November 21, 2019 12.03 pm This story is over 51 months old

Inspirational Lincoln yoga teacher dies aged 102

“As we stumbled into our first yoga classes, we had no idea of the world that awaited us.”

An inspirational Lincoln yoga teacher has passed away at 102-years-old but left a lasting legacy by teaching so many in the local area.

Eric Gregory and his late wife Christine started to teach from their Brant Broughton home in the 1960s and became leading lights in the industry.

They helped scores of people with breathing exercises, stretches, and yoga poses in which pupils would improve little by little each week.

After class Eric and Christine’s pupils would meditate and relax and would be encouraged by their soothing words. Eric taught his last class at the age of 90 in Lincoln.

Former students of Eric have all paid tribute to his life.

Sally Worth, from Canwick, said: “Eric’s philosophy was to help people lead happier, healthier lives, not put their legs round the back of their necks. There are lots of people who are grateful to them.”

Dominique Holownia, based in Nettleham, added: “As we stumbled into our first yoga classes, we had no idea of the world that awaited us.

“They were always willing to make us a tea or coffee after class and talk to us, giving us an opportunity to socialise and to feel part of something special.”

Eric on his 100th birthday with a card from The Queen.

One pupil from Christine and Eric’s era recalled a regular instruction in class. “Do you know the difference between ‘Aaah,’ ‘Ooh,’ and ‘Ow’? Well, ‘Aaah’ is acceptable, ‘Ooh,’ is still acceptable so just get on with it, ‘Ow’ is not acceptable, so stop, you have gone far enough!”

Eric, who lived most recently at Chippenham, Wilts, leaves three daughters Sarah, Ruth and Diana.

His cremation will be held at West Wiltshire Crematorium, Devizes Road, Semington, Trowbridge on Thursday, November 28, 2019, at 11.30am.

A gathering of remembrance is also being organised in Lincoln