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Iyengar Yoga in Scotland is 50

The first Iyengar Yoga classes in Scotland were taught at the Edinburgh University Yoga Society in 1974 so 2024 marks our 50th anniversary! Set up by Bob and Kathy Welham, who studied directly under BKS Iyengar in the UK and in India, the EUYS was immediately popular with waiting lists for classes. The couple went on to train many teachers, some of whom still teach today. The popularity of the classes spread beyond Edinburgh, sowing the seeds of the rich community of Iyengar Yoga in Scotland.

To find out more about BKS Iyengar and the journey of Iyengar Yoga through Scotland read on

Iyengar Yoga in Scotland is 50. Demonstration in Edinburgh 1984.


Iyengar Yoga teachers in Scotland are developing a programme of activities and events to celebrate these 5 decades. We hope to raise awareness and attract new members to our Member Groups in both the West and East.

To launch our celebrations ahead of 2024, we are delighted to welcome Sushama Chitale for 4 workshops in Edinburgh and Glasgow this December 2023.

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Online Classes

To celebrate 50 years, in 2024, we will be offering free live online classes every month of 2024 for all ESIY and iYG members. We hope to grow non-teaching membership for both Member Groups through these classes.

More information to follow once the programme is finalised.


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In this collection of articles we tell the story of Iyengar yoga in Scotland. How we grew from small beginnings, about our dedicated teachers. About our close links with BKS Iyengar and the Ramamani Institute in Pune (which also celebrates 50 years in 2024).

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We have put together some photo stories covering Iyengar Yoga in Scotland over the last 50 years.

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We will be interviewing key people covering the growth and development of Iyengar Yoga over the last 50 years in Scotland, and making these available on this website.

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East of Scotland Iyengar Yoga and iYoga Glasgow have come together to organise the 50 year celebrations. These are the local Scottish Member Groups affiliated to Iyengar Yoga (UK). See what they do and join them!

East of Scotland Iyengar Yoga

iYoga Glasgow