The studio is run by Cathy Moran from Ashtanga Yoga Glasgow and Gem Maryan from Gem Maryan Yoga. We both have a wealth of experience in teaching and practice. To find out more about the different styles of yoga we offer take a look at our 'Yoga Classes' page. For class times and pricing options please look at our 'Timetable and Pricing' page. We look forward to see you in the studio soon. If you would like to chat to us about the right class for you, you can contact us here. We also offer private 121 lessons / corporate yoga and massage, if this is something you would like to know more about you can find out more on each teachers website, the links are below.
Ashtanga Yoga Glasgow
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 over the years has taught many of the teachers currently working in and around Glasgow. She endeavours to teach with integrity, to share and pass this method on to others as it was taught to her, in an approachable, friendly and compassionate way.
Gem Maryan Yoga
I am an experienced yoga teacher and pracitioner based in Finnieston, Glasgow. I run Finnieston Yoga Shala with Cathy Moran from Ashtanga Yoga Glasgow. I started yoga in my mid 20’s. A year after moving to Scotland from the Middle East and not long after the birth of my daughter. The past 11 years I have dedicated myself to developing my own daily yoga practice and I became a teacher 8 years ago.
Originally I trained with Bikram and taught Bikram, Hot Vinyasa, Absolute Hot A and Yin. I discovered that Bikram was not enough for my body and I wanted to develop more strength, which led me to Ashtanga. I have been practicing Ashtanga yoga daily for about 6+ years and I also practice Yin yoga about x3 times a week to keep my body in balance.
I am a mother to my 16 year old daughter Farah. I teach workshops, classes in Ashtanga, Hatha and Yin as well as run the 50 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training for teachers and the 200 Hour Teacher Training in Ashtanga and Yin Yoga. I am also an Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Therapist and Reiki Level 2 practitioner.
I have trained with the following teachers: Bernie Clark and Diane Betts (Yin Yoga) / Harmony Slater, Philippa Asher and many others (Ashtanga Yoga)
Its always been yoga…..I have been practicing yoga, mainly a hatha style since my late teens and I came across Ashtanga back in 2015 and have been mesmorised by the practice ever since. I started to practice Ashtanga at the Yoga Shala with Gem and Cathy and this is where my passion for Yin Yoga developed. After practicing with Gem I completed her yin yoga teacher training and I have never looked back, both practices bring balance and peace to my life. I have also been very lucky to practice at the Shala under the watchful eye of Harmony Slater and Phillipa Asher and learn from their experiences of the practice.
I also practice advanced mindfulness and teach mindful movement for the Glasgow Mindfulness Centre in Maryhill. I am very lucky to now be teaching this in my day job to young people.
Nikki is one of our lovely cover teachers and will be covering Gems Yin classes whilst she is away from 21st November - 10th December 19
I have been practicing yoga for over 12 years and I still remember my first yoga class all those years ago, my Body was stiff and inflexible, I literally couldn’t even touch my toes! But after every class I was calmer more aware, I was content. I came to yoga for the physical practice, I wanted to be flexible and strong, what I found though was a better version of myself. Strength, balance, movement and breath are important to me and my own practice. I love to start my own practice and my classes with an awareness of breath, our life force. To unlock the mind we need to first understand the power of breathing. I will always encourage you to be aware of your breath as we move through the class linking movement with breath. I offer a energetic practice to my students bringing awareness to the energy pathways and the anatomy connected to the pose we are working on. The only way to find out the benefits of yoga is to come to a class, join me on the mat and we can start that journey together.