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The Courtyard, Shillelagh, Coolattin, Co.Wicklow

AYURVEDA

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WHAT IS AYURVEDA?

Ayurveda is one of the worlds most ancient natural holistic healthcare systems, it is a fascinating subject and by implementing some small and simply changes to your lifestyle and routine you can dramatically improve the quality of your life. Essentially Ayurveda gives guidelines about lifestyle and diet according to our individual make – up and body type. It’s about striking a balance between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.

It describes 3 fundamental energies that govern our inner and outer environments movement, transformation, and structure. Known in Sanskrit as Vata (Wind), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Earth), these primary forces are responsible for our individual characteristics of our mind and body.

Very simply, each of us have a unique proportion of these three forces that shapes our nature. If Vata is dominant, we tend to be thin, light, enthusiastic, energetic, and changeable. If Pitta predominates in our nature, we tend to be intense, intelligent, and goal-oriented and we have a strong appetite for life. When Kapha prevails, we tend to be easy-going, methodical, and nurturing. Although each of us has all three forces, most people have one or two elements that predominate.

For each element, there is a balanced and imbalance expression. When Vata is balanced, a person is lively and creative, but when there is too much movement in the system, a person tends to experience anxiety, insomnia, dry skin, constipation, and difficulty focusing. When Pitta is functioning in a balanced manner, a person is warm, friendly, disciplined, a good leader, and a good speaker. When Pitta is out of balance, a person tends to be compulsive and irritable and may suffer from indigestion or an inflammatory condition. When Kapha is balanced, a person is sweet, supportive, and stable but when Kapha is out of balance, a person may experience sluggishness, weight gain, and sinus congestion.

Some time ago I had a 1 hour private consultation with Dr Donn Brennan. Many of you will have already heard for Dr Donn Brennan but for those of you who haven’t, Doctor Donn Brennan, from County Kildare, was one of the first western medical doctors to train in India in Maharishi’s Vedic Approach to Health. He is also a GP. Liz Richards one of our highly experienced yoga teachers who is an avid ayurveda practitioner once said to me that Donn is the closest she has some to meeting an enlightened person. Donn’s ayurveda health clinic is located in Dunlaoghaire in Dublin. 

During the consolation he firstly established what my body type was, vata, pitta or kapha. We then chatted about my lifestyle, my routine and my diet. He made some suggestions according to my body type, for example, that I should eat my main meal at lunch time rather than the evening, that I should go to bed 1 hour earlier than I have been doing, that I should steer clear of certain foods and eat more of others. I already eat a very healthy diet but there were some foods that he felt I would do better eating less of and more of others. He made other recommendations also. I was amazed to see the positive impact that just by implementing these 3 simple changes made to the quality of my life and how quickly I was able to reap the benefits.

Ayurveda is a sister science of yoga, the two go hand in hand.  Ayurveda is a fascinating subject and is something that everyone can benefit from, you don’t need to be a purist or advanced yoga to learn about ayurveda and benefit from it’s recommendations. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Guest Reviews

"Great retreat today. Beautiful venue. Will definitely return"

Carol O Sullivan

10 Dec 2017

"My husband and I have nothing but positive to say about The Courtyard. We made to feel very welcome from start to finish, with a ‘home-away-from-home’ sort of feel the food was an absolute treat and the yoga teaching was insightful and inspiring. Would give 6 stars if we could."

Claire O’ Malley

19th March 2018

"Myself and my Mum had the most fantastic weekend at the Courtyard Yoga Retreat. Everything from the Yoga, to the food, to the setting and the welcome was second to none. Liz Richards is a particularly experienced and excellent yoga teacher. Olivia’s cooking is simply delicious. It is so satisfying, light but filling and extremely tasty and easy to eat. Both Mum and I can’t wait to come back. Thanks v much, Ali"

Ali O Connor

23rd March 2018

"Just back from a most amazing yoga retreat at the courtyard. From the warm welcome, yummy treats by the fire, amazing yoga sessions by Liz, and delicious and nutritious food, it was all just perfect for what I was looking for; rest, restoration, learning, good food and lovely company. Liz is a great teacher, bringing it right back to the basics and through her almost meditative stream of instruction bringing you to a new level of yoga awareness. Thank you all at the Courtyard. I will be back!"

Mathilde Murray-Veldt

14 Jan 2018

"Came to the courtyard retreat with my sister last weekend. It did not disappoint…..beautiful surroundings, comfortable accommodation and delicious vegetarian food. Olivia and her family were very welcoming, always on hand and worked so hard to make our weekend effortless. Liz is an amazing yoga teacher. Her classes allowed us to focus on the body, breath and mind. I felt revitalize and relaxed after a weekend of delicious food, excellent yoga and great company. Wonderful way to start the year!"

Geraldine O’ Gara

15 Jan 2018

"Just back from a weekend yoga retreat and feeling renewed and energised. The yoga classes were truly enjoyable and the vegetarian cuisine was excellent! Olivia is the perfect host and created a warm and friendly atmosphere throughout the weekend. I am looking forward to returning and enjoying another gorgeous weekend in this wonderful venue."

Jackie O’Brien

14th Jan 2018

"Just spent the weekend here . What an amazing place to kick start the year with mind blowing yoga , fantastic food and beautiful surroundings! A great experience I can’t wait to repeat !"

Clara De Paolo

15th Jan 2018

"Words cannot adequately describe how truly amazing the courtyard yoga retreat is … I was looking forward to my weekend but the reality was far better than my expectations. The yoga was incredible and meditative – I learnt more in a weekend than ever before… and the food…… amazing!! A nurturing wellness weekend- I will be back as soon as I can – thank you"

Fiona Barry

18th Jan 2018

"Fantastic day..enjoyed the fresh home made lunch, the desserts & the lovely sweet treats left out for us, The yoga was amazing & Liz is a super teacher, Olivia really made us feel @ home looked after us very well.Great company & beautiful scenic views around the area Will definitely be back"

Deirdre O Farrell

10 Dec 2017