About Time You Tried: A Magical Yoga Retreat in IrelandBy Angelica Malin
Nestled away from the hustle and bustle, the recently gloriously restored Ashford Castle, situated on the shores of Lough Corrib in the West of Ireland, is launching a dedicated yoga retreat hosted by famed Insens yoga instructor, Ata Baechler. Yogis, this is for you.
Taking place from Thursday, 19th – Sunday, 22nd November, guests will enjoy a carefully crafted yoga offering set to the tranquil backdrop of Ireland’s second largest lake.
The focus of the retreat is to escape a fast paced environment and take the time to slow down, to find calm and serenity through different forms of yoga and meditation while being pampered and nurtured in the luxury of one of Ireland’s most magnificent castle properties.
Ata Baechler has been living the life of a yogi for many years. He trained with Yoga Master Sri Dharma Mittra at the Kailashananda Temple in New York and subsequently perfected his practice in California, and Kerala, India, where he spent extended periods of time living a monastic life in ashrams. He is also an expert in the ancient art of Thai massage and has developed his own blend of treatments, mixing traditional Thai massage techniques with western osteopathic principals.
The programme includes the following Yoga sessions:
-Asana and pranayama: to detox, de-stress, and boost energy for good health and vitality
-Hatha yoga: to recharge, relax, and be ready for the day
-Chanting and Yoga Nidra: to relieve the daily tensions, anxiety and other emotional problems
-Gentle yoga: a slow paced stretching class to learn basic poses and relaxation techniques
-Pranayama and meditation: to increase energy, relieve stress and tension
Available as a three night package, the retreat may be combined with a golf package or other packages for partners. The package costs €1,195.00 per room for a single and €1,725.00 per room for a double.
What’s more, the Ashford estate offers a wide range of activities including fishing, cruising on the Lough Corrib, nature walking, kayaking, archery, clay pigeon shooting, golf, tennis, cycling, horse riding and Ireland’s first school of falconry. These, coupled with the new Spa offering treatments using Elemis and Brand Voya products, provide the perfect combination of exercise and relaxation.