Hatha and Restorative yoga with Caroline Downey

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    • Hatha & Restorative yoga and meditation with Caroline Downey

      March 2nd – 4th 2018

      Weekend retreat: €320. Click here for prices to include single room or unwaged discounts

       

      Summary of Hatha & Restorative yoga and meditation weekend retreat

      This weekend yoga retreat consists of an inviting and uplifting timetable over the weekend of

      • classes by very experienced yoga and meditation teacher Caroline Downey
      • introduction to meditation and deepening of your practice
      • breathing practices and breath awareness
      • Yoga Nidra deep relaxation
      • Hatha & Restorative yoga classes
      • delicious vegetarian meals
      • comfortable accommodation at the centre
      • guided outing on Saturday by an experienced guide
      • sample local cuisine at one of the local restaurants or cafes
      • enjoy meeting like minded people in this relaxed friendly environment

       

      Treat yourself to a stress free weekend of energizing yoga, calming meditation, relaxing yoga nidra, amazing vegetarian food, and outdoor walks in the hills and by the sea.

      Caroline’s yoga classes are reasonably gentle while some postures will be challenging and yet also soft and mindful. There is room for each individual to go at their own pace.

      An ideal weekend to let go of the stresses and strains of everyday life and to let go into a very peaceful and tranquil environment with a gifted teacher and share some time with like minded people.

       

      Who this Hatha & Restorative yoga and meditation retreat is suitable for

      This weekend retreat is suitable for all ages and all levels, from complete beginners to advanced.

      Each person will be challenged to their own limit, and no comparison will be made between each practitioner.

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      Arrival on Friday 2nd March 2018

      TimeActivity
      5:30 – 7:00 pmArrival & Registration
      7:00 pmDinner
      8:00 – 8:30 pmKarma Yoga
      9:00 pmIntroduction to the retreat
      9:15 – 10:00 pmGentle Yoga and Yoga Nidra deep relaxation

       

      Saturday’s timetable

       

      TimeActivity
      8:00 – 8:30 amPranayama and Meditation including intro for beginners
      8:30 – 10:00 amHatha yoga class
      10:00 amBreakfast
      10:45 amKarma yoga
      11:15 – 2:00 pmOutdoor trip into the Burren
      2:00 pmLunch at local restaurant or cafe
      4:00 pmApprox return to centre
      4:00 – 5:00 pmFree Time
      5:00 – 6:30 pmHatha & Restorative yoga class
      7:00 pmDinner
      7:45 – 8:15 pmKarma yoga
      8:00 – 9:00 pmFree time
      9:00 – 9:30 pmMeditation

       

      Close of retreat on Sunday 4th March 2018

       

      TimeActivity
      8:00 – 8:30 amPranayama and Meditation
      8:30 – 10:00 amHatha yoga class
      10:00 amBreakfast
      10:45 amKarma yoga
      12:00 – 13:00 pmHatha yoga class and Q&A
      13:00 pmLunch
      13:30 amKarma yoga
      14:00 pmDepart

       

    • Instructor Bio Caroline Downey

      Caroline Downey yoga Dublin

      Caroline Downey began practicing quite strong yoga in the beginning, but nowadays her own practice although it is still flowing, is much more gentle and taking account of the energy on any particular day.

       

      “My teaching style is very much me, relaxed and accepting of our limitations. Nobody should get hurt doing yoga. If it doesn’t feel ok, don’t do it! “

       

      Caroline’s classes help steady one’s mind through working with the physical body, and brining mindfulness to one’s physical practice, which ultimately leads one to a sense of calmness. Which prepares one for the sitting meditation practice.

      Read more Caroline Downey’s full Bio

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    • Inspired mix of meditation, hatha yoga physical practice, outdoor activities, group dynamics. Hatha yoga principles added a further dimension!

      I can’t believe what I have acheived and how much stronger in health and fitness in Mind and Body than i had any idea of… Jo, Antrim

       

      Description of Hatha & Restorative yoga and meditation retreat

      Let go, relax and feel energised with Caroline

       

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      Who is this Hatha & Restorative yoga and meditation retreat is suitable for

      This Hatha & Restorative yoga and meditation weekend retreat is suitable for all ages and all levels, from complete beginners to advanced.

       

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      Each person will be challenged to their own limit, and no comparison will be made between each practitioner.

       

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      Some of the postures will be challenging and modifications will be given to beginners to make the postures more accessible.

      And some of the postures will be soft and gentle, where it is easier to coordinate the breath with the movment and to bring one’s awareness into the present moment.

       

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      Each day begins with a short meditation practice and pranayama (breath work).

       

      Hatha yoga pranayama

       

      On Saturday after breakfast, Dave will lead the group on a guided outing and we will either do a hill walk in the Burren hills or a walk by the sea.

       

      Burren Hillwalking holiday

       

      These guided outings are an important part of each eco yoga retreat and it is a lovely way to see some special places in the Burren well away from the usual tourist places.

       

      Hidden forest walk in Burren

       

      The secret forest has been described by one visitor as the type of place that fairies and elves live, and when they heard us coming they hid out of sight, but did not have time to take away their fairy veils and magic feelings which fill the air.

       

      During our guided outing we stop off for lunch at one of the best local restaurants or cafes. One favourite is the Ballyvaughan tea rooms where Stephen Spielberg flew in especially to order the cheese cake.

       

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      The Burren is famous for it’s wide range of wild flowers, and the Spring gentians which are very vivid in colour and probably the most famous wild flowers associated with the Burren

       

       

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      Beginners will be introduced gradually to mindfulness and meditation, which will deepen and lengthen in practice over the weekend.

       

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      As the weekend progresses, you will be given guidance on how to bring this mindfulness from your sitting practice, to the rest of your day.

       

      Hatha yoga Meditation

       

      Through spending time in the tranquil and peaceful settings of The Burren and Caroline’s careful instruction, you will become more conscious of your inner awareness. This practice teaches how to ‘let go’ of the constant chatter of the mind to rest peacefully in the present moment.

       

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      After a lead in morning meditation practice, Caroline will guide you through a flowing yoga movements connecting breath and movement.

       

      Somatics yoga

       

      This practice will quieten the body and mind in preparation for a longer meditation practice at the end of each yoga session.

      Caroline’s yoga classes are challenging yet soft and mindful. There is room for each individual to go at their own pace.

      Mindfulness on the yoga mat is taught to prepare the body and mind for meditation.

       

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      On Friday and Saturday evening Paddi the cook who has been preparing amazing vegetarian food at Burren Yoga for over 11 years will prepare a delicious vegetarian dinner.

       

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      If this is your first time to come to Burren Yoga, please be reassured you will not go hungry…. just read the reviews 😉

       

      The style of meditation that Caroline will guide on this yoga retreat is a form of Mindfulness breath focussed Meditation.

      Ideal for anyone who has done or interested in a mindfulness course or looking to deepen a meditation practice. This technique teaches us to be mindful throughout our daily lives.

      The benefits of mediation include:

      • Promotes clarity of mind and awareness
      • Improves Concentration
      • Improves general sense well-being
      • Promotes positive thinking
      • Removes Stress and Anxiety
      • Improves sleep
      • Improves ability to live in the present
      • Improves your awareness during the physical yoga practice to deepen it
      • opens one up to the peace and tranquillity within every moment
      • allows a spaciousness to arise within which joy and bliss can awaken

       

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      This retreat is also open to anyone who prefers to part-take in the meditation practice and not to take part in the physical yoga classes.

      Please know we can accommodate any age or ability and would love anyone to attend the course.

      All classes and activities are optional, including the Asana(physical) practice although I would like to encourage people to give it a go.

      As there is room for each individual to go at their own pace this course is open to both beginners and experienced yoga practitioners.

       

      Hatha yoga weekend

       

      Throughout the weekend Caroline will gradually lengthen the meditation practice starting with a five minute sit in meditation. By the end of the weekend the group will be meditating with ease for about 15 to 20 minutes.

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