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West of Ireland Luxury Yoga Retreat

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Cliffs

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.

Mohar studio

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.

Sitting room

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

Sun room

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 

Tea and Fire

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

Smiles and Saris

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The Hope Foundation Yoga group and I arrived in Kolkata on 28th October,and we were whisked into the city by a creatively painted bus built circa 1950, complete with off white lace curtains. Two men up front-one driver and one chief horn honker- he blasted the horn every few seconds as we dodged our way through heavy Kolkata traffic, which has an “every man for himself” traffic flow system.
After a short rest we were taken to the Kasba girls home- one of the Hope homes here in Kolkata. The welcome for the “Aunies” as they called us was wonderful. They proudly showed us around. Later entertained us with singing and amazing dancing. Our presence, delighted them as much as we delighted in theirs.
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“The world always look brighter from behind a smile”

The Power of a smile.
We were entertained on Wednesday with a fabulous display of musical and dancing talent from the children who live in the Hope homes.The 14th annual Hope Foundation day was held at Science City- a big theatre in Kolkata.700 children took part The colour and production was just incredible, and the dances ranged from Bollywood to an Irish dance, performed by the girls from Kasba home, which we visited on our first day, and twice since then.
The theme was the power of a smile,which along with the vibrant colour seems to sum up the magic of Kolkata for me. “A smile is one of the most precious human expressions”
Later that day we went for a “cruise” on the Ganges, and saw a side to Kolkata very different from the mornings, and one from which some of the children may easily have been saved from.
ganga river