Yoga is a form of physical exercise that will have positive effects on your mind as well as your body! It is a highly effective tool to help calm the mind and alleviate stress, leaving you more relaxed and content.
Yoga stretches help build muscle strength and tone, as well as improving overall posture and flexibility. Practiced over time, yoga can improve your general health and well-being.
Why not try it? And feel better and fitter in yourself! Our classes cater for all levels of age and experience.
We're confident that we have some of the best yoga classes in Dublin so you'll be in good hands with our experienced teachers. And our central location in Dublin 1 is right beside Connolly Station and Busaras, and very near O'Connell Street, so it's a breeze to get to!
Our Yoga classes run in five-week cycles. Class numbers are limited to fourteen or less so please book soon to avoid disappointment.
|Monday:||1 - 2pm||6 - 7.15pm|
|Tuesday:||6 - 7.15pm|
|Wednesday:||1 - 2pm||6 - 7.15pm*|
|Thursday:||6 - 7.15pm**|
|Friday:||12.45 - 2.30pm*|
|Saturday:||10 - 11.30am***|
Classes are beginners unless otherwise marked. Thursday classes are taught by Johanna, all others by Pavara. All classes except Thursday are Iyengar Yoga, Thursday's class is Hatha Yoga: breath work, stretches and relaxation poses.
* = Intermediate.
** = Hatha Yoga: breath work, stretches and relaxation poses - open to all.
*** = General Level Class, on a drop-in basis (not suitable for complete beginners).
Note that the classes on Fridays and Saturdays are on a drop-in basis.
The five week courses will start on the week beginning:
Monday 17th February
Monday 24th March
Monday 28th April
Five Week Course: €64 for waged / €55 for students or unwaged
Drop-in: €15 for waged / €12 for students or unwaged.
Once you have done one complete course with us you can also buy a card of ten classes for €100.
Yoga Days and Workshops
We also regularly run yoga days, both with our resident teachers Pavara as well as visiting teachers such as Prabhakara from Birmingham.
Next Yoga Days and Workshops:
Yoga Day, led by Prabhakara
Sunday 13th April 2014, 10am - 5pm.
If you’d like to come along to an excellent day’s Iyengar yoga practice, this is the day for you, helping you feel more flexible, relaxed and in touch with your body afterwards. It is suitable for all levels of yoga. Prabhakara is an experienced and inspiring Iyengar teacher who has been doing yoga for over twenty years now, and teaching for the last ten.
For people with a regular yoga practice.
Yoga and Meditation Workshops
These days are suitable for all levels of yoga, as well as for those interested in meditation. They are an opportunity to reconnect with your meditation or yoga practice if it has slipped, as well as serving as a great way to try out these practices if you haven’t done them before.
Yoga and Meditation Retreat
May: Friday 2nd - Monday 5th.
Led by Pavara & Jyotika.
A tonic for the body and the mind, this retreat is a weekend of yoga, led by Pavara, and meditation, led by Jyotika, all in the beautiful setting of Jyotika’s house with an extraordinary view over Bannow Bay, Wexford. All yoga gear will be supplied and all food on the weekend will be healthily organic and tasty.
This retreat is for people with some yoga experience and all levels of meditation, from beginners to those more experienced.
Our Yoga Teachers
Our current resident teachers are Pavara and Johanna.
Pavara, a native of Dublin, has been teaching Iyengar yoga for over ten years. He did his initial training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Cambridge, UK. He has trained under the Iyengar family both in Pune, India, and in the UK. He gains his main yogic inspiration from biyearly visit to Christiano Pisano, founder of Institut De Yoga Iyengar De Nice. Pavara is also an ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, having been ordained in 1999. (You can see Pavara doing yoga in the photos above.)
Johanna Varghese has been practising yoga since 1995 and been teaching in Dublin since 2003. She not only teaches in the Dublin Buddhist Centre, but also with Yoga Ireland, and has been recently invited to teach asana practice on the teacher training course for Contemporary Yoga, Cork.
She qualified with Contemporary Yoga, Cork, under the tutelage of Charlie Stevens and Marianne Gabriel. She has also studied Viniyoga on the Sadhana Mala course for two years with Dave Charleton, Ranju Roy and Hanna Gillespie of Clonlea yoga studios, and has trained in asana/somatic practice with Dave Curtis in the style of Vinyasa flow. On top of all this she is also qualified as an urban planner/architect and is a mother of three.
What happens when the five-week course ends?
At the end of the five-week course students have the opportunity to re-book for another five-week session. Many people find it beneficial to do a class once a week over a longer period of time. In this way, they can go more deeply into the postures they have learned. Once they have attended three beginners courses, they are welcome to join the advanced class, though they may join the advanced class earlier at the discretion of the teacher.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to bring to the yoga class?
You will just need to bring yourself and some suitable clothing for yoga to the class. Mats, blocks and all other yoga equipment are provided. Suitable clothing is clothing which is not tight and will not impede your movement. A good example is tracksuit bottoms and a loose T-shirt.
Do I need to prepare in any way beforehand?
Do not eat a large amount of food directly before the class. It is best to arrive in good time so that you won't be hurried or rushed, and can relax more deeply once the class begins.
I have a bad back. Will yoga help me with this?
Yes, yoga can be of enormous benefit for back problems. For problems such as bad backs, it is important to let the teacher know beforehand of your condition and to be extremely gentle and careful in the postures themselves, only going so far as you and the teacher feel is safe. Yoga can also help in cases of joint, circulatory, and respiratory problems.
Are your classes suitable if I am pregnant?
You can still do yoga when you are pregnant, but, as not all yoga poses are suitable for you, and so you should go to a dedicated pregnancy yoga class. Unfortunately we are unable to provide yoga facilities during pregnancy.