• 6-Day Mindfulness Yin Yoga Course - Adventures in going nowhere!

    Dates: Saturday the 19th of June 2021 at 6 pm to Thursday the 29th of June 2021 at 7.00 pm, check out after breakfast on Friday.

    Venue: The Cabragh Lodge  Coolaney, North West of Ireland in the Ox Mountains with Kathy Ward 

    The remote and scenic location is perfect for reconnecting with yourself in a nurturing environment, rejuvenating the body, mind, and spirit!

    With just 4 x 2 bedroomed en-suite eco-cabins Fiona has created a retreat center that offers you the perfect escape in top-quality comfort, and privacy set in beautiful peaceful woodland.

    • 6-days/6-nights in a shared Twin room (same-sex) with en-suite bathroom in 2-bedroom eco-cabin and full board vegetarian cuisine, tuition, extensive manual covering every aspect of practice and optional sound gong meditation €1,225
    • We are also able to arrange private taxis from Knock Airport at an additional cost, and a shared service may be available subject to flight arrival times. Please ask for details.

    Kathy taught a professional 200hr Yoga Teacher Training course, first as an affiliate of IYT Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2010 and 2011. She then wrote and taught her own unique 200hr Mindfulness Hatha Yoga & MBSR Yoga Therapy Teacher Training, 200hr Mindful Hatha Yoga Teacher Training and Mindfulness Yin Yoga CEP a total of 21 times before retiring from teaching 200hr Yoga courses to focus on Mindfulness Teacher Training.

    Kathy is still a USA Registered Hatha Yoga Teacher, YACEP Continued Education Provider, and Professional Yoga Therapist and runs an occasional Mindfulness Yin Yoga course, so don't miss this opportunity to train with her! 

    Kathy Ward’s Mindfulness Yin Yoga Training Course far exceeded my expectations. I have come away with a much more thoughtful approach to yoga asanas in general as well as with an excellent grounding in both restorative and yin yoga, how they differ from each other, and how and why one might use one vs. the other. Kathy also appears to have a knack for assembling a wonderful mix of like-minded but diverse students. One of the best experiences I’ve ever had!  Cathy S. 

  • Graduates of the Mindfulness Yin Yoga Course

    Mindfulness Yin Yoga offers us the gift of a heart-centered practice, allowing us to wake up from Automatic pilot and return to our center where true healing begins. 

    The course is suitable for those with an existing yoga practice (not necessarily yin yoga) and an interest in learning or deepening the practice of yin and meditation.

    You do not need to be a Yoga Teacher to attend, however, if you are a teacher you will be able to add the skills to your teaching practice. The course is also registered as a USA Yoga Alliance continuing education course, so you will be able to add the hours to your teaching record.

    With an emphasis on awareness of the present moment and focus on being in your practice, rather than doing your practice, the course will include detailed instruction and practice on yin yoga asanas for the meridians, pranayama (breathing) mudras (energy connections) and mindfulness meditation.

    The meditation you will practice was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the USA over 40-years ago. It is has been designed to help people learn new ways of handling the stressors of modern living and to help us find balance both on and off the mat.

    Mindfulness is a life skill that can deepen our sense of well-being and fulfillment. It involves paying attention to what is occurring in our present moment experience, with an attitude of openness and non-judgmental acceptance. It engages all of our senses as we open to our entire experience, becoming aware of our body, thoughts, and emotions - not always that comfortable during the long holds of Mindfulness Yin Yoga! Cultivating the skills of Mindfulness you will be able to skillfully deepen your practice allowing you to tap into the true essence of the quieter practices. 

    As Jon Kabat-Zinn so eloquently describes it, Mindfulness is “arriving at our own door”, being in touch with ourselves, with others, and our surroundings in the present moment. It is a natural and intuitive state of presence in which we can feel more connected, real, and alive. 

    "I would recommend the program to prospective students. This course truly allowed me to work on myself, which will inevitably lead me to be a much better teacher in the future. As a teacher, Kathy was incredibly compassionate and gave me so many tools I have taken home with me. After taking this yoga course, I feel confident in my ability to help students from a variety of backgrounds. I could not have asked for a more positive or rewarding experience. Thank you Kathy"

    Jen from the USA. 2012.

  • During the training you will learn how to deepen your own practice and explore:

    • What is Yin Yoga and its history
    • The differences between a Yang and Yin practice
    • The differences between Yin and Restorative Yoga
    • The most common Yin Yoga postures
    • Full instruction on alignment principles, modifications, assists and use of props to suit the individual including Restorative options. 
    • Benefits and contraindications of Yin Yoga
    • Sequences for organ health including the Kidney/Urinary, Liver/Gallbladder, Stomach/Spleen, Lung/Heart & Intestine and Governing/Conceptual vessel
      • For details of the Mindful Yin Liver and Gallbladder sequence read more
    • Visualisations for each of the pair sequences to bring the practice alive
    • A Meridian pairs sequence (sometimes called Makko Ho or Shiatsu stretches) to bring balance to your energy body
    • How to practice pranayama to bring balance to the body & mind during the postures
    • How to bring Mindfulness-based meditation into your Yin practice and life
    • Exploring through practice the four heart qualities (love, compassion, joy, and equanimity) known as the “Four Immeasurables” 
    • For Yoga Teachers, this course will give you the essential skills you need to be able to teach Mindfulness Yin Yoga.
  • You will also learn to practice Pranayama (breath practices) in a Mindful way, taking into consideration your own needs, and if teaching the needs of your students and any contra-indications.

    Some text books refer to teaching pranayama in different levels, this gives the impression that Pranayama techniques are something to attain, leading students to become goal orientated towards “the most difficult” when in fact the more simpler pranayama may be the very one we need.

    We will practice:

    •    Breath awareness including deep tummy breathing to bring balance to the nervous system 
    •    Centering with a 3 Step Anchoring Space
    •    Heart breath
    •    Learning how to exhale with Kaki pranayama to release stress, anxiety and tension
    •    Ujjayi - the ocean breath
    •    Nadhi Shodhana to bring balance to yin and yang 
    •    Orbiting Energy breath through the Conceptual Vessel and Governing Vessel Meridians

  • Spaces are limited to just 12 students so early booking is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

    Please download, complete, and return the application form to [email protected]

    Once you are offered a space, we can hold your provisional booking for 7-days. To secure your space we ask that you pay a 200 euro deposit. The balance is then due 4-weeks before the course starts.

    If you would like more details, please do not hesitate to contact us

     

    Download the Application form and apply today!

  • What is Mindfulness Yin Yoga?

    Yin Yoga is part of the original Hatha Yoga tradition, and some say it was the original practice. Mindfulness Yin Yoga combines the influences of traditional Hatha Yoga with modern Mindfulness practices to improve health, well-being and happiness.

    Recently brought back into the spot light by Bernie Clark, Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley and Biff Mithoefer and others, Yin Yoga is the practice of floor postures held for three to five minutes (sometimes more) It emphasizes the connective tissue of the hips, thighs, pelvis and lower spine.

    By drawing awareness away from the muscles and deeper into the bones a deep level of relaxation can be achieved. There is usually an element of Yang with a Yin pose, for example in Swan (see picture) the muscles in the arms will be working, and props can be used to help take the strain off the arms. 

  • What is the difference between Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga?

    Yin Yoga is not intended to be Restorative Yoga, and there is some confusion on the differences. Yin Yoga encompasses long-held, static stresses of the deep connective tissues allowing them to be remodeled, it may or may not be relaxing and there is a saying that goes "if you are feeling it you are doing it"

    Props can be used to support the part of the body not being focused on, for example, a bolster under the chest in sphinx (see picture, here shown without the bolster) In this way, the joint or in this case, the governing vessel and conceptual vessal, spine etc can be stretched with gentle, but persistent pressure for the length of the hold, full details including options will be given, allowing you to customise the practice to suit your body in each moment.

    We also use the tools of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction MBSR to step out of automatic pilot and just be in our bodies in this present moment, to find the middle path. Yin Yoga is not intended to promote recovery from injury and illness in the way that Restorative Yoga does.

    Generally speaking in the Restorative Yoga, the postures are held for longer periods too but in a fully supported position allowing the body to let go.

    There are some overlaps but they are two distinct methods with different intentions. It is always dangerous to make a short dogmatic definition but here is how Bernie Clark explains it!

    Our Mindfulness Yin yoga is the perfect time for cultivating the Yama 'do no harm' by stepping out of Automatic Pilot and with a foundation of Ahimsa and Mindfulness, you tune into the experience of what is happening just now – in this moment.

    Restorative Yoga takes an unhealthy body and brings it (hopefully) back to normal, while Yin Yoga takes a normal healthy body and brings it up to optimum. So you see - it is a question of degree.

  • Yoga Sutras II:16 “Heyam Dukham Anagatam - Suffering that has not yet come can, and should be avoided” 

    This sutra really supports our vision of teaching yoga. We often ask "as you practice yoga can you relinquish the goal of physical accomplishment for the intention of cultivating awareness of well-being, peace, joy, and happiness?"