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Sad News - Meg Laing

09 Jan 2023

Meg Laing





We are deeply sad to say that our dear friend and yogini, Meg Laing, died on Thursday 5th January 2023. 

Meg was one of the pioneers of the early, heady days of Iyengar yoga in Edinburgh – she started in Oxford as a student in 1972 and went on her first visit to Pune in 1977 when she was only 23.  It was the early days of the Institute there and Guruji awarded her her Introductory teaching certificate at the end of her stay.  She never got over the surprise and the delight on her face showed every time she recalled it!

She has taught at the Edinburgh Iyengar Yoga Centre since it opened in 1980 and, in collaboration with her close friend and colleague, Elaine Pidgeon, helped to train, over several decades, many dedicated students to become teachers.  

Meg was irrepressibly enthusiastic and positive about everything.  It was impossible to be grumpy around her.  She just lifted up your spirits, put a positive spin on everything, was consistently encouraging and supportive.  

And she was so intelligent, efficient and articulate. Her contribution to the assessment and teacher training aspects of the work of the IY(UK) was immeasurable – she came up with broad ideas and plans but also had the patience for laborious writing and editing jobs, the most recent of which was co-writing the amazing Mentoring Manual with Kirsten Agar Ward.

There are no words to say how much we shall miss your warm presence, Meg.  But they say people leave presence in a place even when they are no longer there and we shall feel your presence always in our treasured Edinburgh Iyengar Yoga Centre where you practised and taught for over 40 years.  God bless you, Meg, and Godspeed.

The EIYC will hold an event to remember and celebrate Meg on Sunday 22nd January at the Centre in Bruntsfield between 4 and 6pm.

At Meg’s request there will be no funeral, but a Memorial Service will be held in February. We will circulate information about both occasions soon.

We would like to create a book of condolence to keep at the Centre and share with Meg’s family.

If you would like to share your reflections and photos of Meg and have them included in our book, please email your memories to