New arrival at Burren Yoga
The past few months have been very happy but also quite busy after the arrival of our baby boy Cian in February. Both Eri my wife and Cian are healthy and well, and Shanti our 3 year old girl is very happy to have a brother.
There seems to be quite a bit more to be done each day, and this is the first newsletter that I have had time for this year.
Yoga weekends and week long yoga retreat holidays are scheduled every weekend as usual this year, and places on our week long retreats in the summer are booking well already.
The cuckoo has arrived to the Burren hills as usual a couple of weeks ago, and it is lovely to see the return of the Gentian Violet and the early Purple Orchid.
Some photos of the Burren wild flowers can be seen at www.burrenyoga.com/about/Photo Gallery
We are giving away €300 to be used within 12 months!
We are running a Free Competition for Summer 2014 and the prize is a voucher for €300 which can be used on any of our yoga retreats within the next 12 months.
It takes about 2 minutes to enter, and we hope that you tell your friends about it by
- forwarding them this email newsletter
- sharing a link to our Summer 2014 Competition page on your Facebook page
- or sending a tweet about it
Please let us know which is your favourite retreat that we are offering on the website.
And let us know where you heard about this competition.
It's as easy as that.
Please submit your entry at Burren Yoga website Summer 2014 Free Competition
Benefits of practising yoga and meditation in the morning
Each newsletter I usually have a section giving practice tips and advice for your yoga and meditation practice. This month, I am going to highlight the importance of doing a little daily practice first thing in the morning each day, and hopefully this will inspire you to take up a (short) daily practice if you have not done so already.
Traditionally yoga and meditation have always been practised first thing in the morning. It is recommended is to firstly empty your bowels and your bladder and to have a shower, wash your teeth and any other cleaning practices you may do such as Kunjal or Jala Neti.
These cleaning practices are very important, but rather than go into explanations as to why, due to the shortness of this newsletter we can simply think of them as ensuring we are fresh and wide awake (not to be confused with drinking coffee which brings stimulants into the system and overly stimulates Pingala channel) and our body in a reasonably purified state for our meditation practice.
Traditionally it is recommended to be fasting as long as possible, and this can fit in nicely if our last meal was dinner the night before.
There is no need to get overly concerned and feel one has to follow the guidance above. These are simply the guidelines given to get the best benefits from one’s practice, and if you can’t fit them into your daily routine for whatever reason, then doing some yoga practice at any time of the day is better than not doing any at all.
It can be helpful to think of the benefits of your yoga and meditation practice as being two fold
; The first being to experience higher states of consciousness during one’s practice, and the second being the spill over effect to the rest of your day from the effects of your practice.
Some of the reasons / benefits of doing one’s practice early in the morning is
- this is usually the time when one has fasted longest since one's last meal
- one’s mind is still reasonably clear and not had time to become absorbed in thoughts and preoccupations which arise during the day
- the emotions are usually minimal and not had time to be stirred up during the day
- one’s being is usually rested and in a reasonably balanced state after a restful sleep
- one’s inner channels (principle ones being Ida and Pingala) are reasonably balanced and easier to be brought into perfect balance to facilitate energy flowing through Sushumna channel
- higher states of consciousness are more likely to arise with higher levels of Melatonin in the brain, and these are highest first thing in the morning. A tip is to avoid very bright light which dramatically reduced the levels of melatonin. 4:00 am in India is an ideal time before the sun rises. For those practising where the sun rises later such as Ireland and one’s day usually begins later, a good tip is the keep curtains closed and avoiding bright lights if starting one’s practice later while it is already bright outside
- One’s body is also more stiff in the morning, so any physical practice one does to bring a feeling of flexibility, lightness and awareness is then carried with you throughout the day and can improve the whole day
- The feelings of mental clarity, peacefulness and love for all that can develop through a regular meditation practice, can also be brought into all situations and events during the day
- Our state of mind and also our state of awareness and feeling in our body can dramatically effect how we experience (and also how we react to) events and all types of situations during the day. When we start the day in a very clear loving state feeling fresh in body and mind, it is much more likely the day will flow more smoothly for us and also for those around us.
It is well worth noting that attending a yoga class and doing your own yoga and meditation class are two very different things. I will write more about this next newsletter.
If you have not already begun your own daily morning practice of yoga and meditation, then it is recommended at the start to only take up a practice of between 10 and 15 minutes. A previous newsletter September 2013 and gave some tips of what to include in your short daily practice.
The best way to get it going is to go to bed 15 or 20 minutes earlier than usual, and getting up 15 minutes earlier than usual to fit in your practice before your other usual daily activities.
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.
I will be include more tips in the next Newsletter and also include previous Newsletters in the Blog section on the website shortly.
Feel Refreshed, Positive and Inspired
We have 3 last weekend-only yoga and meditation retreats this May 2014
before we begin our week long yoga retreat holidays for this Summer.
There are still a few places left on all of these yoga retreats and the last 3 weekends are as follows;
9th – 11th May
Hatha (Anusara) yoga and meditation with Michael Ryan
16th – 18th May
Anisara yoga and meditation with Kanta Barrios
23rd – 25th May
Vinyasa yoga and meditation with Cathy Pearson
All upcoming retreats as far as January 2015 can all be seen on the website at
You can see the full details on any upcoming retreat by clicking on the blue retreat title at the above link, and (by clicking on the TABs at top of the page) you will see a full description of the retreat, timetable of classes and activities and also photos from some previous retreats.
Meeting like minded people
I have heard many first timers at Burren Yoga say
"We expected the best of yoga and meditation instruction, and the amazing food, and the great fun on the guided outings, but we did not realize that there would be so much fun and social aspect of meeting a whole range of like minded people in this amazing setting."
90% of our retreat participants come on their own
, and many make new friends who they stay in contact with for many years after they first meet here.
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Help us 'get the word out' about our quality yoga weekends and our week-long yoga retreat holidays.