Our Teachers

Our teachers

Our emphasis is on the high quality of our teaching. All our teachers pass rigorous examinations to an international standard after at least three years of study and then two years of teacher training. This training includes the study of anatomy as well as yoga and yoga teaching. Most of our teachers have a more advanced stage of yoga teaching qualification and most have also studied personally with Yogacharya Iyengar at his Institute in Pune, India.

All our teachers hold and display the international Certification Mark you see here. This tells you that the teacher is an approved teacher of Iyengar Yoga, is properly trained and supervised to teach safely and well, is insured and holds an up to date registration. Only those who hold and display this Mark are qualified to teach Iyengar yoga.

Julie Amers

I've been practising Iyengar yoga for over 20 years and began teaching it 5 years ago. I still attend regular classes at the EIYC and it's an ideal place to be a student: everything is set up for yoga and it has a lovely calm atmosphere. My approach to teaching is positive and encouraging and I try to help people get the most out of their own practice. I love watching people develop as they get more interested in yoga and practice more. It's a great pleasure to share something that I get so much joy out of myself.

Stuart Anderson

I trained at the Edinburgh Iyengar Yoga Centre with Elaine Pidgeon and studied in India with Rajiv and Swati Chanchani. I qualified as an Introductory Iyengar yoga teacher in 1992 and as a Junior Intermediate teacher in 1999. I am particularly interested in the link between yoga philosophy and practice and try to make this link in my teaching.

Agracitta Brawley

Born in Glasgow in 1959 - a giant safety pin now marks the spot (yes, really!). Discovered eastern philosophy, Buddhism and Yoga, about 20 years later. Almost 30 years after that, the truth still proves elusive. I started teaching Iyengar Yoga in 1987 and gained the Junior Intermediate qualification in 1997.

Lucy Brown

I began yoga classes at the centre in 1987 to help with back issues (I have a scoliosis). I immediately felt the physical benefit but the mental clarity and sense of peace it gave me encouraged me to find out more. Yoga brings balance to my life and continues to reward my efforts. It is a lifelong journey of enquiry and discovery. I enjoy teaching yoga since it enables me to share this process with others.  I first qualified as a teacher in 2002 and have the Junior Intermediate Level 2 certificate since 2014.
 

Demetra Browning

I started yoga at this Centre in the mid-nineties and qualified to teach in 2008 followed by my Junior Intermediate 1 certificate in 2012. I am still as much in awe of it now as I was then. It benefits the whole of my life as a painter, wife and mother. I love this form of yoga because of its thoroughness and precision. It's an absolute joy of a discipline. As we practise we learn more about ourselves, our strengths and weaknesses. It's always inspiring to find that the body can and does change and we really can move through our limitations. Yoga brings a sense of being at ease within ourselves. Approach the practice with an openness, freshness and curiosity and it will be its own reward.

Izabela Bysiak

The first time I discovered yoga was as a student in 2005. As a devoted practitioner I found that being 'just a student' was not enough. In 2009 I started my first teacher training and in 2012 I started 3-years Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training in Krakow Poland with Konrad Kocot. I passed my Introductory II exam in 2015. I am also a qualified Massage Therapist.

Iyengar yoga is my favourite yoga style, thanks to the focus on precise movement and alignment; deep, conscious practice! My way to teach yoga is to awake awareness and consciousness in every single part of the body, connecting the breath and mind through practice along with joy and fun in the same moment. And my learning is still in progress... The best way to learn is to teach and observe my students. They are always inspiring and encourage me to do more!

Maureen Clarke

I started yoga in my early twenties, initially to fulfil a gap left from doing ballet into my late teens. Rapidly I realised that there was much more to yoga than the physical level. Thirty or so years on, yoga still surprises and fulfils me and gives me joy. During the years of being a full-time working mother it sustained me and was a rock in the juggling act of motherhood and work. It is wonderful to be able to share my enthusiasm through teaching and seeing the positive changes in students. I qualified as a introductory teacher in 1981, then passed the Junior Intermediate certificate in 1998.

Claudia Cotronei

I started yoga in 1987, took Introductory Certificate in 1992 and Intermediate 3 Certificate in 2003. I have been teaching yoga in Edinburgh and Rome for the last 23 years. I moved from Rome to Edinburgh in the late 1980s and in many ways the Edinburgh Iyengar Yoga Centre became my adoptive home. There I found the friendly support and the warmth I was missing from Italy. I am very grateful to have met and studied there with so many talented and inspiring teachers. I could hardly function without yoga and my lovely daughter Chiara, as they both give me roots, meaning and purpose of life. 

Visiting Teacher Debbie Bartholomew

A Senior Intermediate teacher, Debbie has been teaching Iyengar Yoga for over 20 years and now teaches full time after working for 24 years in the building trade as a builders’ merchant.  She teaches at the Manchester Institute and across Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Debbie teaches all levels, from beginners to teachers, but particularly enjoys teaching beginners as they have so much enthusiasm.  She has studied regularly in Pune and been taught by both BKS Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar.

 As well as the value of her own personal experiences with yoga, Debbie brings enormous enthusiasm and warmth, and is an extremely popular teacher.

Alan Gould

I have been practising Iyengar Yoga now since 1990. I gained the Introductory teaching certificate in 1994 and completed Level 2 of the Junior Intermediate certificate in 2006. I have spent a few years living in Spain where I had the experience of teaching Yoga in another language. My Yoga practice is a growing discipline, helping me with all aspects of health and the ability to face the world with more positivity.

Catero Hawkins

Yoga stimulates, soothes, challenges and delights me. Teaching Yoga offers me the opportunity to share with others my understandings of what I find an extraordinary art and science. I have enjoyed teaching at the Edinburgh Iyengar Yoga Centre since moving to Edinburgh in 1983 and have held the Junior Intermediate qualification since 1986.

Catriona Instrell

With sage Patanjali's assistance, I have been on the yoga journey for a very long time. Thank you to all my teachers for the help and encouragement they have given me over the years, for their patience and support in adverse times, for their knowledge and wisdom given so freely to me and to many others. As a teacher now, I am still learning how to articulate my understanding of yoga to myself. I am still learning from my students how to articulate this knowledge to them. I am still on the journey and still loving yoga. The only path to follow. The only place to be. I have held a teaching certificate since June 1979, obtaining the Junior Intermediate level in 1983 and am on the therapy register for IYA (UK).

Gordon Jardine

I was probably about 14 when I first attended yoga classes but it was in New Zealand that I discovered Iyengar yoga and was hooked. It was there I passed the Introductory level and back in Britain gained Junior Intermediate L1 in 2012.  I delight in the fact that yoga can be practised by all and I enjoy seeing how people progress. I am constantly learning not only from the classes I attend at the EIYC and visiting teachers but also from students.

Lesley Johnston

I have been practising Iyengar Yoga since 1980 and qualified as a Teacher in 1989. Since then I have been immensely privileged to have further studied under the expert guidance of Senior Teachers both in Britain and Pune and now teach Intermediate Classes at the Centre. Yoga has and continues to play a major part in my life and I hope to be able to disseminate some of the skills and enthusiasm which I have learnt from my many years of practice and membership of this unique yoga centre.

Meg Laing

Yoga is strong discipline, but it is one that brings constant interest, challenge and delight. We are very privileged to have such a vibrant yoga community in Edinburgh and an atmosphere in which we are all constantly learning from one another. I started Iyengar Yoga in Oxford in 1972 when I was still an undergraduate. When I arrived in Edinburgh in 1974 young teachers here encouraged me to go to Pune. My first visit was in 1977 in the exciting early days of the Institute there and (much to my surprise) I came away with an Introductory teaching certificate from Guruji himself. I gained my Junior Intermediate qualification in 1983 and my full Senior Intermediate in 1996 . I am also a teacher trainer and a senior examiner for the IYA(UK).

Jennifer McGregor Dennis

Yoga is the art and science of health, body and mind. It is what allows me to move through this world with a lighter step and give my best to the people and places surrounding me. My first yoga teacher was my mother. Travelling for a year after leaving home I developed my own practice which became even more important when I settled in New York, coping with the stresses of life in the busy city. Here I became deeply inspired by the teachings of Yoga and completed a 2 year teacher training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York, going on to spend 4 months in India training with some of the world’s finest teachers, including Geeta Iyengar. Now in Scotland I wish to share these teachings, empowering people to love their bodies and find a place of inner peace.

Elaine Pidgeon

I started studying Iyengar Yoga with my teachers Bob and Kathy Welham in 1976. I began teaching in 1980 and in 1981 I first visited the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune to be taught by BKS Iyengar. It was an inspirational and life changing experience and I have since been back many times. I love seeing the transformation that Iyengar Yoga can bring. Through its thoroughness and focus it opens our awareness of body mind and spirit, bringing stability and poise whatever our age and stage of life. I am a full Senior Intermediate teaching certificate holder, a teacher trainer and a senior examiner for the IYA(UK).

Rebecca Reynolds

I discovered yoga when I moved to Edinburgh in 1999 and signed up for a class at the Centre in Bruntsfield to try something new. The classes were challenging for me as I was very stiff! However, I’ve really enjoyed the benefits that yoga has brought to me since then. I qualified as a teacher in 2011 and now also have the opportunity to share my experiences with others.

Katie Rutherford

I was lucky enough to find my first Iyengar yoga class in the late seventies while a student in the north-east of England and was very quickly convinced that this was something I should integrate fully into my life. I first qualified as a teacher in 1987 and gained level 2 of the Senior Intermediate certificate in 2015 and have been an examiner for the IYA(UK) since 2006. I now teach full time and visit India every year to further my studies. Yoga is endlessly interesting and a dear companion and guide through all the ups and downs of life. As well as making me stronger and more confident, yoga makes me more at peace with who I am. I consider us all very fortunate to have an established Iyengar Yoga Centre in Edinburgh.

Susan Smith

I started practicing at the Edinburgh Iyengar Yoga Centre when I was seventeen.  I love the precision, energy and detailed instruction which continues to this day.  I became a teacher in my twenty's, because I was working with special need students and wanted them to feel better about themselves. I am now an Intermediate level three teacher with almost forty years experience. There is always something new to learn within Iyengar teaching and I enjoy watching students develop and gain confidence in their practice.

Clare Stephen

I first discovered yoga while backpacking in India aged 19 and immediately fell in love with this most profound and beautiful practice. There was a sense of familiarity, like coming home, to my body and senses which felt incredibly liberating and healing. So I signed up for a class at the EIYC and have been coming here to be taught and to teach ever since. The Centre and its community feels like family after all these years and I feel a huge affection and gratitude for it’s presence in my life. I have visited India to be taught by the Iyengars and other Senior Teachers and qualified as an Intermediate teacher in 2005. Since then I have combined my skills as a midwife and yoga teacher, and I teach antenatal yoga classes which I enjoy immensely.

Clare Trodden

When I first started practising yoga more than 20 years ago, I was young, fit and flexible and the poses came very easily. Things have changed quite a bit with the years but yoga means more to me now than ever. Yoga has helped me make the best of life’s challenges and allowed me to do things I never thought possible, such as studying at the Iyengar institute in India. I love teaching students of all ages, shapes and sizes. That’s one of the joys of Iyengar yoga – it is accessible to all and can benefit everyone

Jane Walker

I have been practicing yoga since the early 1980’s following visiting the Iyengar stand in Fresher’s Week at Edinburgh University. I joined many other things too, but yoga is the one that I continue with to this day. It has contributed positively to many aspects of my life – work, family, sport. In 2011 I qualified as an introductory level teacher and have been enjoying sharing my love of yoga since then.