John McLennan (Anatomy and Physiology tutor):
John studied yoga therapy in Trivandrum with Dr Pillai in the 80s, co-organised several yoga therapy weekends for the Yoga Culture and Therapy Foundation and the residential Yoga Therapy programme at Girton College. Keen to deepen his knowledge of anatomy and physiology, he then studied physiotherapy at Guy’s hospital in London. He also studied Five Element acupuncture at Leamington Spa and Eight Principle acupuncture in York in the 90s. He worked full time as a physiotherapist in the NHS for 25 years retiring from the position of Lead Physiotherapist for the Lothian Chronic Pain Service in 2015. He specialised in chronic pain for the last 18 years of his work as a physio. He brings together a deep understanding of western anatomy and physiology with the philosophy and practice of eastern disciplines.
A lifelong practitioner of Yoga, Yvonne has studied with many different teachers in several different styles and schools of Yoga. She has taught various student groups from young children, teenagers, pre and post-natal, prison groups as well as general classes for both beginner and intermediate students. Realising that no two students were the same and that each individual needed their own practice Yvonne trained in Yoga Therapy with the Yoga Biomedical Trust/Life Centre in London with links to the Kaivalyadhama Yoga Therapy Institute in Mumbai through the teachings of its past Director, Shrikrishna Bhushan Tengshe. Currently practising as a Yoga Therapist in Scotland, working with individuals with many different conditions as well as 1:1 with general students to help build practices to suit their individual needs. The teachings of Shrikrishna are the backdrop for all Yvonne’s teaching and therapy work. Yvonne also runs monthly, one day workshops on specific areas of the body/mind in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Jolanda Davies (Ayurveda tutor):
Duncan is the principal teacher, founder and director of the Devon School of Yoga. (www.devonyoga.com) He is a practising yoga teacher/ therapist, shiatsu practitioner and is qualified in ayurvedic foot pressure massage (chavutty thirumal). Duncan healed himself of asthma using yoga therapy and has now been practising yoga for over 30 years and teaching for over 25 years. In the early eighties he spent three consecutive winters in South India studying with the late Dr B P Pillai, former director of the government recognised Yoga Therapy Foundation, Trivandrum, Kerala. Duncan brings a wealth of experience to his holistic yoga teaching and courses. He has worked with teenage students with learning difficulties and has led practical stress management programmes in schools. He also teaches several weekly classes and has been teaching yoga therapy training courses for many years.
Melanie began practising yoga in the early 1990’s, to try and improve a serious back condition. Her first yoga teacher introduced her to the Yoga For Health Foundation (YfHF) based at Ickwell Bury in Bedfordshire. After completing the Teacher Training with the YfHF in 1995 she then became a resident teacher at their residential centre. During her time there she continued her studies for the Remedial Teacher Training Course, which she completed in 1996. After leaving the YfHF she moved to Edinburgh, and completed an ITEC Diploma in Massage in 1997. She then trained with the Scottish Yoga Teachers Association (SYTA) completing her Diploma in 1999. In 2004 Melanie obtained her BWY Foundation Course 1 Tutor License and has subsequently run two BWY Foundation Courses in 2005 and 2007. Also in 2004 she completed the BWY Yoga for Children Certificate. In 2005 she completed both BWY, Yoga for Pregnancy Teaching Certificate and the Teaching Teachers Yoga for Children Module, with Judy Cameron and Swami Vedantananda Saraswati respectively. In 2015 she completed a Level 3 Diploma in GP Referral. Currently she teaches a number of classes in Edinburgh and the Lothians, specialising in classes for people with Long Term Conditions and Disabilities.
Claire qualified as a yoga teacher with yoga Scotland in 2005 and has been teaching classes in Glasgow since. Her background is in mental health, working for the charity Mind, in London, before training in Clinical Psychology and working for some years in the NHS. She then returned to the voluntary sector as Groupwork and Training Co-ordinator in Alternatives Stress Centre, developing a range of courses and workshops in stress-management, health and well-being. She has continued to develop her skills: training to teach Restorative Yoga and to teach Meditation, and is also qualified in Reiki. Claire has written columns on health and well-being for the Sunday Herald magazine and is co author of Awakening the Chakras through Yoga. She was delighted to study and qualify in Yoga Therapy with the Scottish School of Yoga Therapy, and is currently continuing to teach classes and workshops as well as working with individuals with a wide range of conditions, combining her skills, experience and background in Psychology, Stress-management, Yoga therapy and Reiki to provide a truly holistic therapeutic experience.
Paul trained as an actor at LAMDA where he became interested in the practice of yoga and meditation. During the 1980s he studied with Dr B P Pillai in Trivandrum in the Guru Kula Vasa (living in the house of the teacher) system, gaining diplomas in yoga therapy and Chavutty Thirumal. He was president of the Yoga Culture and Therapy foundation in the late 80s. Paul has been working with people individually and in groups for over 35 years both in London and in Kerala. Many people have attended his centre and connected to the Siddha yoga lineage. He draws both from the yoga of the east and the yoga of the west (the Tree of Life) in all his teaching to encourage people to reflect on what it is to be spiritually human. He now divides his time between his practice in London and teaching at the Padmakarma yoga school in Kerala.
Judy trained initially in South India at the Sivananda Vedanta Ashram in Kerala. She then studied with Janet Balaskas, Lolly Stirk and Yvonne Moore at the Active Birth Centre in London for a further 2 years working with a more intuitive approach to Yoga, based on the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli. She gained her Teachers’ Training diploma with the British Wheel of Yoga in the late 1990s and also completed diplomas in Baby Yoga with Birthlight and Yoga for the Special Child in London. Judy is a qualified midwife and teaches HypnoBirthing and Hypnosis for Childbirth. As Director of the YogaBirth Teacher Training and a tutor for both the BWY Pregnancy module and the Postnatal module, she has a deep interest in passing on her knowledge to other teachers. Judy teaches a mixture of classes in the Scottish Highlands and also works as a Hatha Tutor on the Yoga Scotland Teacher Training Diploma course in Edinburgh. Her current teachers are Diane Long, Sandra Sabatini and Christine Borg.