Welcome to Perth Yoga Studio
We are at the Old Academy Building, 6-7 Rose Terrace, PERTH PH1 5HA in Scotland (not Australia btw – hi to our Aussie friends), in the middle of a Georgian Terrace facing the North Inch Park and the river.
Please take a look at our Timetable for yoga classes, t’ai chi, mindfulness, etc. to find a class that fits what you are looking for. As we have a spacious studio, unless otherwise stated, all classes are drop-in with no need to pre-book.
Yoga and its associate holistic disciplines and therapies are such a boost to our good physical, mental and emotional health. I would even go so far as to say I believe yoga is the life skill, the best foundation for being well, that we can give ourselves throughout our lives.
While on a Club Med holiday in Greece in 1972 I did my first yoga class and it had a profound effect on me. Physically it was fun but it was the peace I experienced of being asked to sit and fix my gaze on the horizon between sky and sea that really changed something in me.
A few years later, following my initial teacher training in Edinburgh with William Mowat Thomson – the man who brought yoga to Scotland in the 1960s and 70s at his Scottish Yoga Centre – I taught my first classes in what was the Red Cross Hall in the New Row, Perth.
So many years later I remain totally convinced of the value of moving our bodies beyond their normal range with mindful yoga movements, plus maintaining strong muscles with awareness and action; and practising being relaxed through deepening the breath and quietening our minds.
There is also the immense benefit of living our lives with the knowledge and understanding of yoga philosophy which says ‘be clear we have the ability to know ourselves better, to be accepting and loving to ourselves and each other, to be strong and self-disciplined, kind and peaceful‘. June Mitchell
Newcomers to Yoga – frequently asked questions:
I am a beginner to yoga, which class would suit me best?
Most classes are suitable for beginners unless otherwise stated on the timetable.
Thursdays 7.30-8.30pm is now being run by Julia Vaczo and will be Hatha Yoga for Beginners and Intermediate level (held in small Studio ” so booking required through Blue Elephant Yoga on Facebook)
Hatha Yoga is working with postures individually and includes breathing exercises and relaxation
Hatha Yoga Flow is linking postures in sequences
Active Yoga with Suthesh is exactly that
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a stronger practice for those with some yoga experience or with a good level of fitness, and for sports people.
Do I have to pre-book?
We are fortunate that our main Studio 1 is bright and spacious, and for most classes, you can drop in without booking. It is only necessary to pre-book for the following classes –
Thursday 7.30pm Hatha with Julia – bookings through Blue Elephant Yoga on Facebook
Nia – mindful fitness movement – bookings to Susan at www.stepinwithsusan.wix.com/nia-class
Tai Chi/Qigong – Lynn on 01821 642232
YogaBirth: Yoga for Pregnancy – Judy on 07792 079389
(summer break for Pregnancy Yoga, last class Monday, 15 July; resumes Monday, 19 August)
Baby Yoga – Sarah on 07466 360152
Mindfulness Meditation – a new course begins in September. Contact Catriona at email@example.com 07769 584163 for enquiries and to book in.
Pilates with Pavlina – Tuesdays, 7.35 – 8.35pm moving to Studio 1 on 23rd July; and a new Pilates with Pavlina class starting on Thursdays, 7.30 – 8.30pm from Thursday, 11th July. Bookings to: bookwhen.com/fitandrelaxedwithpav Enquiries: 07946 775 351
TRE (tension & Trauma Release) – regular workshops with Pam Martin – enquiries to Pam, firstname.lastname@example.org
For all other classes you can drop in.
Do I need to bring my own mat?
You can if you like or you can hire one for £1 that we donate to our CYS yoga teacher colleagues Helen and Debbie who run a charity called Yogability that raises funds to give free yoga classes to adults and children with disabilities and their carers.
How much do the classes cost?
Prices vary as all the teachers work independently. However, as a guide, a drop in class would be between £7-9 and most teachers will offer a block of classes, for instance, 5 classes for £35/40 (valid for 2 months); Concessions will usually be £5 – for students, under 18s, seniors, unwaged
STUDIO NEWS – CLASSES, COURSES and WORKSHOPS
Most of our classes continue as normal over the summer with just a few changes –
Liam is currently injured from a car accident and is unable to teach his Friday morning class but Zara Carmichael will teach a Vinyasa Flow class at 9.30am on Fridays from 23 August to 13 September inclusive, £25 for the 4 week block bookable in advance, or £7 drop in per class. Email Zara to book email@example.com
Pavlina will start a new Pilates class in Studio 1 on Thursdays, 7.30 – 8.30pm from 11th July; and from 23 July, she is transferring her regular Tuesday evening Pilates class to our large Studio 1 at 7.35pm – 8.35pm (please pre-book on bookwhen.com/fitandrelaxedwithpav
Nia with Susan on Wednesday afternoons will be off during July and most of August, resuming on 29 August.
CYS Yoga Teacher Training takes place in Perth/Edinburgh : Glasgow : Surrey
The Classical Yoga School, established in 2003, has become the UK’s leading training course for dedicated male and female yoga practitioners ready to move into teaching.
We now have a VIDEO on the www.cysyogateachertraining.com website and most of the footage was taken during morning practice in Studio 1 on our February 2019 course weekend with the interviews in Studio 2. It gives a good idea of the level of yoga practice, the ethos of the course and the thoughts of tutors, course assistants, graduate CYS teachers and some of this year’s students.
It has been our privilege to have given a strong foundation to many of the most successful yoga teachers in Scotland and the South East of England who are now running their own yoga centres, weekly classes, workshops and yoga charities.
We are currently taking applications for the three 2019 CYS courses which all begin in September.
Contact June Mitchell for further information on 01350 728773 and firstname.lastname@example.org Details of the course can be found at www.cysyogateachertraining.com
TRE (Tension & Trauma Release)
with Pam Martin – Saturday, 3rd August, 2.30 – 4.30pm. OPEN TO ALL : learn how to shake off tension, stress and trauma in a gentle, safe and natural way. During this introductory class you will learn how to initiate and regulate the neurogenic tremors so that you can repeat the process in your own home.
Bookings to Pam at email@example.com
This March, Perth Yoga Studio was host to the first one day Vipassana Meditation course. They will take place once a month throughout 2019 and are open to anyone who has completed a 10-day residential course at one of the many Vipassana Meditation Centres around the world.
The next 10-day residential course giving priority to Scottish residents, is scheduled to take place in July 2019. Please visit the following website for more details: https//www.scotland.uk.dhamma.org/
SUNDAY MORNING YOGA WORKSHOPS with Cathy Swan
9.30 – 12.30pm 1st September, 13th October, 3rd November and 1st December
Bookings to Cathy on 07990 945 752 and firstname.lastname@example.org
See our Courses and Workshops page for more info on all the above.
We are delighted to have therapists Donna Morgan, Remedial Massage and Craniosacral Therapy; Heather Yellowlees, Myofascial Release; Injury Rehabilitation, Sports Massage and Remedial Exercise programmes; Jacqui Calder, Consultant Medical Herbalist; Pam Martin, TRE (Trauma Release Exercises) in Studio 2. Their details, including contact numbers, are on the Teachers and Therapists page.