Teaching Ashtanga yoga in its pure unadulterated form has been my passion for over a decade and it continues to inspire me, even more, each day! There’s nothing quite like holding the space for people of all ages and levels from complete beginners to experienced teachers. It always inspires me to see people rolling out their mats regardless of their level of strength or flexibility.
Ashtanga yoga is often misunderstood as a purely physical practice. Once understood and practiced correctly it is a deeply healing practice. We’re all craving that inner happiness and peace but it seems so out of reach for many people. Ashtanga is a very precise and systematic practice. There is nowhere to hide. Hence, when understood and used correctly, Ashtanga is a sharp tool to help us nourish the body, mind, and soul. All you need is a willingness to tap into the true vision of yoga i.e. ‘chitta vritti nirodah’ ‘calming the fluctuations of the mind.’ It’s not some esoteric and unattainable goal. The asanas are tools to enable us to use our bodies and the subtleties of our breath to develop a steady mind. All you need to do is to show up on your mat and do what your schedule allows for. Some Ashtanga is always better than no Ashtanga!
If you would like a refresher in the basic fundamentals of the practice or would like to start from the very beginning, I’ll be teaching an Introductory Workshop next Saturday, October 7th from 10am-12pm. It also includes a month of classes to get you started (see below for booking details.)
There’s been a lot of interest in the New Year Weekend Retreat from January 19th-21st. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to take time to yourself away from the chaos of the outside world and to tune inwards. Our weekend will consist of morning mysore style classes, afternoon workshops, walks in beautiful nature and evening guided meditation classes. We’ll also have our amazing chef Siobhan providing us with her delicious organic vegetarian food. There are more details below as it’s filling up quickly – treat yourself!
Don’t forget that it’s a moon day this Thursday, October 5th, hence no morning mysore class, enjoy your lie-ins! Otherwise, it’s morning and evening classes as usual – I’m now teaching all the classes and looking forward to seeing you at the Shala…
Ashtanga Vinyasa Workshops
Saturday, September, 30th
Part 1: 10am-12.30pm
An in-depth exploration of the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa System (breath and movement coordination.) We will be moving through the first half of the Primary series (up to navasana) 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. Open to all levels.
Part 2: 1.30pm-3.30pm
An in-depth exploration of the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa System (breath and movement coordination.) We will be moving through the second half of the Primary series, including Back Bending techniques and the closing series. 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. (Suitable for those already practicing the primary and/or intermediate series.)
€35 per workshop or €65 for both
Pre-booking requested via www.ashtangayogaireland.ie/workshops as spaces are limited
Introductory Ashtanga Mysore Workshop
Saturday, October 7th
This workshop is suitable for all levels (including complete beginners) that would like to learn the traditional way to practice Ashtanga Yoga. You will be guided 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.
Introductory class plus one month of unlimited classes – €100 or Introductory class alone – €30.
Spaces are limited and advance booking via www.ashtangayogaireland.ie/workshops is required.
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.
Aware Christmas Yoga Event
Saturday, December 2nd
Roll out your mats for our annual Christmas Event in aid of Aware (www.aware.ie) It’s a great way to raise money (through participation, sponsorship or donations) for Aware’s nationwide free-of-charge services for people who experience depression or bipolar disorder and their loved ones.
Spaces are limited, email Gillian at email@example.com to reserve your space