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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 which is now known as Level 3.

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 which is now known as Level 3.

Claudia Cotronei

I started yoga when I moved from Rome to Edinburgh in the late 1980s. The Iyengar Yoga comunity became my adoptive family, where I found the friendly support and the warmth I was missing from Italy. 

I am very grateful to have met and studied over the years with many talented and inspiring teachers . I was lucky and blessed to be taught by Guruji, Geeta and Prashant and to have visited  the mother Institute in Pune.

I am now a certified Level 3 teacher. The journey continues…..

 

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 which is now known as level 2.

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 hold the Level 3 qualification.

Gordon Jardine

I was probably about 14 when I first attended yoga classes in my local school but it was while living in New Zealand I discovered Iyengar yoga and was immediately hooked. 

I qualified as a teacher in 2007 and in 2018 gained Junior Intermediate 2 which is now known as level 2. 

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 but also from students.

 

Lisa Johnston

After first embarking on my yoga journey over 20 years ago, I was introduced to Iyengar yoga in 2005.  I instantly felt a deeper and more fulfilling connection.  Up until that point, I felt I had just been going through the motions, now I was beginning to experience and enjoy yoga at a deeper level.

I have been a regular attendee at the Centre in Bruntsfield since then and qualified as a teacher in 2017.

As I have discovered, teaching is a journey of constantly learning and observing.  It’s great I’ve been given the opportunity to awaken in others the same enjoyment and fulfilment I feel when practising.

Iyengar yoga is a constant in my life, it sustains me – and brightens my day.

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 Level 3 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.

Andrea Kaszewski

I have been practising yoga since 2001 and practising Iyengar yoga since 2011. Since the first Iyengar yoga classes I attended, taught by Kate Hailston, I was hooked and wanted to learn more.

On moving to Edinburgh a few years ago I joined the centre in Bruntsfield and, like many other students, it soon became my second home. I was first taught by Elaine Pidgeon, Meg Laing and Julie Amers in Bruntsfield and when I expressed interest in teaching they encouraged me.

I started teacher training in 2014, tutored by Helen Graham, and achieved my Introductory Teaching Certificate in 2016. Under the new Iyengar Yoga syllabus this means I am qualified to teach Level 1.

Iyengar yoga is a wonderful discipline and life changing, impacting positively on all aspects of life. It is an immense privilege and joy to teach and help others start a new journey.

Meg Laing

Yoga is a discipline for self-education 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 a student. After I arrived in Edinburgh in 1974 my 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 became a Level 2 teacher in 1983 and Level 3 in 1996. Ever since then, I have been involved as a committee member in the assessment and teacher training aspects of the work of the wider IY(UK).  In collaboration with Elaine Pidgeon at EIYC, I helped to train many dedicated students to become teachers. 

I am now beginning to step back from regular teaching, but the Centre is very close to my heart and I shall remain closely involved as well as grateful for everything that it offers.  

Sarah Malcolm

I feel lucky to have discovered Iyengar Yoga whilst a student in Edinburgh in my late teens.  From the start I loved its precision and focus on alignment, and the energy and strength it gave me.  

Years later Iyengar Yoga continues to be a central part of my life.  I regularly attend classes at Bruntsfield and workshops with visiting teachers.  

I gained my Level 1 teaching certificate in 2020 and am now very excited to be able to share my love of yoga with others.

Kate Murdoch

I was introduced to yoga in 2000, starting with Hatha and subsequently Vinyasa yoga classes. This led to my training as a Hatha yoga teacher in India in 2006.

Shortly afterwards I deepened my understanding of the asanas through Iyengar yoga. The Iyengar detailed, logical approach with the support of props opened up a whole new insight of the poses for me.

I qualified as an Iyengar teacher in 2011. I have since studied at the Iyengar institute in Pune, and have been taught by many other excellent teachers, both at home and abroad. I am qualified to level 2.

I love the fact that what starts as a simple stretch, permeates out into the rest of your life, affecting your relationship with yourself and your approach to life in general. To share that with others, as a student and a teacher, is a privilege.

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 have now retired, after over twenty years in the job, as a regular senior examiner (Moderator) for the IY(UK).

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.

Since then, the practice has supported me through all the different chapters of my life, a companion and guide through all the ups and downs and everything in between.  Yoga makes you more at ease with yourself.  It is amazingly, endlessly interesting, you never stop learning, and the physical, emotional and mental benefits are immeasurable.

I first qualified as a teacher in 1987 and gained level 3 in 1995.

I teach full time and every year spend a month in India to immerse myself fully in the practice at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune and to soak up teachings from the source of our Iyengar lineage.  

I am also a mentor and assessor of students who want to become teachers themselves which is a joyous privilege – advising and guiding the next generation along this wonderful path.

Susan Smith

I started practising at the Edinburgh Iyengar Yoga Centre when I was seventeen. I loved it's precision, the strong detailed instructions, and the setting we were being taught in.

I have been taught by a large variety of  Iyengar Yoga teachers, over the years,in India, France and Canada. I enjoy the excellent teaching offered still, at Edinburgh Iyengar Centre, we are lucky.

I have been an Level 3 teacher since the 1990's and have a great joy in the practice of yoga, and in teaching others

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 my first class at the EIYC in 1981, qualified as a teacher in 1989 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 gained my level 3  teaching certificate in 2005. 

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 practising 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 and been with me throughout my life. 


In 2011 I qualified as a teacher and, working through teaching levels, am now a level 3 teacher.  I was fortunate to be able to visit the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, in Pune in India in 2018 and be taught by Geeta and Praschant Iyengar

Karen Watt

I first encountered Iyengar Yoga in the early ‘90s but, much as I loved the practice, it was not until I changed my direction in life and became a practitioner in sound, working with therapeutic singing bowls, that I started to appreciate yoga on a whole new level; the two disciplines inform each other so beautifully.

Whilst training, I went to Pune where I had the wonderful experience of being taught by Prashant Iyengar and qualified as a Level 1 teacher in 2020.

I love that Iyengar Yoga places such importance on accessibility through the use of props and delight in teaching students of all ages and body types.