Based in Oslo, Norway, Michael Larsen has been holding space for yoga and movement exploration full time since 2011 at several yoga studios, privately and to corporate clients, as well as on retreats in Europe and Asia. He is a graduate of the Yogic Arts Kula 200hrs YTT program, studying with the Vinyasa Flow pioneer Duncan Wong. Michael belongs to the first generation of Yogic Arts instructors in Europe and hosted and assisted the 200hrs Teacher training programs in Oslo from 2014 to 2019.
In addition to his yoga practice, he enjoys strength training, practising callisthenics and gets a lot of joy from his handstand play. Prior to discovering yoga, he spent a year at Siping Shaolin Martial Arts academy in Northern China where he learned the foundations of Chinese Martial Arts and was introduced to Taiji, Qigong and meditation. As a certified massage therapist, he extensively uses his training and knowledge of bodywork in his teaching and hands-on adjustments.
Michael shares his arts in fun and informative classes that embody the heart of martial arts, the purification of ashtanga vinyasa and the healing touch of bodywork. He creates safe space for his students to step out of their comfort zones, get some good movement nutrition, therapeutic exercises, deep relaxation, and a really good sit.
Eilin has studied a variety of yoga styles and has been teaching since late 2011. She is currently working full time as product manager and yoga instructor at HiYoga – the biggest yoga centre in Scandinavia. She is the lead teacher of HiYoga’s 200 hrs Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training and holds weekly classes as well as working with product and admin. Eilin is E-RYT 500 and is trained in Vinyasa, Yogic Arts, Ashtanga, Yin, Pre and Post Natal Yoga, Kids yoga and Restorative Yoga. Her teachings emphasise technique and flow, and she believes joy makes the best foundation for a lasting practice. Eilin teaches from the heart – open, honest, and playful.
Michael & Eilin live with their two children in Oslo, Norway.
At Ulpotha, they will alternate individually teaching the morning and the evening classes. In the mornings, they will offer playful and dynamic vinyasa flow based classes focusing on building strength and flexibility, closing with pranayama, kriya and meditation. For the evening sessions, the focus will be on gentle nourishing movements, restorative and guided relaxation.
Throughout these two weeks, you can expect physically demanding, yet accessible-to-all yoga practices that incorporate different drills, exercises, and tasks to explore your movement vocabulary. Leaving you feeling steady, open, and joyfully focused!