Rhona MacLean – Gyrotonics Teacher
Clinic Hours: Sunday – Friday
Sun-Thurs 8am-8pm by appointment only
Gyrokenesis Class Monday 13.00 – 14.00
Rhona Maclean is the founder of Edinburgh Body Tonic and a certified GYROTONIC ® instructor. Originally from the Highlands of Scotland, Rhona is a trained ballet dancer who studied at Ballet West and graduated in 2001. She went on to have an international career as a professional dancer before falling ill with the rare neuromuscular illness myasthenia gravis and autoimmune Graves Disease, which left her unable to continue her dancing career.
Rhona became interested in the Gyrotonic method of exercise and began having sessions herself. She’s very aware of the positive effect the Gyrotonic method has on her health and now uses it as remedial tool to maintain her excellent health and general fitness.
Rhona was so enthusiastic about the amazing benefits she found from Gyrotonic exercise that she trained as an instructor in New York and San Francisco. She has previous experience teaching in other studios and is now delighted to be opening Edinburgh Body Tonic.
As a former ballet dancer, Rhona has an in-depth understanding of the body and is perfectly placed to craft Gyrotonic sessions to help clients get exactly what they want from their sessions. She’s absolutely passionate about the remarkable benefits of the Gyrotonic system for those of all backgrounds, abilities and needs.
Rhona very much looks forward to welcoming you to her peaceful, private studio.
Kat Aydin – Yoga Class Teacher and 1:1 Private Yoga Teacher
I am a qualified Yoga teacher with over 500 hours of training in different styles. I currently teach Vinyasa Flow, Gentle Yoga, Yin, Restorative, Prenatal Yoga and Yoga for Absolute Beginners. I have an extensive background in various dance styles having run a successful dance studio for 15 years. Incorporating Yoga practice into our classes helped my dancers improve their flexibility and reduce the pain caused by intense dance competitions. After witnessing the results, I fell in love with the therapeutic powers of Yoga and its non-aggressive ways in which it can help anybody, on any level.
As a founder of Pay it Forward Scotland, I collaborate with many local charities and together with my amazing yoga community I organise fundraising events around Edinburgh. I was teaching Restorative Yoga to cancer patients at Maggie’s Centre Edinburgh for over two years, and a Women-only Yoga class at Edinburgh Women’s Aid for women who are at risk of domestic abuse. I am currently teaching Yoga at Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Unit at Western General Hospital.
Fay Denwood – Yoga Class Teacher
Fay has been practicing yoga for 8 years with it increasingly becoming more of a part of her daily life until taking 200 hours teacher training and beginning teaching this year (2018).
With a background in dance, Fay enjoys fluid and dynamic practices that really assist in opening the body and these are the kind of classes you can expect to find her teaching, hopefully with a bit of fun along the way. Fay has also worked in healthcare for over 10 years, and in combining these two areas of knowledge, Fay has a good understanding of the physical body and how yoga and meditation can improve overall health and peace of the mind. Off the mat, she can usually be found out and about stargazing and connecting with mother nature.
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Joanna Bednarek – Kundalini Yoga Class Teacher
Joanna got introduced to Kundalini Yoga in 2015 and very quickly realised how this dynamic blend of physical postures, breathing, movement, meditation, mantra and relaxation, brings balance to the body, mind and soul.
In 2017 Joanna decided to deepen her own practise and signed up for 220-hour course Aquarian Teacher Level I with the Jivan Mukta Academy. After she became qualified, she started teaching regular classes at OMH Therapies on Monday evening.
Kundalini Yoga, known as the yoga of self awareness, is an uplifting practice that helps us to work through and release any emotional blocks, stress and post trauma that is stored in our bodies.
With a background in complementary therapies and over 10 years’ of extensive training in Germany, Poland and the UK, Joanna believes in holistic approach to health and well-being. She truly sees Kundalini Yoga as powerful tool to clear the subconscious mind and any blockages preventing us from being healthy, happy and holy.
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Louise Nimmo – Yoga Class Teacher
Trained in Italy, now based in Edinburgh, Louise teaches yoga to help people realise their own strength, both mental and physical. No matter where you start from, you can always take baby steps towards where you want to be or how you want to feel – practice and habit are key! Through carefully planned sequences of moving, breathing and stretching, in Louise’s classes you will gradually build strength and flexibility while regularly letting go of tension in the body. Over time, this has the ripple effect of shedding unnecessary mental baggage and stress.
Through her classes, Louise also hopes to inspire people to to become kinder and more loving towards themselves and others. Exploring the connection between your mind and body; that you are whole and complete without anybody else; noticing that you can just let go of most attachments and feel free and take the reins of your own body, thoughts and actions – these are just some of the ways in which yoga can transform your life. In short, to feel more connected, staying true to the meaning of the word yoga, which is “union”.
Maggie McGeever – Yoga Class Teacher
Maggie is a yoga teacher & life coach who believes in large-hearted living. She has always loved to move, dancing a lot as a kid and teen before first starting to practice yoga at University just under 20 years ago.
In 2006 she qualified as a personal performance coach, and in 2014 qualified as a yoga teacher, gaining her 200 RYT from Classical Yoga School. Since then she has completed further study with various teachers in particular Elena Brower & Clare Gates-Sjöblom with whom she is currently completing a further 200 hour Chi Therapeutics training.
Maggie is passionate about yoga being available to many, not just the privileged few. She sees it as a route through which we all have the capacity to not only improve our physical health, but to find crucial moments of stillness and brighten our inner light. In classes there is a strong focus on self-compassion and the power of our breath, as well as an encouragement to enhance the way we view ourselves and the world around us. Through focusing on these elements, she hopes the benefits of yoga will extend beyond the individual in class to create a positive influence on the wider world.
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Rosina Weightman – Yoga Class Teacher
I have been practicing Iyengar Yoga for over 30 years. I teach yoga because I want to share these benefits with others and because it provides me with a constant challenge to marry this amazing eastern philosophy with my own very Scottish (dour/cynical) background. In the early years I practiced yoga to cure sciatica. It worked! It was difficult to find the discipline for regular practice, but whenever I missed a few classes the pain would return. So this very mixed blessing got me started. Soon I started to explore the wider mind, body and soul aspects of yoga incorporating regular meditation and pranayama into my practice. I have taken numerous courses and retreats over the years to develop my knowledge and skills around yoga including the SYA Foundation course and Yoga Teacher Training at the Santhi Institute in Kerala, India (IYA). I look forward to meeting and teaching you.
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Esme Lopez – Yoga Workshop Teacher
Esme is originally from Madrid (Spain) but have lived in Scotland for half of her life so she considered herself half Scottish, helped along by the fact that her husband and 2 children are most definitely Scottish.
Esme is a very embodied yoga teacher, she has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching since 2008. She runs her own Vinyasa yoga classes around Edinburgh, teaches privately as well as corporate classes. At OMH she runs Yin Yoga Masterclass and Myofascial Release Workshops monthly as she feels her therapeutic approach to yoga is best way to assist her students to relax and nourish the body.
As well as yoga Esme is also a Reiki Master, a Bach flower practitioner and a Kineseologist. She runs Yoga Retreats in Scotland and in Spain and she is available for hire.
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Maggie Rouxel – Yoga Class Teacher
Maggie has been teaching yoga since 2004 and is qualified to teach therapeutic yoga, which aims to protect bone density, build muscle strength, improve posture and increase flexibility and stability. Classes might work on specific aspects such as chest opening or on health concerns such as back pain or shoulder issues. Maggie previously worked for a large corporate and found her yoga practice very beneficial for her health. She also believes yoga is a good complement to all sports. Her classes, which include breathing exercises and relaxation as well as asanas (postures), accommodate different levels and amounts of yoga experience in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
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Allanah Langstaff – Yoga Class Teacher
I’m Allanah, the founder of Rogue Yoga and I have been practicing yoga for over 7 years and am a RYT200 Yin Yoga Teacher having trained with Chi Therapeutics in Edinburgh.
Yin yoga for me is the perfect antidote to a busy, active lifestyle and career in television production. It’s like giving yourself a full body massage and my shoulders are always much more level after a class. My classes are ideal for everyone, whether it’s your first session on the mat or if you are a seasoned yogi looking to slow down and find your stillness
Rogue Yoga was founded to create a carefree space to practice yoga. Here you won’t be judged if you can’t touch your toes, like to snap an Instagram pic of your toes on the mat at the start of class or even decide to spend the majority of class in Savasana. What happens in Rogue Yoga stays in Rogue Yoga. All I ask is that you treat your body and yourself with kindness.
We live in a busy complex world, so for 60 minutes at a time shrug off the outside world and melt onto the mat.
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Keira Hodge – Yoga Workshop Teacher
Caroline McIntosh – Yoga Workshop Teacher
Gary Young – Mindfulness Coach
Gary is the founder of The Mindful Enterprise CIC, a social enterprise launched in 2017 to help tackle the rising problem of mental health issues. The enterprise delivers mindfulness and well-being training to the business sector and uses the profits to deliver subsidised mindfulness training to the education sector and deprived communities.
Gary is a mindfulness and well-being coach and facilitator, providing courses for individuals here at OMH. He also provides 1:1 well-being coaching sessions.
Prior to moving into well-being, Gary spent over 20 years in the corporate world before a dedicated journey of healing and self-development where he explored reiki, theta healing, transformational breath, yoga and shamanic healing. In 2015 he began his journey with mindfulness and has trained to teach through the Mindfulness Association.
Gary believe’s passionately in the power of mindfulness to optimise health and wellbeing, boost performance and unlock our innate human potential.