Bobby’s study of Iyengar Yoga began in 1972 in the UK—as did a 20-year career in animation. She first went to Pune in 1973, was certified to teach by B.K.S. Iyengar in 1976 and made subsequent trips to Pune every two years. For the past ten years she has made the journey every year. She considers herself blessed to have studied directly with B.K.S. Iyengar. “The profound and cathartic effect of the intensive work I’ve done with him remains with me to this day.”
At the Institute Bobby teaches level II, as well as restorative, a women’s class, plus a class for patients and survivors of breast cancer. She also teaches workshops throughout the US, Europe, SE Asia and China (where she has been ten times) and Central and South America.
For information on Bobby’s blog and her teaching schedule check her website:bobbyclennell.com
Bobby’s publications include three yoga manuals—The Iyengar Yoga Glossary, Props and Ailments, and A Cosmic Body Map. She is also the author and illustrator of The Women’s Yoga Book: Asana and Pranayama for All Phases of The Menstrual Cycle and a children’s book, Watch Me do Yoga (which is no longer published in the West). Her contributions to Yoga Samachar include “Letter from Pune” (2008) and “Art and Yoga” (2009).
Her animated film, Yoga Yantra, which is generated from filmed footage of B.K.S. Iyengar, can be viewed here or on YouTube.
Bobby offers special thanks to Geeta Iyengar, who inspired and informed her work with women; and to Prashant Iyengar, whose knowledge of yoga and its philosophy, history, and culture has always inspired her. She also remains grateful to the late Mary Dunn for her teaching and her selfless work in establishing the New York Institute.
Of her own teaching Bobby says, “I try to help students restore the balance between the constant pull of the external world and their own, oftentimes neglected, individual heart.”