remarked on how strong I had become especially on my weaker side. Irina really cares for all her students and it’s a joy to attend Iriness. Irina is building a fantastic yoga community in our town and it’s infectious! Her warmth, kindness, fun and passion are with her in every session and there’s no need to worry about what you think you can or can’t do. Everyone can start no matter how inflexible you think you are or how much of a beginner you think you may be. It’s all individual. And Irina treats you this way. We are taught to be able to take our yoga with us in self-practice and join together at the studio to continue to learn and grow. I’m so happy that Iriness has come to Horsham and look forward to my yoga future :-). Thanks so much Irina – you are fabulous X.” – Emma Louise Cavallo, student – Horsham
“I’ve had the pleasure of attending Irina’s classes for two months now and I’d recommend it to anyone interested in improving their overall well-being. Irina is a great teacher and she gives everyone the attention they need.The atmosphere of the classes is wonderful and I usually leave calm and energised.” – Oscar Andersson – Horsham, UK
“A 5-star rating is not enough! I joined the beginner course few weeks ago and I couldn’t expect a better way to be introduced to Yoga. Irina’s attention to each of us, her passion and experience have been outstanding every single time and the place and the atmosphere are absolutely wonderful. I can’t wait to continue my yoga journey with Irina!” – Laura Pasetti, Horsham, UK
“Thank you Irina for such an informative and welcoming course. We have learnt so much and looking forward to continuing our practice at your lovely warm tranquil studio”. – Sue & Stephen Gravett, Horsham, UK
“Iriness is an amazing yoga space right in the centre of Horsham. A haven to go to and practise all elements of yoga, from postural yoga to breathing and meditation. Irina is an amazing teacher – her passion and warmth shine through and with her knowledge she has supported a great improvement in my strength, flexibility and overall wellness.” – Julia, Horsham, UK
“Wow!! What can I say. Mine and hubbies first visit here today, welcomed so warmly, fantastic teacher who was so attentive to us “newbies”, excellent guidance. Can’t recommend this place enough, thoroughly enjoyed and really looking forward to learning more and progressing. 5 STARS-FANTASTIC. Massive thank you to Irina, we really enjoyed this mornings class.” – Sean K, Horsham
“I love my yoga at Iriness! I feel like I am in safe hands with a very experienced teacher that cares about you on a one to one basis – in a lovely environment and meeting some lovely people.” – Sam Bunty McMillen – Horsham, UK
“I have just completed the Yoga Beginners Course and it’s been the best thing I’ve ever done! Irina is such an amazing yoga teacher and person, her love for yoga and passion for her students goes beyond anything. I can’t wait to continue my yoga journey with Irina and see Iriness Yoga & Wellbeing flourish.” – Emma Howell, student – Horsham, October 2017
“I have just completed the 4-Week Yoga Beginner Course with Irina and it was amazing. I loved it. I didn’t know much about Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga before the course and I have learnt so, so much. I now feel confident to practise on my own, and am looking forward to continuing to learn more with Irina. I highly recommend anyone who is interested to book yourself on to the next course.” – Jenny Murrel, student – Horsham, UK
“The Yoga Beginners Course is an excellent way to learn Ashtanga yoga. I have learnt more in a few weeks than I thought possible. Excellent tuition in a supportive atmosphere. The mixed ability (Mysore) class format is also great as beginners can attend and be guided to progress at their own level in a no pressure environment.” – David MacDonald, student – Horsham, UK
“Iriness has always been about safety, friendship and practice. When we have found ourselves in such different circumstances with Corona lock0down, Irina has continued to bring us together to practise our yoga. No matter what your level is, you will find a virtual class to suit you. Yoga is a wonderful principle to keep us well, healthy, strong, resilient and balanced”. – Jane, student – Horsham, UK
“I’ve been practising yoga for a few years now, and I can honestly say that Irina is the best teacher I’ve had, she is a true professional. Yoga is her way of life, and the passion she has for it is addictive! I came to Irina with no experience, and with a lot of patience and kindness she taught me everything from scratch, and I improved as time went by. But that’s not all, yoga has also helped me to manage my life with less stress, breathing deep and taking everything in the right proportion. Thank you Irina for introducing me to the wonderful world of yoga!” – Eyal Reich, student – Herzliya, Israel
“Gentle, compassionate, generous… Irina strives to learn and share what she loves and learns… when we taught together in Manila many students asked when she would be back as they enjoyed her firm adjustments and joyful energy.” – Rebecca de Villa, yoga teacher and studio owner, Stillpoint Yoga Manila – Manila, Philippines
“Irina is one of the precious presents that I was lucky to get while walking on the yoga path. For the last 12 years she has been my colleague, my friend and my teacher. Irina approaches everything she does with full commitment and devotion. She is always looking for a way to go deeper in her quest to be able to be a good yogini and a good teacher. Thank you Irina for being such a bright light in my life.” – Ruti Amir, yoga teacher, SamaYoga – Israel
“Irina is a truly wonderful teacher because she is a truly wonderful person. Extremely knowledgeable and wise with a great sense of humour and a deep respect for what she does.” – Jamey Marks, yoga teacher, OrYoga – Israel
“I met Irina on a yoga teacher training course, where she worked as an assistant teacher. Her professionalism, dedication to the personal quest and knowledge drove me to continue my practice with her privately. Irina has helped me to cope with my injuries through understanding and applying Ashtanga Yoga tools. Irina’s devotion to yoga has been a big influence for me. I have learnt a lot from her about my own practice and self-exploration. Irina has been rigorously exploring the yoga tradition, human body and mind. Combining extensive knowledge with her warm and caring heart, she is one of the most significant milestones in my personal yoga path. Thank you!” – Tsofit Arman, student and therapist through movement – Israel
“I have known Irina since 2007, the year that she introduced me to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. At that time Irina was a second-year student at the teacher training course of Shimon Ben Avi (Israel’s most senior Ashtanga Yoga teacher). I was quite fortunate to be her neighbour and practised yoga under her guidance. Irina introduced me to the various postures of Ashtanga Primary series and demonstrated its structure and techniques in a highly methodical fashion, that connected and provided me with a sense of purpose with the practice of yoga at least 3 times a week.
Later on, when Irina had advanced to become a teacher-student of John Scott, I had the honour and pleasure to deepen my understanding of Ashtanga Yoga postures and philosophy and made it a part of my daily life. Irina had patiently taken the time with my learning, always offering a new angle to make the subject easier to grasp and enjoyable. She had shown me ways to deflect the inevitable frustration that comes when our desires meet our limitations.
Further on, I had practised in a group under her supervision and it became apparent that she had the gift of keen observation, understanding the unique circumstances and abilities of each student, and the consequent skill of directing each student to the most beneficial, tailored course of yoga practice. At times it was her motivation and drive to practise with more vigour, at other times to let go of excessive desires and energy.
Her departure for England was a real loss for me, as well as for her other students.
I am eagerly awaiting the opportunity to continue my studies with Irina. I was delighted to hear that this becomes possible again by her renewed commitment to teach in her new studio, Iriness in Horsham.” – Michael Hoffman, partner-yoga practitioner – Israel
“I met Irina for the first time at a 2-year teachers course of Shimon Ben-Avi in Israel in 2006. During the course, we practised side by side and over time we really connected. Irina was very dedicated to the yoga practice and to a deep enquiry of life. I remember our conversations and ‘life-research-sessions’, that have always enriched and touched us beyond the yoga asana practice. I full-heartedly recommend Irina as an excellent and super professional yoga teacher and as an inspirational person, which she is.” – Shani Sharon, yoga teacher and studio owner, OmYoga – Raanana, Israel
“Irina is an excellent practitioner and teacher. She truly practises what she teaches. I was lucky to meet her a couple of years ago and practise with her regularly. We share and discuss our passion of various aspects of yoga, from postures to philosophy. Highly recommend!” – Ananda Mello Costa, yoga teacher – Horsham, UK
“I was lucky to have Irina as my first yoga teacher of Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga. We were always a small group of practitioners and at times I had private sessions. Though I’m older than Irina I felt lucky to have her, a complete teacher and a source of inspiration. Words and practice were coming from the same origin and were consistent. Irina is a balanced instructor, being strict on how to perform an asana and also finding an encouraging thing to say and show. The kind of person you would like to lead you and show the importance of diligence and persistence which are to me the most important issues in yoga practice, along with self-acceptance.” – Micha Feinberg, student – Israel
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