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Ashtanga Yoga Workshop with Letizia

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Ashtanga Yoga Workshop

Join Letizia, founder of Himalaya Yoga Shala Sardinia, Italy for this 2-hour immersive workshop designed to help you refine your existing Ashtanga practise, or begin your journey on the path of the 8 Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga.

Letizia started to practice Yoga nearly twenty years ago. After trying various styles, she found her home in the connection of breath and movement typical of Vinyasa. She met Himalaya Yoga Valley in 2012 and under Lalit’s guidance completed the 500hrs of Teacher Training between India and Ireland. Over the years her practice and teaching went more and more towards the Ashtanga Vinyasa method. In 2015 she started studying with Lino Miele, both in Italy and India. India. In 2020 she has been honoured with the authorization to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa according to the method codified in the book written by Lino together with Sri PK Jois during his 25 years of study with Guruji. Ashtanga Yoga by Lino Miele is the main written reference for practitioners of Ashtanga Vinyasa worldwide.

WORKSHOP: Ashtanga Yoga Workshop with Letizia

DAY: Saturday, August 6th
TIME: 15:00 – 120 Minutes

This workshop will include:

Mantra, Pranayama and is designed for all levels of practitioners who are seeking a dynamic somatic experience using the traditional discipline of Ashtanga from Mysore, India.🧘🏻‍♀️

Booking Information

Book your place through our schedule here or on the Himalaya Yoga Valley app.

Yoga for Disc Bulge & Protrusion

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Yoga for Disc Bulges and Protrusions 

 
This week we got a question from a student about starting yoga with disc bulges. We know that this is an issue with many of our clients and we wanted to share our thoughts on this issue.
 
“Hi there- I just found out I have 2 disc bulges in my lower back, my doctor has suggested yoga, is there anything I should know before I start a class?
David, Dublin 
 
It’s great that David’s GP suggested yoga, and we are delighted that he wrote to us so we could guide him. 
 
While we are always pleased to hear that doctors are referring their clients to holistic therapeutic practices such as yoga to manage these issues, there are some precautions that we should take when starting yoga when we have disc bulges.
 
Yoga is extremely therapeutic for disc bulges specifically for Lumbar Disc Protrusions.
 
Disc protrusions cause instability in the spine and as ligaments cannot be strengthened with yoga (or any exercise) we want to strengthen the muscles around the spine to counteract this lack of stability. Yoga also nourishes and aids the healing of the spine by bringing fresh blood flow to this area. And when we improve our posture and core strength with yoga we can reduce pain or future bulges from occurring 
 
While yoga is a wonderful tool to aid recovery, a general flow class may not be appropriate without the proper modifications applied.
 
Before we get to the yoga, what is a disc bulge?
 
A disc bulge refers to an extension or prolapse of disc tissues beyond the edges of the edge of vertebrae. In some cases, this bulge can press on the nerve causing mild or severe pain depending on severity. 
 
Around 30% of the population have disc bulges, and we want to prevent them from progressing to fully herniated discs which can cause a host of issues such as lower back pain, sciatica, and even complete immobility due to pain in some extreme cases.
 
The issue with attending a general spectrum yoga class, especially without your teacher being informed about your disc bulges is that any forward folding (flexion) could exasperate a bulge. 
 
Now, there are yoga Asana (poses) that are extremely helpful for disc protrusion, however, they should be done in isolation, not in a general class that also includes a forward fold.
 
Any deep flexion, especially with a rounded back, could potentially turn your bulge into a full prolapse. 
 
Guidelines for practicing safely with a disc bulge 
  • Avoid forward folds or flexion if possible, bend knees 
  • If you do incorporate them into your practice, ensure you keep your chin forward and avoid rounding your spine, when we round our spine, and forward fold at the same time it pushes the prolapsed disc further towards the edge of the vertebrae 
How Yoga Can Help 
 
If we look at the issue of forward folds (flexion) bringing the disc further towards the edge of the vertebrae, we can see how backbends, or extension of the spine would do the opposite- bring the disc back towards the other side of the spine (where it should be!) 
 
With this in mind here is a sequence you can practice daily to aid recovery from 
 
Morning time
 
5 x sphinx pose, held for 5 breaths followed by 5 baby cobra or full cobra held for 5 breaths. 
 
1 x Setu Bandhansana held for 10 breaths (you can use a foam yoga block to support your lower back here) 
 
From Setu Bandhasana bring one with both knees bent and feet planted on the floor bring place your hands behind one and bring it towards your chest until you feel a slight pull. Hold this for 15 seconds and do both sides. 
 
Evening Time
 
5 x Setu Bandhasana held for 5 breaths (you can use a foam yoga block to support your lower back here) 
 
From Setu Bandhasana bring one with both knees bent and feet planted on the floor bring place your hands behind one and bring it towards your chest until you feel a slight pull. Hold this for 15 seconds and do both sides. 
 
Attending a Yoga Class 
 
If you do attend a yoga class, remember the principle for avoiding or modifying your forward folds and keep your knees bent where possible- and most importantly, let your yoga teacher know so they can keep you safe with modifications. 
 
Off the mat 
 
Don’t just apply these principles to yoga. When you get off your mat and head home to do the housework, take care of your family, or finally clean out the garage- the same principles apply. Avoid forward folding to avoid placing unnecessary pressure on the anterior portion of the disc.
 
Remember, always get medical clearance from your doctor, listen closely to your body, and avoid anything that causes you pain. 
 
Do you have any questions for us about this topic? What about another issue you are facing around injury, accessibility, or anything related to your practise
 
Drop them in the comments- we love to hear from you! 

New Class Themes for June!

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We have over 100 classes in Ballincollig per month and over 130 classes online. Each month we run brand new themes across our classes to keep them fresh and engaging for our clients!

This June we have some really exciting new themes for online and in-person classes including our Brand New Class- Yoga for Chronic Pain and Conditions with Reena (starts June 10th)

This class takes place online through our Online Yoga Studio Ālaya Yoga Online every Friday at 18:45 and is great for those with chronic pain, chronic conditions, and those suffering from inflammation or long covid.

Ālaya Yoga Online Themes

Monday 7:15 Intermediate with Lalit – Yoga for Strength
Tuesday 11:00 Mixed Level  – Yoga for a Healthy Spine
Wednesday 17:45 Mixed Level – Arm Balances and Inversions
Thursday 7:15 Advanced Flow with Lalit – Core focus
Friday 7:15 Intermediate – Nurture the Nervous System

We also have some brand new class themes in Ballincollig, including our feature class Mindful Monday Hatha Yoga with Sonya at 10 am

Ballincollig Yoga Studio Themes 

Mindful Monday at 10:00 w/Sonya
Quads & Hamstrings Tuesday 18:45 w/Treasa
Finding Flow Wednesday 9:30 w/Karen
Backbends Focus Wednesday 17:30 w/Bernadette
Arm Balances & Inversions Thursday 18:45/Lalit
Chakra Flow Friday 9.30 w/Karen
Glutes & Cork Saturday 10.30 w/Jim
Twist & Flow Sunday 10.30am w/mary

You can book your classes for our online classes or studio here: Book Class

Remember your first class with us in Ballincollig is FREE! Book Free Class Ballincollig 

Let’s Get Started Yoga Workshop-Cork Lifelong Learning Festival

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Let's Get Started-Lifelong Learning Festival

Learn something new and start your yoga journey!

This free one hour workshop takes place at 12.45pm this Saturday April 9th at our beautiful and spacious Ballincollig yoga studio. It will get you familiar with all of the aspects of a full yoga class.

In this workshop your teacher will show you plenty of useful modifications. Your teacher also breaks down the faster parts of our Signature Series, shows you some excellent injury prevention techniques, introduces you to the terms used in yoga, shows you how to use the props and generally deconstructs a class for you. This is followed by a short taster class.

You will be under the guidance of one of our most experienced teachers Jim Daly who is known for his warm, friendly and inclusive method. It is suitable for everybody and will be an informal and fun introduction to yoga. You will leave the class feeling relaxed and energised. Questions are encouraged and welcomed in this very informal, friendly and informative class.

You can book in through our class schedule page here or through the Himalaya Yoga Valley app. Bring along a yoga mat if you have one or if you prefer we have yoga mats and props at the studio. Wear something comfortable and bring a bottle of water. We look forward to seeing you then!

 

April Ballincollig Studio Class Themes

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New Month, New Yoga Themes for April

Every month we add new themes to keep our classes fresh and exciting! Check out all our themes for April in our Ballincollig studio and join us for a class.

Monday

10am Chakra focused Mixed Level Flow with Sonya

Tuesday

6.45pm Yoga for Strength Mixed Level with Karen/Treasa

Wednesday

9.30am Core Flow Mixed Level with Karen

5.30pm Finding Balance Mixed Level with Bernadette

Thursday

6.45pm Twist Focus Strong & Slow Intermediate with Anca

Friday

9.30am Shoulders, Neck & Back Mixed Level with Karen

Sunday

10.15am Head to Toe Strengthening Mixed Level with Mary

Yoga for Peace Fundraising Workshop

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Peace and Loving Kindness Yoga Workshop

Join Anca for a Peace and Loving Kindness workshop on March 11th at 7pm in our Ballincollig studio. This workshop for all levels will be centered around yoga practices that awaken the heart chakra and connect us to compassion. Through yoga, we will gather to find inner peace, send peace to the world and fundraise for the Red Cross who are on the ground in the Ukraine helping those in need.

This workshop will include:

  • Loving kindness meditation
  • Yin yang sequence blending awakening back bends with a restorative and grounding sequence
  • Mantra and music
  • Pranayama

Booking Information

Book your place through our schedule here or on the Himalaya Yoga Valley app. Those attending or anybody who would like to donate can do so here.

March Ballincollig Studio Class Themes

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New Month, New Yoga Themes

Each month we add new themes to keep our class schedule fresh and exciting so that you have lots of choice when planning your perfect week of yoga!

Why not try a class with us this month in our beautiful Ballincollig studio?

Monday

10am Twist & Flow Mixed Level with Sonya

Tuesday 

5.30pm Affirmations and Intentions Yoga with Anca

6.45pm Activate Your Glutes Mixed Level with Treasa

Wednesday

9.30am Backbends Mixed Level with Karen

5.30pm Core & Back Strength Mixed Level with Bernadette

Thursday

6.45pm Healthy Lower Back & Hips Intermediate with Lalit/Anca

Friday

9.30am Heart Opening Backbend Flow Mixed Level with Karen

Saturday

10.30am Chakra Focused Mixed Level with Jim

Sunday 

10.30am Upper Back, Shoulders & Neck Mixed Level with Mary

Book your class through our schedule here or on the Himalaya Yoga Valley app.

Important News

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Dear Clients,

Thank you all for your support during these difficult months. Our whole reason to exist as a school is to promote health and wellbeing. For nearly a decade we have been working to improve the lives of people in Cork to boost their physical and mental health. On a few occasions over the last few months we were set to reopen, however during the planning phase to do so we were conflicted about safety and decided to postpone reopening more than once.  

At present, we feel that it would be irresponsible to bring people together, many times a day to gather in an enclosed space without the use of masks where there is a focus on deep breathing. Even at 2 meters apart we feel that the potential risk is too much for our clients and to our team. We know from recent developments that numbers are rising in Ireland as is the reproduction rate. Ethically we simply can’t reopen and potentially put anyone in harm’s way.

Obviously, for us as a company, it makes business sense to reopen, to clear the class credits of our clients, and to generate some income and to re-employ our teaching team. We have the space, we have the team, on paper we have everything we need to restart our business- but it just does not sit right with us. We simply can’t compromise on our personal and business ethics right now. We have not opened yet, for the same reason that we were one of the first businesses to close in Cork when the pandemic hit. We will always want to put our community first. 

We have had our doors closed for nearly 6 months now and the cost of keeping the company going so we could pivot online and keep providing for our students has been significant. We provided free online yoga classes every day to thousands of people for 8 weeks in our community and we are so proud of the peace and comfort it brought to so many during the first 2 months of the pandemic. We then launched our online studio with accessibility and affordability at the heart of our vision. We are really proud of everything we have done since we have been forced to close our doors.

Alongside that feeling of pride is the sadness we have felt seeing everything we have built come to a close in Cork city, Ballincollig, and Goa overnight. It has been heartbreaking for all of our team. We know it has been hard on our clients too, we know the sanctuary that our spaces provided for people since we first opened in Academy St and we feel that loss the most. We are especially conscious of our vulnerable clients who need us more than ever, for those who have faced the loss of health or loved ones and for our charity partners too who have really lost out since we could not run our Seva fundraising programs.

In terms of our future, we will be reopening our Ballincollig studio when the rest of the country is deemed safe to fully reopen by NPHET and move into phase 4. We want to be absolutely sure that we will be opening at the maximum limits of safety rather than for business reasons. We have a very large space in Ballincollig that can accommodate social distancing and our low price model and safety for our clients and teachers. 

Sadly, we will not be reopening our Penrose Wharf location. It would be impossible for us to sustain or retain a space in the city center when we are not operational until the country reopened. Even if we could, it would be completely unfeasible for us to reopen in that location with more than 65% of our capacity gone. We have always operated at a high capacity of volume to make our low prices a reality, and without that capacity, our pricing model would simply not work. We would be going from a capacity of 35 people to 13 people in our large studio and from 20 people to 6 people in our smaller studio. No amount of classes would be able to see us break even in this scenario with city center rents and rates, and a large team to sustain. We do not want to put our prices up. We have always been centered on accessibility and socio-economic diversity. 

We will work hard to retain our premises in Ballincollig even with our doors closed so that we have a physical space to return to and we will also work on getting a larger space in the city that will accommodate the new normal of social distancing and support our pricing model when the time is right to return. 

None of these decisions have been easy to make, sometimes the right thing to do feels like the hardest thing to do. This is the right thing for us to do. This time will pass but our choices will stay with us. We would also like to share our support with other businesses in our industry who are reopening. Each situation is completely different and each business owner must make the choices that are best for themselves and their own clients. We are unique and so are our set of circumstances. People have been hit so very hard by this pandemic, and this time is also a chance for people to rebuild while they can if they personally feel it is safe to do so. We wish everyone reopening the very best.

We are wishing everyone else in our business community the best of luck with their own ventures and reopening. And we want to share our sympathies with those who have not been able to do so.

We want to thank all of our clients who attended our city center location for their unending support. As much as you gained from being our students in that location, we gained from being your teachers. We want to thank our team who worked in the city center studio with us for their love and support too over the years. Your dedication to Himalaya Yoga Valley and our clients has been outstanding. One day we will all rush around a busy studio again, we will see the smiling faces of our clients and we will be smiling too because we will all be back doing what we love.
 
This is an extremely hard time for all of us as a team and for our family. We appreciate your support and understanding. So often we remind our students about the depth and history of yoga. Yoga has existed for thousands of years before us and will exist for thousands after us. We all still have yoga, our doors may be closed but hopefully, if we have done a good enough job as teachers, you will be able to access your personal practise yourselves for now or you will join us online. 

Thank you all once again for coming to our studios, for supporting our fundraising and community projects and for welcoming us all the way from the Himalayas to Cork when we arrived here from India 9 years ago. As a family business, we were embraced as part of the family in Cork. We look forward to continuing the journey with you in the future. 

Our Founding Director Lalit in particular would like to thank all of his students and our teachers for their years of dedication and practise. He has chosen a quote from one of his own teachers in India to share with you in the hope that you will carry on practicing until we meet again. You will no doubt have seen this on our walls in the studio. It’s a favorite of ours because it is a reminder that through all of the impermanence in life, we always have the light of yoga to guide us. 

“Yoga is a light, which once lit will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter your flame.” ― B.K.S Iyengar

Stay safe and well. 

We hope you will join us online or in Ballincollig when we reopen. If you can, please support us during this time by transferring your existing classes from your pass to our online classes or for use when we reopen in Ballincollig. We want to come back into our community when this awful phase in our collective history is over.

For now, we will continue to serve our yoga community online. It is a wonderful new blossoming that we are so proud to lead and we plan on growing that offering with the usual integrity and effort our clients have come to expect.   

Our team are on the webchat here on our website and emails as usual if you need to get in touch with us.

We look forward to being back with our clients as soon as possible. 

Yours in Yoga,

Eveanna 

On Behalf of The Himalaya Yoga Valley Team 

Client Guidelines for Practising Yoga at our Studio

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We are so looking forward to welcoming our clients back to our Ballincollig centre from the 13th of July! The safety of our clients and team are our top priority. Please follow these guidelines when attending classes with us.


Class Capacity, Timings & Student Registration

• Capacity of students in each class will be in line with social distancing requirements of 2 meters

• Each class will be one hour in duration reduced from one hour and fifteen to allow for extra measures between classes

• There is 30 minutes between classes to allow for cleaning studio

• All bookings and transactions made online so that there is no cash transactions in the studio (prearranged exceptions will be made for people with accessibility barriers, no internet, this must be pre-arranged and absolutely the exception not the norm)

• Students must sign in before coming to the studio. We can not facilitate drop in’s

Supplies

• Students are welcome to wear visors and masks and can bring their own masks

• All students must bring their own props and yoga mat- these can not be left at the studio and must not be shared between clients

• We no longer have a water dispenser- please bring your own water

Cleaning and Hygiene

• Students must sanitize their hands before entering and exiting the studio

• After and in between each class the teacher will sanitize commonly touched surfaces

• The studio will continue to be regularly cleaned by a contracted cleaner

• Our downstairs door will be locked while cleaning takes place. Please wait for the teacher in your car or outside observing social distancing until you are called to enter. This prevents client crossover and ensures you are entering a clean and safe space

Practising Yoga

• We have staggered marked out spaces based on current social distancing guidelines for people to practice. Please place your mat on these designated markings only

• Teachers will provide verbal cues and demos rather than physical adjustments

• Please observe 2 meter distancing from the teacher

• Prop heavy classes are not currently on our schedule as we do not provide props

Class Check in and traffic flow

• Our teacher will meet clients at entry door downstairs to check you in on the iPad and there will be staggered entry staggered entry

• Please keep 2 meters apart when entering and exiting the studio and remove shoes at entry and put in bag, and store with other personal belongings in studio cubby holes. All personal belongings including shoes and car keys must be in a clean bag in cubby hole.

• Please come to the studio in dressed ready for practise. We will not be using changing rooms.

Other Important Measures

• Any student who has contact with someone who has Covid-19 must not attend our studio for 14 days and until they have received medical clearance to do so

• Any student displaying symptoms of Covid-19 should not come to class. You can find out about symptoms of Covid-19 and what to do if you get sick, here https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/472f64-covid-19-coronavirus-guidance-and-advice/

• It is imperative that absolutely all students are signed in to class for the purpose of contact tracing should it be required. Please check that your contact details on our system are up to date and we can contact you should we need to

• If you are unwell, or become unwell after class please contact our team on info@yogacorkireland.com and notify us so


Our philosophy on holding space for yoga during these times

We are overjoyed to have you back! We will give you the same warm welcome you are used to when coming to our studio, we may not be able to be physically close to our students but we will still aim for close energetic and human connection. Our space will be a much needed sanctuary that puts safety at the peak of our priorities. We commit to creating a safe space of healing and warmth that is designed promote and protect the health of our clients and team.

If you have any questions please contact us.

Namaste and see you soon!

Our Reopening Date and Other Exciting News!

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Namaste,
We hope you and your families continue to remain safe and that you are enjoying an ease in restrictions. Our team have been working hard behind the scenes preparing to welcome students back to our Ballincollig studio with all social distancing and precautions in place. We have also been working hard on some exciting tech developments too- read on!

Our New App and Booking Software

We are delighted to share with you the launch of our exclusive Himalaya Yoga Valley App! You now can easily book classes online, update your memberships, attend virtual classes, book your studio classes, watch our members and access all of our services with much greater ease and speed!

Follow these links to download our app

Android: Android App
iOS: iOS App

All of the details you need to get our app and your account activated are here

Himalaya Yoga Valley App & Booking Tutorial

All Clients Must Activate their New Accounts

As well as our exciting new app being available for our clients we are now using Glowfox as our client management and booking software system. All clients have had their accounts, membership and class credits moved across to our new software and you will need to follow these instructions to set up your password and book classes and access your account.

Our new booking system will be live on this page https://yogacorkireland.com/online-booking/ from Monday July 6th at 10am.

Active Membership/Pass

-Log in if you have an existing membership/class pass with your registered email and click on Forgot Password to reset your password
-If you are signed up to our Online Monthly Unlimited Yoga Membership for €19.99 you need to purchase a new membership when your current monthly pass expires. We are running an amazing value intro offer of €9.99 for the first month which gives you access to over 100 virtual live yoga classes each month and an exclusive members video library. Be sure to sign up before your next auto renew date!
-All active class passes have been transferred to our new booking system

New Users

-Create a new account and purchase a new membership or pass

Please note we have a special offer running of just €9.99 for an unlimited virtual yoga pass for the first month to our €19.99 virtual studio members who make the move to our new software with us!

Reopening in Ballincollig

With our capacity reduced by close to 60% and Ballincollig being a large space we will begin holding classes in this location from Monday the 13th of July. As per our announcement last week, we will begin our phased reopening with the opening of our Ballincollig studio first given it’s space and suitability for social distancing.

Ballincollig

Please see this video of our Ballincollig Yoga Studio which will give you an idea of why it is such a popular place to practise with our clients- we look forward to welcoming you there.

Highlights of our Ballincollig Studio

*One of Ireland’s largest yoga studios spanning over 2000 sq ft
*Located just off the link road
*Beautifully designed, spacious studio with lots of light & overhead heating
*Free Parking on Site
*15 minutes drive from Cork City

Safety

We will be following all HSE guidelines to make practising with us as safe as possible for our team and our clients and these guidelines can be viewed here. Please read these in advance of attending our studio.

Classes will be one hour in length to account for studio cleaning and can not cross over so we will have approximately 3 classes per day to begin with in this government phase of restrictions.

Please note all bookings must be completed and paid for online as we will not be doing transactions in the interest of safety. In the interest of taking care of vulnerable or elderly clients who may not be able to book online we will make exceptions and our team will assist you. You will need to email for this before attending the class and this is in exceptional cases only. We want to keep barriers to practise down so we are here for those clients who can not book online and for all other clients we greatly appreciate your support in keeping our team safe by pre paying and pre booking.

Your Pass or Membership

If you had a pass or membership with us with remaining classes or time on it before the lockdown started and have not transferred it for use online, you can now contact us to reactivate it and we will extend the validity equal to what was remaining on it when we closed. If you have a pass or membership that you bought for use in our studio before the lockdown and you reactivated it during the lockdown to use online, you can carry on using it online, in house or blended between both. Virtual studio memberships are exclusively for use online. Our team is always on hand if you need any help or clarification regarding your pass. Simply drop us a line.

Out of respect to our clients who have patiently waited to use their passes during lockdown we will not have passes available for sale. Single classes will be available for purchase and use on the same day at a reduced drop in rate of €10. We kindly request that clients attend a maximum of three classes per week online and also use our online classes to ensure that everyone gets an opportunity to attend.

Himalaya Yoga Valley Online

Should you wish to practise from home you can join our thriving online community and attend up to 100 classes per month with Lalit, Lisa, Anca, Jim and Carolann from the comfort of your own home for just €19.99 per month and €9.99 for the first month! We have up to 5 classes a day, including Dynamic, Themed, Gentle Glow, Restore & Revive and plenty more of your usual favourites. Our clients are thrilled with being able to access the same classes they know and love without the commute. We have recently acquired a purpose assigned yoga recording studio where all of our live classes will be streamed from, and all of our videos recorded from. We look forward to delivering the highest quality virtual classes to our clients from around the world!

We now have over 30 videos available for our clients, this bank will keep growing as we go and we are excited to bring you some fresh class themes, workshops and guest teachers from August. Keep an eye on our website and app for all of the details!

Thank you and Welcome Back!

Thank you to all of our clients who have supported us since we closed our doors in March, and to all of you supporting us as we reopen them. Thank you also to our wonderful team who have kept our clients in yoga online and everything running in the background! We look forward to welcoming you back to Ballincollig or to our virtual studio.

Great News! Our phased reopening begins soon…

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Namaste,

We hope you are all doing well and your families are safe and well too. It came as a pleasant surprise to us on Friday that yoga studios will have the opportunity to become operational again on the 29th of this month. We were expecting permission for yoga studios to reopen in the August phase and our planning has been geared towards that date. We will however now begin a phased reopening of Himalaya Yoga Valley with our Ballincollig centre reopening first and we will also retain and expand our virtual studio offerings. With our capacity reduced by close to 60% and Ballincollig being a much larger space it will be feasible for us to begin our reopening from that location with all of the social distancing and hygiene measures required to do so safely. We aim to reopen in Ballincollig in the second week of July and will notify you when our schedule is up to take online bookings!

Ballincollig

Please see this video of our Ballincollig Yoga Studio which will give you an idea of why it is such a popular place to practise with our clients- we look forward to welcoming you there.

Highlights of our Ballincollig Studio

*One of Ireland’s largest yoga studios spanning over 2000 sq ft
*Located just off the link road
*Beautifully designed, spacious studio with lots of light & overhead heating
*Free Parking on Site
*15 minutes drive from Cork City

Safety

We will be following all HSE guidelines to make practising with us as safe as possible for our team and our clients and we will circulate and publish our practice guidelines and policy in the coming weeks before we open. This will be available to view on our website, social media channels and you will also receive it by email if you are on our mailing list. We were the first studio to close in Cork. We did so early to protect our team, clients and community and we will not rush reopening for the same reasons. We thank you for supporting that decision when we made it and thank you in advance for working with us to keep everybody as safe and healthy as possible.

Classes will be one hour in length to account for studio cleaning and can not cross over so we will have approximately 3 classes per day to begin with in this government phase of restrictions.

Your Pass or Membership

If you had a pass or membership with us with remaining classes or time on it before the lockdown started and have not transferred it for use online, you can now contact us to reactivate it and we will extend the validity equal to what was remaining on it when we closed. If you have a pass or membership that you bought for use in our studio before the lockdown and you reactivated it during the lockdown to use online, you can carry on using it online, in house or blended between both. Virtual studio memberships are exclusively for use online. Our team is always on hand if you need any help or clarification regarding your pass. Simply drop us a line.

Please note all bookings must be completed and paid for online as we will not be doing transactions in the interest of safety. In the interest of taking care of vulnerable or elderly clients who may not be able to book online we will make exceptions and our team will assist you. You will need to email for this before attending the class and this is in exceptional cases only. We want to keep barriers to practise down so we are here for those clients who can not book online and for all other clients we greatly appreciate your support in keeping our team safe by pre paying and pre booking.

In respect to our clients who have patiently waited to use their passes during lockdown we will not have passes available for sale. Single classes will be available for purchase and use on the same day from the start of our second operational week. We will monitor attendance and open up sales for passes based on our findings. We kindly request that clients attend a maximum of three classes per week online and also use our online classes to ensure that everyone gets an opportunity to attend.

Himalaya Yoga Valley Online

Should you wish to practise from home you can join our thriving online community and attend up to 100 classes per month with Lalit, Lisa, Anca, Jim and Carolann from the comfort of your own home for just €19.99 per month! We have up to 5 classes a day, including Dynamic, Themed, Gentle Glow, Restore & Revive and plenty more of your usual favourites. Our clients are thrilled with being able to access the same classes they know and love without the commute. If you wish to become a member of our virtual studio you can do so here many clients have expressed their wish to keep practising from home and we are proud to be able to deliver the highest quality yoga experience directly to them. We have some very exciting international teachers lined up and our online community has grown into a very special one!

Thank You So Much

We appreciate all of the incredible support from our clients over the last few months and our wonderful team who offered so much to our community for the first 8 weeks of the pandemic lockdown with free classes every day- we had attendance of over 100,000 during that period with people from all over the world benefiting from yoga to help them get through a difficult time. We continue to offer free online classes to frontline health workers and we hope to restart Yoga in the Park as soon as possible to fundraise for our charity partners who have been so hard hit by this pandemic. We are in the process of getting relevant permissions from the council to do so.

It has been a challenging time for us as a team and to stay afloat as a business, but the support of our wonderful clients and teachers has kept our spirits uplifted!

Once again, thank you, and we look forward to seeing you in Ballincollig or online!

Yours in Yoga,

The Himalaya Yoga Valley Team