New Year Yoga Retreat
Saturday 28th December - Thursday 2nd January 2014
book a place£750 per person
Five days of Ashtanga Yoga led by Meri Erkkila and Nick Loening.
Winter festive retreat with hots tubs, sauna, big hot river baths, cosy wood stoves and wonderful artisan food. Arrive Saturday afternoon 28th December - depart Thursday 2nd 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, 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 oppurtunity of a guided primary series practice.
Three afternoon sessions led by Nick, 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.
10% discount for couples sharing a room.
Price includes accommodation in private rooms with amazing super king sized beds; full board; Yoga lessons; use of all ecoyoga facilities.
Meri Erkkila and Nick Loening
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."
Nick Loening has been practicing and teaching Yoga for over thirty years. He has studied both Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga. His personal Yogic journey has led him to many teachers spread over many continents including Derek Ireland, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Richard Freeman. In 1998 he founded the Yoga Centre in Edinburgh which introduced the Astanga system to Scotland. In 2005 he opened the ecoYoga Centre with his wife Rachel.
His style is pragmatic and enquiring. He believes Yoga is both a science and an art and constantly returns to the fundamentals of a Yoga practice.
Nick's classes are fun and light hearted. He puts a great emphasis on safe practice for beginners and carefully instructs on style and alignment of Yoga postures. Above all he strives to create space for individual development with gentle but challenging teachings.