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    Easter yoga and meditation retreat

    To see details on our 2015 Easter yoga retreat please see

    Easter yoga retreat 2015

    The details below were for our Easter 2013 retreat


    Easter 2013 One week Yoga retreat

    1 week Easter Yoga retreat: Yoga, Breath-work, Meditation with David Muehsam

    March 29th – April 4th 2013

    We have reduced the price of all our courses back to the 2007 prices

    We realize that many people are having financial difficulties and now more than ever need to get away for a stress free week of yoga in the Burren.

    Reduced to €690 (€650 unwaged)

    For unwaged, please read xxx

    The course begins with dinner on Friday 22nd April.

    StayCostUn waged Cost
    Leave Sunday€340€300
    Leave Monday€440€400
    Leave Tuesday€540€500
    Leave Wednesday€640€600
    Leave Thursday€690€650

    Easter 2012 retreat

    A great opportunity to spend the Easter week practicing and learning yoga with the amazing David Muehsam from the States.

    This course is suitable for beginners, those who have a little yoga experience, and also those who have a regular practice.


    David is very experienced and is well used to looking after a group of very mixed abilities.


    David is a one of a handful of teachers worlwide to be given authorisation directly from Pattabhi Jois, (Guru of Ashtanga Yoga ).

    He has tremendous experience and is widely regarded as one of the best yoga teachers to visit Ireland.


    David is an extreemly highly qualified yoga teacher with a huge background in Iyengar and Ashtanga and he deepens the practice by including many inner techniques of Swami Satyananda Saraswati.


    He is also an accomplished musician, and has big interests in healing and consciousness.


    David has also conducted a yoga teacher training here at Burren Yoga in October 2007 and January 2008.

    And also a similar week long yoga retreat here at Burren Yoga in 2007 & 2008 & 2009 & 2010 & 2011.

    Easter Yoga retreat

    This Easter 2012 workshop is aimed at giving you very good individual attention to improve and deepen your yoga practice, and David will tailor the pranayama (breath-work) practices to each individual’s needs.


    This workshop will work at a deeper inner level with bandhas and mudras to help you get in touch with internal energies and draw your practice deeper inwards.

    We will have morning asana and meditation classes and workshop classes every second afternoon.


    There will be plenty of outdoor activities in the Burren and surrounding areas.

    And the usual amazing vegetarian meals with Paddi the chef.

    Cost of the Easter yoga week course

    Reduced to €690 (€650 unwaged) and includes accommodation and vegetarian meals.

    Amazing vegetarian meals each day, breakfast and dinner.

    A single room costs €120 extra.

    We eat lunch out locally and you will need to pay for this yourself.

    Additional nights stay at the centre

    When coming on the Easter retreat, to avail of a cheaper flight you may like to stay an extra night or two. Cost is €35 per night. No meals included.

    Availability of staying an extra night will only be known 1 week before the course start date, and will depend on the numbers attending the previous weeks course.

    If the centre is full, you could always stay that night in Kinvara village with one of the many b&b’s.

    Who is the Easter yoga course suitable for

    This course is aimed at regular practitioners of yoga but you do not have to be an advanced practitioner.


    It is also suitable to beginners and those who do not have much yoga experience yet.


    Don’t worry…. just because David is very accomplished in his practice, he still keeps his Easter retreat open to people not so proficient.

    So you won’t have to do the postures in the photos below …. unless you really want to 😉

    Having said that, if you are a well practiced Ashtangi or Iyengar practitioner, this is an unusual opportunity to work with a very experienced teacher who will take you deeper into your practice in an advanced way.

    For those who are more accomplished, David will help them develop and expand their physical practice while guiding them deeply inwards using more subtle techniques to get in touch with internal energies.


    For people with only a little yoga experience David will gently guide them at a level suitable for their bodies and limitations.


    David includes breathing techniques (pranayama) and the hand gestures (mudras) which help direct the internal energy.


    More advanced practitioners will receive individual guidance from David suitable to their level of practice.

    This course is for people who wish to work with their physical body and who wish to deepen their intenal work through pranayama, mudra and bandha.

    Description of course
    In this Easter 2012 yoga retreat we will practice with an eye towards deepening the experience of yoga, finding a personal relationship with the practices of yoga. We’ll do full practices of yoga postures, and develop the pranayama exercises with an eye towards tailoring these practices towards each individual’s needs and experience. We will have pranayama and meditation each morning before the asana practice.


    As we practice, we will explore the internal processes of bandha, and the natural balance of energy that comes when the postures and breath work together in harmony. Drawing on the Ashtanga and Iyengar systems as a starting point, we will explore the variations in techniques and sequence that lead each of us to creating a truly personal practice that is safe, fulfilling and fun.


    We will see that the bandha is the place where the body meets the breath, or the material meets the Spirit, and practice ways of experiencing and using the bandhas from the perspective of Vinyasa or breath/movement, and internal action in each posture, or asana techniques.


    We will also take the opportunity to explore the world of mudras, both in terms of the literal practice of mudras in yoga, and metaphorically, through the poses and practices of yoga. When practiced mindfully, the poses themselves become mudras, opening like flowers that allow the heart and mind to settle into the natural unfoldment of yoga.


    We will run several of the afternoon classes as workshops, practicing aspects of yoga such as the breath and bandhas, backbending, inversions, etc, in more detail, with a goal towards applying this information right away in our practices.


    For accomplished practitioners, this workshop will be an opportunity to deepen one’s practice, with guidance for progressing into more advanced postures and sequences.


    For less experienced students, this week will offer the opportunity to develop as sound foundation for future practice, understand the principle of Hatha Yoga more clearly, and deepen one’s ability to do sustained self-practice.”



    David Muehsam

    David teaches with an emphasis on helping students to find a personal relationship with their yoga practice, to deepen the meditative feeling of yoga, and to use yoga to enhance one’s physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. With an emphasis on pranayama, the meditative quality of the breath, and having fun, David creates a joyous and freely-flowing practice accessible to all ages and body types.

    David teaches extensively worldwide, in workshops and yoga teacher trainings.


    He first practiced yoga in 1982, and was introduced to the method of Iyengar Yoga in 1987. In 1993 he began the practice Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, and has been influenced by the meditative and breathing methods of the tradition of Satyananda Saraswati.

    David holds Certificate IV in Teacher Training and Assessment from the Australian Government, Yoga Alliance 500 Hour certification, has received written authorization from K. Pattabhi Jois to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. He has also completed teacher training with Richard Freeman.

    David’s other interests are in music, healing and consciousness.


    David is a research associate at the Bioelectrochemistry Laboratory Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and a consultant for Ivivi Technologies, USA, designing and modeling electromagnetic field signals for bone and soft tissue healing. He has published numerous articles in the fields of bioelectromagnetics and alternative medicine, holds patents for therapeutic healing signals, and has conducted research on Pranayama and Chinese Qigong practices.

    He has been a professional musician since childhood, performing on saxophone and flute.


    Timetable for the Easter yoga week


    Friday 6th April 2012 arrival

    6:00 – 7:00pmArrival & Registration
    7:00pmDinner by Paddi
    8:00 – 8:30pmKarma Yoga


    Typical day timetable

    7:30 – 8:30amPranayama & Meditation
    8:30 – 10:15amAsana class
    11:15Karma Yoga
    11:30 – 5:00pmOutdoor trip into the Burren
    2:00pmLunch out locally
    5:00pm approxReturn to centre
    7:30 – 8:00pmKarma Yoga
    8:45 – 9:30pmEvening practice

    Alternate days

    4:30 – 6:15pmAsana Yoga class

    Thursday 12th April departure

    7:30 – 8:30amPranayama & Meditation
    8:30 – 10:15amAsana class
    11:15 – 12:00Karma Yoga
    12:00 noonDepart