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Yoga Training Centre

About Us

The Yoga Training Centre is run jointly by Mary Mackie and Lesley Isaacson who have built up a vast experience in over 30 years’ yoga teaching.

Lesley’s own personal yoga journey has involved teacher training with the British Wheel of Yoga, extensive work over many years with a senior Iyengar teacher, as well as training, workshops and serious study with teachers trained in the Krishnamacharya tradition, both in the UK and India.

Her unique style is to fuse these disciplines together in an eclectic approach, so that students can work at their own personal border.

Lesley seeks to balance, in any one practice, asana contrasted with stillness both within the asana and in pranayama and meditation. She believes that a focussed, disciplined asana practice can be experienced, hand in hand, with mental stillness and subtlety of breath so that the student’s whole being is involved. Each practice aims to explore freedom within asana and freedom from asana. Lesley hopes to share with students the breadth and joy of yoga, through asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting and silence, as a tool for personal development and self transformation. Lesley is a teacher trainer for the British Wheel of Yoga (, now delivering her 5th training course, and is a past Chair of the Education Committee. She infuses her lessons with her joie de vivre, enthusiasm and sense of humour.

Lesley was invited to participate as a teacher in the University of York randomised controlled trial on Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs and has consolidated her training with Alison Trewhela who wrote the programme.

Lesley’s spiritual development has been nourished by the practice and teaching of homeopathy for over 20 years as well as Buddhist meditation. A deep-felt understanding of what constitutes true health and the relationship of the individual to the universe forms the bedrock of both her yoga and homeopathic philosophies.

She studies extensively with Joseph Reves, one of the 21st century homeopathy masters and is on the register of the Association of Classical Homoeopaths.

Mary has twinned her nursing with yoga and whereas yoga was originally a support for her nursing practice this balance slowly changed so that now yoga is her main focus with her formal nursing career now in abeyance. She trained as a British Wheel of yoga teacher and also worked as an Active Birth educator and yoga teacher. Now a teacher trainer for the British Wheel of yoga she co-tutored (with Lesley) one of the first nationwide level 4 yoga teaching diplomas.

As a long standing member of the BWY she has served on both local and National committees. Mary has a strong background in therapeutics and is qualified as a yoga therapist with the YOGA BIOMEDICAL TRUST (YBT). She also teaches anatomy and physiology to student yoga teachers.

Mary teaches with emphasis on allowing the breath to lead the body in order to move and practice asana with innate body intelligence and integrity. The work of Vanda Scaravelli has been a huge influence. Mary has been studying with teachers in this style since the early 90’s and continues to explore ways in which the body and mind can find equilibrium through asana, pranayama, and meditation. Vanda used to say that ‘yoga is a body holiday’ – the body and mind are inextricably linked and Mary endeavours to show the truth of this in every session she teaches.

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