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Final week of 6 Week Strong Mind, Strong Body. 

It’s nearly December, Christmas is popping up everywhere with the sight of decorations & trees, the sound of music everywhere, the smell of fires burning, the Christmas baking and the present buying. Before you read on, I’d like to invite you to assess how your lockdown went, what did you learn about yourself during these 6 weeks? How did yoga help with your lockdown, and what will keep you coming back to the mat over & over. 

We are out of lockdown tomorrow which means park yoga is back on Saturday at 11.05am. There are about 5 places left so book today if you’d like to come along. Also this weekend there is another offering of being together as a yoga community. On Sunday morning we will meet at 8am at the base of Ticknock hill. We will greet the morning sunrise with a few rounds of Surya Namasker, there will be a warm drink & snack for everyone after, bring a friend along and go for a walk after in the wonderful woodland. This event is to raise funds for Alone so please donate what you can via the link when booking into class. 

For the month of December we will realign our practice with this colder season. We will invite warmth into our bodies through our practice. You can purchase the Month of Yoga, 4 class pass or drop in via my website. If you’re looking to purchase an eye pillow for yourself or as a gift drop me an email to info@chrismolloyyoga.com. There are lots of colours to choose from have a look on my website under the products section.  

Week 5 – Bringing it all together. Yoga on & off the mat.

Bringing it all together, Yoga on & Off the Mat.

This week in our practice we will seek to tune into the volume of Asana, breathing, twisting, moving in synchronisation with the breath. Tuning into the weight of each movement. Our individual constitutional nature largely determines our proclivities and thus our tendencies to reside in certain body systems. Let’s see if we can move outside of our comfort zone and embrace the whole body system to correct imbalances & grow. The journey begins on the mat and continues throughout life.

Classes this week –

Tuesday 9am, Morning Flow

Thursday 7pm, WindDown Yoga

Saturday 10am & 11am, Park Yoga (nature inspired).

Om Shanti,

Chris xx

Week 4 Strong Mind, Strong Body. Body literacy.

We began this 6 week period with inquiry into breath awareness, explored the Vagus nerve and last week we meditated to Seamus Heaney’s poetry & the beauty of the colour yellow. Each theme informing our practice and tuning to our mindset.

As the weeks move on I hope you are tuning inwards in your practice and allowing yourself to let go of any agenda you may have for your yoga. the true work of yoga happens subtly and slowly.

This week we move into body literacy, looking to move with the systems of the body as Donna Farhi puts it – ‘the difference between..(Western & Eastern traditions) is like studying a foreign country from a book and living in that country. We have to live in the body to know it’.

Classes this week –

Tuesday 9am, Morning Flow

Thursday 7pm, WindDown Yoga

Saturday 10am & 11am, Park Yoga (virtual until level 5 is over).

x Chris

The Poetry of Seamus Heaney. Autumn & the colour yellow.

Yellow – the colour of Autumn, the colour of hope. The Autumnal transition that is happening all around us is so evident at the moment, from the leaves scattered on the ground to the smell of fires burning each evening, to people walking past with their coats zipped up and scarves wrapped tightly around their necks. 

The music of Seamus Heaney’s poetry is something to dip into when you feel disconnected from nature. He constantly refers to the images of Ireland that we are so familiar with. He was a master craftsman who understood the balance in the weighting of his words. In yoga we seek to balance the mind & body. When we listen to our bodies we find ourselves being breathed, being lead by the inner dance. 

His poems are filled with air, dazzle & light. The rain soaked Irish climate, he scolds himself for waiting to ‘see again’ & acknowledge what was extraordinary around him.

In the final line of Fosterling, Heaney says – 

So long for air to brighten, 

Time to be dazzled and the heart to lighten. 

Go out and see what wondrous spectacles appear, and feel your spirits soar. 

Classes this week – 

Tuesday 9am – Morning Flow

Thursday 7pm – WindDown Yoga

Saturday 10am & 11am – Park Yoga, nature lead practice. 

Book via my website www.chrismolloyyoga.com 

Much love & light,

C x 

Celebrating The Law Society’s Psychological Support Services

Law Society Gazette: November 2019

PPC1 Trainees taking part in ‘Pop-up yoga’ as part of Mental Health Week

Solicitors deal with such an amount of emotional and psychological complexity in their day-to-day work with clients that, without robust internal scaffolding, the personal price can be huge.

Antoinette Moriarity, psycho-therapist and manager of the Law School’s psychological services explains: “A large part of the work of a solicitor is dealing with people in crisis of one form or another. Crucially, solicitors operate without any of the training other front-line professionals, such as social workers or indeed psycho-therapists receive.”

The Law School has introduced a module — called ‘Shrink Me’ — that aims to plug this gap, emphasising psychological well-being, analysing the psychology of a lawyer, and carefully unpacking of the psychology of a law firm. 

“The module is, in some ways, like a good therapy session.” observes Moriarty. “It goes under the bonnet of professional life, normalising and brining relief — and humour — to the less spoken-about side effects of being a high-achiever.”

While ’Shrink Me’ tackles some tough topics, there is a conscious emphasis on trainees’ well-being, their leadership potential, and the importance of creating careers that generate success without jeopardising personal happiness.

’Shrink Me’ is an integral part of the Professional Practice course, forming a third pillar of professional education alongside core legal subjects and skills. “This positioning is both deliberate and unique” says Moriarty. “Including psychology on the core legal curriculum has been a game-changer, giving us the edge over other professions that are slow to respond to the changing values, needs and goals of this generation. Integrating psychological development within professional training is an area in which the Law School is now leading internationally.”

This is just one innovative aspect of the Law School’s professional training that is setting it apart from other educational bodies. Perhaps, most importantly, it is creating a sense of belonging among the future of the legal profession.

Testimonials

I was so sad and sorry when my last yoga teacher decided to move home to Italy. I thought I would never find a better teacher & then… I found Chris. She delivers a wonderfully unique class which is a marriage of movement and breath. Her class delivers a complete workout for whatever level you’re at, whilst being easy on the body and calming the mind. I look forward to every class and have never felt stronger or better.

C. Horgan

Christine conveys an immense passion for yoga. Her energy is palpable. She also has a discerning understanding of how the body works when practicing yoga. I really enjoy her classes which leave me feeling full of positivity!

D. O’Reilly

Christine is a great yoga teacher and I recommend you give her a go.  She is very spiritual but her love of family and her surroundings come through clearly in her teaching - I have wished so many times to be with her in Dublin on the beach, in the studio, in the park! I have loved her classes via Zoom and her early morning Rise and Shine class has been a fantastic start to my day.  She is very knowledgeable and clearly puts a lot into planning each month and each week. Her classes are well prepared and she takes time to explain positions with variations too so that it is suitable for many levels. Having practised with her for 6 months, she keeps her practice interesting with different themes so that no 2 classes are completely the same.  I am loving my yoga journey with her and look forward to it continuing for many years.

N. Roberts

Absolutely love Chris’s yoga classes. It has become a staple part of my week to keep my mind clear and my body right. Chris is a fantastic teacher and I especially enjoy her meditation and reflections during class. Chris herself is such a fantastic person both inside and out and her light is infectious! 

S. Foley

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