MDIY is the oldest and one of the largest Iyengar yoga organisations in the UK and was established in 1972 . This year we are celebrating our 50th anniversary.

We run over 30 classes a week, for all levels and abilities, in three beautiful, fully-equipped studios.

We provide a wide range of opportunities for students to practise and develop their understanding of yoga and we are committed to spreading an awareness of the benefits of Iyengar yoga to as many people as possible. The organisation is managed on behalf of its members by an elected committee of teacher and student members and all members are eligible to stand for election.

The organisation came about through the dedication of a group of Manchester-based yoga enthusiasts who, over 50 years ago, saw the potential of the Iyengar method and thus formed the MDIY. These early pioneers included Jeanne Maslen, Tricia Booth and Pen Reed who, along with many other supporters and volunteers and our president, Yogacharya Sri B.K.S.

Iyengar himself, built the organisation and our centre into what it is today. We have three beautiful, fully-equipped studios, named in honour of Jeanne Maslen (Maslen Hall), Tricia Booth (Booth Hall) and Pen Reed (Reed Studio) to show our appreciation of their inspiration, commitment and hard work on behalf of MDIY over many years.

We are run as a mutual, membership organisation. Any surplus funds made from our yoga activities are re-invested in the maintenance and development of our building, the purchase and replacement of equipment and the day-to-day operations of MDIY.