Q: What style of yoga do you teach?
A: I trained with the Scottish Yoga Teachers Association (now Yoga Scotland) & teach Hatha yoga in a way that is profoundly influenced by my practice and experience in the Alexander Technique. I qualified as an Alexander Technique teacher in 1992 and rethought how I approached yoga before embarking on my yoga teacher training in 1995.
I continue to study & teach Alexander Technique as well as yoga; and I am constantly learning about learning, as well as learning in my subjects through continuing professional development in Yoga, including Baby Yoga & Super Sleep Yoga, & in Alexander Technique.
Q: What brought you to yoga for better sleep?
A: I came to yoga in the first place to help with anxiety & sleep issues! My aunt, yoga teacher Margaret McLaughlin, recommended it when I was a young university student in 1979 & over the years I have found yoga invaluable in helping with sleep issues as well as other aspects of life.
In more recent years, however, I had different sleep problems I wasn’t able to deal with.So, in May 2015, I undertook training in Super Sleep Yoga with Lisa Sanfilippo in collaboration with the Minded Institute in order to develop a more organised & thorough approach to using yoga for better sleep. The work of Lisa Sanfilippo includes the use of asanas & pranayama but also other facets of yoga to help with sleep issues, tying in the understanding of yoga with that of cutting edge scientific research on sleep. I am now delighted to share with students the benefits of Super Sleep Yoga.
Q: Do you offer concessionary rates?
A: Yes, non standard rates are always available. The Pregnancy
and Parents Centre offers a self selecting three tier pricing
system. For all classes, workshops & courses where booking is
through me, if your finances make the standard cost not workable,
whether or not you come in to any of the usual cost reduction
categories, please do get in touch to make a more suitable arrangement
A: Classes & workshops are most often held in one of the following venues, though I may occasionally use other venues.
i.) My small studio at 8 St. Peter's Place, EH3 9PJ.
This is near the canal at the bottom end of Viewforth (off Bruntsfield Place), between Gilmore Place & the canal. NB number 8 is beside numbers 7 & 9, so not the usual numbering system. See http://www.alexandertechniqueedinburgh.co.uk/find-us.html
ii.) Pregnancy and Parents Centre, 10 Lower Gilmore Place, EH3 9NY. See http://pregnancyandparents.org.uk/contact-us/
iii.) Edinburgh Yoga Room, 5 Forth Street, EH1 3 JX. See www.edinburghyogaroom.com
A: No, mats are provided at all the venues I use. Simply bring or wear yoga suitable clothing: leggings, jogging/soft trousers or shorts with plenty of freedom of movement especially around the hips (so, not jeans or flat fronted trousers or the like). Please also bring a wrap or other extra layers plus warm socks for the relaxation times.
A: Clothing suitable for Yoga would include leggings, jogging/soft trousers or shorts with plenty of freedom of movement especially around the hips (so, not jeans or flat fronted trousers or the like).
Do also bring a wrap or other extra layers plus warm socks for the relaxation times.
A: Please bring a baby blanket & muslin & anything you usually carry for nappy changes & the like. If using disposable nappies, please bring a nappy bag so as to dispose of any nappies in the street bins as none of the venues I use have nappy disposal facilities.
A: I offer one to one antenatal Yoga sessions but with my focus on postnatal Yoga, I leave antenatal classes to my lovely colleagues at the Pregnancy and Parents Centre, the Edinburgh Yoga Room & elsewhere, whose classes I cover from time to time. See http://pregnancyandparents.
A: Yes, at least one of my regular Hatha Yoga small group classes runs on a weekend morning.
I am happy to arrange one to one sessions at a weekend time.
Fathers Yoga with Babies runs on a weekend morning.
Workshops on Yoga for Better Sleep & Rest run on a weekend afternoon.