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Say Hello to Joanita

Hi everyone! My name is Joanita. I am honoured to be your Certified Yoga Teacher!

As a Yogi, I am a seeker! I was attracted to yoga because a lot of things in the world didn’t make sense and yoga has always brought peace, calmness in me and above all it unites my mind and my body. Practicing Hatha yoga is really there to prepare the body and mind for the bigger work in life. My practice keeps my body in good health (now it’s like a fit vehicle ready for purpose).

My every day practice also helps me engage with my breath and feel the energy of life as it unfolds in each moment, on and off my mat.Everything is perfect as it is, there is no need to change anything and this is a big challenge. Rising to this challenge opens up to the promise of yoga – let it go and live life in the present moment, grounding in my natural state of being and with the world around me.

I am a proud mother of three beautiful children and as a qualified yoga teacher I am committed to my daily practice so that my teaching is always up to date. Education through yoga is caring for the development of our entire own being.

My class on Thursday morning will focus on alignment and maintaining good posture, with each class ending with a deep relaxation. Stretching will be subtle and effective while finding comfort in building strength and flexibility. If you are new to yoga or the idea of a gentle yoga class appeals to you, you have found your style!

Visit www.yogakoshas.com for more details.

You can book your place by calling Joanita
PH:0860826886
Email:info@yogakoshas.com
Reception :01-8310888 (RiverHolistic)

October Newsletter

The trees are in their autumn beauty, The woodland paths are dry, Under the October twilight the water Mirrors a still sky.

William Butler Yeats

River Holistic October Newsletter

Wow… this has to be one of my favorite months.  It’s a time for change and beauty, which is so fitting for us here at River Holistic.  We have transformed our centre into a beautiful tranquil space just for you.  We closed our doors for a week at the beginning of September to let our new chapter here at the Centre unfold.  We can’t wait for you to come in and experience the transformation.
We will be holding an open evening next month, so you can come in and meet the amazing team of therapists and teachers who I have the honour of calling my Holistic Family.  If you are interested in getting an exclusive invite to this then please give us a call and we will put your name down on the VIP list.  All will be revealed soon.
As always, I am so grateful to everyone for making this Centre the tranquil space it is today.
Look forward to seeing you all real soon,
Claire
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Stress Test: How stressed are you?

Stress test:

How stressed are you?

If you are used to experiencing stress then the chances are you don’t  realise the effect it’s having on you.  Use this simple test to see if you are all stressed out.

Sometimes it’s very difficult to work out whether you are suffering from the effects of stress.  If you experience the symptoms frequently enough then you’ll eventually convince yourself that all these are normal feelings, which is dangerous because you will be less likely to deal with them if you don’t see them as harmful.

Monitoring your stress:

A good way to gauge your personal stress levels is to take the test below.  If your results prove positive, however, then the last thing you should do is stress about it!  Now you realise what you’re suffering from you can now works out a plan to address the problem and look forward to a stress-free lifestyle.

Here are some initial tips on how to maintain stress-free living:

  • Manage your time better
  • Improve your communication skills so that you can express what you feel
  • Learn to say “NO”

Do you know how stressed you are?

Take this quick stress test, and check your scores below.

Responses

1: Never        2: Sometimes      3: Often      4: Always

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember this is not to increase your stress levels.  This exercise is to make you aware of what you are coping with and what you need to work on.

We have many therapies and classes either here at the centre of if you can find them somewhere close to you, do.

Some Stress relievers can be:

Mindfulness and or Meditation:

By meditating, you focus your mind on one relaxing thought for a period of time.  You can focus on your own breathing, an object such as a candle flame, a sound you make or a pleasant you conjure in your mind.  Sit or lie in a quiet place in order to meditate properly.

We have a vast array of different modalities that incorporate meditation and mindfulness techniques:

Mindful Yoga  Mindfulness Meditation Yoga Nidra Kundalini Yoga Breathwork Workshops Zen Drumming Circles SoundBaths Dru Yoga Yin Yoga

For further information on timetables just click on CLASSES or WORKSHOPS to find out more.

We have a multi-disciplinary team here at River Holistic Centre to suit everyone’s stress levels these include talk therapies such as Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy, and hands on therapies such as Reflexology, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Bio Energy, Massage, Aromatherapy, Reiki, Osteopathy.  This is but a few of what we have to offerat the centre to get the full list of therapies available click here: THERAPIES.

Remember we all need a bit of stress in our lives, it is what gives us the drive and determination to achieve the success we all deserve.  As long as you are in control of your stress then you are on the winning side.

Please don’t hesitate in contact us at the centre and let us help you find the right path to becoming stress free.

Claire (slightly stressed but in control)

 

Closed for Decoarating

Hi everyone.
We are closing the centre from the 11th and opening again on the 18th of September, to show our Holistic Home a bit of love.
You will still be able to get hold of us most of the time on 018310888 or email us on info@riverholistic.ie
All of the classes running in the River Room will be going strong while the classes held in the centre will be taking a break that week.
So until then. Have a great week and looking forward to welcoming back through the newly painted doors from the 18th.
Very Excited 
Claire
www.riverholistic.ie

Zen and the Art of Meditative Drumming

‘Zen and the Art of Meditative Drumming’

 

A four week workshop, exploring the links between and the benefits of, group drumming and rhythmic meditation.

Open to complete beginners aswell as more experienced drummers, John and Eoin will guide the group in finding and utilising the primal sense of rhythm, to explore the social, psychological and physiological benefits of this most ancient form of group therapy.

 

We use the Japanese Zen term ‘Mushin’ (empty mind) to describe the altered mindstate induced by rhythmic meditation, but in reality, this is far deeper-seated within the human brain than any religion or philosophy, and may bring us closer to our inner self, through wordless action, than any other activity.(It’s also great fun).

 

All drums will be provided for the workshop, but anyone wishing to bring their own may do so.

Each session will begin and end with a grounding meditation, and run for approximately 90 minutes in total.

 

Cost for the four week course is 100 euro per person.

 

Monday the 25th of September 8pm to 9.30pm

Yoga for Lymphoedema

Yoga for Lymphoedema

By now, most of us are aware that Yoga is good for us. The effects of stress on the body and on mental health cannot be denied. The need for some kind of physical activity is also a given and more and more of the population are turning their back on drink-culture and exploring the world of yoga and fitness.

So why is Yoga so good for us and how can Yoga impact the lives of those living with Lymphoedema?

Well let’s start with the Lymphatic System. In lay-mans terms, the lymphatic vessels are similar to the blood vessels, and in fact they run alongside the blood vessels, collecting any waste products discarded by the blood vessels or discarded by the body tissues (muscle fibres and so on) that the blood vessels have not been able to pick up. So in a sense, the lymphatic system is a clean-up system of the body. While the blood vessels have the heart to pump blood around the body, the lymphatic vessels don’t have this. So how does it work?

The lymphatic system relies on the contracting and relaxing of the muscles in the body to act as a pump, to help move lymphatic fluid, or lymph, where it needs to go. While the rhythmic pumping of blood through the blood vessels helps a little, we really need the stronger action of the muscles to get this fluid moving.

Deep breathing also acts as a pump for the lymphatic system. The diaphragm is a large sheet of muscle that basically cuts the body into two halves. Think of this sheet of muscle just under your rib cage. When at rest, the diaphragm takes on a dome-like shape, pushing up towards the lungs. When we inhale deeply and expand the lungs, while also expanding the belly, it’s actually the diaphragm doing this. It’s stretching out flat, creating space in the chest, pulling air in to fill the lungs up. When you relax and exhale again, the diaphragm returns to it’s resting place, pushing up towards the lungs again and expelling the air from the lungs. This expansion and collapse of the chest/lungs acts as a pump for the lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system has other very important functions too. The lymph nodes detect foreign invaders and instruct the body on how to respond to such threats. So you could say that the lymphatic system is the command centre of the immune system.

If the lymphatic system is running under par, then we are in trouble. The body’s ability to efficiently remove waste products and to detect and defend against infections is compromised. Fluid can build up and stagnate around the tissues causing all sorts of problems. We really don’t want this situation.

The lymphatic system can become compromised due to excess weight, illness, genetic factors and through surgery or other invasive events that damage or remove lymph vessels and lymph nodes. This can lead to oedema (swelling) in one or more areas of the body and this can have an impact on mobility, which in turn can lead to less exercise, which increases the pressure on the lymphatic system as we have no pump to help get things moving again. It’s a downward spiral!

And this is where yoga comes in…

Deep, diaphragmatic breathing is a fundamental part of yoga. And we’ve just seen how important deep breathing is for the lymphatic system. But in addition to this, the calming effects of yoga-breathing help to alleviate stress and promote a sense of wellbeing. And let’s be frank, if your body has been through the challenges of surgery, injury and/or unexplained oedema, you’re gonna need a bit of relaxation and calming of the nerves! The worry of the unexplained can take it’s toll, it’s no joke to go through all that stress. And Lymphedema often goes undiagnosed for years.

A yoga class involving gentle movements, designed for those with restricted mobility due to oedema or due to the use of compression garments, is ideal to help get the muscles working again and get the lymphatic fluid moving. Not all yoga postures and practices are going to feel safe, comfortable and, well, doable to those with restricted movement… And that’s why a class designed specifically for this purpose is ideal.

How about a yoga class taught by a professionally trained, qualified and insured MLD/Lymphoedema therapist, who is simultaneously certified and highly experienced as a yoga instructor? Someone who knows the challenges you face through direct experience in treating this condition? Well now you can…

Yoga for Lymphoedema will be coming to River Holistic in the new year. Contact me with any queries and to register your interest for classes starting in January.

Aideen Schweppe BA, MLD (Vodder), Dip. ITEC

Beautiful Life

Supporting and inspiring your to live your best life.

Ph: 085 1528969

E: aideen.schweppe@gmail.com

Smile, Breathe and Have Faith. Say hello to Kaye

Smile, Breathe and have Faith.

Say Hello to Kaye our newest member of the River Holistic Team.

My name is Kaye. I started my yoga journey in 2013 while I was going through depression and anxiety and I really connected with its healing principles. In 2016, I went through a very difficult time again. Grief… I didn’t know how to deal with it and I was at my lowest. Thank you to Ashling Hughes, (who has been an absolute inspiring yoga teacher and guide) for opening Jyoti Yoga Soul. It was perfect timing that she was starting a yoga teacher training course. I needed something to focus on while going through grief. I was accepted to do the teacher training and wow what a journey it has been.

Over the past few months I went through a spiritual awakening and got to know myself deeper.  I learned how to be kind to myself and to accept things how they are at the moment and let it be. I learned how to trust, trust that everything will fall into place at the right time. I allowed myself to feel EVERYTHING. I cried. I laughed out loud for hours. I learned how to love myself and how to show love.

As I start my teacher path I am VERY excited to share what yoga has brought to my life and how it changed me as a daughter, a sister, a friend as well as just being a stranger J . Yoga heals. Yoga can help us find our balance. Yoga is HAPPINESS.  Yoga is LOVE. Yoga is for EVERY BODY.

I will guide you through meditation to start the class and help you be aware of how to be mindful when transitioning from one pose to another, while allowing the body to feel freely. We will finish off the class with a calming relaxation and meditation. I teach all through the heart. No forcing, no pulling, but listening to how your body feels in every practice.

I look forward to seeing you on the mat!

Smile, Breathe & Have Faith!

Namaste

Mindful Yoga with Kaye

6 week term

10am – 11am

75eu

Every Tuesday

Starting 19th September

0838517915

Hatha Yoga with Brigita

Hatha Yoga with Brigita

Hi Everyone,
My name is Brigita Volkova, I am a Hatha Yoga teacher. Originally started Yoga practising since 2013. I became so passionate about Yoga so I decided to become a teacher. I understood that Yoga is everything and even more, but the most what I understood how to find the inner balance.
I would like to share my energy and knowledge with you all and help to find your own inner balance.

Hatha Yoga’s combined focus on mindfulness, breathing and physical movements brings many health benefits as:

  • Better sleep,
  • Increased energy levels,
  • Improved circulation,
  • Muscle tone,
  • Benefit heart rate & blood pressure.

My classes will include combination of different styles:

  • Stability Yoga
  • Core Yoga
  • Flow Yoga (Strong & Energetic)
  • Cardio Blast Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga (Healing and Bliss Out)
  • Joint Releasing Yoga
  • Mindfulness Meditation 
  • Breathing Meditation
  • Yoga one to one, on an on call basis

Explore All the Glorious Butterflies stored up in your body!

Classes run on Monday’s at 6.40pm to 7.40pm

4 week course – €55, or drop in €15.
Starting 11th September.

Yoga Instructor 250 Hours YTTC registered with Yoga Alliance.
Contact details: 086 169 7777
Email: brigita.volkova@gmail.com

The Face of OHSO Active Meditation

The Face of OHSO Active Meditation

Shunyatta

Most of you Know me as Anna Gale but I also have another name, a name to remind me of my inner truth. It is a name I chose on the 1st of March 2012 while in Pune OSHO Meditation resort India. My name is Shunyatta and it means ‘no thingness’. Taking a sannyasin name is a bit like giving up smoking once you tell everyone you are letting them know to support you and to encourage you to quit, with a sannyasin name you are letting everyone know that you are trying to live an authentic life with honesty, truth, awareness and consciousness. Let me tell you not always an easy thing to do. But there is one beautiful place within you that encourages you, that supports you,  and that reminds you and tells you you are loved your are love and that is your heart.

 

The OSHO Active Meditations shifted something very profound in me, I can’t describe it in words it is something that needs to be experienced from your own heart Centre.

I have trained as an OSHO meditation facilitator so I can share these meditations with you. Each meditation is so unique and have been designed so scientifically by OSHO to suit the western Man/Woman. You will experience shaking, vibrations, dancing, belly laughter, crying to pure inner silence. From Kundalini to No Dimensions there are so many, some you will love and some you will resist. The meditations are a blend of Tao, Buddhism, Sufism, paganism all the richness of a tapestry. So with all the ‘isms’ come along to experience for your self.

 

The OSHO Active Meditations are being held every Thursday evening commencing at 6.20pm and last 1 hour. As the meditation can not be interrupted being on time is crucial as the introduction is as equally important for you to understand the process.

 

The cost is €15 for wages and €10 for unwaged.

 

Contact Anna Gale (Shunyatta) 0860716674 or the River Holistic Centre 018308881

5 Small Steps for Improving Your Self Esteem

Five Small Steps For Improving Your Self Esteem

 

Your self-esteem is a delicate creature. It can be damaged by many things – a break up of a relationship, a change in life or work circumstances – any dent in your sense of identity can leave you feeling less yourself and cause you to suffer a loss of self confidence.

Some people are naturally more self-confident than others, and for some, like myself, it doesn’t take much at all to leave you questioning yourself and your life choices.

When your confidence is at an all time low, it can be difficult to think of practical steps to make you feel better. The natural reaction to pain is for you to withdraw to protect yourself, and so you may begin to pull away from socialising or situations that put you at risk from feeling even worse. When you’re feeling at your lowest and most delicate, it’s all about taking small steps to make an overall big difference.

The WORST thing you can do is to push yourself too hard, and try to make big changes all at once. When you’re delicate, any knock is going to be felt even more acutely, sending you flying back in the opposite direction.

Start small by trying some of the following things.

1. Try Something New

It may seem like the opposite of what you want to do when you’re not feeling good about yourself, but gaining knowledge or learning a new skill can actually make us feel a lot better about ourselves. Learning new things has been found to be a core need for psychological wellbeing. This doesn’t necessarily mean throwing yourself in the deep end and learning something like kite surfing or mountaineering – even something like an online course, or local exercise class can make you feel better about yourself, and introduce you to new people you wouldn’t have met otherwise.

  1. Positive Self-Talk

We are generally not very good at talking ourselves up. We feel embarrassed to admit that we’re any good at anything, and yet we know that we are our own worst enemy.

So, just for a minute, leave the modesty at the gate, and try this psychiatry endorsed “brainwashing” technique to see if it makes a difference. Making a list of 5 things that you love about yourself and reviewing this list daily for one month, has been proven to have a positive effect on self image and self esteem.

 

  1. Take Care of Yourself

When you’re thinking negatively about yourself, it can be easy to fall into a pattern of self- neglect. Taking care of your physical self is the first step to repairing your mental wellbeing. Try simple things such as making yourself healthy, delicious dinners, or making sure that you go out for a long walk every day. Exercise has also been consistently found to improve mood, and your overall self- confidence.  Make taking care of yourself a priority rather than an afterthought

  1. Be Kind to Yourself – Spend time doing things you enjoy.

Think about what you would do for a friend if they were feeling down. Would you force them to start on their to-do list, or tell them they need to ‘pull themselves together and sort themselves out!’. No – of course you wouldn’t! You’d spend some time with them, listening and doing something that they wanted to do, like go for a coffee, or a walk, or to the cinema. Treat yourself like you would treat a friend. Allowing ourselves time to do the things we enjoy is another important act of self-love, it signals that we respect ourselves enough to allow ourselves happiness. Once our mind is clearer, we can concentrate on the more ‘pressing issues’ of the day.

  1. Help Others

The Dali Lama was certainly on the right track when he said “Our prime purpose in life is to help others”.

Sometimes when we are thinking negatively about ourselves, it can help to focus our attention outward by helping other people. Not only does this distract us from the negative self-talk in our heads, but as a result of helping others, our own self-esteem increases. Psychologists have discovered a direct link between volunteering and levels of self esteem. I’m not talking about saving the world, but a few hours spent a week volunteering for a charity, or even popping round to see an elderly neighbour can have huge mutually beneficial benefits!

We have some amazing talk therapists in house if you feel like you need someone to talk to.

Dr. Zuleika Daly

Tomas West

Grainne Jordan

 

 

 

Source: Huffington Post UK