A warm welcome to the home page of Edinburgh & Lothians Yoga Association


ELYA‘s purpose has always been to encourage members of all levels, from beginner to very experienced, to deepen their knowledge, practice and enjoyment of yoga.

We have done 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 used Wester Hailes Education Centre on the outskirts of Edinburgh for the majority of our seminars, although due to maintenance have had to use alternative venues in 2017.  Our philosophy has been 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 vegetarian lunches provided by Wester Hailes Education centre have always had their own high reputation.  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.

As the latest newsletter explains (available on this page to the right), the Committee, very sadly, took the decision to dissolve ELYA following the AGM in February and subsequent communication with our members – we have been hanging on for 5 years now, struggling to recruit new volunteers to the Committee with numbers attending at seminars steadily declining. All of those on the Committee have done their very best to keep ELYA going and we are proud that we are one of the last remaining local associations in Scotland, most of the others having folded.  We still have 2 events to go, in September and November and want to celebrate that ELYA has been going for 42 years rather than focusing on it’s dissolution.  We would also like as many members as possible to join us and we thank all who have been involved and attended ELYA events over the years.  See Events for further details of scheduled seminars and directions to the venues.

Membership of ELYA is open to all who pay the modest annual subscription of £6 (as at March 2017).

Attendance at an ELYA full day seminar is worth 5 CPD or OGT points for yoga teachers 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