YOGA RE­TREATS

The Irish Times Magazine - - ON THE MOVIE - John Healy, gen­eral man­ager at Sue­sey Street and No. 25 Fitzwilliam Place

Af­ter I had my heart trans­plant, I knew I needed a big life change that wasn’t just phys­i­cal.

A friend in­tro­duced me to yoga in Fe­bru­ary 2011, and it changed my life.

I started go­ing three or four days a week, prac­tis­ing hatha yoga. With “ha” rep­re­sent­ing the es­o­teric sun and “tha” the moon, this form of yoga aims to bal­ance th­ese two en­er­gies through pos­tures and breath­ing.

I find I en­joy prac­tis­ing in the evenings as it helps me to sleep deeply. Be­ing in the restau­rant in­dus­try and work­ing crazy hours means I have to pick up my prac­tice and leave it de­pend­ing on my sched­ule.

That’s why I love yoga re­treats.

Mari Kennedy’s re­treats are some of my favourites, as she fol­lows the old Celtic cal­en­dar and each re­treat is held at the chang­ing of sea­sons.

The com­bi­na­tion of my nor­mal prac­tice, along with oc­ca­sional week­end re­treats of deep yoga and med­i­ta­tion has helped me to coun­ter­act my in­tense work life, now that I’m back in full- time work at Sue­sey Street.

Aside from the men­tal break yoga and yoga re­treats give me, I’ve seen my en­tire body tone up, which is a nice added ben­e­fit.

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