We’re moving home – New Studio Launches 22-07-19
Classes will run as normal in City Wall House until 19-07/2019. New Studio location: 152 Battlefield Road, G42 7JT
The first ever Bikram Yoga studio in Scotland was in a two-bedroom flat in Glasgow’s Byres Road run by Steven Clark. People travelled from all over Scotland and queued up in the close to practice in a sweaty living room on the 1st floor. Bedrooms were full as people also lived there so people used to get changed in his hall, old skool! And so it began… In 2014 Linda and Louis Stewart opened Bikram Yoga Southside Hot Yoga Studio in Shawlands and now a new chapter is about to begin. You can follow the hashtag #bikrambattlefield for more updates on social media.
Linda’s background is in primary teaching and she still does some supply work. She has a degree in psychology and has studied anatomy at college. Linda has practiced Bikram Yoga since 2007 and completed her Teacher Training in San Diago Fall 2010 and co-founded Bikram Yoga Southside in June 2014 with her now hubby Louis. Her classes are fun, strong yet meditational and really inspiring.
“When we first got there, the place was an empty office shell. We designed the place from scratch and transformed it into a yoga haven. We put everything on the line and put our whole heart and soul into the place. It could not have been more worth it. I truly love what I do, love our studio, it’s community, the energy and love about the place. I love hearing the students’ stories and watching the practice change people’s lives.”
Previously a General Manager in Arnold Clark Vauxhall, Louis was with the company for ten years. Fed up of the 6-day week and the constant pressure Louis quit the motor industry this year. He now works as an international account manager with DHL. Louis completed his Inferno Hot Pilates Teacher Training in Malllorca this year. His classes are fun, fast and high energy.
“When we set out to build a Bikram studio one of the key factors for us was to nurture a yoga community. We feel we have now accomplished this and it’s growing all the time. Life is all about the people you meet and the experiences you have. It’s not always been sunshine in the garden, there have been tougher times when we wondered what the hell have we done! These have been far outstripped by the positive times. We wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Sport’s science graduate Gaynor Crawford, was sports coach for Stirling Council for 8 year. Living in Dubai 10 years ago she found Bikram yoga and completed her Teacher training in Dubai in Spring 2013.
“I taught and practised regularly till 8 days before I gave birth. I sincerely believe that Bikram massively contributed to my wonderful pregnancy and birth. Since my girl was born, she’s been so happy and content, sleeping 12/14 hours a night from week 5. I have no doubt my yoga has aided my entire venture into motherhood.”
Professional Dancer/ Choreographer Sara Gordon had recently been doing music videos and adverts for H&M, House of Fraser, Laura Mvula, Jungle, and Rae Morris. She practised yoga since 2003, graduated as a Bikram Teacher in 2011 and in 2015 became one of the founding teachers of ‘Fierce Grace Yoga’ a hot yoga system based on classic Hatha, Bikram and Ashtanga.
“My teaching style is always evolving. Three qualities I always convey in class are Sthira (steadiness & alertness), Sukha (comfort & lightness), and focus on the Breath.”
Photographer and film maker Fraz is a mentor in Shooters, a film making project that part of a Scottish children’s charity. He has worked as a documentary cameraman for the Spirit Aid filming their overseas projects in the Townships of South Africa and bush communities of Malawi. He also does independent videography work for the Conservatoire, Still Game and Barlinnie.
Fraz brings a unique energy, passion and compassion into the room. Don’t miss his classes for a dose of peace love and happiness
Sarah moved to Glasgow from Sweden a few years ago to study at the University of Glasgow, where she recently graduated with an M.A in Philosophy and Film studies. Her main research concerned the philosophy of mind, and the nature of consciousness.
Her interest in the essence of experience, introspection and the connection between mind and body attracted her both to the philosophy and practice of Yoga. She is excited to experience this trans-formative journey alongside her fellow students here at the studio.
Practicing GP Avi Sharma started Bikram in 2014 to help rehabilitate a knee injury. He completed teacher training in Thailand 2015
“Bikram Yoga helped me rehabilitate a recurring ligament injury and torn meniscus to my right knee. A combination of strength training and this yoga allowed me to cancel further keyhole surgery”.
I promise to bring a mix of Scottish, Welsh and Indian energy to my class. As a family doctor, I feel a wide variety of patients could really benefit from regularly practising Bikram Yoga.
Illaria went to Bikram Yoga teacher training in Spring of 2015. From there she continued travelling and teaching around the world. Starting in Brussels and Italy, Illaria has also taught in Thailand, Indonesia, California, Mexico, Africa, Serbia.
“I loved teaching from the first moment; the feeling of happiness that comes from seeing how this practice makes life better in all aspects for my students, not just on a physical level. It makes me proud to be able to help others. I try to give all of my passion to my students and I’m grateful to be able to help them change.”
Account manager Louise Gabrielle also works as a care worker, as well as helping her mum, with the family business. Their company Bunny&Co provides animal therapy for people with dementia and learning disabilities.
Passionate about herbal medicine and fundraising, Louise has done some really interesting things to raise money for good causes including; jumping out of a plane to raise money for Help for Heros and taking part in a charity boxing match for Cancer Research. She found Bikram Yoga in 2016 which she described as ‘medicine for her mind, body, and soul.
Louise completed her teacher training in 2017 with Fierce Grace in London and Italy and is passionate about helping others to experience the personal growth she has found through yoga.
“I am really excited to be teaching because I want people to be able to find their own strength and experience the immense healing that yoga has given me.
Psychology graduate and grandmother Anne Shankly works as a support worker and completed her teacher training in 2018 with Fierce Grace in London.
Anne discovered Bikram in 2016. It came as a shock on her first class that she could touch her toes, but with consistent practice, her strength and flexibility improved beyond her expectations. The most challenging aspect was the workout her mind started to experience:
“There’s something about standing sweating in what’s basically your underwear with 40 strangers that pushes you to become comfortable in your own vulnerability, no masks of clothes or makeup, just you, your mat and you’re perfectly, imperfect self.”