Linda Douglas is the founder of Inspiral Centre Ltd.
Linda (MSc, BA, TQFE ) works within education, has a background in social work (Applied Social Studies) and lectures in Psychology, Stress Awareness & Mindfulness, Child Development, Mental Health Issues and a range of health related subjects.
She has trained extensively in yoga and made her first trip to India in 2003, where she initiated her studies with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Ragaswamy. She is the 3rd teacher in Scotland to be authorised to teach Ashtanga Yoga by the AYI, Mysore.(www.kpjayi.org). She has studied in ashrams in the Himalayas as well as with international yoga teachers including Sri Dharma Mittra, Ana Forrest, David Swenson and Shiva Rea. She has also trained as a tai chi and qi gong instructor, motivated by her experience living in rural China.
She has worked with VSO rural China, Orphanages in Romania and India, NGOs in Moldova, Lithuania, Refugee centres in Antwerp and Scotland. Inspired by these experiences she intends to commence her PhD study;‘Yoga and destitute children – the effect upon stress and development – a cross-national comparison: India and Scotland.’ in the near future.
Commissioned work includes; the Open University, Yoga Alliance, Physiotools, Yoga Union (children’s yoga) and Government work. She specialises in writing course materials and welcomes collaborative work in this field .
Yoga Training - Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and Authorised Ashtanga Yoga Teacher (www.kpjayi.org)
Linda has trainined with some of the worlds most esteemed yoga teachers: Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois - Ashtanga Vinyasa Technique and continues to train with Sharath Ragaswamy and Saraswati. Edward Clark, Sri Dharma Mittra, Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest , Swami Mattah Chi, David Williams, Brian Cooper & Nawajyoti, Kino MacGregor, Danny Paradise, Debbie Mills, Manju Jois, Paul Grilley, Michael Gannon, John Friend, Venkatesh Yoga Charya & Acharye Hema, Mathew Sweeney, Claus Grzesch, Donna Fahri, Kristina Ireland, John Scott, Donna Holleman, Nancy Gilgoff, Kausthub Desikachar, David Wiliams, Richard Freeman, David Swenson, Sri Jayakumar Swamysree, David Roche, Hamish Hendry, Niranjan Das and mysterious encounters with swamis in Himalayan ashrams!
Linda teaches classes/workshops/teacher training on behalf of Inspiral Centre Ltd. Her teaching experience also includes Union Yoga, Dancebase and Kagyu Samye Ling Monastry all located in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. She is also interested in Sanskrit , Philosophy, Chanting (Dr Jayashree,Lakshimisa, Mysore), Acharye Hema. She has trained in teaching Childrens Yoga, and is currently writing materials for Yoga Union regarding this subject.
Linda has also trained in Herbal Medicine, attained Certificate at UEL (2007), Ayurvedic Medicine Course (2003) Dr.T.N.Manjunath, Dr.V.Nagaraj, India. She has also attends courses in Sanskrit and Chanting (Dr. Jayashree), Raw Food – Kate Woods. She is currently training for a Diploma in Botanical Illustration with the RBGE. She teaches flower painting (during retreats and workshops) and accepts art commission work. Linda is trained in Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Chi Yoga: 3 year training course (2003) and Chi-Yoga teacher training (2004).
Linda also attends meditation courses, retreats and teachings for her own self-developments. Her teachers include Ven. Lama Yeshe Losal (since 2000), Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche (since 2005 - whom died 2013), Clive and Ken Holmes, Harry Milward - Kagyu Tibetan Centre. She has received teachings from the honorable H.H. Dalai Lama & Sogyal Rinpoche (2004, 2011). She attends dharma with Professor M.A. Narasimhan and Dr. Jayashree whilst in India.
Her personal achievements include reaching Base Camp Everest 2008 (whilst experiencing altitude sickness and recovering from major surgey). She has performed dances: Trilogy (2009) Edinburgh Fringe Festival (rather exposing!), Oedipus Rex with the Canadian Opera Company, (2002) Edinburgh International Festival (as one of the Jocasta women!) and White Oak Dance Project (Mikhail Baryshnikov) International Festival (2001). She has also been fortunate (but not competent!) to attended dance workshops: Rambert and Nederlands Dans Theatre.