If you have ever thought about joining a yoga class now is the perfect time!
We have classes designed specifically for people who have never done yoga before who are looking to gain expert and personalised knowledge with a highly qualified team. Over the last 6 years we have welcomed thousands of students with absolutely no yoga experience through our doors and onto the mat.

So many of our most regular and established clients began their yoga journey with us at one of our beginner classes. Our friendly teachers and team will look after each individual that attends our classes and make sure you feel comfortable and enjoy the experience of your first and most important class- the class that will begin you on your yoga journey!

We understand that for many people it can be intimidating to start practicing yoga and we encourage a friendly and non competitive atmosphere where everyones individuality is cherished.

Yoga is a fun yet challenging and accessible practice that is available to everybody.

Anyone who attends our centre will see a wide range of clients from all backgrounds – fitness enthusiasts, seniors, moms and their babies, students, people recovering from injury, sports people and athletes, corporate workers, people with limited mobility and everyone in between!

 

Here are a few common questions answered that may help you roll out a mat and join us:

What is Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient healing science that originated thousands of years ago in India and has gained global popularity due to its countless positive effects of the mind and body.Yoga currently benefits more than 15 million people around the world. In short yoga is a way to improve the health of the mind & body and balance all of the systems.

When you join a yoga class with us you will begin with some simple pranayama breathing excesses that are designed to regulate the nervous system and bring clarity and calm, this is followed by warm ups that bring synovial fluid to the joints and nourishes the connective tissues and then you practise the yoga poses called asanas which improve strength, flexibility and balance followed by a closing relaxation period called savasana. 

Yoga is a holistic science designed to connect the body and mind though these simple and easy to do methods. Yoga will bring mental and physical strength and flexibility in equal measures. Yoga is not a religion and people of all faiths and beliefs benefit greatly from it. Yoga is for everybody!

What are the benefits of Yoga?

People get pretty excited about yoga and there are grounds for that excitement! People fall in love with yoga for lots of reasons but basically it makes you feel great- mentally, physically and emotionally. Yoga speaks to the individual on a holistic level through the union of mind, body and breath. Here are some of the reasons people keep coming back to their mats.

Yoga:

  • reduces anxiety and stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system
  • lowers cortisol levels
  • improves flexibility and strength
  • develops core strength
  • improves lower back health
  • improves discipline
  • builds confidence through achievement
  • increases concentration through focus
  • encourages sound sleep
  • increases fitness levels
  • increases immunity
  • decreases blood pressure
  • improves mood and concentration
  • stabilizes the autonomic nervous system
  • improves posture
  • endocrine function normalizes
  • respiratory rate decreases
  • promotes joint & connective tissue health
  • improves respiratory and cardiac function

Ok I want to try Yoga - where do I go from here?

If you are completely new to yoga we recommend our free “Lets Get Started” class which you can attend with other students in the same shiny new yoga boat as you! This class takes place every Saturday in Penrose Wharf at 11am and in Ballincollig at 12.30pm. Or if you wish to jump right in to a regular class you can have a look at whats on offer at our Class Descriptions page.

If you have any questions you can always drop us an email with your query or if you wish we can call you and answer your questions on the phone- simply email us your number requesting a call back. We would also love to see you here in the studio in person to chat with you so please do drop in to us.

Our team of reception staff, teachers and manager look forward to welcoming you to our centre!

Your First Class

When you begin your yoga journey with us you do not need to buy anything special to attend a class- just wear comfortable clothes that you can move around in. We have everything you need at the centre including mats for our beginner students.

We have a lovely chill out room at our Penrose Wharf Centre where you can sit before and after class and enjoy a cup of herbal tea. Lots of great friendships have started in our chill out area and we love to see our clients relaxing before and after class here.

Please arrive 10 minutes before class and let your teacher know if you have any injuries or medical conditions.

Enjoy your first class!

 

Can anyone do Yoga?

Absolutely! Yoga is for everybody – it is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels to increase their health irrespective of body type, age, flexibility or shape.

There are many different options available within each yoga posture that will suit everyone. Many people think you need to be flexible to take part in a yoga class, this is not the case- a great yoga teacher will always have a range of levels available to their students. Whilst your flexibility and strength will increase from a regular yoga practice it is not a prerequisite to begin.

Yoga is also a wonderful complimentary practice for those who go to the gym, run or have a strong workout routine as it utilizes muscles in the body in a three dimensional way that no other exercise does to support existing fitness routines. We have a lot of crossfit members, GAA players, runners and athletes attend our studio. We have a class for everyone from babies to the elderly and we wholeheartedly encourage diversity at our centre through accessible teachings.

But what if I can't do it?

Yoga is a non competitive practice that we encourage students to practice with compassion and kindness to the self.

Our teachers are trained to offer many levels within each posture so the student can always access a part of the pose whilst working towards the full expression. We also have props which can assist students in deepening their practise safely under the guidance of our expert team.

There is no such thing as a perfect posture we are always growing. You never need to compare yourself with others. This is a wonderful aspect of yoga- we can always develop further and so we learn to appreciate where we are at all times.

Your practice will evolve and change and it is perfect because it is unique to you! Our teachers will certainly challenge you and guide you in relation to correcting alignment and deepening postures. They will help you to make progress relative to you as an individual.

Will I have to buy lots of things to get started?

Nope! Come as you are. Wear comfortable clothes (the kind you might wear to go for a brisk walk) and you are ready to go.

We have everything you need at our yoga centre which is a yoga mat, some yoga props and a warm smile from our excellent teachers.

As you can see from our price structure we believe that everyone should have access to yoga without it hitting the pocket hard and this goes for fancy accessories too.

What about us guys?

For guys who worry that yoga is for girls, fear not! Approximately a third of our students are men and you will find plenty of other guys here at the studio and in your classes. We have men from the armed forces, sports people and plenty of runners who attend.

There are also lots of guys at the studio looking to regain their health after time away from being active. Some of our most dedicated students are guys who have started their yoga journey with us (sometimes suspiciously…) and found strength, flexibility, focus and a positive challenge at our classes.

When can I start a pregnancy yoga class?

It is recommended to start a class after the first trimester of your pregnancy. During the first trimester, your body is going through many changes. Rest and relaxation is best during this time until energy levels have returned to normal which usually happens during the second trimester. If you are unsure, ask your doctor. You can join a pregnancy yoga class anytime during the second or third trimester, at any stage, it’s never too late.