Happy New Year greetings – I hope 2018 brings you all serenity, joy and lots of Ashtanga yoga!
I’m always amazed by the amount of hyperbole about New Year resolutions during these first few weeks of January. Personally, I’m not a fan of resolutions as they tend to put us under unnecessary pressure and devolve into a subconscious exercise in self-loathing if we don’t stick to them. I find setting intentions way more effective than setting unrealistic resolutions.
An intention is more commonly known as a ‘sankalpa’ in Sanskrit which means will, purpose, or determination. To make a sankalpa is to set an intention—it’s like a New Year’s resolution with a yogic twist. While a resolution often focuses on a perceived negative aspect of ourselves (i.e. ‘I want to lose weight, so no more treats’) a sankalpa explores what’s behind the thought or feeling (‘I crave treats when I’m feeling stressed or down in the dumps.’) The intention is to become conscious of this craving and allow our feelings to arise and pass, rather than fill up on treats. This way we are looking inwards in a more conscious way. We can still be firm in our resolve but in a more loving and effective way…
The Shala will re-open tomorrow, Wednesday January 3rd. There are two last spaces available on the New Year Introductory Workshop next Saturday, January 6th from 10am-12pm. It’s suitable for all levels, including complete beginners or anyone looking for a refresher in the basic fundamentals – spaces are limited so let me know if you want to book your spot.
If you fancy a rejuvenating break to kick start 2018 there’s still a few last spaces available on the New Year Weekend Retreat from January 19th-21st. The weekend will consist of morning mysore classes, afternoon workshops, evening guided meditation classes, walks in idyllic nature and amazing organic vegetarian food. Treat yourself!
Look forward to seeing you all back on your mats for a peaceful and joyful start to the New Year.
The Key Principles of Back Bending Workshop
Saturday, December 2nd (1pm-3.30pm)
An in-depth exploration of the integration of healthy alignment techniques and the development of stamina to stay through the intensity of backbends and front stretches.
We will be moving through the primary series to help you understand the breakdown and dynamics of developing correctly aligned front stretches and deeper backbends. The dynamic movement mechanics of bending your spine are the key to limitless flows of energy and in this workshop, you will begin to explore your natural potential for backbends and front stretches with safety and support.
Suitable for all levels with some prior experience of the Ashtanga Primary Series.
Investment: €40 and pre-booking requested via https://ashtangayogaireland.ie/yoga-workshops/ as spaces are limited to ensure all participants are guided on an individual level.
Introductory Ashtanga Mysore Workshop
Saturday, December 2nd (10am-12pm)
This workshop is suitable for ALL levels (including COMPLETE BEGINNERS) that would like to learn the traditional way to practice Ashtanga Yoga. Gillian will guide you through the correct breathing technique and a series of the basic fundamental postures.
You will develop a strong foundation and the confidence to transition into the Mysore classes in a nurturing and safe environment. The cost is €35 for the workshop on its own or avail of a New Students Offer of €100 including the workshop and a FULL MONTH OF UNLIMITED MORNING AND EVENING CLASSES to get you started on your Ashtanga journey!
New Year Retreat
Monalea Retreat Centre
January 19th-21st 2018
Escape for a weekend of Ashtanga yoga and amazing organic vegetarian food at the idyllic Monalea retreat centre! This weekend will be a deep immersion in traditional Ashtanga yoga consisting of morning mysore style classes, afternoon workshops and evening guided meditation classes. The retreat centre is nested in a valley on the high hills on the Wicklow Wexford border less than an hour from Dublin.It’s a peaceful haven with many walks and woodlands nearby including delicious organic vegetarian food and shared en-suite accommodation.
The Shala located in the heart of Dublin City centre beside Merrion Square is available to rent (30 sq feet.) Ideally suited to someone with an established clientele looking to rent space at weekends on a long-term basis (also available during the week outside scheduled class times.)
Email Gillian at email@example.com for full details on rental rates.