Ashtanga Yoga for everybody with Claire Maguire

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    • Ashtanga Yoga for everybody with Claire Maguire weekend retreat

      May 18th – 20th 2018



      Weekend retreat: €320.

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      Summary of Ashtanga Yoga for everybody weekend retreat

      Claire’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
      • Yoga Nidra deep relatation
      • traditional Ashtanga yoga classes by a very experienced teacher Claire Maguire
      • 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 Claire Maguire, who has been practising for over 17 years. Experience the traditional Mysore style of teaching combined with a led practice, through detailed and precise individual instruction, with emphasis on the breath and the subtle aspects of the practice.


      Claire Maguire teaches in Ashtanga yoga from her studio in Ashbourne and her enthusiasm for ashtanga yoga is inspiring.

      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 Ashtanga for Everybody 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 18th May 2018



      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 20th May 2018




      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



    • Ashtanga Yoga Instructor Claire Maguire

      Claire McGuire has been practicing yoga for over 17 years and although she has practiced many styles over the years, she feels much more drawn to the Ashtanga Vinyasa form of yoga. She believes that although Ashtanga yoga can be quite challenging, that it can be modified initially to make it accessible to everybody.

      Claire attended her first Yoga Teacher Training with Paul Dallaghan in Thailand in 2006 and he encouraged her to also try out other forms of yoga. So Claire attended Sivananda and Iyengar yoga and also tried many hatha and vinyasa style yoga classes especially during her pregnancy.

      Although Claire went to plenty of classes of different styles of yoga, she always came back to Ashtanga as she found that ‘the breath was so central to the practice’, and Ashtanga was the only form of yoga where she found this.

      Read more Claire Maguire’s full bio

    • 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 Ashtanga Yoga for Everybody retreat

      Deepen your practice with Claire Maguire

      This weekend retreat will give students the chance to practice Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga with a very experienced teacher Claire Maguire and to get individual instruction and attention to help you to go deeper into your practice.

      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!

      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

      Claire will introduce you to Ashtanga yoga and include instruction on the Ujjai breathing and the drishtis (eye gazing points) and bandhas (inner energy locks) as well as the physical postures.

      She will first lead you through the sun salutations to ensure you are familiar with the sequence and make sure that each person is comfortable with the practice. The sun salutations in combination with the Ujjay breath build up the heat within the body and prepare it for the postures that follow in the sequence.

      The sun salutations contain forward bends, backward bends and are an ideal way to gradually loosen up the spine and to prepare oneself for the other postures which follow in the ashtanga Primary Series.

      Each person will practice the postures to the best of their own ability, and no comparison is made from person to person. One person may be focussing on remembering the sequence of the postures, while another may be getting to grips on the more precise position of the feet and alignment within each posture and the flow of breath as one moves from one posture to another. Someone else may be focussing more on the drishtis and bandhas and internal energies.

      Claire will guide each person depending on whatever stage you are at. She will ensure that nobody pushes themselves too hard, and that everybody is cognisant and careful of their own limitations.


      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.

      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.

      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 OM is used to bring peace and clarity at the deepest cellular level.

      Claire’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 will begin with a guided breath focussed meditation. Claire will introduce this beginners suitable for complete beginners, and will guide you through the practice.

      After the meditation, we move to the asana practice, during which Claire will guide everyone through the sequences of postures of Ashtanga Yoga.

      Claire will teach the Ashtanga yoga classes on the weekend by introducing the practice, and leading the sequence. She will use her experience in 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.

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

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

      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.



      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, Claire will explore some specifics of asana techniques, 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.

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

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


      At 7:00 pm we have a lovely vegetarian dinner prepared by Gearoid who used to cook in a Hare Krishna restaurant in New York.



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



      Claire uses the evening class for breath focused meditation and yoga nidra (deep relaxation).

      Claire brings a lightness and enjoyment to the classes and to the practice.

      Claire Maguire has been practicing Ashtanga yoga for over 17 years and her enthusiasm will help inspire you to keep up this practice yourself at home after the weekend.

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

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