A 2-part workshop with Ríonach O’Flynn
Sunday, 12 January & Sunday 19 January, 2020, 12pm – 4pm
(€65 for 1 x 4-hour workshop, €110 for both)
Skilful adjustments are a much-loved part of the methodology of the yoga I love. Teaching through touch, going beyond the cerebral, beyond communicating with the mind and being in a class where silence prevails is something very special. As Gregor Maehle says, “I think there is an absolute sacredness to a teaching setting that is touch-based. There is a magic to those classes where there is just movement, people are going through their sequences and I can teach them by assisting them through touch. As humans, we are wired to thrive on touch. When we see someone in distress, for example, our instinct is to hug them rather than try and talk them out of their pain.”
A common misunderstanding is that adjustments are about pushing a student closer to some idealised version of a pose. This should never be the purpose of an adjustment. Instead, an adjustment should support the student, teaching them to find stability and ease within the version of the pose that works for their body so that their experience on the mat is deeper; their body awakened yet comfortable and their breath steady. An adjustment can also guide the student away from risk to the body, towards a place of safety.
When the skill and intent of the teacher are absolutely beyond doubt and the student has made it clear they are happy to be adjusted, a good adjustment will enhance the student’s experience of the pose and help to deepen their practice. Without the beautiful, supportive adjustments I have received in my 20-year yoga practice, I wouldn’t have fallen in love with yoga and developed the practice that has been of such extraordinary benefit to me over the last 20 years. That’s why I am enthusiastic about sharing what I have learned from my own teachers over the years with teachers and practitioners who want to know how to adjust safely, skillfully and with compassion.
This 2-part workshop is open to teachers and practitioners from all yoga traditions who are either new to adjusting or want to refresh and enhance their existing adjustment techniques. It will include a deeply relaxing Yoga Nidra to finish. You will learn how to adjust key poses in the Standing and Seated Sequence, focusing on:
- How to observe. No two bodies are the same, and no one adjustment fits all. Understanding how to see and help the unique body on the mat in front of you is essential.
- Keeping your student safe. How to adjust safely and how to encourage your student to practise mindfully and within their limits.
- When to adjust, when to stand back – sometimes, a verbal cue is the best place to start.
You can book one or both workshops below. Places are limited to 12. If you have any queries, please email info@greystonesyoga or call 0868542741.
Sunday, 12 January “Standing Asana”, €65
Sunday 19 January “Seated Asana”, €65
Both Sundays: €110
Spring Yoga Retreat in the Scottish Highlands
with Ríonach O’Flynn,
19 – 23 March, 2020
“Ashtanga From The Heart” is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in your yoga practice over a few days in an environment that will nurture your body and soul. While staying true to the Ashtanga methodology that she loves, Ríonach believes that the system can and should be modified to support and nurture the individual. Her classes take place in a safe, inclusive and supportive space where students of all levels are welcome.
You can choose to start your day with morning Mysore-style or led classes in ecoYoga’s beautiful studio with under-floor heating and views of the forest. You’ll enjoy one-to-one guidance and the support of the group energy in a peaceful, quiet and non-competitive space. During two afternoon sessions, we will explore Pranayama, techniques to support your Ashtanga practice, and the complementary practice of Yin yoga.
EcoYoga is famous for its plentiful and imaginatively prepared vegetarian food and its true eco-credentials (the entire centre runs on renewable energy). Yogis in need of a good night’s sleep love its beautifully designed rooms with deep, supportive mattresses on king-size beds, sumptuous duvets and organic cotton bed linen. Then there are the outdoor hot water baths by the waterfall; as well as the hot tub, sauna, and plunge pool. Taking a bath in the open air by a waterfall with views of the forest around and skies above you is an experience you’ll never forget. It’s a welcome indulgence for your body and mind after a long yoga practice.
Visit EcoYoga for more information and booking (spaces limited to 16), or call Ríonach on 0868542741 if you have any questions.
The Spiritual Journey of Yoga: A Weekend Workshop with
21 – 23 August, 2020
Full Workshop €325, Early Bird €285 (for payments received by 31/3/2020)
Early Bird €285
6 – 8 PM Body Intelligence
Change your paradigm of movement and open your mind and body to new levels of strength, flexibility, healing and awareness. This class is an initiation into the sacred space of the inner body and an invitation to discover new depths within yourself. Much like updating your operating system installs new software or your computer, you will leave this seminar with a radically updated perspective on yoga and perhaps life. All levels. Theory and practice.
Friday Eve €65
10 AM – 12 PM Fundamentals of Yoga
Dive into a detailed exploration of the yoga method based on the foundational principles of practice in the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series. Break down key principles and poses in a perfect mix between theory and application. Perfect for all levels, new students will find a warm welcome to this ancient tradition and old students will leave with a fresh look at the lineage and practice.
Saturday AM €65
1 – 3 PM Hip to Be Square: Love, Accept and Open Your Hips
Accessing the deep release and openness that hip rotation requires is a unique combination of anatomical knowledge and inner peace. Join this class to learn the right information and, more importantly, the right frame of mind to hip opening from. Gain access to the deep muscles within the pelvis and learn to relax and release your hips. Be ready for a deep journey into the inner body complete with a detailed muscular and skeletal technique and the subtle body of emotions and energy. Learn how to create the safe space of patience, kindness and tolerance in the deepest regions of the pelvis and watch your hips
3 – 4 PM Seminar: Meditation, Chanting & Asana Demonstration
Join Kino in a Guided group meditation followed by traditional Sanskrit chants and a short yoga asana demonstration including postures from the first four Ashtanga Yoga series. Then discuss Kino’s contemporary approach to Yoga Philosophy, the Ashtanga yoga tradition and yoga wisdom for daily life. Bring your questions and engage the yoga lifestyle at the deepest level.
Sat PM €75
10 AM – 12 PM Ashtanga Yoga Full Primary Series
Surrender to the traditional Ashtanga Yoga method with careful emphasis on the traditional vinyasa method and have fun along the journey. Experience the integrity and purity of the Ashtanga Yoga practice and be prepared to sweat.
Sunday AM €65
1 – 3 PM Handstand Lovers
No matter how long you practice handstand is a benchmark of strength and steadiness that transcends physical disciplines. From yoga to martial arts to gymnastics a stable handstand is the key test of alignment and mastery. The only thing you need to join this class is a love of handstands. Whether you are a total beginner or have a stable handstand you will learn tools to build strength and alignment while balancing on your hands. Leave with a strength-building program that you can do every day to develop the physical and emotional strength to support your handstanding journey.
Sunday PM €65
Terms & Conditions for Workshops at Greystones Yoga Studio
A Full refund, less a 10% administration fee, will be offered for cancellations up to 6 weeks before the workshop or course start date. A refund of 50% will be offered for cancellations between 6 (42 days) and 4 weeks (28 days) before the workshop. No refunds are possible for any reason if cancellation is less than 4 weeks (28 days) before the workshop. However, in the event that you cancel your place, you can transfer your workshop or course fee to another participant if you send us full details of the transfer (name, address and email of the alternative participant). In certain circumstances, you may also transfer your fee towards the cost of another workshop.
If Greystones Yoga Studio is obliged to cancel a workshop or course for any reason, you will be offered a full refund or the option of being transferred to an alternative event.