Our Team

 

We understanding that working with vulnerable and at risk groups needs an experienced and sensitive team of teachers.  We are extremely proud of our team and the work they do in our community.

 

Laura Wilson laura-wilson

Laura is the founding director of Edinburgh Community Yoga and also of Ayatana Yoga.

I have long been fascinated by body/mind practices, an interest which originally took me into professional dance training leading to a Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree from London Contemporary Dance School. I began to make the transition from dance to yoga in 2005, and eventually trained as a Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher for children and families in 2011. I then went on to complete a 200-hours teacher training certificate at Himalaya Yoga Valley, India in February 2012 where I qualified to teach Hatha Yoga, Traditional Ashtanga, Chanting, Meditating and Pranayama. I am also a certified British Wheel of Yoga, Yoga for Pregnancy teacher and a MARK (Minded Addiction Recovery Kit) practitioner and in January 2015 completed a mat based exercise for MS certificate. In 2016 I qualified as a 500–hours Minded Yoga Therapist with The Minded Institute, where I specialised in working with mental health conditions.

 

Lorraine Close 399568_10151898149975595_1270815763_n

Lorraine is our outreach development director and also teaches many of our outreach classes.

With a background in nursing in a wide variety of settings including working in a maximum security prison in Glasgow and 2 years living in India, Lorraine has developed a strong awareness of the connection between emotional and physical health

In 2006 while travelling in South Asia Lorraine began practising yoga and meditation regularly. Since moving to Edinburgh in early 2012 Lorraine has developed a committed Ashtanga practice with consistent teachers. Lorraine has never forgotten that going to a yoga class can be an intimidating experience. With this in mind she takes a friendly approach to teaching, encouraging students to allow yoga to fit their bodies rather than make their bodies fit yoga postures. Her main focus is to give students the opportunity to experience the positive effects of connecting the mind and body through the practice of yoga.

Lorraine believes that the opportunity to try yoga should be accessible to everyone; this belief has fueled her interest in yoga outreach; particularly in working with adults affected by stress and anxiety, addiction and complex PTSD. She holds a 200 hr Teacher Training certificate from CYS Scotland. She has completed training with the Minded Institute in Yoga and Mindfulness for Addictions and attended a 40 hour CPD workshop on Trauma Informed Yoga practices with David Emerson from the Boston Trauma Centre.

Lorraine currently teaches medical students clinical skills and resuscitation at the University of Edinburgh Medical School and teaches a variety of yoga classes and stress workshops for NHS staff, the recovery community and other mental health settings.

 

Eva AlbericheEva_photo

Eva teaches outreach classes for Edinburgh Community Yoga

Eva is originally from Barcelona but moved to Edinburgh three years ago to complete her yoga teaching qualification. She fell in love with the city and luckily for us, she is planning to stay!

Eva teaches many different classes around Edinburgh including classes for people living with ME. Her classes follows the principles of Viniyoga (a Sanskrit word which means the special application of Yoga ). She likes to think about Yoga as a useful tool at the service of the person, with a focus on the breath and the function of the yoga posture, rather than form.

 

Penny HornerPenny-MLY-3-2

Penny began practicing yoga many years ago when, as a student she walked to the other side of Durham to join the only yoga class in town. Since then, yoga has played an important supportive role in her life through motherhood, a busy career and beyond. She has experienced the holistic mind & body benefits yoga can deliver during challenging times in her own life and now hopes to share the magic of yoga with others through her teaching.

Penny teaches ashtanga inspired flows to all age groups and abilities. She has a particular interest in therapeutic yoga, and yoga to support women’s health.