Awaken the breath & increase energy with Yoga Pranayama

Location: North Shields, NE29 0LT
Time: 4.00-5.15pm approx
Dates: tba

This dedicated once a month class focuses primarily on breath work and is aimed at those who have an interest in learning Pranayama in a step by step way. The numbers are limited only to 5 and includes:

Techniques for developing basic breathing as a foundation.
Establishing rhythms and patterns of breathing for increasing lung capacity.
Some specific Asana’s which help with sitting and lung development.
Building to the classical Pranayama techniques.
The gradual introduction of Bandha (internal locks) to practice.

Please contact to reserve your place and full address for the session.

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


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.


Pranayama – the power to heal with Phillip Xerri

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

Date: Saturday 18th April 2020

Times: 10.00-4.00 with a break for lunch

Cost: £55.00

Early booking is recommended, please contact


About Phillip
Philip Xerri is one of the leading authorities on Pranayama in the UK. He originally trained with Swami Gitananda in Pondicherry in 1981 and has been teaching Yoga & Pranayama for over 30 years. In 2000 he devised and produced the Pranayama Foundation Course which runs as a Pranayama Module for the British Wheel of Yoga. This marvelous course is the culmination of decades of experience, practice, research and teaching of Pranayama. You can find out more about Phillip at yogaquests.co.uk

About the workshop
Prana is seen to be the core energy of our being: it is the ‘juice’ of life. Pranayama is the quintessential practice in Yoga whereby this energy is manipulated. Thus, Pranayama can be utilized as a powerful tool in self-healing. On this workshop we will explore this vast subject from four general directions:

Directional Healing
1. The Pranava AUM: a profound and beautiful practice that brings together the physical, the energetic and the vibrational into a whole-body experience.
2. The extension to this is Directional Healing wherein that vibrational energy can be directed to any specific part of the body.

Various Pranayama’s from the main texts of Yoga will be introduced and their therapeutic applications explored.

Rhythmical Breathing
Manipulating Prana with the introduction of particular rhythms.

Pranayama Kriyas and Mudras
Combining rhythm, movement, relaxation and visualisation to release deep seated tension in the physical and emotional bodies.