Spring Yoga Workshop

Get Your Spring Groove On With A Yoga Workshop

Winter, a season of hibernation and burrowing in often manifests itself as lethargy. We carry onto old weight to protect us from the cold and we end up feeling sluggish or “stuck”. Spring is the perfect time for us to rise out of winter’s lull with fresh energy, a Yoga workshop can be the perfect catalyst to help us to let go of the old to make space for the new.

During the first days of Spring it is the disconnect between our excited mind that is full of expectations and our exhausted, congested body that is slow to come out of hibernation, this can also leave us feeling unmotivated, imbalanced and depressed.

Sthira and Sukha – balance of effort and ease, grit and grace. This is a very important concept from the Yoga Sutras that (Yoga guidelines) of the practice of Yoga. It is a metaphor for our lives and a way of balanced existence. Finding this balance becomes especially important at the start of Spring.

Set Yourself up for a Successful Spring

 

While you might be in the habit of choosing yin and restorative yoga classes during wintertime a more flowing and dynamic practice is called for to help us to rejuvenate and shed our winter layers. In this workshop we will literally be wiping the slate clean. This will help us with this transition and we can start anew. Like a snake that sheds its skin we will celebrate spring by shedding our winter layer and opening up to the energy of the season.

Please contact us to reserve your place in this workshop.
*(353)87 6811240  infoyogaireland@gmail.com

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Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy is a private one to one session with a highly experienced Yoga Therapist.

Yoga as a therapy can be used to address specific physical or emotional limitations. In a general sense, it can address things like back problems, stress management, illnesses, pain management, post Injury, toning certain muscle groups.

What does Yoga therapy involve?

An initial consultation is held with all new yoga therapy clients. This allows clear objectives and goals to be defined. In addition to any prior injuries or health issues to be noted. Breathing, postures mindfulness are discussed and a tailor-made home program is designed for each client.

What are the benefits of Yoga therapy?

Yoga as a therapy can be used to address specific physical or emotional limitations. In a general sense, it can address things like back problems, stress management, illnesses, pain management, post Injury, toning certain muscle groups. Together we discuss what your personal goal is and how to achieve them.

What are the aims of Yoga therapy?

Yoga therapy aims to place the body in a position of self-healing with the help of a therapist. It can restore the natural balance and harmony, bringing positive good health to all parts of life – physical, mental and spiritual. It can be practised in conjunction with any medical treatments you are already receiving, and also in tandem with other complementary therapies. No prior experience of yoga is necessary before starting. It cultivates body/mind integration and a sense of harmony with life.

How long do Yoga therapy sessions last?

You can expect that the initial consultation would be between 60 & 90 minutes. This would be followed by sessions that can last up to 1 hour depending on your requirements.

Cost

The initial Yoga therapy consultation session is €90 as it will last up to 90 minutes. Following on from this with 60-minute sessions which cost €80.

The advantage to choosing a Yoga therapy session is that you will receive a tailor-made daily plan to aid your progress.

What Yoga Ireland teacher offers Yoga Therapy?

Catriona Mc Cormack

Read more: Teacher Catriona Mc Cormack in the Independent Newspaper

Contact Catriona McCormack

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Yin Yoga Workshop

With a Yin practice we find the stillness

Reverse residual stagnation before Spring.

Although the long dark days of winter have their upsides such as snuggling up by an open fire and eating wholesome winter food. Our annual festival of hibernation and quiet reflection can result in physical stagnation, a foggy mind, and a sluggish immune system.

With a Yin practice we find the stillness

In Yin Yoga we stay in poses for long periods of time enjoying deep relaxing stretches. Water is the primary element of winter and the focus is on the water element. We can stimulate the flow of prana (energy) and restore an overall sense of vitality in the body. The stimulation of prana can also take you out of the stagnation in life and help you move through your intentions and move forward, setting up your mind, body, and life for success once spring arrives.

In this workshop, we will target the kidneys and urinary bladder meridians which are the primary organs that move water through the body. We will be paying particular attention to the Back and Hips to release tightness, increase flexibility and ease pain. The specific postures in Yin Yoga stimulate meridian lines that run down the spine as well as down the back of the legs and up the inner thighs and will boost our energy levels, sharpen our minds and promotes emotional equilibrium.

The workshop will prepare you so that you are ready to invite in the new that spring offers.

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Yin Yoga Workshop

With a Yin practice we find the stillness

This workshop promises to be a deeply Relaxing.

Although the long dark days of winter have their upsides such as snuggling up by an open fire and eating wholesome winter food. Our annual festival of hibernation and quiet reflection can result in physical stagnation, a foggy mind and a sluggish immune system.

With a Yin practice we find the stillness

In Yin yoga we stay for longer periods of time deeply stretching and unwinding. Water is the primary element of winter and the focus is on the water element. We can stimulate the flow of prana (energy) and restore an overall sense of vitality in the body. The stimulation of prana can also take you out of the stagnation in life and help you move through your intentions and move forward, setting up your mind, body, and life for success once spring arrives.

In this workshop, we will target the kidneys and urinary bladder meridians which are the primary organs that move water through the body. We will be paying particular attention to the Back and Hips to release tightness, increase flexibility and ease pain. The specific postures in Yin Yoga stimulate meridian lines that run down the spine as well as down the back of the legs and up the inner thighs and will boost our energy levels, sharpen our minds and promotes emotional equilibrium.

The workshop will prepare you so that you are ready to invite in the new that spring offers.

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Yin Yoga Workshop

With a Yin practice we find the stillness

Reverse residual stagnation before Spring.

Although the long dark days of winter have their upsides such as snuggling up by an open fire and eating wholesome winter food. Our annual festival of hibernation and quiet reflection can result in physical stagnation, a foggy mind, and a sluggish immune system.

With a Yin practice we find the stillness

In Yin Yoga we stay in poses for long periods of time enjoying deep relaxing stretches. Water is the primary element of winter and the focus is on the water element. We can stimulate the flow of prana (energy) and restore an overall sense of vitality in the body. The stimulation of prana can also take you out of the stagnation in life and help you move through your intentions and move forward, setting up your mind, body, and life for success once spring arrives.

In this workshop, we will target the kidneys and urinary bladder meridians which are the primary organs that move water through the body. We will be paying particular attention to the Back and Hips to release tightness, increase flexibility and ease pain. The specific postures in Yin Yoga stimulate meridian lines that run down the spine as well as down the back of the legs and up the inner thighs and will boost our energy levels, sharpen our minds and promotes emotional equilibrium.

The workshop will prepare you so that you are ready to invite in the new that spring offers.

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Yoga for Anxiety

Feeling anxious

Through Yoga we can intentionally work on releasing stored emotions to diminish anxiety. Yoga involves mindfulness, deep breathing and focusing the mind. This can effectively help us when dealing with anxiety.

Anxiety is a broad condition that encompasses a huge range of meanings. For some people anxiety means a hint of nerves before heading into a meeting, for others anxiety is a debilitating condition that includes worry or panic, the kind that makes it impossible to leave your home.

Many of us at different stages of our lives experience anxiety. We can face daily demands and overwhelming difficulties sometimes that can cause seemingly uncontrollable feelings of anxiety and fear. When you feel this way it’s helpful to know how to calm yourself and to reclaim your sense of self and well-being. For centuries yoga has offered a quiet retreat away from life’s pressures and has enabled us to reconnect to our inner peace.

Yoga has been proven to calm stress, improve concentration and reduce the symptoms of anxiety. Before long you’ll free yourself from the anxiety and fears that hold you back and learn to live with a more open heart and resilient mind. Just as yoga helps you feel more at home in your body, the mental and physical practices in yoga help increase our sense of contentment in life.

Anxiety can be a difficult emotion to let go of. It demands a lot of self-reflection, opening up to vulnerability, an understanding of what anxiety feels like in your body and how to move through it.

Acceptance

The first way to move toward acceptance is to ask “What is my anxiety trying to teach or show me?” Reflecting on this question may help us find a new perspective from anxiety being a “bad” thing that we have to get rid of, to something that gives us an opportunity for growth. This can give us the opportunity for growth in areas that we have not yet reached.

Most of the time when we try to resist or control something it’s because we do not feel safe or we feel out of control. Reminding ourselves that everything that is happening is for our personal growth and benefit, this can help us to relax a bit more and trust in the timing of our lives.

Yogic Breathing

Belly Breathing/Abdominal Breathing

Anxiety tends to manifest itself as tension in the shoulders and abdomen, from continuous breathing mainly in the upper chest and collarbone region. Constantly breathing like this can signal to our sympathetic system that we are in stress. To counter that try breathing into your belly which allows the diaphragm to properly descend and expand, stimulating the parasympathetic system (our rest and digest mode!) and helps shift us into a calmer state.

Technique

Lying down,place your palms finger tips touching lightly on your belly and begin to slowly breathe through your nose. As you inhale, feel your belly rising, pause briefly then exhale, feel your belly fall and pause briefly. Try to breathe as slowly as possible without force. You should notice your fingers parting as your belly rises and touching at the end of the exhalation, if they don ‘t tocuh simply slide them back together. Do this for up to 5 minutes daily. It’s a wonderful practice to calm your mind anytime and before sleep at night if you’re finding it difficult to switch off your mind.

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Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy is a private one to one session with a highly experienced Yoga Therapist.

Yoga as a therapy can be used to address specific physical or emotional limitations. In a general sense, it can address things like back problems, stress management, illnesses, pain management, post Injury, toning certain muscle groups.

What does Yoga therapy involve?

An initial consultation is held with all new yoga therapy clients. This allows clear objectives and goals to be defined. In addition to any prior injuries or health issues to be noted. Breathing, postures mindfulness are discussed and a tailor-made home program is designed for each client.

What are the benefits of Yoga therapy?

Yoga as a therapy can be used to address specific physical or emotional limitations. In a general sense, it can address things like back problems, stress management, illnesses, pain management, post Injury, toning certain muscle groups. Together we discuss what your personal goal is and how to achieve them.

What are the aims of Yoga therapy?

Yoga therapy aims to place the body in a position of self-healing with the help of a therapist. It can restore the natural balance and harmony, bringing positive good health to all parts of life – physical, mental and spiritual. It can be practised in conjunction with any medical treatments you are already receiving, and also in tandem with other complementary therapies. No prior experience of yoga is necessary before starting. It cultivates body/mind integration and a sense of harmony with life.

How long do Yoga therapy sessions last?

You can expect that the initial consultation would be between 60 & 90 minutes. This would be followed by sessions that can last up to 1 hour depending on your requirements.

Cost

The initial Yoga therapy consultation session is €90 as it will last up to 90 minutes. Following on from this with 60-minute sessions which cost €80.

The advantage to choosing a Yoga therapy session is that you will receive a tailor-made daily plan to aid your progress.

What Yoga Ireland teacher offers Yoga Therapy?

Catriona Mc Cormack

Catriona specialises in Back problems.

Read more: Teacher Catriona Mc Cormack in the Independent Newspaper

Contact Catriona McCormack

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Yoga for better balance

Would you like to create Balance in your life?

The more your balance improves on the mat the more you will see the benefits of this practice in your life.

Yoga will happen when you can use these benefits to improve the way you deal with situations in your life, causing a positive effect on the people around you and the whole world. That is how powerful your yoga practice can be! When we practice yoga we’re not only working on our physical body. We’re also working on our energy and our mind. As we develop our practice we can see the results of all this work in our life. We feel more comfortable in our bodies, we have more energy, our emotions become more stable and our mind’s more focused. The balancing of the mind will have a positive impact on the balance of the emotional, energetic body and the physical body.

The balancing of the energetic body happens as we release energy where we have an excess and we increase energy where we have a deficiency. Basically, during practice, you will cleanse your body from any negative energy for example anxiety, anger, stress and as you eliminate these energies you will make space for new positive energy to replace it.

How do I do it?

  • It is important that when you try to balance, you keep your eyes still in one spot.
  • As you still your eyes, you should bring your attention inward and keep your mind still as you feel your body in the pose.
  • The less you think about it the more you allow your body to do what it needs to do.
  • It’s always good to focus on whichever part of your body is touching the floor and feel the strength of your body pushing the floor away.
  • Conscious Breath. While holding a pose be sure to keep your breathing slow and gently controlled, this will help to keep your body steady.
  • Hold a point of focus: Before attempting to assume a balancing asana, find a stationary spot in the room to fix your eyes on. For example, a point on the wall/picture straight ahead of you. Hold your gaze on this point and steady yourself first before entering fully into the pose. As you slowly come into the pose, keep staring at that same point. This orients your body giving it a visual anchor whilst greatly improving your balance.
  • Concentrate on the area requiring the most activity: Whenever anyone comes into a pose requiring balance there will likely be one specific area of the body’s musculature that is most taxed in order to maintain it. Using the tree pose for example, the area most taxed will be the ankle and leg of the standing foot. While remaining in this pose, focus your attention to the ankle and leg. Feel each tiny muscle, nerve and reflex working constantly to keep you upright and balanced. Keep your mind focused on this area while remaining relaxed.

Don’t Try Too Hard!!!

Yoga for balance

Tree Pose ( Vriksasana )

Technique

  • Start standing on both of your feet and balancing.
  • Shift your weight to the left foot and bend your right knee resting the toes of your right foot on the floor, slowly bringing it off the floor little by little and see how far you can go.
  • If you need to keep the toes of your right foot on the floor, that’s fine.
  • When you’re ready to bring your right foot up higher on your leg and place the sole of your foot against the inner left leg.
  • Firmly press the sole of the right foot against your left leg. Turn the right knee outward to open the right hip.
  • As your balance improves you can challenge yourself more by bringing your hands over your head, gently stretching upwards, opening your back, ribcage and chest.
  • Stay in the pose for up to 30 seconds then eventually up to one minute. When ready exhale and bring the right foot to the floor.
  • Repeat the position on the opposite side always.
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Yin Yoga Workshop

Yin Yoga Workshop to reverse residual stagnation before Spring.

Although the long dark days of winter have their upsides such as snuggling up by an open fire and eating wholesome winter food. Our annual festival of hibernation and quiet reflection can result in physical stagnation, a foggy mind, and a sluggish immune system.

With a Yin practice we find the stillness

In Yin Yoga we stay in poses for long periods of time. Water is the primary element of winter and the focus is on the water element. We can stimulate the flow of prana (energy) and restore an overall sense of vitality in the body. The stimulation of prana can also take you out of the stagnation in life and help you move through your intentions and move forward, setting up your mind, body, and life for success once spring arrives.

In this workshop, we will target the kidneys and urinary bladder meridians which are the primary organs that move water through the body. We will be paying particular attention to the Back and Hips to release tightness, increase flexibility and ease pain. The specific postures in Yin Yoga stimulate meridian lines that run down the spine as well as down the back of the legs and up the inner thighs and will boost our energy levels, sharpen our minds and promotes emotional equilibrium.

This workshop will prepare you so that you are ready to invite in the new that spring offers!!

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Yoga for Sports

Yoga for Sports

With a consistent practice you can experience better performance, flexibility and focus. Whatever your sport is it will enhance your performance and longevity of competition. No lycra required.

Benefits

Yoga doesn’t replace conventional training but works in tandem with it. By improving not only flexibility but also posture, body mechanics and awareness yoga can make every form of training you do more effective and efficient. Yoga expels lactic acid build-up from the muscles and raises your energy level.

Fascia

Improved flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. With continued practice comes a loosening of the muscles, and connective tissues and the fascia. Unlike other exercise yoga increases the flexibility and fluidity of the fascia.

Increased Power

We all know power, strength, and speed are directly related to proper body mechanics. When our body is properly aligned we can transmit force much more efficiently and perform better.

Whatever your sport, by returning your body to its optimal alignment, yoga can you’re your running gait and efficiency, help you punch, jump, or throw more explosively.

Better Endurance

Yoga increases respiratory capacity. Many people have overcome asthma and other respiratory conditions through regular practice. This is invaluable to athletes. Yoga has been proven to dramatically enhance circulation, digestion and range of movement which all further improve endurance and energy.

Improved Balance

Yoga builds greater body awareness, including balance and stability. As a result not only is performance enhanced but our training becomes more efficient.

Injury Prevention

One thing that hampers progress even more than inadequate training is an injury.

By improving body mechanics, flexibility and awareness yoga dramatically reduces the risk of injury both in training and competition.

Enhanced Recovery

By enhancing circulation and lymphatic flow yoga not only increases strength and endurance but also allows muscles to process metabolic by-products more quickly. This speeds up healing time and re-growth and therefore speeding up recovery.

Improved Focus

A regular practice dramatically enhances our clarity and focus. Practiced regularly yoga can give you the awareness and mindfulness you need to take both your training and your performance to the next level and reach your ultimate goal.

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