After an intense week of meetings in and around Palo Alto, I finally coaxed myself into doing what I had been meaning to do for ever and visit a local yoga class. Whilst there were several listed in the area, I liked the look of Samyama yoga and decided to book an uber and attend their Saturday morning Vinyasa Flow. The class was already in session as I crept into the back row in my bare feet on white wooden floorboards. In fact the whole room was white with a large shell shaped yoga room, complete with mood lightening, floor to ceiling windows, and a feature ripple effect wall at the front of the class. This shala was most certainly on the chic side of the scale.
I had the pleasure of attending a yoga workshop with Sri Sudhir Tiwari at ashtanga.ie last weekend. Tiwari, visiting from Lonavala India, comes from a rich yogic heritage and is an expert in traditional yoga practice and Ayurveda, meaning that he is as versed on the ancient teachings of the gurus as he is on how it applies to modern living.
After my recent misadventures with my lower back, I was finally ready to go back to Yoga Classes this weekend and attend a Chakras workshop. Of late, it seems that I have had more returns to yoga than uninterrupted practise [see here]. But such is life. To celebrate, I bought myself a Manduka skidless yoga towel with ‘dots that grip so you don’t slip’. This towel goes over your yoga mat to avoid slipping and also helps you avoid getting stuck in jump backs or jump throughs. Perfect, if like me, you are still learning how to glide through seated postures with ease.
Since relocating to the Ramelton in Donegal these past few weeks, my yoga schedule has been a bit all over the place and it has been challenging to do any practise, never mind locate a class. Last week however, a notice in the village shop caught my eye and after making enquiries, I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was a regular Tuesday night class taking place in the local town hall in Ramelton. Continue reading “Yoga at the Town hall in Ramelton Donegal”
As if by chance or maybe destiny, I find myself in the lucky position to be able to attend a week long yoga retreat taught by Paula and David from ashtanga.ie in the small hilltop town of Montefiore, on the east coast of Italy. The road to Angeli di Montefiore where the the yoga centre is located is steep, winding and narrow but offers the most beautiful panoramic views overlooking sloping valleys down to the sparkling blue Adriatic Ocean. The owner Heike, who picks me up from the nearest bus stop, tells me that angels brought her to Montefiore and indeed the old stone farmhouse and courtyard alongside the purpose built yoga shala do seem to have a celestial mystique about them.
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 Pattabi Jois”
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 at The Yoga Room, Dublin”