Yoga Workshops | Urban Retreats

Immerse yourself in a yoga style, technique or therapeutic approach at our weekend yoga workshops. Explore postures, gain additional knowledge and inspiration in a speciality that interests you. Workshops are open to new students. To see the schedule of upcoming workshops, visit our yoga class and workshop schedule page.

Deepen your connection of mind body and spirit
Blindfold Yoga Workshop

Awaken your inner eye | See from within

2 Hour Blindfold Yoga Workshop: 10.30am, Saturday 5th October 2019 Inspired by Pratyahara (the yoga principle of “the withdrawal of senses”), this workshop invites you to awaken your inner eye and turn inward. With a blindfold, you will take a journey from outside perception to inner self. Join Ger Kinane for this two-hour deeply relaxing yoga journey as you explore the practice with your eyes closed. Feel your balance being challenged as you remove visual references. Experience the mind body connection intensify as you the rest of your senses become deepened and refined. With outward distractions removed, feel a stronger connection to breath. You will notice that the need for focus and presence is much greater than usual as you move mindfully and find stillness.​ A very slow and accessible sequence of poses that will leave you feeling relaxed, restored, with a higher appreciation for your ability to see, both inside and out.
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Hips, Core and Pelvic Floor Somatic Yoga Workshop
Hips, Core and Pelvic Floor Somatic Workshop
2-Hour Hips, Core and Pelvic Floor - A Somatic Exploration Workshop: 10.30am, Sunday 15th September 2019

Have you ever thought “if only I was stronger in my core I…” or you heard the words “engage your pelvic floor” or “use your core” but don't really know what that means?

Whether you’re looking to boost your core strength, improve posture or better understand the Hips, Core and Pelvic Floor connection this Somatic workshop is for you. Through gentle Somatic Movement and Feldenkrais sequences you will explore practical and therapeutic ways to develop better control and more functional strength without overworking muscles. Both men and women can learn how to contract and relax the pelvic floor and core muscles helping to understand, how when balanced they form the base, support and strength for your spine, torso and all your organs. In addition, with this increased awareness and sensation you can address incontinence, alleviate pain (especially in the back, pelvis and hips), assist childbirth and facilitate ease in many functional activities like lifting heavy objects so you feel more comfort in all kinds of day-to-day and athletic movements!

The workshop is lead by Deirdre Mullins, our fully qualified Somatic Exercise Coach, Clinical Somatic Educator and Yoga teacher, who since 2013 has been passionately exploring Somatic movement, leading Somatic workshops and working with clients through Somatic Movement and Yoga. You will leave this 2-hour workshop with less pain and tension, feeling balanced in your body and mind. No experience necessary, both men and women are welcome.
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Quantum Sound Bath Workshop
Quantum Sound Bath
Quantum Sound Bath: 4pm, Saturday 21st September 2019 Time out to Tune in with this beautiful and restorative workshop. At this Introduction sound bath, experience group energy healing & sound meditation, where participants can choose to be seated or lying down. Allow your body to rest and receive sound therapy as sound harmonies come from singing bowls, gongs, drums, chimes and voice. This special sound bath is an opportunity to release physical or emotional tension, to foster physical, mental and emotional well-being and to support energy flow. Experience the body literally 'bathed in sound', promoting a deep sense of well being and inner peace. This sound bath promises to be a very relaxing experience. During the session, every client receives mini sonic treatment along with energy healing to raise the energies in and around the body. BENEFITS:
  • Higher levels of energy
  • Improving sleep patterns
  • Relief from the chronic tiredness
  • Calming down the inner chatter
  • Moving stagnant energy in the body
  • Building resilience to stressful events
  • Clearing the mind fog and creating sense of clarity
  • Enhancing greater sense of peace and calmness
  • Lowering levels of anxiety
  • Grounding the energies
  • Better sense of direction
  • Helping to build better relationship with oneself and others
  • Enhances clear way of communication
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Yoga Workshop
De-stress & Unwind | Christmas Somatics Workshop

Somatics Destress for Christmas Workshop

10.30am, Saturday 14th December 2019

Treat your body and mind with time to de-stress, unwind and recharge before Christmas with Somatics. Guided through gentle, easy exercises inspired by Somatic Movement Education, you will move deeper into awareness, allowing the central nervous system to relax and restore. Somatics is based on the principle that by moving with awareness, our body can begin to restore itself towards a state of health. Somatics can help to soothe tight muscles, relieve stress and allow you to be more mindful and appreciate the good things in life. The workshop is lead by Deirdre Mullins, Somatic Exercise Coach and trainee Clinical Somatic Educator, who since 2013 has been passionately exploring Somatic movement, leading Somatic workshops and working with clients through Somatic Movement and Yoga. This 2-hour workshop will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and replenished with a new sense of balance in your body and mind. No experience necessary, all are welcome.

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Somatic Neck Shoulder Yoga Workshop
Somatic Neck and Shoulder Workshop

Somatic Neck and Shoulder Workshop

2-Hour Somatic Neck and Shoulder Workshop: 10.30am, Saturday 12th October 2019 Do you have tightness in your neck or shoulders? Come along and be guided through gentle, easy awareness-based Somatic Movements and explore ways to create more ease and freedom through the shoulders, upper back and neck. Somatic Movement Education is a gentle, safe and highly effective way to end chronic pain, improve mobility and stability and relieve day-to-day stress. With Somatics, we always work holistically, using processes that re-educate the nervous system and help to restore functional movement. Through awareness and movement, you learn to sense, recognise and release habitual muscular tension and unwind their holding patterns in your body. As the muscles relax and lengthen, your mobility and strength increases, so you can enjoy normal activities in life with more pleasure and ease. This Somatic practice can help to soothe tight muscles, relieve stress and improve body-mind awareness. Leave the workshop with less pain and physical tension, feeling relaxed in your body and mind. This two hour workshop is led by Deirdre Mullins Somatic Exercise Coach, Clinical Somatic Educator and experienced Yoga teacher. She is passionate about sharing Somatic embodied practices which improve mobility, stability and function while also helping to relieve stress so we can all experience life more fully.
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Yoga 101
Back to Basics | Yoga 101 Workshop

Back to Basics Yoga Workshop

2-Hour Yoga 101 Workshop: 2.30pm, Saturday 7th September 2019 Always wanted to join a Yoga class but felt unsure if yoga was for you? Do you need a yoga refresher to renew your yoga practice? Created for students new to Yoga and for those looking to gain a deeper understanding of foundational postures, this introductory-level workshop will allow you to experience yoga as you learn the basic postures, breath work and develop a solid foundation of the basics of hatha yoga. The back to basics yoga workshop will take an in-depth look into key foundation yoga poses; safely and receiving the care and attention you need to build confidence. You’ll develop body awareness, learn basic postures, focus on healthy alignment, and practice coordinating the breath & movement. Come join Hatha Yoga teacher Val Herbert at this relaxed workshop, delivered in a welcoming and non-intimidating environment that will teach you the basic foundations of a Hatha yoga practice.
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Healing Yin Yoga Workshop
Healing your Inner Critic with Yin Yoga

Healing your Inner Critic | Meditation & Yin Yoga Workshop

2-Hour Healing Yin Yoga & Meditation Workshop: 10.30am, Saturday 11th May 2019   "You're not good enough / thin enough / successful enough / busy enough / healthy enough / there for your family enough".   These are things we wouldn't say to someone we care about, but  we can often catch ourselves thinking these things about ourselves. This harsh, nagging inner voice fuels our anxieties, sabotages our relationships with ourselves and with others and holds us back from pursuing what we want to pursue and living the lives we want to lead.
The first step to working with the inner critic is to catch ourselves as we spiral into these negative thought patterns. Yin yoga and meditation allows us the space and time to observe how we talk to ourselves, particularly when things feel challenging. As we move through this slow, soulful practice, we'll release tension in the body but we'll also gently observe the negative thoughts that may come up as we do.
Dee O'Hagan will guide you through taking a different, more positive perspective that gives you tools to deal with the inner critic, long after you leave the yoga studio. This healing two-hour workshop will finish with a nourishing loving-kindness meditation, directing compassion towards ourselves and expanding that sphere outwards towards others.
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