Our Teachers

Valerie Johnston, photograph by Kris Keziak

Val has been practicing Hatha Yoga from her 20’s, later on discovering  Ashtanga Yoga,  Aerial Yoga and Yin Yoga.

Her love was for the practice, the variety of styles and the idea at this stage, was to pass on this passion to her 3 young children, leading her to train with Rainbow Kids.   After being repeatedly asked to teach other children and their parents, as well as her growing interest of a yoga lifestyle,  encouraged her to  sign up to study her first 200hrs under Julie Hanson, with the intention to now share the benefits, following with a further 300hrs.

The following year saw her graduate as an Aerial Yoga Teacher and  was also the beginning of her Yin Yoga Journey, studying extensively towards her additional 300hr Advanced Yin Yoga Teacher Training, taking her training hours to over 1000. Val is on her second year of being Glasgow’s Sweaty Betty ‘Stretch’ Ambassador, enjoying collaborating with the Glasgow Boutique girls and this year has embarked on an extensive, long journey of yoga therapy study.

Over 6 years ago, she opened a beautiful little studio, Our World Yoga in Glasgow’s West End, growing organically, from word of mouth.

Ahimsa is at the heart of all her teachings and in Jan 2019 Our World Yoga offered other yogis the opportunity to study ‘The Power & Grace of Yin & Yang’, (Vinyasa and Yin Yoga Teacher Training) with this belief at its core.  The first 200hr Teacher Training course, filled up quickly, which commenced in January 2019, seeing 15 graduates taking their skills out into their communities, with a 300hr course scheduled for January 2021.

She runs busy retreats to the sunny Algarve, twice a year and has done for many years now…check out the retreats page, for more info…


Siobhan Fitzgerald

Currently on a degree in Pranayama and Yoga Therapy in India with my teacher and mentor of the past 15 years, I value all my experience in this field and am grateful I can help others do the same.  Teaching for over 20 years and at present in continuous Advanced Pranayama study at Kaivalyadhama.”

Siobhan  runs courses on  Pranayama, Indian Head Massage & other holistic therapies. Siobhan is also one of our guest teachers on our Teacher Training programme, covering Ayurveda and The History of Yoga.  Please keep your eye on events, Siobhan’s workshops and teachings are not to be missed.

Lee Sowerbutts

If you get the opportunity, you must come along to one of Lee’s suspension training classes at the studio, or one of his workshops on Health & Nutrition. His approach and the community he gathers is encouraging and supportive.  You just know you are in the right hands when Lee is about, he walks the talk and sees the picture as a whole.  His wealth of knowledge on anatomy, health and nutrition has been accumulated over many years of study and training.  Prepare to laugh, sweat and learn! – He’s not one of the West Ends most sought after Personal Trainers for nothing 🙂

Sandra has been teaching Pilates for many, many years, also a highly regarded Master in Tai Chi & Qi Gong.  On Sundays at 10am Sandra will guide you through one of the most incredible moving meditations, you will have ever have tried, Qi Gong. Sandra is also a dance choreographer, working with a group of amazing adults with disabilities within the community and bringing them to the stage at The Kings Theatre, every year to showcase their talents.  We are privileged to have her on board as part of the team.  

She makes you work hard at her 11am Sunday Pilates class but you will see results,  she’s a girl with a big heart and a great playlist.  No one ever regrets getting up on a Sunday for Sandra’s Qi Gong or Pilates Class (…and lets face it, you still get a lie in!).

Welcome to our newest team member….Jaclyn McCann!

I’m delighted to add Jaclyn to our team. Jac will be running heated evening Pilates classes this year. She is turning our Wednesday nights HOT! After completing her level 1 Inferno Hot Pilates Course, she has just flown back from sunny Palma with her Level 2 in her suitcase. We were the first studio in Glasgow, to experience Level 2, IHP and our verdict….we LOVED it! Jac has now graduated from our 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Programme, ‘The Power & Grace of Yin & Yang’, covering both Vinyasa and Yin styles of yoga.

I have practiced Yoga beside Jackie for probably over 6/7 years, we have kept each other going through several hot yoga challenges for charity. An amazing gal with wonderful energy…lets give her a big Our World Yoga welcome.

Introducing Rabin Panchkoty….where do I start!

Rabin brings his incredible healing energy to our studio and students, through vibrational sound baths/journeys, using handmade Nepalese singing bowls and gongs, made especially for him by Nepalese Monks.

Born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, his grandfather being a highly regarded local spiritual healer, from a very early age, was raised in an environment surrounded by traditional healing holistic techniques and therapies.

Since arriving in Glasgow in the 80’s with not a word of English, Rabin trained and became an expert in Martial Arts, competing in all major national tournaments including the world championship in Tae Kwon Do, as well as training further in Kyusho Jitsu. Rabin has also been teaching Shiatsu for over 11 years, he is also trained in Reiki, Reflexology and Indian Head Massage.

While working with energy, he was always drawn to the subtler aspects and embarked on the odyssey of training in Energy Healing.

Rabin is at present undertaking a 4 year training course in Postural Integration. As Rabin says, taking us beyond the chakras and energy fields. Rabin believes the body has an intrinsic ability to heal and everything we need is already within us.

Such a kind, warm, open spirit, a real blessing to have him as part of our team.

Rabin offers 1-1 sessions, you can get in touch with him privately on his webpage healyourbody.co.uk