Vinyasa & Yin yoga and meditation with Carmel Cronin

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    • Vinyasa & Yin yoga and meditation with Carmel Cronin

      August 25th – 31st 2017



      Full Week retreat: €730.

      Click here for prices to attend part of the week, or to include single room or unwaged discounts


      Summary of Vinyasa & Yin yoga and meditation week-long retreat

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

      • classes by experienced yoga and meditation teacher Carmel Cronin
      • introduction to meditation and deepening of your practice
      • breathing practices and breath awareness
      • Vinyasa yoga classes
      • Yin yoga classes
      • Yoga Nidra deep relaxation
      • delicious vegetarian meals
      • comfortable accommodation at the centre
      • daily guided outings by an experienced guide
      • sample the best of local cuisine at a local restaurants and cafes
      • enjoy meeting like minded people in this relaxed friendly environment


      Enjoy a stress free week of relaxing Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Meditation as well as energising Vinyasa flow yoga, scrumptious veggie food and enjoy local Burren eco walks surrounded by beautiful nature.

      This retreat is aimed at beginners to the more seasoned yoga practitioner.

      Begin each day with Vinyasa flow to energise and awaken and strengthen the body and calming Yin and Meditation to de-stress heal and nourish depleted energy stores and feel fully alive for the day..


      Who this Vinyasa & Yin yoga and meditation retreat is suitable for

      This retreat is suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness, but will also challenge each person to work with the postures to their own ability.


      Arrival on Friday 25th August 2017

      Time Activity
      5:30 – 7:00 pm Arrival & Registration
      7:00 pm Dinner
      8:00 – 8:30 pm Karma Yoga
      9:00 pm Introduction to the retreat
      9:25 – 10:15 pm Breathwork and Yoga Nidra deep relaxation


      Typical day’s timetable


      Time Activity
      8:00 – 8:30 am Meditation – Pranayama class including intro for beginners
      8:30 – 10:00 am Vinyasa yoga class
      10:00 am Breakfast
      10:45 am Karma yoga
      11:15 – 2:00 pm Outdoor trip into the Burren
      2:00 pm Lunch at local restaurant or cafe
      5:00 pm Approx return to centre
      5:00 – 7:00 pm Free Time
      7:00 pm Dinner
      7:45 – 8:15 pm Karma yoga
      8:00 – 9:00 pm Free time
      9:00 – 9:30 pm Meditation and/or Yoga Nidra


      Alternate days

      Time Activity
      5:00 – 6:30 pm Yin Yoga or Restorative class

      Every second day, as well as the usual classes listed on the typical day’s timetable above, we have an additional afternoon class.


      Close of retreat on Thursday 31st August 2017

      Time Activity
      8:00 – 8:30 am Meditation – Pranayama
      8:30 – 10:00 am Yin Yang Yoga class
      10:00 am Breakfast
      10:45 am Karma yoga
      11:15 – 12:00 pm Farewells
      12:00 noon Depart


      Instructor Bio Carmel Cronin

      Carmel Cronin has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 20 years and is originally from Limerick.

      Carmel believes that meditation has the potential to create conditions of innate healing and combined with the physical practise of yoga and breathing, brings mental and physical balance to one’s whole being.

      Her classes are focused on the simple breath & movement focus for the beginner to allow the body to open and experience the flow of vital energy, to more stronger flows for the experienced student- she believes strongly and encourages students to ‘ hold their own space with integrity’

      As well as teaching Vinyasa yoga, Carmel also teaches Yin yoga which will be included in the afternoon classes during this retreat.

      Read more Carmel Cronin’s full Bio


    • Carmel’s classes are always a little oasis of calm and de-stress.

      She encourages everyone to their individual comfort level while explaining the benefits and background to each pose. So we know why as well as how.

      She makes great use of props for different abilities so everyone gets the most from her invigorating classes

      …. Sean, Cork


      Description of Vinyasa & Yin yoga and meditation retreat

      Feel energised and tune inwards with Carmel



      Who is this week-long Vinyasa & Yin yoga retreat suitable for


      This course is suitable for complete beginners as well as advanced people.



      An ideal week in August 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.

      Each day will begin with Vinyasa flow to energise and awaken and strengthen the body and calming Yin and Meditation to de-stress heal and nourish depleted energy stores and feel fully alive each day.



      The flow class each morning will start with Pranayama (breath practise) to ground and center followed by Vinyasa flow sequences- Vinyasa means movements with breath making Yoga essentailly a breath focused movement practise or moving meditation.



      Poses will be taught from foundational level up with sound anatomical principles so new students can work safely to explore or more experienced students can deep their practise.

      Sequences will flow from simple to more energetic – this class will tone, strengthen and increase flexibility.



      Each person will be encouraged to respect their own limitations and there is not comparison made between people. Each person will be given adjustments and variations suitable to their own level of fitness.



      Carmel’s soothing voice will encourage each person to challenge themnselves in a safe way while she keeps an eye on each person and gives adjustments to each person.



      The Vinyasa flow yoga class removes energy blocks and one can experience a feeling of lightness and enthusiasm.



      Some of these postures are challenging and some of the postures that Carmel will teach will be more relaxing and restorative.



      Carmel also studied the ancient technique of Yoga Nidra ( yogic sleep) which brings you to a very deep state of relaxation. In this state it is then possible for you to give some guidance to your inner self to bring positive results to your life.



      The meditation will be a breath focused meditation based on the principles of focusing the mind on the flow and quality of the breath.

      This is done in a comfortable seated position to allow free and unhindered movement of the Diaphram.



      As one progresses this helps the practitioner to relax and become the ‘witness’ of our thoughts rather then controlled by them allowing one to ‘down- regulate’ the nervous system, develop mindfulness and help with better sleep.

      The Yin classs will consist of long held seated poses where poses will be held typically held for 2 to 4 mins to access the body’s connective tissue. This stretches and tones ligaments, joint capsules, tendons, bones and all the body’s fascia preventing inflammation and improving mobility.



      This practise will also work on the bodys energetic meridians address stagnation/ depletion and generally balancing our energetic body.



      Beginners will be introduced gradually to meditation, which will deepen and lengthen in practice over the week and those wanting to just sit for longer periods will be allowed the space.

      This is a great class to introduce the concept of mindfulness and I will introduce the core Buddhist text – the Satipatthana Sutta- the 4 foundations of mindfulness.


      Each day 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. All these activities are optional.



      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.



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



      The Burren is famous for it’s wild flowers, and it is lovely to see wild orchids during the months from May to September.



      Most people come on their own so it’s a great way to connect with like-minded people and also make new buddies.



      Gearoid the food genius will be feeding us amazing vegetarian food and if you have ever wondered what it would be like to be on a weekend veggie retreat rest assured you will be pleasantly surprised and may even get hooked! He has a brilliant reputation for preparing vegetarian food to the highest standard.

      Carmel has many years now of experience teaching people from different backgrounds, age and level.

      She teaches regular classes in Cork city, teaches workshops and retreats in Ireland.

      Each evening Gearoid the cook who used to work in a Hare Krishna restaurant in New York, will prepare “with love” a delicious vegetarian dinner and many people have said they have not eaten vegetarian food as good as this at any restaurant.


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


      The social aspect of these retreats where you meet like-minded people is a great fun element of the retreat.



      Each person is cared for on an individual basis, and each person works at their own level and no comparisons are made between anybody.

      I am a secondary school teacher and I have been doing yoga with Carmel twice a week for the past five years. Several of my colleagues also do yoga with her. We love her classes. She is an excellent teacher who manages to combine fun and hard work effortlessly. She caters to all levels of ability and takes great care to adapt the yoga poses to suit each individual student Her yoga makes us not just physically fit but mentally calm. I cannot recommend her classes highly enough

      …. Helen, Cork


      By the end of the retreat you will be feeling lighter, more open in your body and your mind, and fully refreshed to bring this new energy and new practices into your everyday life.


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