“The practice of yoga is fundamentally an act of kindness toward oneself.”
Judith Hanson Lasater – founder Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco
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At Breathe Yoga and Pilates we offer a wide range of classes for all levels of expertise from total beginner to advanced. Yoga is suitable for all ages & physical ability and so can be practised by everyone, even those of us who are feeling unwell. If you can breathe then you can do yoga!
Yoga can be deeply relaxing and has been found to help its students reconnect with themselves. By learning relaxation techniques and practising breath work, students of yoga can use these tools in daily life to help deal with stress, depression and loss.
Yoga, meaning the union of body, breath and mind has been practised as a way of life for centuries. It’s philosophy is in cultivating physical, mental and emotional health & wellbeing, and is why more than 15 million people across the world are still practising this ancient tradition.
A daily practice of yoga can restore the natural balance and harmony bringing positive good health to all parts of life – physical, mental & spiritual. It can help to regain or maintain strength and suppleness of the muscles and joints. It can also improve the functions of all the body’s systems.
A typical yoga practice includes a combination of the following elements: Classical Asana posture practice (modified where necessary), breath work, meditation and relaxation.
Benefits Of Doing Yoga:
- Lowers stress and improves your well being
- Improves your muscle tone
- Improves your flexibility
- Lowers your risk of injury
- Benefits breathing and lowers blood pressure
- Encourages weight loss
- Encourages mindfulness
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Suitable for absolute beginners or for those students who are more comfortable with a slower paced, more focused class. Also suitable for advanced practitioners who wish to deepen their experience and knowledge of postures (Mondays 8pm).
Slow, Mindful Yoga (6-week course)
Slow, mindful yoga has a therapeutic rather than an ‘athletic’ intent. It is a slow-paced class. Over the 6 weeks, you will learn simple breathing practices and poses that are suitable for all abilities.
Slow, mindful yoga can help you:
• Improve mobility
• Manage stress
• Reduce Pain
• Improve Mental Health
• Sleep better
Slow, mindful yoga can be adapted to your specific needs. It is accessible and can help
you optimize your health without the risk of injury
What you will need: You will need a quite place to practice. A yoga mat or bath towel, some cushions. a blanket and something similar in size to a block eg a hard book or roll of toilet paper to use as a prop.
Our next course starts in January 2022.
Yoga flow for bone health
It is never too soon to start looking after your bones. According to the Irish Osteoporosis Society 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men are affected by osteoporosis from midlife onwards. Weight baring exercise is proven to help improve bone density, which we can incorporate in our yoga practice. We also include resistance work, foot work and isometric stretching to help strengthen both our muscles and our bones . This yoga class is suitable for beginners and improvers no matter how much or little yoga experience. Our yoga flow class every Thursday 10am includes these activities to help improve our bone health. Pay as you go or select from our class pack options (available both onine and in studio).
Yoga for the Stages of Menopause
The stages of menopause include premenopause, perimenopause and post menopause. Most women will experience a range of symptoms associated with perimenopause during their 40s (some as early as late 30s others into early 50s). These symptoms can include hot flushes, joint pain, mood swings, irregular periods, poor sleep, night sweats, a sense of overwhelm, and brain fog. Not every woman experiences all of these symptoms and there are many other symptoms (currently 34) that can arise. Such symptoms are perfectly normal when the levels of hormones, oestrogen and progestrone are fluctuating before declining. However these symptoms also arise as a result of medical interventions such as chemotherapy causing early onset menopause for some women. The variety in both the symptoms experienced and their severity, often means that many women are misdiagnosed. This can have devestating consequences on women’s quality of life. The first step to improve your quality of life at this challenging time is to learn more about what is going on for you and understand why. Our next course of 6 weeks duration costs €80 starts in February 2022 and is suitable for those who want to learn
– how to better understand the challenges and struggles that can arise (different for each woman)
– techniques to help come to terms with the changing needs of your body
– how yoga and other resources (including but not limited to breathwork and meditation) can help you manage some of the struggles that arise
In this energetic class hatha yoga postures are sequenced together to allow fluid movement from one pose to the next using breath awareness. All asanas are explored during the class including hip and shoulder opening, spinal movement, core strengthening & balancing postures. Modifications are offered for beginners and those suffering from injury. More advanced postures are also explored as students gain more experience and wish to bring challenge to their practice. Classes take place Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.
This class focuses on exploring postures that build strength, stretch and tone the body, while also learning techniques to enable you to relax, restore and revive. Features of this class include: asana posture movement (including modifications where necessary); breathing practices which can expand and tone the respiratory system; meditation which encourages mindfulness and focus; relaxation to calm the mind and restore the body. If you suffer from stress in your daily life, fatigue, poor posture or back pain this class is for you.
Yin yoga consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body – the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. The poses are held for up to five minutes, sometimes longer. Practice of Yin yoga can Reduce stress and anxiety, Improve flexibility, Release fascia and improves joint mobility resulting in balance and calmness for both mind and body.
If you don’t feel quite ready for the class environment and would prefer one to one tuition to get you started we have private classes available either online or in person in the studio. Contact us for details.