Welcome to my Blog: Here I talk about yoga as it relates to me and my experience and perspective as a yogi and student of life. I welcome response as I report on my weird and wonderful experience  on this journey....Namaste

By Saoirse O'Donoghue Warrior Yoga, Sep 3 2018 09:16PM

My Top 5 Reasons to Practice Yoga…

Classes at Warrior Yoga Sligo are starting up again in the coming weeks and for those of you who are thinking of taking up Yoga for the first time or perhaps after a break away and are teetering on the edge of the great Yoga abyss, I thought I would put a few words together to explain what I think are the top benefits of a Yoga practice. Perhaps this will ignite something in you- something to help you take that final leap or push yourself into the unknown…

Yoga for me has been a long and arduous personal journey, sometimes emotionally challenging and other times inspirational but it always gives me a sense of coming home to my “self” and the nurturing so sorely needed to grow resilience to the onslaught of life’s challenges.

Reason No. 1 Connect to your “self” – you know, Yourself?

The word Yoga translates as “bond”, “yoke” or “connection” and I like to think of it as a way to connect body and mind and through this connection, a change in consciousness occurs over time, a realisation that you have the choice to be the master of your destiny, the creator of your reality… I like to think of the self as the light of consciousness that dwells in the heart space, and it’s through the connection to the “self” that we can begin to evolve truly as spirit beings. You know you have found your “self” when you express and act from the heart. Being in this space allows you to plug in to something greater than just ourselves, to all beings around you and surround yourself with like minds and a reality of your choosing.

Reason No. 2 Learn how to slow down the mind by developing focus & concentration

I originally began my practice in my early teens when I needed to quieten the incessant mental processing and allow me to focus. Breathing techniques we use are key to learning how to focus the mind and it’s so simple really just SLOW down & focus on the breath…and that’s how we begin ...

Reason No. 3 Reduce stress & develop a cosmic forcefield of resilience!!

Now you have the simplest of breath practices, the breath soothes the body as you move through poses either dynamically or holding statically, a sense of calm begins to pervade and this calm allows you develop a buffer between you and what’s going on around you, just enough space to choose to react in whatever way you see fit. The longer you practice the more this sense of buffering like a cosmic forcefield is prolonged.

Reason No. 4 Develop a refined body awareness, strength, flexibility and balance

You only get one body at a time and you have a responsibility to maintain it and the good news is it’s never too late to start. Yoga helps the body begin to unwind and release tension held in the tissues and can relieve pain. Long holds increase hydration in the joints and encourage mobility, whereas dynamic sequences build strength. Yoga can help with postural alignment and this has knock-on effects on the ability to breath fully, to oxygenate the tissues and ensure a vital, healthy body going forward.

Reason No. 5 Just FEEL….. BETTER

There is no two ways about it, each time you step onto that mat, you can leave all your troubles at the door and begin afresh, re-connect and use the practice of breath, movement and stillness as a salve to soothe, to nurture, to heal, to feel…BETTER. Yoga time is time for your Self.

Classes begin week of 17th September.

Check out my website or facebook for further information

By Saoirse O'Donoghue Warrior Yoga, Aug 22 2018 07:24PM

Alignment-based yoga. with experienced and certified Chartered Level 1 Yoga Alliance Professionals teacher.

Autumn is here and it’s a perfect time to enrol in some Warrior Yoga Classes on Knocknarea to renew and revive body and mind…

New Timetable:

Flow Yoga: New 4-wk Course Monday 17th September 2018 7:45-9PM

Yin & Tonic: New 4-wk Course Wednesday 19th September 7-8:15PM

Flow Yoga: New 4-wk Course Wednesday 19th September 8:30-9:45PM

Yoga –Level 1: New 4-wk Course Thursday 20th September 7-8:15PM

Flow Yoga is a dynamic and enjoyable form of yoga for strength- balance and flexibility. FEEL Better.. step into the flow..(active class for all levels)

Yin Yoga is a slow and deep form of practice which is ideal for everybody but particularly those with less ease in the joints. Yin Yoga nurtures the deep connective and myofascial tissues, so it is also ideal for athletes too. It works deeply into the organs addressing imbalances via stimulation of the meridians and permits the smooth flow of life-giving Chi in the practitioner. Yin practice is meditative and uses both pranayama and mindful techniques to ease stress and heal body and mind. Restorative yoga beautifully compliments Yin in its deeply restful and supportive action promoting relaxation and healing

I can only take small numbers at my Home Studio so booking is essential. Either book a course or contact me before a class to drop-in if there's room- you are welcome.

Classes @ Home Studio, Moon Hill Lodge, Knocknarea, F91 KW66, Sligo (ask me for directions when you book🙏)-Classes Suit Most Levels- as long as you can pick yourself off the floor- you’re good to go!

Course cost: 4 weeks €40 or €14 drop-in (Prior Booking Only). Numbers Limited. So please book early to avoid disappointment.

By Saoirse O'Donoghue Warrior Yoga, Apr 1 2018 03:46PM

Restorative and Yoga Nidra (Sleep Yoga) Workshop on Friday 13th April 7-9pm. Cost €25 Euro. Early bird booking by Wednesday 4th April €20.

Restorative Yoga is slow and therapeutic. The body is placed in supported poses for several minutes using props such as blocks, pillows, bolsters and belts. Poses are designed to enable the practitioner to relax and unwind. Yoga Nidra is ideal for those suffering from stressful lives, exhaustion and insomnia. It is a powerful and meditative practice used to align body with mind to enable restfulness, healing and total relaxation.

By Saoirse O'Donoghue Warrior Yoga, Jan 25 2018 01:46PM

Courage to Connect to the Present: A Backbend Workshop

10-12PM Sat 3rd February 2018

@ Moon Hill Lodge, Knocknarea

Find the courage to connect with the present moment and whatever life throws your way by reaching into your heart and embracing the self that is present there. We prepare for the freedom of backbends by releasing holding in the hips and melting the armour around the heart and shoulders to allow us dive into backbends with courage and grace. This is a slow-paced practice based on my Yin & Tonic style with a wonderful long relaxation and meditation. Includes pranayama, the use of mudra and mantra

This workshop is suited to most as long as you can pick yourself up off the floor

Workshop takes place at my Home Studio on Knocknarea, Sligo and details provided upon booking. Booking is essential and numbers are limited. The cost is 20 euro. Contact me on FB or 087 6141639

By Saoirse O'Donoghue Warrior Yoga, Dec 30 2017 01:57PM

For 2018, there are some places left on New 4 wk- Courses- so it's best to book now to ensure your mat.

Wednesday 3 Jan: 7-8:15PM Yin & Tonic 2 PLACES LEFT

Thursday 4 Jan: 7:30-8:45 Men's Yoga FULL

Monday 8 Jan: 7:45-9PM: Hatha Flow 2 PLACES LEFT

Wednesday 10 Jan: 8:30-9:45PM Hatha Flow AVAILABILITY

Cost 4 weeks 40 euro or drop-in 14 euro if there is room. All classes at my home studio on Knocknarea. Pre-booking is necessary. PM me to book your mat.

Full class description on my website

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