June Mitchell - Biography
Yoga Teacher and Course Director of CYS ScotlandLondon Yoga Teacher Training qualified as a yoga teacher in the Sivananda method in l976/77 under the tuition and guidance of William Mowat Thompson, Founder/Principal of the Scottish Yoga Centre, Edinburgh and Dr. Arthur de la Poer Rowbothem, Psychiatrist, Philosopher and Vedantist. Her certificate in Hatha Raja Yoga was given ‘With Merit’ from the first yoga teacher training course held in Scotland. She continued further training with many of the country’s leading Sivananda and Iyengar teachers in the seventies and eighties, combining yoga teaching and study with raising her two sons.
In l98l June launched Perth Yoga Centre, the second of its kind to be established in Scotland after the Scottish Yoga Centre in Edinburgh. Perth Yoga Centre created a foundation for the flourishing of complementary medicine in the area during the l980’s, initiating the first-ever workshops and teaching groups in many aspects of this now established and significant part of our health awareness in Scotland.
In l992 she completed a Certificated Course in Yoga Therapy for Low Back Pain through the Yoga Biomedical Trust in London and taught by Indian Orthopaedic Consultant and Yoga Teacher, Dr. D. G. Dongaonkar. In l993 June founded the Riverside Centre in Perth where at any given time between ten and fifteen teachers and natural health therapists worked, offering holistic health treatments to the community and which was twice short-listed in the Business Excellence Awards initiated by the Perth Chamber of Commerce – seen as being innovative and influential in its field.
In the Spring of 2003, furthering her enthusiasm for the Ashtanga Vinyasa system of yoga, she completed an Intensive Yoga Teacher training with Paul Dallaghan, Founder/Director of Centered Yoga, Yoga-Thailand and Certified International Ashtanga Yoga Teacher, becoming the first person in the UK to have this world-class training which has Yoga Alliance International Certification. She is a direct student of the Ashtanga guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, having studied and practised with him in 2004 at the KPJYRI in Mysore, Southern India and is dedicated to honouring the traditional teachings of yoga.
She now combines teaching a few classes near her home in Highland Perthshire with running the CYS ScotlandLondon Yoga Teacher Training courses. In 2003 June co-founded CYS Scotland, an Independent Yoga School offering the highest professional standards in yoga teacher training and which begins its Year 10 course in September 2012. Following on the success of CYS Scotland, CYS London began in February 2OO6 near Windsor and is now in its Year 7 which began in April 2012.
CYS teachers are established throughout Scotland, the South of England, Europe, the U.S., Canada and Australia - sharing their expertise, knowledge and passion - with quite a few having set up their own very successful yoga studios. CYS ScotlandLondon is backed by an authoritative and influential Governing Body of professionals from the fields of yoga and personal development and is known as a Centre of Excellence. As a Registered Yoga School RYS 200 with the US-based Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.org), its graduates have the opportunity to teach worldwide.