Yoga at the Sanctuary

yoga at the sanctuary

Upcoming ‘Yoga at the Sanctuary’ Classes

Mindful Hatha Yoga with Riana Walsh

In Riana’s Friday morning ‘yoga at the Sanctuary’ course, participants are introduced to breath awareness practices, yoga postures and sequences connecting mind, body and heart in the present moment. Our mindful meditation focuses on sensation, breath, sound, thoughts.  Combined, these practices lead us towards connecting with our own innate resources to access a sense of ease and spaciousness as we engage with everyday life. The yoga Sutra: ‘Yoga chitta vritti nirodah’ – ‘yoga is the settling of the mind into silence’  is central and yoga philosophy and mindfulness themes are integrated throughout. Relaxation is an integral part of the class. Everybody is welcome to this class, with or without prior experience of yoga and meditationEach class is an hour and a half in duration.

From November Riana is also offering Anusara Yoga classes on Thursday evenings. Anusara yoga means “flowing with Grace” and as such promotes deep personal growth and transformative experiences on all levels. The power of Anusara yoga, as a method, comes from it’s comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach to the physical, mental, spiritual and mystical aspects of yoga. Through community, movement, meditation, breath-work and Tantric philosophy, Anusara yoga aligns your mind, body and heart, thus giving you the opportunity to connect to your deeper self. It is a unique form of Hatha yoga that gives people of all backgrounds and abilities the opportunity to improve strength, flexibility and balance. Anusara goes beyond fitness by supporting practitioners creativity and joyful self-discovery.

½ Day of Yoga Practice Saturday August 10th

10:00am-13:00pm  Book on our Online Shop

Friday mornings starting on Sept 6th – Oct 25th 2019

10:00am- 11:15am class  Book on our Online Shop

Thursday Evening Anusara Yoga Nov 7th – Dec 12th

7pm – 8.15pm class Book on our Online Shop

½ Day of Yoga Practice Saturday November 9th

10:00am-13:00pm  Book on our Online Shop

Friday mornings starting on November 8th– December 13th 2019

**This course is a 6 week course

10:00am- 11:15am class  Book on our Online Shop

“Only that day dawns to which we are awake” Henry David Thoreau

Mindful Yoga classes with Andrea Boudin

This ‘yoga at the Sanctuary’ course encourages an understanding of the structures and mechanisms of the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual body through a joyful, gentle slow exploration of the abilities of the body, forgotten movements and sensations. Once participants have settled into their own physicality, there will be an opportunity for an exploration of the subtleties of the breath, and inviting moments of inner stillness in meditation.

Andrea’s classes are small which ensure a safe practice and close personal attention. The level of intensity is determined by the students attending the class as everybody works at their own pace, with their own level of commitment.

½ Day of Yoga Practice Saturday July 27th

10:00am-13:00pm  Book on our Online Shop

Wednesday evenings starting on Sept 4th– Oct 23rd 2019

6pm – 7.20pm class  Book on our Online Shop

½ Day of Yoga Practice Saturday September 14th

10:00am-13:00pm  Book on our Online Shop

½ Day of Yoga Practice Saturday October 12th

10:00am-13:00pm  Book on our Online Shop

Wednesday evenings starting on Oct 30th– Dec 4th 2019

6.00pm – 7.15pm class  Book on our Online Shop

7.30pm – 8.45pm class  Book on our Online Shop

½ Day of Yoga Practice Nov 9th

10:00am-13:00pm  Book on our Online Shop

The Sanctuary has a range of yoga classes. These gentle, mindful courses are led by two experienced Sanctuary facilitators with decades of experience behind them and take place in our gorgeous Library room.

Meet Andrea Boudin

Andrea Boudin came to yoga in 1995, in an attempt to relieve symptoms of severe long-standing post-traumatic-stress disorder. The gentle yoga movements and breathing exercises helped her to gradually reconnect with the sensations in her body, and to relieve depression and anxiety issues. Experiencing the profound healing effects that yoga has on her whole being, she developed a desire to carry the benefits of yoga to others.

In 2005 she embarked on her first yoga teacher training at the Elbowroom/Dublin in the Ashtanga tradition with Anto Kearns (200 hours, Yoga Alliance Accredited). Several years of intensive teacher trainings and workshops followed, Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training Basic level (200hours RYS) and Advanced level (200 hours RYS Registered Yoga School) under Dave Curtis.

Further, she attended week-long courses in Germany, Ireland and in India, with renowned and well-respected yoga teachers such as Patthabi Jois, Chuck Miller and Maty Ezrati, Nancy Gilgoff, Ana Forrest, to name but a few. She has completed additional training  in Pilates matwork (CThA approved course), Reiki, EFT, Shadow yoga, Somatic Movement Education, Yin Yoga, Feldenkrais and Alexander Technique, to complement her yoga competency. She also has a strong background in Western philosophy, which gives Andrea a unique ability to explain the spiritual, mental, and physical aspects of yoga with creativity and clarity.

Committed to life-long learning, Andrea continues to attend workshops and practices with her teachers, to develop her understanding of the arts and science of yoga, and to keep her own practice and teachings fresh.

“For me, yoga is a way of life, not a product, and I am reluctant to make promises, to raise expectations, because the yoga journey is different for everybody. If you are curious, if you feel drawn to it, come and try it out for yourself and see if it benefits you.”ANDREA BOUDIN



Meet Riana Walsh

Riana completed a three-year classical Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Diploma with the Irish Yoga Association, followed by post grad trainings with the IYA, Yoga Therapy Ireland, and an ITEC Diploma in Anatomy & Physiology.

She has been teaching Yoga for many years, sees yoga as a lifetime exploration and combines her passion for yoga, travel and languages with yoga trainings in Ireland and abroad. Her on-going yoga studies and completed trainings in Anusara yoga, Yin Yoga, iRest Yoga Nidra, continue to inspire her experience of yoga as a way of being, of connection with self and the world.

Mindfulness Practitioner Certificate and Compassion Based Living courses with the Mindfulness Association, have deepened her understanding of how mindfulness, yoga and Buddhist teachings are interwoven as life enhancing practices for the everyday. Her practice and study of Yin Yoga, iRest Yoga Nidra and

Her teaching incorporates key themes and concepts from yoga philosophy, and at the heart of this mindful yoga practice is Yoga Sutra 1.2 ‘yoga chitta vritti nirodhah’ – ‘yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind’. So too is the inner and outer lightness and joy experienced when body, heart and mind are in harmony. Awareness of the breath is a constant reference point, enabling a sense of spaciousness and a balanced, grounded connection while we practice yoga as a gentle strength.

This mindful Hatha yoga class caters for the physical uniqueness of each participant and provides a practice accessible to everybody.

“I love this yoga room and the teacher’s gentle encouraging voice.”“Excellent course. Facilitator Riana is excellent and very helpful and supportive and encouraging. Many thanks.”

“Everything just perfect and look forward to class so much.”

“I particularly enjoy the combination of physical practice with mindfulness and meditation.”

“Absolutely wonderful class.”

“Excellent balance.”
TESTIMONIALS