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Asana Intensive with Yogacharya Lalit

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

Asana Intensive with Yogacharya Lalit

Friday 6 – Sunday 8 October 2017

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Deepen and expand your practice under the guidance of Lalit. Each day of this retreat will see students practicing the full Ashtanga primary series in the morning with focus on opening a specific area of the body in the afternoon class.  All levels are encouraged to attend and whilst this is an advanced immersion it is open to those with a steady existing practice or those who are currently teaching.
Daily Classes:
Friday Saturday & Sunday
Chanting Pranayama & Meditation
7.30am – 8.15am
Full primary Series
8.30am – 10.30am
Focus Workshops:
Advanced Hip Opening (Fri)
2pm – 4pm
Advanced Back Bends (Sat)
2pm – 4pm
Advanced Arm balances & Inversions (Sun)
2pm – 4pm
Full Weekend Program Cost: €200*
Please note that Lalit’s workshops fill quickly and spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment! *Program fee is transferable but non-refundable.

Please book online, the MindBody app, email: info@yogacorkireland.com or call 021 427 9696.

Backbending Workshops with Lalit

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BACKBENDING WORKSHOPS

Level 1 & Level 2-3 with Lalit

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Learn to backbend with strength & integrity in this workshop with Yogacharya Lalit. Find more space in your back bends whilst developing safe preparatory back bending skills that you can incorporate into your own practice.

A combination of heart opening and lower backbending postures that build strength and flexibility. Workshops include chanting, pranayama and plenty of interesting backbends! Lalit will assist students who are open to receiving adjustments into deeper poses.

Backbending Workshop Level 1
This workshop is open to beginners and improvers.
Date:
Sunday 21st May 2017
Time: 10am-12pm

Backbending Workshop Level 2-3
This workshop is open to intermediate and advanced practitioners.
Date:
Sunday 21st May 2017
Time: 1pm-3pm

Cost Per Workshop: €25*

Please note that Lalit’s workshops fill quickly and spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment! Payment essential to reserve a space for these workshops.  *Workshop fees are transferable and non-refundable.

Please book online, the MindBody app, email: info@yogacorkireland.com or call 021 427 9696.

Hip Opening Workshops Level 1 & 2-3 with Lalit

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Hip Opening Workshops Level 1 & 2-3 with Lalit

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Lalit will take students through a series that includes standing and seated hip opening postures that release energy and tension in this area. The hips hold tension and become tight from daily repetitive activities such as sitting at office desks and driving- tight hips can lead to lower back pain and imbalances throughout the rest of the body.

By exploring hip opening postures and deepening our existing hip opening poses we can release this area and improve our overall asana practice. This workshop will include chanting and pranayama and deep hip opening poses.

Hip Opening Workshop level 1 :
This workshop is suitable for beginners and improvers.
Date:
Saturday 23rd September, 2017
Time: 2pm – 4pm

Hip Opening Workshop levels 2-3 :
This workshop is suitable for intermediate and advanced practitioners.
Date: Sunday 24th September, 2017
Time: 2pm – 4pm


Price Per Workshop: €25*
Please note that Lalit’s workshops fill quickly and spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment! Payment essential to reserve a space for these workshops.  *Workshop fees are transferable and non-refundable.

Book online, the MindBody app, email: info@yogacorkireland.com or call 021 427 9696.

Get to Know Our Teachers – Mary Kelly

Posted by on 27 Jan, 2017 in News | Comments Off

MaryMary learned yoga within the lineage of Himalaya Yoga Valley from the get go of her practice and believes this has shaped her as a yogi and a teacher. She completed her Yoga Teacher training in 2012 with Yogacharya Lalit Kumar at Himalaya Yoga Centre Cork. Since completing the training it has only made her become more passionate and dedicated to all aspects of yoga such as meditation, pranayama, anatomy and philosophy.

Mary has a down to earth teaching style that is popular with those beginning their yoga journey. She is in the studio on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays teaching New Beginnings 1 and 2, Bridge to Peak and Kids Yoga.

What was your path from practitioner to teacher?

I had been practicing yoga for a while but actually hadn’t planned on becoming a teacher at the time it was Lisa Fahy who told me I should do it and thanks to her I did. I have never looked back since!!!

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

Ugh that’s actually too hard to answer there’s so many…….I’ve always loved arm balances so probably Astavakrasana (8 angle pose).

YES!!!!! Once again way too many to choose from but I’ve always found all backbends difficult but practice and patience is always a good reminder.

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

To let go. I can be an over-thinker and my mind can wander in about a million directions but yoga has definitely shown me how to be more present and to not hold onto things… the longer you hold on to anything the harder it is to let go!!

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

There’s probably two things that I would say that tie in together. One is that it’s just for women and two is that it is easy. Yoga is for everybody and it is just about finding the right style/teacher for you. As for it being easy, I have never come up against so many physical and mental challenges than as I have with yoga and I mean this is a positive way. It’s made me a better person today.

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

Ooooooohh probably falling on top of one of my students while demonstrating a balance pose, which then created a domino effect and caused about 6 of us to fall on top of each other.

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

I always say that I have no problem with people arriving late but If you are running late for class, wait to come in until after the opening Savasana as it can be very disruptive to the students and the teacher.

How do you see the future of yoga?

I am teaching nearly 5 years and to see how much yoga has grown in Cork alone is amazing. I really see it becoming more of a thing for everyone. Me personally I would like to get Yoga on school curriculums for both primary and secondary schools. I work in a few different schools and units and to see how much the children benefit from it is amazing!

What does a typical day look like for you?

I get up, do my meditation, pranayama, shower, have breakfast, teach one or two classes, do my practice, have lunch, teach a few more classes, have dinner and then I’m in bed normally around 11.30pm.

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

Food: Bread or chocolate

Drink: Orange and Coconut tea

Place In Ireland: Lahinch, Co Clare.

Vacation Destination: San Blas Islands off Panama in Central America

Book: The bear went over the mountain

Movie: Napolean Dynamite

Musician: Chic

Portugal Yoga Retreat with Lalit

Posted by on 27 Jan, 2017 in News | Comments Off

6 Nights /7 Days Yoga Retreat & Immersion with Yogacharya Lalit
Immerse yourself in traditional practices with an expert yoga teacher from India in beautiful Portugal!

We are delighted to announce that school founder Yogacharya Lalit from India is hosting his annual retreat in the Algarve, Portugal this year! The Retreat is located at Vida Pura Centre. Following three wonderful retreats in the Sierra Nevada ranges in Spain over the past years, we have decided to have a change of scenery and are hosting our retreat in a new location with a direct flight from Cork, London and other major airports.

It is a retreat to help practitioners of all levels to deepen their practice under Lalit’s guidance. Daily classes will be Vinyasa flow and Ashtanga Primary Series yoga and yoga practices. As a taste of what to expect for yoga and relaxation, here is a video below taken at a recent Retreat in Spain with Lalit and his retreat group.

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Location
Vida Pura Portugal- this beautiful retreat centre is located on the Algarve in a quiet, peaceful coastal national park location with amazing views and direct access to Odeceixe Beach. This area has lovely walks and hikes and the beach is a great place for learning to surf or simply relaxing and soaking up the sun. Pura Vida is located 1.5 hours from Faro airport which has direct flights from Cork with Aer Lingus. Airport transfers are available to Pura Vida from the airport.

Sample Daily Schedule
(Times are approximate and may vary)
7.00am: Chanting Pranayama Meditation
8.00am: Yoga – Dynamic or Full Primary Series
10.00am: Breakfast
1.00pm: Lunch
4.00pm: Yoga – Mixed Level Flow

Accommodation and facilities
Shared accommodation is on site at the retreat centre and is perfectly appointed for relaxing and practicing yoga. The retreat centre is in a beautiful pristine location close to the ocean and serves natural and delicious cuisine. You can find more detailed information about accommodation and location about the retreat location at www.vida-pura.com

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Dates: 1st July – 7th July 2017

Price:
€695 which includes twice daily yoga, meditation and pranayama, shared accommodation and delicious vegetarian breakfast and dinner. Airport transfers can be arranged from Faro airport with local reputable car services for €30. Flights are not included.

Booking
You can book with a 25% deposit and by registering here: http://yogagoaindia.com/events/22/ashtanga-retreat-with-lalit/.
For any further queries please contact our Cork office by emailing info@yogacorkireland.com, contacting us at reception or by calling 021 427 9696

Yoga as a Life Practice – Level 2 with Tashi

Posted by on 16 Jan, 2017 in News | 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.

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 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

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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

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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!