When I think back on my stay at the Carmel Valley Ranch, it was the sunrise yoga class that made my heart sing. It had rained overnight and this was considered unusual for the dry valley climate. The air felt damp and mossy but cleaner and less dusty after the smoke from the recent bush fires further up the coast. Continue reading “Sunrise yoga at Carmel Valley Ranch, California”
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.
Given that its now 6 months since Unwind and Let Go was created, I thought I would share with you how the blog is coming along. Unwind was started on a whim last Summer following a visit to the George V Spa Paris for a heavenly Tropical Magnolia massage. At the time I was so overcome with excitement that I felt everyone should hear about it and so decided to write a blog. Once Unwind was underway, I then added a category on Yoga because I figured both Spas and Yoga were somewhat linked. Although admittedly having injured myself at a random beginners yoga class in the countryside last October [see here] I haven’t been able to write as much on Yoga as I would have liked. (By the way, I still find it amazing how everyone finds the injury so hilarious!!!).
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”
It gets to the point sometimes where my yoga mat literally calls to me to return to yoga class at ashtanga.ie – usually when I haven’t been very disciplined or at practise in a while. This morning I finally got back on my mat and went to a Mysore style class at ashtanga.ie, where I have been a student for a number of years. Continue reading “Returning to Yoga class at Ashtanga.ie”