In 2008, Eric experienced his first Yoga Nidra meditation at a teacher training in Toronto, Canada. Immediately after the meditation, he felt a deeper sense of peace than he’d ever felt before and intuitively knew that Yoga Nidra was going to be a part of his future practice. Xenia Spawlinski, the teacher that led this meditation became Eric’s first Yoga Nidra teacher for the next couple of years. In 2010, Eric relocated to Hamburg, Germany where he introduced Yoga Nidra into yoga classes and students loved it. He then grew the audience by guiding Yoga Nidra at events at schools, businesses and yoga conferences. In 2014, Eric attended a Yoga Nidra Teacher Training with Jennifer Reis of the Kripalu Institute, a respected Yoga Nidra expert. During this time, Eric deepened his personal Yoga Nidra meditation practice, his understanding of this ancient art and refined his ability to create and write Yoga Nidra scripts for various audiences. With this, he has to date released a number of Yoga Nidra meditation recordings for all to benefit available on all major online platforms and App Stores.
Today, within his local yoga community in Hamburg, Eric is focused on spreading the benefits to as many people as possible by offering free ‘Relax to the Max’ meditation hours at his studio Peace Out Yoga every month and making Yoga Nidra a part of as many studio classes as possible. To assist those who wish to guide others through Yoga Nidra, Eric offers a 40-Hour Yoga Nidra Teacher Training open to anyone interested. This training is taught in english and offers a certificate program for people who want to deepen their personal Yoga Nidra practice and those who want to learn to write scripts and guide others. Outside of Yoga and Yoga Nidra, Eric’s love is his wife and studio partner, Eva and son, Kai Noah who inspire many of his Yoga Nidra projects.
Giving students choices in learning Yoga Nidra.
We all have different learning styles which can generally be categorized into visual, auditory or kinesthetic. These styles were instilled in us when we began attending school. Go back down memory lane for a moment. Think about how you were guided to learn new things. From kindergarten to early elementary school, your teacher probably adapted a kinesthetic learning style for you with lots of touching and moving. How many times did you learn things by dancing and drawing. When you entered elementary school, you were likely taught in a more visual style. Here your linguistic & spatial abilities were developed through more reading & writing assignments. You may remember getting a big dose of graphs, charts and other visual illustrations during these school years. I can personally remember getting a lot of handouts for reading with spaces to record notes and homework assignments. Then you came into your high school and university years and the time of auditory learning where you were most likely overloaded with teacher lectures. Do you remember using a recorder or Dictaphone to record lectures and listen to them later at home? Its in these years you were guided to learn through activities like verbal communication within project groups for example. Beyond these years, we tend to lose our ability to learn using all three styles and are habituated towards one.
Its important to me that ALL three of these learning styles are included in any of my teacher trainings because people’s style of learning from topic to topic changes. By using all three learning styles, you enhance your ability to take in new learned information through a broader learning range and when it comes to topics like Yoga Nidra with its spiritual concepts, its beneficial to present verbally, auditorily & kinesthetically, so that you have more choices in learning. Basically, using all three styles of learning will give students attending the Yoga Nidra Teacher Training more choices in understanding, experiencing & guiding others with a more confident mindset.