Workshops / Retreats

Long Weekend Yoga Retreat at EcoYoga

Now sadly cancelled as ecoYoga is moving to a woodland near Edinburgh, which will reopen on the full moon of 5th May 2023!  

Thursday 22nd – Monday 26th April 2021

Come join me at wonderful Eco Yoga, a tranquil riverside retreat near Loch Awe on the west coast of Scotland. Delicious vegetarian food, bathing by the waterfall , morning and afternoon yoga and the joy of deep sleep in one of Ecoyoga’s divine beds make this a truly special place. I’ll be teaching yoga in the morning and afternoons in the gorgeous underfloor heated shala. It’s a great place for beginners to learn and as always, everyone is very welcome, especially anyone new to yoga.  Ecoyoga is a magical place !  

Any questions please get in touch with me or the staff at Ecoyoga .

Booking is with Eco Yoga

Previous Workshops :

One Simple Thing – a weekend workshop with Eddie and Jocelyne Stern

Friday 27th  – Sunday 29th September 2019

The Anatomy Rooms, Marsical College, Aberdeen AB10 1AP

We are honoured and thrilled to welcome Eddie and Jocelyne back to Aberdeen for a late September weekend workshop !

The weekend is for anyone keen on learning about and experiencing some of the practices of yoga, the science behind them, and why they are so effective for so many of us. Newcomers to yoga are most welcome.

Friday 27th September:

18.00 – 20.00 Welcome and lecture : One Simple Thing – The Underlying Mechanisms of Yoga

Saturday 28th September :

08.00 – 09.30 Led Primary Class 

10.00 – 12.15 Lecture : The Four Modes of Yoga

13.30 – 14.30 Meditation led by Jocelyne
14.30 – 15.30 Ganesh puja with group chanting and instruction

*13.30 – 15.30 is one session

Sunday 29th September :

08.00 – 09.30 Led Primary Class

10.00 – 11.00 pranayama and Q&A
11.15 – 12.00 Meditation led by Jocelyne

*10.00 – 12.00 is one session



Early bird £130 (paid in full by 1st June)

£30 single session ( 6 )

We have two scholarships for the whole weekend.  Do write to apply for one of these spaces generously given by a local long-time yoga student. Also special rates for students, u25’s, and anyone for whom finance is a genuine barrier to attending. Drop me a note,

About Eddie :

Eddie is a well known yoga teacher, author and lecturer based in New York, who’s approach combines the ancient philosophy and practices of yoga with a modern, scientific understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms that make yoga work. Eddie has run a yoga school in NYC for over 20 years, and has devoted his life to the study of yoga. He has studied Sanskrit and many of the scriptures of the Indian tradition as well as aspects of the the Indian and yogic culture. Eddie embodies the most authentic expression of how Indian thoughts can be relevant to our Western lives.

Eddie has published several books on yoga, including Yoga Mala and On Yoga – An Architecture of Peace.  In his new book “One Simple Thing”, Eddie reveals how what we do – from diet to chanting – affects who we become, and how a steady routine of activities and attitudes can transform our bodies, our brain functions, and our experience of life.

Eddie’s projects include Urban Yogis, a gun and harm reduction program in Queens, NYC and Breathe, Move, Rest, a public education health and wellness program. These projects bring yoga to prisoners, and to school children across the country. Eddie also released The Breathing App in 2018. More information on Eddie’s work, his schedule and new book ‘One Simple Thing, google Eddie, and look on and @eddiestern on Instagram 

 Finer detail on the sessions :

Friday lecture 18.00 – 20.00
One Simple Thing : New Findings In Yoga and Science

In this lecture, Eddie will discuss some of the underlying mechanisms of yoga that make it an effective practice for self-regulation, emotional regulation, and spiritual experience, highlighting specifically the effects of certain pranayamas and other yogic practices that are particularly powerful. Eddie will also be drawing from his new book, One Simple Thing, in which he examines a variety of scientific findings and yogic explanations that complement both an Eastern and Western approach to spiritual practice. Even after thousands of years, yoga continues to be an infinitely interesting and exciting practice and philosophy, never growing old, and always staying new. In this class we will look at some of the reasons why this is so. This class will include chanting, pranayama, and the lecture.

Saturday Lecture 10.00 -12.15
Feeling, Acting and Thinking: The Four Modes of Yoga

In this lecture we will discuss the four paths of yoga that represent the four basic ways that we interact with the world. Yoga at its core is the practice of knowing who we are on a deep level. The access we have to that inner knowledge gets cloudy because our minds are filled with thoughts, desires, confusion, conflict and regrets. Yoga provides remedies for all of these mental difficulties, which are reflected through the four paths, or modes, of yoga. In this class you’ll learn what the four paths are, how they apply to you, and what states of mind the four paths can help to soothe, so that you can use them to help strengthen your positive mental traits, and gradually diminish negative mental states. This class will include chanting, pranayama, and the lecture.

Saturday Ganesha Puja 14.30 – 15.30

Ganesh is the elephant-headed Hindu deity who is the remover of obstacles, and the giver of success for all new undertakings. This ceremony creates a feeling of joy and devotion, and creates a special sense of community and togetherness. Explanations into the meanings behind Hindu ritual, and how ritual has formed a part of the Hindu and Yogic tradition for thousands of years will be given by Eddie as we go through the steps of the ceremony, which will include group chanting and other offerings.

We can all bring either fresh fruits, nuts, or flowers, which we will offer to Ganesh during the ceremony.

Eddie on Puja :

“The idea is that the deity worshiping on the outside is none other than your own heart. And that feeling is a feeling of the connectivity – that I feel this thing inside of me but I can also connect it to the outside of me. Connecting to things outside of ourselves is very important, it is difficult to connect to ourselves, but it is easier to connect with ourselves and sometimes it is to connect with difficulties of the world. So if we establish these simple daily rituals of connectivity then the things in the world which are troubling to us might become a little easier to deal with. Maybe we get a better perspective about them or can try to do something about them.”

If you’d like to come along just for the Ganesha Puja, please join us !


Yoga and Ayurveda

with Christine Hoar

Sat 18th May –  Wed 22nd May 2019

Saturday 18th May :

8am – 10am : Led Primary with Breathing and Meditation Practices

10.30am – 12.00pm : Tristhana, Vinyasa and Shraddha

Sunday 19th May
8am – 10am : Intro to the Intermediate Series
10.30am – 12.00pm: Turning Within – Developing your own Practice of Meditation
Monday 20th May :
7am – 10am : Mysore style practise : begin your practise by 8.30am
11am – 12.30pm : Food as Medicine: Ayurvedic Principles of Diet and Nutrition
Tuesday 21st May :
7am – 10am : Mysore style practise : begin your practise by 8.30am
11am – 2pm : Ayurvedic Cooking Practical
Wednesday 22nd May
7am – 10am : Mysore style practise : begin your practise by 8.30am
11am – 12.30pm : Cultivating Joy and Peace – Yamas and Niyamas in Action
The whole intensive : £240
Individual workshops : £30
For booking, payment details and any questions, please message or email thankyou !
Scholarships are available for those who have a sincere interest in yoga and finance is a genuine barrier to being able to attend. Just write to me at

Christine has been a practitioner and teacher of the Ashtanga Yoga System for for over 22 years. From 1997-2014,  founder and director of Vermont’s only dedicated Ashtanga Yoga studio, Bristol Yoga. She now resides and teaches in Montauk, New York. Specializing in the integration of the Ashtanga system of asana with the principles of Ayurveda and the depth of Yogic philosophy, Christine offers students a unique perspective into developing a personal practice for a more joyful and vibrant life.

Christine is a certified Ayurvedic consultant and educator. As a teacher and practitioner, she is devoted to creating health and inner peace by fostering a sense of interconnectedness with each other and with our natural environment.

When you study with Christine, you will find yourself engaged with a teacher that integrates mindfulness and humor, strength and fluidity, alignment and intuition. Christine is passionate about the teachings, and brings a gentle, compassionate, and light-hearted, yet powerful, hands-on approach in the classroom.

Christine is blessed and authorized to teach by her guru, the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore. She graduated from Amherst College with a degree in Biology. Christine also completed post-graduate studies at the Kripalu College of Ayurveda in Lennox, MA, and the Dixit Clinic of Ayurveda and the Mumuksha School of Ayurvedic Massage in Mysore, India.

Sarah Hatcher, my teacher and director of the Mysore program at Meadowlark in Edinburgh  :
“I met Christine in 2004 when she came to Bozeman, Montana for a workshop. I liked her expert instruction and knowledge of breath and bandha; her teachings made a huge impact on how I continued to practice no matter what was going on in my life. Christine was the first person to share with me that practice was about breathing and moving; finding ease and meditation in the smallest or biggest of practices: it didn’t need to be big to be special.”
Don’t miss a great opportunity to study with one of the most highly respected and knowledgeable Ashtanga yoga teachers and Ayurvedic specialist.’

Weekend workshop with Christine Hoar

September 15th and 16th 2018

A wonderful opportunity to practice and learn with Christine who also specialises in Ayurveda , the sister science of yoga.

Sat 15th Sept 2018:

8-10am : Guided Primary Series Class

10-11.30/12 : Basic Pranayama ( Breathwork )

Sun 16th Sept 2018:

8-10am : Mysore Assisted Practice (Sarah Hatcher also assisting)

10-11.30/12 : Talk – Intro to Ayurveda


Yoga with Sarah Hatcher
Friday 4th – Sunday 6th May 2018

• Light Asana, Pranayama, Chanting & Meditation 5.30pm – 7.30pm.

• Mysore : times soon! finish your practice by 9.50 or earlier
• Pranayama, Chanting & Meditation 10am – 11am.

• Mysore : times soon ! finish your practice by 9.50 or earlier
• Pranayama, Chanting & Meditation 10am – 11am.

⁃ £60 for all 3 classes
⁃ £25 per class

Sarah is a truly dedicated yogi devotedly sharing the practice of yoga with a depth of knowledge gained from many years of disciplined practice, continual learning and clear teaching. Sarah is my teacher and wonderful friend !
If you would like to come along, please let me know as soon as you can.

Thankyou !

Yoga with Sarah Hatcher
Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd December 2017

• Light Asana, Pranayama, Chanting & Meditation 5.30pm – 7.30pm.

• Mysore : begin your practice between 8 and 8.30am.
• Pranayama, Chanting & Meditation 10am – 11am.

• Mysore : begin your practice between 8 and 8.30am
• Pranayama, Chanting & Meditation 10am – 11am.

⁃ £60 for all 3 classes
⁃ £25 per class

Sarah is a truly dedicated, disciplined yogi devotedly sharing the practice of yoga with a true depth of knowledge gained from many years of practice and learning. I hope this will be a joyful and heart warming weekend of practice, community and shared love of the yogi life.
If you would like to come along, please let me know as soon as you can.

Thankyou !

Saturday 30th September 2017  is the annual coffee fundraising day in the UK for #macmillan. We will do yoga first, then coffee (tea too) ✅
8.30am – 10.00am yoga
10.00am -11.00am coffee
Regulars, resumers, beginners all warmly welcome. Just show up or better still let me know if you plan to come to yoga or coffee or both. Macmillan will receive our donations.💚

Saturday 8th April 2017
Eddie Stern
Led Primary Class and Lecture

An amazing opportunity to practice and learn with Eddie, an educated, practiced and wise yogi !

8am- 10am      Led Primary Class £30

10.30am – 12   Lecture £30

Lecture : Yoga and the Nervous System

According to the earliest references of Yoga in the Upanishads, the purpose of yoga is to steady the sense organs, and move our awareness inwards towards Self-knowledge, rather than towards the ever enticing and changing objects of the world. In this lecture we will look at an overview of the presentation of the nadis, the different types of nerves, according to Yogis, and their corollary systems according to Western medicine. These two complementary systems are very important for maintaining health, homeostasis, our ability to listen and communicate well with others, and find a sense of peace within our own nervous system. The lectures lead toward an understanding of how some of the most inner benefits of asanas, pranayama, and chanting are actually activating our nervous system in profound ways.

Eddie Stern is an Ashtanga Yoga teacher, author, and lecturer. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Please email me on to book.

Payment by bank transfer, cheque or cash.
And please do drop me a note if you’d like to come along and would appreciate a concession. That’s fine!

Thankyou and I hope you can come along.




Saturday 14th January 2017

Yoga and Brunch

9am – 12 noon


Yoga with Mo, followed by a delicious and nourishing winter time brunch from Simona, made lovingly with locally grown and seasonal food. Good meals help keep us well, peaceful and facilitate strong immunity.

please book and pay in advance, thank you