Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
The Yoga of the “eight limbs” according to Patanjali, consists not only of postures (asana) but also of the practices of external and internal mindfulness (Yama & Niyama), breath control (pranayama), sense withdrawal (pratyahara), concentration (dharana), meditation (dhyana) and complete contemplation (samadhi).
All these limbs are practiced together in a set sequence (ie the first of the Ashtanga sequences, the primary series) that can be modified to suit all levels. This sequence is also known as Yoga Cikitsa (Yoga Therapy), as it has a powerful healing effect on the body, mind and nervous system and is truly one of the most effective and transformative practices to be experienced. In individual cases or also in a led class, when appropriate, the sequence will be modified to include other, supportive postures too.
The sanskrit word “Vinyasa” means “to place in a special way”. Often it is translated as “ritual”. It refers to a “ritualised” synchronisation between movement and breath. A Vinyasa Yoga class consists of postures that are sequenced in a way that the practitioner can gradually explore and build up their physical abilities while remaining in a constant flow of movement and breath through which we can achieve a state of internal awareness, concentration and meditation.
While we are working along the traditional sequence of Ashtanga Yoga Primary series mostly, we have to keep in mind that each person is an individual with different needs, strengths and weaknesses. I do not believe in an approach that is too rigid and does not allow for a wider range of postures and modifications if these are to be of benefit for the practitioner. Even, or maybe especially in led group classes these individual differences have to be recognised and postures be made available that will help each participant to progress in their practice over all.
The ideal setting for Yoga classes are individual, 1 to 1 instructions. Here, we can assess and take into account your very personal needs and adapt the practice accordingly. If there is no injury or other physical issue, the Ashtanga Yoga primary series is used as a guideline but will be modified and/or changed more or less strongly if needed, to benefit in the best possible way. If there is injury or other physical issues, I may suggest a very different kind of practice.
Private classes will also allow for practices like Pranayama (breath control), Meditation, Deep Relaxation, TRE (Tension/Trauma release exercises), Ayurveda, Philosophy or Yin Yoga, as needed/requested.
Private classes are perfect for anyone and are the best method of teaching for Yoga. They can also be shared (mysore style) by up to 5 people. For bigger groups an additional 10 euro per person (up to 8 people) would be required.
Private classes will usually take place in Piercestown – if you would like to arrange a different place, additional costs of rent and travel may be added.
Yoga for Kids (ages 8-12)
All the amazing benefits of yoga are of course perfect for our kids. A strong and flexible body, better coordination and awareness, better concentration and emotional balance and all that with a lot of fun and games – what’s not to love?
Yoga for kids takes a child friendly approach to teaching and preparing for postures, deep breathing, mindfulness and relaxation and meditation using music, mantra, mythology, postures and games to make the class a great experience, while at the same time authentically preparing for and integrating the ashtanga yoga method of practice.
Yoga for kids is now only available as weekend workshops. More details tbc.
Yin Yoga is a very slow and gentle but also very deep penetrating style of Yoga that is a perfect complimentary practice to Vinyasa Yoga.
Yin Yoga has a variety of incredible benefits:
On a physical level:
Fascia, a connective tissue that surrounds all our muscles, bones and organs and forms our ligaments and tendons, can tighten around weaker parts of the body (resulting from previous injury or, postural problems, emotional or physical trauma), causing this body part to feel tight and difficult to open up through a regular Yoga practice.
These tissues need a different approach to being exercised. Yin Yoga uses a variety of postures, mostly on the floor, that can be held for longer periods of time, using gravity and time rather than muscle force.
On an energetic level:
Each posture also works on an energetic level on the Nadis or Meridians of the body (which are situated within the fascia) and can have a similar effect to a Shiatsu treatment or Acupuncture.
Chakra work can also be done through Yin Yoga.
On a meditative level:
Each posture is held for several minutes. The nature of the postures and the longer peroid of time spent in them provide a great opportunity to practice mindfulness, breath awareness and meditation. Practicioners often find this more accessible than merely sitting in a meditative practice.
Price: 30 Euro
Based on a mix of Pilates, Yoga and Dance exercises, using light weights (optional), this class will be suitable for all ages, shapes and sizes. We will work on strengthening the core, arms and legs, posture, mobility and flexibility and all around feeling good.
This class is held at the Ballet Academy in Westpoint, Clonard – booking necessary.
Price: 50 Euro