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.
Teacher qualifications in the UK are at three levels - Introductory,
Junior Intermediate and Senior Intermediate. They are supervised by the Iyengar Yoga Association (UK)
I have been practicing yoga for over 30 years. I first took up Iyengar Yoga after the birth of my daughter Katie, in the sleepy town of Biggar. At this time I wanted to regain my figure but as time went on I realised that yoga could give me much more. Under the guidance of Geeta Iyengar, the daughter of the world famous BKS Iyengar and senior teachers, I began to gain a deeper understanding of this ancient Indian philosophy and practice. I teach a wide range of students of all ages and abilities – marathon runners, competitive swimmers, men , ladies over 80, post natal mums. They all have grown to value their yoga.
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.
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.
When I was a wee boy I wanted to be an explorer, but people told me that everything had been discovered and that exploration was a thing of the past. Many years later after a chance conversation with a friend I dropped in on an Iyengar Yoga class. I left my first class with a sense of wonder. I felt focused, calm, relaxed and happy. I discovered strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes and parts of by body I didn’t know existed. This has led to a fifteen year journey of self exploration through Yoga. I have become an explorer again and I am on the greatest journey of all. And it started with just one class.
I have been practicing yoga now for 15 years and qualified as a teacher in 2009
I have been practicing Iyengar Yoga since I started as an art student in Edinburgh in 1983. I qualified as an Introductory Iyengar teacher in 1991, as a Junior Intermediate teacher in 1997. I’ve studied in India with with the Iyengar family at the Institute in Pune and other senior Indian teachers. I also continue my work as an artist and sculpture tutor.
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.
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)
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.
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
I started yoga at this Centre in the mid-nineties and qualified to teach in 2008 followed by my Junior Intermediate 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.
Elaine is Director of the Centre.
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).
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.
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.
I had the good luck to be introduced to yoga by my mum at the age of 15, the idea being to help with a back ijury. It did. It also helped me to focus and find a calmness for all the exams in those years too.
I have always been particularly fond of asana work (poses), both as a student and as a teacher: the body is such an amazing instrument that there is always something new waiting to be discovered. As a teacher I have prioritised regular trips to India to work first hand with the Iyengars, which also gives the opportunity to absorb the wider culture more fully too. Finally I am reaching a stage where I am more able to penetrate into the realm of the mind some of the time too. I love it all.
I have been practising yoga since 2000, and qualified as a Beginners 2 teacher in 2011. I love being involved in the process of learning, both as a student and as a teacher myself. Iyengar’s detailed approach has really helped me to understand the asanas - where to let go, where to maintain strength, the ‘ripple effect’ of the way we work in one area of the body on the rest of the body. This exploration fascinates me and the part which delights me the most is the sense of calm and well being this has brought to my life. What began as a physical endeavour has become a way of life; a whole approach to life. It amazes me still that what starts out as ‘a stretch’ can lead to such a deep sense of being at home within yourself.
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 qualified as a teacher in 1987 and have held the first level Senior Intermediate certificate since 2009. 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
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.
I discovered Iyengar Yoga when I enrolled for classes at this Centre in the early 1990s and have been coming here every since. Having been a mature working mum, my yoga practice helped me cope with all the competing pressures at that time and continues to be a steadying influence in my life. The Iyengar style appeals to my sense of perfection and is a constant in this life of ups and downs. I qualified as an Introductory Iyengar Yoga Teacher in 1996, and gained my Level 1 Junior Intermediate Certificate in 2002.
My first yoga class was here at the EIYC with Elaine in 1987. I was a student at the Art College and hoping yoga would help with my back problem. I got so much more than I was expecting! 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. I enjoy teaching yoga since it enables me to share this process. I first qualified as a teacher in 2002 and am now studying for the Junior Intermediate Certificate – though I’ve taken a break from that to have my daughter.
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.
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).
I consider myself fortunate to have trained at the Edinburgh Iyengar Yoga Centre. I completed my Introductory Certificate in 2008 and Junior Intermediate 1 in 2011. I cannot imagine my life without yoga!
Senior Teachers at the Centre will teach certain Level 4 classes in a rota.
I have been practising Iyengar yoga since my younger daughter started school in 1995 and I qualified as a teacher in 2008 after training at the Centre. Integrating yoga into my life has given me a sense of balance and perspective, enabling me to deal with life's everyday ups and downs - yoga is always there as a resource to draw on. The positive physical and mental benefits of yoga have continued over the years. I have gained a sense of well-being and feeling at one with myself through my practice, which I am keen to pass on through my classes.
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.
Yoga is a mainstay in my life, and has been since the 1980s when I trained with a family of healers in Fife, and yoga was in the curriculum. I find it challenging, rewarding, blissful and sometimes, it seems, impossible! I qualified as an Iyengar teacher in 2000, and continue to study with Senior teachers in this country, being privileged to train in India too. I love teaching yoga, sharing this profound subject with a rich diversity of students.
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