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Preparing to come to stillness

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It is Samhain, the New year in the Celtic calendar. A time when the division between the worlds of physical and spiritual is thin. We enter into this darkest part of the year, the time of year when the underneath is calling. A time of year when the Earth prepares to become still, sleep and embrace itself. All this is done in earnest preparation for growth next year. Think of a little baby spending up to 18 hours a day sleeping, renewing, growing. We can echo Mother Earth and invite more rest into our lives, allowing more time to tap into and develop our inner resources. Can you offer yourself some time for meditation, gentler yoga practices, read by a fireside, eat heartier food, wrap up well and walk in the crisp Winter mornings.

Meditate

Allow your body & mind to rest in this gentler time of year. When we sit still, we allow our bodies to absorb what it needs. Perhaps you can choose this cold season to cultivate a meditation practice. Try to start out with 2 minutes per day. It will be hard at first, take breaks if you need to. See where it goes. If you find it hard to switch your mind off, you may need to take a walk first then sit somewhere perhaps a quiet park bench. Press your feet into the ground, your knees above your ankles. Bring awareness to your breath, count your inhale 1,2,3,4,5 pause and exhale perhaps for a little longer. You should begin to come into the rhythm of your breath and the count fades away, if you get distracted come back to the count.

Swimming this morning at The Forty Foot I was reminded of the splendour of this time, between Autumn equinox and the Winter Solstice. The clocks went back giving us an extra hour in bed, the light is so beautiful at the moment, the sun hangs low in the sky. When we turn to face the sun on the way from the buoys it is as if you are being invited back to shore by a warm hug. I often imagine someone is waiting on shore to hand me a hot cup of tea and a toasty towel. That person may not be there but the welcoming light is.

sea swimming

Practices for November

To honour this time of year there are 2 ways to further your connection to yourself on the joyful path of self discovery. Join me on Sunday November 21st 4-9pm for an afternoon of yoga movement, yoga Nidra, meditation, winter food, music. A space being held for us to come together & celebrate one another, laugh, cry, share (or not). A space to inspire and awaken collective consciousness, a space to let go of what you no longer need. The last few spaces are available for this November gathering, please click here if you wish to join us.

It’s such an honour to teach yoga, to be part of a community of people who are curious about life. If you are curious to know more about Yoga, to discover the many layers of this ancient practice. To know more about the history of yoga, if you have ever thought of doing a teacher training or indeed just fancy finding out more, then join me Wednesday November 17th for a 2 hour workshop via Zoom please click here to join. If you think about yourself this time last year, how have you grown? Join me on this workshop to explore your growth.

Yoga Classes this week –

Tuesday 9am via Zoom Morning Flow

Wednesday 7pm Seapoint

Thursday 7pm via Zoom WindDown Yoga

Saturday 11am Herbert Park with Kirsty

Please click here to join any class, purchase a 30 day or 4 class pass.

Have a wonderful Halloween

Much love

x Chris

Yoga classes for August

Gone fishing, I’m heading off for a few weeks. I’m taking a break for the next few weeks and I’m very excited to be able to take this time to recharge. I’m going to make a hard and fast rule around work for the next few weeks so you won’t hear from me too much on social media or indeed via email. Being present in my teaching, is a creative process that takes work which is right, but and when so much energy goes into teaching, into creating yogic experiences, it’s work and I feel privileged to be able to have this as my work life but I also need to take a break. So below is the timetable of Yoga classes for August.

Being present for my family, for my friends, for myself it’s important also. Yoga has given me so much opportunity to connect with people on levels that honestly I did not think was possible, to open up to amazing joy in people. But I need to tune that energy into my family and into myself as that all gets a little set aside during the creative process of teaching, workshops, events. So my focus will be on them.

Taking time out allows us to ruminate or manifest what we really want in this world, I am lucky to have found my calling. This time will give me space to mull over the next step in my teaching journey.

In person classes –

Park Yoga Saturday 11am Herbert Park, Sarah Grey and Jen Flanagan will cover these classes so please continue to show up to these classes. You can sign up to this class here

Sunset beach yoga Wednesday 7.30pm, Caoimhe Shanley will cover these classes while I am away. You may have met Caoimhe in June when she covered this class. Please continue to support this class by signing up here

All other in person classes will recommence end of August.

If you have signed up to the 30 days of Yoga class pack you will receive a 30 day class pack of recordings. If you wish to purchase this class pack this simply click here.

Have a beautiful next few weeks, I hope you get an opportunity to spend time with those who are important to you.

Much love x

Chris

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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