Cathy has been practising yoga since 1999. Although initially interested in various forms, she always found herself drawn to the strength, flow and discipline of the ashtanga system. A trip to Yoga Plus in Crete in 2002 (with teachers Pierre Seghir and Radha Warrell) ignited an ongoing dedication to Mysore-style daily practice, learning first with Alexander Medin at Yoga Place in Bethnal Green, and later with Hamish Hendry at Ashtanga Yoga London. Despite never having been a ‘morning person’ this daily ritual began to weave it’s magic – slowly bringing strength, clarity, peace and positivity, into an otherwise pretty chaotic existence! The practice was the catalyst for change in lifestyle too- from working in the busy London restaurant industry to becoming a full time massage therapist to eventually teaching yoga after moving to Glasgow in 2007.
In 2008 she made her first trip to The Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. Since then she has dedicated her life to the practice, study, and teaching of the Ashtanga Yoga Method, returning to Mysore regularly for extended periods of study with her teacher R Sharath Jois. In 2014 she received level 2 authorization to teach the primary and intermediate series. In 2016 she had the honour of assisting Sharath in the main shala.
Ashtanga Yoga Glasgow was born out of a desire to share the traditional Mysore method of Ashtanga Yoga as taught at the KPJAYI in Mysore. Starting with two mornings a week and just a few dedicated students, increasing gradually to 3, 4 and eventually 5 mornings, Cathy established Glasgow’s first morning mysore self practice programme 7 years ago and continues to teach every Monday to Friday today. She endeavours to teach, share and pass this method on to others as it was taught to her, in an approachable, friendly and compassionate way.
Gem started yoga in her mid 20’s. A year after moving to Scotland from the Middle East and not long after the birth of her daughter. The past 11 years she has dedicated herself to her practice and became a teacher 7 years ago.
Her yoga journey started with Bikram and then moved into Hot Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Yin yoga. She now practices Ashtanga 5/6 days a week and has a 3 day a week Yin practice. She is trained in Bikram, Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Yin Yoga.
An avid vegetarian and mother to her 16 year old daughter Farah. Gem spends a large part of her time teaching privately, creating personalised sequences and practices for her clients. She is also a Yoga Teacher Trainer. She leads workshops every month to help students continually evolve in their practice. She is also an Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Therapist and Reiki Level 2 practitioner. Gem has trained with the following teachers: Bernie Clark and Diane Betts (Yin Yoga) / Harmony Slater, Philippa Asher and many others (Ashtanga Yoga)
Check out her own website: https://www.gemmaryanyoga.com
Rose is an ashtanga yoga student and yoga teacher. She assists her teacher, Cathy Moran, on the early morning Mysore programme, and has a dedicated daily practice.
”I was first drawn to yoga to build strength to support my body, however it was the discovery of the ashtanga method that brought me the strength I needed to support myself, physically, mentally and emotionally. I like to incorporate elements of yin yoga to to my practice to help balance out the daily yang of life, and continue to study yoga philosophy to develop a deepening understanding of what yoga means beyond the asanas.
Outside of my ashtanga practice, I love experimenting with poses creatively and look to infuse my teaching with this playfulness. My classes are energetic, curious and fun, and aim to inspire strength and flexibility in the body and mind.”