Workshops & Retreats
I regularly hold workshops, short weekend retreats and longer immersion-style events. Most of these events are on hold due to the current coronavirus crisis, but news will be posted here as soon as they are possible again. When the restrictions are lifted, I will be holding Sunday Yoga Immersion at my studio in Delgany, County Wicklow. Details are below. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to book. If you need a yoga mat to keep your home practice going in lockdown, remember to visit my shop, where you’ll find Jade Yoga mats in lots of colours. Local pick up/delivery is free and otherwise delivery is a flat rate of €5. I sell only Jade Yoga mats because having tried just about every other yoga mat, I always come back to Jade – natural rubber, gorgeous colours and the best ever grip.
Sunday Yoga Immersion (next date to be announced)
Escape from the day-to-day routine with a long and blissful day of yoga at my new home studio in Delgany. We’ll start the day with long, Mysore-style practice, then enjoy a delicious, home-made and super-healthy vegetarian lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll enjoy an hour of Satsang, where we’ll let the discussion flow around aspects of yoga philosophy and how it can inform our daily life. Next, we’ll enjoy a Pranayama and Meditation class, followed by a deep, slow Yin Yoga practice – the perfect complement to the morning’s Ashtanga class. Finally, a deeply relaxing Yoga Nidra (guided meditation) will close our time together. You’ll go home feeling strong, centred and relaxed, ready for the week ahead and inspired to continue your home practice.
Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: €95 (including lunch)
Places limited to 4 due to social distancing guidelines.
To book, contact me at email@example.com or 086 854 2741
Adjustment Workshop (on hold due to restrictions)
Skilful adjustments are a much-loved part of the methodology of Ashtanga yoga. Teaching through touch, going beyond the cerebral, beyond communicating with the mind and being in a class where silence prevails is something very special.
As Gregor Maehle says, “I think there is an absolute sacredness to a teaching setting that is touch-based. There is a magic to those classes where there is just movement, people are going through their sequences and I can teach them by assisting them through touch. As humans, we are wired to thrive on touch. When we see someone in distress, for example, our instinct is to hug them rather than try and talk them out of their pain.”
A common misunderstanding is that adjustments are about pushing a student closer to some idealised version of a pose. Instead, an adjustment should support the student, teaching them to find stability and ease within the version of the pose that works for their body so that their experience on the mat is deeper; their body awakened yet comfortable and their breath steady. An adjustment can also guide the student away from risk to the body, towards a place of safety.
When the skill and intent of the teacher are absolutely beyond doubt and the student has made it clear they are happy to be adjusted, a good adjustment will enhance the student’s experience of the pose and help to deepen their practice. Without the beautiful, supportive adjustments I have received in my 20-year yoga practice, I wouldn’t have fallen in love with yoga and developed the practice that has been of such extraordinary benefit to me over the last 20 years. That’s why I am enthusiastic about sharing what I have learned from my own teachers over the years with teachers and practitioners who want to know how to adjust safely, skilfully and with compassion.
This workshop is open to teachers and practitioners from all yoga traditions who are either new to adjusting or want to refresh and enhance their existing adjustment techniques. It will include a deeply relaxing Yoga Nidra to finish.
You will learn how to adjust key poses in the Standing and Seated Sequence, focusing on:
- How to observe. No two bodies are the same. No one adjustment fits all. Understand how to really see and help the unique body on the mat in front of you.
- Keeping your student safe. Learn how to adjust safely and how to encourage your student to practise mindfully, within their limits.
- Taking care of yourself. Learn how to keep your own body safe as you adjust.