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    Ashtanga yoga holidays

    Ashtanga Holidays

    The Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre offers over 40 yoga holidays each year.

    We have week long courses during the Summer months from June to August, and also at Christmas, New Year and Easter.

    We offer weekend courses in Ashtanga yoga and also other forms of yoga during the rest of the year.

    Ashtanga yoga holidays in Ireland

    The feeling of peace and serenity that one feels when one arrives at the centre brings one immediately into the present in a very heartfelt way.

    The Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre is a beautiful centre to come and take time for yourself on an ashtanga yoga retreat.

    As part of all out yoga retreats, we spend time out in Nature in the Burren and by the sea.

    To see more about the activities and places that we visit, please see The Burren activities

    Ashtanga retreats in Ireland

    For a full list of all yoga retreat holidays including Ashtanga weekend courses and 7 day Ashtanga retreats please see
    Calendar of Ashtanga Retreats

    What is Ashtanga Yoga

    Ashtanga Yoga is a strong dynamic form of Yoga and which is ideal for increasing flexibility, toning and making the body more supply, while strengthening the muscles and massaging the internal organs producing optimal healthy functioning of the body.

    The primary teacher of Ashtanga Yoga is Pattabhi Jois who is based in Mysore, India. He in turn was taught this practice by Krishnamacharya who is widely accepted to be one of the most advanced Yogis of the 20th century.

    Ashtanga is a flowing sequence of dynamic postures

    It is practiced as a series of flowing Yoga postures which begin with the Sun Salutations. These heat up the body and prepare the body for the stronger postures which one gradually introduces and builds into one’s own daily practice of the sequence. These stronger stretching and strengthening postures are also practiced within the flowing sequence which follows the Sun Salutations.

    Ujjay breathing

    One’s breath is controlled and regulated by a practice known as Ujjay breathing. This produces a slight hissing sound in the throat and has an effect of lowering the blood pressure. Thus although one is physically working the body quite strenuously, one feels quite calm and centred which is quite unlike any other aerobic exercises. This allows one maintain an inward focus and a meditative awareness while practicing the sequence.

    Photos of ashtanga yoga

    To see photos of ashtanga yoga, the next sections include postures from the two different types of Sun Salutations.

    Surya Namaskara A Ashtanga

    Surya Namaskara B Ashtanga

    Tell me more about Ashtanga yoga

    What we offer at Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre

    • The best of international yoga teachers
    • Only 15 people per course
    • All forms of Yoga Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikram, Satyananda, Kundalini
    • Courses in Pilates, Detox, Vegetarian cooking and Buddhist teachings
    • Courses available all year round
    • Weekly yoga classes
    • A peaceful, tranquil environment in which to learn
    • Beautiful surrounding area of the Burren to explore outside classes
    • The best of Delicious Vegetarian meals by Paddi who used to run Seventh Heaven restuarant
    • Easy access by air, train or car
    • Reduced fare taxi pickup

    Ashtanga workshops

    The Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre is the perfect place to practice yoga and to have an Ashtanga holiday.

    We are the only yoga centre in Ireland to cater from Complete beginners to Advanced , to offer all forms of yoga, and provide over 40 quality residential courses all year round.

    Opened in 1999, we ensure that we use only the most experienced and committed teachers on our Ashtanga Retreats.

    There are courses for

    • beginners
    • improvers
    • regular practitioners
    • teachers

    There are courses all year round, nearly every weekend.

    There are 7-day long courses during the summer months, Christmas, New Year and Easter.

    Ashtanga courses

    Facilities and photos of the Centre itself

    Type of people who come on Ashtanga holidays

    Photos of Ashtanga postures

    Ashtanga holidays