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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

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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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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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