Eric Doornekamp

Eric is Director–Founder and Spiritual Leader of the Lotus Yoga Centre (1971).  He first developed an interest in yoga as a nine year old boy. He was taught by his Uncle Jelmer Postma in The Netherlands, and in 1959 Eric immigrated to New Zealand where he attended yoga classes with Terrence Hawkins at the Wellington Yoga Group from 1960 – 1967. Next he studied Rishi Culture Ashtanga Yoga with Dr. Swami Gitananda at Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry, India, from 1968 – 1969.

Eric is an Honorary Member of the International Yoga Academy of Australasia and a Life Member of the International Yoga Teachers Association of New Zealand.  He was awarded a Ph. D. in Yoga by the Worldwide Vishwa Unnyayam Samsad, India.  He is a Member of the International Centre for Yoga Education and Research, India.

Yoga therapist and facilitator of Classic Yoga, a comprehensive four year course, Eric has fifty years experience as a yoga teacher and forty-five years as an alternative health practitioner.  He is a certified Taichi Qigong instructor with twenty five years experience.  He is the author of several books on yoga and health, and contributes regularly to various yoga magazines.