Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a burning question?

Before you email us, perhaps we have the answer to your question below.

What will be the Covid-19 regulations at the convention?

IY(UK) convention organisers will adhere to guidelines for events as set out by the government at the time the event goes ahead. Additional arrangements may be implemented by the organisers. Currently attendee numbers have been limited in 2022, to allow more space in the yoga hall between mats to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for participants. Additional guidelines, including a cancellation policy relating to Covid-19 has been issued by IY(UK) - please see here

 

In addition to these protocols, Harrogate Convention Centre has completed its own risk assessments and achieved Visit Britain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ accreditation. Sanitation stations will be available throughout the venue and increased cleaning and sanitisation regimes are in place. The venue's air conditioning draws only fresh air from the outside, so no air from the event space is reticulated.  Regulations will be continuously reviewed.

What equipment do I need to bring?

You will need a mat, four foam pads, two bricks, two belts and two blankets as a minimum. Also you can bring a bolster if you would like to use one.

Can I hire equipment?

Yes, we work with suppliers to provide a bundle of hire equipment that can be ordered in advance. Details of this are available on this website please check the Equipment Hire page.

Where can I store my bag and shoes?

All bags should be stored in the cloakroom, valuables/essentials should be kept in a very small bag that can be brought into the yoga hall. Please put a label on your bag and store carefully and tidily so that gangways are kept clear and any lost property can be kept to a minimum. 

As you would expect, no shoes are allowed in the yoga hall. An area will be provided outside of the hall for storage of shoes.  

Will I be able to unload my equipment and where will I store my bags?

Once you have registered (between 9.30 and 10.45am) you will be able to place your yoga equipment in the yoga hall and then store your bags in the designated areas.

Can I put my mat and equipment down in the hall before registration?

No, the venue will not be accessible to attendees until 9.30am on Saturday morning.

Can we leave equipment in the yoga hall overnight?

When we use the yoga hall at the HCC we are able to leave equipment overnight, but will need to be put to one side for cleaning.

How far is the walk from the train station?

The HCC is a 20 minute walk from Harrogate train station.

Are there any travel discounts available?

Yes, the HCC have a relationship with LNER – see our partner Reservation Highway for all discounts. Visit this website to find out how to get 25% off your rail travel with this operator.

Is there any car parking on site?

Yes, there is a car park underneath HCC. But be advised car parking charges will apply.

 

Is there any disabled car parking on site?

Yes, there is Blue Badge parking underneath HCC with direct lift access to Entrance One of our Auditorium.

Is there level access or a lift to the yoga hall? 

There is a moving escalator from Entrance 3 to the yoga hall and there is also a lift

I am a disabled student and need a companion with me to access the event, is that ok?
Yes, your companion is welcome; there is an observer area or, if you need support nearer your mat, we can arrange this with you when you arrive


Is there a loop system at the venue?
There are fixed-loop hearing systems at HCC main reception desk and in the Auditorium. A temporary loop can be installed in the yoga hall.

I am visually impaired; can I choose where I go in the hall? 
Yes, please come to reception on arrival and we will support you to choose a suitable place with the best light and visibility.


I have problems with my mobility. I know what to do, but need a wall to practice by; is this possible?
Yes, there will be an area with a wall, a ledge, and a few additional items of equipment to support practice

 

General Health issues

In agreeing to attend classes at the convention, the teacher will require you to take responsibility for your own physical and mental health and will not be able to give you help for individual problems. You are expected to manage these using your own knowledge and experience. If you are unsure whether you should attend with a certain condition you should consult your teacher or contact the convention team at conventions@iyengaryoga.org.uk. If you have a serious condition that the teacher should be made aware of please also notify the convention team at the email address above.

How much experience is needed?

A minimum two years' Iyengar yoga experience is required.

I am on a low income, what financial support is available?

Please click to view IY(UK)'s Financial Support Policy,here. which details all the support IY(UK) offers to its members.

For conventions, we will always offer a discounted concessionary rate; the amount of discount will vary according to a number of factors. 

For this convention, the concessionary rate is a 12% discount; this is lower than we have been able to offer for recent online conventions, reflecting the fact that an in-person convention typically has high costs that need to be covered by ticket sales, and this time the number of attendees is limited to allow for distancing and comfort in the hall.  

Will there be a marketplace?

Yes. The marketplace with stalls selling yoga equipment, ethical clothing and much more will be open during our breaks each day. 

Can I sell my own products/crafts at the convention?

We welcome sellers and makers of products and crafts in our marketplace. See the marketplace page for further details.

How far is it to the nearest accommodation?

There is a wide-range of accommodation available in Harrogate, some of which is only a few minutes’ walk away from the HCC. Please visit the ‘Where to stay page’ for more details.

I would like to share accommodation if possible, how do I make contact with other people who might want to do the same?

We will have a facebook group set up, you can post up any requests such as this on there.

Will there be anywhere to buy food on site?

Yes, there will be a range of catering options available at the convention. We have organised for vegetarian lunches and drinks to be on sale on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a selection of sandwiches, salads, healthy snacks and sweet treats.  In addition there are many nice coffee shops and a range of restaurants in Harrogate, just a few minutes' walk from the front entrance doors.

Will water be available?

Yes, there will be water fountains around the venue for you to fill your re-useable water container. Please make sure you bring a re-useable drinks bottle along, and also make sure that it is labelled with your name.

Do the organisers allow plastic?

The IY(UK) Convention team work hard to identify areas where the use of plastics can be reduced, and where possible crockery and recyclable materials are used.

Can I buy a convention T shirt?

Yes definitely, all attendees will be able to make a pre-event purchase here.  There will also be a limited selection available at the convention.

Can I attend the convention without being a member of IY(UK)?

No, all attendees must be members of IY(UK), when booking your place you will need to sign in a member, should you need to renew your membership please renew here: https://iyengaryoga.org.uk/nt-membership-renewal-22/ to join, please contact IY(UK) directly https://iyengaryoga.org.uk/join-iyuk/

Can I volunteer?

We welcome volunteers and rely on their support to run the event over the three days. If you’re interested in volunteering email catherine@iyengaryoga.org.uk

Do I get a discount if I volunteer?

We are not able to offer discounts to volunteers.

I want to cancel my place, what is the cancellation policy?

We have a page stating the cancellation policy click here.

Will the weekend count towards my professional development?

Yes it will.

Will a recording be available?

No, we are not able to offer recordings.

Will there be photography?

Yes, IY(UK) will be taking photos throughout the three days. If you do not wish to be photographed, please let the team know at the reception desk.

I will need to leave early on Monday, will this be okay?

Please do not book a convention place if you know in advance that you will not be able to attend the entire event. Our convention teachers always request that students stay on until the end of their teaching, so we respectfully request that participants do not leave early; please book the time in your diary and plan your travel with this in mind.

 

I can’t attend all three days, but I’d really like to come, what should I do?

Attendees should ensure they are able to attend the event in full before signing up. Should you wish to discuss your participation with the organisers, please email conventions@iyengaryoga.org.uk