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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 http://www.warrioryogasligo.com or facebook https://www.facebook.com/warrioryogasligo 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, 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 http://www.warrioryogasligo.com/types-of-yoga/4592733305

By Saoirse O'Donoghue Warrior Yoga, Nov 2 2017 09:35AM

Diving into Winter and another round of yoga courses in store to turn up the tapas…..


Upcoming courses include the usual Hatha Flow on Wednesdays starting 8th November, there are two classes to choose from: 7-8:15PM & 8:30-9:45PM.


Flow Yoga classes are enjoyable dynamic alignment-based Hatha with a focus on breath and mindful practice. You will learn the intricacies of mindful yoga practice using balanced action to connect body and mind and explore a sense of joy and wonder in your own boundless potential.


There are a few places left on the last 2 weeks of Yoga for Health & Self Care Thursdays 6-7:15PM. This is a more rounded approach to yoga and looks at different aspects of being with a view to connecting, strengthening, releasing and restoring. This is a more gentle approach to practice than Hatha Flow and suited to most. The course includes plenty of Pranayama (breath control) and more focussed poses and body work to teach you self-care and therapeutic techniques to manage yourself and FEEL BETTER...


Flow Yoga: New 4-wk Course starts Wednesday 8th November 2017 7-8:15 PM


Flow Yoga: New 4-wk Course starts Wednesday 8th November 2017 8:30-9:45 PM

Yoga for Health & Self Care: 2 weeks left on Thursdays 6-7:15 PM

Classes @ Home Studio, Primrose Grange, Knocknarea, Sligo (ask me for directions when you book🙏)-Classes Suit All Levels


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, Jul 25 2017 09:02PM


Your Body Needs You!!!!....so take a little “me” time and book yourself into Warrior Yoga courses during August at my new Home Studio on Knocknarea, five minutes from Sligo/ Strandhill…..


Upcoming courses for August include my usual take on mindful, alignment-based Hatha Flow style with oodles of therapeutics and self-care thrown-in and a new evening class on Thursdays from the 24th August @ 6-7:15pm- Yoga for Health & Self Care. The motto for this course is:


"Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured." B.K.S. Iyengar


This is a rounded approach to yoga and looks at different aspects of being with a view to connecting, strengthening, releasing and restoring. This is a more gentle approach to practice than Hatha Flow and suited to most. The course includes plenty of Pranayama (breath control) and more focused poses and body work to teach you self-care and therapeutic techniques to manage yourself and FEEL BETTER...


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.


Special Opening Offer:


Introduce a friend: 4 weeks €35 each!!!

New Timetable:



Flow Yoga: New 4-wk Course starts Wednesday 2nd August 2017 7:15-8:30 PM



Flow Yoga: New 4-wk Course starts Wednesday 2nd August 2017 8:45-10 PM



Flow Yoga: New 4-Wk Course starts Monday 14th August 2017 7:45-9 PM



Yoga for Health & Self Care: New 4-wk Course starts Thursday 24th August 2017 6-7:15 PM



Classes @ Home Studio, Primrose Grange, Knocknarea, Sligo (ask me for directions when you book🙏)-Classes Suit All Levels


Flow Yoga classes are enjoyable dynamic alignment-based Hatha with a focus on breath and mindful practice. You will learn the intricacies of mindful yoga practice using balanced action to connect body and mind and explore a sense of joy and wonder in your own boundless potential.


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


In addition, I am now offering affordable one to ones or small groups at a time to suit you...

Find Your Own Flow: 1:1 Yoga & Self-Care Coaching


To find out more go to http://www.warrioryogasligo.com/one-to-one/4593874860



If you have a small group interested in a class (two or more)- please let me know and I will try to accommodate.


Namaste



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