Yoga for the weekend

Although we don’t always post here we continue to deliver 3 sessions of yoga every week. You are welcome to enjoy them and if you do – we hope you will support us. Here is our latest session which streams on YouTube later this evening. Patrons, naturally, have access to it now.


(AI)Poems for Yoga

Jill loves the Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh so I thought it would be fun to ask the AI application ChatGPT to compose a poem using his style. Check out what it came up with:-

Down on the mat where I find my ease,
With each pose, I feel my heart unfurl,
As love and yoga become one in me,
A dance of spirit, body, and soul.

Each stretch and movement brings a new chance,
To deepen the bond between us two,
As love flows in each posture and stance,
And yoga brings me closer to you.

In Warrior II, we stand strong and sure,
As we face the challenges of life,
Our love a shield that keeps us secure,
In the face of worry, stress, and strife.

And when we come to the final pose,
Our bodies resting, calm and at peace,
Our love a blanket that softly enfolds,
As we release into the sweet release.

Oh, love and yoga, a perfect pair,
Together, we find strength and care.

Sure I was on a roll – What about Heaney:

In quiet spaces, where the light is dim,
I find my way onto the yoga mat,
To sink into the practice, deep within,
And leave behind the daily grind and chat.

With each inhale and exhale of my breath,
I feel my body, mind and spirit blend,
As if the rhythm were a kind of death,
And life anew, with every stretch and bend.

And yet, this stillness is a kind of force,
That pulls me towards a stronger sense of peace,
As if the movements, with each fluid course,
Could somehow bring my restless thoughts release.

In this practice, I find a deeper way
To be present, and live my life each day.

And then a sonnet in thestyle of the bard himself, Shakesspeare

When heavy thoughts and worries do abound,
And life's great pressures weigh upon my mind,
I find my solace on my yoga mat found,
And leave my worldly cares and fears behind.

With steady breath and focus, I begin,
To stretch and bend and twist my limbs with grace,
As every movement feels like medicine,
And every asana brings a sense of peace.

The warrior pose, with grounded feet and strength,
Reminds me of the power I possess,
While downward dog, with lengthened spine at length,
Helps me let go of all my restlessness.

So let me come unto my mat each day,
And find my center in this peaceful way.

What do you think of AI’s efforts?

Whatever you think about AI there is no artifical way to learn more about yourself. Only you can do that and Yoga can help you.


Where can I do in person Yoga in Wicklow?

If you’re looking for yoga studios or classes in Wicklow, here are a few options to consider:

  1. Yoga Tree Studio: This studio offers a range of yoga styles and classes, including Hatha, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga. They also offer workshops, retreats, and teacher training programs.
  2. Wicklow Yoga: This studio offers a variety of yoga styles, including Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin yoga, as well as mindfulness and meditation classes.
  3. Yoga4Life : classes are a blend gravity yoga & slow hatha practised to build flexibility, strength and mind-body balance.
  4. This is Yoga: a beautiful space, in Blessington, West Wicklow for the local community to come and practise all types of yoga with a variety of teachers. Fully equipped and 70 square metres in size, The Studio has high ceilings, low lighting and a warm welcome. .

You may also want to check local community centers and online listings for additional options. By doing some research and trying out different studios and classes, you can find the perfect yoga practice for you in Wicklow.

LoveDoingYoga offer online classes from our studio in the Garden of Ireland for those who find a regular practice at home is better. Of course, at just 5€ per month, many do our practices in addition to a weekly in person practice.


When is the best time to practice Yoga?

The best time to practice yoga is a matter of personal preference and can depend on several factors such as your schedule, energy levels, and individual needs. Here are some common options to consider:

  • Morning: Practicing yoga in the morning can help you start your day feeling energized, focused, and calm. This can also be a great way to get your body moving and stretch out after a night of rest.
  • Evening: Practicing yoga in the evening can help you wind down and relieve stress after a busy day. It can also prepare your body and mind for a good night’s sleep.
  • Mid-Day: Taking a break in the middle of the day to practice yoga can help you refocus, recharge, and increase your energy levels for the rest of the day.

Ultimately, the best time to practice yoga is whenever you are most likely to stick to your practice consistently. If you find that you have more energy in the morning, then make that your practice time. If you prefer to wind down in the evening, then schedule your yoga practice for that time. The most important thing is to find a time that works for you and make it a regular part of your routine.

We want to make Yoga accessible to all so LoveDoingYoga sends three new sessions a week to patrons for a small pledge. These sessions can be done whenever and wherever suits your lifestyle. Why not become a patron now and start your Yoga Journey with us.


Is Online Yoga Any Good?

Whether online yoga is “good” or not can depend on several factors and is subjective to the individual’s experience. Some people find online yoga to be a convenient and effective way to practice, while others may prefer practicing in a physical studio. Here are some things to consider:

  • Accessibility: One of the biggest benefits of online yoga is its accessibility. With an internet connection, you can practice yoga from anywhere, at any time, which can be ideal for people with busy schedules or those who live in areas without a physical yoga studio.
  • Variety: Online yoga also offers a wide variety of styles, teachers, and levels, allowing you to find a practice that best fits your needs.
  • Convenience: You don’t have to leave your home to attend a class, and you can practice in the comfort of your own space, which can be especially appealing for people who feel self-conscious in a physical studio setting.
  • Cost: Online yoga can also be more affordable than attending physical studio classes, as there are often free or low-cost options available.

However, there are also some potential drawbacks to consider:

  • Lack of physical cues: One of the challenges of online yoga is that you don’t have a physical teacher present to adjust your posture or provide physical cues. This can make it more difficult to ensure that you are practicing safely and effectively.
  • Distractions: Practicing yoga at home can also be challenging if you have distractions, such as a TV, pets, or family members.
  • Limited interaction: Online yoga can also lack the community and interaction that comes with practicing in a physical studio, which can be an important part of the yoga experience for some people.

In conclusion, online yoga can be a good option for some people, but it may not be suitable for everyone. Consider your personal preferences and lifestyle to determine if online yoga is the right fit for you.

If you are considering online and think it may be a good fit for you – we would love to welcome you at some of our sessions

Jill and Alan ❤️?‍♀️