Mother of two, Erika Tourell has been teaching yoga for over 15 years and working as a holistic massage therapist for over 20 years. She is presently studying cranio-sacral therapy and chi nei tsang – a deep abdominal massage which is a form of Taoist healing. She also holds a passion for singing/chanting/voice-healing and has been studying Hindustani vocal training with a senior Indian teacher for the last year.
From 1992-95 she lived in Thailand and India studying meditation, Buddhism, yoga and shiatsu. It was during that time that she first discovered the delights of a disciplined daily self-practice. On her return to London she studied with a senior Iyengar teacher and in 1998 began a 3-year teacher-training course with The British Wheel of Yoga.
Since she qualified, she has received instruction from many renowned teachers including Clive Sheridan (Hatha), Shandor Remete (Iyengar and Shadow), Tias Little (Hatha/Iyengar), John Scott (Astanga), Danny Paradise (Astanga), Shiva Rea (Vinyasa flow), Gurmukh (Kundalini) and more recently, Alaric Newcombe (Iyengar). She has also been greatly inspired by Amritananda Mayi (Amma) and Krishna Das in Bhakti yoga (the path of devotion} and she acknowledges her two daughters as her greatest teachers on the path of Karma yoga (selfless-service) and is constantly inspired by their natural joy and zest for life.
Erika teaches a dynamic Vinyasa flow class integrating her experience of Iyengar, Astanga, Hatha and Kundalini yoga by emphasizing awareness of mind, body and breath, whilst focusing on correct alignment.
Though yoga makes our bodies stronger and more flexible, Erika feels that yoga’s greatest gifts lie in helping us to heal on the inside by helping our minds to become more peaceful and by opening our hearts to grace. She aims to provide a safe, nurturing environment to allow her students to develop their own understanding of yoga in an enjoyable way.
Erika teaches regular, weekly classes (including pregnancy yoga and mummy and baby yoga ) at The Life Centre Notting Hill, Triyoga Primrose Hill, Triyoga Chelsea and BodyWorksWest Notting Hill, all in London and runs workshops and yoga retreats in the UK and abroad. She also sees clients privately for yoga and massage therapy in the London area.
If you are a new Mum or a second or third time Mum, be kind to yourself and book a Mamaheaven retreat. The first time I went, I was so exhausted I was just grateful for the creche so that I could have some time to myself. Actually, I really enjoyed the yoga and came away so energised that I began to think that it wasn't just more sleep I needed but more yoga. I went on a second retreat because I wanted someone to look after me for the weekend. It is my idea of a perfect weekend: delicious and healthy food, an amazing massage, loving ladies to look after me and my baby and morning yoga to get me going, all in a beautiful countryside setting. I came away feeling very loved and nurtured as a mother. It certainly made me feel happier and more loving towards my family when I got home.
— Samantha Walker , Kent