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The Courtyard, Shillelagh, Coolattin, Co.Wicklow

Yoga a Moving Meditation

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03 Aug.

Yoga a Moving Meditation

03/08/2018 @ 4:30 pm - 05/08/2018 @ 2:00 pm
€395

Event Details

Retreat: Yoga as a Moving Meditation
Date: 03/08/2018 @ 4:30 pm - 05/08/2018 @ 2:00 pm
Time: Friday 4pm/5pm- Sunday 14:00
Level: Everyone is Welcome! All levels
Teacher: Liz Richards
Organiser: Olivia Kelly
Tel: 0404-53951
Email: olivia@thecourtyardretreat.ie
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Yoga as a Moving Meditation

Hatha Vinyasa Yoga

Focus

Tension Release Techniques

Connection to Self

Relaxation

Flowing Yoga

Restorative Yoga

Meditation Through Movement

Pranayama Breathing

Hatha is a general term which includes most styles of yoga. It is an old system that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which help bring stillness to the body and the mind, helping to prepare the body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.

The practice of yoga itself can be meditative and can be a special meditation though movement. You have probably experienced how great it feels when you complete a yoga class in which you have been fully focused and present. This state is a form of meditation, meditation through movement.

There is a quite lot to keep in mind during performing a yoga pose, trying to get the posture right. This level of attention provides so many benefits as well as the way into a deeper practice. If your mind wanders during the practice or you practice the asana carelessly, not only do you lose some of the benefits and but you risk strain or injury, so we need to keep focused and mindful. Liz will help you learn to maintain this attention and focus in order to deepen your practice.

Liz will lead you through 4 wonderful yoga sessions where you will experience this level of focus and meditative state through movement. She will show you how you can achieve this level of focus more consistently and maintain it in your classes in order to deepen the experience and the benefits.

Liz will focus on the following areas

  1. Getting the Posture right – Alignment

To get the posture as correct as you are able to, given your personal limitations and experience. This involves real awareness of the inner body. Do you feel the stretches in the places you should? Is your body aligned correctly? Heed to pain, are you pushing your limits but not exceeding them

2. Don’t forget to Breathe – Correct breath-work

Attend to your breath both as you move from one position to another as well as when you are holding a posture. Make it easy and flowing. With it, release the tension.

3. The Release of Tension

We will  practice special sequences that will target blocked, tight and restricted areas often present in our bodies due to the stresses, strains and demands of modern living

4. Focus and Awareness.

Closing the eyes encourages visualization, body-awareness, and breath-awareness. It helps you to tune in to your inner body and tune out external distractions.

Retreat Schedule

Friday

16:00 -17:00 – Arrive, relax and settle & have welcome tea & healthy treat

18:00 – Our first yoga class in The Carriage House – Duration 1.5 hour class

19:30 – Dinner

 

Saturday

08:30 – Light healthy breakfast Jar & fruit

09:30 – Yoga Class – 2 hours

12:30 – Lunch

13:30 – Free time

17:00 – 1.5 hour yoga class

18:30 – Dinner

 

Sunday

08:30 – Light healthy breakfast snack

09:30 – Yoga Class (2 hours)

12:00 – Lunch

13:00 – Relax

14:00 – Departure

 

Yoga Teacher

Liz-Head-1

LIZ RICHARDS

Instructor

Liz specialises in Hatha yoga, vinyasa flow. Her classes can be described as a meditation through movement.  Liz is a Yoga Alliance Certified instructor with over 700 hours training and 7000 hours teaching experience.  Liz has steadily earned a reputation of excellence throughout her yoga teaching career.   Liz’s enquiring mind and a desire to immerse herself more deeply in the philosophy behind the system of yoga and the hugely transformative nature of the practice led her to continually progress and further her own development and understanding of yoga and it’s benefits which she generously shares wih her students.

  • YOGA
  • 15 YEARS
  • 500 HRS TT
  • Hatha, Vinyasa, Ayurveda

Our Guest Reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed the venue, yoga, food, ambience and fun during the weekend at The Courtyard. Well done Olivia, Liz, Noel and Dee!

Angela Maguire

15 April 2019

The Courtyard is a very special place. Stunning location in the wicklow mountains and then you have the buildings that have been renovated beautifully to create a calm restful open space. The yoga classes with Liz Richards were incredibly well planned so as to be suitable for a large group with mixed ability from total beginner to a teacher trainer. Don Brennan gave a 2 1/2 hour talk on ayerveda that was simply fascinating. I floated home after a weekend retreat and will absolutely be back. Thank you Olivia, that was exactly what I needed.

Isobel Mc Carthy

16 April 2019

The Courtyard Yoga Retreat is a very special place. It provides nourishment for the body and soul. A truly authentic experience in a wonderfully authentic space and place. Superb yoga with Liz a true yogi, who generously shares her knowledge and guides each individual through the practice carefully and attentively. The food is a delight home cooked and delicious. Olivia has mastered the art of creating vegetarian food that tastes absolutely divine. The surroundings of the beautiful original house and courtyard buildings, which have been loving restored by her parents Dee and Noel top off the entire experience offering serenity in the heart of Wicklow. It’s a truly special place.

Patricia Duignan

16 April 2019

An absolutely amazing weekend. Olivia and her family are so incredibly welcoming and professional. The location is just stunning and so calming. They've done such brilliant job at restoring it. You can see how much love and hard work went into it. The food was delicious and there was plenty of it (which is important after lots of yoga!) Liz, our yoga instructor was so knowledgeable and intuitive. I've been doing yoga for nearly two years and I learned more in those few sessions with liz than I've done in all my time practicing. She's so passionate.

Beth Maguire

15 April 2019

Best yoga retreat I’ve been on. Olivia and her family are so kind and welcoming. Place is fantastic and relaxing. Liz the yoga instructor was so knowledgeable and managed the class of beginners to advanced at ease. Food was delicious too.

Hilda Maguire

15 April 2019

HAD A WONDERFUL WEEKEND @ THE YOGA RETREAT. OLIVIA WAS A REALLY GREAT HOSTESS, THE VEGETARIAN COOKING WAS AMAZING AND LIZ WAS A TRULY GOOD TEACHER. I ALSO ENJOYED DR DON BRENNAN WITH HIS AYERVEDIC SESSION. LOVELY WALKS IN THE AREA TOO.

Anne Reid

17 April 2019

"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