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Advanced Sati Yoga Breathwork Intensive

16 August - 23 August


Sati Yoga Breathwork Intensive

What is the essence of yoga, if not the breath?

As dedicated yogis and teachers we are aware of the importance of breathing to our health and well being, as well as to the state of our minds. But how to we convey this to our students and help them practice skillfully and with passion?

Join us on this advanced intensive for yoga teachers, apply now

During the week, you will

  • uncover the potential and limitlessness of your natural breathing
  • recognize and learn to transform unskillful breathing patterns in yourself and in your students
  • communicate the transformative nature of breathing through your teaching
  • learn a systematic and safe approach to pranayama which can be used to help students of all levels

This unique course uses a creative mix of formal and informal practice. Through meditation, pranayama, asana, there will be experiential learning alongside insightful pedagogic inquiry and group work to expand our personal practice as well as teaching capacity and skills.

You will gain an understanding of

  • the mechanics of breathing which provides a useful underpinning to our inquiry
  • the classical role that pranayama holds within Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and how we can bring the practice into our contemporary experience, enabling you to expand your personal practice, as well as to safely and confidently teach breathwork to your students
  • the Anapanasatti Sutta, one of the earliest of the Buddha’s teaching which holds that enlightenment itself can be found within a purely breath centred practice and how it relates to embodiment in our everyday life
  • the symbiotic relationship between breath, gravity and the undoing of tension in the body as expressed both in the natural positions of the body as well as posture practice- from basic to advanced
  •  unhealthy breathing patterns as expressed through asana practice
  • the skillful merging of natural breathing through a detailed exploration of specific asana

The Sati Yoga Breathworks Intensive can be booked on its own or as part of our 300 hours teacher training programme, for which it is a required module.

It is open to any qualified yoga teacher, preferably with a minimum of 1 year teaching experience. 
For more details please see our Satiyoga Teacher Training page.

Click here to apply for this course.  Note that you must hold a 200 hours yoga teacher certificate (from any school) to apply for this course.
If your application is accepted, we will send you further booking instructions.

Cost of this seven day course is 990 euros.  Normal discounts (returnee, early bird and karma yoga) are available.
Limited number of scholarships are also available: you can click here for our financial aid application form
Number of participants on this course is limited to 8.

Cost of this seven day course is 990 euros and includes:

  •     7 nights accommodation (single rooms, 25% discount applies if you are coming with a friend or partner with whom you are sharing a room)
  •     All meals (organic vegetarian and delicious!— all vegetables grown on our farm)
  •     40 hours + of tuition in yoga and mindfulness (which can be counted toward a 500 or a 1000 hours certificate with the IYN)
  •     Observance of appropriate social distancing and all health and safety / hygiene protocols to ensure everyone’s safety
First day
17.20  Leave Roonagh pier
around 18.00  Arrive at the farm, settle into accommodation
18.30  Dinner followed by introductory talk
20.00  Evening meditation

Second to sixth day
7.30 – 8.00 Silent Anapanasati sitting
8.00 – 9.00 Pranayama
9.00-13.00 Silent breakfast then karma yoga / free time
10.30 – 13.00 Asana class
13-00 -15.00 Lunch then Karma yoga / free time
15.00 – 15-30 Walking meditation
15-30 = 18.00 Afternoon session: discusssion and breath work
18.00 – 19.30 Dinner, then karma yoga or free time
19.30 – 20.30 Talk/discussion followed by sitting meditation

Last day
7.30 – 8.00 Silent sitting
8.00 – 9.00 Pranayama
9.00  Morning yoga then closing circle
11.30  Brunch
12.45  Depart centre for 13.00 ferry
* Time table is subject to change

Teacher Biographies

Christophe Mouze has studied and practiced yoga since 1994. He originally trained as an Iyengar teacher (introductory certificate obtained in 1998), but his practice and teaching have since been influenced by a number of other yoga styles, particularly ashtanga vinyasa and the Atma Vikasa style of Acharaya Venkatesh (from Mysore, India), who was his main teacher for a number of years.

His quest for a more balanced practice also led him early on to study the teachings and practices of Buddhism, which he found to complement and enrich his hatha yoga practice. He practices meditation daily and attends retreats in various Buddhist traditions.

Christophe is co-founder  of Macalla Farm (Clare Island Retreat Centre) which has been running yoga and meditation retreats since  2001. He is certified by the Independent Yoga Network as a senior (1000 hours) teacher and has taught more than 5000 hours.

Pranayama has been an important part of his practice and teaching for many years.  He has developed a unique approach to breathwork, drawing from both pranayama and the mindfulness approach of Buddhism.

Ciara Cullen Macalla Farm co-founder, has been practising yoga since 1995 and has been teaching since 1999. She has completed more than 1000 hours of training in yoga and has taught more than 5000 hours.

Ciara practiced ashtanga vinyasa yoga for over fifteen years studying with a number of leading international teachers. She was also influenced by the Atma Vikasa style of Acharaya Venkatesh (from Mysore, India).

Since 2005 her practice has evolved into a mindful integration of asana, breath work and meditation. She is inspired in her studies by her teacher, Rossella Baroncini, who was a long term student of Vanda Scaravelli. In turn, as her meditation practice became more embodied, she began to explore secular mindfulness. In 2014 she completed a mindfulness teacher training course with Martin Aylward and Mark Coleman of the Mindfulness Institute (UK and US). Recently Ciara has found her ‘home’ in Secular Dharma, a contemporary approach to early Buddhism with its emphasis on ethics and practice, completing a two year intensive course in 2017 with Stephen Batchelor and Bodhi College.

“The Irish Yoga association have been delighted to have Christophe Mouze lead workshops on breath work and pranayama for our teachers and teacher trainees. Christophe willingly shares his deep knowledge to both beginners and more experienced practitioners. His relaxed, gentle style creates a learning environment where students can access deeper insights to the practice.”
Miriam Brady, IYA teacher trainer, Bray, Wicklow.

“This place is the Real Deal. The teachings, intentions and lifestyle on Macalla farm are inspirational . I’ve been instructing and practicing yoga for many years and this is a place I choose to come back to for rejuvenation. I highly recommend it for all levels of practice from absolute beginners to experienced yogis.”
Laragh Cunningham, TheYogaShala, Yoga Teacher and Studio Manager, Galway.

“On a wild and remote island, you may find the tranquillity you seek. At Macalla Farm, the environment that Ciara and Christophe have created is one that inspires the feeling that all is well in the world. I cannot think of a better place to abandon the routine world to immerse oneself in deep learning. It a hub of creative activity, from the excitement of animal care through to devoted yoga practices. Yoga is an all-absorbing holistic experience here. During my visits the intensity of yoga practice was well balanced with the sociable side of the farm, it being possible to join in with a range of farm activities. The farm’s produce is grown, prepared and consumed with a healthy respect for nature. Dietary needs are met with easy compassion. Macalla farm is a special place indeed. Clare island is a joy to visit and Ciara and Christophe can guide you to its many treasures.”
Gemma Galey-Jones, Yoga Teacher, Norfolk, UK

“The depth and integrity and Ciara and Christophe’s practice and teaching has been a great gift in my life over the past number of years.

Like roots of a wise and well-nourished tree, my times at Macalla Farm have imprinted in my life deeply in many rich and positive ways and I say ‘thank you’ every time I roll out my yoga mat!

Ciara and Christophe walk the walk and bring the practice into every aspect of life with such integrity, depth and joy – what a gift to our world and what a gift to anyone who is lucky enough to train with them.”
Fionnuala Gill, Mindfulness Teacher and Yoga practitioner (RYT 200)

“I just did the Yoga and Mindfulness retreat. Wow, it could not have been more perfect. The way Ciara and Christophe blend the Yoga and Mindfulness practice is incredible. They are amazing teachers.”
Kate O’ Shea, yoga and mindfulness teacher

“Ciara and Christophe’s dedication to the practice shines through in their knowledgable and gifted approach to teaching. They encourage self discovery and self acceptance and are genuinely interested in each student’s experience. They guide you to feel, sense and connect to the body, breath and mind on a journey towards wholeness. I appreciate how they weave the philosophical and mindful teachings into their classes in a clear and accessible way. The teachings along with the amazing food and experience of sustainable living is truly unique.”
Deirdre Mullins, Yoga Teacher, SomaYoga, Kildare