Commitment to Excellence
Many people think of yoga as being a way to increase flexibility, improve one's health and one's peace of mind. This is certainly true. However there is a wider discipline to the whole body of knowledge and the whole transformative practice of yoga that can be described as learning how to live skilfully. This is not limited to one's physical body. Not confined to balancing and tuning up more optimally the nervous system or the endocrine system... although these too are indeed part of the benefits of practicing yoga.
There is a wider arena that one becomes more aware of as one's practice develops, and one begins to discover ways of bringing more skilful living to more subtle areas of one's life as the years go by.
The Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre is also being improved as the years go by, and much of your feedback has been already implemented over the previous years. Over the past month, we have removed the smaller shelves from the bedrooms, and Johhy Ray the carpenter has build new bigger shelving that also contain a lower compartment for hanging clothes. Unfortunately we can't wave a magic wand and make the bedrooms bigger..... at least not over-night ;-) but we are also working on this, and you can read more about how you can help in the section below about Ethical Financial Investment.
Another key to your practice
The aspect of your practice i will mention this month is Consistency.
The past newsletters have included tips on
breathing and how you can evolve your breath work
the aspect of 'letting go' and how this can transform your practice
using a San Kalpa for your physical practice as well as during Yoga Nidra
how meditation has been the cornerstone of yoga for over 5,000 years and how you can build this into your practice
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is an ancient text on yoga and stresses the importance of consistency. It is much more beneficial to have a daily practice of 15 minutes every day, rather than a 1 hour or 2 hour practice once or twice per week.
It is much more beneficial to have a consistent practice every day, rather than practising occasionally or in bursts of a few months and then letting one's practice drop.
Having said that, it is also important for us to be compassionate with ourselves. If we fall off the wagon, we should not beat up on ourselves. We should simply encourage ourselves... possibly make a promise to ourself... or whatever it takes to get ourselves back on our mat that day or the following day.
This may seem very simple, or one may wonder why i am labouring the point... but How we do things is very important.
It is getting the right balance between encouraging ourselves... or doing whatever it takes so that we do our practice each, rather than feeling bad, or giving out to oneself... and very often still not doing the practice.
If one simply makes the promise to oneself to practice for the next 7 days no matter how one feels on any particular day this can be a great way to 'cajole one's mind' into going along with it.
And on the 6th day, to try to make the same promise to oneself for the next week.
If one can do this for one month, practising each day for as little as 15 minutes, it becomes much easier to continue after this.
No matter how long one has been 'off the wagon', there is no excuse to prevent one going to bed 15 minutes earlier tonight, and getting up 15 minutes earlier tomorrow to do one's practice.
One way to help keep you inspired enough to do your daily practice is to go to a weekly yoga class. Over time one will realize that attending a yoga class is not actually your practice.
However it is a great way to inspire you to do your own daily practice each day.
Another way to help inspire you to do your practice is to hear some inspirational quotes from more enlightened people than ourselves. People who have genuinely put in the practice daily over many years.
There is a section on the website under 'Blog' and then 'Daily Inspiration and Tips' which i hope will help to give inspiration for us all to keep up our practice.
The section is designed so that you can read one quote for the particular day of the month, or simply dip and and choose which quote appears right for today.
Last 3 weekends this year
We have 3 last weekend yoga retreats during November before we take a short break.
November 8th - 10th Yoga Boot Camp and meditation with Niamh Jones.
November 15th - 17th Satyananda yoga and meditation with Tadhg Ferriter
November 22nd - 24th Hatha yoga and meditation with Gabi Gillessen
After a break in December we begin back with our week long Christmas yoga retreat.
December 27th - January 2nd Hatha yoga and meditation with Niamh Jones
followed by a second week long yoga retreat
January 3rd - 9th Hatha yoga and meditation with Michael Ryan.
There are a couple of places left on all of these retreats at present, and more details can be seen by clicking on any of the blue retreat titles at
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