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    Burren Eco Yoga Retreats Monthly Newsletter

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    Walking on beach, chilling out on Burren Yoga retreat

    Sun and Moon symbol

    The Sun and Moon logo for the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre symbolises the balancing of Masculine and Feminine energies, the Pingala and Ida channels, resulting in energy flowing through Sushumna channel leading to Enlightenment, symbolised by the blue Sanskrit symbol Hung which means Wisdom.

    As one's yoga practice deepens, one begins to get more in touch with the internal energies, the chakras and the main energy channels.  Over the years one realizes that the balancing of these energies leads to glimpses of Enlightenment.

    The key to your practice

    The key to our practice is to actually do it.

    This may sound surprisingly simple, or even trite.

    However, people living in the Western world have a tendency to 'talk about' one's practice, or 'read about' one's practice, or even 'think about' doing one's practice, rather than simply doing it.

    And one of the most important ways to practice is to do a little every day.  To do 10 to 20 minutes every day of your life, is 10 times better than doing 2 hours once or twice per week.

    Inspiration to help us do our daily practice

    One small way to help keep you inspired enough to do your daily practice is to go to a weekly yoga class.  Over time one will realize that attending a yoga class is not actually your practice.

    However it is a great way to inspire you to do your own daily practice each day.

    Another way to help inspire you to do your practice is to hear some inspirational quotes from more enlightened people than ourselves.  People who have genuinely put in the practice daily over many years.

    There is a section on the new website under 'Blog' and then 'Daily Inspiration and Tips' that are there to help you get daily inspiration.  At present there are 2 months of daily quotes from the Dalai Lama on the website.  Quotes from more inspirational teachers will be added over the coming months.

    Eco yoga retreats and our new website

    The new website has partly grown from people's feedback who came on our retreats over the past 12 years.  Many people have told us that yes they expected great quality yoga and meditation instruction.  But they were completely taken aback by how big a part is played by the guided outings into the Burren hills and by the sea, spending time in the spectacular unique environment of the Burren, and also the great social aspect of meeting new like minded people many who stay in contact for years after meeting on one of our eco yoga retreats.

    The new website is structured so that the first two menu options 'About' and 'Retreat Holidays' contain all the main information that anybody needs to know about coming on one of our retreats.

    The next menu 'Blog' is a slightly misleading title in that it contains a repository of information which will be added to over time.

    Blog contains information about

    • Yoga
    • Inspiration quotes and tips to help you with your practice
    • Health and yoga
    • Paddi's vegetarian recipes
    • Local places of interest that we visit
    • Our ethos to preserve the fragile Burren environment and support local community
    • Latest News
    • Competitions and Special Offers

    So this will become an even bigger repository of information over the years, but hopefully is structured correctly to enable you find the information you are looking for, or to simply browse if you have the time.

    The menu option 'Yoga Ireland' contains information about as many yoga teachers in Ireland as possible.  It is the largest and most comprehensive list of yoga teachers in Ireland, and is a free service setup by Burren Yoga to help people find yoga classes in their own area.

    The other sections within 'Yoga Ireland' such as yoga teacher training courses and the other sections will be added to and grow over the coming months.

    The menu option 'Other' contains all the other things that are offered at Burren Yoga outside our usual Eco Yoga Retreats.

    Free Competition every week for the first 10 weeks

    We have given away 4 vouchers of €50 each week over the past 4 weeks.

    The first week nobody entered.
    The second week 10 people entered.
    The third week 11 people entered.
    The fourth week 7 people entered.
    The fifth week 9 people entered.

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    Photo of Paddis Porter Cake yum yum

    Paddi's Porter Cake recipe

    This is a delicious moist  & not too rich fruit cake.
    I make it wheat-free, by using the Doves Farm Gluten & wheat-free flour. 
    If you want it Gluten-free you could substitute  Guinness for a gluten-free Ale.
    This was my Mums favourite fruit cake recipe. The flavour improves by wrapping it in greaseproof paper and leave for a week before cutting, if possible !

    • 115g raisins
    • 225g sultanas
    • 50g mixed peel
    • 100g chopped dried apricots
    • 180ml Guinness
    • 115g butter or  margarine ( sunflower marg. for  dairy-free )
    • 225g Demerara Sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 340 g Brown Wheat-free flour ( or  use plain flour, wholemeal or Spelt )
    • 1/2 teasp. Bread soda
    • 1/2 teasp mixed spice


    1. Pre heat oven to 180c / gas 4.
    2. Grease & line a 20cm cake tin.
    3. Put all the fruit into a large bowl and pour over the Guinness. 
    4. Leave to stand for at least an hour, longer if possible.
    5. Whisk the butter & sugar together until light & creamy.
    6. Add the eggs & whisk well. 
    7. Fold in the Flour, bread soda & mixed spice & mix well together.
    8. Now add the fruit & Guinness mix  & stir  well.
    9. Put into prepared cake tin & bake in oven for about  2 hours or until skewer inserted into middle comes out clean. 
    10. Check after 90 mins.  s ovens vary and it might be done in less time. 
    11. Put onto wire rack to cool .

    Drizzle a little Guinness over while still hot.  When  cool wrap in greaseproof paper .

    More of Paddi's recipes can be seen on the website under the menu option 'Blog' and 'Paddi's Vegetarian Recipes'

    TV Celeb at Burren Yoga.  Quess who she is?

    TV Celebrity at Burren Yoga

    Last September a well know Irish TV Presenter attended one of our Yoga Bootcamp weekend retreats with Niamh Jones.

    Kathryn choose to attend  this particular retreat as it offers a few different types of yoga on the weekend, and also offers an introduction to meditation, as well as the usual outdoor trip on Saturday and Paddi's amazing vegetarian food.

    If you click on the image, you should see the short newspaper article that she wrote, and also photos from her weekend at Burren Yoga.

    We are running 2 separate weekend's of Niamh's Yoga Bootcamp this coming February is case you would like to try it out yourself?

    Burren Yoga Sun and Moon logo with Wisdom Hung symbol

    One's practice deepens over the years

    When one takes up yoga one certainly feels benefits very quickly.

    As the months and years go by, we also notice more subtle but also more transformational effects of our practice… especially when one takes up a daily meditation practice.  Through reading some of the ancient texts on yoga one realizes that the cornerstone of yoga for the past 5,000 years has been meditation.

    I hope that you take the opportunity to experience one of our week long eco yoga retreats and that this will inspire you to keep up your daily yoga and meditation practice yourself at home after your retreat. 

    And i hope that the website helps to support and inspire you to maintain your own daily practice.

    Best Wishes,

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