A morning with Manju

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Manju Pattabi Jois is one of the most experienced teachers of Ashtanga yoga in the world and as the son of the Sri K. Pattabi Jois the renowned guru of Ashtanga Yoga Tradition, he has been practicing yoga since the age of seven. Manju has been coming to Dublin annually for many years and his workshops are typically full, drawing a large crowd of yoga practitioners. When I was just starting out in yoga as a beginner, I attended one such workshop and remember being genuinely inspired by his wise and learned approach. Last week, he held a 5 day workshop in ashtanga.ie and though my schedule was tight, I managed to sign up for one morning of mysore practice, pranayama (breath) and chanting. Continue reading “A morning with Manju”

Gifts from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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” Simplicity of living, as much as possible, to retain a true awareness of life. Balance of physical, intellectual and spiritual life. Work without pressure. Space for significance and beauty. Time for solitude and sharing. Closeness to nature to strengthen understanding and faith in the intermittency of life: life of the spirit, creative life, and the of life human relationships” .

I cannot help but pick up Lindbergh’s timeless classic ‘Gifts from the Sea’ and find the book a calming read. My small pocket sized edition is printed on thick creamy paper and has been on my desk for many years. Not only is it a beautiful read but it also contains messages of simplicity and solitude that are shared themes of Unwind and Let Go. Continue reading “Gifts from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh”

Exploring Vinyasa Flow

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At the height of Summer, there is a reduced schedule of classes at my regular yoga shala and so I use the opportunity to explore other yoga schools and practices. This week I took a Vinyasa class at The Yoga Room which is located in Dublin and looks out onto a beautiful zen garden with tropical ferns and bamboo trees. Continue reading “Exploring Vinyasa Flow”

A week in the country

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We have traveled North for a week in the country. Our beautiful accommodation Moorfield Lodge  sits at the edge of a forest looking out over a field of buttercups and white clover. The silence is the first thing we notice, away from the city we become conscious of the stillness of the landscape. Continue reading “A week in the country”

Citrus scented facial at the Urso Hotel Madrid

Citrus facial from the Urso Hotel Madrid

With only 24 hours to spare in a hot and humid Madrid, I decided to unwind with a Citrus scented facial at the spa at the Urso Hotel in the center of the city. Despite a mix up in my appointment times, the hotel reception were kind and accommodating and were thankfully able to find me a slot in their busy schedule. The spa located at basement level includes a Hamman, a Hydrotherapy pool as well as 3 treatment rooms and is a cool place to relax at the end of the day.  Continue reading “Citrus scented facial at the Urso Hotel Madrid”

Pedicure at the Peninsula Hotel Paris

Pedicure at the Peninsula Paris

The Spa at the Peninsula Paris is hushed and secluded. If you didn’t know you were in 16th Arrondissement, you would be forgiven for thinking you had arrived in the Far East. Spotlessly clean, the Peninsula’s contemporary interior is a bare minimal sanctuary, with cool floor boards, wood paneled walls and inlaid doors as well as being  lit by candlelight which gives it a feeling of calm throughout. My purpose for visiting the Peninsula was to get a much needed pedicure on a quiet Friday evening in the City of Lights.

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