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June Mitchell
June MitchellCourse Director
June has been a full-time professional yoga teacher since the late 1970s. Her initial training in 1976/77 was in Hatha Raja yoga with the Scottish Yoga Centre in Edinburgh followed by many Iyengar workshops in the 1980s and 1990s. She took a further course in Yoga for Back Pain with the Yoga Biomedical Trust in 1992 and then in Ashtanga Yoga with Paul Dallaghan’s Centered Yoga on Koh Samui in 2003. She was also a direct student of Sri K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore in 2004.
June’s passion is to guide all CYS students to become outstanding yoga teachers.
Judi Farrell
Judi Farrell CYS Lead Trainer and owner at Merchant City Yoga
Judi has practised yoga for over twenty years and completed her first teacher training with CYS in 2005-06. She then spent several months in India with Rolf and Marci Naujokat as well as time in Mysore at KPJAYI. In 2018 she completed a further teacher training Intensive with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor at their Yoga Workshop studio in Boulder, Colorado. Judi’s intuitive, precise teaching and hands on skills bring confidence and assurance to all our CYS students.
James Boag
James BoagYoga Philosophy
James is a highly knowledgeable and inspiring teacher of yoga, Sanscrit scholar, storyteller and Kirtan singer. He inspires to delve deeper into true yoga and to explore the ancient tests on and off the mat.
With ease, he transports Eastern mythology and philosophy into the Western 21st century in a way that makes these topics easy to grasp, understand and to apply them to one’s own life.
Gareth Magee
Gareth MageeMSc. BSc. Ost. - Anatomy and Physiology, Scotland
Gareth has been a practising Osteopath in Perth for almost ten years, having retrained from a career as a research Biochemist and a stint running clinical trials in Asthma. He is passionate about communicating the fascinating characteristics of functional anatomy in a way that’s easily digested, whether to patients on a daily basis, or at CYS lectures.
Julia Woodham
Julia WoodhamBSc. Physiology & Biochemistry - Anatomy and Physiology, Surrey
Julia is a yoga teacher and therapist who skilfully blends Yoga Therapy, Mindfulness and Ayurveda to help improve the physical and mental wellbeing of her clients according to their needs.
She has always had a passion for science and medicine and combines her interest in yoga and medicine with her belief that we can all do more to keep our bodies fit and well.
Siobhan Lappin
Siobhan LappinPranayama, Scotland
Siobhan has been a Yoga teacher over 20 years and is studying advanced Pranayama at the Kaivalyadhama in Lonavla, India.
As well as being an expert tutor of Pranayama she is also an Ayurvedic massage therapist.
Dale Spence
Dale SpencePranayama, Surrey
Dale is a British Wheel of Yoga qualified teacher and has been living with the principles of yoga practice for over 40 years, influenced by many traditions and people including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Scaravelli inspired, the Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga of Sadie Nardini, Pranayama with Philip Xerri and Yoga Philosophy with Peter Connolly and has spent time in studying and practising in India.
He is also trained in Naturopathy and Osteopathy through the College of Osteopaths in London.
Tony Young
Tony YoungChakra balancing, Energy Work, Kirtan Scotland and Surrey
Tony began playing music at the age of 6 and in his teens he became interested in meditation and mindfulness. Whilst studying for a degree in Bioscience at Oxford, he explored the Upanishads and various Buddhist and Christian mystic writings. He went on to live in a number of communities dedicated to the spiritual life and soon found music, mantra and sound a very natural way to balance and align the mind and create healing.
Sara Wallace
Sara WallaceNLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Surrey),
Clare Fulton
Clare FultonHands on Skills, Scotland
Clare is a CYS trained yoga teacher giving regular classes and workshops in Edinburgh.
She also teaches yoga’s sister science Ayurveda and how it can be relevant to relieve common modern-day complaints and have better energy, digestion and a healthy, vibrant life.
Trish Spence
Trish SpenceHands on Skills, Surrey
Trish is a CYS yoga teacher and holistic practitioner treating the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual dimensions of our lives. Her ethos is information, inspiration and self-empowerment.
She is a qualified ITEC and Massage Therapist specialising in CranioSacral Therapy (CST) and is a founding member of the Cranio Sacral Society.
Sarah Vaughan
Sarah VaughanAshtanga tutor, Surrey
Sarah qualified as an Ashtanga yoga teacher at Union Yoga in Edinburgh and has also trained with David Swenson. Her teachers have included Matthew Sweeney, Paul Grilley, Richard Freeman, John Scott and Donna Farhi and with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharat in London.
Sarah runs her own studio in Surbiton, The Yoga Hutch, which is a yoga community of shared energy and focus.
Judy Cameron
Judy CameronScaravelli-inspired Hatha Yoga
Judy is a midwife and yoga teacher who has practised yoga for many years and trained initially in South India at the Sivananda Vedanta Ashram in Kerala. She subsequently went on to train for a further 2 years with Janet Balaskas, Lorry Stirk and Yvonne Moore at the Active Birth Centre in London and gained a Yoga Teaching Diploma with the British Wheel of Yoga in the late 1990s. She teaches in an intuitive way based on the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli.
She is now Co-Director of the YogaBirth Teacher Training, Lead tutor for the Yoga Scotland Diploma in Edinburgh and a tutor for the BWY pregnancy and Postnatal modules.
Agracitta Brawley
Agracitta BrawleyIyengar Yoga Tutor, Scotland
Agracitta teaches at the Iyengar Yoga Centre in Edinburgh which was established in Bruntsfield 35 years ago.
He has been a certified Iyengar teacher since 1997 and gives tuition that is both precise, calming and focused.
Diane Sage
Diane SageIyengar Yoga Tutor, Surrey
Diane completed teacher training with Ruth White (taught by BKS Iyengar) in 2002. She also taught for Ruth on some of her residential retreats and Ruth introduced Diane to the Ishaya monks and initiated into meditation with them.

Diane also holds a teaching diploma with the British Wheel of Yoga and is a BWY Foundation Course Tutor. She continues to explore many different aspects of yoga as part of her ongoing training.

Joanne Ewen
Joanne EwenVinyasa Flow Tutor, Edinburgh
Jo practiced Pilates before obtaining her 200hr yoga teacher training through CYS in 2004. She teaches Gentle and Vinyasa Flow, Mums & Babies Courses and Ashtanga.
Jo maintains a regular Morning Mysore practice and continues her studies with many inspiring, International teachers when she can, including David Swenson, Lino Miele, David Keil, Kino MacGregor and Matthew Sweeney.
Lisa Marie Bertoni
Lisa Marie BertoniVinyasa Flow Tutor, Surrey
LM spent 8 years as a professional dancer, travelling all over the world.
After practicing yoga regularly, she found that it bought a significant balance, calmness and mindful reflection into her everyday life and as a result she pursued other forms of yoga to expand her experiences. She decided to take her yoga teacher training course with CYS in 2013 which has been one of the best decisions she ever made.
Lisa combines yoga teaching with choreography throughout Europe.
Mark Smith
Mark SmithBSc Hons Nutrition – Nutrition, Scotland
Mark has a BSc Hons in Nutrition and is a member of the Association for Nutrition the UK’s governing body. His focus is on providing guidance towards understanding about nutritious foods and developing better, life enhancing habits.
He is also an Ashtanga Yoga teacher in Edinburgh and Scottish tutor of trainers in Qigong for the Macmillan Cancer Support ‘Move More’ campaign.
Rosie Tamkin
Rosie TamkinDipION – Nutrition, Surrey
Rosie qualified as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner in 2006 with the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, the leading school for training nutritional therapists in Europe, and is a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy.

Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of optimum health and peak performance.

Alex Woodward
Alex WoodwardMyers Briggs, Scotland and Surrey
Alex has been working with CYS yoga for the last ten years – delivering Myers Briggs Type Indicator (personality profiling). Alex has extensive experience of using many psychometric profiling tools with individuals from a wide variety of industries and backgrounds.

Describing his time with CYS as ‘consistently, a highlight of his year’, Alex delivers MBTI across all three courses to enable students to gain greater self-awareness about themselves and others, ultimately supporting their development and personal effectiveness as teaching professionals.

Jan Moffat Osband
Jan Moffat OsbandAlexander Technique, Scotland
Jan is a fully qualified Alexander Technique teacher (MSTAT) and in addition is a swimming coach having trained in Total Immersion method.
The Alexander Technique is a way of training yourself to avoid strain and to minimise injury. It is particularly beneficial for, amongst other things, improving and enhancing performance whether musical, dramatic or sporting.
Kamal Thapen
Kamal ThapenAlexander Technique; Qigong and T’ai Chi, Surrey
Kamal Thapen has been a teacher of the Alexander Technique since qualifying in 2000 and has served as a Council member and Chair of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) in the past. He is currently a director of the Friends of Alexander Technique, the Charity for the F Matthias Alexander Technique and also a trustee of the Alexander Trust.
Kamal’s other interest is T’ai Chi: he was a founding member and Director for a time of The European School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan.
John Connelly
John ConnellyQigong and T’ai Chi, Scotland
John Connelly has been practising Martial Arts since 1986 and is a Registered Instructor with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain and a member of the British Health Qigong Association.
He also works with The Scottish China Education Network and The Confucious Institutes at Edinburgh and Strathclyde Universities
Kamal’s other interest is T’ai Chi: he was a founding member and Director for a time of The European School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan.
Dr Jacquie Chaplin
Dr Jacquie ChaplinNLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), Scotland

In addition, the weekend sessions are supported each month by 3 or 4 CYS teachers.[/fusion_text]