Sue McLennan:

Sue started practising yoga in the early 70’s. After studying Northern Classical Indian music 77 – 79, she returned to India in 1981 and gained her Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course with Swami Vishnudevananda at Neyyar Dam ashram in Kerala. She then met and studied with Dr B P Pillai, a disciple of Swami Sivananda Paramahamsa, at the Yoga Therapy Institute in Trivandrum. Sue returned to southern India on several occasions throughout the 80s to study and practice yoga therapy with Dr Pillai and his wife, gaining the Institute’s Yoga Therapy diploma and Chavutty Thirumal massage qualification.  In 1985, she co-founded the Yoga Culture and Therapy Foundation which was set up to bring Dr Pillai and his wife to the UK to run a residential yoga therapy programme at Girton College Cambridge in collaboration with the Yoga Biomedical Trust. The results of this programme were published in the Journal of Complementary Medicine Nov 1986.
Sue continued to run workshops and teach yoga in London until she moved back to Scotland in the mid nineties. She then registered with the Scottish Yoga Teachers’ Association (now Yoga Scotland) and has been one of the tutors on the Foundation Course in Polmont since 2002. She teaches yoga in the Scottish Borders and runs a holistic therapy practice in Melrose. Her yoga therapy work is based on the core practices from Dr Pillai and Swami Sivananda Paramahamsa. She is also grateful to several other teachers since her trainings in the 80s for on-going training and development.

Yvonne Austen:

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  and is a tutor on the Yoga Scotland Teacher Training Course.

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 has worked full time as a physiotherapist in the NHS for 25 years and has recently retired from the position of Lead Physiotherapist for the Lothian Chronic Pain Service. He has specialised in chronic pain for the last 18 years. He brings together a deep understanding of western anatomy and physiology with the philosophy and practice of eastern disciplines.

Elizabeth Roberts (Ayurveda tutor):

Elizabeth is an Ayurvedic educator and practitioner and a yoga teacher in the Scottish Borders. She also teaches Yoga philosophy to students on the Yoga Scotland Teacher Training courses. After studying English Language and Literature at Oxford University in the 70s, Elizabeth completed her Masters in Philosophical Inquiry in Glasgow. She qualified as a yoga teacher with Yoga Scotland in 2005 and since then has been teaching regular classes in the Scottish Borders. She gained the Diploma in Ayurvedic Nutrition and Lifestyle Therapies form the European Institute of Vedic Studies in 2008/9. Later in 2009 she travelled to India to study Advanced Doshic Management at Vinayak Pandhkarma Chikitsalaya in Nagpur.

Duncan Hulin:

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 Cook:

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.