Invocation to Patanjali

As many of you will know there is a widespread practice in dedicated Iyengar yoga studios of chanting an invocation at the start of class. I appreciate this is not for everyone but for those who are interested I have copied it out below with a link to listen to at

Salutation to Patanjali

योþन िचĿƯय, पŇन वाचǢ
मलȂ शरीरƯय च वǹǠêन ।
yogena cittasya, padena vācāṁ
malaṁ śarīrasya ca vaidyakena |
Through Yoga the Chitta, through grammar the language,
and through medicine the physical body |

योऽपाकरोत्तȂ ŮवरȂ मȉनीनǢ
पतĤजǩल ŮाĤजिलर्आनतोऽिƯम ॥
yo’pākarot taṁ pravaraṁ munīnāṁ
patañjaliṁ prāñjalir ānato’smi ||
who among all those Sages handed this over
I respectfully bow to Patanjali.

आबाƴ पȉƏषाकारȂ
शङ्खचìाɐस धाɐरणम्।
ābāhu puruṣākāraṁ
śaṅkhacakrāsi dhāriṇam |
The upper body of human shape, carrying
a mussel horn (original tone), a discus (infinity) and a sword (power of

सहư िशरसȂ ǒǵतȂ
Ůणमािम पतĤजिलम्॥
sahasra śirasaṁ śvetaṁ
praṇamāmi patañjalim ||
having 1000 bright heads,
I bow to Patanjali.




Summer Sessions 2017

Dear Yogi

Welcome Summer ?, at least the calendar tells me it is!!

Many thanks to Alex, Avril, Isabelle, Jo, Maureen and Pen for covering classes for us while I have been in Pune.

I hope you have availed yourselves of the opportunity to practice with another teacher over the last few weeks and that you may have heard something that has inspired you. I certainly have whilst in Pune, so there is plenty to share.

As has become the custom for those of you who would like to continue with your practice over the summer months dates and fees are as follows: 

NEWLANDS Tuesday 7-9pm July 18 25 August 1 8 15 22 6 weeks £66 (or 5 dates £60) 

PEEBLES Wednesday 10-11.30am July 19 26 August 2 9 16 23 6 weeks £45 (or 5 dates £42.50)

(Please note  this is for students who normally attend iyoga classes throughout the year.)  

With payment via the usual channels:


bacs: Branch 80-22-60, Account No. 06261389


cheque: Julie Anderson – Iyengar Yoga, 2 Tay Terrace, Newport-On-Tay, Fife, DD6 8AZ

If life dictates otherwise then I hope you may feel ready for class again after these sessions i.e.August 29 and 30 when a full timetable resumes.



Travels with a Yoga Teacher (4)

Its all over. I’m home and it seems it monsoon in Scotland too as I adjust to reality. Its seems to be taking me a while to engage with people and life after a month of yoga saturation.

The essential message on the yoga front is to establish your own practice. That is not to dismiss being a ‘class goer’ too as we all need instruction, guidance and adjustment, but  to recognise that the two go hand in hand, I am aware that many of you already do but its a word of encouragement to those who ma be yet to take that step..

To further inspire us workshops with experienced teachers also have a place and while I am available to take some I have renewed old contacts and made new ones to bring you expertise with a different perspective in the near future. Sharing yoga for  amonth with those at RIMYI is a very international experience: Spain, Italy, US, Australia, New Zeakand, Canada, Argentina and the list goes on and on…

I also made a visit to an orphanage near the foothills of the Himalya where I spent an amazing few days, I hope to run a yoga and culture holiday there in the next couple of years.

Outside of yoga India is a vegetarians paradise with so many delicious dishes and snacks on offer, I’ll put up some photos in a new gallery.

Most of us, well mostly the women, also adopt to local dress to varying degrees, its comfortable both for the climate and to move about without attracting too much attention.

Anything else you may wonder about please do ask, i’d like to think that some of you with 7-8 years of yoga, or more may consider a Pune trip one day too.

hangin’ around!


Travels with a Yoga Teacher (3)

What has happened since I last wrote? Ten days have passed with a full-on schedule. Geeta has been teaching which is something I dared not hope for as it would be so disappointing, but the frission of excitement as she has come several times to share her wealth of experience and shake up our practice potential has been tangible and emotional.

She has also organised with the more experienced teacher led practices and lectures for us, once sometimes twice a day, to ensure the teaching is being received and understood around the world.

After all, Guruji is no longer with us and the truth is Geeta and Prashant won’t be teaching for ever either.

In a way it’s refreshing to see this new generation of teachers coming through, full of enthusiasm and vitality. We need more youngsters at home too, any thoughts on how to do this in a world where yoga has become increasing commercial will be most welcome. Iyengar yoga has the credentials in the yoga world for quality teaching, a good safe system of practice, it can be fun as new poses are introduced or old poses delivered in new ways, but there are now so many other options …?

Back to Pune, as well as our daily practice, daily classes, helping at medical, writing notes and observing other classes to bring back to you the day is full. The heat has been energy sapping till this week (averaging 30C and 60-88% RH), and after eating well much rest is needed. And at last the monsoon has arrived with 27mm falling in one hour the other day, that was spectacular, but I have no photos as we were in class. Infact these news bulletins might be a bit short of pictures till I get home as wifi is very slow for such things, but do keep an eye on FB, that seems to work easy enough.

It’s great to be here but it’s no holiday, like I said to those of you who wished us ‘happy holidays’!!! Fortunately, I have been here many times now and it’s all familiar in that I know where to shop, where to eat, where to find the cobbler and buy homemade yogurt etc etc. I can see its harder for the newbies who either, like me when I first came, go mad with excitement rushing round doing lots, or they have disappeared for the first week or two into cocoons and are only now slowly starting to emerge.

So, how are you enjoying your classes with your cover teacher…do let me know, FB or email?



August News 2016

It seems crazy to talk about the autumn term while my calendar tells me we are still in the midst of summer. But it is true the summer sessions are winding up in the next week or two. They have been well attended and we have had the luxury of extra time to be more playful with our yoga after all the hard work of the academic year. On that note I hope that those of you who have been attending beginners/general classes for 2 years OR MORE!!… might be tempted to try intermediate sessions in the new term. See below for the dates.

Up coming we have our celebration day of yoga, open to all I have taught over the years, last 20 years to be exact! It’s not too late to join us if you find you can after all please do get in touch with me.

Then there is our next Iyengar Yoga Holiday in October, this year to Mallorca. We will stay in a beautiful converted farm, with our own pool, where we will also have some classes. However most sessions will be held in the local Iyengar Studio where we can practice in a dedicated space and use traditional props. As with earlier iyoga workshops and retreats this has proved popular selling out in a matter of weeks.

Next year we are excited to be back to India with a new location in the Himalya, details will go up on the website as soon as they are finalised.

We also hope to take a weekend retreat at Samye Ling again later next year.

Classes will continue to be sold as blocks of 10 and still at the same price £75 (beginners), £90 (intermediate). Simply use the contact form on the website to book a place.

You can drop-in if space is available, £10 (beginners) or £12 (intermediate).

Peebles August 24 31 September 7 14 21 28 October 19 26 November 2 9

Newlands August 23 30 September 6 13 20 27 October 18 25 November 1 8

Dolphinton September 6 13 20 27 October 18 25 November 1 8 15 22

Classes in Fife continue at the studios as listed and in my home studio by appointment

I look forward to yoga, if you are just starting, or perhaps more yoga, if you are continuing, with you soon.


Celebration Day

Celebration Day

Thank you ALL for coming to classes over the last 20 years. And an extra special thank you to those who could come to our celebration day on Saturday: we had some lovely yoga and pranyama: learned something of mandalas in general and Buddhist Mandala in particular and of course there was the fantastic feast which everyone shared.

I would also like to extend and big thank you for gifts recieved, I was somewhat overwhelmed by this in the moment but would like to say now to all concerned, I am deeply touched by your generosity.

Newlands Class Dates

Changes to yoga at Newlands Centre, Romanno Bridge, it is once again open to book via Julie, contact her at for registration and booking forms.

A reminder then that after the Easter Break fees will be due for a 10-week block April 19 26 May 3 10 17 31 June 7 14 21 though we hope to have a class on the 28th of June too.

Dates for February – May 2016

Dear Yogi,

This is a reminder and dates for those who book directly with Julie, that we do have class this week but the first week in February Julie will be on holiday so no classes in The Borders on the 2nd and 3rd with the last classes of the current block on the 9th and 10th.

Fife classes are held in studios where teacher cover will be provided.

Classes are usually sold as ten week blocks. Most people commit to a block as it encourages regular practice, not to mention the economics (£7.50 per class as opposed to £9 to drop-in). Dates for the next block are below, should you miss a class it is always possible to catch up at any other class in The Borders.

Payment details are available on the registration forms, please note that PayPal is no longer an option.


16 23 1 8 15 22 29 19 26 3


Please note this class is fully booked so drop-in is not available.

17 24 2 9 16 23 30 20 27 4

Finally a big thank you for finding iyoga and our continued practice together.

Minor changes to Fife Classes

Life for iyoga continues to evolve in its first year in Tayside.

We will shortly amend the classes page of this website but for your information:

Thursday the 21st of January is the last week at St Andrews University

Evening classes in St Andrews at are now at the better time of 6.30-8pm, still on a Thursday.

Day classes at Julie’s studio will continue in Newport-onTay with a move to a larger studio at from the 11th of February at the time of 10.45-12.15

Happy New Year and class info

What joy, after the pleasures of festivities to return to the regular practice of yoga :))

All public iyoga classes are up and running again this week and I look forward seeing you again.

If you are planning to start yoga in 2016 please do get in touch with me. Please also note there is still a waiting list for the Peebles class.

Classes at The View in St Andrews are now at the more convenient time of 6.30-8pm, contact them directly to book

And as of Thursday February 11th a new class will start at Yoga-0n-Tay 10-.45am-12.15pm again contact them to book a place

Looking forward to sharing yoga with you in 2016!