The Studio


Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Frances Mckee, established the Yoga Extension, Glasgow, in 2006. The studio moved from Jordanhill to its current home between Charing Cross and Finnieston in December 2016.

The Yoga Extension is open to students with all levels of practice and experience. With a bamboo wood floor and lots of light, the new studio has ample space for up to 20 in each class. There is a changing area and toilet facilities available.

We provide all equipment and yoga mats, but you are welcome to bring your own. You can also purchase mats and equipment from the studio for your home practice.

Looking for a workshop venue? Our studio is available to hire from £25 per hour, with discounts for day and weekend bookings. Email Frances to find out more and book.

The Studio


“Frances’s warm style and careful observation will enable you to notice small details about your practice helping you to develop awareness and challenging you to recognise your limits and work with them safely. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced practitioner I highly recommend Frances’s classes and the yoga extension.” Tara 

Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Frances Mckee, established the Yoga Extension, Glasgow, in 2006. The studio moved from Jordanhill to its current home between Charing Cross and Finnieston in December 2016.

The Yoga Extension is open to students with all levels of practice and experience. With a bamboo wood floor and lots of light, the new studio has ample space for up to 12 students in each class, while we continue to maintain social distancing guidelines.

There is a changing area and toilet facilities available.

We provide all equipment and yoga mats, but you are welcome to bring your own. You can also purchase mats and equipment from the studio for your home practice.

Looking for a workshop venue? Our studio is available to hire from £35 per hour, with discounts for day and weekend bookings. Email Frances to find out more and book.

Our Teachers


Frances Mckee

Studio owner, Frances, has been practicing Iyengar Yoga for over twenty years. During this time she has learned how yoga can help maintain and improve health. You will learn these skills in class. Frances has run her own studio in Glasgow since 2006.

Frances gained her Introductory Level Certificate in 1997. In the same year, she studied at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune with Prashant and Geeta Iyengar. Frances also holds a Senior Level 1 qualification and is qualified to run introductory to intermediate level classes. Read the blog post about Frances!

Andrew Paine

Andrew has been teaching Iyengar yoga since 2010 and gained his Iyengar Junior Intermediate Level 2 certificate in 2015.

His classes are suitable for all ages and abilities.

You can read our blog to find out more about Andrew’s yoga journey and his favourite poses. You can also find Andrew on Instagram @andrewpaineyogateacher.

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.’

Valerie Miller

A lifelong interest in dance initially attracted Valerie to the grace and beauty of yoga.

Valerie became a teacher in 2005 and holds a Junior Intermediate Level 3 certificate.

Valerie finds constant challenge and delight in the never-ending exploration of body, mind and spirit that yoga brings, regardless of age or physical ability. Through teaching, Valerie feels privileged to share the benefits of Iyengar Yoga.

Gillian McKelvie

Gillian McKelvie has been practising yoga for over 20 years and holds an Introductory Teaching Certificate.  She loves the variety of the practise within Iyengar yoga, and how there is always something more to learn and explore.    

Gillian came to yoga from a sporting background and is particularly interested in how yoga can help athletes with their performance and help them develop a more holistic approach to fitness.  She has worked with both triathletes and swimmers in Glasgow. 

More recently, Gillian has spent time exploring restorative yoga and how it can help recovery from injury and illness. 

Iyengar Yoga


At the Yoga Extension we specialise in Iyengar yoga. B.K.S. Iyengar created Iyengar yoga and was one of the key figures responsible for the popularity of yoga in the West. His method is now the most widely practised in the world.

What makes Iyengar so special?

Iyengar yoga is accessible to anyone. Regular practice increases suppleness, strength and stamina and improves posture. It also aids concentration and quietens the mind to promote well-being.

The Iyengar yoga technique emphasises precision and alignment. We prioritise the quality of movement over quantity. You learn to move with ease in your body while working within your limitations. This makes the yoga postures (yoga asanas) safe to perform. We hold yoga postures for longer than in some other styles. This allows tight muscles to lengthen and relax. We also use yoga props such as blankets, blocks and belts. This increases our understanding of poses and helps improve our practice.

The practice of Iyengar Yoga is progressive. You build a stable foundation before attempting more demanding work. For this reason, beginners start with standing yoga poses. A fuller range of postures are gradually introduced. These include sitting, reclining, forward extensions, inversions, twists, backbends and arm balances.

Each group of yoga postures develops the body in different yet reciprocal ways. Each has different qualities: grounding, energising, strengthening, stimulating, calming. Yoga Classes at all levels devote time to relaxation. Once the body and mind are strong enough to sit or lie for extended periods without distraction, students learn pranayama. This is a form of yogic breathing.

No two yoga classes are the same. Teachers select yoga poses from different groups to emphasise the various aspects of the practice.

Relevant websites

B.K.S Iyengar
Iyengar Yoga Association of the United Kingdom
iYoga Glasgow
Edinburgh Iyengar Yoga Centre

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FAQs


We advise absolute beginners to take our six-week Introduction to Iyengar Yoga Course, or our 2-hour Beginners Yoga workshop. We want you to feel safe and confident on the mat before you join a bigger class.

Yoga builds strength and stamina, improves flexibility, muscle tone and posture and calms the mind. Regular practice develops awareness and concentration and promotes general wellbeing. There are numerous documented health benefits of yoga.

We recommend you come along at least once a week. In this way, you will see yourself progress quicker. We offer classes 6 days a week at the Glasgow studio. We also offer class passes to make coming regularly more affordable!

No. We provide all of the yoga equipment you will need, though some students prefer to bring their own. Mats are on sale at reception, for use in class or for practice at home.

Wear clothes that allow you to move freely. Avoid anything baggy or too long: it’s important you and the yoga teacher can see your knees and feet. Most people wear shorts or leggings and a T-shirt. Yoga is always practiced in bare feet.

The introductory course must be booked in advance. As the studio can only hold a small amount of students it is recommended to book for a 4 week block although “drop ins” are possible if there is enough space but this cannot always be guaranteed.

If you can attend a class dedicated to pregnancy yoga and you are 16 to 28 weeks pregnant, then no prior experience is necessary. If there is no pregnancy class available and you have been attending a regular class you can continue this from 16 weeks.

If you are pregnant and have never done any yoga before you will be unable to attend a class.