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Who We Are



Chairperson & Editor

Joy Charnley

In a former life, I taught French at university, but I now enjoy teaching, studying and living yoga and volunteering for YS. I particularly appreciate the opportunity to be in touch with and meet members of the yoga community in Scotland and beyond. Other favourite pastimes include reading, walking, cinema-going, travelling and sitting in and weeding the garden.


Events & Comms Co-ordinator




Kirsty Davidson

I also live in the Scottish Borders in Peebles. I completed my teacher training with Yoga Scotland in 2006 having also completed the YS Foundation Course in 2003. I was the admin for YS for 10 years so feel I have got to know a lot about the running and members of YS through the years.



Val Belk

I used to be a primary school teacher, but now I am retired I have more time to volunteer for YS and can bring to the Committee the views of ordinary members. I enjoy contributing to the work of the Committee in less public roles  such as organising insurance and posting out magazines. I have been practising yoga for many years and attend classes in Kilcreggan where I live.


Ongoing Training Co-ordinator





Judi Ritchie

I live on the southside of Glasgow and have worked for many years in the media. I completed my yoga Teacher Training through Dru Yoga, but enjoy being a member of YS and now I am working fewer hours I have time to give something back to the organisation.


Minute Secretary


Kate Reilly

Since 2010 I have served on the Executive Committee of Yoga Scotland as Minutes Secretary. I have been practising yoga for about twenty years and have done the Foundation Course, the Living Yoga Course and Teacher Training. I am currently enjoying the Introduction to Ayurveda course. Through the small contribution I make to the work of the Committee, I hope I am giving something back to the organisation I believe to be so very important to supporting and sustaining the yoga community in Scotland. I teach a weekly yoga class in the beautiful Borders village of Drumelzier and have a busy full-time job with the Scottish Schools Education Research Centre, where my role is to support teachers of biology from across Scotland in the delivery of the new curriculum.


General & Training Admin

Maria Rawlings


Training Co-ordinator

Elaine Samson

Ann H (2)

OGT Treasurer

Ann Hunter


Website Admin

Kirsty Davidson


PVG Officer (Protection of Vulnerable Groups)

Sn Bijam (Jenni Connaughton)