Vinyasa yoga and meditation with Kathryn Moynihan

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    • Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation week long retreat with Kathryn Moynihan

      July 20th – 26th 2018



      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 Yoga and Meditation week retreat

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

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


      Come join us for a stress free week of relaxation, Vinyasa Flow Yoga Classes, meditation, 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.

      Treat yourself to a stress free weekend or week long retreat of energizing Vinyasa yoga, calming meditation, relaxing yoga nidra, amazing vegetarian food, outdoor walks in the hills and by the sea, and optional outdoor activities such as surfing, kayaking, boat trips to the Cliffs of Moher and many more.

      An ideal week in July 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 Vinyasa 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 20th July 2018

      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 26th July 2018

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


      Instructor Bio Kathryn Moynihan

      Kathryn Moynihan teaches Vinyasa yoga and also meditation full time in Cork city.

      Her classes are flowing, and range from very gentle practices suitable for all ages, to stronger more challenging practices designed to remove energy blocks for more experienced practitioners.

      Kathryn places a lot of emphasis on the breath and this is brought into all of her classes.

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

      Read more Kathryn Moynihan ‘s full Bio


    • Kathryn treats all her Yoga students as individuals, ensuring all participants get the most from every class or workshop they attend. I have always felt encouraged, safe and challenged by Kathryn’s engaging and supportive teaching style…. Daniel O’Leary, Cork


      Description of Vinyasa yoga and meditation retreat

      Feel energised and tune inwards with Kathryn



      Who is this week long Vinyasa yoga retreat suitable for


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



      An ideal week in July 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.

      This retreat will focus on bringing your awareness into the present. Getting in touch with your physical body, the breath and observing the thoughts within the present moment.



      Each Yoga class will be a learning process for you to learn more about anatomy and learn a firm foundation on yoga principles as you move into each posture with awareness. Get deeper into your own body and release tension and get ready to feel renewed, energized and feel more clarity.



      Each morning will begin with pranayama (breathing practices) – followed by the morning Vinyasa yoga class. Yoga is a breathing practice so there will be a focus on the breath during the vinyasa yoga classes.



      The morning vinyasa yoga classes will be dynamic and very good for improving flexibility and removing energy blocks helping you feel fully alive during the rest of the day.



      These morning yoga classes will give you a firm foundation and stability in your body. The standing sequences will increase tone and strength in the body, while seated postures will bring more flexibility to the hips and in the spine.

      Towards the end of each class, there will also be more grounding postures to help you feel fully within the present moment.



      As the week progresses, the body and mind will become more balanced. It is guaranteed to leave you feeling toned, stretched, rejuvenated, refreshed and full of energy on all levels.



      The morning meditation practice will be breath focussed meditation. One sits in a comfortable meditation postures and rests one’s awareness on the breath flowing through the nostrils. With practice and proper guidance, one gradually learns how to observe the thoughts rather than being caught up in them. And one settles into a calmer peaceful more tranquil state.



      After the first few days, Kathryn will then guide you into a loving kindness practice or Metta!

      We will look at Buddhist terms such as Shamantha and Vipassana – what it means to really let go and most of all, how to practice every day to quieten that monkey mind! Each day on our retreat we will be reflecting in our meditation and using certain tools to help bring more awareness into our lives. We will practice loving kindness (Metta) meditation throughout the Retreat.



      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.


      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. Depending on the inclinations of the group we may also go surfing, kayaking or take a boat trip to the Cliffs of Moher or to the Aran Islands. 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 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.



      During July there are plenty of wild flowers and it is lovely each year to see old friends popping up.



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



      There is a full timetable of activities each day and most people come along as it is such good fun being with the group on our outdoor adventures.

      However if you wish to take some time on your own, you are very welcome to stay at the yoga centre and put your feet up, while the rest of the group heads off on their outdoor adventure.



      During the summer when we get the right weather conditions, our outdoor yoga classes overlooking the Atlantic ocean are memories that will stay with you for the rest of your life 😉


      The flat Burren pavement heats up during the summer months and provides a lovely contact with the Earth… as Kathryn guides you to reach for the sky… sense the fresh air… smell the sea… and allow your heart to soar.



      It is impossible to stop an inner smile spreading through one’s whole being.



      And lying on the warm Burren pavement allows us to imbibe the positive energy and to help assimilate these practices to all levels of our being.

      Depending on our group, one one or more days we will practice the Full Moon Yoga Sequence ‘Chandra Krama’. The main focus will be on the hips and spine – it is a therapeutic sequence for the lower back, hips and sacrum. Concluding with meditation.

      This is a great sequence for those who drive a lot, sit at desks regularly or feel pretty stiff in the lower back and sacrum. You will come away from this sequence feeling more open and renewed.

      Each day we will have a guided outing into the Burren Hills or by the sea, except Monday, when Devatara comes in to give massage. Treat yourself to a full body massage to unwind and release any remaining tension from the body.



      Depending on the preferences of the group we may go surfing, kayaking, a boat trip to the Cliffs of Burren, visit the Burren National Park or a wide range of other activities and places to see.



      These outings are great fun, and a lovely way to get to know the other course participants on the retreat

      Each Yoga class will be designed so that you can slowly build up your yoga practice with each person practising at their own level.

      Every second afternoon we have a yoga class from 5:00 – 6:30 pm.

      These will usually be a slow relaxing restorative yoga class where we will explore some deep yin style restorative postures.



      A restorative yoga practice can rest your body deeply; stretch your muscles (stretch connective tissue) lower your heart rate and blood pressure, and relax your nervous system, moving you into a peaceful state of deep relaxation. Concluding with a meditation.

      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.

      Kathryn 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.



      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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