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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

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Abhijata comes to Edinburgh

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Iyengar Yoga in Scotland is 50 - Bobby Clennell

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.

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Online Classes

Iyengar Yoga in Scotland is 50 - 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.

Online Classes


Iyengar Yoga in Scotland is 50 - Kathy Welham and Guruji speaking after the 1984 demonstration

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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Iyengar Yoga in Scotland is 50 - BKS Iyengar demonstrating Parsvakonasana in Pune 1981

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

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Iyengar Yoga in Scotland is 50 - Frances Christensen being interviewed by Jo Mitchell

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.

Watch the Interviews

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!

Iyengar Yoga in Scotland is 50 - ESIY logo

East of Scotland Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar Yoga in Scotland is 50 - iYoga Glasgow logo

iYoga Glasgow