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About The Lotts Yoga

Kundalini Yoga teacher and Sculptor. I love to travel and discover new places, in both my inner and outer worlds.

Restorative Yoga Retreat.

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At Lisnavagh House , Rathvilly, Co. Carlow, Ireland.

2nd to 4th March 2018

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Join me for a 2 night retreat in this beautiful historic house, nestled in the Irish countryside.

The weekend will be relaxing and renewing, A chance to nurture yourself with healthy food, rest, fresh air and gentle Kundalini yoga, meditations and Tibetan Bowl sound baths.

No previous yoga experience necessary! Just come with an open mind and a desire to relax and care for yourself.

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Each guest has their own individually styled bedroom, with historic views of the gardens and parkland or there is alternative accommodation in the stables courtyard adjacent to Lisnavagh House.

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Between the classes you can experience a multitude of delights as you unwind, curling up on the sofa with a good book by a big log fire in the oak paneled library, or taking a snooze in the blissful quiet of your bedroom, soaking in a luxurious bath with no time pressure, or sipping tea as you take in expansive views of the pleasure grounds. We will also make time for creative pursuits in the evenings creating our own Mandalas.

Nutrition, and eating with the seasons is an important part of the food ethos at Lisnavagh. Meals are vegetarian, made using fresh organic ingredients from the Walled Garden and local suppliers. All meals, organic breakfast, lunch and dinner are included for the duration of your stay. They are served  in front of the fire in the dining room at the large mahogany table. Homemade snacks are also available throughout the weekend, along with a selection of teas and coffee.

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Pricing €395 to €495 per person for 2 nights all inclusive.

You won’t find televisions, radios, or minibars here. The unique and dramatically different bedrooms are tranquil and calm – ideal for sleeping well.

Colonels Room (four poster ensuite) €495 per person

Oak Room (four poster ensuite) €495 per person

Night Nursery (four poster own shower/bathroom) €465 per person

Butterfly Room (double own shower/bathroom) €465 per person

Yellow Room (twin own shower/bathroom) €465 per person

Sasha’s Room (double shared bathroom) €435 per person

Day Nursery (twin shared bathroom) €435 per person

Stable Bedroom ensuite in The Lisnavagh Courtyard €395 per person

10% Discount for shared rooms.

Please note that due to the nature of Lisnavagh House some of the bathrooms contain showers and some baths only. Some of the bedrooms are ensuite and some bathrooms are next door or across from the bedroom so as not to spoil the dimensions of the old style bedroom. Bathrobes and Voya natural products are provided in each bedroom.

Your booking will be confirmed with a non-refundable deposit of €100, with full payment required by February 2nd 2018.

For more information:

email thelottsyoga@gmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you!

Sat nam

Fiona

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“Poetry Surrounds Us” – Vincent van Gogh

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Creative by Nature

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“The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. People are often unable to do anything, imprisoned as they are in I don’t know what kind of terrible, terrible, oh such terrible cage.  Do you know what makes the prison disappear? Every deep, genuine affection. Being friends, being brothers, loving, that is what opens the prison, with supreme power, by some magic force. Without these one stays dead. But whenever affection is revived, there life revives.

If only we try to live sincerely, it will go well with us, even though we are certain to experience real sorrow, and great disappointments, and also will probably commit great faults and do wrong things, but it certainly is true, that it is better to be high-spirited, even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent. It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and…

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West of Ireland Luxury Yoga Retreat

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I am excited to announce my first weekend yoga retreat in the beautiful west of Ireland.

We will be based at the luxurious Cliffs of Moher retreat centre in County Clare. The  centre is located in ten acres of rolling, green farmland, just a few fields from the world famous Cliffs of Moher.
No previous yoga experience necessary! Just come with an open mind and a desire to relax and care for yourself.

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The weekend will be relaxing and renewing, A chance to nurture yourself with healthy food, rest, fresh air and gentle Kundalini yoga and meditations in the stunning studio overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

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Our Retreat Highlights

  • Gentle Kundalini Yoga and Meditations mornings and evenings, in the stunning yoga studio overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Sunset Meditations.
  • All accommodation and two delicious vegetarian meals daily included – brunch and dinner.
  • Early morning self-service breakfast,
  • Teas, fresh coffee and filtered water available all day
  • Coastal walks.
  • Our exclusive use of tastefully decorated bedrooms and reception rooms..
  • Outside seating areas and organic garden

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Extras

Shop available – serving healthy snacks, gifts, clothes and more.

Wellness area including Sauna and Hot Tub. Clients can pay themselves for these at check out

Activities in the area

Surfing, Hiking,Foraging walks, Tours of the famous Cliffs of Moher. Local music.

Date

February 12th to 14th  2016

Check in after 4pm on Friday 12th  departure after Brunch on the last day.

Total cost €380. Booking deposit €100 (non refubable) with balance payable by 3rd January 2016

Single suppliment €35 per night.

Would love you to contact me for more information or with any questions

Sat nam!

Fiona

email thelottsyoga@gmail.com 

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Just One Resolution

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Just One Resolution

Here is a most inspiring blog post from my beautiful friend Georgina.

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I have just one resolution this new year. This is it:

“To love myself unconditionally.”

This covers it all for me. Yes, it is indeed the practice of a life time. In that case, I reckon, if it hasn’t been THE most important conscious priority of my life before now, then NOW is the time to make it Priority Number One!

The more I truly love and respect myself, the more I follow my heart, the more I radiate, the more I let love in, the more I can serve and the more I truly love and respect others from a place of natural ease, grace and compassion.

I love meTo love and respect myself means to accept all that I am, the light AND the shadow. Only by truly owning and loving these in myself will I learn to accept and love them in others.

To love and respect myself requires me to ensure that my thoughts…

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Why Kundalini Yogis Wear White & Cover Our Heads

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It was great to see so many of you wearing white at Sundays workshop. I really feel it help raise our vibration! See this post for more on why white is worn for Kundalini Yoga.

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Why do you wear all white?

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I get this question often as a teacher of Kundalini Yoga. The answer is two-part: 1) Wearing the color white is supposed to expand your aura, since the color white is made up of all of the colors of the spectrum (also all of the chakras’ colors). Conversely, wearing black, which omits all of the colors of the spectrum, shrinks the aura. 2) Teachers of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan are required to wear white for reason #1, which sounds like a good reason to me.

Kundalini students can wear white to class as well. You may play around with the colors of the chakra system. For example, wearing white expands the aura, while wearing green projects the fourth, or heart chakra. (Read my series “Focus on the Chakras” under Categories…

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Yoga and Herbs.

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I have had a busy summer between looking after children’s craft activities at our wonderful local theme park, and having very many visitors stay with me from all over the world. I am so looking forward to teaching yoga again!

We have two new yoga venues added this winter. Staffordstown House and the new Navan yoga centre “Yoga with Roisin and friends”. I am excited to be teaching in both of them, they are very different. The Navan studio is brand new and modern, while Staffordstown is a beautiful unspoilt Georgian house, with a lovely energy. Our room facing directly west.

Staffordstown House near Navan

Staffordstown House near Navan

One of my many visitors this summer was German herbalist Brigitte Addington and her partner Thomas. I met Brigitte only briefly while staying at the Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre in Mysore, on my India trip last year. As they were visiting Ireland, they stayed with me for a few days and visited nearby Tara and Newgrange.

Brigitte is very knowledgable and took me on a walk around my garden showing me what I could eat (nearly all of it!) One of the many edible “weeds” or more correctly-herbs- that inhabits my plot is Horsetail, which instead of throwing away, I am now taking as a tea, which Brigitte tells me is good for bones hair, nails and cartilage… and yes I believe her, she looks super healthy!

Brigitte in my garden

Brigitte in my garden

I would recommend looking at Brigitte’s web site. And if you find yourself in Germany or India, one of her herbal walks would be an informative treat!

This week in class we will be practicing one of my favorite kriyas for the nervous system and glandular balance. And we will also be practicing a meditation this month for healing ancestral karma.Tea after will be an infusion of the herb Angelica, recommended and harvested by Brigitte. It is wonderful for the nervous system and calming the nerves, and tastes good too!.

Porridge, with herbs from my garden!

Porridge, with herbs from my garden!

Looking forward to classes this week in Kells, Navan and Trim. For class schedule see my yoga page or the lotts yoga on facebook

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Inner Peace

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 “Before enlightenment I was depressed. Now I continue to be depressed but there is a difference… I am not attached to it any more” – Antony de Mello

The topic of our Kundalini Yoga classes these past few weeks has been inner peace. Something we all desire. And it is simpler to achieve than you may think.

The greatest obstacle to finding inner peace is the belief that there is something wrong with our experience right now or with the way our life is. That is seems obvious, doesn’t it! As long as we are searching for an experience other than the one we have, we will never be content in this moment. “If only this was different… if only someone would change… then I could experience more peace.!”  My peace is dependent on something being different.

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Inner peace does not come from self-improvement or changing the other, it comes from  acceptance.We are programmed with so many beliefs that we never stop to question.  For example “Feeling sad is a bad thing.” or “There is something wrong with being angry.” Who says so? A little voice in our head does. And the truth is that it is not the feeling of sadness that robs us of our peace …it is the little commentator that tells us something is wrong. The amazing thing is that we can experience sadness, depression, anxiety and feel completely peaceful. If there is no judgement, then what is the problem?

Peace is experienced when we allow everything to be as it is without resistance, when we learn to say Yes! to every experience. How do we achieve that? If you step out of yourself for a moment and objectively watch your own mind you will see what happens.

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Say you are feeling down for example. First you are aware of the feeling and then comes the commentary “This is bad.”, “Everybody seems to be OK except me.”, “What ‘s wrong with me” …

It’s not the feeling that is bad. It is the ‘story’ around the feeling that robs us of our inner peace.

It’s all about awareness

Becoming aware of the commentator creates space between ourselves and the commentary. When we watch the commentary objectively we are  less involved. Instead of “This is bad” we could say ” There is that  annoying little commentator again.. ”

Finding inner peace is not about changing any of the thoughts, feelings or emotions – that’s far too difficult!. but more about changing your relationship with your mind. What we understand, we become free of. This is a habit to cultivate, and takes constant awareness. But by understanding how suffering is caused, and cultivating acceptance we can become free of it.

Self Love, Self Care and Yoga

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“Be a lamp to yourself. Be your own confidence. Hold on to the truth within yourself as to the only truth.”

~ Buddha –

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Self love should not be confused with self care.

Self Love means accepting yourself unconditionally, including your perceived flaws, and cultivating compassion and support for yourself as you journey through your instabilities. It is not about being arrogant or vain and telling yourself how brilliant or gorgeous you are. It’s speaking to and about yourself as if you were speaking about your best friend (who happens to be gorgeous-but don’t rub it in!). It’s coming from a place of kindness instead of criticism.  It’s embracing ALL that you really are – It’s about listening to your intuition, and knowing what is truly right for you and acting on it.

We have an authentic self within us, but often we cannot see it. We identify ourselves with our egos. We are constantly bombarded by an achievement based and materialistic culture that suggests we need to do more, buy more, and be better. This can consume our minds and obscure our true nature. We compare ourselves with others, we have feelings of not being “good enough” based on how we measure up to expectations of society or other people. We will never feel loved when we are trying to be someone we are not, or comparing ourselves to others who we feel are  better than us in some way.

Loving yourself is not selfish. If you don’t learn to love yourself it is very difficult to be able give love and receive love fully too.

Self-love is the basis for self-care. Self care is taking care of your needs; respecting your body,  resting when you are tired instead of pushing yourself, eating nourishing food when you are hungry instead of waiting till you are famished, Not abusing  your body with additive substances and junk food, but also indulging yourself in caring ways when you feel the need!.

In both cases I am talking about valuing self here, not being selfish. If we are empty from exhaustion, hurt, disappointment, anxiety and fear of what others might think of us.  Can we really offer love and support to others? When we feel full of love, peace and a have positive outlook, we are in a much better place to share and support.

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When you practice yoga, you make space. Space to breathe, space for your organs to function more efficiently and effectively, space to feel, and, mainly, space to love. Space to love and breathe into whatever is happening in your life and space to remember that you are enough—exactly as you are. This love is the foundation of a good solid relationship with oneself.  A regular yoga practice will  open us up to our true selves, develop our intuition, and open our hearts. It will nurture our body on a physical level too. The postures and movements, keep our bodies flexible and strong, our glands are encouraged to increase hormone production, and circulation is improved, all leading to enhanced health and vitality.

Finally, when we care for and accept ourselves, it doesn’t mean we become complacent. We don’t just sit back and say “well that’s just the way I am!” We use our knowledge and desire for self care to become the best human being we can be.. to start a true evolution!

Looking forward to a new year of yoga classes. The theme for the first four week course is Self Love. For information on class times and venues see The Lotts Yoga on facebook.

Hope your New Year is filled with love!  

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Massage in Mysore.

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My plane to Bangalore was a cute little one with propellers. I sat next to a young woman on her first ever flight, and we had a very interesting conversation about her family, and forthcoming arranged marriage,to a young man she had only met twice so far.

I was met on arrival by the  charming Managing Director of Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre, Satyajit Sengupta and his driver.  We chatted on the three and a half hour journey to Mysore, only stopping for lunch in an interesting roadside restaurant.

Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre (IVAC) Is just outside the city of Mysore at the foot of the Chamundi Hills.  Ayurveda is one of the oldest surviving holistic medical systems in the world. Together with Yoga, Ayurveda gives us the means to lead a healthy, conscious, and fulfilled life.

My Cottage
My Cottage

I awoke refreshed the next morning, in my large and very comfortable traditional cottage, which was set amidst Neem and Sandalwood trees in the natural gardens of the centre. After breakfast – all food here is Ayurvedic and dosha balancing  I had a consultation with one of the Ayurvedic doctors. She recommended diet , lifestyle suggestions and treatments for my dosha. As my foot was still  sore from my fall on the holy mountain in Kerala, my first treatment was a wonderful leg and foot massage in one the amazing treatment rooms.

During the afternoon, I had a tour of the whole place, had a swim in the huge pool, saw the doctor again, and learnt how to  make a Rangoli – traditional folk art  pattern.

The next day, after breakfast and another check in with the doctor, I had the most wonderful massage. The therapists start by chanting a prayer. Then treatment commenced with a head and neck massage by one therapist while a second bathed my feet in a flower filled copper bowel of scented warm water.. and this was only the beginning! Then lying as God made me on a vast massage table two therapists work on the whole body together.. I can see you all flocking to try this.. just to let you know women have women masseuses and, sorry guys you have men!…  The treatment ends afer an hour or so with a shower and a detoxing cup of green tea.

In the afternoon I was accompanied into the city of Mysore in a tuk-tuk (Great fun!), we toured Mysore Palace, and shoped in the local markets. Its a city full of hustle bussle and colour.

On my final morning, Satyajit took me to meet the founder of IVAC, Dr Krishna , at his home,which is set in the grounds of the centre. He is a pediatric anesthesiologist by profession, also a writer and speaker at the world medical congress. His vision was to bring Ayurveda to the forefront of modern medicine, thus he founded the now world renown IVAC. A charming and gracious man. It was a lovely way to end my wonderful three day ayurvedic experience, before heading back to the delights of Goa.

Mysore Market

Mysore Market