Summer extended Yoga practice

Location: Space six (6th floor), Commercial Union house, 39 Pilgrim St, Newcastle, NE1 6QE
Date: Saturday 20th July
Time: 10.15 to 1.00
Cost: £20.00

Yoga when done over a longer duration rather than the usual 60 to 90 min class length enables the practitioner to let go of  time constraints, go deeper and really absorb yourself into the practice. It gives the opportunity to experience some of the various layers of the body known as the ‘Koshas’ from the gross to the subtle and the combination of this has a powerful affect on overall well being enabling us to return to a more integrated sense of self as the senses are turned inward.

Suitable to those with experience the session will cover a broader range of Hatha Yoga techniques including breath lead posture session, cleansing techniques, Pranayama to increase/balance energy and Meditation to bring the mind to a place of stillness.

To book email hello@yoganewcastle.co.uk

Yoga retreat at Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan centre

Location: Purelands retreat centre, Kagyu Samye Ling, Eskdalemuir, Langholm, DG13 OQL

Dates: Friday 8th to Sunday 10th November.

Cost: £195.00 which includes your own single room, all Yoga sessions and delicious vegetarian meals.

Any cancellation within 5 days of the retreat there is only a 50% refund, please contact to book.

Come and enjoy a weekend of Yoga at the Purelands retreat centre set within the grounds of Samey Ling, the first Tibetan centre to be set up in the west in 1967. The weekend will be an opportunity to detach from the routine of everyday life, enjoy great food, company and absorb yourself in the joy of Yoga practice. There will be some free time Saturday afternoon to go for a relaxing walk by the river or around the grounds, chill in the Tibetan tea rooms, browse around the shop or simply sit quietly in one of the main shrine rooms.

Arrival time is for 6.00 on the Friday with a light evening practice/meditation followed by three sessions on Saturday comprising of morning, late afternoon and evening meditation practice. On Sunday there is morning and afternoon practice and retreat ends around 3.00. The retreat centre is a very peaceful environment to support your practice and the practice room over looks the countryside and has under floor heating.

The weekend is suitable to those with previous experience and is an opportunity to go deeper and we explore a wider range of practices including Asana, Pranayama, meditation and more.


A brief history of Yoga

Location: Kingston Park community centre, Brunton Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 2SW

Date: Saturday 28th September

Times: 10.00-4.00 with a break for lunch

Cost: £50.00

Contact to book – early booking recommended. Please bring a light lunch, Yoga mat/blanket and a cushion.

What exactly is yoga, and how did it evolve from transcending the world to a global industry worth billions of dollars? Join Daniel Simpson for a day of exploring where yoga comes from, and how practice relates to philosophy over time.

We begin with yogic traditions of ancient India, tracing their development through early Upanishads, the Mahabharata, the Bhagavad Gita, and their systematisation in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. We also see how ascetics from different traditions exchanged ideas.

Our second session focuses in depth on the physical practice known as hatha, which was influenced by Tantra and other ideas in the last 1,000 years. We consider the shift from seated meditation to more dynamic priorities, and see how this helped give birth to modern yoga.

Daniel holds an MA in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation, from SOAS in London. He teaches yoga philosophy for the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, at Triyoga in London and on teacher trainings. Find out more at daniesimpson.info