The practice of Yoga and Mindfulness is our topic of conversation this week with Catriona Mc Cormack of Yoga Ireland.
The practice of Yoga and Mindfulness is our topic of conversation this week. Catriona has been practising yoga for over 26 years. She qualified as a yoga teacher in 1996 and founded Yoga Ireland in 1997. Catriona encourages people to thrive in life, by nurturing their mind and body with Yoga.
Let’s jump straight in our Twitter Q & A with Catriona.
Q1: Is Yoga just for skinny and flexible people?
No! Our motto has always been “Yoga is for everyone”. There is a misconception sometimes around this. And, unfortunately, it prevents people from practising a very beneficial practice. Perhaps they have had a bad experience previously and it has put them off.
The key is to find the style of Yoga and the teacher that fits you at this moment.
You can then vary your practices and try other styles. Mix up the styles depending on your needs and goals as they change with your life. We specialise in Mindfulness and Self Care Yoga which suits everyone from the complete novice to the more experienced.
These styles of Yoga are highly beneficial for stress management. We teach everyone the basics and offer modifications to suit everyone’s abilities or disabilities including wheelchair users.
Q2: How can Yoga help folks remain calm in the run-up to their wedding?
Yes! Organising an event like a wedding can be very stressful and take its toll on any couple. The key is to stay connected.
Doing something like Yoga together allows two people to relate to one another through assisted poses. From stretching your levels of trust. To strengthening your communication. Couples yoga can have a positive effect on your relationship that extends far beyond the physical. The practice is mutually beneficial for both participants. Studies show couples yoga has far-reaching benefits, from reduced anxiety to a better sex life.
Q3: What is the difference between a Yoga Class and a Yoga Therapy session?
There is a significant difference between a yoga class and a yoga therapy session.
Yoga therapy is a private one to one session with a qualified Yoga Therapist.
Unlike a group class, the therapist can fully focus on the client’s needs. For instance: specific requirements, limitations, illness and personal goals.
Yoga therapy aims to place the body in a position of self-healing with the help of a therapist. It can restore the natural balance and harmony. Bringing positive good health to all parts of life – physical, mental and spiritual.
It can be practised in conjunction with any medical treatments. And, in tandem with other complementary therapies.
Which allows clear objectives and goals to be defined. In addition to any prior injuries or health issues to be noted. Breathing, postures, mindfulness are discussed. And, I tailor a home program for each client to practise.
Q4: How do people know what type of Yoga suits them?
This depends on your needs and goals and specific challenges you might have at the time. The best thing to do is talk to us and we will guide you towards the appropriate, we are always happy to help and advise. We offer everything from group classes to corporate yoga, 121 sessions to private groups sessions including Hens and Stage groups. All our sessions are available online now.
We learnt a bit more about the benefits of Yoga during my interview with Catriona and her journey towards Yoga.
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