Meet our Yoga Teachers

At Yoga Stable, we are honoured to work with such talented, qualified, experienced, knowledgeable and inspiring teachers and therapists. Find out more about the comprehensive Training our teachers undergo or read on for each yoga teacher’s biography.

Annamaria Sacco, Yoga Stable Director

Annamaria SaccoAnnamaria started yoga in 1991 and holds a Junior Intermediate Level 3 Iyengar Yoga Certificate. She has studied with several senior and advanced Iyengar Yoga Tutors in India and France, as well as training with the Iyengar family in Pune. Annamaria undertakes annual professional development studies with Firooza Ali, one of India’s leading Iyengar Yoga teachers and a philosophy tutor.  Annamaria also completed a three year course looking at how to work remedially within the context of a general class, enabling her to accommodate students with injuries or chronic medical conditions within a class setting. Teaching some of the weekly Yoga Classes, she leads  Pregnancy Yoga , Baby Massage courses, Post Natal classes and is available for One-to-One consultations.

In addition to her professional Yoga work, Annamaria completed her foundation year in Core Process Psychotherapy with the Karuna Institute, Devon, in 2010. She has also been working with the biodynamic system of Craniosacral Therapy for many years and is currently studying with the College of Cranio Sacral Therapy in London to become a cranio sacral therapist.

Aside from Yoga, Annamaria is a 5 Rhythms dancer, loves writing, sings, adores theatre and poetry, walks in nature with her dog and is the mother of two wonderful children.

“With a life full of beauty and many challenges, had it not been for Yoga, I am certain I would not have had the resources to deal with it all. Yoga continues to give me awareness, peace, acceptance and the willingness to see the learning opportunity in whatever comes my way, however difficult it may be and be able to pass it on. My gratitude for this can hardly be put into words.”

 

Our Yoga Teachers (in alphabetical order)

Agata Saltonstall

Agata Jedynak“Yoga brought together a few scattered pieces in my life.” For most of her life Agata trained as a dancer, so was used to intense physical practice. Having grown up in a Buddhist family and left the nest, she was missing the spiritual element.

“My interest in natural medicines drew me to yoga, which combines the physical and the spiritual, uniting all layers of being.”

Agata finds the variety of Iyengar Yoga, together with the aspects of precision and focus it possesses, very fulfilling. She first joined Yoga Stable as a student in 2006 and became hooked on the freshness and joy she felt after class. Qualifying as a Beginners 2 teacher in 2011, she enjoys learning from inspirational Inyengar yoga teachers and the Yoga Stable students as she continues on her yoga journey.

“As my practice has progressed, yoga has become a journey to join parts into whole, first on a personal level and then beyond the boundaries of self.”

Claudia Cotronei

Claudia CotroneiClaudia started yoga in 1987 and took her Introductory Certificate in 1992. She studied with international senior teachers and attended conventions with B.K.S. Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar. She attended classes with teachers visiting from India and Europe and took her Intermediate 3 Certificate in 2003. She has been teaching yoga and Italian in Edinburgh and Rome for the last 23 years.

"I moved from Rome to Edinburgh in the late 1980s and in many ways the Edinburgh Iyengar Yoga Centre became my adoptive home. There I found the friendly support and the warmth I was missing from Italy. I am very grateful to have met and studied there with so many talented and inspiring teachers.

At the time my English was not very good and I could not always understand what the teacher was saying. This meant that I simply had to “copy” the pose and find a way to make it look good, without any mental analysis distractions . Later, perhaps because of that, I developed the skill to communicate simply and effectively with my students. When I am told I am a “natural” teacher, I think students appreciate my awareness of other’s needs and the flexibility to adapt to individual abilities. I try to maintain a beginner’s mind and a warm approach when teaching and find I am always learning from my students.

I could hardly function without yoga and my lovely daughter Chiara, as they both give me roots , meaning and purpose of life."

Claudia
"The progress will come only if one goes on practicing. If the practice is not there, stagnation sets in and we will be carried away by our intellect power- and at the moment there is intellectual power- it is nothing but ego cult.
So practice, practice, practice alone makes the intelligence to be humble"
BKS Iyengar

 

Kate Murdoch

Kate MurdochQualified in 2011 as an Iyengar yoga teacher (Beginners 2 Level). Kate's interest in yoga was first sparked as a teenager, reading a book her parents brought back from their honeymoon in India in the 60s. She began attending yoga classes in 2000 and her first class left the impression that she had been introduced to something very special.

“Ever since then its effect on my life has deepened. What began as a physical endeavour has become a way of life; a whole approach to life. It amazes me still that what starts out as ‘a stretch’ can lead to such a deep sense of being at home within yourself, to an acceptance of the here and now and an expanding belief in life.”

Following completion of a Hatha yoga instructor’s course in India, and teaching back home in Edinburgh, Kate began Iyengar yoga in 2006 to deepen her understanding of the precision in the asanas. As both a student of esteemed Iyengar tutors, and as a teacher herself, Kate is passionate about the process of learning. She is extremely grateful to Iyengar’s detailed approach, which has really helped Kate to understand the asanas - where to let go, where to maintain strength and how the different parts of the body are connected, such as the ripple effect of working in one area of the body, which in turn benefits the rest of the body.

“This exploration fascinates me, and the part which delights me the most is the sense of calm and wellbeing Iyengar Yoga has brought to my life.”

Liz Ballantyne

Liz BallantyneLiz holds a Junior Intermediate Level 3 Iyengar Yoga Certificate, has recently completed training to be an Iyengar teacher trainer and is a Teacher Assessor for the Iyengar Yoga Association. Liz has studied with many senior and advanced Iyengar Yoga Teachers from India, Europe and the UK and has completed a three-year course which looks at how to work remedially within the context of a general class and One-to-One, enabling her to accommodate students with injuries or chronic medical conditions.

Liz began practicing yoga in 1976:

“In those days I was living in the country with a young child and yoga was the only local evening class. My interest grew and after a few years I found myself drawn to the Iyengar system, because of the emphasis on detail, correctness and absolute safety.
At first I was attracted to the health benefits of yoga, but gradually the philosophy and underlying principles found their way into my practice and my life. I never cease to wonder at the profundity of yoga, which is a truly holistic method of self culture.”

Since her first trip to attend a teacher’s intensive course with BKS Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar in Pune, India, in 1991, Liz frequently returns to Pune to take courses taught by the Iyengars. In her classes she aims to share what she has learned and to help each person individually to develop both the physical and the mental benefits that yoga can bring.

“Yoga asanas penetrate deep into each layer of the body and ultimately into the consciousness itself.”
BKS Iyengar

 

Maureen Clarke

Maureen ClarkeMaureen started yoga in her early twenties, initially to fulfil a gap left from doing ballet into her late teens. Rapidly she realised that there was much more to yoga than just the physical side.

She began training to be an Iyengar yoga teacher with Bob and Kathy Welham in 1977 and has been training with Elaine Pidgeon, Director of the Edinburgh Iyengar Yoga Centre, since 1989. Maureen now holds her Junior Intermediate Level 3 Iyengar Yoga Certificate and has had the privilege of being taught by the Iyengars in Pune. Over recent years she has studied with Rajiv and Swati Chanchani at their Iyengar centre in Rajpur and has been very fortunate to be able to study with Firooza Ali at the Yoga Stable annual Retreat in Fife. In 2008 Maureen also completed a three year course on working remedially with yoga, enabling her to accommodate students with injuries or chronic medical conditions.

“I am very grateful for all the teaching and knowledge so generously given by these senior teachers.
During the years of being a fulltime working mother, yoga sustained me and was a rock in the juggling act of motherhood and work. It brings a sense of peace and balance to my life.
Yoga still surprises and fulfils me. It is wonderful to be able to share my enthusiasm through teaching and seeing the positive changes in students.”

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