Meet the faculty

Madhura Bhagwat

Madhura has been on her yogic path for a little over 14yrs and primarily involved with teaching in yoga teacher training. Being born and raised in an Indian family exposed her to yoga philosophy, eastern psychology, ayurveda and mantra chanting at a very young age. Her primary focus has been to offer authentic Yoga and Ayurveda education in the most accessible way to suit a modern lifestyle while passing on the Yoga traditions in the purest form.
She holds experience as the director, course curator and educator of 200 and 300Hr YTTCs. Madhura is a highly respected yoga teacher trainer. Her classes balance contemplation with sweat, long – held asanas & a healthy dose of alignments. They are insightful, inspiring, challenging, energetic, functional and progressive as she weaves in movement, breathwork, chanting and primordial philosophical talks. Her passion for yoga traditions, profound knowledge, curiosity, humbleness, humour and deep connection with her students give her the ability to transmit the deepest scriptural teachings in a way that is clear, meaningful and applicable.
Her work is based on her inquiry into intuitive wisdom arts and focused at empowering her students with tools to develop embodied awareness to tap into all the felt sensations, untie and melt what is stuck within, allow discomforts to resurface and cultivate the art of embracing all that arises with compassion and courage. Madhura is also a yoga therapist, ayurveda consultant and educator and works mainly with women’s health and well-being. She practices what she preaches and emphasises on the importance of living yoga instead of practicing yoga. Studying with Madhura is an enjoyable and transformative experience.
She is a double bachelors in Politics and Law. As she continues her further education here in Edinburgh, she will also be the Head of Tribe Academy.

Emma Fraser

Emma started teaching kids yoga years ago, and this playful approach to the practice along with her comprehensive knowledge of anatomy makes her classes accessible, with a strong focus on safety and anatomy. With Emma you will discover the physical and physiological effects of yoga. Emma will teach you about the central nervous system and how conscious breathing and movement strengthens our nerve transmissions from the body to the brain, helping to decrease our emotional stress and muscular tension. Emma will introduce the history of yoga and how it has shaped our practices of today. This will encourage your depth of knowledge beyond asana, opening new doors within your yoga. Emma has also worked with yoga for pregnancy, and she will teach you how to adapt the practice to benefit mums to be. Emma is the Director of Operations for Tribe Yoga and also responsible for new teacher development, training and recruitment.

Tessa Tweedie

Tessa is our Yin expert at Tribe Academy. She has studied the practice of Yin for years and is known for her challenging yet calming intelligently sequenced classes. Tessa will introduce you to the foundations of Yin yoga. You will in this practice learn how anatomy varies, especially at the skeletal level. Instead of focusing on how the pose should look, we delve into functional alignment that everybody has, starting with yourself. This means each person can align his or her body to serve the functional intention of the pose. You will learn the different ways in which each pose is meant to stress, stimulate and stretch the bodies’ connective tissues. Tessa will also guide you through the art of hands on adjustments and how to use these in a safe and helpful way with your future students.

Dr Carrie McCrea-Routray

Carrie graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2004, completing GP training and gaining further qualifications in child, women’s and sexual health, before going on to complete Sports and Exercise Medicine training. With over 11 years of experience in high performance sport, Carrie has worked in a variety of sports settings including professional football, rugby, hockey and aquatics. She has a depth of experience working with athletes throughout Scotland and has developed special interests in mental health in sport, female athletes issues, anti-doping and yoga sports medicine. As a retired hockey player and trained yoga teacher, Carrie uses her professional knowledge and personal experience of sport to guide her medical teaching.

Dr Raj McCrea-Routray

Rajeev graduated in Medicine from the University of Edinburgh and is a recently retired cricketer. He has been practicing both General Medicine and Sport and Exercise Medicine for the past 8 years. His work ranges from youth development to high performance environments in a multitude of settings, including professional football, boxing, cricket and disability sport. He combines his unique knowledge as a yoga teacher, doctor and former athlete to his work and his teaching, thus providing a novel learning opportunity for students.

Dr Fiona Wilson

Fiona is a clinical psychologist with over 10 years of clinical psychology experience and the owner and practice director at The Edinburgh Practice.
Fiona has been present and supportive of Tribe Yoga and Tribe Academy since 2015 and now lectures on the 200 hour YTT programme. Fiona has a PhD in Psychology (University College Dublin) and a further Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (University of Edinburgh) as well as postgraduate training in Global Mental Health (Harvard University).
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