Join Kerry at the beautiful Ashford studio in Wicklow for a Yoga class. The studio provides a tranquil and light-filled space to take time out to nourish your body, mind & spirit. It's located in the centre of the pretty village of Ashford, and overlooks the lush greenery of the famous Mount Usher Gardens.
Kerry's Yoga classes are a good balance of both body strengthening and tension releasing work. Each class incorporates mindfulness meditation and yogic breathing techniques. The focus is on the mind as much as body. Each class is different so you'll experience different postures, sequences and breathing techniques to keep it interesting!
The class also has the added benefit of some hands-on Shiatsu massage techniques - wonderful for helping soothe tight back, neck and shoulder muscles.
More about Hatha Yoga
Many people are first drawn to Yoga as a way to keep their bodies healthy and strong. Others come seeking relief or help for a specific complaint such as backache or tight shoulders, or simply to help them deal with a busy and stressful lifestyle. Whatever the reason that first brings you to Yoga, usually people who continue with a regular practice experience subtle positive changes in how they feel, mentally as well as physically.
Hatha yoga comes from the Sanskrit words “ha”, meaning sun, and “tha”, meaning moon. The word “yoga” means to unite. The ultimate goal of Hatha Yoga is to bring harmony to the two main energies in all of us – the moon referring to the feminine energies (also known in the east as “yin”) and the sun referring to the masculine aspects (also known as “yang”). We all possess both of these aspects. According to Yoga philosophy, the moon energy causes our mind and emotions to constantly change – it relates to the “feminine” traits of intuition and receptivity. The moon’s opposite energy, the sun, is steady and unchangeable. The sun relates to our “masculine” energies, such as decision-making, action-taking, and it gives mental clarity.
Hatha Yoga is a practice for creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies, we develop a balance of strength and flexibility – we also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the here and now – in this place, we are better able to enjoy each unfolding moment, rather than worrying about the past or the future.