Julie Hanson, Director of Yoga Instruction, has worked in the fitness industry for 40 years has taught yoga for more than 20 years. She has an extensive set of yoga teaching credentials including the 200 & 500 E-RYT. Her experiences are deep as she has worked with or studied under many of the most influential yoga teachers globally, such as Shiva Rea, David Keil, and John Scott. She is an advanced yoga anatomy practitioner, a long time studio owner in both the yoga and fitness spaces, and she is a founding partner in yoga teacher training schools in Scotland, England, Finland and Spain. Within this system she has trained over 1600 teachers over the past 17 years. One of the first people to bring aerobics to Scotland in the early 80s, Julie has a reputation as being Scotland's celebrity trainer as she has collaborated on video-based fitness projects with presenter and actress Carol Smilie (notably Changing Rooms), and amongst her many clients are actor Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting), singer Jim Kerr (Simple Minds), actor David O’Hara (Braveheart), and broadcaster Kay Adams (BBC Radio). Over the years she has made many TV and press appearances for notable brands such as Nike, Reebok, and most recently as a brand ambassador for Lululemon. Along with her work teaching yoga to the public and teaching new instructors, she also shares her yogic knowledge with the world through authorship. She has written three books. Energy in Season and Seasonal Yoga (both with Sue Woodd) provide a holistic lifestyle approach to yoga for the masses. The third, Deconstructing Yoga (with Lon Kilgore PhD), provides a step-by-step, detail-by-detail method of learning and teaching yoga postures intended for higher education but written to be accessible to all. She has also written pieces for numerous yoga trade publications such as the Yoga Journal.
Professor Lon Kilgore, Director of Education & Student Experience, has been an innovator and contributor to the evolution of the fitness industry and a leader in educating those who work within it for decades. A fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and an active member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, he had a 20-year professorial career in international higher academia (USA, UK, IRL). His lifting and coaching career traces back to the iron plate days of the very early 1970s where he mixed with and learned from the likes of Bob Hoffman, Marty Cypher, Bill Starr, Russ Knipp, Carl Miller, Dan Cantore, Bud Charniga, and other Olympians and Olympic coaches. He has coached, as primary coach or consulting coach, some of the best lifters and cyclists in the world and has taught many of the best coaches and trainers in 46 countries in the classroom, professional seminars, or online. His experience spans garage gyms, university athletic programs, and the United States Olympic Training Center. He might be best known for his work with Mark Rippetoe as concept originator, co-author, illustrator, and book designer for “Starting Strength” and “Practical Programming” (first and second editions) but he is also highly regarded in the Crossfit community, creating a significant percentage of the underpinning literature included in their accredited trainer education programs. He co-created the Basic Barbell Training and Exercise Science specialty seminars offered through CrossFit in the mid-2000s. Presently he writes and illustrates anatomy, physiology, and teaching methods content for the Essentials section of the CrossFit website. He has also created and delivered fitness vocational-education courses used by colleges and universities in the USA and UK, as continuing education for several fitness certification organizations, and as recognized continuing professional education credit for secondary school physical educators in the USA. His personal experience in sport includes competing in weightlifting and powerlifting, earning national and international medals across a continuing 40+ year career. He has also earned national rankings in track & field and Crossfit. He regularly supplements his multi-sport training with yoga (and has done so since his introduction to Lilias Folan in 1973). Yoga is a critical element providing development and support of the mobility needed to compete at high levels and to maintaining health (physical and psychological). He further expanded his knowledge and skills in Yoga through a Scottish government funded business development project with Julie Hanson, and through their subsequent and continued collaborations, including their book Deconstructing Yoga.