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Mindful Yoga Classes

Mindful Yoga Classes

MINDFUL YOGA

Wednesday – 9.15 to 10.30am

60 euros for 5 wks – starting Wed 20th May 2015

MINDFUL YOGA

Thursday – 6.15 to 7.30pm

60 euros for 5 wks – starting Thurs 21st May 2015

Mindful Yoga

Mindful Yoga is a systematic, step by step approach, which emphasises inner awareness through postures, breathwork, meditation and relaxation. Expanding the awareness opens up new aspects of our being, helping us to live to our full potential.

Yoga is not a quick fix nor purely physical. It is a system based on ancient proven scientific and universal knowledge. It is a system that supports our own efforts and takes into account your individual nature – students are encouraged to work within their own limitations, their individual comfort zone, and to develop at their own pace. Classes are suitable for everyone, regardless of age, health conditions or abilities.

Students are encouraged to observe body and mind – there is an emphasis on awareness, and being mindful of the co-ordination of movement and breath. Classes include asana (practice of postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), and yoga nidra (deep relaxation) and / or meditation. See below for more info.

These nurturing yogic practices have a profound effect on our physical, mental and emotion levels; during which we are allowed the space to create a sense of stillness in the mind, which allows us to re-connect with our own inner peaceful state.

All classes suitable for beginners. Please bring a mat and a blanket. Limited spaces available.

For more information or to book your place please call or text:
Shirley on 087 245 7167

 

Asana (Yoga Postures)

Asana help to keep the body healthy by removing energy blockages and releasing physical tensions, and giving greater flexibility to the spine, muscles and joints. The function of internal organs is improved, as is the overall body function. Classical yoga asanas are included in a class, building up to them very gently. As the student’s experience and capacity deepens, more complex and challenging practices are gradually introduced. In a Yoga class, asanas are explored in a non-competitive atmosphere.

Pranayama (Breathing Techniques)

Breathing techniques are important not only for supplying the body with fresh oxygen and strengthening the lungs but also they have a direct affect on the brain and the emotions. They serve to balance the nervous system and put us in touch with the more subtle energies and aspects of our being and the environment around us. The aim of pranayama is to awaken, balance and expand the prana (vital energy) in the body. Also useful for inducing relaxation and calming the mind. Pranayama training traditionally begins with practices that increase breath awareness, and then 3-part yogic breath; before advancing to classical pranayama techniques, such as nadi shodana, kapalabhati, etc.

Yoga Nidra (Deep Relaxation)

Yoga Nidra is a simple guided relaxation and meditation technique experienced lying down, and is often the favourite practice of yoga students. It involves a systematic relaxation and purification at the physical, mental and emotional levels. Yoga Nidra can easily deepen into a blissful experience where the body sleeps but the awareness remains active as it descends through the layers of the mind. All classes will include this and/or meditation.  Yoga Nidra has many associated health benefits. Relaxation techniques decrease heart rate, blood pressure, respiration rate. Deep muscle relaxation relieves anxiety. It is a known scientific fact that thoughts, and stressful events create anxiety, causing tension to occur in the physical body. This can rapidly become a vicious cycle as tension in the body creates feelings of anxiety and psychological distress. The good news is that deep relaxation releases tension in the muscles, which in turn relieves anxiety.  In fact it is scientifically proven that regular sessions of muscle relaxation is also extremely effective in the treatment of chronic pain, muscle tension and spasms, high blood pressure, digestive problems, and insomnia.  Yoga Nidra is like any other practice, it needs to be practiced regularly to get the benefits, and the more we do it the shorter the time it takes to reach a state of real relaxation.

Meditation

Meditation techniques are taught systematically, and over a course of sessions may cover body stillness, breath awareness, inner observation and mantra (sound vibration).   The first classical meditation technique to be taught is Antar Mouna. This is the practice of “inner silence” and the foundation of all meditation practice. It is where one becomes aware of the inner working of the mind and learns to both witness and accept thoughts, feeling and ultimately ourselves, as we are. Through this gradual process of becoming quiet, we allow a sense of inner peace to arise.

The regular practice of meditation will expand the awareness and bring the practitioner many benefits, including enhanced concentration, reduced stress and a sense of calm amidst the ups and downs of daily life.