Sati Yoga weekend, May bank holiday
4 May - 7 May€450
A four day yoga and meditation retreat designed for serious students (from keen beginners to experienced practitioners) who wish to explore the connection between mindfulness (sati in the ancient language of the Buddha) and the classical eight limb system of yoga.
The practice of mindfulness in meditation can be readily applied to the practice of physical asana, using classical hatha yoga postures. This course explores how to practice with awareness, to bring our mind back to its essential embodiedness, to connect and stay with our breath, to recognize emotions and thoughts as they arise, how they distract us, how they pass away. Within this approach, meditation, relaxation and breath training form an important part of the practice. The principles of mindfulness then inform the practice of yoga asana and lead to a deeper integration. Mindfulness of breathing also helps to bring pranayama practice to a deeper level. We learn to cultivate both active and receptive attention, gaining insights into how these integrated practices can be applied to other aspects of our lives as a tool for transformation.
The day starts with a 30 minute meditation session, followed by a 2 and a half hour yoga session. Attention will be paid to developing and refining our breath awareness and to applying this awareness in our asana practice. Initially working with simple postures, we learn to create a sense of spaciousness in our bodies while also working with gravity to establish strength and stability at the base of each asana. Over the course of the retreat, we explore sun salutations, various types of postures and will play with the relationships between simple, foundation postures and more advanced asanas.
A delicious brunch follows the morning yoga session. At 5 pm, we meet again for an afternoon yoga and meditation class focusing mostly on breathing. A delicious and creative vegetarian three course dinner follows. We finish the day with a 30 minute sitting meditation session.
This course would be of interest to keen beginners as well as experienced practitioners, and especially to anyone who has done an 8 week MBSR course. Yoga teachers are also welcome.
- 3 nights accommodation (sharing in twin rooms)
- All meals (delicious organic vegetarian food, most vegetables grown on our farm)
- Eight yoga and four meditation sessions equivalent to more than 20 hours of tuition
- Return ferry from Roonagh quay (normally 17 euros)
5.15 pm Leave Roonagh pier *
around 6.00 pm Arrive at the centre
6.30 pm Restorative yoga class with introduction to awareness of the breath
7.30 pm Dinner followed by introductory talk
9.00 am Sitting meditation
Saturday and Sunday
8.00 am Meditation / breath awareness
8.30 am Morning asana class
11.00 pm Brunch
12.30 pm Karma yoga or free time for hill walking, reading, relaxing
4.30 pm Walking meditation
5.00 pm Afternoon yoga class
7.00 pm Dinner
8.30 am Sitting meditation
7.30 am Meditation / breath awareness
8.00 am Morning asana class
9.00 am Breakfast
9.45an Depart centre for 10.15 am ferry
*times of ferry may be subject to change