August News 2017 and booking info for next term

Welcome back to the world of iyoga and regular classes, though those of you who have been enjoying the extended summer timetable may be a little miffed after a bit more free-forming!

Many of you have asked about my time at The Iyengar Institute in June. There is no doubt I am inspired and energised from the experience,  I did put a few short posts on the news page of this website for you to follow and get a flavour of life there, please take a look as my website could do with a few more hits! There were also posts and photos on FB too if you do that. Infact I had hoped more of you would share your summer yoga pics with us there, but it seems you were too shy! Otherwise much of what I learned will filter through in class and on workshops and holidays when there is more time.

As I am sure you will have noticed we are in the midst of another yoga BOOM. iyoga is also thriving, particularly in Peebles*** where the class has been full to capacity all year so its a good thing we have 2 new teachers in the area, since Avril and Isabelle qualified.

The night class at Yoga on Tay is also often full so using the booking system to book there  is advised. Other classes could still benefit if you were to bring a friend along sometime.

Over the year once again we have seen the benefits of an Iyengar yoga practice nursing folks right up to the point of an operation, again in the recuperative phase post-op and of course in easing long term aches and pains.

Some people benefit immediately but the nature of other injuries can take years of dedicated practice before those pains and mis-alignments start to be overcome. And the inner landscape of the body starts to  find a new way to be. This is most gratifying for me as a teacher when other feel and see the benefits too.

If you intend to continue, or start with classes this August/September I am attaching a 2017-18 registration form for you to complete and return, as it is that time of year again, if you can respond digitally that would be best in terms of saving paper though paper returns are acceptable of course.

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: August 29 September 5 12 19 26 October 3 24 31 November 7 14

DOLPHINTON: August 29 September 5 12 19 26 October 3 24 31 November 7 14

PEEBLES: August 30 September 6 13 20 27 October 4 25 November 1 8 15


Dolphinton: August 29 September 5 12 19 26 October 3 24 31 November 7 14

A reminder for those of you who have been attending beginners classes regularly for a couple of years, or more, and feel ready to work a little harder you could consider coming to intermediate at the start of term. Where we continue to work with poses you know, but in a greater depth, and introduce a wider range of ‘other’ postures, including focusing more on inverted poses. Enjoy to stretch yourself in every way imaginable.

Equipment for sale, I have one last travel mat for sale £15, weighing only 400g it folds into the back of an A4 file. Not ideal for full scale practice but fine in a hotel room if your are away. I also have 4 yoga belts left, £5 each, ask me in class if interested.

Regarding workshops and retreats, Samye Ling this September and Mallorca this October are both again fully booked. We are currently working on next years programme, with workshops in Edinburgh, Fife The Borders and beyond, these will be varied in nature, suitable for different levels of practice with differing points of focus. Perhaps more anatomy and hopefully using ropes again and also some work on senior poses for those at that level. We hope to bring over a guest teacher who trained with The Iyengars at some point for a weekend, non-residential, as well as have our regular residential at Samye Ling.

Beyond that 2019, I am looking in to another Indian trip for yoga and culture and a retreat to The Holy Isle, Arran, so keep in touch if interested.

*** To this end if you are re-booking classes at Peebles there has already been a number of enquiries to start in August and therefore a waiting list so please book by August 20th to ensure your place.

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.




News July 2017

I am back!! And have kept up some of the good work while on holiday on the north Coast. Please feel free to send me your holiday yoga pics too.

joyful practice for julie

All classes start back this week, with a summer timetable for The Borders classes which you can see in the previous post and the regular slots at Yoga on Tay : Wednesday night 7.30-9pm is a stronger class than Thursday 9.30-11am which is a smaller group and more gentle class, both are on-going general level classes so beginners are welcome at anytime.

The September Retreat to Samye Ling is FULLY BOOKED and as usual there is a waiting list so if you are interested still do let me know.

We have a super group booked for Mallorca this October this year. We are again offering daily options of general classes with the extra option of intermediate classes if you practice to this level (click on ‘workshops’ then ‘holidays’ of this website for more info), with plenty down time to relax or explore as you prefer. And there is ONE SPACE LEFT!

There are likely to be more workshops over the course of the year so do check this website from time to time.



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.


Extra Workshops

…with Swati and Rajvi Chanchani late June.

I can recommend their teaching, if you would like to practice a little more in every way this is a great opportunity.

BKS Iyengar

Updates on the World of iYoga

Life goes at a pace where it can be a challenge to find time for my mat let alone updating websites, Face Book (there are many interesting links to be found there I must say), and emails.

So, what goes on in my life: I have had some great tuition already this week with my teacher Elaine Pidgeon at The Edinburgh Iyengar Centre. She has just returned from Pune after a month, daily classes of a couple of hours at a time and practice sessions of 2-3 hours goes a long way to further our experience as teachers. I usually also help 2-3 hours a day in the medical class so its yoga yoga yoga… a perfect sabbatical. Anyway its next year before I go again. Today I’m off to London for some senior teacher training which is always a joy with Penny Chaplin at Maidavale. This has the supreme bonus of seeing my son and daughter in law who I also stay with :))

The retreat to Mallorca this October was booked out before February was over!! We have a super group coming and I very much look forward to practising in The Iyengar Studio at Felanitx.

Samye Ling is going to have a year off due to on going training for me, I am also training as an Assessor for Iyengar Yoga (UK) and other commitments beyond the world of yoga. So I am sorry for those of you who had hoped to attend as it has become such a regular feature on the calendar…but it will be back.

What I do plan for this year, to celebrate 20 years of teaching Iyengar yoga in The Scottish Borders (and beyond), is a Day of Yoga with an asana class, pot luck lunch, hopefully a yoga demo, some pranayama and meditation too.

I will also be off to India myself as part of a research trip to run a yoga retreat to the Himalya next May/June.

On an everyday note Tuesday afternoon classes at Newlands (1.30-2.45pm), will again be run by iyogajulie so all bookings for those should come to me as of April 19th.

So watch this space!

I leave you with a nice excerpt from Guruji’s book Light on Life:

(Julie you need to add this!)

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!