Edinburgh Yoga Teachers
The teachers at Edinburgh Community Yoga are here to help you get the most from your Edinburgh yoga classes
Meet the Edinburgh Community Yoga Team
I am the founder member of Edinburgh Community Yoga, its not for profit offshoot Edinburgh Community Yoga Outreach 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.
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Suffering from the effects of a stressful corporate job, I turned to yoga as a way to de-stress and was amazed as its healing potential, so much so that I left the corporate world to train as an instructor under the inspirational Claire Missingham in London. Now a fully certified 200 hr yoga teacher, I bring the physical, spiritual practice of vinyasa flow yoga to life in a fun and down to earth way. By linking movements to the breath, I aim to bring students to a place of balance and increased strength and mobility both physically and mentally in a safe and nurturing environment.
I was first drawn to yoga for the purely physical aspect but it didn’t take long before the amazing mental benefits crept in and I started noticing the effects off the mat. Yoga saved me in many ways from a toxic lifestyle and quite quickly went from something I did to becoming a lifestyle. I completed my 200hour Training with Vidya Heisel of Frog Lotus Yoga International in 2011 and since then have returned to work with Vidya a few times on her retreat centre in Southern Spain. I have travelled extensively to further my knowledge and completed trainings and workshops all over the world to fuel my own passion and share it with others. Particularly inspired by a pilgrimage to India focusing on Bhakti yoga, I would love to see people practicing all forms of yoga beyond asana such as, meditation, pranayama (breath), philosophy and service.
I like to teach a fun Vinyasa Flow style, working hard and pushing out your boundaries but also encouraging connection to spirit. I am also a massage therapist and Reiki 1 certified. I look forward to seeing you on the mat!
Sarah teaches corporate and vinyasa classes for Edinburgh Community Yoga
Sarah’s yoga journey began when she started dropping into a local yoga class as an escape from difficult times. Being so inflexible Sarah found the classes so physically challenging but immediately felt a mental clarity she had never experienced before. Sarah fell in love with how she felt during and after yoga; strong, confident, content and compassionate toward herself. Yoga became an essential part of Sarah’s life and feeling she wanted to delve deeper, and learn more about yoga, she enrolled in yoga teacher training at CYS Scotland. Sarah now holds a 200hr Teacher Training certificate and loves teaching Vinyasa Flow, Hatha yoga and Yoga for Sports.
Sarah is passionate about movement, mindfulness and health, and how yoga can help affect real change in people’s lives. She believes everyone can enjoy, explore, and benefit from a yoga practice. Her classes are aimed at exploring yoga with ease and a smile, in a supportive and encouraging environment, finding flexibility in the mind and space in the body.
Jack started practising yoga in 1999 in the Iyengar tradition and was quickly hooked by the profound effect it had on her sense of wellbeing. She then went on to study Hatha, Vinyasa flow and most recently Ashtanga, leading ultimately to her teaching qualification in Hatha Raja Yoga – the root of all yoga lineages. She has subsequently taken courses on Yoga for stress and anxiety, and done further trainings with David Swenson and Jacinta McBurney.
Between 2008-2012 she also studied Kung Fu, Chi Kung and Meditation the latter two of which she still practices today. She integrates her understanding and experience of these disciplines in to her current yoga practice and classes.
Jack’s classes are designed to develop mindfulness and wellbeing and to teach skills that can be taken in to everyday life. Physically, you can expect to improve your range of movement, release physical tension, tone up and build strength in a safe and mindful way, in a supportive environment where you are able to honestly explore the edges of your physical capability. You will leave the class feeling relaxed, energised and ready for the ups and downs of everyday life!
I am so happy when I teach yoga and when I practice yoga. It brings me a sweet calm, strength, ease, increased awareness of myself and what is important in life. I teach a mix of classes: from classes at my local gym and yoga studio, to community classes, lunch time office, after school teenagers, and pregnant women. All classes are different every day and bring renewed love and respect for yoga and its myriad benefits to health and well being. I love being part of Edinburgh’s ever expanding friendly and inclusive yoga community and sharing the joys of this practice on every level. This year my intention is to continue my commitment to my own daily home practice as well as sharing yoga with as many different people as i possibly can. Looking forward to seeing you soon on the mat.
My yoga journey started as a child on a campsite watching my grandparents headstand! Inspired I have from then on always been captivated by yoga. It breathes life and space into my exercise routine and my day to day life.
My inspiration comes from many corners, I practise regularly with some inspirational teachers in Edinburgh. Their vast experience and knowledge shared through their teaching now transcends on to my mat for which I am grateful everyday. I have practised around the world as far as Asia and Australia.
I set a clear goal about the next stage of my journey back in 2014. As a part time college lecturer, wife and mother, Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher Training felt exactly right for me.
Currently running Firefly classes and a ‘Tools For Schools Project’ over Edinburgh, my hopes are to bring mindfulness, free thinking, yoga movement and emotional resilience to encourage confident individual children and for families in Edinburgh to feel the yoga love.
Yoga has always drawn me in. I’ve been practicing for over 15 years, but more seriously over the past 8 years. I’ve found strength through yoga at various points throughout my life and made the transition to yoga teacher after undergoing hip surgery for an injury. In the early recovery stages I focussed on the non-physical aspects of yoga including breathing and meditation. When I got my physical strength back I gained my 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training from Yoga Arts in Bali and then 95hr Pre and Postnatal Yoga certificate from Apple Yoga.
I now teach yoga in West Lothian where I also work as a secondary school teacher in an autistic resource unit where I have included yoga as part of their curriculum. Alongside yoga I’m also a therapist offering Kinetic Chain Release (KCR) and Connective Tissue Release (CTR). This is a therapy to help with a range of physical injuries as well as trauma, stress and anxiety. My mission for myself and others is to create a life of balance, to reduce pain and improve physical ability. I have a passion for healthy living and everything yoga and dedicated to continual professional development.
Mary is passionate about yoga and the transformation it can bring. The connection to both herself and students in her classes is what really drives her passion for teaching.
“I attended classes in various locations across Edinburgh through my twenty’s and although I knew there was something special in this practice, something unattainable anywhere else, my practice wasn’t always consistent over the years. However after the birth of my daughter in 2012, the subtle benefits of the practice were really magnified and yoga became a way of self regulation. I decided to complete a teacher training course as I wanted to understand the philosophy and theory that underpins this beautiful practice. However as my knowledge grew and the desire to share this life changing practice arose, my passion to teach developed. As I continue to discover the deeper aspects of yoga, in this life long studentship, my enthusiasm for teaching and sharing grows. I believe that our yoga needs to be integrated into our daily lives with openness and courage so that we can fully understand, accept and love ourselves. From there we can gently relate to the world around us. Finding our own personal practice is where we find our transformation and solace in this busy modern day living!”
Mary teaches predominantly vinyasa flow. She has studied both hatha vinyasa and yin, and is currently studying the principles of Ayurveda as well as Swedish massage. She is always looking for ways in which to develop her knowledge of our bodies, this wonderful practice of yoga and this life itself! Mary has a great interest in meditation, mantra and the wisdom of nature -all of which are weaved into her classes.
Mary’s classes are held in a safe, supportive and relaxed environment where students are encouraged to learn and develop within a community that brings varying levels of experience, but a common love and curiosity for the practice.
I began yoga with my mum aged 16 to help me through a challenging teen period and have been enjoying my practice for over 20 years, teaching for 12 and am a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals. I qualified as an Anusara Inspired Yoga Teacher in 2005 with Bridget Woods-Kramer and learnt a lot about alignment and bio-mechanics from her. In 2009 I met John Scott, I still study with him and completed his Ashtanga Teacher Training. Over the years I have enjoyed learning from many great teachers from different asana and pranayama styles, I enjoy teaching gentle and restorative classes as well as more dynamic styles and welcome complete beginners as well as seasoned practitioners to my classes.
My Vinyasa classes have a different focus each week, from the bio-mechanics of back bending to subtler work on the breath. This way students learn to practice intelligently and pain free, gradually cleansing their bodies, supporting their nervous and immune systems and quietening the mind whilst building strength and flexibility.
Maggie is a yoga teacher & life coach who believes in large-hearted living. She has always loved to move, dancing a lot as a kid and teen before first starting to practice yoga at University just under 20 years ago. In 2006 she qualified as a personal performance coach, and in 2014 qualified as a yoga teacher, gaining her 200 RYT from Classical Yoga School. Since then she has completed further study with various teachers in particular Elena Brower & Clare Gates-Sjöblom with whom she is currently completing a further 200 hour Chi Therapeutics training.
Maggie is passionate about yoga being available to many, not just the privileged few. She sees it as a route through which we all have the capacity to not only improve our physical health, but to find crucial moments of stillness and brighten our inner light. In classes there is a strong focus on self-compassion and the power of our breath, as well as an encouragement to enhance the way we view ourselves and the world around us. Through focusing on these elements, she hopes the benefits of yoga will extend beyond the individual in class to create a positive influence on the wider world.