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Christmas Gift Card Sale – Now On

Posted by on 2 Dec, 2016 in News | Comments Off

It’s December, ’tis the season!
If you have a yogi on your list (or would like to gift yourself!)
Gift vouchers in any denomination will be available at 10% off until Wednesday, December 14.

You can purchase online at www.yogacorkireland.com or on the MindBody app. Promo Code: giftcardsale16
You can also visit us in the office to purchase or give us a call on 021 427 9696
with your details and we’ll send it on its way!
Namaste!

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Get to Know Our Teachers – Karen Barry

Posted by on 30 Nov, 2016 in News | Comments Off

img_0578Karen Barry is a full-time secondary school teacher who is passionate about the benefits of yoga in schools.  She completed her teacher training with Himalaya Yoga Valley in Cork in 2015 and has been teaching at the centre for just over a year.  Currently, Karen can be found teaching New Beginnings Level 2 on Wednesday evenings at 19.45.

What was your path from practitioner to teacher?

I had dipped in and out of yoga for many years in my twenties, attending six week courses here and there. A few years ago I moved overseas and lived in a small rural town with very few amenities so I bought myself a yoga DVD and started to practice in the living room. Initially the aim was to increase my fitness but over time the draw to the mat became about so much more. When I returned to Ireland I started to attend classes in Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre and then the real journey began. I slowly began to build up a regular practice, experiencing the transformative benefits of pranayama and asana first hand. With guidance and encouragement from both Lisa and Lalit I decided to sign up for the teacher training here in Cork.

What is your favourite pose and why? Are there any poses that are difficult for you?

I love backbends. I find them accessible, liberating, uplifting and energising.

I have a love hate relationship with arm balances. While I relish and really enjoy the challenge I do find many of them difficult and frustrating. I used to beat myself up about them but now I use them them as a way of focusing my mind and keeping my competitive streak in check!

What’s the most important thing yoga has taught you?

The importance of yoga as an investment in my own well-being, not to be so hard on myself, to enjoy the successes and respect the limitations within my own practice.

How does your own practice fit in? 

I am a full-time secondary school teacher and I teach yoga in the evenings so my week can be quite busy. Yoga is not just something I do on my mat. I consider it to be a tool that supports me in my everyday life.

I like to start my day with diaphragmatic breathing to ground myself, to set myself up for the day as it were. Throughout the day I try to remind myself to come back to the breath when the monkey mind starts to go into overdrive. I like to do seated stretches and breathing exercises during my school day (often with my students) to release muscle tension, shift the energy and to help me focus.

On days when I feel strong, energetic, full of the joys of life or even frustrated with something I enjoy an invigorating challenging asana practice. Other days when the energy is low I find myself drawn to a slow gentle restorative practice. I am enjoying exploring my own practice and tailoring it to how I am feeling on any given day.

What’s one of the biggest misconceptions about yoga that you’d like to address?

That yoga is for women. Yoga is for everyone and everybody!

Any gentle etiquette reminders you’d like to give students?

We can often be very eager to move on to the next pose.  A gentle reminder to follow the teacher’s cues when coming out of each pose so that students come out of the poses safely and with awareness.

How do you see the future of yoga?

I would love to see yoga as part of the core curriculum in our schools. I strongly believe in yoga as a tool for building resilience in children and adolescents.

Favourites:  food, place in Ireland, vacation destination, book?

Food: Italian

Place in Ireland: Kerry

Vacation destination: Anywhere in Africa.

Book: Jonathan Livingston Seagull- Richard Bach, haven’t read it in about 15 years, must go back to it!

What would you like your students to take away with them after a class with you?

People are drawn to yoga for many different reasons. Whatever the reason, I would like my students to leave my class with that “Ah…that’s why I do yoga!” feeling.

 

Get to Know Our Teachers! – Claire Dunniece

Posted by on 23 Nov, 2016 in News | Comments Off

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Claire Dunniece completed teacher training with Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre in Goa in early 2015 and has been teaching in the Cork studio for the past year.  A registered accountant, Claire also runs Prana Yoga Retreats with her husband, offering yoga holidays in Ireland, Poland and Spain.  You can find her in the studio teaching Gentle Glow on Friday mornings at 11.15 and New Beginnings Level 2, Gentle Glow and Bridge to Peak every third Sunday.

What was your path from practitioner to teacher?

I always wanted to practice yoga but like many people I didn’t make proper space for it until  I needed something to improve my life. In my case it was to find stress relief and counteract excessive desk work. I began with going to a class once a week and quickly realised this was something I didn’t want to live without.  Soon it was an integral part of my lifestyle. While travelling in 2012 I really deepened my practice by seeking out teachers wherever I went, when I returned Himalaya Yoga Valley had opened and I knew it was meant to be! I embarked on the teacher training in 2015 for the learning experience and fell in love with teaching.

What is your favourite pose and why? Are there any poses that are difficult for you?

My favourite pose is Urdhva Danurasana. It’s such an invigorating pose to be in and is such a contrast to how we hold our bodies in daily life. I’m always in wonder at how the body can literally bend over backwards and I love how much energy backbends bring to us.  I have always struggled with arm balances. My Bakasana was earned over a very long time and involved falling on my face MANY times but now I get to smile every time I do it knowing the hard work that went into it!

What’s the most important thing yoga has taught you?

Yoga has taught me how to rest and this has been invaluable to me. While the focus is often on the postures and what we can achieve with our bodies, what I have really learnt from my time on the mat is to slow down, release tension and simply breathe. We are so over stimulated by technology and fast paced living that many of us have forgotten how to truly rest. Our bodies and minds need proper rest more than we need to achieve a headstand!

How does your own practice fit in?

Every day is completely different for me, and my practice adapts to where my life is at any given time. My focus might be more on the primary series or restorative practices depending on what my body needs. It is important for me to blend my self practice with attending classes also. I think teachers should remain students at heart.

What’s one of the biggest misconceptions about yoga that you’d like to address?

That flexibility is a prerequisite. This is without a doubt the most common myth. People come to the mat for so many different reasons, flexibility is only a by-product of the practice. Yoga gives you so much more than the ability to touch your toes.

What’s the most memorable thing that’s ever happened in your class?

There have been many great moments with students such as when they achieve a tricky pose for the first time or silly moments when I say the wrong body part and accidentally ask them to do the impossible.  I once had a fire alarm go off during an extended savasana that was a terrible shock for my poor students!

Any gentle etiquette reminders you’d like to give students?

Mobile phones in class! It’s easy to forget, we’ve all done it, but they must be switched off. The only vibration we want to hear in class is the sound of Om. :-)

What advice would you give to someone who wants to take their practice to the next level?

Sometimes in order to progress we actually need to get back to basics. For example ensuring we are moving safely and correctly through the Sun Salutations is going help to develop the strength required for some of the more advanced postures. It’s easy to overlook the Sun Salutations as they go so fast during the class but breaking each element down can really help to assess where you are in your practice.

How do you see the future of yoga?

It is terrific how more and more people are incorporating yoga into their daily lifes. I think we are going to continue to see this happening, the western lifestyle needs it! We need ways to facilitate more balance in our lives and yoga provides that. Seeing how many people attended Yoga in the Park this year is just a testament to how people are embracing it.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Every single day is different as my teaching schedule varies on times and locations so I am always racing around somewhere. One thing that is always the same is that my practice of pranayama is the very first thing I do. The breath is so powerful and taking a few minutes to practice three part breathing or nadi sodhana before I do anything else can set the whole tone of my day and keep me grounded.

What’s your favourite destination?

My favourite place in the world is Gili Air in Indonesia, this is as close to paradise as it gets!

What would you like your students to take away with them after a class with you?

I always hope that my students take away a sense of pride in themselves and contentment in their bodies after class.  It’s not always easy to show up but yoga is such a great gift to give to yourself. I encourage everyone throughout the class to release any tension or stress they may be holding. Afterall the reason we practice yoga is to feel better so by the time you come up out of Savasana at the end you should be feeling really great about yourself!

 

 

 

Get to Know Our Teachers! – Treasa Kearney

Posted by on 16 Nov, 2016 in News | Comments Off

img_0571Treasa Kearney has been teaching at Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre since she graduated from the teacher training course here in Cork in 2015.   She is a full-time primary school teacher and currently teaches New Beginnings Level 1 at 17.00 every Wednesday.

What was your path from practitioner to teacher?

My path from practitioner to teacher was relatively short. I was only practicing for over a year before I began my teacher training. I was amazed with how yoga helped me in my recovery from a head injury. The benefits I gained from the different pranyama techniques aided my recovery. I was fascinated with the way yoga increased my energy levels and stamina. I quickly became hooked! I wanted to study more about the benefits of yoga and to deepen my practice further so I began teacher training in 2015.

What is your favourite pose and why? Are there any poses that are difficult for you?

I love hip opening poses and backbends. Each time I enter a deep backbend or hip opener I am always surprised powerful they can be to release built up tension and emotions.

I find arm balances challenging. I can often feel frustrated when trying to perfect a pose. I have face planted many a time on my mat!!

What’s the most important thing yoga has taught you?

Yoga has helped me to live in the present moment. Breath is the focus. Often we can forget to breathe mindfully, just focusing on deep breaths can really bring me to the present moment and help with anxieties.

How does your own practice fit in?

It can be hard to fit in a full yoga practice every day with a full time job and other life commitments. I start my day with some kapalabhati pranayama followed by sun salutations and if time allows I do some standing and seated poses. Usually I will try fit in at least two long practices during the week.

What’s one of the biggest misconceptions about yoga that you’d like to address?

One of the biggest misconceptions is that yoga is for young, fit, flexible people. Yoga is so varied. There are many branches of yoga that people are unaware of – meditation, chanting, pranayama (breathing techniques) as well as asana (physical poses). Yoga is accessible for everyone you just have to discover which aspect suits you.

Favourites:  food, drink, place in Ireland, vacation destination, book?

Favourite place in Ireland – Ballycotton cliff walk or Banna beach Kerry

Favourite vacation destination – Zanzibar

Favourite book – One of my favourite reads is Tuesdays with Morrie

Get to Know Our Teachers! – Jim Daly

Posted by on 9 Nov, 2016 in News | Comments Off

img_0598Jim Daly is a Sergeant in the Irish Defence Forces, where he has worked for 22 years.   He travelled to Goa in 2013 to complete the Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre Teacher Training and since then, he has taught in a variety of settings including the Irish Defence Forces and the Slí Eile Farm Project where he is a voluntary teacher.  He has been teaching classes at Himalaya Yoga Valley Cork for the past year.  Jim teaches Bridge to Peak Flow and Restore & Revive on Wednesday evenings and New Beginnings Level 2, Gentle Glow and Bridge to Peak every third Sunday.

What was your path from practitioner to teacher?

My path was a short one, I was only practicing yoga for about a year and a half when I started my Teacher Training.  Yoga was an instant love for me, I went to class every day, I became immersed in learning about the anatomy of poses, benefits etc. While overseas with the United Nations in 2013 I developed my self-practice and started leading classes for military personnel from a range of countries. The feedback on how yoga was influencing these soldiers, both physically and mentally, sealed my decision to teach.

What is your favourite pose and why?

My favourite pose is Bakasana (Crow Pose), it takes some strength and balance yet it still looks graceful.

What’s the most important thing yoga has taught you?

Yoga has taught me how to be flexible, and I don’t mean in anatomical terms. Your practice can change from day to day, some days you may be sore or tired and on those days you have to respect yourself and modify/adapt where it’s needed, be flexible in your practice.

How does your own practice fit in?

Getting my own practice in every day can honestly be a challenge.  Like most of us, I have plenty of work and family commitments so if I don’t have the time for a full practice on a day I just do five rounds of sun salutations A and B.

What’s one of the biggest misconceptions about yoga that you’d like to address?

“You have to be flexible to do yoga”.  No you don’t, you just have to get on your mat!  It’s not about being flexible or strong or touching your toes, it’s about the journey on the way down – that sense of calmness in your whole being after practising.  It’s about that time on your mat where you turn your practice into a moving meditation.

What’s the most memorable thing that’s ever happened in your class?

There are many, and most are from seeing students nailing that pose that has been so challenging for them for weeks or months, seeing that little grin on their face with what I can only presume are words running around in their mind saying “hell yeah, what’s next”.

Get to know our teachers! – Jenn Melvin

Posted by on 2 Nov, 2016 in News | Comments Off

Jenn Melvin completed her teacher training in 2013 and has been a valued member of the Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre teaching team for over three years.  Currently, she is teaching New Beginnings Level 1 at 18.45 and Restore and Revive at 20.15 every Monday evening.

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What do you find rewarding about being a yoga instructor?

I love seeing students’ progress in their practice, not just deepening their physical practice (which is great!), but also with their alignment, breath, and overall focus and joy.

What is your favourite pose and why?

I love hip openers! I find that they give me a release and I can sink into them and be in the present moment. However, I am learning to love the way balances challenge me.

Are they any poses that are more difficult for you?

Backbends are challenging for me. It may be the vulnerability I feel physically and mentally.

What’s the most important thing yoga has taught you?

It has taught me to make time for myself. Yoga becomes a moving meditation for me when I stop trying to compete with myself and focus on my breath.

What’s one of the biggest misconceptions about yoga that you’d like to address?

“Yoga is not for me. I’m too _________” (fill in the blank).  There are so many styles and levels of yoga that it truly is for everyone. Beginners, restorative, gentle, advanced, meditation, chair yoga…you are bound to find one that supports and benefits your lifestyle. And maybe later, you’ll branch out and try a different one.

What would a PERFECT day look like?

Morning yoga outside in a park with friends, walk in the sun and fresh air with my dog, make and enjoy a nice dinner with my husband, and finally play euchre (Midwestern card game) with my family.

Mountains or beaches?

Mountains! I was born in Colorado at the foothills of the Rockies.

Ashtanga Yoga Workshop with Ajay Tokas May 12-14, 2017

Posted by on 2 Nov, 2016 in News | Comments Off

img_9322Ashtanga Yoga Workshop with Ajay Tokas
Friday, May 12 – Sunday May 14, 2017

Join Ajay Tokas from India (bio below) for two Mysore classes, one Led class and two workshops on this very special weekend.  Ajay teaches Led and Mysore style classes in the tradition of Guruji Pattabhi Jois. Led classes are done in traditional Sanskrit counting and in mysore style classes he works one on one with students , sharing tips which helps to improve their current practice and hands on adjustments where needed. All levels are welcome to join.
Full weekend program  €210
Early bird price (until March 14) €200
Book by clicking “workshops” on the website, use the MindBody app, in person at the studio or by contacting us at info@yogacorkireland.com or on 021 4279696.
Friday, May 14
Mysore class
7.00-10.00 a.m.
Saturday, May 15
Mysore class
7.00-10.00 a.m.
Workshop: “Jump back Jump through”
15.00-17.00 p.m.Fly or float , straight arms or bent, cross legs or straight, lift up but HOW? Where to focus, where to get the strength, what to do? All the answers and more details about the practice, tips and techniques will be found in this workshop. Ajay will teach the elements of strength and how to further improve your movements in jump back and through. Leading to a gradual progress in balancing on your hands.
Sunday, May 16
Led class
7.00-10.00 a.m.Workshop: “Spine Mobility”
15.00-17.00 p.m.Learn the fundamentals of backbends in a safe and effective way which helps to develop the strength and flexibility of spine. Focusing on drop backs, opening of the shoulders, correct breathing and movements with maximum awareness which helps the body to reach the full potential of the spine and its health.Bio
Ajay Tokas is a Level 2 authorized Ashtanga Yoga Teacher, having received the formal blessings of his Guru, Shri R. Sharath Jois to teach this yogic art. Ajay started his yoga journey in 2004 and has been devoted to the Ashtanga Yoga since 2010 and has completed the first Three Series under the guidance of his Guru. Ajay started teaching yoga in Delhi, his home city, in 2010. He then travelled to Siberia and taught yoga there during 2010-12. Ajay has since traveled extensively teaching all over, including China, Indonesia, Turkey, Philippines, Thailand, Russia, Kazakhstan,Europe to name just a few. Ajay’s teaching is inspired by the integration of strength in the Ashtanga Yoga with the inner experience of spiritual discipline. Ajay believes that with disciplined yoga practice one can open doors to self- realization.For more information check links
website : www.ashtangajay.com
Instagram: instagram.com/ajaytokas
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/ashtangajay

We are hiring!

Posted by on 27 Oct, 2016 in News | Comments Off

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WE ARE HIRING!!
We are currently seeking a friendly, customer service orientated administrative assistant who has a keen interest in marketing & social media. This position is a part-time position working 10 hours per week on Mondays and Fridays.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please email your application & CV to hyvcoffice@gmail.com. Applications will close 6pm Wednesday 2nd November.

Finalists in Cork Digital Marketing Awards

Posted by on 14 Oct, 2016 in News | Comments Off

We couldn’t be happier to announce that we are finalists in the Cork Chamber Digital Marketing Awards in the categories Best Use of Facebook and Best Use of Twitter! We look forward to the award ceremony at Fota Island Resort on the 27th!

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