June Mindfulness with Astrid Sasse
22nd Jun - 28th Jun 2018 Kinvara, Co. Galway
This June week retreat consists of an inviting and uplifting timetable over the week of
classes by very experienced yoga and meditation teacher Astrid Sasse
introduction to mindfulness meditation and deepening of your practice
breathing practices and breath awareness
Yoga Nidra deep relaxation
Sivananda yoga classes with mindful awareness
delicious vegetarian meals
comfortable accommodation at the centre
daily guided outings by an experienced guide
sample local cuisine at the best local restaurants or cafes
enjoy meeting like minded people in this relaxed friendly environment
Treat yourself to a stress free week of energising yoga, calming meditation, relaxing yoga nidra, amazing vegetarian food, and outdoor walks in the Burren hills and by the sea.
Astrid uses a mindful sensitive approach to bring you to a calm and peaceful state and help you to connect to a deeper level of your true self.
Astrid’s teaching is very clear and easy to follow and her experience with both mindfulness meditation and physical yoga and also Yoga Nidra deep relaxation, will guide you to practice at your own pace at whatever level is right for you at this moment.
An ideal week to let go of the stresses and strains of everyday life and ease into a very peaceful and tranquil environment with a gifted teacher and share some time with like minded people.
Who is this retreat suitable for?
This June week long retreat is suitable for all ages and all levels, from complete beginners to advanced.
Each person will be challenged to their own ability, and no comparison will be made between each practitioner.
Astrid is a very gifted yoga teacher and teaches a very heart centered approach.
Astrid brings mindfulness to your practice which brings peacefulness to your whole being, and helps you connect to a deeper level of your true self.
Astrid is originally from Germany and has been living in Ireland since 2004. She first came across yoga in Denmark on a retreat with Eckhart Tolle in 2007.
When Astrid returned to Ireland she began going to regular yoga classes and soon developed her own daily practice.
She was fortunate to begin practicing meditation at an early stage which allowed her to experience the inner peace and stillness which developed through her regular meditation practice.
Over the years Astrid has studied yoga and meditation with many inspirational teachers including David Muehsam, Greg Walsh, Uma Dismore-Tuli, Deepak Chopra, Eckhardt Tolle, Kim Eng, Prahlada and Thich Nhat Hanh.
David Muehsam recommended that Astrid pursue classes within the Iyengar yoga tradition, and she focused on following this tradition and as her asana practice developed she began practising Iyengar Yoga with Greg Walsh and attended his classes on a weekly basis.
At this stage Astrid’s practice was deepening and she was feeling the benefits on a physical, mental level and a spiritual level.
So Astrid spent two weeks at the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas to deeper her practice further.
“I enjoyed this immersion in Ashram life, learning more and more about a yogic life-style. It was here that all spiritual practices that I had come across so far came together. Part of the daily routine in the Ashram are chanting, meditation, karma yoga, pranayama, and yoga asanas. I realized that these are all different aspects of one spiritual practice and I knew that I had found my spiritual home.”
Astrid continued in this tradition, and completed her yoga teacher training course at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp in Canada.
On her return to Ireland Astrid began teaching yoga while also continuing her own journey through regular daily practice.
The next year Astrid went to the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas and attended an ‘Advanced Asana Course’.
On her return to Ireland in 2012, Astrid expanded her yoga teaching to Greg Walsh’s studio in Drogheda – weekly asana classes and monthly ‘Meditative Yoga Workshops’.
Since then Astrid has completed a Yoga Nidra Teacher Training course at the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and also completed another Advanced yoga teacher training RYT-500 at the Sivananda Yoga Camp in Canada.
Yoga Nidra is an ancient technique which brings one to a very deep state of relaxation, where one can release inner conflicts and tensions, and emerge feeling fully refreshed and very relaxed.
Over the years the Sivananda yoga ashram in Canada has become Astrid’s spiritual home, and since 2012 she has returned every year to assist on their yoga teacher training program.
“Since starting on the yoga journey, I have become more present and all aspects of yoga have manifested in many ways in my life. I hope to share with my students what I have learnt about the benefits of yoga on a physical, mental and spiritual level which are truly life-changing and empowering!”
22nd-28th June 2018
8:00–8:30am Mindfulness Meditation including intro for beginners
8:30–10:00am Sivananda yoga class
10:45am Karma yoga
11:15–1:45pm Outdoor trip into the Burren
4:30pm Approx return to centre
7:45–8:15pm Karma yoga
8:00–9:00pm Free time
9:00–9:30pm Meditation & Yoga Nidra