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BREATHE RETREAT Yoga and Raw Food Retreat

Dear Friends!

When was the last time you took a whole day out of your busy life, just for you? Where everything you needed was provided and you didn’t have to worry about anything or take care of anyone but yourself?

Taking a whole day off from family and work commitments can be seen as ‘selfish’, but what we forget is that to take care of everyone around us, we also need to take time out for ourselves. And I’m not just talking about the ladies here!! Unwind, relax and recharge. Connect with what makes you feel whole again! I know from my own experience that this is something I very often crave, and not just because I’d love it, but because I need it.

Going on a retreat conjures up images of white sandy beaches with a yoga studio on the edge of an azure ocean! And if we could get there, wouldn’t it be wonderful! But taking time out, doesn’t have to be complicated.

Close to home, tucked away in the quite countryside, is a timber frame house by a river, with a lovely yoga studio and a tranquil space, just for you! Come a see what a difference a day makes!

See below the poster for items you can bring to enhance your experience!

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Items that may enhance your experience

1. Yourself, without your cares or worries.

2. Light, stretchy, comfy clothes!

3. A light blanket.

4. Swimming gear, including croc’s or runners that can be worn in the water!

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2013 in News

 

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Teen Yoga End of Term!

ImageAs the Leaving Certificate exams begin, I have to step back and think about just how amazing our young people are! For the next few weeks thousands of our youth will battle through hours and hours of exams, but my thoughts mostly rest with a great bunch of Transition Year students with whom I had the the honor of teaching yoga to this last Spring. At the end of our 8 weeks, there truly was nothing better than seeing everyone lined up against a wall doing headstand, or silently resting on the floor after class. The sporadic wave of giggles reminds me that these young people still contain that joviality that we as adults have sometimes lost! 

Here are some testimonials from students I taught this last Spring 2013. These lovely individuals aged 15 – 16 received 8 weeks of yoga in their own school environment.

“Just a fantastic module. End of!” 

“It was very fun and relaxing, I love yoga!”

“It was fun and relaxing and helped build up confidence. If I keep it up I would be a lot more fit and flexible”

“This class is great fun and I recommend more people to do this programme. I can stretch and my breathing is better”

“Even though I have only been doing yoga a short time, it has already helped me so much in learning how to relax, all while doing exercise. I would definitely recommend it. I feel more relaxed. The quotes given on sheets each week really put things in perspective.”

“Very relaxing if surrounded by the right people.”

“I really enjoyed it. It was very interesting and I will definitely try to keep up yoga on my own”.

“I really enjoyed yoga this year. It was really interesting to learn about and a fun way to exercise. I enjoyed being able to see myself getting better as the weeks went on. I think I’m much more flexible. I found the poses easier as the weeks progressed.” 

“It was good fun”.

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2013 in News

 

April Yoga Classes

l_3b_020-raspberry.jpgSpring has sprung, the days have a lovely stretch in them and the sun has finally come out to play! The perfect time to spring into action and awaken our growing energy levels. 

This term we have a change in the schedule. Monday classes have been moved to Thursday and the Wednesday 6.45pm class will now start at 6.30pm. 

After getting a little too close to burnout last term, I have had to move the classes around a little to facilitate some personal rest and family time. I spent some time over the Easter holidays contemplating the yogic principle of Ahimsa, which translates to ‘non violence’. For me personally it is a principle that I often find challenging. Ahimsa to me, means using my breath and a calm mind, to really feel where I am in my body. To take note of my energy levels, my mood, any tightness or aches in my body, and then doing my practice while taking them all into consideration. I can easily practice to unrealistic expectations or allow my competitive tendencies to take over, pushing myself over the edge. I have to constantly remind myself to be true to my own journey, rather than trying to travel someone else’s path.  

It can be a challenge to truly take care of ourselves. For some it might mean going to bed early, taking time to eat, hydrate, rest, exercise, or all of the above. Self care comes in many forms and I think we each know deep down what we need. So I hope Ahimsa will be a principle you will also be able to practice this spring. To treat your self with care, and hopefully allow the strength you gain to filter and spread to those around you! 

Namaste! 

Irene

Wednesday 6.30 – 7.45pm 

Wednesday 8.00 – 9.15pm

Thursday 6.45 – 8.00am 

Thursday 10.00 – 11.15am

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in News

 

February Yoga Courses

Hi Folks,

Our first 5 week courses of the year are now drawing to a close. I am now taking bookings for the next 5 week course.

Here is how the timetable is looking at the moment!

Monday 6.45am – 8am (Starting 11th Feb – March 11th)
Monday 10.00 – 11.15am (Starting 11th Feb – March 11th)

Wednesday 4.30 – 5.45pm TEEN CLASS (Starting Feb 20th – March 20th)
Wednesday 6.45 – 8.00pm (Starting Feb 20th – March 20th)
Wednesday 8.00 – 9.15pm (Starting Feb 20th – March 20th)

We currently have no group classes running on Thursdays.

If you’d like to book a yoga class or for a Nutritional Therapy consultation, give me a call at 086 318 6442.

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2013 in News

 

Berry Healthy Beetroot Bananza!

If you need a tasty little pick me up in the morning, look no further than the Berry Healthy Beetroot Bananza!

Quick and easy to prepare, tasty and easy to drink on the spot or to save for later. This is the perfect food for a full meal when you need excellent nutrition on the go! This combination is so full of goodness it would take a book to write it all here! This drink it quite detoxifying so be sure to drink plenty of water during the day to help flush the system of unwanted waste.

Recipe

Basic Ingredients

  • 1 cup of water or soya, rice, almond, oat or coconut milk. Preferably go diary free to give your body a rest from dairy.
  • Chlorella or Spirulina Powder – work up to your desired amount, read the label on the brand you buy. I use Yaeyama- Chlorella and use 1-2 teaspoons.
  • Half a banana
  • Mixed berries, fresh or frozen, up to one cup.
  • Cooked or lightly steamed Beet Root. As much as you enjoy.

Additional Ingredients
To give your drink extra BANG, you can use as much or as little of these as you like. Give extra flavour, texture or nutrition!

  • Avocado. About 1/4 is good, more if you like. This gives a lovely creamy texture.
  • Pear or apple. Again as much as you like.
  • Kiwi or grapes.Lemon and lime. To taste, these are also great to prevent oxidization, especially if you’re keeping some for lunch.
  • Greens like chard leaves, rocket, spinach, broccoli, lettuce, cucumber, celery. (be sure to shop finely before you add it in, otherwise your blender is going to get into a twist.

This drink is extremely flexible in what you add, the list of possibilities really is endless, you can add salad greens like rocket, cress or spinach. Things like peppers, tomatoes and so on. I also like to add seeds like sunflower and pumpkin, shelled hemp. Nut butters like almond, cashew, or even sesame seed paste, tahini.

Experiment with fresh ingredients that you enjoy. Organic is ideal but well washed veg is better than nothing at all!

Method

1. Chop any large fruit or veg into cubes, remove any large seeds. Remove the skin if you like but leave it on where possible.
1. Place all desired ingredients into tall narrow container.
2. Blend with a hand blender. You can also use a regular blender, but a hand blender is so easy to clean.
3. Pour into a glass and drink, or if quite thick, into a bowl and use a spoon! It makes a great addition to plain yoghurt, or on top of oat, quinoa or amaranth porridge. It can also be used as a dessert topping if sweet and smooth.

Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Recipes

 

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