new march 2017

Spring is here as I type in an office filled with sunshine and look out on a garden filling with colour from bursting bulbs ūüôā

iyoga will take a break (check dates on the earlier post), so I can have a wee ski holiday to Norway before representing Iyengar Yoga at the Annual Congress for The British Wheel of Yoga at Warrington University before classes resume.

This last week of classes , as I often do, was your chance to choose the poses. This is a usually fun to do and gives you a chance to see how all the hard work in term develops your practice as well as giving you the opportunity to do some research on your own with regard to identifying poses.

If you are not on FB this is a useful link to give you a monthly pose to focus on in your practice:

Good wishes for your spring break.


Last class of Term

BKS Iyengar supported back bending on the ropes BEAUTIFUL.

I am finishing a little early for this term (to accommodate a ski holiday in Norway), so if we can have our ‘pick ‘n’ mix’ classes this week.

If this is new to you, you choose a pose (sanskrit or english name as we use in class), and I make them into a sensible sequence. Sequencing being on of the trademarks of Iyengar Yoga.

You can let me know the by the day before (when I can preplan it a bit more), or on the day…making it fun for all ūüôā


Dates Feb-May 2017

The yoga boom continues with all classes well attended, however the Peebles class is still full with a waiting list so please do book your space in advance if you wish to continue.

Classes in Fife are booked directly with the studio and both are regularly full so advance booking is advised

For ‘iyoga classes’ booking operates on a basis of 10-week blocks ¬£75 (¬£90 for intermediate), should you miss a class you can make it up at another iyoga class, it is also possible to attend on a drop-in basis if there is space ¬£10 (¬£12 intermediate).

Newlands: February 14 21 28 March 7 14 21 April 18 25 May 2 9

Peebles: February 15 22 March 1 8 15 22 April 19 26 May 3 10

Dolphinton: February  28 March 7 14 21 April 18 25 May 2 9 16 23

Don’t forget to keep a check on workshops and holidays via the website too….for yoga saturation ūüėČ

January 2017 Newsletter

Fortunately it is still January ¬†so still time for a news update, though possibly a bit late to be wishing folks a Happy New Year, but better late than not at all ūüôā

All iyoga classes are going strong as the yoga boom continues. This is lovely for those like Julie, already dedicated ¬†to their practice. As more people find an inner calm there is hope for a more peaceful world. Though of course folks come to class for all sorts of more obvious reasons such as to become more flexible or to help with aches and pains etc. etc. but as Geeta Iyengar says, we all leave feeling “good” or “nice” and it is this that keeps us coming back for more.

What are the plans for iyoga in 2017? So far we have:

Workshops: Anatomy in Action at Yoga Now, Edinburgh, on February 11 and hopefully a ropes workshop later in the year in Fife.

Retreats: We return to Samye Ling in September 22-24 for Yoga and Meditation.

Holidays: Mallorca October 14-21

In the past these yoga events have booked out so watch the website and Face Book if interested.

Julie has had a busy year and is now qualified as an assessor for IY(UK) and has also now started to train as a Teacher Trainer. So anyone interested to know more about this please do ask.

In April Julie has been asked to teach as a guest tutor for the British Wheel of Yoga at their Congress in Warrington. This is both a privilege and great opportunity to act as an ambassador for Iyengar Yoga.

Her training continues with a sabbatical to India in June when she will practise at The RIMYI, in Pune, India. Unfortunately this may cause some disruption to your classes but know that you will all benefit when she returns.

Looking ahead it is still hoped to run a yoga holiday to the Himalyas please do get in touch if you think this may be of interest.



Om…some food for thought.

Mandukya Upanishad

From The Upanishad:  translations from the Sanskrit with an introduction by Juan Mascaro

Penguin books, 1965, pp 83-4.


  1. This eternal Word is all: what was, what is and what shall be, and what beyond is in eternity.   All is OM.

Brahman is all and Atman is Brahman.  Atman, the Self, has four conditions.

The first condition is the waking life of outward-moving consciousness, enjoying the seven outer gross elements.

The second condition is the dreaming life of inner-moving consciousness, enjoying the seven subtle inner elements in its own light and solitude.

The third condition is the sleeping life of silent consciousness when a person has no desires and beholds no dreams.  That condition of deep sleep is one of oneness, a mass of silent consciousness made of peace and enjoying peace.

This silent consciousness is all-powerful, all-knowing, the inner ruler, the source of all, the beginning and end of all beings.

The fourth condition is Atman in his own pure state; the awakened life of supreme consciousness.  It is neither outer nor inner consciousness, neither semi-consciousness, nor sleeping-consciousness,

Neither consciousness nor unconsciousness.  He is Atman, the Spirit himself, that cannot be seen or touched, that is above all distinction, beyond thought and ineffable.  In the union with him is the supreme proof of his reality.  He is the end of evolution and non-duality.  He is peace and love.


This Atman is the eternal Word OM.  Its three sounds, A, U, and M, are the first three states of consciousness, and these three states are the three sounds.

The first sound A is the first state of waking consciousness, common to all men.¬† It is found in the words Apti, ‚Äėattaining‚Äô, and Adimatvam, ‚Äėbeing first‚Äô.¬† Who knows this attains in truth all his desires, and in all things becomes first.

The second sound U is the second state of dreaming consciousness.¬† It is found in the words Utkarsha, ‚Äėuprising‚Äô, and Ubhayatvam, ‚Äėbothness‚Äô.¬† Who knows this raises the tradition of knowledge and attains equilibrium.¬† In his family is never born any one who knows not Brahman.

The third sound M is the third state of sleeping consciousness.¬† It is found in the words Miti, ‚Äėmeasure‚Äô, and in the root Mi, ‚Äėto end‚Äô, that gives Apiti, ‚Äėfinal end‚Äô.¬† Who knows this measures all with his mind and attains the final End.


The word OM as one sound is the fourth state of supreme consciousness.  It is beyond the senses and is the end of evolution.  It is non-duality and love.  He goes with his self to the supreme Self who knows this, who knows this.

Dates for winter 2016/17

The yoga boom continues with all classes well attended, however Peebles is again full with a waiting list so please do book your space in advance if you wish to continue.

Classes in Fife are booked directly with the studio, as listed on the class info page of this website.

A 10-week block of classes costs £75 (£90 for intermediate), it is possible to drop-in if there is space £10 (£12 intermediate).

Newlands: November 15 22 29 December 6 13 January 10 17 24 31 February 7

Peebles:  November 16 23 30 December 7 14 January 11 18 25 February 1 8

Dolphinton: November 29 December 6 13 January 10 17 24 31 February 7 14 21

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.

I am a Dancer

Over the years I have taught yoga to many dancers, recently one of them shared this piece of writing with me, she found the words reflected her feelings about ballet and now also about yoga whilst practising it.

Try reading from a yoga perspective and see how many truths you can identify with:

I AM A DANCER by MARTHA GRAHAM This essay aired circa 1953.

I am a dancer. I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one’s being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes, in some area, an athlete of God.

Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.

I think the reason dance has held such an ageless magic for the world is that it has been the symbol of the performance of living. Many times I hear the phrase “the dance of life.” It is close to me for a very simple and understandable reason. The instrument through which the dance speaks is also the instrument through which life is lived: the human body. It is the instrument by which all the primaries of experience are made manifest. It holds in its memory all matters of life and death and love.

Dancing appears glamorous, easy, delightful. But the path to the paradise of that achievement is not easier than any other. There is fatigue so great that the body cries, even in its sleep. There are times of complete frustration; there are daily small deaths. Then I need all the comfort that practice has stored in my memory and a tenacity of faith. But it must be the kind of faith that Abraham had, wherein he “staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief.”

It takes about 10 years to make a mature dancer. The training is twofold. There is the study and practice of the craft in order to strengthen the muscular structure of the body. The body is shaped, disciplined, honored and in time, trusted. The movement becomes clean, precise, eloquent, truthful. Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul’s weather to all who can read it. This might be called the law of the dancer’s life ‚ÄĒ the law which governs its outer aspects.

Then there is the cultivation of the being. It is through this that the legends of the soul’s journey are re-told with all their gaiety and their tragedy and the bitterness and sweetness of living. It is at this point that the sweep of life catches up the mere personality of the performer and while the individual (the undivided one), becomes greater, the personal becomes less personal. And there is grace. I mean the grace resulting from faith: faith in life, in love, in people and in the act of dancing. All this is necessary to any performance in life which is magnetic, powerful, rich in meaning.

In a dancer there is a reverence for such forgotten things as the miracle of the small beautiful bones and their delicate strength. In a thinker there is a reverence for the beauty of the alert and directed and lucid mind. In all of us who perform there is an awareness of the smile which is part of the equipment, or gift, of the acrobat. We have all walked the high wire of circumstance at times. We recognize the gravity pull of the earth as he does. The smile is there because he is practicing living at that instant of danger. He does not choose to fall.

News June 2016


At last I am back from travels in India. I hope you have enjoyed new yoga experiences or self discoveries with your covering teacher while I have been away. We always learn something from change.

I gather summer may have already been to visit but in the hope of more good weather and folks taking holidays I thought it best to alert you to changes to some iyoga classes over July and August.

Borders classes will stop at the end of June, though I am happy to continue with Tuesday afternoon yoga if enough folk request this, let me know this week. As has become the custom we will have a series of extended evening sessions at Newlands Centre 7-9pm, I shall send regular customers an email with dates etc.

Classes in Fife studios will continue as advertsied by the studio.

Regular classes will start again at Peebles on August 24th and at Dolphinton on September the 6th.

Following up on the date for the diary, August 20th, to Celebrate 20 years of continuous Iyengar Yoga in The Borders I shall also email you  details and a booking form for this event, open to anyone who has taken classes with me over this time.