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The Courtyard, Shillelagh, Coolattin, Co.Wicklow

Yoga

WHAT IS YOGA?

Yoga is learning to come back to oneself, it’s about knowing your limits and exploring your boundaries and about being truly comfortable in your own skin and knowing who you are. It’s about taking time to remember who you are, most of us lose touch of who we are due to the demands of fast pace rollercoaster lifestyles. From a physical perspective it’s about finding balance, getting rid of that off-balance feeling. Yoga helps you feel balanced, integrated, grounded and content. An Indian sage Pantanjali wrote the Yoga-Sutra, this was the first detailed  text about yoga which was compiled 2500 years ago. He describes yoga as the cessation of the turning of the mind, the stilling of the mind.

The name Yoga comes from Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ and means to join, to unite or to connect, other meaning of ‘yuj’ is to centre one’s thoughts, to focus on oneself or to meditate deeply. The Yoga Sutra’s definition of yoga is that yoga is a state of mind. And states that quietening the mind is intangible though on the other hand a yoga pose is tangible, you can assess it by the alignment, the length of the stretch and the duration it can be held meaning it is much easier to aim for something that is tangable and then move on to something less tangible within the practice, the stilling of the mind.

As you open the body and mind with yoga postures and breathing you become receptive to the delightful and profound experience of inner stillness. While the mind starts wanders off to the past and future, the body is still in the present. Hatha yoga encourages awareness of the body, coming back to the body encourages the mind back to the present and worries and over-thinking ease off. This gives the individual stillness of mind, release of tension, worry and stress and feel a sense of connection, grounding and calm. It is a form of escapism and can be used as a go-to tool at any time. The great thing about yoga is that you can practice it anywhere, you can take it with you. You don’t need to have any equipment or specific clothing with you to practice.

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