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Yoga as a Life Practice – Level 2 with Tashi with Guest Teacher

Posted by on 16 Jan, 2017 in Birthday Special | Comments Off

Bandhas – The Key to Asana

In this 3hr workshop we will explore 5 essential bandhas leading to skillfulness in action. We will explore the bandhas in standing, sitting, balancing and inverted postures with their transitions.  www.tashidawa.com
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Workshop suitable for those with a regular practice attending Bridge to Peak and Peak to Power classes.

Workshop Date and Time:
Sunday March 5th 2017
11am– 2pm

Workshop Cost: €35
*Workshop fees are non refundable but are transferable.

Bookings for this workshop can be made on www.yogacorkireland.com, the MindBody app,
by phone on 02 427 9696 or call in to the office!

Yoga as a Life Practice – Level 1 with Tashi

Posted by on 16 Jan, 2017 in News | Comments Off

Ground and Reach – Connecting the Lower & Upper Body’

In this 3hr workshop we will explore quality of movement, spinal mobility, uddiyana and mula bandha and key transitions.Tashi teaches yoga techniques as tools for self-enquiry which can lead us to self-acceptance, personal skillfulness and abiding loving kindness. We share these techniques to develop effective practice habits, inviting practice as a ‘way of being’ rather than a ‘way of doing’. www.tashidawa.com
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Workshop suitable for those attending New Beginnings Level 1 and New Beginnings Level 2 classes.

Workshop Date and Time:
Saturday March 4th 2017
11am– 2pm

Workshop Cost: €35
*Workshop fees are non refundable but are transferable.

Bookings for this workshop can be made on www.yogacorkireland.com, the MindBody app,
by phone on 02 427 9696 or call in to the office!

January Sale 2017

Posted by on 3 Jan, 2017 in News | Comments Off

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Immunity Booster Workshop with Lisa Fahy

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

This January, lets ring out the old and welcome the new with a practice of letting go of the body’s waste, stagnation and tension to give our immune system a much needed boost.

Deep breathing, pranayama exercises and gentle backbends allow our chest and lungs to open, strengthening our respiratory system and boosting our mood.

Twists, forward folds and inversions pump fluid through our lymphatic system allowing for increased drainage and detoxification of whatever has become stuck or unnecessary to us.

Specific asanas will also be included to balance our endocrine system which controls our hormones.

This workshop will move through a dynamic phase to shake up and cleanse our systems, followed by a slow and grounding phase to activate our parasympathetic nervous system for restoration and rejuvenation. The workshop will finish with Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) to deeply rest all systems in the body.

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And the best bit…. While improving our health and radiance in our lives, all proceeds of this workshop will support our Social & Support Group for Women in Direct Provision! We are hosting  a group of women who are asylum seekers in Direct Provision every week in the centre. They are doing various activities such as practising yoga, knitting, having cups of tea and just generally getting away from the stark reality of living in Direct Provision in a comfortable, supportive environment. These women have been marginalised and segregated from society in general and we are supporting this group to find some positivity in their weekly routines. We are fundraising via this workshop for money for necessities like tea, coffee, travel to and from the centre, etc. You can find out  about the group here: https://www.gofundme.com/2q3fqd8

Workshop is open to all levels.

Workshop Cost: €25
*Workshop fees are non refundable but are transferable.

Workshop Date and Time:
Saturday January 28th 2017
2pm – 4pm

Bookings for this workshop can be made on www.yogacorkireland.com, the MindBody app,
by phone on 02 427 9696 or call in to the office!

Get to Know Our Teachers – Kathryn Sheehan

Posted by on 20 Dec, 2016 in News | Comments Off

img_0590Kathryn Sheehan is an Advisor to students in UCC and has a background in mental health nursing.  She is also currently training to be an MBSR teacher with The Centre for Mindfulness in Massachusetts.  She completed her yoga teacher training in 2013 and can be found in the studio on Tuesdays teaching Salute the Sun and on Thursdays teaching Bridge to Peak and New Beginnings 1 and 2.

What was your path from practitioner to teacher?

I began a full time yoga practice in 2007 and experienced yoga’s healing power first hand.  I felt more flexible in my body but also in my mind and I experienced a deep connection with who I really was as a person. It really helped me through life’s stresses and strains.  For years I worked as a mental health nurse and I was exposed daily to people’s tremendous suffering.  Deep down I knew if I was able to offer them yoga and meditation it would help ease their pain.  I committed myself to the practice, completed my training with HYVC in November 2013 and began offering yoga in my workplace.  To see my students leaving class with a smile on their faces and feeling more relaxed really showed me that the proof was in the pudding. I firmly believe yoga should be a part of all our self-care plans.

What is your favourite pose and why?

My favourite poses are any form of backbends because they feel amazing and help me breathe more deeply. The action of opening my heart and stretching the front of my body improves my mood and gives me the boost of energy I need to move through my busy schedule. I struggle the most with arm balances and it’s the fear of falling that gets me every time. I’ve heard over the years that the poses you struggle with are the ones you need the most so I’ll get there someday with plenty of practice and determination in the hope they will bring more balance into my life.

What is the most memorable thing that happened in one of your classes?

In my first few months of teaching I was guiding my students to take a seat on their bolsters.  Instead of telling them to take a seat I asked them to take a s***t on their bolsters!  Needless to say the class erupted in laughter.  I was mortified but thankfully everyone saw the funny side to my request. I was never so grateful that no one followed through on my instruction!

How do you see the future of yoga?

In the times we live in today we all need more yoga and meditation ingrained in our daily lives to combat life’s stresses and strains. I’m so grateful to have found yoga at a relatively young age. In the future I hope to see yoga and meditation on curriculums in all schools and colleges across the country. To learn it at a young age would be such a gift and I can honestly say it would set people up for this journey of life.

Favourite destination in Ireland?

My favourite destination in Ireland is Allihies in West Cork. The drive down is spectacular and the walks around the hills and coastline are invigorating for the soul. There’s definitely magic in the Beara Peninsula!

Laughter Yoga Workshop with Deborah McCann

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

About Laughter Yoga

This two hour laughter yoga workshop will uplift and inspire your soul. This playshop will encourage you to bring out your childlike sense of playfulness and show you how to have fun while releasing stress. Laughter is the best medicine and this workshop is designed to show you how to receive some of the amazing health benefits laughter has on the mind and body. Laughter is scientifically proven to reduce stress, anxiety, depression and increase physical and mental energy levels. Laughter actually boosts your immune system keeping you stronger and healthier overall. When we laugh together we feel more open and accepting of ourselves and others, what a fun way to build new friendships.

In this workshop we will be incorporating guided meditation to meet our creative and fun selves, we will delve into learning about chakras (energy centres in our bodies) and how chanting can help calm, ground and centre ourselves. Laughter is great to boost the mood and lift our spirits so come along and join us for a work out like no other.

 

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What To Expect In The Workshop

This workshop will include introductory talk so everyone can learn what laughter yoga is and the benefits.

There will be Savasana incorporating deep breathing, body awareness and guided meditation to meet and bring out their creative, fun inner child.

Chakras and chanting; teaching them about the different energy centres in their bodies, colours and feelings associated with each chakra and then chanting each individual chant for the chakras. Benefits of this: helps clear energy body, raises vibration and brings about a peaceful and centred feeling.

Gentle warm up exercises to prep the mind and body for the laughter exercises.

Clapping and movement of body.

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Guided mediation in Savasana to ground, balance and calm the mind and body.

Teacher Bio

Deborah had been practicing Ashtanga yoga since 2012 and decided to explore other styles of yoga. She was drawn to laughter yoga as she loves to uplift and inspire people and what better way to uplift than to make people laugh. She credits laughter yoga as helping her to over-come self-judgements and self-consciousness as well as reducing stress and anxiety. Teaching laughter yoga really allows her spirit to shine through and she loves to be able to bring this out in her students. Deborah really promotes a fun and open energy in her classes. She received her qualification from the Laughter yoga international university in 2014.

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Workshop Cost: €30
*Workshop fees are non refundable but are transferable.

Workshop Date and Time:
Sunday Feb 26th 2017
2.30pm – 4.30pm

Bookings for this workshop can be made on www.yogacorkireland.com, the MindBody app,
by phone on 02 427 9696, by email: info@yogacorkireland.com or call in to the office!

 

Get to Know Our Teachers – Elaine McAuliffe

Posted by on 6 Dec, 2016 in News | Comments Off

img_0584Elaine McAuliffe has been practising yoga for seven years and completed her teacher training in Cork in 2015.  A registered massage therapist, Elaine has been teaching at Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre for over a year.  Currently, she teaches New Beginnings Level 2 on Tuesday evenings at 20.15, New Beginnings Level 1 and Bridge to Peak on Friday evenings and all classes every third Sunday.

What was your path from practitioner to teacher? 

I’ve been practicing yoga since 2009. From very early on in my yoga journey I was visualizing being a yoga teacher helping people to receive the many benefits that yoga offers. I really believe that the universe presented the opportunity to train to be a teacher when the time was right for me. In 2015 I completed the 200 hour TTC in Cork. Since then yoga has presented many opportunities for my personal and professional development.

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

I love Janu Sirsanana (head to knee pose). I always feel good and positive in this pose. Marichyasana C (seated twist with a bind) and Urdhva Danurasana (wheel pose) can be quite difficult for me. When my breathing is restricted it stresses me but I always challenge myself in these poses to take complete breaths as I know there is much to be learnt from being conscious in poses that I find challenging.

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

I could write a book on all the things yoga has thought me. It has thought me patience, compassion, forgiveness for myself and others in my life. My confidence has grown allowing me to feel much more comfortable in my skin but the most important thing for me is the mind/body connection. When my mind and body are working as a unit it allows me to be more appreciative of the individual I am and reduces stress and tension from my body and mind.

How does your own practice fit in? 

The practice of self inquiry is constant. The more you do it, the more you are interested to do it. It’s a practice you can do anywhere, anytime and the benefits are amazing. Practicing yoga offers a space to get to know yourself, your likes and dislikes and what makes you tick. This information is necessary if your seeking inner peace. On a physical level I try to attend as many classes at the studio as I can or I might do a self-practice at home but I do find it more difficult as my mind finds it harder to settle with household distractions.

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

Yoga is not a women’s gentle workout. Originally it was only practiced by men. A third of our clients at the studio are men.

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

Respect! Respect your body, the space that is available for your practice and all the other practitioners around you. Attitudes and behaviours are very contagious so be respectful and help us to maintain a serene environment for everyone to practice yoga.

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

Just do it. Often it’s lack of confidence that holds us back but if you challenge yourself to advance in your practice it can help to boost your confidence. That being said, I would never advise anyone to bypass beginners’ classes. Foundations are essential in your yoga practice and if you don’t get the foundations that are offered in beginners classes your practice won’t be as pleasant as it could be.

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

Breathe! Conscious breathing helps to ease stress and anxiety, helps you to feel centred and grounded and offers more clarity of mind. Conscious breathing is another practice that can be done anywhere at any time and the more you do it the more you want to do it.

 

 

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 (wheel pose). 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 (crow pose) 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!