Caroline Toshack

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Caroline entered her first yoga class 10 years ago, somewhat reluctantly. She was sure she wasn’t into yoga, but agreed to give it a go. As she was guided to notice her breath and her body, she felt a profound change within herself and left feeling calmer than she had in a long time. Yoga turned out to exactly what she was needing: a safe place to sit with herself, and her feelings. Over time it helped her to finally and fully recover from many years of eating disorder behaviours. She believes that yoga can teach us so much about ourself and how we relate to the world around us, enriching our experiences and relationships as a result. “It’s all there in the practice if we tune in. It’s my job as teacher to hold a safe space and facilitate that connection through postures, energy and breath”

Caroline loves to teach to teach hatha, yin and gentle flow yoga. She also works with individuals to help them find their way through chronic pain and emotional stress and specialises in supporting those who are experiencing disordered eating. 

Caroline teaches Hatha Yoga classes on Fridays from 07:00 - 08:00 with Beetroot Sauvage Wellness Centre.


Angie Lake

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My practice deepened as I recovered, slowly but surely, from alcoholism. The asana practice, regular meditation and the study of Patanjali’s Sutras have given me a gift for which I am eternally grateful. My classes are suitable for anyone who wishes to begin yoga or deepen an existing practice. I like to think that my classes are infused with warmth and humour and they are always based on my favourite word, kindness. My style is Vinyasa flow but I incorporate breath work, meditation and relaxation. With two teenagers, a fun loving husband, a mad dog and a wise old cat at home, life is certainly never dull!

Angie teaches Teenager Yoga on Thursdays from 16:45 - 17:45 with Edinburgh Community Yoga at Beetroot Sauvage Wellness Centre. 


Jane Mann

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Jane is a Forrest Yoga teacher and Bodyworker based here in Edinburgh. Jane’s yoga classes are authentic, fun, usually with loads of laughter, and sometimes tears! Forrest Yoga gets specific when working with injuries, and develops deep breath and connection to feeling. 

 

Jane teaches Forrest Yoga Beginners on Thursdays from 10:00 - 11:00 with Beetroot Sauvage Wellness Centre.


Eva Alberiche

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Eva started her journey with Yoga in 2008, attending weekly classes to unwind from the corporate lifestyle in her hometown of Barcelona.

In 2011 in Edinburgh, she started a two year, 500 hours Viniyoga teacher training following the teachings of of Krishnamacharya and his son Desikachar. Viniyoga methodology provides multi-layered, developmental practices for the healthiest and most athletic student, as well as gentle therapeutic practices for students with health issues making it uniquely suited to meeting the needs of any individual or group.

Since then has not stopped studying in order to improve her teaching skills and knowledge, branching out to explore many inspiring traditions. Her classes are the result of her eclectic and varied experience.

Eva teaches Chair Yoga on Wednesday from 14:00 - 15:00 with Edinburgh Community Yoga at Beetroot Sauvage Wellness Centre. 


John Arthur

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John is a yoga lover and life coach who has been a community worker for 30 years. He is 22 years in recovery and first came across yoga through an Edinburgh Community Yoga Outreach class. He recently travelled around the world and spent much of it learning and practicing yoga with yoga communities and teachers in many different countries. His passion is in making yoga more accessible and relevant to working class men in Scotland and he has recently set up the social enterprise Yogrow to combine his love of life coaching and yoga. He is also a passionate golfer and singer but thankfully his lack of skill at both, has very little impact on his enjoyment of these pastimes.

 

John teaches Addiction Recovery Yoga on Mondays from 17:00 - 18:00 and Community Yoga on Fridays from 18:00 - 19:30 with Edinburgh Community Yoga at the Beetroot Sauvage Wellness Centre. He also teaches a Men’s Yoga class on Tuesdays from 19:15 - 20:30 with Beetroot Sauvage Wellness Centre.
 


Laura Wilson

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Laura is the founding director of Edinburgh Community Yoga and is a Minded Yoga Therapist (2016, 500 hrs.) and experienced yoga teacher (2012, 200hrs). She also has a Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree from London Contemporary Dance School. Laura works therapeutically both in groups and one to one with a particular interest in trauma informed yoga within forensic mental health settings. Laura also presents and lectures on the importance of body/mind practices for stress management and trains yoga teachers interested in working in outreach settings. Alongside her outreach work Laura also loves to teach Vinyasa flow and is also a qualified yoga for pregnancy and kids and family teacher. “For me yoga in all its forms is about building a deeper and more compassionate relationship with yourself. I love the way the combination of mindful movement, breath and meditation can take us into a place of healing and I never tire of exploring the possibilities that offers us."

 

Laura teaches Vinyasa Yoga on Tuesdays from 17:45 - 19:00 with Edinburgh Community Yoga at the Beetroot Sauvage Wellness Centre. 


Penny Horner

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Penny Horner specialises in yoga for women. In addition to her ashtanga based general teacher training, she has specialist training in pregnancy yoga (from Yogamama in London) and has also trained with Uma Dinsmore Tuli in ‘womb yoga’. She herself found yoga to be very beneficial in her own pregnancies and in giving birth to her daughters. She has been teaching pregnancy yoga in Edinburgh for 3 years.

Penny teaches Pregnancy Yoga on Wednesdays from 19:15 - 20:15 with Beetroot Sauvage Wellness Centre.


Vasiliy Demchenko

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Throughout his yoga journey, Vasiliy has come to deeply appreciate the mental, emotional, and physical benefits of meditation.  Over the years, he’s deepened in gratitude and respect for both stillness and introspection. Having studied various meditation traditions, he now focuses mostly on Buddhist methods from the Theravada tradition augmented by his studies of cognitive neuroscience. 

One of the co-founders of Just Sit, a community of meditators who meet weekly to discuss and share tools to overcome challenges in their meditative journey, he intends to offer Beetroot Sauvage as a space for people to come and have a discussion about meditation and to practice as a community.  

Vasiliy leads Meditation classes every Thursday from 08:30 - 09:30 with Beetroot Sauvage Wellness Centre.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Hughes

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I began yoga with my mum aged 16 to help me through a challenging teen period and have been enjoying my practice for over 20 years, teaching for 12 and am a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals. I qualified as an Anusara Inspired Yoga Teacher in 2005 with Bridget Woods-Kramer and learnt a lot about alignment and bio-mechanics from her. In 2009 I met John Scott, I still study with him and completed his Ashtanga Teacher Training. Over the years I have enjoyed learning from many great teachers from different asana and pranayama styles, I enjoy teaching gentle and restorative classes as well as more dynamic styles and welcome complete beginners as well as seasoned practitioners to my classes.

My Vinyasa classes have a different focus each week, from the bio-mechanics of back bending to subtler work on the breath. This way students learn to practice intelligently and pain free, gradually cleansing their bodies, supporting their nervous and immune systems and quietening the mind whilst building strength and flexibility.

Amy teaches Vinyasa Yoga classes on Thursdays from 18:00 - 19:15 with Edinburgh Yoga Community at the Beetroot Sauvage Wellness Centre. 


Dawn Findlay

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Dawn’s style is diverse, mindful and encourages you to get to know yourself better.  It's an ever evolving style influenced by the many teachers she has trained with.  Often taking traditional poses but working with them in a way based more on functional anatomy. The whole time of course working with deep breaths.

 

Dawn teaches Move, Revive, Restore Yoga on Tuesdays from 10:00 - 11:00 with Beetroot Sauvage Wellness Centre.


Kat Scott

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I came to yoga during university, originally giggling my way through a few wobbly classes at the gym, but eventually coming to realise how great I felt after each class. After years of daily self practice at home, I completed my Yoga Teacher Training in South India. My training was deeply grounded in the long lineage of Hatha Yoga in India, and provided me with invaluable teachings in this ancient practice. I have combined this interest in the traditional aspects of yoga with my desire to provide an accessible and relevant practice that suits the needs of the modern yoga practitioner.
I am passionate about the power of self practice, and wishes to instil within students the foundational structures they need to continue and grow their own practice. I believe that yoga has the power to bring strength and calm to our lives, both on and off the mat, and I aim to provide an inclusive and accessible space to explore our bodies and breath. My classes are upbeat, fun and designed to help you learn more about yourself and about the practice of yoga.

 

Kat teaches Beginners Yoga on Mondays from 18:15 - 19:15 and Hatha Yoga on Mondays from 19:30 - 20:30 with Edinburgh Community Yoga at Beetroot Sauvage Wellness Centre. 


Lorraine Close

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With a background in nursing in a wide variety of settings including working in a maximum security prison in Glasgow and 2 years living in India, Lorraine has developed a strong awareness of the connection between emotional and physical health. In 2006 while travelling in South Asia Lorraine began practising yoga and meditation regularly. Since moving to Edinburgh in early 2012 Lorraine has developed a committed Ashtanga practice with consistent teachers. Lorraine has never forgotten that going to a yoga class can be an intimidating experience. With this in mind she takes a friendly approach to teaching, encouraging students to allow yoga to fit their bodies rather than make their bodies fit yoga postures. Her main focus is to give students the opportunity to experience the positive effects of connecting the mind and body through the practice of yoga.
Lorraine believes that the opportunity to try yoga should be accessible to everyone; this belief has fuelled her interest in yoga outreach; particularly in working with adults affected by stress and anxiety, addiction and complex PTSD. She holds a 200 hr Teacher Training certificate from CYS Scotland. She has completed training with the Minded Institute in Yoga and Mindfulness for Addictions and  a 40 hour CPD workshop on Trauma Informed Yoga practices with David Emerson from the Boston Trauma Centre. Lorraine currently teaches medical students clinical skills and resuscitation at the University of Edinburgh Medical School and teaches a variety of yoga classes and stress workshops for NHS staff, the recovery community and other mental health settings.

 

Lorraine teaches Women's Trauma Informed Yoga on Thursdays from 19:45 - 20:45 with Edinburgh Community Yoga at the Beetroot Sauvage Wellness Centre.


Marie-Anne Marten

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Marie-Anne is the owner and founder of Beetroot Sauvage. She became interested in yoga 10 years ago during her first pregnancy, as a way to relax and connect with her body.

Having explored different styles and developed a personal daily practice, she undertook a kids yoga teacher certification with Toni Westaway with the aim to bring yoga to her own two sons and other primary school age children. Marie-Anne has been teaching kids yoga classes in Edinburgh since 2017.

“In yoga, it is important to feel like a child, experiencing postures as if they were new each time, feeling each moment as if it was the first time. I am passionate about helping children to keep relying on their innate sense of wonder and I love giving them tools to deal with the world they are growing up in.” - Marie-Anne

Marie-Anne teaches Children Yoga on Wednesdays from 15:45 - 16:30 with Beetroot Sauvage Wellness Centre.


Nina Romijn

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After moving to Edinburgh in 2015, I started to deepen and increase my yoga practice as a way of engaging with the community and grounding in a new home. During my teacher training with MUDRA Yoga in 2017 I discovered my love for sharing this practice with others, and I always intend for my teaching to be empowering, inspiring and explorative, creating a fun and accepting environment. I love how yoga can give a vibrant embodied experience while still expressing intention and thought, and my practice and teaching is grounded in yoga philosophy.

 

Nina teaches Vinyasa Yoga on Mondays from 10:00 - 11:00 with Beetroot Sauvage Wellness Centre. 


Sarah McCaffer

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Sarah’s yoga journey began when she started dropping into a local yoga class as an escape from difficult times. Being so inflexible Sarah found the classes so physically challenging but immediately felt a mental clarity she had never experienced before. Sarah fell in love with how she felt during and after yoga; strong, confident, content and compassionate toward herself. Yoga became an essential part of Sarah’s life and feeling she wanted to delve deeper, and learn more about yoga, she enrolled in yoga teacher training at CYS Scotland. Sarah now holds a 200hr Teacher Training certificate and loves teaching Vinyasa Flow, Hatha yoga and Yoga for Sports. Sarah is passionate about movement, mindfulness and health, and how yoga can help affect real change in people’s lives. She believes everyone can enjoy, explore, and benefit from a yoga practice. Her classes are aimed at exploring yoga with ease and a smile, in a supportive and encouraging environment, finding flexibility in the mind and space in the body.

 

Sarah teaches Morning Vinyasa on Wednesdays from 10:00 - 11:00 with Beetroot Sauvage Wellness Centre. She also teaches Gentle Flow on Wednesdays from 12:30 - 13:30 with Edinburgh Community Yoga.