‘I don't believe you have to get a peaceful heart. I think there is a native tranquility in each of us that is already there. And through quieting your mind and your heart, you can slip right into it’. - Pema Chodron
As we approach the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, it is a lovely time to slow down, reflect and connect to the peace within.
Nikki and Dearbhla will be holding a yoga day retreat that will include 2 yoga sessions, a nutritious light lunch and a guided, silent walk around the gardens of Ballymaloe.
Our retreat will begin with a grounding vinyasa yoga session, led by Nikki. She will lead you through a pranayama practice to help you tap into the inner energy and power that is your breath. The vinyasa practice will focus will on forward bends and hip openers which are grounding poses but there will also be some twists to energise and backbends to open the front body.
After the morning yoga session you will taken on a guided silent walk through the beautiful Ballymaloe gardens and then back for a light, warming and nutritious lunch with herbal teas and a healthy, sweet dessert!
In the afternoon, Dearbhla will lead a deeply calming and grounding Yin practice. We will take some time to release the spine, neck and shoulders,
Then letting our body open into to some deep hip releasing poses and forward folds, relaxing into some heart opening poses before a deeply relaxing Savasana.
Letting the whole year go if you wish as we approach the Winter Solstice. Allowing your body to surrender to deep relaxation.
Dearbhla will be using essential oils while you are in Savasana which will help you drop into an even deeper relaxation.
Let go of the year, reconnect with your true presence and discover the profound serenity that resides within.
We hope to see you there!
Dearbhla & Nikki
Dearbhla has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, the more she practiced she noticed how grounded and calm she was after yoga. In time the physical rewards became secondary to the mental and spiritual impact of her practice. Yoga and meditation has both become an integral part of her daily life.
Dearbhla currently practices and teaches Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative yoga and Meditation.And she believes through the practice of yoga we can find balance, clarity and stillness of the mind.
Dearbhla has trained extensively and has vast experience teaching retreats both in Ireland and Internationally, she has been the resident teacher at the Cliffs of Moher for 4 years. She also teaches in Little Bird and Samadhi yoga. And in 2020 and 2021 Dearbhla has been teaching online via Zoom!
Dearbhla is very interested in healing and trauma in the body, her retreats have a focus on healing and letting go of all stress, connecting to a place of peace and calm that is always there.
For more information on Dearbhla visit http://dearbhlaglynn.com/
Ballymaloe House has a reputation for delivering delicious food. All meals will be served in the beautiful surroundings of the Ballymaloe Dining rooms with produce sourced from the walled garden and local area. Each meal will be a delicious experience to nourish and rejuvenate.
Dearbhla will lead a warming Vinyasa flow practice in the mornings. Practicing several sun salutations with a different variations. The overall practice is slow, moving mindfully with the breath. Holding some poses a little longer to develop strength and generate warmth in the body. We will flow through different transitions improving overall body awareness and opening the joints, while also strengthening and lengthening the muscles. The practice is slow, warming and requires some physical stamina yet it has a lovely meditative and mindful quality to it. Dearbhla will offer modifications for any of the more challenging poses and rest is always an option! Creating an overall feeling of stillness and calm.
This is a lovely practice which focuses on breathing, stretching and relaxing before lunch.
Slow down, unwind and restore your energy with a ninety minute Yin Yoga and restorative practice, aiming to calm the mind, stretch and relax the body. This two-hour practice will create space and stillness in both the mind and body. Yin yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones and even the joints, and releases tension and stress in the body.
The focus is simply about letting go of stress and tension, releasing into a deep yin practice followed by a long restorative practice using bolsters and blankets so people can relax, unwind and recharge. Dearbhla will use relaxing essential oils during the restorative practice for an even more relaxing experience.
Come take sanctuary in the beautiful grounds of Ballymaloe House and Grainstore.
We promise to nurture you and create a safe space where you can rest, reflect, reconnect with yourself. Our retreats are for those of us who really want to rest and take some time out to self care, reflect, unwind and simply let go of all stress.
Ballymaloe is is a beautiful, nourishing environment, you are in a safe and cosy cocoon of comfort, where every detail of your stay has been thought of.
All you have to do is show up and we will make sure you have a wonderful, restful stay
There is plenty of time to reconnect with yourself, move, stretch, rest and reset.
Your bedroom in Ballymaloe will be spacious and comfortable.
Ballymaloe Grainstore, as the name suggests is an old grainstore that was turned into a multipurpose venue by Rory Allen. The large airy space offers a calm light filled area for you to practice yoga in a safe and covid friendly environment.