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From top: Gary Neville (left) and Roy Keane; Rajan Zed

This morning.

Further to Roy Keane blaming yoga for his “worst performance” during a podcast with football pundit Gary Neville…

…Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, states:

“Passing blame of one’s crummy performance to highly beneficial yoga is quite out of line as many scientific/academic/clinical/etc. studies have revealed the multiple benefits yoga provide.

“President Michael Higgins recently reportedly commented that he would like to see yoga taught to school children across Ireland. According to US National Institutes of Health; yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress. A research study by Trinity College Dublin indicated: Meditative and pranayama practices result in attentional, emotional, and physiological enhancements.

Keane needs to wake up and wholeheartedly re-incorporate highly beneficial yoga in his life. He was clearly doing a disservice to himself if not fully availing the valuable opportunities yoga provide.”


Small bow.


Yesterday: Roy Keane admits worst Man Utd performance came after yoga session (Daily Star)


Over 300 Irish Yoga teachers and Yoga business owners have joined together to launch The Irish Federation of Yoga Teachers.

Helen O’Dwyer writes:

Saturday is the official launch of Irish Federation of Yoga Teachers and, on that day, there is a full day of free online classes from independent teachers and yoga studios nationwide.

It is open for all teachers nationwide to join for free.

IFYT’s members range from independent yoga teachers, studio owners and yoga event organisers, all whom understand yoga to be an important asset that supports mental, emotional & physical health.

Many studies confirm the mental & physical health benefits of Yoga so the Irish Federation of Yoga Teachers is seeking to have Yoga deemed as an essential service during Level 3 of Covid19 lockdown restrictions.

Register here

Irish Federation of Yoga Teachers

Are you ready for the long stretch indoors?

Colm Walsh, at Yoga Dublin, writes:

My business is locked down (again) onsite – I am offering over 25 FREE online classes all Bank Holiday Weekend. Just log in (at link below) and let’s overcome the darkness.

I decided to give something back to the community this weekend, the Lockdown, the clocks going back, it’s all very dark – so let’s do some yoga and pilates to stay positive.


Yoga Dublin

Level 5 heroics to broadsheet@broadsheet.ie marked ‘Level 5 Heroics’


Connemara, County Galway-based Yoga Mara, run by sisters Rachel and Hannah Healy (above), celebrated two years in business with class on a cliff edge in Connemara.


You don’t want to pick up a namaskar.


Suit yourselves.

Yoga Mara

At top: Yoga teacher and filmmaker Cathy Pearson; Michael Ryan (President Higgins’ meditation and yoga teacher) at Townley Hall, County Louth

Free this weekend?

Feeling supple?

Read on.

Helen O Dwyer writes:

This weekend the Celtic Woodland Yoga Festival goes virtual to a global audience from the beautiful Townley Hall in County Louth.

The festival is the brainchild of renowned yoga teacher and award-winning film-maker Cathy Pearson

This event is FREE and it takes the virtual experience to a whole new level with teachers, Gurus and Masters from all over the world including David Williams from Hawaii; Randall O Leary from the USA and Thailand; Sofia Araujo and Sebastian Bruno from Portugal; Peter Clifford from Australia and Michael Ryan, yoga and meditation teacher to President Michael D Higgins…

Register for free here

Celtic Woodland Yoga Festival

Pics by Gary Ashe

This afternoon

A nationwide campaign is launched to “resuscitate the Irish yoga industry” ahead of World Yoga Day this Sunday.

It is estimated that more than 300,000 people practice yoga regularly in Ireland.

Colm Walsh, of Yoga Dublin, writes:

The Association of Irish Yoga Studios was recently formed to get Ireland’s yoga studios back open, and to keep an industry that was thriving just a few months ago, viable in the future.

They are highlighting that the higher VAT rate for individual service providers has been erroneously applied to yoga studios which are businesses which have fixed overheads, running purpose designed facilities with associated costs, rates, insurance and staff wages.

Unlike yoga studios, gyms had their incorrect classification rectified in 2012.

Several yoga studios have closed permanently since April, and the Minister of Finance must act now to save the rest of the yoga industry in Ireland.

Yoga studios have never been properly VAT classified and this incorrect VAT rate is crippling them as facility providers.

Illustration by Andrew Kavanagh

This isolation season…

…why not get bendy?

Cara writes:

I created this website – stayhomesociety.com – to keep track of all the different pilates and yoga classes that are going on..

I found it hard to see whats going on day to day so created this and its proving quite helpful for people – its totally manual, wish there was a smarter way to do it but for the time being I’m just entering the classes myself every few days to keep it up to date!

I’m hoping to add fitness and wellness sections too! Maybe your reader will find it useful too!


Top pic: Audrey O’Connor

Free Friday?

At the Rathmines Collective in Dublin 6, at noon.

A FREE yoga class for children aged eight to 12.

OmKidsDublin writez:

“OmKidsDublin are offering a free kids’ taster class for eight to 12-year-old children ahead of kids’ yoga courses starting next week.

“The class will take place in Rathmines Collective opposite the Swan Centre this Friday 3rd Jan at 12 midday. Places are limited, call Claire on 086-8668650 to secure one.

“Happy New Year from OmKidsDublin.”


Rathmines Collective