What is Yoga?
The discipline originated in India several thousand years ago and offers a practice for the mind, body and spirit. The Indian sage Patanjali collated the practice of yoga into the Yoga Sutra an estimated 2,000 years ago and still serves as a philosophical guidebook for most of the yoga that is practiced today.
The Benefits Of Yoga
There are so many benefits including improved flexibility and strength, better body and mind awareness, it can help reduce stress and help you sleep better, reduce blood pressure, improve posture and balance…and we’re only getting started...
Is Yoga For Me?
There are many different forms of yoga, all of which originate with ‘Hatha’. Hatha simply refers to the practice of physical yoga postures, meaning Ashtanga, vinyasa, Iyengar, Yin, hot yoga and restorative yoga are all forms of Hatha Yoga…so there is something for everyone.
Gráinne completed her 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher training at Samyak Yoga in Mysore, India in 2017. Her classes vary in tempo incorporating elements of flowing sequences and then slowing the pace to hold poses for a little longer. She encourages students to focus on breath, core engagement and alignment throughout their practice, with savasana being an important finale to every class.
Note from Grá
The very first yoga class I attended I just didn’t get it. The teacher was like a rubber band and while she was lovely and I’m sure very good, we just didn’t quite connect and I just wasn’t getting it. Cut to a few years later after a glorious tag rugby career (in my head) resulting in a medial knee ligament operation - I needed to improve the flexibility and range of movement in the joint and decided on yoga. I somehow landed with the perfect teacher for me (she was clearly used to dealing with bulldozers) and the results within six months were remarkable.
I religiously attended my weekly class which lead to me attending workshops and retreats and finally I took the step to train as a teacher which opened up a whole new profound yogi world to me. Yoga is an endless journey, there is so much to learn and quite often it can be confusing, but ultimately when you find your own path, it’s incredibly rewarding.