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We offer Hatha Yoga classes for the community of Maynooth and the surrounding areas.
Our aim is to create a safe, peaceful space to enable people to relax, unwind and discover the joys and benefits of yoga in a supported environment.
Take time out to go within and re-align your body, mind and centre to deep relaxation, re-juvenation, peace, and stillness.
Re-energise your body with deep breath work and increase your physical flexibility, strength and body conditioning by practising Asana postures.
Then welcome to the practise of Hatha Yoga and experience the far reaching benefits for yourself.
‘ The aim of the yogi is to be at peace even when circumstances are not’ Gurani Anjali
Hatha Yoga is a Sanskritt word; ‘Ha’ means sun and ‘tha’ means moon.
Yoga means to unite or yoke.
So Hatha Yoga means harmonizing the union of opposites in the body mind system leading to greater balance and harmony in the body.
Our western lifestyles can be fast paced and frenetic. We are constantly operating from our head and our focus is often on the external business of our day.
Over time this can result in us feeling disconnected from ourselves, from our heart centre and from our intuitive centre. This disconnectedness can leave us feeling tired, lethargic, irritable and out of balance. Yoga re- dresses this balance, reconnects us with our naturally peaceful centre, leaving us better able to cope with life and in dealing with stressful situations.
The benefits of regular yoga practise include an increase in body tone, flexibility, and strength. You may find that your overall health and well being will improve and a lot of students report they sleep much better after class.
Asana practise is the ‘shape making’ part of yoga practise. Asana postures gently stretch specific areas of the body relieving muscle tension and increasing the blood flow in the area being worked on. All postures have a therapeutic effect; for example bridge pose and camel pose stimulate the spine and the glands in your neck and can relieve mild depression; Child pose has a restorative effect on the body and stretches out the spine, thighs, the ankles and the feet.
All postures have a positive effect on our endocrine system, which is responsible for maintaining hormonal balance and fighting infections and illness in the body.
Gentle breath work at the beginning of class and during Asana practise helps to dissipate tension in the mind and body resulting in greater energy and clarity of mind.
An introduction to meditation for beginners will be incorporated towards the end of the class and just before deep relaxation.
Meditation can aid concentration and it focuses the mind deep within our centre allowing us to connect with ourselves and our inner guidance system, which so often becomes shut out with the daily noise and activity around us
Susan Clohosey dip YTI (YA 500 hour) I have a deep love of yoga and I have been practising yoga for the last 18 years.
I recently qualified as a yoga teacher with a diploma in Yoga teaching from Yoga Therapy Ireland, http://www.yogatherapyireland.com/.
The education I received with Yoga Therapy Ireland has enabled me to teach yoga from a place of compassion and surrender to whatever challenges are presented to me in a class setting.
The course with Yoga Therapy Ireland is a 500 hour course recognised by the International Yoga Alliance. 50 hours of this training was focused specifically on yoga related anatomy and physiology education which has given me a strong understanding of the physical effects that yoga has on the body.
I really love the benefits that yoga has brought to me personally; it has given me the tools to cope with the stresses, strains and upheavals that are a natural part of the undulating road of life and it has fostered a deeper awareness of myself. I frequently attend a yoga class for my own personal development. I also regularly attend yoga seminars which are organised by Yoga Therapy Ireland, to keep my skills up to date.
Some of the seminars I have attended are by Zoe Knott of the British wheel of yoga; David Olton, and Tahnee Fournier, Anusara Yoga. I am also interested in the Integrative Yoga Therapy work of Bo Forbes, Elemental Yoga.
As a result, I feel well equipped to deal with any health challenges you may be facing and I look forward to working with you to show you how Yoga might support your lifestyle, or recovery from illness and how regular practise can restore balance and harmony to your body.
For your comfort and enjoyment you are advised to wear loose comfortable clothing and bring warm socks to wear during relaxation.
Please also bring a sticky yoga mat as mats are not provided at the class. You can pick up a yoga mat at your local Sports shop or online. Please ensure that your mat has a ‘sticky’ surface to ensure your safety and stability in the postures, some pilates mats do not have this surface and may inhibit your practise.
Feel free to bring a cosy blanket to class to keep warm during deep relaxation at the end of class.
You are advised to complete the prescribed course of yoga to experience the full benefits of the practise.
It is best to eat something small before class but eating on a full stomach is not advised as you may experience some discomfort practising on a full stomach.
Feel free to bring some bottled water to drink during class if you wish
What to Expect
What to expect? Each class begins with a warm up focusing on the blending the breath with gently stretching the body. Then we move into our Core Asana Practise and each class finishes with beginners meditation followed by deep relaxation.
Each class lasts 1.5 hours and will be graded to suit all abilities from beginners to advanced students.
Whilst Yoga is very relaxing, you should find the Asana practise challenging enough to generate heat and energy in your body but it should not be painful and you should leave class feeling uplifted, energised and relaxed.
If you have a health challenge don’t worry, you can still practise at your own pace; modifications and props are offered with each posture for your development and enjoyment.
Please be sure to mention your particular health challenge to your instructor, so she is aware of it and can modify or advise you on each posture as required.
With respect to your privacy, all medical details are strictly confidential and are only requested to allow your instructor to tailor your practise for your own safety and well being.
Class time: Term 1: 6 week course
Tuesday 2nd of October
8.00 – 9.30pm @ €72.00.
Course fees are due in full on the first night of term and are non-refundable. Please pay by cash or cheque, we do not have a facility to accept cards.
Recommendations "Recently I asked Susan if she could facilitate a yoga class for me. She obliged me without hesitation. Susan was very professional in her approach to taking the class. She diligently prepared a superb class. My students were extremely pleased and thoroughly enjoyed the exhilarating, well balanced & well delivered yoga practice. Susan brought her own wonderful style & caring personality to the session.
I would highly recommend Susan to anyone wishing to attend a yoga class as she is very attentive & compassionate in her approach to yoga."
Jakki Reid. Dip. Yoga Therapy YTI
"I attended a series of Yoga classes facilitated by Susan. She proved to be an excellent teacher, paying a lot of attention to the individual needs of the group members and providing a comfortable environment that enhanced the classes."
Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity
Dr. Brid Connolly, NUI Maynooth.
I have been blessed to have discovered and met people who have really inspired my yoga journey. Please feel free to browse through the links below.
For more information on my training organisation, training courses or upcoming yoga seminars please follow this link: www.yogatherapyireland.com
This link brings you directly to Yoga Journals official website, the Yoga bible for all aspiring yogis. Great resource for practising postures at home www.yogajournal.com
I hope you enjoy the above as much as I have.
Namaste (meaning the light in me salutes the light in you)