Close up of Emma McGurn

Emma McGurn

Emma has been teaching Iyengar yoga since 2008, gaining her Junior Intermediate 1 certificate in 2019.

She continues to study with Senior teachers to improve her own practice and develop her teaching skills. As an Advanced Practice Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, she has a high level of understanding of how the body works which she applies to her yoga practice and teaching.

Emma is interested in how Yoga can heal us; her teaching explores:

‘how we can move forward and make progress, how we can explore and observe the changes, and learn.’

Close up of Neil Gilles

Neil Gilles

Neil is certified at Senior Level 1 and has been teaching Iyengar Yoga since 1995.

He encountered Yoga first on a Buddhist retreat. Working through the body as a practice to stabilise the mind soon became his preferred approach.

As a professional flautist and teacher, he found valuable practice as a valuable support.

Neil is eternally grateful to BKS Iyengar for sharing his wisdom and insight and is ever keen to ‘pass on’ the practice.

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Andrew Paine

Andrew has been teaching Iyengar Yoga since 2010, gaining his Junior Intermediate 2 certificate in 2015. He continues to study with Senior Teachers to improve his own practice, and refine his teaching style.

As a qualified life coach and facilitator, Andrew is interested in helping others develop their practice through self awareness, observation and reflection. He creates a safe space through which students are encouraged to develop their practice through ‘courage & caution’, ’trial & error’ in order that they can strengthen and fine tune both body and mind.

Andrew is interested in how the tradition and teachings of Yoga can be applied off the mat, out of the classroom and into everyday life.

Frances McKee

Frances McKee

Frances has been teaching yoga since 1997! That year she headed off to the Pune Institute in India to study with the Iyengar family. Her dedication to the practice has been life changing and she is grateful every single day to have discovered the benefits of yoga. Life is an unfolding and undulating journey but yoga has been the catalyst that has given her the tools to navigate the path. . Her passion is to make yoga accessible to everyone and to meet the needs of her students so that they too can discover the benefits of a yoga practice.

As the director of The Yoga Extension, her aim is to create a safe welcoming space to practice and teach yoga and to build a community that will use the benefits of yoga to enrich every life.

Gillian McKelvie

Gillian McKelvie

Gillian has been practising yoga for over 20 years and gained her introductory certificate in 2018. She came to yoga from a sporting background and found that yoga helped her develop a more holistic approach to fitness and wellbeing.

Gillian has worked with Fusion Triathlon Club and City of Glasgow Swim Team to help athletes improve their flexibility, balance and core strength, as well as avoid injury. She has also taught a range of beginners and general classes and has a particular interest in restorative yoga.

Michael Wright

Michael Wright

Michael discovered yoga by accident, going along to a class at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre to recuperate from a football injury. He started going to Iyengar yoga classes in 2013, and decided to join the new mentoring system in 2020, qualifying as a Level 1 teacher in 2023.

Iyengar yoga focuses on proper alignment and precise technique and Michael hopes to help his students get the benefits of strength, concentration and body awareness.


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