Teachers and Therapists
Yoga Teacher and Course Director of the Classical Yoga School qualified as a yoga teacher in 1977 with William Mowat Thompson at the then Scottish Yoga Centre in Edinburgh in the Sivananda style. William, who brought yoga to Scotland in the 1960s was, and remains, her inspiration and is Patron of the Classical Yoga School. She continued further training with many of the country’s leading Sivananda and Iyengar teachers in the eighties and nineties, combining yoga teaching and study with raising her two sons.
In 198l June launched Perth Yoga Centre which created a foundation for the flourishing of complementary medicine in the area during the l980’s, initiating the first-ever workshops and teaching groups in many aspects of this now established and significant part of our health awareness in Scotland.
In 1993 June founded the Riverside Centre in Tay Street, Perth where at any given time between ten and fifteen teachers and natural health therapists worked, offering holistic health treatments to the community and which was twice short-listed in the Business Excellence Awards initiated by the Perth Chamber of Commerce – seen as being innovative and influential in its field.
In the Spring of 2003, furthering her enthusiasm for the Ashtanga Vinyasa system of yoga, she completed an Intensive Yoga Teacher training with Paul Dallaghan, Founder/Director of Centered Yoga, Yoga-Thailand and Certified International Ashtanga Yoga Teacher. She is a direct student of the Ashtanga guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, having studied and practised with him in 2004 at the KPJYRI in Mysore, Southern India and is dedicated to honouring the traditional teachings of yoga.
June now combines managing her Perth Yoga Studio, teaching classes in Birnam, Dunkeld and as Course Director of the prestigious CYS ScotlandLondon Yoga Teacher Training which she founded in 2003 and which is well established as one of the UK’S leading yoga schools offering three training courses – in Edinburgh/Perth, Merchant City Yoga, Glasgow and in Addlestone, Surrey. With the 2020 graduations in August, there will be around 700 CYS qualified yoga teachers in Scotland, the South of England and scattering around the world. More info at www.cysyogateachertraining.com
I started Tai Chi because someone said it was good for stress. That was in 1998. I have been teaching since 2001 when I took over my teacher’s Perth class. More recently I have taken over another of his classes in Dundee.
I enjoy not only the ordinary “bare-hand” form, but also weapons forms including fan, sword and sabre, and, most recently, a chopsticks form. I have attended many workshops. Since 1999 I have attended Tai Chi Caledonia – a week of various Tai Chi and Chi Kung sessions at the University of Stirling – where I can continue to learn new aspects of the art with high level instructors. Here I learnt a Rainbow Fan Form, the Traditional Yang sword form and various Chi Kung sets and forms. I also train regularly with some of the teachers I have met at Tai Chi Caledonia and have been on two study trips to China.
My other love at present is horse riding, which I started in 2006, and in that year was able to attend a workshop “Tai Chi for Equestrians”, taught by James Shaw, an internationally known riding coach. Both that and Tai Chi require a great deal of body awareness and control.
And has my stress reduced? Definitely. I find I am much calmer – and healthier. Tai Chi is called “Meditation in Movement”. It is active relaxation which keeps the body supple and healthy. It is suitable for people of any age.
Ann qualified as a yoga teacher in 2004 having completed June’s first CYS yoga teacher training course. In 2012, she completed a Healing Space course – Yoga for people living with Cancer and other serious illnesses, which is recognised by the Independent yoga network.
Ann’s Hatha Yoga class at the studio is open to all levels of ability so anyone is welcome to come along. She also teaches at several other venues.
Yoga has brought a depth and peace to Ann’s life and she hopes that the joy and fun she has had from the practice can be passed on to anyone who comes to her classes.
Fiona has been practising yoga for over 25 years, and Ashtanga yoga for over 15 years. She qualified as a teacher with CYS Scotland in 2008, and has done many additional training courses since then. As well as maintaining her own daily practice, she travels as often as she can to learn from others including her main teacher, David Keil, world-renowned and highly respected Ashtanga teacher.
Fiona is keen to share this wonderful practice with as many people as she can – yoga has helped her through some difficulties in life, and she knows it can work for anyone interested in trying it. She teaches the traditional Ashtanga method, as taught to her by her teacher..
Fiona teaches at the Studio on Wednesday nights – Ashtanga Yoga at 6pm and Yoga for Men at 7.40pm. Both classes are suitable for active beginners and people with some experience of yoga.
Suthesh is from Kerala in India. He began his yoga training as a teenager in his local ashram and completed it in Bangalore. Before coming to the UK he was an instructor at various Health Spas in Dubai.
He is a registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance UK. This demonstrates that he has achieved the high standards required by Yoga Alliance UK.
His daily personal practice of yoga and meditation ensures that he is at his best for each client. As yoga is Suthesh’s biggest passion, you are guaranteed a motivating class where individuals are gently encouraged to exceed their expectations.
The class style he provides is active and dynamic covering a variety of yoga postures and breathing exercises that leave you deeply relaxed.
My own yoga practise had to change when I became pregnant, and even when my son was very young the stronger yoga I’d enjoyed previously was no longer possible. I practised a more gentle form of yoga combined with post-natal exercises. This helped me to regain the muscle strength required for more advanced and challenging yoga postures.
The aim of Sarah’s Pregnancy classes is to help mums to relax and enjoy pregnancy, supporting them towards a positive birth experience. These classes are based on her own experience and the teaching of other experts.
The main aim of the Mother & Baby yoga classes is to provide opportunities for mums to spend quality time with baby & learn appropriate yoga for both their needs. This is done in a relaxed class which incorporates songs & yoga sequences that can be used at home.
Sarah is a qualified Primary Teacher and remains registered with the GTC Scotland. She is a certified Yoga teacher for adults, children and babies.
It was while working as a nurse in Asia and expecting her first child that Judy became drawn to Yoga. Gaining enormous benefit while pregnant, she decided study to become a yoga teacher with a focus on pre and post natal yoga.
She initially trained in South India at the Sivananda Vedanta Ashram in Kerala and then with Janet Balaskas, Lolly Stirk and Yvonne Moore at the Active Birth Centre in London before gaining her Diploma in Teaching Yoga with the British Wheel of Yoga in the late 1990’s and then completing a Diploma in Baby Yoga with Birthlight, and Yoga for the Special Child at the Special Yoga Centre in London.
Judy continues to work part-time as a midwife in the NHS as well as running Breathing, Relaxation and Self-Hypnosis classes within the NHS.
With a strong interest in the use of hypnosis in childbirth, Judy teaches HypnoBirthing on a private, one-to-one basis and runs her own classes in Yoga for Pregnancy, Couples Birth Preparation workshops, Postnatal and Baby Yoga.
She also offers Yoga for the Special Child privately and runs teacher training courses as Director of the YogaBirth Teacher Training and tutor for the British Wheel of Yoga Pregnancy and BWY Postnatal Modules.
Judy teaches in Aberdeenshire and Perthshire and runs courses throughout the UK. At present her pregancy yoga classes are online, contact her for more info 07792 079389.
Catriona was introduced to Mindfulness in 2001 after completing a 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course. After an inspiring week spent on a Mindfulness retreat on the Holy Isle on the west of Scotland in 2006, she began a regular mindfulness practice of her own. Having gained a Diploma in Mindfulnes Studies from Aberdeen University and Samye Ling College in 2012, Catriona began teaching Mindfulness in 2013.
She is a member of the Mindfulness Association.
Catriona trained as a mental Health nurse in 1992 and is currently working in dementia research.
Susan teaches Nia Classes in Stirling and Dunblane, and now with great pleasure has Nia to Perth. You may not have heard of Nia, but it has been around for over 35 years and is both a barefoot low impact fitness class with simple-to-master moves and a movement, lifestyle and mind-body-spirit practice in its own right.
Nia is suitable for all ages sizes, shapes and fitness levels. Nia was started in the 1980s, by Debbie and Carlos Rosas; seeking a new way for fitness. They spent 13 years on the foundation of Nia researching and experimenting with principles and ideas from martial arts, dance influences and therapies and practices; of these Yoga is one, but also included is the Feldenkrais method and the Alexander Technique. Today Nia has been further refined and extended. Susan met Debbie last July when she visited Edinburgh. She is now 64, still C.E.O. and still teaching, travelling worldwide, improving, innovating and inspiring.
Susan is a licensed Nia Teacher, ’White Belt December 2014, with Dorit Noble & Laurie Bass, London.
Upcoming 2016: ‘Moving to Heal’ (Nia adaptation for illness or mobility problems) with Siere Munro and Blue Belt with Britta von Tagen, Burntisland, Fife.
She also teaches family music and movement, since 2004.
These qualifications will allow Susan to further deepen her teaching and facilitate all-comers to Nia including those who wish to be seated or to use a chair for support in class.
Shell has completed 500 hours of yoga teacher training, and she now trains new yoga instructors. Shell’s classes are designed to relax and refresh. They are suitable for beginners and experienced students alike. As well as classes, Shell offers one-to-one yoga therapy sessions, which she tailors to the needs of individual students. Call Shell on 07514890794 for more information.
Donna is a massage therapist with 25 years’ experience. She specialises in remedial/deep tissue massage and craniosacral therapy (CST)* and, after many years of personal practice and study, she integrates guided meditation, focusing techniques and mindfulness into her treatments. This unique combination of therapies creates a space where profound pain relief, healing, insight and awareness can take place.
Donna’s intuition and respect for each client underpins everything she does so every treatment is unique. She works alongside each client to help them find the treatment plan that works for them. To contact her or make an appointment, please call 07949 408937.
*CST, a gentle but powerful mode of healing, is particularly beneficial in treating physical injuries. Somato-Emotional Release, an aspect of CST, is also very successful in treating trauma or the emotional aspects of injury and pain.
Karen first discovered polarity therapy and its benefits when living in Sydney, Australia and embarked upon learning the polarity therapy principles, undertaking her training in Tasmania in 2017 with Chris McGrath and Esther Berlie.
In 2020 Karen decided to develop her knowledge and skillset further by undertaking the NQ in Holistic Therapies with Perth College UHI. This has allowed her to really develop treatments and packages that can be tailored to clients’ individual needs to help achieve a more balanced, relaxed and calm state of being which ultimately allows the body to find its natural equilibrium.
Karen is qualified to offer a range of treatments including Polarity Therapy, Reiki, Swedish massage, Aromatherapy massage, On-site acupressure massage, Mindfulness and Managing Stress – packages are also available to tailor to your needs. To discuss further please contact Karen 07840 148 494.
Advanced Remedial and Sports Massage Therapist, Certified Upledger CranioSacral Therapist, TRE®(Trauma Release)Provider and CORE Fascial Release/Bodywork Instructor, Pam has run a successful practice since 1997 offering a unique and highly effective approach to working with individuals and groups seeking to restore balance and relieve pain.
Pam has completed her Advanced I&II Training with the Upledger Institute and offers CranioSacral to babies, children and adults experiencing the effects of trauma (physical, mental and emotional). She is currently the only CORE IV Practitioner in Scotland offering the CORE Bodywork 5 Series protocol developed by Noah Steven Karrasch (Advanced Certified Rolfer). She is one of 6 Instructors worldwide Certified by Noah to teach CORE I&II Fascial Release/Bodywork. She is a Certified TRE Provider (Tension/Trauma Release Exercises) and offers group classes as well as one-on-one sessions.
Pam encourages individuals to fully embody their physical form promoting health and vitality by offering a unique blend of advanced techniques and practices. Her clients range between 2 days old to 90 years old. Her approach encourages awareness, movement, understanding, freedom and breath and aims to facilitate change and personal growth. Pam is inspired by her ongoing study of the human bodymind connection, indigenous healing traditions, yoga, nature and life.
She lives and works in Edinburgh and Perthshire offering individual sessions, workshops and classes. She is at the Perth Yoga Studio (Studio 2) on alternate Fridays. For more information on all treatments and classes please email email@example.com or call Pam on 07932 587422
Dee began practising yoga as a mechanism to relieve stress and tension whilst at University in Dundee 10 years ago. Having found a deep connection with the practise and having a natural ability to connect with others, Dee felt compelled in early 2018 to expand into teaching in order to share the countless benefits that yoga can bring to our lives.
When Finn was younger he was really into philosophy and psychology, and over time that curiosity evolved into a deep-rooted desire to learn about himself, which ultimately led him to practice Yoga.
“I once read that a Yogi is simply a traveller whose journey is inward. In one way or another I’ve always been interested in that idea”
Up until this point, Finn had wanted to do Yoga but was fearful for one reason or another – maybe it’s not athletic enough? Isn’t it only for bendy people? What will my basketball team think? Nevertheless, something told him to take the leap, and he loved it, becoming really serious about his practice in 2015, and completing his teacher training with CYS in 2020. He knows now that Yoga has it all – flexibility, strength, focus, discipline, a quieter mind – his practice gives him all these things and more.
Finn’s Thursday night Ashtanga Beginners class is all about sharing that message with people who are like he was, curious but a little unsure if Yoga is for them.
“Take the leap! You won’t regret it!”