Testimonials from our Students
“I came to Edinburgh in 2006 and was looking for an Iyengar studio. I knew about the traditional Bruntsfield centre but was keen to find something smaller, where classes focus on more individualised teaching. This is the case when you enter Yoga Stable and are lucky enough to be taught by Anna Maria. For those of us who are stiff in the back and hips, the rope classes offer a great opening and I find the practice of partner work suits my learning style. I highly recommend this studio for anyone on their yoga journey.”
Great classes and teachers
“I have been going to Yoga Stable (mainly Annamaria's classes) since it opened first as a beginner but now level 2. I have arthritis in many joints and the teachers have been so helpful working with my body that I am amazed how much I have improved, there is compassion there - I get it every week! There are cheaper classes in Edinburgh but you get what you pay for, in this case highly skilled teachers and a friendly small class. So don't be put off, it would be a shame if you missed out on Yoga Stable.”
Perfect for absolute beginners and stiff...
"I have been attending classes here since the studio opened, so over time, I have been taught by most of the teachers at least once. The teachers are all certified Iyengar teachers and therefore have an excellent understanding of both yoga and anatomy. Between genetic stiffness and decades of bad postural habits and desk jobs I was in very bad shape when I started yoga. After starting with astanga I tried Iyengar, and found the modified positions and props slowly opened and realigned the problem areas that were causing me so much pain. This studio was designed from scratch to be an Iyenger studio, with a fantastic range of props for people like me who will never be as nimble as a ballet dancer. The small studio size means the class numbers are also small, which allows each student more personal attention from the excellent teachers. The light and airy feel of the studio encourages the mind into relaxation mode. I always recommend the yoga stable to anyone I meet who is thinking about taking up yoga."
Serenity of mind
“Yoga Stable teaches in the Iyengar tradition which emphasises precision and alignment in the poses. One of the fundamental principles of Iyengar yoga is that beginners can learn and benefit from the poses when they are taught carefully and mindfully, using props if necessary. The method teaches students to work gently and respectfully with their own limitations. I have been going to Yoga Stable classes for two years and I find it a welcoming and peaceful place. The studio is a sun bathed attic room in a mews lane, (velux windows at their best). The place is well named: literally a former horse stable in Montgomery Street Lane, now a studio to foster and encourage physical and mental stability. I appreciate the luxury of having every type of prop you can imagine - bolsters, blankets, chairs, blocks, bricks, wedges, sandbags, ropes. You don't get this range of equipment in the church-hall classes, or the commercial gyms. When you have stiff hips of concrete like I do, the props make a huge difference, especially for a beginner to yoga. The class sizes are limited to 12 which means that you get so much more individual attention from the instructor. My practice has improved noticeably because of this. Annamaria, my instructor, has been practising yoga for nearly 20 years. She just recently completed a three year course in remedial yoga, or how to teach yoga for those with injuries or chronic medical conditions. She has been sharing her insights with us as she worked through the course. She travelled to India last year to study with the Iyengars and our classes were all the more interesting because of that. She is a very experienced and patient instructor and after 2 years of her classes, I finally managed a head balance for the first time in my life! I look forward to my classes there. Let your mind go quiet.”
Friendly and welcoming
“I'd highly recommend Yoga Stable for anyone who wants to learn Iyengar-style yoga in Edinburgh. Classes are friendly and welcoming, in a small studio, clean, bright and well-equipped. The teacher is skilled, energetic and encouraging. Classes are full of variety, with a good mix of physical work and yoga philosophy.”
The nicest place…
"...I have found to do yoga so far. It’s very friendly and the studio upstairs is very restful, with lovely windows and aid ropes for Iyengar yoga. Classes are on the expensive side, but are usually kept quite small.”