Traditional Ashtanga Yoga with Authorised Teacher David Collins

  • Traditional Ashtanga Yoga with Authorised Teacher David Collins weekend retreat

    September 27th – 29th 2013

    Weekend retreat: €300. Click here for prices to include single room or unwaged discounts

    Summary of Traditional Ashtanga Yoga weekend retreat

    David’s intention on this weekend is help both the new student and those with more experience to understand the true purpose, intention and methodology of Ashtanga Yoga, helping everyone to maximise the effectiveness of their Yoga practice and ensuring that the practice they do is appropriate to them.

    This retreat consists of an inviting and uplifting timetable of daily

    • meditation classes
    • subtle aspects of correct breath (ujjayi)
    • energy locks (bandha)
    • gazing points (drishti)
    • chanting of Vedic Mantra
    • traditional Ashtanga yoga classes by a very experience teacher David Collins
    • guided outing on Saturday by an experienced guide
    • delicious vegetarian meals
    • comfortable accommodation at the centre


    Learn or deepen your practice of Ashtanga Yoga with David Collins, who has been teaching for over 20 years.   Experience the traditional Mysore style of teaching, through detailed and precise individual instruction, with emphasis on the breath and the subtle aspects of the practice.


     Ashtanga Yoga Dublin

    David Collins runs and teaches in Ashtanga yoga Dublin and is well known for his dedication and expert guidance to this strong form of yoga.

    This weekend Ashtanga retreat will enable your practice to develop as you partake in a number of classes each day, and the combined affect of the meditation, pranayama, Ashtanga classes and also the yogic environment will deepen your experience and bring your practice to new levels.

    Who this Mysore Ashtanga yoga retreat is suitable for

    This Ashtanga retreat is ideal for those with some experience of Ashtanga Yoga, but this is not essential .

    If you have practiced other styles of classical Hatha Yoga, you can enjoy the same postures in a new way.

    If you are completely new to Yoga, you can come to and start to learn from this most experienced teacher.

    You should be in good health, and open to the challenge of a dynamic physical practice.



    Arrival on Friday 27th September 2013



    5:30 – 7:00 pm

    Arrival & Registration

    7:00 pm


    8:00 – 8:30 pm

    Karma Yoga

    9:00 pm

    Introduction to the retreat

    9:15 – 10:00 pm

    Pranayama, Chanting, Deep relaxation


    Saturday’s timetable



    7:30 – 8:00 am


    8:00 – 10:00 am

    Asana Practice

    10:00 am


    10:45 am

    Karma yoga

    11:15 – 1:45 pm

    Outdoor trip into the Burren

    2:00 pm


    3:30 pm

    Approx return to centre

    3:30 – 4:30 pm

    Free Time

    4:30 – 6:30 pm

    Asana Techniques class, Talk and Q & A

    7:00 pm


    7:45 – 8:15 pm

    Karma yoga

    8:00 – 9:00 pm

    Free time

    9:00 – 10:00 pm

    Pranayama, Chanting, Deep relaxation


    Close of retreat on Sunday 29th September 2013



    7:30 – 8:00 am


    8:00 – 10:00 am

    Asana Practice

    10:00 am


    10:45 am

    Karma yoga

    12:00 – 13:00 pm

    Chanting, Meditation

    13:00 pm


    13:30 am

    Karma yoga

    14:00 pm



  • Instructor Bio David Collins

    David Collins has been practicing yoga since the 1980′s and runs Ashtanga Yoga Dublin with his wife Paula Herbert,  both of whom have been authorised by Manju Pattabhi Jois to teach traditional Ashtanga Yoga.


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    He initially practiced various forms of yoga and also practiced Tai Chi and Zen Meditation.

    Ashtanga Yoga Classes Dublin

    David teaches daily at his school, Ashtanga Yoga Dublin, and is well known for the precision and expertise of his teaching and his dedication to the study and preservation of all aspects of this ancient tradition of Ashtanga Yoga.


    It was only when I came to the Ashtanga Practice in 1998, that I knew I had found my practice. It married all the elements together for me, The breath, the body and the mind. Within a few years I began to travel to India to study Ashtanga and to teach full time, opening the Ashtanga Yoga Dublin Shala in 2002

    David Collins has been teaching Yoga for 20 years and has been blessed to have been able to study with Sri K.Pattabhi Jois (Guruji).

    For me the Eight Limbs of Ashtanga are both discrete and contiguous. We cannot speak of Yoga and Meditation as if separate – Yoga is all of the practices and it is the peace we seek

    Read more David Collin’s full biog

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  • I have great faith in the simplicity of  this Yoga of Eight Limbs, and in my Guruji’s expression ‘Practice and all is coming’ , meaning ‘All’ that we need and desire to bring us to this simple understanding of how to live with peace, health and prosperity, and to let go of the patterns and habits that bring suffering and discontent … David Collins, Ashtanga Yoga Dublin


    Description of this Traditional Ashtanga Yoga retreat

    Deepen your practice with David Collins

    This weekend retreat will give students the chance to practice all aspects of the eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, deeping their understanding of the practice with David, one of Ireland’ s most experienced and dedicated teachers.


    Ashtanga yoga weekend


    The retreat is also open to Beginners, all that is required is that you have a good level of fitness, an open heart and a willingness to learn!


    Ashtanga weekend workshop


    The aim of the weekend is to help get you firmly established in your practice and to inspire you to continue with a daily practice when you return home.

    Traditional Ashtanga Yoga is a complete system of practices, including

    • postures (asana)
    • breathing techniques (pranayama)
    • chanting (mantra) and meditation


    Ashtanga meditation


    Ashtanga Yoga Classes

    David Collins teaches daily at his school, Ashtanga Yoga Dublin, and is well known for the precision and expertise in this traditional Ashtanga practice, which he is authorised to teach by Manju Pattabhi Jois.


    Purpose of Ashtanga yoga

    The purpose of the Ashtanga practice is to allow each individual to develop health, awareness, compassion and joy, thereby experiencing a balanced and happy life, in which their fullest potential as a human being is realised and enjoyed.

    The 8 Limbs of Ashtanga give us the tools to remove the obstacles which prevent this balance on all levels of our being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.


    Ashtanga yoga retreat


    The practices are progressive and accessible to everyone, and this workshop is open to everyone from the complete beginner to the more experienced practitioner.

    In relation to the practice of postures (asana), we will emphasise the subtle aspects of correct breath (ujjayi), energy locks (bandha), and gazing points (drishti) as the means to achieving a steady, safe and effortless asana practice, bringing health and clarity to the body.


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    Using simple pranayama or breathing techniques we will move on to the more subtle layer of the energetic body, increasing the flow of energy, calming the nervous system and improving concentration.

    The chanting of Vedic Mantra is used to bring peace and clarity at the deepest cellular level and the Shantih (Peace) Mantra are particularly beautiful and effective in this.


    Ashtanga and meditation



    David’s intention on this weekend is help both the new student and those with more experience to understand the true purpose, intention and methodology of Ashtanga Yoga, helping everyone to maximise the effectiveness of their Yoga practice and ensuring that the practice they do is appropriate to them.


    Morning, Afternoon and Evening practice


    Morning practice begins with some chanting of traditional Mantra and gentle Pranayama (breathing practices), which will activate the energy within and make us ready for the physical practice.


    Ashtanga pranayama


    After chanting and pranayama, we move to the asana practice, during which David will guide everyone through the sequences of postures of Ashtanga Yoga.


    David Collins Ashtanga


    David will teach in the traditional Mysore Style, guiding and assisting each student according to their needs and experience. This way both Beginner and those with more experience can work side by side and each receive the teaching they need.


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    For those who are new to practice or who are unfamiliar with the sequence, David slows it down for those practitioners and shows the important aspects of each posture.


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    At the end of the physical practice one relaxes in Shavasana.


    Ashtanga relaxation


    Then we have a lovely breakfast which includes a wide range of cereals including our well know wheat and sugar free muesli, yogurt, a range of soya and rice milks as well as low fat and full fat cow’s milk, a selection of Paddi’s home baked breads (including spelt bread for any special diets) and a wide range of quality jams, spreads, nut butters, cheese, fruits, and teas and coffee.


    After breakfast, Dave Brocklebank who founded the centre in 1999 takes the group on a guided outings into the Burren hills or beside the sea.

    This is a great way to discover some special places in the Burren and to walk on the Burren limestone rock and see the beautiful wild flowers for which the Burren is famous.


    Burren Hillwalking holiday


    Dave takes the group to one of the local restaurants or cafes for lunch and it is a great chance to sit down and relax and chat and enjoy some of the best local cuisine.

    After lunch we return to the centre and one can relax outdoors in the grounds or in the lounge upstairs which overlooks the Burren hills….. sample some of the lovely books in the library or simply chill out and relax.


    Afternoon class

    In this session, David will explore some specific of asana techniques and anatomy, helping to improve our experience in the postures by aligning the body in the best way possible, thereby improving our capacity to breathe and making the postures steady, safe and comfortable for each student.


    Ashtanga dandasana


    David will explore the precision of the Vinyasa System, including the specific of the breathing technique of Ujjayi, Mula Bandha, and the use of Drishti.


    Ashtanga sitting adjustment


    Using gentle adjustments to help us find stability in the postures, David will show us how to minimise the effort in the postures so that the body can relax, releas and open spontaneously.


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    At 7:00 pm we have a lovely vegetarian dinner prepared by Paddi who used to run Seventh Heaven restaurant in Galway city.


    Burren yoga dinner


    Many people say that they have not tasted food as good as this in any vegetarian restaurant they have ever been to.


    Burren yoga amazing vegetarian food


    David uses the evening class for pranayama, chanting and yoga nidra (deep relaxation).


    David Collins Satsang


    One can instantly feel the sincerity that David brings to his teaching, and also the depth of experience that he puts both into his teaching and how he answers questions that are put before him.

    And although the subject matter may be quite deep, David brings a lightness and enjoyment to the classes and to the practice.

    We hope that you will take the opportunity to come to this weekend, and we look forward to seeing you in September.


    Ashtanga talk David Collins


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