You are here: Home » Ethos & our Yoga Teachers » Dave Brocklebank

Traditional Yoga Retreats

Our Satyananda yoga retreats taught by Dave are suitable for all levels from complete beginners to regular practitioners.   All ages and all levels of fitness.

 

Bio Yoga Teacher Dave Brocklebank

Dave Brocklebank began his own meditation practice in 1978 in Dublin and began practising Yoga in 1989 when he moved to Galway.

He has over 30 years of meditation experience and over 20 years experience of many different forms of yoga as well as the Buddhist teachings which he has also been following for over 20 years.

 

Dave Brocklebank Founder Burren Yoga Centre

 

He has enjoyed the practices of meditation and yoga right from the beginning and feels that yoga and meditation are the two most transformative techniques or bodies of knowledge that he has come across in his life.

 

Beginners Yoga demonstration

 

Dave completed the 2-year Satyananda yoga teacher training in 1999 with Shraddhamurti and Chetanmurti in the Galway school of Yoga and Meditation.

He has also completed another Yoga Teacher Training in 2008 with David Muehsam.

And also a Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli in 2010.

Dave has studied with many teachers of various traditions from all over the world and his teachers have been too numerous to mention here.

More information about  Dave’s background and teachers he has studied with can be seen at

Dave Brocklebank’s background

 

Beginners yoga class Ireland

 

Dave followed his vision and designed and built this beautiful purpose designed yoga centre in 1999 with the view to provide an ideal environment for people to learn and deepen their practice of yoga and meditation in a quality and enjoyable way.

His classes begin with very gentle loosening up postures which help prepare the body for the stronger postures which are introduced after a number of months.

 

Gentle Yoga Class all ages

 

Dave takes care that each person understands each posture and gives advice on adapting the posture to suit your own level and where you are at in this present moment.

 

Careful yoga instruction

 

He introduces Pranayama right from day one, and a large emphasis is placed on the awareness of the practitioner rather than their physical ability.

 

Easy pose meditation

 

The centre’s atmosphere and Dave’s personal teaching style is wonderfully open and engaging and I found that the experience has re-kindled my own yoga practice and given me a wonderful introduction to the inner world of meditation. Many thanks again.

John Collins, Cork.

Some of the postures are stronger, and help with the alignment of the body.

 

Yoga retreat beginner

 

Dave gives clear guidelines on each posture,

 

Beginners yoga retreat

 

 

and each person works within their own limitations, and there are no caparisons made between people.

 

Gentle yoga retreat

 

As each person becomes more familiar with the postures, gradually their body opens up

 

beginners yoga posture

 

However Dave also reminds everybody that the purpose of yoga is not to practice the perfect posture, but rather to work with one’s awareness in order to expand one’s consciousness and that the cornerstone of yoga for the past 5,000 years has always been meditation.

 

Dave also gives individual guidance when it can be of benefit.

 

Beginners yoga classes

 

His experience with Iyengar and Astanga yoga bring a detailed approach to correct alignment of the body in order to assume the posture while respecting the limits of one’s body.

 

Yoga gentle stretching

 

In addition to Dave’s yoga lifestyle, he also attends Buddhist teachings and tries to bring these teachings into his own life and dealings with people.

Meditation has been traditionally the cornerstone of the yoga teachings for countless centuries, and this tradition of teaching meditation is always maintained at the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre.

 

Introduction to meditation

 

Dave runs the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre, co-ordinating courses, facilitating workshops and teaching Yoga and Meditation himself. He also maintains his own daily practice of Yoga and Meditation, and regularly attends Yoga workshops throughout the year.

 

Beginners Meditation retreat

 

Dave aims to teach you a core amount of physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation which you will be able to practice on your own each day after you complete the retreat.

 

namaste yoga

 

It is through extended daily practice of these techniques that bring the deeper benefits of yoga and meditation which can spill over onto all areas of your life.