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Yoga for changing times

an evolving project

Theme: Shifting Perspectives – subtlety and breath

We will be focussing on YS 1.40-55 to explore the process of increasing subtlety of perception, particularly in relation to the role of the breath. How can this heightened awareness help us navigate the challenging times we’re living through?’ 

 ‘A shift in consciousness may sound grandiose to some, insufficient to others. But we live in a time of growing awareness of the intimate connections between outer and inner worlds’
from ‘The Future We Choose’, by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac.

The process has already started, but it will continue step by step, listening to our individual and collective needs, with meetings between 4 and 6 times a year. 
In essence, yoga is a philosophical and spiritual teaching for living freely and fully in the world. The practice on the mat allows for a change on a cellular level In a world which is changing so rapidly, our relationship with yoga can be a support, but it needs to be a living support, which can change as we do – and allow for a transformation of consciousness which is needed to move into the future.
The practice on the mat is like a laboratory for exploration which has the potential to change us on a cellular level, so we quite literally become ‘the change we want to see’.

‘The state of yoga … is a beginning and not an end-point … a momentary state, the initiator of a process which transforms both our perception and our being in the world.’ Peter Hersnack

What is essential in yoga can then remain both relevant and resonant to our changing lives.

  • a group of people, some yoga teachers, others not, all wanting to explore how yoga can support and nourish us in this sometimes bewildering, fast-changing world.  
  • a nourishing space for practice, sharing and joyful living!
  • an evolving process, led by the whole group.
  • open to ideas and practices from other areas (somatic practices, ideas from environmental teachers etc).
  • yoga in its broadest sense remaining as the hub of a turning wheel.
  • a recognition of our potential, and the need to tap into the unknown in order to ‘be the change we want to see’.
  • yoga as a teaching for living–  in order to inform our daily lives (work, family, community etc).
  • one-day or weekend workshops, with a specific theme to each workshop
  • all work to be grounded in practice- postures, the breath and meditative practice.
  • 2 or 3 practices a day (some ‘mini’, some longer).
  • exploration of ideas and specific postures in more detail.
  • sharing and discussion of key ideas from yoga teaching (mostly the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali), which we then explore in practice.
  • a recognition of our potential, and the need to tap into the unknown in order to ‘be the change we want to see’.
  • yoga as a teaching for living–  in order to inform our daily lives (work, family, and the local and global community ).
  • inspired by the teaching of Peter Hersnack – filtered through our own experience.

Yoga for changing times

an evolving project

Yoga Soundscapes Dublin Event

When:  29th – 30th May (continuing 18th – 19th September, 27th – 28th November and beyond …)
Where: Via Zoom platform
Cost:  €50
(20% of the proceeds are split between a humanitarian and an environmental charity)

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Yoga, Sound and Chant Workshops

“The human voice carries something in its vibration that makes it more powerful than any instrument: consciousness” (Jan Wallaczek)

Sound has a powerful capacity to mobilise energy, and a therapeutic potential through resonance within the body. These workshops have been developing since 2008, bringing together work in sound and yoga.

The workshops combine sound and movement (yoga postures), some seated work with sound, and some seated Vedic chant. It is a meditative process involving listening and responding – tuning in to ourselves and each other. There is a lovely group feel! 

We also work with freer, more improvisatory sounding together, creating a vocalised ‘landscape’. This work comes towards the end of the session, as participants begin to feel comfortable with using their voices, and more at ease in the group. The sounds can be beautiful, almost ethereal: a sounding together, literally a ‘symphony’, where the ‘conversation’ opens up and takes on a life of its own.

This sound work is accessible to anyone, to help people find their own voice. Working with sound is potentially empowering and freeing – as well as very enjoyable! The workshops can help people who have lost confidence with singing or any type of performance. The aim is to connect more deeply with ourselves from the inside in a safe way and to explore our own resonance and creativity. 

These workshops have been happening roughly monthly on Saturday mornings, 10.00-12.00. 

See new timetable in September for details of the programme for 2020-21.

Yoga, Sound and Chant Workshops

Yoga Soundscapes Dublin Events

When:  Saturday mornings, 10.00-12.00
Where: This is an ongoing programme. Details of the next workshop coming soon …
Cost: More details soon

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Retreat/holidays in the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre

This week-long retreat takes place in the beautiful Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre, near Kinvara, Co, Clare, in the West of Ireland. 
Retreats are open to everyone – from beginners to experienced yoga practitioners and teachers. It is a chance to find some space for yourself in a peaceful and stunningly beautiful location and to deepen your practice of yoga and meditation.

These weekend and week-long retreats take place in the beautiful Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre, near Kinvara, Co, Clare, in the West of Ireland. They are part of a wider programme of retreats run all year round by the Centre.

Retreats are open to everyone – from beginners to experienced yoga practitioners and teachers. It is a chance to find some space for yourself in a peaceful and stunningly beautiful location and to deepen your practice of yoga and meditation.

A weekend allows for a letting-go of everyday stresses and time to relax and refresh. On the week-long retreats there is a wonderful sense of time becoming very fluid and an opportunity for deeper rest and nourishment from the yoga practice, the environment – and the food …

The programme is relaxed, with yoga and meditation in the morning, late afternoon and evening. The middle of the day is set aside for a guided walk or activity and lunch in a local restaurant, or else a picnic. The Burren is an outstanding area of natural beauty, with unique wild flowers in the spring and summer, birds and a beautiful coastline.

Food is vegetarian – organic and locally sourced wherever possible – and utterly delicious!

Some people like to come with a friend or relative; others prefer to come alone, needing time for themselves. There is great respect for the needs of each individual, within a warm-hearted, friendly group feel.

I generally take a theme for the week or weekend, often linking into the seasons, the elements or the landscape. The theme then becomes a support for our work in yoga – which takes its own momentum according to the needs of the group.

In this time of coronavirus, the Burren Yoga Centre has put in place measures for health and safety conforming to Irish government guidelines. For detail, see here.

Retreat/holidays in the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre

Yoga Soundscapes Dublin Burren Retreat

When: from Autumn 2021 – dates to be confirmed
Where: Burren Yoga & Meditation Centre,
Kinvara, H91 KN72, County Galway, Ireland.
Cost: Variable – More information

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