ELYA‘s purpose is to encourage members of all levels, from beginner to very experienced, to deepen their knowledge, practice and enjoyment of yoga. Membership of ELYA is open to all who pay the modest annual subscription of £6 (as at March 2016).
We do this by arranging day and half-day seminars around 4 times a year with guest tutors either local to Scotland or from further afield. We use Wester Hailes Education Centre on the outskirts of Edinburgh for the majority of our seminars, although due to maintenance we are using alternative venues in 2017. Our philosophy is to promote the practice of yoga in the widest sense – postures (asana); breathing practices (pranayama); relaxation and meditation practices – skillfully woven together by our guest tutors to illustrate a theme that usually has an aspect of yoga philosophy at its heart. There is also the pleasure of spending a day practising in the company of like-minded friends and, of course, the famous vegetarian lunches provided by Wester Hailes Education centre (included in the price for full day seminars but not for half day seminars or seminars at other venues). In the last four years, we have taken to suggesting a theme for the whole year and we invite our guest tutors to illuminate the theme from their own perspective. See Events for further details of scheduled seminars and directions to the venues.
Attendance at an ELYA full day seminar is worth 5 CPD or OGT points for yoga teaches requiring these.
ELYA dates back to the mid-1970s, please see our History page for further information. It is run by volunteers who make up the Committee, willingly contributing their time for the benefit of our members. See the ELYA Committee page for details of the committee.
ELYA is a registered Scottish charity – Number SC002987