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New Year Yoga Retreat

Monday 29th December - Saturday 3rd January 2015

book a place£850 per person


New Year Yoga Retreat

Five days of Ashtanga Yoga led by Meri Erkkila and Laura Grace.

Nick Loening will be teaching yoga philosophy and theory in the afternoon classes along with some restorative sessions.


Winter festive yoga retreat accompanied with our natural spring water spa facillities including hot tub, underground sauna, hot wild river baths, cosy wood stoves and wonderful artisan food.

Arrive Monday afternoon 29th December - depart Saturday 3rd January lunchtime.  


Absolute beginners will learn the essentials of Ashtanga Yoga  - a flowing Yoga practice and the more experienced Yogis will benefit from dynamic postural work of the primary series.  


Morning class: "The Primary series". Guided by Meri and Laura, will offer step by step instruction, building a series of postures into a flowing sequence of Yoga and breathing. Absolute beginners will be taught safe practice and breathing - working towards a state of deep relaxation. Whilst those with more experience, and ability, will have the opportunity of a guided primary series practice.


Three afternoon sessions will be an open workshop for Yogis of all levels delving into the fundamentals of Yoga and including safe asana technique, alignment and form, as well as the why we practice and what health and spiritual benefits accrue from the study of Yoga. Nick Loening will be teaching yoga philosophy and theory.


10% discount for couples sharing a room.


Price includes accommodation in private rooms with amazing super king sized beds; full board inc all meals; Yoga lessons; use of all ecoyoga spa facilities.


Travel: we offer a pickup service from Glasgow direct by minibus to the ecoYoga Centre. The pickup is at 14.00pm (on the day the retreat starts) from Glasgow Central Train station and 14.30pm from Glasgow International airport. Drop off (on the day the retreat ends) is at 12.00 noon at the airport and 12.30 at the train station. Cost £30 each way. 


Meri Erkkila and Laura Grace

Meri Erkkila and Laura Grace

Meri Erkkila has been practicing ashtanga yoga since 2004. She was introduced to ashtanga by her teacher Ilpo Koponen in Finland who inspired her to practice every day. Seeing the benefits of daily practice to the body and mind has motivated her to keep going with ashtanga and to share the practice to willing students in her own teaching. She has studied adjustment techniques intensely with Ilpo in Finland, Dan Burt in Newcastle and Manju Jois and Nancy Gilgoff.


"What I love about my work is seeing students change and advance in their practice like I have done (and still do) in my own. I have come to realize over the years that there is more to being healthy than the absence of illness. Ashtanga gives me a feeling of complete well being. The time I spend on the yoga mat in the morning, possibly the best time of the day, prepares me for whatever the rest of the day brings. Wherever I am in the world, the practice sees me through the best and worst in life. That is all I could ask for."



Laura Grace started her Ashtanga journey in 2008 having done yoga on and off since the age of 14. She travelled to India to practice yoga in its homeland in 2010 and spent 4 months of hard graft at Ashtanga Auroville with the wonderful Monica Marinoni. She then went to Sri Lanka to practice with Kathy Cooper. She returned to Europe and completed her Teacher Training at Ashtanga Yoga Paris with the inspiring Gerald Disse and Linda Munro. She then landed in the beautiful rolling Devonshire hills in the UK and continued her training with the knowledgeable and wise, John Evans, who she highly values as her main teacher.

Maui called her and she went to train for 3 months with Nancy Gilgoff immersing herself in the second series and attentively learning from one of the most senior teachers in the lineage. Nancy was the first western woman to learn the Ashtanga practice and was responsible for bringing it back to the west. Laura has studied in depth with Nancy and continues to advance her knowledge so that she can teach in a way that respects and follows the traditional Ashtanga Yoga Practice.

 It was also on Maui that Laura met Meri and how they ended up teaching together at EcoYoga.