‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year…’ or so the song goes anyway. But with mounting demands placed on us over the festive season, it’s a wonder we have any energy left to enjoy the holidays.
Why not leave the ‘To Do List’ at home and take a couple of hours out for you, to release built-up tensions, reconnect with your breath and relax your mind and body? This two-hour Yin Yoga workshop will do just that, leaving you feeling recharged and ready to enjoy spending time with family and friends.
During the workshop, we will begin with a calming pranayama (breath practice) and gentle meditation to set the mood for the afternoon. The Yoga aspect will be based on the principals of Yin, where we hold the postures for longer and move mindfully through transitions. This gentle practice will target connective tissue, helping to exercise your joints to their current, full range of motion. The workshop will end with a 30-minute Yoga Nidra, guided relaxation.
Join us for tea, coffee and festive nibbles after the workshop!
Last updated Oct. 15, 2017, 8:45 a.m. UTC
Gillian fell in love with yoga at 21, when she attended her first Ashtanga class in Dublin, Ireland. From here, she established a regular at home practice which mainly focussed on the physical aspects of yoga. Throughout studying for her BA in Public Relations and Psychology, Gillian leaned more heavily on her yoga practice to see her through exams, assignments and job seeking. An unexpected redundancy led her to complete a PGDip in Primary Education with the University of Strathclyde, and to embark on a life-changing career as a Primary School Teacher.
This change in direction, highlighted the spiritual aspects of a yoga practice and she began to learn more about meditation and pranayama. While completing her RYT 200 hours in 2016, Gillian began to incorporate meditation and pranayama into her daily yoga practice. The vast benefits of this system have helped her to deal with the challenging job of educating young people and keeping up with the ever-changing world of education.
Gillian has also completed a 50-hour Yin Yoga Teacher training course, and is a qualified Children’s Yoga Teacher. Her home practice has evolved and she regularly attends early morning Mysore practice to supplement her continuous professional and personal development. Gillian regularly shares the benefits of yoga and meditation with the children she teaches.
Her classes are relaxed and informal, with a strong focus on the basics – pranayama, foundations of postures and relaxation. Gillian understands first-hand the many benefits a regular yoga, pranayama and meditation practice can bring; and she is keen to share this with anyone willing to stop and listen!