December 2014 Post Christmas yoga and meditation Retreat
Summary of post Christmas Satyananda yoga weekend retreat
This post Christmas retreat consists of an inviting and uplifting timetable over the week of
- classes by very experienced yoga and meditation teacher Tadhg Ferriter
- bring in the New Year with an empowering ceremony with a gifted teacher
- introduction to meditation and deepening of your practice
- breathing practices and breath awareness
- Yoga Nidra deep relaxation
- Satyananda yoga classes
- delicious vegetarian meals
- comfortable accommodation at the centre
- guided outings each day by an experienced guide
- sample local cuisine at the best local restaurants or cafes
- enjoy meeting like minded people in this relaxed friendly environment
Bring in the New Year as part of a stress free week of energizing yoga, calming meditation, relaxing yoga nidra, amazing vegetarian food, and outdoor walks in the hills and by the sea.
An ideal week to let go of the stresses and strains of everyday life and to let go into a very peaceful and tranquil environment with a gifted teacher and share some time with like minded people.
Who this post Christmas Satyananda yoga retreat is suitable for
This post Christmas week long retreat will be reasonably gentle and is suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness, but will also challenge each person to work with the postures to their own ability.
Arrival on Saturday 27th December 2014
Time Activity 5:30 – 7:00 pm Arrival & Registration 7:00 pm Dinner 8:00 – 8:30 pm Karma Yoga 9:00 pm Introduction to the retreat 9:15 – 10:00 pm Breathwork and Yoga Nidra deep relaxation
Typical daily timetable
Time Activity 7:30 – 9:00 am Satyananda yoga class 9:15 – 9:45 am Meditation including intro for beginners 9:45 am Breakfast 10:30 am Karma yoga 11:15 – 2:00 pm Outdoor trip into the Burren 2:00 pm Lunch at local restaurant or cafe 4:00 pm Approx return to centre 4:00 – 5:00 pm Free Time 7:00 pm Dinner 7:45 – 8:15 pm Karma yoga 8:00 – 9:00 pm Free time 9:00 – 9:30 pm Meditation
Every second day additional class
As well as the usual classes on the Typical Day’s timetable, we will have the additional afternoon class.
Time Activity 5:00 – 6:30 pm Satyananda yoga class
Close of post Christmas retreat on Friday 2nd January 2015
Time Activity 7:30 – 9:00 am Satyananda yoga class 9:15 – 9:45 am Meditation including intro for beginners 9:45 am Breakfast 10:30 am Karma yoga 11:15 am Pack bags and farewells 12:00 noon Depart
Instructor Bio Tadhg Ferriter
Tadhg Ferriter is in his mid forties, and practiced from many yoga styles before discovering Satyananda yoga in the mid 90’s. Like many students of yoga he was first attracted to the relaxing benefits the postures brought to the busy lifestyle and demanding career path he found himself on.
Tadhg completed his training as a Satyananda teacher with Swami ShraddhaMurti and Swami ChetanMurti in Galway in the mid 1990’s.
Since then he continues to study with great teachers in Ireland and abroad taking courses in Meditation, Yoga Therapy and Ashram Life in France, Wales, India and Greece and the resulting clarity he has achieved in his teaching shows in the way he understands and connects with his own students.
Tadhg Ferriter’s Satyananda gentle yoga and meditation course was the perfect introduction to yoga for me, and helped me deeply experience the physical and mental benefits of yoga practice…. Liz, Galway
Description of post Christmas Satyananda Yoga retreat
There is a lightness and a sense of fun to Tadhg’s approach giving us an example of working through difficult things in life with ease, gentleness, softness.
Who is this Christmas week long retreat is suitable for
This post Christmas eco yoga retreat is suitable for complete beginners as well as advanced people.
It is suitable for those who prefer a more traditional approach to yoga and a more gentle approach than Ashtanga.
Satyananda Yoga is suited to anyone who is looking for an integrated approach to their physical, mental, and spiritual development.
This retreat is suitable for all ages and all levels of ability. The Burren is a spectacular place to go for hill walks and the scenery is stunning.
Satyananda Yoga® classes are balanced between physical postures (asana), breathing (pranayama) and meditation practices. Working with the awareness is emphasised right from the start. Satyananda Yoga is suitable for people of all ages, sizes, and physical abilities.
This Christmas retreat is reasonably gentle and includes
• breath work
• some gentle postures
• some more challenging postures (variations will be given to beginners)
• salutation to the sun
• Yoga Nidra deep relaxation
Tadhg gives instructions appropriate for each individual.
The goal of the Christmas retreat is to ensure you have a genuine Satyananda yoga experience, covering a range of practices some unique to the Satyananda system with a view to using them, and benefiting from them in your life.
As usual on our eco yoga retreats, Dave will take the group out on a guided outing each day into the Burren hills or by the sea. This is a great way to get to see some special places in the Burren well away from the usual tourist places.
These outings are a very big part of our eco yoga retreats and spending time climbing the hills and walks by the sea is a great way to see out the end of 2014, and to bring in the New Year of 2015 in a very healthy positive and inspiring way.
During our guided outings, we stop for lunch at one of the local restaurants or cafes which is a great way to sample the best of the locale cuisine in the Burren.
Some come along on this New Year retreat to deepen their existing yoga practice, others will be starting out.
Some people come along on this retreat simply to get away from their everyday lives and to spend time in a relaxed friendly environment learning new skills of yoga and meditation as well as having great fun and spending time with like minded people.
Tadhg’s clear approach is suitable for all. ‘Even if you are an experienced practitioner of a different tradition there will be plenty in this course to challenge and encourage you.’
Students engaging in the beautiful practice of Trataka – The word Trataka means ‘to look’ or ‘to gaze’.
It is both an uplifting meditation practice and a cleansing practice and it acts as stepping stone between physically oriented practices and mental practices which lead to higher states of awareness.
Tadhg takes care that everyone is practicing them at a level suitable for their body.
There is no competition or comparison between people within Satyananda yoga, and Tadhg ensures that everyone is comfortable practicing to their own level.
Some of the postures Tadhg teaches are reasonable gentle, while others are more challenging, energizing and invigorating.
Each class has a measured balance of postures, and also some classes include meditation or other specific practices for calming and taming the mind.
This week is a lovely way to be taken around to different parts of the Burren and to be shown many special places well of the usual beaten tourist trail.
The Burren has been described as a lunar landscape, as it is like nowhere else on earth with it’s spectacular shaped hills which plunge down into the Atlantic ocean.
You should bring your hat and scarf for the December retreat but for the past 2 years when most of Ireland has ground to a halt with the snow, we were climbing the hills as usual and going for our walks by the sea while it was almost impossible to drive in Dublin, Cork and many other places.
We are blessed on the west coast by the gulf stream and we are lucky to avoid the cold fronts that seem to hit the east coast of Ireland.
Tadhg works carefully and sensitively on the teacher – student relationship, and the practice it nourishes.
Balance practices are also useful for taming the mind.
Swami Satyananda describes yoga as “a higher form of common sense, a pure and precise science which evolves from within. To live yoga is to be in harmony with oneself.”
Each evening Paddi who used to run Seventh Heaven restaurant for over 12 years, prepares a delicious vegetarian dinner and many people have said they have not eaten vegetarian food as good as this at any restaurant.
And you can be assured of a very special vegetarian feast on New Year’s eve.
Many people nowadays practice physical yoga, but many are seeking out good meditation teachers to introduce meditation to them, and to help them explore the heartfelt practice of yoga to a deeper level.
Sitting together after asana practice – magical moments of total peace and tranquility in touch with your whole being, with only the sounds of the birds as a soft Burren back-drop.
For the meditation is it important to find a comfortable position and Tadhg helps you find a posture and the suitable props (meditation stool, meditation cushion, blocks, blankets) which work best for your body.
While asana (yoga postures) of appropriate strength for the each individual student are important for progressing, the use of Pranayma (work with the Breath) and meditation are also considered necessary to address the whole being from an early stage in the Satyananda system.
One big difference between attending regular weekly yoga classes and going away on a weekend yoga retreat is that being in a yoga environment allows one break away from the normal life patterns and responsibilities which in turn allows one to experience the practices and their effects to a deeper level in more tranquil surroundings.
There is also a lightness and a sense of fun to Tadhg’s approach giving us an example of working through difficult things in life with ease, gentleness, softness. Not a being a pushover to others, but not confronting others and life like a concrete wall. When a teacher has a sense of authentic (not pretend!) fun about them, everybody can feel this. It sets everyone at ease. When we’re at ease, it’s easier to go inside, to be inspired by our own selves.