About me

My name is Ornela and I am a Level 1 (Introductory Level 2) IYENGAR® Yoga teacher based in Glasgow, Scotland. I have been teaching yoga since 2019. I started teaching in person to a small group of people when I was an Iyengar Yoga trainee, and for most of 2020 I have been teaching live stream classes. I thoroughly enjoy both ways of teaching as they both offer their own advantages.

My yoga journey started in 2014. After exploring different disciplines of yoga, from Hatha, to Vinyasa and Yin, I still felt something was missing in my practice and understanding of asanas. I decided to explore yoga on my own, when I ran into “Light on Yoga” a book by B.K.S Iyengar. The clarity, simplicity and preciseness of explanation of each asana prompted me to try Iyengar Yoga. And that was it, basically! After the first class of Iyengar Yoga I knew that was the discipline of yoga that I was looking for, as it perfectly fitted my body and mind.

The rigour of explanation and the way teachers conduct an Iyengar Yoga class very much align with my mathematical-oriented mind—by day, I am a Lecturer in Computing Science at the University of Glasgow—and being passionate about teaching in my profession, I decided to become an Iyengar Yoga teacher, by night. I have found many similarities in teaching yoga and computing science, and these two teaching disciplines have been feeding into each other.

Classes and Workshops

Class Timetable

General Level Classes • LIVE Stream on Zoom • Tuesdays at 17.30-18.45 (UK Time)

These general level classes are suitable for early-stage yoga practitioners ranging from complete beginners to those with a few years of experience.

Workshops

Summer Solstice Iyengar Yoga Workshop • LIVE Stream on Zoom • Monday 21st June 2021 at 17.30-19.30 (UK Time)

We’re going to celebrate the Summer Solstice and International Yoga Day with an Iyengar Yoga Workshop (lots of sweating!). The workshop is suitable for beginners and more experienced practitioners.

Price is £15 and booking can be made below, using the Workshop button.

Disclaimer

When participating in these classes there is the possibility of sustaining a physical injury. If you engage in these classes, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities and assume all risk of injury to yourself.

Booking

Use the following buttons to book Drop-in classes, Passes or Workshops.

Note

5-Class Passes will expire after 2 months starting from the date of purchase. Make sure you use your pass within that time.

If a class is cancelled, then payments will carry on to the next week or the class will be refunded.

Contact Information

For enquires contact me at my email address mail[at]yogawithornela.co.uk (by replacing [at] with @).

What is IYENGAR® Yoga?

Yoga is a friend to those who embrace it sincerely and totally. It lifts its practitioners from the clutches of pain and sorrow, and enables them to live fully, taking a delight in life. The practice of yoga helps the lazy body to become active and vibrant. It transforms the mind, making it harmonious. Yoga helps to keep one’s body and mind in tune with the essence, the soul, so that all three are blended into one.

Sutras II.46: sthira sukham āsanam - Āsana is perfect firmness of body, steadiness of intelligence and benevolence of spirit.

B.K.S Iyengar has developed a systematic method of teaching yoga, which is suitable for all, starting from complete beginners all the way to advanced practitioners. The emphasis of this type of yoga is on correct alignment of the body in space; extension and direction of the body and body limbs while going in, holding, and going out of an asana; holding an asana with steadiness and firmness (sthira) as well as harmony and delight (sukha). This last element has to do the more subtle actions and precision of asanas, which brings unification of body, mind and emotions.

An important part of Iyengar yoga is the use of yoga props such as blocks, bricks, belts, and chairs. While one can purchase these props, they could be easily replaced with home alternatives such as cushions, books and of course a home chair. Often, there is this misconception that such yoga props are to be used only when one is incapable of doing a certain pose because he/she is not “flexible” enough, or is old or in bad health, or has injuries. This couldn't be further from the truth: while it is true that yoga props are a great help in all the above scenarios—making Iyengar yoga inclusive to every body—yoga props in Iyengar yoga are a great way to gain deeper understanding of the subtleties of an asana.

Resources

  • IY(UK) Association for Iyengar Yoga in the UK & Republic of Ireland.
  • iYoga Glasgow A community of Iyengar teachers and practitioners based in Glasgow and around.
  • Iyengar Yoga Class Plan Generator This IY class plan generator was developed as part of an MSc project in Computing Science, at the University of Glasgow, which I supervised during the academic year 2019-20.

    Note: this tool is designed and developed with the Iyengar Yoga sequencing in mind. However, class plans are automatically generated and there might be sequences of poses that do not necessarily follow this yoga system.