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Let's build this amazing centre together!


We have raised €30,000 over the past month by your commitments to invest in helping us build the new state of the art yoga centre.
 
As a result, we have been given a further 6 weeks to raise the remaining money needed.
 
Help us and yourself, by making an investment in Burren Yoga to build this new centre.
 
How this works;
  • You lend us between €1,000 and €10,000 for 5 years
  • We give you 3% interest financially each year or 5% yearly in retreats
  • At end of 5 years, we return your investment money and also give you an opportunity to invest for a further 5 years if you prefer
 
You gain by each yearly interest of 3% and by knowing you are helping us.
 
We gain by being able to start building the new state of the art yoga centre.
 
Everybody gains by having this beautiful yoga centre with en-suite bedrooms and all the other features.
 
Let’s build this amazing centre together !
 
Plans for the building and More Information on how you can invest can be seen at
http://www.burrenyoga.com/about/funding-world-class-yoga-centre/




 

Tips for Winter Yoga Practice


This time of the year when the weather in Ireland can be damp and cold, very often our bodies tend to stiffen up, and we often retract into our selves.  It can be difficult for some to get out of bed in the morning and onto the yoga mat.
 
Some tips to help you maintain your yoga and meditation practice during the Winter.
 
  • Go to bed between 15 and 30 minutes earlier to allow yourself a little more sleep.
  • Put a heater on a timer so the room is a little warmer to entice you out of bed in the morning.
  • Consider putting a light on a timer so that the room is quite bright in the morning.
  • Make a promise to yourself to practice for the next 5 days every morning, and see how you feel.
  • Consider making a San Kalpa or Positive Affirmation to use at the start of your practice.  This helps your practice become much more than simply a physical practice.
  • Before you go to bed, setup the place you practice yoga by laying out your mat and whatever props you may use.
  • For your actual practice, start gently to allow the body to loosen (ideally preceding this with some breath work and then bringing your breath awareness into your physical practice)… gradually practice some stronger postures/sequences to build up some heat… and towards the end begin to slow things down with more gentle practices and a relaxation at the end.
  • Do the exact same practice each day for 5 days or more so you don’t have to stop and ‘think/decide’ what comes next.  Try to get into a feeling/awareness mode rather than left hemisphere ‘thinking’.  After 5 days, work out a new sequence and set of practices for the following 5 days so that you gradually cover a good all round practice over a couple of months.
  • Consider keeping a chart or calendar on your wall where you mark or keep track of which days you did your practice.  Sounds silly… but the ‘nicer feeling way’ you can do this… the more it can motivate you.  So by sticking a smiley face or a little Buddha sticker into the box on your calendar each day does actually speak to your unconscious much better than simply marking a tick.
  • During the rest of the day, think back on your practice and notice how you feel/act/’respond to others’ during the rest of the day.

Upcoming retreats


This year we have listed our summer retreats early.  So now you can see all the yoga and meditation retreats we have listed until September 2014.
 
This will make it easier to plan summer holidays so you can experience a week long yoga retreat this coming summer.

We also have a week long retreat December 27th - January 2nd and another one January 3rd - 9th.  These are a great way to begin 2014 in a very positive way.
 
All upcoming retreats can all be seen on the website at
http://www.burrenyoga.com/retreat-holidays/calendar-and-booking/

You can see the full details on any retreat by clicking on the blue retreat title at the above link, and you will see a full description of the retreat, timetable of classes and activities and also photos from some previous retreats.

 

Gift Vouchers as Christmas presents
 

As usual we have gift vouchers available which we can post to you, or email to you for last minute presents for family or loved ones.
 
These can be purchased over the phone by credit card, or via Paypal or by posting a cheque.
 
More information on ordering a special gift or Christmas present of a voucher can be seen at
http://www.burrenyoga.com/retreat-holidays/purchase-giftvoucher/

 

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Paddi's Blueberry and Apple Muffins recipe

These muffins are wheat, gluten & dairy-free.
 
I use the Doves Farm Flour in this recipe (from the health shop).  No need to use baking powder if using self-raising flour . You can use ordinary flour or spelt instead if you like.
 
They are really light & tasty, straight from the oven. Or up to 3 days covered.
 
Makes 12 muffins

 
Ingredients
  • 60g sunflower margarine  ( dairy-free )
  • 170g Demerara sugar
  • 250g wheat & gluten-free flour
  • 2 teasp baking powder ( I use the  wheat &  gluten – free )
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teasp vanilla
  • 1 eating apple ( peeled & grated )
  • About 4 fl. ozs. Rice milk ( or any milk of your choice )
  • 125g blueberries
  • Seeds to sprinkle on top
 
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 190c or gas 5.
  2. Whisk the first 6 ingredients together in a bowl.  Add the milk  & whisk.
  3. With a wooden spoon stir in the grated apple & the blueberries.
  4. Put the mixture into 12 muffin cases.
  5. Sprinkle seeds on top.
  6. Bake in oven for about 20-25 mins. or until golden in colour .

More of Paddi's recipes can be seen on the website under the menu option 'Blog' and 'Paddi's Vegetarian Recipes'

Benefits from Yoga Practice

The benefits that one can get from a regular yoga practice really depend on what type of yoga you practice, and especially ‘how’ you practice.
 
Are you practicing yoga
  • to increase flexibility
  • look better
  • feel good
  • improve your health
  • explore more spiritual ways of living
  • bring more love and compassion to your whole world
  • get to know thyself at a deeper level
  • learn to think and act creatively and freely and break loose from conditioning
 
If it is simply the first 3, rather than the last 4, then you may be quite happy at simply doing a physical yoga practice.
 
If you are as much, if not even more interested in the last 4, then you will get best benefits from working with your mind and more subtle aspects of your being as well as doing a physical practice, and well worth bringing these aspects actually into your physical practice.
 
If you are more interested in the 4th area listed above, it is also more beneficial to work with your mind, as much illness and poor health is either caused or exacerbated by stress or negative thinking, and improving one’s health responds best when one has a daily practice to improve one’s state of mind as well as one’s body, internal organs and nervous system.
 
Depending on which of the above areas you are interested in most, could help you decide which type of yoga to practice at this present moment in time.  It is also worth being aware that as the years go by practicing yoga regularly, can help our awareness to shift, and we may become more interested in the more subtle effects over time.
 
If you are interested in reading more about this, please see the article ‘Different types of Yoga’.   

You will also see other articles listed, which give more information about the various types of yoga.
http://www.burrenyoga.com/category/everything-yoga/types-of-yoga/
 
 
TV Celeb at Burren Yoga.  Quess who she is?

Ethical Motivation of Burren Yoga Retreat Centre


The reason why I founded the Burren Yoga and meditation Centre was that the two most profound set of teachings/practices that I came across in my life were Yoga and Meditation.
 
I was fortunate to begin practicing meditation in 1978 at 19 years of age, and this practice has inspired me to setup the centre in order to introduce genuine yoga and meditation into people’s lives, and also to provide an ideal retreat environment for existing practitioners to deepen their practice.
 
I purposely setup the centre in one of the most beautiful unspoilt natural landscapes in Ireland… The Burren.  The peacefulness and tranquillity of the area as well as the unspoilt beauty of The Burren make this an ideal location to spend time in Nature and to take a retreat away from the usual preoccupations and trappings of modern day living.

Part of my vision in setting up the centre was to provide the best yoga and meditation teaching within a very genuine yogic environment.  But to do this within a comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere rather than a very austere ashram like experience. 
 
My rationale behind this is that if people experience the benefits and regularity of practising yoga and meditation each day within a comfortable environment, that they would be more likely to incorporate some of these practices into their daily lives when they return back home… rather than thinking that yoga and meditation have to be practised in a very austere ashram like place.
 
I hope that my vision and the work I have put into manifesting this dream, will help inspire you to consider investing some of your savings into helping us build the next stage of the project.
 
It takes courage to make bold moves, but true freedom lies in us taking action rather than sticking our head in the sand, or simply looking away and walking past.
 
If you have not read about the plans for the next phase of the project, please see

http://www.burrenyoga.com/about/funding-world-class-yoga-centre/

 
Burren Yoga Sun and Moon logo with Wisdom Hung symbol

Deeper benefits of Yoga and Meditation

The deeper work and the benefits of yoga and meditation help us move away from a self-survival and a self-interested mode of living, to one which is more orientated towards benefiting others and helping relieve suffering of others.
 
A side effect of this way of thinking/feeling/living is that it also brings huge happiness to oneself.
 
Christmas used to be a time when most people in Ireland and many  other parts of the world celebrated compassion, love and caring for others.  But someone over the past 50 years, commercialism and other stresses of modern living seem to have become more dominant.
 
Could we as ‘yoga and meditation practitioners’ do our little bit by looking out a little more for our neighbours who may need a little befriending or compassion ???
 
Could we take a little more time to look around and see if someone who may live close to us looks like they could do with a word of friendship… or even an anonymous donation popped in through their letter box with a Christmas card.
 
It’s amazing how much a smile or a few friendly exchanges of words can make someone’s day that little bit brighter.
 
Very often those who really need some help are afraid to ask, or don’t even know that it is possible to get help from the Vincent de Paul or other organisations.
 
If you feel that an anonymous donation could offend someone, then maybe you would feel more comfortable making a donation to the Vincent de Paul themselves or another similar organisation who may be able to distribute this to those much more needy than ourselves.
 
If we are already on the path of yoga and meditation, then some responsibility must come with this greater awareness that we receive through putting in so much work on ourselves.
 
Let’s all help bring compassion and helping others to the fore at least for Christmas… and hopefully our actions will reduce even a little the suffering of others.
 
When these type of actions are practised in the right way, they do not bring tears to our eyes…. even though they may do this temporarily… but long term they bring joy.
 
Wishing you all the happiness and love that you all deserve and I hope that 2014 brings you everything that is good for you.
 
Love and Best Wishes,
Dave

 

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