I’m delighted to be back teaching after an inspiring week of practice with Certified teacher, Hamish Hendry in Astanga Yoga London. It’s an integral part of my duty as a teacher to continuously focus on my own practice and studies in order to teach as authentically as possible. I’ve been studying this incredible science of yoga for many years and I’m still continuously amazed by how it can transform our lives!

The Ashtanga yoga practice based on breath aligned with movement  is a powerful tool to connect within ourselves. Developing a regular practice gives us the ability to replenish ourselves not only on a physical and mental level, but more importantly on a spiritual level. Cleansing our nervous system is probably the most powerful gift we can give ourselves in this lifetime. Ashtanga trains us to deeply cleanse our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system through the practice of asanas complimented with breath work. We are tuning and toning the nervous system in a particular way that opens us into a higher way of integration to remove obstacles that are covering our essential nature of awareness. This deep work thus leads us to the true vision of yoga as explained by Patanjali’s yoga sutra 1.2  ‘Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha’ – ‘stilling the mind.’

I’m feeling fully re-charged after a week of intense practice and excited to share more of these teachings with you all!

I’m also available for Corporate yoga classes if any of you would like to bring the myriad benefits of yoga to your colleagues please click https://ashtangayogaireland.ie/corporate-yoga-classes/ and we can explore the possibilities to make this happen.

There’s lots more details below about the next Immersion Course from June to October, Italy Summer Retreat and the next Workshop on Saturday, March 9th.

Looking forward to seeing you back at the evening Mysore classes this week.


Summer Retreat
YogaPulia Retreat Centre
Puglia, Italy

August 17th-24th

This is a wonderful opportunity for both beginners and experienced students to deepen their practice of Ashtanga yoga with Gillian in the beautiful setting of the Itria valley, Puglia, Southern Italy. The day will begin with Mysore Style classes and there will also be three-afternoon workshops focusing on the key elements of the Ashtanga Yoga system including the principles of Back Bending, Inversions and Transitions. Guests can choose to explore the local beaches and historical towns or simply relax by the pool in their free time. Click here to view the – the Retreat Centre


The retreat includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 6 mornings of Mysore Style Classes
  • 3-afternoon Asana Techniques Workshops
  • 2 delicious vegetarian meals daily, to include breakfast/brunch and evening dinner
  • Light snacks and refreshments including, a selection of teas, coffee, water & fruit
  • Wi fi internet connection


Accommodation and Facilities

The retreat centre is set in 2.5 acres of grounds in a valley filled with olive and almond groves. Accommodation consists of twin/double bedrooms all with private en-suite bathrooms and AC. The rooms are all renovated to a high standard using locally sourced materials, creating a luxurious yet simple and understated feel. A large outdoor courtyard will provide the main communal eating space, and several outdoor terraces offer a place to relax in the sun or the shade.

Situated at the heart of the complex, the swimming pool acts like a colourful meeting point – with the blue water combining with the green olive trees and the red soil.

The international airport at Brindisi is approximately 40 minutes drive away and Bari is further to the north approximately 55 minutes drive. Ryanair has direct flights from Dublin to both airports. Hiring a car in Puglia is relatively inexpensive and provides a great way to explore the surrounding countryside, local historical towns and beaches. Both Bari and Brindisi airports have a large selection of hire car companies including Avis and Hertz. It is recommended to book a car before your arrival. Alternatively, we can arrange a taxi to collect you on your arrival.

Please note that the cost does not include travel arrangements including flights and transfers to and from the Retreat Centre. It also does not include medical and travel insurance.



Twin Room with en-suite bathroom and AC €995

50% non-refundable deposit required to secure your booking.



Course dates for the next Immersion Course from June to October 2019.

Please click HERE for full details about the Immersion Course and the application process.

Module One:

  • June 15th & 16th

Module Two:

  • July 6th & 7th

Module Three:

  • August 31st & September 1st

Module Four:

  • September 21st & 22nd

Module Five:

  • October 19th & 20th



Full Primary Series Workshop

Saturday, March 9th 
10.30am – 1.00pm

Experience the traditional Ashtanga Yoga method with careful emphasis on the traditional vinyasa system. We will be moving through the Primary series to help you understand the dynamics and the breakdown of this system. There will be a strong focus on key alignment techniques, providing you with concrete information to flow through your practice from one posture to another more fluidly. There will also be a strong focus on how to apply the Tristana method of breath, posture and focal point to train the mind transforming your physical practice into a moving meditation. Previous experience of Ashtanga Yoga required. All Mysore practitioners are encouraged to attend.

€35 per workshop or €65 for 2 Workshops

Pre-booking requested as spaces are limited. See https://ashtangayogaireland.ie/yoga-workshops/.

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