Yoga Immersion with Paul Whelan

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    Yoga Immersion with Paul Whelan


    This an OLD retreat.

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    Yoga Immersion with Paul Whelan


    July 6th – 12th 2014


    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 weekend of yoga in the Burren.

    Reduced to €690 (€650 unwaged)

    Possible to book a weekend or less than whole week

    The course begins with dinner on Friday 6th July.




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    Description of course

    This week yoga retreat is titled


    This yoga retreat is a unique combination of

    • hatha yoga classes
    • gentle postures and variations leading to challenging ashtanga postures for those who are able
    • variations of challenging postures to make them accessible to all ages and all levels of fitness
    • breath work
    • some simple chanting of OM
    • an explanation of the Koshas which are the layers of our being
    • Yoga Nidra deep relaxation
    • Meditation

    Paul Whelan is a very experienced yoga teacher who regularly teaches to a wide range of people including

    • 14 years old to mid 60’s
    • complete beginners to regular practitioners
    • very unfit or overweight to very fit athletes
    • people from all walks of life

    Paul believes that

    “Yoga is for everybody… regardless of age or level of fitness”

    A range of techniques will be explored during the week where all or part of the work offered can be experienced by the student.

    If you prefer to stay with more gentle variations of the postures that is fine. However, as the week progresses and you feel you would like to try some or all of the stronger variations, Paul will guide you on what is right for you at this particular time.

    Paul’s intention is to generate a life-long interest (or renewed interest) in the Yoga teachings and practices.

    Although Paul’s classes can be quite challenging, they are suitable for all levels of abilities and he teaches variations of postures to make sure they are accessible to everybody.

    Paul has intermediate ashtanga practitioners in his classes as well as complete beginners of all ages and all levels of fitness.

    Each person will be challenged to work with the postures to their own ability, and there is no comparisons made between anybody on the course.

    Each person works comfortably at their own level and pace and Paul ensures that you will be comfortable within your own limits and current level of fitness.

    He introduces an array of variations on the postures….. so that complete beginners can be accommodated, while more seasoned practitioners are challenged to their own limits.

    This week retreat is suitable for complete beginners to those with a few years yoga experience.

    Paul’s approach brings a mindfulness and heart felt centering so that each person finds their own balance in their yoga practice.

    There will be an outdoor walk in the Burren hills or by the sea each day and our time spent in Nature is a very important and enjoyable part of the course.

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    And the usual amazing vegetarian meals with Paddi the chef.

    Cost of the course

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

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    The food is cooked by Paddi the gourmet vegetarian chef who ran Seventh Heaven the well known restaurant in Galway city.

    A single room costs €120 extra for the week.

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

    Additional nights stay at the centre
    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 course suitable for
    This week yoga retreat is suitable for complete beginners to those with a few years yoga experience.

    Suitable for all levels of fitness and ages.

    Paul has huge experience of teaching yoga to all ages… all levels of fitness…. complete beginners to advanced.

    For regular ashtanga practitioners, this weekend can be a great way to get in touch with the wider aspects of yoga…. and also experience the softness of the practices and at other times Paul will guide those who are regular practitioners to challenge their own limits.


    Paul Whelan has been practicing yoga since 1978, and successfully completed the Iyengar Yoga teacher Training course in the 90’s.

    Over the years Paul has studied and practiced Iyengar yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Shadow Yoga, Yoga with Desikachar and also extensive practice with pranayama, meditation and chanting.

    Paul’s classes on this week will combine some gentle postures and also more challenging ones for those who are able for them.

    Paul first explored Yoga back in 1978 from a book entitled “Yoga and Health” by Selvarajan Yesudian.

    Paul spent a number of years working from this book and exploring and experiencing the techniques of Asana and Pranayama and also their effects through extended practice.

    Paul also studied Martial Arts over the next few years including Aikido, Wado-Ryu and became a TaeKwon-Do Black Belt in 1994.

    In 1994 Paul then returned to further exploration of Yoga in earnest and to a more regular practice of Yoga as the years progressed.

    Paul has had the great fortune to have undertaken a number of different yoga teacher training courses.

    These have included an Iyengar Yoga teaching in the 1990’s.

    Paul has also completed David Swenson’s Ashtanga 1st Series Teacher Training (2001) and David’s Ashtanga 2nd Series Teacher Training (2006).

    Other Teacher trainings completed are : Michael Gannon (2004), Philip Xerri (2006) and Rod Stryker (2009).

    Since 2004 Paul has made 5 extended study trips to India, mainly Mysore to study with Guruji and Sharath but also 2010 to Chennai where he studied at the KYM with Desicachar and Khaustub.

    Paul’s yoga practice with Krishnamacharya’s son Desikachar is a softer more all encompassing yoga and he has immersed himself within Chanting practices and deepened his knowledge of expanding one’s consciousness and improving Body/Mind/Health through chanting.

    He has also spent many years studying Tibetan Buddhism and Meditation.

    In recent years Paul has studied Pranayama (Teacher Training 2006) and is also a Certified Vedic Chant Teacher (2009) form the Krishnamachraya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai, India.

    Paul’s Ashtanga Yoga practice is very comprehensive having studied in Mysore, India with Sri. K.Pattabhi Jois and Sharath and Manju.

    Paul’s relaxed approach to Ashtanga Yoga is greatly influenced by Sri.K.Pattabhi Jois’ eldest son, Manju with whom he has worked closely with over the past 5 or 6 years.

    Paul has practiced and trained with Manju in Ireland , Crete and England and in 2008 Paul organised and participated in a Teacher Training week in Ireland with Manju.

    Paul’s experience with Desikachar and other training and experience with other forms of yoga lets him bring an openness and a softness to his teaching of Yoga.

    He is a regular student of Manju Jois, eldest son of Sri.KP Jois.

    A great weekend to treat your’Self’ to a weekend away.

    Timetable for the Hatha Anusara Inspired yoga retreat


    Friday 2nd September 2011 Arrival




    5:30 – 7:00pm

    Arrival & Registration


    Dinner by Paddi

    8:00 – 8:30pm

    Karma yoga

    9:00 – 10:00

    Breathwork and deep relaxation


    Typical day




    8:00 – 8:30am

    Pranayama & Meditation

    8:30 – 10:00am

    Hatha yoga class




    Karma yoga

    11:15 – 5:00pm

    Outdoor trip into the Burren




    Approx return to Centre



    7:45 – 8:15pm

    Karma yoga

    8:00 – 9:00pm

    Free time

    9:00 – 9:30pm



    Alternate days

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



    5:00 – 6:30pm

    Hatha Yoga class


    Thursday departure




    8:00 – 8:30am

    Pranayama & Meditation

    8:30 – 10:00am

    Hatha yoga class




    Karma yoga

    11:15 – 12:00pm


    12:00 noon




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